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You are not alone

When we feel like we are in the wilderness, with all our hopes lost and nothing left to put our trust in, the most dreaded of all fears come across our hearts – we are alone in this. There is no one who can understand what we are going through. It won’t even make sense to them. Suddenly we realize that we have no friend to confide in.

Alone. The fear of being lonely. Especially when we have followed the guidance of the Lord. We have only obeyed His instructions. Yet, here we are. We have nothing left. It is a wilderness all around us. Nothing to trust in. No hopes left. Your faith is struggling. And it sure looks lonely.

But dear friend, you are not alone. Because if you have followed the Lord, if you have obeyed His Word and you find yourself in a wilderness, remember that the Spirit of the Lord is with you.

Remember when Jesus found Himself in a wilderness, where He was tempted for 40 days and nights (Luke 4:2)? Where the devil questioned Jesus if He is the Son of God? And how did Jesus Christ reach that point of temptation? The Bible says that Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit and was led by the Spirit of God into the wilderness. (Luke 4:1)

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Yes, dear friend, when you are in the midst of the wilderness, when it looks like there is no hope left, when suddenly you realize that you are all alone, remember that the Spirit of God has led you up to this point and He is with you. The Comforter is with you.And HE will give you rest. (Isaiah 63:14)

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They know…

When we lose hope in the promises of God, when our faith struggles, when situations roar against the promises of God, we tend to think that the Lord has forgotten His promises. But the LORD never forgets a Word that He spoke. For He does not speak like we do. His every Word has the power to create a new universe. So, He would never say a Word unless He means it.

So, the problem is not with God. Then with who? The devil and his minions? Of course, not. They also don’t forget the promises of God. If God has made a promise to you, they know that God will fulfil that promise to you. They know that the Word of God is a hard currency. It is like a gold bar.

When Jesus was tempted by the devil, he kept asking Jesus, “If You are the Son of God…”, as if he is not sure of that fact. But we see that when Jesus was doing His ministry, the evil spirit confesses that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Most High God. (Mark 5:7)

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Yes, they know. That is why they are trying so hard that you forget the promise or you lose your faith on those promises. Let us hold on to the promises of God. The due time is nearer than we think. Those promises will be surely fulfilled. Amen.

It is very great

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The women who came to the sepulchre had only one thing in their mind. It was not the death of our LORD Jesus Christ, but the stone that was blocking the door of the sepulchre. And Mark adds that the stone was very great.

There are times in our Christian life, we come to the LORD, hoping to rejoice in His presence and to worship Him all our strength and might. But, no matter how hard we try, there is something deep in our heart that is weighing us down.

  • It could be your spiritual status. Probably there is some deep rooted sin that does not just go away, no matter how much you have dedicated your life to Jesus.
  • It could be your financial condition. Though you have tried your best to put all your cares on our Lord, the conditions have become so dire, your faith is badly shaken and you cannot take your mind of your finances.
  • It could be a debilitating disease, that is causing so much hurt to you and to your family. You desperately want to face the disease with a smiling face, but it seems to be just impossible.
  • It may be a nagging worry about your future and the promises that the LORD has made. Time is just passing away, but you have not seen the fulfilment of those promises and now you are worried. All your prayers seem to be blocked by a stone that is very great.

Dear friend, take heart. Our Saviour knows the heavy burden that is in your heart. Jesus Christ knows how much you wish someone will roll away this very great burden from your heart. Come to Him, come to Jesus, with all your burdens, worries and cares. Nothing is too small for Him and nothing is too big for Him. Come to Him, even with your questions and the power of His Resurrection will be evident in your life. And when you look up, you will see that the stone has been rolled away.

May the Name of Jesus Christ alone be magnified.

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James 5:16“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

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You are my God – through Jesus Christ

In the midst of the wilderness, when we call unto our LORD, saying, “O God, You are my God” (Psalm 63:1), what is the assurance we have that the Lord will honor our faith, accept our adoption and fulfill His promises? There is one Assurance we have, just one Assurance:

Jesus Christ

That is the only Assurance we have and the only Assurance we need.

  • We come to God our Father through Jesus Christ, our Savior and the Son of God. If we come to God through His Son Jesus Christ, be assured that we will never be forsaken. Yes, dear friend, when we come to God through Jesus Christ, we will be heard always.

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  • When we call unto LORD our God with faith, don’t forget even for a second, that our faith begins and ends with Jesus Christ. We cannot call God our Father as our God, unless we have our faith strongly rooted in our Savior Jesus Christ. Yes, Jesus Christ is the Author and prefecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). And, dear friend, our Father in Heaven honors such a faith – a faith based on His Son, a faith started by His Son and made perfect by His Son. That is the blessed assurance we have when we call our God with faith.

 

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  • When we call unto our God for adoption, we have one faith, faith through Jesus Christ, that God our Father will accept as His own children. Yes, dear friend, we are all children of God through our faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26). Never ever forget that. Your faith in our Savior Jesus Christ has made us the children of God, and we call unto Him, saying, “O God, You are my God”, imagine how delighted He would be that His children are calling and honoring Him. Yes, dear friend, the LORD is delighted in you and He will show His delight in you soon. That is the assurance we have.
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  • When we call the LORD our God for our promises, we asked through our LORD Jesus Christ. And no matter what promises the LORD has given you, we have this assurance.

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. – 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV)

Yes, dear friend, all the promises that the LORD God has given us are “YES” in our LORD Jesus Christ. And for all the promises, our Savior has said “AMEN”. And when we approach God our Father through His Son and our Savior Jesus Christ, all the promises will be “Yes” and “Amen” to us.

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So, dear friend, let us call unto our LORD, saying, “O God, You are my God” (Psalm 63:1) through our Savior Jesus Christ – through the Name above all names. Amen.

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1 Peter 5:8-9“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

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You are my God – the promises

Dear friend, you may have lost everything in your life. Probably when you look up at your future, it looks like a barren land. Everywhere you turn, there is only wilderness before you. There is no hope left. And are you left wondering what to do?

David was in the same situation in his life. He had lost everything. All his wealth, fame and courage meant nothing as he was wandering in the wilderness. Realizing that there is no hope on all the directions, he looked up – towards the LORD our God and said,

“O God, You are my God.” – Psalm 63:1

Dear friend, when you look up towards our God and with faith when you say, “O God, You are my God”, it pleases our Lord so much. And you are adopting Him as your God, your Savior. And when you call unto Him, dear friend, our God comes to you. And with Him, comes His precious promises.

Dear friend, if you have called out to our LORD Jesus Christ in faith and has adopted Him as your own God, then all His promises come with Him and those promises will be fulfilled.

A day came later in the life of David. One day when he came to his residence at Ziklag, he saw that the Amalekites had plundered everything that belonged to him and he was left alone. Are you in such a situation? Has the plunderer taken everything away from you? Your happiness? Your peace? Your family? Your future? Are you pushed to your limits, that all you want to do is to just cry your heart out?

Dear friend, David, the great warrior, a man of courage, did that. The Bible tells that he and his warriors lifted up their voices and wept aloud till they had no energy left (1 Samuel 30:4). So, dear friend, if you want to cry aloud because of your circumstances, go ahead. Cry your heart to our LORD. But, don’t stop there. Crying is not your end. Losing everything is not God’s plan for you.

During his time in wilderness, David had adopted the Almighty God as his own God. And during one of the worst moments in his life, David found strength in the LORD his God.

But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. – 1 Samuel 30:6 (NIV)

strengthen20yourself20in20the20lord_012Note how the Bible talks about the LORD his God. Yes, dear friend, if you are in such a situation, strengthen yourself today, now, at this very moment in the LORD your God. When you call Him “My God”, the LORD prides that you are His own child. It pleases Him so much and He comes to you, to strengthen you with His promise.

The same promise that the LORD his God gave David that day – our LORD is giving you, whoever you are, but if you lift your eyes up to Him, and call unto Him saying, “O God, you are my God”, the LORD is giving you a promise and HE will do it for you. And the promise is:

“Without fail, you shall recover everything that you lost.” – 1 Samuel 30:8
 

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1 Peter 1:24-25“For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the Word that was preached to you.”

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Voice of strangers – Sarah

Sarah is often credited with creating turmoil in this world through her unbelief and constant nagging.  But the more important question is why did Abraham, the father of faith, listened to her and what is the lesson that the Holy Spirit is trying to teach us through this?

In Genesis 15:4, the LORD gave a promise to Abraham.

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Note the promise of the LORD carefully. The God did not say that the son who shall come forth out of Sarah; He said the son who shall come forth out of YOUR (Abraham’s) bowels. However it is implied that this son would be borne of Sarah, as she was Abraham’s wife then.

But when the promised child was delayed, Sarah realized that they were getting too old to get pregnant. So, she took the LORD’s promise and started nagging Abraham:

“God did not say that your heir will be from my womb, He only said that he would come forth from your own bowels. So, you can have a son through Hagar, my servant maid. That’s not against the Word of the LORD. If you have doubt, look carefully at what He has promised.

Come on, I am not saying that you should not believe the Word of the LORD; on the contrary, I am saying that you believe God’s Word as it is. See, if I was supposed to have your son, God would have said that Sarah will bear you a son and he shall be your heir. But He did not say that. So it is clear that this is not God’s will. So, have another lady as your wife and have a son and a heir as per God’s directions.” (Okay, this may not be the words of Sarah, but IMHO, what would have been her point of argument.)

Abraham still had faith in God, but he also saw the point his wife was making. Technically, she was not wrong at all. Whatever she said, whatever she argued was within the promise that the LORD had made to Abraham. So, he accepted her suggestion. But he forgot something or, probably he did not know this truth about our LORD at that time.

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Dear friend, our God is never the author of confusion. His promises are always clear. When He promises something, never try to analyze it too much. Understand the Word of God for what it is. If you feel something has to be done to fulfill the promise of God, then go to Him first. Ask Him. If you need to do something else, then either the LORD Himself will do it for you, or He will command you to do that. But never ever assume that just because someone’s explanation of God’s promise is ‘technically’ correct, you are doing the right thing.

Sarah. It could be your spouse. It could be your well-wisher. It could be your pastor. It could be anyone, who is a good Christian, someone who shares your faith, your promise and your suffering. They also want the promise of the LORD to be fulfilled. But, the only problem is they want to fulfill it for the LORD. So, when you hear such voices, beware.

When Abraham asks the LORD to bless Ishmael, the son he begot through his maid Hagar, the LORD gave His promise again to Abraham, but this time, He makes sure that there is no chance for any misinterpretation.

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When Sarah was nagging Abraham to have a child through Hagar, instead of listening to her, Abraham should have gone to the LORD first. If he had, then the LORD would have made it more clear. So, dear child of God, when you are in doubt, please don’t listen to your Sarahs. Go to the LORD. One Ishmael is enough for this world.

Psalm 149:4“For the LORD takes delight in His people; He crowns the humble with victory.”

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