We have God’s favor

When we accept the Lord Jesus into our life, we have God’s favor.  That is because at the cross Jesus took all our sins, faults, failings, everything that displeased God upon Himself. How big and great a factor our Lord Jesus is in our lives, when we let Him! I am convinced that one of the battles of faith in our lives is to see the greatness of our God and Lord Jesus, to see and know that God surpasses anything and everything that we face in life. That we need to see Jesus and His greatness and not the problem! Because of Jesus all the blessings of Heaven are raining upon us and blessings are chasing us down (Deuteronomy 28:2). The key is our faith in this, our belief in this. Remember, because of Jesus, we are no longer ourselves but have Christ’s identity. We are now a new creation. God’s favor gives us an advantage.  With God’s favor the impossible things will become possible.  We read in Matthew 19:26, “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”.”  The key ingredient to unlock the favor of God in our life is faith and belief in Christ. Simply look to Jesus because He is the answer and the end of your struggles. God has a place and a plan for each of us.  It doesn’t matter how difficult a situation or how bleak it looks, just look to Jesus and know that He has the answer and that all things are under His feet!  God has a beautiful future for each one of us.  We can even find comfort in Job. He did not have Jesus to look to, but put his trust in God. In this manner, whatever we are facing, let us put our trust and our hope in the finished work of Jesus!

The book of Job runs 42 chapters.  We do not know how long Job’s suffering lasted, but we know that it was more than a week (Job 2:13), and possibly months (Job 7:3).  There is no question that Job went through great suffering.  Before his suffering, the bible says that he was the greatest of all the people of the East (Job 1:3).  What did he lose, what happened to him?

  • His oxen and donkeys were stolen by the Sabeans and his servants killed (Job 1:13-14)
  • Fire from heaven came down and burned up his sheep and servants (Job 1:16)
  • The Chaldeans took his camels and killed more of his servants (Job 1:17)
  • The house where Job’s children were was blown down, and all his children and the people who were with them died except one. (Job 1:18-19)
  • Job got boils from head to toe (Job 2:7) and he turned black with fever (Job 30:30)

What was Job’s wife’s reaction to this?  “Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity?  Curse God and die”!” (Job 2:9).  Did Job get negative, did he get down, and did he curse or blame God?  No, his faith and trust remained with God!  It says in Job 10:12, “You have granted me life and favor, And Your care has preserved my spirit.”  Job remained faithful to God in the middle of the storm, in the middle of difficulty.  At this point I am sure that Job didn’t see an end to his troubles; he didn’t know what God’s plan was for him, yet he remained in faith.  Job wasn’t restored until the 42nd chapter.  He was restored because he remained faithful to God.  “11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful (James 5:11).”  What was the restoration of Job?

Job 42:10-13

10 And the Lord restored Job’s losses[a] when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the Lord had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold.  12 Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. 13 He also had seven sons and three daughters.

Let us not fear, worry, or fall apart.  Let’s remain and abide with God.  Let’s carry ourselves with confidence, not because of what we do or have but because of who we have, Jesus!   Let’s always remember and declare in our prayer life and our whole life, the favor of God, not because of anything we have done, but because of what Christ has done.  God’s vision and plan for us will be accomplished.

We Have God’s Favor! It is all about Jesus – His victory is our victory!

How big and great a factor our Lord Jesus is in our lives, when we let Him! I am convinced that one of the battles of faith in our lives is to see the greatness of our God and Lord Jesus, to see and know that God surpasses anything and everything that we face in life. That we need to see Jesus and His greatness and not the problem! Because of Jesus all the blessings of Heaven are raining upon us and blessings are chasing us down (Deuteronomy 28:2). The key is our faith in this, our belief in this. I then came upon a beautiful word out of Isaiah.

Isaiah 54

The Message (MSG)

Spread Out! Think Big!

54 1-6 “Sing, barren woman, who has never had a baby.
Fill the air with song, you who’ve never experienced childbirth!
You’re ending up with far more children
than all those childbearing women.” God says so!
“Clear lots of ground for your tents!
Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big!
Use plenty of rope,
drive the tent pegs deep.
You’re going to need lots of elbow room
for your growing family.
You’re going to take over whole nations;
you’re going to resettle abandoned cities.
Don’t be afraid—you’re not going to be embarrassed.
Don’t hold back—you’re not going to come up short.
You’ll forget all about the humiliations of your youth,
and the indignities of being a widow will fade from memory.
For your Maker is your bridegroom,
his name, God-of-the-Angel-Armies!
Your Redeemer is The Holy of Israel,
known as God of the whole earth.
You were like an abandoned wife, devastated with grief,
and God welcomed you back,
Like a woman married young
and then left,” says your God.

7-8 Your Redeemer God says:

“I left you, but only for a moment.
Now, with enormous compassion, I’m bringing you back.
In an outburst of anger I turned my back on you—
but only for a moment.
It’s with lasting love
that I’m tenderly caring for you.

9-10 “This exile is just like the days of Noah for me:
I promised then that the waters of Noah
would never again flood the earth.
I’m promising now no more anger,
no more dressing you down.
For even if the mountains walk away
and the hills fall to pieces,
My love won’t walk away from you,
my covenant commitment of peace won’t fall apart.”
The God who has compassion on you says so.

11-17 “Afflicted city, storm-battered, unpitied:
I’m about to rebuild you with stones of turquoise,
Lay your foundations with sapphires,
construct your towers with rubies,
Your gates with jewels,
and all your walls with precious stones.
All your children will have God for their teacher—
what a mentor for your children!
You’ll be built solid, grounded in righteousness,
far from any trouble—nothing to fear!
far from terror—it won’t even come close!
If anyone attacks you,
don’t for a moment suppose that I sent them,
And if any should attack,
nothing will come of it.
I create the blacksmith
who fires up his forge
and makes a weapon designed to kill.
I also create the destroyer—
but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged.
Any accuser who takes you to court
will be dismissed as a liar.
This is what God’s servants can expect.
I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best.”
God’s Decree.

  • We need to think big under the influence of what the spirit prompts and according to His word. God is with us. King David had this attitude when he defeated Goliath and when Saul pursued him and tried to kill him (1 Samuel 17, 1 Samuel 24).
  • We are grounded in righteousness. Not because of what we do, but it is a gift of grace. This is undeserved pure and saving grace. All because of the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus. This means that as the bible says we can be confidant, feeling no condemnation, never feeling like we do not measure up. We can hold our head high because of Christ (He is our identity, we are perfected in and through Him). How can we ever have words to describe what this means, and what the impact this sacrifice has had on our life. Often people are offended or stressed or feel like they don’t measure up. We need to reject all these thoughts and embrace the victory of our risen Lord and the overwhelming power it brings to our lives.
  • Nothing can hurt us and nothing can hold us back. We have the victory. It happened thousands of years ago and the victor is Christ!
  • Hope has a name, joy has a name, peace has a name, love has a name and that name is Jesus Christ! Praise His name forever!

Kari Jobe – Forever (live) with Isaac Wimberley

This is moving and will bless you! I also found what Isaac Wimberley says toward the end and include below. God bless!

Kari Jobe web site

Isaac Wimberley web site

If there are words for Him then I don’t have them. 
You see, my brain has not yet reached the point where it could form a thought that could adequately describe the greatness of my God,
and my lungs have not yet developed the ability to release a breath with enough agility to breathe out the greatness of his love,
and my voice, you see, my voice, is so inhibited, restrained by human limits that it’s hard to even sing the praise of…  You see,
if there are words for Him then I don’t have them. 
My God, his grace is remarkable,
mercies are enumerable,
strength is impenetrable.
He is honorable, accountable, favorable.
He is unsearchable yet knowable,
indefinable yet approachable,
indescribable yet personal.
He is beyond comprehension,
further than imagination,
constant thru generations,
king of every nation.
But if there are words for Him then I don’t have them.
You see, my words are few,
and to try to capture the one true God, using my vocabulary will never do,
but I use words as an expression,
an expression of worship to a savior,
a savior who is both worthy and deserving of my praise, so I use words.
My heart extols the Lord, blesses his name forever.
He has won, my heart captured my mind and has bound them both together.
He has defeated me in my rebellion, conquered me in my sin.
He has welcomed me into his presence, completely invited me in.
He has made himself the object of my sight,
flooding me with mercies in the morning,
drowning me with grace in the night.
But if there are words for Him then I don’t have them. 
But what I do have is good news,
for my God knew that man-made words would never do.
For words are just tools that we use to point to the truth.
So he sent his son Jesus Christ as “The Word”, living proof.
He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation.
For by him all things are created,
giving nothingness formation,
and by his words he sustains, in the power of his name, for He is before all things and over all things he reigns, holy is his name, so praise him for his life…
The way, he persevered in strife, the humble son of God becoming the perfect sacrifice.
Praise him for his death…
that He willingly stood in our place,
that he lovingly endured the grave,
that he battled our enemy and on the third day rose in victory.
He is everything that was promised,
praise him as your risen king,
lift your voice and sing,
for one day he will return for us and we will finally be united with our savior for eternity, eternity.
So it’s not just words that I proclaim,
for my words point to “The Word” and “The Word” has a name,
hope has a name,
joy has a name,
peace has a name,
love has a name and that name is Jesus Christ.
Praise his name forever!

-Isaac Wimberley

Bring your praise to God, not your problems!

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Powerful Promises of God, God is faithful to us! Hebrews 13:5-6

I will not worry or doubt, only trust.  God will not fail me.
Hebrews 13:5-6
“…and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]. So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?

He that is With You is Greater than what is Against You!

Deuteronomy 5:33

33 Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.

Matthew 22:36-40

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

He that is With You is Greater than what is Against You!

How beautiful it is that God is greater than any obstacle, or situation that we face.  We never want to forget this, and the many times He has been with us and with all who turn to Him and seek Him with all their heart, and that walk in love (1 Corinthians 13). When we do this, God has promised to be with us.  Let us never loose confidence and become downcast over situations or circumstances that we face.  Rather, let us continue to turn to God and cast every problem or worry to Him (1 Peter 5:6-7).

Job 22:21-28

21 “Submit to God and be at peace with him;
in this way prosperity will come to you.
22 Accept instruction from his mouth
and lay up his words in your heart.
23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored:
If you remove wickedness far from your tent
24 and assign your nuggets to the dust,
your gold of Ophir to the rocks in the ravines,
25 then the Almighty will be your gold,
the choicest silver for you.
26 Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty
and will lift up your face to God.
27 You will pray to him, and he will hear you,
and you will fulfill your vows.
28 What you decide on will be done,
and light will shine on your ways.

Romans 8:31-36

More Than Conquerors

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]

2 Chronicles provides an account when God was with someone.  His name was Hezekiah, the King of Judah.  Sennacherib, the King of Assyria came and invaded Judah, his intent was to wage war against Jerusalem and Hezekiah.  Hezekiah prepared for the siege, and encouraged the people:

 2 Chronicles 32:7-8

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.

Sennacherib sent his officials to Jerusalem with his message to King Hezekiah and the people.

2 Chronicles 32:10

10 “This is what Sennacherib king of Assyria says: On what are you basing your confidence, that you remain in Jerusalem under siege?

Sennacherib went on to ridicule God and to try and destroy Hezekiah’s and the people’s confidence.  Hezekiah did not loose heart, but turned to God.

2 Chronicles 32:20-22

20 King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to heaven about this. 21 And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace. And when he went into the temple of his god, some of his sons, his own flesh and blood, cut him down with the sword.

22 So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all others. He took care of them[a] on every side.

2 Kings 6 provides another account when the Lord was with one of his servants.  This time it was Elisha, who was surrounded by the King of Aram’s forces.  Elisha’s servant was alarmed.

2 Kings 6:15-18

15 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.

16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

17 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.

18 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 too was ultimately preserved.

The last account out of scriptures to relay is from Acts Chapter 28.  Here Paul is on his way to Rome to have his audience with Caesar.  He tells his captors not to sail, due to the danger to them and the ship.  As Paul predicts, he, the crew and passengers are shipwrecked on Malta.  However through the storm Paul has confidence, and even a word from the angel of the Lord that everyone would be preserved.  Paul even bolsters everyone’s confidence by telling everyone on board that the ship would be lost, but they all would survive.  As Paul told them, everyone gets to the shore.  Then Paul is faced with another life threatening danger that God preserves him from.

Acts 28:3-6

Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.

God preserved Paul from this bite and many other hardships and difficulties throughout his life.

Let us not loose confidence, but trust, and turn to our God in faith.  Let’s declare the promises of God over our life, and maintain a connection in prayer to our God who will answer us and provide for all who turn to him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be removed’ ye hills and mountains

Be removed, ye hills and mountains,
God’s great kindness shall not cease.
All who drink at God’s blest fountain
share His covenant of peace.
This I know: I shall not fear;
my Redeemer draweth near!

He has promised all who fear Him
shall their comfort find in God.
Terror shall not dare come near him
who the righteous way has trod.
This my song shall ever be:
My Redeemer loveth me!

God will free from dark oppression
those bowed down in pain and grief;
lift the soul from deep depression;
those who ask shall find relief.
My Redeemer will not fail
and His promise shall prevail.

Give me, Lord, all that is needed
Thy word to accept in joy.
Fear of death has not succeeded,
faith and trust in Thee destroy.
I need never know distress
if I do my Lord confess.