It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

 In the beginning of time God created a beautiful and perfect world for mankind to live in and enjoy. God loved mankind so much He created them in His image and gave them a will, the ability to choose their destiny and who would be their ruler and king. Man and woman lived in perfect harmony with God their creator and all His creation until the enemy of God, Satan the deceiver, tricked them into believing his lie and they rebelled against their God and King. And on this all mankind fell into sin and the whole world fell into corruption. 

God had a plan to send His Son to redeem mankind, to give them another chance, even before He formed the earth because He knew the trickster would deceive them into believing his lie.  God promised that the woman’s seed would crush the serpent’s head though the serpent would bruise His heel. The Messiah would come to give those who believed in Him another chance for eternal life with God their Father. 

An angel named Gabriel visited a young girl named Mary and told her that she was chosen by God to give birth to the Son of God and to name Him Jesus. Jesus the Son of God came and would save all the people who believed in Him and also would give them light in this dark world. Marywho was a virgin did not understand how this would happen, because she was engaged to Joseph and they were not married yet.  The angel Gabrielthen told her that the Holy Spirit would come to her and the power of God would come over her and she will give birth to a baby boy, the Son of God.

Mary was so excited she went to visit her cousins Elisabeth and Zacharias who were having a baby also, to tell them the Good News. When Mary entered the house and greeted Elisabeth the young baby that Elisabeth she was carrying leaped inside her and Elisabeth started praising God saying blessed was Mary, the mother of our Lord. Blessed is she because shebelieved God and did not doubt His word that was sent by the angelGabriel. Mary also begins praising God saying, my soul do magnify the Lord, and my spirit rejoice in God my Saviour. Because He has done a great thing to me and has shown mercy to those who accept His Son as their Saviour. God saw Mary who was of low means and though some people thought she was of little value, yet God the All Mighty One did a great thing for her that she would give birth to the baby Jesus, who is called the Son of God and the Son of Man.  

Mary went back home to Joseph and they were required to travel to Bethlehem for the census and to pay their taxes. People from all over had gone to Bethlehem because Caesar Augustus, the emperor orderedeveryone to return to the place they were from. Many people were sad because their trip was hard and some people had to travel a long way even though they did not have much money or much food.

One night the dark sky opened with a great light and an angel appeared to the shepherds who were in the fields feeding their sheep and told them not to be afraid, because I bring good news of Great Joy that is for all the people in the world! This day in the city of David a Saviour, Jesus Christ the Son of God is born in Bethlehem.  Even though Jesus is a Great King,they would find Him lying in a manger swaddled and wrapped in strips of cloth. All of a sudden the heaven were filled with a great multitude of angels singing and praising God saying, Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth and good will toward all men.  They began singing a new song of God’s Glory and Majesty while praising God for His loving kindness and His tender mercies toward everyone in sending a Wonderful Saviour.

It was the night baby Jesus, the Son of God, was born, of lowly means, in a stable and laid in a feeding trough. This is where the animals usually ate their food but this was His bed, a manger because there was no room for Him, His mother or Joseph in the inn. God had heard the prayers of the people and saw that they were sad because of the hard and unkind ruler Cesar so God sent them a new King, Jesus. 

A child was born and a Son was given to humanity and a new government was put on His shoulders one that is just and fair for everyone. People will call Jesus Wonderful because He has done marvelous things. They will call Him Counselor because He will advise and resolve advertises without prejudice or favoritism. He is The Mighty God who is a powerful warrior and a valiant man who protects to keeps His people from total destruction.  Jesus is the Prince of Peace; He is the Lord and Keeper of our peace that we may have health and prosperity. Jesus gives us Favour with God the everlasting Father.    

While Jesus was a young child wise men from a Far East country saw His star and came to worship Him. These men are believed, by some, to be of the family of Keturah, the wife of Abraham, who he married after the death of his first wife Sarah. She bore him six sons and before Abraham died he gave them gifts and sent them to live in the east country because Isaac was the promised heir to inherit the promised land of Israel.  Before Keturah and her sons left Abraham, he taught them the word and the promises of God to send a King, a Messiah to redeem all mankind. It is believed that Abraham became the father of many nations, both physically and spiritually, those who trusted in God and Jesus Christ His Redeemer.  The children of Keturah were not of the tribes of Israel but they were children of Abraham and they lived in the east country and they too were waiting the salvation of God, the promised Messiah.

Genesis‬ ‭25:1-2, 6‬ ‭KJV

“Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.”

‭‭‬‬Wise men from the east country came bringing riches to honor the King of all kings. They possibly thought surely the Jewish people were waiting in anticipation for their King and they asked Herod where is He that is born King of the Jews? Because they had seen His star and have come to Judaea to worship Him. At this Herod was very troubled and all Jerusalem with him. Israel had lost sight of the promise of God to send their Redeemer and Messiah and it appeared none in Judaea were awaiting His birth. The priests were asked where the Christ would be born and theanswered in Bethlehem of Judaea. 

Herod questioned the wise men diligently about the time the star appeared so he would know about how old the baby should be. He sent them to Bethlehem and asked them to come and tell him when they had found the baby so that he too might worship him. King Herod was trying to deceive the wise men because he really wanted to destroy the new born King. 

The wise men followed the star to Bethlehem as it stood over the place the young child, Jesus was. They all rejoiced with exceeding great joy! They were so happy to find Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah and King of kings. When they came into the house they saw Jesus, the young child with His mother Mary and they bowed down at His feet and worshipped Him. They began opening their treasures and presented Him with great gifts such as gold, frankincense and myrrh all of these were items of great wealth which God had given for the provision of His Son. Even today wise men, women and children are still seeking Jesus so that they too may worship Him and bring to Him their gifts however big or small Jesus welcomes and receives them all.

These wise men were about to leave and return to their home land to spread the good news of the birth of Jesus Christ but they were warned in a dream by God to go another way and they should not return to Herod. So they left going to their own country a different way. God also told Joseph to take Mary and Jesus into Egypt to hide Him from Herod. 

Jesus was just a young child but Herod still wanted to destroy Him because he was jealous and feared Jesus would someday take over his kingdom. Herod was angry when he saw that the wise men did not return to reveal to him where the Messiah was so he sent his solders to slay all the children who were two years old and younger. This was according to the time that the wise men had given him. 

There was a great cry in the land of all the mothers and fathers who had lost their children at the hand of Satan, God’s enemy, who wanted to once try again to destroy all mankind and their hope of salvation.  God provide a way for Jesus and His family to go to Egypt where they would not be destroyed. Even today God provides a way for His people to keep them from total destruction of the enemy. Because of Satan and sin there is still pain in this world but God will provide away out for those who follow His voice that they will not be destroyed.  

God told Joseph in a dream to return to Israel because, Herod was dead and they returned and lived in a city called Nazareth. The child grew and increased in strength, He became strong in spirit and He was filled with wisdom. At the age of twelve He was found sitting with the doctors and teachers hearing them and asking them questions. Those who heard Him were amazed and wonder at His understanding and His answers.  Jesus grew in height, in wisdom and in Favor with God and the people and He went about His Heavenly Father’s business saving and healing the people.  

The grace of God that brings Salvation has appeared to all humanity, teaching them to live soberly in this present world. Jesus came to redeem God’s creation, every child and every person can now choose to have a new birth a new beginning as children of God. Everyone has the choice of their will to accept or reject God. Every person can say yes to God, looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, Jesus Christ our Saviour, who gave Himself for us all, that He might redeem us from the curse and destruction of this world. 

Titus 2:11, 13-14KJV

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

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Every person can have a story to tell of their birth one who was saved from the destruction of the enemy and became a child of the God in the Highest! 

‭‭Titus‬ ‭3:4‬ ‭KJV‬‬

…the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

Because of the love of God everyone have a chance at a new beginning to come to God and allow Jesus to live in them a new life where the old way of living is passed away and they become a new creation in Christ Jesus.

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17-18 KJV

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”

All situations and circumstances of believers are foreseen by God and though sin has brought chaos and destruction into the world, God has provided a way out these situations through His word, for His children and there is no such thing as luck or by chance. God is the One who created time, He lives outside of time and He has established and knows the end as well as the beginning.  

That is who God is, the Creator and Sustainer of all that is on heaven and earth.  God made this world perfect for mankind to live an abundant life and though mankind rejected God and sin entered the world God made a way for humanity to be redeemed. It would not be without a price to God, it cost Him the life of His Son Jesus. 

God sees and have foreseen all that we will do and experience and nothing will take Him by surprise. In His loving kindness God has provided all we need to be successful and to fulfill our purpose, which is to reflect His image and to show His love on the earth. Even while we are living in a fallen world system and even though we have an adversary that comes to oppose and antagonize us, God has provided for those who are true believers, a way of escape from every snare and attack through His word. 

Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called: whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified these He also glorified. 

God has provided for every believer to be victorious in every situation.The problem is not with God because He has made provision in every circumstance. The problem is that many people do not know how to navigate their situations and circumstances through love and trust in God. Every true believer has been born again into the family of God and the kingdom of God and though they may be children of God, some may have little or no knowledge of their authority and the power that they have through the Holy Spirit to be more than conquerors in every situation. 

God has seen and foreseen and predestined every true believer and has called them out of darkness. He has made them righteous, that is in right standing with God through the blood of Jesus who paid their debt to sin and now they are glorious in the eyes of God. Though they may not be perfect, God sees every true believer in Christ and in Christ there is no darkness so they stand righteous.  This world’s system wants to keep us attached to those old labels that we wore before we knew Christ but we are a new creation in Christ Jesus.  

1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 

The God and Creator of this universe has promised to provide a way out of every temptation, failure, disappointment or catastrophe.  God has provided a way of escape but so many lose heart and give up because they lack an understanding of God’s love for them and His word. So many people allow their pursuits in life and comfort to rise above God’s word and His purpose.

Many people are looking for ways out of the situationsaccording to this natural fallen world system and some may feel betrayed by God for going through their problems. Some people may even blame God and believe He is the reason that they are going through their problems or they are angry at God for not protecting them or their familiesfrom harm. This is mostly because they have been lack and understanding of God’s principles and are trained in the world’s way of thinking and not according to God’s word, His love for us or His kingdom living.  

John 12:24-25 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. NKJV 

God made a perfect world for humanity to live in and then Satan and sin brought death and destruction into the world that was not God, it was mankind’s choice.  God in His mercy and grace provided another way for mankind to return to Him in fellowship and to obtain their original purpose through faith in His Son Jesus and again it is a choice to believe and pursue God’s love and His kingdom way. So many people are still blinded by the lies of the enemy and do not see the light of God’s word and His love that has come to bring truth and life to this world.  

Many people do not know the true God they only know the one that their parents or their society have spoken of or the gods of their traditions.  Often people have little or no knowledge of the love of the true, living and Almighty God. That is why so many people flounder and struggle when problems and adversity comes because they do not know how to operate in the truth of God’s love or how to navigate their lives according to His kingdom principles. 

We must renew or minds and change the way we think and look at situations and circumstances if we are to live victoriously in this world. Many people are getting by but God wants us to have an abundantly life,to reflect His goodness and love and that is done only by changing our thoughts and perspectives. True believers should see Jesus as an example;the one who gave Himself so others may live. We too can be used by the Holy Spirit and allow Him to lead us through difficult situations so that we may intercede and allow our natural lives to be used as light in a dark world so others may see His light and have eternal life with God. 

When a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies it is no longer seen in its unique created state of being and has lost its form and begins to take on a new form by which it will be reproduced many new seeds. That is why those who love their lives in their original form will stay as a single grain and they refuse to die to self and live for God. Those who chose to die to selfishness and pride they will live according to their true purpose and become intercessors and catalysts for the living that their see an example of God’s love in the earth and that they too may have eternal life with God. 

When we can see all of our situations and conditions are provide for through God’s love, providence and for His eternal purpose, then we are able to utilize those hurtful situations and surrounding as platforms for the Holy Spirit, who is in us, and begin to intercede for the people God has allowed to press into us and possible even pierce our souls. Instead of being angry for all we are going through we should humble ourselves before God.  We can know they have found Favour in my Father’s sight, because God has allowed this situation to press in that the oil of God may flow and we can pray Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing or who they are doing it too. 

Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots. NKJV

Jesus told us, if we abide in Him and His word abides in us, we may ask what we will and it shall be given. To abide is to stay with, to dwell in, to reside or to continue in a relationship with the same attitude. How do we abide in Jesus? We dwell with Him, stay with Him and get to knowHim as our Lord and King? Just as anyone we want to know better orlive with, we spend time with Him. We interact with the people we want to know, we listen to their words and observe their ways. This is how we abide in Jesus, we listen to Him and allow His words to dwell in us and observe His ways.

John 15:7-8 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, youwill ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.  By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. NKJV

The Bible is the word of God.  They are love letters from the God who loves us, the Creator of heaven and earth. God took time to give us not only His spoken word through His prophets but He gave us His written words of love. How can we say we love Him and will not spend time to get to know Him? It is impossible to love someone we know nothing about and refuse to get to know or spend time with them or to learn theirways. It is like trying to have a long distance relationship with someone but refusing to talk to them or hear about them and never taking time to get to know anything about them. The Bible is the breath of your Beloved God, His essence and His Being and if we love Him we would want to know Him and be in His Company. 

2 Timothy 3:16-17   All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and isprofitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. NKJV

God gave us the ultimate Gift of Love, His Son Jesus, as our Savior to be our Deliverer and Protector. We were created to be God’s Belovedbut we fell from grace but Jesus our Redeemer came and restored us into the family of God so that we can be called children of the Most High King. God gave us His scriptures that we may be profitable, righteous, complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work.  No wonder this fallen world works so hard to keep God’s people from this truth,from learning about Him and His kingdom, they do not want to see God’s people profitable, complete and thoroughly equipped. 

John 15-   No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.  These things I command you, that you love one another.

We are not only His family He has called us His Friend. A friend is one who knows how to interact with us, who knows our ways and knows how to express love and appreciation in ways others may not. Jesus has called us friend, but can we say the same? Have we taken the time to know Him, His character, observe His ways and know His attributes?  Do we know His love language; can we speak His love language? Jesus our Sovereign King and Friend has commanded us to love one another. It was not an option or suggestion but a command. 

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

True love gives from the heart and God’s love gave its best. God gave His only Son to redeem us from the curse of the fall, so that whoever places their faith and belief in Jesus would not perish, because Christ paid the debt in full. Whoever is, no matter whom; anyone that has a true belief in Jesus will be saved.  God’s love sent Jesus not to condemn the world but provide a way back into a right position with God. So many people call themselves Christians and yet they condemn just about everyone for anything they do not like. 

Matthew 18:3-5  And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

We are told to have a childlike disposition and temperament, young children easily forgives, they do not harbor anger or malice. Even after a major altercation young children are quick to reconcile and return as friends because they have not been trained in the world’s way of pride and self-centeredness. They are not consumed with their rights and who has done them wrong. Children are more concerned about moving on to the next thing so they can engage and play and are not concerned with their pride.

The word Christian and Christianity seems to have lost its true meaningand has been watered down by society. It appears as though anyone who engages in some church activity or become involved in some moral topic will call themselves a Christians, which they are not. Thus there is an eroding of the true meaning of being a Christ follower, one who livesas Christ lives, to love as God loves. Christ followers do not condemn those around them but become ministers of reconciliation of men and God. 

We all may need to ask ourselves the question of who are we really and who are we reflecting? Have we been beguiled by the sly one into thinking we are right while at the same time operating and believing in this fallen worlds system, of our society or our clans? Many have never taken the time to read God’s word, to commune with Him or to know the truth of Jesus as Lord and King. They do not know His love for all mankind, because all were created in His image. 

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. NIV

This is God’s love, it is not proud or boastful, and it is not envious of other when they are doing well. God’s love does not shame or disgrace another but seek the good for others and is not self-serving. God’s love is not easily angered, volatile, erratic, keeping track of every wrong thatis done.  God’s love rejoices when truth prevails and His love protects the weak and gives hope when there appears to be none. 

If we abide in Jesus we will remain in a constant relationship and fellowship with Him. He will direct us and we can chose to allow His Love to become our love for others. Our relationship with Jesus can become such a close relationship that our attitude and life will reflect His heart and His love for people. The things we pray for and ask will be what Jesus would pray, and therefore,  whatever we ask it shall be given unto us because we are one with Christ. 

 

 

 

Have you ever been in such anguish that your very soul was pondering its ability to go on or to live? Jesus in His humanity acknowledged that His soul was exceedingly sorrowful, even to the point of death. Everything we have gone through or are going through Jesus has suffered and even more than we could imagine.  When we feel we are alone and no one understands, Jesus is the one who understands all we have been through and are going through. 

Matthew 26:38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with me.” NKJV

Jesus was facing a great sorrow. He was going to be separated from the one He loved, His Beloved, and His Father. They have never been separated in all His existence.  Jesus was facing the second death, which is separation from God. The first death is the separation of the soul and spirit from the body and Jesus came to die for mankind. The Bible says it was the joy (of saving humanity) that allowed Him to endure death on the cross even though He despised the shame. But now Jesu was facing the second death, a separation from God His Father.    

Hebrew 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the sham, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. NKJV

Jesus in His humanity did not want be forsaken by God but He chose to pay our sin debt and endured the second death so that we may have eternal life. Jesus took the punishment of darkness and separation from God so that we may live in the light of God’s glory and in fellowship with the Father. Through faith in Jesus the unrighteous is made righteous and we can make the choice to have eternal life and not live in torment and separation from God.  

Jesus is our example and He has shown us how to pray and how to line our will with Gods. Jesus prayed a prayer of declaration, stating what he wanted done knowing all things are possible with God.   Jesus prayed a prayer of petition making a request to God while acknowledging God’s sovereignty over the situation. Jesus prayed a prayer of submission to God’s authority and Jesus surrendered to the Divine wisdom of God His Father in the matter. We should seek to know the will of God through His word so that we too can pray His will be done.

Mark 14:35    And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will. NKJV

Praying in the name of Jesus is not just tacking the name Jesus on at the end of every request. To pray in the name of Jesus is to pray as Jesus prayed and in His authority.  Jesus prayed a prayer acknowledging God asHis Father and declaring what He wanted done and what He knew to be true, that all things are possible with God.  Jesus did not leave His praythere with just His declaration, He deferred to the Father’s will be done. 

Matthew 26:39  He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will. NKJV

Jesus prayed a prayer of supplication and request. He was asking God His Father, if it be possible in His divine order to accomplish all He had ordained from the foundation of the world then let this cup pass from Him. Jesus being God still prayed to God the Father and asked, if it is possible to let the cup pass. Jesus chose humility and this is our example and lesson in humility, to yield even when we are equal to those we are deferring to. 

 

Matthew 26:42  Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” NKJV

Jesus prayed a prayer of submission and accepting that if this cup may not pass away from Him except He drink it, let God’s will be done. Jesus though being equal to God, yielded to God the Father’s will for His life. Jesus submitted to the Divine order of His heavenly Father. Jesus did not want to go through the loss of fellowship with His Father but He knew God’s love for Him and that God’s Divine wisdom is preeminent in all things.    

Jesus went through all the emotion of our humanity. We often want to declare to God what we want done in difficult situations and ask Him to take us out of these hard places.  We live in a fallen world that is full of sin and we have an enemy that seeks to destroy us but no matter the circumstances we too can trust God’s love for us. Even in the most difficult situation God can take those hard times and the things the enemy meant to bring evil against us and work them for our good. God is exalted when we acknowledge His Divine wisdom and love in every situation no matter how hard it may appear to us at the moment and on this side of heaven. We can trust God and wait to see how He will settle the matter. 

If God removes those hard things or allows us to stay in them and drink that bitter cup, we can trust God’s love for us. We can trust His will and His word that He will work all things together for the good of those who love God and to those who are called to His purpose. Not everyone loves God, but for those who are in the family of God, though we may not see it completely at the moment we can trust Him and rest in His promise.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to Hispurpose. NKJV

Again, Jesus in the zeal and passion of His humanity prayed to God His Father declaring His desire for the cup to be removed.  Jesus in Hishumility and obedience as the Son submitted to the will of God the Father.

This is how we are to pray. We are to know and declare God’s word, we are to make our request known to God and we are to trust God’s love for us and submit to His Divine Sovereignty. Believing and knowing thatthough we may not be able to see it right now, God is working all thingstogether for the good of those who love God. We can say and continue to say, “I will wait and see how the Lord settles the matter!”

We have heard the question, “Whose report will you believe?” and often times we hear, “we will believe the report of the Lord,” but do our actions say the same?  Some people think it is alright to be afraid and allow fear to paralyze them from movingforward.  Everyone understands what it means to be full of fearbut God tells us to not be afraid.  To fear or respect anything more than your respect and fear God, is an insult to God and His ability to provide and protect us. 

Joshua 24:14a Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served…NKJV

Fear of others says we believe in their ability to harm us. The fear of situations believes in the power of that thing to destroy us and it is greater than our belief in God’s ability to help us and to work those hard things out for the good. The world is constantly training people to be full of fear. To be fearful that everything isgoing to go wrong, with the people they love, their finances, their health and to even be afraid of the unknown, their future. We must renew our minds to think the way God says we shouldthink and act. Those who truly believe in God must believe His word and that He is working all things together for good to those who love God. We can trust His word and rest in His love for us. 

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. NKJV

God did not give us a spirit of fear but of love, peace and a sound mind. Fear is an attack of the enemy and it is part of the fallen nature of mankind, which is the result of sin. This is not the way God created us. It is the enemy of God that tries to persuade people to believe his lie rather than the truth of God’s word.

Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the fall so that fear will no longer have dominion over us. It can become an excuse or justification for people to disobey the will of God and say it’s because they were afraid, but that is no justification before God. The fearful is at the top of God’s list of the unbelieving and the abominable. 

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. NKJV

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death KJV

Everyone will have challenges and trials in life; the question is how will we handle those hardships and tests? People who believe they should go through life without any problems are living in a fantasy. 

Jesus told us that we would have problems but to be of good cheer, because He has overcome this world and the challenges we face.  We show our trust in God by committing our problems to God, responding in prayer asking God to increase our faithand to give us His joy.  We can trust His word, He will work the situation out for our good and God will receive the praise with thanksgiving. This should be our response when the world expects everyone to be full of fear, hate and bitterness we are to show love.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you]will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” NKJV

We see this world cultivating fear, a belief in the enemy’s power to do us evil rather than a belief in God’s love for us and His ability to provide and protect us. Fear will often times lead people into making decisions that can result into acts of self-destruction or leave them in a state of hopelessness or with aloss of purpose. 

No soldier is trained to use their weapon on the battlefield thatwould be disastrous they are instructed before they go to battle.  God’s word tells us how to operate in the kingdom of God on a supernatural plane.  We are told to forgive, to love others as Christ loved us and study to show ourselves approved. We cannot wait until we are in the battle to make our decision to stand or to prove our weaponry. 

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. KJV

We are born again by faith in Christ and the Holy Spirit who lives in us and changes our lives and our heart’s desires. The very essence of our being and our lifestyle will change and be transformed by God and His word. There is no new birth without a transformation. One cannot happen without the other. It is the love of God that transforms our heart and our lives and it is the love of God that we display when we are truly born into His likeness. If there is no transformation then there is no new birth. 

When we become rooted and grounded in the love God has for us, we can stand before men and not be afraid to face theopposition and the challenges of this world. We stand in faith because we have a relationship God our Father and believe in His love for us. We learn to rest in our identity as God’s Beloved and we begin reflecting God’s love in the earth and showing this love to others, which is our original purpose. 

It is how we respond to our problems and the trials of life that will display our true beliefs. It is through our faith and trust in God that we exalt Christ.  God is exalted as we respond in loveand not hate. As Christ is so are we in this world!  We are being transformed into His likeness in this world every day and for His glory.

1 John 4:17-18   Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. NKJV

 An earnest prayer is a prayer that declares what God has already spoken as the result of fellowship and communion with God.  James said Elijah prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain for three and a half years. When Elijah prayed that it would not to rain, in 1 Kings, it said he was a man that stood before God and Elijah simply stated what God had said, and it did not rain.  

James also said Elijah was a man with a nature like ours. His personality and temperament were like those of people today who face challenges, problems and concerns. Elijah stood before God, he had been in the presence of God and he knew God’s word. Elijah had a heart for God and his people.   Some people may want to be like Elijah who was able to cause it rain and to call fire from heaven but do not realizes thatElijah stood in the presence of God and that he spent time with God to know His word and His will. 

James 5: 17-18  Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. NKJV

Prayer is a conversation and communication of praises or requests addressed to God, who is the focus and recipient of our worship, love, devotion and adoration. Earnest prayer is simply declaring what God has already spoken from a heart of love and faith. It is not just the regurgitation of words without meaning or without a relationship; it is decreeing a truth out of love for God and His creation. 

Prayer is more than us telling God all about our troubles and it is not a one way conversation.  Some people believe prayer is just us telling God what we want, what we need and what we want Him to do for us, but that is not so. Prayer is communion and interaction between us and God it is a close and intimate relationship. Earnest prayer is a conversation and an instinctive response to a loving and personal relationship with God as we experience His fellowship and as He becomes part of our daily lives.

Earnest prayer is saying what God says about a matter with confidence and faith. Earnest prayer is being and having such a close relationship with God that we understand His heart, His thoughts and His will on a matter and then declaring the matter as fact and truth. 

Elijah was a man that stood in the presence of God. Elijah knew God’s word and proclaimed it to men and kings and he was a man who was quick to obey the word of God.  Elijah communed with God and knew that there would be no rain, because the people had turned away from their God. We too can be intimate with God by reading and hearing His word, by being in His presence and discerning His word, which increases our faith and trust in Him. 

1Kings 8:35  “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them,

1 Kings17:1-3   And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”  Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying,  “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. NKJV

God’s heart is always toward the people and the souls of men. Though the people had turned from Him and worshiped false gods, God Jehovah would not leave them in their depraved state. Elijah demonstrated the love and power of God before the people. He instructed them to turn back to God and he interceded for the people to God asking that He would forgive them. 

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.

1 Kings 18: 37-38Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.”  Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”NKJV

Elijah asked the people to consider their ways and to choose between God and Baal, a false god. Elijah would demonstrate the power of God before the unbelieving people and lead them to commit and to believe in the true and living God. Even though the people deserved judgement and the wrath of God, because of their sins, Elijah knew God’s heart and His love for the people. 

God is merciful and full of grace toward His creation. Elijah prepared an offering to God on behalf of the nation and because of the love of God, His wrath and judgement fell upon the sacrifice and spared the people even though their actions deserved judgement. 

We too can choose to stand in the presence of God, be quick to obey His word and to have an intimate relationship with Him and to know His will. We can speak the word of God to declare His truth and His word to unbelieving people and see the power of God turn their hearts back toward Him and the love of God through Jesus Christ to save them.

We are to point people to Jesus, the ultimate sacrifice of God. Who received the wrath of God and took all the judgement until it was finished and complete. We are to intercede to God as kings and priestson the behalf of the lost and the people of the world.

This is the responsibility of every true believer of Christ to pray earnestly as Elijah. As kings we are to operate in the authority of God as His children, as prophet to proclaim the word of God to the nations and as priest to intercede for the people to God.

 

Have you ever wondered what the differences were between sins , transgressions and iniquities? It took looking at the original Hebrew words to get a better understanding of these differences. God is a very deliberateGod and nothing is done without purpose. Therefore, all these words have significance and it is important that we understand what God is saying when He speaks concerning each of them. 

The three main words, in Hebrew, that were used to define the fallen state of mankind were translated as; 

1. Chattaah as sin  to not make the grade, to not measure up, to not reach your potential, to miss the mark;
2. Pesha as transgression – to act against a law, a rule, a code, un-conforming, to break away; 
3. Avon as iniquities – wicked, evil, blasphemous, gross presumptuous toward God, to willful disobey, to knowingly spite of God, the punishment of iniquities

The Hebrew word chattaah or sin is to error or to commit an unintentional act and it is first mentioned in Genesis 4:7.  God speaks to Cain and tells him if he does well (walk in purpose), he will be accepted but if he does not, then sin (chattaah) is laying at his door waiting to keep him from his potential and from fulfilling his purpose.

We should pay close attention to those things that are laying and waiting to trap us and to keep us from reaching our full potential and our destiny. The enemy has watched mankind from the beginning he is familiar with their family traits, their various cultures and their societal rankings and watches to see their actions and reactions to situations.  The enemy is looking to see which, offenses, failings and indulgences have the greatestpropensity to trip that person or will help get them addicted to some obsession. The preoccupation of sin, the constant thinking and meditation on the wrong things are the weights that bring some people down. Their minds are not free to focus on their own purpose and are hindered in their thinking from measuring up to their created providence and destiny.  

Genesis 4:6-7 So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire isfor you, but you should rule over it.” NKJ

The seed of anger and jealousy was laying and waiting for Cain as he compared his offering with his brother’s offering. The enemy will always try to have people compare themselves with others and this will lead either to envy and jealousy or entitlement and pride. There is a constant luring of deceit by the enemy to see if he can entice people to accept his lies and take the bait of his deception.

The opportunity for sin is always be available but the decision should be made before the occasion of sin is acted upon. When God reviles a truth to us, it is at that moment we must make a decision to obey that truth. Some people want to wait, to deliberate and consider that truth at some latertime. The scripture says the enemy will come and try to steal that word of truth and we should be vigilant in our observance of God’s word. 

We should give consideration and give a place in our hearts and minds to ponder the person of Jesus this is how we resist the devil, we submit to God. To dwell on anger, bitterness, pride and jealousy are traps of the enemy and they open of avenues to allow him access to cultivate depraveactions.

Cain did not obey God’s warning and he allowed his anger and jealousy to give birth to an act of murder. Had Cain listen to God’s caution and tookcontrol of his anger and put it under subjection, he could have been able to prevail in that battle and fulfill his God given purpose; to reflect the image of God in the earth. Instead Cain allowed sin to rule and have dominion over him and thus derailing his destiny. 

The Hebrew word Persha or transgression, is to violate or act against a law, a rule or a code. It is first seen in Exodus 23:21, God is telling the people of Israel to obey the voice of the Angel who was sent to keep them in the way,” which is God’s way and plan for them.

Exodus 23:20-21 Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.  Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him. NKJ

God has a way that is supernatural.  The kingdom Jesus brought to earth is spiritually discerned with methods and principles that are understood spiritually. It is not part of this natural world system so those who are only of this natural world cannot comprehend this kingdom of God. Those who are in the family of God have access to this kingdom. God’s people must learn how to operate in His kingdom and to live by His principles on earth. Some people are waiting to go to heaven thinking that is when they will see God’s kingdom, but God’s kingdom has come to earth and His people must learn how to live and operate in it. 

God has given us His word and His Son Jesus to guide us in His way and yet many people lack a personal relationship with God. Many are entangled with the traditions of men, the do’s and the don’ts of tradition rather than knowing and being the love of God on the earth.  We see people stray and transgress from God’s path because they fail to recognizeHis path, His truths and His kingdom principles.  People will wander off course and miss their mark and God’s purpose for their lives because they followed a person and not God.  Some fail to operate in the good news of God’s Kingdom because they do not know the love God has for them and all those who are hurting. 

The Hebrew word Avon or iniquities – is to act knowingly evil, perversity, willfully and stubbornly in spite of God’s word and the punishment of iniquity. The Hebrew word Avon is first seen in Genesis 4:13 after Cain killed his brother he said to the Lord, my avon, (evil, perverse, presumptuous, willfully disrespectful act of disobedient and the punishment of this act) is greater than I can bear. The word in this passage is avon and was translated as punishment. The Hebrew meaningmost often used for avon, is knowingly evil, wicked and gross presumptuous and the punishment of that iniquity. Some Hebrew scholars says this meaning lines up with the context of the scripture. 

Genesis 4:13   And Cain said to the Lord, “My(avon)punishment isgreater than I can bear! NKJ

God had warned Cain that sin was laying at his door but Cain ignored God’s warning and presumptuously disregarded God’s word. When Cain recognized the punishment of his willful disrespect of God was before him, he said it was more than his soul could bear and endure.  Cain knew the people would try and kill him and even in this God and His mercygave Cain a promise that no one would slay him.

Many people will try and say they are being punished by God but the truthis they are living with the reaction to an action or in a state of cause and effect of their own choices and consequences. The enemy will try and usethe same tactics today against mankind, anger, hate, pride and jealousy to provoke people into iniquity. The people who allow hate to continuously consume their thoughts and lives will eventually allow their actions to lead them into the same type of deliberate and willful act of disobedience to God. This is often the result of the root problem, which is pride, entitlement and self-centeredness. At some point there must be a letting go of the pride and the hurt and a prayer of forgiveness in order to be released from our past so to move forward into destiny. 

God’s love for us far outweighs our sins, transgressions and iniquities. Jesus came that we may live in our true identity, purpose and destiny, but it is our choice to ask Him to come into our lives and transform us into His likeness. God’s love allows us an opportunity to ask for forgiveness, to accept the completed work of Jesus. It is when we bow before Jesus as our Lord that we begin to be transformed into a new creation that reflects God’s love on earth.

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