Beauty for Ashes

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One of the things that God called Jesus to do for us was to turn our ashes into beauty (Isaiah 61:3). In other words, Jesus turns evil into good for us (Romans 8:28). There is a picture of the Lord’s heart to do this for us throughout the bible, but let’s focus on it seen in the book of Esther.  In the book of Esther, there was an enemy of the Jewish people named Haman, who used his position as an official of the king at that time, which was Queen Esther’s husband.  Esther was a Jew, but neither Haman nor her husband, the king, knew it.  Haman’s evil plot was uncovered and his intentions made known by the wisdom of God given to Esther.  Haman was hung on the very gallows he had prepared for Esther’s uncle (also a Jew) to be hung on.  Now, although Haman had been killed and the evil intentions of his heart exposed, the decree to kill and destroy every Jew which Haman had issued was still outstanding, because pursuant to the Persian laws of that day, it had to be executed once issued…no matter what. But God in His love and mercy for His people, gave them wisdom, and had them issue a counter-decree, which ultimately delivered them from this so-called set-in-stone death decree. Since God had already strategically placed Esther into the kingdom, she too had authority and power in Persia as the Queen. The king asked Esther what would she like to decree, and Esther, full of wisdom, used her God-given authority to issue a counter-decree that allowed the Jews to defend themselves, Haman’s sons to be hung, and his house to be given to her uncle Mordecai (Esther 7:10; 8:2). We, as children of the Most High God, must do the same, and use our God-given authority. Now, I know that someone may be saying, “but I’m not a queen and I don’t have the authority to issue court decrees like Esther.” But, indeed you are a queen, and for the gentlemen reading, you are a king in the eyes of God, and you have God-given authority to issue decrees in the highest court of heaven too. The Bible says that He made us kings and priests and Jesus has given us His keys to the Kingdom, and we have all power and authority over the enemy. Therefore, your authority is even greater than Esther’s was in that day, and Esther was used to save an entire nation! Therefore, with the wisdom of God, use your God-given authority, because we—like Esther—have authority with the King!

So after the counter-decree was issued, it happened that on the same day that the children of God were supposed to die, their enemies perished instead. During the month that they were supposed to be unjustly slain, God gave them rest from their enemies instead…turned their sorrow to joy, and they went from mourning to a holiday (the Feast of Purim, which commemorates this victory) (Esther 9). And to this day many Jews still celebrate the Feast of Purim with feasting, gladness, and sending one another gifts, because of the greatness of our God, and what He did in Persia. The Lord is willing and able to do the same for you. In fact, the God promises in His word (and God cannot lie), that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forevermore, and He is not a respecter of persons! (Titus 1:2; Hebrews 13:8 & Acts 10:34)

Beloved, whatever was meant for your harm, God works it together for your good. And remember; don’t be afraid of any weapons that form against you because it will never prosper. And know that if God allowed the weapon to form, God can take that very same weapon and wield it against your enemy. The Bible says that the pit that the enemy digs for you, he himself will fall into it (Proverbs 26:27). That is what God did for Mordecai. God allowed his enemy Haman to build the gallows, thinking it was for Mordecai to hang on and die. The truth was, God knew Haman would hang on that very same gallows in his stead! And, God changes not! What He did for them, He will do for you. Therefore, don’t be afraid when you see your enemies digging ditches, because they are digging their own graves, and whatever ashes they threw your way, Jesus will give you beauty in place of them all!

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me…to give them beauty for ashes…”  (Isaiah 61:1 & 3)

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

 

With God All Things Are Possible (Part 2)

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“I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help?  My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.”  (Psalm 121:1-2)

I want everyone who reads the words here today to know that these are not encouraging words, although you will be encouraged.  These are words of God.  The powerful thing about words from God is that they don’t return to Him void or empty, but they must accomplish the purpose for which God sent them (Isaiah 55:11). God’s words are unfailing truth (John 17:17).  You can rely on God and His word, because God is His word (John 1:1).  The word of God teaches us about Him, His character and His unfailing abilities…no matter the opposition.  If you are someone facing a challenge in your finances, or any area you feel like your abilities or possessions are insufficient, God has sent me to bring you good news: What you are facing may be impossible for you to resolve, but with God all things are possible, and God is both willing and able to help you!

We see examples of this truth throughout the entire bible, but today let’s look at a passage of scripture the Lord gave me to share.  It begins with a crowd that followed Jesus (over five thousand people) and Jesus having saw their need to eat opens up a dialogue with one of His disciples, which was a test, asking the disciple how were they going to feed all those people. The disciple responded to Jesus about what they did not have, pointing to their inability.  Another disciple spoke of what they had, but how it wasn’t enough…pointing to their lack.  Jesus, the only example we are called to follow, looked to God, knowing that God is for us, and although something may be impossible for man (due to lack or inability etc.), all things are possible with God, and He gave God thanks, blessed what He did have and God multiplied what Jesus had until it was more than enough! God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  What He did then, He is able and willing to do for you now.  Don’t give thought to the impossibility of any challenge you face with man’s abilities and resources, because God is with you and for you…and with God all things are possible!

“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:26)

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

 

With God All Things Are Possible!

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Beloved, I don’t know what challenges you may be facing today, and what fear the enemy may be trying to bring into your heart because of seemingly impossible problems, but God has sent me to remind some, and inform others, of this very powerful, unfailing, everlasting truth; with God all things are possible! (Matthew 19:26). Let’s slow down for a minute and meditate on this word.  First, we know the word is telling us that with Godall things are possible. For the believer, this is God-news (the only thing I say is better than good news), because God is not only for us, He is always with us  (Matthew 28:19-20).  In other words, that’s an absolute for us.  Now, for the second part, we see that with God, all things are possible.  Beloved, this too is God-news, because no matter whatthe defeated devil may try to bring against you…with God all things are possible.  No matter how many odds seemed to be stacked against you…with God all the breakthroughs, turn-arounds, deliverance, healing you need….no matter what it is…with God they are all possible!

“…With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

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

It is Finished!

It is Finished!

“…the works were finished before the foundations of the world.”  (Hebrews 4:3).

For those of you who are waiting for God to manifest His promises in your life, I felt from God to remind you…it is finished!  We must remember the above scripture; all the works were finished before the foundation of the world.  That means, everything that you have need of, and desire…it is finished!  As you wait for God to prove this truth to you with a personal manifestation of His sure faithfulness in your life, meditate on, and declare that, “it is finished!”  Beloved, trust God that the works are finished, and as He has promised you…so shall it be!  I say trust God because, it won’t always look like what God promised you, in any given situation, but God is faithful and He will do what He promised.  Trust and believe Him.  Jesus had to do this same thing and He is eternally glorified!

In Jesus’ very own life, God made Him promises too. Now, who knew that injustice, sorrow, and pain would be the road that led to salvation, redemption, health, and righteousness? God knew. He knows everything and He loves us more than we may ever truly understand. Therefore we can trust God. Jesus did. In fact He needed too. Surely, it did not look like the way God took Jesus—the shameful cursed cross—was the way to glory and the eternal exaltation God promised Him, but it was.  Not only that, Jesus simultaneously finished all the works for our lives as He did the will of God for His own!

Jesus, too, had to trust God when He said that the works were finished before the foundations of the world. Beloved, we, like Jesus, must trust God also, knowing that as children of the God who goes before us…it is truly finished!

I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ (Isaiah 46:10 NIV)

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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.