Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation (Ps 91:14-16)~ Curious child of God? Wondering if this is what God thinks when He considers you? And then some!!! When God puts His favor on you, whatever happens, nothing shall hurt you; No weapon formed against you shall prosper– though troubles and afflictions may come. They shall come, not for your hurt, but for your good, though at the time it seems more hurtful than helpful. Those who rightly know God, will set their love upon Him. They by prayer and faith constantly call upon Him. His promise is, that He will in due time deliver us out of trouble, and in the mean time we will be with Him while in trouble. The Lord will manage all our worldly concerns, and preserve our life on earth, so long as it shall be good for us. He will bless the fruits we bear. He will bless the seeds we sow. He will bless our comings and goings. Friend, God will cause your enemies to come at you in one direction but flee from you in seven directions, because greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world. That’s just a portion of how God will bless you – in Jesus name!
For his anger endureth but a moment; in His FAVOR is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning; Lord, by thy FAVOR thou hast made my mountain to stand strong… (Ps 30:5,7)~
Our happiness is bound up in the Divine FAVOR; if we have that, we have enough, whatever else would we want?? The Lord is my shepherd, I shall NOT want (Ps 23:1) because His FAVOR is upon us!
Though God may have allowed and even sent trials to us, that former rain was to wash away what we didn’t need and clean us up so that the latter rain would nurture us and prepare us for His FAVOR which is in abundance.
He will restore multiplied and in abundant FAVOR what we have lost in trial; that we will have more FAVOR than we would know what to do with (Joel 2:23-26).
What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? (Ps 8:4). Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Ps 103:4–5). When God thinks of us, He’s thinking in our FAVOR!
Praise God for His FAVOR! You know where He has given it to you in your life. Next time you think about your troubles and your trials, think about the FAVOR God has given you… And that some of these trials are just enough to keep you on track, keeping you safe, stable and grounded. What you lack and miss is not always a dead end road from your blessing; sometimes it’s a detour TO it. Realize the FAVOR and you will see a lot of things in new perspective. Praise The Lord for His FAVOR!
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. (Num 6:25–26). May He Do You a FAVOR! Amen!
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven (Ecc 3:1)~ In due time all of our experiences, all of our likes and dislikes, our passions, joys and pains, things we do and places we go; even the people around us and ultimately our very selves… must go through change. Being the creatures of habit that we are, this experience of change is not always welcome or comfortable. We are more desired to stay where we are because it’s comfortable and it’s easy and we don’t have to worry about what may or may not happen because of change. We feel in control. We are uncomfortable about change in life because we have to take a new path that is outside of the one we are always in and feel good about.
But when God calls upon you for your destiny you will have to endure change that will take you away from what you are used to and comfortable with. Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee (Gen 12:1) ~ Imagine trusting God to the point you give up everything you have; everything you are everything and possibly most of, if not everyone you know. God did just that, even Himself, to deliver His promise to us and open the door for us. He could have just sat in Heaven and been comfortable in His glory and just let things happen, but God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). He made the biggest change in History- a change that altered the destiny of life itself. He gave up His all to replace the burden and the end result of sin for us.
Knowing this we have to be encouraged of our security during the journey because while we don’t know what we’re about to go through, we do know that HE is in control and has a place that He will bring us to. We have a decision to make. We can trust Him enough to faithfully go through the change as He asks of us or we can ignore Him and fight for the comfort of staying stagnant; for the easiness of just being where and how we are. The end result though will be the same. Again, everything has its appointed time and when that time is exhausted, the winds of change are imminent! Remember, God’s word will not return to Him void but will accomplish what He purposes (Isa 55:11). Therefore our decision to ignore and hold back kicking and screaming for our “right to be as we please” only makes it harder on us when that inevitable does come. If God means it for you, it is going to be! How it affects you is really up to you. God gives us the opportunity to change or be changed. It’s up to us! Is there anything in your life you would not be willing to walk away from to follow Christ and give Him the praise, honor and glory He is due? Would you change your life to live in Him and have Him live through you? We don’t fully know what God’s promise brings us along the way but we know what the end result will be. Christ gave all and sits at the Right hand of God … the promise as a result of our faith; our trust; will be greatness beyond our comprehension. Don’t fight what must be; but trust God and allow His blessing to enhance, grow and sustain you as the seasons around you change!
And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed (Deut 31:8)~ Things around you may seem so out of hand. You may not know what your next step is going to be! God may even seem distant to you! Your mind is full of thoughts asking “Why, Lord?”. And there seems to be little circumstances that even mock you for believing in God… challenging you and almost asking you “Where is your God now?”. But the devil is a liar! Don’t fall for the trickery! Those carnal and evil weapons of confusion, unbelief and fear, they are hot coals that will burn you the longer you hold on to them. DROP IT!!! They were formed against you and cannot prosper unless you hold onto them and let them consume you! The truth is: God IS!!! Though you can’t always trace Him, you CAN always trust Him. Don’t worry about the things you see…but remember what you have already overcome; God would not bring you this far through so many things to forget you. The Lord, He IS: Always present in our lives; He IS: Over all things; He IS the one who goes before us; He IS the fixer of every situation and trial and He IS the One who never forsakes the righteous in Him. Friend, be strong and of Good courage, God IS wherever, whenever and whatever you need Him to be … In fact, He’s not only with you; He’s GOT you!
But 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 (Isa 40:31); Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord; But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor 58,57)~ Sometimes I feel like I’m spinning my wheels on things in life and get nowhere. In fact I get so frustrated from all of the challenges that I even get to the point of throwing my hands up and saying ‘why even try anymore’. Then God answers “My word will not return to me void…” and for some reason, “tired” is not an option! That reassurance is the renewing of strength that I needed! Friend, God promises that your efforts are paying off and that you will reap what you sow! Thank Him for what He’s already done and that in Christ you have the victory. Your efforts are simply the manifestation of His word that will do as He has intended! Stay in the battle.. Don’t quit just because it gets tough! The work you do after it gets tough is the work that will get you across the line to success! Tired is not an option when it comes to the Lord and HE will be your strength and buckler!
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want (Ps 23:1)~~ He is the LORD over all; He governs the affairs of our lives and is in control. Even though it may be over our heads, it’s still under His feet! He is omnipotent – having all power! Seeing all, and knowing all – even before we know of it or need of it. The Lord IS omnipresent! His ‘IS-ness’ declares a state of constant existence and presence, without limitation, in all time and place – there is no ‘was’ nor ‘shall be’.. no here nor there; in all – God IS. The Lord is OUR shepherd and we are HIS sheep – He is Lord OVER US – to chasten and correct us that we should obey Him and let Him direct our paths to His paths of righteousness. The Lord is our SHEPHERD – our provider and protector giving us His life that we may have life abundantly (John 10:10-11); not to worry about what comes against us nor what we shall have. We are completely and eternally satisfied in Him. Jehovah-Rohi: our good shepherd – He is Lord ‘through’ all, He is Lord ‘over’ all, He is Lord ‘of’ all!
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isa 55:8-9).~~ It is one thing to pray for God’s will to be done in your life, but it is quite another to accept His will. Many of us talk a good game about wanting His will for our lives, but once it is revealed, we get scared and we run away from it; We let fear take over; Or we refuse to accept it because God’s will actually isn’t what we wanted at all. I can say all of this because I’ve been there and in many ways, I am there right now. I’ve long prayed for God’s will and purpose to be revealed in my life, but I never really took into consideration how I would respond to the revelation. I realize that not only should my prayer be, “Thy will be done” but also, “Let me accept thy will.”
It is easy to become negative, frustrated and angry when things don’t go our way or work as WE have planned. But, what we need to remember is that GOD’s plan for our day, better yet, our life is always greater than our own, even when we can’t see it in the moment. His blessings don’t always come in the ways we expect. But God is always at work in our lives and sometimes we just need to adjust our perspective or our vision to see where He is working. Some of the biggest blessings in my life have come from situations that were less than perfect in my own view, in fact, often they come from the most difficult of times. It just reiterates to me that I need to look at where God is working and recognize the hidden blessings in even the most difficult of situations. God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good! As much as we THINK we know what’s better for us, we eventually find out that God only knows!
So, the next time you get upset because things aren’t going YOUR way.. keep in mind that it could very well be going GOD’S way! It’s not always going to be just simple, cut and dry – remember, Israel had to cross the Red Sea and wander in the desert for years before getting to the promised land… and God was with them the entire way… blessing them along the way! When we follow HIS way, we can surely expect that we will not come to a position of regretting our own will before we acknowledge His…saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but THINE be done (Luke 22:42).
– Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Ths 5:16-18) –
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4).
This age regards the burdens of struggle/hardship/pain as simply bad, to be avoided at all cost—the loss of a job, loss of a career, loss of financial stability, loss of an image, loss of a marriage. So we medicate, distract, deny—anything to make them go away. And, when we just can’t, we direct our frustration toward God: “Where are you?” “How could you allow this?”
But . . . what if . . . these burdens are actually good things? Constructive things? What if they have a purpose? What if they’re not random things, but parts of a program to make us more mature, more focused, more rugged, more fruitful? Jesus taught that God prunes “every branch that does bear fruit,” so that “it may bear more fruit” (John 15:2). And, indeed, most men will concede that—while they’ve certainly not enjoyed the struggle/hardship/pain of the past—they do like the people they’ve become as a result. They prefer their post-burden selves to the men they were before.
Maybe we’ve got this upside down. Maybe we need to think differently about struggle/hardship/pain? Maybe the words of James aren’t so crazy?
(Insp by: Wire – Gather Ministries)
Jesus loves you.
How do you feel when you read that? Do you doubt it because you’re suffering? Do you disbelieve it because there’s great sin in your life? Do you dismiss it because you’re so busy with life that you don’t have time to think about it?
If so, then remember the prayer Paul prayed for the church, saying:
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God – (Ephesians 3:17-19)
In praying this prayer, Paul didn’t doubt that God loves His people, but He did doubt that they truly knew it, really believed it, and were experiencing it.
Many Christians today know God loves them, but they know it like someone who takes a driver’s education class but never drives a car. They know it’s there but they’ve never taken advantage of the experience of its fullness!
Paul wanted the love of God, like a plant rooted deeply in nourishment and able to flourish, to be a deep root in people’s souls. He wanted the church to know that God’s love is wide enough to welcome anyone, long enough to stretch from the beginning to the end of time, deep enough to reach down to the worst of sinners, and high enough to transport us to God’s heavenly kingdom.
Believe it! Jesus Loves You!
Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord (Ezk 37:11-14)~ No matter how desolate things get, no matter how dead the situation may seem, and even though everything seems like all is hopelessly lost, God specializes in bringing life to that which appears to be dead. He created man and with the breath of life, man began living. Christ walked the earth, waking those that appeared dead as if they were only asleep, calling Lazarus from the grave after days of lifelessness. And with the ultimate calling, God called Jesus from the dead, not only raising Him up, but restoring eternal life to all mankind through His payment against the wages of sin.. after we were even born into the world dead in sin! God specializes in calling things that are not as though they always were! Indeed NOTHING is too hard for Him! What the enemy intends for evil is made good by the Lord (Gen 50:20); He restores that which is depleted, taken or destroyed (Joel 2:25); and the glory of your latter times will be even better than the former (Hag 2:9). Believe and have faith in Him -that which seems to be at the end shall actually be at a new beginning for He makes all things new! Get up from that state of lifelessness and behold your salvation! YOU SHALL LIVE!