If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
We say we are his people. Here is the answer to all of our problems.
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. Luke 22:31-32
Our adversary wants to stop us at every chance he gets. He wants to use our weaknesses against us to make us fail the test. He wants to sift us like how they did wheat, through a sieve. He’s trying to break us down. He wants us to give up and quit. Jesus wants us to know that when these times come, he had already prayed for us. His prayer is that our faith will stand strong during these trying times. He already knows how we feel because he was tested too.
Tests come to make us strong. We learn to rejoice in sufferings, because sufferings produce endurance; and endurance, character, and character, hope. (Romans 5:3-4 NIV) Then we are able to help those who are going through because we already been through it.
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3
Did you know that God is watching us? He sees all that we are doing whether it is good or bad. We may be able to hide from people what we are doing and get away with it. But with God we cannot hide or get away with anything. God is omniscience. He has his eyes on us. He sits high and he looks low.
The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. Psalms 33:13
We do not have to worry ourselves even when those who do wrong against us. God is aware of his people being mistreated. When Stephen preached to the religious leaders regarding Moses and other great men of God and how they rejected them was rejecting God, the religious leaders felt what he was saying was blasphemy. After Stephen finished preaching, the Bible says that he was filled with the Holy Ghost and the heavens opened up and he saw Jesus standing up on the right hand of God. This is the only time that we read that Jesus was standing. This is very significant that Jesus was in agreement in what Stephen was saying and also aware that Stephen was going to be stoned by the people.
God sees us when we are doing whats right. He sees us when we try to help someone in trouble. He sees us when we give out of our need. The flip side is that God sees when we allow iniquity to dwell in our hearts. He sees when we become bitter and angry. He sees when we lash out on others. He sees when we won’t forgive others. He sees us when we are disobedient to his Word. We cannot hide from Him.
Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD. Jeremiah 23:24
Thank you Avanell at aviesplace.wordpress.com for nominating me for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. I am humbled and honored. Please take time out to check out Avanell’s blog you will be truly blessed.
The rules for the “Super Sweet Award” are:
1. Give credit to the wonderful person who nominate you.
2. Answer the “Super Sweet” questions.
3. Nominate a Bakers Dozen (13) blogs The Super Sweet questions are:
1. Cookies or Cake? I prefer cake. My favorite is a caramel cake.
2. Chocolate or Vanilla? That’s a hard choice because I like both and it depends on my mood.
3. What’s your favorite sweet treat? It be a peach cobbler.
4. When do you crave sweet things the most? All day long! Sweets are my downfall.
5. If you have a sweet nickname, what would it be? Still thinking…
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4
We rejoice in God, not because of the circumstances we are facing, but because we know who is able to take us through it. When we can praise God, we are saying to him that we trust him and that he has it under control. We rejoice in him always not just when everything is going well, but even when times are not well. The word alway means at all times. Then the word rejoice is repeated again, why? Because the joy of the Lord is our strength.
The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. Proverbs 18:10
All we have to do is call on the NAME of the Lord. Jesus name is powerful. There is healing in his name. There is deliverance in his name. There is salvation in his name. His name is above every name. We can hide in him and be safe.
God has given each of us gifts to be use for his glory. We have to exercise the gifts that God has placed in us. We cannot operate or allow fear to overtake us because God has given us the spirit of authority, love and a sober mind to utilize our gifts to further the kingdom of God. Our purpose is to reach out to a dying world and tell them that Jesus saves.
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 1 Timothy 2:6-7
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