When you behold the glory of God and believe the Word of God, it gives you faith to accept the will of God.
Idols are dead substitutes for the Living God. Whatever people delight in other than God, whatever they are devoted to and sacrifice for, whatever they can't bear to be without, is an idol and therefore under the condemnation of God.
"Anything you have that you cannot give away, you don't really own; it owns you." - Albert Schweitzer
Lord, you know my struggles. You know my battles. I lay them at the Cross and ask for your help to be fully devoted to you and not to man, things or any other idol. I want to be in full devotion and service to you. Reveal to me my strongholds and loosen the chains. In the power of the Blood, amen.
When I accepted the proposal of marriage by my Hero I wasn't entering a contract with man, rather a covenant with God. I've made many mistakes even as an adult. Marriage is extremely hard. There were times we both came close to wanting to quit. I have to remind myself that my commitment is to my God, not man. Man will let me down, God never will. I will fail man, God has already forgiven me. I must live my life with the intent and desire to please my Lord and my Hero must do the same. When this happens, our love and devotion for and to our Lord draws us to Him, causing us to meet in the middle of a powerful union sanctified by our King resulting in a fervent love for one another. Life itself is so dark and quite impossible without God being our Master. Marriage is even tougher. I will do everything in my power, no...in God's power, to strengthen this Union. I write this during a time when we're on a mountain and not in a valley. Keep godly counsellors near for wisdom and direction. Never fail to bathe your Union in holy prayer. And do everything to keep from releasing your covenant to the devil.
Often in the bible the term "wilderness" is symbolic of our distance from God, not a physical distance but a spiritual distance. In Habakkuk 3:5 judgments against Pharaoh and the Israelites are mentioned. The Israelites repeatedly disobeyed God during their "wilderness" march out of Egypt thus, the Lord carried out judgments on them. We all experience highs and lows, valleys and mountains. I'm sure we've also experienced the tantalizing temptations of the devil at our weakest moments. But the Lord reveals to us here and elsewhere in His word that just because we may be distant from God (by the way, we're the ones who stray from Him, not the other way around) that we are held accountable even then, of our actions and choices. It is in these wilderness times that we must work ever more diligently to be in His will and not our own. The best way to do that is by surrounding yourself with godly people who will hold you accountable, diving into His word, prayer, praise and even fasting. Also in the bible is evidence that our sin affects not only us but our families, our children and even generations. When we sin we create a gap in the protective wall that's around our family, including our church family. It is up to us to protect that wall, to protect the family, as well as ourselves.
It is all about who you know. People can get into some of the most prestigious places based on who they know. People get amazing jobs based on who they know. They get that perfect table ahead of others at the restaurant based on who they know. They get great deals on cars based on who they know. They get into positions of power base don who they know.
Did you know that to obtain the absolute most important thing in all creation is based on WHO you KNOW?!
The ONLY way you will secure a place at the King's table, a spot in the Royal Throne Room, a room in the Royal Mansion is to...
After observing our lamb, Mary, tenaciously trying to follow her mean mother around and nurse and feel loved regardless of how Abigail treats her I am reminded of our spiritual walk in this world. This world is so cruel and dark. It is up to us to relentlessly seek our Father and get fed the holy milk of life. We must go to Him. We must seek Him. Every time we fall or get knocked down or hurled to the mud, we must get back up and run to Him and nurse on the milk until we grow and mature enough to take in the bread of life. We must not give-up or quit just because it's difficult, or physically enduring. We must persevere and not quit. We must seek Him, daily, hour by hour, minute by minute. Let's be like tenacious Mary and go to Him constantly to be fed.
When one truly studies the mysteries of our universe there is only one genuine conclusion one can come to-truly our God is real and magnificent.
How else can one explain the perfect distance of the earth from the sun, the perfect terrestrial landscape, revolution and orbit, atmosphere, tilt and mass of our planet?
How else can one explain that the planets, stars and moons have steadied themselves within the solar system throughout time?
How else can one explain that no other planet is capable of life such as ours? No other planet contains the necessities of life as ours.
To believe this all came about by accident takes greater faith and ignorance, or a refusal to see the evidence placed before us.
We serve a mighty God, an amazing Creator, a King who is more than a Conquerer! All glory to God in the Highest!
So I'm reading on Haggai today. 2:4-9
The rebuilding of the temple was commanded by God. The new temple was not going to be as glorious as the first but the same important work of ministry would take place. More importantly, this was God's work & they could depend on Him to help them finish it. Haggai told them, "Be strong."
I used to always like the New Testament better than the Old, until this past year. The Weirsbe Bible Commentary has helped me so much.
Look, there's now doubt that the Word of God is power. If you don't read, study and learn the Word of God you're missing out on power that He has for your life.
Also, sin is in fact a hinderance to our prayer life and our ministry. We must do everything we can to rid our lives of sin and daily repent. Repent means not just to apologize, that's too easy, repent means to turn and go the opposite direction.
Another thing, why should God's work suffer while we pursue pleasure and comfort for ourselves? We were trying to hang on to the house we're in now. It's a beautiful home, beautiful property. It's also a pretty penny. We made it through a year and a half of unemployment and struggle. He clearly carried us, we did not make it on our own. But it was a huge struggle. The moment we released our home into His hands He began to work and show His favor. Our house was under contract within 48hrs. We are under contract for a home that is literally half the price of this one. It has more than we need in a house, land and farm equipment. It has glorious views of God's land. Like we committed this home to Him, we have already committed our new home to Him, even if it ends up being a different one. The moment we began releasing other stuff we owned God began opening other doors and blessing others. Yasmin Dager Leyton can attest to this.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Get into God's word and feel the power come alive.
Draw near to God & He will draw near to you. If we want to be close to God, we must be obedient and develop godly character. The remnant had not put God first, so He couldn't bless them as He desired. God gave the Jews ample time to repent and escape punishment, but they wasted their opportunity, and now it was too late. However, the Word of God, spoken and written by the prophets, can never die and that Word eventually catches up with rebellious sinners. Unless our hearts are right with God, we can't hear His word with true spiritual comprehension.
The Great Commission is indeed our "program" to the end of the age, but our Lord's last word to the Church is, "Repent." It's one thing to ask our Lord to bless us, quite another to be the kind of people He can bless.
(Zechariah 1; Heb 3:7)