Out of the Wilderness A Word from the Lord

Wilderness

I will indeed lead you out of the wilderness. The wilderness experience of these past years have been hard for you. Many of My people have been wounded and lost hope, and some have even lost faith. But, I say that in this season you shall regain all. You shall recover all that you have lost, and you shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. This I declare that I will bring blessings to you to demonstrate not only My goodness, but it shall be a sign that what I have spoken to you is true and shall come to pass. Encourage yourself. Encourage yourself! Forget those things that are behind you. Get ready for the great crossing-over, for you about to cross over into a new level of anointing, power and glory. There will be a greater demonstration of My kingdom, says the Lord. All that is required of you is to rise up and say, “I’m going! I’m going with the Lord. I’m going to cross over into the goodness of the Lord.”

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You Shall Surpass!

…Cry aloud, You who have not labored with child!

For more are the children of the desolate, Than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord. Isaiah 54:1

 

 

This is a direct command from God to offer a sacrificial praise to Him in the midst of unfruitfulness!

He is speaking to the ones that have tried over and over again to make it happen but couldn’t. The disappointed, the bitter and broken. It may seem like your life has been a vicious repeat and a Groundhog day from hell, but God is quickening you by His Spirit to CRY OUT in praise to Him for the very thing that there is no evidence of…,your fruitfulness!

The Word of God says

Now, Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the EVIDENCE of things unseen (Hebrews 11:1)

The very thing we do not see, by FAITH we have assurance that it exists! And notice here in Hebrews it says NOW FAITH IS! This is a now, current and present belief and assurance that we have it already!

So knowing this we can praise God in advance of the manifestation! Start praising him now for the miracle, start rejoicing now for the breakthrough! God is turning your sorrow into joy, your bitter into sweet and your barrenness into fruitfulness!

You will make it, you SHALL NOT die! You will have what God says you will have! You shall see the goodness of God in the land of the living!

Your results will surpass those who had all the “right stuff” to make it! Your harvest will be greater! Your marriage will be greater! Your children will be taught of the Lord! Your Healing will be Greater!

It’s no news baby when a married couple has a newborn, but it will make WORLD news when a barren woman gives birth!

Let God glorify Himself in you today! Hallelujah!

Prayer: Father, today I yield myself to be used as a living display of your Glory. No matter how much it hurts or how challenging it may be, I trust you God! Help me today to focus on your Goodness instead of the situation. In Jesus name , Amen.

Reflection on Romans 1-8

In Romans, many answers about human life, the natural world and mankind in relation to God can be found. Paul wrote this letter to build the case for the deadliness of sin and the absolute necessity for true righteousness, the righteousness that comes by faith through Jesus Christ.

The people in Rome were on two ends of the spectrum. On one end you have the utter depravity of the heathen and on the other side you have the religious man, represented by the Jew in this text. Paul reveals the truth that the human race as a whole is guilty before God whether pagan or religious.

Romans chapters one and three give a clear description of the state of the natural world. God created the Earth for man to enjoy in abundance and for mankind to be in direct and intimate fellowship with Him. He created man with a conscious whereby we could discern God’s presence and handiwork in everything including our own selves. “God made sure in His wisdom that everything that could be known about Him was revealed in man because God Himself has shown it to man” (1:19).In this way God says that man is without excuse.

When mankind sinned through the disobedience of Adam, we were separated from God. This caused the natural world and mankind to spiritually die and exist in a state of sin. This state of sin brought about every manner of wickedness.

Being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. (1:29-32)

These very attributes directly affect human relationships: Children disobeying their parents, so called “friends” gossiping about one another; meanwhile inciting hate and possibly even murder. In this day and age we see that the majority of marriages end in divorce. Sexual perversion and abuse are at an all-time high. Drug addiction and crimes are commonplace all throughout the world today. There is nothing good that comes from the flesh!

During the time that this letter was written to the Church in Rome, the culture was heavily Hellenized. In other words the pagan worship of “gods” and “goddesses” was a huge influence. At the same time there were many Jews residing in Rome who were practicing the religious rites of their ancestors. The Church in Rome itself was a dense mixture of converted Jews and Gentiles. The Jewish converts were having a hard time wrapping their minds around the fact that the Gentile believers were equally righteous, even though they had never kept the Law of Moses or even tried to hold to any of the traditions the Jews held as sacred. Paul made sure  to settle all manners of strife or misunderstanding  when he wrote , “ As it is written, There is none righteous no, not one: There is none that understandeth , there is none that seeketh after God; they are all gone out of the way , they are together become unprofitable ; there is none that doeth good, no, not one”( 3:9-13). He further expounds on this by stating, “For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God” (3:23).

 

The teaching in this letter helps me to see the true condition of this world. We all are truly in need of Jesus and his Redemptive work on the cross. We cannot do anything religious or good enough to provide our own righteousness.  I used to think that people needed salvation because of whatever sin they were committing at the time. Reading Romans helped me to see that sin itself is a state that we are born into and what we do is a result of that. I now see that this sinful state keeps us from enjoying the original intention of intimate fellowship and communion that God had for his beloved children from the beginning. God in His great mercy and compassion for us, provided a means through which we could be restored back into this fellowship with Him. Although it is  clear to me that Christians may still struggle with sin, it is even more clear that  we are still the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and sin is no longer our master.