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Waiting on God is the Hardest Part

Sometimes we have to wait for God’s presence, or for Him to act on our behalf, because we haven’t been holding ourselves accountable for our behavior. This is especially so if our actions have run contrary to His word. In this case, He distances Himself from us, and maybe throws a little discipline our way to get us back on track. We are always just a confession and a repenting, away from God’s restoration:

Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins? Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD! Lam. 3:39, 40. ESV

Moreover, even in our darkest hour, we can always depend upon the love, mercy and steadfast faithfulness of our God – who covers us with the limitless grace that we could never earn on our own.

Our loving God takes no pleasure in dishing out the discipline (justice) that we (during our slip and falls) have forced His hand to administer. He only does that to save our lives:

For the Lord will not cast off forever. Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies. For He does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men. Lam. 3:31 – 33. NKJV

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lam. 3:24 – 26. NKJV

Another time that we may have to wait on God, is for answered prayer – especially because we want them granted within our desired timeline.

Jesus tells us that whatever you pray to God for, in His name, Christ will make it happen. (Jn. 14:13, 14.) The caveat is that what you pray for must align with God’s will and not be detrimental to you or others:

You ask and do not receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. Jm. 4:3 NASB

Or, you may be holding a grudge against someone at the time of your prayer. God will not answer your prayers while you practice unrighteousness. (Mk. 11:25)

The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous. Pr. 15:29 NKJV

But God can turn you around in a heartbeat through His mercy, after He first hears your repentant prayer:

He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him, he shall see His face with joy, for He restores to man His righteousness. Job 33:26 NKJV

And then the door is open:

…the Lord has set apart for Himself [and dealt wonderfully with] the godly man [the one of honorable character and moral courage – the one who does right]. The Lord hears and responds when I call to Him. Ps. 4:3 AMP

Lastly with regards to prayer, you may need to shore up your faith to get it answered:

…whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mt. 11:24 ESV

Nevertheless, even after you have met God’s conditions for answered prayer, you may still have to wait. Why? Because God loves you so much, He is going to wait until you are ‘positioned’ in your life (i.e. have the maturity and understanding) to use HIs blessing to get the utmost out of it and to accomplish His will in you – and that’s a good thing.

The last thing we may have to wait on God for, is His promises. And as far as I’m concerned, His biggest promise is about gaining the presence of Christ to usher us into eternity. In our eyes, this has been a long wait. And if we think it has been long, let’s consider our ancestors.

It was approximately 3500 years ago when people were first introduced to the Messiah by Moses – when they heard that He was going to take out the devil. (Gn. 3:15). Later, Moses also revealed that Jesus would come from the Hebrew people and speak for God. (Dt. 18:18).

The Hebrews waited another 400 years to get more information, when they find that Christ will come from the line of King David of Judah. Three hundred more years’ elapse until the people learn more about their Messiah from the prophets Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah and Daniel. Another 500 years’ pass before the Hebrews hear more about the ‘Anointed One.’ So many generations of people waited for their Deliverer. Regardless, many stood fast in faith:

By faith, Noah, being divinely warned of things not seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark…and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. By faith, Abraham obeyed when he was called out to the place which he would receive an inheritance…By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child who she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them from afar off, were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Heb. 11:7, 8, 11 & 13. NKJV

They (and many more) had faith that God’s promises would manifest in the right time.

A little over 2000 years ago, Jesus did come, and many beheld the promise. Yet a little over 30 years later, Jesus was caught up to HIs Father – all according to God’s plan and promises.

So here we wait:

“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I hope in Him!” The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. Lam. 3;24 – 26. NKJV

(Still, thank God that we have access to Christ now through the Holy Spirit.)

But regardless when Jesus physically comes, (and He most assuredly will), the promise will be fulfilled at just the right time:

“Surely I am coming quickly.” Rv. 22:20 NKJV

Waiting on God can be hard; but He is a promise keeper. They will be fulfilled for you at the right time. To help that time come about, prepare yourself. Just as it was said in the movie Field of Dreams, “When you build it, he will come.”

For this very reason, applying your diligence [to the divine promises, make every effort] in [exercising your faith to, develop moral excellence, and in moral excellence, knowledge (insight, understanding), and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, steadfastness, and in your steadfastness, godliness… 2 Pt. 1:5 – 7. AMP

Goodnight and God bless.

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God is Working Behind the Scenes

“Look among the nations and watch – be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe though it were told to you. For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans…” Hab. 1:5, 6. NKJV

God was delivering a message to the kingdom of Judah through the mouth of His prophet Habakkuk. God’s children had turned their backs upon Him and were rebelling through pagan worship. Here, God is saying that even though they think they can go on living this way, He is bringing a mighty disciplinary act against them by sending the Chaldeans (Babylonians) to conquer them and take them captive.

In our present time, the godless will have to eventually answer for their deeds as well. Followers of Christ don’t see it, but God is working behind the scenes. He never breaks a promise; we must endure in faith:

Though the fig tree should not blossom; nor fruit be on the vines; the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God the LORD, is my strength… Hab. 3:17 – 19. ESV

God always comes through; and though we may not be able to understand it in the moments of our distress, His timing is always perfect:

And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” Hab. 2:2, 3. ESV

While God is behind the scenes, He continually pleads to the wayward people to come to Him and get themselves forgiven and saved before they have to suffer judgment for their misdeeds.

“Return, backsliding Israel,” says the LORD; “I will not cause My anger to fall upon you. For I am merciful,” says the LORD; “I will not remain angry forever. Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the LORD your God…” Jer. 3:12, 13. NKJV

No matter what we have done or how far we have fallen, our confession and repentance will always place us back into the arms of our Creator. Feel His heart:

“Return, O backsliding children,” says the LORD; “for I am married to you.” Jer. 3:14 NKJV

“Return, you backsliding children, and I will heal your backsliding.” Jer. 3:22 NKJV

That is the kind of love, grace and mercy that awaits every one of us when we return to Him. There is nothing that you’ve done that you cannot bring to God and receive His forgiveness for. God’s heart is always bigger than your deed.

And we can never forget that we must get right with God through Christ before we die, or prior to Jesus’ return (whichever happens first). We don’t know when either event will take place, so it is urgent that we do so immediately. God gave us His last call when Christ was resurrected.

God gives us free will. We can use that free will to either tether ourselves to Him in love, or use it to hang ourselves through disobedience.

God wants you to pick Him:

Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and find rest for you souls.” Jer. 6:16 ESV

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and not anxious in the year of the drought, nor will it cease from yielding fruit. Jer. 17:7, 8. NKJV

God is always gazing upon you with love. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or what you are going through. God loves you. He understands you; and He forgives you when you need it.

If you stick with Him, your live will be blessed and bright, because God is working behind the scenes on your behalf…

Goodnight and God bless.

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Your Life Changes When You Become a Child of God

We are all born into God’s grace as His children. Yet, when our brain is old enough to reason and we are subsequently exposed to the word of God, His grace is lifted as we become aware of the stain of Adam and Eve’s ‘original sin,’ that (due to our new awareness) we are now charged with getting it eliminated from our soul.

We can’t do that. We must come to God in prayer and petition Him for our salvation that He provides through the cleansing blood of His Son. Then we receive and hold onto that gift with faith, which then God accepts as payment in full for our sins; and we are once again His children. The only thing then that God asks, is that we publicly profess our faith (via baptism) and live out our days by adhering to His word to the best of our ability.

The most fabulous part? Your life changes…

You have the Creator of the Universe surrounding you on all sides through any situation:

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper…” Is. 54:17 NKJV

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Is. 43:2, 3. ESV

Not even death will be able to hold onto you:

He will swallow up death [and abolish it] for all time. And the Lord GOD will wipe away tars from all faces, and He will take away the disgrace of His people from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. Is. 25:8 AMP

Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead. Is. 26:19 ESV

Even the very universe we occupy will be changed for the better for God’s children – a place without war and a home, with God Himself in it:

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth…” Is. 65:17 NKJV

…nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. Is. 2:4 NKJV

The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give you light, but the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Is. 60.19 ESV

What other big change comes to your life when you regain your status as a child of God? The ever-present Son of God stands by your side.

I have been using the prophet Isaiah’s Holy Spirit-Inspired revelations thus far. Let’s see God reveal Jesus through the prophet 700 years before Christ’s incarnate birth:

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Is. 7:14 NKJV

The only virgin birth ever recorded in the Bible is the birth of Jesus. It was significant because only that way was Jesus able to be born without the stain of Adam’s sin.

‘Immanuel’ means ‘God is with us.’ Next, Isaiah shows us the changes that Christ will make in the lives of God’s children:

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them light has shined. Is. 9:2 NKJV

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom to order it and establish it with judgment and justice for that time forward, even forever. Is. 9:6, 7. NKJV

So, Jesus will bring the light of God to His children whom have suffered at the hands of the god of this world (Satan), and will establish an eternal kingdom of peace and righteousness for all of them. Also, we see that being in the presence of Christ will be like being with God Himself.

Jesus also cleans house for the children of God:

…He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Is. 11:4 NKJV

The judgment of God will be given to Christ – who sifts the world at the end of time; and those who do not love God will not inhabit paradise. It is strictly for the children of God – a place of eternal peace, light and salvation. Praise God! These are good changes…

Goodnight and God bless.

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The State of Our Christian Nation

Not very long ago, mainstream media was cheering exultantly over a new study that showed that ‘white Christians’ had become a minority (43%) in the USA. Yet what does that mean? A Christian is color-blind. It doesn’t matter what percentage of Christians are white.

Moreover, most of the U.S. (70.6%) classifies themselves as Christians; thus, they would be from a myriad of races – just the way that Jesus would have it. So, always be on the lookout for how the media skews its presentations to divide and inflame the populace, so that it can turn around and make money off its disenchanted viewers.

America was founded upon Christian ideals. Yet the influence of Christians over the nation has waned. It leads us to consider whether the examples of our Christian behavior are lacking and / or our evangelizing efforts leave something to be desired.

There is no doubt that certain elements in the populace are becoming more hostile to Christianity.

If we look to the Old Testament, there are many parallels where we can compare our present state with ancient Israel. After King Solomon died, Israel was divided into the kingdom of Israel to the north, and the kingdom of Judah to the south. Both kingdoms sank into rebellious pagan depravity. In other words, much like America, many fell away from faith.

God sent four prophets to Israel to persuade them to return to Him. They wouldn’t. So, in 722 B.C., God sent the Assyrian army to take the people captive, and they were ultimately displaced in other countries.

The kingdom of Judah fared no better. God was warning them that in the near future, the Babylonians would conquer them and take them captive as well. However, God had promised King David long ago that He would preserve a throne in Judah, specifically in the city of Jerusalem, for eternity. So, God tried to help the people of Judah stop their efforts that were leading to self-destruction. He first sent them the most famous prophet of the Old Testament – Isaiah.

His first task was to tell the people what their present spiritual state looked like in the eyes of God:

Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity…children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the LORD, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Is. 1:2 ESV

Their land is also full of idols; they worship the works of their own hands… Is. 2:8 NKJV

For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen, because their speech and their actions are against the LORD… Is. 3:8 NASB

Are we not seeing the same in this country? Many people are hating and hurting one another just for having different opinions. The Ten Commandments are progressively considered archaic and inapplicable, as throngs of rebels are elevating their personal desires over the laws of God. And do not these insubordinates worship whatever new bauble the world has to offer?

In another example, people are trying to foist their self-righteous chromosomal denial – through surgery, drugs and dress, onto those whose only crime is to try to hang onto what their Creator has clearly stated is His created reality. Yet, we as Christians must love them first above all else. We must never judge anyone, but we can judge other’s actions if they run afoul of our Lord’s commands.

The bottom line is that we must stand by the word of God over that of man in all situations; and there is no shame or prejudice in doing so. Indeed, we must persist in teaching His word to all those who will listen – in a manner as when the apostles Peter and John spoke, when ordered by the Sadducees and the high priests to quit talking about Christ:

“Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you and obey you rather than God, you must judge [for yourselves]’; for we, on our part, cannot stop telling [people] about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 14:19, 20. AMP

Too many of us are afraid to express our zeal for God and His salvation and about what is right in His eyes, for fear of being labeled ‘prejudiced,’ ‘racist,’ or ‘politically incorrect,’ which are tools of the media and certain ideologues when their objections have no merit – trying to shut the mouths of those who would speak for God.

So, our efforts for God become ineffective and Christian walk loses its authenticity:

“…these people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from Me, and their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote…” Is. 29:13 NASB

Being a Christian is not an easy job. Most people of the world do not want to hear our (God’s) message:

For they are a rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to hear the instruction of the LORD; who say to the seers, “Do not see,” and to the prophets, “Do not prophecy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.” Is. 30:9 – 11. ESV

Yet, we have a God-given mandate to do so:

“…receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you…And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, ’Thus says the LORD GOD,’ whether they hear, or whether they refuse.” Ezek. 3:10, 11. NKJV

“…give them warning from Me: When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.” Ezek. 3:17, 18. NKJV

We must warn those who live in the ways of the world because we are called to obey our God. Thus, we must tell the people that there are consequences to their ways:

“There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.” Is. 48:22 NKJV

Tell the righteous that is shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him. Is. 3:10, 11. ESV

Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Is. 45:9 NKJV

But our message doesn’t stop there. We need to tell those who do not know God, that He is the only way to salvation and that Jehovah is waiting right now with open arms to give it to them:

I, even I, am the LORD, and besides Me there is no savior.” Is. 43:10, 11. NKJV

Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. Is. 30:18 ESV

And when they grab that salvation, God shows them how to have that manifest:

“Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil from your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless; plead the widow’s cause.” Is. 1:16, 17. ESV

There is only two ways that they can go; and as a Christian, you can only bring them to the water. They must decide to drink it – or not:

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword.” Is. 1;18 – 20. NKJV

Jesus told us to let our lights shine and to shout His words from the rooftops. We can bring that light into the swirling darkness that this country is sliding into. We can point our potential brothers and sisters in Christ towards the outstretched hands of our God; and He can revive the state of this Christian nation by bringing more of those who are in it, to the grace of His salvation…

“Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer, you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ “

If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desires of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom shall be as the noonday. And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Is. 58:8 – 11. ESV

Goodnight and God bless.

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