THE WORD

THE WORD

DATE: 7TH FEBRUARY, 2015

Cyrus the Great, king of Persia, was the monarch under whom the Babylonian captivity ended, for according to the Bible, in the first year of his reign he was prompted by God to make a decree that the Temple in Jerusalem should be rebuilt and that such Jews as cared to might return to their land for this purpose. Moreover, he showed his interest in the project by sending back with them the sacred vessels which had been taken from the First Temple and a considerable sum of money with which to buy building materials.

Quite often we believe that the people who will bless us will be those who look like us, talk as we talk, believe as we believe, or even live where we live. But if we study this scripture we can see that God will use even the heathens to bless us.

Ezra 1-7, “ In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing: “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: “‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. 3 Any of his people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them. 4 And in any locality where survivors may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.’” Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem. All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings. Moreover, King Cyrus brought out the articles belonging to the temple of the Lord, which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and had placed in the temple of his god.

We need to stop trying to direct God to do things our way, and learn to accept the help he is providing his way. Can we not see that God will direct our path, and lead and guide us if we will only allow him to do that. I am sure that the Israelites thought that when Cyrus became their King that it would be more of the same cruel treatment they had experienced in the past. But Glory to God, he had a different plan. His thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are God’s ways our ways.

Because of the love he had for Israel he used Cyrus to set them free and rebuild the temple, and not only that but Cyrus also provided money to help get the job done. God shall provde our Cyrus in his time and season. We maybe bent, but we are not broken, persecuted and oppressed, but we are not defeated. Martin Luther King said, “We shall overcome.” If we truly believe that then we are to be confident that God will work all things for our good.

DATE: 2ND DECEMBER, 2014

TEXT : Rev 7:9-17

TOPIC: The Great Multitude in White Robes

 “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb. “All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen!” Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?” I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Wow, what a beautiful passage in the Bible, what a marvelous expectation we should have knowing that we will be at the Throne of God, celebrating and praising our Father. Just the thought of this brings excitement and expectation to my very soul. Can you really get this; can you understand after the Great Tribulations you will be face to face with God? Can you today see yourself in God’s presence, praising and worshipping Him face to face? Just the idea of this should give you hope, and increase your faith.

This passage should encourage us to continue the work God has called us to do; if for no other reason, then knowing that one day we will be in God’s presence, along with others who have overcome, to glorify our Father which is in Heaven. I am telling you the truth; today my expectation level is so high, my faith has increased; and I am determined and persuaded to seek God with all of my body, spirit, and soul. Today; I realize that I cannot play nor do I have time to relax, but must be busy reaching and teaching the people of God for real, loving and networking with those of like mind. I cannot afford to seek after my own glory, but must allow the Glory of God in me to exalt my Father in Heaven for I do have a great expectation. The Bible tells us that we can loose that which is in Heaven here on earth; I am loosing these passages into my life here on earth so that I can be constantly in His presence, glorifying Him, and allowing the Lamb to feed me and provide to me springs of living water. I pray daily that Heaven and Earth come together in agreement for my life here on earth, and am believing that through faith which comes from the reading of the Word, I will succeed and overcome the trials and tribulations faced here on earth.

Today I ask that you take time and mediate on this passage, study the Word, and expect to see God face to face, while knowing that through the Spirit of God you can have a wonderful and loving relationship with Him while here on earth. You can overcome as long as you keep it real. Keep it real today, live with great expectations knowing that one day you with live forever and ever with the Heavenly Father who will wipe away all tears.

If you need me, you can find me at the Throne, praising and worshipping my Father. God bless you today and stay strong!

DATE: 21ST JANUARY, 2014

TOPIC: How people were chosen for ministry

TEXT: Numbers, chapter 11, 16-30

Today we are looking at two examples of how people were chosen for ministry in the scriptures. The first example is in Numbers, chapter 11, 16-30. Moses is the undisputed leader of the people of Israel. They are in the desert after they have crossed the Red Sea and the people are complaining about the lack of food. Moses, as the leader, gets all the grumbling of all the people. Moses is exasperated. Yes, burnout was an issue from the very beginning. He needs help handling the people. So God tells him to choose seventy of the elders and officers of the people. They are to gather in one spot. Then God will take some of the Spirit from Moses and place it on these seventy. These seventy will also be leaders of the people of Israel. Moses did as he was told. He gathered the seventy. The spirit was placed upon them and they began to prophesy among the people. God gave them what they needed to help Moses as leaders of the people. Here is the interesting aspect of this story. Moses chose the seventy as commanded by God. These seventy received the power of the Spirit. In addition to these seventy two others, not chosen by Moses as elders, were also given the Spirit of God. They were added to the elders as leaders. God chose them. So we see that even though man choses who he feels is qualified as Moses had done, God will also add to the number as he sees fit. God choses and he disposes.

In the book of Acts, we see another form of choosing leaders. In the 1st chapter, verses 12-26, the apostles need to choose someone to take Judas Iscariot’s place. As a group they determined the criteria the person must have. The person had to be with them from the time of the baptism of John through the resurrection. They had to be a witness to the entire ministry of Christ. Two men fit the criteria. Then they gathered in prayer and cast lots. Casting lots works in this kind of manner. You get two stones of different colors. The stones each represent one of the two people. They are placed in a gourd and the gourd is shaken. The first stone to pop out is the person selected for the position. Since God is over everything, including the stones, it is God’s will as to which stone popped out. Although these stones were used to determine who would replace Judas Iscariot; we can see that they really have no relevance, because God will intercede in even man’s processes, and bring a correct resolution to even the selection of his leaders.

If we fully understand the will of God, we should know that his ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts.  Although we have set certain policy and procedures, and have even selected men and women to lead us, I am of the belief God will change the plans as it suits his kingdom.  Remember man make preparation, but God makes alterations.

As we chose the men and women who will lead us, we need to understand that they are not God, and because of their human characteristics will somes fail or even fall.  We should however be of the mindset to respect the office or positon that they are called to, pray continuously for them, bless them with our personal gifts (for whosoever blesses a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and he who bless the righteous will receive the reward of the righteous), and know that God has called them into leadership for his purpose and not our purpose.

Psalm 139:13-14New International Version (NIV)

13       For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14        I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

I really wonder how many of us can agree with David.  Do we really understand that we are fearfully and wonderfully made?  This morning while reading this Scripture; I came to a point of understanding that God wants us to know that he has provided us with all the tools we need to succeed in our lives.  Most of us will praise God for this particular Scripture, but I wonder do we really understand what God has done for us.  If we fully comprehended what God is saying to us then we would not be self-serving, self-righteous, and self-seeking.  We would learn to rely fully on God and not seek to rise on other’s gifts and talents.  We would know that God and God alone has gifted us and that our gifts and talent will make room for us.  So many times instead of walking in our own gifts, we try and promote ourselves through other people who we feel are doing well, or have been successful.  As members of the Body of Christ, we are to be used to fulfill the work of Jesus Christ, and each of us have been provided with a way to do that.  I again urge us to understand we are to act as members of one body who encourages and promotes each other for the Glory of God and not our own Glory.

Glorious Father, we come to you today to teach us and remind us of your statues and commandments.  Father, we pray that we become people who promote you and not ourselves by any means necessary.  Heavenly Father, we pray for a heart of compassion and love in which we learn to develop our own gifts and talents for the good of the whole Body.  Forgive us this day if we have walked outside of your statues and commandments.  Forgive us if we have tried to promote ourselves regardless of the pains we may cause others.  Simply forgive us for being self-serving, self-seeking and self-righteous.  May we learn from this day forward to complement each other as we do Your Will Your Way, and to walk in humbleness and humility, in Jesus Name, We pray.  Amen

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