Feb 13, 2010

The Lord is Strong and Mighty to Deliver

Ever had the feeling like "all hell has broken loose" Have you ever said to yourself "Why Me!!" or "why did that happen to him" That is pretty much a human experience. You see, we live in an imperfect world where things go wrong. A world where bad things happen to good people and bad people without discrimination.

But!!! When you know the Savior and Master, Jesus, life takes on a whole new meaning.
1 Corinthians 10:13 "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."

"Why then", do you say, "are there so many Christians who are suffering pain, sickness and have so many problems?" Why does God not do something about their predicament. The bible is very clear Isaiah 59:1 "Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: " That is an inescapable truth. God sees all, hears all and knows all.

He certainly does have the power to perform miracles in every believers life. But many believers are not in the place to receive those miracles. You see, it's like standing in the rain with a folded umbrella. No matter how good the umbrella is, if we don't use it, we are going to get wet.

God's provision is much the same. We need to stand in the place of God's provision so that we can be positioned to receive. That place is in the Presence of the Lord. That place comes by spending time with Him. That place comes by listening to His voice. That place comes when we obey His voice.
After all, Ps 23:6 declares "Surely goodness & mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever"

Don't be misled and fooled into thinking that goodness and mercy means you have a full bank balance and every luxury that your heart desires. Your earthly success is not necessarily an indication of goodness and mercy. I have seen very rich people who are in abject poverty when it comes to matters of the heart. (spirit) You can have all those things and still be grossly unhappy.

No, the true measure of goodness and mercy can be summed up in a few words. "Godliness with contentment is great gain" Timothy 6:6 (King James Version) The Amplified version translates with much more clarity. "And it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain." (the emphasis is mine)

So, as we stand in a sense of inward sufficiency, contentment, we stand in the place of provision from a loving and caring heavenly Father, who is pleased to show forth His hand at His appointed time and season. We are resting in Him and the knowledge that He is able. Heb 4:9 "For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his."

Take heart, beloved, the Lord is strong and mighty to deliver.


Gil Howard-Browne

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