I had been given a heavy blow the other day and it got me side tracked, slightly. Satan hits us where it can really hurt, and if there is someone who you get support from who helps you, then that relationship makes a perfect target. It hurt, it still hurts, but my troubles have never stopped God’s faithfulness. This is why we need to be surrendered, Satan will try us like he tried Job if God allows him, and God will allow hardships to test us. He will test if our love is true, but even more he shakes us to wake us up. His word promises to shake the earth (us) so that anything that is not of him will be destroyed.
And these words, “yet once more,” signifieth the removing of those things which can be shaken, such as things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain
So the final product should make us glad because our trials are like the refiners fire 🔥. If it ain’t the Lord, then it isn’t worth my time or devotion. That is why the Lord allows it.
Yet we praise God despite the hurt. We praise him because what he has is enough. We can count the blessings he has given to us. He has forgiven us. He has revealed himself to us. What I truly value about him is that people come and people go but the Lord always remains faithful,yes I Praise him in the deepest valley. I thank him in the desert. I trust him amidst the storm.
Not my will be done but yours be done father. Why so downcast, oh my soul, why grieve and worry and why be afraid. Someone else might abandon you but I will still provide for you. Hunger for my righteousness and I will make you warm. 1000 reasons to praise and believe in the goodness of God amidst the storm.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
I will yet praise him for sure, I’m in love with you my savior and my God 🙌
I keep hearing the Lord our God say to me, “my ways are not your ways, my thoughts are not your thoughts”. What meaning comes to your mind when you hear this? I used to automatically feel reminded that it meant that my mind is too little to comprehend what God is thinking, but that is not exactly what he meant when he said this to his people through the prophet Isaiah.
What did he mean?
Surely there is no doubt that God’s understanding far surpasses our own. Yet, is it God’s will to lord that over us? Does he want us to be ignorant of what he thinks about things?
Not at all, God knows what we lack, and he chose to make us out of the dust and share with us his thoughts. He chose to have a relationship with humanity.
“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”
1 Corinthians 2:16 KJV
"Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets" Amos 3:7 NIV
God chose to join his spirit with us in our flesh and make his mind and will known to us through our Savior Jesus Christ.
So if we know that by the scriptures and through the holy spirit given to us that God freely makes his thoughts known to us, then what did he mean when he counseled Israel, reminding them that his ways are higher than theirs, that they are higher than ours?
What he meant by telling us these things is he meant that he is better than we are. He is more merciful than we are. Unlike mankind’s hearts, his thoughts are pure and his love is perfect.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love”
1 John 4:8
When we read the entire chapter of Isaiah 55, we see that he talks about how he makes the rain and snow fall so man can have crops to live by. In another verse we are told that he makes the rain to fall on both the wicked and the righteous. God loves everyone. We don’t believe in his good plans for us because his ways are so much higher (better) than ours. We hate and don’t forgive, so we assume that God hates us and won’t forgive. We are vengeful so we believe God is quick to anger. We don’t give mercy to another so we beg God for mercy.
To know God is to have faith in his ways. To know him is to celebrate. This is why he beckons us to come to him, so those who don’t have food or money will receive without having to pay.
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
Isaiah 55:1-3 NIV
He says to me, “in me is everything you need”. What is this bread that he speaks of? The word says that Jesus is the bread of life and the living well, and all who come to him will never thirst again and to take his body and eat.
The word also says that Jesus is the word made flesh, that he is the living word and as you read the gospels you see that he only speaks what he heard his father God speak. Therefore, the word of life, Jesus is the flesh, is the word of the living God and that is what gives us life and makes our joy complete.
Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
Matthew 11:28-30 NLT “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
It is true that Jesus’s yoke is light, and it is easy, but Satan does everything in his power to deceive us to make us think that we don’t want to put on that yoke. In order to put on that yoke we must push through so much darkness, distractions, lusts, confusions, discouragements, burdens, at least perceived burdens, in order to apply that yoke. That is what makes that yoke so light, it is that all the stuff we had dealt with before that yoke that was heavy and it just sapped or souls.
So what is this yoke that Jesus talks about that we must apply? It is surrender. True, raw, unadulterated, pure surrender to the Father and his Son. That yoke is truly light once we put it on. Up until we picked it up we thought it looked impossible to put on. We saw slavery. We saw death. Instead we found out that it was so light and easier than anything else we had handled prior.
He said, “come to me all you who are weary and I will give you rest”, then he told us that putting on his yoke was what was needed to have it. It is so much lighter than the life we are trying to save all the while still being unsatisfied. It is so restful because it is the gateway to life. We then gain insight into how there is only one thing needful, to learn from him. Only one thing beneficial, to eat on his words. To live by them, to quote them and celebrate them. To rejoice in him. To love and worship him.
We learn that all our problems are but dust in comparison to his glory. What was so magnified to us before has now reduced to rubble. The mountains jump up and fall into the sea as Jesus is glorified and magnified. All our debts are forgiven and paid for. We are now innocent and white as snow.
We now are known and are truly loved and cared about. When we commune with he who truly loves our soul, then who can we fear because we are now loved by the King, and no one can defeat him or you now that you are the heir to his throne. What is this throne that he talks of anyways? It is peace, it is righteousness, it is joy, it is grace, it is mercy, and perfection. It is completeness. It is love, it is wholeness it is being known and being all you never dreamed you were meant to be.
I have an issue with questioning who my future husband will be. I inspect many people who come across my path. I have always been husband focused. I hate this. It is a desire that never meets satisfaction. I believe that everything will work out for my good, even the minor, more pesky challenges that I face. Even this issue I keep having. I believe that God uses this need within me to help me understand that he is my husband. No, I don’t believe it is wrong to remarry and I know I will marry again, but this time I have a new purpose, and that is to please Jesus and have true contentment. Not a life of my own making, but rather of his choosing. As I keep asking, “who is my husband”, I am reminded of the way God showed my heart to me today and revealed to me that he is working on my behalf about diverse things. Then I am once again reminded that God is my husband. What does it mean to call God my husband? It means that he watches out for me. He is faithful to me and is thinking about me. He understands me like no one else can understand me, and he is for me and not against me. He is the best listener. He is the most loyal friend. He is there even when I don’t deserve it. He cherishes me and tells me how much he adores me. He gives me gifts. He is Sovereign and reveals to me that he is in control and that I have to only trust him and obey. God is so Sovereign, when I look upon this I have a deeper need within me met that wants to be submissive. I want to let him lead me. I want to be cared for and loved. I don’t want to be mistreated. God is truly my husband, and I can enjoy this union with him even better than if I was married to a carnal man. Lord, help me forget about this need or put it in its proper place. Amen.
Romans 8:14 KJV “For as many are led by the Spirit of God, they are the Sons of God”
As we mature in our faith with God, then we leave the black and white of following religious laws, and we start following the leading of God instead. Those who are led by God are the Sons (and daughters) of God. We are also told that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17). That means that the law of life in Christ sets us free from the law of the sin of death. This means that we are in a relationship with God now, and that he is the rule maker, not the law. This means that he breaths life and meaning to the law, and we walk according to what he says rather than the law without the Spirit. This does not by any means mean that we can live in lawlessness, but it means that we are not confined by the law. How can that be? The mystery that we are told in the bible, the same place where religious law resides, is that following God leads to a fulfillment of the law (Matthew 5:17). However, following the law does NOT lead to a relationship with God. Am I lying? The bible itself tells us that (Romans 3:20, Galatians 3:11). This means that I am free to do all things, though not all things are beneficial (1 Corinthians 10:23), therefore if a person explains to me that they are free according to their faith to indulge in certain activities that are not highly looked upon by the church, I don’t judge them, and neither should you! Why? Because a person’s salvation truly is between them and God, and we are told this in Romans 8:33. Those who want to point out that they have a right to judge the church always leave out all the scriptures that warn against judging God’s servants, which far out number those that give them privilege to bring charge against God’s Saints. The reason why we should be so cautious when it comes to judging another believer is that true Godly judgement requires a genuinely pure heart. Many who judge are bitter, critical, and are not truly speaking in a heart of love and so they judge incorrectly in pride and are setting themselves up for judgment as well. A true Son of God is led by the Spirit of God, not the law, rather they become a living epistle of the law. Hallelujah! In order for a person to have assurance that they are a true son of God, they must truly seek him and also obey him according to the faith they have been given so that on judgment day they won’t be among the deceived who may be told to depart from God because he never knew them in truth.
Today I am reflecting on how we are to think of ourselves with sober judgement. We all feel special to some extent, because we are. How can we not be when we were made in God’s image? We are made to reflect God’s glory. Yet, sometimes we only focus on our attributes rather than the bigger picture which is, how the world might view us. As I consider the world’s view of myself, or rather how someone who isn’t biased might view me, I realize that without the vision of God, I look like an ordinary average person. I see my weaknesses and my flaws. I can see the difference between my ideal of myself, and what I am in reality. The truth is that only God can make this unappealing earthen vessel into his master piece.
Also, I realize that only God can help me overcome my every day to day obstacles, the Lord knows I have not been able to do this myself. Only God can justify me. Only God can defend me. Even now it comes to knowledge that all those who would think to form a plot against me, or think evil of me, God is there interceding for me as we speak. Only God knows me as I hope to be, only God is able to truly believe in me. Each person is unique. Each person is without hope, and only God can redeem them. Each person needs God’s mercy, the mercy that only God can provide.
Only God stays near me, even when I fail. I fail all of the time. Only God can love me, even when I am unlovable. Only God can uphold me, and my purpose is for him. Without him I would had already committed suicide years ago, even if I didn’t die, I would be dead already on the inside without him. He truly is the only good being in this life. No, there are good people, lovable, caring souls but no one is perfect, even Jesus said only God is truly good. There just isn’t any purpose in this life, and only God is the reason why I find myself. I was created to know him. I was created to praise him. I was not ever able to be satisfied by anything in this life, except for God. Only God.
It is true that our burdens are too much. We were created to have and enjoy our lives, and our curse was to have to work for it. We were created to have our every need provided for. Rams have indwelt abilities to withstand headbutts, but we do not have an indwelt ability to carry our own burdens. These burdens are too much. When we think about what our burdens cost us, why not cast our cares on Jesus, who died for us? He said, “come to me all you who are burdened and heavy laden, and I will give you rest, cast your cares upon me, because I care for you”. Part of the curse of death is having to carry our burdens alone. These burdens are too much. When we turn to God with our cares, he is able to give us rest for our tired bones. Thank you Lord for relieving my cares and for taking care of everything that concerns me. Please remind us all that you are near, not far away. Remind us that we are not meant to carry our burdens alone, but that we can cast those cares upon you and that as we do you keep us safe. Help us have rest. Amen
Isaiah 37:35 KJV “For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake”
Psalm 105:15 KJV “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm”
Many times the Lord had revealed to me how he punished a person who at one time or another had stood against me. He always defends his anointed, in his own way and in his own time. He had given me revelation knowledge maybe immediately after the person spoke or stood against me, or way after it had occurred which was always affirmed by its manifestation.
So why will God do this for me or another? Is it because I am special or that he respects me over another? No. I am not better than anyone else, I am weak and human. Rather, it is because I am anointed with his Spirit, and it is for his names sake that he defends his anointed ones.
His word makes it clear that he defends the weak, first of all. Secondly, he defends what is right, for he leads us on paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. When an anointed man or woman of God is walking under the inspiration of his Holy Spirit, then whoever offends that person is offending God himself, for whatsoever a person does to his anointed ones they also do to him.
God must defend his anointed ones for righteousness sake. Hebrews chapter 12 makes it clear that God will punish those who he loves, so when a person acts out of line, or mindlessly speaks curses and is unjust in their dealings, then they are standing against the law, and they are standing against what is right, and God is righteousness himself. He also defends and protects his bride, because he is a faithful husband, and we who love him are in covenant with him, we are his bride.
God even corrects other anointed men and women who stand against me when they are out of line, because what is wrong is wrong, and what is right is right. God’s correction will surely come, but many will not be corrected because of their pride. This is not right. Therefore, it is necessary that in order for that person who is corrected, correctly, by God that they should receive it. Don’t harden your heart, rather humble yourselves. Even I am corrected from time to time when it is right.
Those who are anointed by God should be in step with God. They should maintain a humble and malleable attitude at all times, because humility is the mark of a true servant of God, not pride. The good news is that grief might last for a night, but joy will certainly come in the morning, and those who are corrected by the Lord’s rebuke will reap a harvest of righteousness (Hebrews 12:11).
If you earnestly seek the Lord and earnestly open your heart to his correction, then he will lift you high and honor you with long life. Dear ones you anointed ones need not ever fear for God will defend you for his names sake. This is why I don’t bother defending myself, because I know God will do it. I know that those who speak against me without righteous heart motives will be dealt with according to God’s name, especially when it is against him. I don’t fret, they are setting themselves up for their own downfalls, I rest secure Hallelujah. Thank you Abba Father for defending me. Your love is fierce and your justice sentence is always right. You are glorious. I praise you. Amen.
God is a good father. We know this in theory, but do we know it in heart? I love how personal God makes things for me to comprehend. He will do this for anyone who seeks to know him and asks him for help. I rely on him to get through my day, as I am weak and he is my strength, and he makes me strong for sure by comforting me and counseling me. It is his faith. We say with our mouths that God will protect us, but do we believe? We sing his praises in the church chair or pew, but do we then walk away and believe he is going to do evil things to us if we make even the slightest mistake? If we truly believe that he is good as we sing about when we praise him, then why are we afraid? The Lord wants to give you a deep, personal revelation of his love. He is not just good to a few, he is good to all, it is the lack of faith that keeps us from seeing it. Lord, open our eyes. Heal our hearts. Give us rest and peace today. Open our eyes so that we can see you. Give us deep penetration today, not because we deserve it, but because you are good. Here is what he told me, and it is true for us all. He said, if you who are evil (yes, all humans have evil in them aka flesh) know how to do good things for your children…… this means that if we consider the most evil person, even they know how to bless a person… so if we who are naturally evil, know how to do good for our children, then how much more will he, GOD, who made us, and who is naturally good and loving, know how to do good things for his children? God said, “I created good.. who do you think first came up with the idea of surprises and blessing a person’s socks off??” So we can praise him for the good he will do, even though we don’t know what the good thing is yet, just because we know that we will be faithful to give us all good things in the name of Jesus. Amen.
This might be a shocker statement to some religious folks out there. Surely someone wouldn’t make assumptions about what I mean without first reading what I have to say. We are told that we now have a righteousness apart from the law, and that is faith in God through Jesus Christ (Romans 3:21). What this means for me is that God is my confidant, if I have a problem or concern about anything I can go to him about it, and he also justifies me. He made the law. Why go to the law when looking for the truth? The written law is in black and white and without personality, it does not think, it is merely words with an open and shut case. It will never be able to mold or bend to allow for your weakness. It is not able to think for you. It does not have feelings for you. God, on the other hand has feelings. If you had an issue with being able to keep a law, like if you had a debt you owed, and you weren’t able to pay it, and you were able to go to the judge who issued the law in the first place, without fear because he was a loving and merciful man, wouldn’t you rather do it, or just let the law judge you? This is the beauty of being able to approach the throne of grace, is that unlike the written law, the one who sits on the throne, the law maker is able to adjust it for you, or show you how to fulfill it with added grace. God is not out to punish us. He is not a tyrant. He wants us to approach him. He wants us to fulfill the law in spirit and in truth, not for the sake of the cold, unfeeling words of the law, but rather for the sake of truth and righteousness. Therefore, it is not the law that I bow my knee to, but it is only God who I serve. The law is a boundary keeper. The law is a wall set along the path of righteousness to keep us on the right path, but the law is not in charge, rather God is. How sad to think that so many christian, myself included, have believed that the law itself was God. That the law which is unforgiving and relentless would be our final judge, when this whole time they were given provision to enter into God’s throne room of grace to help them along the way, the maker of the law. When a person is struggling at their job, for whatever reason, maybe they are having personal problems at home, would they need to fear if they were best friends with an understanding boss who is patient and merciful? Some Christians see that being chummy with the boss and taking advantage of that privilege is simply just not holy, and they set up their own laws and walls for others to follow, but to what advantage? This is still an attempt to find justification outside of the sacrifice of Jesus’s life, all else is rubbish and should be counted as loss. Just admit it, you are not ever going to truly measure up. Only daddy can lead the way. Only he can justify. God is God.
Isaiah 45:2 KJV
“I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron”