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I have this spiritual wall art that hangs in my home, lately the Father has been prompting me to share it. It reminds me of the promise that Jesus made to us in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.”
This is what the wall art says:
Jesus is with you always. He is with you in the happy moments. He’s right there making all things work for your good in the difficult moments.
You can worship Him in the quiet moments knowing that it’s Him leading you beside those quiet waters (Psalm 23:2) Quiet is a good thing. “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:25-26.
Jesus is with you in the painful moments. He draws close to the brokenhearted; He heals them and binds up their wounds. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. (Psalm 34:18, 40:4, 147:3)
We give thanks because of Love. For God So Loved us that He Gave. He gave us His Beloved Son, the irrevocable gifts and promises of God and He continues to give us the victory through Christ Jesus each and every day.
Jesus is with you in the highest of highs and in the lowest of lows and all of the other moments in between. In every moment there’s an opportunity to praise, seek, worship, trust and thank Him. Jesus hears you, sees you, He’s for you and He is with you always even to the end of the age.
“Our God is the God of salvation” -Psalm 68:20 (NKJV)
“Our God is a God who saves” -Psalm 68:20 (NIV)
Through Jesus we come to know the Father’s Love for us. The Father’s desire is to see that none perish (2 Peter 3:9) Through Rahab’s story we learn that The Promise is not just for us but for our loved ones as well.
When the two Israelite spies came to the house of Rahab the prostitute, she offered to hide them (See Joshua chapters 2 and 6). She heard about how the Lord of Israel had dried up the Red Sea and delivered them from the Egyptians and the two Amorite Kings, Sihon and Og. She testified to the spies that, “The Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.” -Joshua 2:11
Rahab heard God’s word, (that’s faith: faith comes by hearing) which prompted her to make intercessory for her family (that’s Ministry). By hiding the spies she was defying her own people and government thus risking her own life to save her family. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” -John 15:13
Let’s look at Rahab’s Intercessory:
“Please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them —and that you will save us from death.” –Joshua 2:12-13
When the walls of Jericho fell and the armies of Israel stormed the city; Rahab, her father and mother, her brothers and sisters and all who belonged to her were saved. Her faith in God and her intercession made her and her loved ones heirs to the promise.
“He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” -Romans 8:32
God’s desire is to Save. As Believers in Christ you are called to be Ministers and ministry begins first at home. May this word encourage you to continue your intercession for your friends and loved ones…In Jesus name. Amen
The Salvation Promise
“The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off- for all whom the Lord our God will call.” -Acts 2:39
“Restore us to Yourself Lord.” –Lamentations 5:21
The Lord’s Economy is nothing like our own. Let’s take a look at Job. Job lost his wealth, his livestock and sadly his children. Soon after, Job was afflicted with painful sores that ran from the crown of his head to the soles of his feet. There was no support, no peace, no joy; not even the pleasure of sweet sleep. What remained though was his faith in God and his righteousness.
Through Job’s afflictions, whom by the way is a shadow of Jesus, we come to intimately know God and His Restoration Plan. The Lord restored Job’s fortunes to him and gave him twice as much as he had before. His latter days were better than the former and he received long life to enjoy it all.
I know it saddens the Lord to see His children living life defeated. For it is written, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” If you or someone you know is living life defeated you are measuring your life against the world’s exchange rate not God’s. Look to the cross, Jesus gave you beauty for ashes. He became poor so that you may be rich. Jesus’ body was broken so that you may be made whole. Your life, past and sins may have robbed you of a lot but in Christ YOU are a new creation and you can expect “your fortunes” to be doubled to you. You can expect your life to be transformed. Expect God’s favor to go ahead of you and open doors that would normally be closed. Expect Salvation to come to your loved ones. Expect healing and victory in every battle, test and obstacle in your life because of who you are, a beloved child of God.
You can liken yourself to Job. I know what some of you are thinking, “Job was a righteous man, I’m not.” Friend, here’s a fun fact, it was God who called Job Righteous and You, who are in Christ, are the Righteousness of God in Christ. Like Job your righteousness was a gift. A gift given not because of your works and faithfulness but based on Jesus’ faithfulness and finished work on the cross. Whether you are experiencing the best of times or the worst (#TheWisdomofSolomon) You can expect that every promise the Holy Spirit has whispered to you in the valley or on the mountaintop is a “Yes” and “Amen” to you.
-He restores you to Himself. That’s our God’s Economy.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; All things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27
Jesus moves in the impossible! Think about it. He brought nations out of barren women. Parted great bodies of water delivering millions from oppression.
He caused the Earth to Stand Still at one Man’s request and gave Great victories to the weak.
He fed thousands with just five loaves and two small fish. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, speech to the mute and casted out demons with just A Word.
He brought the dead back to life even after four days in the tomb.
He caused an ordinary man, no different from you or I to walk on water with Him.
Jesus made evangelist and preachers out of the world’s outcast. The Nobodies, the Less than Perfect and Far From Able. The Least of them and the Worst of them He enabled and used them to accomplish extraordinary works for the Kingdom of God. He continues to do that today.
Above all with just One Sacrifice Jesus bore ALL of our sins and afflictions and brought Salvation to Whosoever Believes in Him. With One Act He imparted Righteousness to the Unrighteous, Justification to the Unjust and Eternal and Internal Life, Peace and Joy to the spiritually dead, lost and broken.
Jesus moves in the Impossible.
To us these great acts seem impossible but to the One who So Loved Us that He gave Himself for us… All things will be made possible for You.
Dare to Hope… Dare to Dream Big… Dare to Walk on Water Beloved Child of God. Nothing in your life is hidden from Him or beyond Him. Expect Your Heavenly Father to do the impossible in your life! In Jesus Name. Amen.
Do not conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. –Romans 12:2
Many of us have been programmed to think and see the worst in people, circumstances and ourselves. Professional Fault-Finders; often wired from childhood to think and prepare for the worst. We are also best known as our own personal worst critic. Even in the midst of praise for your attributes and accomplishments you can’t help but to find something wrong.
Then along came Jesus preaching, “Repent!” Change the way you think. What a bold request; a request that goes against every fiber of your natural being. To abandon the way you’re wired and see yourself not as a “Hot Mess” but through Heaven’s lens…Faultless, Forgiven, Perfected and Loved. That’s challenging for some of us.
I suppose Heaven’s view would look like this:
I am not past, my addictions or pain.
I am a New Creation, the old me is dead and gone, the new me is here to stay.
I am not my sins.
I am Forgiven. My sins, (past, present and future) are Nailed To The Cross.
Forgiven and Forgotten.
There is no more condemnation for me. Sin has No Dominion over me anymore.
I am not weak, a victim or a failure.
I am More Than A Conqueror. I can do All Things Through Christ who strengthens me.
I am a Co-heir with Christ, created to do good works. I am Destined to Reign and Succeed.
Enough about who I was, this is who I am: Chosen By God, Justified By Faith, Glorified in Christ and at Peace with God. No longer conformed to the patterns of this world but conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. I am the Righteousness of God in Christ. No longer a Fault Finder but a Faith Seeker. I am light and salt to this Earth. I am the Apple of God’s Eyes, the one whom the Father So Loved. I’m wired in Christ now and as Christ is, So Am I. My Friend that is how Heaven sees you.
I was waiting patiently in the waiting room. It was an hour past my appointment time and I was not happy. I came to the early morning appointment without having coffee or bringing a book, tablet or phone. I thought I’d be in and out of there in thirty minutes top. I was so wrong. So I said, “Okay LORD, it is You who plans my day. If you’re going to leave me without coffee or iPad; who do you want me to minister too?” Moments later, I found myself spiritually sparring with another believer. That exchange lead to a mother asking me to pray for her daughter. We prayed and you can imagine my delight when I heard a few “Amens” from those listening.
Then there was, The One. It had been three hours past my appointment time. I could have rescheduled but I felt compelled to stay. There were only two of us left in the waiting area. This college student had heard and saw my interactions so he wasn’t surprised when I asked him if he believed in Jesus.
“Not anymore”, he said, “ I was ex-communicated out of my church because I asked too many questions.” He replied quietly.
“You weren’t in God’s church, Friend.” I replied. “You see whom the Father gives to the Son cannot be snatched out of His hands. You can’t be ex-communicated out of His presence. Once you become His child, He vows to never leave or forsake you. As for asking questions, our Father says, ‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you find; knock, and it will be opened to you.’ Our God doesn’t run away from questions. He loves when you have questions about Him that means you want to get to know Him. The Father desires to unveil His heart to us.”
What the young man said next almost blew me out of my seat. “Am I supposed to believe that God who created this vast universe and filled this one planet with billions of people could care about someone as insignificant as me.”
“Yes!!!!” I yelled so loud that I even startled myself. I started to say, “You’re the One…” Then the door to the examination rooms opened. They called my name.
I didn’t know what to do; I wanted to finish this conversation but what was on my heart to say I felt it needed to be said in private. Even though I said to the attendant, that I’d be right there, she chose to stand there and wait for me. Sadly the flesh kicked in, I started to feel the burden from the long wait. I looked back at the young man and smiled awkwardly at him. He smiled back, waved goodbye and I left.
What I wanted to say is this:
You are The One the scriptures spoke about. The One that God So Loved and gave Heaven’s Best, His Beloved Son for. God cares for you and loves you with an unfailing and unwavering love. According to the Creator of this vast universe and planet filled with billions, YOU are The One worth fighting for and dying for and that’s exactly what He did For You on The Cross. You’re not insignificant to Him; you are the Apple of God’s Eye.
I have to be honest I felt like I missed a moment; like I failed God. Then the Father reminded me that it was Him who orchestrated this moment. It was Him who prompted the prayer I prayed later on for this young man. Everything went according to God’s plan. The Father assured me that I planted the seed and watered it. Now it’s His job to make it grow. With loving-kindness God will draw him.
Remember its God who orders our steps. What may seem like a bad day may very well be God preparing “A Moment” for you to share the love of Jesus with That One.
The prophet Elijah was having a rough day. He was a wanted man; all of the priests of God had been murdered. The temple was destroyed and now the queen wanted him dead. Depressed, defeated and afraid. Things were so bad for Elijah that he prayed that God would take his life. He went to the mountain to wait on the Lord. First there was a powerful wind, followed by an earthquake and fire but the LORD was not in either of these. When The LORD came to Elijah He came as a gentle whisper. See Elijah’s Story.
I asked the Father, “Why is the enemy’s voice so loud and Your voice so quiet?” He responded, “Don’t you have to be really close to someone to hear them whisper? The devil is on the outside; I dwell on the inside of you. I don’t have to shout.” Said the Lord. This revelation changed my life. If you can hear God’s whisper then you’re not alone or defeated. His quiet voice is evidence that God is not far off, He’s with you and for you. If the enemies voice is a loud shout, then he’s far off and has no authority over you.
The thing about the “whisper” is that only you and the one who whispered heard what was said. This is where your walk gets real. Are you going to listen to the ones outside of you or are you going to hold on to the whisper? God said this to Abraham, “A son coming from your own body will be your heir…look up at the heavens and count the stars if indeed you can count them, …so shall your offspring be.” Genesis 15
This is how Abraham held on to God’s whisper, “Abraham, even though he was past age and Sarah herself was barren-was enabled to become a father because he considered Him faithful who made the promise.” Hebrews11
Your job isn’t to convince anyone of God’s promise to you. You have to be persuaded that God is who He says He is. Confident that no matter what the circumstances look like, things will work out for your good. Your Hope is that His whisper is greater than the shouts outside of you and your Heavenly Father is able and willing to do what He promised.
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower. And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11
Joseph was the beloved son of Jacob. His son by His true love Rachel, and He treated Joseph as such. He was set apart from his brothers even His robe, a gift from his father, was finely woven and made of many colors. He was hated by his brothers and one day betrayed by them and sold into slavery for twenty shekels. Then he was sold again to an Egyptian captain named Potiphar. Scripture records for us that while Joseph lived as a slave in Potiphar’s house that the LORD was with Joseph and He prospered him. Later Joseph was falsely accused and imprisoned. While in prison the Holy Spirit records, the LORD was with him and He gave him success in whatever he did. You know how the story ends; God took Joseph from Prisoner –to- Right-hand Man to Pharaoh. Through Joseph’s promotion both the Gentile nations and his brothers were saved from famine and death. Joseph’s life served as a snapshot of our Savior Jesus Christ. Read full story of Joseph.
I think we’ve all experienced a “Joseph moment” at one point in our lives. One minute your up and everything is going well and then something earth shattering happens and your down in the dirt. Like Joseph, God’s intent is always to take you to the next level, to lift you higher. From fruit -to more fruit -to much fruit. Jesus will always meet you where you are but don’t expect to stay there. Expect Him to take you from glory to glory.
Wherever you are in life, know that this is a part of the process it’s not the final outcome. Set your eyes on the outcome not the twist and turns in between. HE Who Promised Is Faithful. God told you that He has a plan for you, plans to prosper you, not to harm you but to give you hope and a future. Just because you’re shipwrecked in a storm it doesn’t mean He’s changed His mind about you. See the bumpy roads and the shipwrecks as the tools that will sharpen you for the purpose that God created you for and the message He cultivated in you to impact this world and fulfill your destiny for Jesus Christ.
Just because you’re shipwrecked in a storm it doesn’t mean God’s plans for you have changed!
“A woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the edge of His cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch His cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” He said, “your faith has healed you.” Matthew 9:20-22
Jesus was moved by her thoughts of Him. Her thoughts drew power from Him. Another translation testifies that virtue and had gone out from Him. Her faith in Him caught Jesus’ attention. Jesus sought out the one who touched Him and when He looked at her He called her “Daughter”. Faith brought this Social Outcast into Sonship. It took her from Sickness to Sonship in mere seconds. Jesus also points out that it was her faith in Him, not His robe that made her well. Scripture says that those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Her faith made her a beneficiary of God’s Promise.
Who do you say Jesus is? What are your thoughts about Him? This woman once thought that her healing was in the hands of physicians and for 12 years she bore the consequences of her thoughts, she didn’t get better she got worse. Then one day she heard about JESUS and it changed the way she thought.
Her thoughts drove her to go to places she wouldn’t have dared to go, it took her where the world said she didn’t belong. She dared to seek out and reach for what she heard and believed and that faith transformed her life. In a crowd of many only one touched Jesus. Are you that one? Is your faith driving you to pursue the plans God has for you. To be a Light in the World for Him. In His eyes …YOU ARE.