Scripture for the week of January 25, 2015
If God supposedly knows everything and has a plan, why should we bother with prayer and asking for His help? Do you have childhood memories of playing hide-and-seek and how much fun it is to surprise someone in their hiding place? And how special it is to knock upon a friends door to have it opened then to receive their welcoming hugs and kisses? These verses reveal God’s heart in that He longs for us to seek Him and to find how much He loves us. How awesome that God loves to reveal Himself to us and to surprise us with signs and wonders in answering our prayers. Be encouraged to keep on asking to receive, seeking to find and knocking for the open doors of God’s blessings and abundant provision for you today.
Scripture for the week of January 18, 2015
Have you ever been blinded by the sun or by a winter snow storm where you couldn’t see the road ahead or the next step in front of you? Sometimes we can feel so blindsided by sudden unexpected circumstances that we have no idea how to find our way out of lonely and fearful dark places. What comfort to find God’s promises to us that even when we are lost and can’t see, He will help us find the way. The Lord declares that He will turn the oppressive darkness into glorious light and that He will even make the rough places smooth before us. With such assurance that our God will never abandon us nor give up on us, be encouraged to call upon the Lord, reaching out to Him, to lead and guide you out of the fearful darkness into the light of His presence along the path of His peace.
Through Jesus Christ – we hear a resounding “yes” to all of God’s many promises. Study and Seek out God’s promises – they are written plainly for you in the Bible.
Give God all of the glory and allow Him to take you on a brand new journey of enduring faith in Him. Tell Him how much you Love Him and Trust Him and receive from Him. When we are willing to go on the journey with Jesus, taking hold of His Word and never back down. Through Christ Jesus – the answer is “yes” to every promise that God has made. Walk in Faith and Victory – Jesus is our Victory and only through Him we have Faith. Are you with the world or are you an Overcomer through the Blood of Jesus Christ?
Recently I had the opportunity to hear an awesome message from Dr. Robert Heidler on this very subject. It’s free to all those who would like to hear it. Go to Glory of Zion – at http://gloryofzion.org - Go to reply- Wed Jan 14 – 7pm. It will only be available for a short time so – check it out!! You’ll be glad that you did.
May the Lord Bless each of you as you seek out His promises for your life and walk on His well lit path – obtaining all that He has for you – through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Scripture for the week of January 11, 2015
Have you ever felt your face light up when you come face to face with someone you love? These verses were God’s instructions to Aaron, the first high priest, and his sons to pray over the people with the promise that He would then bless them (vs 27). As believers, we are a royal priesthood (1Peter2:9) and we too can pray these words over our homes and loved ones. How awesome to know that when God sees us His face lights up! His blesses us with unmerited favor, He bestows His approval and give us peace as well as His protection. No matter what the future holds or what difficulties we may face tomorrow, fix your eyes on the Lord, knowing that you light up His face and He desires to extend blessings, grace, favor and peace upon you today.
We all have moments in our lives where this scripture comes alive and Revelation is poured forth. We also have moments when we become aware of others sin nature coming out. Being an eyewitness to a crime against someone, a verbal assault, theft, crudeness or cruel behavior. Whatever the atrocity is, Jesus said not to judge. We are not the judge and we are not to judge. The penalty is huge. If we choose to judge – the measure that we judge another will surely be the measure that we will be judged by. This is serious – our very nature is to judge – to call others on their bad behavior. We must always remember that God’s ways are higher than ours (Isa 55:8-9)and as we submit to Him – everything, every single time – resist the devil and he will flee from us. James 4:7 The Voice (VOICE) 7 So submit yourselves to the one true God and fight against the devil and his schemes. If you do, he will run away in failure.
I’ve been on my journey with the LORD for a long time now and He is continually teaching me how to submit myself unto Him in every situation, resist the devil ( the one who wants me to use my mouth as an accuser of my brothers and sisters, to judge them and scheme against them), and watch him run away in failure. I am His student and learn from Him everyday.
Recently, I had two such events happen in my own life. One, in which I was present when someone used their sinful nature to steal and one where someone used their sinful nature to proclaim that because I did not agree with him – I was not a Christian. In both cases I had the opportunity to judge – very harshly, I might add. I very quickly in both situations submitted myself to the LORD (Jesus Christ – my LORD – my Savior, I proclaim this to the entire world every single day) and resisted the desire that I had to use both my verbal and written communication skills to judge, scold, bring down the house if you will, have the last word and take the greatest stand of my life. However, I know because Jesus has been taking His time to teach me about this scripture in James 4:7, to keep my mouth shut in one situation and to ask and offer forgiveness very quickly in both situations. I have resisted the devil and I’m watching him flee from me. I will not be the judge of these people – Jesus Christ will.
My reason for so candidly sharing this with you is this: When Jesus takes His time to bring forth revelation, there is always a test and when we pass the test – then and then only does the revelation become a powerful tool, a weapon of our war against the enemy. I know 100% that I passed this test because the One who loves me with His unchanging and never ending Love, the One who is LOVE took the time to enlighten me and His desire is for me to share this with each of you.
Yesterday, I had the amazing opportunity to webcast Marty Cassady’s teaching at Glory of Zion http://www.gloryofzion.org/index.php – She taught on Bitter Root Judgment and the LORD has been taking His time to teach her this too. It is a wonderful teaching and if you have time – just check out this link for the Triumphant Faith Institute – http://www.gloryofzion.org/triumphantfaith/index.php.
On your journey with the Lord, learning to submit everything to Him and not judge are such a keys. Don’t allow the devil to get you all bound up in judgment. When you do as Marty so beautiful said – then you give him the gavel and you give him your power. You open up a portion of sewing and reaping that is not good because the measure that you have judge will be the measure that you will be judged by. You forgo the forgiveness of the LORD. If you’ve done this – repent. Ask the Lord to cleanse you and bring to your memory every person that you have judged and forgive, apply the blood of Jesus Christ over yourself and move forward, submitting yourself unto the LORD in every situation.
Friends, don’t ever judge another’s Salvation, their relationship with the Lord is not your concern. It’s not your place. Each one of us is where we are on our journey with the Lord. You will not know who makes it to heaven until you get there. If you stand in judgment of others Salvation is a great measure of judgment and bares a great measure of judgment back upon you.
We are to love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ and guess what – no one is perfect. We are to forgive and be peace makers and learn how to defeat the devil – the LORD’s way. The devil is the enemy – not people. The only spiritual battle that will ever be won is the one that is submitted to the LORD first, resisting the devil – so that he will flee from you. In other words – when you duck – Jesus gets the opportunity to knock out the enemy for you. If you stand in judgment then you are standing in Jesus place.
21 Death and life are in the [a]power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
What does your life’s fruit taste like?
May the LORD Bless each of you who have taken the time to read this message today. I pray that His Wisdom and Revelation will be yours in Jesus name. Amen
Scripture for the week of January 4, 2015
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:1b-3a (NLT)
As we enter this new year are you facing rivers of difficulties or fires of oppression and afraid of being overcome? How wonderful to hear the Lord proclaim at the beginning of these verses that we are not to be afraid. Our God has already paid an exorbitant ransom price to set us free and He calls each of us by name! The Lord declares that because we belong to Him we have nothing to fear; He will not allow any difficulty, oppression or consuming circumstance to destroy us and that He is with us no matter what we have to face in the days ahead. What an awesome truth that He is not only The Lord and Holy God of Israel, but also chose to be our Savior through the blood of Jesus! Renew your trust in His loving care and protection to be your Savior today; rejoicing that you no longer walk alone.
Scripture for the week of December 28, 2014
Even when you are old, I (God) will be the same. Even when your hair has turned gray, I will take care of you. I made you and will take care of you. I will carry you and save you. Isaiah 46:4 (NCV)
As we face a new year and things unknown, do you ever have fear and worry about what the future may hold? The older we get the easier it is to focus on the uncertainties and possibilities for unexpected difficulties and disasters that may come. What an encouraging promise from The Lord that even if we face changing circumstances, financial limitations, deteriorating health or the frailty of old age, our Father God, Who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, will care for us. As surely as He gave us life, He is more than able to provide, carry and save us no matter what we may face in the future ahead. We can confidently place our hope in The Lord. Thank You, Lord!
Scripture for the week of December 21, 2013
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
This is one of the most memorable scriptures often quoted in sermons and on Christmas cards this time of year. The Prophet Isaiah made over 100 very specific prophecies about the promised Messiah; Jesus fulfilled these and altogether over 300 Old Testament Messianic prophecies! There are numerous books written by those that set out to disprove the validity of the birth, life and death of Jesus and instead they were challenged to bow their knees in faith. Whatever we may have gone through this year in joys or sorrows, celebrations or disappointments may we all embrace the reality of Jesus as our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God and Prince of Peace. Wise men still seek Him. Merry Christmas. (Recommending a book “The Case For Christ” by Lee Strobel, a former legal editor for the Chicago Tribune tracing his journey from atheism to faith when he set out to disprove the deity of Jesus.)
Scripture for the week of December 14, 2014
How would you feel to find out that someone else had to die in order for you to live? This time of year we celebrate the birth of Jesus forgetting why He came into this world. God sent Jesus, His only son, as a innocent baby; an extravagant demonstration of His great love for us and He would grow up to die on our behalf on the cross. No matter how hard we try, we are never able to work hard enough, to be good enough or to love God enough to deserve the sacrifice Jesus was willing to make for us. He not only paid the price for the forgiveness of our sins, but that we will have His hope for eternity with His comfort, peace and love through joys and sorrows in this life. In this Christmas season of shopping, parties and family gatherings for sharing gifts, let us not forget the reason for the season and the greatest gift of God’s love for us in Jesus.