Miracle Makes No Belief (by Fenny West)

Miracle Makes No Belief

 

In Ex 33 God was not pleased with the children of Israel and twice referred to them as ‘stiff necked people’. Ever wondered why?
“Tell the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. If I were to go with you even for a moment, I might destroy you.

Undoubtedly, Miracles are great, spectacular, mind-bowing, supernatural, convicting and convincing. But they are not a daily occurrence and we should not expect them daily. God gives miracles when He wants to. He is a sovereign God and does the miraculous according to His will. We need to develop our intimacy with Him and our faith in Him and learn to live by faith, appropriating the promises; obtaining them with the heavenly currency of faith.

Often we say ‘If I can just see a miracle I will believe.’ We forget that miracles do not make beliefs. You can see a miracle today and resort to doubt tomorrow when you’re faced with a different situation or even a similar situation.

The Israelites saw God at work first hand as He humiliated the Egyptians with the ten plagues while they were spared of the locusts, lice, flies, frogs, darkness, death of first born etc But when they came to the red sea and looked back and saw the Egyptians advancing, they panicked, grumbled and wanted to stone Moses.

God brought them out from Canaan to Egypt because of an approaching famine, gave them favour because of Joseph who had been sent ahead. They were settled in the best part of Egypt at that time-Goshen, before another Pharaoh who did not know Joseph came to power. They were maltreated from then on and they cried to the Lord and he heard their cry and decided to rescue them by sending Moses to Pharaoh to ‘let my people go!’ He was to take them to a Land flowing with milk and honey. Unfortunately they thought it would be milk and honey and partying all the way along. But God had a different plan- that of character building, patience, integrity, consecration, devotion, worship, intimacy, unity, love, selflessness, which were foreign to them.

And we too can often be like them. Why? Because they are a mirror of those who claim to believe in God, or God’s people. Only very few followed Him whole-heartedly, like Joshua and Caleb.

As they threw tantrums, Moses cried out to the Lord and the Lord told him to use his authority symbolized by the rod he had. He used the rod and the red sea was parted and they all walked through on dry ground. It was the first time that a sea had been parted. A highway, express way was created in a twinkling of an eye as the sea bed congealed and the waters stood at attention on both sides as they marched through. How awesome a sight! Millions of people crossed over to the other side. And when the Egyptians dared to continue in their pursuit venturing into the blood trap, Moses used his authority gain, stretching his rod over the highway which closed instantly engulfing the pursuing army of enemies. Moses’ prophetic utterance: “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” was fulfilled right before their eyes.

Some people see miracles and they explain it away with illogical logic. For instance they say the red sea was not deep and people could easily cross over. But they forget that it was in that same ‘not so deep sea’ that the Egyptian army was drowned.

Others believe the miracles but it’s just a passing phase, it does not build faith in them. They want the miracles all the time and have made God a celestial Santa or fairy god mother that they could make a wish to. and realise their dreams But God has something better- faith in God, growing in grace.

You would think that the difference God put between the Israelites and the Egyptians, His protection and provision would settle the issue of trust once and for all but it was not to be so. Soon they met with another problem or test of faith- bitter water and then no water and see the result.

They had just seen the parting of the red sea and were euphoric, singing:

4Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.
5The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone.
6Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.
7And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble.
. Ex.15:4-7-18

They not only sang but danced too, gyrating, some doing acrobatics as they rejoiced over what the Lord had done, and rightly too. (Ex.15:20-21) But a few miles down the road they were tested again and failed the test. They encountered bitter water when they got thirsty. This is akin to the repeated trials we face on our way to the Promised Land.

They soon forgot that God was still in control. He had brought them there. He knew what He was doing. They forgot that Moses who led them there would have been thirsty too and had to do something about the bitter water. Some perhaps thought they could only get results by complaining. Little wonder we are told that they only knew the acts of God whilst Moses knew the ways of God. Moses knew why God gave the miracles. Moses knew the faithfulness of God. He knew God was refining them, training them for reigning like He does to us now from time to time. (Ex.15:22-25)

There was another water test in the desert of Sin which they failed again

4 Then Moses cried out to the LORD, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.”

You would wonder why they had to face another water test. They had not passed the previous test.

This is why we repeatedly encounter certain tests because we have not passed them and God is fair and would not let us skip a grade. It is in our own interest though we would be hard-pressed to admit it

Strike the Rock

In Horeb they became thirsty again and there was no water and God told Moses to strike a rock and water gushed out. Ex17:5-7
Speak to the Rock
Later on another occasion they were faced with a similar test and Moses got into trouble ( failed his own test)by striking the Rock instead of speaking to it. That Rock we now know symbolized Jesus Christ who was crucified once and for all. Striking the Rock twice was like crucifying Him afresh. (Number 20:2-13 NKJV). Paul gave us that revelation here:(1Cor.10:1-5 NKJV)

Let us mix what we hear and the miracles we see with faith so that we would have God’s promised rest.
The Promise of Rest
1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith

Let’s not be like the 10 spies who saw the giants and forgot giant grapes they harvested and the Big God they served.

We need to watch what we say When you are tried. Lets us not say: “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.” (Num13:31-33NIV)! In the passages above, the Israelites craved to satisfy the desires of the flesh, no matter what and failed to see that they were being tested. They failed the test again and again by complaining and wanting to go back to Egypt- a picture of the world. We too will be so tempted to go back to the world when we face temptations or tests. That is why the scriptures were written for our example, teaching , correction, instruction in righteousness so that we would not be found wanting.

Let us speak words of faith. Confess the Promises. Take sides with God, quiet our roaring voices o doubt. with ‘God is able and we are able with Him.’
Let be like Joshua and Caleb who brought a good report in spite of the giants they saw.

30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” (Num13:30, Num 14:7-10 Num14:27-30)

Your salvation itself is a miracle; in fact the miracle of miracles. That you and I who were once dead in sin , without hope, groping in the dark, imprisoned by the devil, enslaved, hell-bound, blind, received our sights, were raised from the dead; enemies of God are now friends of God, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; that is a miracle. We need to remind ourselves from time to time, especially in times when we don’t have things our own way or when don’t get what we want when we expect them. ‘Man shall not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ‘The kingdom of God is more than food and drink.’
It is all about Him and not us. He has good plans for us regardless of what we face. His plans remain good and all things work together for the good of those who are called according to His purposes. We are in training for reigning and if we suffer with Him we will also reign with Him.

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. Rom.8:18NKJV

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.2Cor.3:188 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed2Cor4.8-916 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,(2Cor.4:17)
3Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
(2Ttim.2:3-4 KJV)

Thank God when He gives you a miracle but don’t make a shrine on the altar of miracles. Grow up! Grow in grace. Grow in faith for daily living! Miracles do not make belief as we have seen from the foregoing. Having miracles always will make our growth stunted and make us spoilt kids. God has something better.

On the other hand, let’s not go to the other extreme where we regard miracles as a thing of the past. That would be unbelief in itself and amount to putting God in a box. Let God be God! He works miracles even in this day and age. He said, ‘I am the Lord, I change not.’ Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to day and forever.

In our sojourn to the Promised Land, God is building our character-the whole being. Let’s expect miracles but in His own terms at the time He chooses. Let’s eat His Word, chew it, digest it, meditate on it, practice it, mix faith with it; buy the heavenly goodies with the currency of faith. Let’s be wise to know when we are being tested and endure hardness as good soldiers of Christ and pass the tests that come our way and move up higher to His glory.

©Fenny West2012

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5576-fresh-and-flourishing#10883

https://inspiration4generations.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/journey-of-jesus/

Find the Book

In a Sunday school some children were told to find scrolls hidden away with scriptures written on them. They were promised some goodies and off they went with excitement and anticipation, enthusiasm, wanting to outdo each other. They were moving chairs and tables, climbing ‘mountains’, descending ‘valleys’ and poring purses.

The congregation was set alight with joy and affirmation which renewed and underlined  the importance of the Word of God

In many homes, the Bible is hidden away on shelves whilst there are places in the world where Bibles are a rarity -a treasure to be hunted and treasured.

You really don’t know what you have until you lose it.  And if you don’t use it, you’ve lost it.

May we find the word of God and the voice of God for our lives today and always.

Find the Book

Book of books

On the Shelf

Gathering dust

Lost on shelf

Vault of gems

In decay

Begin to look

Begin to read

Read His mind

Hear His Voice

Make it your choice

Dam every noise

Heed His Voice.

Find the Book

Eat the food

Drink the milk

Eat the meat

Be nourished

Use the medicine

For your disease

Sin-sickness

Renew your mind

Grow in grace

Find your grace

Run the grace

Finish your race

Win the race.

Find the Book

Begin to pore

And Explore

Find the Spirit and life

The golden door

See yourself

Get instruction

Get direction

Get impartation

Get correction

Get illumination

Get transformation.

See your walk

Walk as He walked.

8.Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. 2Kings22:8

2King22:8-23:3

2Tim2:15, Ps1:1-3,Jos1:8,Ps119:9,11,89, Matt7:23-24, John15:1-7

 

O Book divine, supreme,sublime

Entire, etrernal, holy, true;

Sufficient for all men and time-

We pledge our faith to thee anew- Anon.

 

©Fenny West2012

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5576-fresh-and-flourishing#10883

https://inspiration4generations.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/journey-of-jesus/

 

Between a Rock and a Hard Place (by Fenny West)

When You’re Between a Rock and a Hard Place

5     Now it was told the king of Egypt that the people had fled, and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people; and they said, “Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?”

6     So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him.

7     Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them.

8     And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with boldness.

9     So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zemphon.

10   And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD.

11   Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt?

12   Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”

13   And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.

14   The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

15   And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.

16   But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

17   And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen.

18   Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”

19   And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them.

20   So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night.

21   Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.

22   So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

Ex14:5-22

You are barricaded by your enemies, who bombard you here and there and are in great glee, rejoicing: ‘We got him, we got her!’ What do you do? Stand or go? Lie down and die?  You were set free after many generations of bondage.  You looked forward to your Jubilee which came after much trauma. Pharaoh, your slave master would not let go. He kept changing his mind at the last minute despite the plagues God sent on the land until the last straw: death of the first born broke the carmel’s back. You suddenly had a green light that seemed to end you financial entrapment but before your celebration for victory died down you were faced with debt again.  You were giving glory for one physical ailment that has bowed and then another one shows up; this one even more serious.

This was the plight of the Israelites. Moses the man of God had finally won the battle with Pharaoh.  The angel of the Lord was leading. The presence of the Lord was unmistakeable with the pillar of cloud and the fire in attendance. There was no doubt that their worst fears were over.  Besides God gave them favour with the Egyptian so much so that they plundered them, laden with silver and gold as they left for the Promised Land.  Everything was working in their favour.  Like the little eaglets in the nest it couldn’t be better.  The honey moon was on.  Freed at last and leaving loaded! Where to? They were going to a land that flowed with milk and honey.  What more could they wish for?

Suddenly they lifted up their eyes and were greeted with billows of dust from afar. What could that be? As the dust settled they could not believe their eyes. Pharaoh’s disease: Hardening of Heart, was back. Six hundred chariots and horse and a host of army were in hot pursuit. What more, right in front was the Red Sea?  So they were trapped in the middle.

What was going on? Was God asleep? Was He not leading them with the pillar of cloud and fire?

So what are the lessons for us?

  1. It was God who hardened Pharaoh’s heart- not the Devil. Just like mother eagle bats her little ones to the edge of the cliff so they can learn to fly.

 2. God also led them to the Red sea such that they were trapped between Pharaoh and the Red Sea.

 3. God has a purpose in anything He does or allows.  In this case, it is to show forth His glory; to show that nothing was too difficult for Him.

 4. He demonstrated that He may lead to what looks like a dead end but it is a door of a new opportunity.  Those who focus on the difficulties will miss the opportunity but those who know their God will do great exploits through it.

 5. Through what happened God revealed the Israelite to themselves: fickle, fearful and doubtful. They were able to see that despite the Lord’s faithfulness in fulfilling His word in freeing them and loading them with wealth on their way to the Promised Land they were still an unbelieving bunch preferring to serve the Egyptians than to be set free. This is what we also clamour for when we lose hope amidst difficulties and prefer the old days. Over 400 years of slavery was not enough suffering.  God was forcing them out of slavery, because left to themselves, they will gladly remain in their chains, serfdom and prison than get out. They’re used to it; it’s all they know; freedom was foreign to them. They feared the unknown.

 6. Your enemies- detractors, slave masters; things that have held you bound will not leave you easily without a fight. They will pursue you.  Therefore you cannot take things for granted.

 7. You must be watchful and prayerful and hide continually under the shadow of God’s wings otherwise you will be trapped again. The giants were left in the Promised Land to keep the Israelite on their toes.

 8. When you are obeying God, doing the right thing and you are trapped yet again, don’t worry. Pray, trust, stand to see God’s salvation.  This shows that you are not putting confidence in your efforts to stay free.  Salvation belongs to the Lord.  He will make a way where there seems to be no way.

 9. Where you know that you have been trapped again out of your compromise or sin, you will be wise to acknowledge your sin, ask for forgiveness and look for a way of escape, forsaking your sin.

Limitation of Headship

10. We also see that although Moses was leading, he was limited. He has to seek God’s face daily as we should in our daily affairs.  He also led from the front, encouraging the Israelites in the face of the ‘storm.’ He encouraged them prophetically: Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. The Lord will fight for you and you will hold your peace. The Egyptians you see today you will see them no more.’

Only one who had had fellowship with the Lord could speak like that in the midst of a raging fire. He focused on God’s power, goodness, faithfulness, grace, salvation and sovereignty.

 11. Again we see that guidance is not permanent. That you heard from Him yesterday does not mean that you do not need to hear from Him today.  We need to communicate with Him daily especially when we’re facing a crisis. So we see Moses after encouraging the people retires to consult the Lord.

 12. Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.

 13. God has a provision in place before the need arises.  He had anointed the rod: symbol of authority of Moses, and Moses was reminded.

 14. Pray but also use the authority and weapons you have been given as revealed in Ephesians 6:10-18, the name of Jesus and the blood of the Lamb. The word is in your mouth and in your heart; the word of faith. That word is powerful dynamic, sharper than any two-edged sword. The name of the Lord is a strong tower.  The righteous run to it and are saved.

Let Pharaoh pursue, huff and puff, he will meet his waterloo.  Let’s see the challenges we face as opportunities to see another dimension of the power of God. God is using adversity to shape you, prepare you for your purpose. He wants you to have an opportunity to flex your faith muscles and rise to a new level to show forth His glory.  He wants you to have a new testimony through your test.

 

Freed to Fly Yet soon Trapped

                        

Freed to Fly

Chains shattered

Pharaoh floored

Giant felled

Lion tamed

Yet soon trapped

Led by Him

To Red Sea

Foes behind

In a rage

Baring fangs

Furious

Breathing fire

Eyes bloodshot.

Nest is stirred

For new grace

A new phase

New threshold

New vista

Never seen

Next level

To heaven

Time to trust

Trust in Him

You’ll not roast

Flow with Him

Go to Him

Stand and see

Go forward

Not backwards

Take a leap

Leap of faith

Use the rod

Use the word

Spirit’s Sword

Part the sea.x

©Fenny West2012

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5576-fresh-and-flourishing#10883

©Fenny West2012

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5576-fresh-and-flourishing#10883

https://inspiration4generations.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/journey-of-jesus/

https://inspiration4generations.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/journey-of-jesus/

Peantecost Feast (by Fenny West)

Pentecost Feast 2012

 Song: Come Comforter

Lord Jesus, when you were leaving

We felt we’ll be so lonely

And we prayed that you stayed behind

But you promised the Holy Ghost

(Come Holy Spirit)

Come Holy Spirit

Come Comforter

Come Holy Spirit

Come Comforter

On the day of Pentecost

You came in might and power

O Lord, let the fire burn again

Come Comforter

Come Holy Spirit

Ch:

Lord, we are up against

 Principalities and powers

But Lord with the Holy Ghost

We’ll surely overcome

Come Holy Spirit

CH:

 Lord Jesus, as the day gets darker,

The more we need the Holy Ghost

Lord, in these closing days of time

Let the Holy Ghost come pouring.

Come Holy Spirit.

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http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5415-come-comforter?highlight=come+comforter

the Holy Spirit

Double Etheree

The Holy Spirit (double Etheree)

The
Holy
Spirit is
Comforter, and
Standby, Gentle Guide
Refiner Anointing
Teaching and Interceding
Strengthening Equipping Convicting
Commissioning, and Empowering
Counselor, Creating Leading Helping
Filling, Reviving Advocating,
Revealing, Removing burdens
Comforting Destroying yokes
Reproving Indwelling,
Regenerating
Administering
Baptizing
Sealing,
God

©Fenny West

The Power of the Spirit works

The Power of the Spirit works
For those who put it to test
Yet it is by grace, not by works
Trust and He’ll do the rest.

It’s the anointing that breaks yokes
Of bondage, blindness, sickness.
Take upon you Jesus’ yoke
And you’ll be lifted from darkness.

It’s the Spirit that gives life-
God-kind of life- abundant
The dead will be raised to life.
Press on, Saint, be adamant.

©Fenny West

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t3037-the-power-of-the-spirit-works?highlight=power+of+the+Spirit

Holy Spirit Prayers

Praying for, with and in the Spirit

O, Spirit of the Living God, the Spirit of Grace, come and fill me afresh to overflowing; let my cup run over with your anointing.

I crave, long and cry for your manifest presence- your very presence. Yesterday’s manna will not do. Let me see and experience Your mercies new and every morning.

O Lord, as Light, illuminate my lost estate and guide me along the pathway of righteousness and the New Way of unsearchable riches in Christ. Open the eyes of my spiritual understanding to grasp the length and breadth, height and depth of Your plan for my life and your love for me.

As a sacrificial flame guide me Lord to offer myself as a willing living sacrifice, wholly acceptable to You, that I will know beyond any shadow of a doubt what is that good acceptable and perfect will of God and to choose your perfect will.

O Holy Spirit, as Heavenly Dew, come and drench my life, wrenching it out of barrenness and causing it to blossom with your fruitfulness. Show me how to abide in the Vine and letting the word abide in me and bear much fruit and fruit that remains, to glorify the Father.

As the Heavenly Dove, descend upon me, Holy Spirit, with your love and gentleness. Comforter, come and comfort me, my God, in times of uncertainties and distress; to know, that I know, that I know, that You know the end from the beginning and that You will never leave me nor forsake me. Dispel every clouds and pockets of doubt lurking in any nook any canny in me.

Come and bear witness in my life and in my living that Jesus Christ is the Resurrection and the Life and that He lives in me today, and that He remains the same, yesterday, today and forever.

Holy Fire, I call on You this day to purge me of every dross and impurity that hinders. Reinforce in my consciousness that I am set apart for You. Lord, burn off every wood hay and stubble that would not stand the test of time.

Living Water, come and fill me. I need a deluge of You. Bubble up from within my belly, in my prayer, in my writing in my testifying, in my singing, preaching and ministry.

Spirit of Power, come and birth holy boldness in me like You did in Peter and the other disciples such that the world acknowledged that they had been with Jesus. ‘The righteous are as bold as the lion!’ ‘The kingdom of God suffers violence but the violent takes it by force.’ ‘Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. ‘Whoever is born of God overcomes the world and that is the victory that overcomes the world even our faith.’ ‘Jesus was anointed with the Holy Ghost and with power’ ‘Jesus came out in the power of the Spirit…’

As Wind, Spirit of Life, blow afresh upon me, winnow away all chaff and let me be a breath of fresh air. Shake everything that can be shaken so that only that which is solid gold can endure to your glory.

Teacher and Spirit of Truth come teach me daily and guide me into your truth that sets free from bondage and yokes of unbelief and limitation.

©Fenny West

Come, Holy Spirit, Empower

Come, Holy Spirit, empower;
Help me to rise and tower;
Debunking fear, refusing to cower;
Going , growing, stronger and stronger;.
Rising higher, faster and faster.
Come, Holy Spirit, You’re the Helper.

Come, Holy Spirit, ignite my vision.
Come and lead, give me direction.
I crave for Your guidance and instruction;
Without it there will simply be confusion.

Thank You, Holy Spirit,
For Your intercession and gift.
Help me to use it to lift.
And as I use my gift, increase it.
Spirit Divine, I prepare my heart, come, visit.

Visit with light for height and Your grace.
I crave Your lovely face.
I stand on holy ground, Your holy place.
I need You badly in these last days.
Teach me Lord, how to praise.

Come, open my eyes to innovation.
Lead me to the land of inspiration.
Teach me addition and multiplication.
I need your unction to greater function
Come, Comforter, help me have divine dominion.

Help me, Helper, to grow and glow.
Help me to hear and with You sow.
O, that I will follow the divine flow.
O, that I will tread down the foe.
O, that I will Your glory show.

Bible Study

The Power of the Spirit works

Peter Heals the Crippled Beggar

1One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

6Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Acts 1:3-10

What lessons can we learn from this passage of scripture?

1. Time of prayer is pertinent for the Christian

2. Fellowship engenders growth

3. What you have believed will be tested

4. Those who stand on the Word will prevail

5. You can have the Power of the Spirit and yet sit on it

6. We need to be bold to get results

7. Often we need to go the extra-mile to win

8. When we obey God, we get the results promised and He is glorified.

9. When the miraculous happens through us we must not take the glory. Give it to God.

10. The reality of the Power of the Spirit.

Do you have a time of prayer in your Church? Are you part of it? Do you have a time of prayer at home? Do you enjoy it or is it a chore? Many people enjoy praising, singing, the preaching but prayer seems a drag, unexciting. We are the only army that conquers on its ‘knees.’ No prayer, no power. No prayer, no exploits. One week without prayer, makes one weak.

So work on your prayer life. Think of ways to make it exciting and endearing. Pray the word. Pray the promises of God back to Him. Plead your case. Wrestle with God. Pray in the understanding and pray in the Spirit.

Notice that apart from praying at home they joined others in the church for a time of prayer. Fellowship generates spiritual energy and brings synergy to your prayer. One shall put a thousand to flight. Two shall put ten thousand to flight. If two of you shall agree as touching anything, it shall be done…’ There is power in agreement. Where brethren dwell together in unity there the Lord commands the blessing and life forevermore. Forsake not the assembling together of the saints for prayer.

Peter and john had earlier received the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. Over 3000 were saved- a demonstration that God answers prayer and confirms his word regarding salvation of sinners. The same promise applied to healing the sick and when they were tested on their way to the prayer meeting they put the Word to test. We too must put God’s word to the test in faith. They could have said, ‘We are late for prayer meeting and hurriedly and timidly dropped a coin for that man and left. No, they decided to apply the Word. Many other believers had seen that man and had demonstrated their form of godliness by dropping coins but they denied the power of God and so this man did not experience the power of God.

So when next you are tested, pass your test. Use God’s Word- the New covenant established on better promises. If it worked for Peter, it can work for you if you believe. Just obey God and leave the results to Him.

Often we would need to go the extra mile if people do not receive, like Peter did. We need to be ready for that. For some people we may need to pray for them and ask them to believe they have received and as they depart their healing will come. For other we may be lead to give them an instruction and as they obey the healing will manifest. God heals in different ways and we need to be open to that and not put Him in a box. The important truth is: God heals even today as He did before- Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and for ever.’ I am the Lord and I change not. I am the Lord that healeth thee. Jesus Christ was anointed with the Holy Ghost and with power and He went about doing good, healing all those that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him.’

Yes, people will be amazed as God confirms His Word with signs following- the crippled walking, the blind seeing, the dead being raised. Attention will be focused on those that have been used to perform the miracle or healing. It is important that we do not touch the glory when it comes but turn it all to the Lord. He said, ‘I will not share my glory with many other.’ The glory belongs to God. We are just his instruments, His conduits, His channels; He is the source, the Author and finisher. So when people focus on you, after you have been used to perform a miracle, turn their attention to God.

The power of the Spirit is real. If you have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you have the power. Greater is he in you that he that is in the world. Do not sit on that power put it to good use. Be bold! Step out in faith. Debunk having a form of godliness but denying the power. Creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. Trust God to honour His word. Offer to pray for or with people even on the street and believe God to confirm the Word with signs following.

And you shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you…’ and these sign shall follow them that believe… they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. ‘And Jesus Christ was anointed with the Holy Ghost and with power and He went about doing good healing all those that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him.’

Live What You Believe

Live what you believe
Stand on God’s Word
Active faith receives
The promise it heard.

Use the Spirits power
Depend on God alone
And you will tower
His will, will be done.

Be bold and strong
Forget what they think
God will give a song
Do you get the link?

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t3033-the-power-of-the-spirit-works?highlight=power+of+the+Spirit

The Holy Spirit and His works part2

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t1775-the-holy-spirit-and-his-works-part-2?highlight=power+of+the+Spirit

the Holy Spirit and His works(3)

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t1779-the-holy-spirit-and-his-works-part-3?highlight=power+of+the+Spirit

Let the Spirit Rise

They gathered in the upper room
That day of Pentecost
They waited on the promise of the Holy Ghost
They knew that they would be endowed
With power from on high
Yes you can have this promise too
Your needs he will supply

Some people have been blinded
By doctrines and beliefs
They have been told they received it all
While down on bended knees
For some the scales have lifted
And now they can see
That power can not be denied
It dwells inside of me
You may not understand this language
That I speak
Just pay me no attention
The spirit knows my needs
He tells the Heavenly Father
My deep and earnest pleas
When I know not what to pray
The spirit intercedes

Have you received the Holy Ghost?
Since you have believed
Have you claimed his promise?
For that power that you need
To stand against old satan
When he rages to and fro
The spirit will rise up inside
And satan has to go.

by bgdingess

The Comforter Which is the Holy Ghost John14:26 C.H. Spurgeon

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t4509-come-comforter?highlight=come+comforter

When the Comforter Comes… C.H.Spurgeon

“The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost.”-John 14:26

This age is peculiarly the dispensation of the Holy Spirit, in which Jesus cheers us, not by His personal presence, as He shall do by-and-by, but by the indwelling and constant abiding of the Holy Ghost, who is evermore the Comforter of the church. It is His office to console the hearts of God’s people. He convinces of sin; He illuminates and instructs; but still the main part of His work lies in making glad the hearts of the renewed, in confirming the weak, and lifting up all those that be bowed down. He does this by revealing Jesus to them. The Holy Spirit consoles, but Christ is the consolation. If we may use the figure, the Holy Spirit is the Physician, but Jesus is the medicine. He heals the wound, but it is by applying the holy ointment of Christ’s name and grace. He takes not of His own things, but of the things of Christ. So if we give to the Holy Spirit the Greek name of Paraclete, as we sometimes do, then our heart confers on our blessed Lord Jesus the title of Paraclesis. If the one be the Comforter, the other is the Comfort. Now, with such rich provision for his need, why should the Christian be sad and desponding? The Holy Spirit has graciously engaged to be thy Comforter: dost thou imagine, O thou weak and trembling believer, that He will be negligent of His sacred trust? Canst thou suppose that He has undertaken what He cannot or will not perform? If it be His especial work to strengthen thee, and to comfort thee, dost thou suppose He has forgotten His business, or that He will fail in the loving office which He sustains towards thee? Nay, think not so hardly of the tender and blessed Spirit whose name is “the Comforter.” He delights to give the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Trust thou in Him, and He will surely comfort thee till the house of mourning is closed for ever, and the marriage feast has begun!

C. H. Spurgeon

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t3129-when-the-comforter-comes?highlight=come+comforter

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost.”-Acts 2:4

Rich were the blessings of this day if all of us were filled with the Holy Ghost. The consequences of this sacred filling of the soul it would be impossible to overestimate. Life, comfort, light, purity, power, peace; and many other precious blessings are inseparable from the Spirit’s benign presence. As sacred oil, He anoints the head of the believer, sets him apart to the priesthood of saints, and gives him grace to execute his office aright. As the only truly purifying water He cleanses us from the power of sin and sanctifies us unto holiness, working in us to will and to do of the Lord’s good pleasure. As the light, He manifested to us at first our lost estate, and now He reveals the Lord Jesus to us and in us, and guides us in the way of righteousness. Enlightened by His pure celestial ray, we are no more darkness but light in the Lord. As fire, He both purges us from dross, and sets our consecrated nature on a blaze. He is the sacrificial flame by which we are enabled to offer our whole souls as a living sacrifice unto God.
As heavenly dew, He removes our barrenness and fertilizes our lives. O that He would drop from above upon us at this early hour! Such morning dew would be a sweet commencement for the day. As the dove, with wings of peaceful love He broods over His Church and over the souls of believers, and as a Comforter He dispels the cares and doubts which mar the peace of His beloved. He descends upon the chosen as upon the Lord in Jordan, and bears witness to their sonship by working in them a filial spirit by which they cry Abba, Father. As the wind, He brings the breath of life to men; blowing where He listeth He performs the quickening operations by which the spiritual creation is animated and sustained. Would to God, that we might feel His presence this day and every day.

C. H. Spurgeon

The exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead.”-Ephesians 1:19, 20

The Spirit Gives Life

In the resurrection of Christ, as in our salvation, there was put forth nothing short of a divine power. What shall we say of those who think that conversion is wrought by the free will of man, and is due to his own betterness of disposition? When we shall see the dead rise from the grave by their own power, then may we expect to see ungodly sinners of their own free will turning to Christ. It is not the word preached, nor the word read in itself; all quickening power proceeds from the Holy Ghost. This power was irresistible. All the soldiers and the high priests could not keep the body of Christ in the tomb; Death himself could not hold Jesus in his bonds: even thus irresistible is the power put forth in the believer when he is raised to newness of life. No sin, no corruption, no devils in hell nor sinners upon earth, can stay the hand of God’s grace when it intends to convert a man. If God omnipotently says, “Thou shalt,” man shall not say, “I will not.” Observe that the power which raised Christ from the dead was glorious.!
It reflected honour upon God and wrought dismay in the hosts of evil. So there is great glory to God in the conversion of every sinner. It was everlasting power. “Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him.” So we, being raised from the dead, go not back to our dead works nor to our old corruptions, but we live unto God. “Because He lives we live also.” “For we are dead, and our life is hid with Christ in God.” “Like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Lastly, in the text mark the union of the new life to Jesus. The same power which raised the Head works life in the members. What a blessing to be quickened together with Christ!

C.H.Spurgeon

The Anointing makes a difference

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t4727-anointing-makes-a-big-difference?highlight=anointing

Great anointing Comes with Great Affliction

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t3078-great-anointing-comes-from-great-affliction?highlight=anointing

Scripture of the Holy Spirit

  • Proceeds from the Father.

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

  • GIVEN

    • By the Father.

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

    • By Christ.

Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

    • Through Christ’s       intercession.

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

  • Sent in the name of      Christ.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

  • Sent by Christ from the      Father.

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

  • AS SUCH HE

    • Communicates joy to       saints.

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

1 Thessalonians 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:

    • Edifies the Church.

Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

    • Testifies of Christ.

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

    • Imparts the love of God.

Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

    • Imparts hope.

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Galatians 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

    • Teaches saints.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

    • Dwells with, and in       saints.

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

    • Abides for ever with       saints.

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

    • Is known by saints.

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

  • The world cannot receive.

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5681-pentecost-feast-2012#10992

 

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Why Praise? ( by Fenny West)

Why Praise?

1     I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever.

2     Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever.

3     Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable.

4     One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.

5     I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works.

6     Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I will declare Your greatness.

7     They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, And shall sing of Your righteousness.

8     The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.

9     The LORD is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.

10   All Your works shall praise You, O LORD, And Your saints shall bless You.

11   They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, And talk of Your power,

12   To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.

13   Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

14   The LORD upholds all who fall, And raises up all who are bowed down.

15   The eyes of all look expectantly to You, And You give them their food in due season.

16   You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

17   The LORD is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works.

18   The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.

19   He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.

20   The LORD preserves all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy.

21   My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD, And all flesh shall bless His holy

 

Often times we suffer from amnesia, memory loss, mental blocks, unable to think of reasons to praise God. We are blinded, beclouded, burdened by circumstances, the momentary, temporary and transient; that which is passing away; when we pass through the valley of the shadow of death and we think it’s the end of the road; it’s a dead end we lose sight of the promises of God or the greatness of His faithfulness.

At such moments come to the shores and rivers of psalm145 and learn from David.

( using the amplified with the KJV this was what I found:)

Notice that first of all you need to make a quality decision that you will praise God irrespective of circumstances, no matter how you feel. Feelings come and go but the truth about God remains forever.

Within the first six verses David said I will, I will, I will… six times, underscoring the importance of a personal resolution to praise God.

In a psalm of 21 verses he later catalogues why he had made that resolution to praise God:

Because of His:

  1. mighty actsv4

  2. wondrous worksv5

  3. greatnessv6,3

  4. great goodnessv7

  5. righteousnessv7,17

  6. glorious majestic Kingdomv11

  7. omnipotence v11

  8. providencev16

  9. sovereigntyv11

  10. fullness of compassion v8

  11. slowness to angerv8

  12. Great mercyv8

  13. Goodness to all v9

  14. everlasting Kingdomv13

  15. generosityv16

  16. nearness to all that call on Him in truthv18

  17. salvationv19

  18. omnipresence v18

  19. willingness to raise those that are bowed downv14

  20. Preservation of all that love himv20

  21. Readiness to uphold all fall

  22. Willingness to fulfil the desire of those who fear Him v19 and for

  23. The glorious honour of His majestyv5

And these reasons to praise the Lord are to be passed from one generation to another like a baton in a relay race- fathers, to children and children to their grand children, forever and ever.

May the Lord open our eyes to see what David see of the Lord and have many reasons to praise Him.

If that is not enough see Ps103:1-5

1     Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

2     Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:

3     Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,

4     Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,

5     Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Notice the benefits we are likely to forget which he lists:

  1. Forgiveness of sins( the greatest benefit you can have)

  2. Healing

  3. Redemption from destruction

  4. Crowning with loving kindness and tender mercies

  5. Satisfaction of our mouth with good things

  6. Renewal of our youth like the eagle’s (second wind, rejuvenation when you are worn out and you wait on Him.)

If that is enough see Ps34 and 2Chro29:11-12

So when you suffer from a temporary loss of memory as to why to praise the Lord, come to these waters and drink the living water and be cured of amnesia.

 

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5679-why-praise-by-fenny-west#10990

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5576-fresh-and-flourishing#10883

https://inspiration4generations.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/journey-of-jesus/

Forsake Me Not, O Lord

Forsake Me Not, O Lord

Psalm 38:21

Forsake me not, O Lord.

Frequently we pray that God would not forsake us in the hour of trial and temptation, but we too much forget that we have need to use this prayer at all times. There is no moment of our life, however holy, in which we can do without His constant upholding. Whether in light or in darkness, in communion or in temptation, we alike need the prayer, “Forsake me not, O Lord.” “Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe.” A little child, while learning to walk, always needs the nurse’s aid. The ship left by the pilot drifts at once from her course. We cannot do without continued aid from above; let it then be your prayer to-day, “Forsake me not. Father, forsake not Thy child, lest he fall by the hand of the enemy. Shepherd, forsake not Thy lamb, lest he wander from the safety of the fold. Great Husbandman, forsake not Thy plant, lest it wither and die. ‘Forsake me not, O Lord,’ now; and forsake me not at any moment of my life. Forsake me not in my joys, lest they absorb my heart. Forsake me not in my sorrows, lest I murmur against Thee. Forsake me not in the day of my repentance, lest I lose the hope of pardon, and fall into despair; and forsake me not in the day of my strongest faith, lest faith degenerate into presumption. Forsake me not, for without Thee I am weak, but with Thee I am strong. Forsake me not, for my path is dangerous, and full of snares, and I cannot do without Thy guidance. The hen forsakes not her brood, do Thou then evermore cover me with Thy feathers, and permit me under Thy wings to find my refuge. ‘Be not far from me, O Lord, for trouble is near, for there is none to help.’ ‘Leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation!'”

“O ever in our cleansed breast,

Bid Thine Eternal Spirit rest;

And make our secret soul to be

A temple pure and worthy Thee.”

 

Psalm 38:21

Forsake me not, O Lord.

Frequently we pray that God would not forsake us in the hour of trial and temptation, but we too much forget that we have need to use this prayer at all times. There is no moment of our life, however holy, in which we can do without His constant upholding. Whether in light or in darkness, in communion or in temptation, we alike need the prayer,

“Forsake me not, O Lord.”

“Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe.”

A little child, while learning to walk,

 always needs the nurse’s aid.

The ship left by the pilot

 drifts at once from her course.

We cannot do without continued aid from above;

let it then be your prayer to-day,

 “Forsake me not. Father, forsake not Thy child,

 lest he fall by the hand of the enemy.

Shepherd, forsake not Thy lamb,

 lest he wander from the safety of the fold.

Great Husbandman, forsake not Thy plant,

 lest it wither and die.

‘Forsake me not, O Lord,’ now;

and forsake me not at any moment of my life.

Forsake me not in my joys,

lest they absorb my heart.

 Forsake me not in my sorrows,

 lest I murmur against Thee.

Forsake me not in the day of my repentance,

lest I lose the hope of pardon, and fall into despair;

 and forsake me not in the day of my strongest faith,

 lest faith degenerate into presumption.

Forsake me not, for without Thee I am weak,

but with Thee I am strong.

Forsake me not, for my path is dangerous,

and full of snares, and I cannot do without Thy guidance.

The hen forsakes not her brood,

do Thou then evermore cover me with Thy feathers,

and permit me under Thy wings to find my refuge.

Be not far from me, O Lord,

‘Leave me not, neither forsake me,

O God of my salvation!'”

“O ever in our cleansed breast,

Bid Thine Eternal Spirit rest;

And make our secret soul to be

A temple pure and worthy Thee.”

C.H. Spurgeon

Eagle in Captivity- Full but Empty

Eagle in captivity

Full but empty

Living but dead

Assisted but restricted

Supplied not denied

Vision has vanished

It’s crying daily:

‘Let me go

Let me live

Let me be

What an eagle should be’

‘Give me a challenge

I love the chase

I love to soar

I love to swoop

From afar

For my prey

I like to hunt

I hate your luxury

Nothing but captivity

I am living but I am dead’

‘Who will set me free

To fulfil purpose?

O that your eyes will be open

To see that you’re no friends

But my enemies.’

‘I have powerful wings

But they are clipped

So I cannot sing

Existing but not living.

Made to soar

Now in a cage

Longer life

But empty life

Comfort that is a snare

With friends that are foes.

I can see far

But it’s of no use

I have power to pounce

But it’s wasted useless

What you don’t use you lose.’

‘Where is my offspring

that I train to reign?

Where is the valley of Bacca

That bring a spring

To go the extra mile

And make me sing

Have a second wind?

Where is the challenge

That bring a good change?

Where are the tests

That brings testimonies?

Where are the trials

That bring triumphs?

Where are the battles

That birth miracles?

I am living but I am dead.’

The eagle in captivity is a sorry sight. He has been robbed of his reason for being, his purpose: king of the skies.

So no matter the luxury and comfort you give, you have stripped it of life.  It is living but dead, in the lap of luxury but unhappy. It’s vision is vanished; its life is meaningless and empty.

You may think you are a saviour but you are the devil in disguise; an adversary come to bring its demise, disgrace and depression and oppression.

Imagine the how empty the life of Paul would have been without all the challenges he went through:But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses,

5     in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings;

in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.

2 Cor.6

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;

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…. I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands.

2Cor11:24-28

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.

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.

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

26   Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

27   And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.

28   But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”

29   Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.

30   And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31   So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

32   Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.

33   And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.Acts16:

Without all these challenges, the Church including you and I would have been robbed of the incredible revelation knowledge he was privilege to receive from the Lord. He paid the price and obtained the prize which we now enjoy: what we have and who we are in Christ.

It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord:

2     I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago — whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows — such a one was caught up to the third heaven.

3     And I know such a man — whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows —

4     how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.2Cor12:1-4

Through the rough times, he was made tough to fulfil his reason for being, his vision. His light affliction worked for him an exceeding weight of eternal glory. All things worked together for good for him because he loved God and was called according to the purpose of God.

We saw how neither death nor life nor tribulation, distress, persecution, famine nakedness, peril or sword, height nor depth, principalities, powers, demons could separate him from the love of Christ.

We saw how these oppositions and contentions brought promotion. Adversity brought maturity, integrity and well-rounded prosperity.

The eagle was allowed to live in the wild, face the trials of life and reign through them to fulfil his vision.

A pastor in Afghanistan, facing persistent persecution and torture was offered visa to the US where he could preach freely without any harassment and live in relative comfort.  He turned it down! Why?

He preferred the ‘wild’ where he could fulfil vision be himself and at the centre of the will of God for his life. Those who offered him the window of opportunity meant well but it was Satan dangling the carrot in disguise. He was wise to refuse the offered. He would rather die doing the will of God than enjoy the fleeting, transient, passing pleasures of life and be unfulfilled.

Another pastor in Zaria, Nigeria, lived constantly with his life in his hands because of Muslim fanatics who had sworn to kill him and his family and raze his church to the ground. They asked him to leave but he refused because God had planted him there. He knew that outside that place he would be like a fish out of water.

On one occasion a mob surrounded his car and wanted to use a dagger to thrust through the roof of the car to finish him off, and his wife was screaming. He told her to stop screaming and that God had put them there and if He wanted them to me martyred, then so be it. He would rather die in the will of God than live outside it.

So where does that leave you and I?

We too will be tempted to opt for the easy way out- path of least resistance and disturbance, remain in our comfort zone or leave the centre of God’s will for Satan’s palace of pleasure at God’s displeasure or rondezvous of ruin; a one way ticket to prison.

Abraham was told: ” Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.

2     I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.

3     I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

 He got there and there was famine in the Land and he made a detour for Egypt.

What do we learn from this?

It is possible to start well and later start straying because of the obstacles we face in doing the will of God. We need to know that temptation will come but God is faithful and will through the temptation make a way of escape, that we may be able to bear. That way of escape may not always be deliverance but can be the power of endurance in the face of calamity or even death or home-going in a blaze of glory.(1Cor10:13)

 Abraham had to go back to Canaan and Isaac had to remain in the centre of God’s will to be blessed, fulfilled and have the rest of God.

 Isaac was also tempted to leave GerarThere 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 to Egypt; 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;

He was in fact told not only to stay but to sow in the time of famine. And as he obeyed, God did not just bless Him but he had a 100fold return.

 It is no different for you and I. There is a place for you; a Promised Land, your domain, like the skies for the eagle.  It is a good land where you will be free to be who God called you to be but there are giants there. There will be Goliath there to frighten you off. Lions and bears will raise their ugly heads and challenge you and I. Some people will give you safe haven ( out of sympathy) that look like heaven but in reality this will be hell to you if you are conned to trade our inheritance for a pot of soup, like Esau. Your freedom will be gone. You will be existing and not living, like the eagle. The accomplishments that would have been possible with the challenges you will face would be lost forever.

Stand to see your salvation! You will not die before your time. All things will work together for your good because you love God and are called according to purpose. Your affliction will work for you.

Remember: if we suffer with Him will also reign with Him.

©Fenny West2012

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http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5576-fresh-and-flourishing#10883

https://inspiration4generations.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/journey-of-jesus/

Pressure Pays (by Fenny West)

Pressure pays

If you will stay

You’ll be raised

To a higher phase.

 

Like diamond is carbon

Under tons of pressure

To turn your glitter on

To make longevity sure.

 

Pressure will prune

With knife to ignite

Your night, trigger fruit

Not by your might

But by the Spirit.

 

Pressure paves

The way to rise

Out of the grave

To the skies

To your domain.

 

 

©Fenny West2012

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5576-fresh-and-flourishing#10883

https://inspiration4generations.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/journey-of-jesus/

In the Issue of an Issue

It is true we all have issue or issues

 Like the woman with the blood issue.

God knows what He should allow

To make us come to His throne and bow.

So no matter the trouble you face

Do not despair. Come to His Throne of Grace.

In the issue of an issue

Jesus is still Lord of lords

With a Name above all other names.

So we can decree by His word

For His glorious Kingdom to come.

Hannah agonised in this place

Until she saw His gracious face

Abraham and Sarah were here

But God allayed all their fears

Regarding the barrenness matter

At the set time gave them Laughter.

Lizzy and Zach were also here

But the Lord was very near

In the fullness of time, John came

And their lives were never the same

He went ahead to prepare the way

For Jesus- the Master and the Way.

Beautiful Rachel was also denied

Jacob’s faith was so sorely tried

He cried to God and God answered

Opened the womb that was closed

There was great joy and laughter

Praise and glory rose up as an aroma.

Dazzling ravishing Rebekah

Had everything going for her

Sadly her womb was barred-closed

God gave her twins when Isaac prayed.

This very God remains the same

Will answer those who trust in His name.

Manoah and his wife languished

In this barren Land of Anguish

But God sent His angel to end the spell

Gave them good news no one could foretell.

And so Samson came at the time appointed

Their hope and faith was not disappointed.

That God remains able to do

He is the mighty, Faithful and True

Able to do more than we can ask or think

Even if the condition is dead and stink

He can turn the table around

And make the barren womb sound.

So today, take Him at His word

Regardless of what you have heard

On the authority of His word stand

He’ll take you to your Promised Land

Stand, I say stand, regardless of the giants

Stand your ground even if they are adamant.

 

Let God be true and let every foe be a lair

Genesis 11

30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.

12So it was, when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was very beautiful.Gen12:14

1     Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar.

2          So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.Gen16:1-2

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.”

Gen15:1-4

Genesis 17

21 But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.”

Genesis 18

10 And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.)

 Genesis 18

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.”

Genesis 21

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

Elizabeth and Zachariah

36        Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.

37        For with God nothing will be impossible.”

 57   Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son.

58   When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her.

Luke136-37,57,58

Exodus 9

5 Then the LORD appointed a set time, saying, “Tomorrow the LORD will do this thing in the land.”

Rachel and Jacob

 Genesis 29

31 When the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.

The Shunammite Woman

12   Then he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite woman.” When he had called her, she stood before him.

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.

2Kings4

Deuteronomy 7

13You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock.

 Manoah and is wife

Judges 13

2 Now there was a certain man from Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had no children.

 24   So the woman bore a son and called his name Samson; and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.

Isaac and Rebekah

21   Now Isaac pleaded with the LORD for his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

22   But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If all is well, why am I like this?” So she went to inquire of the LORD.

23   And the LORD said to her: ” Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.”

Gen25:21-23

©Fenny West2012

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5675-in-the-issue-of-an-issue#10986

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5576-fresh-and-flourishing#10883

https://inspiration4generations.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/journey-of-jesus/