Reflections *15 – To God, Thanks is due

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For mothers love and Fathers care
For food to eat and clothes to wear
For home and friend and answered prayer
I thank thee Lord
But most of all my thanks shall be
That on the cross of Calvary
The Saviour gave His life for me
I thank thee Lord.

An old Story: A little boy was so happy after drinking a glass of cold water on a hot day that he impulsively thanked the glass. ‘Don’t thank me ‘said the glass thank the tap where I came from’. So he thanked the tap and the tap said ‘Don’t thank me, thank the well and so he did that. Now the well replied ‘You should thank the rain and not me’ So he thanked the rain and the rain said ‘Thank the clouds and not me’. The clouds said ‘Thank the sun’ the sun said ‘Thank the ocean’ The ocean said ‘Thank the one who made me, the sun, the clouds, the rain, the well, and the man who made the tap and the glass’. Now the boy realized that everything he had came from God, and he profusely thanked God with all His heart.

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God has innumerable ways to help us and reach us, but He is the source of all blessings. Many a times we thank the seen giver, but forget the unseen giver. Behind everything is the heart of our Loving Abba Father who longs to keep on blessing us as we keep on asking Him. Hallelujah!

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Prayer: (Go through your life and thank Him with all you heart for His goodness and all that He has bountifully given you and experience His peace)

The Bible says in Rom 8:32 Since God did not spare even his own son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?

THE BIBLE: Read it everyday. It records all the victories that God has given you as a believer. Read it passionately to know your new position and inheritance in Christ.

 

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Reflections *14 – Uncertainty is your Opportunity

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He will never let go YOUR HANDS

He will never let go your hands
Jesus will never let go your hands
Though the storms may come
And the winds may blow
He will never let go your hand

Certainty means that you know for sure’ the next course of action. Uncertainty means just the opposite. You are not sure of the next course of action. You do not know what to do. As your heart ponders over the uncertainty, then you tend to consider the odds for and against you. As you think about the consequences a sudden fear grips you. The thought remains in your mind and gets you tensed up.

Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength  Is 26:4

Your ride away from ‘faith in God’ has already begun. This breaking away in your mind can be instantaneous and you loose all sound judgment. Before the roller coaster ride begins, you must right now.

Thank Him for the certainties
And Trust Him for the uncertainties.

Uncertainty is your opportunity to Trust in God.
Uncertainty is your opportunity to turn to God.
Uncertainty is His call to you.
What would you choose today?

Trust in Him, Turn to Him and Obey His call.

Prayer: Loving Heavenly Father, Today no matter how bleak or uncertain things may look in my life I choose to trust in you and your love for me. I believe and confess with my mouth that my future is in your hands. Each passing day, grant me the grace to keep my eyes fixed upon you and believe in your Word, and not what the circumstances around me say. All because I ask in Jesus name. Praise the Lord.

The Bible says in Isaiah 26:3 – Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Further Reading : Trusting in God

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THE BIBLE: Read it everyday. It records all the victories that God has given you as a believer. Read it passionately to know your new position and inheritance in Christ.

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Trusting in God – Part 3

 

Trusting in God is to rely on Him totally, to lean upon Him. To be assured and be at rest that God is able, not only at good times but at all times, to do all that He has promised. To know that He is in control of any situation that you might be facing.

In the earlier days when there were times of financial crisis, I would panic and feel sickly. But over the years the Lord has trained me to depend totally on Him.  As His child He taught me that though my resources may provide for me, He is the ultimate provider and one of the way He provides is through our job and resources.  Jehovah Jireh – He is our provider.  No doubt we are happy when we have sufficient resources. But our heart and loyalty to the Lord must be the same when we have and when we do not have. For when we have He has provided through His riches and when we do not have, He will provide from His riches in glory through Christ Jesus our Lord.  This is the time our trust is built and our faith tested to know on whom we trust.  Phil 4:12 says it very clearly

I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.    His resources and provisions for us are infinite, never ending when we build His kingdom and follow His purposes.

IN GOD ALONE WE TRUST

As the Bible says in Ps 123:2

Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

When we trust in the Lord, we are ready to wait for Him. When we trust in Him we are ready to face the consequences of our waiting on Him. For we would trust in Him and in the outcome of the situation.

A true incident
Dogs are faithful animals.  They know their Master well.  Once I was at the construction site of my Dad.  There was a construction supervisor at the site who had trained a stray dog. This dog always remained at the site.  Once as I happened to be at the site helping my Dad, the supervisor gave me a few biscuits and asked me to feed the dog. So I put the biscuits before the dog and wooed it to eat it.  But the dog did not bother to hear my instructions.  As much as i tried the dog did not budge even though the biscuit was just a feet away.  The construction supervisor had a good laugh.  Then he said ‘Now watch’  and he looked towards the dog and said the words ‘eat’.  The dog immediately pounced on the biscuit and ate it up.   I failed in feeding the dog. But the dogs ears were  tuned to his master. The dog knew his master and was waiting for his instructions. He waited, though he wanted to eat the biscuits.

If we trust, we will wait. We will wait without grumbling, without struggling. Is 30:18 says

Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For theLord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.

During the reign of King Josiah, he read the book of the law in the hearing of the people and the king made a covenant before God as recorded in 2 Kings 23:3

Then the king stood by a pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people took a stand for the covenant

He brought spiritual restoration and healing to the land and there was no king like him as recorded in the Bible, who turned to the Lord whole heartedly to Trust in Him.  2 Kings 23:25

 Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him.

Today as you read this, take a stand for the Lord. Turnaround to Him with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might. And you will find SHALOM. Peace forever more.

For Surely He is coming quickly as He said.  Amen.

 

 

 

 

Trust in God – Part two

When we trust in the Lord, we are ready to wait for Him. When we trust in Him we are ready to face the consequences of our waiting on Him. For we would trust in Him and in the outcome of the situation.

Practically in life’s situation we have to show this Trust in our words and our action.  For the Lord does not look at the outward appearance but at our hearts.  In life’s situations let us not be tempted to succumb to the situations around us.  God has better plans and we see that repeatedly in the scriptures.  Our God is able to do much more than we ask or think and He is able to call out those things which are not as if they were.  So let us stand on His Word to see the blessings flow.  Let not our past experiences define our circumstances but let His Word which is eternal define our today and tomorrow.  He said ‘Heaven and earth will pass away but my Word shall not pass away’.  His Word will fulfill every purpose for which it has been send saith the Lord who has mercy upon us.

TRUST BEYOND DESPAIR

In the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon there were three Hebrew youths in captivity from Israel who refused to bow before the golden image that the King had made.  They were ready to face the consequences of a fiery death but refused to break the commandment of their God. On being warned and given another opportunity they still refused to heed to the Kings command.. saying as written in Dan 3:16-18

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver usfrom your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

They trusted in their God and were willing to face the consequences.  How much do we Trust the Lord and His Word.  How far are we going to stand for His Word ? Let us learn and draw from the experience of these young Hebrew lads who were in a foreign land and stood for their God.    The fire was increased seven times and they were cast into the fire, but the Lord Himself stood with them in the fire and delivered them.  They came out unscathed, their hair was in tact nor was the smell of smoke on their body.  The king testified about them as mentioned in Dan 3:28,29

Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel[b] and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! …………. because there is no other God who can deliver like this.”

So when we Trust in Him, He know us and will remember us, testify about us and show up on our behalf. Fear Not for He does not change…

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. Ps 138:8

Listen to this old melody and rejoice – Trust in the Lord and despair

 

 

 

Rise in the Spirit of GOD

 

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David brings down Goliath

There is an unseen battle going on in the Spirit world. The battle between the powers of darkness and the Angels of God who fight for us.  The battle for the mind of man, the battle for souls.   The devil walks around every true Christian seeking to devour him.  But we have our victory in Christs blood shed on the cross. So we must be wary of the enemy and be able to discern clearly the works and schemes of the enemy who is constantly at war, but knowing well that the The battle belongs to the Lord.

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The challenge of Goliath

The story of David and Goliath is well know. Goliath the giant, challenged the Israeli army saying ‘I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together’.  And this went on for forty days. When David heard this for the first time his response was ‘ Let no man’s heart fail because of him’. Through his past experiences of killing the lion and the bear David knew His God.

The Philistines stood on a valley on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley in between them…(1 Sam 17:3)

Does this not remind you of the evergreen Psalm 23:4, Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for YOU are with me……

And finally when they faced each other for the fight this is what happened……And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.  And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”

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David faces Goliath

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.” (1 Sam 17:43-47)

David prophesied over the Philistine and God gave Israel the victory through the young shepherd boy, David….

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David cuts off Goliath’s head

The challenge of the King of Assyria

The Assyrian king send word to be given to king Hezekiah “Thus you shall speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying: ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, “Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.”  (Isaiah 37:10)

Then was narrated the list of victories of the Assyrian King.   But Hezekiah prayed to the Lord, saying: “O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.  

The Assyrian kings had a great record of victories and what ever they boasted were true.  But God brought them to defeat As King Hezekiah prayed thus.
Truly, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands—wood and stone. Therefore they destroyed them.  Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord, You alone.”  The angel of the Lord went out and defeated the enemy for the battle belonged to the Lord.

The challenge of the Moabites and Ammonites

When the people told Jehoshaphat that a great multitude of the Moabites and Ammonites were coming against them the King proclaimed a fast and sought the Lord. And the king prayed as recorded in 2 Chron 20:12
O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”  and God spoke to King Jehoshaphat through His prophet saying ” Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”  Thus God gave victory to King Jehoshaphat over the multitude of enemies. (Read 2 Chron 20 for the entire account)

Now hear the the ISIS challenge or the IS challenge..

As we see the above challenge of Goliath, the challenge of the Moabites and to all these there was an answer from God.  So where will we be, or the Church be in this spiritual battle.  This is a battle not in the flesh but in the spiritual realm. Who will stand in the gap to face the enemy as the heroes of old stood in faith, took responsibility and God fought on their behalf.

As written in Eph 6:13
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to
stand.  The evil day has come and is NOW. Let us put on the whole armour of God, and RISE IN THE SPIRIT to fight the known enemy.  See the pattern of the victories above, whenever His people called or stood in faith, He gave them victory over the hordes of the enemy for THE BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD and He gives the Church/us  the victory when we stand in His name.