Through faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God so that the things, which are seen, were not made of the things that do appear Hebrews 11:3 “through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear”. We need to understand that there is power in the words that we speak. You may utter words thinking that they do not have impact but they do. Isaiah 55:11 says “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” God has given you the creating power in your tongue. Whatever you pronounce happens or is called into being. Solomon reminds us in Proverbs 18:21 the “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”
This is the year that you will come into your breakthrough (read more here) and anything is possible including creating a world that you desire. As a believer, it is your responsibility to determine what world, life and future you want to have. What kind of world do you live in? Is it chaotic, formless or void? You have at your disposal power to recreate your world. Jesus gave us the power to lock and open anything that we need. He is in agreement with us on what we want to happen here on earth (I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19). Now, if God has given you the power to bind and loose, why then do you live in fear and a life that you are not meant to? You are a son of the kingdom and all the inheritance that our heavenly father has is yours and mine. Why shouldn’t we then ask for what is rightfully ours? Here are a few principles that you can use to frame, mark out and build your world.
PRINCIPLES OF FRAMING YOUR WORLD
- See into the unseen – The visible has its origin from the invisible realm. You will never create in the visible realm what you have not seen in the invisible. Your access the invisible realm by revelation. Revelation enlightens your understanding to see what no eye has seen, no ear has heard, the things that have not entered into the heart of man the very things that God has prepared for you.
- Say – Genesis 1:3 “And God said let there be light and there was light” For anything to manifest in the material realm, it has to be said. From the above scripture, the seen came into existence through the words of God. Saying in Biblical context means;
(i) To answer – with the word of God in your mouth, answer to every question presented to you by your situations.
(ii) Confront – confront every waste, ruin and desolation in your life by speaking what you want to see.
(iii) Certify – certify the will and intent of God over your situation.
(iv) Speak against – revoke every argument and declaration that has been made or said against your life.
If you are careful to notice, all the above principles are operating on the power of the tongue. James 3:5-6 tells us “It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.” Therefore, be warned that whatever word that comes out of your mouth has got power in it. Power to create or ruin, gather or scatter, heal or hurt; encourage or discourage; bring love or hatred. Whatever you say, know that you are creating something because your words have the creating power in them. This day onwards, Say What You Want to See in Your Life and you will see it.
“And we know that all things work together for Good to them that love God and are called to his purpose” One of the most challenging lessons a Christian can learn is how to trust and praise God in the uncertain times between a promise and its fulfillment. It is a trying time to stand in the middle of death and disease, conflict and unresolved issues, and yet be able to cause your spirit to rise and give thanks unto God. It requires one’s undivided attention and willingness to do so, else, we find ourselves in between and most often than less times, we get discouraged and lose heart and eventually give up.
Why do we have to go through or face uncertain moments in life? Many times, it is a mystery but the word of God says that God has a perfect plan for us even when it seems like there is nothing happening, or when all seem lost (Jeremiah 29:11). Believing in God when we cannot see the end of the tunnel takes faith and so is our obedience to move on when the road looks uncertain. Hebrews 11:1 says “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd”. This totally tells us that each and every day that we should live by faith. Everything that we do and strive to achieve is all stirred or propelled by our faith and trust that all will go well and we will finally achieve our intended goal.
In Genesis 22, Abraham was a man who learnt to trust God whole-heartedly such that picking and placing his son on a plank of wood and getting ready to slaughter him, was not something to think about. He was strongly convicted that eventually, all would turn out for good, and that his faith and love for God was not in vain. Trusting God means releasing yourself in the arms of God and putting your focus on him and not on the issues that you could be facing. But how many of us can take such a risk? We are so possessive of the little that we have not knowing that we have been entrusted by God who is the giver of everything. Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not in your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths”
We must learn to trust God unconditionally even when you cannot seem to trace him in your life. For human beings, we tend to believe what we have seen and not what we have just heard and haven’t seen. It is unless we teach our hearts to trust God despite what we are facing, and then we will never ever make any step forward in our faith in him. Paul tells us that faith is “the fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see”. Hebrews 11:1-2 (Message). This can also be put forth as an abnormality. What do I mean by saying its abnormality? I mean that you act crazy since you are believing on something that you are not seeing yet it’s like you have the assurance that you have what are trusting to have.
Martha and Mary had trust in Jesus that He would raise their dead brother from death. In John 11:21-22, Martha tells Jesus that she believes that her brother will rise again from the grave simply because, she knows that whatever Jesus asked from God, He would answer. This is the radical faith and trust that we should have in God that even in odd situations, we can still trust and believe that all will work for the better and never give up. It may look as foolishness but in our foolishness, that’s the time God comes and proves himself wise and an able God. All we need is to put our trust and faith in him and him alone without wavering. One mistake that we do is that we go before God and ask him to do something for us when we have alternative options just incase he delays to answer or he doesn’t. At this point, God just allows us to go ahead with our plans only for us to reach a dead end with no fruits there in. Just believe He is there and he has promised to never leave you nor forsake you and every prayer that you offer to him, He hears and is ready to answer you at his own appointed time. Never rush God to do something that you have asked him to. He loves you and he cares for you thus He will neither come early nor late to answer your prayers.
“Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom” Songs of Songs of Solomon 2:15
Last night I had a dream. I rarely dream and when I had this dream, I was so disturbed in my heart because of the characters involved and also the sequence of events. I have learnt not ignore dreams because its one way that God speaks his mind and reveals what is about to happen. Many times we usually assume things that we foresee and when they happen and we didn’t take the necessary action, that’s the time we do remember that we had a dream, vision or even someone had spoken about what has happened but we didn’t take precaution. Solomon told his sons to keep his words and teachings and put them in action as they are wisdom and would guide them. The same applies to us. We need to take heed of every word that comes unto us from the mouth of God in any form.
Here is the dream: I was in a place relaxing and then and Indian/Muslim/Hindu guy came up to me with a walking stick that was so soft and tender more like a drinking straw and asked me to break it into two. I thought that he was teasing me and I took the walking stick and tried to break it but it was impossible. As simple and soft the stick seemed to be, it was not that easy to break it. The guy left me, spoke to a few guys and then left. I was joined by a friend of mine and a brother in the Lord. As we were seated there at the Lounge, the same guy came back with someone else with two walking sticks similar to the first ones. They walked up to us and asked us to break the sticks as I was asked before but again, we were unable to break them. After that, they took the walking sticks and tied me and my friend with them and then they left.
I woke up so disturbed in my heart and I asked God to give me the meaning of the dream. The first hour of my devotion, God was mum on me and never said anything. While I was on my way to town, Solomon’s words in Song of Songs 2:15 “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom” came into my heart. I reflected back on the dream and it was so clear that’s what the dream meant. There are things and issues in our life that we do take for granted and we never work on them or find a solution to them and in the long run, they enslave us. If I had tried to find a solution of how to break the walking sticks, they guys wouldn’t have tied us with them.
What is that small issue in your life that you take for granted or you just assume that you will deal with it at a later time? There are the small foxes that eat us up but yet we harbor that inside us. We should endeavor to make sure that we settle the little things as they may seem simple before they enslave us. These issues kill and dry us up inside and yet we do not want to address them. God told Cain in Genesis 4:7 “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it." The same thing applies to us. The minute we allow thing go unattended, we will find ourselves enslaved to them.
Small practices develop into habits and if we do not master them, they will instead master us. Jesus said that for you to rob a strong man’s house, you have to tie him and make sure that he is immobilized and thus, you can steal. This is what the devil does. I do not know what implication the tying the guys did to us has but I am seeking God regarding the same. When the devil gets hold of you spiritually and immobilizes you, he can do anything to you because you can’t harm him at that time.
Let’s not wait until we are hit by the devil then we start hurrying up and down seeking solutions. Let’s handle what is at hand now and advance as we fight on the battle. Never take small issues for granted. Make sure you deal with them till you have mastered them; else they will master you instead.
The crucifixion and the sufferings of Jesus may not be a pleasant subject to study or remember yet it is so high and rich in spiritual nutrition for our hearts and souls as well. It helps us know, recognize and get to know the immeasurable love that God loved us with until he had to allow his only son to die on the cross for us. Whenever I study and remember what happened on the cross, it always inspires a deep and humble appreciation for Christ who took my place as a sinner and paid the price of death that I would have paid yet He being God chose to pay it for me. This is a very important occurrence in history that every believer need to understand, internalize and own it as it was meant for each and everyone of us at a personal level. That’s the reason why Paul said “For I determined not to know anything amongst you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified” 1 Corinthians 2:2 this should be our propelling power as we share the gospel.
Paul realized that the cross had so much power and yet many people neglected the gospel and that’s why he would say that “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”1 Corinthians 1:18. As Paul said, the cross should be our center of focus as well as a source of motivation. It does very good to review the closing scenes of the life of Jesus. By contemplating on his teachings and sufferings and the ultimate sacrifice that he made at the cross to save the human race, will strengthen our faith in him, quicken our love and become more deeply rooted and imbued with the spirit that sustained our savior though all the trials and pain that he underwent through.
The cross has several things that it reminds us:
a) God’s love – The cross is an Icon of love. God used the cross to show us how much He loved us. The same love is what we should be having towards each other. One thing is that you cannot give what you do not have. Jesus is love and He loved us before we even loved him and this is the reason that we ought to love him – 1 John 4:19. The cross brings to our attention how God expects us to love each other.
b) It’s a point of reference for our faith – It is by faith that we are saved. It is not because of our deeds. The grace of God that saves us emanates from the cross and that’s our reference point. John reminds us that we are all saved by beholding “the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world” John 1:29. Whenever we look at the cross and we see Jesus thereof, out faith is re-energized and we can move on an extra mile even if we had lost hope and strength to move on.
c) The cross gives us courage – A story is told of a British soldier in World War II who lost heart and was running away from the battle field at night to catch up the next ship to go home. Lost in the dark, he came across thought was a sign post. Climbing on top of it, he lit a matchbox so as to read. He found himself looking squarely on Jesus’ face. This is when he realized that it was a crucifix and not a sign post. The writer says “then the soldier remembered the one who had died for him – he who endured every torture inflicted on him and of him who never turned back. The next morning, the soldier was back in the battle field” This is what Paul reminds us “… for consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” Hebrews 12:3 Whenever your heart is down or you are feeling like you want to give up, look up to the cross.
d) It gives us power to forgive – Do you remember the first words that Jesus said at the cross? They were about forgiveness. Jesus said; “Farther, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” Luke 23:24. This does not only assure us of Jesus’ desire and provision to forgive every sinner but also answers that the cross gives us the power to forgive each other. “Bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.” Colossians 3:13 Jesus taught in the Lord’s Prayer and said; “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your father in heaven forgive you your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15. George Herbert says; I quote “he who cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself.” As we stand in the blazing light streaming from Calvary, every spot of sin in our own characters becomes painfully clear. To forgive someone involves three things:
- It means to forego the right of striking back or avenging.
- It means replacing the feeling of resentment and anger with good will and a love that seeks the other’s welfare, not harm.
- It means forgiving people take concrete steps to restore good relations.
e) The cross gives us power to hate sin – The cross is not a pretty picture but then neither sin is. When we consider the awfulness of the cross, let us remember that it is our horrid sins that caused it. This not only shows us how wonderful God’s love is but it reminds us how disgusting sin is to God. That is what caused him to turn his face away from Jesus. Paul tells the Romans this: “But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful” Romans 7:13. We will never know all that Jesus endured and suffered in order for us to be saved – until we fully realize how disgusting sin is to God.
f) The cross gives us our bearing – A soldier was doing his patrols at night while on duty, and then he heard a quivering sob from a young child. With tears rolling down the child’s cheeks, he said “I’m lost sir, please take me home”. The soldier sat beside the boy and tried to inquire of his home address by naming almost all the streets and shops around the place they were but that did not work. Then he remembered that at the city center, there was a well known church with a large white cross that was visible from where they were as well as towering well above the surrounding landscape. He pointed at the cross and asked the boy; do you live near that? The boy’s face brightened up and said “Take me to the cross, from there I can find my way home” The cross till remains the starting point in the journey home for God’s lost children. It is from there, we come and we get to see the love of God and find our way back home to God. Remember this song?
“At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light,
And the burdens of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith, I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the way” – Isaac Watts.
2 Kings 20:1-3!!
It is so amazing to see how simple and short life is and yet how close we are to death each and every moment of our life. I thank God because He knows us and He created us with a purpose to fulfill on this earth. It doesn’t matter what the enemy plans so as to thwart the plans and purposes of God in your life, one thing is sure, “the LORD watches over you – the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalms 121:5-8. We usually do not know what each day holds in account for us but God knows and that is why he orders each and every step that we take.
Living chapter 3 of my life as of today, I can clearly testify that God is faithful to all those who trust on his name. I came face to face for the second time with death through a road accident yesterday and looking back at the scene and the sequence of events on how they happened, all I can do and say is just to offer my gratitude to God for his protection. Rolling in a vehicle packed with passengers and come out of the rumble unhurt is not easy, it involves God. Out of the rumble, all I could see was the hand of God. Nevertheless, I was so challenged in my heart to reflect on my past life and also the future. God sent prophet Isaiah to King Hezekiah to tell him this: “This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” 2 kings 20:1b. These words were so clear in my mind that I felt so unready for the second coming of Christ. If I were to perish in that accident, where would my soul be?
I want to pose the same challenge to you this day; if God knocked on your door today and told you that your days are over here on earth, will you be ready for him? Jesus said that his second coming is neither known to him nr the angles, it is only known by the father. You may never know when He will call you to rest. Put your house in order before he comes knocking. Let us not be like the foolish rich man. Luke 12:16-20 says “and he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?”
Are you just content that you have what it takes to have a good life here on earth? Life is just more than that. Let us not take everything we have for granted. God has given them unto us so that they can be aids for us to fulfill the mission and the purpose that He has called us for. Let’s be prepared like the 5 wise virgins. They were ready for the bride whatever time that he was to come. For us, there is more to just than waiting for the bride. There is eternal life and judgment awaiting us according to what we did here on earth. What will your deeds/actions testify of you? Will they be worth reckoning or they will be a disgrace?
Let us keep our houses (hearts) in order for we do not know when God will come knocking on our doors. Just the same as you prepare your earthly house not knowing when a visitor will pop in, that’s the same way we need to prepare ourselves for the second coming of Christ.
Joshua the servant of God is advanced in age and he cannot go out for war again yet there was vast land that was meant to be conquered and inherited by the children of Israel. God speaks to Joshua and at some point God is lamenting that Joshua being the last leader of Israel to the Promised Land had to die before conquering the whole land that was meant to be an inheritance for the Israelites. Nevertheless, God tells him that He himself will drive out some of the nations that were occupying the land. Going back a few chapters, we see that Joshua had fought and conquered several kings and drove the inhabitants of the land out. I tend to believe that Joshua decided to take a break and basked on the glory that he had conquered so many kings thus he needed to take rest before fighting on the rest not knowing that age was catching up with him so fast.
Unfortunately, this is the same way that many of us Christians tend to behave. When we get saved, we relax and assume that all is ok now that we have been saved whereas in the real sense, that’s when the battle has gotten fierce with the enemy – the Devil. One thing we ought to realize is that, the minute we allow Jesus into our lives, we become automatic targets for the devil. Peter reminds the brethren in 1 Peter 5:8 “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” We need to be on the guard. The devil knows the power invested in you as a child of God and thus, he wants to devour you before you devour him. This is what we have never discovered as children of God and thus, we give the devil a foothold in our lives. When we relax in our faith, we tend to leave some territories unmarked and those are the areas that the devil will capitalize on and when he strikes us, we will be so vulnerable that we will not be able to resist him at all.
This is why the nation of Israel is suffering today and in constant fights with the Palestinians simply because; Joshua didn’t accomplish the task that he was given by God. He was told to conquer all the land but he just conquered a portion of it. Your life is a territory that need to totally conquered and subdued by the authority of God through Jesus. But you will find that most of us are still struggling to have total control of our lives simply because, there are some elements of our sinful nature that we haven’t conquered and thus, instead they are conquering us. Solomon tells us in Song of Songs 2:15 “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” In other words, no one will come to take care of your own life; you need to do that for your sake, else, you will suffer the consequences.
Paul speaking to the Galatians tells them of the fruits of the Holy Spirit as well as the fruits of the flesh Galatians 5:16-24. You will come to realize that many of us are still down there struggling to bear the fruits of the spirit in their Christian walk yet what is most evident is the works of the flesh. There is one thing that we need to realize that, if we do not deal with what we are struggling with now, it will be passed on to the generation behind us and they will keep struggling for no reason simply because we refused to act on something when we were supposed to. This is what the nation of Israel is struggling with – the things their fore fathers didn’t accomplish. Is this the kind of inheritance you want to leave to your offspring’s? If you are struggling with a certain kind of weakness that may be leading you to sin, note that God told Moses to tell the children of Israel that, though he is a merciful God, he never leaves sin unpunished even up to the fourth Generation Numbers 14:18 ‘The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.”
This too brings down generational curses. They all drain down to one root cause – someone didn’t do what he was supposed to do before his time was up. It is the high time we realized that the generations behind us depend and are and will be affected by our actions. The earlier we deal with the things that are troubling us, the better and thus, we will give our children a better life both physically and spiritually. When God was saying that He leaves no sin unpunished even up to the fourth generation, He meant that, what you and do, has spiritual implications on our offspring’s. Some of the things we are struggling with today in our personal lives maybe an effect of someone’s misdeeds sometime back in the years of our family lineage.
How then can we do this? We need to walk in step with the Holy Spirit and allow him to light up the dark areas of our lives so that we can deal with those elements that we struggle with. This is what Paul tells the Galatians and I believe it is applicable to me and you in this generation that we are living in today. He tells them… “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit let us keep in step with the Spirit” Galatians 5:16-18, 24-25. This is the only way that we can be able to know what we need to deal with and conquer it before it conquers us.
1 kings 18:20-40
Solomon the wise man wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and reminds us that there is a season for everything to be and happen in our lives. Nothing comes into your life without the knowledge of God. You might be passing through a tough time and you ask and wonder whether God is aware of what you are going through. The children of Israel were in such a time. There had been no rain for three and half years at the word of the man of God simply because of their sin. King Ahab had married a foreign wife Jezebel who was so evil and eventually brought his downfall through the sin that she made Ahab commit. She also came along with the prophets of Baal and she propelled the worship of Baal instead of Jehovah.
It is because of this sin that God decided that He would have them have a spell of famine so that maybe they could turn back to him and repent but they didn’t. God loves us and always gives us a chance to reconcile with him but because of the hardness of our hearts, we do not. The reason being that we tend to think that we have more time to repent later but remember Jesus said “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.” Revelation 22:12 When Jesus comes back, He will repay each and everyone of us as per our deeds here on earth. When is he coming? Jesus said “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matthew 24:36 Peter also reminds us that the second coming of the son of man will be just the same as a thief comes in the night. 2 Peter 3:10. The question remains, will you be ready?
It is important to know the seasons and times of God and this will be evident or will be possible if we have a relationship with God. One thing that I know and I believe is that God will never do anything without informing you in one way or another. Remember when he is about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, this is what the bible records, “Then the LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? Genesis 18:17 God finds it profound to let Abraham know what He was about to do and thus he tells him. With this, we see Abraham pleading for Sodom and Gomorrah till no one was found to have god relent his anger. God rules over the earth but he works in the earth through you and me. That’s the only way God can accomplish his purposes on earth, and that is why the bible says that God is looking for a man (Ezekiel 22:30; Jeremiah 5:1) Isaiah 6:8 “Whom shall I send and who shall go for us…” Can you be found out when God is searching for someone to send? (Read more God is looking for a Man – Thursday-9th-october-2008-devotion)
Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal in Mt. Carmel and asks them to call on their God. He teases them the whole day seeing that their god was not answering. Elijah did this because he knew the timing of God. In the Israel culture, they had timings to offer sacrifice and that’s the time that Elijah was waiting. He couldn’t offer the sacrifice to God during the day till the time for the evening sacrifice and when it was time, he set up an altar for God and when he called upon the Lord, God answered him with fire. Elijah knew very well that when he calls upon God he will answer, nevertheless, he had to wait until the right time for the sacrifice.
We are so privileged that we do not have to wait for certain hours to call out to God but Paul tells us that we can approach the throne of grace anytime since when Christ died, the curtain that separated the temple was torn apart and that gave us access to God. This should give us more confidence than Elijah had since; we have God who is our ever present help in times of need. When we do pray, we should have confidence that God hears and he answers. While He may at times delay to answer, know that God is never beaten by time. He neither comes early nor late, he comes at his appointed time.
Are you tired of waiting on God after you pray? Hold on, when God’s appointed time comes he will surely answer you. Mark 5:21-43, we see Jairus coming to Jesus so that he could go and heal his ailing daughter. On the way to Jairus home, a woman with the issue of blood interrupts the journey and catches Jesus’ attention. Jairus had the right to complain because Jesus was heading to his place but the woman is healed first. He had the patience to wait on Jesus. He had confidence that no matter what time Jesus arrives home, his daughter would be healed. This is the same kind of patience we should have within us. When the news came that his daughter was dead, he had peace within him and also trusted Jesus’ words that He told him.
Can you try and be patient with God and wait on him? One thing is sure as seen is the story of Jairus, people will be blessed before you. This means one thing, they are opening up the way for you miracle. All you need to go is exercise your patience with God.
Genesis 26:1-6, 12-14
I am truly amazed by the Lord’s doing. After yesterdays message that God is going to give us a fresh start no matter how hard the past has been, I chose to take his word and run with it believing and having faith that He is faithful He who spoke the word and he will surely bring it to fulfillment. I dug into the word of God and came to realize that, God’s seasons are not our seasons nor are his timings ours. God created the earth and the universe and He has total or absolute control over them. God is sovereign and no one can match him. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:8-9. As human beings, we tend to think that we can manipulate God to do or accomplish our plans or his will here on earth but yet, we can’t. He clearly cuts out a difference between us and Him and thus, he can’t be manipulated.
There is famine in the land of Gerar where Isaac and his family lived. It becomes so severe that Isaac opts to go down to Egypt for a while till the famine is over but the Lord meets with him and asks him not to. Instead, He promises him that he will take care of him and the family as well as giving him the land where he was living as his inheritance as He had promised his father Abraham. Isaac obeys and stays in the land as he had been told by God and we see that God really blessed him till the philistines started to envy him to a point of chasing him away from their midst. At times, we have our own plans that we clearly see that they will yield proceeds and benefits to us but yet, when God looks at them, He sees that they won’t be of much benefit to us and that’s the time he steps in to guide us, but as human beings, we see that God doesn’t really care for us. We got reminded yesterday that he (God) has got good and perfect plans for us to give us a hope and a future, but are we ready to trust him with the plans that we have for our lives? Can we allow God to come and mess up with our plans and have us work as per his plan?
Proverbs 3:5 says “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Solomon didn’t say “some ways” but rather, he says – “In all your ways” but for us, we only allow God in some of our ways and others we work on our own. Again Solomon says “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” Proverbs 14:12 yet David says “If the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm” Psalms 37:23 The question therefore is, does the Lord delight in your ways? If you look at the words that God spoke to Isaac, he had some base and reasons that made God promise him blessings despite the famine that was there. God tells Isaac, because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws, I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed,” Genesis 26:4-5.”
Every blessing is preceded by a command and when the command is fulfilled, the blessing is released. Isaac was blessed of the Lord amidst famine because of three things:
a) The deeds of his father – God tells him in vs. 5 that by the virtue that your father walked faithfully and obediently before me keeping every commandment and decrees, I will bless you. You need to know that your actions today do affect your offspring and your future generation. What you plant now, your children and children’s’ children will reap of your deeds. Choose today what kind of inheritance you will leave for your children. Proverbs 13:22 “A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.”
b) His obedience – If he hadn’t obeyed the word of the Lord when he was told not to move to Egypt, he wouldn’t have gotten the blessings. I believe if he had gone down into Egypt, he would have been given a special place to stay where he would have been supplied with everything he wanted but God chose to bless him out of season. He planted and he reaped hundred fold. If you do not obey, do not expect any blessings. Remember Elijah and the famine of three and half years? After he obeyed God, God used ravens to feed him from the kings table.
c) God’s presence – I do believe that Isaac had a relationship with God and that’s why God wouldn’t allow his son to go through a hard time whereas he (God) could take care of him. It is because of this that God chose to bless him out of season. Is your relationship with God ok? If it is, you can rest assured that He will always watch over you. David said “I was young and now he was old, yet he had never seen the righteous forsaken nor their children beg for bread” psalms 37:25.
What else would we need if we have a father in heaven, who cares and minds about us? The problem with us is that we are too rigid to allow him meddle into our affairs and have him do as he wills. Let’s learn to release all our cares to him and then, he will lead us into paths of righteousness and above all, make our paths straight as He walks ahead of us just as he did to the children of Israel. Three things to remember: The life you live now determines what your future generation will reap from your deeds; our relationship with God puts us in line for blessings and our Obedience opens up doors of blessings for us in and out of season.
A new day and a new month are here with us. I am so grateful to God for allowing me to be able to see this alive. I don’t know how the month of August has been to you but to me, I do thank God for everything. I am not complaining because of anything that has come my way, I know it has been for a reason and I have had important lessons to learn thereof. Everyone has had his/her deal in the past month. Some of us we are not sure of what the new month holds for us neither do we have hope. What we have gone through has bugged us down and we have either thrown in the towel or we are about to.
It doesn’t matter what you have been facing in your past days, this is a new day and a new month with new things in store for you. Lamentations 3:22-23 says “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” You can be sure that this new month, God has something Good in store for you. He reminds the children of Israel in Jeremiah 29:11 that “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans not to harm you, but plans to give you a hope and a future” What else would we need from our heavenly father who cares for us and he knows and sees every detail of what we go through each and every day of our life? He cares for your every detail and he wouldn’t want you as his child to be disappointed at any moment. In every circumstance that comes your way, he always provides a way out for you 1 Corinthians 10:13b.
God speaking to the children of Israel through prophet Isaiah tells them to prepare themselves for what God was about to do in their lives. In the preceding chapter, God speaks of6the suffering messiah who was to come and redeem us and then, he tells them about the glory of Zion. Every elevation or promotion is preceded by a trying moment or a time in the valley. For you to have a testimony, you have to go through a test and pass. During the trying time or the time at the valley, God prepares us for the glory that awaits us. During this time too, you will notice that many people tend to desert you and you find yourself alone, but this doesn’t mean that you are alone, remember that God is with you. This is the time that many will either despise you and say many things about you and also speculate the cause of your trials; but just as Job did, put your trust in God.
As God was speaking to the children of Israel, I see several promises that He was making to them in this portion of scripture. This is what he promises them:
a) Increase (vs. 1) – This is what God tells them “Sing, O barren woman, you who never bore a child; … because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” When a barren woman gets a child, she doesn’t have to be told to sing. It comes out automatically. Looking at this, there are so many things that you have tried to do but no fruits are yielding out of your efforts and this has made you feel as if you are barren or you can’t make any progress whatsoever. The Lord is reminding you this day that all you need to do is to start rejoicing for the victory that He is going to give you. He says that, many are the children of the desolate woman more than she who has a husband – This means that it doesn’t matter how far people have gone ahead of you, God will make you catch up with them and surpass them.
b) Possession (vs. 3) – “For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities” Get ready for expansion and possessing new things. The land that God had promised the Israelites had been settled on by foreign nations after Joshua died without routing all the foreign nations out of the land of promise. God is now promising them that He will enlarge their territory and repossess the land. This new month, God is going to lead you back into recovering what the enemy stole from you.
c) Glory for shame (vs. 4) – “Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.” Some of us hate to remember our pasts and whenever we do, we regret and wish that it was never and at times, we cry ourselves out. Some incidents might have brought us shame and disgrace but God this day is promising to replace all the reproach, shame, humiliation name it with a new wave of his glory for God will “bestow on you a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:3
I am so expectant of what the Lord has in store for me this new month. I do challenge you too to forget the past and march forward into this month with Joy for the Lord has promised so much for you. This is what the Lord says “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19. You have a reason to face tomorrow because God is doing something new in your life this year.