Wonderful article from Six Measures of Barley blog which reminds us that our prayers are answered but in a far greater wonderful way which is for our good and God’s glory. Take hope when it seems that God is silent. He is always in action and always with you. Wait patiently and trust that he will do as he promised. No good does God ever withhold for those who belong to him!

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God Does Not Delay

Many times, in my life I’ve wondered why God didn’t intervene earlier for an issue. I thought if the Lord stepped in earlier, my problem could’ve been prevented or at least less complicated. Then, He taught me that He did answer my prayer, but in His time. If I didn’t go through the valley, I would never reach the mountain. Yes, the Lord could have made my life simpler, but then, I would not experience the wondrous works of His hands in my life.

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness…”

The Lord does not slack. The word of God says that He makes all things beautiful in His time. We, as humans, are often impatient. We want God to have intervened yesterday, so that we wouldn’t be facing the difficult situation today.

Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus told Jesus, “Lord, if thou had been here, my brother would not have died.” John 11: 21 & 32. Jesus was good friends with Lazarus and his sisters. When Lazarus became sick, his sisters sent word to Jesus, in the hope that He will come and heal him. But Jesus said the sickness is “for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.” John 11: 4. Moreover, Jesus stayed extra two days in the same place he was at. Jesus came to Lazarus’ home four days after he had died. And those who were gathered there said “Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?” Jesus could have come in early and healed Lazarus, but then the community would not get to witness the tremendous power of God. They would not have been able to see a corpse coming to life through Jesus. The Son of God was glorified that day, in a greater magnitude because Jesus came in His time. Lazarus’ sisters and the mourners thought it was too late and that Jesus should have come sooner, but Jesus foresaw the events and His disciples’ faith was strengthened and people witnessed the power of resurrection.

We can look at the life of Joseph. Joseph set out to find the well-being of his brothers at the request of his father. Due to jealousy, his brothers threw him into a pit and although his brother Reuben plans to rescue him, he is sold to the Ishmeelites before he can help. He is then taken to Egypt and is falsely accused of assault and subsequently imprisoned. He is then known to be able to interpret dreams and taken up to the Pharaoh, who elevates him to a position of second in power. Through his position, people’s lives, including his brothers’ was saved from a great famine. If Joseph was not cast into the pit, if he was not imprisoned, he would have never become the 2nd in command to the Pharaoh of Egypt. God could have stopped Joseph from going to his brothers; He could have allowed Reuben to return in time to deliver Joseph from the pit; He could have prevented him from going to the prison. If God intervened earlier, Joseph would never go from a simple Jewish boy to a powerful Egyptian leader.

If Jesus intervened before Lazarus had died, the Son of God would not been glorified in public. If Joseph’s trials were prevented, he would not become a leader and many lives would have been lost in the famine.

When we feel answers are delayed, know that God does not slack. Our delay is God’s right time.

God Bless!

Glory Mathew

Redeemed Ministries

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Six Measures Of Barley

Like most of you, my husband always looks forward for the weekends. And particularly for the one when he could relax at home with no “to-do list” like shopping and other errands. One such Saturday we got up with a cheerful mind and somehow our hearts got driven to despair as we discussed on some of the difficult situations that we were facing. I thought in my mind that the Saturday would go uninteresting and somber. A voice kept lingering in me saying that “Its your choice to make this day happy or dull, make the choice to be happy.”. But it was quite difficult to get over the disturbing thoughts.

Then we got to hear a sermon which totally changed our state of mind. It said about casting all our burdens upon the Lord. We cast our cares upon Him but do we quit worrying? Why don’t we just give it…

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Louis Albert Banks tells of an elderly Christian man, a fine singer, who learned that he had cancer of the tongue and that surgery was required. In the hospital after everything was ready for the operation, the man said to the doctor, “Are you sure I will never sing again”? The surgeon found it difficult to answer his question. He only shook his head no. The patient then asked if he could sit up for a moment. “I’ve had many good times singing the praises of God,” he said. “And now you tell me I can never sing again. I have one song that will be my last. It will be of gratitude and praise to God.” There in the doctor’s presence the man sang softly the words of Isaac Watts’ hymn:

gods-love-doesnt-leave-usI’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath,
And when my voice is lost in death,
Praise shall employ my nobler power;
My days of praise shall ne’er be past,
While life, and thought, and being last,
Or immortality endures.”

A body is not crippled ’til its heart has ceased to praise God. Scripture views the glorifying of God as a six fold activity: praising God for all that he is and all his achievements; thanking him for his gifts and his goodness to us; asking him to meet our own and others’ needs; offering him our gifts, our service, and ourselves; learning of him from his word, read and preached, and obeying his voice; telling others of his worth, both by public confession and testimony to what he has done for us. Thus we might say that the basic formulas of worship are these: “Lord, you are wonderful”; “Thank you, Lord”; “Please Lord”; “Take this, Lord”; “Yes, Lord”; “Listen everybody!” This then is worship in its largest sense: petition as well as praise, preaching as well as prayer, hearing as well as speaking, actions as well as words, obeying as well as offering, loving people as well as loving God.

Turn to Exodus 15, and imagine for a moment what happened at that glorious sunrise where the Children of Israel were safely on the East bank of the Red Sea. They saw with vivid reality the complete destruction of Pharaoh and the Egyptian army. As the crashing noise of the returning waters subsided, there was a deep stillness, a hushed awe as the tremendous truth dawned upon the audience of over 2 million people. At first there was a quiet whisper, you could almost hear someone ask, is this a dream? Then someone said in a quiet voice, “I will sing unto the Lord,” then some else a little louder, “for he hath triumphed gloriously”; Now others a little louder, “the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.” And now with one voice the people sang, “The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation.” And then with exultant shouts they sang at the top of their lungs, “He is my God, and I will prepare him a habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” What a chorus of praise is rendered to God from the hearts of the Children of Israel.

Worship precedes the victory. We need to remember that praise gives us the proper perspective. As we praise and worship God, it puts other things into their rightful place in our thinking. On the West side of the Red Sea, they were terrified of Pharaoh and his army, on the East side of the Red Sea they knew that God was great and Pharaoh a bloated corpse on the beach.

C.S. Lewis wrote,

“I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. If it were possible for a created soul fully to ‘appreciate,’ that is, to love and delight in, the worthiest object of all, and simultaneously at every moment to give this delight perfect expression, then that soul would be in supreme blessedness. To praise God fully we must suppose ourselves to be in perfect love with God, drowned in, dissolved by that delight which, far from remaining pent up within ourselves as incommunicable bliss, flows out from us incessantly again in effortless and perfect expression. Our joy is no more separable from the praise in which it liberates and utters itself than the brightness a mirror receives is separable from the brightness it sheds.”

Have you yielded your life to Jesus Christ? Andrew Murray wrote, “God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.” Christ, the mighty warrior, will come and defeat all those who oppose His absolute sovereign rulership over this earth, but that rulership must first come to fruition in our lives.

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This is an excellent message of faith to understand that all that you go through and all that you must endure is actually the workings of our God who is making you ready for his kingdom. Never think that he has forgotten you when the fire gets too hot. It is then that he is doing his best work. Believers are living as aliens in a perishing world. It is not easy. There is evil all around and sometimes it seems like we are losing the battle but the truth is that we already won it through Christ! We cannot be taken down or destroyed by anything of this life.

Take heart, weary Christians. Your God sees where you are. He is already working it all out for you. Just believe!

Thank you, Rhonda Lewis, from Forums Of The Heart for this wonderful message of hope for all of us.

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                           His power is sufficient for all our needs

 God’s power to work all things out for your good is a promise for all believers that will never fail. But watching and waiting for him to turn around a bad situation in your life can be a time of great pain.  It is hard to understand the wait when your marriage is failing or after you have received a bad report from the doctor.  How are you expected to hold on when your financial problems overwhelm you and you soon may lose your home?  Rebellious children can break your heart as you stand helplessly by as your son or daughter chooses a path of destruction.  Your own life can be changed in an instant by the death of someone close to you.  Is God really able to turn these and other impossible an impossible situation into a blessing in your life? 

The truth of this matter is that God can use all things to work for our good because he foreknew the storms of our lives and had a plan to take us through every one of them.  No disaster in your path can take him by surprise.  Our God can see the past and the future and his power is sufficient to fulfill the purpose he has for your life.  By his strength alone, you can forge the rivers of your pain and climb the mountains of your problems until you get the victory that God has promised.  He knows your ways and he can help you in your weaknesses. Even the timing of every one of your trials has a purpose that holds eternal ramifications.  

In Genesis, we read how Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. He became a servant in Potiphar’s household where he ultimately was falsely accused and put in prison.  He languished there for years but God was with him the whole time. . While this young shepherd boy was suffering in prison, God was working out his plan to make him royalty!  Joseph was eventually released and appointed second highest in all of Egypt.  That was something that even Joseph could not have imagined as being possible in his dire circumstances.  But God had the power to turn the injustice done to Joseph into a training ground that would make him a mighty leader who would save his people. 

This message is for believers who are struggling right now in a painful situation that seems to have no end.  You may feel that there is no solution and no one that can help you.  That is a lie from the father of lies.  

Jesus is the master of the wind and with a single word, he can calm the storm you are in.  He is sovereign over all of creation and he knows how to resurrect the dreams you thought were dead.  He can find purpose in everything that touches your life if you put your faith in him. He is never farther than you next prayer and he is waiting for you to call on him.

Dear Lord, I lift up all those who are reading this who need a touch from you.  May your presence will be felt in their life as you give them the peace to know that they have nothing to fear for you are in control of all that comes against them.  Most importantly, may they have your assurance to know that no matter what they are going through, your perfect plan will never fail.  Amen

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What an awesome reminder for us all!  
 

Let the grace of the Lord be the measure of your sufficiency;
let the peace of the Lord be the measure of your quietness;
let the power of the Lord be the measure of your strength;
let the goodness of the Lord be the measure of your contentment;
let the love of the Lord be the measure of your service;
let the faithfulness of the Lord be the measure of your trust;
let the beauty of the Lord be the measure of your worship;
let the fullness of the Lord be the measure of your joy;
let the sovereignty of the Lord be the measure of your confidence;
let the promises of the Lord be the measure of your expectations;
let the coming of the Lord be the measure of hope.

You are my portion, O Lord. Psalm 119:57 AMP

Read more encouraging messages by Roy Lessin, DaySpring co-founder

 and writer, on Roy’s blog Meet Me in the Meadow.

 

 

 For Christ himself is our peace (Ephesians 2:14)

 

I have given this message before, but we are living in a time of testing when it warrants repeating. We read in Psalm 23 that the LORD is our shepherd who leads us to green pastures and  quiet waters, but that may not seem true for you in your life now.   It is tough to survive on a planet that is literally being destroyed as every form of evil fills the heavenly realms.  Can God truly restore your soul to his peace despite the battles raging all around you? 

Keeping your hope alive in the midst of your struggles and fears can be difficult.  Although Christ has promised us that he would never leave us but would always take us through our problems, the strength to stay in faith when the storms of life come upon us can seem impossible. 

The truth is that Jesus did not die just to give you eternal life in heaven.  He died so that you might have an abundant, joy-filled life right here on earth.  He who knew your name before the foundation of the earth is able to heal your pain and ease the heartache that you may be going through.  There is nothing that comes upon you that can destroy your life if you have put your trust in the risen Savior.  Jesus is not just waiting for us in heaven.  He is here with us now in all that we do.  His power and strength is the force sufficient enough to demolish any stronghold that seeks to defeat you.   

Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”.   Those are life changing words!  He is speaking with all the power of God when he tells us that we do not have to fear any problem or impossible situation.  Jesus will not only take us through our problems, he will give us the peace that we need to stay trusting while we are in the battle.  The peace Jesus speaks of is the truth that sets you free.  It is the irrevocable promise of God that you can still have hope despite your trial because nothing can destroy his purpose and plan for you.  He is ready to shine a light to guide you on the path he has set for you.  Jesus is your friend, your counselor and an ever-present help in all things.  There is nothing too strong or too impossible for him to do for you because he alone is the source of all power. 

 Throughout the scriptures, we read of how God would make a way in impossible situations to help his people.  There is nothing that can change the course of victory for those whom he has redeemed.   In Exodus, we learn that God did not lead the Israelites around the Red Sea but rather he brought them to the Red Sea that they might understand his power as he parted the waters for them to cross safely to the other side.  

The victories written in scripture are here for us today.  God is willing to part the deep waters of trouble and pain that is in your life and bring you through safely to the other side.  Impossible situations are no match for the power of the risen Christ who defeated darkness and death and bought for you eternal life. 

Whatever painful situation you may be experiencing at this time, take heart and remember that Jesus is with you.  The hope that he gives you is not just a desire, it is a promise. God can always make a way to help you!  It is my prayer that he will help you to understand this truth. 

 

Dear Lord, I am praying for those who are going through a trial in life that is bringing fear and doubt.  I pray that you will give them a very real sense of your Presence and let them know that you have legions of angels surrounding them now who at your command.  I pray that anyone who is struggling with a financial problem, a marriage or relationship conflict, a serious health issue or a bondage of any kind will know without a doubt that you can make a way above and beyond their circumstance and bring them to victory.  I am praying that your truth will fill them and drown out the lies of the enemy who is leading them to believe tha there is no help.  Jesus, I pray that you will touch hearts all over this world and give them the peace and strength to know that your perfect plan will never fail them.  I give you praise and honor for you love that endures throughout eternity.  Amen