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Happy Resurrection Weekend!

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There are some things in your life that you thought were lost, forgotten or dead like Lazarus, but they are only sleeping.

It doesn’t matter how many days or years it’s been sleeping.

It is not too late.

Whether it’s your hopes, dreams, ministry, your business or your womb – it will rise again.

It will live again.

It will come forth.

Whatever has kept them bound, whatever has kept you bound, will loose you and let you go.

I speak to everything in your life that should be alive, but is sleeping – arise and live!

Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believe in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live (John 11:25).

Live on What Is Left

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A woman came to Elisha crying because her husband was now dead.  Not only was her husband one of Elisha’s servants, but he was a man who feared the Lord.  Unfortunately, he owed a man money and now that man was coming to take away her sons. He was going to make them work to pay off a debt that they didn’t even owe.

The prophet asked the woman, What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in your house? She initially told him that she didn’t have anything, but then she remembered she had something left – a pot of oil. 

Sometimes when you suffer a loss (death, divorce, etc), it seems like you have nothing left. You don’t know how to move on.  Your confidence or self-esteem is low.  You’re sad. You’re angry.  But the one thing that remained in this woman’s life never lost its value.  She probably couldn’t see any good in what she was going through, but the oil was still good.  It was still worth something.  It could still be used.

Elisha told the woman to borrow empty vessels from her neighbors.  Then, he told her to take what she had left (her oil and her sons), go home and shut the door. She and her sons poured the oil in the vessels. When she asked her sons for another vessel, they told her there were no vessels, but she still had oil left.

After she followed the instructions Elisha gave her, she went to the man of God to find out what she should do next.  (Your obedience is important). Go, sell the oil and pay your debt. You and your sons can live on what is left (2 Kings 4:7, NIV). 

This woman already had what she needed, but she didn’t understand what she had.  Elisha never did anything.  He just told her what to do to show her what was in her.  She just wasn’t a woman or a mother or a wife.  She was a businesswoman.  Sell the oil.  Had he done everything for her, she would have come to him the next time she had a problem – and the next time, and the next time. 

There is nothing wrong with desiring a husband, but don’t get married because you’re lonely or because you’re tired of paying bills. This woman had no idea that her husband was going to die this soon. And he didn’t just leave her.  He left her with his problem – his debt.  The man God gives you will not be perfect.  Just like you have problems, they have problems, too.  Instead of looking for someone to complete you, become complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10).

Don’t focus on what you lost.  Focus on what you have left.  Some of us have been crying over what we lost or what someone did to us or what was stolen from us.  The enemy may have stolen some things, but he didn’t steal everything.  Take what you have left and live.  Take what you have left and give it to God. Give Him your best praise. Give Him your worship. 

If you’re going to focus on anything, focus on how good God has been to you.  Focus on how He spared you and gave you another chance.  I know some people have left you and some things have left you, but HE never left you. I will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5). 

Stop crying over what you lost and thank God for what you have left.

 

[Scripture reference: 2 Kings 4:1-7]

How Much Time Do You Think You Have Left?

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As of today, I have lived  approximately 23,101,457 minutes, 385,024 hours, 527 months, 2,291 weeks, and 16,042 days, but when I began to evaluate how I manage my time, I realized that I really haven’t been living.

How much time do you think you have left?

The days of our lives are seventy years, and if by reason of strength, they are eighty years (Psalm 90:10, NKJV).

You have determined the length of my days, and my life is nothing compared to You. Even the longest life is only a breath (Psalm 39:5, VOICE).

We have been given 24 hours, 1,440 minutes and 86, 400 seconds in a day.

Take a moment and answer these questions:

How many hours do you sleep in a day?

How many hours do you work a day?

How many hours do you talk on the phone a day?

How many hours you do spend on social media a day?

How many hours do you watch television a day?

How many hours do you spend doing nothing (idle)?

Examine the last ten years of your life.  Maybe you could have had two college degrees by now.  Maybe you could have been a homeowner by now.  Maybe you could have written a book by now.  If you had put aside $100 every pay period for the last ten years (if you’re paid biweekly), you would have saved $26,000 by now.

You can’t get those years back.  They are gone, but can you see the value of time? Do you remember those times you were awaken out of your sleep?  You could have read, worked on something God told you to do or prayed, but instead you rolled over to go back to sleep.  Look at how much time you gave to people that you knew wasn’t even worth your time.  Look at how long you were angry with someone.  Think about all the times you said you were bored.

Have you ever noticed that the words we use to describe how we use our time are the same words we use to describe how we use money?  We talk about spending time, losing time, wasting time, etc.  Paul even tells us to buy back time.  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil  (Ephesians 5:16)When people invest their money, they invest in hopes of receiving a return or gaining a profit.  They also expect the return to be greater than the investment.  We are to invest our time for the Lord and invest in others the same way we invest our money.

I will never be able to stand before the Lord and tell Him that He never gave me time or a chance.  Time and chance happens to them ALL (Ecclesiastes 9:11). Didn’t God give Jezebel space to repent (Revelation 2:21)?  When Hezekiah was sick unto death, didn’t God send Isaiah to tell him what he should do.  Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live  (Isaiah 38:1).  The moment Hezekiah repented (Isaiah 38:2), God told Isaiah to tell him that He heard him, He saw his tears and He added 15 years to his life.  AND I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria and I will defend this city  (Isaiah 38: 6).  For some of us, the answer to our problem is just one word – repentance.  All it takes is turning from what we were doing to what God wants us to do.  Redeem the time.

Do not spend whatever time you have left on this earth angry, sad or feeling sorry for yourself.  Make the best use of your time. Making the very most of your time on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence, because the days are filled with evil  (Ephesians 5:16, AMP).

For what is your life? It is even vapour that appear for a little time, and then vanish away  (James 4:14).

For all flesh is as grass…the grass withers  (1 Peter 1:24).

You don’t have as much time as you think you do.  I’m sure the five foolish virgins who spent their time sleeping rather than preparing for the bridegroom thought they had plenty of time until his arrival (Matthew 25:1-13).  Or what about the lord who put his servant in charge of everything (Luke 12:35-40)?  He gave him a job.  He gave him purpose.  To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven  (Ecclesiastes 3:1).  He gave him time and chance. He gave him something to do for HIS servants – not for himself – until he returned.

God doesn’t want us to stand idle in these last days (Matthew 20:6). Below are just a few things we ought to do until the return of Christ.

Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

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

Walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise (Ephesians 5:15).

Love one another, as I have loved you (John 15:12).

Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit (John 15:16).

As believers, we have plenty of work to do.  The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few  (Matthew 9:37).  Not only has God given us work to do, but He has given us enough time to do it.  We don’t have time to waste.  Time is precious and fleeting.  I pray that we all become good stewards of the time God has given us.  May we use every moment and opportunity to do what we were placed on this earth to do – before it’s too late.

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is (Psalm 39:4, NLT).