Monthly Archives: February 2017

Blessings From God

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Blessings From God

Blessings from God take many forms. Some are spiritual, some are physical, and others are material.

Isaiah 58:11 NKJV
“The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Those from among you
Shall build the old waste places; You shall rise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”

1. The Lord Will Be Your Guide.
The Lord will show you the way. He will lead and direct your every step. When you follow God on the path that He has for you, you will be able to see the obstacles that the enemy tries to put in your way.

2. The Lord Will Satisfy Your Soul In A Drought.
A physical drought is a long period of dry weather; continued lack of rain; lack of moisture or dryness. In the spiritual realm a drought is a long period of time without a move of the Holy Spirit or a continued lack of the move of the Holy Spirit. It is during these times that God will satisfy your soul.
Satisfy means to give enough to a person; meet fully or fulfill (desires, hopes, demands, etc.); put an end to (needs, wants, etc.); make right; set free; make contented; please; make up for the wrong; give satisfaction.

3. The Lord Will Give You Strength.
Strength is the quality of being strong; power; force; power to resist force; something that makes strong. God is our strength. He gives us the power to resist evil and to stand strong, no matter what comes our way, for His glory.

4. The Lord Will Cause You To Flourish.
Flourish is to grow or develop with vigor; do well; thrive; be in the best time of life or activity. God will cause us not to just survive, but He will cause us to thrive. We will grow and develop with vigor (active strength or force filled with power).

5. The Lord Will Fill You To Overflowing With An Endless Supply Of Living Water.
Overflow means to flow over the bounds; have the contents flowing over; be very abundant; cover or flood; flow over the top; extend out beyond. The living water that we have been given will not only be enough for us, it will be enough for everyone that we come in contact with. We will be filled to overflowing with a never ending supply of the Living Water.

6. The Lord Will Use You In The Restoration Of Lives.
We serve a God of restoration. One of the greatest blessings that we can be given is to be used by God in the area of restoration of lives (bodies, souls, and spirits).
Jesus came to this earth, gave His life up on the cross and rose from the dead so that we can be restored. Through Jesus’ sacrifice our relationship with God can be put back together. We no longer have to be separated from God by sin. The intimacy that God had with man in the garden was restored. God desires to use us to tell others that they no longer have to be separated from God because of their sins. They can receive the gift of salvation that Jesus paid for and they too can be restored into right relationship with God and enjoy intimacy with Him. There is no greater joy than reconciling someone to God. To know that God allowed you to have a part in restoring someone to everlasting life is truly one of the greatest blessing we will ever receive.

The Bread Of Life

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The Bread Of Life

John 6:35 NKJV
“And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.’ ”

Bread is our most basic food. We use the word bread to speak of the basic food that keeps our bodies alive. It is a source of great nutrition and a means of keeping alive. Jesus is the Bread of Life. He is the bread which supplies life. He provides satisfaction forever for our spiritual hunger.
Manna (bread) satisfied the physical needs of people for a short time, but Jesus, the Bread of Life, satisfies our spiritual need forever. As bread sustains physical life, so Christ offers and sustains spiritual life. The nourishment and satisfaction He offers are permanent.

John 6:47-51 NKJV
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever, and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

As our bodies feel hunger for food, so our souls feel hunger for forgiveness and peace. Only Jesus can satisfy the hunger in our souls. Just as bread will not do us any good unless we take it into our bodies, Jesus will not save us until we receive Him as our Savior from sin. Once we do, Jesus will continue to feed us spiritually through His Word.

Dear Father,
Thank-you for providing me with everything that I need. The Bread that You have given me supplies life and provides satisfaction forever for my spiritual hunger. Thank-you for the forgiveness and peace that I have through Jesus Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to feed on Your Word daily.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Our God Reigns

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Our God Reigns

During the Bible times when people were at war (battle) a person would run from the scene of the battle across the land (mountains) to the city waiting for news. The message of this runner was salvation, meaning that they had won a victory. They were running to tell the people that they had been delivered from their enemy or foe. This was good new or glad tiding. According to the Bible beautiful were the feet of those who ran with the good news of their salvation!

Isaiah 52:7 NKJV
“How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
‘Your God reigns!’ ”

One definition of beautiful is very pleasing to see or hear. The people waiting to hear news of the battle would have seen the feet of the runner as beautiful because of the news that they brought.
As we proclaim the good news of salvation to those who are being held captive, God sees our feet as beautiful. He is pleased when we tell others that the victory over their enemy was won by Jesus, and that they have been delivered from their foe.

Dear Father,
Thank-you for sending the Good News to us – truly You reign. You have given to us salvation and victory over our enemy. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help us to proclaim the good news of salvation to those who are being held captive. May we tell others that the victory over their enemy was won by Jesus, and that they have been delivered from their foe.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Obedience and Growth

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Obedience and Growth

When we deny ourselves things in order to help someone who is in need (distress) our relationship with God will deepen.

Isaiah 58:8-9 NKJV
“The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard,
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’…”

God desires for us to be His hands and feet (His body) to the world in which we live. God is a spirit and He needs a body to work through. We are to be that body. When we are obedient to do what God calls us to do, even though (and especially if) it is a sacrifice on our part, we will grow closer to Him.
Our relationship with God will grow deeper and stronger as we heed His voice (commands). While we are doing what He has told us to do we will not have to worry about the enemy sneaking up on us from behind. He will be our rear guard. He will stand beside us, in front of us and behind us. When we call out to Him, He will hear and answer.

Influence

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Influence

When we deny ourselves things in order to help someone who is in need or distress we will be a positive influence. Jesus is the Light of the World and we are to be a reflection of Him. Jesus gave up His very life in order to help man – He denied His own desires so that we could be restored into a right relationship with God. Because of Jesus’ many selfless sacrifices He was, and still is today, a positive influence in the lives of those that recognize Him as the Son of God.

Isaiah 58:8 NKJV
“Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you…”

Isaiah 58:10 NKJV
“…Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.”

Everywhere Jesus went, He radiated the love of the Father, and so should we. Our lives are to shine in such a way that we will be an influence for the kingdom of God. Everyone is an influence in some way, however, everyone is not an influence for the kingdom of God.

Fasting and Compassion

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Fasting and Compassion

Isaiah 58:5-12 NKJV
“Is it a fast that I have chosen,
A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush,
And to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast,
And an acceptable day to the Lord? Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard,
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you take away the yoke from your midst,
The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
Those from among you
Shall build the old waste places;
You shall rise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”

 

What does fasting and compassion have in common? Some dictionaries give “to go without food; eat little or nothing; go without certain kinds of food” as the definition of fast. Others say that fasting is quietly choosing not to eat for a period of time in order to give extra attention to God. We could say that fasting is quietly choosing to deny yourself something that you need (or that you think you need) for a specific purpose.
Compassion is feeling for another’s sorrow or hardship that leads to help. Compassion is not the same as sympathy. Sympathy is pity, feeling sorrow (sorry) for someone who is in distress. We can feel sorry for someone without doing anything (or trying) to help them, but it doesn’t please God.
Many times in order to be truly compassionate we will have to deny ourselves something (food or things). It pleases God when we deny ourselves things in order to help someone who is in need (distress). Go does not take pleasure in us denying ourselves or afflicting our souls (mind, will and emotions) in order for us to gain attention from others. However, God does take great pleasure in someone who denies them self something in order to help someone else.

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Dear Father,
Thank-you for the love and compassion that You have shown to me. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to look at others through Your eyes of love and compassion.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Keep The Fire Burning

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Keep The Fire Burning

In the tabernacle, after God lit the fire the priest had the responsibility to keep it burning. God would not send the fire again.

Leviticus 6:12-13 NKJV
“And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be put out. And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order on it; and he shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings.
A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.”

Once God sends the fire we must keep it burning. If the fire goes out it is up to YOU to fan the flame. Many times believers and the church are guilty of waiting for God to send revival fire, when He is actually waiting for them to fan the flame that He has already placed within them. In the natural realm a fire has to be fed with more fuel or it will go out. The same is true in the spiritual realm, we have to fuel the fire that God has placed within us. God will not send the fire again. We have the responsibility of keeping the fire of God burning and ablaze in our lives.

Luke 12:35-36 NKJV
“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning;
and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.”

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Dear Father,
Thank-you that You have chosen me to be a priest unto You and for the fire that You have placed within me. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to keep that fire burning bright and may it never go out. Cause me to be watching, waiting ,and ready for Your return.
In Jesus’ name, Amen