No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me," declares the LORD. (Isaiah 54:17)
In Psalm 91 we read of some of the deadly weapons that the devil forges against believer's.
...fowler's snare and the deadly pestilence. (Psalm 91:3)
...the terror of night and the arrow that flies by day. (Psalm 91:5)
...the pestilence that stalks in the darkness and the plague that destroys at midday. (Psalm 91:6)
But God says that none of these weapons will prevail. How & why can these weapons be forged against us and yet not prevail. The answer is given in the same psalm.
If you make the Most High your dwelling - even the LORD, who is my refuge - then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. (Psalm 91:9-12)
As believers we must remember that God is our refuge and fortress; that we dwell in the shelter of the Most High and rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Because we love God and acknowledge his name, he says,
"I will rescue you and I will protect you..... (Psalm 91:14)
Whan we call upon him, he will answer us; he will be with us in trouble, he will deliver us and honor himself.
God assures you this day through his Word that if you dwell in his shelter and live a life pleasing to him, "No weapon forged against you will prevail."God bless you.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. (Habakkuk 2:3)
Things seem to linger sometimes in our lives. Situations don't seem to be changing. We have the promise but there's no real action taking place. A sort of inert state even though we have been praying and worshipping and fasting and claiming the promises. So what's God upto?
Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah was to be prophet after Elijah. God told Elijah to anoint Elisha to succeed him as prophet. We read in 1 Kings 19-
So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. "Let me kiss my father and mother good-by," he said, "and then I will come with you." "Go back," Elijah replied. "What have I done to you?" So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant. (1 Kings 19:19-21)
There was not much for Elisha to do for quite a few years. In fact, long after Elijah's time and after Elisha was established as prophet, once when the king of Israel set out with the king of Judah and the king of Edom to fight against the king of Moab and they couldn't find any water for themselves or their animals, Jehoshaphat asked, "Is there no prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of the LORD through him?" An officer of the king of Israel answered, "Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah. " (2 Kings 3:11)
The last sentence gives us a hint as to what Elisha used to do when Elijah was prophet in Israel- He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah. Not very exciting, especially if you are in the ministry.
But in the fulness of God's time, Elisha had double the anointing power as that of Elijah. In fact, the first miracle that Elisha did when God's power was on him was the same as the last miracle that Elijah did, before he was taken up into heaven- the parting of the waters of the Jordan river.
If you have been waiting for God to use you powerfully in the ministry, this is the message for you. In a little while from now, in the fullness of God's divine time, he will use you mightily. Till then, stay calm, stay focussed and keep doing what the Lord wants you to do now.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. God bless you.
'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.' (Jeremiah 33:3)
Have you been desiring an in-depth relationship with the Lord? It's possible, if you have the thirst for such a relationship. The thirst that the psalmists had for God stands out in their psalms.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? (Psalm 42:1, 2)(Sons of Korah)
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1)(David)
The Apostle James gives us some advice regarding this:
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8)
God desires to have a close fellowship with each one of us, but on his terms. We can always approach him with a repentant and contrite heart and he will guide us each day of our lives with his Holy Spirit, till his return or till the day we breathe our last breath here on earth and join him in eternity.
Spending quality time in prayer, praise and worship, meditating his Word and bearing fruit as a Christian will bring about a greater presence of the Almighty in our lives.
When Job underwent intense trials in his life, he remembered the intimacy he had with God earlier.
"How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me, when his lamp shone upon my head and by his light I walked through darkness! Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God's intimate friendship blessed my house, (Job 29:2-4)
This intimacy with God is possible in our lives too. Abraham experienced it, Moses did, Samuel did; you too can. Praise the Lord.
Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. (Psalm 91:3)
It was another day as usual for me. I left the kids at school at 9 am and was travelling to the clinic in my car. Nearing a junction on the way, I could see a fight going on between 2 guys. A couple of vehicles had stopped because of the brawl. Suddenly one of the guys picked up a large stone to throw at the other guy. By this time, I had slowed down and was waiting for the vehicles ahead me to go on. Fearing that the other guy may throw the stone, this guy started running with the other fellow chasing him. As they neared my vehicle, I prayed that the stone may not land on my car.
They ran behind my car and I thought they must have gone the other way, when suddenly the guy who was running fearing the guy with the stone just opened the door next to my driver's seat, sat down and locked the door, shouting at me, "Drive."
I tried to remove the seat belt that I was wearing, but he put his hand over my hand and wouldn't let me unbuckle it. I couldn't open my door and get out because of the seat belt.
"Drive", he said and don't stop till I tell you. Meanwhile a few people had restrained the guy with the stone and was holding him back. "Oh Jesus", I said in my heart, "What is this happening?"
I slowly moved the vehicle forward, thinking of what to do next. No solution seemed to spring up, so I asked him what the brawl was about, but he didn't answer and just kept saying, "Drive" "Don't stop".
I thought he must either be drunk or had some mental ailment. Not knowing what to do, I just prayed loudly, "Jesus, please help me."
As soon as I said that, he retorted,"I am Jesus, I will help you."
That alarmed me and I wondered whether I was dealing with a demon afflicted guy. But then immediately he said, " I am thirsty, I need to drink some water."
Is this Jesus intervening as soon as I called?, I asked myself. And then I said, "There's a restaurant ahead, I'll buy you a drink there. He agreed.
I had driven half a mile already and there was a restaurant to the left of the road. I slowed down my car and asked him to get out while I parked the car a little to the side of the road. He said "ok" but then warned me not to deceive him. But as soon as he got out, I pulled the door shut and put my foot on the accelerator and sped away. Looking behind in the mirror, I could see him run after me for a little while but then stopped, knowing it was a futile exercise on his part.
I just couldn't stop praising Jesus thereafter for the rest of the journey. I laughed, I cried and I just kept talking to Jesus. Now, what was that? I kept asking him. But one thing stands true in all this drama. I called out to my Savior and he delivered me. ASAP- Always say a prayer. It works. Our Savior neither slumbers nor sleeps. Praise the Lord.
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"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will plant the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the offspring of men and of animals. Just as I watched over them to uproot and tear down, and to overthrow, destroy and bring disaster, so I will watch over them to build and to plant," declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 31:27, 28)
Israel and Judah lay desolate because of the massive invasions by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. Both men and animals suffered the devastations wrought by this Gentile king. And God says he was watching over this destruction. He had decided to uproot, tear and overthrow his own people because of their rebellion. Yet, he promised them that as he watched over them to uproot and tear down, and to overthrow, destroy and bring disaster, so he will also watch over them to build and to plant when their time of punishment was over. He said he was going to plant the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the offspring of men and of animals.
Are you suffering the Lord's wrath for the sins and rebellion in your life? Perhaps you have repented and still are suffering and you ask why? Hang in there friend. Very soon the Lord's appointed time for release from your punishment will come.
He will build you up again. He will restore you what you lost in the period of your punishment.
He has this to say to you:
"For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.
In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,".(Isaiah 54:7,8)
The Lord will build you up. The Lord will restore to you what you lost. The Lord will shower his great blessings once again on your life. So, Praise the Lord.
Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. (Psalm 41:1)
Great promise for "he/she who has regard for the weak"
In Psalm 41, David speaks of 5 great promises for/blessings that come upon them who have mercy on the weak (NIV) / poor (KJV).
1.The LORD delivers him in times of trouble.
2.The LORD will protect him and preserve his life.
3.The LORD will bless him in the land.
4.The LORD will not surrender him to the desire of his foes.
5.The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness.
God desires his children to be merciful. That's why Jesus said,
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7)
Jesus once rebuked the teachers of the law and Pharisees for the duplicity regarding their faith. He said,
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices - mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law - justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. (Matthew 23:23)
Justice, mercy and faithfulness are important in the God's sight. A judgemental attitude often spoils our relationship with people and with God.
Jesus was merciful to the weak and poor. So should we be. The promises that are outlined above comes true in the life of them that show mercy.
May the Holy Spirit of God help all of us to be merciful as Jesus was. That would bring us great blessings. Praise the Lord.
Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. (1 Corinthians 15:24)
The time is coming soon when this promise will be fulfilled. The curtains are going to fall on this present world. God has promised a new heaven and a new earth.
Isaiah prophesied it long ago.
"Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. (Isaiah 65:17)
John the Apostle saw it in visions.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. (Revelation 21:1)
It will come into being soon.
The present earth has been reserved for fire and no one can change it's fate.
By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. (2 Peter 3:7)
When Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (Matthew 28:18), he meant it and soon, as we read in the title verse today,
he will destroy all wicked dominion, authority and power. He will finally hand over the kingdom to God the Father.
Is your future secure in the hands of Jesus? If not, please take a moment and consider what your read just now. Submit your life into the loving hands of Jesus, the Savior of the world. It has great implications regarding your future life.
The Bible says,
To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. (Revelation 3:21)
May that blessed promise come true in your life. God bless you.
The LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger." When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. (Genesis 25:23, 24)
Rebecca had questions for the Lord when she got pregnant. The Bible says,
The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, "Why is this happening to me?" So she went to inquire of the LORD. (Genesis 25:22)
What we read above was God's reply to her and in the fullness of time, what the Lord said came into being.
Rebecca remembered the Lord's words, "the older will serve the younger." Later on as her sons grew up she planned on her own to bring into effect the Lord's plan, but that was a disaster. She made Jacob, the younger son, deceive his almost blind father to receive the blessings due his elder brother Esau. Jacob had to go away from home and returned only after 20 years.
When God gives us a promise, he will guide us by his Holy Spirit to accomplish what he has planned or decided. Making our own plans to fulfil God's promise may eventually result in chaos and sorrow for the persons involved.
God is able to fulfil his plans for our lives. All we need to do is to be receptive to his voice and guidance and walk and act on his counsel. Then his plans will be fulfilled at the right time. Praise the Lord.
From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. (Psalm 3:8)
During the three and a half years of Jesus' ministry, we read of him bringing deliverance to many people who were afflicted by demons. One of the foremost among them was the deliverance that he wrought for the demon possessed man at Gerasenes.
They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won't torture me!" For Jesus had said to him, "Come out of this man, you evil spirit!" Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "My name is Legion," he replied, "for we are many." (Mark 5:1-9)
That morning Jesus had sat in a boat and taught the people speaking to them in parables. And when it was evening he expressed his desire to go to the other side of the lake with his disciples. They had to face a furious storm while they were rowing to the other side. The disciples were frightened and they woke up Jesus who was sleeping on a cushion in the stern. They said, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"(Mark 4:38). Jesus rebuked the winds and the waves and everything was calm again.
Jesus had come crossing the lake to Gerasenes just to bring deliverance to this one demon afflicted man. We don't read of him doing any other work there. The people there didn't want him to stay. So he crossed the lake again.
Every person is important to Jesus. As a child of God, you are even more important to him. The Bible says that his love for you is everlasting. So do not despair, even if other people don't give you much importance. You are precious to Jesus. Live for him and bring glory to his name. God bless you.
For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted. (Psalm 9:12)
Do you feel that people ignore you?; That they don't give you much importance?
Do your requests fall on deaf ears? Well I have good news for you. People may ignore your cry, but God doesn't. He hears even the groans that comes from the depths of your heart.
David once cried to the Lord: Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught at the voice of the enemy, at the stares of the wicked; for they bring down suffering upon me and revile me in their anger. My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. (Psalm 55:1-5)
I guess none of us would want to be in his shoes. David was desperate. He just wanted out. That's why he said,
"Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest - I would flee far away and stay in the desert; I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm." (Psalm 55:6-8)
When people near and dear to us hurt us, the pain is overwhelming, but as the promise for today says,"he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted." So there's hope for you who are afflicted.
David found strength in his God and so he said,
But I call to God, and the LORD saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. He ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me. (Psalm 55:16-18)
Be strengthened this day, with these wonderful promises dear friend and always make it a point to cast your cares on the LORD. He will sustain you; he will never let you down. God bless you.