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Sunday, April 27, 2008

HIS EYES!

I have been thinking this week of the concept of the eyes of the LORD going throughout the earth, and in contrast, the devil walking about the earth seeking whom he may devour. The two Scriptures are:


Job 1:7 and Job 2:2 -
" And the LORD said unto Satan, whence comest thou ( where have you been?)
Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth and from walking up and down in it."



This powerful entity has nothing better to do than walk around on the earth? What is he looking for. We all know. Since the fall of the first Adam, he was judged by God to eat the dust of the earth. Mankind was made of dust; God breathed His Spirit into mankind and we became a living being. Created in the image of God. This is the anger of Satan; that beings can be inhabited and indwelled with the very Spirit of God. It must be a great affront to this former great creation who fell from grace for his pride and arrogance against the Almighty God.



Mankind's enemy is real. His sole desire is to destroy as many human beings as he can. As Christ said, Satan is the father of murder and lies. We are the battleground of this struggle between God and Satan. The Apostle Peter admonished Believers to be sober, be vigilant; because our adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.



Given the hatred of our adversary, we can take great comfort that we have many promises that are more powerful than the threats we face. Zechariah 4:10 says the eyes of the LORD also run to and fro through the whole earth. Psalm 101:6 says His eyes are upon the faithful that they may dwell with Him, seek perfection in Him, and serve Him. Our perfection and service is through our dedication to Messiah and our heart felt appreciation for His sacrifice on our behalf.



Further confidence comes from the promises of God in other passages of Scripture:



Proverbs 5:21
For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and He pondereth all his doings.



Psalm 66:7
He ruleth by His power forever,
His eyes behold the nations;
let not the rebellious exalt themselves.



Psalm 101:6
Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land that they may dwell with Me,
he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve Me...( our perfection is in Messiah)



Although Satan walks in our midst seeking to bring evil, Messiah has told those who follow Him that we are His friends if we do what He commands; He does not call us servants but friends because a servant does not know what his LORD does, but He has made all things know to us from our Father in Heaven. (John 15:14)



The eyes of God run to and fro throughout the earth to show Himself strong on behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. God's eyes miss nothing!



Ezekiel 10 speaks of cherubim in heaven surrounded by four wheels. Their bodies, their backs, their hands, their wings and the wheels they rode upon were all full of eyes! Each part of the being had eyes. Thinking of this Scripture I am astounded at how evil and deceptive the mystery of iniquity must be to require the ministering beings from the heavens to be encompassed with such eye sight. In this context, as Believers we can rest assured that absolutely nothing slips by or surprises our Father.



The eyes of the LORD are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers; but the face of the LORD is against them that do evil. ( 1 Peter 3:12)



The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.
(Psalm 34:15)



The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3)



For the eyes of the LORD run to and from throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9



Messiah's eyes in several places are described as lamps and flames of fire.
(Revelation 4:8 and 5:6)



What about MY EYES?



As King David cried, "Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD;
For He shall pluck my feet out of the net." (Psalm 25:15)



As the enemy walks about as a roaring lion, we take great confidence in the all seeing, all encompassing, all comforting fact that God is fully aware of each and every event. He has made us a promise that the angel of His Presence guards and watches out for our wellbeing. He misses nothing!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

PASSOVER-THE WILDERNESS

SONG OF SONGS ~

" Who is this that cometh out of the Wilderness like pillars of smoke,
perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,
with all powders of the merchant? (3:6)



As we travel through this mighty Wilderness God has prepared for us, as we set our sights toward the Promised Land, we are confident that the Pillar of Fire and Cloud by day travels before us.



As we grow thirsty and weary at times, He is our substance and life. Water, gushing forth from the rock and manna (angels food) sustains us.



Through this oft times difficult journey, if we pray that our eyes be opened to the spiritual issues at play in our experiences, we can see His hand at work. Great revelation at the mystery of iniquity and the great rewards available if we chose life in Him over the deceitful pleasures of sin for a season; just a season. Let us chose eternal life in Him instead of the vices thrown in our face continually.



He never said it would be easy. Nowhere in the Book of Books did anyone who was true to the One God have an easy time of it. But in that Book of Books our Father never once rejected anyone with a heart for Him.



I often pray daily, sometimes hourly when under trial and temptation - God, give me a new heart, a new spirit, one that searches after only You.



There is a season of testing. A season of trial. A season of refreshment in the Presence of the LORD. All learning processes in the Wilderness of our souls. Like the angel that appeared before Elijah who told him to eat and drink because the journey was too great on a human strength level, as we eat and drink during times of prayer and study we also receive supernatural strength for the journey we face.



God has said that no flesh will glory in His Presence. He is faithful to see to it that we, hopefully sooner rather than later, realize that our flesh cannot make the journey through this Wilderness on our own strength. It is the power of God working in us that sees us through to the other side successfully.



Let us not murmur or complain as many of the Children of Israel did during their time of trial. Let our example be Moses, Aaron, Joshua and Calab. Let us strive to be like them. We must look past the millions who died in the Wilderness because of their unbelief. Let us keep our eye on the Lamb of God slain on our behalf. He is our strength. He is our hope. He is our Saviour, our lamb of sacrifice for the sins of the world. There is no other. He is Faithful and True.



As we travel we have the fragrance of Christ upon us. It is a sweet smelling aroma to the Father. We need not fear nor grow weary. He knows the paths well. Untold numbers have traveled this Wilderness before us; He is aware of each one.



Let us gird up our loins, fasten our shoes that will never wear out, put on the whole armour of God so we can withstand the wiles and deception of the enemy. In the coming days we are in for the trip of our lives.



Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered!



Let us arise and fight the good fight of FAITH!



Oh that God would rend the heavens and come down!



Oh that we would rend the heavens and go up!



In these last of the last days those who know their God will do great exploits. The greatest exploit of all may be our ability to sing in the midst of the fires coming. What a witness to our friends and neighbors. Through us, they may also come to the place where they will know Him and the salvation that is only through Him.



As we remember the deliverance of the Children of Israel from Egypt thousands of years ago during this Passover season ordained of God, let us have confidence that we will also, thousands of years from now, remember our deliverance for Egypt in the Heavenly Kingdom in His Presence.


HAPPY PASSOVER. WE ARE SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB!


PASSOVER HYMN-
- Jesus Paid It All -
I hear the Savior say,
"thy strength indeed is small
child of weakness watch and pray
find in Me thine all in all"
CHORUS
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow.
LORD, now indeed I find Thy power,
and Thine alone
Can change the leper's spots
and melt the heart of stone.
CHORUS
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow.
For nothing good have I,
whereby Thy grace to claim,
I'll wash my garments white
in the blood of Calvary's Lamb.
CHORUS
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow.
And when before the Throne,
I stand in Him complete,
Jesus died my soul to save,
My lips shall still repeat.
CHORUS
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow.
* words and music by-
Elvina M. Hall 1820-1889
John T. Grape 1835-1915

Sunday, April 6, 2008

GIDEON AND ME

Gideon in the book of Judges found himself in the middle of a time of punishment from God for the sins of his nation. He was threshing grain in a wine press. In that day, wheat was threshed beside the wheat fields. Wine presses were in the vineyards; usually quite a distance from wheat fields.


Israel was greatly impoverished and under seige from the Midianites and other enemies. They would swoop down and steal Israel's grain, livestock and substance. As Gideon was in hiding threshing wheat, hiding from the enemy, an angel appeared and sat under an oak tree. After Gideon saw him the angel calls out " The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour."


Gideon had to be astonished and quite perturbed at this statement. He was in hiding and fear that his grain would be stolen. Gideon asked many of the same questions I ask when my situation is exactly the opposite of what I may read in God's Word during devotions.


Gideon asks the angel if the LORD is with me why am I in the situation I am in? Where are His miracles I read about in the Bible? Our Fathers told us of God delivering us from Egypt but He has forsaken us and delivered us into the hand of our enemies.



As I pray and begin to believe His promises, like Gideon, the Spirit of the LORD confirms that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. The angel told Gideon to go in this his might-He is sending him. This is Gideon's, and my might; HE sends, and calls, and confirms.



But, like Gideon, I begin to reason and reject the calling. Gideon said "how shall I save Israel?"
"My family is small and poor, I am the least in my father's house..."


The LORD again says He will be with Gideon. The enemy can and will be defeated. Gideon asks, as I do at times, " show me a sign ". In a sign of my faithfulness I may make an offering to a ministry or perform a good deed while going through this process. Gideon did the same. He slew and prepared a meal for the angel. He offered these up as offerings to the LORD.


In my walk and during my lifetime I have had to remove many teachings I received and realize that we are living in different times, a different dispensation that my Father and Grandfather. The denomination I was raised in is just a shell of what it used to be. I have had to let go of what used to represent Godliness and find Him for myself on a personal, intimate level. Like Gideon, I have had to destroy what is not suited for the last days in which I live.


Gideon was in some fear as he destroyed his father's altar and grove erected to Baal. The Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon and he blew a trumpet to summon the men of Israel to fight the enemy.


Again, doubt must have entered Gideon's mind because he again asks God for two signs that he was the one who was called. Both signs were given in the affirmative and Gideon was ready to go! Or was he?



He gathered all of the resources he could. 32,000 fellow Israelite warriors answered the call. He is now ready to go. Or is he? God does not operate by great numbers. He said that no flesh shall glory, or boast in His presence. So the force is wittled down eventually to only 300 men.



Through stealth, wisdom, and advice from the Almighty, this small band of warriors defeated a vast array of Midianites and Amalekintes and all of the children of the east who were gathered like grasshoppers in number. The Book of Judges says the camels in the enemy camp were as the sand of the sea in multitude.



The sword of THE LORD, and Gideon slew 120,000 as the enemy fled, cried and fought against each other in mass confusion.



God is not into numbers. He works with one man, one woman. This lonely, fearful man threshing wheat and hiding from the enemy, uncertain of his calling and fearful of his life and livelihood became filled with, encouraged by, and enpowered by the Spirit of God. God answered his doubts and his requests for signs or confirmation.



As Believers we are empowered by the Spirit of the living God. My calling may be on my job, with my unsaved family, with spending time interceeding for the unsaved friends I have. My calling may be to support ministries God has laid on my heart with prayer and financial support as He blesses.



I feel the greatest calling of Believers is soon upon us. To have the peace that passes all understanding in the midst of the troubled times we are entering. God is not willing that any should perish. He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. He said that in the last days sons and daughters will prophecy and old people will dream dreams. I now qualify as an old person, according to my neices and nephews!


My dream is for a massive turn to God in the world in these last of the last days. God is not going to let Satan have the last say on this planet. His Spirit will fall on the most unlikely people and masses will be saved as a result of their prayers and witness. We may end up like the first martyr of the Church age by being stoned to death, but Jesus rises up from His throne to welcome us into His Kingdom!


What a reception that will be!