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When Elijah turns into King Ahab

In the book of 1 Kings 18 –

It says beginning at verse 1-

1 Kings 18

Amplified Bible (AMP)

18 After many days, the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.

So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria.

And Ahab called Obadiah, who was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly;

For when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water.)

And Ahab said to Obadiah, Go into the land to all the fountains of water and to all the brooks; perhaps we may find grass to keep the horses and mules alive, that we lose none of the beasts.

So they divided the land between them to pass through it. Ahab went one way and Obadiah went another way, each by himself.

As Obadiah was on the way, behold, Elijah met him. He recognized him and fell on his face and said, Are you my lord Elijah?

He answered him, It is I. Go tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here.

And he said, What sin have I committed, that you would deliver your servant into the hands of Ahab to be slain?

10 As the Lord your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my lord has not sent to seek you. And when they said, He is not here, he took an oath from the kingdom or nation that they had not found you.

11 And now you say, Go tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here.

12 And as soon as I have gone out from you, the Spirit of the Lord will carry you I know not where; so when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me. But I your servant have feared and revered the Lord from my youth.

13 Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the Lord, how I hid a hundred men of the Lord’s prophets by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water?

14 And now you say, Go tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here; and he will kill me.

15 Elijah said, As the Lord of hosts lives, before Whom I stand, I will surely show myself to Ahab today.

16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

17 When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, Are you he who troubles Israel?

18 Elijah replied, I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father’s house, by forsaking the commandments of the Lord and by following the Baals.

19 Therefore send and gather to me all Israel at Mount Carmel, and the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of [the goddess] Asherah, who eat at [Queen] Jezebel’s table.

20 So Ahab sent to all the Israelites and assembled the prophets at Mount Carmel.

21 Elijah came near to all the people and said, How long will you halt and limp between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him! But if Baal, then follow him. And the people did not answer him a word.

22 Then Elijah said to the people, I, I only, remain a prophet of the Lord, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men.

23 Let two bulls be given us; let them choose one bull for themselves and cut it in pieces and lay it on the wood but put no fire to it. I will dress the other bull, lay it on the wood, and put no fire to it.

24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the One Who answers by fire, let Him be God. And all the people answered, It is well spoken.

25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, Choose one bull for yourselves and dress it first, for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.

26 So they took the bull given them, dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, O Baal, hear and answer us! But there was no voice; no one answered. And they leaped upon or limped about the altar they had made.

27 At noon Elijah mocked them, saying, Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is musing, or he has gone aside, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.

28 And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with knives and lances until the blood gushed out upon them.

29 Midday passed, and they played the part of prophets until the time for offering the evening sacrifice, but there was no voice, no answer, no one who paid attention.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, Come near to me. And all the people came near him. And he repaired the [old] altar of the Lord that had been broken down [by Jezebel].

31 Then Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be your name.

32 And with the stones Elijah built an altar in the name [and self-revelation] of the Lord. He made a trench about the altar as great as would contain two measures of seed.

33 He put the wood in order and cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood and said, Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and the wood.

34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.

35 The water ran round about the altar, and he filled the trench also with water.

36 At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and that I have done all these things at Your word.

37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You, the Lord, are God, and have turned their hearts back [to You].

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice and the wood and the stones and the dust, and also licked up the water that was in the trench.

39 When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and they said, The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!

40 And Elijah said, Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one escape. They seized them, and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and [as God’s law required] slew them there.

41 And Elijah said to Ahab, Go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of abundance of rain.

42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he bowed himself down upon the earth and put his face between his knees

43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up and looked and said, There is nothing. Elijah said, Go again seven times.

44 And at the seventh time the servant said, A cloud as small as a man’s hand is arising out of the sea. And Elijah said, Go up, say to Ahab, Hitch your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.

45 In a little while, the heavens were black with wind-swept clouds, and there was a great rain. And Ahab went to Jezreel.

46 The hand of the Lord was on Elijah. He girded up his loins and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel [nearly twenty miles].

I want you to take a good look at the characters of Elijah and the characters of King Ahab.  Jezebel was a key woman in the two of these men’s lives, and the woman Jezebel was making it very hard for Elijah to fulfill His calling to do miracles, as he was called to do miracles.  If men that are called to do miracles listen to the wrong women, someone with an Elijah anointing can turn into a King Ahab.

You can read about King Ahab yourself, and he wasn’t all that bad, but he led the nation of Israel toward destruction and Israel is a type and shadow of the Church.

When we let that woman Jezebel – who according to I believe it was “End of the Age by Irvin Baxter” but I could be mistaken.  There was the woman Jezebel who is much different than the one in the end of the Book of Revelation.  It takes a very unChrist-like attitude to blanket anyone who seems to commit fornication into a blanket label as that “Jezebel spirit” because they are two different people, and I am talking about the one in the Old Testament – who was with King Ahab.  This woman had so much control over her husband that she would not let him do anything.  Come on we all know women like that.  They may feel insecure about their womenhood so they become ultrapossessive, but they don’t believe that God has the best plan for their lives.  In essence they rip friendships apart.  The thing is that King Ahab should have known better, he should have known better than to believe Jezebel.  She was not good for him.  Maybe if you were to pick another woman for King Ahab and go back and forth through time and pick out the best woman for King Ahab, not that he needed the best one, but maybe Mary Magdalene, or the woman at the well would have been better.  We really don’t know.

Tyre is the throne where – the enemy dwells.  NOT to be confused with McIntyre or MacIntyre

MacIntyre or Macintyre (Gaelic Mac an t-Saoir) is a Scottish surname, of Gaelic origin,[1] relating to Clan MacIntyre. Its meaning is “Son of the Carpenter”.[1]

  1. ^ a b Harrison, Henry (1969). Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary. 2. Genealogical Publishing Company. p. 5.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacIntyre

If you really want to read about Gaelic culture I would recommend “Scarlet” by Alexandra Ripley – the book was ok, I didn’t  like it as much as the first one, and looking back I don’t like either one of those books.  Compared to them – Hinds Feet in High Places by Hannah Hurnard, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, and the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers were awesome, but not as good as the Osiris Rex Complex, which is the subject I am going to delve into today.

There is the role of men in particular – you can watch out for this in the TV hit series “Do No Harm.” – the doctor has a “multiple personality disorder” – but in this case it is the man who has been taken control of by his wife.  She dominates him, and won’t let him be free to explore the part of him that is a man and is able to have attractive female friends, that may or may not imagine them when they go use the restroom.

It’s not Jezebel’s job to micromanage everything that King Ahab does.  Jezebel was so strong, that Elijah, ran scared.  Imagine you being a friend of King Ahab or Elijah, and talking to Jezebel on the phone, let’s say King Ahab –

“Why do you want to talk to my husband?”

Her intimidating tone just sends you in the opposite direction.  You’ve had one too many altercations with this Jezebel woman.  You want to just throw her under the bus.  You want to tell her that  he being Elijah, that you made the Ezekiel cake, and now she’s just furious that you want to speak to Elijah/King Ahab.  If that makes sense.

So what do you do – you cut the conversation short.  But something has to be done to free King Ahab from Jezebel.  She’s going to ruin the Church.  Plus she’s got the purse strings, she controls the money, and she’s got the power.  She’s very controlling and manipulative.  Which makes you very controlling and manipulative and you are trying to wipe Jesus feet with your tears, and here comes this woman Jezebel trying to make your friend Elijah/King Ahab.  King Ahab was blinded.  He was selfish and ignorant.   If Mary Magdalene had come to Elijah would he have turned her away no, he would have done the right thing.  But King Ahab because he was under control of Jezebel.  He suffered, and his fall was great.  There is a nursery rhyme that goes. –

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

All the king’s horse’s

All the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

So that is a warning for King Ahab not to trust Jezebel.  Plus Mary Magdalene should never have let Jezebel read her blog.  !!!!!!

 

 

Tribe of Joseph vs. Tribe of Benjamin

Apparently  I have a crush and am decided by no accident between two guys – Joseph and Benjamin, which led me directly to this Scripture. —–Genesis 35:24 – The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.  A couple of the guy crushes I had were named Benny, and now they are preoccupied with other things, but now that I am narrowing down my search as Bachelorette of America, I am down to Joseph and Benjamin, which moves me to find out everything I can about the Tribe of Joseph and the Tribe of Benjamin.  Philipp Daniels who wrote a fascinating book on transformation and God’s promises, which I must confess I didn’t go through the whole thing because I didn’t agree that you necessarily, have to do your quiet time, – “first thing in the morning.”, but that book has a great anointing on it and you can find it on the Sid Roth show, but I have to admit that Sid Roth is wrong on a couple of things, that God is not going to hold you in judgment for being yourself, yes there are things that you can do that are bad, but those people probably even wouldn’t be reading this post.  Let God be the Judge, I am not getting in the middle.  Anyway, back to the tribe of Joseph and the tribe of Benjamin. 

Benjamin was her (Rachel’s) first born son and his name meant “son of my sorrow” or Benoni, if I’m not mistaken.  You can check it out yourself.  She thought she was going to die giving birth, but then Rachel’s husband, Jacob, whose hip got thwarted by God for asking for a blessing, much like He did to me, held her hand, and he’s the one that changed his name.  So now his name is the “son of my right hand”.

I would like to extrapolate on these verses right now:  Exodus 15:6,12: Psalm. 110:1,5: Mt. 26:64; Mark. 14:62: Mark 14:62;16:19, Luke 20:42, 32:69, ACTS 2:13:33-34, 5:31 7:55:56, Romans 8:34, Ephesians 1:20, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 1:3.

So Abram said to Lot, Let there be no strife, I beg of you, between you and me, or between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are relatives.

Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself, I beg of you, from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if you choose the right hand, then I will go to the left.

10 And Lot looked and saw that everywhere the Jordan Valley was well watered. Before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, [it was all] like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as you go to Zoar.

11 Then Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley and [he] traveled east. So they separated.

Genesis 13 – Interesting political commentary for America, as Americans we need to be Democrats, and not Republicans or else we’ll be like Lot, 😛  I think Bill Gates was like Abraham, very rich in livestock and gold, so now we know that he is a Democrat. 

Joseph Dreams of Greatness

37 Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. This is the story of the family of Jacob.

Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a helper to the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves.[a] But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him.

Once Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream that I dreamed. There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright; then your sheaves gathered around it, and bowed down to my sheaf.” His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Are you indeed to have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more because of his dreams and his words.

He had another dream, and told it to his brothers, saying, “Look, I have had another dream: the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him, and said to him, “What kind of dream is this that you have had? Shall we indeed come, I and your mother and your brothers, and bow to the ground before you?” 11 So his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

Joseph Is Sold by His Brothers

12 Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. 13 And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” He answered, “Here I am.” 14 So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock; and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron.

He came to Shechem, 15 and a man found him wandering in the fields; the man asked him, “What are you seeking?” 16 “I am seeking my brothers,” he said; “tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.” 17 The man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan. 18 They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. 19 They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. 20 Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” 21 But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” 22 Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father. 23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves[b] that he wore; 24 and they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.

25 Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. 26 Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers agreed. 28 When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

29 When Reuben returned to the pit and saw that Joseph was not in the pit, he tore his clothes. 30 He returned to his brothers, and said, “The boy is gone; and I, where can I turn?” 31 Then they took Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat, and dipped the robe in the blood. 32 They had the long robe with sleeves[c] taken to their father, and they said, “This we have found; see now whether it is your son’s robe or not.” 33 He recognized it, and said, “It is my son’s robe! A wild animal has devoured him; Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces.” 34 Then Jacob tore his garments, and put sackcloth on his loins, and mourned for his son many days. 35 All his sons and all his daughters sought to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and said, “No, I shall go down to Sheol to my son, mourning.” Thus his father bewailed him. 36 Meanwhile the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.

Genesis 49:27 says -“Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; In the morning he shall devour the prey, And at night he shall divide the spoil.”

So about these two guys – Joseph and Benjamin, Joseph acts more like Benjamin in the Bible, and Benjamin acts more like Joseph.  Ultimately I have to choose.  Dr.  Ben would be optimal because he’s a doctor but I didn’t sense any equal affection for me unless he was playing hard to get.  and  Joseph is acting like a ravenous wolf sometimes, but I believe he’s my soulmate.  Dr. Ben is like the new wine, that doesn’t go into the old wineskins, So that means changes for me.  So I pray that the Lord lead me in the right (no pun intended) direction as I pray and seek His face. 

Be back later, signing off. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being in love

When you’re in love, and sometimes it just changes you from the inside out.  It makes your head spin like you’re going in the air.  I was listening to some Air Traffic Control pilots going through the air, and they were talking about how planes work.  Planes work in a way that is so amazing.  That’s the same way it is with the Lord.  The Lord loves us.  Sometimes, when you get to that intimate place with the Lord, and He’s just about to whisper sweet nothings into your ear, and tell you how much He loves you, and then your mother comes into the room, and disturbs the quiet surrender to the Holy Spirit.  All you want is Him, but his rod is like a paddle that you hit yourself with on the bottom when you get into trouble.  But nonetheless.  The Lord is gracious and slow to anger, and good to all.  He loves each of us so tremendously.  Sometimes when we’re struggling just to make it through the night, He carries the badge of honor that says to the dear soldier, that you, son are mine.  But for the bride, and I know men, you cannot imagine what it is to be a bride, and you’d rather be like eunuchs, which according to one definition in the Blue Letter Bible is “an effeminate man.”  I don’t need to even go there, make your own judgment call on that one.  I have no biases.  I want all people to be blessed, and if they get offended, that that is their problem.  But the Love of God is so immense for us.  It is beyond what we can do or say or think and it is above measure.  We are His children dear saints, and He loves us so dearly.  He has called us His bride for a reason.  One Scripture verse that really bothers me is that “anointing is without repentence.”  Sometimes it’s hard to believe that because is it true that if you’re operating out of love you’ll have it just flowing out of you.  It’s like an Earthquake, let’s go higher soundtrack by Jordan Knight (CASHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNG)  You’ll have this love radiating out of you.  It’s like the tender caresses of the beach upon the ocean as the tides go rippling on the sand, and the Lord takes you by His side, and He just looks into your eyes, and says, “I love you, and He just lets you cry in His arms, and He just sits down with you, and like the adulterous woman He says, I forgive you.  I have washed you clean.  Don’t think about that stuff anymore, I just want you well.  I want you to know how much I love you and I have always been by your side.  I have been wherever you want to be.  This is real.  This is where we are, just you and me in the beach of paradise, and nothing can harm us anymore.  In this paradise you can pick from any tree and it will be yours, and yes even the mangos don’t have cyanide in them anymore.  Believe me, I love you, I care for you.  I think about you all the time.  You are my special princess, and I just want you to know that I love you until the darkness flees away and goes back into the quasar in which it belongs, but as for us we will have our quiet time.  Our time of solid surrender and peace and love.  I need you as much as you need me.  Don’t you see that we cannot be separated, my love my bride.  Don’t you see, that you have gone to the Cross for me too?  Not by a physical death, but by the very tearing of your soul to shreds because of the way you have gone through the “blender of theology” for me.  Now you’re whole and you’re one, and guess what I peaced you together, with my spirit.  I knit you and ordained you and established you as mine, my precious bride, the one I love.  Whenever one part was hitting on the other, or another part was just falling to pieces, or when one part was just not working right at all and you were thinking what’s wrong with this part.  This part was the one that I hold dearly.  It is where I put the Yud in my name, which created, the “Y” and it is why I chose the English alphabet to symbolize that to show that in the Y he has put His mark on His bride, the woman.”

I don’t know what my response would to be to a statement such as that, but I would be like Tom Cruise and say, “You had me at Hello.”  You had me at “Hello.”  Those secret words that made Tom Cruise jump on the couch on Oprah’s show, yes Oprah the New Age insanity queen with Deepak Chopra, Tom Cruise, was in love, even though he was a scientologist, but they were not wrong on one point.  The DSM-V is a big joke.  Oprah’s got the most beautiful rose Garden, but it’s sad to see that she doesn’t realize that there is a man that can love her even more than Stedmont can, there is a man that can love her deep in her soul.  The very thing that has set the black woman free in these ages like Harriet Tubman who give Sasha and Malia (Obama)  someone to look forward too, and that is the Freedom that Christ died to give, but it is much more than freedom.  It is a love.  It is a love that captures the heart and spins circles around us.  It is the very thing that we’ve all been waiting for.  It is our Prince, no not the singer, even though he did give Diamonds and Pearls.  I don’t want any harsh textual critics to look at this peace and say it is just a bunch of fluff, because this is coming from my heart, and I really mean it when I say it, but Our Master, our Jehovah, Abba, Jesus Christ, YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

Very much like the sound of many waters, or like the sound of sprinklers going off at 2 AM, and then you’re woken up by a kiss and you don’t know if it’s him…..so then JESUS CHRIST, He loves us and He will avenge His bride.  Anyone who takes avenge on His bride will see the wrath of God upon them sevenfold, and the reason why I am saying this is because we have got to get rid of violence in this society.  And things like gay marriage.  I know that some people say it’s bigotry.  But we are more than our physical bodies.  We have a soul, and a spirit.  If you’re in love with a guy and you’ve never heard him talk that deeply about his spiritual side because he’s afraid or he doesn’t want to admit it, then maybe he’s not worth having.  Maybe it’s better to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit, Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, KIndness, Goodness, My favorite Gentleness, Faithfulness, and Self-Control my least favorite.  Think about how we can harmonize the whole world by just the simple acts of love.  Keep holding on to love.  It’s what holds the world together.  It’s the core of the Earth – Core, Crust, Mantle.  not CCIM,  Yes Crust like Pie or Pizza Crust.  Core like Apple and it also probably comes from the word where we get Corinthians from.  Lord help to get through this posting, I am tired but I must preach.

Sometimes all you want to do is to go and be in a hole in a dark dark hole and never come out.  But Jesus has conquered death and He said in His word, “I have come so that you may have life and life more abundantly.”

Heavenly Father,

 

We speak blessing and favor over you today – We speak soundness of mind, prosperity, peace, deliverance, happiness joy, and long life over you and most of all a Merry and a Funky Christmas, just remember not burn St. Nick’s rear end.

IN Jesus Mighty name I pray,

 

Amen.

This One’s for the Children

This One’s for the children
I consider you guys to watch this video, there are so many suffering children in these world, and as a body of Christ, we have to do something.  This is the only way I can my impact on the world, but the children need to be reached.  This is God’s cry in His heart right now.  He wants to help heal children that have been hurt and suffer tremendous obstacles in their life.  We as a nation and a people must come together to help children, disabled, abused, and reach out to our neighbors.  Find out who needs our help and find ways to help them.  This is what we must do.  I hope someone reads this.

 

Never Alone – Jordan Knight

This songs are so prophetic, both Joey and Jordan are so prophetic. – I can’t get the youtube uploaded yet, but the lyrics are so powerful.  Sometimes during the darkest times in our lives we feel like God has left us, and we need to know that there is an army of people watching out for us, so I would like to thank Jordan Knight for making this song.

 

Never Alone

(Alone, alone, alone, alone)

You’re fighting for your very life
It’s cold outside
You’re looking for an answer
You took a wrong turn and you lost your way

When it rains, it pours
And you don’t wanna fight no more
Take a look out in the distance
I’ll be the light that you’ve been missing

(Chorus)
I don’t want you to think that you’re here all alone
I know sometimes it can feel like you’re out on your own
I’ll be the rock that’ll never break
Shoulder that you need to lean on
For you, I’m never too far away,
As long as I’m here,
You’ll never be alone
Alone, alone, alone, alone
You’ll never be alone
Alone, alone, alone, alone

You don’t have to be afraid
Or be ashamed
Just be what God made you
Let the world know just who you are

You’re invincible
So you don’t have to hide no more
Take a look out in the distance
Go and see what you’ve been missing

(Repeat Chorus)

When you don’t feel the love
Just know that you’re good enough
You don’t have to walk alone tonight, tonight…..

Alone, alone, alone, alone

I don’t want you to think that you’re here all alone
I know sometimes it can feel like you’re out on your own
I’ll be the rock that’ll never break
The shoulder that you need to lean on
For you, I’m never too far away
As long as I’m here you’ll never be alone
Alone, alone, alone, alone
You’ll never be alone,
Alone, alone, alone, alone,
You’ll never be alone
You’ll never be alone.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having God sized eyes

This is a follow up to my post on God loves the mediocre or average person.  There are so many negative influences in our lives.  I believe everyone has a purpose, and some people don’t have dreams, but unless you never talk to anyone all day long everyday  of your life, each person has something somewhere that God wants to accomplish and you just don’t what your life means to someone somewhere.  Every life has purpose.

When God looks at a person – does He see the pit they are in?  Does He see the dismay and the despair?  No He sees the beauty and the amazement and the awe and the wonder that each person He has bestowed upon their life.  Yes it is true that some people go to work, come home, eat, and watch television and think that that’s all there is.  But do you know just by you being alive and being there that you have affected someone somewhere.  You have made an impact on a person somewhere in their life, that they can look back and say – if it weren’t for them I wouldn’t have been where I am today.  Each person has value.

If you don’t believe me read these parts of Psalm 139 –

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[b]
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

The problem is that we don’t believe these things about ourselves.  We believe all these lies and negativity all around us from everywhere that we don’t see that God has something wonderful in store for each of us.  He has given us a gift of being born into this world.

Jesus said “So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”  Matthew 17:20

Do you know how much faith is a mustard seed?  It’s very small.  It doesn’t require much faith.

So if faith is not the missing link, then what is?  It is the vision.  Proverbs 29:18 – 18 Where there is no vision, the people perish.

You cannot go searching for a vision, but God will give it to you at the right time.  The Wright Brothers had a vision to build an airplane.  If you look at the heroes of faith, they all had a vision, and their vision was a promise of an eternal city, but they also had been given promises in their life.

By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.

By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; [a] for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child[b] when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

The Heavenly Hope

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them,[c] embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

The Faith of the Patriarchs

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,”[d] 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.

The Faith of Moses

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.

24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in[e] Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.

By Faith They Overcame

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. 31 By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.

32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again.

Even though we have a Heavenly Hope, which is in Christ Jesus does not mean, that should live life on earth as if we were worthless and not worth anything.  Each person is worth something and God has a plan for each of them.

Because of the drastic negative outlook of people around us, believers, preachers, unbelievers, around us, we all see through dark colored glasses not seeing the immensity of greatness that God sees around us.  He sees the amazement.  Everything was created by Him and for Him and for His good pleasure, and in knowing that we must know that God has something special planned for each one of us, but a certain force has blinded our eyes to see the truth.  As if it depends on us to do something.  A lot of money doesn’t mean much, neither does distances traveled.  You can have tremendous impact on someone’s life just sitting at home and being on your computer.  It’s the power of a word.  It’s what word, though, do we speak?  Do we speak words, that make others look at their lives and think pitiful thoughts about themselves?  Or do we speak life?  Do we speak the Word of Jesus?  Or do we speak man made conjecture?  Do we add faith to faith or do we add doubt with faith?  Do we make people realize how limited they are in the natural?  Or do we say that we walk by faith and not by “sight”?  Vision is an amazing thing – it shows us how we are, and it is by faith in God that this vision is operated.

Do we have God sized eyes, do we see ourselves as someone born with a purpose?  Or do we see ourselves as someone who is just mediocre, because either someone has told us that, or because we believe that about ourselves?  We are not mediocre!!!  There is no such thing as mediocrity.

It is because we don’t have faith in the God of the Bible, and vision, and the ability to see ourselves the way that God sees us and in a sense have lost our identity.  Whose eyes are you looking through, dear friends?

Mark 10:27 With men it may be impossible, but with God all things are possible!!!  Even the miraculous!!!