41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it ran in the dry places like a river.
41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it ran in the dry places like a river.
” ….But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]! 41 But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; 42 There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:40-42)
This story about Mary and Martha reflects most of us as Christians. We are often too busy about many things without given much consideration to what is really necessary and most of all, what should be the priority. It’s very clear in the Scriptures that the first priority is to put God first in every area of life. And I believe the number one principle to effective Christian living is cultivating a daily habit of spending time at the Lord’s feet.
This is the one priority in a Christian life that opens every door!
God loves for us to come and fellowship with Him, Does He need our fellowship to be complete or be who He is? No, God does not need anything from us to make Him God, He is already complete and more than enough in every aspect! God simply enjoys our fellowship, just like a good earthly parent will be thrilled and delighted to spending time with their children.
The Lord enjoys spending intimate time with us. In fact, this is the primary reason He created us – To live in His presence and to enjoy the work of His hand. (Genesis 1:8 ~ Psalm 8:6) When Adam and Eve blew it because of their disobedience it brought sin into the scene and separated us from God.
But because of His love for us God devised another means of bringing us into His presence. He gave His best, He gave all that was ever possible to give to restore us back to Him, God sent His only Son to die on the cross, to shed His blood so that we could enter into the holy of holies and draw near to Him ANYTIME we desire!
And you know the most mysterious part? We are the beneficiary of it all! When we spend time with the Lord we discover His plans for us. We get His direction for our life. God gives us insights about the future (Jeremiah 33:3) He gives us His wisdom and releases His grace to accomplish our purpose in life. (“Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth as Your possession.”- Psalm 2:8). What more could anybody ask for us!?! How wonderful is His love for us!
God doesn’t want us to allow the busyness of life to steal from us His good plans for us. When we spend time at His feet, His Presence rest upon us. The Lord shepherds us. Imagine what that will do in your life! That is the favor of the Lord! That is what David meant, when he said, “Goodness and Mercy follow me.” (Psalm 23:6). Imagine the goodness and mercy of God going every where you go because you have made the choice to apply God’s wisdom, which is, to make Him your number one priority on your busy schedule list!
God on His side has flung all doors wide open into His throne room for us to come and REST and find HEALING and WHOLENESS in every area of life.
“Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” (Hebrews 4:16)
The Lord tells us to come away from our busyness and find rest for our weary and famished soul!
“Then Peter called to him: “Sir, if it is really you, tell me to come over to you, walking on the water.” 29 “All right,” the Lord said,“come along!” So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. 31 Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and rescued him. “O man of little faith,”Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” (Matthew 14:28-31)
Peter stepped out on the WORD of Jesus, “Come” and he was doing perfectly fine. But, immediately Peter took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink. Now think about this, what has the storm got to do with walking on water? Even with a perfect weather, human beings can’t walk on the water! Water walking is SUPERNATURAL, and so is Faith. Faith is a supernatural gift from God!
This is often how it is when you decide to step out by faith on the Word of God and do something you believe God wants you to do. The devil will try to distract your focus from the WORD by sending ‘storms’ – different forms of distractions such as sickness, family problem, financial crisis and anything to get you off track, to get you to start making negative confessions, and after that doubt sets in, next thing, you give up and quit.
Well, DON’T! …I’m here to encourage you today to keep your focus on Jesus. Keep renewing your mind with God’s promises consigning that problem and keep confessing that word over the problem. Also very important, keep thanking God by faith for your breakthrough. And take a step of faith! Do what is possible for you to do in the natural and leave the impossible part for God to do for you. My friend, this is what, “Water Walking Faith” is about.
“Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. ” (Hebrews 11:1)
I’m praying for you. God bless you!
” I will go before you and level the mountains [to make the crooked places straight]; I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut asunder the bars of iron.
I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth! (Psalm 121:1-2)
There is an absolute need to reclaim the joy of Christmas for every day living! The other day I read a report that saddened me. The report stated that for many people Christmas is the most stressful time of the year. More people suffer from worrying and anxiety. Many get depressed because of finances, whilst others suffer from grieve and disappointment during Christmas more than any other season in their lives. Now then, where does this kind of report come from? Because it is definitely not from God! This is a total distortion of God’s will and purpose. Take a look at what God says about Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ in Luke 2,
“But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” (Luke 2:10 -14)
Can you see? Armies of angels bursting with joy, singing praises unto God! They were praising God because something wonderful, something brand new had happened on the landscape of the earth. The Saviour of the world is born! Prior to Christ birth, Mankind was held bound by sin; anguish, grieve, hopelessness, death and all that come with the fallen nature. Jesus came for one reason, and that is: to give us LIFE. And not just an any kind of life, but an ABUNDANT Life. That is what Jesus said,
Also, take a look at the first sermon Jesus preached when He came to earth:
“”The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity], 19 To proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound].” (Luke 4:18-19)
Come on! Jesus is talking, good news, forgiveness, salvation, plentiful and abundant free favor of God to all mankind.
Before Jesus came the devil had a filled day given people anguish and grieve, there was no true joy and peace. Until God came to us. The day Jesus Christ was born true joy hit this earth, the very joy that God has in heaven came to live with us on earth. “Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel—which, when translated, means, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)
Emmanuel means God is with us, God living with us is not sad news, but exceedingly glad news! Christianity is not just for Christmas day it’s for everyday living. Jesus came on the first Christmas morning 2000 years ago to give us an abundant Life, and He is still living with us today.
“Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not,[I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]” (Hebrews 13:5)
Jesus Christ lives round the clock in the heart of everyone who has received Him as saviour and Lord. Because Christ lives in us we have direct assess to the Joy of God. And that is Good news indeed!
The negative reports the media and others have about Christmas shows how the devil can distort something good when we don’t have an understanding of the Word of God says about our situation, it shows how cares and anxiety of this world can rub us of God’s peace and joy, if we don’t stand by faith and kick the devil out of what God says is ours.
I pray you are encouraged by this word, that you let the joy out this Christmas and all through the year. Let us not focus on the negative things and lose sight of God’s gift to us, His Son Jesus Christ. Let us remember that God is not absent but with us everyday. God, Emmanuel is with us! Amen.
Praying the very best of this season for you! God bless!
“But Moses said, The people among whom I am are 600,000 footmen [besides all the women and children], and You have said, I will give them meat, that they may eat a whole month! 22 Shall flocks and herds be killed to suffice them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be collected to satisfy them? 23 The Lord said to Moses, Has the Lord’s hand (His ability and power) become short (thwarted and inadequate)? You shall see nowwhether My word shall come to pass for you or not.” (Numbers 11:21-23)
To Moses what he was facing was overwhelming and hopeless. As the leader of the nation of Israel, the responsibility of their well-being was on him. The situation absolutely got the best of Moses…. “ I am not able to carry all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me.” (Numbers 11:14) They were in the middle of the desert, scarce resources, the Israelites were murmuring and complaining, they were surrounded by enemies and neighbors who will not help them. No doubt the situation was overwhelming and agonizing for Moses.
When Moses complained, God reminded him, that He had not changed, that He still was God and His arm is not short to save and deliver!
Beloved, there are no limits to God and what He is able to do! What God expected them to do, was to walk by faith and not by sight! God wanted them to move forward by faith, trusting in Him, even when the situation looked impossible. But, because of what Moses was seeing in his imagination, the image he had about himself and the situation confronting them could not bring him into the abundant provision of God, which was already laid up for them on the other side – “in God”, which cannot be perceived by the natural mind. (Look at what God did for them in verse 31, He abundantly provided for them!!)
How do we walk by faith and not by sight? How do we change what we see to match and connect with what God has already made available for us?
You do this by spending time thinking on the promises God has provided for you in His Word. By meditating on them. By believing you receive those promises. And by changing your image or the picture you have in your imagination. For example, if you are in need financially, change seeing yourself as the one always in need, to a person who is generous, a tither and a giver to those in need. If you are sick, see yourself healed, not only that, see yourself laying hands on the sick in the name of Jesus, and seeing them healed and restored. And the bottom line, forgive your enemies and walk in Love.
As you do, those promises of God will become real to you, your image of yourself will change and your faith will begin to grow and increase. Just make a quality decision to keep meditating on the word on a consistent basis, eventually your mind will become transformed into the right image by the power of the Holy Spirit, and you will begin to see the manifestation of those promises in your life! Brothers and Sisters let us be encouraged in knowing that, no matter how difficult the circumstances confronting us, God is for us and His arm is not short to save us!
I’m praying for you! God bless you!
“Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world,things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)
God’s ways are higher than ours. God’s method is contrary to the world’s way of doing things. For example, God says when you are weak, you are strong (2 Corinthians 12:10). When you are poor, you have more than enough ( in Christ, you are an appointed heir of all things created by God – Hebrews 1:2). When you are in need, give sacrificially (1 king 17:9-16). When you are sick and have a negative report from the doctor, you declare you WERE healed by the stripes of Jesus (Isaiah 53:5). When you are hated and persecuted, love in return (Matt 5:43-48.) It does not add up and it makes no sense to our natural mind how God works. But you know what? It pleases God when we are willing to be like a child in our faith and take God at His word. The TRUTH is, no matter what we might be facing, our God is more than ENOUGH!
When fear of lack of any kind, tries to grip our heart, God invites us to grow in our faith and knowledge of Him. And by turning to Him in prayer and His WORD, we discover the power of His provision in our lives!
I am praying for you! God bless!
“Then He said, Let Me go, for day is breaking. But [Jacob] said, I will not let You go unless You declare a blessing upon me.” (Genesis 32:26)
When you have passion for a particular thing it really shows, doesn’t it? I mean, people just know what you are about! When you see a new dating couples, you can just tell…..It’s in their talk…their smile….their gaze…their walk. You can smell romance all over them. They have a passion for each other!
Jacob was a man of Passion! he was a man who knew not to give up, he always had a way around every situation, no matter how difficult and impossible it looked, he knew a God of no limitation who specializes in doing the impossible. If he wanted something, he was willing to persevere until breakthrough. And God loves that!
What are you expecting from the Lord today? Let’s get our expectation focused in the right direction – on the Lord. Expect the best. Expect your children to succeed. Expect yourself to succeed. Expect the Lord to prosper you that you become debt free (it s not impossible for God!). Expect the Lord to heal and bless you like He blessed Jacob in this Bible story, God is not a respecter of persons, if He did it then for Jacob, He will do it for you too – Line up your expectation with God’s word, and watch what God will do in your life!
I’m praying for you. You are Blessed in Jesus Name!