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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Secret Place of the Most High

"He who abides in the secret place of the Most High will dwell in the Shadow of the Almighty" Psalm 91:1

The opening verse to Psalm 91 has always stuck me with a shroud of mystery.  Often referred to as the "Psalm of Protection" I have often wondered what does it mean to abide in the secret place of the Most High?  This secret place obviously benefits us in our walk with God.

The word "abide" is a verb, an action word.  When we are abiding in Him, we are actively doing it.  Abide in Hebrew is "yashab" which means to literally take a seat and remain.  We are actively remaining, we are not jittery or fidgeting around waiting for something to happen.   We are not running in and out of the "secret place", or trying to stay occasionally.  We are seated here.

Now let us look at "secret place" for a moment.  "Secret Place" means "cether" in Hebrew which describes a covering, cloud, hiding place.  It is even referred to as a womb.   Inside of the womb a baby is developing, and everything the baby needs to grow is right there.  The womb is inside the woman's body, deeply hidden when conception takes place.  It is a safe place full of fluid and muscle and membranes that protects the baby.  The baby is kept there until it is time to give birth.

God wants us to come into the secret place when we are going through trials and tribulations.  He does not want us to run to drugs, alcohol, sex, etc when we are trying to alleviate stressful situations.  He wants us to come into the divine womb, the secret place where He can truly care for us and bring us into a place of abundance and unspeakable joy.  

Trusting in the Lord With All Your Heart

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
-Proverbs 3:5-6

       Trusting in the Lord is very important.  In order to have a good relationship with someone, you must establish and maintain a level of trust.  If trust is not their, the relationship is in danger of failing.

      Moreover, we must trust in the Lord.  Trust comes out of intimacy, being close to someone, getting to know them as a person.  Do you know God as your God?  Do you know Him as your personal Savior?  The first step of knowing and trusting God is reading the Bible.   As you begin to really read the Word, consistently everyday, your Spirit will become enlighten.  New direction for everyday living will start being revealed to you.  

      As you draw closer to God by reading His Word, and prayer your life will take a new direction  He promises to make the crooked places straight.  It may not happen overnight, but gradually, your life will become ordered.  As you see God moving in your life your Trust in Him will naturally strengthen.  

Monday, May 15, 2017

Caring for the Poor

35 “If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. 36 Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you.  (Lev 25: 35-36)

    Here we are commanded to care for the poor.  This verse points out the fact that circumstances occur in life that causes people to fall into poverty.  In response to such circumstances, we are instructed to lift our brother out of poverty.  And how do we do this?  We do this when we support him until he is able to support himself.

   These Bible verses are not just mere suggestions but commandments of God.  Following them requires that one is rooted in the fear of God.  The fear of God means that we respect His commandments and teachings and perform them.  

   In Western society, we often view the poor with eyes of disdain.  We perceive them as lazy, uneducated, moochers, etc.  However, this is often not the case.  Many people find themselves in poverty through no fault of their own. 

  Moreover, the Word commands us to display compassion for the poor among us by physically doing something to help alleviate it.  God does not just want us to sit back and judge, or utter a prayer and go on our way.  He wants us to do something physically that will lift the constraints of poverty.  

Monday, May 8, 2017

Healing: It is always God's Will

In Christendom, we sometimes doubt if it is God's will to heal us of sickness.  Sometimes we take illnesses on as being ours and believing it is a test sent from God.  We may compare it to Paul's "throne in the flesh" and tolerate it.  However, God does not want us tolerating sickness, lack, poverty, or any other evil work of the enemy.

We often do not receive our healing, because we have not reconciled in our minds God's Will to heal us.  In order to be healed, we must first believe that God wants us healed even more than we want to be healed.  An army cannot be effective if the soldiers are not healthy.  

Monday, April 24, 2017

Handling Trials Through Christ

In Christendom there is a misconception that once a person gets saved they will be living on easy street for the rest of their lives.  However, when life happens and we are faced with challenges we are often blindsided, confused, and discouraged.

Instead of questioning God's goodness in times of struggle, let us draw closer to Him in order to overcome.  Once we overcome that particular challenge, we can help other Believers in that area.

Trials also are a time to build our Faith in God.  As we overcome every difficulty that we face, we will see that our faith is increasing.  Faith is like a muscle, you must exercise it in order for it to grow.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Maintaining an attitude of Gratitude

      As you go through challenges in life, it is important to maintain an attitude of gratitude.   We want to show God how thankful we are for waking up every morning, having our basic needs met, and the many wonderful things He does for us on a daily basis.  We want to thank Him for protecting us from unseen dangers.  We want to thank Him for being a caring Father, a loving Master.

    "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it".  Psalm 118:24.   Isn't it amazing how today is a day that we have never seen before?  Matter of fact, everyday is a brand new day never experienced.  While we are waiting for our breakthrough, we can wait with expectancy.  God does not want us waiting with an empty hope, He wants our hope to be full because we trust in Him. 

"I will lift up mine eyes to the hills,
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord
Who made Heaven and Earth"  Psalm 121: 1-2

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Building Faith in God

"You have to understand the character of the one you are trusting in".

Recently, I went to a healing and miracles workshop.  One of the key truths that I discovered about God is that "You have to understand the character of the one you are trusting in".  Character is defined as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.  How do we learn these traits about a person?  Through spending time with them and developing a relationship.  Once we spend time with God in prayer, study, and worship we will began to learn the mind of God.

Once we learn the mind of God, through prayer, study and worship we will began to build our Faith in God.  We will know that God is just, merciful, and always wants the best for us.

The Secret Place of the Most High

"He who abides in the secret place of the Most High will dwell in the Shadow of the Almighty" Psalm 91:1 The opening verse to Ps...