Posts Tagged ‘Bible’

Jehovah-Jirah

‘…Underneath are the everlasting arms….’ Deuteronomy 33:27 NKJV

Addressing the nation of Israel for the last time, Moses told them, ‘There is no one like the God of Israel. He rides across the Heavens to help you…The eternal God is your refuge, and His everlasting arms are under you…’ (Deuteronomy 33:26-27 NLT) As you read the Bible you discover God did a lot of spectacular things for His people on mountaintops. On Mount Moriah, He met with Abraham and Isaac, revealing Himself as ‘Jehovah Jireh’, which basically means ‘the Lord will provide.’ On Mount Horeb, He spoke to Moses through a burning bush and changed the nation of Israel’s destiny. On Mount Sinai, He gave the Ten Commandments. On Mount Carmel, He sent down fire from heaven, consuming the prophets of Baal and turning the hearts of His people back to Him. But suddenly Moses made a shift in the middle of telling about this great God of high places. It is as though he was thinking, ‘I can’t leave these people with the thought that God is only on top; that He’s with us only when everything is going right.’ So he continued, ‘The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.’ The Hebrew word for ‘underneath’ means ‘bottom’. So it could be translated, ‘God’s arms are underneath you when you’re on the bottom.’ No matter how deep the valley you have to walk, God’s presence is deeper. It may feel like you are down today, but you cannot go so low that He is not there. Underneath you are His everlasting arms. The truth is: He’s not just the God of the top; He’s also the God of the bottom.

SoulFood: Gen 24:1-25:18, John 14:15-25, Ps 118:19-29, Pr 31:14-17
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB

The Cross

‘I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go…’ Genesis 28:15 NIV
To prepare for life’s storms you must:

(1) Practise self-control. Storms are much harder on the undisciplined and self-indulgent. The illusion that life should be easy, painless, an air-cushioned ride, makes you vulnerable to discouragement, disillusionment and defeat in hard times. The truth is, tough times don’t last but tough people do! And tough people practise self-denial and self-control. It’s their spiritual muscle for handling life’s hardships. The Bible says, ‘The fruit of the Spirit is…self-control…’ (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV) God’s Spirit will make you tough enough to control your greatest weakness – yourself – the thing that ultimately defeats you in the tough times. Paul lived by this principle. ‘I discipline my body and keep it under control…’ (1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV) Great athletes know that it’s their conditioning, not the conditions, that determine their victory. (2) Depend on God, not people. ‘It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.’ (Psalm 118:8 NKJV) Yes, others can help you at times, like a cast helps a broken leg. But once that leg is ready to bear its weight, you must discard the cast or your leg won’t regain full strength. People can go so far; only God will go all the way with you. Paul writes: ‘…No one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me…The Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly Kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!’ (2 Timothy 4:16-18 NKJV)

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But thanks be to God who gives us the victory throught our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor 15:57[NKJV] 

 Are you aware that God had already done something to address every situation you will ever face in life? He has perfected in you everything it takes to walk through life victorious. He programmed every man in Christ for victory and success… That’s amzing!

Littele wonder, God is not perturbed when challenges come against you; nor is He ever disturbed when the enemy comes attacking with destructive fears, anxieties and worries. In fact, He gets overly excited when your confronted with the challenges of life. Do you know why? Because its an opportunity for Him to boast about you – about the all conquering life He has placed in you, and the testimony that will come forth from your trials.

Whatever challenges God allows to come your way is one that He is sure you can surmount (1 Cor 10:13). How else will He show you that He can turn seemingly impossible situations around if you don’t face them? The circumstances of life are only necessary to build you up and help you become the man you are supposed to be in Christ. Quit seeing them as obstacles and start seeing them as stepping stones to greater heights. Without the pressures of life,  you can never win the prizes of life. They are meant to put some ‘wins’ under your arm. The life in Christ is a life of total victory – all times and in all things. Glory to God!!

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” Eph 3:20

I’ve been thinking about a lot of things, but primarily my country Nigeria. I’m of the opinion that Nigerians complain more than most, we never find it hard to complain or criticise people or processes. Having said that, we do all the criticising but never go beyond that to actually make that change, or even channel our grievances to the right avenue. To speak up and stand for what we feel is right or should be is where we are usually found wanting.

  We complain about the police, how corrupt they are and all that, but yet when we are in public transport and the vehicle is delayed a little because of bribe we quickly get at the driver to settle the police. We complain that “a certain” mobile network is so poor, greedy and heartless, but yet we continue with that same network. We gossip about our boss and those in Government, how they’re cruel and wicked but yet we act the same to the few we have power over.

  So tell me, who’s fooling who? How can you be doing the same things and expect a different result. We all pray for a better Nigeria, we always say “God help us”, but God has and still is helping us. The growth and development of this country is not God’s sole responsibility, its a mutual responsibility between us and God.

  If Nelson Mandela hadn’t stayed shrewd and decided enough was enough, SA may still be Governed by others. But trust me it wasn’t funny then, he passed through a lot to get it and it took long but it finally came. I’m sure a lot would have felt he was foolish, some would have said “does he think he’s wiser than all of us” and such. But today he is celebrated, not just in Africa but all over the world, even by the Whites he fought against.

  I challenge us today, refuse that urge to cut into the queue, hold out and don’t give that bribe/tip, take that risk and be totally honest when your retiring all expenditure from your company trip. One step at a time and before you know it our values will change, our children will meet a totally different Nigeria.

   And I cannot end without pointing out Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot..” and Matthew 5:14: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” It all falls on the church and the saints, we have the responsibility to create that Nigeria we want, its all up to us to show what and how its supposed to be and to prove that its possible.

More grace to us all, to do what must be done and to do it with ease!