There Is Authority In The Name

Matthew 18 20

Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

We’ve been studying “what’s in the name” of Jesus so this morning we’re going to look at yet another one of the Biblical definitions of the Greek word for “name”, omoma, and that is “in recognition of the authority of (sometimes combined with the thought of relying or resting on).

The above scripture is one of the verses where the word “onoma” or “name” is defined in Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old And New Testament Words as falling under the definition of “in recognition of the authority of (sometimes combined with the thought of relying or resting on). In rendering this definition of Matthew 18:20 we would say that what Jesus was saying was that “For where two are three are gathered together in My authority, recognizing it and relying or resting upon Me, I am there in the midst of them.” We often think of this verse as meaning when we come together as Christians that He is there in the midst of us, but when we look at the actual meaning of the Greek word and apply it’s definition to the scripture we see a completely different truth. The power does not rest in the number of people who are Christians coming together, it rests in two or three who gather together in recognition of the authority of Jesus Christ and relying and resting upon the power that is resident within them because of who they are in Him. There is authority in the Name of Jesus!

Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit;

In this verse the proper rendering of the definition would cause it to read “baptizing them in the authority of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.

Acts 8:16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Again, the proper rendering of the definition of “name” in this verse would cause it to read, “They had only been baptized in the authority of the Lord Jesus”. A person receives the Holy Spirit to live within them when they receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, but the Holy Spirit comes upon a person in the power that is promised in the book of Acts through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. These people were saved because of believing in the authority of Jesus Christ but they wanted the baptism of the Holy Spirit which they received when Peter and John laid hands on them. There was an evidence of the Holy Spirit coming upon them because Simon wanted to pay them to give him that power as well.

John 14:13 “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

In this verse, according to the proper rendering of the definition, it would read, “And whatever you ask in My authority, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

Are you praying in the authority that Jesus has given you or are you simply tacking on the end of your prayer, “in the name of Jesus I pray”? There’s a difference between praying in the authority that He has given us and repeating the phrase as a formula for success. God isn’t into formulas, He works through faith in the authority that has been place in His children through their relationship with Jesus Christ.

John 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”

In looking at the proper rendering of the definition of the word “name”, onoma, in this verse, it would read, “and that whatever you ask the Father according to My authority He may give you”.

When praying effectively it is important that we understand that we pray through the authority that comes from who we are in Christ Jesus, not what we say in rote repetition. God honors the prayers of those who recognize the authority that they have as a believer in Christ Jesus. Faith moves God, not the simply the words that we use. He looks into the heart of man to see on what basis we are using to appear before Him. If we are simply repeating a form of prayer we show that we really do not have faith in the authority of Jesus, but are simply using a prayer formula.

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

With the proper rendering of the definition of the word “name” in this verse it would mean that everything that we do as believers should be done in recognition of the authority of the Lord Jesus in our lives. It truly is in Him that we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28) We do not live two different lives; one in the secular world and one in the spiritual arena. All that we do revolves around who we are in Christ Jesus. There is no separation between our spiritual and natural lives. They meld together into one in Him. Have you thought of your work as being an act of spiritual worship? Do you consider your occupation as being secular or spiritual? According to this verse everything that we do is included as a part of our spiritual lives.

I’ve given you several different scriptures that use the definition for the word “name” in the Greek as being “in recognition of the authority of (sometimes combined with the thought of relying or resting on). Because there is such a difference in Western and Eastern language definitions, it really is difficult to fully understand what certain verses mean without looking into the original Hebrew and Greek meanings of the words. That is what I’ve tried to help you with in looking at these different definitions. When we understand the true Biblical definition we can see a clearer picture of what God was really saying to us through these scriptures. As we come to understand the proper definitions we are accountable then, to God, for applying what we have learned to our lives. I pray that you will apply what you have been learning about the definitions of the “name” of Jesus to your life so you can grow in your relationship with the Lord.

Father, I thank You for Your word and for how You have shown us that there are different definitions that apply to certain words in the verses of Your Scriptures. I thank You for the Holy Spirit who is our teacher and would ask that He would give us revelation knowledge and understanding to be able to apply what we’ve learned to our lives to increase our effectiveness in sharing Your love with those around us. Father, I pray that we will use the “name” of Jesus properly and not just as a “tack on” to the end of our prayers. May we recognize fully the authority that we have in praying through His name. Thank You, Father, for enlightening our understanding in these things. Amen.

The wonderful name of Jesus

Priming The Pump

I recently prayed with a young lady to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. As we prayed together I told her her that I was going to pray in the Spirit next to her and for her to relax and just speak out those words that the Holy Spirit would give her as we prayed together. I told her what I was doing was similar to “priming the pump”. Of course, as a teenager she had no idea of what I was talking about as her generation has never really heard of or seen a hand pump such as this one. It was a foreign concept to her. But the purpose was in getting her mind off of herself and what her mind wanted her to say in the natural so she could hear from the Spirit to speak out of that supernatural heavenly language that He was giving her. She needed to make the shift from her own natural language to the language of the Spirit.

Often times, as believers in Christ Jesus and in our desire to be all that He created us to be, we become “introspective” and through our focus on “what’s wrong with me” we forget to listen to the Holy Spirit and follow His direction for life instead of our own thoughts and actions. Our focus becomes clouded by our desire to be “perfect”, to not make any mistakes in our walk with the Lord, and to become “sinless”. But the problem with that is that in focusing on self, we take our eyes off of Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith. We then become self-conscious, instead of God-conscious. It is not up to us to change ourselves, but God does the work within us as we cooperate with Him. The work that He completed on the cross was a complete work and through Him we receive the freedom of our sins being forgiven! It is not a work that we have to do, but a work that was done on our behalf by the Savior of the world. We are now free to live according to His Spirit and not our flesh.

Galatians 5:16-18 MSG My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?

 

My question today is: Are you experiencing the freedom of being led by the Spirit or are you following the erratic compulsions of a rule based religion?

Matthew 5:6 MSG “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.”

 

“Child, whatever a person hungers for is what they will seek to satisfy. When you hunger and thirst for Me you will be satisfied by My Spirit; your spirit man will be nourished and satisfied. Your flesh seeks it’s own and your spirit seeks My own.”

Father, I come before You today just to say that I love You and my desire is to follow the leading of Your Spirit in what I say and do. I desire to feed my spirit through Your Spirit’s leading. I am hungry for You, Lord! I pray that my heart is pure before You and that what You say to me will be what I heed and do rather than living my life according to a set of rules and regulations or by the erratic behavior of my feelings. Father, I pray that my friends will also seek Your direction and walk according to the freedom of Your Spirit to live and do as You would desire rather than their own motivations. May we be pleasing in Your sight, Oh God! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

Quiet Your Heart

Psalm 27:13, 14 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

 

“Quiet your heart before Me, Child, and wait on Me. Do not be discouraged when things do not move at your pace. My ways are different than yours. Still yourself and wait for My directions before you move out in action. Wait for me to lead you by the soft, gentle voice of My Spirit within your heart. You do not know the timing or the way of your path; but I do. I see into the future and know all things. Those who are Mine are called by My name and led by My Spirit. I will lead you in the way you should go. You will arrive right on time at your destination for I am never early and never late. Do not fear in putting your trust in Me, for I will never fail you or leave you to make decisions on your own. You are Mine and I provide for My own. Be strong and of good courage. Do not fear and do not follow your own feelings!”

 

Father, I thank You for watching over us and providing for our needs. I thank You for Your guidance and directions through life. You know all things and see all things. Thank You for directing us by Your Spirit within. I pray for those this morning who may be floundering around, wondering which way to go in a certain situation. I pray that You will still their hearts with Your peace. I pray that You will give them the assurance that You are working on their behalf, righting the wrongs and providing for their needs. Father, I praise You for Who You are! You are the Lord God Almighty. There is nothing too difficult for You. Thank You for taking care of our loved ones. Thank You for providing for their needs and protecting them from the evil one. Thank You for being GOD in our lives! I yield myself to You; to Your direction and to Your will. You know what’s best for each one of us and You will not fail us nor forsake us. We can trust You. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer this morning. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

 

 

The Umpire Of My Life

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

“You were called to live in My peace, Child. The decision that you make will either bring peace or unrest into your life. Learn to seek Me before making decisions and allow My peace to rule the decision making process. You will know which way to take by the the peace or lack thereof. If you do not feel at peace about a situation do not do it. That’s My way of explaining to you that it is not the right direction for you to take. I will give a check or uneasiness within your spirit to indicate what you should do. You must pray and seek My will before making these decisions as I know which way you should go. Allow Me to lead you and I will guide you into peace for I have called you to live in harmony in your relationships; both with Me and with your fellow believers. Allow My peace to rule your heart and you will not experience the heartache that comes with making wrong decisions. Let Me lead you and guide you in the way you should go!”

Father, I thank You for Your peace. I know, Father, that You lead and guide us by peace in our hearts. I pray that I might always follow the way of peace in my heart so I won’t get into situations that are not in Your will for my life. Help me to overcome the temptation to make decisions based on my emotions which go against the peace or disharmony that I sense at times when I am not supposed to go a certain direction. You know what is best for me, Father, and I trust you to lead me in the right way. Please forgive me for the times when I have not followed Your peace and made unwise choices that affected the quality of life that I was living. Show me the way that I should take in these times of decision and give me the courage to follow Your peace in each one of them. Thank You, Father. Amen.

Peace – Greek word eirene – Strong’s #1515 – menas a state of rest, quietness, and calmness; an absence of strife; tranquility. It generally denotes a perfect well-being.

Have you ever made a decision that you just felt uneasy about within your heart? That’s the Spirit of God within you trying to say “don’t do that”! There have been times when I have made those decisions and then there have been other times when I followed the lack of peace within and made the right decision. It was at those times of correct decisions that, as I made them, I would feel God’s peace sweep over me and a huge load was lifted off my shoulders. If only we would learn to follow that peace all the time then our lives would be much less complicated.

What does it mean when it says “let the peace of God rule”? Well, I think of it as being like an umpire in a baseball game. What He says goes! If he rules that ball as a strike even though the batter didn’t flinch when the ball passed by him, it is a strike! The players are lead by the umpire’s decision. That’s how God wants us to live; ruled by His peace. We are called to live in peace. When our emotions are involved we will not always have peace in our hearts because we are pulled one direction or another by how we feel. I am learning that I cannot trust my emotions all the time. But if I allow peace or the lack of it to direct me then I will experience a peaceful lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone Needs To Take Time To Rest!

Mark 6:30-32 Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.

Once the word about the miracles that Jesus was doing and how He had empowered His apostles to do those same things, the people flocked to them. The multitudes came from all over to hear and receive the life that they offered. Healings abounded and many received the miracle working power of God through them. They found themselves constantly ministering to the needs of the people until they had no time for themselves to rest. Many times they didn’t even have time to sit down and eat a meal because the needs of the people were so great. In this particular instance after the apostles had been out ministering Jesus sensed their need for rest so He took them away to a deserted place where He thought they could get by themselves to have some time to rest and refresh themselves for the days ahead.

Rest – Greek word anapauo – Strong’s #373 means “to make to cease.” The word describes a cessation from toil, a refreshment, an intermission.

Everyone needs time away from the demands of life to catch their breath, to relax and to enjoy a little “down” time. A lot of ministers will take Monday off after having such a demanding ministry day on Sunday. God, the Father, said that man should work six days and then take a day for rest.

Exodus 31:15-17 ‘Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. ‘Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. ‘It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’”

Rested – Hebrew word shabat – Strong’s #7673 means to stop, to rest, to cease, to end. This verb is of great importance in the Old Testament, mainly because of the noun that is formed from it: shabbat, or as we say, “Sabbath.” The shabbat is the day when all work ceases, and Israel rests and meditates on the glories of God’s creation (heaven and Earth), just as God rested on that first Sabbath (Gen. 2:1-3)

God worked in making His creation for six days and then He took a day for resting and refreshing Himself. He knew that His man would need that same “down” time to give his spirit, soul and body the refreshment they need to be able to handle the demands of life. We now live in a society that goes constantly; people rarely take time to just do nothing but be with the Lord. They are pulled in all different directions by the high demands of life. Some work even on Sundays which is the Lord’s day and supposed to be a day of rest. And even when they take time off to rest their vacations are so filled with activities or work that they do at home that they never get to the place where they feel rested from being away from work. They simply exchange one form of work for another.

It is when people continue in the high demands placed on themselves that their bodies become stressed and eventually break down under the pressure. Their emotions are pulled in different directions and Christians can experience instability in their spiritual walk with the Lord because the demands on their bodies have become so great.

In 1 Kings 19 we read the story of Elijah running into the wilderness fleeing from Jezebel who wanted to kill him for the ministry he had done in exposing her and the false prophets that were leading the people astray. We find that because of his extreme fatigue his whole emotional outlook towards ministering for the Lord became skewed. He was tired and emotionally drained and listen to what he said to the Lord because of it:

1 Kings 19:1-4 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” and when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”

Elijah was tired, stressed and emotionally drained. He had confronted all the prophets of Jezebel and ministered mightily in exposing them and revealing God to the people as the One true God. He hand of the Lord was upon him to end the drought they had been experiencing for three years. He had run ahead of Ahab to beat the abundance of rain that was coming as he spoke according to God’s word to end the drought and bring rain upon the land once again. His ministry was flourishing and he was exhausted as he met the attacks of the enemy. He spoke to the Lord of wanting to die because he simply was worn out from working in the ministry.

God didn’t condemn him or reject him for feeling the way he felt. But instead He caused him to lie down and rest. After the rest he sent an angel to minister refreshment to him.

1 Kings 19:5-7 Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. And the angel of the LORD came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.”

God ministered to him in his time of fatigue. He sent an angel to provide foot for him after he slept. The Father knew that he needed time to rest and be refreshed before he could continue on doing what He had called him to do. People need time to rest and be refreshed or they will burn out under the demands of life. It was only after Elijah had taken time to rest and have proper nourishment that he would be able to go back into the high demands of ministry that God had given him.

Are you tired this morning? Do you feel that life is overwhelming you? Maybe you just need some time away from it’s demands to rest and refresh yourself; to get the proper perspective about what is taking place.

Friends, I have written a daily devotional blog pretty much every day for the last six months and I am tired. I realize that I need to take some time off periodically so I have some time away from the demands of ministry. Not only have I written this blog, but I have also continued to pursue my college degree through this time as well as teaching as requested by my Pastor on Wednesday nights. I am going to take some time off to rest. I may continue to have a daily blog for you as I feel lead to share, but if I am not here every day please don’t think that I have deserted you; I am simply taking the day off. I will seek the Lord for what to share and if I have a shortened blog for that day I will still present it to you. I know that many of you count on me for your devotional life and I feel the pressure of being responsible to feed the sheep in this manner. Please know that my heart is to share God’s word with you and to encourage you in your daily walk with the Lord. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement to me through your comments, prayers and personal words of encouragement. I appreciate each one of you!

Father, I thank you for the opportunity to minister Your word to the people. I thank You for the avenue You have given me to share what I feel You have placed on my heart with others. And I thank You for their faithfulness in reading and commenting on my blogs. They have been faithful supporters of the work that I feel that You have called me to do in this place. I ask You now, to meet their every need. Fill them with the spiritual manna that they need to build up their spirit man to meet the demands of life. Give them the strength that they need to fight the battles that the enemy brings into their lives. Love them through me, Lord, and give me the word from Your word that will lighten their load and encourage them. Thank You, Father, for times of rest and refreshment. I pray that as I rest You will fill me to overflowing with what You want me to share with them. I love ministering Your healing balm to those that You have placed within my sphere of influence and I thank You for the opportunity to speak into their lives what You would have me share with them. I pray Your blessing on each reader this morning that comes to this blog to find spiritual nourishment. Grant them the blessing of knowing You, Lord. Fill them to overflowing with Your very presence and give them rest from their labors. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

Two Ears And One Mouth

I was praying recently about a situation in my life and as I prayed about it I immediately heard the Holy Spirit speak this verse to me in answer to my problem:

James 1:19, 20 NLT My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Your anger can never make things right in God’s sight.

Since I have quieter, more passive type of personality it usually isn’t too difficult for me to hold my tongue and think before I speak. But there are times when it gets the best of me and, as a person once said about the little boy when told to sit down and be quiet, he said, “I may be sitting down on the outside, but I’m standing up on the inside”. The person on the inside of me sometimes cries out over what is happening on the outside. And I have had to pray that God would set a guard over my mouth and keep watch over the door of my lips. (Psalm 141:3) It is a lot easier for me to deal with my own emotions than to have to go back to a person and apologize for something that I said in haste that hurt their feelings. Words cannot be retracted and always hang out there waiting for the devil, who is the accuser of the brethren, to bring them back to remembrance when they will once again bring the sting of hurt and disappointment to the person to whom they have been spoken. It is with regret that I’ve thought so many times that I wish I could take back the words that I have spoken in haste or anger.

God, through the writings of James, instructs us in being quick to listen and slow to speak and especially when angry because, as my mother used to say, two wrongs do not make a right. What may have been said to me could very well be wrong, but my angry response to it does not produce God’s right way of living; it doesn’t make my angry response any more right than the one who hurt my feelings with what they said to me. In being quick to listen we give ourselves time to gain discernment to understand the underlying reason for what is being said to us, rather than just taking the words at face value. We are more apt to understand the other person’s heart rather than just reacting to the words that are spoken. Time between what is said and the response always gives an avenue whereby we are able to reflect and respond rather than react.

 

Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

Relationships can be really challenging. Human nature compels us to feel that we are right and the other person is wrong. And since we are all human none of us is perfect so we are not right all the time, but we are not always wrong either. However, God’s way, the higher road, is to relinquish our rights in order to live in peace with the other person. He says, “if it is possible”…..unfortunately, sometimes it’s not possible to live in peace with another person, but our part is to do what He asks of us in trying our best to live in peace with them.

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

I have often heard that this scripture says that God places some people in our lives as sandpaper to smooth down our rough edges! Different opinions within our relationship cause us to think about our own position, whether we are right or wrong. If there are no challenges there is no room for growth; our countenance will remain the same. We will not ever be changed. The key to good relationships, then, is not that one opinion overrides the other, but that in presenting our opinion, spoken in love, we offer room for growth. By so doing we are each giving and receiving input by which we may reflect and understand another’s point of view in order to meet in agreement and be changed through the peaceable exchange of opinions. It is in working with the other person that we learn to live peaceably with them.

And once again we have come full circle back to the first scripture in James 1:19, 20 where we are instructed to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. I guess there is some truth in the saying that God gave us two ears and one mouth so we could listen twice as much as we speak.

Father, I thank You for the wisdom that You give us through Your word. You are always working with our best interest in mind and I thank You for instructing us in how to live peaceably with others. Thank You, Father, for purchasing our redemption and for placing us in the body of Christ. May we all think of the other person more highly that we think of ourselves, yielding to them and learning from them. Thank You, Father, for those that You place around us to sharpen our countenance. May we treat them with understanding and love as we interact with them. Father, I pray that we will always walk in love towards the other person and give them the opportunity to speak what is on their heart without fear of rejection. Thank You, Father, for hearing my prayer. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

Like A Tree Planted By The River

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Those who are perishing don’t understand the power of God revealed through the cross of Christ Jesus! To them it is foolishness! But to those of us who are being saved it is powerful! It is the only way to live. I can look back through the years and see how Jesus lifted me up out of situations that would have destroyed me had I not had the power of God in my life. He is my life and breath and my reason for living. It is because of Christ Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross of Calvary that I will spend eternity in His presence; worshiping at His feet, proclaiming the praises of my Savior! And for life now, as it is on this earth, He is my strength and deliverance; my fortress in the time of trouble; my refuge from the storm. It is under His wings that I take refuge until the storm passes by.

Jeremiah understood that a person needed God’s power and strength to live life effectively when he penned these words in the book of Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 17:5: Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trust in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited.”

Jeremiah understood that those who don’t know the Lord only have their flesh to trust in. They don’t know God and as a result do not have hope in someone greater than themselves. They may seem to have a measure of success as some of them actually practice Biblical principles, not realizing that there are spiritual laws that when put into motion will bring the desired results, but on a whole, they will not prosper because they don’t recognize God as their Source. When good comes their way, they often don’t recognize it and it slips through their fingers. They are like a shrub in the desert, blown about by the wind with no root system. Even though rain comes periodically in the desert it doesn’t last long and the plants are not nourished from it. They have no anchor for their soul; no direction for their lives, but simply exist from day to day wondering and worrying about the future.

Jeremiah went on to say in Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.”

Here we have the contrast between the man who trusts in himself and the one who trusts in the Lord. The man who trusts in the Lord knows that his hope is in God. This man understands that the power of God is real and he depends on it. He prospers like a tree planted by the water, with its roots firmly planted by the river. He doesn’t have to worry when the heat of the summer comes, or when the pressure is on him because his Source will never dry up. His leaf will always be green because he is plugged in to the power Source. His thoughts are not anxious when the economy turns sour, nor does he stop serving the Lord because of fear. He simply draws from the power of God in his life and continues doing what a tree does; being green and fruitful.

We live in trying times. We, as a nation, are experiencing some things that trouble me and many are struck with fear for the future. But I realize who my Source is and am plugged in to Him so I will not fear nor be anxious for what might lie ahead. The power of God is greater than any man, or government, or nation, or anything the evil one might try to throw at us. God is all-powerful! He is greater than anything that could possibly arise that would try to destroy His people.

Paul went on to say in 1 Corinthians 1:19-25 NLT As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy human wisdom and discard their most brilliant ideas.” So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made them all look foolish and has shown their wisdom to be useless nonsense. Since God in His wisdom saw to it that the world would never find Him through human wisdom He has used our foolish preaching to save all who believe. God’s way seems foolish to the Jews because they want a sign from heaven to prove it is true. And it is foolish to the Greeks because they believe only what agrees with their own wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended, and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the mighty power of God and the wonderful wisdom of God. This “foolish” plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength.

God has a plan for our lives. It includes salvation; deliverance; healing; and prosperity. He knows exactly where each one of us is in our everyday walk of life. We might not always understand why things happen the way they do, but we can know that God is more powerful than any of man’s plans or ways of success. Even at His weakest, if that is possible, He is stronger than any human and wiser than any of man’s ideas or thoughts.

Proverbs 21:1 NKJV The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.

God is still in control! He can change a person’s heart just as easily as changing the course of a river. He created all things including each and every human being. God knows where you are! He knows your situation and the trials that you are facing. Just one word from God can change your entire life. He is all-powerful; He is omniscient or all-seeing; and He is omnipresent or all-present. He is God; there is none above Him and none beside Him. Will you place your trust in Him today?

Father, I thank You for Your power to overcome any and all adversity that comes into our lives. You are greater, Lord, that anything that we might encounter. I pray for those this morning who may be fearful of the future. I ask You, Lord, to touch them and give them revelation knowledge of Who You are and want to be in their lives. I pray that they will surrender their hearts to You and look unto Jesus for their strength in the times of trouble. Father, You can change our lives with just one word. I pray that You will do that for each one of us as we trust in You. Move in our lives as only You can, Father. Bring deliverance and healing for those who are sick and oppressed. Make provision for those who are suffering lack and forgive those who have transgressed against You. You are all powerful; there is nothing too difficult for You. You are all-present and all-seeing; there is nothing that You do not see and You are always with us. Thank You, Father, for rescuing us from the evil one. Thank You for setting us free from sin, sickness and disease and poverty and lack. I pray for wisdom, Lord, that we might know how to live our lives according to Your ways. And I ask that You would give us courage to choose right over wrong. Forgive us for our wicked ways, Father, and bring healing to our land. Thank You, Father. I pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

 

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