O’ Great Mountain

O’ Great Mountain, how great you are.  You are high and wide, massive as I stand before you.  You tower over me relentlessly.  But not for long! In Zechariah Chapter 4:6-7 states;   {6} Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. {7} Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.” Now re-read Zechariah Chapter 4, verse 7 out loud and replace Zerubbabel’s name with yours. Did you hear that O’ Great Mountain, thou shalt become a plain (flat).

We all have had mountains in our life and will continue to have them until the day we leave this earth. I just wanted to give some encouragement and a reminder that our God will forever be greater than anything we face.  For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone (Psalms 86:10).

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Related Scripture:

Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Matthew 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

Job 36:26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.

Psalms 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

Psalms 48:1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

Psalms 71:19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!

Psalms 77:13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

 

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New Year, New Me?

It’s a New Year and with that comes a new me, at least that is the many notions of people today. The New Year for many represents a time for a change, a time for a new beginning, out with the old, and in with the new. I’m glad to know that my new me didn’t come from a New Year but from a loving God who sent His only begotten Son to die for my sins. The day I made the decision to put my hope and trust in the LORD I was made new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.

I know the hope of a New Year excites us all and it should as we reflect on our lives and see the things we would like changed but the biggest change should start with your soul. If you are reading this and you don’t know that you need salvation for your soul and that salvation can only come from Jesus I invite you to read the Romans Road to salvation. The Romans road to salvation begins with the acknowledgment that we all have sinned stated in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” and there are consequences of sin stated in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” You don’t have to die spiritually and spend an eternity in hell because God demonstrated His own love toward us stated in Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” His death paid the price for our sins. Romans 10:9 states, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

The final aspect of the Romans Road to salvation is the results of salvation. Romans 5:1 states, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” Romans 8:1 states, because of Jesus we will never be condemned to hell because of our sins, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” The final scripture ends with a promise, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, {39} Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

I pray that you decide to put your hope and trust in Jesus and become new.

 

Related Scripture:

Hebrews 10:12   “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;”

Psalms 86:13   For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

Ephesians 4:22-24   “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; {23} And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; {24} And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

Colossians 3:10   And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

 

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Our Lifesaver

Tribulation, you have been here many times before but this time it’s different. The waves are stronger and the current is rough. Time keeps passing and you’re drifting farther away from the shore. Your arms and legs are getting tired and you’re gasping for air. It feels like you are about to drown so you start to panic. DON’T PANIC! Remember, God’s word is a lifesaver and able to keep you afloat (buoyant). His word is true (Numbers 23:19), so whatever He has told you, have faith and believe it. Keep holding on to God’s word and hold on like you have never held on before.

 

Related scripture:

John 16:33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Rest on Thee

Since my post on Asa’s Perfect Heart I have been reciting Asa’s prayer daily because it is such a beautiful prayer that shows total trust and faith in God.

(2 Chronicles 14:11) “And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.”

The words in the prayer that has drawn my attention is rest on thee. What does it exactly mean to rest? The King James Bible Pure search software defines rest as:

1. Cessation of motion or action of any kind, and applicable to any body or being; as rest from labor; rest from mental exertion; rest of body or mind. A body is at rest, when it ceases to move; the mind is at rest, when it ceases to be disturbed or agitated.

2. Quiet; repose; a state free from motion or disturbance; a state of reconciliation to God.

3. That on which any thing leans or lies for support, to stand on; to be supported by; as, a column rests on its pedestal.

4. To lean; to trust; to rely.

It’s a new year with all new expectations and desire for change. I do know just because it’s a new day in a new year that means nothing when it comes to the condition of your mind and life. Expectations and change should start with resting on Jesus. Resting on Jesus means to fully trust Him. First you must believe that He is great enough, strong enough, or capable to support all of your weight. The weight of all the cares and burdens of this world. The weight of all the disappointments and hurts. The weight of insecurity and rejection. He is more than enough to handle everything that you are carrying, so let it go, start fresh and give it all to Him. As He takes each weight off of you and you begin to focus (Isaiah 26:3  Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee) and fully rely on Him because you know that He isn’t going anywhere and you can finally be able to just rest.

Matthew 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 

All scriptures are KJV only.

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Asa’s Perfect Heart

I must say after finishing my study on the different southern kingdom kings in the Bible I find Asa to be one of the most interesting. The Bible says that his heart was perfect and he did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God (1 Kings 15:11,14; 2 Chronicles 14:2). Asa removed the sodomites out of the land and all idols that his father Abijah made. He removed his mother Maachah from being queen because she made an idol in a grove. He took away all the altars of the strange gods and the high places. He also broke down the images and cut down the groves.

Asa had great faith in God and this passage from 2 Chronicles 14:9-12 shows how much faith he had in God to deliver them from their enemies; ” And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah.  {10} Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.  {11} And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.  {12} So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.”

I loved his dedication to the LORD. Asa gathered Judah, Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon to form a covenant. The covenant was to seek the LORD God with all their heart and with all their soul, and to follow the law and commandments.  If anyone would not seek the LORD God they would be put to death. They swore with a loud voice and rejoiced. They had sworn with all their heart and sought him with their whole desire, so the LORD had gave them rest for 10 years. There was no more war until the 35th year of his reign.

In his 36th year in reign Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah and instead of king Asa seeking the LORD for help  he relied on the king of Syria to help him (Asa sent silver and gold out of the treasures of the LORD to give to the king of Syria to break the alliance he had with king Baasha). Hanani the seer came to king Asa and told him because he had relied on the king of Syria and not sought the LORD he had done foolishly and will have wars from now on. Hanani reminded him of the past battles with the Ethiopians and the Lubims which were great in number, but God delivered them into his hands.  Asa was very angry and put Hanani the seer into prison. If Asa can call on God and recite this prayer for help in a past battle {And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.} then how can he not call out to the LORD his God in this battle?

In his 39th year in reign Asa was diseased in his feet until the disease was exceeding great and he sought not the LORD for help, but the physicians (2 Chronicles 16:12). Once I read this I was so puzzled as to why he wouldn’t seek the LORD for help to heal him. The LORD that he made a covenant with to seek with all his heart and soul. The LORD that delivered him from many battles, nothings too hard for Him.  How can someone go from having great faith in God to deliver him from many battles and not trust Him in his own affliction?

We know God to be a healer. (Deuteronomy 32:39-40) “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.  {40} For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.”  (Luke 4:40) ” Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.” (Hebrews 13:8) “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

Asa had a perfect heart, yet I think Asa’s faith wavered which caused him to seek help from man instead of the LORD his God. When we see a great obstacle/challenge sometimes we try to fix it ourselves instead of seeking God for help. We forget the previous obstacles/challenges He has delivered us from. I also think Asa was angry at God for being punished with the constant wars.  When the consequences manifest from our wrong decisions we wrongfully get angry at God for allowing them to happen. I think his anger caused him not to ask God for healing. Why do you think Asa didn’t ask for healing?

We can all take these words and remember them from Asa’s prayer from 2 Chronicles 14:9-12,  “It is nothing with thee to help.”  In other words there is nothing too hard for Him, just ask.

(Jeremiah 32:17) “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.”

 

Reference Chapters : 1 Kings Ch. 15,16 and 2 Chronicles Ch. 14, 15,16.

All scriptures are KJV only.

Ginger Tea

(Reflection on Life)

I wanted to share my experience in the grocery store because it reminds me of how life can be as a believer in Christ.

I was in the grocery store looking for ginger tea so I decided to ask the manager since he was nearby. He happily escorted me to the aisle and I proceeded down the aisle cautiously not to miss it and I still didn’t see it. I was beginning to notice that it doesn’t look like tea would even belong on this aisle. Did he send me down the wrong aisle? Where is it? Finally I get all the way down to the other end of the aisle and there it was on the top left.

I find this ordinary experience in the grocery store to be a reflection on life. We are going through life looking for something God told us He would give us, but when we don’t see it right away we get discouraged and think we must be going in the wrong direction. We almost turn around, but the Holy Spirit speaks to us and says, “keep going it’s right up ahead”.

(Proverbs 3:5-6) ” Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  {6} In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

All scriptures are KJV only.

How much Longer?

For those that are tired of waiting:

We have read throughout the Bible many examples of Biblical characters having to wait on the appointed time of God for things/situations to change that they have prayed for. For example Isaac prayed to God for his wife Rebekah because she was barren.

(Genesis 25:20-21) “And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan–aram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.  {21} And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.”

God answered Isaac’s prayer, but it took 20 years of them praying to the Lord for a child for it to come to pass. Isaac was 60 years old when Rebekah bare their children.

(Genesis 25:24-26) “¶ And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.  {25} And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.  {26} And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.”

This is a great reminder to have confidence and patience when we pray, God hears us (Psalms 34:17). 1 John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  {15} And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 3:21-22 says, “Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.  {22} And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”

Whatever your situation may be, whatever you may be waiting on just keep waiting. I know waiting for an answer can feel like walking through a desert. It is dry, frustrating, and tiring and all you want to know if it’s going to rain any time soon. You may feel like you can’t go on, but be encouraged in your wait it will happen in God’s appointed time. God’s timing is perfect and knowing that should make you smile.

(Psalms 27:14) “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”

All scriptures are KJV only.