I Am Born of God Born of the Word- The Word of Life The Word that is life.
I hail from God And Now in Christ And Christ is in me My life is Christ.
We share the same life He is the Vine And I am of the branch- the Church He is the Head And I am part of His Body.
I am a son of God With the divine nature A manifestation of His Word With a future that is sure and secure.
In Him I Have:
COMFORT, COUNSEL HOPE, HEAVEN, HEALTH ROYALTY, RIGHTEOUSNESS,rights and privileges,resurrection power INHERITANCE, INTERCESSOR, INSIGHT SUPPORT, SUPERNATURAL STRENGTH SUPPLY, SAINTHOOD, TRIUMPH, TRUST, THINGS THAT ARE GOOD, Truth MERCY, MEDIATION,Miracles, ADVOCACY, ANGELIC ASSISTANCE, ABILITY SUPERNATURAL WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING,sanctification
His Word is the Seed
That makes me succeed
When it is decreed
And acted upon.
1 John 3:
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:John1:12
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.1John4:17
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.John15:5
2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2Cor5:17
6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
I am for signs and wonders (Isa8:18) because the Father dwells in me by the Holy Spirit. I have received power, ability, enablement through the Holy Spirit. Acts1:8
I am for seasons of healing and health I go about doing good like my Saviour, healing all those that are oppressed of the devil because God is with me, for me and in me. Sickness and disease do not stand a chance when I enter anyplace. They cower and check out at my word. As I lay hands on the sick, they recover and are made whole. Foul, demonic spirits flee because they cannot stand the anointing that destroys yokes and lifts burdens. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me and He has anointed me to heal the sick and deliver the captives.
I am for signs and wonders and seasons. Wherever I go, the power of God is present to heal and people freely and easily receive their healing. and the Holy Spirit in me does not just heal the sick and deliver captives, He also does the Supernatural. Signs and wonders follow me as God confirms my preaching of the Word with signs following. The miraculous occur and are commonplace: blind eyes are opened, barren wombs are opened, marriages are restored, terminal diseases like cancer diabetes, leukaemia, bulimia and anorexia and glaucoma are arrested and terminated. Mental illnesses are cured by the power of the Holy Spirit. The deaf hears and the dumb speak, by the power of the Holy Ghost. No condition is able to withstand the Word of His power. As I decree and command and declare, it comes into being and God is glorified.
I am for signs and wonders and seasons. I bring seasons of light to brighten, illuminate, beautify and give warmth of relationship which is rich and empowering everyone I come in contact with. They are at liberty to open up and let the Light in me to penetrate to dispel every darkness and there is a mutual fellowship that breeds trust and confidence and communion and love and unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. So, one is able to put a thousand to flight and two are able to put ten thousand to flight. We become like Gideon’s army as God uses us mightily to bless each other and we all become vessels ofhonour for signs and wonders and seasons. The anointing rubs off and is multiplied in us and we all go about doing good, healing all those oppressed of the devil because God is with us. We are unstoppable, Unconquerable, unlimited and indefatigable. We always win because we keep rank, knowing we belong to each other and need each other as the Body of Christ.
I am for sign and wonders and seasons. I carry super-abundant grace to wherever I show up. His grace is sufficient for me in whatever I am given to do. Once I say, ‘Yes’, the ability to do it comes effortlessly. And I finish what I begin and I do it excellently, like Daniel and Joseph and David and Paul of old. I am diligent, efficient and proficient and stand amongst Kings and not mere men. I am headhunted in my career. I am head and shoulders above my peers.
I am born for signs, wonders and seasons. I carry seasons of joy unspeakable and full of glory. Uncommon Joy manifests wherever I go and it spreads to all around and they catch its fire and become inundated with joy – the joy of the Lord and it becomes their strength in all they do. And they go about spreading joy in their world.
I am for signs and wonders and seasons. Whenever I go I bring divine elixir; there are creativity and innovation. New ideas flourish and solutions are found to problems, questions are answered, riddles are dissolved. The creative genius and creative juice all around is pumped up and flows unabated. We get things done quickly and easily. No one is in need. Everyone is supplied. We share our resources and God multiplies them and we become magnetic, attracting others who also have the same mindset.
I am for signs and wonders and seasons and I bring seasons of Productivity and Prosperity. Wherever I go I spread the aroma of productivity and progress and multiplicity. There are Luxuriant growth and development in all areas and not just lop-sided growth. There are proficiency, efficiency and excellence; we know how to package new ideas and products and make money for the extension of the Kingdom, the enhancement of our community and households. We are headhunted in our Career as we give value and add value to our employer. We are also employers in our community and spread the fragrance of the glory of God in all we do.
I am for signs and wonders and seasons. Wherever I go, I spread the good news of the gospel and people are saved and planted in the house of God and flourish in His courts. They bring forth the fruit of the Spirit and remain fresh and green. They are trees of righteousness and in turn, spread the Good news also such that each tree becomes a forest and God’s house is full to overflowing and He is glorified. We see ourselves as co-labourers with God and as we open our mouths, He fills them and draws men to Himself. The love of God shed abroad in our hearts compels us to reach others, knowing and convinced that we are saved to save others. As we yield to God, His Spirit does the work in our lives.
I am for signs and wonders and seasons. I bring seasons of Peace, Shalom, Shalom, perfect peace; peace that surpasses knowledge, peace profound, peace from the Prince of peace, because my mind is stayed on Him. I have a perfect rest. Nothing moves me. I know everything works for my good. I know that God is in control of all my affairs. He makes a banquet for me right in the presence of my enemies. The Lord is My light and my salvation and I fear no evil. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. My presence is always a game-changer because of His presence in me and that makes the difference. As He is, so am I in this world. I share the same life that He has. His life – Zoe-the God kind of life oozes through my veins and I have His DNA. I am not ordinary. I am extraordinary, peculiar, divine, a partaker of the divine nature. I am an associate of the God-kind. I decree and it stands, command and it comes into being. Angelic hosts are on assignment for me. As I speak the Word, they are galvanised into action on my behalf. I am for signs and wonders and seasons. Whatever I touch is imparted life – long life, longevity. It keeps growing, expanding, dominating, being replenished, from generation to generation because I do or get involved in what I see Him do. I belong to Him-spirit, soul and body. I am an imitator of God. I am His hands and feet and voice in my world. I am for signs and wonders and seasons. Hallelujah!
They think it’s all over for you: This man showed up at his funeral
This man had a look alike in the same trade who was shot dead in an incident and was taken to the mortuary. Incidentally news reached the mother of the man you‘re looking at that her son was dead. The mother was devastated and funeral arrangements were made and he showed up!
They think it’s all over for you? But they ain’t seen nothing yet.
SAO PAULO – A 41-year-old car washer shocked his family when he interrupted a funeral being held for him at his mother’s home in the town of Alagoinhas in northeastern Brazil, police said Tuesday.
Police inspector Roberto Lima said by telephone that on Sunday Jose Marcos Araujo identified a body at the city morgue as being that of his brother, Gilberto.
Lima said that Jose Marcos took the body to his mother’s home where a wake was held.
“The confusion started when news started circulating that a car washer had been shot dead,” Jose Marcos’ wife, Ana Paula, told the UOL Internet news portal. “Police called my husband and told him that his brother had been killed and his body was at the morgue.”
Lima said the confusion was “understandable.”
“The two men closely resembled each other and both worked as car washers,” Lima said adding that the man whose body was in the morgue was named Genivaldo Santos Gama. He said further information on Gama was not immediately available.
A few hours before the Monday burial “a friend of Gilberto’s saw him walking down the street and told him that his family was mourning him,” he said.
“So he went to his mother’s home to let everyone know he was very much alive.”
When Araujo showed up at his wake “some people fainted and others were so scared they ran away. It was a big shock,” family friend Maria Menezes told the G1 online news site.
Gilberto’s mother Marina Santana told reporters “I am overjoyed. What mother wouldn’t be after being told that her son is dead and then sees him alive.”
Mighty Manifestations will come
When God’s Kingdom comes;
When He is allowed to reign;
When He is allowed to rule;
When we acknowledge His sovereignty;
When we acknowledge His majesty;
When we are as bold as the lion.
Mighty manifestations will come
When we stand as City on a Hill;
When we shine as light in the dark;
When we regain our flavour as salt;
When we are concerned and fast and pray;
When we trade apathy for empathy;
When we know Whose we are
and who we are in Christ.
Mighty manifestation will come
When we do not treat sin lightly ;
When we have a short account with God;
And like David, will repent quickly;
When we return to our first love- God- not the world;
When we are prepared to spend for God;
When we are prepared to be spent for God.
Mighty manifestation will come
When we are burdened for our,
family, Church, nation and world;
Like Nehemiah was burdened;
Like Gideon was greatly disturbed;
Like Mordecai and Esther were jolted;
Like Moses knew why he was born;
Like Joseph knew why he was sold.
Mighty manifestation will come
When we know we have not arrived;
When we yearn for more of God;
When we refuse to compromise the word;
When we are bold to lift Jesus up;
When we humble ourselves before God;
When we let God be God in all areas.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now
14 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. Col3:15
15 For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.1John3:8
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Matthew 10: The Twelve Apostles
1 And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.
19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19
17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs Amen
…He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith.1John5:4
..Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go… Matthew 14:22
When you find yourself in trouble, do you sometimes think, ‘I must have done something wrong, perhaps I’ve missed God’s will and He’s punishing me’? No. Trouble is multi-sourced, and frequently unrelated to our wrongdoing or God’s punishment. The disciples weren’t in the storm by disobeying, but by obeying Jesus; not by rejecting God’s will, but by embracing it. The Bible says, ‘…Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go…’, and they obeyed. At times you’ll find yourself in troubled waters because you did what was right rather than what was popular, easy or selfish. When that happens, here are some helpful lessons from the disciples’ experience: 1) Obedience doesn’t guarantee there will be no storms. The disciples had just seen Jesus feed five thousand people with five bread rolls and two fish, and end up with more food than He started with. Shouldn’t their faith have been strengthened? Yet they forgot it completely when fear came knocking. Jesus had told them He’d meet them on the other shore, yet they forgot His miracle-working power and His promise and gave in to anxiety. Understand this: When God doesn’t solve your problem, He will show up in the middle of it and cause you to come out with your faith fortified. 2) Fear doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It’s just a reminder that you’re human, and, like the disciples, you’ve forgotten Who has the power and Who’s in charge. And these are lessons that transform your trial into triumph.
WALKING ON WATER (2)
Bob Gas( Word For Today)
The boat was…buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Matthew 14:24
Notice: 1) Trouble doesn’t mean that God has abandoned you. The disciples learned that Jesus may be out of sight, but He’s never out of touch. To ‘…walk by faith, not by sight’ (2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV) means sometimes you’ll walk in darkness without visible cues. Someone put it this way: ‘When you can’t trace His hand, you can trust His heart.’ When the disciples were being tossed like a cork on the waves, Jesus was up on a mountain praying for them! He was aware of the problem and He was working on the solution. He was their mediator and their ‘need meet-er’, just as He has one hand on your need and the other on your answer. ‘…He always lives to intercede for [you]’ (Hebrews 7:25 NIV). Can you imagine Jesus praying to the Father for His fear-filled disciples? And can you imagine the Father refusing to answer His prayers? Never! ‘…The Spirit himself intercedes for us…’ (Romans 8:26 NIV). With both Jesus and the Holy Spirit talking to the Father on your behalf, your victory is guaranteed. 2) Between the command to ‘Go’ and your safe arrival on the other side, there’s often a crisis. Jesus commanded them to cross to the other shore, but before the trip was completed their world experienced upheaval. What’s buffeting your life today-loss, guilt, loneliness, financial reversal, illness, addiction, rejection? When our faith is low and our fear high, we cry, ‘If only I had (or hadn’t)…If only I could…’ Learn to trust God. It’s not over until He says so. And He hasn’t!
Let’s observe two final things: 1) Between the dread and the devastation, look for the Deliverer. Picture a boat lashed by huge waves, and frightened disciples who thought they were going under. They forgot the promise: ‘God is…a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…’ (1-2 NKJV). They didn’t look for Jesus to rescue them. Yet as the night advanced and things looked hopeless, ‘…Jesus went to them, walking on the sea’ (Matthew 14:25 NKJV). Did they rejoice? No, their fear intensified and they said, ‘…It’s a ghost!...’ (14:26 NKJV). Look out! Your fear can distort your perceptions and make you see the answer as just another problem. Often what appears a threat is actually a blessing about to manifest itself. For example, you lose your job and God opens up a better one, but your fear and inadequacy make you avoid the interview. Look to Jesus in your time of fear; when He takes away the lesser it’s always to give you the greater. 2) God’s best always requires facing what you fear. Jesus called Peter to come to Him. Deciding it was safer in the storm with Jesus than in the boat without Him, Peter walked toward Him. But there’s always a moment after you step out in faith when you hear, ‘What if I’m not up to this?’ Peter heard it, and the waves began to engulf him. Panicked, he called and Jesus immediately rescued him. Peter wasn’t drowning; he was learning and growing! When you walk by faith, even your failures will lead to success. So step out with Jesus; He won’t let you drown.
LEARNING TO WALK BY FAITH (3)
‘Faith comes from hearing the message…through the word…’ Romans 10:17
What does it mean to ‘walk by faith…’ (2 Corinthians 5:7 NAS)? It’s radically different from walking by sight, reason, emotion or intellect. It calls you to live above these things. It enables you to enter the realm of supernatural possibilities because Jesus said, ‘All things are possible to one who believes’ (Mark 9:23 ESV). Here are some scriptural principles about faith that will help you: 1) It is not rooted in human effort. Self-confidence and intellectual acumen don’t qualify. Optimism, good luck and social connections don’t qualify. Learning religious formulas won’t do it either. 2) It’s rooted in God’s unlimited power and unchanging Word. ‘Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word.’ The Word of God, received and residing within you, continuously produces faith within you. No teeth-gritting super-effort is required; you simply decide to believe what God says and respond to it. 3) Walking by faith calls for action. ‘Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds’ (James 2:18 NIV). Until you act, your faith is useless. ‘In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead’ (v. 17 NIV). The moment you act your faith springs to life, inviting God to move on your behalf. Today He’s waiting for you to act so that He can respond to you. Even if you don’t feel like it, ask yourself, ‘What would my first step of faith be if I really felt like taking action?’ Do it! You’ll be walking by faith and reaping the rewards! (Hebrews 11:6).
LEARNING TO WALK BY FAITH (2)
‘…I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’ Mark 9:24
Here is another question to consider: What is ‘walking by sight’ (2 Corinthians 5:7)? It’s living your life based on how things look to the natural eye. It’s deciding and acting in accord with your perceptions and circumstances, rather than God’s Word. It’s being dictated to by your feelings and thoughts. Your thoughts and feelings are-yours! Examine them. Don’t let them hijack you. Use your spirit-controlled temperament to bring them under control. Too often we are sandwiched between faith and doubt, in a ‘catch-22’ between what our transformed spirit says and what our carnal mind says. One day a distraught father brought his son to Jesus for healing. Jesus told him, ‘…Everything is possible for one who believes’ (Mark 9:23 NIV). At that point the boy’s father said, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’ At times we experience both faith and doubt. This man was honest about his doubts, yet Jesus still worked a miracle for him. If he had needed correcting, Jesus would have corrected him. If his faith was not genuine, the Lord would have known it. But Jesus accepted his declaration of faith, despite his doubts. There are three lessons here for us: 1) Don’t be afraid to acknowledge your doubts. 2) Don’t let your doubts overrule your faith. God’s Word in the matter is God’s will for you; stand on it. 3) Hand your doubts over to the Lord and say, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’ How long does it take to learn to walk by faith? A lifetime!
It’s time to ‘get with it’, when God tells you the same thing three separate times: ‘The just shall live by faith’ (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11). This is not a suggestion for theological debate; it’s His will for your life. Clearly, God has made faith the only way to live! No alternative is offered. ‘Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him’ (Hebrews 11:6 NIV). Let’s take a moment and consider some questions arising from this life-transforming truth: 1) Who are ‘the just’? Paul writes, ‘Know that a person is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith…’ (Galatians 2:16 NIV). Justification (just-as-if-I’d-never-sinned) can’t be earned, it’s a free gift that comes by faith. If you have placed your trust in Christ then you are fully accepted in God’s eyes. How good is that? 2) What is ‘walking’? Paul says, ‘We walk by faith and not by sight.’ Walking requires that you get up and start moving. You can’t just sit around aimlessly, waiting for the rapture. Walking involves: Motivation-you’re moved by a purpose. Direction-you’ve chosen a destination, a goal to reach. Motion-you’re committed to mobilising your energy and resources in the pursuit of your God-given destination and purpose. To walk by faith you must be engaged in consistent, forward movement intended to bring you into God’s destiny for your life.
Charles H. Spurgeon
1 Peter 1:7
The trial of your faith.
Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith, and it is likely to remain dwarfish so long as it is without trials.
Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: tempests are her trainers, and lightnings are her illuminators.
When a calm reigns on the sea, spread the sails as you will, the ship moves not to its harbour; for on a slumbering ocean the keel sleeps too. Let the winds rush howling forth, and let the waters lift up themselves, then, though the vessel may rock, and her deck may be washed with waves, and her mast may creak under the pressure of the full and swelling sail, it is then that she makes headway towards her desired haven.
No flowers wear so lovely a blue as those which grow at the foot of the frozen glacier; no stars gleam so brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky; no water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand; and no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity.
Tried faith brings experience. You could not have believed your own weakness had you not been compelled to pass through the rivers; and you would never have known God’s strength had you not been supported amid the water-floods.
Faith increases in solidity, assurance, and intensity, the more it is exercised with tribulation.
Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too. Let not this, however, discourage those who are young in faith. You will have trials enough without seeking them: the full portion will be measured out to you in due season.
Meanwhile, if you cannot yet claim the result of long experience, thank God for what grace you have; praise Him for that degree of holy confidence whereunto you have attained: walk according to that rule, and you shall yet have more and more of the blessing of God, till your faith shall remove mountains and conquer impossibilities.
Charles H. Spurgeon
“He shall choose our inheritance for us.”
Believer, if your inheritance be a lowly one you should be satisfied with your earthly portion; for you may rest assured that it is the fittest for you. Unerring wisdom ordained your lot, and selected for you the safest and best condition.
A ship of large tonnage is to be brought up the river; now, in one part of the stream there is a sandbank; should some one ask, “Why does the captain steer through the deep part of the channel and deviate so much from a straight line?” His answer would be,“Because I should not get my vessel into harbour at all if I did not keep to the deep channel.” So, it may be, you would run aground and suffer shipwreck, if your divine Captain did not steer you into the depths of affliction where waves of trouble follow each other in quick succession.
Some plants die if they have too much sunshine. It may be that you are planted where you get but little, you are put there by the loving Husbandman, because only in that situation will you bring forth fruit unto perfection. Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there.
You are placed by God in the most suitable circumstances, and if you had the choosing of your lot, you would soon cry, “Lord, choose my inheritance for me, for by my self-will I am pierced through with many sorrows.” Be content with such things as you have, since the Lord has ordered all things for your good. Take up your own daily cross; it is the burden best suited for your shoulder, and will prove most effective to make you perfect in every good word and work to the glory of God. Down busy self, and proud impatience, it is not for you to choose, but for the Lord of Love!
“Trials must and will befall— But with humble faith to see Love inscribed upon them all; This is happiness to me.”
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.
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.
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.