"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
The Battle Isn’t Over!
Exodus 17:11-13 (KJV)
11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
12 But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
How Does This Word Apply To Us Today?
We are in a time of change in our lives and in this country. Even though victory is in our sights and in our grasp, we must not lose our focus. We must continue to praise the Lord!
I see saints giving up their praises daily and worshiping the idol of technology. Children are being raised, not by parents, but by technology.
Our homes are caught up in the distraction of busyness. Our children are distracted by their programs and their parents distracted by their children’s programs, but we must not be distracted says the Lord, for we must remember to keep our hands up in praises to His glorious name!
We have been blessed with His greatness and we are beginning to see healing in our lands. The economy is being awaken like a giant who has been angered. The enemies of our land now shake with trembling, but our hands are becoming weary.
We must continue to praise Him, even if it means Aaron and Hur shall hold them up!
We must not allow the enemy to overcome us, we must continually and forcefully praise the Lord!
The men and women of God must stand firm. His people must lead with prayer, obedience, and holiness! Do not allow yourselves to drop your praise! Do not allow your praise to be ceased in order that you may see your blessings continually rain down upon your families.
Do not allow the Amalek’s of this world prevail against your house says the Lord, but fight for the victory through the praises of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In my dreams, God often gives me visions for the near future or current events. The last vision was a couple of months ago, but now there is a new vision and it feels “like a burning fire, shut up in my bones” (Jeremiah 20:9).
God has shown me the Southern parts of America where we call the “Bible Belt. We are living in the most secular time known as the Post-Christendom world. This is because the place of the church is no longer one of respect and authority. ” I am recognizing that Christianity is no longer a dominant thought in many places once known as this “Bible belt.” The enemy has stolen the place of authority because the church has prostituted its power over to the un-Godly pleasures of lust, greed, and selfishness. God has shown me that this is because He has loosed this belt. The belt has been slipping for a long time, many decades now, but we try to tighten the belt every time we get a chance because we feel threatned. When attendance falls, we tighten. When churches close, we tighten. When fewer services are held, we tighten. We have tightened so much that we can’t allow any more people in because they don’t know if they can be as righteous as us. They see us and they say, we can’t replicate that, we can’t do what they do. They don’t see change or the love of Christ, they see a private building, made for protecting its flock. They see a country club, they see a members-only organization with tax-free status.
Our churches have hoarded their wealth and resources, kept the blessings of the Word to itself. We citizens of the “Bible belt” have become fattened off the Word of the Lord, increasing knowledge and self-righteousness, without bearing the fruit of multiplication. We hide in our four walls and we tighten our belts with our hung over stomachs, with guts full of the Word hanging over our “Bible belt” from our lack of obedience. Did He not tell Noah to multiply? Did He not tell the disciples to multiply in number? Then, why do we not multiply?
The Lord has shown me that the gospel is being spread all around this earth as it never has before and many of His followers are no longer centered in this Bible belt. As this “Bible belt” continues to be tightened in many places, it will burst forth new life! Instead, He will burst this belt and his word shall come forth like an explosion. This will be a big bang, but not like the scientist talk about with the universe. This bang will blast the Word of the Lord forth through the technologies of the air, screens, mobile devices of this age and the next. It has already begun, even as I speak, but an abundance of more is soon to come. Those same children and parents who are distracted by the technologies of this world, will soon have the gospel being brought to them at a much higher rate via the same technology that now distracts them. His outpouring does not end with technology, but shall be brought to the streets, the meeting places, the places of work, and yes the Church. Our God is not done with this age. His Word is yet to be brought forth in such a way as to bring a new awakening to this world.
Sing praises to the Lord of lord’s and the King of kings!
The battle isn’t over, the battle isn’t over, the battle isn’t over, for the fighting has just begun!
Now is the time to take up arms, wear the armor of the Lord, and carry the sword of the Word to His people across the world!
Hear the Lord speak and pick up your praises!
Don’t drop your hands, but remain in a continual state of praise and prayer!
God will bless His people, bless His Church, and surely bless the outpouring of His Spirit upon all the people of the Earth!
Moses: The Lesson of Disobedience
Numbers 13 (KJV)
13 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.
3 And Moses by the commandment of the Lord sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel.
17 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:
18 And see the land, what it is, and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many;
19 And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds;
20 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.
21 So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath.
26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.
27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.
28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.
29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.
30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
14 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!
3 And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?
4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.
5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:
7 And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.
8 If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
9 Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not.
10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.
11 And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?
12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.
13 And Moses said unto the Lord, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;)
14 And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou Lord art among this people, that thou Lord art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.
15 Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying,
16 Because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.
17 And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying,
18 The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.
19 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.
20 And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to thy word:
21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.
22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;
23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:
24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
Numbers 20 (KJV)
20 Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there.
2 And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.
3 And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the Lord!
4 And why have ye brought up the congregation of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?
5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.
6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto them.
7 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
8 Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.
9 And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him.
10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?
11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.
12 And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
13 This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the Lord, and he was sanctified in them.
Deuteronomy 32:51-52 (KJV)
51 Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of MeribahKadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel.
52 Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel.
A. Moses Was Disobedient
It is clear by both incidents that we just read about that Moses had a problem fully trusting God and His plan to prosper them.
Moses' disobedience caused the older Israelites and himself to miss the Promised Land
I have heard countless times when ministers would preach on Numbers 20 and say that Moses did not get to go to the Promised Land due to his actions with the staff and rock, but they are missing the main point here. Moses didn’t miss the miracle of the Promised Land, the covenant God had with his people due to a rock, but rather due to his down-right lack of trust in God and His ways.
Moses disobeyed God in the presence of all His people by striking the rock not once, but twice as if somehow signifying that his action was what would cause the rock to bring forth water rather than the authority of the Word of God which was just spoken to Moses. He is even recorded saying in the Scripture, “Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?” “Must we,” surely isn’t saying anything about God or His blessing of water from the rock. God is so merciful and good despite our wicked ways that He gave them water despite their leadership mistakes. How many times has God been good to us even when we were disobedient?
This action directly disrespected God in the eyes of His own people. The KJV says that Moses did not “sanctify me”, another version says “uphold me as holy,” and another version states “honor me as holy.” However, every version starts with Moses not trusting in the Lord. The Word tells us in one version of Deuternonomy 32:52 that Moses would only, “see the land from a distance.” This means it was close enough to see, but he wasn’t allowed to touch it. Now what if someone dangled a new car, even a chicken leg in front of your face, would you not want it?
B. God’s Reaction Was After Years of Disobedience and Mistakes
God did not take actions to such an extreme the first time Moses disobeyed Him, actually Moses had a long history of disobedience and behavior that showed his lack of trust in God.
In Exodus 2, we see where Moses murders an Egyptian due to his abuse of the Hebrews
In Exodus 3, Moses doubts God about who he was created to be, the leader of the Hebrews that would help God deliver His people. He says, “Who Am I that I should go to Pharaoh?”
In Exodus 4, throughout the whole conversation continued, Moses tries to avoid his calling.
In Exodus 6, we see God has to allow Aaron to speak for Moses
Even after everything the Lord had done for the Israelites, Moses still disobeyed God
We must ask ourselves, have we also disobeyed God numerous times? Would we have been worthy of walking into the Promised Land? What about all the sins that we continue to act out? Do we follow every step and plan that God has laid out before us?
It was only after many years of disobedience, groaning, and mistakes that God took that privilege away from Moses.
C. God’s Perfect Will: The Master Plan of Our Lives
We must strive daily for God’s will in our lives. Moses failed to do this when he summoned the spies to check out the Promised Land.
He ordered the spies to tell collect intelligience on basically everything.
Moses says, “And see the land, what it is, and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many;
19 And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds;
20 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.”
God did not ask him to request all of this information to devise his own plan, but rather to simply “search” the land so that they might see how awesome the land they would soon possess was.
God was already acting on the request of the Hebrews to even allow the search party when we look at Deuteronomy 1:22 saying, “Then all of you came to me and said, “Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to.”
Perhaps God allowed this misstep to take place as punishment for their disbelief, or possibly as a way to encourage them, however the people of God had their own plans.
Whatever your plans are, ensure they are obedient unto the Word of the Lord by being in His perfect will today!
A. Doing the Lord’s Work in the Work Place
Ask any Christian in today’s church how you bring people into the church or grow it, you will get very mixed responses. However, the summary of those responses will center around programs, music type, preaching, traditional vs. contemporary, etc.
What's holding us back from doing the Lord's Work? Out of 52 parables, 43 were work related. Jesus appeared in ministry 122 out in the public workplace. The same is true format of Jesus' recorded miracles.
While there is certainly nothing wrong with doing occupational, full-time ministry, not all of us were called to this type of ministry. Some of us could be called to vocational ministry, some to bi-vocational, others to what I call tent-makers ministry, and others only minister as domestic missionaries along the way in their life while being engaged in both a job and a church.
So what exactly is a tent-maker minister and what does it mean to be a domestic missionary?
I can tell you that most of the church fits into these two categories.
B. The Church Has Been Commissioned
We have developed a mindset within the church in the West that only “ministers”, those paid by the church are the ones responsible for evangelism and witnessing to others. Many pastors are hired on a regular basis. When the pastor arrives, he realizes the church has been dying and the members look to him to save the church. The pastor doesn’t save the church, Jesus does. We are the “hands” and “feet” of Jesus Christ. Therefore, in order to see converts come into the fellowship of Christ, we have to do the work. This means we have to get out, beat the pavement, and help people hear the gospel. Just because it is not what we get “paid” to do doesn’t make us any less responsible than the pastor. The same judgement he will be brought through will be the same for you as well. We are all “ministers” of the gospel and all responsible for carrying out the Great Commission.
Matthew 28:16-20 (KJV) The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
C. Paul Ministered and Worked, Why Can’t We Do the Same?
One of the biggest reasons people will tell you that evangelism is the job of the pastor is that they feel that they do not have time for such activity. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Paul both worked and ministered. He often did both at the same time. Jesus was also seen in many stories going into the work place to witness to people. That is why we know most of the disciple’s occupation, Jesus found them on the job! We should do the same with our witness of faith!
Paul was what we call a tent-maker minister. He was a self-funded missionary from the labor of his own hands. At times, he may have had assistance from various churches and groups of believers, but for the most part he made his way by the work of his own hands. He was a blessing to God’s people, so God blessed him with the means and ability to make a living making tents.
Acts 18:1-4 (KJV)
18 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;
2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.
3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
D. You Don’t Have to be a Paid Staff Member to Serve God
Paul didn’t seek to gain or grow wealth from the church, but he saw his ministry as a way to be a blessing on the church without being a burden. This is why Paul continuously worked to support himself and his missions. He took care of not only himself, but also did his best to be a blessing to others. Not only did Paul not envy an occupational minister, he embraced his ministerial independence as to be free from the sway and lure of money. If your main salary for your household isn’t paid by a church, members of that church can’t pressure you into preaching a certain way or tolerating their sin.
Acts 20:33-35 (KJV)
33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.
34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
E. Don’t Have Extra Time for Evangelism? Honor God in All You Do!
Not having extra time or energy isn’t an excuse, especially when the best witnessing you could ever do is honoring God in all you do. It isn’t always what we do, but how we do it! A great bus driver can honor God by doing his job well and being Christ like to the students on that bus. A great teacher, lawyer, police officer, nurse, car salesman, anyone can honor God! Obviously how we conduct ourselves during our work, our integrity, and holiness all play a role in our effective witness. However, if people see that something about you is different from the world, they will be interested in what it is that makes you different. As ordinary citizens, working or not, we come into contact with more people than the average minister daily, therefore we should accomplish even more for the Kingdom of God daily. We may not always be the one who gets to say the Lord’s prayer with a new believer, but we can sure help shape their view of God’s people by honoring God daily in all we do!
Matthew 5:16 (KJV)
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
They're Your Camels
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you do not know what the future holds?
Maybe you aren’t looking for anything in particular from life at the moment, but you are kind of just going through the motions of living your daily life.
Do you feel as if you were meant to complete certain tasks or work a certain job?
Regardless of your current circumstances, know that God has a plan for you and seeks to prosper you, just as he did in this story of Rebekah and Isaac.
All Rebekah had to do was to be who she was created to be.
Genesis 24 King James Version (KJV)
“And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.
2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:
3 And I will make thee swear by the Lord, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:
4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.
5 And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?
6 And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.
7 The Lord God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.
8 And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.
9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.
10 And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.
11 And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.
12 And he said O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.
13 Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:
14 And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.
15 And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.
16 And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
17 And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.
18 And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.
19 And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.
20 And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.
21 And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the Lordhad made his journey prosperous or not.
22 And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;
23 And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father's house for us to lodge in?
24 And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor.
25 She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.
26 And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the Lord.
27 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master's brethren.
28 And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things.
29 And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well.
30 And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well.
31 And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the Lord; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.
32 And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that were with him.
33 And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.
34 And he said, I am Abraham's servant.
35 And the Lord hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.
36 And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he hath.
37 And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell:
38 But thou shalt go unto my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son.
39 And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me.
40 And he said unto me, The Lord, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house:
41 Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath.
42 And I came this day unto the well, and said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go:
43 Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;
44 And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: let the same be the woman whom the Lord hath appointed out for my master's son.
45 And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.
46 And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.
47 And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, the daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.
48 And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the Lord, and blessed the Lord God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter unto his son.
49 And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.
50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the Lord: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.
51 Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the Lord hath spoken.
52 And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the Lord, bowing himself to the earth.
53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.
54 And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master.
55 And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.
56 And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the Lord hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.
57 And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.
58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.
59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.
60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.
61 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
62 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country.
63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.
64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.
65 For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.
66 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.
67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.”
Rebekah Walked Right Into Her Blessing!
Rebekah Was Prepared!
Just As God Allowed Rebekah To Walk Into Her Blessing,, His Timing Is Always Perfect
So, I must ask you to consider a thought today. Have you like Rebekah was, been approached by your blessing, but failed to recognize it?
How many opportunities and blessings have passed us by because we were not prepared or under obedience to the Lord?
Don't let that be you today, commit your life to God fully with your heart and mouth. Don't miss out on your next blessing! The biggest blessing that will ever come your way will be an invitation to meet the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, to receive the greatest gift of all in eternal life!
Running The Race with Momentum
A. Life is a journey, similar to as the Word tells us a “race.”
Hebrews 12:1 King James Version (KJV)
“12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”
There are many things about life that can be compared to a long race according to the Word of God. For example, having the patience and endurance to run a marathon is no easy task and neither is life, but is certainly possible with lots of practice. When we encounter resistance and road blocks along our journey, God allows these obstructions to resist us in order to build us up.
This verse also instructs us not just to run, but to “run with patience.” Are we waiting upon God for our next steps, or do we go where our heart pleases?
B. A race is how you run it, not how fast
2 Timothy 4:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”
When I played football in high school, the running backs would follow a set of drills that took them running through tires attached to two poles which was meant to slow them down as they ran through them, after that they had to step through tires to learn agility and footwork.
The same holds true for Christians as well. We go through a series of challenges and resistance that allows us to build up our spiritual strength and agility, equipping us with the spiritual know how to resist the blows of the enemy.
There may be times in the hot August sun during practice when you feel like quitting, especially when it comes time for the two-a-day practices (you heard that right, two practices a day), but we have to finish our course and finish strong. There is an award waiting for us on the other side. We do this for Christ who died for us. As athletes, we were willing to run through a brick wall for our coach, what are you willing to do for Jesus who gave his life for yours?
C. A race requires us to stay on our feet and get up when we fall
Jeremiah 12:5 (KJV)
“5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?”
There were many times in practice where we would fall so much the coach would stop everything and make us practice balancing drills. As followers of Christ, we don’t want to require the Lord to send us through balancing drills to often, however there will come a time when you will fall on your face. You may even get smashed in the mouth by the opponent. It’s your job to get back up and keep going.
One tip that always helped us to stay on our feet was to always consistently chop our feet. I can still here the whistle now followed by a loud, chop..chop…chop! Those who could move their feet the quickest and most proficient could stay on their feet and move greater distances. As followers of Christ, it is our duty to stay on our feet and stay spiritually grounded on our “footwork” in His Word. It is there where we will find the teaching we need to inform us of how to “stay on our spiritual feet without falling.” When we do fall, it will help assist us in the rebuilding of our faith and confidence to get back out there and run again.
If we can’t keep our spiritual feet under us and keeping us going in the good times, how do we expect to keep ourselves going in the bad? This is what the prophet Jeremiah challenged the Hebrews with in this verse. How can you run with the horses of the enemy if you can’t keep up with the men by foot?
D. We already know the end result
Isaiah 40:1-4 (KJV)
“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins.
3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:”
This is what Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary has to say about this portion of Scripture:
"When eastern princes marched through desert countries, ways were prepared for them, and hinderances removed. And may the Lord prepare our hearts by the teaching of his word and the convictions of his Spirit, that high and proud thoughts may be brought down, good desires planted, crooked and rugged tempers made straight and softened, and every hinderance removed, that we may be ready for his will on earth, and prepared for his heavenly kingdom."
The Word says “every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low.” It reminds me of what it is like to run down the hill rather than against it.
Have you ever raced someone on foot?
How about raced down a hillside? What was it like?
If you experienced the same things I have, you felt extra momentum behind you, pushing so hard it almost knocked you over. Of course, too much momentum can many times send us out of control.
Running the race of our life is almost like running downhill because we already know Christ wins this battle. We already know that if we can manage to finish, we have already won. However, God doesn’t just want us to finish, he wants us to live life with momentum! He wants us to come off of our mountaintops and into our valleys with such spiritual authority that we bounce the enemy right off our shoulder pads of faith.
One day we won’t have to run this race, it will have been won once and for all!
In the mean-time, run it with authority so that when we descend, we descend with such spiritual momentum that we bust through whatever resistance awaits us at the bottom of the valley.
The way to our destination or goal may not always be clear, but if we hit it hard enough, with enough momentum, and enough power or force, we can bust through to our destination!
Praise God in your good times, praise Him in your bad, praise Him in your horrible, praise Him in your Sad, whatever you do, just praise Him. If you praise Him, you are worshiping Him and if you
worship Him, eventually you will pray to Him. This is how we build spiritual momentum.
So join hands with me as we run this gauntlet of life! What is there to lose? Jesus is right there with us, pulling us along when we lose momentum. He restores us in our time of need, providing us with the "river of living water" for our soul, enabling us to finish this race victorious!