I have a joy like a river, joy like a river, joy like a river in my soul x2. Glory, honour, power and Majesty belongs to Lord our God.
Blessed Redeemer, Wonderful Messiah, Excellent Counsel, Our Soon Coming King, we bow down before Your Throne. Thank You for the gift of another day, another week, we are most grateful, we praise Your Holy Name forever and ever.
Beloved, how has been with you? Glory be to God I heard you said. O! I like that, thank God for that. It is indeed worthy of us to place our hope in God Who can do all things. He is faithful, He is kind, He is loving and caring, He gave us peace and joy, He replenishes our strength, and raises our head when we are down casted.
I was confronted with some issues recently and the options before me which seem good will not glorify Whom I claimed is my Father, the Owner of the universe. As thought were swelling up in me and the devil is offering a cheaper way of getting around it, immediately I renounce it and mutter to myself I will rather place my confident in God instead of seeking that option. This happened three times, I refused to acknowledge that way as an option to my solution.
I finally said loud to myself “God is my confident and in Him is my confidence”, let Him do what is best for me.” I never allowed the suggestions of the devil to prevail over my confident in God after which my peace was restored.
Then I came to the realization that why we sometime fail to pull over so many of our challenges in life is rooted in “fear”. Simple put “the fear of the unknown.” When we make “if” higher than God, we fall victim to evil circumstances. When we allow the fear of what will happen tomorrow to cripple the joy of today instead of leaving it in the hand of God who knows what tomorrow holds for you.
We decide to worry, dissipate our energy and strength worrying over what will never be or if it will eventually be God will have orchestrated a way out it, even if that is not the immediate solution, the Lord will have set us on the path of eventual success.
Looking around the happening of event around me, I came to the conclusion, that if fear is rooted out many of us, we will live out our destiny in full instead of bring down upon ourselves many disease and sickness which were as result of fear of what might be which eventually will never be.
Beloved, our hope in God will root out every fear in our heart. How? someone wants to know.
We must place our confident in God by going through His Word with the Holy Spirit helping our understanding of the scriptures not of letter but of Spirit and life. Our ignorance of the scriptures is the bane of most Christina. How can you claim to be an engineer without undergoing a training in that same field, you will never succeed in it. Same way, if you claim to b Christian without taking out time to read the bible which is your manual for living, you will clash land instead of safe land over issues of life.
The devil will put so many stumbling blocks your way, telling you things that was never written and you will believe because you never take out time to know what your Father said concerning matters of that nature.
Another reason we allow fear to take over us is that we draw our references often times from what happened to another person instead of trusting in God to see us through in what befell us. We quickly conclude that there is no way out the problem when Jesus is only “Way” out of every mountain and difficult situation.
Again, is when you don’t know whom you are in God. Beloved, it is in the Word of God you discover your identity in God. Recall the song we ended with in last week message? “Do you still remember who God said you are?
The text in our topic of the day said that though they will be try their very best to get at you, to destroy you but God said “ I will make thee a fenced brazen wall, all their fighting, enchantments and wicked acts will not prevail against thee, for He is with you to save and deliver thee.
The first time I encountered this verse in the book of Jeremiah, my confident in God tripled. I was so embolden in God and I have nothing to fear.
When God say to you never mind what is happening around you that He is to protect you and keep you safe. Why should you be afraid again? He that keepeth Israel neither slumber nor sleep. It is He Who said “fear not” I will save you. Praise the Lord.
By the grace of God, the Spirit of God will help us to walk over our fears and challenges in life after this week series in Jesus Name.
Come along as we learn more how to boost our confident in God and maintain Godly stability in all our undertaking:
“And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brazen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord’ Jer. 15:20
Stability in the fear and faith of God will make a man like a wall of brass, which no one can batter down or break. Only the Lord can make such; but we need such men in the church, and in the world, but specially in the pulpit.
Against uncompromising men of truth this age of shams will fight tooth and nail. Nothing seems to offend Satan and his seed like decision. They attack holy firmness even as the Assyrians besieged fenced cities. The joy is that they cannot prevail against those whom God has made strong in His strength. Carried about with every wind of doctrine, others only need to be blown upon, and away they go; but those who love the doctrines of grace, because they possess the grace of the doctrines, stand like rocks in the midst of raging seas.
Whence this stability? “I am with thee, saith the Lord”: that is the true answer. Jehovah will save and deliver faithful souls from all the assaults of the adversary. Hosts are against us, but the Lord of hosts is with us. We dare not budge an inch; for the Lord Himself holds us in our place, and there we will abide for ever.
Did you read that, nothing offend Satan and his cohort like “decision”, “Focus”, or “Resolve”. It gets him offended and he will fight you to stand still whenever you make a resolve either to follow hard on God, business, career or ministry decision that will move you forward. He will want to confuse you, fight you and make you run round the circle as if you did not receive the message from God. You may even witness failure and you will being to wonder is God in this with me.
People will even question or doubt you but one thing I know is that God is not an author of confusion therefore every forces of the tower of Babel send to confuse what the Lord has said to us or set to do in our lives must not succeed in Jesus Name. They will clash and be consume by the fire of the Holy Spirit in Jesus Name. We must take decisions that must move us forward through the intervention of God this time in Jesus Name. We are moving forward, we are stoppable by His Mighty Hand upon us Amen!
Let us discover more on how to overcome our fear through surrendering our life to God:
The Key To The Christian Life Is Surrender
Are you fearful about the future? Apprehensive that the bottom might fall out? Concerned at the prospect of some future calamity? The only answer to quelling such fears is SURRENDERING to our wise, all-knowing sovereign Father.
Are you experiencing a difficult relationship in the family or at work? Perhaps you are perplexed by an association in which you feel misunderstood or mistreated. Again, the answer to inner peace lies in SURRENDER.
“Therefore, as God‘s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:12, 13)
Are you fearful that you might not be able to maintain control over your finances? Concerned that they could slip away, or be diminished by a bad investment, or by an economic crisis beyond your control? Again, SURRENDER is the only hope for inner peace.
“Riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations… Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” (Proverbs 27:24; 23:5) (See Psalm 25:12, 13)
Are you worried about your health? Of getting cancer? Or growing old? Are you fearful that a family member might be stricken or die prematurely? This side of eternity there certainly are no guarantees of a sublime, pain-free life. So again, the answer lies in SURRENDER to our wise and loving Shepherd.
“Those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” (Isaiah 49:23b)
But SURRENDERING our will to His does not come easily. The reason? “We seek what one might call a relative omnipotence: The power to have everything we want, to enjoy every thing we desire, to demand that all our wishes be satisfied and that our will should never be frustrated or opposed. It is the need to have everyone to bow to our judgment and accept our declarations as law. It is the insatiable thirst for recognition of the excellence we so desperately need to find in ourselves to avoid despair… ” (Thomas Merton)
Humanly, it would seem that achieving inner peace would be dependent upon our ability to consummate and maintain control over our lives in every area. His condition for our peace, however, is based on our categorical, unconditional SURRENDER to Him and His sovereign will. Jesus demonstrated His SURRENDER to the Father in praying, “Not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39b) Do you choose to do the same?
As you go through the week, make a resolve to surrender all to the “All-knowing God” and see all your fear flee at the instance of His Divine Intervention” Praise God. Not forgetting that they assault notwithstanding, the Lord said, He will make you “a fence brazen wall, they will fight but will not prevail against thee, but will save you.”
In fighting you, they will but they will not prevail against you. So go in that confident all this week and beyond in Jesus Name and you soon see the wonder you will soon become.
Don’t forget also that though “the host is against us but the Lord of host is with us. Amen! That is a greater confident, I suppose. Praise the Lord.
Finally, read up Zech 8: 12-13; Eph 1:17-23.
Remain blessed in the Lord.