"Perhaps a fear of neighboring peoples encouraged the Jews to focus on the priority of re-establishing their relationship with God. Restoring worship of God might ward off danger, because God's presence would protect the people." (The Preacher's Commentary) God responds actively to altar activity. He is drawn to the altar. He is attracted to the altar. He is moved by the altar. It is a "magnet" for His presence and glory. Hence, He is saying to His people - "Build Me an altar."
Throughout the Scriptures, the "name of the LORD" represents His person, authority, and character. Hence, it should always be pronounced with a joyful reverence - and never "taken in vain." If you learn to make God and His name your praise, then you will have no problem making God and His Name your trust - especially when facing dire situations or intense warfare with your enemy - Satan. The Holy Spirit is calling the Church to a higher level in their "walk" - "walking in the name of the LORD" - which means "walking" in the supernatural, miraculous, and power of the Holy Spirit. Are you resolved to obey?
Who shall? Can anything? Can anyone put a difference between Christ's love and the saint of God? Paul prayed that the Ephesian believers would know the power in the Love of Christ - how it gives them access into being filled with the fullness of God. Jude admonished the believers to "keep themselves" in the "love of God" - especially in the Last Days. There is POWER in the "love of Christ." Satan and the world throw things at you in order to conquer you. But the "love of Christ" turns it around and makes you "more than a conqueror." Paul was a persuaded man. What about you?
So many today lack the courage, zeal, passion, and boldness to undertake for God. Where are those who are 'Bold Under God"? Ministers nowadays cannot survive without the 'hand of the Lord' being upon them. The assignment at hand is so great - at times seemingly impossible for human hands. In our day and time, so many are dropping out of the race. They are giving up or quitting. They lack the 'hand of the Lord." Like never before, we need God's hand upon us!
Many times, when we are faced with trials, God is after something in us. He desires change. First and foremost, He goes after our "tendency to control" - that tendency to want to be in control...figure things out...and deliver ourselves. In order to break that off of us, He directs us into circumstances that are totally out of control. When we find ourselves living on the "end of the earth" street and our "hearts are overwhelmed, " it is then that He would have us plead with Him to "take the reins" and "lead us to the Rock that is higher than I." In the times that we are presently facing, we can no longer live life as usual. God is calling us to a "higher place" in Him. In fact, being in this "higher place" is the only way that we will "survive" in this unstable world.
"To be wise in trying times is a special gift of God, and to Him we must seek for it." (Matthew Henry) There is a desperate need for wisdom today. In a sense, there is a cry coming forth from the hearts of the people saying - "I don't know how to cope...I don't know how I am going to make it through another day..." The church needs wisdom in order to answer the world's "hard questions." The world needs to light their candle at the church's lamp.
"How desirable in a world of anxiety and care, to possess this peace!" (Barnes' Notes) The world has a semblance of peace to offer you. But it is false, external, transient, unstable, short-lived, and cannot support you under your troubles. JESUS' peace, on the other hand, is true, solid, substantial, internal, lasting, durable, and can carry you through all your difficulties. And best of all, His peace drives away all fears - something the world could never do!
There are two words that we, as a fast paced society, know nothing about. We are generally too busy to rest and have too many things to accomplish throughout the day in order to wait. No one seems to have the time to slow down and rest. Certainly, no one wants to wait. This is the way it is in our society. However, this is not the way it is in the Kingdom of God.
Are you following that which is evil? Is there a bell-wether raised up by Satan - seeking to pull you away from God and everything that pertains to His kingdom and righteousness? Is there someone whom you are mimicking, copying, or emulating who is actually teaching you rebellion and causing you to believe lies instead of the Truth? Is your destination the slaughterhouse? You can stop that today! Get out of the line!
"God never undertakes to do something He can't carry out. When He makes a promise, He will always carry it through. He has never made a promise to us that He will ever have to explain away afterwards. He will never say 'I meant to do that, but circumstances would not permit.'...God never fails to keep His promises. He is able to perform every one, and Christ is the Amen to every promise of God." (Ironside Commentary) Just like Abram, you can see the fulfillment of the promise of God to you. Start by giving glory to God - taking Him to be what He really is - Almighty and Faithful. You will find that you will not stagger at the promise of God through unbelief, but be 'strong in faith' - 'fully persuaded that what He had promised, He is able also to perform.' "
God is the Hearer and Answerer of prayer. Oftentimes, before the answer comes, something that is displeasing to Him must be taken away. Oftentimes, it is in relation to how we treat our fellow man. Prayer definitely has hindrances. Both sin and indolence will cause your prayers to not be heard. Just as the watchman keeps watch diligently, God is requiring you to be unceasing in the discharge of your duty to pray. His word to the Church is the same as Isaiah's word to Israel - "Give Him no rest." Intercede unceasingly for the establishment of His kingdom and Jesus' righteous rule on the earth.
There is a cry going forth in today's society. Can you hear it? It is the cry of the fatherless. They are crying out - "Who am I? What is my name? Why was I born? Who will love me...who will accept me...who will believe in me...who will convince me that I am special...that my life is valuable?" As a child of God, you don't need to cry the cry of the fatherless - as so many are in today's society. You have not received the spirit of bondage to fear. You have a new cry. It is the cry stirred up by the Spirit of adoption - the Holy Spirit - causing you to now cry out to your Heavenly Father - "Abba, Father."
"Pentecost is the time to dream." (David Lose) God's Spirit enables you to dream. He helps you see the possibilities that you have not seen before. Hence, Pentecost is a good time to dream. It is a good time to see beyond the oppressive conditions which surround you that say - "This is the way it is; this is the way it will always be." Some are afraid to dream - lest they be disappointed. But God has more for you than fear. He is saying to you today - "It's time to dream again! It's Pentecost!"
In our day and time, the Gospel is being perverted in so many different ways. The Message of Holiness is being opposed - insomuch that the straight ways of the Lord are being twisted into the crooked ways of sin. Self-seeking and Arrogant "Wolves" are twisting the Scriptures in order to gain a following. People are receiving a Gospel that does not mention or require repentance or a change in lifestyle. And lastly, in the Prophetic Realm, there are some Prophets who are inventing new messages that cater to the people's wants and desires - while ignoring the word of rebuke that is desperately needed.
Where...oh, where is the preaching that discerns - that cuts to the heart - that makes a distinction between that which is holy and unholy...clean and unclean ...and that certainly and without a doubt exposes who is righteous and who is wicked - who is serving God and who is not? The Holy Spirit is saying - "No more blending! No more blending!" Make up your mind! What is it going to be? Are you going to be holy or are you going to be unholy? Are you going to preach holiness or are you going to preach the allowance for sin? Is it going to be JESUS or is it going to be the world?
"Who with icy breath blights the fair blossom of youth? Who breaks the hearts of parents? Who brings old men's gray hairs with sorrows to the grave? - SIN
Who...changes gentle children into vipers, tender mothers into monsters, and their fathers into worse than Herods, the murderers of their own innocents? - SIN
Who turns the soft and gentlest heart to stone? Who hurls reason from her lofty throne and impels sinners mad as Gadarenes' swine, down the precipice, into a lake of fire? - SIN (Dr. Thomas Guthrie)
Sin is madness! It is derangement! It is insanity! It is not something to be taken lightly or to be "swept under the rug" - so to speak. Sin must be hated as God hates it! What makes it utterly abominable in His sight is when it seeks to veil its vileness by the cloak of religion.
"Either all things work together for our good, or nothing makes sense. So let's be bold about it. Let's either be tranformed Christians or bitter skeptics because we cannot just sort of believe. We either believe it or we doubt it. There is no middle ground." (Raymond Ortlund) God is in control! He is at work! He is working together "all things" in your life for your good. He hasn't forgotten you! He isn't against you! He is for you and loves you! Be confident that He will never disappoint you.
"The same God Who begins must Himself complete the work." (Jamieson, Fausset and Brown) Has God given you "an open and effectual door"? Have you quit the "work of faith" due to the "many adversaries"? God is saying to you today - "Get up! Start again! My power began the work, and My power will carry on and perfect it. The 'door" is still open. Finish the task! Work until I - Alpha and Omega - the First and the Last - shut the 'door.' "
Just as the Lord sent the Prophet Isaiah with a "word" to comfort His people against their fears, the Lord has sent me with a "prophetic word" to you today to comfort you against all of your fears. That word is - "All is well and will end well." You can be assured of this because of God's Presence in your life and His Promise to you. Throughout history, "Immanuel" has always been the enduring watchword for the people of God. The plans of the enemy will not come to pass over your life because God is with you!
"God only is good, and there is none essentially, originally, and unchangeably good, but God only. His goodness is of and from Himself, and all the goodness in the creature is from Him; He is the fountain of goodness, and whatever the streams are, all the springs are in Him. He is the great Pattern and Sample of goodness; by Him all goodness is to be measured; that is good which is like Him, and agreeable to His mind. We, in our language, call Him God, because He is good." (Matthew Henry)
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Like your page, it is very inspiring...Thank you for Sharing God's Word. You are a very good Teacher and Minister.
thank you Connie for all you messages specially for the giants message ! keep up the good work you are getting through to Australia? We love you sister http://revbrian1.com
Great message Connie. Jeff