Dead Dreams Can Live ( sermon) Fenny West

 

God’s Spirit Poured Out

28   ” And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.

 God gives us dreams, assignment or purpose. But often this dream will be opposed, disdained, cornered,, trapped, quartered or even killed or aborted  if we let it.

 

Noah’s Dead Dream lived

Noah, commanded to build an ark for as a day of rain that would come as a judgement on of people on the earth, Noah commenced building the ark and started warning people of the impending doom.  But they all laughed at him.

 

After 5 years, 10year 50 years nothing happened. Noah kept on believing that it will happen. It had never rained before.  It was difficult to describe what rain would be like. It looked foolhardy- a pipe dream, pie in the sky.

Some called him a hopeless, useless, nut case- a dreamer.

Others said, ‘Man, find another dream, this dream of yours is dead.

Some youngsters were so brazen, brash and bold; they used his ark for their wild parties. Others used it as their love nest and yet some were so wicked, they defecated in it to wind Noah up.

Just imagine Noah cleaning up after them and still trusting that the God who told him to build an ark is a God of integrity regardless of the passage of time.

Noah eventually completed the ark and the Holy Spirit led the animals to the ark until the number required was completed. Noah and his family entered the ark and then it was shut.

 

The Dream Come True

The heavens opened for the first time and it rained and rained and rained. People though it was a joke, they were laughing initially but their laughing was soon turned into desperation. Some tried to swim but could not. They had no experience. Other climbed to the top of trees, but soon the water engulfed them and they drowned.

Meanwhile what killed the unbelievers, the scoffers, the God-mockers, carried Noah to safety.

7     By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. Heb11

 

The Dreamer thrived. His dead dream came alive. The word of God did not fall to the Ground.

Dead dreams can live.

Even as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be today. Has the Lord spoken, given you a dream? Has the dream tarried, held in abeyance, postponed as it were?

The vision, the dream is for an appointed time and at that appointed time it shall burst forth. It shall not delay a single day.

Dead dream can live!

Abram had been promised in Gen12:

“I will bless you to be a blessing, I will make your name great, who ever blesses you will be blessed and whoever curses you will be cursed out of you all the families of the earth will be blessed. “ Gen12:1-3

Wow! what a dream! What a grandiose plan!  It was music to Abram’s ears.

However time was running out, Abram was getting old – over 75 now and nothing was happening. His biological clock was kicking  and ticking fast.

In Gen 13 God had blessed him with wealth. It is 2       Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.

5     Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents.

6     Now the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.

7     And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen ofLot’s livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land.

8     So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren.

9     Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”

10   And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the LORD destroyedSodom andGomorrah) like the garden of the LORD, like theland ofEgypt as you go toward Zoar.

11   Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, andLot journeyed east. And they separated from each other.

 

… Little did Lot know he chose hell.

After he had gone, God confirmed His covenant with Abraham and showed him a glorious picture of his coming blessing as much as the sands of the sea, and the stars in the sky.

It was awesome, impressive to say the least .  But Abram was still barren and became desperate in Gen 15:

 

God promised: I am your shield and strength.

Abram was agitated even desperate: See you have not given me a child and my servant Eliezer shall be my heir.

God reassured him that Eliezer shall not be his heir but one that would come out of his loins

Genesis 15: God’s Covenant with Abram

1     After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

2     But Abram said, “Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”

3     Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”

4     And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.”

5     Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”

6     And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.

14   And the LORD said to Abram, afterLot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are — northward, southward, eastward, and westward;

15   for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever.

16   And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered.

17   Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”

 

 

Later God confirmed His covenant with Abraham

Genesis 15

17 And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces.

The fire going through the pieces represented God alluding to

an ancient custom of friendship expression when blessing and curses are pronounced by parties to a friendship covenant.

 

If I am in trouble you have to come to my aid; you cannot feel sorry and remain aloof . Your strength is my strength.

Jesus took the piercing and cutting for us on the cross.  That was why even after His resurrection the mark was still there and He showed it to His disciples especially doubting Thomas.

The Passover meal was the covenant meal as we partake we need to remind ourselves that we are part of the New Covenant established on better promises. We are not only children and servants of God; we are also friends of God, and God will keep His covenant obligations. He cannot deny Himself. He is faithful, reliable and dependable. He has the wherewithal to bring it to pass, He does not depend on anyone that may disappoint Him. This should be our confidence as we trust Him. It is impossible for Him to lie, recant default on, rescind his promise; alter what He had uttered.

 

 

Genesis 16: Hagar and IshmaelGen16- unbelief and the birth of Ishmael-

son and thorn in the flesh16         Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram

In Gen 17 God changes the name of Abram to Abraham (father of many nations, and Sarai to Sarah- mother of nations.

I can imagine Abraham, saying ,”Lord I want a child, not a change of name. ‘ Besides what a ridiculous name. You know I don’t have a child and from now on people will be calling me ‘Father of many nations, …Father of many nations…’ when I have nothing to show for it. It is humiliating. Can’t we wait until I have the children then we stats using the name? “

Abraham had to believe God, and accept the seeming humiliation. God was communicating faith, calling those things which be not as though they were.  God was making a covenant expression based on their  covenant relationship- even friend- which was part of the custom in those times, where parties to a friendship covenant would exchange their strength, and names and follow it up with a covenant cutting in a secret  ceremony. As we saw in Genesis, there was the cutting where Abraham cut an animal into two piece and the Lord came as a fire over it while Abraham snored- his contribution to the covenant.

Abram to Abraham

4     “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.

5     No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.Gen17:5

6     I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.

Sarai to Sarah

15   Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.

16   And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.”

17   Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?

18   And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!”

19   Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.

Gen 17

circumcision

24        Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. Gen17:24

Abraham  & Sarah

1     Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing.

12   Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”

13   And the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’

14   Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”

15   But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did laugh!”

The dream lingered. It was delayed as it were or even denied. Was God lying? Was He playing on their emotions? Would He be able to deliver like He said? Was it a dead dream?

Dead dream comes alive!

Genesis 21: Isaac Is Born

1     And the LORD visited Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had spoken.

2     For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

3     And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him — whom Sarah bore to him — Isaac.

4     Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.

5     Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

6     And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.”

7          She also said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age.”

Are you aged, gone past your sell-by date, written off, shelved, parked or even buried like Lazarus even though God said this sickness was not unto death?

You are coming back to life.

Dead womb will receive strength to conceive again like Sarah. Believe God like Sarah did. Do not throw away your confidence in God. Sarah and Abraham turned the corner regarding their unbelief, you too can.

11   By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

12   Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude — innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. Heb11

7     (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed — God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;

18   who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”

19   And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.

20   He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,

21   and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

22   And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Rom4

Your dead dream will live, In Jesus name, …. If you will hold on, if you will only believe. God is not a man that He should lie nor the son of man that He should repent. Even a pagan prophet believed this and was bold to state it. Why not you? Keep affirming the promises of God. He’s a faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy to a thousand generations Deut7:9 Num23:19

 

Isaac’s Dead Dream

Isaac took a wife- Rachel. She was stunning. There was a great promise He had inherited from his Father. For a start he was the child of promise, a child in Abraham’s old age. He was a testimony that God is faithful and can be trusted, does not need help from man to bring about His plans.

However, Isaac was to have his own challenges. Behold Rachel, -the beauty, the gorgeous, the queen, the Leona Lewis, Jay Lo of her time, was barren again. The barrenness that faced Sarah and Abraham had come to visit again. Could you believe it?

It was as if the dream is dead again.

Isaac had to believe God because he was a testament of what God can do . He prayed to God and God opened the barren womb of Rachel, who had a twin- Jacob and Esau, two nations. The dead dream came alive because if He said it, you can take it to the bank.

Your dead dream will live too. God remembered Noah, He remembered Abraham. He remembered Isaac, He will remember you! Your dead dream will also live.

Financial dead dreams

God’s blessings are trans-generational- for you and your children’s children. We have seen how He blessed Abraham financially in Gen13 ‘Abram was very rich’. We have seen the pictures he painted; now Isaac is in a land and his financial dream fell dead right before his eyes.

There was a severe famine. That God had promised does not mean you and I will not be tried. God allows the trials to train us to reign with Him. He allows the trials to increase our faith, make it robust, to reveal His ability as we trust in Him, pray to Him.

Isaac wanted to up sticks and run as far as he can, some of us have run to America, Nigeria, or France or Ireland in the hope that the grass is greener there, when we have not heard from God- just moved by the wind of apparent convenience.

God will bless you anywhere He has put you, regardless of the vicissitudes of life that visit you.

So if you will stay put He will give you strange instructions winning ideas that will make you stand out.

Genesis 26: Isaac and Abimelech

1     There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.

2     Then the LORD appeared to him and said: “Do not go down toEgypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you.

3     Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.

4     And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;

6          So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.

Go will bless you superabundantly as you sow even in famine. That is a step of faith and God honours faith. We walk by faith and not by sight.

12   Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him.

13   The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous;

14        for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.

Yes, you will be so blessed that unbelievers will be envious of you.

Remember, it had happened to his dad, Abram, and God showed His faithfulness. He had a track record that Isaac could depend on. It was like a signpost of reference.

This is why you need to pass these signpost like a baton to your children and children’s children.

Abram inEgypt

10Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egyptto dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land. Gen12:10

Gen13:2

Elijah and the Widow

8     Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying,

9     “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs toSidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”

10   So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.”

11   And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”

12   So she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”

13   And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son.

14   For thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.’ ”

15   So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days.

16        The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah 1Kings17:8-16

Physical dead dreams

Widow of Zeraphat

Elijah Revives the Widow’s Son

17   Now it happened after these things that the son of the woman who owned the house became sick. And his sickness was so serious that there was no breath left in him.

18   So she said to Elijah, “What have I to do with you, O man of God? Have you come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to kill my son?”

19   And he said to her, “Give me your son.” So he took him out of her arms and carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his own bed.

20   Then he cried out to the LORD and said, “O LORD my God, have You also brought tragedy on the widow with whom I lodge, by killing her son?”

21   And he stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the LORD and said, “O LORD my God, I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him.”

22   Then the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived.

23   And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper room into the house, and gave him to his mother. And Elijah said, “See, your son lives!”

24   Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now by this I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is the truth.”

Shunamite woman’s dream died

Elisha Raises the Shunammite’s Son 2King4:

8     Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food.

9     And she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly.

Dead Dream came back to Life 2Kings4

13   And he said to him, “Say now to her, ‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’ ” She answered, “I dwell among my own people.”

14   So he said, “What then is to be done for her?” And Gehazi answered, “Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.”

15   So he said, “Call her.” When he had called her, she stood in the doorway.

16   Then he said, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son.” And she said, “No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant!”

17   But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her.

18   And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers.

19   And he said to his father, “My head, my head!” So he said to a servant, “Carry him to his mother.”

20   When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.

21   And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out.

22   Then she called to her husband, and said, “Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.”

23   So he said, “Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.” And she said, “It is well.”

24   Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, “Drive, and go forward; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.”

25   And so she departed, and went to the man of God atMount Carmel. So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to his servant Gehazi, “Look, the Shunammite woman!

26   Please run now to meet her, and say to her, ‘Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?’ ” And she answered, “It is well.”

27   Now when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, “Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the LORD has hidden it from me, and has not told me.”

28   So she said, “Did I ask a son of my lord? Did I not say, ‘Do not deceive me’?”

29   Then he said to Gehazi, “Get yourself ready, and take my staff in your hand, and be on your way. If you meet anyone, do not greet him; and if anyone greets you, do not answer him; but lay my staff on the face of the child.”

30   And the mother of the child said, “As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So he arose and followed her.

31   Now Gehazi went on ahead of them, and laid the staff on the face of the child; but there was neither voice nor hearing. Therefore he went back to meet him, and told him, saying, “The child has not awakened.”

32   When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed.

33   He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the LORD.

34   And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm.

35   He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.

36   And he called Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite woman.” So he called her. And when she came in to him, he said, “Pick up your son.”

37   So she went in, fell at his feet, and bowed to the ground; then she picked up her son and went out.

Happy Easter!

The Resurrection

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead meant the price He paid was sufficient for the redemption of man: God can be trusted to keep His promise of a Saviour. The love of God had been clearly demonstrated   It meant the righteous demands of a just God had been satisfied and what the priest did annually using bulls and goats was done once and for all, Jesus had been to the Holy of Holies and received justification for all who come to Him for forgiveness and salvation. We can be free from our sins. Those who were crucified with Him have also risen with Him and seated with Him in the heavenly realms far above principalities and powers and thrones and dominions. We can lay claim to and enjoy all the promises of God in Christ.

 

Those who sat in darkness can now rejoice of the light can now shine in their darkness; hope was rekindled like the day David defeated and cut off the head of Goliath. It was a day of great jubilation like the Day of Jubilee when slaves were set free.

A New Day has dawned; a New Era has come. The old has gone and the New has come.

 

The resurrection sets Christianity apart from other religions because Jesus did not only die but He rose again from the dead.  He conquered the death and the grave.  He is now seated at the right hand of the Father, praying for us daily.

 

One day He will return in great power and great glory at the blast of the trumpet of God. All eyes will see Him.  He is coming for those who look forward to His appearing- that blessed hope.  And when we see Him, we shall be like Him; mortality will clothe immortality; that sown in dishonour will be raised in great glory; our death doomed bodies will be traded with glorified bodies.  Then shall come true the saying

“Death has been swallowed up in victory.  . O Death, where is your sting? Where, O grave, is your victory.”

 

 

Our Final Victory

  

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

       55 “ O Death, where is your sting?

      O Hades, where is your victory?”

 56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1Thess 4:16-18)

 

Jesus Ascends to Heaven

  

9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:8-11)

 

 1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God. Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.(1John3:1-3)

 

So this is our hope in regard to any dream that the Lord has given to us.

 

 Be cause He lives your dream can live also.

Put your faith in God.  Look unto Jesus- the Author and Finisher of your faith. Let’s keep ourselves pure and look to Jesus the Author and Finisher of your faith. Let’s revisit the cross and renew our commitment to Him and point others to Him. Let’s ponder on the full meaning of the resurrection, die daily and live daily for Him, in Him and with Him.

Your dead dream will live because He lives and He is the resurrection and the Life.

Stand to see your salvation.  The battle is not yours but the Lord’s. Pray without ceasing. Hold on to the horns of the altar. The Kingdom of God suffers violence, but the violent takes it by force. Through our God we shall do valiantly. Greater is He that is you, than he that is in the world. When the enemy comes like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise a standard against him. Weeping may endure for the night but joy is coming in the morning.

Dead Dreams Can Live

Dead dreams can live

Only believe

Just put your hope

In the God of Hope.

 

Dead dreams can live

Believe to receive

Against all hope

Believe in Hope.

 

Because Jesus rose

Defeating all His foes

Your dead dreams can rise

On Him fix your eyes.

 

Be strong in the Lord

Just stand on His Word

He is a faithful God

And a powerful God.

Keep your Dream Alive

inspirational, motivational, magnetic, energetic, charging, challenging

Do you have a dream from God that has suffered a setback or even dead? Is your purpose in life high-jacked by principalities and powers, living you reeling in limbo? If so listen to this song as you look to Jesus -the Author and finisher of your faith.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XuqxMr2wJ4&feature=BFa&list=UL8zmMS4_IbXQ&lf=mfu_in_order

Sing a New Song (sermon) Fenny West

 

“At the age of 98 Pastor Willis was admitted to a care facility in a hospital

in a wheelchair.

Bed-ridden a few years later, He spoke with enthusiasm of how he was in

the best possible position to look up to God.

When he died at 100, he left a legacy of one who sang a new song at every

turn in his life.” (Our daily Bread)

 

Ps 98 exhorts us to sing a new song.

We ought to praise him even in times of difficulties

Though this is about God’s deliverance from slavery it is also prophetic

to us today, in that we can trust Him regarding today’s difficulties and

tomorrow uncertainties.

The Psalmist wrote,

‘ . . . Let the sea roar

let us joy in his salvation . . . ’

 

I don’t know about tomorrow and what coming days will bring, but I know

that my Lord is with me. “A heart in tune with God sings songs of praise.

“Our Daily Bread

And so reader, those who know their God, can look forward to the coming

days, months and years, not with trepidation or foreboding but with great

anticipation and confidence because we know whom we serve and we know

whom we believe, because the word of God tells us: ‘The steadfast love of

the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to end. They are new every

morning and great is His faithfulness.’ (Lam3:23)

 

‘Be not anxious for nothing but in EVERYTHING by prayer and petition

with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God. And the

peace of God which transcends all understanding, will garrison your heart

and your mind in Christ Jesus.’ (Phil.4:6-7)

 

Learning from David

 

Let us take a leaf or a lesson from David of old, who remembered his

mercies in times past and focused on God in difficult times.

When faced with man-mountain Goliath he began to review the past; how

God had helped him to overcome the bear that came to have his sheep for

lunch and also how He helped him to overcome the lion that came to have

his sheep for supper. As we review the past, we will be encouraged to trust

God for the present difficulties we face and the uncertainties of tomorrow,

and we will be able to give glory to God, singing a new song in our present

circumstance. When we review the past it will give us strength for today

and hope for tomorrow to match on and conquer whatever Goliath that

stands in the way. Because we know our God reigns and His thoughts

towards us are not thought of evil but of good, the best, to give us a future

filed with hope.

 

Again we see in 2Samuel how David encouraged himself when the

Amalekites’ raiding party came, swooped down unannounced and carried

away all his wives, livestock, the wives and children and property of his

companions in Ziglag. David stood dry, dejected and devastated and to

add salt to injury his men turned against him and wanted to stone him.

They saw him as the source of their woes. What did David do? He did not

call a pity party. If he did he would be the only one in that party. David was

wise. Rather than wallow in the mire of disappointment, he ‘encouraged

himself in the Lord. I have often thought about how he did it and what he

may have done. Possibly he reviewed Psalm 23: ‘the Lord is my Shepherd,

I shall not want; for He leads me beside green pastures . . . Yea though I

walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you

are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me.

 

Ps 27—the Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear. The Lord

is the stronghold of my life . . . Though an army encamp around me, they

will stumble and fall . . . my heart will not fear . . . You will lift my head

above my enemies, make me stand upon a rock.

Ps3 You are a shield around me Lord, my glory, the One Who lifts up my

head. I will not fear ten thousands of men that stand against me on every

side. I lie down and I sleep. I wake again sustained by the Lord.

Ps2 ‘Why do the nations rage and the people imagine vain things?. The

Lord who sits in  heaven laughs . . . . ask of me and I will give you the nations

for your inheritance and the ends of the earth for your possession.’

And after going through a few of his psalms which, reminded him of the

faithfulness of God in times past, David was renewed, energized, revitalized,

invigorated, enthused to go on, press on for the mark of the price of the

high calling in his God.

 

Happy are those who can live in your presence wherever they go, always

singing praises. Happy are those who are strong in you, who set their minds

on You regardless of what they face. When they walk through the valley of

weeping it will become a place of refreshing springs where pools of blessing

collect after the rain. They will continue to grow stronger—going from

glory to glory and from strength to strength. Barriers will birth blessings and

obstacles will birth miracles. You give them songs in the night. God will give you a song in your night as you look to Him.( Ps84:4-7)

Jehoshaphat also has a lesson to teach:

He faced a similar insurmountable problem when three powerful

nations, with an army like the sand in the seashore came againstJudah.

The king was naturally afraid but he plucked up courage and went before

his God and did the right thing,-declaring a time for fasting and praying.

He even led the prayer meeting. And after praying a covenant prayer,

reminding God of what He had done for them as a nation in times past,

His promises to them, and in particular, His covenant with Abraham he

concluded with, ‘we do not know what to do but our eyes are on You.’

 

God responded in a prophecy through Gahaziel:

‘Listen to me, O Judah, and you King Jehoshaphat, the battle is not yours

but the Lord’s. Tomorrow you go up against them.’

 

And as they obeyed, God gave them a strategy to sing a covenant song:

‘Praise ye the Lord, His mercy endures forever . . . ’ As they began to

sing this song, God laid an ambush against their enemies who began to

destroy themselves. They completely annihilated themselves and littered

the whole battlefield with bodies and booties.

When it was all said and done it transpired that where the enemy had

summoned Judah and King Jehoshaphat for battle became the bread basket

for the people of God and it took three whole days for them to gather the

goodies left behind.

 

 

This is what awaits you as you sing a new song in your circumstance. God

will grant you new mercies, new grace, new vista of hope, new impetus,

and new zeal, to go from glory to glory, faith to faith. He will give you

surprises that will blow your mind, far beyond your wildest dreams. What

your enemies thought will ruin you will turn out to be a blessing. Your

setbacks will become a setup for a lift up and a comeback.

Paul preached a powerful sermon from his prison cell inPhilippi

Paul and Silas were obedient servants of God, preaching the Gospel in

Philippi. They rattled the cage of some soothsayers and magicians and

adversaries of the Gospel who conspired and instigated their arrest, beating

and battering these men of God., It was as if God had abandoned His own.

They were thrown into prison with their hands and feet in stock—straight

jackets. They could hardly move. What did they do? Moan, complain,

throw temper tantrums, and point the finger at God? No! At mid-night

they sang a new song, praying and singing loudly so that other prisoners

heard them.

I could imagine Paul telling Silas, ‘Brother, let’s pray.’ And as they finished

praying, he said, ‘Now let’s sing praises to God.’ Silas may have been

surprised, and may have responded, ‘Brother Paul we are here for preaching,

now you want us to sing. Do you think it is a wise move? Something far

worse may happen to us.’

 

Paul and Silas preached in songs.

 

Paul continued, ‘Let us sing brother, Silas.

 

Silas: What shall we sing?

 

Paul: He set me free.

 

Silas: What? But we are still in jail! Can we sing that when we are set free?

 

Paul: No, this is the time. Faith is the substance of things hoped for the

evidence of things not seen; we walk by faith and not by sight.

 

 Silas: Well, you raise the song and I will follow

.

 

And they began to sing:

 

He set me free, one day, He set me free.

He broke the chains of prison for me.

I’m glory bound my Jesus to see.

Praise the Lord He set me free.

‘Set free to worship

set free to praise him

set free to rejoice before the throne

. . . I laugh I dance I shout I sing

alleluia to my Lord and King

 

 

“Set free to rejoice for evermore.’

‘What a mighty God we serve

Heaven and earth adore Him

Angel bow before Him

what a mighty God we serve.”

 

‘I am delivered O praise the Lord

I am delivered by His word

For the chains of sin are broken

I am delivered, O praise the Lord.

There’s been a great change in me,

O great change in me

I am so happy I am so free

He brought me out of bondage into liberty

O, O, O, there’s a great change in me.’

 

 

And as they continue to sing these songs of deliverance over and over again,

at midnight, their praise rose to God as a sweet-smelling aroma. God was

enjoying the sacrifice of praise and began to tap His feet, and when God

begins to tap His feet earthquake is the result. The jail was rocked from

its foundations and their chains fell off. Glory be to God!

 

They were set free. The jailor got the news of the jail being rocked and flung open and

his heart sank thinking all the prisoner had run away. He wanted to take his life and Paul and Silas shouted out:

 ‘Do not harm yourself. We are all

here.’ He was so convicted that he said: ‘What must I do to be saved?’ Paul

immediately told him ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you

and your household.’

 

We can all see the purposes of God in allowing his children to go through

what they went through. When you see your trials through the eyes of

God, you will see the purpose and you too will rejoice because His plans

for us are not plans of evil but of good to give us a future and a hope. It

does not imply that we will always have it rosy but we know that whatever

He allows is for our ultimate good.

Joseph: From Pit to Palace

Joseph, in spite of being righteous, generous, maintaining his integrity,

accountability and purity was thrown into prison. His dream got him

into trouble with his brothers yet he did not shy away from interpreting

dreams in the prison to help others. That was singing a new song in his

circumstances instead of moaning. God vindicated him in the end.

What more? He saw the purposes of God when he met his brothers and

they felt ashamed and remorseful of what they had done. Joseph did

not gloat over his advantage over them but comforted them: ‘It was not

you that sent me here but God sent me ahead to preserve many alive.’

(Gen45:5-8,—50:20)

 

Today, find God’s purpose in your circumstance and be encouraged to sing

new song. Sing a new song at every turn of your life like Pastor Willis. See

your changed situation as another opportunity of ‘being in the best position

to look up to God’, to give witness to the goodness of God. Someone said,

‘when your back is on the ground, praise God. You can only look up.’

 

Sing a new song to the King, know that He is in control at all times. Know

that He works everything together for the good of those who love Him and

who are called according to His purposes. Let us remind ourselves that if

God be for us no one can be against us. ‘Our light afflict worketh for an

exceeding weight of eternal glory.’ The outward man may perish but the

inward man is being renewed day by day. ‘Thanks be to God who always

causes us to triumph in Him.’ ‘Weeping may endure for the night but joy

is coming in the morning.’

 

 

 

Jesus is currently at the Father’s right hand interceding for us as our Attorney

and Advocate. He never loses a case and He will never lose our case. ‘It is

done, yes it is done. Through the precious blood of Jesus salvation is won.’

We have a New Covenant established on better promises and that is why

we can sing a new song at every turn in our lives. Our lives are hidden in

Christ in God. We are engraved on the palm of his Hands. Shall a mother

forget her sucking babe or the babe in her womb? Even if she does, God

has promised not to forget us.

 

Sing a New Song regardless of the weather. The God of the summer is also the God of the winter and He is good all the time.

 

 

We can sing a new song regardless of the weather, whether or not it is

cloudy, because we know Our God is in control; we know Who has gone

before us; we know who has given His word and will not go back on it. We

know that faithful is He who has called us who will also fulfil His promises.

We know that He is working EVERYTHING together for the good of

those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose. The

good work He has begun in our lives, He will bring to fruition. Therefore

we can look unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith, Who, for the

joy set before Him, endured the cross. We too can endure our cross after

seeing the joy ahead of us.

 

You and I can look forward to finishing well our race of grace, singing a

new song on the mountain. Sing a New Song in the valley or alley, singing

a New Song even if it is cloudy. Friend, sing a new song in the desert or

green pasture. Sing a new Song in the summer or winter of life. Why? The

God of the mountain is also the God of the valley. He made the peak and

the trough.

 

 

He Made the Peak and the Trough

He made the peak

And made the trough

That you may seek

Him who is enough.

 

So there will be winter

When it is biting cold

And there will be summer

When it is warm and you’re bold

 

We need the mountain

And we need the valley

To see His fountain

And enter Eternity

 

And so, there’s a time to weep

A time for glee

A time to sleep

And time to greet the dawn

 

A time to fall

A time to rise

A time to be emptied

and a time to be full

a time to be beaten

and a time to be elevated

a time to be abased

and a time to abound.

God knows best

When to bring what

But it’s all for the best.

 

 

Sing a new song because our God is faithful, powerful, awesome, exceedingly

abundantly able to turn any table, regardless of how impossible it may seem.

He has the final word concerning our lives. Therefore neither death nor life

nor angel nor principalities nor things present nor things to come nor height

nor depth nor any other created thing can separate us from the love of God

which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. As far as the East is from the West, so far

has He removed our transgression from us. And as high as the heavens are above

the earth, so great is His love towards us. (Ps103:11-12, Rom8:37-39)

 

Sing a new because He loves you with an everlasting love. Sing a new song

because of His great love; it is mammoth. Sing a new song because His angels

are on assignment for you. Sing a new song because there is nothing too hard

for Your God. The earth, in all its fullness, belongs to Him. Silver and gold

belong to Him. The cattle on thousand hills belong to Him. Alleluia!

 

 

I don’t know about what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow.

He is the Sovereign Lord, who reigns and rules from sea to sea. Therefore

His praise my heart will sing. ‘A heart in tune with God sings melodies all

its day.’

 

My God stands by His Word. Heaven and earth will pass away but

His word will not pass away. The word that has proceeded out of His

mouth will not return to Him empty but will accomplish that which He

pleases prosper in the thing whereunto it is sent. By two unchangeable

things—His word and his oath, it is impossible for God to lie. He

said, ‘I will not alter my covenant. (Matt.24:35, Isa55:11, Ps89:34,

He6:18)

 

 

Sing unto the Lord a new song . . . for He has done marvelous things. His

right hand and His holy Arm has gotten Him the victory. The Lord has

made know His salvation to His people. All the ends of the earth shall see

the salvation of our God.

 

 

Surely, God Will Find YOU!

 

Surely, God will find YOU!

In the back of the desert.

He is faithful and true;

His own He will not desert.

 

Just like He found Moses,

Who had lost his vision,

Content to join the Jones;

God will bring resurrection.

 

When you’re weak, you’ll be strong,

Going in the strength of the Most High.

God will revive, give you a tonic and song.

And you will tread on places that are high.

 

The dumb shall be able to speak.

The lame shall leap like a deer.

The blood of the Lamb will speak

For the redeemed, His, dear.

Remember His mercies sing unto the Lord a new song. When the brought

back the captives of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths

were filled with laughter and our tongues with joy. For it was said among

the nations: ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ This will be your

testimony.(Ps126)

Review the Past and be strengthened

Sing a new song, review the past like David did when he face Goliath; tell of His goodness, His wonders, His greatness, His faithfulness and His loving kindness. 

 God did wonders for my life  in Ireland: sustaining me for 8 years when I was not allowed to work (rained manna); birthing songs upon songs  of deliverance in the valley of affliction; opening doors of ministry to encourage the saints despite what I was going through. With these songs I was able to encourage myself like David. He opened the rock and brought forth water.

Jesus Christ, the same, yesterday today and forever. He said I am the

Lord, I change not. He is a good God and He is good all the time—Jehovah

Shammah—the ever-present Lord; He is Jehovah Nissi—your victorious

banner; He is Elshaddai, the double breasted One, the God who is more

than enough, the Almighty. He is Jehovah Jireh—Supplier of all your needs

according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. He is Your peace—Jehovah

shalom. So regardless of the storms around you today, you can hold your

peace because He fights for you. You can hear Him say, ‘Peace, be still and

know that I am God. Though the mountain be carried into the midst of

the sea, stand to see your salvation. Though the sea roar and convulse, keep

calm. I am at the helm of your affairs.’

 

He is the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep. Count your blessings, name them one by one and it would surprise you what the Lord has done fo; encourage you to keep pressing on for the mark of the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus.

 Know that the One in whom you believe is all-powerful, all-wise and nothing can thwart his plans and

purposes. His counsel shall stands. He decrees and it stands because He is able to do exceeding abundantly able to turn any table. He was before Abraham, He is and is to come—the Ancient of Days.

 He told Abraham, ‘Get out of your country, your family . . . your comfort

zone . . . to a place that I will show you.’ And when he did, God showed

him the place. Yes, he leftHaranand he came intoCanaan. Abraham left

Haran and came into Canaan.

 Abraham left Haran and came into Canaan. That shall be your portion.

Yes, regardless of the famine Abraham leftHarancame intoCanaan. Why?

Because God had given Him His word and He held unto that word until it came to pass

Be a Holy fool for God

Be a holy fool for God,

By responding to His call,

Come on, take Him at His Word,

Obey and you will not fall.

 

Leave! Get out of your country.

Detach yourself to attach,

Gracefully, not wearily;

From self-will, now be detached.

 

From Haran, go to Canaan

Land flowing with milk and honey

Commit yourself to God’s plan

Go and flow with Him, easy.

 

Now, for His will be hungry;

Let nothing else take it’s place.

Yield! His Spirit will carry

You from the maze to the place.

 

Delay can be dangerous

So get to work, fast today!

Be focused and be zealous;

Know that God will make a way.

 

You’ll be blessed to be a blessing.

A great nation you’ll become.

From Abram learn a lesson:

Obey. Let God’s kingdom come!

 

And so the challenge is for you and I to obey Him despite circumstances to the contrary.

It is written, ‘Your word is a light to my path and a lamp to my

feet.’ This means God will not show you the whole journey at once. With a

lamp you can only see the next step and at the end of that step you are able to

see the next step and so on. So it is with our race of grace and walk with God.

It is one day at a time and so long as we are holding on to Him and trusting

Him, He will take us to the other side—His desired haven.

Sing, my friend. Sing in the sun and sing in the rain like a robin. You can

sing the gospel. Sing a new song to the Most High. Sing in the day and

sing in the night.

Sing:

Heaven hear my voice as I sing

O earth, listen as I praise my King

I waited and waited for so long,

Now my God has given me a song.

 

They said to me, ‘for you, there is no hope

Commit suicide, I have a rope’

But today, I see a great hope

Coming down from the great God of Hope.

Sing a new song and make it long and strong. Sing this song before the day of victory arrives.

God gave me this song before He made a way for me to go back to England

in fulfilment of His word to me ‘I will bring you back . . . . ’

This was after almost 8 years of being exiled inIrelandand moving from house to house, not allowed to work. But God provided and protected and gave songs in my night, one of which is “Sing a New Song”

 

Sing a new song because you know, that you know, that you know, that as long as the

Lord lives, as long as night follows day, the word of the Lord shall not fall

to the ground.

 

 

Jesus had told the disciples ‘let us go to the other side and guess what? As

they got into the boat, a storm arose. That was to test their faith and

then at midnight when it was darkest, Jesus showed up. Alleluia! In your

darkest moment Jesus will show up. ‘The nearer the dawn, the darker the

night.’ Stand still to see the salvation of the Lord!

 

On another occasion, He was in the boat with them, sleeping and the

storm arose and they cried, ‘Master don’t you care that we perish? not

even thinking that since He was in the boat with them, if they perished

He would too. But we know that Jesus could not perish. He came to

do the will of God the Father and no wind could thwart the plans and

purposes of God. And so Jesus rose up and rebuked the wind and there

was a great calm.

 

The word of God says,’ Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever,’

when the storm comes and you know that He is in the boat, you don’t need

to worry, sleep with Him, because you know that you will arrive at your

destination. If Jesus says, ‘Let us go to the other side,’ you will reach the

others side regardless of the ploys of the enemy-satanic machinations. You

will arrive on the other side because Jesus is faithful. Faithful is He who has

called you, Who will also do it.

 

The Holy Spirit is there to guide you, comfort and strengthen you. He

is the Standby come to stand by you. He is there to comfort you in your

distress. Call on Him. Ask Him to give you divine perspective in your

trials so that you can rejoice before you see. The fig tree may not now

blossom. There may be no fruit on the vine; there may be no cattle in the

stall nevertheless you can rejoice in the God of your salvation. He sees and

He cares and He knows and He is working behind the scenes. Call on the

Spirit of Grace to give you a new dose of His Grace that is sufficient for

you. He will quicken His word (the promises, His Rhema word to you, His

mercies) what He had done in times past. It is said ‘worry is the interest you

pay on trouble before you get it.’ Why pay interest? Man’s days are full of

trouble. There will always be adversities. It is how you face the adversities

that determine the outcome.

 

 

Sing a new song at every turn and you can face today’s difficulties and

tomorrows uncertainties with confidence in a faithful God Who begins

and finishes what He begins. Sing a new song to the King and make

it long, as long as the King of king is on the throne. You can face any

Goliath that confronts you and through Christ can fell him and turn on

the light in your life, in your family, in your nation to the glory of God.

Alleluia!

I will conclude with this poem

Sing a  New Song

 

Sing a New Song

Unto the Lord

And make it long

Full of His Word.

 

Sing in all seasons

Winter or summer

There’s good reason

He’s Alpha and Omega.

 

Sing in the valley

Sing on the mountain

Sing in penury

Sing before you obtain.

 

Sing a new song

no matter how bad

Sing even if you’re wronged

Sing even if you’re sad.

 

Sing in the throng

Sing when you’re alone

Sing with a gong

Sing with a cone.

 

Sing when you’re strong

Sing when you’re weak

For it won’t be long

For your great break.

 

Sing in the light

Sing in the dark

Sing with His might

Sing making your mark.

Sing in abundance

Sing when you lack

Sing with a dance

Sing taking a flack.

 

Sing in the rain

Like the robin

Sing when in pain

Sing in prison.

 

Sing when you fall

Sing when you rise

Sing strong like Paul

Apple of God’s eyes.

 

Sing in the battle

Sing in the field

Sing with a mantle

Sing of your Shield.

 

Sing in your flight

From Herod’s pursuit

Know God will right

Every wrongful suit.

 

Sing in your fight

Trusting the Lord.

Sing in your night

Your light, His Word

 

Sing

a new

song to Him.

who rides the winds

and can heal the sick

He walks on the waters

and even raises the dead

and brings water out of the rock

parts the sea, rains manna from heaven

and makes the impossible possible

He makes the impossible possible.

Rains manna from heaven, parts the sea;

Brings water out of the rock,

And even raises the dead.

He walks on water,

Can heal the sick;

He rides the winds.

Sing to Him

A new

Song.

Ps 96;1,-98:1,—144:9, 149:1, Isa42:10, Ps33:

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©Fenny West 2010

Branding of Beauty

Identify with the suffering of your Saviour

16   The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

17   and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

From Suffering to Glory

18   For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19   For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

Take Up the Cross and Follow Him

23   Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

24   For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.

25   For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?

26   For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.Luke 9:23-26

Music is coming from your misery

James

Profiting from Trials

2     My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,

3     knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

4     But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Temptation and trials will come but God will make a way of escape. Look for it and take advantage of it.

13   No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.1Cor10:13

 

 

We are in contention with wicked spirits but we are not defenceless. God has amply equipped us.

The Whole Armor of God

10   Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

11   Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12   For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

13   Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14   Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

15   and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16   above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

17   And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

18   praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints —Eph6:10-18

Our weapons are mighty through God.

3     For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

4     For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

5     casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

6     and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2Cor10:4-6

We have the Name of Jesus, the blood of the Lamb and the Word of God.

God wants you to know and use your weapons.

God wants you to overcome in your suffering.

Revelation 3

21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

 

Revelation 12

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

 

We are soldiers of the cross, called to fight, focused and fearless.

2Tim2

3     You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

4     No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

5     And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

Stay focused, committed and disciplined see the crown ahead.

Striving for a Crown

24   Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.

25   And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.

26   Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.

27   But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.1Cor9:24-27

Look to Jesus, as your example.

Hebrews 12: The Race of Faith

1     Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

2     looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus will finish the good work He began in you and in me.

Your branding will bring beauty in place of ashes, oil of joy in place of mourning. God will give you a garment of praise; a reason to celebrate despite your beatings, suffering and pain

3  To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” Isa61:3

 

6     being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Phil1:6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Human branding is the process in which a mark, usually a symbol or ornamental pattern, is burned into the skin of a living person, with the intention that the resulting scar makes it permanent. This scarification is performed using a hot or cold iron. It is done in our present time with consent as a form of body modification, and historically, as a punishment or imposition of masterly rights over an enslaved, or condemned person. “

Whereas human branding is dark, barbaric, pristine and dangerous, divine branding (figuratively speaking) is essential if you belong to Christ.

Divine branding

We have a divine branding, a mark that we belong to the Lord.   That mark makes us stand out as light as a city on a hill; it makes us identify with Him in his suffering, so that we can reign with Him in glory.  That mark sets us free to serve Him and the Church and not our self.

Psalms 129

3 The plowers plowed on my back; They made their furrows long.”

Ps66

10   For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined.

11   You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs.

12   You have caused men to ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water; But You brought us out to rich fulfillment.

Paul had branding

23   Are they ministers of Christ? — I speak as a fool — I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.

24   From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.

25   Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;

 

Paul in Prison

 

26   in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

27   in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness —

28   besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.

29   Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?

30   If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity.

The Thorn in the Flesh

7     And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.

8     Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.

9     And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10   Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2Cor11:23-30, -12:7-10

Paul saw himself as a prisoner of Christ

How do you see yourself?

Ephesians 3: The Mystery Revealed

1     For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles —

 

Ephesians 4: Walk in Unity

1     I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,

 

Paul had fellow prisoners whom he acknowledged. Acknowledge your fellow prisoners, your dream mates, suffering with you.

 

Rom16:7

7     Greet Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

 

Col4:10

10   Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him),

Don’t be ashamed of your branding

2Tim1:8

Not Ashamed of the Gospel

8     Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,

 

Philmn1:1,9,23

Philemon 1: Greeting

1     Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer,

9     yet for love’s sake I rather appeal to you — being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ –

Farewell

23   Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,

 

Paul in Prison for preaching

22   Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods.

23   And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely.

24   Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

The Philippian Jailer Saved

25   But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Acts16:22-25

 

Joseph Was Branded to Bring out his Beauty

17   He sent a man before them — Joseph — who was sold as a slave.

18   They hurt his feet with fetters, He was laid in irons.

19   Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the LORD tested him.

20   The king sent and released him, The ruler of the people let him go free.Ps105:17-20

Peter and John had their Branding which Brought Boldness

Acts 4: Peter and John Arrested

1     Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them,

2     being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.

3     And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.

4          However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

Branding for boldness

The Name of Jesus Forbidden

13   Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.Acts4:13

 

The Disciples were branded and this brought propagation (spread) of the gospel.

Acts 8: Saul Persecutes the Church

1     Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was atJerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea andSamaria, except the apostles.

2     And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

3     As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.

Christ Is Preached inSamaria

4      Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.

Beautiful Scars

God will allow scars;

Bruising from your pain,

To make you a star,

Open door for your gain.

 

Jesus went ahead

As our example

Dying in our stead

To make us able.

 

We too will suffer

And go through the mill,

To take us higher;

Our vision fulfilled.

 

Thank God for your scars

And for your branding

Come to make, not mar

Come for your shining.

 

Branding for beauty

Cometh from above

From the King of Glory

Because of His love.

So what is the branding you have for following the Lord?

Are their furrows on your back for being a Christian? Or are you a secrete follower avoiding persecution, ‘joining with Jones’, compromising your standards to be accepted?

If you have been branded for Jesus, rejoice evermore, count it all joy. God is proud of you. Beauty is coming from your branding. The anointing will tower from your trials. Oil of joy will ooze from your crushing like it comes from olives that are crushed.  Your prison will take you to your palace like Joseph.  Souls will be saved and there will be joy in heaven.

 

Unless you are bruised, you cannot used. If you don’t want to be bruised, then you don’t want to be used.

 

Therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Christ.  If God is for you who can be against you? Let them press you hard but you will not be crushed. They will only lend vent for your oils to flow to the glory of God.  Though He slays you, trust Him and you will come forth like gold.

 

Only Jesus gives the branding of beauty;

Beating that brings out the very best in me.

 

 

 

Be Merciful

 

 

 

 

©Fenny West2012

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