Friday, February 22, 2008

Climb into the hand of God

Will you climb into His hand today and trust Him. God longs to hold you safely in His hands. There you will find rest for yourself. I was listening to a sermon last night and he was saying that if you are not resting you are not trusting. I was thinking about that and just how true of a statement that is.

I of course had to learn that the hard way. Like so many of us if we would of only trusted God to begin with we could of saved ourselves so much heart-ache and pain. Not to mention sickness that would come into our bodies because of worry and stress and not trusting God to take care of things. Part of entering into God's rest is receiving the Kingdom of God into our lives. Which by the way God longs to give His children the Kingdom. Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom! (Lk. 10:32 Amp.) Don't confuse the Kingdom of Heaven with the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is here and now and within us. Jesus says that the Kingdom of God is within you (Lk. 17:21). The Kingdom of God is not meat or drink but it is Peace, Joy and righteousness in the Holy Ghost (Rom. 14:17)

The goal of the enemy is to rob you of the Kingdom of God. If He can rob you of your Peace, Joy or Righteousness which comes to us by the Power of the Holy Spirit in us than he can rob us of the Kingdom of God. Without the Kingdom of God ( the power of the Holy Spirit ) at work in us we can accomplish nothing for the glory of God and for the advancing of His Kingdom.

The Disciples went forth proclaiming that the Kingdom of God is at hand and they healed the sick and cast out demons and brought freedom, peace, joy and righteousness in the Holy Ghost every where that they went. We are to do the very same thing. It didn't end with the disciples it began with them.

When I look back at the times that I just couldn't rest in the care of God's hands and was worrying about everything I didn't realize it at the time but I was telling God with my actions that He couldn't be trusted. How ashamed I was at myself when I got that revelation from the Spirit God. After all that Jesus had done for me in showing His love for me, here I was neglecting to thank Him for His faithfulness and trust Him for today. I was allowing the enemy to rob me of my peace and joy and thus I was allowing him to rob me of the Kingdom of God.
The enemy had me right where he wanted me. I was destroying myself and doing no good for anybody else either. What a lousy witness I was to others.

But I praise God for answers to my prayers. I said, "Lord I desire your peace and joy once again in my life." How do I attain it? He just simply and lovingly said: "Begin trusting me once again. Climb back into my hands and allow me to take care of everything." How relieved I was to find that place of peace once again in the hands of my Lord. There is no better place to be than in the safety of God's hands. Jesus said: "My father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand" (Jn. 10:29). No man can pluck us out of the hands of God. But we can choose to climb out of His hands or climb in. I don't know about you, but in His hands is where I belong and where I want to stay.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

A Desperate and Determined Faith

Whatever you do, do it with your whole heart. Be determined to reach the finish line. God loves whole heartedness. Our God is the Author of great passion. He loves tenacity and loyalty. Everything about Him personifies VICTORY!!

Every example of healing in the scriptures whether spiritual or physical was accomplished when men and women became determined and or desperate for something miraculous to happen in their lives. In all of these situation Jesus said to them: "you have great faith" or "your faith has made you whole."

In Mk. 10 Jesus heals the blind man. The blind man is yelling with desperation. "Son of David have mercy on me." He was yelling so loud that those around Jesus were becoming annoyed by him. But blind Bartimaeus yelled all the more. Here we have a man yelling to Jesus with all of his heart. In desperation and with determination he desires mercy from Jesus as to have his sight restored. And what did Jesus do? He had mercy on him and healed him. And Jesus said to him: "Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole."

Another example of whole heartedness is found in Mk. 5. The woman with the issue of blood. She had suffered with this sickness for twelve years and had depleted all of her resources as to be healed of this plague but it had only gotten worse. She was desperate and determined to press through the crowd and just touch the hem of Jesus garment. She knew that if she could do this she would be healed. And she did just that, and Jesus felt healing issue flow out of Him and He immediately turned around and asked: "Who touched me?" Once again Jesus says: "Thy faith has made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague."

There are so many other examples of whole hearted faith and determination in the Word of God. Zacchaeus, climbing the tree just to get a glimpse of Jesus. Jesus seeing his desperation went to his house later and his whole household was saved. The centurion with the sick servant said to Jesus: "Just speak the word and my servant will be healed." The woman who washed Jesus feet. Her sin was great and she was desperate for much forgiveness, so with all of her heart she washed Jesus feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. These are all examples of great faith, desperation and determination to be healed as to have salvation come to them. Every time in these instances Jesus says: "Salvation has come to you." Whether they were healed spiritually or physically.. Salvation was theirs.. Their faith was pleasing to Jesus and their faith had saved them.

The Word of God says that faith is what pleases Him. God desires powerful, determined, desperate and persistent faith from us in receiving answers to our prayers. Please don't misunderstand, I am not talking about extreme emotions of the flesh here. I am talking about the zeal of our spirits which unite with the Holy Spirit. A faith that doesn't budge. It is steadfast, focused and sees the victory. Pressing in and praying through until there is a breakthrough in the spiritual realm. In that moment the power of the Holy Spirit is at work in us. Jesus interceding for us and in agreement with us. This is praying the will of the Father. If you have experienced this interlocking connection of the Holy Spirit with your spirit while in prayer, you will understand when I say, "That this is the power of God at work in you producing His will and His good pleasure in your life." This is the ultimate prayer of agreement because it is in agreement with Jesus Christ Himself for our lives, which brings the victory!

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13)

A Desperate Heart

No hope in sight, do I give in?
A desperate heart takes over then
It's faith that's hot with holy fervor
It presses in, will it give up? No never
Jesus listens for the cry of a desperate heart
It's intense with faith, for that He won't depart
With a gleam in His eye and joy on His face
The desperate heart's cry He will embrace
Rise-up and walk be made whole my dear
Your faith is great, your desperate heart I hear
With deep sincerity you have cried unto Me
That's all I ask for that is faith you see
Behold, what you ask you shall receive
For your desperate heart tells Me you truly believe.

Tammy Greenwell

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