Had my fill…

Matthew 5.6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.
Matthew 5:6

Have you ever just come to your end with someone or a situation and found yourself saying, “I’m fed up?” Perhaps it is a person who is like a thorn, no matter how you try, no matter what you do, there is always something. Perhaps it is some dynamic within the home or family. Or that work situation that just won’t get any better. You find yourself talking to yourself, to others, even to God saying, “I have had my fill, done.” Been there, done that.

May I share that when this is me, God usually sends me a Word that says, “really? Fed up, had your fill, done? It’s because you are allowing your flesh on your plate. You’re eating from the wrong plate. Let’s get that cleaned off your plate, fill it properly, and walk through again.” My response: “Oh Lord, really?”

He says, “Yes, let’s go through it again and see if it is any different when you walk in My Word and Spirit.” Then He will take me to Galatians 5. 

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

In other words, the Lord tells me that in that moment “you’re full of yourself.” I will let you know when you are done and it certainly isn’t when you are filled with flesh instead of My Word and Spirit. You’re in no condition to make those decisions right now. Wisdom is needed and your flesh cannot give it to you. “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.  The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding (Proverbs 4:6-7)”

He is so loving and gracious to give me a greater invitation, the Bread that gives life to the all of life.  

John 6.35

Come to My table, eat of Me and allow me to clean your plate. You belong to My family and My table is always full- eat… drink… and find satisfaction. Bring all the struggles right here, leave them here, eat…drink…I will truly fill you and you will find the nutrition, strength, and peace you need. Now…eat from My Word, drink of My Spirit and rely on Me and go walk in My sufficient grace. You’re not done, I Am your God and I work all things together for good for those who love Me and are called according to My purpose.

Yea, Lord! All Your ways are perfect! I feel like going on!

2 Samuel 22.31

Matthew 4.4

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The Alpha and the Omega

Revelation 22-13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Revelation 22:13

On Sunday, I posted Revelation 22 as an encouragement of worshiping the True and Living God. Today, I was in need of a boost and the Lord took me right back to Revelation 22. Right back to verse 13, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

He is right here with me pouring out words of encouragement, “I AM” in every situation. I Am Sovereign, the Potentate, the Creator, the Author, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent. Do you think that I am not aware? I AM Abba Father, why is your soul cast down? I AM the Lifter of your head, Keeper of your soul, your very present Help in this time, your Refuge and Strength…enter in for I AM Immanuel, God with us [you].

“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.  Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.  And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:7-11).”

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:5-8

Yea, Lord, now I can lay down and sleep for my soul finds rest in you alone! Praise, honor and glory belong to You! Amen and Amen!

Psalm 62.5

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Helping by prayer…

2 Corin 1.10-11

10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us again. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” 2 Corinthians 1:10-11

So yes, the suffering is real but Paul knows who is his very present Deliverer. The One who is able to save and protect. He had a great understanding of Matthew 10:28, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

In fact, the following is what he had to say when in a Roman prison writing to the Philippians. He was willing to suffer for the cause of Christ.

12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.

Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. 20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

What I believe God would have us see in both the Corinthians and Philippians Scriptures on today is the the role of prayer in deliverance. We often say, ‘if only I could do something or I don’t know how to help.” These verses tell us the effectiveness of prayer and James 5:16 declares that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Paul is giving testimony to this truth!

The wonderful thing is that we do not have to know name or need. There are some things that are needed because we are on the battlefield for the Lord: wisdom, anointing, discernment, protection, sound doctrine, open doors, language barriers, strength, courage…and of course, we pray specific needs when we know them. The principle here is straight from Scripture, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people (Ephesians 6:18).”

We don’t even have to leave our homes to be found faithful! 🙂 Come on, let’s get on with it, let’s strengthen our brothers and sisters through fervent and effectual prayer!

Ephesians 6.18

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Sharing in Christ’s sufferings

2 Corinthians 1.5For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 2 Corinthians 1:5

SSSsssssoooo we need to pause for a moment before we move on and make certain we understand what Paul is talking about when he is speaks of suffering. It’s  one of those “don’t get it twisted” things.

Paul is addressing suffering for the cause of Christ, suffering for the Kingdom of God, suffering because of God’s righteousness…not the messes we get ourselves into because we allow our flesh to rule. I think it interesting that God knew we would need this clarification and wrote it beautifully in 1 Peter:

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 1 Peter 4:12-16 ESV

Just in case the ESV didn’t speak your language, here it is in the New Living Translation:

12 Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 13 Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in His suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing His glory when it is revealed to all the world.
14 If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. 15 If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. 16 But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!

1 Peter 4.16

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The suffering is real…

2 Corinthians 1.9

“8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us again. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

As we read the verses above, we quickly understand just how real Paul’s suffering was for the cause of Christ. It came with: 

  • great pressure
  • that was far beyond ability to endure
  • so much pressure that he despaired of life itself
  • felt like he had received the sentence of death

But praise God, he keeps writing and tells us why. Now, remember Paul is just an instrument, this is actually God-breathed Words so God is telling us why this happened in Paul’s life and ministry.

that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. “Shout now -Hallelujah, Selah”…just pause for a bit and ponder…because relying on self yields nothing of eternal value. This is something we all need to understand. Relying on self will not work, but relying on God will bring deliverance and even life out of dead people and things! Truly, this is what God did when He raised Jesus from the dead and is true for every true believer. 

The power to raise the dead did not stop at our salvation. Our God is still on the throne and He is still in control. Be encouraged about the dead things in and around your life. Are we not guilty of sometimes trying to fix things, give life ourselves, of relying on ‘me, myself, and I?’ The Lord wants us to know, it will not work. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17).” This includes the gift of deliverance.

Paul keeps writing, He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us again. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us.” My, my, my, God came to the rescue and Paul has no doubt that He will do so again because Paul worked by God’s calling and for His glory.

Only God can deliver from a deadly peril- not man, not intellect, not reason, not tears, not technology, not machines…not anyone or anything but God. Just because we exalt ourselves and man, it does not mean that either are capable of eternal results on their own.

Life is in the hand of our God. He is the One who is greater than deadly perils no matter what form or fashion they come in. Yes, we should give honor where honor is due and bless those who help us but always know men are instruments of the Holy, Almighty, All-Knowing and Sovereign God and He and He alone is our Deliverer, no matter what type deliverance we need. 

So again, as the Scriptures declare, “That we might not rely on ourselves” [or anyone or anything else] but God, who raises the dead [no matter who or what is dead]. Our loving Father, will bring us to seasons of suffering to help us know Him for Who He is, our Deliverer, Peace, Security, the Author and Finisher of our Faith, Life, Light, and Sufficiency. Praise His Holy Name! On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us…”

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Wisdom Wednesday

 

Isaiah 40.31

Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday and today in view of the recent posts on comfort, encouragement, and strength, I am sharing some Scriptures that will help us to walk by faith knowing that all our help comes from the Lord! Please add to this list of Scriptures as God directs your heart. Thanks for your prayers and encouragement!

1 Thes 5.11

2 Tim 1.7Isaiah 41.10Isaiah 43.2Jeremiah 17.14John 14.1Joshua 1.9Prov 18.10Proverbs 3.5-6Psalm 46.1-3Psalm 46.10Zeph 3.17

 

Psalm 34.1

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Comfort others…

2 Corinthians 1.4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.  2 Corinthians 1:3-7

The Sovereign God, who is always doing more than one thing at a time, has purpose in trouble, disappointment, and suffering. He is the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. Comfort that He expects us to use to comfort others.

Isn’t it comforting just to know that God gives comfort/encouragement to us with the expectation that we will pass it on…that the heartache, tears, inner pain does have purpose? Paul says in verse 6, If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.” Let’s see, I am distressed and one reason for the distress is your comfort and salvation. I then find comfort and that is for your comfort as well and will produce patient endurance when it is your season to suffer. What a great God, in it all He is training us to be instruments of comfort or comforters for others. 

It really is the grace of transformation at work here. The taking on of the character and nature of God. Remember verse 1, Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.  The Father of our Lord Jesus who is the image of the Father, and the Holy Spirit as described in 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.

We look at Paul’s list of troubles and know that his life experiences gave him much need of comfort.

“I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.” 2 Corinthians 11:23-28

Certainly, there would be need for much comfort, encouragement, and strengthening as Paul labored for the Lord. Therefore, he would have much comfort, encouragement, and strengthening to pass along.

I belief that while we could agree that none of us have experienced Paul’s exact life, we could all look back over our lives and know that there have been and perhaps even right now, seasons of receiving the comfort, encourage, and strength that only God gives. This should cause us to bow with thanks and praise for how God used His servants to help us through, to bring us a due Word in season, to pray for us, meet our needs, to just be there.

I am reminded of Hebrews 12:15a, “See to it that no one misses the grace of God.” With this in mind, may we commit to the Lord as His instruments of grace of comfort, encouragement and strength in the Name of Jesus to the glory of God and the blessing and benefit of His people!

Isaiah 51.12a

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Wisdom Wednesday

Proverbs 24.10

Blessings today! It’s Wisdom Wednesday and I am sharing a verse we studied in Bible Study recently, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” My heart just rejoices in this verse because in the midst of other verses, Solomon just speaks this verse to his son. No comparisons of wise and foolish, righteous and unrighteous, good and evil…just truth, a fact – “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” Don’t dress it up…fainting is an indicator of small strength.

My heart rejoices because I read it as a personal invitation from God to not deny the fact of my small strength…recognize it, admit it…and to come to Him to get something done about it. There is no need to pretend strength in the times that we are fainting in this thing call life. Help is available…better said the Lord, strong and mighty is available. Come by His Word, come by prayer, come by His Spirit…not only is He available but He is willing! “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).”

SSSSSssssoooo today is all Scripture that will encourage us to look to God and find strength for the issues of life. He is the no failure God! Blessed be His Name!

2 Corinthians 9-10Ephesians 3.16ephesians-6-10Habakkuk 3.19Isaiah 12.2Isaiah 35.4Isaiah 40.29Isaiah 40.29-31Isaiah 40.31Nehemiah 8.10Psalm 28.7-8Psalm 46.1Psalm 118.14Psalm 119.28

The Name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

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Hope for today: my strength and song

HopeThe LORD is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him. Exodus 15:2

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