Obadiah 1:2-4 NASB
2 “Behold, I will make you small among the nations;
You are greatly despised.
3 “The arrogance of your heart has deceived you,
You who live in the clefts of the rock,
In the loftiness of your dwelling place,
Who say in your heart,
‘Who will bring me down to earth?’
4 “Though you build high like the eagle,
Though you set your nest among the stars,
From there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord.
It is pride that makes you believe that we are invulnerable and to place our trust in anything or anyone (including ourselves) other than our almighty God. Your pride causes you to become spiritually blind. To prevent pride from entering in and causing you to worship and exalt “self,” be careful to lift up God and to glorify Him for the security and success you experience. Ask Him to reveal to you any areas in which your heart may be deceived because of pride.
It is impossible to live a kingdom filled spiritual life in our own strength, and yet the pride of our heart so often deceives us into trying to do just that. God, however, will find a way to humble us anytime we try to exalt ourselves in this way.
Psalm 68:5-6 TLB
5 He is a father to the fatherless; he gives justice to the widows, for he is holy. 6 He gives families to the lonely, and releases prisoners from jail, singing with joy! But for rebels there is famine and distress.
In God’s divine order for things, He desires that everyone live in a family. Our loving Father (‘abba, which has become common in modern Hebrew as the word Israeli children use for “daddy”) wants no one to live without the comfort of others with whom to share life’s experiences. This is the ultimate earthly fulfillment. The protection and care that one receives in a family is so essential to human life that God says He will personally intervene on behalf of widows and orphans who lose the normal protection of a husband and father.
Our heavenly Father’s model of family is positive and powerful, and it takes God’s supernatural power to make it work. Just like you need food and water to sustain you the family needs the blessisngs of God in order to prosper. If you have the Lord in your life, then you have something positive to contribute to your family, no matter what the situation. Glorify Him and He will give you the desires of your heart.
When Israel was a youth I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.
2 The more they called them, The more they went from them;
They kept sacrificing to the Baals And burning incense to idols.
3 Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them in My arms…
Our Lord yearns for you and me. He desire a true spiritual relationship with His children, (spiritual in this reference specifically means relationship with God). He is your closest relative, your best friend and most importantly your Savior. Your intimacy with God must be your highest priority.
How does your relationship with God affect what and how you hear from Him? Good question, our relationship with Him greatly affects what we hear and if we are hearing at all. You are the hearer and God is the speaker, you heard Him when He called you out of darkness and into the light. Why then is it so difficult to hear Him…
Is it truly challenging to hear from Him or have you stop seeking Him! Remember before you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior you could not hear. It is time to identify with Him again, and know that what happened to Christ at Calvary also happened to you. Gal 2:20.
We are starting a new series for 2016 called “Breathe”. A search for the word breathe states: take air into the lungs and then expel it, to inhale and exhale freely. I our year long series we will inspire, encourage and coach you to breathe 12 areas in your life as you would naturally breathe air. Keep and eye out for the blessing coming from this series…
35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Our Lord is the true and only Shepard that can heal all infirmities. As we grow in our faith in him we become healed from worrying, stress, health conditions and on and on and on… You get the picture. There isn’t anything on or in this earth that can cure you of everything. But Jesus the Christ! We all need this type of healing. The best part of this coverage is that it has been fully paid for and all you need to do, is come in for your checkup, the kingdom health center is always open and no waiting.
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.
The secret to living is joy: A supernatural delight in the person, purpose, and people of God. The secret to joy is abiding and fruit bearing. The things that bring joy; winning Souls to Jesus, growing in Personal Holiness, a growing pattern of giving Financially, a deeper desire to love others expressing Godly Character, good works, and Sacrificial Worship.
God Is in control! God has a plan. The best that God has to offer us here on earth is joy.
Every word of God Is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His name, Lest He rebutted you, and you be found a liar.
The Bible in it’s 66 books is God’s divine revelation to man. God still speaks to people with insight and ideas, but these differ from revelation in that they are an “illumination” of what God has already spoken. The Bible is complete, completely trustworthy, and sufficient to completely answer anything we need to know for eternal salvation or practical wisdom concerning our relationships, morality, character or conduct. 2 Timothy 3:16.