Praise The Lord!

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41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it ran in the dry places like a river.

42 For He [earnestly] remembered His holy word and promise to Abraham His servant.

43 And He brought forth His people with joy, and His chosen ones with gladness and singing,

44 And gave them the lands of the nations [of Canaan], and they reaped the fruits of those peoples’ labor,

45 That they might observe His statutes and keep His laws [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them]. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)             (Psalm 105:41-45) Amp

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The Joy of HIS Fellowship

” ….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!

 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.”] (Matthew 11:28)

Will you…?

Love, Shade

Keep Your Focus On Jesus

“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!

You Can Do This

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” 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.

3 And I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, Who calls you by your name.”  (Isaiah 45:2-3) AMP

Keep Your Eyes on the Word

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“Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.”                          (Romans 4:20-21) LWT

Let the JOY Out!

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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,

The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” (John 10:10)

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.

Jesus said, “behold, I am with you all the days perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion, to the [very] close and consummation of the age” (Matthew 28:20) Also Hebrews reinforces this fact,

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!

Shade