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No one is indispensable!
Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. (Exodus 4:25)
Notice the words---A Bloody Husband! Sounds like a good title for a drama or horror movie but these were the words uttered by Zipporah, who was Moses wife. The issue here was accountability and preparation. Moses, earlier in this same chapter had a life changing encounter with God. He had seen miracles and was given a charge to appear before Pharaoh but something happened. In Exodus 4:24, it states that the Lord met him and sought to kill him. Why was this so?
The reason for this was circumcision. The Jewish law commanded every male child to be circumcised after 8 days. This displeased the Lord. It so displeased him that death was imminent unless he made the proper adjustments. Zipporah, upon having a revelation of this, proceeded to circumcised the young child in order to spare her husband's life. Notice at the end of Exodus 4:25, there might have been a note of sarcasm when she did this calling him a bloody husband. Who knows? She could have done it reluctantly but whatever the case, Moses life was spared.
A charge to the Husband and wife.
It could have been that Zipporah did not agree with circumcision. She might have argued with her husband about the procedure. Another thing to observe is that the Bible does not mention her after that act. Who knows? Perhaps she could have separated from her husband after that act.
Husbands and wives, before being sent out to ministry, there has to be unity and order in the house. Husbands, do not allow the spirit of compromise to be present in your home. It can jeopardize your ministry and might cause you to die before your time. In God's kingdom, no one is indispensable. God was showing us and Moses that when we harden our hearts, he can remove us and raise someone else in our place.
Wives, If your husband has a calling in his life for full time ministry, do not stand in his way. Another thing, when you do stand by his side, do so with a willing heart and not be sarcastic about it. Zipporah had the chance to make an impact for God but, unfortunately, her statement cost her in the long run. The word makes no more mention of her.
So, in reviewing this, Your calling is important but you are not indispensable. Marriage unity is key and serving God with a willing heart are key factors for a successful ministry. Let's learn from these past mistakes and make an impact for God. God bless.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
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Friday, June 2, 2017
Be ready to fight your battles.
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. (I Tim 6:12)
How do I get my prayers answered? That seems to be the enigma within the body of Christ. On one hand, we have the promises of God to bless us but on the other, we have the circumstances talking to us and dictating the opposite. It is a fight, no doubt about it. Many of you may be hitting that wall but there is hope. Let's take a close look about the good fight of faith.
First, we are not taking the fight to Satan. Jesus has defeated him at the cross and he has been stripped naked. Our responsibility is to dress for success. Put on the whole armor and be ready to fight. Many times, certain battles just takes speaking the word--It is written and we add a verse to it. Victory comes as a result and we are rejoicing. The next time, another test comes, we use the same technique and nothing happens. We keep speaking the word until we turn blue in the face and nothing happens. Do we give up at this point and make a stupid excuse to justify this defeat?
At this point, we bring this matter to the Lord as a mystery. We pray in tongues over this and listen to his voice. The word of God tells us that when we pray these mysteries to him, we should pray for the interpretation. (I Cor 14:2,13) I guarantee you that when we do this, he will bring an answer to us sooner or later. Brethren, another area to consider is our minds. Renewing the mind is so important to us. Thoughts, feeling and emotions is where Satan manipulates us if we let him. We need to control our thoughts in the heat of battle.
We need to, constantly, fill our minds with the word so that worry nor anxiety does not rob us of our promises with God. We need to allow an image of victory that comes from our inner being (Spirit) and let it override our minds. When the soul (mind) and spirit work together, it is a powerful force.
The enemy wants our mind but we are not going to let him have it because it belongs to Christ. Bind the enemy and put him under your feet.
The next battlefield is in court. Does not the word says enter into his courts with praise? This is the highest place in which you can take your battles. Many precious brethren have had petitions that have not been answered for 20 or 30 yrs. The buck stops at the court but we have to have a proper protocol in which to approach God and argue our case. If you want to learn more about approaching the courts of God, check out my last blog post.(1) It is, truly, an eye opener. Since I applied this technique, I have seen some breakthroughs taking effect and it can happen to you, too. God bless.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death (Philippians 3:10)
The question of the day---How well do you know him? Many reading this might be offended and reply--He is my Savior. To that, I say Amen but what I am talking about is his different characteristics. Do you know him as your Healer, Provider, Peace, etc? We have all heard the song--What a friend we have in Jesus. Surely, he is our friend. He listens to our complaints and concerns. He rejoices with us when we are glad and he weeps with us when we are sad. It is nice to know him as a friend but we need to know him as judge.
No, I am not talking about judgement in a negative way. What I want to illustrate to you is to take your case to court. Recently, the Lord opened my eyes to knowing him as Judge. We are dealing with an outlaw spirit and, many times, we need to take our case to God. Yes, the word says that the enemy has been judged and that is true. Sometimes, speaking the word will settle the problem but when you are dealing with a circumstance that will not go away, that is the time to go to court. Let's look at the verse below....
Put Me in remembrance [remind Me of your merits]; let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case, that you may be justified (proved right).
Folks, the court is fixed in our favor. The judge is our Father and the Son is our advocate. When we take our case to court, Satan nor circumstances does not have a chance. Recently, I have been blessed to know this and if you want to dig deeper into this, check out this link below and be blessed.
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