Saturday, May 25, 2013

An Encouragement To Pray and Not Give Up

I believe with 100% certainty that the Lord answers prayer, so pray.  Pray without ceasing.  What does the Lord say about this?

Matt 7:7“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

If you are believing the Lord for something big, like a miracle or you have big problems that need to be solved (again, a miracle is needed) let me share with you from my own experience.  I just had one of the biggest miracles ever performed in my life (the Lord has worked many).  It was during this biggest miracle that took me to the heights that I was also brought down to the lowest depths.  My faith was tested and attacked in a way I had not thought possible, but the Lord was with me He did not leave me or forsake me just as He promised.  These words are for you.  Understand that the biggest miracles often come with the lowest valleys.

Here are two examples from the Word:  Jesus our Lord and David the Lord's beloved

And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema
sabachthani?" (which means "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?")

What happened here ^^?  The Lord God just before ascending the heights in glory as our Savior through His shed blood was crying "why have you forsaken me" to the Father.  Do you see it?  Its the valley before the mountaintop.

Again here with David:

Psalm 6

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your wrath.
2Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
3My soul is in deep anguish.
How long, Lord, how long?
4Turn, Lord, and deliver me;
save me because of your unfailing love.
5Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
Who praises you from the grave?
6I am worn out from my groaning.
All night long I flood my bed with weeping
and drench my couch with tears.
7My eyes grow weak with sorrow;
they fail because of all my foes.
8Away from me, all you who do evil,
for the Lord has heard my weeping.
9The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
10All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;
they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.

Sound like David was at a low point here?^^ David had to run and hide in caves from Saul before he became king.  David also had the valley before the mountaintop experience.

This brother would like to encourage you to pray and not give up.  Hold on for one more day.  Do not let anyone or anything rob you of your faith because your faith is everything.  If the enemy or this world or men can steal your faith they can steal your miracle, dont let it happen.

The Lord has led this brother through valley experiences to share with you today the truth, which is if you hold on in faith, eventually at some point you will look in victory at your situation.  We cannot know when or how, only the Lord knows.  Also know that the Lord does not enjoy putting you through your valley, He loves us and is kind and merciful even if you dont sense that in your valley please just hold on.  The Lord told us what He is doing

... And we know that for those who love God all things work together for
good, for those who are called according to his purpose

The victories the Lord gives are very very great.  If you are in a valley experience today open your bible up and read what happened to our fathers in the faith, how the ran and hid and suffered then they looked on in victory on the day the Lord answered them.  This brother can testify along with the scriptures that the Lord does make us wait sometimes but victory and our answer is always on the way. Dont give up, stand, be strong, read the promises and stand on them.  Offer the Lord your faith and His Word/His promises when you pray and fight for yourself in prayer.  Make your case before the Lord but give Him something to work with.  Too many people do not bring the King of Kings any faith or His own Word and they walk away empty handed.  We have to give the Lord something to work with!!

The Lord our God is a King and His Kingdom is made up of laws.  So just like a lawyer we have to make our case before Him.  Read the Bible and see how the fathers in the faith made their case before the Lord, they reasoned with Him according to  His own Word and they received what they asked for.  How can the Lord resist His own Word?  Think about it.

Don't give up, keep the faith.  grace and peace

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Something You Need to Know When You Are Going Through Hard Times

The reason we must get to know the Lord intimately is so we will trust Him.  It is hard to trust someone you do not know.  Something we know about the Lord is He is full of lovingkindness toward those who belong to Him.  Why does this matter?  Because when it looks like the world is going to cave in on you from 4 sides, you have to know without a shadow of a doubt the Lord loves you and shows His kindness to you over and over again.  This brother knows without a doubt that the Lord's lovingkindness is real toward us.  What does the Word say?

... "I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in
righteousness and in justice, In lovingkindness and in compassion ...
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... Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to
the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. ...
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... The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, "I have loved you with an everlasting
love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness...
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... To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning And Your faithfulness by night, .... ...
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... I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your
lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all ...
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... but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am
the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth ...
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... a house of mourning, or go to lament or to console them; for I have withdrawn My
peace from this people," declares the LORD, "My lovingkindness and compassion. ...
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... For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Your truth. ... For your
lovingkindness is before my eyes: and I have walked in your truth. ...
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... Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. ... Because
your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you. ...
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... O continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, And
Your righteousness to the upright in heart. ...
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... Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion ...
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... The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will
be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life. ...
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... Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me
the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul. ...
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... Wondrously show Your lovingkindness, O Savior of those who take refuge
at Your right hand From those who rise up against them. ...
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... Answer me, O LORD, for Your lovingkindness is good; According
to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me ...
// - 17k

Yes, it makes a difference when you are surrounded by lovingkindness.  It makes a difference in your walk, your talk, your faith, everything.  I hope you are encouraged today by the kind of God we serve.  He is full of wrath and vengeance and anger toward the wicked:

Heb 10:30For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

But how does the Lord deal with us?  He is full of lovingkindness and tender mercies. Read all the scriptures above.  Yes we go through tribulations and trials on this earth but its all for a reason.  The Lord has lovingkindness in store for us even through the tough times.  Without it, I would not have seen many victories.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May His face shine upon you and may He grant you peace.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The End of All Things Is Near

 1 Peter 4:7The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.

How is the end of all things refreshing?  We know that our striving and struggle will not go on forever. Whatever battles we face today will soon come to an end.  The end for the sinner is something to be greatly feared.  The end for the saint is something to rejoice over and look forward to.  Our treasure is in and with Christ.  None of us have any remote idea how great the things are that are waiting for us when our battles here are over.

While we are here we must do what we have been called to do and fight the good fight in faith.  We must pray and keep our eyes on Jesus.  He alone is the focus the Lord God our Father has called us to.  So much in life is irrelevant with no eternal value whatsoever.  Let us remember those few things that do have eternal value and focus on them.  The end of all things is near and while we endure to the end we have help from our Lord to make it through the troubles of each day, one day at a time until we see our Lord face to face and rejoice.

Lift your chin up and give thanks today, right now for whatever in your life is worthy of thanks.  We can all be thankful for something even if its just waking up breathing.  Keep the faith, pray for each other and please pray for me.  There is miracle working power in each and every prayer offered in faith.

grace and peace

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Wait On The Lord

We wait for the Lord, we know what that means but we also read in the Word that we wait on the Lord.  What does that mean?

What does a "waiter" do in a restaurant?  He "waits" on you.  Put in other words he serves you.  To wait on the Lord is not only to bide time awaiting His return but also to serve Him.  And what is one of the rewards for "waiting" on the Lord?

31But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

The battles we fight take the strength out of us, but what does the Lord do for His servants?  He renews our strength.  Do you need renewed strength?  I do every single day.  So let us wait on the Lord to renew our strength and run without becoming weary and walk and not become faint.  We shall mount up with wings as eagles and renew our strength if we wait on the Lord.

In order to wait upon Him we must be in close proximity to Him.  Could you imagine going to a restaurant and being told your waiter was in another state?  How well do you think that would work?  We must enter His presence to wait on Him, then we will renew our strength.

These are not just fluffy words, this is real renewal and real strength that we need each and every day.  The Lord has instructed us how to lay hold of this strength and renewal, let us pay attention so we may receive what we need.

grace and peace