"To live with fear and not be afraid is the final test of maturity." (Encyclopedia of Sermon Illustrations) Believe it or not! A person's sleep can tell us where his confidence lies and how strong that confidence is. David learned how to place his confidence in the Lord. Consequently, he was able to sleep the "sleep of holy confidence" - even in the midst of distressing circumstances, great danger, and terrifying foes. God wants the same for you. Find out how you can walk in the same confidence that David did and be free from all fear - even in the midst of terrifying times!
"But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer." (1 Peter 4:7) "People naturally pray when they suppose that the end of all things is coming." (Barnes' Notes) Do you sense that the "end of all things" is near? Peter said that these times call for a commitment to prayer. Paul seemed to add that such times call for a super-intensity of prayer. Such intensity is needed in order to avert the evil coming against the Church today. God has promised to "pour out the spirit of grace and supplication" upon His people in order to enable them to reach that end. As a believer in Jesus, receive the Holy Spirit!
"...Then the proposition...is self-evident: it is God that giveth power to get wealth, and to God the wealthy man must account for the manner in which he has expended the riches which God has given him." (Adam Clarke) Abraham, Isaac, and Job experienced firsthand the - "blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it." They never allowed their wealth to cause them to forget God... become exalted in themselves...be lifted up in pride regarding their fellow man...become enamored with it...trust in it...or be deceived by it. On the contrary, they allowed their wealth to draw them into a closer walk with God. And that is His will for you as well!
"How strange it is that people professing Christianity can suppose that with a worldly spirit, worldly companions, and their lives governed by worldly maxims, they can be in the favor of God, or ever get to the kingdom of heaven! When the world gets into the Church, the Church becomes a painted sepulchre; its spiritual vitality being extinct." (Adam Clarke) You are either a "Friend of God" or a "friend of the world." You cannot be both. In being a "friend of the world," you are actually a "friend of Satan" - since he is the one who holds the evil world system in his grip. This message is a WAKE-UP CALL to determine whose friend you really are!
There are activities in our lives in which we all are involved that we do with our whole heart. The question is - Do they involve the Lord Jesus Christ or are they in pursuit of the world and its goods? Let's be real here! Just how many Christians are following hard after God with all of their hearts? Are you one of them? The Scriptures repeatedly mention the words - "with my whole heart" - in the context of going after God. In your Christian walk, is this the manner in which you approach Him on a daily basis?
"Divine light always breaks in, when all seems darkness..." (Barnes' Notes) God is promising you a wonderful change in your life, condition, or circumstances. He is promising you a complete turnaround. That which was meant to destroy you is actually advancing you in His cause and working for His glory. When all seems ready to sink into the thickest "night," that's when He brings forth His "light." Your change is coming! Receive it by faith!
"Whoever or whatever controls a person's mind ultimately has the power to dictate the affairs and outcomes of that person's life. Thus, if a person allows his mind to be doused with panic or fear, he is putting fear in charge of his life." (Rick Renner) You have a choice! You can allow fear to grip your mind for what lies ahead. Or you can saturate your mind with God's Word. It is against the "mind of Christ" that you have a troubled heart - even in troublesome times.
"This is the age of the Enchanted Ground. He that can go through this age and not sleep, must have something more than mortal about him. God must be with him, keeping him awake. You cannot be long in the sporific air of this particular period of time, without feeling that in spiritual things you grow lax, for it is a lax age - lax in doctrine, lax in principle, lax in morals, lax in everything - and only God can come in and help the Pilgrim to keep awake in this Enchanted Ground." (Biblical Illustrator) "The end of all things is at hand." "The coming of the Lord draws nigh." "It is high time to awake out of sleep." Wake up! And though the world grows dark - very dark - "Christ shall give you light."
"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."
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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