My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies. (Psalms 25:15 NLT)
We will never lose anything by too much loving the Lord, or too much giving to the Lord, or too much focusing on the Lord.
World’s religious understanding is to maintain a balanced life of 50% relying on God and 50% relying on self. This kind of life serves no purpose and is a waste of time.
Total reliance on God with no reservation for self brings a simple, peaceful life where there is no fear even when there is a constant threat from the enemy.
When we get to this place, we are ready to take any tough assignments for there is nothing possibly can stop us in doing what we are called to do!
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
But when Pharaoh saw that relief had come, he became stubborn. He refused to listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had predicted. (Exodus 8:15 NLT)
When God is determined to do something, He will never back off. Period. This is serious and every man has to understand that he can’t fool around but submit.
Just 2 or 3 unusual incidents are all needed to sense that we are not going in the right direction and it is time to stop, ponder and obey.
Exodus Pharaoh was an example that there are no human will that can be stronger than God’s will.
When God wants us to do His will, sometimes there is not much difference between stubbornness and negotiating with Him on what we can do.
Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control. Psalm 32:9
Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” (Matthew 18:21 NLT)
The day we give our hearts to Lord Jesus and start to follow Him we become a born again person. This doesn’t make us to forget our old self – which got used living in tooth for a tooth, eye for an eye attitude.
The life experiences constantly test and tempt our old nature to come alive and demand that we react the way we used to react in the past and it is our rights.
Peter was in that painful transition state battling his old self, so he asked Jesus a deliberate question (my paraphrase) “OK, I forgave him seven times! Can I go smack him now? Tell me, I can’t wait.”
This is how we often live born again new life. Outside we put these rules and restrictions, but inside it’s the same old emotions and self-will that hates the new me and wants a break!
Jesus response was, “not seven, but seventy time seven!”. In other words, “Nope, you never go back to your old nature – start crucifying your old self on my Cross, remember I forgave you once for all!”
Living a born again life must be realized as a freedom from the old me. The new birth gave us this new authority to crucify the old nature, and obeying God’s command are our new birth rights, not old school rules!
Christ has liberated us to be free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:1, 24
“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:19-20 NLT)
Agreement by two person is a spiritual fortress. When we agree with God, the agreement could deliver, heal and gives peace to us. When we agree with devil, the agreement will paralyze us in fear and leads to death.
God pleasing agreements with one another are not convincing each other what we think as right, but both consciously and humbly agreeing with an expected end result that aligns with the word of God, the truth.
Holy Spirit is the One Who can lead us into all truths. So, listening and yielding to Him is the key that makes the difference of what kind of agreement we are in.
We have a High Priest, Jesus Christ Who readily agrees with us when we get together in Spirit and truth!
Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time. Hebrews 4:16
Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” (Matthew 17:17 NLT)
Not that we don’t have faith, we have a tendency to look at every situation as though it’s unique and very different from where we been and what was done before.
This attitude – Lord Jesus rebukes and calling us to reckon with the power of working in His authority consistently in every situation and challenges.
Faith in Christ and functioning in His authority has to be highly guarded with utmost sincerity refusing even the slightest resemblance of fear, failure and faithlessness – for these corrupt any great faith in no time and can make us look like fools.
“Get up and prepare for action.Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say.Do not be afraid of them,or I will make you look foolish in front of them. Jeremiah 1:17
“Soon I will die,” Joseph told his brothers, “but God will surely come to help you and lead you out of this land of Egypt. He will bring you back to the land he solemnly promised to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” (Genesis 50:24 NLT)
Joseph was a miraculous favor in the eyes of Egypt because of God’s hand and plan for Israelites. From Pharaoh to the civil Egyptians, all viewed Israelites thru’ Joseph – so there was a value, dignity and respect for the Israelites.
Joseph and his people knew this well and it was a ticking time bomb – they would have no way out after Joseph dies. They had to believe in the vision from God to Abraham – that God will lead them out into their promised land when the day comes!
Until the great exodus, Israelites didn’t realized that it was the vision that had kept them alive not Joseph!
God will use Josephs to preserve and strengthen us, but His vision has to be believed to wait and get into the Promise Land.
This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. Habakkuk 2:3
Don’t you understand even yet? Don’t you remember the 5,000 I fed with five loaves, and the baskets of leftovers you picked up? Or the 4,000 I fed with seven loaves, and the large baskets of leftovers you picked up” Matthew 16:9-10
When God does a miracle in our lives, He never does it just to bring a relief from that desperate situation but to strengthen our faith and trust in Him for the rest of our life.
Disciples like us went from one challenge to another – but Lord Jesus reinforced in them to do the post miracle meditation and digest what a wondrous impossible thing He had performed.
This examination and evaluation alone will raise our faith in Christ and creates a greater strength to believe in His power and faithfulness when we face another obstacle!
Let all that I am praise the Lord;may I never forget the good things he does for me. Psalm 103:2