Occupy your street

Look! He has placed the land in front of you. Go and occupy it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. Don’t be afraid! Don’t be discouraged!’ (Deuteronomy 1:21 NLT)

The closer we get to the promise land the more difficult it appears to be possessed.

Everything will oppose us to make us believe that we got the wrong address and mistaken this to be our promised land. Don’t be discouraged, take heart and move forward. Don’t be afraid.

God already prepared the land for you even before these current occupants moved in. You’re not going to take their land by driving them out, but you’re going to take back your land by driving them out. You must have the sense of ownership and this authority when you fight.

Let’s pay attention to what His Spirit says again –

Look! He has placed the land in front of you. Go and occupy it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. Don’t be afraid! Don’t be discouraged!’ (Deuteronomy 1:21 NLT)

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He quiets me down

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! (Psalms 43:5 NLT)

There is nothing powerful than our spirit that is awaken by believing in the finished work of Christ on the cross.

The soul is so uncontrollable at times; raging emotions, flooding thoughts and stormy willfulness – as a result we hate ourselves, lose all credibility and find ourselves so foolish.

Yet, all the while, the renewed spirit in us wait quietly trusting the Lord to comfort, bring the understanding and calm us down.

If there is no prayer that could comfort us, let’s say the name of Jesus repeatedly – this will make us fall in love with Him. His perfect love then will cast out all our fears and quiets our soul!

Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself,like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk.Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me. Psalm 131:2

No matter what, the Lord is good!

How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me. Psalm 13:2, 5

I heard this statement more than once – “Whatever happened in the past we don’t have control to go back and change it, what ever going to happen in the future we don’t know – all we have is the present time and we have to make most out of it”.

It sounds true but applies when things are good in the present time. Often, present times are not such a great time to hold on to – but we wish the day will be over soon.

David’s cry in Psalm 13 obviously expresses this feeling/frustration – craving for a relief from that sorrow and defeated status. He was tired, worn out and desperately looking for a way out – but didn’t saw even a glimpse of rescue on the way!

When all helps, hope, encouragement from tangible sources are gone – that’s when our emotions give up, mind give up and we start to look inside and listen to the spirit. It’s already ready to praise the Lord even in midst of any turmoil – only the spirit can trust in God’s faithfulness. It starts to rejoice in God’s love that it had tasted in the past, it starts to rejoice in the hope in His promise for the future and simply ignores the present time – and cry out in worship that the Lord is good to me!

So, new statement would be – “Whatever happen in the present time that we don’t have control over it, rejoice in the faithfulness of God in your past, and rejoice in your hope in God for the future and worship that the Lord is good!”

Get up, you’re not done yet!

Then the Lord told him, “Go back the same way you came, and travel to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive there, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram. Then anoint Jehu grandson of Nimshi to be king of Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from the town of Abel-meholah to replace you as my prophet.” 1 Kings 19:15-16

When it comes to discouragement or losing focus – we tend to think even Elijah had his moments. But James corrects that thought (James 5:17) “Elijah was a man subject to suffering like we…” – putting an end to the impression that God calls individuals according to their talent or ability. On the contrary, God can call anyone and equip him/her who He wants him/her to be.

The reason for Elijah’s discouragement was two-fold.

Elijah was zealous for the Lord and was passionate to restore the people of Israel back to the Lord. Elijah truly thought when he destroyed all the false prophets in the Kishon Valley and brought the rain after three years he had accomplished all that God called him to do (1 Kings 18).

As every man of God, Elijah too couldn’t retreat long enough on what all God did thru’ him and how much His glory was seen among the people of Israelites. He quickly started to wonder was there anything to do for him next for God or his ministry was actually done.

This thought and the threat from Jezebel created a reaction in Elijah that made him to flee in fear.

A man of God will be bold only when he knew that God has still work for him to do. The very strength to face the adversary, persecution comes when we know what God has called us to do is not done yet.

When God said to Elijah “Go back – anoint kings of the nations – anoint your successor” – a great encouragement and purpose came back into the Elijah’s spirit and he got his fire back again!

Are you discouraged today? Are you having difficulty to focus on the vision or purpose?

Know that our Master Jesus Christ has given us a great Go-Mission in Matthew 29:19-20 –

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Let this be always reminding us of who we are, what we are called to do… even to the end of the age!

The Unknown Ways That Take You To The Destiny

 

Dev Paramarajan, Dec 5 2009 for HTC Service

 

Text: John 3:5-8 “you can’t explain people born of God”

Theme: Life of a child of God will be difficult to understand for any outsider, and it would be difficult for a child of God to explain his/her situation to others – but the knowledge of God and being in the will of God give them the peace for that situation.

Joseph – think of the way he went thru, even now no one can explain why Joseph had to go thru all that he went thru to get where he got.

If we start picking from the Bible men and women who would relate to this – I tell you, finally we would’ve listed all of them mentioned in the Bible. Why, those who led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

Rom 8:13-14 “Those who led by Holy Spirit are children of God”.

Point is, are you convinced to trust God with your life?

Do you still want to take control of your life, or humble enough to surrender back to the Lord Who is in charge of your life now.

Though you don’t understand or like the way – are you happy that God’s will is been done in your life? Such will have the peace of God and would finally inherit God’s blessing; because they’re on the way to the destiny. Only these unknown ways can take you to the destiny!

Do you know we love to be driven by our sinful nature? Sinful nature will please your flesh for the moment and make you assume you’re enjoying what you deserve and are in the right place, but leads to death not to the promised destiny. Sinful nature gives you the comfort of the direction you know, but its end is death.

Sinful nature simply means our mortal nature (without God – subject to death). So, anything that is not God’s will – would be out of our sinful nature. Sinful nature is not direct sinful actions such as lie, hatred, stealing, jealousy, anger, wrath, murder, adultery and such like.

There are seasons in our lives we need to allow God to do what He wants to do – there won’t be any excitement or fun about it, it may be painful rather – but we will have peace; those are moments we sense God in it and won’t make sense for us to do something about it.

Psalm 131:1I do not get involved with things too great or too difficult for me.”

What Psalmist mean by that? When life is uncontrollable for you, don’t try to control – that’s the time you got to know God would handle and you got to leave that wheel and take a back seat like a child. So, he said:

“Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself like a little weaned child with its mother; I am like a little child.” (Psalm 131:2)

And then he advice, “people of God place your hope in the Lord” (Psalm 131:3)

Look at what James wrote to His Church – James 4:13-17

Are you keep telling about your plans, that you would do this and that; if you have that you’ll do this; if you can do this then you can do that.

Come on, don’t you realize by now, that this life is too complex for you to plan and live with the “wisdom” you have?

Our human wisdom is not wise enough.

His word in 1 Corinthians mentions that simply ‘human wisdom is foolish to live by’. But encourages living by Holy Spirit that was in Christ Jesus – Who is our wisdom.

1 Corinthians 2:14 natural man will not welcome God’s idea; it will sound foolish to him.

1 Corinthians 2:14 spiritual person can grasp God’s idea and embrace it immediately – and no one can understand him how he is convinced the moment God spoke to him.

You just got to have wisdom only when you start to realize that you’re not wise enough to handle your situation. That’s when you relax loosing the grip of the bull that you’re trying to control for years, and afraid of – and only find that as soon as you leave the grip that bull turns back and run away. God took in charge!

When God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

1 Corinthians 2:10 says “Holy Spirit searches the deep things of God”.

Holy Spirit “searches”. He doesn’t just do what He wants. Jesus said in John that when He comes He won’t do anything of His own will, but will do only what the Son reveals to Him. He does things very carefully, searching deep what is in the Father’s heart – His will, plan, minute details and get exact specifics, and do it for you.

What a Helper we have! A Helper Who has the capability to really help! That makes a huge difference.

Once you learn to obey His instruction and start doing according to His will and way – there’s joy even in suffering, because you know in the end all is going to be fine.

Ready to blast?

1 Sam 14:14 “They killed some twenty men in all, and their bodies were scattered over about half an acre.”

King Saul and his troop were “waiting” for the right time – while God’s time to defeat the enemies was already running out. One man, Jonathan listen to what His Spirit said “Go and blast, it doesn’t make a difference for the Lord whether you guys are few or more – after all victory comes from the Lord!” – on hearing this Jonathan agreed with his armor bearer by saying :

“Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord.

He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!” 1 Sam 14:6

Just 2 agreed and went ahead in faith, Holy Spirit did the rest. Acts 1:8 declares He is the source of “power” – the word ‘dynamite’  we get from its original Greek word (dunamis). What a dunamis blast when Jonathan and his armor bearer fought in midst of Philistines! Notice “…their bodies were scattered over about half an acre.” Only a dynamite can do this, but 2 men sent by the Lord resulted in the same dunamis performance.

This is power of the Vision and daring obedience to the Lord’s instruction. The response to the Lord’s calling and prompt is 100% now.

If you can only obey the leading of Holy Spirit and start moving – His power (dunamis) will break (blast) the stronghold and break the chains of devil – then even a child (lack of faith – Saul & team) can spoil the enemy’s house (Matthew 12:19).

Go forward, don’t be afraid of the enemy’s opposition, ridicule and intimidation. If you go Lord will use you to make a huge crack in enemy’s territory for Lord’s kingdom to plunder (1 Sam 30:1-20).

Happy plundering! Connect strong.

Come out of your shell

One day Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come on, let’s go over to where the Philistines have their outpost.” 1 Sam 14:1

There was no procrastination in Jonathan – this purely comes from sheer of faith and total trust in God. “Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!” (v6)

While Saul and whole troop waiting for the “right time”, “resting”, “fasting” – Jonathan and his armor bearer were already conquering. You and I ought to leave the camp “now” and go towards the enemy’s outpost trusting fully the Lord Who wins the battle anyway – whether you’re few or many in the team.

So, what you’re waiting for?

🙂 will connect tomorrow. God bless!