A refreshing is coming. A time of spiritual edification and uplifting for all Believers. God will send a new wind of change…to restore and strengthen the broken and discouraged. He will breathe new life into old places…and fresh vision into tired and apathetic souls. As Oswald Chambers once said, ” Beware of paying attention or going back to what you once were, when God wants you to be something that you have never been .” A new wind is coming…a time of refreshing is upon us.
There’s no way around it…we all need to be around fellow Believers. There’s nothing like being with like-minded Christians…sharing, listening, and bearing each others burdens in prayer. All of us need encouragement and our faith strengthened by interacting with other Believers…we all need to hear how God is moving in other’s lives. As it says in Proverbs 27:17, ” As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Think of it…something the Lord has brought you through is exactly what someone needs to hear today.
If you’re praying but not expecting…why even bother? If you’re simply mouthing words because it’s the thing to do, but have no hope that God will answer…why waste your breath. If it’s only for show that you pray…why even go there if you don’t truly believe that your prayers are heard? If you’re praying, but not expecting God to move…why bother.
With maturity in the Lord comes new boldness and confidence. A strong Christian walk seasons and prepares us so that when fear threatens, we can face it without anxiety and insecurity. The time is now to face that fear head on…don’t allow it to control and dominate your life…for that fear causes you to forfeit your peace and wellbeing.
Just imagine what Godly power and boldness you could possess if the significance of this verse could sink deeply into your soul. There would be no limit to your trust and faith in the Lord. You would speak to mountains and they would throw themselves into the sea. You would pray for people and they would be instantaneously be healed. Grasp this scripture and the importance of its meaning…ponder it…receive it…walk in it.
God is in control…His choices explicitly and precisely are done to direct the course of redemptive history. He takes the simple-minded, the humble, the frail, and transforms them by the Holy Spirit into mighty men and women of God. For it is not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord Almighty in Zechariah 4:6. Under His anointing, the powerless become strong…the lowly and scorned become bold. Never underestimate what the Lord can do through you…never underrate the glory and honor you can give Him by simple obedience.
Modern day idols can take the form of many things. They may be people, possessions, locations or life-styles…anything that takes its place above God. Our graven image may be pride and self-importance. Or it may be bowing down to our collection of belongings…those babbles, toys, and things we amass and hoard just to say we have them. Anytime we put or trust and affections in anything other than God we’re headed down the wrong path.
Jesus had been predicting His death to His Disciples… and they were fearful of traveling to Jerusalem for what they saw as imminent death of their beloved Leader. Jesus didn’t shrink back or go into hiding…rather He had set off resolutely on the road to Jerusalem knowing full well what awaited Him. Isaiah prophesied of this in 50:7, “…therefore I have set My face like flint…” Jesus lead the way, going before the twelve Disciples…completely in control of the situation…not controlled by it.
Lord, You are the King of glory. We thank and praise You, for You have founded this world and all that is in it. (Psalm 89:11) Your strength and might…Your glorious beauty is everlasting and forever. You are great, and greatly to be praised on heaven and earth…Your splendor and greatness is beyond comprehension.