But Balaam responded to Balak’s messengers, “Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the Lord my God. But stay here one more night, and I will see if the Lord has anything else to say to me.” (Numbers 22:18, 19 NLT)
God’s will is not going to change by waiting, negotiating or sacrificing.
His will is always good and just, and He is committed to protect and save those who put their trust in Him!
Thank God, He shows no partiality! Thank God, He stands strong in His commitment! Thank God, He makes promise and never change His mind! Thank God, He never desert us because someone else is better! Thank God, He truly love us and great is His faithfulness!
In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me. I will look in triumph at those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. Psalm 118:5-9
But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” (Mark 10:6-9 NLT)
God’s plan of “joined together” (marriage) is far higher and not comparable to “living together”.
When God join two to gather, He meant no separation there after.
Marriage is the only relationship where commitment is learnt, appreciated and rewarded.
The commitment is mutual to stay true and be in peace before God and to each other, even if all other relationships may have a misunderstanding for a season. Only then, there is an expression of priority on the new family over the previous family – with parents & siblings.
Praying and thanking God everyday for the spouse He gave is the key for this commitment.
The purpose of the marriage is the commitment to be for each other no matter what happens in this life. God is pleased to show His favor when this commitment is established between the man and his wife.
The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22
Exhibiting this committed relationship in our marriage is the true gift to our parents!
Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles. (Psalms 34:5, 6 NLT)
Our Lord is simply marvelous! Great is His faithfulness towards everyone who put their trust in Him!
The moment we firm our relationship with God as our Lord, every dynamics of our lives goes under the direct control of God!
From that point onwards we become apple of His eyes! He become lovingly jealous of us – none can trouble our lives. His ears are curiously listening to all our conversations and prayers!
Lord Jesus is the only one truly loves us, truly cares for us and truly wants us to be free! More importantly, He is the only one Who can keep us from shame of sin!
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Hebrews 1:3
Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. 2 Timothy 2:2
God’s word is meant to be a river of living water that constantly flows and never stops or get stagnated.
The true faithfulness to listening to God’s word is putting it into practice in one’s own life that compels others to ask how we do it. Then, teaching them to do it without holding back anything.
The one who wants to know will become the faithful to do it and teach it to others.
But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. James 1:25
Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received… Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. 1 Timothy 4:14-15
Neglect means fail to care for properly. Spiritual gifts doesn’t come easily and is never given unnecessarily, but given to be put in use effectively and keep ourselves in the right course of our calling.
God expected Esau to honor his birth right, his negligence to it was the beginning of his downfall.
Esau’s life was a lesson not to prioritize anything above the operation of His gifts and keep doing the right thing even when we don’t feel like doing it.
By keep doing the right thing you stay in God’s will and progress in your calling, and one day the Lord will accelerate & multiply to honor you.
I know your works. Because you have limited strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name, look, I have placed before you an open door that no one is able to close. Revelation 3:8
“So who am I, that I should try to answer God or even reason with him? Even if I were right, I would have no defense. I could only plead
for mercy” Job 9:14-15
There is no way we can go argue with God and win. We can complain, murmur or scream in frustration – nothing could prove us correct to God.
Job couldn’t understand what was going on and was devastated. His friends came in the name of comfort but they end up poking his wounds and hurt him. In a way, the visit of friends was another assignment of devil to stir his mouth to speak things against God.
When our hopes are shattered and life is nothing but pain – it is absolute God’s grace every moment that we live. Even then, we don’t qualify to shout at God or argue Him, rather as Job declared we can only plead for His mercy!
As long as we set things right before God and know that He is good, and has total control on our situation – we simply have to wait for His mercy.
David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands.” 2 Samuel 24:14
When all our hopes are gone, let’s hope in God’s mercy – He will never disappoint us!
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!”
The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord. Proverb 18:22
This proverb doesn’t say the man who find a Christian woman or a God fearing woman or a virgin woman or a talented woman or perfect looking woman – but clearly mentions “his wife”!
God has a wonderful woman for each God-fearing man to bring in the wealth of blessing and tremendous favor of God.
Marriage may result either in love at first sight, months of dating or arranged by parents/family – no matter what way, when a man or woman love the Lord and humble enough to wait for God to bring that right person in whatever way He chose – both he and she are blessed and has found God’s favor!
God’s favor is released in marriage as they put God (His Word) first, stay faithful, honor each other and cherish this relationship over all other relationships – they will discover treasures God has kept, and realize how amazingly God has gifted what the other person lacks so they become whole only when they come together and shall become One.
He that hath found a good wife, hath found a good thing, and shall receive a pleasure from the Lord. He that driveth away a good wife, driveth away a good thing: but he that keepeth an adulteress, is foolish and wicked. (DRB Translation)
Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?” he asked. “Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied.
“I Am he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.) As Jesus said “I Am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground! John 18:4-6
Lord’s plan for each one of our lives declared in Jeremiah 29:11 clearly states that “They are.. not for disaster“. Also, there is nothing called defeat when we live in God’s will for our lives.
Devil’s plan to steal/kill/destroy may come at us by surprise always. Whether we are prepared for it or not, we must be resolved always in our hearts that God will see thru’ it and will bring us out victoriously – no matter how bleak/dark the situation may look like.
Nothing can equal the boldness of our Lord Jesus Christ. His boldness is not out of His power and authority – but being always in the will of His Father!
The willful laydown of His life begun when these Temple guards and Roman soldiers fell down at His bold response – “I AM HE”!
Our mighty God wants to defeat the devil in the very way we react to “those surprises” from the devil. This can only happen when we,
- clearly know and walk in His will
- know that He is faithful
There is a supernatural boldness thru’ out the day when we declare “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” and remain careful to live out His will, so we can be resolved no matter what happens that day that Thy will be done in our lives!
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” Luke 16:10
None of us are born with a great character. It is an individual’s responsibility to sense the need for the betterment of his/her character and start working on it. When it comes to character building, this faithfulness is a key.
Unless we battle and conquer one area of flaw in our character we can’t move on to the other.
The best way to battle is becoming faithful in minute details; the closer we get to be faithful the greater the character we start to exhibit. Once the faithfulness in little details are developed, then we are ready to be entrusted with much, bigger, greater and tough responsibilities.
Talent, gifts and skills in us can only take us to a certain heights, from then on our character makes the difference.
Let’s take the first step towards the great leadership – faithfulness in the little things in each areas we are already responsible for.