Saturday, January 31, 2009
In Chapter 23, God grants the Israelites various promises, including overthrowing and completely cutting off their enemies. The Lord further states that He will bless their bread and water and take their sicknesses away. With the Lord on their side, the Israelites cannot lose. But in verse 30, the Lord says that He will fulfill His promises by driving out their enemies little by little.
Why doesn't God just wipe their enemies out like He did the Egyptians as they entered the Red Sea?
What benefit is there to do it little by little?
Exodus 23:29 says "I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beast of the field become too numerous for you." In other words, if God grants our wishes in an instant, this could be harmful for us. Blessings are not true blessings unless they come when we are able to handle them. Even the blessings can become curses if we do not have the wisdom, maturity and honesty to handle them.
The Lord's timing is never too late nor too slow. He is patient and kind, assessing the whole situation, so that when He fulfills His promises in us, we will be able to receive them in peace. We want the quick fix or the instant answers to our prayers or desires. We want the immediate and the miraculous. However, God's ways are not our ways and He desires to give us a future life in His promises. Little by little, complete victory will be ours by having faith and patience day by day.
Friday, January 30, 2009
You and I need a miracle… the miracle of transformation that comes from accepting Jesus Christ.
Maybe you’ve experienced that miracle by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If so, you know just how amazing the transformation is.
First it is a changing experience. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). When you repent, God gives you a new heart and changes you inside and out.
It is also a cleansing experience. “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleanness, and from all your idols I will cleanse you” (Ezekiel 36:25). Every sin, stain, and blemish from your past, present, and future is forgiven because Jesus bore your sin and guilt when He died upon the cross.
And finally, it is a continual experience. “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statues” (Ezekiel 36:27). Jesus promised that when His Spirit lives inside of you, you have a dramatic, dynamic connection with God.
If you’ve experienced the miracle of salvation, I encourage you to share your story with someone who needs to hear it this week.
THANK GOD TODAY FOR THE MIRACLE OF TRANSFORMATION THAT COMES FROM SALVATION IN CHRIST.--
I acknowledge that right now Lord I dont have the power and strength to overcome my struggles on my own. I am filled with worries and things to be done internally and externally and I need your power to pour upon me so that I may be able to overcome and claim my victory in Your name. I am crying within and wounded from battle. Lord please pull me out and redeem me again to become a great warrior again. I love you!