Angel Army

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I wake up a lot with anxious thoughts. I tend to question things in my world constantly. Did I do right? Did I mess up? What if what I think is right is wrong? I might be anxious about my kids or my relationship. I might be concerned about money or a problem someone else is facing. If I’m not careful the cares of this world will consume me before I even step out of bed. I’ve been through about a five-year-long struggle of pain and darkness. I think I’ve gotten used to anticipating that something bad is going to happen.

Today I read about David. He was on the run, hiding in a cave, crying out to God to help him. In 1 Samuel 22:2 it says “And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain them: and there were with him about 400 men.”

David was being chased by the king and his army. He was hiding in a cave. No doubt that daily he had to anticipate what might go wrong. He, no doubt woke up with anxiety, like I do, wondering if he’d survive the day, wondering about the promises of God that seemed impossible, wondering how his life had come to this?

But God is always working, ALWAYS. 400 men were out there struggling. They were in debt that overwhelmed them, they were discontented with their situations, they felt hopeless in distress, they needed someone who could relate to them and lead them to victory.  As you go through your personal darkness, always try to keep in mind that no matter how lonely it gets, there are others out there who are experiencing your pain. Others that need you to come through it so that you can help them to victory.

Another way of looking at David’s story is that when he cried out to God for help, God sent him an army of people to help him.  He gave him a physical army.  But you need to know that you have a spiritual army of heavenly warriors who battle for you each day. In Matthew 25:53 Jesus asks His disciple “do you think that I couldn’t ask my Father, and he would even now send me more than twelve legions of angels?”  We must never, ever, believe the lie that we are alone.  God wants to commune with us every second of everyday.  We have a heavenly family that is cheering us on daily.  We have angels assigned to us to protect us.

Luke 15:10 says that a host of angels rejoiced when you came to know Christ.  I believe they continue to cheer us on each day! Revelations 14:6 speaks of an angel that has the eternal gospel and proclaims it to those living on earth…his assignment is proclaiming good news over us! Psalm 78:25 says that angels fed those who were gathered.  Psalm 78:49 recounts when God sent a band of destroying angels out against Egypt.  Psalm 91:11 says “He will command his angels regarding you to guard you in all your ways.  Matthew 18:10 commands us to not despise the little children because they have angels in Heaven who are always in front of the Father. Hebrews 1:14 says that the angels minister to us.  Hebrews 13:2 says to always show hospitality to strangers because they might be angels.

Our suffering is seen by and used by God.  God is always with us.  We have a heavenly family and a heavenly army that surrounds us each moment of every day.  You are not alone! You are not a victim of this life!  You’re destined to win.  You have a purpose! There is no mistake or failure that God can not turn into victory, not only for you, but for others! It’s surviving your low places that qualify you for service in the kingdom.  It’s your willingness to keep the faith and put one step in front of the other and acknowledge your dependence on God and others that makes you a humble leader for others who struggle.

Ask God to show you each day his kingdom and for the ability to see beyond this world that we live in.  There’s so much more!  If you could see what He has for you, just around the corner, you’d rejoice.  You’d break free from the heaviness that weighs you down.  The attack you’re under has a reason and a season, it’s not going to last forever and it’s not going to let you remain the same.

I surround you, Loved One, with the peace of God which passes all understanding!  I proclaim an end to the season of pain in your life. I declare that you will walk into God’s destiny for your life, in God’s perfect timing.  You will not walk into it alone.  You walk forward, victoriously, with God Himself before you, an angel army behind you marching toward a vast people that need you to lead them through the darkness that you conquered, with His light.   Amen.

 

Truth and Consequences

King David is often used as an example of God’s grace. People note, how David slept with Bathsheba and had her husband killed to cover up his wife’s pregnancy. (2 Sam. 11) But then went on to do great things for God. Yes, this shows that even those that walk close to God struggle with sin.

It’s important for us to keep in mind that according to Rom. 3:23 the wages of sin is death. Every sin demands a payment and the payment is death. We can also say that every a action has a consequence.

2 Sam. 12:10 says the profit Nathan pronounced the consequence for David’s sin. “Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus sayeth the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them into thy neighbor, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou did it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.” It goes on to say that they lose the baby, later one of David’s sons rapes David’s daughter, another son takes David’s wife and tries to take his kingdom and murder him!

David realizes what he has done and repents. But it is too late to avoid years of family torment over one moment of pleasure. David cries out to God for mercy, and yes, God is merciful to him. He is good to take our mistakes and bless us to show how good He is. He walks us through the valley of the shadow of death. As David says in Psalm 139:8 even when we make our bed in hell, He is there.

We must consider that God’s plan is good for us. That He adores us. We were created in His image and He wants a relationship with us. To follow our own plan, to make ourselves feel good in the moment, we may be sowing various forms of death into our lives.

GOD is good. God IS good. God is GOOD!! We MUST keep this in our minds and hearts at all times. His laws are to protect us and give us His very best. Let’s trust in His goodness instead of relying on His mercy.

Trust in His Name

I am struggling with trusting God in this season of my life. I want to be married. I am navigating my financial future on my own for the first time in 20 years. I question why divorce had to happen and if life as I knew it will ever happen or if the life I had is even the life I still want.

In the middle of my anxiety I read:

Psalm 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

There is power in God’s name. If we get to know His name, we will get to know who He is. We will understand what is available to us because we are his children.

Below are two resources I found on line to help me seek Him by getting to know His name.

This first list is published by: Moneywisesteward.com

Obeying a Loving God is a Joy.

1 Samuel 28:11-20 tells the story of the end of Saul’s reign and the foreshadowing of David’s rule.  When I read verses 17 & 18 concerning Saul “…for the Lord hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to David: Because thou obeyed not the voice of the Lord, nor executed his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the Lord done this thing unto thee this day.” I fear for all that God might take away from me for not being obedient.

A friend sent me this sermon, I received it just after reading these verses.

In this video Derek Prince talks about the difference of living by the law vs. living by grace.  It’s a great perspective that would be worth listening to.

As I listened to the message I thought about David.  Did David obey God?  David slept with a married woman and had her husband killed to hide the pregnancy.  2 Sam. 11.  David didn’t correctly address sin in his own family, for example when his son rapes his daughter in 2 Sam. 13.  To be sure, there were consequences for David’s sins, but David died a king.  God did not take his kingdom away from him for being disobedience.  What’s the difference between Saul and David?

In his online article called 10 Reasons David is Called a Man After God’s Own Heart, Ron Edmonson states the following examples: He is humble, reverent, respectful, trusting, loving, devoted, gives recognition, is faithful, obedient and repentant.

https://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/ron-edmondson/10-reasons-david-is-called-a-man-after-god-s-own-heart.html

David depended on God.  David was in constant relationship with God, even when he sinned.  He lamented to God when he was in trouble. He turned to God when he was depressed. Whatever he went through, He went through it with God by His side.  In reference to walking by the law vs. by grace.  If we try to walk through life in our own power, fulfilling the law, we will fail, we will feel like a failure. Romans 3 states the following:

“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.
 Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery,  and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:10-18

So, if we can’t walk in victory by living by the law, what are we called to do? Live by grace:

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 

Derek Prince, in the video above describes it as if we were slaves, potential buyers were coming into a room where we stood naked on display, they were poking and prodding to see if we were healthy, we wore shame and were destined for slavery.  But then all of a sudden the door opens and a mighty prince enters the room and says, I will buy them.  He sets us free, he doesn’t use us to be slaves, he makes us co-heirs with Him in His kingdom.  Wouldn’t you fall in love with Him? Want to be near Him? Want to spend the rest of your days showing Him how much you appreciate what He did for you?  That’s how David felt towards His God.

The day that Samuel came to anoint him as King (1 Sam. 16) Davids was out tending sheep.  When Samuel asked to see Jesse’s sons, Jesse didn’t even think about David!  David wasn’t considered king material by his earthly father.  Finally when Samuel asks if there is another son, Jesse calls David in from the fields.  Do you feel like you don’t have anything to offer? Do you feel unworthy and that God doesn’t have a call for you life?  Do you understand that God has not forgotten you!?  He will NEVER forget you.  He calls you in from wherever you are and He places you right where He wants you.

David got a revelation that day that God chose Him and had a plan for his life.  It’s what gave him the courage to fight Goliath in  1 Samuel 17.  He didn’t rely on His own strength, he had a full revelation that with God, he could do all things, Luke 1:37.  It was His faith in God that brought the grace of God into his life and established him as a man after God’s own heart.

When I get concerned that I’m going to get in trouble for not obeying God’s laws, I know that I am not connected with my heart to God.  When my heart is connected to God, I know that God only wants the very best for my life.  When I’m disconnected, it feels like He is trying to keep me from what I want.  He’s a beautiful savior, not a harsh tyrant.  I know this.

I have two friends in my life right now that have areas of specialty that I would like to learn.  When we have the time for them to teach me what they know, I am going to be all ears.  I am going to want to listen and follow each of their instructions because they know what they are talking about.  They are going to teach me to do what they do, which will bring value, fun, enjoyment etc. to my life.  The instructions they give me may not make sense to me. They may seem hard to follow.  But I am going to listen because I want to be able to do what they do.  It’s the same with God.  I start by knowing that He’s the expert.  I appreciate what He has to teach me.  I know that by following His instructions, my life is going to be better and I’m going to be able to do what He does.

“God, I want to be a woman after your heart.  Help me to not be distracted.  Help me to stay connected to your heart.  Your heart is good for me. Life with you is sweet and full and rich.  Help keep my head lifted, looking up to you, and not cast down on things here on this Earth.  Help me to walk by the Spirit.  Help me to have open eyes and ears.  Help me to renew my love for you every morning. Thank you for your grace that enables me to obey you out of a heart of love. You are my joy and my strength. Amen.”

 

 

 

He Will Be Your…

xThinkstockPhotos-494064784-640x213.jpg,qv=1487803996.pagespeed.ic.owx4rNXi-9Exodus 4:10-12 “And Moses said unto the Lord, Oh my Lord, I am not eloquent, …but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.  And the Lord said unto him , Who hath made man’s mouth?  or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.”

Do you know that you have a purpose here on Earth?  God says in Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”  He was speaking to Jeremiah.  Romans 2:11 says “For there is no respect of persons with God.”  Therefore, if God had a plan for Jeremiah, when he was a baby in his mother’s womb, He also had a plan for you before you were born.  1 Cor. 12:7 says “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”  To EACH one.  You have spiritual gifts.  If you’ve never taken a spiritual gifts assessment, I found a wonderful one online:

http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/spiritual-gifts-online-assessment

You can answer 21 questions and find out which spiritual gifts you are the strongest in.  It also gives you the description of each gift.

Moses doubted what God was calling him to do.  He was so hung up on his issue of stuttering and what he couldn’t do, that he didn’t see he could accomplish, with God. Many of us have self-doubt that keeps us immobilized.  We look at our weaknesses and say, I could never…  But Phil. 4:13 says  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  and 2 Cor. 12:9 says “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  It’s not us, it’s us cooperating and walking in agreement with God that helps us do what He has called us to do.

God created Adam for fellowship.  He wanted to walk with him in the garden, He wanted a family.  He still wants fellowship with us.  He doesn’t expect or want us to fulfill our purpose on our own.  He wants to be our best friend, our empowering force, our partner.  What has God called you to do?  What problem are you supposed to solve?  Who are you supposed to reach? How are you supposed to make the world a better place?  Don’t let fear keep you from moving out.  Trust in God to carry you through anything. Live your very best life!  You won’t be fulfilled by doing what everyone else is doing.  You must find what it is that you are supposed to do, with God, and do it.

As God said to Moses, He says now to you “Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.”

 

Enough for Every Brother.

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He Gives Us Our Daily Bread

Jacob, convinced his brother Esau to sign away his birthright for a bowl of stew! Jacob must of been one heck of a cook!  Either that, or Esau didn’t care too much about it.  Or maybe he was so hungry for something that he wanted, that he gave it away without even considering the cost.

Our souls can be demanding.  When the soul wants something, it’s hard to talk it out of it, unless it’s submitted to the spirit man.  The Bible says that Esau had just come in out of the fields and was famished.  Jacob, seeing an opportunity wouldn’t serve him until he had signed away his birthright, Gen. 25:19-34.

It wasn’t the only time that Jacob took something that belonged to his brother. In Genesis 27 you can read all about how Jacob’s mother helped him to get his Father’s blessing as well!

Years later, in Genesis 33, Jacob learns that Esau is coming after him.  When Jacob sees him, he sees that he’s coming along with 400 men!  Sure that his brother is coming to retaliate against him he divides his family into three groups and sends them ahead of him. But he gets a grand surprise when, in verse 4 “Esau ran to meet him, and embrace him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.”  Esau asks why Jacob had sent gifts ahead of him?  Jacob explains that he has been blessed and that he wants his brother to have the gifts.  Esau tells him he has enough, but Jacob insists he take them.

Here is a picture of true redemption.  In their flesh, they fought over the blessing.  But now, realizing the plan God has for each of their lives, the brothers are fighting over blessing one another!

We have an abundantly rich and extravagant God that has given each of us a purpose on Earth. If we achieve that purpose, He also has wonderful rewards both here on Earth, and in heaven.  We NEVER have to steal from others or compare ourselves to others.  God provides us “daily bread” Mathew 6:11, enough for us to accomplish all that He has for us to do.  When we flow in the blessings He intends for us to have, we will overflow with blessings for those around us!