Month: April 2014
This was only a test.
God told Abraham to take the one he loved and offer him as a burnt offering. The priests were allowed to keep portions for themselves for most of the offerings and sometimes the one offering the sacrifice could keep a portion of the meat, but with the burnt offering, neither the priest nor the one making the sacrifice could partake of the meat because God wanted it all.
It may not make sense why God would ask Abraham to sacrifice something that was promised to him and something he had waited for, but you don’t have to understand what God is doing in order to obey Him. Abraham knew God enough to know that if his son died that God would raise him from the dead (Heb 11:19). He obeyed God because He trusted God and because he trusted God, God could now trust him.
This test showed where Abraham’s heart was. God knew that if Abraham didn’t obey him in this, he wouldn’t obey him in anything else He asked and God knew based upon what Abraham did (not what he said) that Abraham loved and feared Him.
Although I honor God with my tithes and offerings, there were other areas in my life where I robbed Him. I would give that which only belonged to God to someone else and because of fear, I buried my talent, but after reading about Abraham’s obedience, I repented to God for giving Him parts of me and not all of me.
When God gave His Son, He gave all and He gave His only. He did not give us parts and because God has given us all of Him, He expects us to give Him all of us. Give up what you love the most and show God how much you love Him. God doesn’t want your sacrifice. He doesn’t want your excuses. He wants your obedience because that is better.
Father, give us a heart after Your heart.
This widow had already lost her husband. Now she lost her son and this was her only son.
The scriptures tell us that “much” people were with her as her son’s body was being carried out. Just because she was crying, doesn’t mean they were crying with her. Some of those people were probably just spectators.
Like this widow, you may have had something to die and be carried away. Maybe your car was carried away (repossession). Your home was carried away (foreclosure/eviction). Your marriage was carried away (divorce). Your job was carried away (laid off/fired).
Not everybody wants to see you do better than them. Some people like to see you when you’re down. Romans 12:15 tells us to “rejoice with them that do rejoice and weep with them that weep”. There were people that were rejoicing while you were weeping, but those who saw you weep are going to see you laugh again.
Blessed are you that weep now for you shall laugh (Luke 6:21).
God is going to allow the same people who saw things carried away from you to see God deliver it back to you. Those who experienced public shame are about to experience public glory.
Before Jesus did anything, he told the woman, “Weep not”. Don’t cry about it anymore. Not only did He tell her to stop crying, but He gave her a reason not to cry anymore.
If you believe what God has said, stop crying about what you’re going through and start praising Him for what you’re going through. The only tears you will be crying are tears of joy.
Jesus spoke to her dead son and said, “Arise”. The word or promise God gave you will be accomplished in your life. It will not return void. In fact, the word has already gone before you and nothing can stop or hinder it. Don’t worry about what it looks like. I know it looks dead, but even the dead can hear Him.
The dead sat up and began to speak. It seems like what God said is taking too long to manifest, but it will surely come to pass. At the end, it shall speak and not lie.
God is about to deliver. This is the year of the hand of the Lord and everyone will know that God visited you. They will see the hand of God at work in your life.
They saw what was taken away, but they are about to see God ‘bring it back’.
[Scripture reference: Luke 7:11-16]