Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10)
As we journey through this side of eternity, the only valuable asset we possess that cannot be taken away is God. Jesus said, "I am with you always." (Matthew 28:20) Paul writes, "nothing can separate us from the love of God." (Romans 8:39) Again in Matthew the sixth chapter, Jesus advises us to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.
In the book of Exodus chapter 14 the Israelites were being pursued by their enemies the Egyptians. Feeling trapped by their circumstances, the Israelites cried to the Lord, "because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness?"(Exodus 14:11). Feeling they trusted God in vain and that he deceived them, their eyes could only be hold their enemies and the powers of darkness. They cried, "where are you God? Now that we have followed you, our enemies have gotten the advantage. They will certainly have their way with us. Did not we tell you to let us alone. It had been better for us to have continue to serve our troubles." God's reply, standstill and see the salvation of the Lord! (Exodus 14:13)
Beloved, the just shall live by faith. Never call it quits until the Lord has spoken! But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ; who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (Philippians 3:20 and 21)
Yes! The mercies and the power of Almighty God. Just think, all his favored children will receive a new body. Not like the present one, which is changing second by second; but a new glorious body, just like our Lord and Savior's resurrected body. Jesus was able to enter rooms with this new body when the doors were shut (John 20:19). This new resurrected body was able to vanish out of sight, right before the eyes of all present. (Luke 24:31). Yet sit down and enjoy a meal with his company. (Luke 24:42) Someday, you too will possess such a body!
Our conversation right now is being published in heaven. Just like front-page headlines of a newspaper or webpage for all to read and hear.
How proud Father God must be to allow all of heaven to hear what is being said on earth through our conversations. Our thoughts ever flowing as we wait on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; bringing glory, honor and praise to Almighty God, our Father, with every uncensored word we speak. Can you imagine that? Father God not only hears everything we say, he publishes it also!
For the Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. (Deuteronomy 32: 9-10)
Where would we be today if we had stopped short? If we had not fulfilled the vision that God gave us concerning salvation. I think about the time when Christ sent out his spirit. Saul, who later became the apostle Paul, did not know much about the spirit. His heart was stirred against the followers of Jesus. His eyes were blinded to the truth. His intent was to put the newborn church to an end; but Jesus was looking on.
We scarcely understand the whole process how God gets us into his plan. Then works within us little by little. God has a wonderful way of drawing us. Paul never intended to be among the disciples. He never intended to have anything to do with this man called Jesus, but God was working. In the same way God has been working with us and has brought us to this place. It's marvelous! Oh, the vision of God. The wonderful manifestations that God has for his people!
Beloved, do not think it odd the fiery trials that beset your life. His grace is sufficient. His power will overcome. Always remember that you are, "the apple of his eye!"
Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come .(Psalm 71:18)
Can you imagine that? Our Heavenly Father has encouraged us, no, he has declared to us that age and other circumstances can never void out his existence of character. I see so many people winding down their years trapped in their own limitations. Not so with the true believer.
In this Scripture, we see Almighty God not limiting himself to our limitations. At any age, one's natural abilities or inabilities are the springboard into the world of faith and God's love. Since the beginning of time man has followed the same pattern: birth, life, and then death. When we are born again (1 Peter 1:23), a new format of eternal life prevails. All the effects of aging, sickness, intellectual abilities and so on, must give way to Father God's strength and power.
Moses started his spiritual career at the ripe age of 80 years old. The Scripture also records that at 120 years of age his natural force was not abated
(Deuteronomy 34:7). Hard to imagine? Not so easy to comprehend? I would have to agree with you had the natural process been left up to Moses or for that matter, anyone else.
Beloved, it is God's power that makes the difference. And Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28). Want some? Only believe!
Dr. Thomas Snyder