“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all”
This is the Lord’s personal promise to me in this season of my life. He has quickened it to my heart more than once, and then I’ve read it many times in different places. When I begin to fret about a problem, old or new, I recall this promise. Then I rest again. It only takes a tiny bit of faith to move mountains. It only takes the word of God given to you personally to build your faith. When he says that he will deliver me from everything, I mean he will deliver me from everything. His presence comes upon me and shows me the fine details I get caught up thinking about, and he says to me, “I am going to deliver you from all that concerns you”. How glorious is that promise! How consuming is the delivering fire of the Lord. I am reminded once again, he is going to deliver me from all my cares. Think of a single care, and this is what he said he will deliver you from. Anything that brings an ounce of interest to my mind, he will deliver me from that and make it right. My finances, you are going to deliver me from all my troubles, my home needs, you are going to deliver me from all my troubles, my children and family, you will deliver me from my troubles. My enemies, you will deliver me from all my troubles. Everything that has been done wrong, you will make all things right. All things within my thinking and my feeling, you will deliver me from these things. My relationships, you will deliver me from all my troubles. All the things that are not right without me, you will deliver me from all my troubles. All the things I don’t like in my life, you care and you will deliver me from all these troubles. All those who stand against us, you will deliver me from all my troubles. You see me, and you care about me. You care about everything that concerns me. You see me as beautiful, you have loved me with an all enduing love. You have been faithful to me. Surely goodness, and mercy, will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Hallelujah. You and I are one.
One thing that I’ve always experienced in my life is rejection coupled with God’s defense. This is not an accident. Each one of us is created to reveal his glory according to the proportion of our faith. It used to surprise me when God revealed his favor for me to someone, they would say, “wow, you were right”. I knew it all, because God already told me, so why were they so surprised?. I used to get so upset when people didn’t see my worth or misunderstood me. Now I have accepted it. Rarely do people see what God shows me right away. Eventually the truth is revealed. It just doesn’t matter to me anymore. I don’t need another’s approval, I only ever have needed God’s. God has allowed me to be misunderstood and rejected so that he alone would be my source. I used to crave affirmation, who doesn’t like affirmation? Now I just don’t need it. I only need God’s. It would be nice if a person would come and stay, but seasons of separation are part of God’s plan. He won’t ever let someone else take his place in my life. Not everyone would see this the way that I do, nor would they accept and and understand it, and that doesn’t matter either. I only need God to tell me that I’m where I need to be. The times I do get my hopes up and start to put my sites on a person to lift me up, God quickly reminds me that they are but dust. No one shall take his place of glory in my life. We can love people, we can fellowship with people, we can assist and receive help from other people, but we should never exalt people to the pedestal of authority that is meant to be God’s. There was a time that Israel asked God for a king, as a matter of fact they insisted on it. God did not plan for a person to rule over us. Kings were not part of his original design. We pushed for it, so he finally gave us Kings to rule over us. This was not what he had in mind. There is no human that is great without God’s anointing. No one is worthy of praise like God. As much as I have been let down by others, constantly, I am grateful that this has been my experience. Yes, I am sensitive. Yes, I expect perfection, but is that a bad thing? It is when I am looking to a person to be that God. God is who I have always longed for. I am designed to worship him alone. Because I have had the grace to understand his forgiveness I can walk in forgiveness towards others. Dealing with people requires a large dose of forgiving, but here’s the thing. If you expect to deal with a person and not be let down, you are in for a long bumpy ride. People are made from dust. God reminds me of this over and over again so I can remember that he is God, and no person is anywhere near his throne to be worshiped. If we have God, how can we ever go wrong? Who can speak against us? No, we don’t need a King. We need to worship God. Don’t get discouraged when others fail you or don’t understand you. God will defend you. You only need his love. Thank you God for always defending me.
The only thing that is ever needed is God’s approval. It doesn’t matter what others say. It doesn’t matter what the news says. It doesn’t matter what circumstances say. It doesn’t matter what the statistics say. It doesn’t matter what our weaknesses say. Only one thing is needed, and that is what God has to say. To leave the limitations of our own human understanding, no matter how advanced that understanding has become, is to really soar in realms above. To follow God’s voice is to soar on wings like eagles above the storm, God’s spirit is the eye of the storm, and his word is the air beneath our wings that let’s us soar above every earthly force that seeks to pull us down and distort the truth. No man or woman will ever trump the voice and knowledge of God. Those who are led by the Spirit are his sons. Only on thing is needed. God’s approval. Think of Simon Peter who tried to tell God what was clean, and that he would not touch what God now told him was clean. Who created the clean and the unclean? Who made everything? Who made the law? Who allowed the storm? Who made the universe, only to rest on the 7th day and call it good? He gives, and he can take away. Do we now look to the created over the one who created it? God speaks into existence. God can change it. Only one thing is needed. That is to hear one word from God and have his approval. God, I love your voice. I love the presence of your spirit. When you speak, I want to stop and listen so I can hear it. What will you say now? You have said to me, “be still, and know that I am God”. Whom shall I fear? Who’s judgement shall stand ? Who is he who condemns? It is God who’s judgement will stand. I have been favored and loved though I didn’t do anything to deserve it. I have been called, chosen, justified, and now glorified as you see fit. You have done this. You truly are my bridegroom. No one trumps you. No one is stronger than you. No one knows me and protects me like you do. Who can best my God? No one will ever come close, my glorious King. I long for you. Praise to the God who stays. Praise to the one who made me. Thank You!
Set a fire in every person’s soul. Burn away the chaff, expose the lies, show us who you are so that we will see you in Spirit and in Truth. Show us your love. Show us your face. Let your truth burn deep within our souls. Set my heart on fire. I want all that is not of you to burn away. Heal my hurts, bind up my wounds. Make what is old pass away, that I will come from the fire brand new. I want to be who you made me to be. Consume my heart and my life Lord. Let only your will be what is left. Cause my entire life to be worship to you. Let everything within me glorify you always, my husband, my King, My God. Come Holy Fire. Thank you loving God. Amen.
Faith and Love are the same. Having faith is having love for God. Just as having love for a man is to respect him, having faith in God is loving him. Why is that? Having faith is telling him you believe in him. Believing in him is a deep concept. It means that we believe he is God of the universe. It means that we believe he is supreme and can do anything and that he knows everything. Having faith in who he is is like worship to him. It is a sweet, pleasing aroma to him. We are told that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). It is by faith that we are justified, and it is by faith that we are condemned. It is our faith that saves us, by it we overcome. It is our faith that was given to us, as it is written that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2). Faith is how we come to understanding about God and Jesus. Faith is how we find our way to him. Faith is a gift. To not have faith is to reject God. To reject the gentle love for him that he had placed in our hearts is to deny his love as well. Love for God is to have faith. Faith without works is dead, we show what we really believe by the choices that we make. We either accept God and Jesus, or we deny them both by Faith. We cannot have love for God if we do not have faith. Faith and Love are one. Faith and Love never pass away.
1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen” 2 Corinthians 13:14
There is nothing more pleasant than having peace with our heavenly Father, and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The only thing that adds to this is communing with others who are also like minded, who also fellowship with the Holy Spirit. When you connect with another person who is made from dust just as you are, and the two or lot of you seek the Lord together, also using each each other’s allotted gifts from the Holy Spirit to bless, correct, teach, and encourage one another. It is satisfying for the soul. We are encouraged to do this, to fellowship with each other. Doing this in the Lord’s name, for his benefit and our fellowship is what church is meant to be. This is what fellowship is meant for, and we all become one with the father, even as he is one with us. This is fellowship with the Spirit.