I was thinking about this life we live as Christians and the God
It is a truly amazing journey we are on. Think with me on what it
means to serve the Lord God Almighty!
On this journey we are on:
God calls us to trust Him completely! Not when it makes sense or
when the conditions are right, no! In every situation He says, trust Me!
While he was still speaking to her, a messenger arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. He told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.” But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.” (Luke 8:49-50 NLT)
We serve a God who calls us to jump out of boats to walk on water!
He does that so He can increase our faith! Peter had to learn a lesson
on faith that he could only learn by stepping out of the boat!
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” (Matthew 14:28-31 NLT)
We serve a God who confronts us about the fears we have!
And suddenly, behold, there arose a violent storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered up by the waves; but He was sleeping. And they went and awakened Him, saying, Lord, rescue and preserve us! We are perishing! And He said to them, Why are you timid and afraid, O you of little faith? Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great and wonderful calm (a perfect peaceableness). (Matthew 8:24-26 AMP)
Why did He confront them about their fears? He did it because He
wanted them to realise He was bigger than any fear they ever had.
And that’s the truth, God wants you to know He is bigger than any
and every fear you have and will ever have…..
We serve a God who has great and amazing plans for us even if it
And the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace (free, spontaneous, absolute favor and loving-kindness) with God. And listen! You will become pregnant and will give birth to a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great (eminent) and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His forefather David, And He will reign over the house of Jacob throughout the ages; and of His reign there will be no end. [Isa. 9:6, 7; Dan. 2:44.] And Mary said to the angel, How can this be, since I have no [intimacy with any man as a] husband? (Luke 1:30-34 AMP)
For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment. Then Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said. And the angel left her. (Luke 1:37-38 AMP)
God’s plan for Mary was impossible in the natural but she still
Like Mary we are to believe God no matter how outrageous it seems
in the natural. He has a great and amazing destiny for each of us!
We just need to trust Him!
We serve a God who calls the least qualified.
Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the oak (terebinth) at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, and his son Gideon was beating wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, The Lord is with you, you mighty man of [fearless] courage. (Judges 6:11-12 AMP)
Gideon said to Him, Oh Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Behold, my clan is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house. The Lord said to him, Surely I will be with you, and you shall smite the Midianites as one man. (Judges 6:15-16 AMP)
Gideon didn’t see himself as much because his family was poor
but God saw someone He could use. Gideon may have been looked
down upon by his community because his family was poor but God
had a plan for him! God can and will use anyone! Gideon’s story
reminds me of one other hero who God used mightily.
But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” (Exodus 3:13 NLT)
But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” God replied to Moses, “ I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:13-14 NLT)
But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The LORD never appeared to you’?” (Exodus 4:1 NLT)
But Moses pleaded with the LORD, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” (Exodus 4:10 NLT)
But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.” (Exodus 4:13 NLT)
Let me say this, whoever you are, no matter what you have been
through, whateveryou think you are lacking know this, GOD HAS A
PLAN FOR YOU!
He will not rest until you are walking in the purpose He has for you!
This is the God we serve! He is so good!
As you can see, God does a lot of amazing things
for us….It’s not easy at times but the
reason He does all He does is because He is good and because He
As believer’s we go through so much.
Trials, testing times, challenges, hard times, times of confusion, are all among some of the things we face.
Is this the kind of life God has sentenced us to??
Does He enjoy seeing us confused?
Does He laugh wickedly when we are bowed down in pain?
Does He look forward to seeing us helpless??
Psalm 118:15 says:
Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs in the camp of the saved?
Another translation says it like this:
From the tents of God’s people come shouts of victory: “The Lord is powerful! (Psalms 118:15 CEVDCUS06)
Yes there is pain, confusion, testing times, trials and so on but at the end of the day there will be rejoicing in the camp of the righteous!!!!
Did you hear me?
THERE WILL BE REJOICING IN THE CAMP OF THE RIGHTEOUS!!
The pain, the trials, the testing times WILL come to an end!
Victory is our portion!!
Breakthrough is our portion!!
The enemy will not have the last say in our lives. God will have the last say and because of that we will rejoice and shout! We will come out triumphant because God is on our side!!
Don’t listen to the negative voice that says:
There is no way out
You will never win
You will die
The winter is never going to end
You are going to lose
No one loves you
God has abandoned you
You will never get well…….!
It’s ALL lies!! Lies I tell you!
Let’s read that verse again:
From the tents of God’s people come shouts of victory: “The Lord is powerful! (Psalms 118:15 CEVDCUS06)
God will come through for you. He will not leave you! The enemy will fail, his scheme’s will fall in a heap! He will be defeated and you will shout, you will sing in triumph because of the great things God has done for you!!
But this is the thing, we should be be praising Him in the pain, in the midst of the trials! One way or the other shouts, and triumphant songs will be heard in the camp of the saved!!! We will shout in faith! We will sing those triumphant songs in faith because we know He is with us!!
No matter how bad it looks know it will change! Shouts of victory will ring out in your camp! You will not die but live and praise the Lord for all He has done for you! Amen
When Saul and his troops heard the Philistines challenge, they were terrified and lost all hope.
1 Samuel 17:11
Each morning and evening for forty days, Goliath took his stand and made his speech.
1 Samuel 17:16
As I read this during my quiet time God spoke to me. This is what the enemy does. His goal is to terrify us and make us lose hope. Without hope we are truly lost. When we are terrified we are crippled unable to stand and fight! God cannot work with people who are controlled with fear. He wants to break the fear off our lives. I am one of those people. One of those people who is fighting fear. I know God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind!
Look at what the enemy does once the Israelite army is terrified and have lost hope.
“Each morning and evening for forty days, Goliath took his stand and made his speech.”
The enemy is not content with terrifying you for a day. He wants you terrified as long as he can! He doesn’t want you to ever live with hope. He wants you to constantly live in fear, terrified! He is crazy…..! He will do all he can to discourage you, tear you down, destroy your dreams. He will do anything. Morning and evening for forty days! It’s crazy to think that would work but it did.
Look at the kind of effect it had.
“While they were talking together, the Philistine champion, Goliath of Gath, stepped out from the front lines of the Philistines, and gave his usual challenge. David heard him.
The Israelites to a man, fell back the moment they saw the giant – totally frightened.”
1 Samuel 17:23, 24
You would think the army would get tired of the same old challenge. But the fact is, they didn’t. We look at them and wonder how they could be so scared but the fear was real for them. Goliath was a giant! I would freak out if I saw a giant. Goliath was not only a giant but a trained one, ready for battle!
When I read the story everything made sense. There is something I am about to do but I have been attacked with fear. What if I fail, what if I heard God wrong, a lot of people are saying don’t do it but this is something I believe God wants me to do. These are the things I am constantly struggling with in my head. But I know the reason now. The enemy wants me to lose ALL hope! He wants me terrified, so terrified that I disobey God, so terrified, that I am not effective.
The armies of Israel dressed for battle everyday for 40 days only to cower away in fear. They were not fighting, just fearing and out of hope!
That is what the enemy wants for you. Has fear crippled you? Have you lost all hope in God because that is what happened?! They lost hope in God. The enemy succeeded.
We can’t let the enemy win. God has so much for us to do. He wants us to win. He wants us to hope in Him. He wants us to trust in Him.