Teach Your Children Well

“And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which in Christ Jesus” (II Timothy 3:15).

Wise Unto Salvation: The Lord is saying to us today, why is it you ask your why’s and wherefores in vain? The wise know where to go for their answers. The wise and aware come to Me, the Fountain of Living Waters, for answers that satisfy their souls.

It is the wisdom imparted to us from our teachers in our childhood years that keeps us as we grow older from the wiles and deceptions from the enemy of our souls. Our enemy is working hard in this generation to overthrow the wisdom of our forefathers, but this can be prevented if we will continue to teach our children well, and resist the new doctrines of those who oppose.

Teaching well is the teaching of the Faith of our Fathers grounded in the Word of God, the Scriptures, the Faith which is in Christ Jesus.

In his Epistle the Apostle wrote to his son in the faith, Timothy, who had been taught by his mother, Eunice and his grandmother, Lois (cf. II Timothy 1:5). Timothy’s father was a Gentile married to Timothy’s Jewish mother, Eunice. It was Timothy’s mother and grandmother who instilled in young Timothy the Holy Scriptures. When he heard the word of the Gospel from the Apostle Paul, his spiritual father, Timothy embraced it and became a disciple of Christ and faithful servant of the Lord under the tutelage of the Apostle.

The importance of believing mothers who instill the Word of God into their children cannot be overstated. The words of the mother to a child leave lasting impressions upon their young minds and hearts. When those words are words of faith, trust and hope in God, those words will make them wise unto salvation; and will teach them well the lessons of life and faith that are critical in later years to withstand the buffeting and bruising of the soul from the storms of life that arise upon all.

The Apostle encouraged his young disciple with these words: “Hold fast the form of sound words which you heard from me, in faith, and love which are in Christ Jesus. That good thing, which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us” (II Timothy 1:13-14).

If we will teach our children well, the Gospel will flourish, the Kingdom will advance, Christ will be glorified, the Church will grow up to maturity and be the witness to the Truth God the Father intended and the Great Commission will be fulfilled:

“Go therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age. Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Teach your children well. Their future and yours depend on it.

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Groanings That Cannot Be Uttered

“Likewise, the Spirit helps our infirmities, for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).

In many trials and overwhelming situations words fail us in our prayers and petitions to the Almighty. Sometimes we are confounded with feelings of helplessness, and we are unable to cope with the pain of loss. In such times of stress and pressure we must rely entirely upon the only source God has given us for expressions which are made not with words, but with the groanings of the Holy Spirit.

Groanings (Gr. Stenagmos from Stenazo): To be in straits, to sigh, inaudible prayer

The groanings of the Spirit, however, do not only have to do with our feelings and our stresses and pressures; rather, they are the groanings from the heart of the Father for His people as He Who knows all things sees the coming disasters and groans through His intercessors with groans that cannot be spoken in words.

There are also the groanings of the entire Creation as expressed by the Apostle in his Epistle to the Romans: “For we know that the whole Creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but we ourselves also which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves waiting for the adoption, to wit, the Redemption of our body” (Romans 8:22-23).

Therefore, on these three levels: The Creation; We Ourselves in our mortal bodies; and God, the Father, by the Holy Spirit groan in intercessions with groanings that cannot be uttered.

Why does the Creation groan? The Creation groans because it “was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him Who subjected the same in hope. Because the Creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the Children of God” (Romans 8:20-21). When sin entered the world through the fall of Man, the entire Creation was brought under the bondage of corruption. Likewise, when the Redemption of Man was accomplished through the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Creation was also given hope of deliverance from the judgment of sin into the Liberty of the Redeemed, into an “expectation that is waiting for the manifestation of the Sons of God” (Romans 8:19).

The groanings of the Holy Spirit have been evident throughout the history of man; and most evident through the Prophets, Jeremiah in particular declared “My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart makes a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace because you have heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war” (Jeremiah 4:19). The Prophets, the Seers, were moved by the Holy Spirit to make intercessions for the People to save them from the calamities that were about to come upon them be they war, famine, pestilence, earthquakes and other natural disasters.

The Apostle Paul was in deep groanings in the Spirit for the Church of Galatia and expressed himself by writing, “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you” (Galatians 4:19). Travailing prayer is a very intense experience of intercessions with cries and groans in the Spirit for people, events and moves of God in the world. Many great revivals have come as a result of travailing prayer with groanings that cannot be uttered.

We are living in such an hour in our world today. This is a time for Prayer. This is a time for Travailing Prayer. This is a time for Intercessions by the Spirit of God through the Saints with groanings that cannot be uttered.

Seek the Lord with all your heart, cry unto Him for His salvation to be revealed in the earth. Give yourself to the Holy Spirit to be a vessel of interceding prayer and let His Spirit have His way. Let us wait upon Him. Let us experience the Heart of the Father by the Holy Spirit and see what marvelous things He will do through us when we pray, whether with words, or groanings that cannot be uttered.

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Listening to the Divine

“And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall listen” (Isaiah 32:3).

There is a discipline to listening to which few take time to attend. We practice our speeches, our orations, our prayers. We flood heaven with our petitions, praise, supplications and intercessions; but we spend precious little time listening for the voice of the Lord.

The Lord does speak in multiple ways to the discerning soul. He speaks in visions, dreams, parables and riddles and dark sayings, those mysteries that are waiting to be revealed. He speaks through the Scriptures. He speaks by prophetic utterance, by tongues and interpretation, through signs and wonders, by angelic visitations and sundry other ways. Are we listening? Are we discerning? Are we dialed in to the right frequency? Or are we preoccupied with other things?

Listening to the Divine takes time. Can we give time? Can we devote time to the discipline of listening, or are we full of excuses? Are we giving time to watching and praying, or are we just watching other things? Are we just too busy, with our routines, our schedules, our daily tasks and obligations?

Sometimes things are clear and easily understood; at other times we will need to diligently search out a matter to find the answer. The Prophet speaks thusly, “You shall seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). That is the diligence required in listening to the Divine.

Listen (Heb. Shama): To hear intelligently with careful attention, obedience. Hear, discern, perceive

Listening to the Divine requires intelligent, careful attention. The hearing thereof requires disciplined discernment and perception by the spirit. The intuitive spirit knows the voice of the Divine and conveys the message to the understanding mind. Why build the body and neglect the spirit? (cf. I Timothy 4:8). Listening to the Divine is a spiritual exercise.

Are you ready to start hearing from God? Are you open to the Divine visitation? Are you willing to begin the process of giving more time to listening? Are you willing to sacrifice a few things to clear time for the devotion and discipline required for listening to the Divine? The Lord is patiently waiting. He hears your prayers. He receives your praise. Now give Him time to answer you in ways that will astound you. “The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty” (Psalms 29:4ff). Open your heart to Him and let Him speak. Experience the joy of listening to the Divine.

The Prophet, Isaiah, was witness to the Majesty of the Most High with the Seraphim around His Throne. “I heard the voice of the Lord, saying ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then said I, ‘Here am I, send me.'” (Isaiah 6:8).

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The Perils of the Undisciplined Mind

“Finally, Brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

The undisciplined mind is a minefield of opportunities for all kinds of terrible things to happen to oneself and to others when acted out. It is a plague of our time and in this generation with all the gadgets, networks, and media at our disposal continually without interruption.

Figments: Beware of figments, those imagined realities that exist only in the mind and in no other reality. Figments exist in the undisciplined mind and are the cause of many disastrous things in our world. Depression, unfounded fears, anxieties, anger, hostility, and even fits of rage are only the beginning of the devastation that may occur. Self-destructive figments of imagined realities with no redeeming qualities of which to lay hold, only delusional images that drown in sorrow and shame.

Figments are also the cause of overconfidence in one’s own prowess leading to taking daredevil chances with life and limb, leading to tragic loss of life or limb when things turn for the worse. Figments lead to pride, arrogance, and visions of grandeur, that may cost the lives of those to whom such a one commands or leads. Leaders beware the figments that inhabit your thoughts in idle times and produce a harvest of regret.

Sadly, you can imagine there’s no heaven, no hell below, no countries, no religion, no possessions. You can believe in strawberry fields forever where nothing is real, but that is a figment that has deceived many in our generation. The perils of the undisciplined mind can be perilous to many generations who follow the imagined reality to the final conclusion.

The disciplined mind is thoughtful, with a footing in reality and on a solid foundation. The disciplined mind thinks truth, acts out truth and speaks truth. The disciplined mind is pure, lovely and virtuous and the fruit of such a mind is a bountiful harvest of purity, loveliness and virtue in thought, word and deed.

The disciplined mind leaves no room for figments, rather casts them down, and takes them captive to the obedience of Christ (cf. II Corinthians 10:5). The disciplined mind thinks honest things that are of a good report; things that are praiseworthy and true. There is no dishonor in avoiding the perils that ensnare the undisciplined mind.

The Apostle exhorts us, and we would be wise to take heed to “exercise the mind and be mentally disposed to things above, not to things on the earth; for you are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ Who is your life shall appear, then shall you also appear with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:2-3). That is the fruitful reward for the disciplined and healthy mind. And the perils of the undisciplined mind shall not be known.

Then it shall be as the Prophet declared: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusts in Thee” (Isaiah 26:3).

Perfect peace, rest and assurance to those who seek the mind of Christ and know His will. Shalom.

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The Only Wise God

“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (I Timothy 1:17).

Wise (Gr) Sophos: Thoughtful, sagacious, discreet, intelligent

There is something very exclusive to our God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. That exclusivity relates to the personhood of our God, Who, beyond being all-powerful, omni-present and even omniscient, is all wise, and as the Apostle wrote to Timothy, the only wise God.

What qualifies God as, the only wise, is the essence of His Being (Gr. Ousia). The Apostle describes the only wise God as the “King eternal, immortal, invisible” which makes Him worthy of “honor and glory forever and ever”. Indeed, Amen. Our God is the Thoughtful, the Sagacious, the Discreet and the Intelligent One, Who by His intelligent design created the heavens, the earth and all that is therein, and sits as Ruler over all His creation.

The General Epistle of Jude closes with the words: “To the only wise God, our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (Jude 1:25). Again, as with the Apostle Paul, we see the “only wise God” worthy of glory, majesty, dominion and power” which are attributes of Kingship with a seat of authority over all. These accolades are not mere flattery, but genuine declarations of fundamental aspects of our founding Church Fathers’ belief in and understanding of the Divine. Indeed, the Personhood of God is clearly evident by the witness and testimony of our Fathers in their writings which show forth the wisdom, revelation and spiritual understanding they were given by the Spirit of God.

There are so-called gods who have powers, and there are forces of nature that can command the elements to act and stir up destruction. There are gods of mythology that can procreate and act in powerful ways, but the “only wise God” is reserved for and exclusive to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The prayer of the Apostle was “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give unto [us] the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him” (Ephesians 1:17). Indeed, it is only by revelation knowledge that we can comprehend such a One as the only wise God. May it be so that we can obtain to this understanding and knowledge of God our Father and Christ Jesus, our Lord.

The Apostle closes his Epistle to the Romans with the words, “To God only wise be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen” (Romans 16:27). Why this description? Clearly the Apostle was given the “spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him”.

In speaking of the Messiah, the Prophet Isaiah wrote: “And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of wisdom, and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2).

Now, in our time the Holy Spirit has been poured out upon us to reveal to us the mystery of the “only wise God” and to come to the knowledge of Him, who is the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God. What a glorious privilege and blessing we have been given by the glory of His grace to enter into relationship with Him and to know Him in the Person of His Spirit and to have revealed to us all that has been declared and promised in the Scriptures by the Holy Apostles and Prophets. May it be an ever-increasing revelation until that glorious day when we behold Him face to face.

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The Angelic Charge

“For He shall give His Angels charge over Thee, to keep Thee in all Thy ways” (Psalms 91:11).

Charge (Heb) Tsavah: To enjoin, or appoint over, command as a messenger, put in order

Charge (Gr) Entellomai: To order, command, enjoin

There is a divine order in the Kingdom of God with Angels serving to fulfill the will and purpose of God in the earth and in the lives of all His people. This was also true during Christ’s time on earth as the Immanuel. It was the Angels who ministered to Him and continually watched over Him in fulfillment of their charge (cf. Matthew 4:11).

The Angelic charge is an assignment from our Heavenly Father to watch over, protect, minister to and strengthen the saints in our mission and calling during our time here on earth. We must know we walk in the company of Angels as they are faithful to their charge to us from the Master.

Pertaining to these heavenly hosts, it is as the writer to the Hebrews testifies, “are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14). Indeed, we are the heirs of God in Christ and God has sent forth His servants, His Angels, as His divine messengers to “keep us in all our ways.”

Do you know that God has enjoined, commanded and appointed Angels to keep you in all your ways? Do you know that you walk in their company continually? This is not new. It has been the way with God and man from the beginning. Search the Scriptures and you will find the interactions of God and man, through the mediation of Angels, whether Patriarch, Judge, Prophet, Priest or King. Whether Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor or Teacher, the New Testament is replete with story after story of these encounters with the “ministering spirits and flames of fire” sent to us from our Sovereign God, on assignment with their Angelic charge.

When the Apostle Paul was in the midst of the storm in the Roman ship headed to Rome, it was God who sent His Angel to rescue him from the sea and to speak to the people “there stood by me this night the Angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying ‘Fear not, Paul, you must be brought before Caesar, and lo, God has given you all them that sail with you'” (Acts 27:23-24). With whom are you sailing? They are yours and you are God’s. The Angelic charge is over you and yours.

Do you doubt the intervention of God in your life? The just shall live by faith and part of that faith is the reality of the Angelic charge. God really does care for you. He really does love you and has given you all you need for this life and the life to come. Part of that provision is the sending of His divine messengers whom He sends directly to you for your aid and comfort. He gives His angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up lest you dash your foot against a stone. That is not just nice poetry. That is the reality of His Angelic charge, and that reality is yours.

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In the Absence of Guile

“Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile” (Psalms 32:2).

Guile (Heb): Remiyah from Ramah: Treachery, deceit, to betray, delude, remiss with falsehood

In the absence of guile there is honor, honesty, integrity and truth. Sorrowfully, in our world today there is too little of the virtuous and too much of the treacherous. Just as Judas Iscariot there are too many who are ready to betray, who align with the Evil One, the master deceiver and father of lies.

In the absence of guile there is trust, faithfulness, loyalty and true friendship. Today there are lovers of self, who are untrustworthy, faithless and disloyal to family, friends and country. They are groomed to play a part whose actions are only deceptions and snares for the gullible and innocent.

The Psalmist wrote: “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile” (Psalms 34:13). In the absence of guile there are good intensions, there are words spoken to promote goodwill, love, peace, encouragement and all that edifies and uplifts. The evil heart brings forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, thefts, false witness and blasphemies (cf. Matthew 15:19).

Imagine a world with the absence of guile in the marketplace, in the world of finance, in the making of contracts, and the taking of vows of faithfulness. How wonderful that world would be. But those full of guile produce fine print that contains snares and traps for the man of honor and the unsuspecting. The “generation of vipers” are plotting their way to take captive the man of integrity and crucify him. These consult together how they might take by guile (Gr. Dolos) and kill the Righteous One (cf. Matthew 26:4). In the world full of guile there is always a Judas to do the bidding of the wicked.

The Apostle Peter exhorts us in his First Epistle: “Wherefore lay aside all malice, and all guile, hypocrisies, envies and all evil speaking” (I Peter 2:1). Then concerning Christ, he wrote:

“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth. Who when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him Who judges righteously. Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the Tree, that we being dead to sins should live unto righteousness; by Whose stripes you were healed” (I Peter 2:22-24).

The Apostle speaks further in his Epistle thusly quoting the Psalmist: “For he that will love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile” (I Peter 3:10).

It was the testimony of Jesus concerning the disciple, Nathaniel: “A true Israelite, indeed, in whom there is no guile” (John 1:47).

In the absence of guile there is godliness, holiness, purity and love. The Apostle John speaks to us richly when he wrote concerning those “who follow the Lamb wherever He goes, the Redeemed from among men, the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile; for they are without fault before the Throne of God” (Revelation 14:4b-5).

Oh, to live in that world in the absence of guile.

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The Mysterious Almond Tree

“Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying ‘Jeremiah, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see a rod of an almond tree'” (Jeremiah 1:11).

There are many symbols used in the Scriptures, earthly elements to provide revelation and insight into spiritual things. Oil, wine, bread, gold, silver, are all used in a fashion to give us a picture of things unseen. It is not often one hears of the Almond Tree in this way; but the mysterious Almond Tree has many secrets to reveal.

“Then said the Lord unto me, ‘You have well seen; for I will hasten My Word to perform it'” (Jeremiah 1:12).

Almond Tree (Heb): Shaqed from Shaqad: The Almond Tree being in full bloom; Shaqad: To be alert, sleepless; to be on the lookout; to be awake

In this prophetic exchange the Lord is advising the Prophet that what Jeremiah saw was a symbol of the actions that were about to be taken by the Almighty. The Lord, Who “neither slumbers nor sleeps” (cf. Psalms 121:4) was going to be awake, alert and ready to hasten, or be early on His watch to accomplish His purpose in Israel. It is of note that the Almond Tree is called “the waking tree”, or “waking fruit” with its early blossoms in the Spring. It is a kind of first fruit of the Season.

The Almond Flower was incorporated into the Candlestick in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle of Moses. The ever awake, ever alert, sleepless watcher, was built into the construction of the ever burning, light bearing Candlestick. There were “three bowls made like to almonds with a knop and a flower in one branch and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower; so in the six branches that come out of the Candlestick. And in the Candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers” (Exodus 25:33-34). The symbolism is hard to miss with the inspiration of the Spirit dictating to Moses the pattern shown Him on the Mount.

What is this speaking to us for our day, for our time? We, the Church, the Candlestick of the Lord (cf. Revelation 1:20), the Light of the World, must not only shine the Light of Christ, but be ever alert, ever awake to the needs of the world, and be ever ready to hasten to move in the Spirit to fulfill the purpose of God. The events of the world today are happening in rapid succession, and we must be on rapid response with answers for the suffering and the dying souls of mankind.

Aaron’s Rod That Budded: “And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the Tabernacle of Witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the House of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds” (Numbers 17:8). What a miraculous sign it was to the people to confirm the Priesthood of Aaron against those who rose up to challenge the authority God had placed among the People to govern and lead them as the People of God. The Rod, the symbol of authority, was transformed from a dead stick, to a life-giving, fruitful instrument in the hand of the Anointed Priest.

The Lord is speaking to us today that He will hasten to fulfill His word as it flows from His confirmed authority, the Ekklesia, the Church of the Firstborn, to produce life out of death from His Life-Giving Spirit that abides in His Body; that we will go forth in the authority of His Word to bear much fruit, even in dry places, and to carry the Gospel to the ends of the world, even to the end of the age.

The Mysterious Almond Tree is here and by the Spirit of God has been woven into the fabric of the Gospel. Let it speak to us to hasten to be fruitful, ever awake, ever alert and ever ready to shine with the Light and Life of Jesus.

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Dedicated to the One I Love

“Absalom had set up a monument and dedicated it to himself in the Kings’s Valley. . .” (II Samuel 18:18).

Dedicated: (Heb. Qadash): To pronounce clean, consecrated, appointed and kept hallowed

That which we love becomes self-evident by our dedication of time, talent and treasure. Absalom loved himself and dedicated his time, talent and treasure to his ambitious goal of becoming King. He usurped his father David’s throne, took his concubines and palace possessions; but in the end died an ignoble death when his hair got caught in the branches of the trees of the forest of Ephraim (cf. II Samuel 18:9,14).

Another son of David, Soloman, also dedicated his time, talent and treasure to building the Temple of the Lord, in fulfillment of his father’s heart of love for God to make a resting place for the Holy Presence of the Lord in Jerusalem (I Kings 7:51; 8:63). “When Soloman finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the Splendor of the Lord filled the Temple. The priests were unable to enter because the Lord’s splendor filled the Temple” (II Chronicles 7:1-2).

What is in your heart to love and dedicate your time, talent and treasure? What attracts your heart to give such devotion? What animates your spirit to pursue such ambitious dreams? Is it to make for yourself a name, to bring you fame, to be raised to a position of power, or to have abundance of wealth? Is your dedication of this earth? For self? For your glory? Or is your heart dedicated to the One you love, to lay down your life as a sacrifice and offering for the glory of God?

There was in the days of Artaxerxes, King of Persia, a Priestly Scribe named Ezra. Ezra was dedicated to the study of the Law of the Lord, to observe it and to teach its Statutes and Judgments in Israel (cf. Ezra 7:10). The King honored his dedication and sent him to Jerusalem to administer the Law in the Temple of God. Dedicated to study; dedicated to live out what he learned; and dedicated to teach the living Word of the Lord. Ezra was truly dedicated to the One he loved.

Today we study the Scriptures because they were written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and are useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who is dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work (cf. II Timothy 3:16-17). Dedication to God has its benefits and the greatest of these is Love. Now, you can dedicate your life to Him.

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The Way Forward is Through

” Go through, go through the gates; prepare the way of the people, cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people” (Isaiah 62:10).

In this journey of life there are many obstacles, challenges, roadblocks that would stymie us and cause us to quit, return to the past, detour from our pathway; but the Lord is saying in this hour and season, “the way forward is through”.

The Children of Israel passed through the Red Sea and through the Jordan River (cf. Numbers 33:8; Joshua 3:16; 4:23; Psalms 78:13) on their way from Egypt and on their way into the Promised Land. This word, “the way forward is through” is not a philosophy for successful living; rather, it is a word of the Lord. Philosophy will not overcome impossible obstacles; but the divine interventions of the Lord will, as we walk by faith in obedience to His commands, even as Moses and Joshua did in their time.

We are being called upon to live through these days, and not try to find some escape. We have to go through the “gates of hell” (cf. Matthew 16:18) and by the promise of God they will not prevail against us. We have to go through many trials and tribulations (cf. Acts 14:22) to make our way into the Kingdom of God.

Jesus went through Samaria (cf. John 4:4) to save the people of Sychar after He spoke to the woman at the well. Jesus went through Jerusalem to the crucifixion before He entered His Glory in the resurrection. Paul went through Rome in his mission to evangelize the world.

What is God taking you through? Be encouraged, it is the Lord Himself who is taking you to your destiny. Did He not say, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Isaiah 43:2)? Go through, go through the gates, enter into the Kingdom and come out on the other side.

These are as the days of Noah who went through the Flood in the ark prepared beforehand. In like manner there is a place prepared of God in the Spirit in which we can abide and go through these days with enduring confidence in Christ, our Lord (cf. 1 Peter 3:20-21).

Indeed, the way forward is through. Let these words sink deep into your spirit and go forth in triumph in the mighty name of Jesus.

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