Dependable Promises

Joshua 21:45   (NLT)   Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true. 

There comes a time when being reminded of God’s faithfulness is very comforting and very much needed. There has not failed one word of all His promises. All He has spoken He has done just as He said.

Joshua 21.45 - Dependable PromisesWe face very challenging times. There are times when there is nothing we can do to change our predicaments, when even specialists can bring us no cure or solution; they can just state painful facts. It can be very daunting, very unnerving, especially in life-and-death situations. It’s a fact of life. There is limit to what even the most intelligent and most skilled of us can do.

These are situations and moments when God matters most to many people, when our faith in Him finds its real value, when there is nothing more we can do, when we have come to our human limitations. But we’re comforted knowing there’s reality beyond our own abilities, beyond the temporal, beyond the natural. In God is our hope; in Him we trust. We find courage and peace because we know He never ever turns back on His word. He is our savior; He is our provider; He is our deliver; He is our healer. He has never failed us, and He will never ever do.

In my most gut-wrenching and faith-challenging moments, this is where I find my assurance, courage, and comfort. Praise and glory be unto our ever-truthful, ever-trustworthy, and ever-dependable God.

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Healing – The Jesus Way

Mark 5:23   (KJV)   “And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.”

Jairus, whose daughter was extremely sick—to the point of death, had faith in Jesus. Interestingly, somehow he found it necessary for our Lord Jesus to lay hands on his Mark 5.23 - Healing - the Jesus Waydaughter. It was through such gesture of our Lord that he believed his daughter will be healed.

I don’t ever want to criticize anyone who does things differently in relation to their ways with the Lord. As long as the bottom-line, necessary, non-negotiable doctrine is on target, we celebrate the differences in the body of Christ. To be clear, I had spiritual traditional beliefs and practices I eventually found out were abominable to God. When I thought I was pleasing God and was getting closer to Him, I was incurring curses upon myself. But among true believers, we believe the same essential doctrines. Often, it’s only the expressions of our beliefs that vary.

The woman with an issue of blood for twelve years believed that if she could only touch the hem of Jesus’ garments, she would be healed, and she got healed after she did it. It differed from Jairus’ perceived effective method. Both of them though anchored their faith on the Person of Jesus. And none of their preferred process was anti-God or anti-Scripture.

Laying on of hands for healing–whew. We feel like if we do, we identify with a denominational persuasion where this practice is common. But why hold back? Let’s celebrate those denominations for getting there ahead of us; they’re not our competition, although, sad to say, others treat them even as enemies. Jesus spoke to sickness; He laid hands on the sick. If He did, I guess there’s nothing wrong with it. In fact, many of us have done it, and we’ve witnessed people getting healed. Our faith is in our Great Physician; and we just employed the simple WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) principle in the right context.

ALL SEASON CHRISTIANS

Job 6:10   (KJV)   10 Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.

Despite the extremely difficult trial Job was undergoing, he took comfort in the truth that he did not conceal or deny God’s Words.

Job 6.10 - All Season ChristiansTrue relationship with God—true Christianity is all-season Christianity. No matter what the season of our lives is, we worship God; we live faithfully according to the dictates and instructions of His Word. Others enjoy walking with the Lord only when everything is bright; the sun is shining; the flowers are blooming; the birds are singing. But when it gets dark and cold, they treat God the same way—dark and cold.

Dear God, You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. You’re there through all seasons of our lives. Help us to be all-season believers. We understand that others may turn away from us in dark, cold seasons of our journey, but let us not do that to You. Your love for us never fluctuates and never ends; it never changes with the changing situations we find ourselves in. Help us to be steadfast, and for us to always be increasingly passionate in our love for You and Your Words—in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Unequalled Life

Matthew 10:8   (KJV)   Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Miracles are real.  Believers are in agreement with this.  Does God still move in His people to be conduits of healing, cleansing, raising the dead, deliverance?  Before I Matthew 10.8 - Unequalled Lifeproceed with the answer, here’s a quick, loving, simple clarification:  my answer isn’t intended to negate or criticize our family in the Lord who believe differently;  I want to be a contributor to unity, not further division of the precious body of our one Lord.

I believe that the gifts of God go beyond the natural; they include supernatural works.  What an incomparably adventurous life we live as believers!  Who can equal to such tasks?  Our experiences are combinations of wonders and dangers; all of them orchestrated by the masterful hand of our Almighty Father, working everything for the good of those who love Him, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

We are channels of miracles and the supernatural; we are also objects of scorn, hatred, threats, persecution, and even death.  We are loved by some, but we’re also rejected by others.  Our provision is guaranteed—through usual means, or unusual means.  We’re sheep among wolves;  we conduct ourselves with caution, wisdom, and gentleness.  When “dragged” to court, we end up in the presence of rulers and kings.  We may not have the knowledge of lawyers, but the Holy Spirit Himself gives us the very words to say.  The eyes of those who consider us as their enemies are constantly on us, waiting for opportunities to do us harm, but we don’t fear; we know that our Father, Whose eyes are on the sparrows, is constantly, lovingly, and protectively watching over us—His children.

It’s Okay When We Can’t

Mark 9:28   (KJV)   28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

With all the intimacy the disciples had with the Lord Jesus, there were still some things they did not know and some things they could not do.

mark-9-28-its-okay-when-we-cantEven in a saints’ most spiritual state, Jesus is still set apart so highly from us, we will be in continuous process of learning from Him.

Just because we’re unable to accomplish what we need to accomplish doesn’t mean we’re not living up to our call and duty as believers; we’re just presented with new opportunities of learning, higher levels to attain, more understanding of our Lord’s words, will, and ways.

It’s okay to ask the Lord questions; many times, the most spiritual thing we can do is to ask questions.

There’s a huge difference between asking the Lord questions and questioning Him.

When we succeed in something other believers don’t succeed in; it doesn’t mean we’re more spiritual than them; it may just be because we cover the area needed to succeed in a specific situation, and they cover another area where they succeed in and we won’t.

We’re not disappointed when there are some things we haven’t yet learned or areas we’re not gifted with because we have already been taught many things and we’ve been given gifts in many areas.

All Jesus’ Works

John 21:25   (KJV)   25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

We are filled with hope; we live by faith; we know we have our Lord’s continuous companionship. He never ever leaves us, forsakes us, or abandons us; He never walks away from us. He’s very much “hands-on” involved in our lives. There are those who believe in john-21-25-all-jesus-worksGod’s existence, in God’s past works, but not in present divine involvements and intervention. They face life’s challenges believing that they’re struggling through them alone.

I pray that the eyes of their hearts and their spirits may open to the truth that our Lord Jesus loves us. He is an ever-present lover. Love’s expressions are loving actions. Our Lord has acted so much because of love; He’s still doing much, and will do so ‘til forever. How much? People ask. Well, to start with, He created everything; He put the stars in place; He keeps the planets in their course; He stretches out the heavens.

He gave us the power to pro-create; He broke-open mighty waters; He subdued kingdoms; He’s the “glue” that keeps everything together so that we don’t disintegrate; He opens blind eyes, makes the lame walk, the mute speak, the deaf hear, the demon-possessed delivered, the captives free. While we were still sinners, He offered His body to “cat-o-nine-tails”-whippings and  beatings from super-strong Roman soldiers, and finally to three nails and a cross. And there’s so much more. You may say, “You didn’t mention this and that, and this and that…” That’s so true. All the libraries in the world—in fact, the whole world can’t contain all the books that would be written about Him. That’s our Jesus.

Have Faith

Matthew 14:31   (KJV)   31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

It’s our sincere prayer and deep desire for us to be men and women of faith—not just any faith, but a big, strong faith. That’s the kind of faith we as God’s growing children ought to have. A mustard seed-sized kind of faith is enough, just not any smaller. A mustard seed-matthew-14-31-have-faithsized faith in our Lord is enough to move mountains. We live by faith, not by sight, not in doubt. It doesn’t matter how bad situations are, we know that we know: our God handles them with no problem.

That’s it, for God no situation is a problem situation; situations are only problems to us—the limited us. But our trust is in the Lord. He created the entire universe. That’s why it’s easy for us to believe He can part the mighty seas; He can bring the dead back from the grave; He can heal the sick; He can walk on water; He can deliver us from any and every bondage; He can save us from and through any situation.

Doubt is a natural result of no faith or little faith. It indirectly magnifies the problem and assaults God’s ability. It is doubt in God Himself. But why doubt the Almighty, All-wise and All-present? God can make us walk on water; He can make us fly above the most trying and most adverse of situations. He can make us overcome and rise above whatever problem or difficulty we’re facing even now. We don’t doubt Him. There’s no need to look at the bigness of our problems because we’re focused on the bigness of our God.  Is there really anything, any situation, any enemy, any hardship, any trouble that God is unable to safely carry us through? We all know the answer. That’s why despite all the scorching heat of trials coming from unbelieving people and fallen world, despite the winds and waves brought by powerful storms of life, we live in untouchable and immovable inner peace.