Friday, 17 October 2008

I will

I have been studying some chapters in Isaiah and I have recognised a new name for my King and my Lord, He is the "I will" God. Thank God for God because there is no-one like Him, thank God because we can never exhaust all that He has to teach us from His word, all that He asks is that we trust and obey Him and He reveals more of Himself to us.

God said in His word that He is both "willing and able to do of His good pleasure". He told me, "when I say I will, that is exactly what I mean, I don't mean I may or I am trying to or even I can but I will". God is a God of covenant and He is a promise keeper. God is not a man, He cannot lie and He cannot fail. If He said I will, it will come to pass, here a few things He has promised to His children and I really want to run with it.

I will make a way in the wilderness
I will make crooked places straight
I will cut asunder the gates of brass and the bars of iron
I will rivers flow on dry hills
I will change the DESERT into a LAKE OF WATER and dry lands into FOUNTAINS OF WATER
I will make you STRONG and I will HELP you
I will support you with my right hand that saves you
(different chapters and verses in Isaiah 40-44)

Unfortunately for the devil, as he always tries to copy and imitate, he creates his own i will,

i will stop you
i will steal your joy
i will destroy your destiny
i will steal your peace

but he always forgets that the created can never be greater than the Creator, the one who was made can never be greater than the Maker, so to all the enemies plans, God simply says "You will not" and that settles it.

Fortunately for us, when we choose to believe, choose to agree and choose to walk in God's purpose for our lives, we are able to walk in His will as well.

We will walk on mountains and crush them
We will make the hills like chaff
We will be happy in the Lord (rebuke every spirit of heaviness and depression that comes to steal your joy)
We will be proud of the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 41:15-15 NCV).

This is what we will do, not try to do, not hope to do, WE WILL. I thank God because I have come to a stage in my life where I know to cross the hurdles in front of me requires the hand of God, no longer human wisdom but that which comes from above. I'm still learning to walk in obedience, it is the key that opens a lot of doors. IT IS WELL!

Remain blessed and highly favoured. 2008 continues to remain our year of uncommon testimonies as we have been EMPOWERED to PROSPER.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

When God doesn't make sense.....

at least to me anyway!!!

Lord, I love and worship you. I give you all glory for you are worthy of all praise, you are the....
"Forgive H"
"Love H"
"Take H back"
"That's fine Lord as long as you are not talking about H as in H", "that's exactly who I'm talking about"
But H said...."I know"
And H did....."I know"
I am angry, really angry,in short I don't think you know....."I know"
And yet I should..."Yes". "It may not make sense to you but I need you to trust me".

It didn't make sense for Noah to build an ark when no one had ever seen rain before. I can imagine how the servants felt when Jesus asked them to serve water as wine at the wedding at Cana.
What about the army of Israel, walking round the walls of Jericho not even saying a word for seven days?

God told Hosea to marry a woman who would be unfaithful to him but he should still love her anyway (Hosea 1:2; 3:1-2). I wonder what Hosea's pastor would have said when he and Gomer showed up for pre-marital counselling! I'm beginning to learn new things about God, that sometimes He asks us to do stuff that from a natural perspective does not make sense but at those times we need to remember that our God is a God of purpose and He sees things from a different point of view than us but we need to trust Him, really need to trust Him, because it takes trust to walk on a tightrope without a safety net underneath just based on having someone on the other side telling you that you can make it. I want to assure you that if that Someone is Jesus, take a deep breath and walk, don't look down, don't look around, look at Jesus, fix your eyes on the prize, fix your gaze on Jesus. The Bible says we should keep looking at Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Personally, I have my own list of instructions, apart from H, anything I think God is asking me to do, I do. It isn't easy and sometimes I must admit, I obey grudgingly, even crying sometimes but God has been faithful and patient and kind and loving with me so I encourage you to keep pressing on and going strong. One thing I know is that it's the same ark that people laugh and mock as you are building will be the very thing that will preserve you in the day of the storm. It is well.

Remain blessed and highly favoured. 2008 continues to remain our year of uncommon testimonies as we have been empowered to prosper whether the enemy likes it or not. We will prosper in spite of bailouts or whatever the FTSE, Nikkei or NASDAQ says, it is indeed well!