Part of moving down the road is recognizing the resources you have available to you. Remember we are incomplete, it’s not all about you. We are in this together and we all must head in a joint direction. We need each other our survival and the fruit we bear depend on it.
It is impossible to do it alone. We need each other to make it.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Hebrews 10:23-25 NIV
Goats, sheep, cattle and many other mammals are herd animals. They rely on a relationship with one another for a level of mutual benefit. This same type of behavior is common in humans as well. Think about it for a second, what difference does it make in your day when someone smiles at you or acknowledges you in a positive manner. How does it feel when they don’t?
We all have to head in a joint direction. There are tons of self-help books and messages about self-focus. Though personal reflection is important, there is a tremendous importance on the group dynamic in our lives.
“So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat. Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.” Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.” Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.” Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work. From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me. Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!” So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out. At that time I also said to the people, “Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and as workers by day.” Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.”
Nehemiah 4:6-23 NIV
Our survival and fruit depend on each other. God knew we couldn’t be alone. That is why in the beginning He designed Eve, family, marriage and more. Battles are won with armies. Farmers are most successful with coops. We need each other to survive just as much as we need each other to grow.
“Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.” The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places. This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?” “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.” “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city. When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked. Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria. After they entered the city, Elisha said, “ Lord, open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the Lord opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria. When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?” “Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.” So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory.”
2 Kings 6:8-23 NIV
Together as a team, we will continue to change the world for Christ. We will also learn from one another while nurturing one another.
“The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.”
Proverbs 12:15 NIV
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”
Romans 15:5-7 NIV
“As iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens [and influences] another [through discussion].”
PROVERBS 27:17 AMP
Though sparks may fly we ultimately help each other become masterpieces God intended.
“Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.””
Judges 16:26 NIV
So, the person holding onto you and walking beside you may be the precursor to your miracle. Let them help you glorify God. We need each other in church and our lives. Everyone has a significant impact on someone else. We can be the miracle answered prayer or prayer warrior for our brothers and sisters. No matter how far down the road you are on with your specific purpose remember your brothers and sisters are somewhere near. God put them in your life for a reason.
Just when everything is going well the challenges come in life. These burdens are not for us to decide.
The spirit of the Lord is our guide. Burdens are too heavy, and we need to stop carrying them. It’s simply unproductive.
Matthew 11:28-29 KJV says:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
Jesus is aware of your burden. He is helping and you will catch a break.
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-29 MSG
“The riffraff among the people had a craving and soon they had the People of Israel whining, “Why can’t we have meat? We ate fish in Egypt—and got it free!—to say nothing of the cucumbers and melons, the leeks and onions and garlic. But nothing tastes good out here; all we get is manna, manna, manna.”
Moses heard the whining, all those families whining in front of their tents. GOD ’s anger blazed up. Moses saw that things were in a bad way. Moses said to GOD, “Why are you treating me this way? What did I ever do to you to deserve this? Did I conceive them? Was I their mother? So why dump the responsibility of this people on me? Why tell me to carry them around like a nursing mother, carry them all the way to the land you promised to their ancestors? Where am I supposed to get meat for all these people who are whining to me, ‘Give us meat; we want meat.’ I can’t do this by myself—it’s too much, all these people. If this is how you intend to treat me, do me a favor and kill me. I’ve seen enough; I’ve had enough. Let me out of here.”
GOD said to Moses, “Gather together seventy men from among the leaders of Israel, men whom you know to be respected and responsible. Take them to the Tent of Meeting. I’ll meet you there. I’ll come down and speak with you. I’ll take some of the Spirit that is on you and place it on them; they’ll then be able to take some of the load of this people—you won’t have to carry the whole thing alone.
“Tell the people, Consecrate yourselves. Get ready for tomorrow when you’re going to eat meat. You’ve been whining to GOD, ‘We want meat; give us meat. We had a better life in Egypt.’ GOD has heard your whining and he’s going to give you meat. You’re going to eat meat. And it’s not just for a day that you’ll eat meat, and not two days, or five or ten or twenty, but for a whole month. You’re going to eat meat until it’s coming out your nostrils. You’re going to be so sick of meat that you’ll throw up at the mere mention of it. And here’s why: Because you have rejected GOD who is right here among you, whining to his face, ‘Oh, why did we ever have to leave Egypt?’”
Moses said, “I’m standing here surrounded by 600,000 men on foot and you say, ‘I’ll give them meat, meat every day for a month.’ So where’s it coming from? Even if all the flocks and herds were butchered, would that be enough? Even if all the fish in the sea were caught, would that be enough?”
GOD answered Moses, “So, do you think I can’t take care of you? You’ll see soon enough whether what I say happens for you or not.” So Moses went out and told the people what GOD had said. He called together seventy of the leaders and had them stand around the Tent. GOD came down in a cloud and spoke to Moses and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy leaders. When the Spirit rested on them they prophesied. But they didn’t continue; it was a onetime event.
Meanwhile two men, Eldad and Medad, had stayed in the camp. They were listed as leaders but they didn’t leave camp to go to the Tent. Still, the Spirit also rested on them and they prophesied in the camp. A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp!” Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ right-hand man since his youth, said, “Moses, master! Stop them!” But Moses said, “Are you jealous for me? Would that all GOD ’s people were prophets. Would that GOD would put his Spirit on all of them.””
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-29 MSG
Extra baggage is a curse and I don’t want extra baggage. Who wants the pressure of a problem you can’t even solve, or you aren’t supposed to solve?
“Dreamers fantasize their self-importance; they think they are smarter than a whole college faculty. You grab a mad dog by the ears when you butt into a quarrel that’s none of your business. People who shrug off deliberate deceptions, saying, “I didn’t mean it, I was only joking,” Are worse than careless campers who walk away from smoldering campfires.
When you run out of wood, the fire goes out; when the gossip ends, the quarrel dies down. A quarrelsome person in a dispute is like kerosene thrown on a fire. Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you want junk like that in your belly? Smooth talk from an evil heart is like glaze on cracked pottery. Your enemy shakes hands and greets you like an old friend, all the while conniving against you. When he speaks warmly to you, don’t believe him for a minute; he’s just waiting for the chance to rip you off. No matter how cunningly he conceals his malice, eventually his evil will be exposed in public.
Malice backfires; spite boomerangs. Liars hate their victims; flatterers sabotage trust.”
Proverbs 26:16-28 MSG
God gives us our own battles to fight not somebody else’s. So, watch me go.
“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.””
Matthew 9:9-13 NIV
Burdens are too heavy and you are going to be set free from them. Jesus guarantees by his own words “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 NIV
You are giving Jesus the extra baggage. He wants to be tied to you.
“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.””
Matthew 11:30 NIV
You can tie to him and use his strength. It’s time for you to go and see the fruit God has planned specifically in your life.
Don’t let anything stand in your way. Your purpose matters and there are supernatural blessings. Sometimes the thing you are afraid of is the key to your breakthrough.
Just like our vehicles need a tune up, our bodies and specifically our heart needs ongoing maintenance. Don’t forget your heart is repairable. We need to look at people from a different perspective and realize that hurting people end up hurting us. If we dwell on this, we forfeit happiness and victory. We have to see our hearts being repaired and remember who heals the broken hearted.
Psalm 147:3 says , “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
God cares about the condition of your heart. It’s not Gods will for you to be sad nor is it God’s will for you to be broken. His will is joy, happiness, and a healed heart. You don’t have to wait on God’s will, the Bible is clear. Remember when people are hurt, they hurt others. Think of this perspective, an injured dog will bite. You need to avoid the injury in the first place, and you have the power to do so. You can protect your heart so healing can happen.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Once your heart is protected it can be healed. People don’t have the power of to hurt a guarded heart that blesses others. Sometimes we are so busy trying to fix things, but we get so lost in the repair, we lose sight of what needs to be fixed. Or we just break it a little more out of frustration. Think about Samson in Judges 14 through 16. He had a woman he loved. He asked parents for a philistine. He killed a lion through the spirit of God. The next day there was honey in carcass. He was prideful and went around telling a riddle. A lady bugged him until he explained the riddle. She the told everyone the riddle. Samson’s pride got the best of him and he allowed the anger to build. This exposed his hearts vulnerability instead of the protection. Ultimately this led to his capture.
“And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands. And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.”
Judges 15:14-16 KJV
Samson was once a big deal. Through his heart vulnerabilities a series of events led to his slavery. He was laughed at, mocked and humbled. Ultimately while being put on for show his strength came back and he destroyed the building killing several and himself. He committed suicide without a heart repair.
That’s not Gods best.
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].”
JOHN 10:10 AMP
This is a prime example of a hurting person who ended up hurting others. Noah also hurt when he was hurting.
“And Noah began to farm and cultivate the ground and he planted a vineyard. He drank some of the wine and became drunk, and he was uncovered and lay exposed inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw [by accident] the nakedness of his father, and [to his father’s shame] told his two brothers outside. So Shem and Japheth took a robe and put it on both their shoulders, and walked backwards and covered the nakedness of their father; their faces were turned away so that they did not see their father’s nakedness. When Noah awoke from his wine [induced stupor], he knew what his younger son [Ham] had done to him. So he said, “Cursed be Canaan [the son of Ham]; A servant of servants He shall be to his brothers.” He also said, “Blessed be the LORD, The God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant. “May God enlarge [the land of] Japheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.””
GENESIS 9:20-27 AMP
This is why it is so important to protect our hearts and see them repaired. Guard your heart so you don’t become vulnerable.
““But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” says the LORD, “I will put My law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. And each man will no longer teach his neighbor and his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me [through personal experience], from the least of them to the greatest,” says the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness, and I will no longer remember their sin.””
JEREMIAH 31:33-34 AMP
Remember, it’s not Gods will to suffer. We make mistakes and others make mistakes. God promised to remember no more our mistakes if we ask Him. You have to promise to remember no more, and forgive. There is freedom in forgiveness. Enjoy the promise of personal interaction.
Get ready to get up and remember these three points:
1. My heart is repairable, so let it be.
2. Hurting people hurt people, that’s their shame.
3. I see my heart repaired, so forgive.
As you choose to forgive you are released of their burden. You are going to walk forward in victory. It feels great to be free.
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence]. Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave you.”
You are redeemed, free from others burdens, blessed and repaired!
Just get up!
We all have the mud to tread. We all feel like we are treading water. Remember you will get through this. We all have problems and regardless of others and our circumstances we must get up and keep moving. When you feel so knocked down you just can’t get up that’s when God can do some of His greatest works in you. When your circumstances have tied your hands to such an extent you feel unable to do anything that’s when God moves.
You need hope, you need A promise, you need something to change. When the indescribable hole is swallowing you, there is hope. There is purpose and you can be free from such a burden. This isn’t Gods best for you. You are to live a life full of victory.
The relationship that failed, the job that didn’t work out, the let down pulled you down. Today is your day to get back up.
“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”
Proverbs 24:16 KJV
I totally get it, just when you finally get up, you end up falling right after you start walking. Sometimes we trip over our own feet, fall up the stairs. Just because of the little failures doesn’t mean we won’t stop. Don’t jump into a pity party.
MICAH 7:1-8 AMP
“Woe is me (judgment is coming)! For I am Like one who gathers the summer fruits, like one who gleans the vintage grapes. There is not a cluster of grapes to eat, No first-ripe fig which my appetite craves. The godly person [who is faithful and loyal to God] has perished from the earth, And there is no upright person [one with good character and moral integrity] among men. They all lie in wait to shed blood; Each hunts the other with a net. Concerning evil, both of their hands pursue it and do it diligently and thoroughly; The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe, And a great man speaks the [evil] desire of his soul. So they twist the course of justice between them. The best of them is [injurious] like a briar; The most upright is [prickly] like a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen [that is, the time predicted by the prophets] And your punishment comes; Now shall be their confusion. Do not trust in a neighbor [because of the moral corruption in the land]; Do not have confidence in a friend. Guard the doors of your mouth From her who lies in your bosom. For the son dishonors the father and treats him contemptuously, The daughter rises up [in hostility] against her mother, The daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-- A man’s enemies are the men (members) of his own household.
Instead, be expectant. Stand boldly. Face your lions and march forward!
But as for me, I will look expectantly for the LORD and with confidence in Him I will keep watch; I will wait [with confident expectation] for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me [amid my tragedies], O my enemy! Though I fall, I will rise; Though I sit in the darkness [of distress], the LORD is a light for me.”
MICAH 7:1-8 AMP
Sometimes it’s easier to get up than others. You will be delivered from the fear of failure so you can get up.
1. You will get through this
2. We all have problems
3. Regardless of others and our circumstances we get up.
“David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God. Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, “Bring me the ephod.” Abiathar brought it to him, and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.””
1 Samuel 30:6-8 NIV
With Gods guidance and direction David prevailed with not one captive harmed. This is for you. Go to God for direction. Then get up, you have work to do.
I speak blessings and favor over you, go forward, you will triumph!
Sometimes we forget that Jesus said the greatest commandment was to Love one another.
“Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love All the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised.”
Song of Solomon 8:6-7 NKJV
If you are willing to give it, you get it. This is simply a natural law of reaping what you sow.
I John 4:1, 8, 11, 16, 18, 20-21 NKJV
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.”
How we live is worth so much more than a grudge. Grudges deteriorate at our souls. It’s like having a small leak in a pipe. For the most part you don’t notice it and it really doesn’t seem to be significant. However, over time it wreaks havoc. Don’t let this be you.
““And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.””
Mark 11:25-26 NKJV
The saying of choosing your battles or letting sleeping dogs lie is a big deal. Sometimes it just isn’t worth our brain damage, hurting our testimony, or causing someone else to stumble when we get involved.
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”
Colossians 3:12-15 NKJV
Consider pondering these three main points:
1. You give it you get it
“Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.”
Matthew 5:7 NKJV
2. It’s worth more than a grudge
“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 7:12 NKJV
3. Let it be
“The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it.”
Proverbs 10:22 NIV
I want blessings not curses
I know beyond the shadow of a doubt if you forgive, show love and prefer your brother this is your blessing Deuteronomy 28:11-13:
“The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you. The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.”
The love you show to others is valuable. This love is valuable for our walk with Christ, our testimony and our blessings.
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”
Proverbs 3:3-4 NIV
Listening is loving. Take time to listen to others. This is one of the hardest battles many of us face. It is difficult to listen when you don’t want to hear.
“Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble. In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.”
Psalm 143:7-12 NIV
He listens to our heart cry and it’s important that we listen to others. God blesses our faithfulness. Part of this faithfulness is preferring others.
Preferring is loving. Give that parking space up. Let someone sit in your seat. Maybe even let them cut in line.
“Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock. When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?” They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.” “And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.” Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.”
Exodus 2:16-21 NIV
Moses gave preference in spite of himself or his pain. God rewarded him.
Your love can change the world. Imagine a world where people showed one another love like no other. This effect would change the world.
“I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh,”
Romans 9:1-3 NKJV
Look at Paul’s love. His self-sacrifice for others truly changed Christianity and the world. You can be that same world changer and God has many blessings for your faithfulness.
Remember the following valuable points:
1. Listening is loving.
“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;”
James 1:19 NKJV
2. Preferring is loving
“Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.”
Luke 12:3 NKJV
Cut them a break it could end up everywhere.
3. Your love can change the world
“For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.””
I Peter 3:12 NKJV
As you live it and show it you will be blessed by it.
While we explore the love of our savior let’s ponder three major points.
1. Jesus has His arms around you.
When you can’t see Him it’s because he’s holding you so close.
2. God is always watching you.
God is not watching to destroy you or judge you but to strengthen you.
3. He will always keep you safe.
“I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.”
Point 1 - Jesus has His arms around you.
“GOD also says: “When the time’s ripe, I answer you. When victory’s due, I help you. I form you and use you to reconnect the people with me, To put the land in order, to resettle families on the ruined properties. I tell prisoners, ‘Come on out. You’re free!’ and those huddled in fear, ‘It’s all right. It’s safe now.’ There’ll be foodstands along all the roads, picnics on all the hills— Nobody hungry, nobody thirsty, shade from the sun, shelter from the wind, For the Compassionate One guides them, takes them to the best springs. I’ll make all my mountains into roads, turn them into a superhighway. Look: These coming from far countries, and those, out of the north, These streaming in from the west, and those from all the way down the Nile!”
Heavens, raise the roof! Earth, wake the dead! Mountains, send up cheers! GOD has comforted his people. He has tenderly nursed his beaten-up, beaten-down people.”
Point 2 - God is always watching you.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him. Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”
Point 3 - He will always keep you safe.
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.” Psalms 121:1-8 NKJV
Remember you are so loved. God has a passion for you. A purpose for you is in His heart. Let’s review the three points:
1. Jesus has His arms around you.
“The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”
Psalms 46:7 NKJV
2. God is always watching you
““For His eyes are on the ways of man, And He sees all his steps.”
Job 34:21 NKJV
3. He will always keep you safe
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”
Psalms 46:1 NKJV
You aren’t forgotten, you are not stranded. You are watched over, protected, strengthened and safe. Now chase that passion, your call and you shall prevail.
Three major points we need to explore in guiding us to love others as God sees them.
1. See the Gold in others.
We can’t always see people like they are but see them for what they will become.
Find one strength and focus on it instead of a weakness.
2. God sends us people for a reason.
God sends people to us and the devil wants to use them to destroy us.Watch for the trap.
3. I see relationships healed.
Nobody likes the icy feeling when you aren’t getting along with someone and then you see them in the store or somewhere else. When relationships are healed that ice goes away.
“And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”” I Peter 4:8
Point 1 - See the Gold in others.
“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.”
Romans 12:9-13 NKJV
Point 2 - God sends us people for a reason.
“distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.”
Point 3 - I see relationships healed
“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
As we conclude we need to love others as God sees them.
Let’s review the three major points:
1. See the Gold in others.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;”
I Corinthians 13:4 NKJV
2. God sends us people for a reason
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
Hebrews 13:2 NIV
3. I see relationships healed
Let’s practice seeing people as Christ sees you.
“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.”
Isaiah 61:7 NIV
We are all in this together. Nobody is perfect. That’s what God loves about us. Take the time to give a little grace, give the extra smile, go the extra mile, and love others as God sees them. Your relationships are going to be healed, you are going to have better friendships, a happier marriage, a happier home, a happier workplace, and a better life!
We must review three major points as we realize the hand of provision is the hand of God.
1. Is it a want or a need -
2. Not all good food tastes great -
3. Key to the bounty - reap sow give
Just wait for the ending. It’s even better
What are our hearts behind provision?
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
1 Timothy 6:10 NIV
Point 1 Is it a want or a need
“The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?” Moses also said, “You will know that it was the Lord when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.” Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’ ” While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud. The Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’ ””
Exodus 16:1-12 NIV
Point 2 Not all good food tastes great
It may be good for you but its taste is rough.
“Then Abner sent messengers on his behalf to say to David, “Whose land is it? Make an agreement with me, and I will help you bring all Israel over to you.” “Good,” said David. “I will make an agreement with you. But I demand one thing of you: Do not come into my presence unless you bring Michal daughter of Saul when you come to see me.” Then David sent messengers to Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, demanding, “Give me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed to myself for the price of a hundred Philistine foreskins.”
Abner conferred with the elders of Israel and said, “For some time you have wanted to make David your king. Now do it! For the Lord promised David, ‘By my servant David I will rescue my people Israel from the hand of the Philistines and from the hand of all their enemies.’ ”
Then Abner said to David, “Let me go at once and assemble all Israel for my lord the king, so that they may make a covenant with you, and that you may rule over all that your heart desires.” So David sent Abner away, and he went in peace.
So Joab went to the king and said, “What have you done? Look, Abner came to you. Why did you let him go? Now he is gone! You know Abner son of Ner; he came to deceive you and observe your movements and find out everything you are doing.” Joab then left David and sent messengers after Abner, and they brought him back from the cistern at Sirah. But David did not know it. Now when Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside into an inner chamber, as if to speak with him privately. And there, to avenge the blood of his brother Asahel, Joab stabbed him in the stomach, and he died.”
2 Samuel 3:12-14, 17-18, 21, 24-27 NIV
The provision you want doesn’t always end up tasting good.
Point 3 key to the bounty
Give sow reap
“So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.
The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.”
Genesis 13:8-12, 14-15 NIV
“The four kings seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food; then they went away. They also carried off Abram’s nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom.
When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.
Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.”
Genesis 14:11-12, 14-16, 18-20 NIV
Tithe is imperative to our success
Giving is imperative.
God always multiplies when you give.
Three major points:
1. Is it a want or a need -
“I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.”
Psalms 81:10 KJV
2. Not all good food tastes great -
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”
Psalms 34:8 KJV
Dare to Engage God and watch his showers of blessings come.
3. Key to the bounty - reap sow give
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
Malachi 3:10 NIV
We can’t do it alone
God wants to bless you
Wants to provide
Wants you to have more than enough
Test him. Give
Give a ton your time money wisdom love joy
And watch it flood back to you.
You have provision from the king of Kings
Master of the universe
God is always at work in our lives. Now is a good time to discuss thee major points with respect to His comfort, and His unfailing promise to comfort us.
Three major points:
1. Sometimes comfort can be uncomfortable
2. God the cheerleader
3. God promises comfort
“no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.”
Isaiah 54:17 NIV
This promise brings me comfort.
Point 1 - Sometimes comfort can be uncomfortable
“Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord. They served the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and the gods of Aram, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites and the gods of the Philistines. And because the Israelites forsook the Lord and no longer served him, he became angry with them. He sold them into the hands of the Philistines and the Ammonites, who that year shattered and crushed them. For eighteen years they oppressed all the Israelites on the east side of the Jordan in Gilead, the land of the Amorites. The Ammonites also crossed the Jordan to fight against Judah, Benjamin and Ephraim; Israel was in great distress.”
Judges 10:6-9 NIV
“Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior. His father was Gilead; his mother was a prostitute. Gilead’s wife also bore him sons, and when they were grown up, they drove Jephthah away. “You are not going to get any inheritance in our family,” they said, “because you are the son of another woman.” So Jephthah fled from his brothers and settled in the land of Tob, where a gang of scoundrels gathered around him and followed him. Some time later, when the Ammonites were fighting against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. “Come,” they said, “be our commander, so we can fight the Ammonites.” Jephthah said to them, “Didn’t you hate me and drive me from my father’s house? Why do you come to me now, when you’re in trouble?” The elders of Gilead said to him, “Nevertheless, we are turning to you now; come with us to fight the Ammonites, and you will be head over all of us who live in Gilead.”
“Then the Lord, the God of Israel, gave Sihon and his whole army into Israel’s hands, and they defeated them. Israel took over all the land of the Amorites who lived in that country, capturing all of it from the Arnon to the Jabbok and from the desert to the Jordan.
Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jephthah. He crossed Gilead and Manasseh, passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from there he advanced against the Ammonites.
Then Jephthah went over to fight the Ammonites, and the Lord gave them into his hands. He devastated twenty towns from Aroer to the vicinity of Minnith, as far as Abel Keramim. Thus Israel subdued Ammon.”
Judges 11:1-8, 21-22, 29, 32-33 NIV
Through a series of events God rescued them giving them comfort after they endured the uncomfortable. They went from being shunned to leading a gang and then conquering 20 cities. They delivered people who were oppressed for 18 years while fulfilling their individual purpose.
Point 2 - God the cheerleader
Essence by faith God blesses us to give us the greater promise in the life to come. He is always cheering us on and making the impossible happen.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”
Hebrews 11:1-13 KJV
Point 3 - God promises comfort.
Read the following Psalm and realize the essence of what is being said. He takes care of you.
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth. The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.”
Psalm 34:4-10, 15-20, 22 NIV
Let’s review our main points and really focus on the work God is doing in us.
1. Sometimes comfort can be uncomfortable
“Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.”
Exodus 14:16 NIV
Just before the comfort and safety came Moses had to stretch and the Israelites had to walk into the unknown.
2. God the cheerleader
“Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.”
Isaiah 43:4 NIV
In essence, He would give the world for you.
3. God promises comfort
He is so happy to be your friend
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.””
Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
He walked with David, talked to Moses and sings over you. You are his prized possession. When you cherish something, you take good care of it. You are special. You matter, you are God’s prized possession and He will always take care of you.
Take comfort in the promise.