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THE GOD OF THE THEN AND THE NOW

I hope you know this song:

“The God of the mountain, is still God in the valley,

When things go wrong, He will make them right,

The God of the good times, is still God in the bad times,

The God of the then, is still God in the now.”

There are two principal messages in this song. One is obvious, and the other, though more crucial, is less obvious.

The more obvious message is that God, who was with you ‘in the mountain,’ where His presence and power can be strongly felt, is still God in the valley, where it sometimes feels like you’re on your own. The Bible makes references to God dwelling in the mountains, and to the need for men to go there to seek His face and help.

But He is God everywhere! Even in the valleys, which refer to vast open places that aren’t as secure as the mountains. Valleys represent those times and places where we find ourselves beset by troubles, and it feels like God is far from us. When you find yourself in such a place, remember: HE IS GOD EVERYWHERE! Right there where you are, HE IS watching over you, and is taking care of issues on your behalf, though it may not look or feel like that way!

Psalm 46:1 says it all: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (NIV) He is God in the good and the bad times! If He did it then, He can do it now!

The other message is rooted in the words “is still God”!

Never forget this supreme fact! No matter what, where, when, GOD IS GOD! Believe it! Stand on it! Hence the message:

PRAISE HIM BECAUSE HE IS GOD! Whether things are going great or not, whether you can feel His blissful and comforting presence or not, PRAISE HIM BECAUSE HE IS GOD! In fact, the reason you don’t feel like praising God is the very reason you should! When trouble assails you and doubt and despair weigh you down, be careful! Those are times when you should muster all the faith that you can find within you, and burst out in praise of His holy name! Because come what may, rain or shine, HE IS GOD! A mature believer is one who has learned to praise God when he doesn’t seem to have any good reason to. He doesn’t only praise God when things are going great for him. Rather he praises God because He is God, and is ALWAYS deserving of our praises!

Maybe God is simply allowing the issues to buffet you to teach you to love and praise Him no matter what. Maybe it’s just the devil attacking your faith in the hope to break you and cause you to abandon your God. I pray that you will always prove to your father in heaven that you are His child, and that come what may, He can count on your absolute faith in Him, and on your heartfelt and joyful worship and praise of His mighty name!

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Posted by on January 6, 2015 in ATTITUDE CHECK!

 

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GOD KNEW YOU BEFORE

So one day out of the blue, God came to Jeremiah and plainly told him: I knew you before you went into your mother’s womb. That got Jeremiah’s attention. And it got mine as well, the moment I saw the meaning of this powerful revelation.

We know that Jesus existed in heaven as God’s Son before He went into Mary’s womb to take on flesh and be born into this world as a human being. But did you ever wonder when we mortal men actually begin to exist? As believers we agree that ‘life begins at conception’. But according to God’s words to Jeremiah, the truth is far deeper than that. Here’s what God said to Jeremiah:

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5 (KJV)

The key words here are “I knew thee”. So before Jeremiah was conceived and started to take on flesh in his mother’s womb, he obviously already existed! The powerful lesson here is that we begin to exist as souls first, because God starts by creating us in His image. God is Soul and Spirit. So when He first makes us, He makes us souls and spirits. That’s what we truly are. And so we begin to exist as soul and spirit before we enter our mother’s womb to be born into this world!

(We understand that it is those souls who have accepted Christ while on earth, who earn a place in heaven for eternity. So am I saying here that souls exist in heaven before they’re sent to earth? I don’t know the answer to that question. We can only know about heaven the little that God reveals to us in His word and by other means of revelation. But one thing is clear: A soul is obviously created and begins to exist at some point before it is sent into a woman’s womb. And where else but somewhere in heaven would the souls be before they are sent off to the earth? What length of time goes by between the time that a soul is created and the time that it is sent off to earth, is not known. What a soul does while waiting to be sent into a woman’s womb, is not know. How long Jeremiah existed during the time when God himself says that He knew him, we don’t know.)

Knowing that God might have actually interacted with us before we were sent into this world is a very crucial knowledge to have, because it gives us the kind of understanding that is crucial in succeeding as God’s children in this world. It was this knowledge that helped the Lord Jesus succeed, because by this knowledge He understood that He came from heaven, that He came to earth for a purpose, and that He had to go back to heaven.

Here’s one of the most powerful statements the Lord Jesus ever made:

“The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” John 10:17-18 (NIV)

Here, the Lord reveals to us a conversation He and the Father had prior to His coming to earth. You see, the Father gave Jesus an assignment to come to earth as a human being, teach humans about Himself and God, display the power and glory of God through miraculous deeds, show men the way to God, then die to atone for the sins of men. AND THEN, RESURRECT and come back to heaven.

It was during this interaction that the Lord was given His mission to earth. And what we learn from God’s words to Jeremiah is that He had had that same type of conversation with Jeremiah at some point before sending Jeremiah down into his mother’s womb.

God had that same type of conversation with you and I!!!

Unfortunately, as we are born into this world as humans, we forget all about any conversation that we might have had with the Father before being sent into this world. But our Father remembers!!! So just as at some point He reminded Jesus and Jeremiah, He can remind you too!

All you need is to ask Him. God is excited when He sees our faith in Him! Especially when it’s faith that comes from a deep understanding that we have of Him. In this case, this understanding ought to make you deeply appreciate the idea that the great God who made the heavens and the earth, actually knew you personally, and gave you a specific assignment before sending you into this world. And this ought to make you determine to live for nothing else in this world other than fulfilling that assignment!

YOUR GREATNESS IS IN BEING THAT PERSON GOD SENT YOU TO BE IN THIS WORLD. It’s in fulfilling the tasks that He has assigned for you to do in His name and to His glory.

‘I think, therefore, I am’. We all know this quote by the French theoretician Rene Descartes very well. And also Proverbs 23:7For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (KJV). These two statements attest to the power of the consciousness of oneself, and there’s nothing more dangerous to a man than the lack of, or inadequate, consciousness of who he is an individual.  As long as the Lord Jesus kept His focus on this understanding of whom He was and what He was on earth for, He was able to focus on accomplishing the tasks given to Him by the father, and was able to make it back to heaven.

Therefore, brethren, I urge you to begin to see yourself as not just an individual in this world, but as someone on a special assignment given to you by the Father Himself! See yourself as the ambassador of the Kingdom of heaven that you are! An ambassador sent to represent the kingdom of heaven on earth, with specific instructions. Therefore, go to your Father in prayer and ask Him to reveal to you what He had in mind concerning you before sending you into this world! Then let the knowledge of who He sent you to be in this world be the guiding purpose for the rest of your life, to His glory!

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2014 in SHORT MESSAGES

 

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