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Take Cover

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Just as the Israelites covered the door post of their houses with the blood of a lamb for protection against the plague of death, cover yourselves, your family, your homes, schools, churches and your country with the blood of Jesus (Lamb of God) and with prayer. (I have listed some prayers below).

When I see the blood, I will pass over you and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you (Exodus 12:13).

God will deliver me from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence (Psalm 91:3).

I will not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flies by day; nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday (Psalm 91:5-6).

A thousand shall fall at my side, and ten thousand at my right hand; but it shall not come nigh me (Psalm 91:7).

No evil will befall me, neither shall any plague come nigh my dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over me, to keep me in all my ways (Psalm 91:10-11).

God, bless my food and water and take sickness from me (Exodus 23:25).

No weapon formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against me in judgment I shall condemn (Isaiah 54:17).

Lord, place a wall of fire, a flaming sword and a hedge of protection around me (Zechariah 2:5; Genesis 3:24; Job 1:10).

Above all things, I will prosper and be in health even as my soul prospers (3 John 2).

I will not die, but I will live to declare the works of the Lord (Psalm 118:17).

I will not be ashamed when hard times come; when famine comes, I will have enough to eat (Psalm 37:19, NET)

The Lord shall cause my enemies that rise up against me to be smitten before my face: they shall come out against me one way, and flee before me seven ways (Deuteronomy 28:7).

Jesus was wounded for my transgressions, he was bruised for my iniquities: the chastisement of my peace was upon him; and with his stripes I am healed (Isaiah 53:5).

For God hath not given me the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

Contend with him that contend with me and save my children (Isaiah 49:25).

If any flu, cold, virus, germ, sickness or disease attaches itself to my body, it will immediately die in the name of the Jesus.

 

 

 

Don’t Let Go

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I think sometimes we give up too quickly.

If we don’t get the promotion or the loan or the new home, we quickly assume that it must not be a part of God’s will or plan. And some of us don’t even try again or fight through prayer and fasting because we want everything to come easy.

Sometimes we blame the devil, but maybe it is God using your enemy. Sometimes God hardens the hearts of the supervisor or the loan officer as he did with Pharaoh. Maybe the opposition comes to see how bad you really want the thing you’ve been praying for.

Other times, we blame God, but it is the enemy at work. He is the one behind the disappointment, the hurt, and the rejection. He doesn’t want you to ever receive what Christ has already given you. The enemy already knows that He can’t stop God, but he is hoping that he can stop you. He is betting on you to give up. He is hoping that you quit. 

It is going to take a strong hand, but whatever God promised you, the enemy is going to let it go. In the meantime, he is hoping that you will let go of God and every blessing He promised, but he will be disappointed.

I know sometimes it seems like certain things will never happen for you, but don’t faint while doing good.  You can’t spend the rest of your life blaming the devil or being angry with God. Sometimes it’s not them. It’s you. It’s your disobedience. It’s your laziness.

For every no, you are about to hear a yes – if you don’t faint. But you must make up in your mind that in this season you will not let God go until He blesses you.

And he said, I will not let you go, except you bless me (Genesis 32:26).

God Is Going to Bless You

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The area where the enemy attacks you the most is the area that God is going to bless you the most.

So, don’t give up.

Don’t Forget the Lord

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Before God delivered His people out of Egypt, he told them that He was going to bless them – for every tear, for every burden, and for every year of oppression.  The Israelites helped build the cities of Pithom and Rameses so that Pharaoh could store his treasure.  They made mortar and bricks and they did all types of work in the field.  It was hard and rigorous yet they were never compensated.  Pharaoh used them and never paid them for the work they did. What Pharaoh thought he was laying up for himself in his storehouses were actually being laid up for the children of Israel (Proverbs 13:22).  Yes, the Israelites were about to get paid.

And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians and it shall come to pass, that when you go, you shall not go empty (Exodus 3:21).

It took a while, but after the Lord sent the tenth plague – after the death of every Egyptian firstborn (including Pharaoh’s firstborn son), Pharaoh told Moses and the Israelites to get out and because they wanted them to leave their land immediately, they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for.

Let every man borrow (ask) of his neighbor and every woman of her neighbor, jewels of silver and jewels of gold (Exodus 11:2).

In Exodus 32, Moses is on the mount with God.  The Israelites thought Moses was taking too long to come down from the mountain and they were tired of waiting on him. That Moses, the man who got us out of Egypt – who knows what’s happened to him?  (Some of us still get this way when it seems like God is taking too long to do what He promised or we don’t feel Him or we don’t hear Him).

Even though God had delivered them, brought them through the Red Sea on dry land and drowned their enemies, they still had a problem trusting Someone who they couldn’t see.  So, they asked Aaron to make them something that they could see.  And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears and brought them to Aaron  (Exodus 32:3).  After all God had done for them, they took what God gave them and offered it for a golden calf that couldn’t speak to them the way God did, destroy their enemies, deliver them or save them. 

They thought Moses had forgotten them when it was actually them who had forgotten God. They forgot to bless the One who had remembered to bless them.  I’m sure they had probably thought about all the things they would do with their newfound wealth and yes, God gives us all things to enjoy, but the blessing wasn’t just for them.

Let them make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them (Exodus 25:8).

This is the offering…gold, and silver, and brass (Exodus 25:3)

Despite their ways, God still loved them and He wanted to live with them, live in them and walk in them.  He wanted them to be His people and He wanted to be their God. He wanted a relationship.

After they worshipped the golden calf, God wanted to destroy all of them, but Moses interceded on their behalf and God changed His mind.  Although God was angry with them, He told Moses and the people to go to the land that He promised them (Exodus 33:1).  He made a promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and He couldn’t take His word back.  God is not a man that He should lie.  There were going to be consequences for their sin (Exodus 32:34), but they were going to enter the land – because of a promise.

Some of you think that God has forgotten you, but He hasn’t.  Has He said, and will He not do it  (Numbers 23:19)?  Because of a promise, God is going to bless you – for every hurt, every disappointment, every tear.  Some of you were even underpaid and treated unfairly on your jobs, but God is going to restore.

And when God does it, don’t forget about Him.

Beware that in your plenty, you don’t forget the Lord and begin to disobey Him (Deuteronomy 8:11, TLB).

Trust the Plan

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For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11, KJV).

He doesn’t think about you the way you think about yourself nor does He regret the decision He made concerning you.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).

When God devised a plan, He included you in it.  He didn’t leave you out of His plan. 

And, what is His plan?

His plan is to save you. 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth  (1 Timothy 2:4).

His plan is to deliver you.

Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father (Galatians 1:3-4).

His plan is to heal you.

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).

His plan is to fill you with His Spirit.

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

Be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18)

His plan is to use you to bring others to Him.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).

Your adversary is always trying to put what’s behind you, in front of you. He wants you to focus on the past, but God doesn’t care about your past. He cares about your future.

There is so much that God wants to do through you, but there is so much He wants to do in you – first.

Don’t worry about your plans (that didn’t work out), for His plan is better.

His plan is not to harm you, but His plan is to bless you.

Follow His plan.

Trust the plan.