Are You Walking in the Spirit?

To answer this question, we must understand what it means to “Walk in the Spirit”.

We can live in the Spirit but this does not mean we are walking in the Spirit (Gal. 5:25). Living in the Spirit comes with salvation but walking in the Spirit is active. We are moving in the direction in which the Holy Spirit is leading. When we walk in the Spirit we are not only saved but we are the sons of God (Rom. 8:14). If we are walking in the Spirit, we are able to resist the lust of the flesh (Gal. 5:16). We allow the Spirit of God within us to have dominion over our soul (mind, will and emotions). The Holy Spirit knows the mind of God and therefore knows the beginning from the end and will steer us away from danger (John 7:1).  The Holy Spirit keeps our feet from falling and causes us to walk upright before God (Ps. 56:13).

You can choose to walk in accordance with your own counsels (Ps. 81:12), the counsels of others (Ps. 1:1) or in the counsel of the Holy Spirit (Prov. 3:5).  God doesn’t force us. He will allow us to continue to walk in our own counsels if we want to stubbornly disobey His commands (Ps. 81:12). Of course, that comes with consequences. God will judge us for walking according to our own ways and according to our own sight (Eccl. 11:9). When we don’t walk in the Spirit we are open to God’s fury (Ezek. 20:13). It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God (Heb. 10:31). We will walk in the Spirit not because we are forced to do so but because of our reverence and fear of the Living God (2 Chron. 6:31). It’s always our choice.

We must be careful who we choose to walk with as they can take us off track and begin leading us in their understanding (2 Cor. 12:18). Always be discerning of who and what is leading others before deciding to come into agreement with them (Amos 3:8). Walking in the Spirit is evidenced by the fruit of God’s Spirit being manifested in our lives and the lives of others.  By their fruit you shall know them (Mt. 7:20). People walking in the Spirit will display love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, kindness, faith and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 5:2). There are false spirits that lead into error (Micah 2:11). This is why we must test prophecies and words spoken in the name of the Lord as this can open us to deception (1 John 4:1). When we walk in the Spirit we have discernment of like and unlike spirits. We are walking in truth so we can spot lying and deception.

Walking in the Spirit involves walking in accordance with God’s laws and obeying His judgments – trusting in His determination of what is good and bad for us and doing what is good. To be able to do this we must have the Spirit of God within us. It cannot be done in our own strength (Ezek. 36:27). When we do not walk in the Spirit in obedience with God’s judgments we are pulled into idolatry (Ezek. 20:16). Justice is also far removed from us and we walk in darkness (having no clue where we are going; heading for destruction) (Isa. 59:9). The Lord gives us over to our own stubbornness and when we choose to do our own thing our own way it will lead to torment (Isa. 50:11). However, as we obey God’s statutes and commandments that are all God-breathed we shall have prosperity in all that we do and wherever we turn (1 Kings 2:3).

To walk in the Spirit means to walk in God’s truth. To agree with the Spirit of God and know if we are being led by the right Spirit we must know the truth of God’s Word for ourselves (Ps. 86:11). Allow the Lord Himself to teach us. The Spirit brings revelation of the truth as we read God’s Word. We need to develop ears that are sensitive to the voice of the Spirit if we are to remain in agreement with where he is leading us (Isa. 30:21). He leads by a still small voice. We must train our spiritual ears to hear. As we are led by the Spirit and walk in the Spirit our souls will be at rest (peace) (Jer. 6:16).

Walking in the Spirit is walking in newness of life. This has been made possible by Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection (Rom. 6:4). Walking in the Spirit leads to life (Ezek. 33:15). Walking in the Spirit means following Jesus’ example and bringing light to the world (John 8:12).

God delights in those who are walking in accordance with the leading of His Spirit (Ps. 37:23). It is God ordering our steps. We will live and multiply and the blessings of God shall abound (Deut. 30:16).

Shalom!

Confession that Brings Healing

Confessing, repenting and asking forgiveness of God (1 John 1:9) is only one step on the road to freedom. At the root of mine, and many Christians’ captivity is SHAME. Shame continues to have a hold over you if you have never made public the sin that was committed. Satan thrives in darkness. For true and full liberty, everything done in darkness must be revealed into the light (Dan. 2:22; Mk. 4:22; Lk. 1:79, 8:17). This brings me to the importance of the scripture in James 5:16. Confession and repentance to God is for forgiveness and cleansing unto righteousness. But the confession to others who we can see is for healing and deliverance from the spirit of shame that still holds us captive. You can be righteous and still be bound.

The test of still being captive to shame is the ongoing inability to bring yourself to the place where you can bring what was done in secret into the light. That is when the bondage of shame is broken and you come into full liberty – nothing lacking, nothing missing. We resist the enemy when we reveal his dark acts and recognize that it is sin that caused us to do what we did – sin ruling in our mortal bodies; we were slaves to sin (Rom. 6:6, 12). But sin shall not have dominion over us for we are under grace (the influence of God within us to overcome sin). We cannot allow sin to define us. Sin is separate from us (Rom. 7:17). We cast sin from us by revealing it into the light that it can no longer prosper or have dominion. The enemy must come and find nothing of him in us (John 14:30). No foothold or open door to give him legal authority to continue to oppress us.

There should be no problem revealing hidden sin if we really believe God has forgiven us and it is covered under the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ. It shouldn’t even matter if others repeat our hidden sins because shame no longer has dominion over us. Remember the one to who you reveal your hidden sins is not perfect either (Rom. 3:10). Let him who has no sin cast the first stone (John 8:7). Part of the problem in the Body of Christ is that many Christians do not believe they can freely express hidden sins to other Christians for fear of being judged. The desire of God for His church is that the law of liberty would be at work among us so that we can be totally transparent without fear of judgment or condemnation (Rom. 14: 10, 13). In fact, those who take it upon themselves to hear a confession and then judge are brought into judgment themselves by God. He  holds them accountable. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Heb. 10:31).

My road to total freedom came as I allowed the Holy Spirit to shine his torch light into the deep recesses of my soul. Many past sins that I had committed, both prior to and after becoming a Christian, even from childhood, came flooding into my consciousness. These were things I had never revealed to another living soul. The Holy Spirit directed me to start by writing them down in my journal. I tried to justify why I should write them on a piece of paper then I could just throw it away after the process was finished but the Lord showed me this was part of the shame wanting to stay hidden. I must admit a tremendous struggle took place inside of me as I prepared to write down all of my hidden sins. This was further proof to me of the power that shame had over me that I hadn’t really accepted or acknowledged before. It is easy to live in self-denial when things remain hidden, to live a life behind a mask and think that because we have confessed it to the Lord that’s the end of it. Now, I understand the purpose of these support groups where you have to stand up and state things openly about yourself – it is a part of the healing process. Satan is an ‘accuser of the brethren’ and I cannot be in deliverance ministry while fearing that he will reveal my secret sins to others. He has no power over me if I have already revealed them and I am no longer a slave to shame. We have to come to that place where we must be of no reputation – get rid of the fear of what others think of us – it is a snare of the enemy. This is part of the reason why the Body of Christ continues to be crippled and is unable to manifest the ‘greater works’ that Jesus said we should be doing (John 14:12).

I am part of a newly formed deliverance ministry team. The Lord showed me that if we are going to be able to operate with the maximum power and authority that will be required to fight against the strong demonic forces of darkness he would be leading us to overthrow we would have to bring to light all of our hidden sins. I knew it would have to start with me. I shared with the team what the Lord had revealed to me about the bondage of shame and then proceeded to read everything I had written in my journal. I felt humiliated, embarrassed, ashamed as I brought my hidden sins into the light before a dozen women. But by the time I had finished I felt a burden lift off me. I felt light and free. Others took the plunge and began to share things that had remained in darkness for decades and experienced the same lifting of the burden of shame that I had received. We ministered one to the other following through with the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous for each other. The following day, the Lord showed me that the hearts and spirits of the women on this ministry team were being knit together in a supernatural way that has given us a heart and compassion for each other that makes us want to fervently fight for each other and our families. There is a greater trust that has been born out of our sharing that will be needed as we go into the battle field together. We must know who has our backs. This is the Lord’s work and it is marvellous in our eyes.

This is what the Lord wants for the wider Body of Christ. The process begins with you. Do not allow shame to rule over you, bring everything out of darkness into the light and come into your freedom today.

till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; (Eph. 4:13)

Shalom.

The Stress Antidote: Key #3

We have been exploring the three keys that are the antidote to stress contained in Matthew 11:28-30.

Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

You will recall that Key #1 was Come to Jesus and Key #2 was Take on Jesus’ Yoke.

Key #3: Learn from Jesus to be Like Jesus

What is Jesus saying that we are to learn from Him? Gentleness and lowliness of heart. You may be asking what do these have to do with stress. Let’s look at each in turn.

Gentleness

The opposite of gentleness is harshness. When we are harsh it brings strife and much quarreling. I don’t know about you but when there is strife in the home, my workplace and even at church it stresses me out. It is even worse if somehow I am the cause of it. Harshness can also be equated to anger. An angry person stirs up conflict rather than seeks to quell it. We are told in Proverbs 15:1,

            A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

It is important to remember that gentleness (meekness) is also part of the fruit of the spirit given to us in Galatians 5:23. Meekness really means ‘strength under control’. When we are gentle many people mistake it for weakness. However, it takes much more strength to decide not to be provoked to anger, not to have to always have the last word, not to always prove that I am right. Sometimes we need to just allow people to be ministered to by God and not take on all the battles and arguments that people bring to us. To rest and let God do His work. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman and who has more power than the Holy Spirit. We stress ourselves when we feel that we have to force people to think as we do and to control others. Correct in gentleness and when that doesn’t work present it to God and leave it His hands. He can do a much better job than we can. This is particularly true when dealing with our children, our spouses, our church members, and our colleagues in the workplace.

Lowliness of Heart

Although I am dealing with this separate from gentleness, the two are in fact related.

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, (Phil. 2:5-9)

We need to be humble. One of the greatest stressors in our lives is trying to build an image of greatness in the eyes of men. If we are completely honest with ourselves, many times our motivation for many of the burdens we place on ourselves is so that we will be seen in a positive light by others. Because we are trying to line up with other people’s expectations. Because we are trying to be better than others. Because we are trying to build up our own status in this world. Jesus is saying to us that this is not His way. At the end of the day, He is not concerned about how you are seen by the world (your reputation) but who you really are inside (your character). Throughout the scriptures we are admonished to see ourselves as servants and not as masters. Even when we have attained great academic qualifications, positions of leadership and great notoriety we must remain humble.

Keeping up with the expectations of others is a major stressor. Keeping up with God’s expectations is not. He has wired us for the purposes He requires of us and when we are walking in those purposes it is not burdensome. Assess yourself today. What are the things in your life that are weighing you down? Did God say you were to do them? Are you doing them for the right reason? Did you even check God before you decided to take on those things? Many of us are in jobs and relationships that God never intended for us. Again, He wired us for the vocation, ministry, and life He purposed for us even while we were in our mother’s womb (Psa. 139). Pride of life will kill you quicker than anything else. Lay aside your reputation building and do what God is requiring of you. Sometimes we are doing the right thing for the wrong reason, that too is wrong in God’s eyes and that thing instead of bringing glory to God becomes a burden. Do you want to experience the peace of the Lord that passes all understanding? Be like Jesus. Obey the Lord and seek to be of no reputation and He will exalt you. That is better than any exaltation you can get from striving to meet the world’s standard for success.

Life will always have some degree of stress. It’s a part of our growth and development. But there is a level of stress that is unhealthy, over which we have control because many times we bring it on ourselves by being disobedient to God’s Word for our lives. Therefore, make the decision today to:

  1. Come to Jesus
  2. Take on Jesus’ Yoke
  3. Learn to be like Jesus

Shalom.

The Stress Antidote: Key #2

We have been exploring the three keys that are the antidote to stress contained in Matthew 11:28-30.

Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

You will recall that Key #1 was Come to Jesus.

Key #2: Take On Jesus’ Yoke

A yoke is a device (some would say a contraption) that straps oxen together so that they go at the same pace and they are able to work together in unison to make the work quicker and less burdensome than if it were being done by a single ox. Also, the yoke allows the farmer to control the pace and direction of the oxen. So, what are we to take away from Jesus’ instruction to “take My yoke upon you”? He is saying to us, “give up control”. Stop trying to be head cook and bottle washer for your own life. Trying to do things alone, in your own strength. The more you need to control things the more stressed you become. The yoke allows the load to be shared so that it can be lightened. Some of us have paired ourselves to people and to things that have added burden to our lives rather than lightening the load. If this is you, then it’s time to partner with Jesus. Partnership with Jesus Christ will lighten your burden since He alone knows the plans and purposes for your life (Jer. 29:11) and knows the beginning from the end (Rev. 22:13).

 Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psa. 55:22)

Being in partnership with Jesus Christ allows us to literally cast our burden Him because that yoke automatically causes the burden to be shared with one who is stronger than we are. It’s by no means a 50-50 sharing of the burden. He takes on the greater proportion of the weight because He knows just how much we can bear and He cares for us even more than we care for ourselves (1 Pet. 5:7). That’s why it is so important to be yoked to the right person. It is a moment by moment exercise. Allow Jesus to take control and give you guidance.

It is critical to recognize that when you are yoked to Jesus you have to go at His pace and in His direction. Therefore, we can conclude that when you are not yoked to Him you will be at continual risk of going too fast or sometimes too slow (which can also be stressful) and go in a path not in keeping with God’s plan for your life. Stop trying to keep up with others and with the world’s agenda. It will literally burn you out. Jesus is your pacesetter, not the world. Jesus is never in a hurry.  He knows the right time and the right season for everything that is to happen in your life so there is never any last minute rush.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Gal. 5:25)

You cannot walk in the Spirit unless you are being led by the Spirit. There is no better way to do this than to allow ourselves to be completely submitted to the leading of Jesus Christ by His Spirit; to partner with Him and relinquish control of our own lives. Your agenda or God’s agenda? We need to observe further that Matthew 11:30 tells us that Jesus’ yoke is easy. The word ‘easy’ here is interpreted ‘perfectly fitted; customized according to God’s purpose for your life’. We need therefore to replace some of the yokes we have placed around our own necks with Jesus’ yoke. Many of us are stressed because we are trying to do things we were never shaped to do. Don’t do things just because others are doing them. Ask the Lord what He requires of you and do only that. God has equipped and enabled you for whatever mission He has ordained for you in this season. Pull back and spend time with Him so He can direct your paths (Prov. 3:6).

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” (John 4:34, emphasis mine)

We need to stop trying to meet the expectations of others and focus only on what the Lord requires of us. He never gives us more than we can bear. So, if you feel overburdened you are operating outside of God’s will for your life. Either you are doing something wrong or doing something right but in the wrong way.

GIVE UP CONTROL!!

Join me next week as we explore the 3rd and final key.

Shalom.

The Stress Antidote: Key #1

Well, you may have noticed I have been missing in action from my blog postings for a few weeks. The Lord had me in the mission field with the powerful Elijah Movement ministry to reach and deliver Jamaica’s children. It has been a humbling experience!! Also a stressful one!! So, when I discovered some notes on stress management I had written on some sticky notes hidden in a book I decided to read to further empower myself for the battle, I felt them worth sharing for such a season as this.

I know our attention span is very short nowadays. That’s why I have decided to give this to you in 3 brief blogs covering the three keys outlined in Matthew 11:28-30.

Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

Key #1: Come to Jesus

Jesus says you are to turn to Him for rest. Not just for your body but rest for your soul i.e. emotional rest. The antidote for stress is peace. You will have perfect peace when your mind is stayed on Jesus and you place your trust in Him (Isa. 26:3). Additionally, we are told that those who wait on the Lord will have renewed strength (Isa. 40:31). If you are waiting this means you are not running ahead of God’s agenda and timing. Many times that is why we become stressed.

See you next week for Key #2.

Shalom.

 

 

Are You in the Lion’s Den? (Pt 2)

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In Part 1, we answered the question “What is the Lion’s Den?” and began looking at “How Do We End Up in the Lion’s Den?” I stated that there are various pathways to the lion’s den and we would be focusing attention on four main ways, namely sin, God’s testing, enemy attack, and persecution. I shared the first two already and we will now continue with enemy attack and persecution.

Enemy Attack

Satan is always launching attacks on us, to gain a foothold and set up strongholds in our lives. Through the strongholds he is able to gain control over our attitudes and emotions. He also wages physical attacks on us to try and debilitate and weaken us with illnesses and disease to distract us from our Christian walk.

Persecution

Webster’s dictionary defines persecution as ‘unjust opposition based on one’s opinion or belief.’ We recall that Daniel ended up in the lion’s den as a result of persecution from his enemies when he took a stand to obey the Lord instead of King Darius’ decree (Daniel 6, Matthew 5:10). Daniel was trustworthy, neither corrupt nor negligent. We see through Daniel’s life, therefore, that taking the decision to be uncompromising with God’s word can place us in the lion’s den.

HOW DO WE GET OUT OF THE LION’S DEN?

The first thing to recognize is that not everyone who ends up in the lion’s den will be devoured. 1 Peter 5:8b says: “…seeking whom he may devour” (emphasis mine). ‘May’ is an expression of possibility, permission, uncertainty, and hope.

The second thing to be aware of is how we came to be in the lion’s den. If the reason is either sin or persecution, these are more easily discerned. Where we may have difficulty, and require special discernment, is to differentiate between the enemy’s attack and God’s testing. The only difference is that there is prior negotiation between Satan and God in the latter case. But either way we always need to recognize that every attack of the enemy is an opportunity to prove ourselves, through God, to be victorious. No matter how we ended up in the lion’s den the only way out is through the power of the Holy Spirit (Zec. 4:6), but there are conditions that we have to meet.

In the case of sin, repentance and taking heed to obeying the word and commands of God will be two requirements. In the midst of God’s testing, Job continued to praise the Lord and to wait with expectancy for God’s deliverance. He was rewarded in that God gave him even more than he had lost during the testing.  To resist Satan’s attack, we see in 1 Peter 5:5 – 9 that we must submit to authority, trust in God, and be humble, sober, and vigilant. (See also 2 Corinthians 10:4 for how we can tear down strongholds of the enemy). It is essential that we engage in warfare prayer, thus exercising our belief in the power that God has given us to “tread upon the lion and the adder….” (Psalm 91:13).

In the midst of his persecution, what was it about Daniel’s attitude that activated God’s action on his behalf? We can point to two things. One has to do with Daniel’s relationship with God prior to entering the lion’s den and the other has to do with his attitude in the lion’s den. Both are instructive. Daniel said to King Darius (Daniel 6:22), “My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight” (emphasis mine). In Daniel 6:23b we read: “And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God” (emphasis mine).

CONCLUSION

Finding ourselves in the lion’s den is not always the result of something we have done. On the other hand, getting out of the lion’s den is dependent on our actions and attitude. We must ask for and apply discernment to recognize why we are there and then meet God’s conditions as laid out in His word to ensure that our lion’s den experiences work together for our good (John 10:10; Romans 8:28).

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:19).

Shalom.

Are You in the Lion’s Den? (Pt 1)

Lions Den

WHAT IS THE LION’S DEN?

Den is defined in the Webster’s Dictionary as “a cave or hollow place; lair or cage of a wild beast; disreputable haunt; a private sanctum, study or workshop.”  We all know what a lion is and require no definition. I’m sure if we came face to face with a lion we would have no difficulty identifying it as such. However, many of us may not be as aware of who or what a lion represents in a spiritual context. 1 Peter 5:8b (KJV) tells us that: “………..your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion …..” Well, we couldn’t want it any clearer than that. In this passage, Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, is likening Satan to a lion.

The Lion’s Den is, therefore, the place where Satan wants every Christian to be – in his camp, his private sanctuary – under his authority, at his mercy, in danger, and where he appears to have the upper hand. Satan’s ultimate aim for getting us into his den is outlined clearly in 1 Peter 5:8b (KJV),  “….your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Of course, if you devour something or someone the ultimate end is death and destruction (John 10:10). Psalm 7:2 (NIV) also speaks of the destructive nature of the lion: “or they will tear me like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.”

There is no mistaking when we are in the lion’s den. The enemy appears to be gaining the upper hand in our lives, whether it be through sickness, our finances, break down in relationships, or other trials and tribulations that cause us to sense a desperate need for God to step in and deliver us out of the hand, or should I say the jaws, of the enemy.

HOW DO WE END UP IN THE LION’S DEN?

There are various pathways to the lion’s den. I want us to look at four main ways, namely sin, God’s testing, enemy attack, and persecution. I will share the first two here.

Sin

We can end up in the lion’s den by disobeying God’s commands, that is, being in sin. In the story of the disobedient prophet (1 Kings 13), we note that the prophet was given a specific command by the Lord but he allowed another to make him doubt God’s command and disobey the Lord. Hence, we see in 1 Kings 13:26 that the Lord gave the disobedient prophet over to the lion, which mauled and killed him.

God’s Testing

The best example of God’s testing is found in the life of Job. The Lord speaks of Job, in Job 1:8, as a blameless and upright man who feared God and shunned evil. Satan himself came to God and sought permission to test Job to prove that Job was only faithful to God because of the hedge of protection that God had placed around him and that if faced with adversity he would curse God. God had such confidence in Job that He allowed the enemy to have authority over everything concerning Job, short of taking his life.

Next week, we will discuss the remaining pathways into the lion’s den and find out how we can get out.

Jesus came and sacrificed His life so that we don’t have to be under the enemy’s authority any longer.

Have a blessed and holy Easter!!

Shalom.

God’s Comfort (Part 2)

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Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (Psa. 23:4)

I noted in Part 1 that this verse has always intrigued me. How does the shepherd’s rod and staff bring comfort to the sheep? In doing my investigation to answer this question, I discovered the insights of a former real shepherd, Philip Keller from his book, “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23”. He writes the following about the rod and the staff:

Shepherds use a rod to protect the gentle and harmless flock from predators or reprimand unruly sheep that pick on others, eat the wrong plants, or are oblivious to danger. The shepherd parts the sheep’s wool using the rod to look for wounds, disease, and the overall condition of the skin.

The shepherd’s staff is long and slender with a crook on the end. Apart from leaning on it when he is tired, the shepherd uses it to return a lamb to its mother. He will bring a timid sheep closer to him or guide the flock into new pasture or through a gate. The staff frees sheep from bushes or lifts them out of water when they stray too far and get into trouble.

Sheep regularly see the shepherd use the rod and staff to protect, guide, lead, and get them out of jams. They are familiar with the care he provides and learn to depend on him for their safety.

The question arises, “Shouldn’t we believe that our Master Shepherd has the same compassion for what happens to us?” He wants us to allow ourselves to be guided and cared for by Him. If we place ourselves in the hands of the Lord our Shepherd we will find safety, security and comfort. If we allow Him to guide our footsteps we will have no fear of harm because under us are His everlasting arms (Deut. 33:27).

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, (2 Cor. 1:3)

You shall increase my greatness, And comfort me on every side. (Ps. 71:21)

In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. (Ps. 94:19)

This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life. (Ps. 119:50)

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Ps. 4:8)

Shalom.

 

God’s Comfort (Part 1)

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Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (Psa. 23:4)

This verse has always intrigued me. I know we have seen many writers, including myself say that God is not after our comfort He is after our character. Technically speaking, He is after both. But what we fail to understand is that we will never be able to dwell in God’s comfort without fully submitting ourselves to His care and stop trying to do things in our own strength. If we want God’s comfort (which I know we all do) then we must be willing to be like sheep and place ourselves under His care. We have to stop walking in our own understanding but acknowledge Him in ALL of our ways and allow Him to direct our paths. God is not going to force Himself upon us He wants us to make Him our Shepherd. Only then does Psalms 23 apply to us. Simply praying it does not mean it becomes a reality in your life. It becomes a reality when you are ready to admit you are a sheep in need of a Shepherd. That means acknowledging that we all like sheep have gone astray (1 Pet. 2:25) and need to return to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls. This takes a spirit of humility.

I have gone astray like a lost sheep. Seek Your servant, For I do not forget Your commandments. (Psalms 119:176)

Tune in next week for the continuation.

Shalom.

Do You Believe?

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But without faith it is impossible to please Him (Heb. 11:6a)

Many times we say we are trusting in God but our thoughts and actions say otherwise. God the Father is watching our actions not just listening to our words. What are you trusting God for today? What action are you taking to partner with God for that thing to become a reality?

Faith without works is dead (Jas. 2:26b)

Pay attention to your words and actions and many times you will realize that you are not really believing God to deliver, heal, forgive, provide, save, change, or answer in the midst of that situation you have been praying about. The Lord is wanting us to prove Him. But it will not happen without the power of faith. Remember Jesus was unable to minister in some places because of people’s unbelief (Mt. 13:58). So, once we realize our faith is not where it should be the prescription is to find relevant scriptures and speak them until it generates belief in us.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Rom. 10:17)

Let us make the heart of God glad today by building up our faith through speaking forth His promises. Faith is like a muscle it must be exercised to be built. The more we prove God the more our faith grows. The trials and tribulations of life help us to see the faithfulness of God in action so begin to see them in a different light. Are you in a faith building situation right now? God is right there with you. Get into His word and step out knowing He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Shalom.