For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all nations. (Isaiah 61:11)
What a mighty God we serve. To fulfill his Word has always been a criteria that all believers strive for. Embracing the fact that you and I make his word become flesh brings in the desired purpose of all creation. Just think for a moment, today, we will praise our Lord God in song, worship, tithes and many other heavenly avenues. Jesus will be exalted! God will be glorified! The Holy Ghost will be received. Praise will spring forth. Burdens will be lifted in the presence of a living God. All enemies of the cross of Christ will flee. We will be fulfilling part of this Scripture.
The other part is righteousness: his righteousness. Here we see God's wisdom. Many of the people that we will meet throughout the week will not have attended this meeting. They will not have beheld the free will offering of praise and worship, or have heard the word of God, nor enjoy the fellowship. However, they will have met you. God equates the light of righteousness to a "sacrifice of praise;" not just on Sunday, but his life springing forth all week. The mobile body of Christ Jesus praising his name through lifestyles of righteousness! Praise the Lord!
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (John 15:7)
Once again our precious Lord and Savior Jesus has made it possible to be in Father's house this morning. Another week has come and gone. For some it was long and hard, others short and sweet. In Proverbs 30:33, we read that the churning of milk brings forth butter. No matter what your week was like, here today Jesus will be worshiped, God will be glorified. A revelation for our soul will be had and Father God will wipe away every tear from our eyes (Revelation 21:4).
In the above Scripture, we find this " eye opener," that if Jesus's words are alive in our life, then whether things are hard or sweet, his word will produce results from heaven. It doesn't say all our problems will be resolved according to our wills. But it does say that we will be able to communicate with God and he will communicate with us.
If we are not reading God's word, nor applying it to our lives; everything is left to the wind. The choice is yours! My advice, read your Bible; be a doer of the word and the work. The results will be glorious. Praise the Lord!
Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner. (Proverb 11:31)
Once again, another week has come and gone. Father God has given us everything necessary to sustain life. All the business that was conducted throughout the week has been under the watchful eye of our maker. This will equate to blessings, if our deeds were righteous and wholesome, or on the other hand, if our doings were influenced by selfishness or wickedness; to our regrets. The treasure to be had in this proverb is this: the recompense or the penalty will surface not only on judgment day, but it will also be reflective in the lives that we are living here.
Can you imagine that? You and I are dictating to God what he must do with our tomorrows. That's amazing! Here, all along, I thought God was making the decisions on what will happen in our daily routine. But according to his word if I am righteous, he will recompense good. If I am evil and wicked he will recompense troubles. What clarity of circumstance. Whatever I sow, that shall I reap. Whatsoever my behavior has had on others, one day it shall be returned to me. Pretty simple isn't it. Praise the Lord!
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12)
How well Father God knows our hearts. What loving and caring advice is enhanced in this proverb; leading to Jesus (the tree of life). The Lord knows our heart aches. These encouraging words, "when the desire comes," lights a candle in our inward parts that no man can put out. Would Father God have written this if he did not intend to fulfill the desired petition?
There has been much suffering and pain in my body these past six weeks. Not only in my life, but because of my conditions others have had to carry a heavier cross. Although God's mercies have brought me far into restoration, all is not complete. Many a day my heart was sick. Jesus felt not only my heart's cry, but has brought his life into my despair.
Yes, hope deferred maketh the heart sick; but keep trusting in the Lord Jesus and your desire will come.
Dr. Thomas Snyder