Saved!

This pandemic is powerful, it has shaken our entire world!

Everyone’s life has been shaken!

We will never be the same on the other side of this!

I find it interesting that in the middle of this shaking comes Holy week; the Passion of Jesus!

Talk about a powerful shaking!

A shaking that changed the world forever!

A shaking that ushered in an unshakable kingdom!

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29

When God called Moses to Mount Sinai He told Moses to tell the people not to follow, not to even approach or touch the mountain, for He is a holy God, unapproachable by sinful men.

Moses approached the mountain of God with fear and trembling! It was there God gave Moses the commandments His people were to obey so He could dwell with them.

But, as I read through the Old Testament I find those commandments, while intended for their good, were neglected and rebelled against.

Those commandments actually brought out the reality of their inability to obey.

God’s people were constantly shaken by a cycle of obedience, disobedience, repentance, obedience…

God loved His people and His peace, protection, and provision were evidences of His love for them.

But, God is a holy God, and holiness requires perfection!

God’s people weren’t perfect!

God’s people needed to be perfected!

God’s people needed a Perfect Sacrifice whose blood didn’t just cover their sin, but removed it completely!

God’s people needed a Perfect Savior whose righteousness gave them access into the presence of God! 

God’s people needed a Perfect Power to overcome the shaking of rebellion and sin! 

The events in the life of Jesus shook everyone  around Him and changed their lives forever!

Shaking brings with it the need to reach for something steady. Something to hold onto that won’t give way and fall. 

As I navigate this pandemic, this shaking of everything in my life, what am I reaching out for to steady me?

What can I hold on to that won’t give way and fall?

I know it is no coincidence that holy week is right in the middle, right during the most crucial time, of this pandemic!

My answer is found in the UNSHAKABLE KINGDOM OF JESUS!

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David was the REAL DEAL!

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.

One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
Do not hide Your face from me;
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation.
10 When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the Lord will take care of me.

11 Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

14 Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Psalm 27

Last evening I read an article about the effects of fear upon the human body. It was written by one who has intently studied the brain and documented many tests of how our thoughts effect us physically. What I found fascinating was that though it wasn’t written from a Biblical basis, everything he wrote purely from the physical aspect lined up with what God has said in the Bible!
God says He didn’t give us a spirit of fear, and that His perfect love casts out all fear…
God tells us not to worry about anything, and not to be anxious…
God tells us that as a man thinks, so is he…
God says that He has given us a spirit of power, love and a sound mind…
that nothing will ever separate us from His love,
and that we should trust, rejoice, and praise Him in all things…
These aren’t just some nice words of poetry God wrote thousands of years ago.
These are words of truth that are for our good, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually!
God intends that we believe them, trust in them, and obey them!
Faith in God keeps us healthy!
God called David “a man after God’s own heart.”
Reading the Psalms shows us why. David didn’t live a life of leisure. Things didn’t always go well for David. It wasn’t because God provided an easy life filled with everything he needed.
David faced many hardships, many enemies, and many impossible situations in life. Those were what increased his faith and proved his love and trust in God. The ways he responded to the things he faced were the very reasons he was “a man after God’s own heart.”
It is the way we face the trials of life that prove what is in our hearts.
When David went out to the battle field and saw Goliath taunting the army of God a righteous indignation rose up within him. How dare someone mock, taunt, and defy the people of God!
David looked past the size and experience of Goliath, and saw the defiance of his God and that was what David fought against.
David’s loyalty was to His God and to the people of God. 
David’s trust was in the ability of his God.
When those around him questioned his zeal to go and fight Goliath, he remembered the times he fought other enemies and the supernatural power God provided for his protection and the protection of those he was taking care of.
 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”  Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:36-37
David’s faith was developed through adversity. He learned that on his own he could do nothing, but there was One who was for him who had the power and might to deliver him from anything that threatened him.
When David looked past the adversary and saw God, he didn’t fear, but had confidence. 
Faith is what keeps us healthy; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually!

Be Fearless!

Two weeks ago when I heard that life was to be shut down for two weeks I decided to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness. I realized there was an attack by the kingdom of darkness upon us as never before and I would need the truth of God’s word to be my anchor, and the promises of God to build my faith and hope for such a time as this.

One thing I have been reminded of is the very fact that God never changes. Over these two weeks many things in this world have changed on a daily basis.

But God’s word is consistent! 

What He said to His people thousands of years ago, He says to me today!

What He did for His people before, He will do for me today!

Though situations are different it is still the same.

The ruler of the kingdom of darkness who reigns in this world wields his power to steal, kill, and destroy all God has created.

But, Jesus has come to bring life, abundant life!

This war between Satan and God has raged since the beginning of time.

But, for those who lived by faith in God their story was different every time!

It was the desperate situations when God’s people cried out to Him as never before.

It was the impossible situations they faced that caused them to choose to obey God rather than man.

God’s most loving responses are found in desperation!

God’s most power works are found in the impossible!

God has always been for His people!

So I am more convinced than ever that God intends good from this unprecedented time!

I am certain that this situation holds the potential for God’s kingdom to move powerfully upon the earth as never before!

But it will be up to God’s people to cry out to Him as never before.

It will be up to God’s people to choose to obey Him rather than conform to the ways of the world.

It will require that we walk by faith and not by sight!

When God moves on the earth it is through the faith lived out by His people!

All throughout the Bible God’s people were set apart from those of this world. They were distinguished because of their God. Not because they were any better, but because their God was the one true God!

The situations they faced resulted in supernatural provision, miraculous salvation, and overwhelming victory because of who they were and because of who their God was.

When I know who I am as God’s child, and when I believe who my God is,

the impossible situations I face are intended to draw me near to God.

They are intended for me to trust and obey Him.

They are intended for my faith in Him to take action that will display how great God is!

While the enemy of my soul would have me paralyzed in fear and anxiety so that I become self focused and hopeless having no impact on the kingdom of God…

The lover of my soul has given me His Spirit of love, power, and a sound mind so that I will walk by faith and respond to His will for me so that those around me will see how great God is!

God is about enlarging His kingdom!

The One who loves me and has brought me into His glorious light loves those around me just as much and it is His desire for all to come to know the truth.

May I be fearless in this time, draw near to God, and in complete faith choose to obey what He has for me in such a time as this.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” 2 Timothy 1:7-12

 

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge;

His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.

For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; 

I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

Ephesians 6:10-18

Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.  Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.  For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

God tells me to be strong…in Him, in His mighty power! I don’t need to battle through life on my own.

I have God’s power and might available to me!

I have His armor of protection available to me!

A war has been raging in the spirit realm ever since Lucifer decided to redefine himself. As a beautiful covering angel who lived in the presence of God and walked on the fiery stones of heaven pride rose up within him and he decided that he was deserving of praise and raised himself up to be like God.

Lucifer convinced 1/3 of the angels in heaven to rebel against the very One who created them and there was a battle in heaven.

These angels lost the battle and were cast out of heaven. Beginning in the Garden of Eden the strategies of Satan and the powers of his kingdom have been at war against God’s kingdom to bring rebellion to all God’s creations, separating them from Him forever.

From Adam and Eve, to the Israelites, and the pharisees… it was very clear that I can’t win this war on my own.

This is why God sent His Son, Jesus, to win the victory over sin and death for all creation! 

Jesus crushed Satan’s head and deemed him powerless! Satan is a defeated foe!

However, though the victory has been won, the battle still rages!

Satan still roams around seeking who he can devour, rob from, kill, and destroy!

But Jesus has come to bring abundant life!

Each part of the armor of God points to Jesus!

Belt of Truth – “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.'” John 14:6

Breastplate of righteousness – “Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.” Romans 5:18

Feet shod with the Good News of Peace – “Philip told him the Good News about Jesus.” Acts 8:35

Shield of Faith – “Then Jesus told them, ‘I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.'”Matthew 21:21

Helmet of Salvation – “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God – “So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” John 1:14

Prayer – ” So He (Jesus) said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.” Luke 11:2-4

Deliverance and salvation from the lies and powers of the evil one has been accomplished on the cross. But I need to believe it and live in the truth of it so that I remain standing strong in the days of battle!