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The Promise of Laughter

Laughter is a very important thing in a person’s life.  It can do incredible things for the body, soul, and spirit of a person.  We know in the Bible that Isaac’s (Son of Sarah and Abraham’s) name means “he laughs” or a derivative of laughter.  Abraham was the founding father of faith in the Bible.  Before Isaac was born Sarah said, “Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.”

Genesis 21:

21 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac[a] to the son Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

The Lord promised Sarah, “Laughter” and that is what she got when Isaac was born, laughter.  This is a woman who had been barren until she was 99 and she had no hope of getting a child, but God promised her a son named “Isaac”, which means laughter.

Now after Isaac was a certain age, the Lord told Abraham to go and sacrifice son, Isaac, the very one he held dear, the very thing he held precious to him, and the joy of his heart, and he told to sacrifice him at the altar, so he was in essence telling him to go and sacrifice, “Laughter” on the altar.  This was a very risky thing to do for Abraham.  He was going to have to sacrifice “Laughter”.  But just in the moment in time God told Abraham to stop.

 

Abraham Tested

22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[b] all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”

19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.

Isaac, was the joy of his heart, and it wouldn’t be easy to lose him, and yes, he did have faith that Isaac would be raised from the dead, and that’s where he was able to make the sacrifice.

How would you feel if you had to put your laughter on the altar?  Many of you probably already have, but God is not going to leave you there.  He has better things in store for you.

Isaiah 54 has this promise for all of the believers:

“O you afflicted one,
Tossed with tempest, and not comforted,
Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems,
And lay your foundations with sapphires.
12 I will make your pinnacles of rubies,
Your gates of crystal,
And all your walls of precious stones.”

The amazing thing that was it was announced that when Sarah would conceive a son, she laughed in unbelief.  She actually didn’t think it was possible.

Genesis 18 –

And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”

15 But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid.

And He said, “No, but you did laugh!”

It is better to laugh in unbelief then to cry in unbelief, but all in all it leads to the glory of God, and I still say it is better to laugh.  There is a mention of people who cried in unbelief, too.

Luke 24 –

Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles[d] from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.

17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”[e]

18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”

19 And He said to them, “What things?”

So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”

25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.

30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

Cleopas and his friends were rebuked for being sad, but Sarah was not rebuked, the Lord just made apparent what she was actually saying and her intentions.
Imagine if someone deposited into your bank account, $1 billion dollars, and you got a note from your bank that said that you had that kind of money in your bank account.  Would you believe it?  You would probably be in amazement as Sarah was and this was something considered impossible in those days.

Sometimes even with healings, because we have all these doctors and medicines, it is hard for us to actually believe in miracles these days.  It’s hard for us to believe in healings, even though we have these promises.  Sometimes we settle for the status quo because that’s all we can see, but we know that faith is not by sight.

For Sarah it was impossible to conceive the son in the natural, but supernaturally, she gave birth to the heir of a great nation and through his seed, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, Prince of Peace, the and only living Son of God, was born.

I don’t know what kind of trials you are going through, or tribulation you are going through, but just remember you have a promise of laughter, and even that you have to make a decision to take hold and seize the laughter.

You have to choices, you can either laugh or cry, and we have a better choice in laughter.

33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[d] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”- John 16:33

 

 

 

 

 

 

No weapon formed against us will prosper

If you have been watching the News, you know that there are some nations that have possessed chemical and biological weapons.

We need to wake up and pray Bride, and claim this Word – No weapon formed against us will prosper, from Psalm 54.

For the People in Israel, and the Bride of Christ. – This is a time of prophecy being fulfilled.

 

A Perpetual Covenant of Peace

54 “Sing, O barren,
You who have not borne!
Break forth into singing, and cry aloud,
You who have not labored with child!
For more are the children of the desolate
Than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord.
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings;
Do not spare;
Lengthen your cords,
And strengthen your stakes.
For you shall expand to the right and to the left,
And your descendants will inherit the nations,
And make the desolate cities inhabited.

“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed;
Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame;
For you will forget the shame of your youth,
And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.
For your Maker is your husband,
The Lord of hosts is His name;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth.
For the Lord has called you
Like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit,
Like a youthful wife when you were refused,”
Says your God.
“For a mere moment I have forsaken you,
But with great mercies I will gather you.
With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,”
Says the Lord, your Redeemer.

“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me;
For as I have sworn
That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,
So have I sworn
That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
10 For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

11 “O you afflicted one,
Tossed with tempest, and not comforted,
Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems,
And lay your foundations with sapphires.
12 I will make your pinnacles of rubies,
Your gates of crystal,
And all your walls of precious stones.
13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
And great shall be the peace of your children.
14 In righteousness you shall be established;
You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
And from terror, for it shall not come near you.
15 Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me.
Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.

16 “Behold, I have created the blacksmith
Who blows the coals in the fire,
Who brings forth an instrument for his work;
And I have created the spoiler to destroy.

Let the person with wisdom understand what this means in vs. 16.
17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.

This is a time to call for prayer and fasting not for just Israel, but for the other nations involved.  Step up Bride of Christ, and pray and claim this promise over ourselves.  This requires prayers, for those that cannot pray with fervancy, then pray with the Spirit, in all manner of prayers and supplications, and do not be lukewarm.
Heavenly Father,
We come before you as your Church, and we intercede on behalf of you with groanings and utterings, and declare your promise that NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST US WILL PROSPER, Lord we know that Your Word does not return void, so during the times and the seasons that we know, we need to put aside all foolishness, and vain teachings, but go into a spirit of intercession, quicken us, Holy Spirit, with the fire, pour out the HOly Spirit fire, that will consume us Lord with Your Passion as Your Bride, Lord God, we pray and lift up our voices to You and cry out that we may be heard among you.  Give wisdom to leaders and nations, that they may make wise decisions, and let us not be like ostriches who keep our head in the sand.  Let us wake up, and see what is going on around us.  Thank You LORD that we will not be forsaken and forgotten, and that You will protect Your Church, Your Bride, and Your Beloved nation of Israel as You have promised in Your Word.  Your Word, is Holy True, Righteous, and We proclaim, a fire and a passionate bride LORD God, Let us wake up, let us not be like the Lukewarm Church, Let us see the reality of the situation, and intercede.  We proclaim Your Word over us today, that NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST US WILL PROSPER.

IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME I PRAY!!!

 

Turn your sin into sing

Many times we are bombarded with living up to a perfect standard in Christ because we are called to be like Him.  Sometimes even the word repentance can be scary because even though it means to change your mind some people have made you think that you can lose the hedge of protection or the covering for sin or even that you might lose your salvation if you sin.  But the purpose of repentance is not to make you afraid and terrified of God so much that you cannot rest or trust in Him because you think or going to end up in a dark place or that He is going take you and tear you to shreds unless you repent.  God is a loving God and He wants you to turn your sin into singing.

If you are addicted to alcohol then He wants you to recover and be of support to people struggling with the same issue.  If you are anxious and worried and afraid He wants you turn around and comfort people who are also anxious, worried, and afraid because He knows that we have nothing to fear because He is always by our side.  Whatever your sin may be, great or small, He has already accounted for it in His provision.  It is part of His accounting system.  Like in accounting you measure the ledger by the money going out and the money coming in, He knows that His blood is on the other side of the scale of Justice to account for the sin that we have made, and for that we can rejoice.  We can also rejoice in knowing that as it says in Psalm 121 He is our Protector.  There is nothing that can change Him from who He is and it is no matter what you do it can’t change who He is.  He is our Redeemer as well as our Protector and His will is always for own best interest.  Of course there are things that we probably shouldn’t be doing because they are harmful to ourselves and others, but we don’t have to live with guilt and anxiety because of these things.  It is by His grace and His perfect measure of peace and mercy that all things work together to His divine plan and that His mercy is forever as it says in Psalm 136 – His steadfast love endures forever –

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who alone does great wonders,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who by understanding made the heavens,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who spread out the earth above the waters,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who made the great lights,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
the sun to rule over the day,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
the moon and stars to rule over the night,
for his steadfast love endures forever;

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
11 and brought Israel out from among them,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
13 to him who divided the Red Sea in two,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
15 but overthrew[a] Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
16 to him who led his people through the wilderness,
for his steadfast love endures forever;

17 to him who struck down great kings,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
18 and killed mighty kings,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
20 and Og, king of Bashan,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
21 and gave their land as a heritage,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
22 a heritage to Israel his servant,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
24 and rescued us from our foes,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
25 he who gives food to all flesh,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

In this passage it means that His steadfast love and His mercy are the same thing.  His all encompassing everlasting promising love of His will be with us always no matter what we do.

The question is once you realize that He is your Redeemer or Protector or Healer or Provider and some circumstance comes to challenge that will you still believe that is who He is?  It is that in which He is testing you on.  He is not testing you on if you are not perfect or if you lie sometimes or get angry sometimes or want to scream at the telemarketers or do things that just don’t seem like what you are supposed to be doing, will you still trust that He is your Redeemer and that He will always be your Redeemer.  The problem is that in most of these Attributes of God we don’t seem to have a problem with Him, but we often have a problem with Him being a Judge, but He judges even on the basis of the balance of what is right and wrong knowing that we have a Mighty Counselor or Advocate in Jesus Christ and that His blood washes us away from sin.

I think most of the Church has gotten off track on repentance, which is best defined as a transition from being what was once a caterpillar going into the cocoon and turning into a butterfly.  Some of us are still in the cocoon wondering when we are going to get out, but God knows when we are ready, but we must never lose our faith in the cocoon which is giving us wings so that we can fly high and soar.  Sometimes we are dismayed by all the things around us and all the challenges around us that we begin to question who Jesus is and how much He actually loves us and is Jealous for us and wants us to “change our minds about Him” – we must remember that He is Jealous.

Revelation 2 says –

2 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.

 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false.I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’

In this context the word repent means to change your mind about Christ, which is the real essence of the verse because if you look at it – they hated the deeds of the evildoers so they were not doing evil, but they had turned their minds against Christ and did not have the love that once had.  I am guessing this was because of offense, strife, and bitterness which had gotten into their hearts.  They became hard hearted toward Christ and had to turn to Him.

Revelation 2:12-17 says

To the Church in Pergamum

12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.

13 “‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did notdeny my faith[b] even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching ofBalaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. 15 So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’

I am not going into all the verses in Revelation to define the Word repent, in all these cases, but in this context it seems that Jesus is grieved by the eating of food sacrificed to idols and of fornication, and there is a deep history behind these verses that goes in with the iniquity and injustice done by these verses.

Even though we have the Blood of Jesus as our standard and measuring device by which to measure all things as they pertain to Christ, and in regard to sin, we must not let us let anyone take away from the fact that Jesus is Judge and Redeemer at the same time.  He judges injustice, but He redeems at the same time.  It is part of His divine nature to make the vessel in whichever way He created, and He prefers to use cracked pots instead of self-righteous perfect vessels.  He knows that through our weaknesses and failures and sins and iniquities that there is a prize of an upward calling, a glorious manifestation of us seated with Christ in heavenly places, but if we are so bogged down and beating ourselves up for our sins or not being able to clearly identify with Him in all His attributes.  We are called to be Christ-like, but can we really be 100% Christlike – He is our Redeemer, can we be a redeemer as well, I think not!  There is only one Redeemer and that’s Him, and there’s only One Judge and that’s Him, and in Him everything is made Righteous so to even attain such a glorious calling seems to be an unattainable aspiration. So what do we do?  We accept that we in ourselves are imperfect and that we must stop trying to work in our selves to earn a place in God’s respect, and just accept that we are lost and helpless and we need a Savior, and that the very sin that we commit is going to turn into beauty for someone else.

I have done things before I was Christian which I regret dearly, and I now can thank God that He has changed me, but I still am a work in progress and sure there are things I don’t understand right now like Bible Prophecy, but that doesn’t change the fact that God is who He says He is.  Sometimes as I read on one blogpost, we read the Bible and think it is about us, but it is not – it is all about Him, and everything in the world is about Him, and it is His story, so we should rejoice in that fact.  We don’t see Him as Healer because we haven’t identified with Him as that – that takes a personal revelation from Him, that comes from Him.

13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.

15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed[d] in heaven.”

This rock – means firmness and strength of a man’s soul –

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Jesus changed Simon’s name to mean firmness and strength and do you know why?  He would have to have this identity because Jesus knew that Peter would deny Him three times, and He knew that while he professed in his own strength to have enough courage and steadiness not to deny Christ, He in the end would be turned away from Christ.  So in this revelation of Christ as the Son of the living God, His identity is revealed to Peter.  So has the identity of Christ as your Redeemer been revealed to you?  Has the identity of Christ as your Savior been revealed to you?  Only the Father will be able to reveal this to you.  But if you seek it out in His Word, it can clearly be seen.  So what attribute of God has been revealed to you and do you still hold on to that promise?  Will you when you sin instead of mourning and grieving over your sin, will you make it an opportunity to sing?

Yes God is Holy, but to call ourselves unholy will grieve the Holy Spirit and wreck havoc to us because it is by faith that we are made holy, we are to call things that are not as though they are and in this we can find perfect peace.  But until we come complete revelation of Him as our Redeemer we will be wrestling with our sins, guilt, shame, fear, and pain, until we realize that Jesus has came and done it once and for all!!!