Month: August 2015
Anathoth was Jeremiah’s hometown and the people in his hometown were threatening to kill him. He was a tree with fruit (Jeremiah 11:19). He was a real prophet and they wanted to kill him for the things he was saying, but the words he spoke were not his. They came from God. Even if they were successful in killing the messenger, they could never kill the message.
First, Jeremiah tells God how He’s always right, but then he complains to God about how HE does things. Why are sinners successful? Why do You let the wicked prosper? Why do they have it so easy? You are near in their mouths, but far from their hearts. Lord, you know my heart. You know I’m faithful to You, but yet You’re hard on me. You don’t let me get by with anything (Jeremiah 12:1-3, paraphrased). God waits until Jeremiah is finished speaking and asks, “If you have run with the footmen and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses?” You know what God was really saying to Jeremiah? Grow up, Jeremiah. That’s nothing compared to what’s about to happen. Those closest to you – your own family is about to turn on you. They will say nice things to you, but they are going to betray you (Jeremiah 12:6). If Jeremiah couldn’t handle this, how could he handle that?
God knows what lies ahead. Horses were coming and these horses (demons) were stronger and more powerful than the footmen. Jeremiah hadn’t seen nothing yet. He thought that this was a test, but little did he know he was just in training for the test. God was preparing him and making him ready for what was coming. In school, you can’t be promoted to the next grade or level until you pass the current level that you’re on. It’s the same way in life.
Every time Goliath came out, Saul’s army ran. All Goliath did was threaten them with words and intimidate them with his size (he was 9 feet and 9 inches). When David volunteered to kill Goliath, David’s brother who was in Saul’s army (and also a runner), got angry and told him to go back to the wilderness with his sheep. I don’t know if Eliab thought he was better than David because he fought on a battlefield while David was just a sheep keeper or because he was the eldest and David was youngest. Maybe he judged David based upon his size. Look not on his countenance or on the height of his stature…for the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart (I Sam 16:7). Saul was king, but Eliab forgot God anointed David to be king. You see, David wasn’t like Jesus. Jesus was born King (Matthew 2:2). David had to learn how to become a king. Eliab tried to discourage David and make him feel bad, but that’s only because he didn’t understand what God was doing with his brother in the wilderness. If David had never defeated the lion and bear in the wilderness, he would have never defeated Goliath (I Samuel 17:34-37).
Do you really think that God would anoint you for something or give you something and there not be a test? You will never know how anointed you are until what’s outside of you challenges what’s inside of you, but don’t be afraid. What’s inside of you is greater. The anointing attracts attacks. Satan is not coming after just anybody. He comes after those who are a threat to him and his kingdom and he knows who are anointed to destroy his works. Unclean spirits recognized who Jesus was. You are the Son of God. Even the unclean spirit that was in the young girl knew who Paul and Silas were. These men are the servants of the most High God. But when the sons of Sceva attempted to cast out devils, the evil spirit asked, Who are you? How can Satan recognize God’s anointed? Because he was once anointed (Ezekiel 28:14). This is why he is angry. You have what he once had.
When Jezebel sought to take Elijah’s life, he ran and told God he had enough and he wanted to die. Don’t leave Him when He promised He would never leave you. If you give up when trouble comes or when you face adversity, that means your strength is small (Proverbs 24:10). The devil wants you to get discouraged. He wants you to quit. Build yourself in the word and through prayer. Become strong in His word. Stand on His word because His word will stand forever. God doesn’t want you to run from horses. He wants you to fight against them. And don’t be anxious about anything. When David was anointed king, he didn’t immediately go to the palace. He went right back to keeping sheep because it wasn’t his time yet. Let God use where you are to make you for where you are going.
There comes a time when you become weary in doing wrong (and that’s a good thing), but don’t be weary in doing what is right.
Jesus said, And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11:12). In Psalm 18:48, David said that God delivered him from the violent man. A violent man is one who entices or deceives to get you to leave what is good to do what is evil (Proverbs 16:29). He wants to hurt you as well as use you to hurt others, but he is only successful in doing this when you yield your body to sin. The wicked one knows he can’t touch those who keeps themselves and do not sin (1 John 5:18). Job was described as a perfect and upright man who feared God and avoided evil and because of this, Satan couldn’t touch him. What a lot of Christians don’t understand is that when you yield your body to temptation, sin opens the door for the violent man to touch or attack you, your spouse, children, finances, etc. God has made a way to escape temptation (1 Cor 10:13). There is good set before you and there is evil set before you. God not only gives us choices, but He tells us what to choose. Choose life so that both you and your seed may live (Deuteronomy 30:19).
Cain was angry because his offering was not acceptable. He killed Abel, but was he really angry with Abel or was he angry with God? It was possible for Cain to be angry and sin not so God spoke to him before he chose to kill his brother. Sin lies at the door (Genesis 4:7). Sin desired to destroy Cain, but God wanted him to know that he could choose not to let it destroy him. If God calls us more than conquerors, then that means He has given us power to conquer whatever is trying to conquer us. When God is for you, how can you lose? Who can defeat you? What can defeat you?
But why am I always losing? Why do I always feel defeated? God told Joshua, “This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous and then you shall have good success.” A lot of Christians are reading, studying, and meditating on the scriptures, but the problem is we aren’t doing the scriptures. The word of God is the will of God. We fail when we choose to do our will rather than the will of the Father. Jesus said, “For I came down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him that sent me”. The best way to defeat the devil is to obey God. Do what the word tells you to do. Good success is not getting a new house or car or winning the lottery. Good success is when what the enemy attempted to do to you, your family or your church fails because you obeyed God, but you can’t defeat what you refuse to resist. When you submit to God, you are resisting the devil. When you obey God, God will cause those who come against you one way to flee before you seven ways. We always talk about what our praise will do, but we need to start telling people what their obedience will do (Deuteronomy 28:1-13). When you obey the world, your flesh and the devil, you lose, but when you obey God, you win.
If Lucifer (Satan) fought against God in heaven, what makes you think he won’t fight against you who are on earth? There are things the enemy took from us through sin, but God has given us power and authority to take it back. When Jesus stood at the cave where Lazarus was buried, he said three things: Come forth (John 11:43), Loose him (John 11:45) and Let him go (John 11:45). God gave Adam dominion over the principalities and powers in the sea, in the air and upon the earth (Gen 1:26). What Adam lost in the garden through disobedience, Christ restored to us through His obedience. He took it back and now you can successfully say:
I command _____ to come forth.
I command _____ to loose my family, my mind, my body, etc.
I loose myself from _____.
I command _____ to let my children go.
I don’t know your situation, but you fill in the blanks. You have been given power to tread over all the power of the enemy, but for demons to obey you, you must obey God. To do what Jesus did, you must live how Jesus lived. Jesus obeyed the Father. Now we must learn to obey our Heavenly Father. Stay in the word. Obey the word. Don’t move away from what you heard and what was preached to you. Don’t allow what it looks like or feels like to cause you to give up hope in the word. Rest and become settled in what God said belongs to you and take back what He gave you.
These were words God gave to me and I wanted to encourage you with those same words.
Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice over this, but I just want to remind you that the spirits are subject to you (Luke 10:20). They must obey you. It doesn’t matter how stubborn that mountain is in your life. Jesus told you to say to that mountain, “Be thou removed and be cast into the sea”. If you believe what you say and don’t doubt in your heart, you shall have what you say. My word is like fire. Fire just doesn’t consume, but it drives things out. There are some things in your life that doesn’t want to leave. It still refers to your body as its house, but your body is now the temple (house) of My Spirit so it must be forced out.
When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it (Psalm 37:34). The Israelites saw when Pharaoh’s army drowned in the sea. Your enemies will also drown in the sea, but before they drown, they will pay you back for every hurt, disappointment and pain they ever caused you. I know the thing I promised you seems impossible because no man has ever done it before, but I’ve done it before in scriptures and I will do it again. It is possible with Me.
Become like the woman with the alabaster box. Jesus knew what manner of woman she was. He knew her sins, but He didn’t turn her away and I won’t turn you away. Cry unto Me for your cries are able to reach Me. This woman washed Jesus’ feet with her tears. She touched Him. I know you thought the woman with the issue of blood was the only one who touched Jesus, but there were many others (Matthew 14:36). You’re like the woman with the issue of the blood. Maybe you haven’t spent all your money, but you’ve spent a lot of time – pretending, trying to fix it, trying to be happy and trying to make it work. You’ve been doing everything you know to do, but you’re doing it without Me.
Touch Me. I know your sorrows (Exodus 3:7). Touch Me with your tears. Touch Me with your worship. The woman with the issue of blood wasn’t supposed to have contact with anyone. She shouldn’t have been touching anyone. Because of the condition she was in, she only felt worthy to touch His garment, but I don’t care how filthy you are or how dirty you are. I want you to touch Me. If you touch Me, I shall make you whole.
I told Abraham and Sarah they were going to have a son. I told them this because I knew I could do it. Is there anything too hard for Me? I did what I said – at the set time (Genesis 21:1-2). When the time is right, you will receive what you are believing God for, but in the meantime, don’t seek Hagar. Sometimes when people have a difficult time borrowing money from the bank, they seek assistance from one of those nonbanking financial services (I won’t call any names). It seems like a good idea. It seems like a quick fix. If your credit score is poor, they won’t turn you away, but your interest rate will be very high. Not only are you expected to pay back the amount you borrowed and the interest, but sometimes fees are added. These people don’t know you so they don’t trust you, which means you must have collateral just in case you default on your loan. When you sign the agreement, you are giving them the right to take what God gave you. That’s Hagar. If you are in a bind, Hagar will keep you bound. She doesn’t set you free from anything and she’s not giving you anything for free. Sin has wages. She may give you a temporary fix, but she doesn’t fix your problems. She only creates more problems.
Trust Me. Listen to what I tell you and do what I tell you to do. It’s that simple. My plans for you are good. My plans won’t harm you. My plans won’t disappoint you. You’ve been disappointed, ashamed and embarrassed because you believed a lie, but I am the Truth and whoever believes in Me and trusts in Me will not be disappointed. When I do what I promised I would do in your life, you are going to say like Sarah, “God has made me to laugh so that all that hear will laugh with me” (Genesis 21:6).
Put your hope in the Lord and your hope will not put you to shame (Psalm 38:15; Romans 5:5).
Exodus 32:1 – And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we don’t know what has become of him
The Israelites didn’t have permission to go up on the mount or touch the border of it, but God still wanted to speak to them. They chose Moses to speak to them rather than God in fear that they may die. Moses told them not to be afraid because God was just testing them (Exodus 20:19-20). You see, Moses told the people earlier what God expected of them and they responded, We will do (Exodus 19:8). God heard what came from their lips, but now He was testing to see what was in their hearts.
The only fear that God wants us to have is the spirit of the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2). How can you be afraid of offending people, but never afraid of offending God? At one time or another, we didn’t respect Him. We didn’t acknowledge Him in all of our ways. We were doing what we wanted to do, but when you fear God, you will obey God.
But every time there is a delay, you start looking for something better when you’ve already been given the best. When things aren’t happening as quickly as you would like, you begin to act like the people of Israel. Where is God? He’s taking too long. Did God forget about me? A mother may forget her child, but God won’t forget His children (Isaiah 49:15). When something is delayed, it doesn’t mean that the thing you are expecting will not come. It just may be a little while longer before it arrives, but it shall come.
God is not taking too long. Normally, there is a delay because something or someone isn’t ready. Could it be that what God promised is ready for you, but you aren’t ready for it? God has done what He promised. The problem is that there is something that you refuse to do. You aren’t waiting on Him. He is waiting on you to acknowledge Him. He is waiting on you to accept change. He is waiting on you to humble yourself, pray, seek His face and turn from your wicked ways. He is waiting on you to forgive. He is waiting on you to say, Lord, I need You. Apart from you, I can do nothing.
If God is light and His word is a lamp unto my feet, why am I always messing up? Why is it that when God brings me out of something, I go right back into it? Because you refuse to go up and STAY on the mountain of God. You stick close to God for awhile, but when it seems like everything is going well and your prayers are answered, you back up on God. You think you don’t need Him like you did before. You think you can handle everything now. What you don’t realize is that the more you distance yourself from God, the more you become like one walking in the dark trying to find your way only to realize that you need HIM.
And the people stood afar off and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was (Exodus 20:21). When you refuse to draw near to God, you will draw back to the things of the world. You will go right back into the thing that God brought you out of. While Moses was up on the mountain, the Lord showed him in the spirit all the things that belonged to him and the people of Israel. The people, on the other hand, stayed at the bottom of the mountain looking at their current situation and complaining. Because they couldn’t see what Moses and God were doing, they asked Aaron to make them something that they could see.
Go up. Draw near to God. He wants to speak to YOU face to face as a man speaks to his friend. He has no longer called you servants, but He has called you friends. He wants to reveal Himself, His plan and His will to you. The reason why the enemy deceives you and you go astray is because you really don’t know (understand) what the scriptures say and you don’t know the power of God (Matthew 22:29). In other words, you really don’t know God the way you think you do. God said, Call unto Me and I will answer you and I will show you hidden things, secret things and things you know nothing about. Isn’t it beautiful that not only God knows the plans He has for you, but He wants you to know what He knows?
God didn’t just want to bring His people out of the land of Egypt to a good land, but He wanted to bring them to Himself. Salvation and deliverance is not about having things. It is about having HIM who has all things. When you are always seeking things, you will never be fulfilled or satisfied. God wants you to seek His kingdom and His righteousness first and then those things that you have up before Him will be added to you. If moth and rust can destroy it and thieves can steal it, you are seeking the wrong things. Let us seek God to find out what we can do FOR Him and not just what we can get FROM Him.
But it is good for me to draw near to God… (Psalm 73:28).
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward – Hebrews 10:35
Have you ever seen a drunk staggering? They walk unsteadily as if they are about to fall. They move from side to side. They begin to give way. They are unable to be steadfast and stand firm in one place.
Abraham staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God (Romans 4:20). Whatever you do, don’t throw your trust in God away. Don’t throw away the word and the promise God gave you. You trusted Him to save you, but now you’re going to have to trust Him to do everything else He said He would do. There was a time when you believed God. You were sure that God was going to do it, but because it seems like it will never happen, you want to give up. What you don’t understand is that the moment you give up, you are also giving up some things. What you are telling God is, I don’t want it anymore. You can give it to somebody else.
Be patient, do the will of God and you will receive the promise (Hebrews 10:36). Do what God told you to do and keep doing it. Keep obeying. Everything you receive from God is by faith. When you got saved, it was through faith. For by grace are you saved through faith (Ephesians 2:8). God wants you to live by faith because it is your faith that brings you much reward (Hebrews 10:35).
Some of you feel like you’re fainting, but God gives power to the faint. Don’t throw it all away. Don’t give up. Don’t go back. God is not pleased with anyone who turns back (Hebrews 10:38). Why would you want to give up when God is giving you another chance? Heaven doesn’t need you. The earth needs you. Everything Jesus gave us before He ascended into heaven was for us to use on earth, not in heaven. You have what the earth needs and the earth is waiting on you. For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God (Romans 8:19).
Abraham knew the condition of his body and he knew his age, but He chose to believe what God knew and what God said. Before the birth of the promise, Abraham praised God. He glorified God. He kept thanking God (Romans 4:20). There was no need for Abraham to worry about his body being dead when the word God gave Him was alive (Hebrews 4:12). When God made a promise to Abraham, He told him what HE would do because only He could do it.
The thing you need done in your life may be hard for you, but it’s not too hard for God. God is the only One who can save you. God is the only One who can deliver you. I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land (Exodus 3:8). Not only has God commanded the thing that has kept you bound to let you go, but He has commanded it to let go of everything that was stolen from you. When you go, you shall not go empty (Exodus 3:21). He shall deliver your mind and your soul out of deep waters (Psalm 18:16). So why are you worried? He didn’t say you would do it. He said that HE would do it.
God doesn’t want you to believe Him today and then not believe Him tomorrow. It’s hard to receive anything from the Lord in that condition. He doesn’t want you to stagger in unbelief. He wants you to walk by faith. Abraham was fully persuaded (sure, confident, certain and convinced) that God was able to perform what He promised. He never stopped believing. Abraham’s faith did not fail and Jesus has already prayed for you that your faith won’t fail.
The promises God gives are exceeding great and precious (2 Peter 1:4). It is not like trash to be thrown away. Hold on. It’s not too late for you. It’s not over and it’s not the end so keep enduring and keep pressing. What Abraham went through was making him to become the father of many nations (Romans 4:18). You’re in the process of being made to become something. Don’t resist God and don’t throw your confidence in His word away.