To begin, start with what you have. Stand firm in what God has told you. Write down everything He told you, then begin with that as an outline for strategy. The Lord has come onto the scene and, with Him, the predicted end of this challenge. The Lord has extended His hand in your behalf!
You have come to a time of the Lord’s favor and an end to this season and anything not aligned with His very best, elements attempting to usurp plans He intended. Obediently, you pressed with your faith, in prayer and with confidence, determined to make His Word your final authority in the situation.
This is where you are. You might as well go ahead and start with what you have since you surely cannot start with what you do not have. Plant your feet. Steady your thoughts. Make necessary decisions.
It’s time to begin.
Psalm 118:15-16, NKJV
The Lord sanctified one day in the week and called it holy, a set-apart day—a Sabbath.
In Jewish communities around the world nightfall Friday begins the Jewish Sabbath. Throughout the day, flower vendors are busy, and the aroma of fresh bread fills the air. The brisk pace of preparation is everywhere. By afternoon the pace slows—shops close, customers in market areas gradually disappear and calm settles in streets and gathering places as the setting sun begins the Sabbath day, a special experience in the presence of Almighty God.
Bible mentions of sabbath occur more than one hundred times, half of those in the New Testament including Jesus’ teaching not to judge one another according to the keeping Sabbath in a legalistic or ritualistic way. It is His teaching on the reality and spiritual significance of keeping the Sabbath. That for six days men pursue ways that seem right to them but on the Sabbath Day, hearts recalibrate, soften, and focus on One whose way is perfect.
As a Christian I cherish God’s provision of a day set apart, a day to concentrate on the Lord, a Sabbath day. Some don’t agree and think observing the Sabbath is legalistic carry-over from pre-Christian times. But I believe keeping the Sabbath is obedience to God’s Word of blessing for His people and that the spirit of the Sabbath is eternal.
For one thing, the Sabbath is holy, a day to rest. The Sabbath is God’s provision for the human body—to protect it from disease, heal the heart of heaviness, and relieve the mind of tension and driving routines. This slow down benefits the entire human being—spirit, soul and body—with recovery and gives a sense of refreshed vision and rekindled hope.
Sabbath is time to gather family for a practical and spiritual protection of affections between family members, a time together without outside demands. Sabbath is a time to refocus on God’s goodness expressed in family with the Lord at the center, a time to slow the pace and allow time unlike other days in the week to experience His love, and re-focus ours.
Genesis 2:2-3, Mark 2:27-28, Matthew 5:17-18, Verses@Once
The Lord’s eye is focused on you. He is pre-disposed to bless and is therefore demonstrably opposed to any opinion that differs from His unconditional love for you. His love is laser-sensitive, eternally focused, and perfectly perfect. Selah!
The Lord has only one mind concerning you. His mind is a single eye of love for you. So regardless of views to the contrary, He knows the plans He has for you—plans for good, as long-term as you’ll allow. And when escape seems impossible, His delivering power snatches you… up, and out!
It’s time to trust Him completely.
“Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 1:24-25, KJV)
Amen, and amen!
Jude 1: 24-25
Jesus’ ministry was larger than one man. As heaven’s emissary on divine mission, Jesus carried the presence and authority of the Almighty—every step and word generating a solid case for the love of God, on assignment from the Godhead to deliver mankind from evil and bring forth many believers who would do the same.
His ambassadorship of compassion continues today, shaping the worldview of disciples on assignment with Him, His ministry still larger than one man and His path still marked with specific incidences of supernatural intervention.
A man sick for thirty-eight years encountered Him at Bethesda—a pool near Jerusalem’s Sheep Gate. Jesus initiated the contact, there was no apparent effort by the man. In brief conversation with Jesus the afflicted one revealed hope that one day His situation would change. It did. That day!
The ambassadorship we carry is patterned identically this way. We are sent to offer what Jesus began, everything from compassion for the broken to firestorms of faith-prayer against roots of brokenness. We are on assignment… messengers not only of hope but realities of the Kingdom, a way of life for those who believe.
Wisdom guides us. Joy is our strength. Confidence motivates us and our paths, like His, flood those we are sent to with specific incidences of supernatural intervention.
The Lord rewards your righteousness. He specifically recognizes those who favor a righteous cause. When you take up HIS cause and possess it, the cause becomes your righteous cause as well. Even those standing with you are favored because of you. The Lord is magnified and “takes pleasure” in rewarding you and all who stand with you! Mediate in Psalm 18, especially verses 16-30, and pray the entire passage. Make it your receiving prayer. The Lord is readyto reward your righteousness!
He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy,
From those who hated me,
For they were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the LORD was my support.
He also brought me out into a broad place;
He delivered me because He delighted in me.
The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness
According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.
For I have kept the ways of the LORD,
And have not wickedly departed from my God.
For all His judgments were before me,
And I did not put away His statutes from me.
I was also blameless before Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity.
Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
According to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.
With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;
With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;
With the pure You will show Yourself pure;
And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
For You will save the humble people, But will bring down haughty looks.
For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. (Psalm 18:16-28, NKJV)
Father, you are the Almighty God. Your way is perfect. I have proven the word of the Lord many times and have found Your word true! You shield those who trust You.
Amen – thank God!
Psalm 35:27| Psalm 18:16-28| Verses@Once
God is Father, Son and Spirit—to know Him is to know His Word perspective: “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness . . .”
God’s Word gives perspective for our lives: He directs our paths by His Spirit and Word—a lamp for feet and a light for paths. Without His shining we cannot see, and lacking sight we settle for whatever light we can get.
Comparing what we settle for to all His wisdom has provided for us is like comparing inches to miles, towns to nations, a newborn to an elder. Conviction of this perspective is the Spirit’s gift; without the Spirit we remain unconvinced and choose instead mere human wisdom alone until inevitably, pride has its way.
Father, I pray Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in my life—today! I ask for Your leading and the Light of Your Presence. Forgive where I allowed pride because I did not receive Your Wisdom. I turn. I turn. I turn. Today, I turn away from pride into Your Word. I turn to Light.
Proverbs 16:18, NLT | John 1:3-5, NKJV | Acts 3:19 | Verses@Once
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2Peter 1:19-21 NKJV
The Lord speaks to us, words from His Spirit to the human spirit. He is determined to bless and benefit you and He speaks to you today for that purpose. Anytime He speaks the message is prophetic, something revealed. When you hear Him, you receive prophetic words from Him. We receive His words and speak them in declarations of His will according to what we understand as we hear. Our declaration before the Lord is important—words spoken in faith are heard in the heavens.
Your words, spoken in kind with the Lord’s declaration in matters of family, business, and nation, make all the difference. Also, as you discipline your words to speak the same thing He is saying your thoughts become your expectation, in kind with His. Selah!
The Lord calls leaders to courageous, decisive leadership. Indecisive and weak leadership becomes costly when God’s leading for the benefit of everyone involved is squandered. When leaders are weak and indecisive, authority is lost and progress rare.
Leadership requires solid decision-making. Parents, for example, as leaders in the home, make important decisions for the family under their charge. Employers too, as workplace decision-makers, impact the lives of those under their leadership.
Authority acts like a vacuum. Left unoccupied, the place of authority is filled by the next strongest influence. Like the infamous Queen Jezebel who came to be ruler because King Ahab was a weak leader and allowed the take over, instinctively, others take over God-given authority if allowed.
We see such jezebel-like influences operate when decisive leadership is absent. The resulting authority-theft is gender-neutral; both men and women get caught up in an unauthorized struggle for position and the corresponding authority take-over, often breaking the harmony of a home or workplace.
If you are one in authority you must be decisive; you need to make the decision. As one authorized to steward what God has given for everyone’s benefit, make the decision that only you can make and lead before someone unauthorized by God takes over.
1 Kings 21:1-16
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” (John 11:41-43)
At Lazarus’ tomb Jesus prayed, thanking His Father… that You have heard Me. This public prayer at the tomb was not His first concerning Lazarus’ death. From the moment Jesus received the news He declared “come forth!” Jesus’ oneness with God the Father believed for the supernatural outcome.
Jesus’ words also reveal another layer: Because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me. In the Kingdom, events occur as the heart receives them—as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. God’s plan joins our words to place human and spiritual entities on notice of a divine, eternal outcome.
Prayer matters. Heart-belief matters. Words are critical. Do as Jesus did—believe.
John 11:41-43 | Proverbs 23:7 | John 6:63 | John 14:10 | Proverbs 8:22-24 | Verses@Once
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