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8 From there he pulled up [his tent pegs] and departed to the mountain on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord.
Hold on…God has not forgotten about you and all that you do for his kingdom sake. Continue to praise and worship his Holy name. Our father Abraham lived and resided in Bethel and that’s where he met the priest and received his prophecy and blessing. Do you want to visit or is your house,that is Bethel, where the Holy Spirit dwells and your spirit reigns and you can receive a word (i.e., instruction) from the Lord? May I suggest that you consider the possibilities you’re not in the right house to get your break through. Just a thought, at Bethel our ancestors met God and received the provisions without hesitation.
Here is something to consider when you make your house Bethel:
The Lord’s presence is there. So, investigate your house and see if you need to serve an eviction notice to the present landlord if it is not lining up with your wish to dwell in the house of Bethel; a house who’s foundation is prayer.
Make your temple (a Bethel) a dwelling place for the Lord to dwell daily .
Righteous Indignation is defined as retribution, retributive justice; anger and contempt combined with a feeling that it is one’s right to feel that way; anger without guilt
Psalms 69: verses 18 – 29
Draw close to me and redeem me; ransom and set me free because of my enemies [lest they glory in my prolonged distress]!19 You know my reproach and my shame and my dishonor; my adversaries are all before You [fully known to You].
20 Insults and reproach have broken my heart; I am full of heaviness and I am distressingly sick. I looked for pity, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none.
21 They gave me also gall [poisonous and bitter] for my food, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar (a soured wine) to drink.
22 Let their own table [with all its abundance and luxury] become a snare to them; and when they are secure in peace [or at their sacrificial feasts, let it become] a trap to them.
23 Let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and make their loins tremble continually [from terror, dismay, and feebleness].
24 Pour out Your indignation upon them, and let the fierceness of Your burning anger catch up with them.25 Let their habitation and their encampment be a desolation; let no one dwell in their tents.
26 For they pursue and persecute him whom You have smitten, and they gossip about those whom You have wounded, [adding] to their grief and pain.
27 Let one [unforgiven] perverseness and iniquities accumulate upon another for them [in Your book], and let them not come into Your righteousness or be justified and acquitted by You.28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living and the book of life and not be enrolled among the [uncompromisingly] righteous (those upright and in right standing with God).29 But I am poor, sorrowful, and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high.
God’s word decrees vengeance is mine, so we don’t have to worry about our enemies. Therefore, the heartaches and pains that we are enduring now is temporary because we are in the season for God’s righteous indignation.
We are under the judgement from God, so obey in all things, giving praise and honor to God, proclaiming the good news of the resurrection and the saving grace of the anointed one Jesus Christ our Lord. It’s a dangerous thing to fall into the hands of an angry God. We are the children of the Most High and that’s why I am sending you this encouragement and assurance about your enemies and hater’s (see verse 22 ) that what had been for their welfare will become a snare. This scripture tells us at the set time while they are building up and at their highest point suddenly they will be brought down. We are well aware of God’s righteous indignation being poured out in various areas of our country especially seen in the economy and big banks, mortgage companies, and Wall Street. There was even a movie about the Wall Street bail out, the movie titled: ” Too Big to Fail”. So they thought they had a shield that could not be penetrated.
How good it is and excellent to serve a living God who is concerned about every area of your life and well-being. David, in this scripture, was hiding and being pursued by Saul and was tired, desperate and repenting for all his sins, wanting and needing God’s mercy. You know the word “what the devil meant for bad is working for our good”. Not some things but all things work together for the good of them that love the Lord and are called according to His divine purpose.
I just want to remind you of what happened to Mordecai when Hammond set a trap for him, which reminds me of our modern-day popular quotes “You dig one ditch, you better dig two because the one you’re digging for me just might be for you; or, don’t throw stones when you’re living in a glass house”. Our faith is to remain stable even when we are under the most horrifying crisis and turmoil- hold fast to your faith. Be encouraged knowing at the right time and in the right season, God is going to execute His righteous indignation on your behalf.
Jesus, we decree that your word is true and we are holding fast to our faith and profession knowing that you are the author and finisher of our faith. We understand to be still and let the battle be waged and won by you our rock and defender. James tells us trial works patience and patience gives us endurance to stand, even when we know we have been wrongly accused and our reputation, character, and name is being slandered.
When you, the believers, are surrounded by haters, just rest on the promises. And, in spite of their wrong doing, pray for their misunderstanding so that their eyes may be opened and deliverance can come forth. Sometimes we know with all the prayers we pray and the unconditional love we give away without wavering, some will continue to be a hater. But let your haters be your motivators because the snare is upon them. Do good to them that despitefully use you. In doing so, you’re heaping coals of fire on their head.
How will the world know us? By our agape love for one another, walking in forgiveness. And if you have seen your sister or brother, father, mother, or neighbor fellow believer struggle in a flaw, weakness or unseemly character, don’t kick them when they’re down or put your mouth on them, because you are in danger of the snare being put on your life and under the righteous indignation of God. Amen
Help someone by loving them to live.
You have to understand that many people are more accustomed to failure than success. You are the factor to where your road ends and begin. Don’t let anyone devalue your skills and abilities, but always optimize every available opportunity. I have held two full-time jobs since I was seven years old. Shouldn’t have been that way but it was, but once I accepted the present situation, I began to strategize my exit plan. I became a sponge to absorb every bit of information to aid in my destiny: sometimes you have to create a chance for a change to come. This is one of your best options when it comes to people and criticism.
Please consider taking these suggestions as well:
1. Align yourself with people who have your solution and not your problem.
2. It’s easy to talk to hear yourself talking; but faith to action to sweat is the formula to success.
3. Work the vision until the vision works for you. I know it can be done; it’s like the Bible says, so as a man think so is he.
4. And, remember that Fear is false evidence appearing real.
2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].
All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man.
The notion of Logotherapy was created with the Greek word logos (“meaning”). Frankl’s concept is based on the premise that the primary motivational force of an individual is to find a meaning in life. The following list of tenets represents basic principles of logotherapy:
Last June 8, 2011 sent my world in a tornado when I was driving down interstate 77 coming out of morning manna prayer. I was hit from behind in my car by a Ford 350 truck and the driver was speaking on the cell phone. Had I not been a woman of prayer and obedience I would not be here sharing my words of encouragement. First word was Jesus and to say the least of the circumstances was emergency surgery and being told I would never walk, talk or be self-reliant again. I had to evaluate the circumstance and take the word of God for my life and decree regardless of the circumstance whether I walk or talk for God I live and for God I die. Being a believer and always wanting my professing to match what I was possessing I had to release my faith. After the worse of the ordeal I ended up walking with the help of a cane God did it delivered me from the affliction and curse because I did step out of the circumstances and the circle of bondage that the enemy laid to ensnare me. Just as God did it for me he is no difference for you. His yoke destroying anointing is available right now to change your circumstances. Because when Jesus show up the devil blow up, and when God is glorified the devil is terrified. So make sure you have your armour on daily so when the circumstance are out of line the armour can adjust and readjust to meet the need. We are in the year of break through. Father I stretch my hand to thee no other name I know if thou withdraw thou hand from me where shall I go? Father I decree peace and safety over this nation, government, all our children in United States. I dispatch angels of mercy and grace to cover every household and individual in all their ways. I touch and agree with your blood covenant that no evil shall befall your chosen vessels, anointed servants in Christ Jesus name. Father we surrender our will and repent for every lie, deceitful practice, and deception of the enemy. We release the unadulterated favor upon these nation bless going in and blessed coming out. Father I loose the angels over the leadership of our nation and by Jesus stripes our nation is healed from every infirmity in our politics,government, spiritual leaders in mind and body. Father as our nation vacate the circle of circumstances and move by faith out of the circle United States will go forth and will not tarry nor delay in forgiveness,deliverance as well as repentance. United States is in agreement with your will for our nation. Father right now move every mountain, obstacle and be our nation rock. Father I stretch my hand to thee because in Psalms 68 the scriptures state when we throw our hands up you will stretch down and raise us up. I know the thoughts that you have for my nation to prosper her and give her an expected end. As an act of faith (you the believer) draw you a circle for yourself and your household, and tell the devil in the circle you belong bound in the name of Jesus. Tell Satan we are stepping out of the circumstances in Jesus name. Circumstance means the circle in which you are standing and if you don’t like the circle step out!!! Carry that word forward too every friend, neighbor, co-worker, church leader and community in Jesus name blessing and honor bestowed upon you today in Jesus name.
Today’s topic is about a personal trial I endured in 2002. 2002, you may recall was a very memorable year for the DMV and the country as a whole. DMV stands for District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (my hometown and where I was raising my family). My trial came during the time when our area was on the edge, due to a sniper who was going from town to town and city to city without a clue to the who and why those crimes were being committed.
Long story short, America got a wake up call about the stereotypical serial killer. Meanwhile, I was dealing with a personal crisis of momentous proportions. I was on the edge for a different reason…I was the parent of a missing 14-year-old daughter. My daughter was going through growth and development without the help and assurance of a father love. So, I was the cook, baker, and candle stick maker doing all I knew to be the provider.
I worked and commuted to Arlington,Virgina daily. As I was praying seeking help from local authorities, FBI, and trying to find my daughter everyday, I was getting the bad reports about the sniper killing in the DMV. I fasted and prayed and the Lord spoke to me these very words “you can’t have an Isaac you’re not willing to put on the altar”. Wow that wasn’t the answer I was expecting. Being an evangelist and teacher of the word, I was trained in Spiritual warfare. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. –
When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there; then he laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar on the wood.
I had to learn about truly trusting in the Lord and allowing him to order my steps. God honors blind faith and it takes all our spiritual muscles to develop faith when your first-born in missing. Nevertheless, God brought me out just as he said he would never leave me nor forsake me… only after I had faith to leave it on the altar. It took several months to be reunited with my daughter and going through the court proceeding to take the criminal to trial. That was a another test of faith. To much is given much is required.
I know you as a believer may be going through some of the darkest days of your life, and it seems there is no end in sight. Just take a leap of blind faith as the minutes turn to hours and the hours into days, and you will see that he will make a way of escape. Trust the Lord with all your heart in all your ways and in all you’re doing. It’s better to please God and go through the trial then to walk it alone. God restored the days the canker worm, palmer worms stole. I can pay it forward the encouragement and faith to others because I know first hand just what God did for my family and the ram in the bush. Fathers bless us when the time comes to being in the same position as our forefather Abraham when you prayed, fasted and obeyed.Help us in our unbelief to stand firm under the power of Jesus. Remind us of who we are and whom we belong in Jesus name I pray.
27 In toil and hardship, watching often [through sleepless nights], in hunger and thirst, frequently driven to fasting by want, in cold and exposure and lack of clothing.
Apostle Paul had a close encounter with the sin kind of man, not television aliens but a close encounter with men who were supposed to share the same zeal, love and faith. Yet he often discovered because of the sin kind he felt rejected, alone and out matched. As a reminder, Jesus fore warned us to count up the cost. Luke 14: 25-28
25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?
When we embark on a life long commitment to serving Jesus, it’s going to cost you many perils. But the good news is when you transition from perils you transform into a pearl.
“Pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a mollusk, a pearl is made up of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes of pearls (baroque pearls) occur. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries, and because of this, the word pearl has become a metaphor for something very rare, fine, admirable, and valuable.
The most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild, but they are extremely rare. These wild pearls are referred to as natural pearls.. Imitation pearls are also widely sold in inexpensive jewelry, but the quality of their iridescence is usually very poor, and often, artificial pearls are easily distinguished from genuine pearls.” Amplified Bible (AMP)
44 The kingdom of heaven is like [a]something precious buried in a field, which a man found and hid again; then in his joy he goes and sells all he has and buys that field.
45 Again the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is a dealer in search of fine and [b]precious pearls,
46 Who, on finding a single pearl of great price, went and sold all he had and bought it. Once you complete your walk and ministry with Christ the reward far out weights all the perils. Keep your hand in the Master Hand and remember Christ paid the price from perils to pearls.