“Then Amaziah said to the man of God, “But what shall we do about the hundred talents which I have given to the troops of Israel?” And the man of God answered, “The LORD is able to give you much more than this.”” II Chronicles 25:9 NKJV
When you consider somethings or some time that you have lost in your life because you were betrayed or you miscalculated your investment somehow, be in emotional or material.
And as you rise up and start picking up the pieces it seems so not easy and it looks like it’s gonna take even longer to regain what you have lost. Your mind keeps on looking back on what you have lost.
The word says to you today: “the Lord is able to give you much more than that.” Yes, more than all that you have lost. So, forget about what was and look forward to what’s to come.
Focus on what’s coming because it’s gonna be bigger than what you have lost. Let your energies and time be invested in the new that’s almost here.
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Proverbs 27:6 NKJV
In any relationship there is sure ups and downs, and one cannot judge the one hurt and forget the multiple wins they experienced with the other. It’s only fair to acknowledge both since we are not perfect.
As long as one knows the downs are not deliberately there with the intention to hurt one, then forgive and let it go and move on to continue enjoying the relationship.
But what with the hypocrisy that comes with one you well know they don’t like you but they embrace you falsely pretending to be your friend? That is so not cool.
The Lord Jesus experienced it with Judas when he came to kiss Him, though the aim was to fool Him as He was betraying Him.
We still experience kisses of betrayals to this day but the positive is Holy Spirit does show you & you are more alert & are not blind to such. He is right, He never leaves nor forsakes us.
“There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” Hebrews 4:9-10 NKJV
When the people of God, the Israelites were in the wilderness, they still had to do works in order to make right with God. A lot of sacrifices and multiple commandments to follow.
All the while, there was a promise land of a fruitful life, a land that was long worked on, rich soul producing such lush & abundant vegetation. What stood between them & the promise land was faith.
Most of them refused to believe the word of promise & were intimidated. They were too used to works and could not bring themselves to have faith & believe the land was theirs.
We happen to be in a similar scenario where many still want to work to get God’s approval, blessings & promises fulfilled. Yet, the works are long finished at the cross. You cannot be at rest within while you are doing works. It’s either or.
Beloved, the rest we so long for is in believing that you are righteous by faith, not works. That by being in Jesus you have complete acceptance by the Father, for He sees you as He sees Jesus.
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 NKJV
Just like a year goes through different seasons, so it is with ones life. We go through Autumn, winters, springs and summers. The experiences in all seasons serve a purpose towards your destiny.
No, you are not going through tough times because God is not pleased with you. That is not true. We go through tough times because we are experiencing life here on earth.
The truth is, a lot of people don’t appreciate winter that’s for sure. Same as in our lives, we don’t appreciate it when the times are tough and things aren’t going well for us.
Relationships going sour, or finances being tight, when challenges are up in your face and you’re being stretched to rise up and be strong.
Be not discouraged, seasons are changing. You will forget the weeping & mourning that comes with the winter chill. And you will laugh and dance again. You will breath again & appreciate the springs & summers of your life.
“And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you.” Mark 13:5 NKJV
Several times in the Bible we are being warned about deception. This is one tool that the enemy uses to lead many astray. And we are all prone to it, but thank God we have Him to warn us.
The word deceive is to deliberately cause (someone) to believe something that is not true, especially for personal gain.
It is of utmost importance that we be alert and pay attention since we wouldn’t have been warned so much had it not been so important. How do we exactly identify deception really?
Many times we are not able to, but the Spirit of God that dwells inside of a believer sees deception and warns one. Despite the talks, you find you lack peace within. You are a bit restless about a particular person. Don’t ignore that, pay attention.
Friend, refrain from believing everything you see or hear, a lot of times things are not what they seem. Take a step back and if you are not sure, ask Him. He will lead you in the right path.
“And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.” Mark 6:46 NKJV
Reading through the gospels and tracking Jesus’ lifestyle, one realizes that in the afternoon, evening or night He made time to go pray.
In all the activities that He would be involved in, He always made time to talk to His Father. And since He was ministering to people’s needs He needed to continually connect to the source of all provision.
We pour ourselves to others in love, care, skills, knowledge, time and energy… it only makes sense that we recharge regularly so we are able to do it effectively and with patience.
So, to make time to speak to our Maker is so vital that one not only recharges in terms of strength and focus but one stays grounded with inner peace and able to face whatever challenges one may face.
Beloved, let it be a lifestyle, you will live your life without feeling drained. And who wouldn’t want to be calm and at peace within at all times?
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 NIV
Given the above word, can we take a moment to try to reflect if whatever we do to others we would not mind at all if the tables would be turned & it’s done to us in return.
It matters not what it is. Sometimes out of emotions we find ourselves acting coldly towards others, be it in anger, ignoring them, judging them or plainly avoiding them.
Sometimes it’s things said in secret against others which is ouch. Or perhaps said positively out of their hearing, which is great!
If all we do to others was one day to be turned around and we receive the same treatment we give them will that be a pleasant experience or a bitter one to have to swallow?
Friends, let’s be sensitive to others as they need a break just as we also do.
Big ups to people who walk in love and consideration to others openly & otherwise. The world needs more of you, truly. In fact, you’re already fulfilling God’s requirement by doing that… loving your neighbor as you love yourself.
“In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you.” Isaiah 54:14 NKJV
Walking through this journey we come to realize that peace is one of the most priceless possessions one can ever have. To be at rest within no matter the season you are in.
Interesting that the above word says you shall be established in righteousness then it states you shall not be in fear, terror and oppression shall be far from you. ‘What is the relation there?’, one might ask.
Righteousness is a state on being. To know who you are in Christ and who you belong to. To have the unshaken confidence of the gift (righteousness) that was given to you at the cross.
That no intimidation of whatever sort, no tyrant nor possible oppression can come close to you because you will not allow it, For now you know you belong to One greater than all those threats.
Brethren, may the Lord give you a revelation of your righteousness in Him, how He sees you who is in Christ. For that is an awesome space to be at. You will remain immovable.
“I will stand like a guard to watch and place myself at the tower. I will wait to see what he will say to me; I will wait to learn how God will answer my complaint.” Habakkuk 2:1 NCV
Long before anyone has any idea about the forthcoming movements, it’s the guard who is standing at a tower watching to see anything that’s about to happen and warning others.
One could be an intercessor or simply a believer awaiting an answer from the Lord regarding a matter that you have put before Him. Waiting in expectation, for you need the matter settled.
The prophet Habbakuk is awaiting a response in the above verse since he had complained to the Lord regarding issues that he was not pleased with. He has no doubt that He will answer him. He will respond.
Beloved, continue to wait in expectation for that answer. He will not keep you waiting. Have confidence, He will respond to your issue. Communication is also what He does best!