John 17:4-5 (NIV)
John 17:4-5 (NIV)
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NIV)
No matter what you are facing today, remember to persevere because even though there seems to be no way, our Father still sees a way out
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV)
What are we to do then in the midst of our problems?
1. Put or hope in Him, not in ourselves, not in anyone else, not in situations, and praise Him
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:11 NIV)
Praise Him for His goodness, praise Him for His faithfulness, keep reminding yourselves about wonderful things He has done in your life
2. and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” (Psalm 50:15 NIV)
3. Do what you need to do, and trust Him (acknowledge) to do what you can’t do
Trust in the lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5, 6 NLT)
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. (Proverbs 3:5, 6 AMP)
4. Wait on the Lord
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. [Heb. 12:1-3.] (Isaiah 40:31 AMP)
Keep up the good attitude coz God’s favor is coming your way, He is a Father who longs to bless His children, but He want to make sure those blessings don’t destroy us, He wants us to be mature enough, to be a faithful servant, whom He can entrusted His blessings without them dragging us down to the path of death.
Return to the stronghold [of security and prosperity], you prisoners of hope; even today do I declare that I will restore double your former prosperity to you. [Ps. 40:2; Isa. 40:2.] (Zechariah 9:12 AMP)
Now we come to the second part…
1st choice is to offer your victory for God.
This represented by Abram offering a tenth of everything He had and got form the victory, because Melchizedek, king of Salem (Salem means Shalom, or peace) came to him and brought bread and wine, which referred to Jesus.
2nd one is king of Sodom, who offered all kind of wealth
Most of the people when they get promotion, when they got what they want, all money, power, etc, they tend to just enjoy everything without a single thought pass about giving it back to God, or even to share what they got with others who are in need.
But Abram is different, he chose to give it back to God, and presented tithe to Melchizedek. Why? Because he is A MAN FROM BEYOND.
After Abram chose God over “things”, the reward was at once from God. (the Bible said that in Genesis 15, just after Abram refused Sodom’s offer)
It has been said in Genesis 15:1
After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
GOD TOLD ABRAM THAT HE HIMSELF is his SHIELD, and Abram’s reward will be great
But the thing is, this kind of chance does not happen twice. Once you lost the moment, it won’t be coming back, and you will miss the destiny God has set up for you.
We will also learn from Gideon’s son, Yeter.
20 And he (Gideon) said unto Jether his firstborn, Up , and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared , because he was yet a youth. 21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said , Rise thou, and fallupon us: for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose , and slew Zebah and Zalmunna,and took away the ornaments that were on their camels’ necks
At that time, execution can be made by 2 kinds of people. First is the person who has a direct relationship to the one who will be executed, but the second is by a person who has the same level with the one who will be executed. Zebah and Salmuna were kings, so the one who had the right to kill them is Gideon, the king himself, right? But Gideon gave a chance to his firstborn Yeter to increase from “king’s son” level to “king” level, by giving him chance to kill “kings”. But Yeter was afraid, because he is young. So because he didn’t take this chance, his destiny to increase to a new level had lost forever.
Do you let your fear get the best of you? Or you take chances you believe God has put in your paths, and willing to take the risk?
Another story would be about Peter. In Acts 10
9 The next day, as they were on their way and coming near Joppa, Peter went up on the roof of the house about noon in order to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat; while the food was being prepared, he had a vision. 11 He saw heaven opened and something coming down that looked like a large sheet being lowered by its four corners to the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of animals, reptiles, and wild birds. 13 A voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat!” 14 But Peter said, “Certainly not, Lord! I have never eaten anything ritually unclean or defiled.” 15 The voice spoke to him again, “Do not consider anything unclean that God has declared clean.” 16 This happened three times, and then the thing was taken back up into heaven. 17 While Peter was wondering about the meaning of this vision, the men sent by Cornelius had learned where Simon’s house was, and they were now standing in front of the gate.
Peter had a dream that angel told him to eat “haram” things, until 3 times, Peter said NO LORD NO. why? Because I am a Jew. But he realized later (pls read the rest of the story) that he had made mistakes because he shouldn’t say NO, to what God had said YES. And because of it, he lost his destiny to go to the lost in Gentiles, even though he is a great apostle indeed. And as we all know, his position as an apostle to the gentiles has been replaced by Paul. We also know that Paul’s letters constitute the majority of New testaments we read today.
Can you see it? Peter has destiny to be Christ apostle either for Jews (50%) and for Gentiles (50%), but he lost his chance and it was given to Paul, so he only got 50% rather than 100% fulfillment of his destiny in Christ, what a pity? Isn’t it?
If we want to receive Abraham’s blessings as his descendants like what God has promised, we also need to be ready to accept any “assignment” just like Abraham
(its immature for us to want the blessings with an attitude of want nothing to do with the responsibilities)
When God told Abraham to GO, the Bible is actually using “lehleha” word in Hebrew. (i’m not really sure about the spelling, pls forgive me for that).
in Bible this “lehleha” word only used TWICE! first is when God spoke to Abraham to GO from his native/mother land to the land of Canaan which God has promised to give it to him. and the second one is in the GREAT COMMISSION of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Are you ready? ready to accept the “assignment” and receive “greatness” (your reward will be great, Gen 15:1)?
Let us all be a man/woman from beyond who does not got shaped along with our degrading culture, but shine, be different, be qualified to receive all He has prepared for us to have!