Sun, Sep 30, 2018
The enemy has not defeated you, for the weapons created by creation cannot defeat the creator. Defeat causes you to settle in Haran instead of Canan. People settle for second best because of: 1) Fear - when fear comes have the courage to fight. Courage is not the absence of fear but mastering fear. 2) Fatigue - physically and mentally. 3) Failed results - failing does not make you a failure, when you fail try again. 4) Faulty confidence - do not lower your expectations. Doubt your doubts and not God. When you settle where you are not suppose to settle your brain embraces abnormality as normal. To get to where God is taking you, you have to leave things that are holding you back and be obedient to Him.
Jesus always sees value in his people, whether they are sinners, tax collectors etc. When we draw near to Jesus to hear him, our lives begin to change and things begin to happen, as he draws near to us. The thing that distracts you is less important than what it distracts you from. Serving is important but knowing the God we serve is more important (Luke 10:38-42). Jesus was not focused on the sin of those that draw near to him but their lostlessness. We also have to be worried about those that are lost rather than judge them, be persistent in evangelism.
Scripture alone, is one of the five solas (landmarks) of our Christianity. Scripture is the ultimate truth and authority. It should be flawless, not mixed with anyone's ideas. The word has to be preached in and out of season for three purposes: correct, rebuke and encourage. We need to hold on to the word, attack and not only wait to defend. As attack is the best defense (2 Timothy 4: 3-4 & Matthew 22:41-46).
It is because of the Lamb of God that we are saved.He was bruised so that we could be made whole. The Lamb of God intercedes for us (Luke 22:32).When we go through life's challenges, the Lamb of God strengthens us and intercedes for us. Jesus knew who God was and He was connected to Him, Jesus prayed and always wanted God's will (Mark 14:32-36). It is therefore important that we stay connected to God so that we can serve Him faithfully and truthfully.
BLESS THE LORD
Jesus Christ healed ten men with Leprosy but among the ten only one came back to give thanksgiving.
The questions to ask ourselves are “Why is it that among the ten only one came back? Why is it that the nine Jewish didn’t come back?” Might it be that the Samaritan understood that he was not entitled to the grace of healing? Could it be that the other nine Jewish leapers thought that because they are Jews it’s their right to be healed and never mind of being grateful. As Christians we have a tendency of forgetting that it is by grace that we are saved and blessed. We must not be like the nine other Jewish leapers who forgot to give thanksgiving to God.
Psalms 103:1-14 reminds us the reasons why we must bless the LORD.
1 Samuel 16:1 (NIV)
The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”
We have mourned for dead situations to the point of neglecting our duties. It’s time to bless the LORD.
The prayer that is made earnestly will bring desired results. The most important part of prayer is not speaking, it is hearing what God is saying to you. You can't just pray and pray without making a move, you need to open the door. Prayer without faith doesn't give results - if there is no faith, God does not move. Seek God! Be on the lookout, stalk God!