Your Righteous Cause

April 18th, 2014

Passover Week
18 Nissan, 5774

Let them shout for joy and be glad who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” (Psalm 35:27)

The psalmist knew there were people who agreed with his righteous cause. The cause was his — the righteous cause of a man. It was a righteous pursuit so obviously the Lord was involved but here the cause belonged to a man. “My” refers to the psalmist – the man.

The same is true of your righteous cause. Your life is an epistle, read and known of all men, and the people walking with you in the cause you’ve undertaken have taken on your cause. They cheer you forward, prayerfully keeping vigilant watch for you. They know if your resolve weakens the ordeal may be prolonged and if your heart is broken in the pursuit your cause will also break.

God’s Word applies. You know what you are doing is right – it is righteous; and your humility speaks volumes but you’re no push-over . . .  you understand in the deepest part of who you are and in the way God has wired you, this a God-thing! You stepped up and began!

You are not alone. Surrounding you, others are shouting – you go! Your team of encouragers has picked up in the spirit what’s ahead for you; they sense the joy and gladness that’s ahead for you! Sure, they see what you’re going through and, like you, are impatient for your breakthrough. They know your cause is righteous; they know the Lord is on your side.

. . . And they say continually . . . Magnify the Lord! In the way you do this, in the way you live, magnify the Lord!

. . . They say, over and over and over, “Let the Lord be magnified! He is so pleased with you, His servant.”

. . . They talk about you every day; continually, with words, they insist upon your vindication.

. . . Continually, yes continually they prophesy about the Lord’s presence that is with you, proven in the wealth of every decision you make.

Continually, those on your side are talking about you and all that’s going on with that righteous cause of yours!  Talking expectantly about you, they SHOUT for all to hear: “Hey, come magnify the Lord with me. Magnify the Lord – shout, rejoice in a big, big way and multiply the Lord’s presence in your midst – to prosper and increase you with every step.

Let those who favor YOUR righteous cause magnify the Lord continually for His favor to accomplish your righteous cause. You go!

Amen, so be it!

Belief in His Word

April 17th, 2014

If the challenge today is physical – for you or someone you care about – God sent his Word to heal. Think of God’s Word as your weapon against disease or any opposition to God’s plan for your life. Jesus healed those who came to Him. God “the Word” became God “the Son”. The Word took upon Himself flesh and dwelt among us!

The essence of sickness is deceptive. Guard your heart against deceptive working by reading and meditating in God’s Word. Meditation on God’s Word produces confidence in God, the absolute opposite to “confidence in” infirmity’s power to control you. Every threat to physical health is answered with belief that God’s role is absolutely supreme and completely triumphant.

Be warned in this matter of believing that the effect of unbelief produces more unbelief. Unbelief isn’t covered over with religious words only. To believe is to release God’s power but unbelief fundamentally opposes Jesus’ mission to His people. Unbelief is not just “another opinion” but is its own opinion, a rejection of God’s covenant plan.

Jesus came to give life. He sent His Word to heal. Whatever the challenge, make God’s Word the final authority in this challenge; make your plans according to the Word. Belief in God’s Word is what you need.

Amen.

Psalm 107:20 | John 1:14 | Psalm 119:11 | Matthew 17:17-18 | Verses@Once

Mercy Day

April 16th, 2014

Passover Week
16 Nissan, 5774

This Passover we choose to leave behind habitual wandering, old ways, wrong beliefs, and petty smallness – any neglect of His will, anything that squanders His mercy.

God’s mercy pours into (saturates) our lives. You could say we are deluged with merciful consideration. He is rich in mercy with plenty to go around!

Our response should also be rich – we steward mercy’s wealth and the reward of that stewardship: The Lord my God goes with me, He will not leave or forsake. Deuteronomy 31:6

You have a new day and new beginning. Breakthrough saturates the air. Press forward. Sanctify the Lord in your heart. Always set the Lord before you. Choose to be personally set apart with Him!

We cross over. His mercy brings us out, to take us in.

The Lord—He is G-d!

Amen.

Coming Out

April 15th, 2014

During the Passover feast time in Israel, Jesus’ family along with most Jewish men and their families went up to celebrate in the Judean city of Jerusalem. Jesus, however, did not go with them but headed instead away from Jerusalem toward Galilee. In obedience to the Spirit, our Lord went in a direction other than religious rule or expectations from family.

Along the way that leading changed and, again, responding in obedience, our Lord turned toward Jerusalem where the many in need of His ministry waited expectantly and also where an enraged religious mob (who hated His message enough to kill Him) also waited. Jesus turned toward Jerusalem by the word of the Lord and leading of the Spirit.

Christian spirituality is more than traditions and religious formalities. The Lord daily speaks a fresh word, a proceeding word, and Christians sensitive to hear what the Spirit is saying, receive from the Lord beyond the dictates of religious tradition.

True spirituality means obedience to the leading of God’s Spirit rather than religious demands or constraints: Listen to Him and do whatever He tells you. Today is made for salvation—your portion is to rejoice. Today is your day of salvation—you do hear Him!

As one led by the Spirit of God leave religion behind and turn, expectantly, toward discipleship revealed by the Lord to any with an ear to hear the Spirit’s voice. You are coming out of religion and into spiritual reality, by the Spirit of the Lord!

Amen, so be it!

John 7 | 2 Corinthians 6:2 | Romans 8:14 | Psalm 118 | Verse@Once

Passover

April 14th, 2014

Passover (Pesach)
14 Nissan 5774

 “These are the appointed seasons of HaShem, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their appointed season. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at dusk, is HaShem’s passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto HaShem; seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work. And ye shall bring an offering made by fire unto HaShem seven days; in the seventh day is a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work. And HaShem spoke unto Moses saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When ye are come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring the sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest unto the priest. And he shall wave the sheaf before HaShem, to be accepted for you; on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.”  breslov.com Leviticus 23:4-11

As Christians our spiritual roots are in Israel and we share with joy in celebrating the Jewish feasts. Today at dusk Passover begins (pesach in Hebrew, pronounced peh’–sakh). Keeping Passover is an important part of Israel’s relationship with God and there is great celebration among our Jewish brothers on this feast day. Leviticus 23:4-8, NLT

During this Passover season we pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We also pray for safety for those in Israel as they commemorate the historic event when God brought the Hebrew nation out of Egypt (a type of the world) and into the Promised Land (a type of God’s Kingdom). The land of promise then, is the same land appointed to Israel to possess today. The land and the people are irreversibly the apple of God’s eye, His Chosen People. Ezekiel 20:41-42

For Christians the celebration of Passover coincides with our Resurrection celebration – our own joyful, thankful celebration of the resurrection of our Lord, the Lamb of God who still today takes away the sin of the world. Those who embrace His lordship celebrate uniquely our “crossing over” from darkness into Light – from spiritual oppression to freedom and life eternal!

Thanks be to God! 

Amen.

Ref:
www.bible.ort.org
www.chabad.org 

Good Morning!

April 13th, 2014

The Jewish Passover begins tomorrow. The Bible story of Passover reminds us how Moses faced tremendous opposition—literally the forces of hell. Charged with leading Israel out of Egypt’s slave kingdom, Moses looked bondage in the eye and declared to Pharaoh his revelation from the Almighty—Israel’s God.

Moses decreed deliverance and God’s presence came! Brutal men grew more so but some miraculously yielded to the Spirit’s lead. Egyptian masters relented, gathering gold and precious jewels for Israel’s sons. Treasure transferred to chosen hands and . . . Israel crossed over.

Our deliverance is no less dramatic. As a new day dawns there is a fourth man in the furnace: Firstborn sons and daughters are delivered and marked by the Lord. You and your children and your children’s children awake to the joyful sound. As the morning dawns you cross over!

This is the season of deliverance.

Amen.

Proverbs 13:22 | Daniel 3:25 | Exodus chapters 3 thru 15 | Verses@Once

Increase

April 12th, 2014

For those joined to the Lord Jesus Christ there is increase. “From which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.” (Colossians 2:19)  Those who choose the Spirit’s lead are increasing with the increase of the Lord!

Our lives are an offering to Him, framed by words we speak, our declarations of what we believe. Words carry the day. Every dread voiced is a dread that will be faced—increasingly; but, also, every confidence spoken establishes the stand we take and the One we trust—increasingly. Our lives are an offering of words. We speak what we believe.

Utilizing power from the words we speak we assure increase for all that’s ahead. Increase (the Bible norm,) is our expectation. Agreement with God’s Word means we increasingly increase; it also means we are not decreasing through sickness, disease, loss, lack, prolonged grief, faults, beliefs, motivations, emotional problems, mammon or poverty.

As the Lord is, so are we in this world—increasingly!

Amen.

Colossians 2:19 | Proverbs 18:20 | 1 John 4:17 | Verses@Once

Witnesses

April 11th, 2014

We are in the season of Resurrection. Christianity is not defeated; never will be—never can be. Our Lord is Savior of the whole world. He redeems with miraculous love, producing Divine witness in every life. He is our Savior, the only way to the Father and though Sovereign over everything, He ordained we would work with Him. We are called to it.

We are witnesses: He came as Messiah, giving eternal life to all who receive Him. His blood is the complete and final sacrifice for the sin of all mankind. The tomb could not hold Him, politics cannot limit Him, ignorance fails to stop Him . . .  the grave is defeated, mankind is lifted, we are delivered and live as messenger-witnesses of the Father and His good news – a new covenant for all who receive Him!

He is risen!

Amen.

Isaiah 53

Prophetic Merger

April 10th, 2014

For thus says the LORD: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:10-12

When the storehouse inside you is released, things happen suddenly—simple things you hadn’t really thought of before; and because movement is quick the LORD leads us to fine tune with His Spirit so that, as that new day dawns, we do not lose or miss any aspect of the unveiling.

We are marked for this merger with destiny. It has little to do with age or privilege. Isaac was a late baby, Jesus arrived early; Solomon’s chariots were a massive army but Gideon’s three-man patrol had no chariots; Esther’s hour came suddenly but for Anna and Simeon, longing spanned a lifetime. Destiny works in each life revealing treasure placed by the LORD and marked for time.

The pace quickens, details resolve, and the LORD syncs His people with His glory. Jesus sent them by two’s—two are better than one. Kingdoms merge—expertise and authority come together. God’s timing is governor and joining together for combined strength hinges fullness that otherwise could not have been.

At the appointed time we are quickened—destinies intersect, strength multiplies, and a future unimagined beforehand snaps into place.

Amen.

Mark 6:7 | Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 | Verses@Once

Spirit Power

April 9th, 2014

Personal concerns are not isolated as though we are the only ones experiencing heartache or difficulty; our dilemma exists as one among many as, around the world, people are experiencing the same challenges. We don’t know their name(s) but in the power of the Spirit we reach to include them in our circle of prayer . . . to cover them . . . praying for them . . . asking God to deliver them . . . to turn mourning and every long night into a brilliant, new day. We identify with and connect with them in the Spirit’s power.

We know exactly how to pray. Rather than myopic focus upon our own needs, we look into the Spirit and effectively introduce ourselves to the many standing in the need of prayer. We have a responsibility to pray for them; the One who watches over all calls us to it and, as we pray, we discover by the Spirit there are more with than against us. We are not isolated – we are not alone and they are not alone. The stunning power of Almighty God is with us. He is mighty to save! 

Amen.

2 Chronicles 32:7-8 | Romans 8:17-19 | Psalm 84:7 | Romans 1:17 | 2 Corinthians 4:18 | Verses@Once