Monthly Archives: March 2019

30. Wait with a good attitude

Last week we saw how God lifted up David from the lowest point in his life, to being King of Judah, all in a matter of days. It was truly amazing to see. The same happened to Joseph, Moses, Job, but to name a few. We shouldn't despair at the low points in our lives, but rather we should take courage and look up to God. As long as we are walking with Him, we can be rest assured that we are on the right pathway for our life, and that He will exalt us at exactly the right time.

God was with David, because David sought the Lord in everything that he did. He reigned over Judah for seven and a half years. During that time, Saul's son Ishbosheth reigned over Israel. And as time passed by David got stronger and stronger and Ishbosheth became weaker and weaker. Even Abner, the commander of Saul's army turned against Ishbosheth and wanted to join forces with David. But Joab, David's commander, hated Abner because he had killed Joab's brother, so in secret he murdered him. David was very upset when he heard about this and mourned and fasted for Abner. All the people saw this and realized that David never wanted Abner to be dead.

So now without Abner, Ishbosheth's reign and power started to dwindle until finally one day two of the captains of the troops of Saul's army went into the house of Ishbosheth and killed him right there in his bed. They ran to David as they thought that this news would please him and that he will exalt them and give them favorable positions in his army. But as honorable as David was, he was very upset that an innocent man was murdered in his own bed. He ordered his men to kill these two for their wicked act.

It was then that all the elders of Israel came to David and asked him to be king over all of Israel. Finally, after many years since receiving the promise that he will be King over Israel, it materialized. Scholars believe that it was twenty years since the time that David was anointed as king by Samuel. Can you imagine waiting that long for the promise of God to materialize in your life? And what did David do during this waiting period? He trusted God and he walked wherever He led him.

"So David went on and became great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him. David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted His kingdom for the sake of His people Israel." 2 Samuel 5:10, 12

David became great and he knew it was due to the favor of God. He didn't take any honor for himself. He knew that God was with him for the sake of all His people. David remained humble and gave God the glory.

During our waiting time, we should walk with God, grow with God and learn all His ways. You see during this waiting time God prepared David for the role as King. He served in the house of Saul, he could see how it was run, he learned combat, he learned how to be the leader of six hundred men, he learned the tactics of the enemies, he learned how to act honorably even during intense times, he learned so many things. He definitely didn't think of it that way when he was running for his life, but it certainly helped him. And the same is true of you. God is teaching you many things during your waiting time. You might not see it and you might not consider what you are doing as important, but God sees everything and He uses all the lessons that He taught you. The most important thing is to wait with a good attitude and to be honorable in all your dealings, to put God first and to consult Him in everything that you are doing. Learn from David. He had all the right reasons why he could be mad and murder those who seek his blood, but he never sought revenge. He looked up and followed God. And what an amazing example for us all today!

Father, You know best. Your timing is just perfect. We know that You are teaching us many things. Help us to be patient and to learn what we must learn and that we should grow in our knowledge of You every day, exalting You in everything. Amen

29. Be faithful right where you are

Last week we learned that we shouldn't rejoice when our enemies get hurt or are going through a tough time. We shouldn't be happy when others who despise us, are not excelling. We should rather pray for them that God's will be done in their lives. We shouldn't gloat or rub it in their faces, no; we should rather walk this road with God as worthy children of Him. David did just that when he heard that Saul had died. He wept for him and even wrote a song for him. David's actions were exemplary; given all that Saul had done to him.

Now that Saul was dead, David was free to go back to Israel. But instead of just assuming that he could go back, he first enquired of the Lord. The Lord told him yes, he can go back to Judah. God told him to go and settle in Hebron. He and all his men obeyed and went to settle in Hebron.

"Then the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah." 2 Samuel 2:4

Finally the promise made to David by God has been fulfilled. But only in part. He was only made king over Judah and not all the other tribes. Abner, the commander of Saul's army, took Ishbosheth, Saul's son and made him king over the rest of the tribes. So for seven years and six months David was king only over Judah and not the whole of Israel. And even though the full manifestation of all that God had promised him hadn't come to pass, David did the best he could with the kingship that God had already given him.

So basically within days from the lowest point in David's life, God exalted him to king over Judah. He didn't have to fight for it, he didn't have to reason with people and convince them that he had to be made king, no, God simply gave it to him. It was certainly one swift exaltation.

This made me think of Joseph too. He was one moment at the lowest point in his life, namely the dungeon and the next he was the second mightiest man in Egypt. This all happened without going through the hierarchy, without a whole voting process, without even proving himself. This happened because he trusted in God and God honored him.

The same with Moses. One moment Moses was a shepherd tending sheep in the wilderness and the next he was the leader of 2.5 million people, challenging the mightiest man on earth namely the Pharaoh. But God was mightily with him and exalted him at exactly the right time.

Do not despair when you are at a low point in your life. Don't give up when you don't see your God-given dreams materializing. Just keep walking with God. Give each step with Him. Just keep being faithful in the small things. Once God can trust you with that, He will exalt you higher and quicker than you ever dreamed possible. The speed at which you will move will astound you. But first things first, do what He has placed on your plate today with excellence. Do it to the best of your ability and do it as if you are doing it for Him, even the most mundane tasks. Do not look around you at what God is doing with other people, but focus on the here and now and what He is asking of you today. Do not consider anything that you do as unimportant. Everything that you are doing as His Temple has significance and can either lead people to Him or chase them away. God wants you to be a magnet to a lost world, drawing them closer to Him. He wants you to shine out as the Temple that you are and attract people to Him. And as soon as He sees your light shining brightly, He will raise you unto a hill so that more people can see His light shining through you. But until then, be faithful right there where you are.

Father thank you for Your plans for us. Thank you that we can know that our time of exaltation is coming. Please help us to be patient and faithful right where You have placed us. You know best Lord, our God and King. Amen

28. Do not rejoice at other's misfortune

Last week we saw how David continued to trust in God even though he was at a very low point in his life. He continued to look up to God for his provision and strength and indeed God provided it to him. He even enriched him in the process even though it had been a terrible low point in David's life. God was mightily with him.

Now on the third day when David was back from the fight with the Amalekites (that we saw last week), a man came from Saul's camp and told David that Saul and Jonathan was dead. He lied to him and bragged to David that he had killed Saul himself. He said:

"…I stood over him and killed him, because I was sure that he could not live after he had fallen." 2 Samuel 1:10

This man was an Amalekite and mistakenly assumed that David would rejoice over the death of his arch enemy, the one who kept him from going home to Israel. But David wasn't pleased, in fact, he was sad.

"Therefore David took hold of his own clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were with him. And they mourned and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son, for the people of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword." 2 Samuel 1:11, 12

David didn't rejoice that Saul was dead. In fact he mourned for him. I think the Amalekite was probably very surprised at his reaction. He most probably expected praise and honor for himself. But instead David had him killed for saying that he had killed Saul. David didn't know that he was lying. It was all a very sad state of affairs.

What is beautiful for me to note is that David didn't rejoice in the downfall of the man that had hunted him down, tried to kill him and banished him from his own home. He didn't relish in the fact that Saul was brutally murdered. No, he wept for him and he even wrote a song for him and Jonathan (2 Samuel 1:19-27). He was truly saddened by the state of affairs.

He would have had every right to be relieved that he didn't need to hide away anymore. He could have rejoiced and be glad. And yet, he showed the heart of God. God didn't rejoice in the death of Saul either. The Bible tells us that God doesn't rejoice in the death of any man:

"Do you think that I like to see wicked people die?" says the Sovereign Lord. "Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live." Ezekiel 18:23

God wanted things to be different. He chose Saul to be king, but Saul rejected Him and followed his own path. God wanted him to turn from his wicked ways, but Saul never did.

Today we might also have enemies. We might have people who are nasty to us, or who try and discredit us, or who hates it if they see us prosper. We might have people in our lives who gossip about us and who hinder our progress at every chance that they get. But we shouldn't let it get to us. If God is for us, who can be against us? And then when it happens that something bad happens to these people don't rejoice. Don't gloat about it, don't tell all your friends and never ever rub it in the faces of those who were nasty to you. God doesn't approve of this. Rather we should reach out to them if we can, or we should pray for them. We should walk the road with God and only keep our eyes on Him. Revenge is not up to us, and gloating in others' misfortune is not a Godly attitude either. Learn from David. Do not rejoice when your enemy comes to a fall, rather act in a dignified manner, worthy of God's child that you are.

Father, we all have people that do not like us. We ask You today to bless them, to care for them and to change their hearts towards us please Lord. We ask that You mend our relationship, that hatred cease and only love remains. We pray that in Jesus' mighty Name. Amen

27. Always look UP

Last week we learned a valuable lesson from David. He was at an ultimate low point in his life. He had been in exile in a foreign country for a very long time, and the main reason was that he had been following God's calling on his life. And now even whilst following God, the Amalekites destroyed his and his men's homes, took all their possessions as well as their wives and children, and if this was not even bad enough, his men started talking about stoning him. David was at an ultimate low and yet the Bible tells us that he found his strength in the Lord. He didn't rebel or blame God, no he turned to Him and God used his obedience to prosper him. David never gave up and continued to trust in God.

God told him to go after the Amalekites and to retrieve all that was theirs, He would be with them. David and six hundred of his men went after the Amalekites. They found an Egyptian slave along the road. His master had left him behind because he got sick. David was kind to him and he led them to the Amalekites, where they were feasting and drinking of all the spoils that they took, not only from David and his men, but of the whole region. Then David and his men attacked them.

"Then David attacked them from twilight until the evening of the next day. Not a man of them escaped, except four hundred young men who rode on camels and fled. So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives. And nothing of theirs was lacking, either great or small, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all." 1 Samuel 30:17-19

God was mightily with him. He helped them to rescue everything that was taken from him, but not only that, they could take all the other spoil that the Amalekites took from the Philistines also. David was in fact enriched by this whole episode, because He continued to trust in God.

This is in stark contrast with Saul. Just in the next chapter we are told how Saul and his sons died in the battle with the Philistines. Saul was severely wounded and his enemy was pursuing him. Then he fell on his own sword and basically killed himself as he didn't want to fall into the enemies' hands and his armorbearer didn't want to kill him either. It is such a sad end to his life. It could have been so different if he had trusted God inexplicitly as David did.

We can learn from David. We should not look at our outward circumstances; we should rather look inside to where God is leading us and what He is busy doing for us. We should look at our life through heaven's eyes. The enemy might bring certain things our way, but with God by our side, we will be enriched in the process just like David. We should never give up and turn our back on Him. We should keep moving forward, with our eyes fixed on Him and Him alone. Then true victory will manifest for us. Stay steadfast in your faith. Keep looking UP. He is always with you, the great and victorious One.

Father thank you so much that You are always there for us. Thank you that You are such an amazing God, the Victorious One, walking alongside us, always ready to help. We praise Your Name, we look up to You, please lead us to where we need to go and be. You are glorious. Amen

26. Never give up

The previous time we discussed the life of David, we saw that we can hear from God ourselves. We needn't rush from prophet to star signs to personality types to understand where God is leading us. No, we can hear from Him ourselves. We shouldn't stoop as low as Saul and consult mediums, we should rather trust in Him inexplicitly and in His mighty power as well as His perfect timing for our lives.

But Saul did consult a medium and called up Samuel from the dead. Samuel told him that he will die in the battle against the Philistines and that Israel will lose the battle. He was paralyzed with fear, as he knew that God would not be with them in the battle.

On the other hand David was with the Philistines, ready to attack Israel. What David's real plan was, the Bible doesn't say, but it does say that the Philistine princes didn't trust David and they didn't want him and his men to go with them to battle. The king of the Philistines trusted David and tried to convince them that David should go with them, but it didn't work. David and his men had to return home.

But when they did, they found Ziklag, where their home was, raided by the Amalekites. They took everyone that was left behind, men, women and children, as well as all their belongings and burnt the town to the ground. David and his men came upon this scene and were devastated. They cried, so much so that the Bible says - '…they wept, until they had no more power to weep.' Then a shocking thing happened, David's own men turned on him:

"Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters." 1 Samuel 30:6

The men were so devastated that they started to think irrationally. They wanted to portray their frustrations unto David. And what did David do?

"But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God." 1 Samuel 30:6

Isn't it just amazing? His own men were turning on him; he has lost all earthly support. He was hunted by the King of his own country, his family has been abducted, all his belongings were gone and now his own men were turning on him. And instead of cursing God, instead of asking why, instead of blaming God, he turned TO Him to be strengthened. I love it. He could have easily said: "You know what Lord; I have only been faithful in all that I do, everything. And where has this brought me? I am living as an exile, in a foreign land, with nothing to my name and no family to support me and now even my own men is turning against me. What does it help to follow You?" But no, he didn't. This was the biggest test of David's life. This was a make or break moment. He was at the lowest level he had ever been. And yet he was wise enough to turn to the Lord for strength. And as you will see as his life story is told, is that this low point in his life, is quickly succeeded by exaltation to the King of Judah. So at this low point, he was so close to his breakthrough. Can you imagine if he had given up there and then? How sad that would have been! But he didn't and therefore we can read about him as the greatest Israeli King that ever lived.

The same might happen to us. We might be so close to our breakthrough, even though things in the natural are not flowing as we might have expected, our breakthrough might be around the next corner. We shouldn't give up. We should never turn our back on God and forsake the route that He has laid before us. We never know what could be next for us. God is so patient and kind, so full of love. He wants the best for us. Do not stop digging just before you find your treasure. Do not give up. Find your strength in God as David did. Find Him in all that you do. He will give you the strength to continue. Never ever give up. In fact rejoice in a low point on your road with God, He will then take you higher! Just like He did with Job. Afterward Job had double than what he had before the trial. Walk with that confidence in mind.

Father thank you that we can find our strength in You. Thank you that You never give up on us. Help us to continue on Your path even though it seems as if we are on the wrong track or that everything is falling apart around us. Give us the assurance that this road is from You. If not, then help us to find our route back to You and where we need to be. Amen

105. Do not worry

We all want to know when this coronavirus will end and when our lives will return back to normal again. We want to plan ahead and we want to run our lives again like we used to. But God taught me a very valuable lesson during this time. And that is to truly live day by day. Now for me, who loves to plan ahead and to rearrange my life, this is a very difficult thing to do. But that is what God came to teach me and I would like to share it with you.

He reminded me of the following:

-        He gave the Israelites daily manna. DAILY, not weekly or even monthly, but daily. Why? He wanted them to trust in Him. To trust fully in Him for their next day's supply. He even caused the manna to be filled with maggots if they left some over for the next day, for in case He didn't provide. The only time He gave them two day's supply was on Friday, so that they have enough for the Sabbath, when they rested in Him. The same is true of us. God will supply manna daily for us; we shouldn't worry, but rather trust Him that there will be manna again tomorrow. It is only when we rest in Him and spend time with Him that He will rain even more on us. There is no limit to His supply, but He wants us to go out every day and look for Him and His provision. He never limited the amount that the Israelites could take per day, they could take as much as they wanted. And we can too, His treasuries are open to us. He wants us close to Him. Also consider this, He could have made us that we only needed to eat once every year, or even not at all. But He made us to eat daily, as a principle, of how we should eat daily from His Word and feed our spirit on a daily basis by spending time in His presence.

-        Jesus told us not to worry. "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring about its own things." Matthew 6:34. Now if someone had a reason to worry, it was Jesus. He knew and told His disciples that He was going to be crucified in Jerusalem. He knew that He was going to die a horrific death. And yet we never read that He stressed about it months, weeks or even days before it happened. It was only the night of the arrest that He sweat blood and asked God to take the cup from Him if He was willing. But otherwise, you never see Him anxious or stressed in advance. He was always filled with God's Shalom peace. And we can learn from Him. We will never even go through something as horrific as He went through. So if He didn't worry about the cross, why should we worry about lesser things? He promised that He would look after us, much more than the birds of the air or the lilies of the field.

-        I read the following quote from Will Smith and God immediately told me to put it in here as well: "You don't set out to build a wall. You don't say, "I am going to build the biggest, greatest wall that's ever been built." You don't start there. You say, "I'm going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid." You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall." God doesn't want us focusing on the wall we are building; He wants us to do what we can do in the moment, all the way trusting on Him. And slowly but surely we will make progress and find ourselves walking on the path that God ordained for us. What more can we want? Because if we look at the wall and all we still need to do, we will become frazzled and stressed. God only wants us to focus on that day and do what He leads us to do. The rest will take care of itself.

God's mercies are new every morning. His grace is like fresh manna to be picked up and used for our day. He is the great I AM, living in the present. And that is where we should also be. The future is in His hands. We simply need to walk on His path laid out before us for that day, eating His manna of grace and mercy, not worrying about tomorrow. I know this is easier said than done, but nothing worthwhile in life comes easy. So I am certainly going to try. As I said for my personality type it is very difficult, but I can see the rewards of living this way, so I am certainly going to give it my best shot. Hope you are going to do that too? Walking hand in hand with Him in the present is true life. Come and walk in the liberty that it brings.

Father, thank you that You are always looking out for us. Thank you that You are already in our future and that You know best for Your children. Help us in our journey of walking in the present moment and not worrying about the future. We look up to You and only You. Amen.

 

104. Praise Him always

I prayed and asked God what this week's message should be. And I felt the prompting in my spirit to look at today's devotion in my daily devotion book - God Whispers. So I would like to share it with you:

"When You send Your Spirit, new life is born to replenish all the living of the earth. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath!" Psalm 104:30, 33

I send My Spirit to revive, to encourage, to strengthen and to refill the living of the earth with new life. I move with splendour and with mighty power. I am all consuming and all powerful. All praise is due to Me. I love it when My children come filled with love to adore and worship Me. I love to have them close and to feel their presence near. My heart then overflows with love and joy and the abundance of life then permeates into the delicate cells of their beings. Come into My presence with a thankful heart and experience this. Allow My presence to overflow into every aspect of your life. Stand amazed at the tranquillity it brings. Stop and listen to the birds singing and appreciate the flowers blooming. They sing and bloom to show you a piece of My heart. Birds singing reflect My heart of joy. They sing despite all circumstances, it is continuous and it will last until all creation disappears. Flowers blooming reflect the constant new life that I have within Me, they reflect a part of My beauty and radiate My fragrance to all. Learn from the birds and the flowers. Bubble over with My joy and sing My praises always. Reflect My newness of life to a dead world, radiate My beauty in you and spread the fragrance of My love. Be in full bloom, with Me as your roots, supplying all the nutrition you need. I came to give you more than enough to succeed.

Isn't this a wonderful word for us all now during this COVID-19 time? God wants us to praise Him no matter what. Therein lies so much power and grace for a time such as this. He wants us to rise above it all as we saw last week. He wants us to be an example to the world during this dark time. He wants us to continue radiating and spreading His loving fragrance to this world. And how do we do that? By growing in the Spirit and receiving all the nutrition we need from Him and Him alone.

Spend time in His presence, breathe in His heavenly air, see yourself in the throneroom of God glorifying Him, picture yourself talking to Him and enjoying His magnificent presence. Allow Him to open up your eyes to the spiritual. Ask His guidance on a daily basis and be open to be led by Him. This is your time to shine. Reflect Him. He gave us all more than enough to succeed. All glory on High!

I would like to end off with a song from Matt Maher - Alive and breathing:

Joy still comes in the morning

Hope still walks with the hurting

If you're still alive and breathing

Praise the Lord

Don't stop dancing and dreaming

There's still Good News worth repeating

So lift your head and keep singing

Praise the Lord

Isn't this just a beautiful song? Especially during this time, don't stop dreaming, there is always Good News worth repeating. If you are alive and breathing, praise the Lord!! Hallelujah!

Father thank you so much for providing us with everything. We love You, we glorify You, You are all we will ever need. In You is life and peace everlasting. We praise Your mighty Name. Amen

 

103. Grow above it all

We have verberum plants in our garden. They are evergreen and they can be hedged or left to grow as tall as trees. We planted rows of them against our walls at home. On two sides we left them as trees and on the one side we hedged them. Now, four weeks ago myself and the boys hedged them so that it looked neat and tidy once again. But last week I noticed that one stem of the verberum grew much taller than the rest. That stem with its leaves truly stands out from the rest. Now this morning when the sun came up I saw it again. It was so beautiful. This one stem was basking in the sunlight whilst the rest was still in darkness. And the Lord spoke to my heart and said that we must be like that one stem.

He wants us as Christians to rise up above it all. He wants us to grow in Him and to bask in the sunlight of His Son. He wants us to be an example to others and to lift them higher and to show them the joy of following God in spite of the crises we all find ourselves in. You see the rest of the plant is still in darkness, like the world, murmuring, complaining and stressing about the future. But God doesn't want us to murmur, complain and stress alongside with them. He wants us to rise above it all, and be an example to the world.

Also the wall where the verberums are hedged is the outer wall of our property and there is an electric fence. Now right behind this stem that grew so much more than the rest, there is a yellow danger sign indicating the electric fence. And God instantly told me, in our lives there will be signs everywhere indicating that there is danger. The danger of the Corona virus, the danger of a recession, the danger of accidents, losing your job, your health, you name it. The world screams danger all around. But God wants us to be like this stem. This stem doesn't look at the sign, it is not bothered by the sign, it simply looks up to the sun and grows. The leaves of the stem look as if the stem is lifting them up, praising and glorifying God. And God wants us to be the same. We shouldn't be frazzled by all the danger signs, all the doom and gloom stories, we should simply look up to Him and grow in the sun shining down on us, providing for us. We should be filled with praise and worship, no matter what. Therein lays our power to grow even more.

This process of growing reminded me of a song by Jason Gray. The song is 'Order, disorder, reorder' and this song is about God showing us through 'disorder' in the world, that the 'order' we thought we had in our lives needs to be 'reordered' to align us to become more and more like Him. He wants us to grow, to develop and become the people He created us to be. Allow me to quote from the song:

I thought
The storm would never come to an end
I begged You again and again
To send a miracle
But the storm was
The way You broke my heart open wide
To get to what was hidden inside
And call it beautiful

Order, disorder, reorder
Over and over and over

So here I am, I'm all in
Though it feels like falling
If that's what it takes for You to break through
Give me the faith when I'm afraid to say
Here I go, I'm ready
I know You won't forget me
You'll give me the grace to find a way through
Order, disorder, reorder
Over and over and over

I don't really wanna change
If I'm telling You the truth
But like it or not, Your love won't stop
Till it makes me new
So give me all that You got
From the bottom to top
Till I look like You

Order, disorder, reorder
Over and over

None of us wants to change; it is a painful process and not one that we would willingly choose. But He wants us all in. He wants us growing until the diamond inside of us is sparkling. He wants us to sparkle and shine and lure others closer to Him. It is not an easy path to become the diamond He intended for us, but it is worth it! We will be changed forever, renewed, filled with His joy and love, excited about our future, living with a knowing within us that we are fulfilling our purpose in life, shining as the God given diamond that we are.

Rise up above the rest, bask in the sunlight and be an example to the world, luring them closer.

Father we want to grow higher and higher. We want to exalt You on High. Thank you that we can know that You supply the grace that we need to grow. Thank you for developing the diamond within us all. We truly love You. Amen

102. Trust in God

After reading a daily devotion by Joseph Prince God placed the prodigal son on my heart. Imagine the prodigal son lived today and you see him there in the pigsty, filthy, full of mud, hungry and totally depleted. You feel so sorry for him. You, as a well-meaning Christian go over and help him. You give him food to eat; you negotiate with the owner of the pigsty to give him a wage and to look better after him. You feel so good about yourself that you helped him. You uplifted his situation somewhat. Even though he is still in the pigsty, he is at least fed.

Now do you really think you helped him? The thing is you didn't really. You simply gave him a reason to stay in the pigsty, you made it a little bit more comfortable, just enough to keep him there. It is still a terrible place to be in, but now he is not at that point that he will go back home to his father's house. He will get comfortable in the pigsty and simply stay there, far away from God's best for him. If you had left him, he would have come to the end of himself and gone back to his father's house, back to where he truly belongs. His father wants to give him a ring on his finger, a robe, shoes to wear, a position in his house. And if he went there, he would be much better off than staying in the pigsty.

God then spoke to me and said that that is what He is doing in the world today during this coronavirus time. He is not intervening, but allowing us to stay a bit longer in the pigsty so that we can come to the end of ourselves. He wants us to come to a point where we realize that we cannot fix this, we cannot go on, and that we then turn to Him. He wants us to come to our Father's house, He wants to clothe us and give us a position in His Kingdom. He wants us to grow and become the person that He destined us to be. He wants us to be finished with the things of this world and to grow into the true spiritual beings that we are. For:

"Cursed is the man who trusts in man." Jeremiah 17:5

We cannot continue to trust that the government, our boss, our superiors will help us and look after us. They won't. Only God will.

So do not get tired of praying, do not think that God has forgotten us and that He will not help us. He is waiting for the right moment. He so loves the world and wants the best for us. He didn't send the virus, He didn't cause it, remember the prodigal son left home all on his own. But God is now waiting for us to come to the end of ourselves in the pigsty. If He intervenes too soon, He will do us an injustice. He doesn't want to leave us in the pigsty any longer. He wants to clothe us in white and wants us alongside Him, looking forward to a better future.

Now, even though I am saying that we need to wait a while before God intervenes, He will help us during this situation on an individual basis.

"Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." Jeremiah 17:7, 8

In other words, if we trust in God, we will still bear fruit and still have green leaves even though we are in the drought with the rest of the world. He will look after us when we draw on the fresh water of His Word and His Spirit. We needn't fear or be worried; He is with us in a mighty awesome way.

The point is, God wants us to be finished with the pigsty. He wants us to be finished with the mud. He doesn't want us to wallow in it any longer. He wants us free, to be the created beings we were destined to be. He has good plans for us, a future and a hope and all of it is in His Father's house. Jesus died to open up the way for us. We simply need to enter in. Therefore get up out of the mud and run to Him. He will welcome you with open arms. Trust fully in Him and be like a tree by the river, full of green leaves and fruit! The time is now. The sooner the better. This world has nothing to offer us. Our riches and glory is in Him!!

Thank you Jesus for opening up the way for us so that we needn't wallow in the mud any longer. Thank you that we can go to our Father's house and be filled with His love and life! We trust in You alone. You are our God and King. We surrender and give over. Amen

 

101. God's work in us during the coronavirus time

God gave me '100 days' in my spirit. And when I counted 100 days from 26 March when the lockdown started in South Africa I came to the 4th of July, which is Independence Day in the US. Now it doesn't matter where in the world you are, we all know that 4th of July is symbolic of independence. And that was so profound for me. God is molding us in this time, He wants us to conform to be more and more like Him during this time. He wants us to be who we are in the Spirit, because that person will live on forever and have a specific purpose in the life to come. But He wants us to grow into that person now already, because then we can have a profound impact on this world! He wants us to use this 100 days to become more and more the person that He wants us to be, a person of light, love, charity, hope, courage, joy, mercy, grace and compassion. He wants us to use this time wisely, so that at the end of the 100 days, we would have grown significantly in Him, independent from this world, and more intertwined in the spiritual world.

He gave me the following text verses for this time:

"Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like deer and the tongue of the dumb sing." Isaiah 35:5, 6

This verse was meant to be taken literally by the Jews, because all of this will be signs that the Messiah has come. Jesus indeed gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, He raised the lame to walk again and He opened the mouths of the dumb. He was wonderful and healed all who came to Him.

And today God gives these verses to us to be used on a spiritual level.

God wants to open the eyes of the people spiritually. He wants people to see who they are in the spirit. He wants them all to grow in their spirit man, because He knows once they do, they will be unstoppable in the natural. They will have a profound impact on this world. He also want them to look at the world differently, to see the world as He sees it, to look beyond the negative, but into the spiritual and what He is doing at the moment in the world.

God wants people's spiritual ears to be opened. People are normally so busy, rushed and under a lot of pressure, that they don't hear His still voice calling out to them. He wants people to be still and to know that He is God. He wants to talk to them, to direct their lives and to give them guidance on the pathway ahead. They simply need to stop running and hear what He wants to say to them.

He wants those that have been 'lame' in the spirit to rise up and do what He has called them to do. He wants those who were reluctant to give or to do the right thing, to stand up and be counted. He wants them to be His hands and feet. He wants them reaching out to others and to give them hope.

Then God also wants our mouths. He wants our mouths to glorify Him, to exalt Him on high. He doesn't want our mouths to spread negativity. Rather He wants us to encourage others with our mouths and to shout praises to His Name, as He knows that praise and worship is a very power tool in the hands of a believer.

I encourage you to allow the Lord to work in your life, to open your spiritual eyes, to hear what He wants to tell you, to then do what He wants you to do and to praise Him all the way, exalting Him and encouraging others in the process.

Then this following word will come true in your life, it is a promise from Above:

"The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad. And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing." Isaiah 35:1, 2

In other words, those areas in your life that was a wilderness and wasteland or your future that might look like one, will no longer be. The desert will start to blossom like a rose and in your rejoicing and praising of God, you will have in abundance. All glory on High!!

God is always with us, He never left us nor forsook us, He is here. Allow Him to do His perfect work in you. He wants to. He wants to lead you by the still waters; He wants to anoint your head with oil until it overflows. Allow Him to. He has a future and a hope for you. Hold on to that. Grow with Him and give Him free reign to change in your life what He wants to change. It will not be a pleasant process and it might hurt, but oh boy, the benefits that will come will be glorious and you will be so glad. A diamond is only formed out of hard ship. Your time to shine will come, it is near, keep on keeping on. He is with you!

Father thank you so much for this wonderful word. Have your way in my life; mold me to become who You created me to be. I want to, I give over. Help me to see spiritually, help me to hear clearly, help me to do what You want me to do and help me to speak only Your truth and Word! I glorify You and praise Your Name. Amen