So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.” Jonah 1:6 [NKJV]
It is natural to want to give up when you’re hit with the many storms of life. So you woke up to some bad news, everything that could go wrong suddenly started doing exactly that. Go wrong. Not knowing which way to turn, overwhelmed by it all, you then make the decision to give up. My dearest friend, this is not a time to give up. This is not the time to sleep. This is the exact time to call on your God. The time to pray. If you’re not serving a living God, the Almighty God, then you already know that there will be no answer from the gods that you look to. But if you have confessed that Jesus Christ is the Lord of your life, then you know His Father, God, is a covenant God, and He is a prayer hearing and answering God. He alone is able to help in time of need, and is willing to do it. Thus it is your duty and in your interest to call upon him in your time of trouble, yes, in your time of need; and watch Him show forth for you. He will never disappoint you. So what are you waiting for? Why don’t you try Him today!
This is the time to call on Him, not to go to sleep!
Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.” 1 Kings 18:24 [NKJV]
Isn’t it time we stopped deceiving ourselves. Isn’t time we stopped wavering between opposing views? Don’t you think it’s time you made that decision; time you made a choice? If you don’t think there is a God, or that your god is a living god, then why don’t you call on him and find out what kind of god they are? Call him, and let the God that answers remain GOD!
My God is indeed a God that answers by fire, and He always, always answers me. I don’t know about you, but I have found out for myself that my God is the God that answers by fire. He is a living God! Almighty God (El Shaddai), The LORD Of Hosts (Yahweh-Tsabbaoth) He ALONE is GOD! He is the only God who answers visibly, He truly answers with evidence. He answers with wonders. He alone is God! If you don’t believe me, why don’t you find out for yourself! I have found out for myself, don’t you think you deserve to know for yourself?
#WordsToLiveBy: “Simeon and Levi are brothers; Instruments of cruelty are in their dwelling place. Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel! I will divide them in Jacob And scatter them in Israel. Genesis 49:5,7 [NKJV]
Your anger can cost you everything, even your blessings. The children of Simeon and Levi (men of war) will confirm this. Simeon and Levi were brothers whose anger (and unrepentance) caused them to lose their identity, their place of identification, their lot, their blessing, their inheritance only to become lost in a crowd of people. Today I was studying the word of God in Deuteronomy 33:1-29. And then I realised that when Moses who had led Israel (for 40yrs) was about to die, and set about blessing the tribes of Israel, the Simeonites (Simeon descendants) did not get a blessing. In fact Simeon didn’t even get a mention. I realised the words uttered by an upset parent over their children will and do stick. It is true that I later found out in Joshua 19:1 that whatever Simeon did get, their dwelling place/abode, was mixed up with the inheritance of the children of Judah. But ultimately, His Father, Jacob’s words over his life were fulfilled. The tribe Simeon was indeed divided and scattered among the other tribes, and yes they missed out on the same blessings the others received. Even though, Moses did bless the Levites (Levi’s descendants and co-culprit in the anger issue), they too also received no inheritance, except for where to live in. (Joshua 14:3-4). And the irony of it all that even this same Moses (a Levite by tribe) releasing the blessing did not enter his promised land on account of his anger at the waters of Meribah (Numbers 20:2-13).
So this 2017, try not to let your anger rob you of your impending showers of unabated blessing. People will try upsetting you this year, you just don’t let them. You’re not stupid, spineless and cowardly. You’re smart and you know what you’re holding out for. You’re holding out for your blessing and it will be fulfilled this year in the name of Jesus. Amen! How’s your year coming along?
For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; 2 Kings 3:17-18 [NIV]
It’s barely the start of the new year, and it’s beginning to look as if things aren’t going to work out as well as you’d want it to. The first month has not ended, yet, already so much debt, frustrations, and loss of momentum. You keep at it. God is encouraging you today, not to give up just yet. You keep on trusting God, you keep on doing your bit, and watch God come through for you much sooner than you’ll ever realise. How’s your year going?