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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Orphans By Choice

Before I share what God has put on my heart for today, I wanted to take a few seconds and say thank you for all your encouraging words, prayers, and well wishes on my getting older. Thank you.
John 14:16-18, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”
John 14:26-27, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
History is repeating itself. As Christ wept over Jerusalem some two thousand years ago, and only a handful understood the true depth of His anguish, He weeps again, and once more those with understanding are few in number. A great majority has been swept up, or more aptly swept away into the land of half truth and outright deception, ever obedient, lemming like in their devotion to those who mercilessly shear them time and again, all the while unaware that they are orphans by choice. The vultures on the other hand, circle the dying hopes of the masses, ever ready to offer easy solutions for life’s most difficult of problems, all of which entail some sort of token, sacrificial giving, or vow of faith.
Through the constant barrage of doublespeak, scripture twisting, and inaccurate personal interpretation of the sovereign Word of God, we are living in a generation that has voluntarily chosen orphan hood, denying the promise and the One who made said promise, by both their action and inaction.
I realize full well that this is a sensitive subject, and denominational lines have been drawn, barriers erected, and borders defended due to this topic, but in the end the Word must have the final say in all matters of faith, otherwise we are as blind men leading the blind into the dark abyss of opinion rather than the solid foundation of truth.
As His time on earth was drawing to a finish, Christ gathered His disciples together, and endeavored to encourage them, bolster their hopes and strengthen their faith, knowing that His imminent departure would be a difficult transition for them. As He spoke to His followers, Christ made them a solemn promise, a promise that was extended to all who would endeavor to pick up their crosses, and follow in His footsteps. He promised that we would not be left at the mercy of the world, that we would not be defenseless against the enemy, that we would not be orphans, but that He would pray the Father to give us another Helper, one that would abide with us forever.
Although they had felt His presence, although Christ’s disciples knew this Spirit of truth for it dwelt with them, soon it would dwell in them, be in them. They would no longer experience the Holy Spirit from time to time, sporadically, but would have it in them perpetually, having access to all the gifts that it entailed.
It is tragic that the Helper who is reserved exclusively for the children of God, the person of the Holy Spirit, has become such a divisive topic among those who claim to be His. Rather than pursue this precious gift, we have done everything humanly possible to justify our unwillingness to submit and surrender to the will of God, that we might receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, that we might be true sons and daughters of God, and not orphans.
The hearts of men are troubled, and fear is spreading like a cancer. Uncertainty concerning tomorrow is now the issue of the day, and while the children of God should be the ones rising above the mire of fear, we are as embroiled in it as the rest of the world. These are the days in which the difference between the orphans in God’s house, and those who are truly His, is becoming more pronounced and evident. It is in this hour that the true children of God, are reminded of Christ’s words, and know that there is safety in the Father’s embrace, that He is our shelter in the midst of the storm. It is in this hour that our trust in God will be evidenced by the peace that overflows in our hearts, and by the comfort we find in Him.
It is not lack of love, or offered opportunity on God’s part that has produced so many spiritual orphans in this generation; it is this generation’s absolute rejection of truth, peace, and the Holy Spirit. They have chosen to be orphans because the Father’s rules, and His standards seemed too stifling, too limiting, too legalistic, too old fashioned, not taking into account that their willful departure from the Father’s home left them out in the cold, homeless, at the mercy of the elements, dependent on the kindness of strangers.
A bitter cup indeed to realize that strangers these days aren’t too kind, and the liberties of the flesh we so yearned for get very old, very quickly. We have squandered that which is precious, embraced that which is profane, and the consequences of our choices are only now beginning to come to light.
If today you are a true son or daughter of the heavenly Father, though the world mocks you, the progressive majority despises you, and even those you would call brothers and sisters reject you, rejoice and again I say rejoice, for your redemption is near.

With love in Christ,

Michael Boldea Jr.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

AMEN!!!

Anonymous said...

After some 20 years of preaching and begging and pleading with people to repent and to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ...what do you have to show for it?

Who listened to your endless ranting?

Who ever took the time to listen to your mindless drivel?

Who listened to your pointless call to repentance, and holiness, and righteousness?

Who really paid attention to anything you or your grandfather ever had to say?
_____________________________________

Well for starters................me
Mrs. Pugh
Sam
Bonny
Brother Andrew
Ryan
Timbob
Rleigh
Susan
Glenn
Hanifa
Cathy
Steve
Amy
Debbie
Peter
Jason
Cale
A whole bunch of people named Anonymous (weird name if you ask me)
Let's not forget Geno
And too many other names to try and cut and paste into this tiny little box.

Thanks for letting the Lord use you and Dumitru to open our eyes to what is coming. You weren't the only ones, but you were the ones God used to get our attention.

Thanks for putting up with naysayers, backbiters, extortioners, liars, and thieves; and that's just from one denomination.

Thanks for carrying the burden like the prophets of old regardless of the outcome. Thank you for the sleepless nights, the endless days, the tears, the suffering, the sorrows, the pain, and all the rest.

Thanks for hanging in there. Ya' done good. Soon you'll see that treasure laid up in heaven for you.

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you” (Philippians 1:3)

God Bless,
Jeff

P.S. Now hurry up and finish that Revelation series before Jesus comes back. :o)

Anonymous said...

Bro Michael,

This is a uplifting post for those baptised in the Holy Spirit, may God continue to Bless you and all the readership with His Loving Pressence.

But as for me, this post saden's me. I didnt choose to be an orphan, I seek God's fellowship, die to self, carry my cross daily, commit my life to God I am His bond slave, my free will belongs to God. But yet I am still orphaned? Surely God cannot lie. So by this God has not baptised me in the Holy Spirit is because the appointed time has not come?

Perhaps some choose to be orphans, But there are also those who are orphans for a season but did not choose to be orphans (In my case)

Please Pray that I may be baptised in the Holy Spirit before the tribulation

God Bless,

-KevinP

Anonymous said...

Amen Brother Michael. Even so come LORD Jesus! Come in our trial, come in our faithfulness to you, come in your revelation and peace. And most important of all, come in Your fullness to set up Your Kingdom and Your eternal reign upon this troubled, sinful, dying planet.

mtzion@hughes.net

Elm Street Chapel said...

Amen Michael,
And bravo. With this (Rather than pursue this precious gift, we have done everything humanly possible to justify our unwillingness to submit and surrender to the will of God, that we might receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, that we might be true sons and daughters of God, and not orphans.) you truly have drawn the line in the sand and put yourself on the side with the Holy Spirit. This truth will not be well received in many denominations but well expected on the side of God and His promise. Your position as a prophet, a preacher of righteousness, a watchman, the grandson of a prophet, demands that you speak truth. Your calling itself is to forewarn those lacking truth. If any wish to partake of the mercy of God in this world in the time shortly to be upon it, not that we love this life or fear death, but that God our father will take pleasure in our deliverance, setting a table in the presence of His, and our, enemies.

Much of your audience is consumed with fear. Some prepare with bomb shelters and bullets looking to you for a timetable. Others think it impossible or unlikely to believe that God would speak to them by the Holy Spirit. All the while their unbelief is the enemy of their soul, not knowing truth, not knowing God by His Holy Spirit, not being restored to fellowship with Him. It is He, the Spirit of God who instructs us in the way to prepare for our Lords return. Not having ears to hear the Holy Spirit, in a post tribulation resurrection and catching away reality, will all but guarantee unnecessary torment, and perhaps loss of salvation.

People will surely run to and fro, and there will be a drought in the world for the words of God, daily bread. The day comes when the Holy Spirit will not be found by the foolish because they refused God while He could be found, while it was still day. Be full of the Holy Spirit, make your calling and election sure.

L,J,P&HG
Dave

Anonymous said...

Thank-you once again for wisdom from the Father's heart! My heart weeps for this generation of believers, caught up in deception and half-truths, dwelling in the belly of the beast when they could be soaring on the mountain tops, slowing starving to death spiritually when they could be feasting at the Father's table, taking even their own children with them into the land of darkness. My heart weeps for them because I was once one of them, embracing death while believing that I was choosing life. Is it possible that they could be like the prodigal son, able to realize their folly even at the last minute, and turn in the direction of home hoping for just the morsels to sustain life but finding instead the Father running down the road to meet them, overjoyed at their return? In my journey out of deception and back into the light I had periods of confusion and disorientation spiritually, much like someone blinking in a bright light after coming out of a dark room--in the light once again, but still unable to see clearly. During that time I stumbled upon your website and then this blog, and God has used it to reorient me and renew me and re-energize me. Know that in these dark times that seem so hopeless for many of His little ones, He is using you and your ministry as a light to draw them back into the Truth. I hope and pray that if any of us finds them stumbling half-blindly down the road in the direction of what was once home, we will meet them and minister to them in the same way the Father did the prodigal son. May the Father be with us all to guide us and sustain us in the times ahead, and may we be used by Him, and for Him, and bring joy to His heart--King of kings and Lord of lords, the one true God!

A Seed Sower said...

I see as the Holy Spirit comforts you, you in turn encourage us brother Michael...Amen...may we all recognise the need to exhort one another as we see the day approaching...Amen..
Where would we be without the Holy Spirit, it would be a very lonely walk indeed..Amen

Anonymous said...

These are troubled times we have nothing to fear but God alone: read
A Cup of Trembling
by David Wilkerson | March 10, 2008

March 10, 2008
“Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?… Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which has drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out….

“Thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again” (Isaiah 51:9, 17, 22, my italics).

In this powerful prophecy, Isaiah tells us God has put into the hands of all nations a “cup of trembling.” This cup is of the Lord’s doing, and it is filled with the wine of fear, hopelessness and perplexity.

Isaiah was writing to a people who were in captivity in Babylon. He intended his message specifically for those righteous ones who continued to seek the Lord in the midst of that wicked society. It was a word for a holy remnant who had not given in to the materialism and sensuality surrounding them.

Isaiah wrote much about the last days, and I believe with many Bible scholars that his message here applies to the church today. Indeed, it has meaning for all who seek the Lord and love his righteousness in a wicked time. In short, the same cup of trembling that God put into the hands of Babylon, Assyria and the surrounding nations is a cup he has put into the hands of the nations today.

Isaiah says there are four great fears mixed into this intoxicating cup of trembling.
Isaiah delivered his message in the midst of troubled, chaotic times, when all nations drank from the cup of iniquity. God’s people were plagued with fears during that time, fears that we find mirrored in our own day:

1. There was the daily personal fear of losing everything because of the chaotic world conditions.

The Lord said to his remnant in Babylon, “(Thou) hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy” (Isaiah 51:13). God was telling his people, in effect, “You think your bread is going to run out, that you’re going to fall into a pit of poverty. You have fixed your eyes on your oppressor rather than on your Provider.”

The fact is, some of these same people were children when they saw their parents lose their homes in Israel. They had had all their goods and possessions taken away by the invading Babylonians. Now there were threats that the Persians were about to invade Babylon and bring it down. And that made God’s people feel powerless again. They had to stand by and watch as an international crisis caused the society around them to tremble.

Fear had laid hold of these Israelites’ hearts and it gripped them continually. Their days were filled with an ever-growing fear of collapse, that what they had built up during their time of captivity would soon be taken away. Can you imagine the scene? Here were God’s special, favored people, praying and seeking his face, yet all the while they drank from a cup of trembling fear. They wondered, “How are we going to survive? How will we provide for our families?” It was purely a fear for survival.

2. They also feared losing their children to the Babylonian spirit.

“Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets” (51:20). Worry had spread among godly Israelite parents over their children. This fear became so overwhelming that it caused a kind of drunkenness among the most faithful ones. In short, they had watched their children grow less and less sensitive to God in the midst of wicked Babylonian society. The young people were becoming hardened as they gave themselves over to sensuality, materialism, lusts of the flesh. Finally, the Lord sent a “fainting” among these youth as a rebuke for their apostasy.

3. They feared the awful calamities and terror taking place in the nations surrounding them.

“These two things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for thee? Desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword [terrorism]” (51:19). Isaiah doesn’t provide a list of the chaotic crises facing God’s people at the time. But he does say these events added to their cup of trembling. The crises on the international scene only added to their anxieties over their personal crises.

4. There was no leader to guide them out of the chaos.

“There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons she hath brought up” (51:18). There was no king, no prince, no political leader who could bring hope to the people. Nobody possessed the answers that were so desperately needed. Instead, false prophets abounded, telling lies and prophesying prosperity while building up their own personal fortunes. There wasn’t a true voice in the land to bring them any peace or hope.

God’s people sent up a cry to him, “Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord” (Isaiah 51:9).
“Awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old” (Isaiah 51:9). Make no mistake: this was an accusatory cry. It implied that God had been sleeping, unconcerned about his people. They were saying to him, in effect, “Lord, why don’t you act? Where is your promised power? Take action on our behalf, the way you did for your people at the Red Sea. Do for us now what you did in ancient times.”

Think about what God’s people were saying here. They shouted accusingly to the One who never slumbers nor sleeps, whose arm was always outstretched on their behalf, “God, wake up!” Think about this. These same Israelites had preached often about a mighty God of past miracles. Yet they had little faith in his willingness to work wonders for them now, in their present crisis.

Tell me, is the church today any different? We also preach great sermons about the Lord’s power in ages gone by: a God who brought water out of a rock, who provided bread from heaven, who raised the dead. But like his people in Babylon, we have little faith in the Lord’s willingness to work wonders in our present hour of need. We sing praise choruses about how mighty he is, we preach sermons on how he answers prayer. Yet, all the while, we worry about where our next paycheck is coming from; we fret over our children; we obsess about how we’ll pay our mortgage. We, too, drink from a cup of trembling, filled with thoughts of unbelief.

The cup of trembling that God has put in our hands today holds the same fears as it did for his people in Babylon.
Consider the similarities between our own fears and those of the Israelites in Babylon. I see us being overwhelmed by the same four fears that plagued Israel:

1. There is a daily fear of losing everything.

The United States is experiencing the worst housing crisis since the Great Depression. Home values have dropped a greater percentage than at any time on record. One-and-a-half million people are at risk of losing their homes.

Our largest, most trusted banking institutions are having to be bailed out by Arab and Chinese money. China recently put $650 billion into our banking system to save it, and also had to bail out one of our nation’s largest insurers.

The sinking economy has become the number one concern, even greater than the Iraq war or the threat of terrorism. The stock market is on a roller coaster ride, with warnings on all sides about a deep recession to come. Even as Congress votes to send checks to every American household, in order to stimulate the economy, people are wary about spending it.

2. There is a mounting fear over the loss of our children.

College campuses are drowning in alcohol, with a growing epidemic of binge drinking. Even in wealthy suburban high schools, it is hard to find students who don’t smoke pot or drink heavily; many have already developed severe addictions. Crystal meth, the new cheap-and-easy drug, is sweeping cities and small towns, with an entire generation falling into its hellish grip. One former addict, whose drug use drove him to the brink of suicide, told me the effects of crystal meth were like taking 1,000 snorts of cocaine.

As the number of school shootings have mounted in recent years, parents are gripped with fear as they send their children to college and high schools, even private ones. In the wake of the shootings at an Illinois university, a wealthy father hired a surveillance helicopter to hover over the college where his daughter is enrolled. The campus was experiencing unrest, and he wanted his daughter to be rescued in case shootings broke out there.

I am a father and grandfather whose heart grieves over the generation of young people who have been taken captive and held hostage by the devil. Like other parents, I am tempted to be overwhelmed by fear over all these things. But if I allow fear to grip my heart, I will end up drinking the dregs.

3. There is trembling over the desolation, famine and terrorism taking place all over the world.

Reports say that 50,000 people are starving to death in the Congo. Ethnic cleansing in Sudan has displaced over 300,000 men, women and children. Kenya is being terrorized by brutal violence, with multitudes being slaughtered in cities and villages. Chad is enduring a civil war. Nigeria is falling into societal chaos. The Middle East continues to boil in a cauldron of terror and fear.

May God break our hearts over these tragedies and unrest. Our ministry is in touch daily with contacts in Kenya, who report that churches and tribal leaders are calling for unity amid the chaos.

4. The whole world today is looking for a savior, a leader who will appear with solutions to these mounting problems.

The European Union is making plans to install a “super president” who will have unprecedented powers and raise up a military force. Meanwhile, the world awaits the appearance of an Answer Man. One politician after another appears making incredible promises, boasting he will put everything in order. Hopes rise with each new face that comes on the scene. But every leader who emerges will end up having no clue. Each end-all solution will be exposed as smoke and mirrors. This string of disappointments will set the stage for the Antichrist.

Isaiah tells us that not even the “sons of the church” can offer leadership. Think about it: in every presidential race, politicians boast they are sons of the church. Consider the presidential candidates who have run in the current campaign: one candidate was a Mormon, another a Baptist minister, another Church of Christ. All of them talk about Jesus and carry Bibles, and one carried a copy of The Purpose Driven Life. Yet Scripture tells us, “There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up” (Isaiah 51:18).

No one can agree on what to do about the worsening economy, the war and the health care crisis. The mounting problems are completely beyond them. The truth is, there is only one Answer Man in this universe: our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He alone can take us by the hand and lead us to peace, hope and victory.

What is God’s answer to this cry for him to act?
What does God promise to do about our cup of trembling? Isaiah tells us, “Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine” (Isaiah 51:21). Here is a call for us to take notice, from “thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people” (51:22). The Lord is saying, in essence, “I have a word for all who love righteousness, who have been seeking me, yet who have been intoxicated by drinking in fear.”

“Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again” (51:22). God declares, “I have made provision for you never again to have to drink from the cup of trembling. Only the ungodly will drink from my cup of fury. But I have provided for you to drink from my fountain of life.”

Beloved, the Lord never intended for his people to live in panic or trembling fear. Even in the Old Testament, the Lord had a people who trusted in his promises and were unmoved by the chaos all around them. We see this in the life of the prophet Habakkuk, a man given a vision of “the end” (Habakkuk 2:3).

Habakkuk saw a people in the last days who would wear themselves out pursuing greed and covetousness. According to his vision, a dreadful spirit of violence would prevail in that time (see 1:9). Habakkuk said of it all: “The cup of the Lord’s right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory” (2:16).

We know that a prophet always speaks to his own generation first. Yet, according to Habakkuk himself, this prophetic word is also meant for our generation. He tells us, “The vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie” (2:3, my italics). Habakkuk was seeing a cup of trembling: “When I heard, my belly trembled…I trembled in myself” (3:16).

Here was a godly, praying prophet who for a season was so overwhelmed by awful events that even he trembled. But the Spirit came upon Habakkuk, causing him to prophesy: “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls; yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places” (3:17–19).

God removed the cup of trembling from his servant Habakkuk. And he will do likewise with all his faithful ones today.

The Lord promised to remove the cup of trembling out of the hands of his people, but with a condition.
God’s remnant had been faithful to seek him. But the Lord was looking for something from them now that went beyond merely seeking him. Remember, their cry was, “Lord, awake! Rouse yourself!” How did God respond to this cry?

He came back with this word: “Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury” (Isaiah 51:17). In other words: “No, you wake up, Israel. It is you who sleeps, who has become drunk on fear.” “I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand… Thou art my people…. [Yet] thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out” (51:17).

I hear from so many believers who have drunk the dregs of the cup of despair. They have faced so many traumas and endured so many crises they are now exhausted. They are so weighed down that they think one more worry, one more fear, will crush them beyond hope. They have come to a breaking point, the very end of themselves.

What does God say to such a fearful people who tremble with anxiety? What is his prescription for those whose hearts are failing with fear, whose eyes are fixed on the calamitous things coming upon them? He gives them this word: “Awake! Stand up!” (see 51:17). Here is the condition that God puts on us so that he may remove the cup of trembling from our lips: “Get up! Take a stand!”

Beloved, with everything that is coming — with evil men growing more vile and wicked, with economic crises continuing to mount — God’s people need more than uplifting messages. They need more than sermons that pump up a short-lived faith. A man wrote to me, “Your recent messages seem repetitious. They are one message after another trying to encourage despairing believers. It sounds like few know how to lay hold of a faith that doesn’t have to be constantly pumped up. Do they not know their Bible?”

This was God’s very concern about Israel. What was the Lord’s answer to their accusation? He told them, “Who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and the son of man which shall be made as grass” (Isaiah 51:12). In other words: “I have put my words in your mouth. I have covered you with my hand. I have pledged that you are my people. But still you won’t be persuaded that I will be faithful to perform the Word I have spoken to you. You still fear men who will fade like the grass.”

Paul preached, “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3). All believers are given a portion or degree of faith. And that portion must be built up into an unshakable, unwavering faith. How does this happen? As faith grows, it is strengthened in one way only: by hearing and trusting in God’s Word.

The Lord would never ask us to do what is impossible. And it is possible for us to stir and rouse ourselves, so that we ask, “Why am I so fearful? Why am I on this roller coaster of up-and-down despair? Why does the future cause panic in my soul?”

Here is why that has happened: it is because we have not fully committed our lives, our families, our health, our jobs, our homes into God’s faithful hands. We have not made the leap of faith that determines, “My Lord is true and faithful. Though I have failed countless times, he has never failed me. Come what may, I will cast my life and future into his care.”

How are we able to do this? By embracing this word he has given us: “Thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again” (Isaiah 51:22). He is saying, in essence, “I am not asleep. I am the same God who opened the Red Sea, who raises the dead, and who has made provision for you. My people are not meant to live in bondage to fear.”

The cup of trembling is removed when we take a stand, waking up to our need to accept God’s Word.
As we take this stand of faith, we will face sudden jolts of fear. But we are to stand up to those fears — to lay hold of God’s promises and be fully persuaded he is able to keep what we have committed to him. Then we will drink no more of the wine of despair.

The fact is, the darker the days become, the more God’s people must live by such faith. Otherwise, we make God out to be a liar whenever we panic and fear. A teenage girl demonstrated such faith powerfully, as reported in a recent story in Newsweek. A plane flying from Newark to Paris flew into heavy turbulence, and the passengers became panic-stricken and began screaming. Amidst it all, the sixteen-year-old girl sat buckled in her seat, quietly reading her Bible. Later she was asked why she wasn’t afraid when everyone around her was trembling in fear. She replied, “My Bible promised me God would take care of me. So I just prayed and trusted.”

Right now, the world is heading into great turbulence. There will be events and chaos that naturally bring panic and fear. But God has said to us, “My Word is in you. You are covered under the shadow of my hand. And YOU ARE MY CHILD.” It is time for us to fasten our seatbelt, open our Bible and talk to our Father through it all. He has said we are not going down: “I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved” (Acts 2:25).

I urge you, make this powerful word from Isaiah your own:

“Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth. Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God? Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding.

“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:26–31).

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Bonny said...

Thank you as usual for your wisdom and encouragement, Brother Michael, it is always a timely blessing to me and the fellowship on your blog is also an encouragement, as there seem so few out there who are like-minded at times. I always enjoy everyone's posts, as well as being spurred on and challenged.

Bonny said...

Thank you as usual for your wisdom and encouragement, Brother Michael, it is always a timely blessing to me and the fellowship on your blog is also an encouragement, as there seem so few out there who are like-minded at times. I always enjoy everyone's posts, as well as being spurred on and challenged.

Ryan said...

Kevin P,

Your sincerity and love for God is evident throughout your many posts. Because of this, and having read your last post, I wanted to encourage you that God will not keep any good thing from those who seek after truth.

You are one of the very people that God is calling and drawing to His side, that you would receive all that He has for you and that you would not have need that any man teach you (you have need of no other teacher except the Holy Ghost). God will not give His children anything other than what they ask for if they ask in faith, nothing wavering, according to His will. Is it His will that you be filled with His Spirit so that He can speak in your ear clearly and that you can commune with Him? Yes! Let be done in you.

Even as he has asked this day Lord I lift up Kevin to you now. I pray, Lord, that you would fill Him with your Holy Spirit in Jesus' name. Let your will be done in Him, Father, that His joy would be made full and that His ears would be open to hear your voice. Let your name be glorified and let your will be done. I pray Lord that you would let us hear of the good report, that all here would hear, be encouraged, and know that you are God. I thank you Lord for your faithfulness and that our confidence lays in you alone. Have your way this day Lord God that your name be lifted up. Amen.

I heard this while I was praying for you:
Let faith arise within you that your enemies be scattered. I will not keep anything from those who desire truth. Let doubt and fear flee and believe that I am who I say I am. Only believe and you will see My glory revealed through you. -END-

Be bold, Kevin, and know that it is by faith alone (not by works). In the same way that you have believed that Jesus is the Son of God and that He has died for your sins, believe that you can receive all that God has for you, that you would have ears to hear what His Spirit is speaking, and as it is freely given to you, you may freely give it to others.

Be blessed and know that God is with you.

With love in Him,
Ryan
ryanfrench1@gmail.com