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Monday, April 30, 2018

Is God Working His Plans Behind The Scenes?

King Ahasuerus of Susa, covering 127 provinces from Ethiopia to India was having a mega feast. During this event, Queen Vashti dishonors and disrespected the King. Her actions caused him to get rid of her and begin a search for a new queen.
A young beautiful Jewish girl named Esther was chosen. Her parents were killed during the Babylon invasion and destruction of Jerusalem. Was God working a plan behind the scenes in the selection of Esther? She was also the niece of Mordecai who would play a major roll in Israel’s coming deliverance.
While sitting at the Kings gates, Mordecai overhears a plot to kill King Ahasuerus. God would use this to start a domino effect in saving all of Israel. Mordecai reveals this evil to Esther, which she revealed to the King. Both men were hung in their failed assassination attempt.
Haman, the King's chosen, one-day demises a plan to kill all of the Jews in 127 provinces. Mordecai catches wind of his actions and goes to Esther. While men are bowing down to Haman, Mordecai refuses to bow, and in Haman’s anger, he builds gallows to have him hung.
Mordecai says to Esther, “Who knoweth if you have been brought to the kingdom for such a time as this.” She finds favor in the eyes of the King and he invites her in to hear her request. There, she invites the King and Haman to a special dinner designed for both of them.
The night before the dinner, the king couldn’t sleep, so as he was reading the chronicles, He reads where Mordecai saved his life, He asks, “Was anything done to reward Mordecai for his actions? “Nothing.” He invites Haman in and asks, “What should a King do to honor someone whom he delights?” Haman says, "Put him on the King's horse and in the royal apparel, and parade him down the streets." The King said, “Put it into motion for Mordecai.” Can you imagine the look on Haman’s face?
In Gods timing, Esther has her dinner for the King and Haman. There she reveals how there is a plan to destroy all her Jewish people in 127 provinces. The king said, “Esther, tell me who has devised such a plan?” Haman is the man and has also built gallows to kill Mordecai.
That night Haman was hung on the gallows he built for Mordecai. The king reversed the wicked plans of Haman and all of Israel is saved. God is always working behind the scenes even when we don’t realize it. He’s also working behind the scenes for you. “Right Now.”

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Little Is Much When It’s In God’s Hands

From (2 Kings 4:1-7) A widow woman from the sons of the prophets came to Elisha and said, “My husband is dead, and the creditor has come to take my two sons to become his slaves. What am I going to do now?” Elisha asks, what do you have left in your house? She said, “I have nothing left but a jar of oil.” Elisha said, "Go borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not a few.”

The widow obeyed the word of the Lord and borrowed the vessels she could find. As she began to pour out the little oil she had into the empty vessels, she filled up the empty vessels until she poured into the last vessel and then the oil stopped. Then she took the vessels of oil and paid her debts and her two sons and she lived off the rest.

The enemy wants you to focus on the nothing you have instead of what you do have. Elisha saw the miracle in the little she did haveYou and I “have to do our part” if God is going to do His part. Most of us have come to a place when we didn’t know what our next move was in our desperate situation.

How will we get the money to pay the mortgage, to pay the car payment, to buy our next meal? Where will we find the resources, the people, the talent, the staff, the workers, and the people to move forward with the vision? Look to God and not a man. Little is much when it’s in God’s hands. 

Pray this prayer TODAY, Lord, I looked to YOU and I surrender my thoughts, my ways, my spirit, my heart, soul, mind, and strength into your will and plans. I am not my own, I have been bought with a price and will glorify you with what I have left.

I give you my time, my resources, my all in all to see you multiply what I can’t do on my own. I commit everything to you in doing my part with my faith and confidence, believing that you will do your part.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Let God Show-Off For You (4)

Three Hebrew God-fearing men in Daniel 3 would not bow down to the pressures of King Neb that said, “You either bow or burn in my furnace.” Life can get interesting to say the least. Can you remember a time that you were in your own pressure cooker at work; your college life, a major setback, an Irma, where you almost drown in your pain?

Whoever said that we were exempt from pain and problems? These men told King Neb, you can turn up the fire all you want, but we will not bow down to your god. So the King turned up the heat seven times hotter.

To give you some points of reference, one can feel a burning feeling on their skin at 111 and will receive a first degree burn at 118 °F, second degree burn at 131 °F.  At 140 °F, the pain receptors overload and become numb.  At 162 °F, human tissue is destroyed on contact.  And, for an extreme point of reference, bodies are cremated between 1400 – 1800.  We see that the fire immediately killed the men who took  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to the door of the fire.  Because of the properties of fires below, we know that the fire was at least 1,000 °. Can you even imagine the heat from this fire?  I would bet you could feel the heat hundreds of feet away from the door. 

Are you feeling the heat in your situation? Notice their faith and determination of regardless if He delivers us or not, we still won’t bow.
Yes, The Lord did show up in the fiery furnace and not one hair was singed from their head, not even the smell of smoke on their clothes, they were determined, they were not going to wimp out. These men walked in the fire but did not walk away from their faith.

Friend, If you never faced a problem, how are you going to know just how GREAT your God is? Let God show-off for you in your dilemma, in your heated difficulty, in your darkness, in your despair, or your depression. This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. Allow God to Glow and Show-off for you and through you today.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Let God Show-Off for You (3)

In my devotion today I read, “Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen.” Ps 77:19 Have you ever questioned your GPS navigation along the way? I have, and I’ve also questioned the Lord in why this way?
Why would God lead Israel out of Egypt toward the way and the path of the Red Sea? Can you image the grumbling going on among Israel? Some must have been saying, “Why is Moses taking us in this direction? Doesn’t he realize that there’s no bridge to get us across the great waters of the Red Sea? What kind of leader is Moses anyway?
Is God leading you today right toward your own Red Sea? The reason we have THE WORD is to meditate on the great stories of Gods incredible power. That’s what builds our faith when we face our own situations. God enjoys “Showing-off” His mighty wonderful power in the midst of your impossible situations.
 YES, King Pharaoh determined Israel was trapped in the wilderness, and Israel’s God had made a huge miscalculation. Did God miss it this time? Was Gods GPS off, and was He wrong this time? That was the chatter among the Israelites.
“NO,” God is always on point, He’s always one, two, three steps ahead of the enemy. God knew exactly what He was doing. This was a divine set-up to destroy Israel’s enemy. With God’s nostrils, He blew a hole through the Red Sea and some commentators believe, five miles wide to get 2 to 3 million people across the great waters on DRY ground.
Don’t tell me God won’t show –off his power to show you “He’s Greater” than any force mounted against you. In the end, Israel’s enemy drowns in the Red Sea and Israel is on the other side dancing in a victory that there is “No other” like their Jehovah God. Trust Him, friend, “He is the way, the truth, and the life.” Even when you question what’s next?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Let God “Show-off” for YOU (2)

David learned early in life, battles and struggles are part of life. FOCUS on the Prize and not the pain or the problems. A wide receiver once said, “I know when I catch the football, there is going to be some pain, but I need to catch the ball because there’s going to be pain whether I catch it or drop it.”
David was in what seemed an impossible battle in fighting the giant Goliath. What GIANT are you up against today? You may be saying, “How am I going to pay my taxes or raise my teenager whose in rebellion, or my spouse has walked out on our relationship, or I was just laid off from my job, or the doctor just gave me a bad report.”
David would face pain in dealing with Goliath. Yes, he won the battle but His brothers thought he had no business in facing a giant. King Saul became so jealous when he defeated Goliath and started a plan to kill David from that day forward, Pain, Problems, “YES.”

Let God Show-off for you today, He never said this life would be all smooth sailing, but He did say, “In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.” He’s got a Plan and a Prize. Go ahead, get your hands on the ball because there will be some pain regardless. But in the end, you’ll cross the Winning line because He’s calling the plays and fighting for you every step of the way.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Let God “Show-off” for YOU (1)

Gideon was in a difficult place when Israel was under attack from the Midianites. Gideon only had 32,000 soldiers, when the enemy had 135,000. God says to Gideon, “You have too many with you.” What could God have been thinking? He knew that when Israel won the battle, they would say, “Look what our hands have done.” Pride my friend is a dangerous sin that destroys men.

When God trimmed down Gideon’s army, he went from 32,000 men to 300 men. God says, “Now you're ready for the battle.” If you do the math, that’s 400 to 1. What do you do when the odds are against you? Let God show His hand, His might, His power, His anointing.

What are you up against today? Does it look as if you’re going under? Does it appear that you're going to lose this battle with your health, your job, your finances, your marriage, your kids, your home, your dream, your future? God specializes in taking the underdog and causing them to rise higher than the odds against them.

Think about David fighting a giant Goliath, Three Hebrew men against King Nebuchadnezzar's fiery furnace, Elisha surrounded by the Syrian Army, Our Lord Jesus and the Roman soldiers who placed Him on the cross. Add up all the moments that Gods sons and daughters were out-numbered and HE always steps in and SHOWS-OFF His mighty power.

Jesus gave His life so we might WIN regardless of the odds against us. Let him fight for you today. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. If God be for us who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)Israel won the battle because God is for His kids. Let Him, show-off, His power and might for you today.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Gideon's Divine Encounter

Will God answer with Signs for your “Next Step” in life? As a child of God, one of the sweetest words you’ll ever hear from the Lord is, “I am with you.” In Judges 6, in the midst of Israel’s disobedience, God turns them over to the Midianites.
But God tells Gideon in Judges 6:12 “I am with you.” He calls Gideon to lead Israel back from their waywardness of Baal into a dimension of the “Only One True God.” Israel’s heart had grown cold and was under the oppression of the Midianites for seven long years.
In the midst of chaos and confusion, God shows Gideon in his own time of worship to offer his father’s bull as a burnt offering, and tear down the god of Baal and build an altar to God. After confirmation from the Lord, Gideon takes ten men with him in the night and tears down Baal and builds an altar to God.
Again and again, God confirms to him, “I am with you.” Gideon would be used by God to see Israel delivered from the hand of the enemy.
There is nothing wrong in asking God to confirm to you, your Next Step. Is He working for you and with you doing His Will and Plan? Mark Batterson says, “Prayer is the difference between you fighting for God and God fighting for you.” Don’t underestimate your time of worship with Him, He is there and will direct and lead you in your Next Step in life.