Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver.
Have you wondered what to say to someone in a certain situation? Words spoken at the right time are precious and valuable. God likens them to apples of gold in settings of silver.
According to Wikipedia “A precious metal is a rare, naturally occurring metallic chemical element of high economic value.” “The best-known precious metals are the coinage metals gold and silver.”
God places a high value on the words that we speak. According to Proverbs 20:15:
There is gold and a multitude of rubies, But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
He places a higher value on what we say than the economic value of gold and silver. And yet He symbolizes a word spoken at just the right time as being like a precious metal of high value and beauty. He even goes as far as to say that we can speak life into a situation or death with what we say. It is clearly evident that our words carry a lot of weight when spoken into a person's life or situation.
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
The Book of Proverbs is filled with words of wisdom. In fact, the unifying thought or theme of the Book of Proverbs is “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom”, Proverbs 9:10. There is a lot of wisdom relayed in the Book of Proverbs regarding our mouth, tongue and the results of what we say.
Proverbs 15:23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
Proverbs 21:23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles.
Proverbs 16:23, 24 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips. Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
What is in our hearts is supposed to teach or control our speech and conduct. God's wisdom teaches our hearts what is the right thing to say and do. Man's heart is a well-spring of life and all the issues of life flow from it. If the heart isn't right, the words that we speak will not be life-giving words. There will be no sweetness come out of the mouth of one who has a bitter spring within his heart.
The Book of James has a lot to say about the tongue and what comes out of our mouths.
James 3:2-12 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.
The words that we speak either come from a spring of bitter or sweet within our hearts. We spew them forth as a fountain or spring and if not controlled they will bring cursing instead of life. If we don't stumble in what we say the Word says we are a perfect man, able to bridle his whole body. When we get the tongue under control, according to the word of God, we will have control over every other fleshly aspect of our lives. It's a difficult thing to do, but if we look at the example that Jesus places before us we can see how it can be done.
Isaiah records in Isaiah 50:4 about Jesus, the coming Messiah that He would have the “tongue of the learned” that He “should know how to speak a word in due season to him who is weary.”
Isaiah 50:4,5 “The Lord GOD has given me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in due season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned. The Lord God has opened My ear; And I was not rebellious, Nor did I turn away.
He says that Christ was given the ability to deliver effectively the message He was given. And He willfully submitted Himself to learn each day what was needed to share with those around Him. God opened His ears to hear what He wanted Him to say to people.
Again in Isaiah 52: 7 the scripture records that those who share to good news of salvation with others will have beautiful feet. Romans 10:15 refers back to this Old Testament scripture when it speaks of those who preach the gospel of peace to those who need to come to salvation.
Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
These two verses have always intrigued me because there is a little bit of a mystery in how it's relayed to us. It speaks of “beautiful feet”. I've always thought that meant more than a person being blessed to be used by the Lord in preaching His word. So I stopped to look up the word “beautiful” in Strong's concordance to see exactly what the Greek word means. The word for “beautiful” in the Greek is horaios and it means “belonging to the right hour or season (timely), flourishing; beautiful. What I believe the Lord is saying in this verse of scripture is that it is beautiful when we speak the right word at the right time that brings His word of salvation into the hearts and lives of people. There is a timely word for every needy person and if we will listen the Lord will give it to us so that when we speak it forth it will have a fruitful impact on their lives. Jesus said of Himself in John 5:30 that He did nothing on His own; He spoke only what He heard the Father say.
John 5:30 AMP I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of my own accord—but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.
He said He spoke only as He was taught by God and as He got His orders. Wouldn't it be nice if we all would speak only as directed by the Holy Spirit? Wouldn't that solve a lot of relationship problems? I don't know about you but there have been lots of times when I have spoken out of my own understanding and feelings and not out of what I was directed to say by the Holy Spirit. Jesus said He learned how to speak a word in due season to those who were weary. He learned every morning as He spent time with His Father what He was to say in those situations that needed a life-giving word directed at a heart of pain or a situation that needed restoration or reconciliation.
How beautiful it is when we learn to speak the right word at the right time to those around us! May we be like Jesus arising early to hear from the Father, learning how to handle the situations in our lives.
Father, I thank You that You have all the answers and You know exactly what we need to say at just the right time. I thank You that You are willing to share with us the wisdom that comes only from You so that when we speak to others about You or speak into their lives a healing word they will receive it because it is given at just the right time and in the right way. I pray that we will take the time to listen when You speak to us about our relationships and how to conduct our lives so that others will be drawn closer to You through our interaction with them. Father, open the eyes of our understanding to see Your plan for our lives and how You want to teach us the valuable lessons that will give us success in our relationships. Give us the tongue of the learned that knows what to say at just the right time and in the right way. I ask You now, Father, to heal the wounds in the hearts of people who have been spoken to harshly. I pray that You will spread the balm of Gilead, Your healing power over their hearts; pull out the fiery darts that the enemy has used through our words that hurt. Please forgive us for speaking wrongly and for allowing our tongues to be like asps of poison. Remove the guilt of our sin and restore us to a right relationship with You. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Isaiah 52:12 For you shall not go out with haste, Nor go by flight; For the LORD will go before you, And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
Every now and then I have to remind myself of Who it is that is my shield and protection, the One who goes before me into every situation and the One who protects me from behind. The last few days I have had this song and video on my heart. It speaks so vividly of how God goes before us and protects us from the rear and the hosts of angels that He has encompassed around each of us.
We can't see into the spirit realm to visually experience the reality of those that encompass us with their swords of protection and the God who is the captain of the host, but by faith we understand through the word of God that it is true and real; there are angels encamped around each of us and God commands them to bear us up in their hands so we do not dash our foot against a stone.
Psalm 91:11, 12 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
In 2 Kings 6:8-17 we read of the story of Elisha and his servant that were surrounded by enemy armies and when the young servant was afraid and wondering what they would do to get out of that dangerous situation, Elisha prayed and asked the LORD to open the eyes of the young man so he could see the angel armies gathered around them to protect them. He said their were more with them than against them.
2 Kings 6:15-17 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
In Hebrews 1:14 the Word says that angels are ministering spirits sent forth to minister to those who will inherit salvation.
Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Exodus 23:20 “Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. “Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him. “But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. “For My Angel will go before you and bring you into the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites and the Hivites and the Jebusites; and I will cut them off.
God has placed angels in our lives to minister for us when we need their help. He has sent them out to do His word; to act on our behalf as we need them.
Psalm 103:20 Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word.
Angels bless the Lord through doing His word. They are strong and mighty and exercise their ability to protect through hearing and doing His word. As we speak forth His word they are commissioned to work on our behalf.
It may seem to you that in your situation you are alone; that there is no one to help you. But have you remembered that it is God that goes before you into every situation and covers You with His hand of protection. Have you considered the angels that He has placed around you as His army to fight for you and give you protection? You are not alone! All of heaven is with you. Do not be afraid to go into the battle for God has given you His protection and provision. He has given you the victory!
Father, I thank You this morning for the hosts of angels that You have commissioned to work for Your people. I thank You for sending them out at the voice of Your word to do Your work. Thank You for sending them before us and behind us and around us. You have given us the victory through Your interaction in our lives. Thank You for protecting us from the evil one and for granting us Your salvation. May the eyes of our understanding be enlightened to know all that You have provided for us as Your children. Show us in each situation what we are dealing with and how to access the provision that You have made for us. May Your angels give help as it is needed to each of the heirs of Your salvation! Thank You, Father! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Isaiah 12:2, 3 Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; 'For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.'” Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.
YAH is the shorter form of the Lord's holy name Yahweh, or Jehovah. It means the self-existent One; the “I AM WHO I AM” He is the eternal I AM, the Alpha and Omega, the same yesterday, today, and forever. All of life is contained in Him. He is our strength and song and through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, has become our salvation!
The Hebrew word for salvation in that verse is ysuwah (yesh-oo-ah). It means aid, victory, prosperity, deliverance, health, help, salvation, and welfare. It is very close to the Hebrew name of Jesus, Yeshuwa, or some spell it Yeshua, meaning “He will save”. Jesus, our Yeshuwa (Yeshua), has become our salvation, our deliverer, our healer, our provider, our help, our health and our welfare. His salvation is more than just forgiveness of sin; it is whatever you need for your provision spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, and in all areas of man's spirit, soul and body! When you reach down into the wells of salvation for healing you have joy knowing that by the stripes of Jesus you were healed. (1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:16, 17) With joy you reach down into the wells of salvation to find the provision that He has made for you for “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 4:19)
The more that we praise Him the more the awareness of His salvation rises up within us and becomes a well of living water flowing freely from that salvation that He has placed with in us. The joy that comes from this well of salvation within us is said by Jesus in John 7:38 as becoming a river of living water that flows from the Holy Spirit within! When the Holy Spirit comes to live within you He brings His fruit with Him. One of the aspects of the fruit of the Spirit is joy!
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Jesus told the woman at the well in John 4:14 that “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life”. It is from drawing from the wells of salvation that we find life through His Spirit; the life that brings joy. When a person becomes joyless it is an indication that they are not drawing from the well of salvation within them. Praising God causes that living water to bubble up within us. When we stop to think about all that He has given us in salvation we can't help but praise Him! He is worthy to receive glory and honor and praise!
In 2 Peter 2 the scripture talks about the characteristics of false teachers and verse 17 says that they are “wells without water”. They have no salvation within them that gives life. They are simply clouds carried by a tempest but have no rain within them. They look good but there is no basis of credibility within them that signifies the life of God. They carry a false and destructive doctrine full of “words of emptiness” as recorded in 2 Peter 2:18:
For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.
That which appeals to the flesh is in opposition to the Spirit, Who is the author of the wells of salvation within a born again believer. False teachers appeal to a person's flesh rather than their spirit. Galatians 5:16 says:
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
When you draw from the wells of salvation you will be drawing from what God has placed within your spirit, not what arises out of the lusts of the flesh. The flesh lusts against the Spirit so you can know when the Holy Spirit rises up within you it will be for God's glory, not for the satisfaction of your fleshly desires. The Holy Spirit always draws a person closer to Jesus; He magnifies the Lord and glorifies God. The flesh always appeals to what feels good and satisfies the soul of man. The works of the devil always draws a person away from God, to live independent of God, outside of God's best plan for man.
What well are you drawing from this morning? Are you praising God and depending on His power, life and Spirit within you? Do you have joy that flows from the wells of salvation down deep in your heart? Have you grown stagnant and feel that the life of God has left you?
If you lack joy, begin to praise the Lord. Lift up your voice and sing praises unto Him. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
In the book of Psalm the name YAH is found 44 times. Many of the references in Psalm involve the compound word Hallelu-Yah, translated “Praise the LORD”; the word literally means “You must all praise Yah!” So praising God is not an option; it is a command and as a result of our obedience to praise His name we receive joy unspeakable and full of God's glory. We draw freely from the wells of salvation to praise Him with our whole being and joy flows freely into our lives. God's commandments are not burdensome, but are given to us for our own benefit.
Father, I thank You and praise You today for the great salvation that You have provided for us through the crucifixion of Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. He is our Yeshuwa; our Savior! Father, I thank You for the joy that comes as we praise You and draw freely from the wells of Your salvation. I pray that all who reads this will enter into that covenant of salvation with You that fills them with all that they have need of from forgiveness of sins to physical and emotional healing. May they find You, the Savior today, Lord Jesus, and experience the freedom of Your salvation. Father, open the eyes of their understanding to see that they need the salvation that You so freely offer. May today be their day of salvation, the day that they receive Jesus as Savior and Lord and walk in the fullness of all that You have planned for their lives. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
Nike coined the phrase “just do it” and emphasized it with the swoosh that is displayed on their athletic shoes. But did you know that the word NIKE is actually a Biblical word? Nike is the Greek word used in 1 John 5:4 for victory. It is pronounced nee'-kay and is used only one time in the Bible and that is in this verse where it means conquest; the means of success; --victory. From the root word of Nike comes the word nikao which means to subdue; conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory. It is through our faith that we learn to press through to the victory; to overcome and experience the conquest of success; to prevail until the battle is won and the victory is ours! Faith overcomes!
But it's one thing for us to say that faith is the victory that overcomes the world and another to actually experience the testing of our faith that proves our strength and ability to stand firm until we win the victory. The pedal meets the metal during the test and trial of our faith. James said that the testing of our faith produces patience. And that when that patience or endurance is completed that we will be perfect, or mature, lacking nothing. We are strengthened as we endure the test of trials and our faith is pressed and stretched to the point of breaking.
According to Livestrong.com it is said that when your muscles burn it is typically the sign of an effective workout. “Burning and soreness indicate the building and recovery of muscle mass.” Of course, if you press your muscles to the point of injury then you have exceeded what is necessary for an effective workout and defeated your purpose in exercising. But a good workout works to build and strengthen the muscles and in a similar way the exercising of our faith muscle also strengthens it and brings us into the new level of victory that God would have us achieve through our faith. It is through the endurance that we experience through trials that breaks down our faith muscle and rebuilds it to strengthen it and make it effective.
James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
So, what do you do when your faith is being tested? What brings the NIKE into your life? How do you overcome when it seems that all hell is arrayed against you?
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.
Focus is a very important aspect of exercise whether it is for bodily benefit or in a spiritual battle. What you keep your eyes set on determines the direction you will take in any endeavor. Where there is no direction, no vision, no prophetic revelation the people cast off restraint; they run in all different directions with no purpose or meaning to direct them to their goal. For faith to be effective we must focus on the author and finisher of our faith; we must look unto the One who establishes our faith.
Hebrews 12:1, 2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Lay aside the things that are hindering you from achieving the victory and look unto Jesus! Look into the face of the One who authored your faith and Who finishes it or matures it in you. Keep your focus on what God has instructed you to do. Don't look to the left or the right but keep your focus on Jesus for He has already walked the way to victory through overcoming death, hell and the grave through His crucifixion. A person cannot take another person where they have not been themselves. Jesus has already been where you are going; He won the victory! He experienced NIKE in His own life. He will show you the way to take to NIKE!
Zechariah 4:5-10 Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel; 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD of hosts. 'Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”'” Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “The hands of Zerubbabel Have laid the foundation of this temple; His hands shall also finish it. Then you will know That the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”
You may be thinking that there is no way you can achieve the victory in a certain area of your life. Sometimes the obstacles before us seem to be insurmountable, and we cower down in fear that we will not be able to withstand, much less achieve the victory. But just as Zerubbabel was told by the angel so I believe that God would say to us today that it is not in our own strength that we are able to attain the victory, but that our faith is empowered by the Spirit of God within us. He is the One who does the actual work to strengthen us and enable us to win. Anything that is done through human effort is no match for the enemy of our souls that is a spiritual entity. It is by God's grace and through our faith that the Holy Spirit is allowed to work in and through us to achieve the victory!
The angel told Zerubbabel that through the Spirit's power in him the mountain would become a plain; it would completely disappear and be as flat ground before him. But it would begin as a small thing. His ability to complete the temple would grow as he depended on the Spirit within him to help him. God gets the glory when we yield to His power within us to complete what we are called to do. Our faith grows as we see Him work in our lives. We are strengthened and encouraged to complete the work before us when we understand that if God is for us there is no foe that can stand in our way. Your mountain will become as a plain before you as you yield to and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit within and walk in His power and ability.
God told Joshua that there would be no one who could stand before him all the days of his life because God was with him.
Joshua 1:5 “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.”
But there was one requirement for Joshua to be successful and that was that He was to be strong and courageous and keep his focus on the word of God to observe it and do it.
Joshua 1:7-9 “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Folks, be strong and courageous! Stay in the word and do what it says! And the NIKE, the victory, will be yours! God has promised that He is with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. The victory is in sight even when it looks like it's not going to happen! Do not be dismayed for your God goes before you into the battle. He will enable you to win! Just DO IT!
Father, I thank You for going before us into every battle that we face. I thank You for the victory for You are with us to strengthen us and enable us to win! Father, I pray for those today who are afraid. I pray that by Your Spirit that they will see that You are with them and there is no enemy that can stand against them when they place their hope and trust in You. Father, I ask that You would help them to stay in focus; that they would “just do it” knowing that You are backing them. When they feel led to speak to someone about You but are afraid of rejection, may they depend on Your strength within them and just do it! May they focus their eyes on Jesus and look to Him for their faith for He is the One who is the author and finisher of their faith. Thank You, Father, for the victory that we have in Christ Jesus! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Deuteronomy 9:1-3 “Hear, O Israel: You are to cross over the Jordan today, and go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to heaven, “a people great and tall, the descendants of the Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you heard it said, 'Who can stand before the descendants of Anak?' “Therefore understand today that the LORD your God is He who goes over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before you; so you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as the LORD has said to you.
God had told His people that He was giving them their “Promised Land”. It was a land filled with milk and honey, or a prosperous land, full of opportunity and abundance. He was sending them in to possess it, to make it their own. But there were giants that resided in that land. In this portion of Scripture He told them to know and understand that He was bigger than the giants; that He was going before them to assure their success in possessing their promised land. They were not to pay any attention to what they had heard about the giants or what the giants had done to others that had gone into the land before them. It was because of His presence and protection with them that they were assured of being successful and victorious in defeating their enemies and experiencing all that God had planned for them.
Numbers 13:27-30 Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. “Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. “The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
When it came time to cross over into their Promised Land Moses sent some spies into the land to assess the land, the inhabitants and the strength and size of their cities. He instructed them to bring back some of the fruit of the land. When they came back they had a cluster of grapes that was so large it had to be carried on a pole between two of them. The fruit of the land was just as God had said, luscious and bountiful! But the report of the giants in the land was as He had said as well. Instead of listening to God and following His directions for success in taking the land they believed the negative report of the spies and allowed the fear of the giants to keep them from possessing what God had given them.
We sometimes react to the “giants” in our land today just as the Israelites did in their day. The stories of the Israelites are meant to show us types and shadows of the spiritual battles that we fight in possessing our spiritual promised land. God has given us the land, but we often believe the negative report of the giants over the fruit that we see that can be born out of the battles that we have to fight to win the victory and receive the fruit of the land.
Matthew 11:12 “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.”
There is a war going on in establishing the kingdom of heaven in the hearts and lives of people. The giants are still in the land and we, as believers in Christ Jesus, have been commissioned by God to take the land, to establish God's kingdom in our world. Can it be said of us that we are violent warriors, taking the land for Christ Jesus? Or are we as the Israelites, cowering in fear, believing that the giants are bigger and more violent than us and allowing that negative report to stop us from receiving all that God has for us?
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
We are the King's kids! We are a chosen generation of royal priests, a holy nation, God's own special people. We have been sent out to proclaim His praises and establish His kingdom in this earth! The giants will always be around, but the fruit of victory is greater than the report of the size or strength of anything that the devil would throw at us!
Romans 8:31, 32 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
God goes before us into every battle; He is for us, not against us! The victory is assured because of who we are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
We are more than conquerors! In Numbers 13:30 Caleb quieted the people and told them “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” God is still saying to His people today to go up and take the land for we are well able to take possession! We are well able to win! With God going before us into every situation we can take the kingdom with violent force and establish His rule and reign in the hearts and lives of people. He has made us kings and priests before Him and we shall reign with Him on the earth!
Revelation 5:10 “And have made us kings and priests unto our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”
There are always going to be battles in a Christian's life. We have an enemy who has a plan to steal, kill and destroy from us, but the good news is that we have the Greater One on the inside of us to give us the victory!
1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
We are of God and have already overcome, even before we go out into the battle, because the God who lives within us is greater than the enemy that we face in the battle! Praise the Lord! So the questions to reflect upon today are: “Will you believe the report of the Lord that the giants in your land have no power to stand against you? Will you respond through godly violence, ready to go into battle and win?”
“....the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.”
Father, I thank You for equipping us to fight the giants and win the victory! I thank You for placing Your Spirit within us to be the Greater One in our lives; the One who enables us to overcome whatever obstacle that is placed before us. I pray this morning that as we look around us and see the lost, the hurting, the sick and oppressed that we will have the same mind that was in Christ Jesus who came to destroy the work of the devil in people's lives. I pray that we will look at the fruit of the land and not believe the negative report that we can't take the land because of the giants. Father, give us a kingdom mindset that sees the victory and knows that we are winners with God and well able to conquer our Promised Land. I pray that we will become passionate about being all that You have created and called us to be. I pray that we will be determined to defeat the enemy that has blinded the minds of those who are perishing; violent in persisting to pray, in witnessing of Your goodness and in driving sickness and disease out of people's lives. Father, we are Your army! May we go forth with victory in our hearts and a determination to see Your kingdom come and Your will being done on earth as it is in heaven! Thank You for working with us as we preach and teach Your word, confirming it with the accompanying signs! Thank You for giving us the victory! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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