God: have a bit of a requirement….
St. Matthew 11:28-29 (KJV) “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
Many of us seek a rest for our bodies; we are tired of some of things that come up against us and it is at times more than we can bear on our own. The good thing about it is that when we say we are believers: this is tested and we soon are required to undergo some type of acts to validate the level of faith.
Jesus, our Lord and Savior made a promise that we have an anchor in Him; when we come to Him, our load becomes His and it is like a transfer.
Rest is promised for our souls.
Beloved, being tired is not a fun feeling, take Jesus at His work; lean on Him.
God: gives specific instructions…
Habakkuk 2:2 (ZKJV) “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”
I think some of us can really understand the intimidation we feel at times when we get an unction to do something divine and the struggle endues when attempting to get it right because we don’t want to make a mistake.
Could God have told me that; was that really Him asking me to do that? And we can get it all bunched up as we try to figure it out. The end result at times for many of us is that we delay or put doing it until it’s not done: delayed obedience.
God isn’t please with this, but as Jesus says, “my sheep hear my voice” (John 10:27); it is a delight to know the voice of God when He instructs us and to follow at His call.
The prophet new that God was responding to his cries and giving him instructions; and to make sure, He told him to start writing the words that He spoke, so there won’t be a mistake in your head after the conversation is over. I’m sure many can attest to that forgetfulness happening to us at crucial moments.
Listen for His voice: it’s important.
God: always draws a crowd….
Matthew 13:1-2 (KJV) “The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.”
The good book tells us that there is a time for everything under the sun, but for many of us we don’t know the time and seasons in which we operate or are called to testify or minister the word.
Many of us get great opportunities to minister the word to someone in need and it really falls by the wayside because of any number of reason. Shyness, fear, being a stranger, you name it and we can clarify a reason for not sharing what God has placed within us; then the opportunity is gone.
One thing we can attest to with our Lord Jesus, is that He knew how to work a crowd; one minute the arena is empty and as soon as even the breath of His presence is felt, there is no room for more.
Maybe we can request such an anointing wherein as we share the undiluted word of God, folks will be pressed to fit into a space anointed by the presence of the Spirit of God. In our lifetime; in our dispensation.
God: cannot be mistaken for anyone else…
Isaiah 45:3 (KJV) “And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.”
One thing that has been evident in the word from the beginning about the nature of God is that He won’t share His glory with anyone; the patriarchs knew and acknowledge this especially as it was a part of their covenant with Him.
He made it plain in His instructions to the Israelite and it is still a major point as our God has not changed.
When He chooses to bless us, there won’t be a mistake as to who it is coming from.
God is a Father to us and as such we should respect Him as such. Love your God with all your heart.
God: surrounds himself with many….
St. John 12:4-6 (KJV) “Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”
The word of God is so varied and intense that it is impossible for anyone to really say that they know all of it; there is always room for increase knowledge or understanding. There are times when you look at the word and get one interpretation and a bit later another meaning is highlighted.
It just blows your mind the direction God can take with His Word. Take a look at the reading today and in all honesty, I have read and digested this scripture many times in my life, but I never paid attention to the fact that the word classified Judas as a thief.
But it just jumped right out in the reading “but because he was a thief”; and he was there with Christ, went with Him on His journeys, yet He was a thief.
It pays to know where you are heading in your walk with God; association to religion doesn’t mean anything in the big scheme of things..
God: wants this of us….
Philippians 4:11 (KJV) “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
When we read about the word put forth today, it speaks directly to our state of contentment and being able to acknowledge that it is a learned state. Contentment doesn’t just happen, we have to first recognize it, then acknowledge that it is a force to be reckon with.
At times we have diverse desires, needs and wants, but maybe when we look deeper into the situation, we can search and seek the face of God for alternatives to having these fulfilled. Maybe in the process of seeking God, we get a redirection that is more satisfying.
Contentment comes when that which we think is necessary becomes secondary to our heart.
God: plan for our edification….
2 Corinthians 13:10-11 (KJV) “Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction. Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”
In the body of Christ we have been blessed with many talents and gifts which has been bestowed upon us for the benefit of the body and as such when we recognize and understand that which we are tasked with, we need to learn to be led of Holy Spirit in utilizing it.
Edification is the art of teaching and improving a person in some sense such as this it would be spiritually. The spiritual translates into the physical aspect of the person.
In the word today, the Apostle Paul cautions the believers on the purpose of the power granted to one anointed and how to effectively use it for them. It all culminates in a word of comfort for them in loving one another.
If we can get beyond offenses and learn to quickly forget, the journey gets to be that much easier, but at times it can be a fight. Let Holy Spirit guide in all things…