But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4–5)
Are you now living a life similar to Joshua’s first hours of his calling to lead his people into the holy land?
Joshua a young man just watched his Rabbi and prophet Moses saying goodbye, then even more Moses just left him with thousands of Israelite who traveled hundreds of miles and lived for 40 years in the wilderness preparing to enter the promised land, and become holy people and God’s army, before entering the Holy land ready for God’s war.
Just imagine that you are literally there right now on the east bank of the Jordan river watching this chaos, do a 360 panoramic view, what you see is what the inexperience Joshua saw, he was filled with fear, doubts and not knowing what to do, still had to protect, lead, supply and obey the commands of God to move forward, be courageous and strong enough to go to war and fight..Then the Lord used this scripture to remind him and make him laser focused on (who God is, the mission ahead and who he is in the order of the relationship).
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10, ESV).
How often we become surrounded with the same chaos, with too many unknowns and filled with fears. But yet, God keeps reminding us to be like Joshua not Jonah..
Praying and asking for supernatural revelation, but instead trusting the natural “Flesh”.
How many times (this is me) we pray and ask for certain miracles of healings, hopes, wishes and dreams to happen, but instead trusting and believing the Word of God which promises us that God our Father will supply what is good at the right time, even the strong in Faith and fellowship among us have the tendency to shift the core values of their Faith by depending on the lies of the enemy and believing that God is not strong enough, too busy to listen, so overwhelmed to care enough or what they are praying and asking for it is much bigger than God almighty and it is too hard for Him to handle.
The tests, the tries and the trainings of our Faith are all designed by God to make us —with time- more stronger and more useful for His Kingdom and if we have to go to the wilderness once again to be purified once again and regroup so be it..But the undeniable Attributes of God still are and will never change true regardless if we believe them to be true or not; God is always all powerful, all presence and all knowing.
Lord, my prayers are when the real test hits we can pray asking Your Holy Spirit for His Divine decrement to stay steadfast in Your Faith and fight the good fight while pursuing hard your heart. In Jesus name, I pray.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)
“28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind,e he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 15:28-31)
Jesus said “13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Romans 8:13 (ESV)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil 4:6 ESV)
The enemy is not worried about religion rather it worries him greatly whenever a Christian bows down and takes a knee to earnestly prays to the Father in the name of Jesus, and whenever a true worshiper worships the Father in Spirit and Truth.
Never pray against people because we are NOT wrestling against flesh and blood; “Human beings” are NOT the enemies..we are wrestling against beings without bodies..the ones that patrol the earth also known as the enemy’s “Estate”, he is called the god of this world 2 Corinthians 4:4, the prince of the earth, he has been ruling this earth for centuries.
We should never take this enemy lightly, he hates and attacks -these two books more than any of the other 66 books of the Holy Bible- the book of Genesis because it shows his devices and the book of revelation because it shows his doom..
That’s why Jesus asked that we should be praying everyday against this common enemy like this..
Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)
9 “This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, [Who God as a Father]
10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. [God as a King of everything, come quickly]
11 Give us today our daily bread. [We need Your Word daily]
12 And forgive us our debts, [We need You to forgive us]
as we also have forgiven our debtors. [We need You to teach us to forgive other people]
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. [We need You to lead us Father back to You & Protect us from this common enemy]
Lord Father today we seek first Your Kingdom, I pray that Your breathed, inspired & Holy words of the Holy Scriptures will resonate inside our hearts & minds then come out to declare Your Kingdom and Kingship in our lives and others and in the process we become like You Jesus.
The Kingdom of heaven is an entry point where we come under the rule and reign of God. It’s where we trade the things of fending for ourselves and the treasures of this world in “exchange for” the treasures of God. But we have to make that choice. It is alway our choice..
Rom.13:14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. (NIV)
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
“I live who I believe that I am, then it becomes my REALITY that defiles my Identity”.
If our Identity does not identify, edify and glorify God, then it is the evidence work of the commonwealth of the enemy.
Our identity is our “EVERYTHING” which keeps us focused on God’s face, without it we are lost with no guidance no sense of direction like a vessel sailing in the middle of the ocean without a compass lost and tossed wavering alone against the storms and is what the enemy the “thief” is relentlessly after, to steal and kill and destroy.
Who is God?
Who are you to God?
What did God created you to pursue?
Who did God equipped you with, to be always fruitful branch in His vine?
Therefore Protect your true identity with your life through the daily ups and downs -every second of everyday- for this life depends on it. Protect your true identity, sustain it, nourish it and it will keep you fully alive and strong and courageous in Christ.
The enemy has NO use for your health and wealth, no use for even your solid identity in Christ, all of this has no value to him, he does NOT care and has ZERO good motives and intentions for your life and “True” Identity in Christ.
John 10:10 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy [What is he relentlessly after?]; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
True Trust & Obedience in the Father, is much easier said than done. Our utmost trust should be in God alone NOT mankind and only He will bring out deliverance through His provisions and providence..
And God is God of grace and mercy – He will always rejoice & accept our repentance and gives us a new beginning, but the end He will greatly judge our disobedience & wickedness..
How do you want to meet Him as a savior or as a judge?