Month: February 2019

Hunger and Thirst

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When the Israelites were in the wilderness, God gave them bread from heaven for their hunger and He provided water from a rock for their thirst.  

No one else did it.

He did it.

I believe what God was showing them then is what He is showing us now – that He is the only One who can fill us and He is the only who can satisfy us.

If we are going to hunger and thirst after anything, let it be after righteousness.  Let there be a hunger and thirst for His word. Let there be a hunger and thirst to know Him more. Let there be a hunger and thirst to do good and to live holy.

Make Him your Bread. Make Him your Living Water.

 

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled (Matthew 5:6).

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that come to me shall never hunger and he that believe on me shall never thirst (John 6:35).

If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink (John 7:37).

Hope

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hope: the confident expectation of what God has promised; belief grounded on substantial evidence; to trust in

I’m not proud of it, but I was once angry with God. Well, maybe more than once.

And I had enough of the church – the building and the people.

I was angry with God because He didn’t do what I wanted Him to do, but God is not responsible for what He didn’t say. My anger and disappointment was the result of false hope. My hope wasn’t built on the word of God, but it was built on a fantasy. It was built on what I thought and what I imagined life should be.

I’m not telling you not to hope or to be hopeful. There is nothing wrong with hoping for what you cannot see, but know that real hope can only be found in the word of God.

 I hope in your word (Psalm 119:114).

The word of God shall stand forever (Isaiah 40:8).

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away (Matthew 24:35).

 

 

Pass the Test

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test: to examine or evaluate; to check the reliability of someone; to reveal the strength or quality of something in secret before they are used in public

Before you could be promoted to the next grade in school, you had to pass the tests. If you failed the tests, then you had to either repeat the grade or repeat a class.

I thought that once I finished school that my ‘testing days’ were over, but that is far from the truth.

When Potiphar’s wife tried to sleep with Joseph, he passed the test, but he was wrongly accused of rape and sent to prison. That was another test.

While in prison, he noticed two men who were sad. He was tested with their dreams. He interpreted their dreams although his own dreams hadn’t come to pass. That was a test.

Then, the butler promised Joseph that once he was released, he would mention him to Pharaoh, but he forgot about him. That was another test.

Finally, Joseph was tested with Pharaoh’s dreams. Pharaoh had called for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt, but none of them could interpret his dreams. But when Joseph spoke, he knew there was something different about him. Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?

Pharaoh then made him a ruler over Egypt.

And Pharaoh took the ring that was on his finger and placed it on Joseph’s finger.

And Joseph was arrayed with fine clothes.

And a gold chain was placed around his neck.

And he was given a chariot.

And he was given a new name.

And he was given a wife.

But before Joseph could receive all these things, he had to first pass the test.

God has promised many of us promotion and we want to be promoted just like Joseph. We want to be elevated. We want what is next. We want what God has promised us. We want what God has shown us through dreams and visions.

Has God forgotten you like the butler who had forgotten Joseph? No. So, why the delay? Why hasn’t it happened yet? Maybe it hasn’t happened yet because you keep repeating the same tests.

The test doesn’t come to tempt you, but it comes to prove you. You must be proven faithful and trustworthy. Before God can trust you with your own, He tests you to see if He can trust you with what belongs to someone else. I’m not suggesting that Joseph would have never gotten married, but had he touched another man’s wife, he would have further delayed getting his own wife.

A lot of times we think the reason why we haven’t received certain things is because God is punishing us for the things we have done in the past, but God loves you. He is not punishing you. He is only testing you. Do you really love Him? Will you obey Him? When God tested the children of Israel in the wilderness, He did it to reveal what was in their hearts. He did it to see whether they would obey Him or not.

You are asking for a lot from God, but God is requiring a lot from you. Can you imagine what it would have been like if God had given all those things to Joseph at the age of 17? I’m not focusing on his age, but I’m focusing on the fact that he had lot to learn. In order for him to be able to fit those clothes or that ring or that position, he had to grow into it.

He had to learn how to be humble, to be compassionate, to be faithful, to forgive and to become a person God could trust. I believe one of the reasons Joseph was able to forgive his brothers was because he knew what it was like to be forgiven. I know he did nothing wrong, but any time you are released from prison, you are forgiven, pardoned and given another chance. And now he could give to others what had been given to him.

Whether you’re still in school or not, there will always be a test. My prayer is that we stop repeating the same tests and instead learn from them.

I don’t care about the tests you have failed in the past. Just know that you will pass this test and the next test to come. Whoever has dug a pit for you, will fall in it. You will not fall with those who fall. You will grow in wisdom and in strength and when they see you, they will see the Father.

How Far Are You Willing to Go?

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Now the Lord had said to Abram, Get out of your country from your family and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.

I will make you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great and you shall be a blessing (Genesis 12:1-2).

God is telling some of you what He told Abram because He wants you to go where you’ve never gone before and He wants you to do what you’ve never done before.

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing where he was going (Hebrews 11:8).

Abraham had faith and obeyed God. He was told to go to the land that God had said would be his, and he left for a country he had never seen (Contemporary English Version).

Faith motivated Abraham to obey God’s call and leave the familiar to discover the territory he was destined to inherit from God. So he left with only a promise and without even knowing ahead of time where he was going, Abraham stepped out in faith (The Passion Translation).

To go to a place that you don’t know sometimes will require you to leave a place that you do know. For Abram to become what God promised in Genesis 12:2, he had to first obey Genesis 12:1. Sometimes the hardest thing for us to do is to leave certain people. Abram couldn’t leave Lot. That was his nephew. But the thing Abram found hard to do finally had to be done. There had to be a separation.

Sometimes the person you refuse to let go of is the person who is keeping you from seeing what God promised. The moment Lot left Abraham to enter the land he had chosen, then Abraham could see what God had promised.

And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot was separated from him, Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are – northward, southward, eastward and westward. For all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever (Genesis 13:14).

You are different, but you keep fighting to remain the same. You are not like the others, but you try to be like them. Like Israel, you want what the other nations have when they be should desiring what you have. You should be like Peter, who chose to walk on water while others chose to stay in the ship.

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it (Matthew 7:13).

God is making you, but you’re fighting the way He is taking you because the way is not always easy. You fight it because you would rather walk with many than to walk with a few, but the way that many are taking leads to destruction.

When I talk about going to a place in God that you’ve never been before, I’m not talking about a physical location. I’m talking about a spiritual location. I’m talking about your relationship with Him. I’m talking about getting closer to Him than you’ve ever been before. I’m talking about you drawing so close to Him that He asks, Who touched me?

God wants us to come up higher and to come closer. Zaccheus climbed a tree to see Jesus. Moses climbed a mountain and God spoke to him face to face as a man speaks to his friend.

Terah took his grandson (Lot), his son (Abram) and his daughter-in-law (Sarai) and they left Ur to go to the land of Canaan, but when they reached Haran, they settled there. Abram’s father died never entering Canaan. Abram, on the other hand, refused to settle and he chose to go all the way.

Now…

Do you want to go to a place in God that you’ve never been before? And if so, how far are you willing to go?

You Are Loved

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Valentine’s Day is in nine days…

And I know some of you would like to be in a relationship.

And God may send you someone.

And he/she may love you, but no one will ever love you like HIM.

Do you know what it feels like to love a person who doesn’t love you back?

But God wanted you when you didn’t want Him.

He chose you before you chose Him.

And He loved you when no one else loved you.

He didn’t wait until you were easy to love, but He loved you when you were hard to love.

So, if you are single, separated or divorced, please know that you are not waiting to be loved, but you are already loved.

 

For 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).

But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8, AMP)

But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him (Romans 5:8, MSG)

While we were wasting our lives in sin, God revealed His powerful love to us in a tangible display (Romans 5:8, VOICE).

God Is Not a Man

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You are God, but forgive me for all the times I treated you like you were a man.

 

 I am God, and there is none like Me (Isaiah 46:9).

For I am God, and not man (Hosea 11:9).

God is not a man, so He does not lie. He is not human, so He does not change His mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and not carried it through? (Numbers 23:19, NLT).