Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19 KJV
We all want situations and people aroundus to change, but rarely do we see those areas change. In fact, many times when I have brought these kind of concerns up in prayer, the response from the Lord is, “Son, if you want them or that to change, then you need to change.” The “new” we are wanting around has to first take root inside of us. So here’s a question we need to ask when wanting people and things to change – “Am I making room for the new?” The excitement of new is thrilling, but we need to set a standard inside of ourselves when it comes to new.
“New” is not repackaging what you already have, it’s pioneering something fresh in your life! When you begin to desire “NEW,” everything changes – priorities, standards, and focuses. A hunger for “NEW” will give you an appetite for unfamiliar territory and will make the impossible look attractive. The hunger for new can be a gift if you are willing to change. Starting today, give yourself permission to make room for the new!
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13, NIV)
Sometimes, people have problems because they are making poor choices or doing something wrong. But other times, people are having difficulties because they are doing something right.
When you’re determined to fulfill your God-given destiny, and you’re taking steps to improve your life or make a difference in your family or community, don’t be surprised if you face opposition. The enemy is not going to just roll out the red carpet and watch you fulfill your God-given destiny. He’ll do whatever he can to keep you from moving forward. The apostle Paul said this, “A wide door of opportunity is open for me and there are many adversaries.” I’ve found that anytime you try to go forward in life, anytime you try to make progress, there will be opposition. But with God on your side, you can stand your ground! Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. If you’re facing opposition today, keep standing, keep believing, keep hoping. Keep fighting the good fight of faith until you see the victory He has in store for you!
Father, thank You for Your promise of victory. I choose to take my eyes off of my challenges and focus on You. Thank You for equipping me with Your armor so that I can stand strong in You in Jesus name. Amen.
by: Pastor Joel Osteen
Heb.11.4 – By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. (KJV)
TOPIC: THE BRIDE OF THE LAMB PART 3
INTRODUCTION: In part two, we discovered that the Church is called the Body of Christ because Christ fulfils the role of a Head to a body by supplying all the needs Physical, mental and spiritual of the Church. The Church in return is expected to fulfil the role of a body to a head by making Jesus Christ known and executing His decisions and commandments. We also saw how the Bride of Christ could be likened to a Temple with Jesus Christ as the Chief Cornerstone while other Christians are the living stones for the building of the Temple. In this part of the series, we shall continue our study of the Bride of the Lamb. May the Lord bless us as we do so. Amen.
1. THE BRIDE IS A VIRGIN
How the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, gets His Bride will be similar to how Adam got his own, because Jesus Christ is the second Adam. A beautiful illustration of what is going to happen can be found in the story of how Isaac got his bride. It is also interesting to note that there are 2 Brides in the scriptures: Israel is the Bride of Jehovah and the Church is the Bride of Christ. Of course the Anti-Christ claims he has a bride too.
Cor 11:12; Gen. 2:18, 21-24; John 19:33-34; Eph. 5:29- 30; Gen. 24; I Thes. 4:15-18; Is. 54:5-8.
2. THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB
It is essential that you note that it is going to be the marriage of the LAMB. The great event is not so much the consummation of the hopes of the Bride as it is the consummation of the plan of God for His son. arranged for before the foundation of the world. It is the greatest reward for Jesus for becoming a man. And its a marriage that will never suffer a divorce.
Luke 17:34-36; Matt. 24:27; 24:36-39; II Cor. 5:10; I Cor. 3:11-15; Rev. 19:7-9; Eph. 1:4; I Tim. 2:5
Matt.9.21 – For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. (KJV)
Once upon a time there was a little boy who was talented, creative, handsome, and extremely bright. A natural leader. The kind of person everyone would normally have wanted on their team or project. But he was also self-centered and had a very bad temper. When he got angry, he usually said, and often did, some very hurtful things. In fact, he seemed to have little regard for those around him. Even friends. So, naturally, he had few. “But,” he told himself, “that just shows how stupid most people are!”
As he grew, his parents became concerned about this personality flaw, and pondered long and hard about what they should do. Finally, the father had an idea. And he struck a bargain with his son. He gave him a bag of nails, and a BIG hammer. “Whenever you lose your temper,” he told the boy, “I want you to really let it out. Just take a nail and drive it into the oak boards of that old fence out back. Hit that nail as hard as you can!”
Of course, those weathered oak boards in that old fence were almost as tough as iron, and the hammer was mighty heavy, so it wasn’t nearly as easy as it first sounded. Nevertheless, by the end of the first day, the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence ( That was one angry young man! ). Gradually, over a period of weeks, the number dwindled down. Holding his temper proved to be easier than driving nails into the fence! Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He felt mighty proud as he told his parents about that accomplishment.
“As a sign of your success,” his father responded, “you get to PULL OUT one nail. In fact, you can do that each day that you don’t lose your temper even once.”
Well, many weeks passed. Finally one day the young boy was able to report proudly that all the nails were gone.
At that point, the father asked his son to walk out back with him and take one more good look at the fence. “You have done well, my son,” he said. “But I want you to notice the holes that are left. No matter what happens from now on, this fence will never be the same. Saying or doing hurtful things in anger produces the same kind of result. There will always be a scar. It won’t matter how many times you say you’re sorry, or how many years pass, the scar will still be there. And a verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. People are much more valuable than an old fence. They make us smile. They help us succeed. Some will even become friends who share our joys, and support us through bad times. And, if they trust us, they will also open their hearts to us. That means we need to treat everyone with love and respect. We need to prevent as many of those scars as we can.”
A most valuable lesson, don’t you think? And a reminder most of us need from time to time. Everyone gets angry occasionally. The real test is what we DO with it.
If we are wise, we will spend our time building bridges rather than barriers in our relationships.