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
And Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent, and she became his wife. He loved her deeply, and she was a special comfort to him after the death of his mother. (Genesis 24:67 NLT)
Isaac was the first godly seed of faith that had proliferated a nation and people for God.
God did a careful selection to make Isaac as the seed but everything from there didn’t happened automatically. God’s grace and favor moved over every single person who would influence Isaac’s marital life with Rebecca – the one God chose for him as his wife.
All these who influenced, relied only on God.
Abraham made it clear that his servant should never pick a girl for his son among foreigners.
Abraham’s servant totally waited on God to show him the right girl for his master’s son.
Rebecca’s mother and brother readily agreed and convinced that it’s all God’s hand at work.
Rebecca was instantly willing to leave her family and be married to a man whom she never met even once.
Isaac delightfully accepted Rebecca as his wife and fell in love with her.
Didn’t the Lord make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth. Malachi 2:15
Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Hebrews 13:1
Honestly there is not two person alike who thinks and do things the same way to like each other automatically.
In natural, we pick and chose whom to love based on, if the person deserves or if there is a profit for us in doing so. Otherwise, we want nothing to do with them.
When we were unloved, unwanted and undeserving – the most beautiful, the most generous, the most powerful – God Himself decided to love us and has determined to keep loving us! This is real love – to love and never stop loving, no matter what.
While I falter and fail on daily basis and still expect God to love me, I must love those around me no matter what they do to me!
I can never pay back to God for His extreme love, but I can please Him by loving others – constantly. After all, everybody needs love, just like I am in need of it!
“Who will feel sorry for you, Jerusalem? Who will weep for you? Who will even bother to ask how you are?
You have abandoned me and turned your back on me,” says the Lord. Jeremiah 15:5-6
It is an undeniable truth that none besides the Lord Himself truly loves Jerusalem, which is His people – you & me.
We were all rejected, failures, hopeless and good for nothing left to sink and decay in miry clay. Then, the Savior came – the One and the only One Who felt sorry for us, the One and the only One Who weeped for us and the One and the only One Who cared for us!
But as he (Jesus) came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. Luke 29:41
Where will I be, without this forgiving Savior, full of compassion and full of mercy! Jesus, how I love you!
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5
I am my lover’s, and he claims me as his own. Come, my love, let us go out to the fields and spend the night among the wildflowers.Let us get up early and go to the vineyards to see if the grapevines have budded, if the blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates have bloomed. There I will give you my love. Song of Solomon 7:10-12
‘Being sold out for Christ’ is often thought as one being passionate for God’s Kingdom in doing things – preaching, teaching, equipping, giving, adding… but important of all these is our prayer life – pouring out time generously, sacrificially just to be with Him rather than asking, crying and pleading to Him.
God has rescued us from the clutches of devil with the precious blood of His Son Jesus Christ, not for us to continue to stay busy and worry about many things; rather to start strengthening the relationship that He has restored back with Him and start celebrating each other!
This kind of prayer life is beyond asking Him to meet our needs or praising Him for Who He is – it is falling in love with Him and being with Him – where He cherish us and we cherish Him – way beyond the worship we know and completely far off from a Master-Slave or a Father-Child relationships into a harmonious one-spirited caught-up-in-total-love type of relationship that we never ever has experienced before!
Any human soul-spirit would never ever want to come back into this flesh again once it has tasted this awesome goodness of being with Christ relationship… a sincere love for God expressed in prayer life would offer a glimpse of this eternity to come!
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. Revelation 22:15
Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the Lord can give an understanding wife. Proverb 19:14
There is a supernatural power when two shall agree (a godly agreement) –
Again, I assure you: If two of you on earth agree about any matter that you pray for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19
God loves one mindedness; meaning a plan or decision made not all alone by an individual, but by two or more in an unanimous agreement and submitted to God to do it!
Marriage is the only relationship that is holy because it is God’s idea to make the man and his wife as one.
They shall become one in their choices and decisions, and walk together in that one right direction seeing miracle together in their everyday life thru’ their prayerful agreement.
Understanding between the two spirits are the key to bring that two souls (will/intellect/mind) together to agree by weeding thru’ all disagreements that often arises.
Understanding is willingness to be corrected when one is wrong, understanding is forgiving when the other makes a mistake, understanding is craving to make the other more successful, and more importantly understanding is trusting/supporting each other in midst of misunderstanding that is yet to be resolved!
This is marriage, this understanding heart is from God. It is more precious than everything else.
Live to understand!
(Jesus said) “If you love me, obey my commandments.” John 14:15
Lord Jesus Christ being full of truth, grace and just, never leave us to an assumption of our personal relationship with Him. Rather, He made it plain and clear – “if you love Me – obey!”
Relationship with Christ Jesus is nothing close to other relationship we have towards fellow human beings.
The relationship with fellow human beings goes up and down depending on various factors like you feel happy or sad or frustrated or afraid, you’re able to help them, you have a like hobby or faith or purpose…
But relationship with the Lord Jesus is in our mere obedience to Him. Period.
We can feel all excited and fall in love with Christ Jesus marveling at His thoughts, teachings and miracles He did and continuing to do – but if we don’t obey His commands, we simply assumed we are in love with Him – but actually we are not.
We can never say Jesus Christ has the Lordship over our life when we disobey what He commanded. This is a very simply truth, but need a big visible reminder on a daily basis.
“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?
I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” Luke 6:46-49