Friday, March 1, 2013

A Desperate Measure Gone Wrong

2Kings 1:3

3But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, Go up to and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, 'Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?'

King Ahaziah reined for only two years after his father Ahab's death. Ahab was married to Jezebel. Ahab allowed Jezebel to use the power she had with him to take over and convince him to serve her pagan god  and he even allowed her to have an innocent man murdered. He attempted to serve both the pagan god and the God who brought him to power. Ahaziah was in his upper room and he fell and hurt himself. Instead of seeking God for healing, King Ahaziah sent his messengers to seek the pagan god to see if he would live or die. Because God had been quiet Ahaziah decided not to even bother with the one and only true God. And for it, Elijah was told to pronounce his death. Ahaziah did not believe God would answer nor did he seek healing.

When God is quiet, where are you looking for answers? If you are hurt or there is a problem, do you believe God will heal you? Do you believe God has the answers? What questions are you asking or not asking? Seeking something other than God in the midst of your situation is likely to get you the wrong answer and the wrong result. Lack of faith in God can lead one to take desperate measures. The only one who has the ability to truly heal is God. The only one who has the ability to change a dark situation in the mid night hour is God. The only one who truly determines if you take the next breath is God. So why go anywhere else? Just because God takes His time in answering doesn't mean He won't answer you. God works on His time not yours. And He loves to work even more when you put your faith in Him into action.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

He Has NO Hold On You

John 14:30

30I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of the world is coming. He has no hold on me,

Jesus told the disciples many times that He would not be with them for long, though they didn't understand. At times it may have even sounded like Jesus played charades because he did not always use the same name for Satan each time but the prince of the world is Satan. Jesus was bold in his statement that the prince has no hold on him. For who can hold the Son of God? Who can hold the one who was Spirit along next to God creating the earth? Did you know that if you are in Christ, the prince of the world has no hold on you? He only has hold on those who dare not to be connected to Christ and find all their value in the world because it then that they are weak and the prince takes over. But those in Christ have the power and ability to defeat the prince with one word. That word is Jesus. When in Christ, crying out the name of Jesus and saying help me is the code red for rescue. When in Christ and God's word and daily communication with Him, you stomp on the head of the prince of the world. When in Christ, you show the prince he has NO hold on you. Even if you stumble, because you know the one who can redeem you and repent, the prince still has no hold. You slip right through his fingers.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Moving Mountains

Matthew 21:21

21 Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done.

Just a few days prior to Jesus making the statement above, he and the disciples were walking and saw a fig tree off in the distance. Jesus wanted to pull fruit from the fig tree. When He and the disciples arrived at the fig tree, Jesus discovered though the fig tree was alive, it was not bearing any fruit. So at that moment He pronounced its death. A few days later when passing the fig tree again, it had indeed died. The disciples were amazed. And then Jesus told them that with faith, not only could they do what He did but they would be able to move mountains.

Now to many that sounds just crazy. But with Christ, nothing is impossible according to His word. First of all, the tree which was alive was not bearing fruit. It was a fruit tree that did not bear fruit. It had a purpose but was not serving its purpose. So if it was not serving its purpose, why was it still in existence? There are some things in our lives that look alive from a distance but up close they are actually not serving their purpose in any way, they are just there. Just as Jesus did, it is time to pronounce those things as dead. The Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines a mountain as a mass of land higher than a hill. It is considered to be something fixed. Much more than the fig tree. But Jesus said you and I have the ability to look at what looks like a fixed mass and tell it to move and it will indeed do so. A mountain in your life can be anything but with your faith to look beyond what you see with your physical eyes and focus with your spiritual eyes, you can command that the mountain in your life be removed. So what's it gonna be? Are you going to have something that looks alive from the distance but is really not serving a purpose and is just there to stay put or will you just command that it go ahead look dead just as it really it is? And will you declare any obstacle that stands in your way to be removed? It will all be done according to your faith.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Assassinate from the Inside

Esther 2:21

21During the time Mordecai was sitting at the king's gate, Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's officers, who guarded the doorway, became angry and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.

The city gate and the king's gate are two different areas. The city gate is meant for protecting everyone who belongs in the city but the king's gate is meant to protect the leadership and those in the inner circle that live in the palace. Gate's have guards or gatekeepers. Gate keepers are those who monitor the coming and goings of visitors, protect the king and also keep out those who do not belong in the inner circle/palace. Bigthana and Teresh were gatekeepers. What happens when those who are to guard and be the gatekeepers are the ones who want to assassinate or harm the leadership? Mordecai was the cousin of Queen Esther and raised her. He sat near the gate as one who was a scribe. He was a minister of the court, one who documented the accounts set forth by the king and anyone whom the king appointed. Mordecai overheard the plot. Scripture says that Bigthana and Teresh became angry. One does not know why they became angry exactly. But anger is usually the first emotion displayed but not the primary emotion. There's always a reason for the anger. Be it jealousy, envy, pain, greed, etc. At any case, Those who were meant to have the king's best interest planned to harm him. For Mordecai, that meant harming his family. His relation to the king was not widely known. He was considered as just another scribe. With his connection to the inner circle, he was able to alert leadership of the assassination plot. Mordecai could've stayed quiet but it was in the interest of love, care and respect that he could not keep quiet. The inner circle is supposed to be a place of comfort. But if those who are to look out for the inner circle are not truly thinking about anyone else then there is no comfort, no trust. Leadership is important because if the enemy can take out the leadership he then has access to all those the leader looks after. As leaders, who is looking after you? Who is in your inner circle? Who are your gate keepers? Are the gate keepers there in love and devotion or are they like Bigthana and Teresh, out to assassinate from the inside?

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