The glory of the Lord shall be revealed!

“Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed.” Isaiah 40:4-5

The glory of the Lord awaits the appointed time to be revealed. The period of wait can be longer or much shorter than we had anticipated. We have a choice to make during this time – either be filled with frustration and anger or be quiet under the influence of the Holy spirit and wait for the Lord to come. 

Those of us who choose to wait upon the Lord can pray during this time to get strength of the Lord and by His power get encouraged to speak the word of God to let the surroundings know that our God is an everlasting God who always fulfills His promises. 

The delay in the fulfillment of promises seems hard and it fills us with bitterness and anger. Some of us grumble not to see the result of our prayers. Some fall back and declare that the Lord has abandoned them. But some persist and despite tears and pain, keep up the courage and at the end see the Glory of the Lord in answer to their prayers.

Our rise and fall in faith journey is directly proportional to the depth of the penetration of the seed of word into the ground of our hearts. The deeper the word of God sinks into our hearts, the longer we remain in the Lord. If the ground is shallow and not dug deep enough by the sword of the word, we tend to leave our faith the moment persecution begins in our lives. Unless we have experienced the saving grace of the word in our time of need, we become victim of the negative feelings and move here and there by the shifting winds of adversity.

But the Lord is faithful. He has promised a time of refreshment and deliverance into our lives!

Once the word of God has accomplished the purpose of God’s heart in our lives, the Spirit begins to fill us with greater strength and faith to move forward and we diligently start preparing a way for the Lord by raising very valley, making every mountain and hill low, and every rough ground and rugged place a plain.

We destroy every difference to establish peace among us to make perfect ground for the glory of the Lord to be revealed. We tame every thought that raises itself against the knowledge of the Lord. We begin to work hard to keep the peace in our families. We work together with the Lord through Jesus Christ to make a place for the new blessings to be poured into our lives.

The Lord values unity. His blessings flow where there is unity.

How good it is when the brothers live together in harmony and peace. This is where the Lord has promised His blessings!

The Glory of the Lord is eagerly awaiting the appointed time but we have an obligation that is not to waste the waiting period in frustration and anger but to utilize it to seek peace and make a perfect ground for God’s blessings to be revealed.

Have you been waiting for the Lord’s glory to shine in your life? Have you tried hard but yet to see success on your way? Have you been praying for long without any answer?

Look around. See if there are any differences in your life. Do you feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit to leave a habit or a practice you have been involved with? Are you resisting the inner voice that says make amendments with those who are ready to fight with you every time you open your mouth? Do you have to forgive someone and are you carrying the guilt of un-forgiveness for long?

Follow what the Lord is asking you to do. Follow God’s way to deal with differences in your life and the Lord will send His Glory in abundance that will turn into blessings for you and your family.

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Be prepared!

Mathew 24:44, “You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.”

Preparation is the key to achieve success in every area of life. Be it work, home, or anywhere else, planning is crucial to bring about the desired consequences. The same principle applies to our walk with the Lord. Preparation in season and out of season is the first step to make room for the promised blessings that a child of God is waiting for. In Luke 18:1 Jesus taught his disciples that they should always pray and never get discouraged,

Jesus added at the end (Luke 18:8), “When the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth?

Being in flesh and blood, our senses rely more on what we see and hear so none of us can remain in faith all the time.  We move forward for a while and with slight change in circumstances and situation, we tend to get filled up with frustration and hopelessness. We get discouraged and start comparing  our life with others, only to find out that others are better than us. We focus on the lie and deception of enemy and declare that we are alone in this world!

Since our God never sleeps nor slumbers, He keeps a record of our walk, and when He sees us going away from his shelter, He sends the word to rescue us. Some of us receive it, find encouragement and consolation that only God can provide and are filled with renewed strength to move forward.

In this faith journey we learn that the word of God is the greatest encourager and the only source of peace despite  negative circumstances and situations.  We learn to trust more on God and less on our resources when we see  God as the only provider when everyone else runs away and shut their door. By going through different seasons our faith matures and  becomes fruitful in the service of the Lord.

What season are we going today? Are we prepared?

“When the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth?

The Lord is reminding us through His Holy Spirit to be prepared all the time for His coming. Be prepared for the answer of your prayers even though its been a long time since you have been praying. Be prepared and hold on even though the situation is forcing you to give up.

The Lord will appear when you least expect Him!

He and only He can open doors that you had never imagined. He can use anyone to bless you, even your enemies! All you need is to have full faith in Jesus and confidence in God given abilities.

You serve the resurrected Lord, so be prepared and expect supernatural blessings. In Matthew 17:17 Peter asked Jesus about paying taxes to the authorities, Jesus said, “Go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

Our God has full authority in heaven and on earth.

And don’t forget that you are God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Gal. 4:7

Expect blessings that are above and beyond your abilities! Expect supernatural doors to be opened for you. Expect new blessings into your life!! Be prepared for the head position and promotion at work that you have been longing for such a long time! Expect Godly spouse coming on your way!

Be prepared! Divert your energy in full preparation and skill building rather than thinking that you may never get there.

Trust on the word of Jesus! Have full confidence in your abilities! Be prepared and see how your dreams turn into reality!

Don’t give up! We serve the living God!

Hunger and thirst for righteousness

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.

Righteousness is being in right relationship with the Lord. It is not the fruit of our good works nor can it be attained by our conscious efforts. We can try out best to do good but due to the inherent weak nature, we tend to fall every now and then. We muster strength to stand up and walk again, only to find out that we are entering into a perpetual cycle of rise and fall. Our constant efforts that don’t bear fruit fill us with frustration and hopelessness. We find ourselves becoming a slave to fulfill our own desire to be called righteous.

Christ has called us to live in freedom. He has breathed His Holy Spirit that fills us with Godly liberty. We are free to choose, to follow, to obey and to walk in all freedom before the Lord.

If living a righteous life is that simple then why do we live under constant obligation to do good all the time? Why do we feel satisfied to display our good works to others? Isn’t it the desire that is constantly fighting with God given freedom to stop us from enjoying the finished work of the Lord?

Christ is the end of the law of righteousness!

Receive the righteousness that has come down from above. Don’t try to make it any better by adding your own works to it. Live in the freedom of the Holy Spirit and channel your energy, efforts and time in praise and worship rather than living a miserable life that is the fruit of failed efforts to prove man made righteousness.

The one who had no sin became sin for us so that in him we become the righteousness of God.

We have been made righteous by the work of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. All is done, what is left for us to do is to seek Lord’s righteousness and walk in it.

Christ’ righteousness is to know and experience the power of the resurrected Lord that works in us all the time. Christ’ righteousness is looking at Him for every question we might encounter and following His way to get the answer. Christ’ righteousness is to give all we have to Him and to live in eager anticipation to receive all that the Lord has in store for us.

Christ’ righteousness is in our simple trust. Childlike trust that cries out to the Lord for there is no one to help and no where to go to. Christ’ righteousness is to abandon all in order to be filled with the abundance of Almighty God. Christ’ righteousness is in making room for more and to know with experience that the one who has promised is faithful even until eternity.

Have hunger and thirst for God’s own righteousness that has nothing to do with our works. Have a deep desire to walk with the Lord in all freedom and be filled with a zeal to bring many to the Lord.

Look at Jesus and you will know that the law that pushes you to demonstrate righteousness through conscious efforts has already been fulfilled.

Why did you doubt?

“Be still an know that I am the Lord.”

In Matthew 14, we read about Jesus walking on the water. When Peter saw Jesus walking on water, he was filled with a desire to do the same and asked Jesus to let him walk on water. Jesus asked him to come out of the boat and Peter started walking but the moment his focus turned to the raging waves and rushing waters, he started sinking and cried out, “Lord Save me.” Jesus reached out to him and said, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Why did you doubt?

Are you going through the mighty waters of pain, suffering and affliction right now? Do you feel it hard to meditate on the promises of the Lord since all you see is one failure after another? Do you feel tired of waiting for the Lord to come in answer to your prayers? Its not uncommon. All of us who have determined to follow Christ go through this phase in their lives at some point or other.

Waiting  is hard and painful and none of us want to go through it willingly, but God is not unfaithful. He has promised to be with us when we go through waters of affliction and fire of persecution. When God is with us, we, despite being in the negative situation, remain immune to its adverse effects. We remain at peace as long as we focus on HIM, but the moment we change our focus from the presence of the Lord to the mighty river of pain and suffering, we start sinking just as Peter did.

Jesus is asking us the same question, “Why did you doubt?” Don’t be doubtful about your deliverance. The one who is with you in the situation is powerful enough to take you out of this situation.

You believe in the blood of Christ that has delivered you from the burden of guilt and sin. You believe in eternal salvation and life that He has promised for those who follow Him. You are certain that He is your eternal partner. Good!

You have faith on Christ until eternity what you need to do is to develop daily faith in Christ!

Have faith that whatever you are going through, it is not beyond His saving grace. Have faith that He knows where you are and your suffering. Have full faith and trust that the same Jesus who will come to take you when you go to heaven will come to save you from this situation in this life. He will and He will for sure!

Just be still before the Lord. Use your authority to kill the raging storm of distress and frustration that is forcing you to tear down and give up. Be still and don’t say anything under the influence of the negative power that is trying to overtake you. Be still and know that the Lord will come to rescue you the way He rescued Peter. You need to be still before the Lord and everyone including yourself will know that your God is mighty God!

Fix your thoughts on Jesus

“Therefore, holy brothers who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.” Heb. 3:1

Some of us begin to walk with Jesus when the times are favourable and life runs smooth. We feel His presence in our blessings, see his divine hand guiding us through the way of our prosperity and hear His voice that takes us to the path of adundance. We see one success after another and testify to others that our God is a good God.

Since life follows a pattern, there arrives a time of misery and pain. We suddenly don’t realize what is happening around us.

Didn’t we think that walking with God mean showers of blessings that never run dry. We thought walking with Jesus mean getting hold of the choicest blessings in this life. So why does the time not seem in our favour anymore? why our own seem to go away from us? Why the work of our hands doesn’t bring the desired fruit any longer and why all efforts seem to go wasted and nothing appears to be moving?

Under the pressure of harsh realities and circumstances, we begin to loose our focus. Instead of feeling the presence of the Lord, we find ourselves being filled with distress and frustration. Instead of seeing his divine hand, we blame our lack of skill and experience for our misery and failure (not knowing that by doing so we are trying to take control over our lives that has already been bought by the blood of the lamb), Instead of hearing his voice, we open ourselves to the deception of our own mind and the lie of the enemy of our soul.

Under the influence of the deception, we declare, “I am alone and no one is with me,” forgetting that the shepherd of our soul has promised to be with us until eternity. Enemy frustrated us to the point where we begin to question the very existence of God by saying, “if there is God, why is He letting me go through such great pain and grief?”

Bible says, “Those who want to live a Godly life will be persecuted.”

Persecution can last for a day or two, months or several years. The intensity of pain may be different for each one of us, but all who want to live a Godly life will be persecuted.

Since life follows a pattern, persecution wouldn’t last for ever. God has designed night and day likewise those who are going through night in their lives, be encouraged that the day of deliverance is coming soon, its right at the door! May be its already arrived!!

Look up, child of God! See that the Lord is shining on you. Do you feel encouraged right now? then know for sure that the presence of the Lord has arrived and you going to be filled with His joy and great power that will lead you to accomplish great works for His Kingdom.

You have no idea how many spiritual battles have you fought and won during the course of your trial and tribulation. When you thought you were left alone and were trying to hide under the sand of distress and failure, God was accomplishing great works in you. When you couldn’t see His hand in your life, God’s mighty hand was busy turning you into the image of Christ!

God has a purpose and plan for all of us. The period of persecution doesn’t mean wasted time. Our God has full authority over past, present and future. He is able to bring the past blessings into your and my life right now! All we need to do is to stand firm in His sovereignty and declare hat only He is the Lord who is who was and who is to come.