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Disaster Strikes, Difficulty, Pain And Loss Ensue! Yet God Is In The Midst?Yes!!!

Reading Ezekiel 35 and 36 a couple of days ago revealed to me that when disaster strikes, difficulty, pain and loss ensue, it does not negate the fact that the Almighty God is not aware or absent from the equation- Ezekiel 35:10.  

Just to weighing in on the “fracas” finger pointing, accusations, condemnation and all sort following the painful disaster as a result of hurricane Harvey. The expectations of many were left unfulfilled. Many that ought to respond immediately to comfort and help did not and emotions went haywire.

Things happened unexpectedly sometimes and it reveals the difference between what we say and what we do. No one is immune to error, and each and everyone will bear the brunt of their errors. However, we need to be careful not to get to the point of sinning against God in the process of highlighting those errors. There is a fine line, thread carefully!

Friends, be very careful of who you make jest of. Be cautious when you treat another with disdain. Restrain yourself from looking at someone going through difficulty and laughing them to scorn. You may be inviting the wrath of God upon yourself and all that is yours.

Ezekiel 35:5  “‘Because you harbored an ancient hostility and delivered the Israelites over to the sword at the time of their calamity, the time their punishment reached its climax, therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord,…………Then you will know that I am the Lord10 “‘Because you have said, “These two nations and countries will be ours and we will take possession of them,” even though I the Lord was there,11 therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them and I will make myself known among them when I judge you. 12 Then you will know that I the Lord have heard all the contemptible things you have said against the mountains of Israel. You said, “They have been laid waste and have been given over to us to devour.” 13 You boasted against me and spoke against me without restraint, and I heard it. …….15 Because you rejoiced when the inheritance of Israel became desolate, that is how I will treat you. ……. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’”

All you brethren in the habit of taking advantage of those in one predicament or another, heed this warning. These may be serving their punishment now, and it does not give you the right to poke fun at them. Remember David and Shimel in 2 Samuel 16;5-13. Don’t bring wrath of God upon your own heads. Pastors jubilation over the failure of another Pastor, Christians of one denomination laughing at another denominations pitfall take heed!! Sisters and brothers, take heed lest the Lord turns against you!!!

Ezekiel 36:1  “Son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, ‘Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The enemy said of you, “Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession.”’ Therefore prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because they ravaged and crushed you from every side so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations and the object of people’s malicious talk and slander, therefore, mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign Lord: This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys, to the desolate ruins and the deserted towns that have been plundered and ridiculed by the rest of the nations around you— ……..“‘But you, mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, 10 and I will cause many people to live on you—yes, all of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. 11 I will increase the number of people and animals living on you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 12 I will cause people, my people Israel, to live on you. They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance; 

Lord Almighty, you are a merciful God, showing mercy upon who you will show mercy. Lord be merciful to your people in Houston and her surrounding. Heal every broken heart, every heart questioning you because of the devastation of this “harvey” disaster. On behalf of myself and my friends, Lord I ask for mercy! Father, forgive us of all sins in Jesus name. Cleanse us all of unrighteousness in our thoughts, words, actions, and inaction, in what we have done, and what we have failed to do. Redirect our hearts to trust you even in the midst of pain and heartbreak and help us to love you and love others as our-self in Christ Jesus mighty name. Amen

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

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Be Still!

faith-in-god-biblePsalms 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Remember The Past! See God?

More often than not, we are taught to forget the past so that we can live presently and can have a future.  I however have realized that if I don’t visit my past every now and then, I don’t see God’s mighty hand clearly as I should.

You see, when I look back, it reminds me of where I was and how God moved me from there to here, and gives me a glimpse of where He is lovingly taking me too. The awesomeness of a loving Father leading me reluctantly as I was from unhappiness, dirt, and failure to joy, cleanliness, and success.

god-is-ableKing David always looked back to his days as a Sheppard boy. How God brought him from there to kill a giant and ultimately make him the King of the great nation, God’s own people of Israel. He was able to praise God more than any other person in the Scriptures.

I found out that when we forget where we are coming from as a people, we forget about the Sovereignty of God our Savior in our lives .  We often fall into the error of self sufficiency in living, ordering our lives to please ourselves. We forget like the rich fool that our days are numbered and should be lived for God’s glory.

Remembering the difficult situations and circumstances I had faced, how God showed up and broke through, humbles me and gives me hope that no matter what, when storms rage outside, within, all around, whenever, however, God who did it before will calm this one also.

All the near tragedies of youths, the wickedness that would have ended the precious life of a five year old, the exuberance of teenagers, the experimental ‘wisdom’ of young adulthood, choices made, mistake made, action taken, steps that would have ended it all, but God in His infinite mercy stepped in and turned everything around for His glory. I must never ever forget that. Thank you Lord!

Remembering keeps me grounded, it helps me not to think too highly of myself, it helps me to forgive, for I have been forgiven much, it helps me to be more sensitive to others needs.

The past gives meaning to the present and shows a glimpse of the beauty of the future – only when you have come to the awareness of The Sovereign God ruling in the affairs of man though.

No happenstance in destiny. It is planned and executed by heaven, so save yourself unnecessary agony and yield your all to Jesus Christ today. Acknowledge your sinful nature, repent, ask for forgiveness, invite Jesus into your life as Lord and Saviour, put Him in the driver seat of your life!

Praise God, for your life will never remain the same.  As you grow in the spirit your capacity to see, hear and understand will increase and you will be able to make sense of living life, for it is for a higher purpose beyond here and now! Eternity with Christ, and damnation is real!  Your choice friends!!!!!!!

I pray you choose the Lord Jesus today!

Peace be unto you!

Striving For A Crown!!!!!!

keep goingStriving for a Crown in the Race of Life!

1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

2 Timothy 4:1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Ecclesiastes 9: 11 The race is not to the swift,
Nor the battle to the strong,
Nor bread to the wise,
Nor riches to men of understanding,
Nor favor to men of skill;
But time and chance happen to them all.
12 For man also does not know his time:
Like fish taken in a cruel net,
Like birds caught in a snare,
So the sons of men are snared in an evil time,
When it falls suddenly upon them.

Prayer:

Psalms 119:33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes,
And I shall keep it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law;
Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
35 Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
For I delight in it.
36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies,
And not to covetousness.
37 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
And revive me in Your way.
38 Establish Your word to Your servant,
Who is devoted to fearing You.
39 Turn away my reproach which I dread,
For Your judgments are good.
40 Behold, I long for Your precepts;
Revive me in Your righteousness.