Have You Been Compensated?

He also brought them out with silver and gold, and there was none feeble among His tribes – Psalm 105:37

The Israelites had been slaves to the Egyptians. The night before leaving Egypt God told them to borrow jewels of silver and gold from the Egyptians. Loaded down with all this plus any belongings they acquire, they started out on their journey. The Egyptians came after them and drowned in the Red Sea.
In all their time as slaves, they were never paid. God gave them the gold and silver jewels as back payment for their years of service.

God will always compensate you for what you have lost. God will restore what the devil has stolen. He will pay you back exceedingly above all you can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20) because He is a big, over-the-top God who likes to show off what He can do.

No matter what has been stolen in your life, no matter what has been taken from you, believe that God will compensate you double for your trouble just like He did when Job lost his children and livestock.

Will You Imagine It?

Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against you; pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. 8And the LORD said to Moses, Make you a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looks on it, shall live. 9And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it on a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. – Numbers 21:7-9 (NIV)

The Israelites complained. They became disgruntle and disobedient. God allowed snakes to enter the camp. Poisonous snakes. If bit, they would die.

God loved them even though they hurt Him so much, so He gave them a way of escape.

He told Moses to erect a brass serpent on a pole. As long as the Israelites kept their eyes on the brass serpent, they lived. If they didn’t, they died.

Jesus is our brass serpent on the pole. If we keep our eyes on what Jesus did for us on the Cross, if we keep our eyes on how He took our sins, every pain, every sorrow, we go through, we will live.

Keeping our eyes on Jesus is the key to living the victorious, overcoming life.

Don’t just see Him on the Cross. Imagine it. See the blood trickling down His face from the crown of thorns embedded on His head for our peace of mind. See the blood trailing down His forehead to take your headaches and brain disorders, even brain cancer.

Then see it dropping into His eyes to heal your eyesight and glaucoma. And so forth.

See it. Imagine it. Hold the scene before your eyes when you feel sick, broke or down.

Keeping your eyes on Jesus, our brass serpent on a pole, will cause you to live healed, whole and peaceful in all areas of your life.

Distracted?

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:14

Some times in life we will get what seems to be an answer to prayer. In reality, though, it is not a good thing. If it is not a good thing, it is not a God thing.

These things, these situations, are send into our lives for one reason and one reason only: to distract us.

From what? From God’s purpose for our lives, from using our gifts and talents to better the world, from being all God created us to be.

We have to see them for what they are, and choose to entertain them or move on with what God called us to do. The choice is ours.

If we choose the distractions, we risk delaying our purpose in life.

Did You Close It?

I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. – Revelation 3:8

When God closes one door, it is a promise that God has another door, a better door with His best behind it opening for you. God never takes something good away from you. He only takes from you what will cause you harm.

He will close the door on a relationship because He has a better one for you. He will close the door on a job because He has a better position waiting. He will close the door on that business opportunity because it is going to fail.

He asks that we trust Him. He asks that the doors He shuts, we leave shut.

We open them by not forgiving, by going back into the situation and making things work out, by settling, camping out, in the land of not enough or just enough.

Choose to forgive. Choose to move on. Never, ever, go backwards in life. Only go forward.

God cannot open up your future if you keep playing in the sandbox of your past.

Are You Refreshed?

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” – Jeremiah 31:25 (NIV)

I had Sunday off. My roommate had been talking about this church where she remembered the Spirit flowing, but she couldn’t go. I went instead.

The song service looked more like a concert with the lights and darkness. I had to push past that until I felt alone with God. Then I heard Him speaking to my spirit. He refreshed me and recharged me in a way that only He could.

He knew what I needed, and He took the heaviness from my heart, put the spring back in my step and placed a smile on my face.

When we are willing to get alone with God, to push everything aside, He will refresh us, restore us and make us whole.

Will You Believe?

Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, 5 both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband. – Ruth 1:3-4 (NIV).

Ruth could have looked at her circumstances and said, "Well, this is it! My husband died, and here I am taking care of my mother-in-law. Woe is me."

But Ruth didn’t think this way. No, Ruth believed she had a future. Ruth believed that what the devil meant for evil, God would turn around for her good. Ruth knew the God has something better for her.

You and I have to believe like Ruth that God has something better for us, even when we are in our darkest hour. Especially when the rug seems to be pulled out from under our dreams.

Even then we need to believe that God has something better, that God refuses to let us settle for less than His best.

God was saying to Ruth, "Daughter I have something better for you. My best is on the way to you."

God has something better, His best, for you and me as well. All we have to do is, like Ruth, believe it.

Will You Rise Again?

For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity. – Proverbs 24:16 (NKJV).

I have been going through a lot of stressful things lately. Everyone at work had some kind of crisis Monday and Tuesday. Mine–thank God–was a matter of stupidity. A crisis I call lesson.

Crisis, revealed truth, in our lives can make us or break us.

There will be hurt feelings, soul-searching and the temptation to just give up. There may even be a few tears no matter how hard we try to be strong.

However, it is not how many times we fall down that matters. It is how many times we get up.

I am going to tell you the same thing I have been telling people, and I hope you remember it: life will get better.

Every time you fall down, dust yourself off and rise again. It is always too soon to quit.

Do You Have A Feeling?

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. – John 10:27

I had a situation that just didn’t feel right to me. Although everything looked fine on the surface, I had a gut feeling that something was wrong. I had pretty much figured out what when God revealed the truth. An ugly truth that I didn’t want to hear, but I needed to. That gut feeling was God leading me because it was the only way God could speak to me without me hearing what I wanted to hear.

Today, listen to that gut feeling, that intuition, that tells you something is wrong because in the end, it will save you a lot of heartache and pain.

Bypassing Your Brain?

 

 

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. – Mark 11: 24 (NKJV)

 

If you pray, believing. How many times do you pray, knowing without a doubt, that you will receive it? Not as often as we should. Why? Because we are relying on our faith instead of relying on God’s faith.

A method that works successfully for me is a bit controversial. If you don’t believe in speaking tongues, I am not going to convince you otherwise, but you might want to research the topic in your study of the Bible for yourself.

For you who do speak in tongues, try praying, "Holy Spirit, please help me to pray about [name whatever you are believing God for]," then begin praying in tongues. It may take minutes, hours, days, months, even years, but if you continue to let the Holy Spirit help you pray, whatever you are believing for that is according to God’s Will has to come to pass.

The Holy Spirit is praying God’s Will in the situation, and you are bypassing your mind, will and emotions by praying in tongues.

Try it for yourself. 🙂

 

 

Where’s Your Money?

 

 

…Jesus said to him [Peter], "…lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you." – Matthew 17:26–27

Think your money problem is impossible to God? It isn’t. Peter found a coin in a fish’s mouth in order to pay the taxes. God may use an increase at your job, or He might decide to use the person next door, a friend or an upexpected windfall. Your job is to hand it over to Him and believe Him to take care of it. How He does it is His problem. Just wait for Him to surprise you. 🙂