"And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time"
MEDITATIONS & WEEKLY SCRIPTURES
SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 2021
Ezra 8:23 - So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.
Fasting is the voluntary and deliberate abstinence from food and drinks to deny the body in the affliction of the soul, which leads to sacrificial atonement to God. Fasting is more than merely missing a meal or altering your eating habits. Indeed, it is much more than that—fasting conditions the individual to be in an atmosphere of expectation through faith. As the Bible states, “without faith” it is impossible to please God. Fasting helps us in coming more and more into the reality of God and His rewards. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Also, prayer is a vital part of the act of fasting. For without the association of prayer, our fasting is reduced to nothing more than a missed meal. When we pray during our fast, it ushers us into the presence of the Lord. Through denying the flesh in fasting, combined with prayer, we are often more able to hear God with greater clarity. Exodus 34:28 says, “And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments” This lets us know that sometimes when we are expectant of a message, or vision, from the Lord, we must seek Him in the atmosphere of prayer and fasting.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2020
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
I suppose one of the hardest questions to answer is: "Why do I have to deal with so much adversity?!"
Quite honestly, one of the best answers I have ever come across was written by C.S. Lewis in his book, Mere Christianity. Lewis likened God's use of adversity to walking a dog. If the dog gets its leash wrapped around a pole and tries to continue running forward, he will only tighten the leash more. Both the dog and the owner are after the same end: forward motion. But the owner must resist the dog by pulling him opposite of the direction that he wants to go. The master, sharing the same intention, but understanding better than the dog where he really wants to go, takes an action precisely opposite to that of the dog's will. It is in this way that God uses adversity!
We really do not like being pulled and corrected by the Lord -- but when we understand there is a greater purpose involved, then we can pass through adversity with hope, expectation and steadfastness knowing these events are for our greater good!
Let us learn from the trials and tribulations we go through because God has a purpose in them. We may not enjoy it, but when all is said and done, enduring trials faithfully will produce perseverance, character, and hope. And hope will not disappoint us for the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit...[Romans 5:4-5] We truly can trust in the God who loves us with an everlasting love because He knows the direction we need to go, AND He knows exactly how to get us there!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 2020
And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. Revelation 21:5
Another year has passed and a new year has begun. It is with much excitement and anticipation that I look forward to what this New Year has in store for the body of Christ. 2020 certainly held its memorable moments of happiness and peace, but for most it was rife with tremendous loss and grief. From the big to little things, waiting is undoubtedly a relentless theme in all of our lives as we grapple with life, loss, joy, and pain in a world that is both broken but is also the powerful stage masterfully set for God’s redemptive work. We will always be waiting on something or on someone in this life. Therefore, God must have something for us as we wait. The waiting must be significant and worthwhile in and of itself, not just for the results it may or may not bring. After all, the Lord says we are blessed when we wait on Him and look to Him for help (Isaiah 30:18). What’s more, while we wait, He promises to renew our strength, to never let us fall (Isaiah 40:31).As we wait, as we pause, that’s when we enter into the Lord’s sanctuary of peace and that’s where He leads us beside His quiet, still waters to renew our soul. That is where we find our deep cleansing breath, our exhale; as we continue to wait and to place our dreams, our loved ones, and our longings in His faithful, loving arms. Trusting He is the Good Shepherd who remains strong enough to carry us, to carry our pain, our greatest sorrows, and our hopes to that appointed time when all things are made new!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2020
Revelation 21:3-4 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.
One of the mysteries of God is how He has placed the prophetic clock according to the Hebrew calendar. The feast of Sukkot is a harvest feast, which is also known as the feast of ingathering. This is one of the few feasts that has not yet been fulfilled prophetically.
To give you an idea of how God is working according to the Hebrew calendar when Messiah was crucified and became the Lamb of God for the world, it was on Passover. When He rose from the dead, it was precisely on the feast of first fruits. After His ascension to heaven, and 50 days after Passover was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit during Pentecost or the Hebrew feast of Shevuot. This indicated the beginning of the harvest season. We have been in the midst of the great harvest for the past 2000 years.
In the world, the focus of life is -- NOW! The world focuses on youth, beauty, health, and ability. In the autumn of life, there's less celebration because according to the world, life goes downhill. But with God, it's completely opposite!
God is saving the best for last! While things of the world get worse, become old and fade away. The things of God only get better! Rejoice and look toward the day when there is no more death, no more sorrow, no more pain because in Him all these things will pass away. Throw away all the worldly pursuits and pursue God because the greatest celebration awaits us!
Keep going, even if it gets tough -- because it only gets better in God!