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Finish the good work in you

15 Mar 17
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  Philippians 1:6 tells us, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of  Christ Jesus.”  Psalm 138:8 says, “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.”  God has a purpose and a plan for you and for your life.  He has battles for you to fight and win.  Maybe He has called you to work in the ministry.  Maybe right now you aren’t sure you can make another step.  Maybe you are going through hard life situation and you don’t think you can stand one more minute.  Let me share with you a well known bible story in Joshua 6:

6:1  Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the Israelites.  No one went out and no one came in.  The Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the mighty warriors. Now you shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do this [once each day] for six days. Also, seven priests shall carry seven trumpets [made] of rams’ horns ahead of the ark; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. When they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall cry out with a great shout (battle cry); and the wall of the city will fall down in its place, and the people shall go up, each man [going] straight ahead [climbing over the rubble].”

So Joshua the son of Nun called for the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and have seven priests carry seven trumpets made of rams’ horns ahead of the ark of the Lord.” He said to the people, “Go forward! March around the city, and let the armed men go ahead of the ark of the Lord.” And it was so, that when Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets made of rams’ horns went on before the Lord and blew the trumpets; then the ark of the covenant of the Lord went behind them. The armed men went in front of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued to blow the trumpets. 10 But Joshua commanded the people, “You shall not shout [the battle cry] nor let your voice be heard nor let a word come out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout!” 11 So Joshua had the ark of the Lord taken around the city [on the first day], circling it once; then they came back into the camp and spent the night in the camp.

God made a promise to Joshua.  He promised him that He had given the city into Joshua’s hands and that the walls would fall.  Actually God spoke as if the battle was already won!  Look at verse 2, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand.  But when Joshua looked at the city he saw the walls standing and a battle to be fought.  Sometimes we get discouraged because our perspective gets obstructed. Jericho was shut up and had high walls.  Joshua was promised victory and given instructions on how to win and receive God’s promise.  Has God given you a promise and you are still looking for the answer to that promise?  We can find ourselves ready to throw in the towel after we have been circling the walls of our battle for so long.  Here’s something to think about, Joshua had been given a promise that he would get to enter the promise land and take the people of Isreal in to this land.  He had already waited 40 years for this promise to be fulfilled, not because of something he had done, but because of the lack of aith of another.  Now after 40 years he’s entered into the promise land and God has him do seven days of excersice. How many of us have been praying waiting and then the door begins to open and we step through only to find another delay.  Six days Joshua was told to march around the city and then the priest were to blow the trumpets and the people shout, then the walls would fall.  God had given him the how’s to victory, but Joshua didn’t share all that with the army.  He called the priest to take up the ark of the covenant, (His presence).  Seven priest to carry seven trumpets (praise).  And he called the army of the Lord to march around the fortified city.  The army only had this instruction, “You shall not shout nor let your voice be heard nor let a word come out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout.”  Crazy instructions, can you imagine?  How many of us has God ask us to march in front of our enemy with our mouths shut?  My guess here is that if they talked during this time of not knowing how long they had to wait for victory, they could possibly discourage each other with doubt.  God has us go through periods of waiting to build our faith.

God loves us so much that he wants to build our faith and stamina, to mature us into amazing warriors for Him.  Psalms 51: 10-12 puts it this way, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant to me a willing spirit to sustain me.  Can we pray this prayer like David and be like Joshua and continue to march even when it looks like nothing is happening?  Let your faith arise and keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, knowing He is finishing the good work within us, and the walls will come down!

God will uphold you

14 Mar 17
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  Isaiah 41:9-13

 

The Lord has chosen you as His servant!  He has not rejected you!  You don’t have to fear for God is with you.  We are instructed not to be dismayed (overwhelmed) for God is with us.  He will strengthen us and help us.  He will uphold us with His righteous right hand! The right hand of God symbolizes strength, authority, power, blessing, sovereignty and ruler-ship.  When God promises to uphold us with His right hand he is promising His authority, power, sovereignty, blessing and ruler-ship.  Nothing can stand against God’s outstretched hand toward His people.  If you are going through hard times, a time when you feel overwhelmed turn to God and remember His promise in Isaiah 41:9-13.  He says, “I will strengthen you and help your;  I will uphold you, all who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.  Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.  For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; Do not be afraid.”

Take heart and place your hope in God who changes not and who is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  We can trust Him.  He does not lie.   Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken and will He not make it good and fulfill it?  We serve an awesome and faithful God who loves us and only wants good for us.  So today in the middle of your trail, remember, God is for you, He will not leave you and He will uphold you with His mighty, righteous right hand!

If you do not know the Lord God as your personal savior and friend you can ask Him today to be a part of your life, to forgive you and He will.  Then the promises above will be for you as well.  God loves you and is wanting to be there for you.  He says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Traditions of our Fathers

08 Mar 17
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When we pray, using the name of Jesus, do we understand what we are saying and the power that we invoke?  We need to know what is in that name, Jesus, the name above all names!  In His name is all the attributes of God the Father!  God the Father is our provider, He is Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, of us! God is the Self-Existing Lord and King.  With God nothing is impossible! All that God the Father is, He wrapped up in the name of Jesus!  All of the power of God is in His son!  So when we pray using the name of Jesus we are calling on both the Son and Father.  Great power is in the name that is above all names!  Do we pray using the name of Jesus, because that is how we were taught to pray?  Traditions can be good but they can also be bad when they become something that we do just because.  The other day one of my teens in our youth group prayed the Lords prayer (Matthew 6:5-15) it was awesome that she knew this prayer by memory, but it dawned on me, maybe she didn’t know what she was praying.  I asked her do you know what you prayed means?  She didn’t.  I have to wonder how many times do we pray calling on the name of the Lord Jesus not knowing what we are praying and the power of the name we just used?  Jesus said in Mark 7:13, “Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.  And you do many things like that.”  So if we are praying using the name of Jesus because that is how we were taught but without understanding and reverence for the Name that is above all names, than what we pray is just religious tradition and there is no power in it.

What is in the Name of Jesus?  According to Philippians 2:9-10 there is revelation of Truth of who Jesus is and that every knee will bow at His Name! There is no way to the Father accept through Jesus.  As John 14:6 states Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Jesus.   Mark 16:16 says there is Salvation in His Name.  Without relationship with Jesus, accepting him as your Lord and Savior we have no power because its belief in Him and His Name that opens the door to the power of God.  Acts 4:12 tells us salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.  John 1:12 In His name is the right to become children of God.  Proverbs 18:10 His name is a strong tower, we run to it and are saved.  Zechariah 13:9, Psalm 50:15 tells us in His name there is an answer.  Mark 16:18 In His Name you can lay hands on the sick and they will recover, you can drink any  deadly thing and no harm will come to you.  Malachi 4:2  In His Name there is victory and healing.   Where two or three gather in His Name, He is in their midst (Matthew 18:20).  Ephesians 2:21-22 says In the Name of Jesus every name that is named is rendered powerless!  Do you see and understand now that in the Name of Jesus there is amazing POWER?  In His Name is all that God the Father is!  Now when you pray you can say with authority In the Name of Jesus I declare healing, answers to problems, safety, salvation, and victory over all the devils schemes!  Why???  Because Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave!  Nothing is impossible to God. and because of the sacrifice of Jesus, nothing is impossible to us through HIS NAME!!!  Now when we pray we have more than the traditions of our fathers, we have POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS!

Holy Spirit help us remember with reverence who it is that we are praying IN HIS NAME!  Amen

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