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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

But the voice spoke again: “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.” (Acts 10:15 NLT)

As a child of the Most High God, you must know and believe that you are who God says you are!  Nothing and nobody can change that truth!  God made you and whatever God does cannot be undone (Ecclesiastes 3:14).  I find that believing this truth is not just an outward challenge (when the enemy uses someone to attempt to judge you), but it is also and inward one when we fail in some regard.  Sometimes we can be are own worst critic.  However, it is at times when we fail that we must remember we are not what we do…or what we don’t do; we are who God says we are.  And God says we are His beloved in whom He is well pleased, because He says this of Jesus, and God promised us, that as Christ is so are we (His children) in this world (1 John 4:17).  We are not a failure or an unclean habit.  We are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).

The Lord had to correct Peter in this regard when he was attempting to call unclean what the Lord cleansed  (See Acts 10).  The Lord taught Peter that day, and is teaching us now, what He cleanses, we are not to call unclean.  Jesus has indeed cleansed us (1 John 1:7).  Beloved, when the sinless, blameless pure blood of the Son of God cleanses you, you are clean. Jesus blood has washed you and made you irrevocably clean. There is no shortcoming, addiction, sin, wrong-decision…not a created thing…there is nothing that was, that is, or which is to come that can make you unclean!  Renounce to the guilt and condemnation, because sons and daughters of God, you are who God says you are!

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. (Psalm 139:14).

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All scripture, unless otherwise noted, is taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Let Go and Let God! Part 3

 

Let go and Let God 3If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. 2 Timothy 2:13

For the last couple of weeks the Lord has lead us to meditate on the power of letting go and letting God (trusting God with everyone and everything that concerns us).  We have looked at various people’s lives and learned valuable lessons and saw the faithfulness of God to resolve any challenge in our favor when we let go and trust Him!  Jesus is our greatest example of the power of letting go and letting God. The Bible says that Jesus loved not His life unto death (Philippians 2:8). He obeyed and trusted God even unto death. Now, remember, when Jesus came to earth, He came in human flesh as a Man, and He was tested in all ways a man can be tested, but was without sin (Hebrews 4:15).  Jesus, as a Man, faced the challenge of trusting God in a frightening situation…a matter of life or death. Right before Jesus was crucified, He prayed to God in a garden to pass that cup of suffering, sin and separation from His Father that He was about to drink on the cross for all of us… as all of us. But instead of letting fear over take Him, Jesus let go and let God, saying, “not My will but Your will be done” (Mark 13:42). And the result is…God raised Jesus from the dead, and just at the mention of His name, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2:10).   What shall we say of all these things?  God is good, and so worth our trust!

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7

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Let Go and Let God: Part Two

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-8cj9ar5huaaaedfr

If anyone reading this has ever had to let go and let God, you understand why this particular message needs to be expounded on more than just one week. Letting go (trusting God with our lives, and all that has concerned us) and letting God (allowing Him to resolve any problems we face) is vital.  It is truly God’s way, and when we walk in God’s way, we experience abundance in every area of our lives (Psalm 65:11).  Additionally, God’s way always leads to a perfect resolution for us, while stirring up aggressive peace in us.  The truth is God wants us to walk in this “highway” because He loves us, wants to see us filled with the never ceasing shalom (peace and wellbeing) that Jesus died to give us, and He truly delights to help us.  But because the devil tries to use things and people of the utmost importance to easily beset us, to get us full of worries in his violent attempt to devour us; it is important we know and believe that it is safe for us to cast allour cares to Jesus, who loves us, no matter how important the concerns maybe (1 Peter 5:5-9).  Beloved, God can do a lot of things — but lie or fail… He cannot do! (Numbers 23:19 & Titus 1:2).   And even if you have failed, God remains faithful (2 Timothy 2:13).  The truth is we can trust a loving Father like this.  Queen Esther did, and God proved to her, like He desperately wants to prove to us, that He is completely worthy of our full trust.

Queen Esther decided to let go and let God even while facing an almost certain death.  (Book of Esther) This was during a time when an enemy of the Jews (Esther was of Jewish decent) deceived the king of that day into issuing an irreversible decree to kill, destroy and annihilate all the men, women and children who were Jews (Esther 3:12-13).  During Esther’s time, whenever someone went to the king’s chambers un-summoned by him, the penalty was death unless the king pardoned that brave soul.  The king had not called for Esther to come to him in months and the decree ordering the Jews wrongful execution was imminent. Not only that — but the enemy of the Jews (Haman) had received the king’s full permission and authority to kill all those Jewish people.  Queen Esther had every natural reason to let fear grip her heart, panic to set in and trusting God to not even be an option…but she didn’t.  Granted, her initial reaction was to seek to save her own life, and pour out like water every excuse why she should not go, but eventually, and after being reminded of her God-given purpose, Queen Esther let go and let God, agreeing to go before the king unsummon to plead for the life of her kinsman, and herself, saying, “If I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16). What was the result of her letting go and letting God?   God proved Himself worthy of all her trust.  God saved Queen Esther’s life, saved the life of her kinsman and saved the lives of an entire Jewish nation, while executing all of their enemies! This same God is our Father and He is most worthy of our trust.  What He did for Esther, He will do for us every time we let go and let God!

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.  (Hebrews 10:23)

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Let Go and Let God!

Casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)Casting all your cares upon Him because He cares for you!

I felt from God to share with you all what He is sharing and revealing more and more to me. Our Father truly wants us to receive all that He has for us.  The issue isn’t God’s ability or desire to provide our needs, and our heart’s desires; the issue is on the receiving end. When we believe, we receive. When we don’t believe we are filled with fear and worry.  Now, keep in mind the Lord is showing us this to help us, not to condemn us.  The Lord wants to teach us His ways so that we can posses ever promise He made us!  So let’s dive into this revelation and receive the breakthroughs and miracles we desire!

God’s way is that we let go and let God.  This simply means to believe God and trust Him, and His love for us, to resolve whatever challenges we are facing.  Faith to believe God comes by hearing and hearing the word of Christ.  Let me say right away here that I have experienced the need to let go and let God, and have really struggled with it, and as much as I would love to tell you that those struggles are all in my past…the reality is, I am still learning to let go and trust God.  And while I am on this journey of letting go and letting God, I am literally experiencing the power of God manifest in the very area I surrender immediately when I do let go.  I want this for you all too, and God wants it for you even more.

God has demonstrated the power of letting go and letting God in many people’s lives throughout the entire Bible, although we will only be looking at one of them here today. God’s nature and will for us is that we trust Him with our cares and concern, but human nature seems to be to hold on for dear life to what we have…even problems. And when someone has suffered loss, the grip can get even tighter as they try to keep whatever is left because of the fear of losing more, or losing it all.  There is a perfect example of this in God’s word, and with it a clear picture why we should “let go and let God.”  Jacob (the father of Joseph) life clearly portrays this truth. Let me give you some background so you can understand Jacob’s hesitation in letting go and trusting God.  Jacob had a wife (Rachel) whom he deeply loved.  He waited over a decade to marry her, and when he finally married her, she wasn’t able to conceive.  God blessed them and opened her womb, and from her womb came Joseph…the son whom Jacob deeply loved.  Well, Jacob was wrongfully led to believe that his son Joseph was killed by wild animals (his brothers who were jealous of him sold him into slavery and faked his death).  To say that Jacob was broken is truly and understatement of what this man must have felt. Rachel and Jacob eventually had another son (Benjamin),and then Rachel died.  Along with her death was the possibility of Jacob having anymore children from the only woman he was ever in love with.  Later on Jacob experienced a famine in the land where he lived, but got word that there was bread in Egypt (this is where Joseph currently was living and ruling second in command in that entire country).  Now, the famine was severe and if Jacob didn’t get food for his family…they were going to surely die.  Jacob’s older sons (who sold Joseph into slavery) went to Egypt and came face to face with Joseph unbeknownst to them.  Joseph, recognizing them, decided to test them and request that Benjamin (his younger brother with the same mom) be brought to them or they would not get any grain for the famine.  When the older brothers went back to tell their father they must bring Benjamin with them to Egypt in order to buy more grain so they don’t die; Jacob refused.  He responded in fear and worry that what happened in his past would happen again. Fear that history would repeat itself was consuming Jacob so much that he didn’t realize by not allowing his sons to go to Egypt to buy bread (that was the only nation that had grain), he was securing the death of the very son he feared would die.  Fear is very irrational.  But eventually Jacob must have stopped only remembering what happened to him and remembered the faithfulness of our God, because he finally let go and let God.  He declared one day that they could take Benjamin and, “If I am bereaved, I am bereaved” (Genesis 43:14). This leap of faith Jacob took led him to be reunited with his long-lost son, Joseph, and it led him and his whole house to plenty of bread and a life of luxury during a famine! And by the way, Benjamin lived and was the most highly favored among all of Jacob’s sons in Egypt! God is good, and He is worthy of our trust!

“…Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”  (Isaiah 41:10)

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God Will Clean Up Your Mess

68fb49e88efced686388d748250c495c“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” (Hebrews 8:12)

I understand that at first glance today’s blog title may seem a bit pretentious. But it is not at all a statement of conceit, it is a statement of confidence…confidence in the love, mercy and grace of our God, who while we were at our worse He gave us His best (Romans 5:8)! This is the unfailing love our Father has toward us, and His love doesn’t change when we fail, or get in a mess of our own making, and neither does His grace. But when we fail, His grace actually increases tremendously (Romans 5:20). God demonstrated His love and grace throughout the entire bible for His children, every time they were in messes of their own making. The good news is — He doesn’t change (Hebrews 13:8).   What He did for them, He is willing and able to do for you because God is not a respecter of persons…somehow, we are all His favorite! (Romans 2:11). Let’s take a look at a couple examples that the Lord gave us in His word which expound on the truths herein.

In the book of Ruth the story opens up with Naomi and her family fleeing out of Bethlehem (which literally translates to, House of Bread), and into Moab (a nation previously cursed) because of a famine (a scarcity of bread) (Ruth, chapter 1). The bible never says God led Naomi and her family out of Bethlehem. The Lord showed me that they let “need lead”, and Jesus specifically warned us not to fall into this trap of Satan’s, who wants us to worry over our needs. Jesus so lovingly told us that, God knows what you have need of, but seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (the gift of righteousness Jesus gave us when He was resurrected from the dead), and all these things you need will be added to you (Matthew 6:33). You don’t need to chase after something that God promised will chase after you. God’s ways are: You chase after God and His righteousness and He will make the supply of all your needs, and even your heart’s desires, chase after you. Do you have a need today? A desire you long for God to fulfill? God is giving you the key to open wide that door. Do like the slogan of NIKE child of God and “Just Do It ! God said seek Him and His righteousness first…then get the need supplied. So just do it. Do it God’s way. The sooner you do it, the sooner those blessings will chase you down and over take you…and that is a promise from Jesus Himself! (WOW, didn’t plan on saying all of that, but I’ve yielded my will to God so that He can simply use me to speak to His people). Back to Ruth…after Naomi and her family let need lead them instead of the Lord, they ended up dying, and the only family member who went out of Bethlehem that was remaining to tell the story, was Naomi. Thankfully, she had her daughter in law Ruth who stuck closer to her than a blood relative, and was a dear friend to her (Ruth 1:6-18). God, who didn’t cause the mess Naomi was in, had provision waiting on her when she allowed the Lord to lead her back to Bethlehem. The famine was finished, and not only that, God also led Ruth to marry Boaz, a very wealthy man, and that entire family, including Naomi, went from weary to wealthy in nearly an instant! (Ruth, chapter 4). God cleaned up Naomi’s mess because He is a God of love.

We see God’s love cleaning up another mess, not His making, in the life of Jonah. Jonah was called by God to preach to a city of people in Nineveh (Jonah, chapter 1). Back then Nineveh was like a Sodom and Gomorrah, and Jonah didn’t want to have anything to do with a destiny and calling that led him to Nineveh, so he did what a lot of us have done…he ran from God. But since we cannot out run God, Jonah didn’t get very far. He did, however, get very deep…deep into trouble. When Jonah fled God’s will, he ended up on a ship with men who cast him overboard, and into the sea. But God was there ready and willing to help Jonah clean up his mess. God had a big fish swallow Jonah up, and saved his life in doing so. When Jonah experienced the grace and love of our God, who even helps us clean up the messes we make, Jonah went to Nineveh and preached to them like he was called to do (Jonah, chapter 3). The good news for us is that God is the same yesterday today and forever, and what He did for the children of God mentioned herein; He will do for us, but even greater! (Hebrews 13:8). Those people lived under the old covenant, which God found fault with (Hebrews 8:6-7). We, however, as Christians are under the new covenant…completely and totally forgiven and living under the unclouded favor of our Father and therefore, Daddy will do even greater cleaning up the messes we make!

“…God who is rich in mercy because of His great love with which He loved us…”(Ephesians 2:4)

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Rightly Dividing the Covenants

“Rightly divide the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)slide-02

God is so rich in mercy, and has the biggest heart to give (Ephesians 2:4-5).  It is truly His delight to give us the Kingdom (Luke 12:32). There are people, however, who yet to receive so many of God’s free gifts.  A large reason why is lack of knowledge.  Lack of knowledge has serious consequences.  The bible says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).  I can assure you God doesn’t want any of His children destroyed (2 Peter 3:9).  That’s the purpose behind today’s message.  God wants to impart some more godly knowledge in us, so that we are not only far from destruction, but so we also are positioned to receive all He has for us.

Now, the bible is filled with knowledge but the focus of todays’ message will be rightly dividing the old covenant from the new covenant in the bible.  When you do this, you know the heart of God and His promises for us as new covenant believers in Christ Jesus.  So let’s dive right in!

The old covenant of law, given via Moses, was a system of earning God’s blessings (John 1:17).  God entered into a contract so to speak with mankind, and when man did His part (followed God’s laws); God did His, and blessed them beyond measure. Because of the weakness of man’s flesh, however, and the fact that no man can be justified by the law, man failed again and again, and thus, forfeited his inheritance of blessings (Galatians 2:16 & Romans 3:20).  By contrast, under the new covenant, which came by Jesus Christ, Jesus fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the law for us (see Romans 8:4), and rose from the dead, which made us righteous before God (Romans 4:25).  Jesus made us heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Himself, so that all of God’s blessings are rightfully yours and mine! Hallelujah!!!  Jesus also became a curse for us so that no more curses from breaking the law would come on us…all of us who believe in Jesus! (Galatians 3:13). This is very simple, but incredibly powerful.  We are no longer under the old covenant of law!  We are under the new covenant of grace through faith in Jesus (Ephesians 2:8).

In this new covenant, Jesus did it all for us, and when He, who cannot lie, finished everything to reconcile mankind to God forever, make us righteous before God and qualify us for every promise from God in the entire bible; He proclaimed: It is finished!  People of God, it is finished!  The only thing to do in this new covenant is to believe, because when you believe, you receive every promise Jesus died and rose to give you freely.  Beloved, it is yours…declare with me…”Daddy God thank you for Jesus, and I receive all He died and rose from the dead to provide for me in Jesus name!”

“It is finished!”  (See, John 19:28-30)

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