Delightful fear

No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:11

How great it is to know that we can bring delight (an extreme pleasure) to the Lord by fearing Him!

Fear of the Lord comes in our lives not because we’re threatened by His power and might, but because of His unbelievable forgiveness and tender mercy towards us.

But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. Psalm 130:4

The only way to maintain the fear of the Lord is continue to praise Him and thank Him for His forgiveness and mercy.

Isaiah 11 says Lord Jesus Christ delighted in fearing His Father!

“His delight is in the fear of the Lord” Isaiah 11:3

Fear of the Lord is the only thing that brings a mutual delight in God and in us. Let’s delight in Him!

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Yes, overkill the enemy

But the man of God was angry with him. “You should have struck the ground five or six times!” he exclaimed. “Then you would have beaten Aram until it was entirely destroyed. Now you will be victorious only three times.” 2 Kings 13:19

This was the last chance (actually a test) God gave to Jehoash, the king of Israel; as expected he failed!

Devil is the enemy of our souls out there to steal, kill and destroy.

Yes, Christ Jesus did overcame satan, but definitely want us to continue to oppose and destroy the works of the devil who is our enemy.

For this reason, Christ Jesus has given us the authority that has to be exercised with the right tone, strength and zealous against the devil in order to retain the abundant life in Christ Jesus.

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19

Lord Jesus redeemed us from the utter darkness and restored our status back to how Adam was originally created, and has put us into the same responsibility to keep the devil under our feet (to have dominion).

Our victory and retention of victory over the devil in all areas of our lives totally depends on how vigorous we attack, defeat and conquer over him when he intrude our lives.

No haphazard ‘believer’ ever won the devil.

So, when it comes to devil, go ahead and overkill him. By this you know you have victory in Jesus!

Honey I shrunk the kids

At about that time the Lord began to cut down the size of Israel’s territory. 2 Kings 10:33

God’s blessing on a nation is always directly proportionate to its people’s fear of God and obedience to His Word.

As generations pass by in disobedience the people lose focus of God and have no clue what is to be blessed. They settle for less, become cowards, weak, dull minded and poor.

The same goes for families and individuals. God’s blessings are for thousand generations as long as the generations profess the faith in God and fear Him.

Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power. Psalm 145:4

More than any inheritance, wealth we can acquire for our children’s future it is our responsibility to teach them to fear God and lead them to the truth.

In the same way unless the leaders of a nation set high standards complementing the God’s way in each system, the nation could never grow but eventually shrink.

Let’s take a serious look at ourselves and make sure we don’t shrunk our kids but make them expand and flourish by training them in the ways of the Lord!

Be prepared, here they come

And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. As a result, many Jews believed… Acts 17:11-12

Lord has always kept people ready to be saved and are waiting for the truth to be preached.

Kingdom of God is rapidly getting populated on a daily basis. Souls are being saved, restored and healed all around the world.

Holy Spirit is moving in specific place, in specific time among specific people. The moment Gospel is preached and taught there are new births in His Kingdom.

All we need to do is be ready with a plan on how we are going to preach the Gospel. Plan is not a smart knack trick or eloquent speech but knowing and presenting the word of God – the Good News which has the power to save the lost.

Below would be handy –

Romans 3:23
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:8
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

Romans 10:13
For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:9-10
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

Now that you have a plan when His Spirit brings you to the specific place and specific time in midst of specific people, their eyes of understanding are open for the plan/hope you give in Christ Jesus.

Get ready, specific time has come!

Rescuers never escape!

A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. Acts 16:22-24

Neither Paul nor Silas revealed that they were Roman citizens until all that God wanted to do was done. In other words, they were not looking to escape or negotiate but very much wanting to finish God’s work in that place to win all the souls He had kept for them to win.

The price Paul, Silas and the early Church paid to win each souls was severely painful and humiliating – just like what our Master Jesus Christ went thru’.

Paul submitted his life at the feet of Lord Jesus Christ with no reservation and was delighted to see God’s power thru’ his powerlessness (by rejecting his opportunities to escape) and suffering.

That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10

What a heart wrenching scene for those in the prison to watch Paul and Silas preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ with love to the jailer, his family and others – with bleeding wounds and swollen face!

God’s presence would be extremely rich every time we present the good news in midst of our sufferings – especially for the sake of His Kingdom. At that point the only way to oppose the enemy is to worship and preach the Good News!

If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31

Summon those Miracles!

While they were at Lystra, Paul and Barnabas came upon a man with crippled feet. He had been that way from birth, so he had never walked. He was sitting and listening as Paul preached. Looking straight at him, Paul realized he had faith to be healed. So Paul called to him in a loud voice, “Stand up!” And the man jumped to his feet and started walking. Acts 14:8-10

The power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and Him crucified is most often understated and is not realized to its fullest potential in what it could do to those who listen as it goes forth.

There is not one thing that the Cross of Christ has not accomplished to provide an abundant life to every sinner – you & me.

  • Cross of Christ heals every sickness, diseases, broken bones, failed organs and even missing organs.
  • Cross of Christ breaks every curses, spells, vex, vows and judgements.
  • Cross of Christ delivers from every access, bondages, strongholds and possessions.
  • Cross of Christ restores every broken hearts, spirits, emotions and minds.
  • Cross of Christ saves from every guilt, condemnations, accusations and arguments.

We only need to preach this Jesus Who was crucified on this Cross and let them listen. Then we too can summon those miracles awaiting left and right just the way Apostle Paul did here in the Book of Acts.

Preach! You and your listeners will never be disappointed! Let’s take ’em home.

The God of Elijah

He struck the water with Elijah’s cloak and cried out, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” Then the river divided, and Elisha went across. 2 King 2:14

Elijah had severely impacted Elisha’s life that had extremely elevated his understanding of the power of God, His authority and purpose of existence.

The impact was to such extreme; Elisha stopped referring to God as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and referred as the God of Elijah!

  • Elijah was fearless and was the one sent by His God to challenge Ahab (& Jezebel) when they pledged to kill all the prophets of the Lord.
  • Elijah ate always supernaturally provided food from His God (thru’ ravens, widow’s jar, angels).
  • Elijah was the very first to raise a dead. It was a clear sign that He had an exclusive view of His God’s ability and simply acted on it.
  • To cross river Jordan Elijah never attempted to take a boat or swim across, rather in His God’s authority split the waters and walked on dry ground.
  • Elijah never defended himself, rather had His God send down fire on his enemies.
  • Elijah was the pioneer to plant and lead schools of prophets all around and populated numerous youngsters to serve His God of Israel.
  • Usually dealt only with kings, always to rebuke their rebellion and pronounce death as His God’s judgment.
  • Of course, performed world renowned outstanding miracle of bringing fire from His God which burnt even cold water that drenched the offering on the restored altar.
  • Elijah never died, was taken up in a fiery limo to heaven sent by His God!

Like Elisha, I want to serve the God of Elijah! How about you?

Follow your Elijah, never leave him or His God – if you do, not just double portion, you will be soaked in His presence.