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we live by faith not by sight

When following God takes you on an unusual path

When studying Exodus chapter 5 I was reading how God told Moses to speak to pharaoh about letting his people go. His response was not what Moses expected. Not only he said no but he called the Hebrews very lazy and did not provide straw for them to make bricks. They had to get there own straw and still meet the quota. Word got out that the reason for all of this was because of what Moses said to pharaoh. The people was very upset (understatement) with Moses. Moses went to God and asked Him why did you bring harm to these people? Why did you send me? Sometimes when you know you’re in God’s will things can look eerie but have faith in God.

In my experience; I was called to preach a sermon at my church. Before then I would speak 2 to 5 mins here and there and my voice would be quivering and I would keep my hands in my pocket so people won’t see them shake. I asked God a similar question why do you have me speaking in front of these people? What I’d learned about God is that His plan is bigger than my fear of what the situation looks like. When that day came for me to preach it was the most I’d ever felt relaxed. Words came out smoothly, I didn’t stumble and I wasn’t shaking. I was blessed and I knew it was from God. I say that to say this. It might look like whatever you’re doing is in vain or a mistake but you have to believe that God plans are bigger than what you can see.

God bless

What can we learn from King Asa

In my study this morning reading 2 chronicles. I came across the story of king Asa, the son of Abijah. When I began to read the story I was thinking to myself. Wow! His heart was after God and not only that but he made sure everyone else was too.(2chr 15:13) Before then Israel was without the true God (v3) they had idols across all the land of Judah and Benjamin. Spirit of God came upon Azariah to prophesy to Asa and as soon as he heard the words he cleaned house(V8). He even move an idolatrous object from his mother Maacah (v16). God bless Asa and gave the Ethiopians into his hands and there was no more war until the thirty fifth year of the reign of Asa. King Asa obeyed and depended on God, he tremble at God’s word. We can all learn from his example to take the word of God serious and to trust God that he protect his children. Sometimes we attend to procrastinate in keeping God’s word like: making disciples, being diligent in our studies, loving others and etc. let us pray that God revamp our faith in him and bless us with a stronger passion than when we first came to Christ. Also we need to rest on God’s promises for us. “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3:13‬. “So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?””

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:6‬. We need to humble ourselves not to depend on man or ourselves but God and God alone. And this was the problem in the later days of King Asa. King of Israel went up and against Judah and built Ramah (16:1) and Asa seek help from Ben-hadad King of Syria instead of depending on God. At the end of his years as King Asa had a disease in his feet and did not seek the lord still but a physician(16:12). We can also learn from this example that God desires us to depend on him for help. Whatever we are going through we have to remember that we live by faith not by sight. God’s word is our reality not our fallen perception of life.
God bless!

Waiting on the Lord

I waited patiently for the Lord ; And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
Psalms 40:1

Waiting on the Lord is difficult, stressful, and uncomfortable. You see this wave coming straight towards you. You’re so close you can feel the mist of the wave and God telling you to wait. We tend to forget that God is all powerful and all knowing. We tend to forget that he cares for us and hear us crying out to him. God knows what’s best for us and will never steer us wrong. Father I pray that this verse grow in our hearts: we live by faith not by sight

God bless

The reason why people doubt God

The reason why people doubt God is their lack of faith. Their lack of faith come from ignorance of God’s love. Sometimes we’re blinded by our situations and we can’t see the love of God. We all know that God sent Jesus to be the savior of the world but he is also our mediator, high priest, redemption and our hope. Our father has provided a way for us to get through this storm. Our part is to trust that God is enough for us to get through the storm.

God bless

God’s timing is always perfect

Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
Isaiah 40:31 NASB

God’s timing is always perfect.The problem is our timing. Sometimes He will provide at a time least expected, but right on time. Sometimes He will provide when you ask him and sometimes you won’t get what you ask for. We forget that He is our FATHER! He is going to look out for our best interest regardless if we know it or not. He loves us with a passion that can’t be described in words.

God bless

 

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