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You Will Not Be Put To Shame!

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“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame…”  (Isaiah 54:4)

I love the story of Martha, Mary and Lazarus in the bible.  These were people (a group of siblings) who loved Jesus and believed in Him, but that didn’t exempt from life’s challenges.  (See John Chapter 11).  These siblings faced a serious test and it was public.  Their brother Lazarus became sick, they prayed and Jesus gave a promise all would be well…but Lazarus died.    Notably, and relevant for today’s blog, I want you focus on how God allowed people around Martha and Mary to witness their trying time, and see them at a time when it looked like the God they served was too late. This was not for their shame, but for the glory of God, so that these spectators would also believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life. In doing so, when the those onlookers are faced with a trial, or a dead circumstance, they will know to call on the God of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus to have even the deadest of things resurrected! Perhaps you, like myself, have wondered why God allowed people to witness your most difficult times, especially since that can be a trial in and of itself. Well, it certainly isn’t to shame you. God has promised, “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed. Neither be disgraced…” (Isaiah 54:4). And again, God promised, “My people shall never be put to shame” (Joel 2:26). Therefore, know and believe that no matter what you may be facing, and who may be witnessing it, God hasn’t allowed the onlookers to see you in defeat… He has had their eyes turned toward you, because that is exactly where He is manifesting His glory!

 

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

 

Don’t Run: God Blesses Beyond the Famine!

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At the onset of the story of Ruth, we learn something very important about God’s heart toward us. God’s blessings and willingness to provide for us don’t depend on any circumstances around us. God is, and always will be, our Provider (Genesis 22:14). Not understanding this produces fear, and fear often times can produce flight. In other words, someone full of fear can end up running out of the very place God ordained for them to be in, because they doubt God will provide for them there.

We see this take place in the life of Naomi and her husband Elimelech, who decided to flee their hometown of Bethlehem (which literally means, “house of bread”) and go into Moab during a fam- ine. Fear that God would not provide for them because of a famine caused them to flee the “house of “bread” and go reside in Moab (a nation previously cursed by God because of the incestuous way it began). Fear isn’t rational. It caused them to leave the place called “house of bread” and take refuge in the nation that was cursed. Fear should never lead us. God promised that in His unfailing love, He will lead the people He has redeemed, and in His strength He will guide them to His holy dwelling (Exodus 15:13). Further, Jesus is our Good Shepherd, and He leads us beside the quiet waters and we shall not lack (Psalm 23:2). Notice that when the Lord leads us, we shall not lack. Now, when Naomi and her family allowed fear to lead them, they didn’t lack bread in Moab, but they lacked each other, as death overtook them one by one. When God blesses you, He doesn’t have to take away some blessings, in order to add more blessings to you. God is a God of multiplication, not subtraction! And if the Lord has removed something from your life, He has done it in order to give you much more! This is because our God is a giver. And this truth about God is so much so that Jesus restores that which He did not take away (Psalm 69:4).

Now, someone may be thinking this doesn’t apply to them because they are not in a land that is experiencing a famine in regards to bread (i.e., food). But there may be other areas of your life where a famine seems to have hit. For example, someone may be experiencing a famine in the area of marriage. The love, intimacy, romance, and communication may seem to be in a serious state of famine, but if God is in that marriage, don’t flee. Instead, believe that God will provide for you right where you are, and He will turn that famine into a feast! God is well known for blessing His people during famine. For example, God blessed Isaac right in the middle of the famine. God actually commanded that Isaac not run, but stay put because God was going to be with him and bless him right where he was. Isaac obeyed God and stayed in the land, and the Bible says that he “sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous” (Genesis 26:12-13). This is our God, people…and He is not a respecter of persons.  What He did for His other children, He is willing and able to do for you!

 

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

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.