Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)
We are limited in all that we do, but God is unlimited. Little means much in the master’s hands. God knows how to exceed our expectations!
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful, 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bring forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the LORD knows the way of righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalms 1 (NKJV)
Lord, let my character be of the righteous and not of the ungodly.
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthened thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10
Fear is a great tool that our adversary, the Devil, uses against us. Fear comes in so many forms: we fear in our decision making, we fear in how we look or intelligence, we fear we are too introverted or extroverted, and we fear the unknown. What fear does to us it will cause us to shut down mentally and physically. Fear will paralyzed us and will lead us to believe we are in this by ourselves.
God is saying to us today to not fear and to not become discouraged for he is with us. He is our God. He is a God that never changes and he is same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) He is not like us because we change with every wind that blows upon us.
He will help us and he’s holding us even in the midst of our struggles and even in the midst of our fears with his right hand (his power and favor) of his righteousness. God is right here with us and he will help us. Fear not!
1 The Lord is my light and salvation — so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? 2 When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. 3 Though a might army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. 4 The one thing I ask of the LORD — the thing I seek most — is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfection and meditating in his Temple. 5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. 6 Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the LORD with music. Psalms 27 (NLT)
“And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me in the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” John 5:5-8
Jesus is in Jerusalem and he goes to Bethesda pool where there are crowds of sick people who are blind, lame and paralyzed. Jesus had an appointment with one man who was laying there with an infirmity for 38 long years. When Jesus saw him, he posed a question to him, “Wilt thou be made whole?” The man does not give him a yes or no answer, but he comes up with an excuse why he was not whole. He had no one to put him into the pool. It was known that an angel would come to this pool and troubled the water and the first person who entered into the water was instantly healed. So he just laid there everyday.
God is asking us today do we want to be made whole. Or do we have excuses just like this man? Or is it easier to blame someone else as to why we are not whole. Or do we feel that we are not worthy of being made whole? God is not looking to point fingers at anyone as to why we are still blind, lame and paralyzed. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivered him out of them all.” (Psalms 34:17)
Jesus told that man to get up, pick up his bed and walk. So get up and stop wallowing in self-pity and playing the blame game. Do you want to be made whole?
Often times God gives you this vision that is so far fetch, so unreal, way beyond your present day condition. You will see it but that don’t mean that folk around you will see it or believe in it, too. What God has for you is for you and you can’t even stop His progress for your Life -it’s truly for His Glory. It’s your time, your dreams are becoming truer with each passing second of your life. Yes you may fail, yes you will get impatient, yes you will lose folk you thought you had to have around you, yes you will make mistakes and yes you might want to give up – quit and runaway but our time is right now. Don’t give up and dream big and live Big for God. Love You.
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