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|Posted on January 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM||comments (117)|
As Christians we go through so much, often wonder how we make it through. We fast pray go to church and live saved the best we can, and still go through hell and high waters. When we came to Christ we gave up having 2 women, 2 men mendaciousness, stealing, cursing, backbiting, backstabbing, fornication, adultery. I thought it was going to be such a smooth ride.
The first few months of salvation were like a good honey moon everyone appeared to be loving and friendly; it felt so good, but when the honey moon ended you saw church as it really was, if this is you don't feel bad you’re not alone. The realistic part of salvation we tend to forget is, that we signed up for the Army of the lord we don't fight on occasions, this is a 24/7 days a week battle, and the enemy is invisible. This is a spiritual warfare that will not end until Jesus returns and establish judgments upon the world.
In the book of Job this upright righteous man went through a time of trouble like no one else, and we ask the question why? What did he do? Except live righteous just like you and I. The answer to the question is simple he did nothing but join the Army of the lord, and he became a target. (Job 1:8-12) a challenge was made and Satan accepted. You all know the story; Job was used by God and Satan as a puppet to get a power struggle point across. God asked Satan where you are going in such a hurry. Look no more here’s Job my faithful servant test him he can handle it.
We often say poor Job suffered so much he lost everything, but do we think God with his infinite glory having hind sight and foresight could not see the end results of the challenge. Paul said in (Romans 8:30-31) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called, and whom he called, them he also glorified. What can we say to these things if God be for us, who can be against us? God knew the battle was won before he made the deal; God probably stopped Satan from choosing a weaker vessel and offered Job as the sacrifice.
I know we go through as Christians and it seems like it's more prevalent now than what we were dealing with in the world, as crazy as it sounds it's wonderful, it's a good thing, it's really a blessing We have trouble on every side, trails, tribulations and all sorts of madness around us. I know but WHY ME! (James 1: 2-5) said Count it All Joy when you fall intodiver’s temptations. You mean we have to be excited when our life gets turned up side down YES, it's an honor when God choose you to be tested and tried. Satan didn't choose Job God offered Job to him, because he knew Job would past the test.
Yes you will get angry, scream, or even feel like kicking in walls and wish you could just walk a way from it all, it's natural it's our human instincts. Job was so angry he cursed the day he was born he said let the day perish, let the day be darkness, let not God regard it from above, let darkness and the shadow of death stain it, let a cloud dwell upon, let the blackness of the day terrify it. (Job 3:3-5) in the 10 chapter verse 10 Job said (Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese)? Other words Job is saying he felt as if God looked at him as if he was spoiled milk poured out only to be used for cheese, not good enough for baking or even drinking. Maybe we didn't get that far with our feeling but sometime we feel like Job we just want to walk away and throw in the towel, but don’t do it I have good news from glory.
Jesus said I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly, he also promised he will bless our coming in and our going out, We are blessed and highly favored people of God we must be test and tried in order to get too the next level of blessings. Job fussed for 38 chapters God didn’t say a word to him, not because he didn’t hear him (Isaiah 59:1) the Lords ears is are not heavy that he can’t hear He didn’t answer Job because the set up was not complete. When God blessed Job for his trails he was blessed with twice as much as he had before (Job 42:10-12) the lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning.
Don’t stress the test YOU’VE BEEN SET UP TO BE BLESSED.
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|Posted on January 23, 2013 at 12:02 PM||comments (4)|
The Secret Place
A secret place is a place where you hide away from everything. You will take refuge in this place to be protected from all the danger you are going through spiritually, physically and mentally. In this lesson, we want to talk about what the secret place is in God, what happens there and why being in that secret place is important in our daily lives today.
What is the secret place and what happens there?
Psalms 91:1 states “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
The secret place the psalmist is talking about is a place in God were we will find peace. We can hide away and rest in his presence. It is a place of protection and a place of defense. It’s not an actual physical place but a spiritual place in God. To be in God’s presence we must first acknowledge that He is the Most High God. We must dwell there by continually praying, fasting and reading of his word. This will bring you peace and comfort to your mind and the situation that’s making you weary and distressed.
In the secret place you will abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
For example, when your outside and it is hot, most people put an umbrella up so that the heat will not harm them. Or as the cloud on a cloudy day covers the sun and the shadow of it protects from being so hot. It cools the day down. The shadow of it keeps you cool from the heat. That’s how God will cover you. You will be covered from all the fiery darts and trials of the devil that try to consume us day by day.
Psalms 91:2 I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge and my fortress my God; in him will I trust. God is an impenetrable God and nothing can penetrate through him. All power is in his hands. He will protect us. Every day the (devil) schemes up tactics to bring us down; to make us fall and give up. Maybe you are facing some hardship right now such as
There are so many other trials that we go through on a regular basis. We are always under attack, but the word of God says “the Name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” Proverbs 8:10. He is mighty and able to keep us and He is greater than anything we face. We just have to trust in him.
Why is it important to have such a place as this? Most people are not interested in knowing about God in their lives. They don’t think that God is real. But when sickness or a trouble arises, who is the first person they call on. God! God is the source of our everyday lives and without him we cannot be victorious.
Being in the Secret Place of God offers so many benefits. Some of the benefits are.
He will deliver you from the “snare of the fowler” (Psalms. 91:3)
·He will deliver you from the “noisome pestilence” (Psalms. 91:3)
He will be your shield (Psalms. 91:4)
He will cover you with his wings(Psalms.91:4)
No evil shall befall thee, nor shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling
Because you have made God your trust and believe fully in him as your protector, God promises to answer and deliver you in your times of trouble; He will set you on high and honor you. Psalms 91:14-16 (which means you will be in high places where your enemies cannot touch you). The only thing they will be able to see is Gods favor over your life. He will continually recognize you as his child.
For God has been a strength to the poor a strength to the needy in his distress a refuge from the storm and a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. (Isaiah 25-4).
We can’t see God but we know that he is real and because we are his children he will continually protect us. He has got our back!
Let’s get into our secret place
|Posted on January 11, 2013 at 10:04 AM||comments (298)|
The Rebuilding of the Temple
As we embark on this New Year, we want to continue to set our sights on things above. The year, 2012 has been a year to remember the good the bad and all the frustration we had to deal with. During 2012, some things may have been lost, gained or even given up. Paul reminds us that we are no longer looking at our past, but we are pressing towards the mark of the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus. In other words whatever happened in 2012 is left behind. We are blessed to be in 2013, let us move forward remembering all the great things that happened in 2012, carrying those actions into 2013. If 2012 was a season of testing, trials or tribulation let 2013 be your season of blessing and restoring.
In the book of Nehemiah, he received bad news about his homeland and country, after praying and fasting and repenting to God about the corrupt ways the children of Israel treated God, the Lord gave him favor with the king to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls of the city.
The favor of God was upon Nehemiah with such an anointing that the king gave Nehemiah a letter for material, along with soldiers for protection as well as being made governor over the city.
Three points of favor:
When seeking Gods favor there are 3 areas we want to address,
1. Your heart must have great compassion concerning the vision
2. Pray earnestly with a conviction of repentance. (Nehemiah 1:6)
3. Speak Gods words into existence (Nehemiah 1:8-9)
Nehemiah had an awesome level of faith in God, after gathering the rulers, and experience builders, Nehemiah began building the wall.
Spirit of adversity Nehemiah 2:19
Whenever you’re doing a work for the Lord the enemy will show up and not be late. As soon as the word went out about Nehemiah rebuilding the wall, Satan dispatched his warriors of evil, Sanballat and Tobias. Satan’s job is to stop us at any means necessary.
a. He will attempt to embrace you, (Nehemiah 4:1-3)
b. He will conspire against you, (Nehemiah 4:8). In this case Sanballat was so angry he was preparing to go to war with the Jews. The prayer and constant vigilance of Nehemiah caused the war attempt to cease. Prayer will always turn back your enemies and the heart of those who are trying to destroy the work of the Lord. Now don’t sleeps on the enemy, your prayers have power but the enemy will continue to strike at you.
Satan’s attack on the vision
1. Poverty and famine, (Nehemiah 5:1-3)
2. False rumors, (Nehemiah 6: 5-8)
3. Attempt on your life, (Nehemiah 6: 10-13)
Sanballat tried numerous attacks on Nehemiah. He went as far as sending messages including a false prophet, but Nehemiah prevailed and completed the rebuilding of the walls in 52 days.
After completing the walls Nehemiah was confronted with an in house problem from the rich, the nobles, and rulers who were oppressing the poor, making them mortgage off their property leaving them to borrow money to buy food. In some instance they were being forced to give their children up as slaves to keep from starving. Nehemiah was very angry at the injustice the people was receiving and brought the offenders to repentance (Nehemiah 5: 10-12). Nehemiah served as governor for 12 years just to put the government structure in order.
|Posted on January 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM||comments (19)|
Scripture: Psalms 68: 1
Let God Arise and Let his Enemies be scattered was a song that the soldiers sung when they went to battle. They would proceed with music and damsels dancing displaying the Ark of the Covenant as their deliver knowing with certainty that God would bring them out. They wanted the people to know that their God was:
Let his enemies be scattered: Let them that hate him flee from before him, Let the wicked perish.
Who are the enemies of God?
Answer. A. All those who oppose the gospel of Jesus Christ
B. Lovers of this world
I John 2:15 Love not this world
James 4:4 Know ye not that the friendship of this world is Enmity with God
One example: when Jehoshaphat went to battle the Lord told him there was no need for a sword or shield instead he sent praisers in place of worriers to battle. When Jehoshaphat arrived at the battle field the enemy was already dead. As Christians we all have numerous battles we come up against it may be on your job, at home or even in church. But what made the Ark of the Covenant so powerful was that the spirit of God was house in the Ark .We having a built-in ark which is the Holy Ghost. We tend to lean on our own understanding and fight our battles alone instead of allowing God to arise so he can scatter our enemies. As we see with Jehoshaphat God can do the same with us but we have to let go and let God fight our battles.