Suppose ye that I come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division (Luke 12:51).
I couldn’t understand how the One, who is full of grace and sent as a result of love, came to divide.
But division is coming.
In fact, you can see it now. I’m not talking about the division between racial groups, but a division between those who follow God half-heartedly and those who follow whole-heartedly – between those who are doers and those who are hearers only – between the wheat and the tare. The scriptures tell us that in one household, family members will be divided over HIM and His word and His message – not over race or injustice, but over HIM.
Jesus came to make people choose sides.
Elijah asked the people, How long will you halt between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him (1 Kings 18:21). The reason why Elijah asked this question was because they honored God with their lips, but they honored Baal with their hearts. They gave to Baal what belonged to God, but the time had come. Each individual had to make up their minds and choose a side.
There is so much that has happened since March and because of these trying times, many will go back to doing what they used to do and will not walk with Christ anymore.
But I pray that we don’t be easily moved by what is happening all around us. May we press forward and not go backward. I pray that we be planted like a tree and may Christ find us standing.
May we, like Peter, be sure – even in these times – that Jesus is ‘that Christ, the Son of the Living God’ (John 6:69).
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.
The same Jesus that fed thousands, raised the dead, restored sight, healed the sick, cursed the fig tree, cast out demons, rebuked the wind and spoke to the waves is in you.
He is in you and you are in Him.
What He did is what you can do also – and even greater works because He, along with the Father and Holy Spirit, will do it through you.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father (John 14:12).
Difficult times don’t change who God is, but sometimes He allows things to happen to change us.
Who God is to you when everything is going right is who He is when everything is not going right in your life.
Despite how you may feel right now, He hasn’t changed how He feels about you or what He said about you.
He is still with you.
He is still good.
He still loves you.
He still cares for you.
And He will still do what He said.
For I am the Lord, I change not (Malachi 3:6).
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man that He should repent: has He said, and shall He not do it? or has He spoken and shall He not make it good (Numbers 23:19)?
God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM (Exodus 3:14).
Don’t open the door.
For three days, I heard the same warning.
In John 10, Jesus talks about a door and He also mentions two people that will come.
The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (vs 10).
When God shuts a door, he shuts it because what’s behind the door has the potential to destroy you, or even worse, kill you. It is the door that the enemy uses to steal from you. He steals your time with distractions, wrong relationships, or worry. He tries to steal your praise, your joy, your faith and even the word God gave you.
And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts (Mark 4:15).
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart (Matthew 13:19).
A door is a means of access. It opens and it closes. It allows you to walk into some things as well as walk out of some things. It takes you from one place to another.
I thought I understood what God was saying, but I really didn’t. I thought he was telling me that someone from my past was coming to my house and to not open the door. I thought he was talking about a physical door, but he was actually talking about a spiritual door.
If God shuts a door in your life, he is sparing you from what’s behind that door because it does not lead to abundant life.
Remember the last time you did something that God told you not to do. Your disobedience opened a door. For some of you, that door led to heartbreak, trouble, anger, financial loss, depression, suicidal thoughts and sickness. For others, it affected your marriages as well as your children.
But remember also how God forgave you. Remember how He brought you out of what you put yourself in. Remember how much He loves you and how He only wants what is best for you.
Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. Become like the psalmist who would rather be a doorkeeper and guard the door of the house of God than to live in the tent of wickedness.
Please don’t open what God has shut.
Some of us have believed a lie for so long that we find it hard to believe the truth.
Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, Don’t be afraid. Just believe (Mark 5:36, NIV).
Overhearing but ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear. Only keep believing (AMPC).
Jesus overheard what they were talking about and said to the leader, Don’t listen to them. Just trust me (MSG).
While John the Baptist was in prison, he heard about the works of Christ. So, he sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus if he was the one they were expecting or should they keep looking for someone else.
Jesus told his disciples to tell John ‘those things which you hear and see’.
The disciples saw ‘the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead raised, and the gospel preached to the poor.
When a person’s visual acuity is 20/20, it means that he/she has normal and clear vision (at 20 feet).
The church has been hearing the word of God for years, but 2020 will be the year that we will ‘hear and see’.
We will see what we have heard.
Happy New Year!
[Scripture reference: Matthew 11:1-5]
Jesus went into the ship with His disciples and said, Let us go over to the other side of the lake. Had Jesus told them that in the midst of the sea they were going to face a storm, some of them would have probably gotten off the ship.
Shortly thereafter, a strong wind came, the waters began to fill their ship and the disciples began to panic and worry. But Jesus was sleeping during the storm. So, they woke Him up and said, Master, master, we perish.
Wow. Did you hear what they said?
They told Jesus that they were going to die, but Jesus had already told them before they got into the water that they were going to make it to the other side.
Has God ever sent you a word and at first you believed Him?
Maybe He told you that he was going to restore your relationship with your child.
Maybe He told you that one day you would own a business.
Maybe He told you that nothing was going to separate you and your spouse.
Maybe He told you that after many miscarriages that you were going to conceive and give birth to a healthy child.
And then something happened. A storm came and now you question what God said. So, instead of saying what God said, you say what you’re feeling at that moment.
It will never happen.
I’m not smart enough.
I don’t think my husband/wife and I are going to make it much longer.
I’ll never carry a child to full term.
When Jesus woke up, He rebuked the wind and the raging water. He then turned to the disciples and asked, Where is your faith? God has dealt to every man the measure of faith (Romans 12:3) and to receive what God has said or promised, it will require YOUR faith as well as your patience and obedience.
On the other side is what God prepared for you. On the other side is what you have been called to. The moment Jesus and His disciples got to the other side, they met a man who had lived in tombs, wore no clothes and had been possessed by demons for a long time (Luke 8:27). On the other side are people waiting on you to become who God created to be. On the other side are people waiting for you do what God told you to do. They have heard and now they are waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God.
One of the reasons why some of us haven’t gotten to the other side yet is because we allowed the storm to stop us rather than to make us. You gave up too quickly. You chose to go back to what feels safe and comfortable rather than to go forward. You’re trying to avoid the storm because you want everything to come easy, but God wants to use the storm to build your faith and to make you for where He is taking you.
Another reason why we haven’t gotten to the other side is because we stopped believing what God said. When Jesus spoke to the disciples, we know that they believed him because they stayed in the ship when He got in it, but the moment they saw the wind and the raging waters, they didn’t think or believe that they were going to make it to the other side.
But if Jesus says, Let us, then that is a sure indication that whatever you’re about to go through, you’re not going to go through it alone. Jesus was only with them, but the good news is He is in us.
And if He says, We are going over, then we are going over AND to the other side – but it will only happen according to your faith.
[Scripture reference: Luke 8:22-27]
When Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper and let down your nets and you will catch a lot of fish!”
“Sir,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, we’ll try again.”
And this time their nets were so full that they began to tear! ~ Luke 5:4-6, TLB
Some of you may be feeling the way Simon felt.
I prayed, but nothing happened.
I went to church, but nothing happened.
I fought for my marriage, but nothing happened.
I applied for the job, but nothing happened.
I did what God told me to do, but nothing happened.
Today, I want someone to know that God sees you and He knows that you have tried.
All He wants you to do is to trust him and TRY AGAIN!
When you read about the life of Jesus, He prayed for himself in John 17:1-5 and he prayed about his will in the garden, but you never read in the bible where he prayed for himself all the time. He prayed more for others than he did for himself.
And he never prayed for provision. He didn’t pray for wine at the wedding. He didn’t pray for money to pay the temple tax. When Jesus fed 5000 people (not including women and children), the disciples told him that they didn’t have enough food to feed all those people. But even though it wasn’t much, Jesus told them to give him what they had – five loaves of bread and two fish. There was no need for Jesus to pray for food. They already had food. He just thanked God for what he had and God multiplied it.
If we are worrying about things, it is either because we don’t know/understand what we have or we don’t know how to receive what He has already given.
As a small child, I never worried about what I was going to eat or what I was going to wear. I just knew that my father would take care of me. My prayer is that we will all trust our Heavenly Father the same way I trusted my earthly father. May we understand that even though we can’t see Him, He is not far from us. He is very near, but we must get closer to Him through prayer and reading His word.
This is a relationship.
Just as your Heavenly Father is responsible for you, you have a responsibility to Him as His sons and daughters. Your duty is to listen and to obey Him.
Get to know HIM. Seek Him and not just what you want from Him. Know that what you need has already been provided. Know that when you talk to God, He hears you. Know that before you called, He answered. Don’t worry about when this is going to happen or how that is going to happen. Just believe that it will happen.
Examine your prayer life today. What do you pray about the most? If you really believe that God cares for you, then what you’ve been praying for or praying about should change. If God is your Provider, you’re not lacking in resources. Maybe you’re just lacking in wisdom or understanding about what He has already provided.
Just as my earthly father cares about me, our Heavenly Father cares about us – and even more.