Love Wants To Be With The Ones He Loves

 

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“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you…” (Deuteronomy 3:18)

Love undoubtedly desires to be with the ones He loves, and we know that God is love, and He loves us! (1 John 4:7 & Jeremiah 31:3)  The Lord recently revealed this truth to me, and showed it to me in His word.  God reminded me that when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they were as a consequence, estranged from God (See Genesis Chapter 2).  God then showed me His heart for His people, and it was never to be separated from us.  God demonstrated this truth about His love for us when He sent Jesus to die in our place (because if not we would be eternally separated from Him), and thereby reconciled man back to Himself.  God paid the ultimate price to have fellowship and friendship with us…His beloved sons and daughters. God told me that is why when Jesus died on the cross for us (as us, and in our stead), one of the first things that happened as a result of Jesus death, is that the veil (which use to separate man from God) was torn from top to bottom (See Matthew 27:51).  The scriptures make it clear that as soon as God justly could He tore down that veil, which man’s disobedience/sin put up.  Beloved, after God revealed this truth to me; I am fully, and personally persuaded, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (See Romans Chapter 8).  Love wants to be with the ones He loves, and He has gone to the greatest extent to prove it to us…He sent Christ to the cross for us…so He can always be with us.

“…Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”  (Jeremiah 31:3)

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God Will Be Glorified!

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“You are My witnesses, says the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:10-11)

When considering why our lives take certain turns and we are allowed to go through certain challenges, we must remember that God chooses not to lose one (John 6:39). Some of you have gone through things that God allowed for the sake of others’ souls. There are people who need to hear about, or otherwise witness, your miracle, because for some, their lives depend on it, and for others, their very souls. Jesus said it like this once, “Unless you people see signs and wonders you will by no means believe” (John 4:48). We see this in the notable life story of the three Hebrew boys, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, (who are children of God) as recorded in the book of Daniel. A wicked king of that time ordered their execution and had so much disdain for God that he ordered that His children be put to death for obeying Him. However, after this king witnessed Jesus in the midst of a consuming fire, which was turned up seven time hotter than usual, and which the wicked king threw these children into, protect and deliver His children miraculously from it completely unharmed, he not only acknowledged that God was the “Most High God” but he also testified that God is the One who saved these boys out of his hands and “frustrated the king’s word” (Daniel 3:26 & 28). The king went on further to issue a decree as law in that nation that “any people, nation or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this” (Daniel 3:29). This king went from despising God to attempting to defend Him. The result? God is glorified! He is glorified, not only in protecting, saving, and delivering His children from the impossible odds that were against them, but also in causing this same pride-filled king who was completely against Him, to within the same day turn around and be for Him!

Now, after reading and understanding the truths God has revealed to us through their lives, we should know and believe that Jesus will deliver us and protect us in times of trouble, both for our sakes and for the sake of those who need to witness the glory of our God so that they too will believe in God. I am convinced that there are people who need the miracle we pray for, as much as we do, if not more. Therefore, if you are someone reading this who is currently facing trouble, or feel as though you have been surrounded by consuming fire please remember, God has not forgotten you. He didn’t forget the three Hebrew boys, and He hasn’t forgotten you. But these boys, like all of us, had to let God finish what He started in their lives. They had to trust God and allow Him to deliver them His way and in His time. Trust God; He has a plan for you, which is good and not evil, to give you hope and a future, and no plan of God’s can be thwarted (Jeremiah 29:11). Know, and believe, that if God has allowed fire in your life; this fire will not consume you. The fire isn’t for your destruction; it is for the glory of God!

“When Jesus heard that, He said,“This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” John 11:4

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Marriage with a Divine Purpose

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Today, I want to share with you something God revealed to me specifically for the married while I was studying the book of Esther. Now, stay with me if you are not married…yet! Yes, some of you will certainly be married, and this wisdom will be such a blessing for you and your spouse.  Also, you never know if the Lord is equipping you with today’s wisdom and revelation for a married couple who desperately needs God’s help.  The book of Esther is rich with revelation from God about our Lord Jesus, His ways and His will.  Today, however, we will focus on something the Lord showed me specifically about the people that He joins together, by looking at the book of Esther.

Esther and the king’s marriage had a much greater purpose than two people who just loved one other. That’s the truth about God’s marriages (i.e., those men and women who He joins together).  Married people, you need to remember this when tempted to walk away…God has a purpose for your marriage beyond yourself, your emotions, and even your rights. I say this because you may be right regarding a problem that arose in your marriage, but please keep in mind that when your marriage serves a greater purpose—one beyond yourself—others can be gravely affected by your decision to exercise “your right.” Let us always remember, being right isn’t enough. We have to remain unselfish. Love doesn’t seek its own, even when it is right. (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). We know this is true by looking at Jesus.  Jesus is God, and God is love(John 14:9 & 1 John 4:8).  Jesus did no sin, knew no sin, and in Him was no sin, but the sin of the entire world came upon Him at the cross for a greater purpose, and Jesus allowed it to be so that through His sacrifice, this entire world can be saved forever (John 3:16-17). Jesus gave up His right to be right, and chose love and humility instead. I say humility, because although Jesus had not committed the crimes He was falsely accused of, and certainly was not subject to the death penalty, He—being God—subjected Himself to the governing authorities of man, in order to do the will of God. The Bible says, “He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death” (Philippians 2:18). Sometimes in a marriage the only thing that needs to be done in order to be humble is to close one’s mouth, even if you are right. By the grace of God, this can be done. The Bible says, “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us” (Philippians 4:13).

Now, keep in mind that Jesus gave up His right to be right because of love. And Jesus, who certainly knows how to defend, as seen throughout the entire Bible, refused to defend Himself when His life was on the line. Instead, He remained silent, renouncing all rights He had as God, and as an innocent Man, so that we, who caused His death, would be completely forgiven and made righteous by God forever. This is LOVE! Love is completely unselfish; it truly does not seek its own. Again, being right isn’t what matters; love does. I’m not saying that this is so easy to do all the time, especially with the flesh, but it is necessary in marriage.

Also, when you have a God-ordained marriage, your marriage is a ministry…and the world benefits from it. It is in all of our interest that your marriage remains together and strong…and it is to our detriment if it doesn’t. Please remember God, and us, whenever a trial comes, because your marriage isn’t just about you and your spouse. Also, keep in mind that whatever problem has arisen, it is passing. It is not in your marriage and life to stay.  Just know; this too shall pass. But the God-ordained purpose for which your marriage serves is eternal and will have eternal consequences for the glory of God and the good of multitudes of God’s people.

Also, please keep this in mind: God said, “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more” (Luke 12:48). Your marriage has a divine purpose and that means much has been given you. Humbling ourselves and walking in love is the much that is required from God. And, for those facing a storm right now, do not think, and definitely don’t believe and confess, that “I cannot take or make it,” because those are lies! God has promised, and He cannot lie, that “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9). You can make it! And don’t be discouraged if your spouse isn’t praying with you for your marriage. You and God are a majority! Esther’s husband never prayed with her during the storm she faced in her marriage…and in her life for that matter! Instead, he was completely oblivious that his marriage was about to end, and that his own wife was about to be killed. Thankfully, Esther had a relationship with God, and so she cried out to God, without her husband even being aware of her prayer, let alone participating in it; and indeed that was more than enough! It saved her, her people, and her marriage. God is not a respecter of persons; if He did it for Esther (and we know He did), He will do it for you…and He will fulfill His divine purpose for your marriage!

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Let God Give You What You Need

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“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.” (Psalm 127:2).

The preceding bible verse is a powerful one that brings us true rest.  We must never lose sight of the truth…God is our provider, we are not our own, and God delights to give us what we need.  The preceding verse demonstrates that God gives to His beloved even while they are sleeping so in vain people rise early to provide for themselves and sit up late worried about how to make ends meet, because God gives to His own. We see this throughout the entire bible, but two examples the Lord showed me that really blessed me, which I will share with you.

God gave Adam a wife (which marriage has no record of divorcing) while he was sleeping…not while he was toiling trying to give himself a spouse  (Genesis 2:21-22).  Another example was King Solomon, who God gave freely wisdom, and wealth beyond measure, when he was sleeping.  (See 1 Kings 4).  What did the Lord show me with these two examples?  If you are sleeping, you are not busy trying to save yourself.  Instead you are in a resting, and allowing God to supply your needs.  God has shown me one of the main reasons that people are not receiving from God what He longs to give them is because they are busy trying to give it to themselves.  That should not be so.  God’s part is to give to His beloved (that’s us), and our part is to trust God to give it and thankfully receive it when He does!

Let me explain a bit more. Imagine that our relationship with God (for illustrative purposes) is like a movie.  In a movie everyone has his or her role to play.  In our movie, God is the provider; and you and I are the receivers.  And just like a movie, when everyone assumes his or her role, it goes well…the same is true for us in this movie.  When we allow God to be God, and we realize we are not God and without Him we can do nothing; the movie goes well. However, imagine a movie where one actress keeps reading lines from another actor’s role…that movie would be chaos and it’s production/conclusion delayed, because any director with any wisdom is going to stop the actress (Cut!) and make her start all over again…make her take her place and play her role, because only when she does is the movie a success.  When we try to save ourselves, provide for ourselves, and protect ourselves, we are behaving like the misguided actress and delaying the conclusion of the hit film.  Beloved, let’s come out of that vicious cycle of defeat and let God do what He does best…provide for His own!  Let our prayer today be that God deliver us from trying to play His part, and bless us to excel in our own…be grateful receivers of all God has done, will do, and is doing in Jesus name!

“But see first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.”  (Matthew 6:33).

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Written by: Siohvaughn L. Funches-Wade

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Unless the Lord Builds the House, The Laborer Labors in Vain!

psalm_127_1--white-800x800Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me… for without Me you can do nothing.  (John 15:4-5)

I love the portion of Acts, beginning in chapter four, leading up to chapter five, where the Apostles of Jesus Christ are preaching the gospel and doing mighty signs and wonders in spite of persecution, accusations and imprisonment.  There were some religious leaders of that day who were determined to stop the Apostles from preaching about Jesus, and were plotting how to stop them from the work of God that they set out to do.  A man named Gamaliel said something to those religious leaders, in regards to the Apostles and the work they set out to do, which is so profound and relevant for us as believers today.  He said, “And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it-lest you even be found to fight against God.”  (Acts 5:38-39).    I don’t know about you, but this truth brings me so much rest and peace. Too often the enemy has tried to use people to come against us, whether intentionally or ignorantly, plotting to destroy our God-given destinies or us.  When this has happened to me, I felt afraid at times…anxious about whether man would prevail in his evil plans against me, but I find rest in God with the truth of His word, that if the work of mankind isn’t of God…if God didn’t send them to do what they are doing, or say what they are saying…it will come to NOTHING! However, for us, who have been called and sent by God, and He is working in us both to will and to do…nobody can overthrow our destiny, the work of our hands or us, because it truly isn’t us doing the work, but it is God doing it both in and through us.  The Lord is building our house and unless He does the building the laborer, whether ignorantly or intentionally, labors in vain! Therefore, rest beloved of God; the works were finished concerning you, your family and your destiny before the foundations of the world (Heb. 4:3)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

 

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Powerful Prayers!

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“I cry out to the Lord with my voice; with my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.  I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.”  (Psalm 142:1).

I can’t begin to stress just how powerful and important it is to have a personal relationship with God.  God longs to share with you His heart of love toward you, His will for your life and family and His ways.  In spending time alone with God one day, nurturing my personal relationship with Him, I learned a lesson that has blessed me tremendously, and I know it will bless you too!  God showed me that some of the most powerful prayers made are those comprised of just tears poured out to Him, groaning and even pouring out your complaint to Him. Religion is never going to agree with this truth because religion wants an articulate prayer at all times, but I learned that life’s challenges sometimes had me with literally no words… and just tears, groaning and a complaint instead…and thankfully; God doesn’t despise these prayers!  Instead He pities us, and He answers the groans, cries and complaint of the brokenhearted.  Can you see why I love Him?  God understands our humanity and all the issues of life we face (Hebrews 4:15).

The Lord proved this to me one day while reading about Hanna in the bible.  Hanna was barren, and although she had a husband who loved her, she really longed for a child.  Hanna went to God with weeping, bitterness and a complaint (See, 1 Samuel, Chapter 1). How did God answer her in His graciousness? He sent a prophet to tell her that by that same time next year she would bear a son, and indeed, she bore a son!  Not just any son, but Samuel, a true man of God whom the bible records as being a prophet who spoke, and when he did, not one word he prophesied fell to the ground! (1 Samuel 3:19).  God is so good!

God also showed me Jesus had a prayer of groaning once, and God answered Him by raising a man, [Lazarus] who was in a tomb for four days, from the dead (See John, Chapter 11).  Specifically, the bible says that Jesus, who saw the family and friends of Lazarus weeping and mourning his death,“…groaned in the spirit and was troubled” and “…Jesus, again [was] groaning in Himself” and “Jesus wept”  (John 11:33 & 35, Emphasis and Bold Mine).  Then the word says that Jesus, “lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank You that You have heard Me…” (John 11:41).  Notably, Jesus had not said a word, but we see from the scriptures that He did groan and weep. Powerful prayers! God showed me with this passage of scripture, God hears and interprets our groans and tears…they are powerful prayers to God! When God answered this prayer of Jesus, Lazarus, who was dead for four days, rose from the dead as if it were only taking a catnap!  God is so good!  (John 11:44).  If you are someone who has experienced a painful trial, you understand that sometimes all you have to give God is your tears, moans, groans and complaints…and God in His love hears that powerful prayer too, and He answers it!

“In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears.  (Psalm 18:6).

 

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Key Words In Today’s Blog/Teaching:

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Faith

Hope

Prayers

Power

Love

Mercy

Blessed to be a Blessing!

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“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.”  Genesis 12:2

The bible tells us there are a few things that God cannot do.  This is and of itself a phenomenon because after all He is God…Sovereign and Supreme, Glorious and Almighty!  Notwithstanding these truths, God cannot lie for example.  Now, the bible does not say this, but I have often had the meditation and made the confession that there is something else God cannot do; “God cannot do anything small”…God goes big or He goes home so to speak!  He is a big God, with a HUGE heart, and an extremely generous hand that blesses, supplies and provides.  This truth is seen throughout the bible, and in my own life too. God let me know that one of the reasons He gives to us so lavishly is because it is His will that He blesses us so that we are a blessing to others.  That is the will of our loving God.  And because God is so big a giver, when you bless others, many more blessing come upon you.  I call it the blessedness of being a blessing.

The Lord showed me a powerful example of this truth in the book of 1 Kings Chapter 17.   In it Elijah, the prophet of God, came to a widow’s home and asked for a cup of water and some bread.  The widow responded that she only had a hand full of four and little oil.  Elijah encouraged her, “Do not fear…” “For thus says the Lord God of Israel: “The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry…”  (1 Kings 17:13-14).  And as sure as God cannot lie, the word He spoke through Elijah came to pass. Specifically, the bible says, “The bin of flour was not used up nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.”  (1 Kings 17:16).  This widow was blessed by God to that oil and flour that day and when she became a blessing to the prophet Elijah, she was blessed in such a way that her blessing didn’t cease!  Indeed the children of God are blessed to be a blessing!  Therefore, beloved as the Lord leads you to give and bless others do it without fear, and with a cheerful heart knowing that the blessings in your life will be multiplied as you do so!

“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38

 

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.