Forgiveness – Part 1

Forgiveness is an act of obedient faith, nothing more, nothing less.

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Mark 11:25-26 – And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

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Nothing you do in this life will require more faith from you than the act of forgiveness.  The reason for that is this; when you are put into a position of needing to forgive someone, it is because they have sinned against you personally.  Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to exercise your faith regarding healing for someone else than it is for yourself?  Why would that be true?  The answer is simple.  When it’s YOU who needs a manifestation of healing, it’s YOU that is suffering the pain, the fever, the symptoms, the inability to function.  This is a simple reality of life.  Think of this; if I join my faith to you for manifestation of healing of a sprained back, when I go to sleep at night, I’m not the one who may be awakened by a muscle spasm.  You are.  Remember, faith calls things that be not as though they were.  While I’m sleeping soundly in my comfortable bed, you may be battling symptoms that could keep you up half the night.  When you lean over to pick up something you’ve dropped, you may be suddenly reminded that you’re in a faith fight.  But when I lean over to pick up something I’ve dropped, I  do so without a second thought.  You see, when the symptoms are in YOUR body, it’s personal.  By the same token, when you are the one who is called upon to forgive, it’s personal.  Your faith needs to be truly strong, fixed, and unwavering.

In our Text for Today, we read a powerful and unchanging reminder about forgiveness.  If you don’t forgive the person who sins against (offends) you, Father won’t forgive you.  My friend, I did not write those words, but neither shall I apologize for them.  These are the words of Jesus Himself, and He spoke them in direct relation to how your faith should work.  Pay close attention to what I write here.  The Scriptures are very plain on this subject.  If I have sin in my life, God WILL NOT HEAR ME.  By harboring iniquity in my life, my prayers (all of them) go unheard.  And if prayers are not heard, prayers are not answered.  The Scripture boldly declares that if God hears my prayer, He answers my prayer and gives what I ask.  Forgiveness in the heart of the believer is an absolute MUST to live in victory, but sadly, especially at this hour, it is too often missing.  Too many believers harbor unforgiveness in their hearts today because of the gross deception under which the church lingers.  Before this present darkness that seems to loom over so many believers can be broken, forgiveness MUST be addressed.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:22-27; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 86:6; Matthew 6:12-15; Luke 6:37; Luke 17:1-10; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 59:2; 1 John 5:14

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Thoughts, pesky little thoughts, can be like angry fire ants.  You don’t want to aggravate them.

2 Corinthians 10:5c – . . . and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

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The verses that lead to our Text for Today are instructions in the arena of spiritual warfare.  They are largely offensive in nature of warfare.  In our Text for Today, we read words of capture.  To capture something means you have taken the initiative to bring something under control.  This goes beyond the realm of influence.  And moving beyond the capture, we see that the control that is to be exerted is “obedience to Christ.”

I have written to you in the past concerning the power of thoughts, but I believe it important to bring the following point back to your remembrance.  Guard your thoughts, they become your words.  Guard your words, they become your actions.  Guard your actions, they become your habits.  Guard your habits, they become your character.  Guard your character, it becomes your legacy.  With those statements in mind, consider the following.

Josh Watson, former Chairman and CEO of Automatic Data ProcessingInc., says, “I’ve always tried to live with the following simple rule:  ‘Don’t do what you wouldn’t feel comfortable reading about in the newspaper the next day.’”  That, my friend, is some of the soundest counsel you will ever receive.  The Scriptures teach that we should do unto other as we would have them do unto us.  That is really the same counsel, just using different words. 

Think of this.  What if every act you committed today was published in tomorrow’s newspaper?  What if every  word you spoke today was published in tomorrow’s newspaper?   Consider the same question about every attitude you displayed, or every thought to which you gave any consideration.  The answer to each of those questions ties directly to the thoughts you entertain.  Please note, I said, “the thoughts you entertain.”  As a child, my mother would say to me, “You can’t stop birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.”  She was talking about my thinking and choices.  Every sensory input you have provokes thoughts.  They may be in the form of memories, new ideas, or responses to various stimuli.  You CANNOT prevent thoughts from coming into your mind, BUT YOU CAN stop the process right there.  That is precisely what our Text for Today is referencing.  That is where your personal war for your spirit, soul, and body begins – in your mind as you handle the thought process.

This is why it is of such extreme importance for you to be a constant student of God’s Word, reading it daily, studying it daily, meditating upon it daily, always endeavoring to move forward and deeper in the work of renewing the mind.  The more renewed one’s mind, the more readily one will capture the thoughts that flood into the mind.  An uncaptured thought can be, and too often is, extremely dangerous, for it leads to impetuous actions, regretful words, costly actions, ruinous habits, damaged character, and an undesired legacy.

Manna for Today – 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; Ephesians 6:10-18; Colossians 1:16; Ephesians 1:15-23; James 3:6; Mark 4:26-28

Storms – Part 12


Wake up, child of God.  Creation is crying out for your ear.

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Nahum 1:3 – The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

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SUMMARY

We have looked at the four different kinds of storms in life.  I have not used the word “storm” to merely identify weather, but any of a number of outbreaks in life around the believer.  Always remember that there are Cleansing Storms sent by the Lord to remove sin, darkness, and death from the atmosphere, but in such a storm, the believer has the responsibility to follow the Lord’s instruction to prepare for such a storm, for there will always be warning and time to prepare.  In this storm, obey God, prepare, and go through the storm victoriously.

There are Arresting Storms sent by the Lord to arrest one of His children that is pulling back from a critical assignment for their life and ministry.  In such storms, there will always be a divinely prepared transport to repentance, and to a fresh starting point to carry out that which Father has commanded.  In this storm, yield to the Lord, repent, prepare to obey, and start fresh in that obedience.

There are Destroying Storms sent by Satan in his attempt to fulfill his already established purpose and game plan in the earth.  That is to “steal, kill, and destroy.”  Satan seeks to steal the seed as soon as it is sown.  What he cannot steal, he seeks to kill before it takes root.  Failing there, he seeks to stop young, newly appearing fruit from ripening and becoming  harvest ready.  The good news for the believer is this; if Satan fails at those three levels, the seen sown will bring forth some 30-fold, some 60-fold, and some 100-fold in fruitfulness.  In these storms, draw nigh to God, resist the devil, rebuke the storm, and go forth out of it in peace.

Finally, we considered Cry for Deliverance Storms.  These are the cry of nature for the manifestation of the sons of God.  Nature, created BY God, wants to yield TO God, comply WITH God, and rejoice IN God.  But for such to be the case, there needs to be a clear manifestation of sons of God BEFORE nature.  Think of this.  How often have we seen major storms or cataclysmic events occur, and right in the middle of massive destruction, there is a house, a business, or a church that was completely unscathed?  Too often to remember.  I believe there is only one answer.  In that piece of ground, property, building, or home that was untouched, there was a child of God who stood forth as a manifest son of God in faith and boldness.  For such a person, nature will lie down, avoid destruction, and be peaceful.  I have witnessed such events personally, and can testify to such storms cooperating fully with the voice of faith.

Manna for Today – Nahum 1:1-3; Genesis 6:1-22; Jonah 1:1-17; Job 1:1-22; Romans 8:14-28;               1 John 3:2; Hebrews 12:24

Storms – Part 11

Wake up, child of God.  Creation is crying out for your ear.

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Nahum 1:3 – The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

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THE STORM NATURE RELEASES IN ITS CRY FOR DELIVERANCE (3)

Yesterday I asked you what we, the Church, are doing with the authority that is ours from Jesus Christ, as it relates to nature.  I’m not referring to political systems, or any other of the systems of man.  I am referring only to nature, the natural elements, and what we see in them.  Nature, the earth, its elements, water, air, and all the elements of nature has been placed under the authority of the Church.  And again, I ask the question, “What are we doing with that authority?”

Jesus healed the sick.  What is the Church doing?  Jesus spoke edifying truth in the midst of turmoil.  What is the Church doing?  Jesus calmed the storm, exercising His authority over nature and its elements.  What is the Church doing?  Jesus spoke little about the affairs of His day, but focused on the Word that builds faith and the instruction of how to exercise that faith.  What is the Church doing?

Nature, the created world about us, is like a child without parents.  It is like an untrained, untaught, uncorrected, uncounseled child.  It longs to be under the manifest authority of its Creator, and the authority of those God has designated to be the beneficiaries of its bounty.  I personally believe that nature is at a tipping point.  It has lived under the chaos of carnally dominated minds for so long, all the while longing to be under the divine order of the mind of Christ through believers that it is crying out for the manifestation of sons of God with the mind of Christ.  And when it cries out, and cries out, and groans for long periods of time, like a frustrated child demanding attention, nature erupts in what some would call a tantrum.  It may be in the form of a storm like a hurricane or series of tornados, or an earthquake or volcanic eruption.  Such things wreak havoc just like a child’s temper tantrum can destroy one’s property, leaving a mess in its wake. 

When a child does that, and there is a parent to bring them into hand, chaos can be averted, a child can be comforted, and become a great blessing to the adult who helped them.  So it is with nature.  When storms of this kind, storms that are nature’s cry for deliverance from the darkness, erupt, what is needful is the presence of manifest sons of God, people who know how to be led by Holy Ghost, who know how to speak life over death and light over darkness, people who will stand up in bold faith and take their place as Christ’s ambassadors operating in full ambassadorial authority.  Nature is crying for it.  Will you rise to the occasion and be a manifest son of God?

Manna for Today – Nahum 1:1-3; Genesis 6:1-22; Jonah 1:1-17; Job 1:1-22; Romans 8:14-28;               1 John 3:2; Hebrews 12:24

Storms – Part 10


Wake up, child of God.  Creation is crying out for your ear.

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Nahum 1:3 – The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

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THE STORM NATURE RELEASES IN ITS CRY FOR DELIVERANCE (2)

Nature is an awesomely powerful force.  God created it to function in a manner that served mankind.  But when man fell in the Garden of Eden and was put out, nature fell under the domination of Satan.  And it was there that nature remained until the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who, at that point, laid full legal claim to Father’s creation once again.  Then, upon His ascension, He fully licensed His Church with power of attorney to use His Name and have victorious dominion over all He reclaimed through His redemptive work.  In the broadest sense, that is where our present problems began.

Today, at this present moment, the believer, the Christian, the heir of God and joint-heir with Christ, should be walking in our God-given and God-ordained rights as sons of God, exercising dominion over all the Lord has given to us.  Ah, but sadly, the Church has fallen far short of that mark.  When Jesus redeemed you and me from the curse of the law, having conquered Satan and stripped from Him all power and authority, He placed you and me in charge of His creation.  In His Name, He commanded that we should be doing the works He did, and even greater works.  Now think about that.  Jesus calmed storms that arose to destroy Him and those around Him.  What are we doing with destroying storms?  According to the Scriptures, the believer has authority over such things, and a promise from God that “no weapon formed against us shall prosper.”   Yet I witness weapons prospering against God’s people every day.  Since God cannot lie, then the problem must lie somewhere else.  It cannot rest on Satan.  Yes, he is the “thief” of John 10:10, but the POWER lies with the church.  We are our own problem because we do not fully receive, believe, and act upon the living Word of God.  I realize these words I am writing are not popular with many believers, but they are nonetheless, truth.

Now think about the things I am writing.  Nature has been placed under the authority of the Church, the Christian.  One of the characteristics of nature is that it behaves much like a child.  The Word tells us to “train up a child.”  A child should develop certain expectations of love, training, and if need be, correction from the parents.  And while the Church is not the parent of nature, it has been placed in our care and under our authority by the Lord.  What are we doing with it?

Manna for Today – Nahum 1:1-3; Genesis 6:1-22; Jonah 1:1-17; Job 1:1-22; Romans 8:14-28;               1 John 3:2; Hebrews 12:24

Storms – Part 9

Wake up, child of God.  Creation is crying out for your ear.

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Nahum 1:3 – The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

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THE STORM NATURE RELEASES IN ITS CRY FOR DELIVERANCE

Today we step into the arena of the fourth kind of storm.  Thus far we have examined the Cleansing Storm, the Arresting Storm, and the Destroying Storm.  The fourth one is the “Cry for Deliverance” Storm.  This is the storm nature releases in its crying for and groaning for the manifestation of sons of God, for they hold the key.  Many people will say they have never heard of such a thing.  But, my dear friend, in Romans 8, the imagery of that very transaction is set forth clearly.  There we read that the “creature” (that is all of God’s creation that came forth by His spoken Word, but not including man who was “made”) is waiting for the “manifestation of the sons of God.”  Then in the following verses we read the words that “the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”  Do you see those words?  “Creation” (which is a living thing) “travaileth in pain until now.”  Now stop for a moment and consider the picture these words paint for us.  Imagine a living being as large, as powerful, and as vast in scale as “the whole creation” moans and groans in expectation of relief from suffering through the ministry of the manifest sons of God. (see Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). 

Have you ever heard something as small as a rabbit squeal when it is threatened?  It can be heard for some distance.  Have you ever heard a larger animal such as cow groan in pain if it were severely injured?  It is even louder.  Have you ever heard a lion roar when it is in the throes of defending its pride?  Once again, yet louder.  Now imagine something the size of nature itself groaning and travailing in pain.  Imagine the shakings that could result, the atmospheric tumult that could erupt.  I know that I am writing words that will sure go beyond the ability of the natural mind to conceive, but they are true.  Read the Bible, especially Romans 8.  It speaks very plainly.  It is the Word of God, a living Word made alive by the inspiration of Holy Ghost and the shedding of the blood of Jesus that still speaks.

My friend, the travailing and groaning voice of all nature together carries with it enormous power and causal ability.  Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and enormous storms can result.  Someone might say all those things are natural events.  They would be correct.  Nature is natural.  But nature is also powerful beyond human imagination, and it still recognizes the parent creator force of all that exists, and that is faith.  It likewise knows and honors the voice of its Creator, the Lord God Jehovah.

Manna for Today – Nahum 1:1-3; Genesis 6:1-22; Jonah 1:1-17; Job 1:1-22; Romans 8:14-28;               1 John 3:2; Hebrews 12:24

Storms – Part 8

There is a full equipping for handling Destroying Storms.

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Nahum 1:3 – The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

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HE STORM THAT COMES UPON YOU TO STEAL, KILL, AND DESTROY (3)

As we have examined the first three types of storms we encounter, I need to reiterate that in the Cleansing Storm and in the Arresting Storm, the wisest thing you can do is cooperate with the plan, will, mind, and purpose of Father, for He is the One Who sends and uses these storms for His plan and purpose.  It is just as important to realize that the third storm we have examined, the Destroying Storm, the believer must be able to recognize that storm, and should be prepared, equipped, and authorized by God to handle such a storm as Jesus did.  That will be our focus today; our preparation, equipping, and authorization to deal with Destroying Storms.

Remember, the storm in Job’s life was a Destroying Storm.  Job’s greatest problem is that he was told by his friends, and even believed himself, that this was from God (either Cleansing or Arresting).  And even if he had not believed that, he was not personally prepared to deal with it.  However, as we read the closing chapters of Job, chapters 32-42, we witness a divine impartation of wisdom and understanding to Job on how he should handle it, and we likewise see the result of that wisdom and understanding being put into action.   It resulted in the full restoration for Job in every arena of his life.  When Jesus faced the Destroying Storm on Galilee, He already fully knew and understood what to do; hence His results.  That same preparation belongs to us.  Let’s take a look now.

  1. Submit myself to God, resist the devil
  2. Father has given me complete authority to bind Satan, to cast Satan out, to tread on Satan, to overcome Him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony
  3. Father has enabled me to walk in that full authority by filling me with Holy Ghost
  4. My heart rest in the Lord
  5. God’s love casts out fear
  6. I can stand unmovable in faith
  7. I am authorized to speak God’s Word with the full ambassadorial authority of Christ
  8. I am commanded to contend for the faith, to reprove, rebuke, and exhort, to be instant in season out of season
  9. I have been authorized and commanded to do the works that Jesus did, and to do even greater works than Jesus did
  10. If God said it, that settles it
  11. I have an unbreakable, immutable, unalterable, unchangeable covenant
  12. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but not one jot or tittle of Covenant Word shall ever fail.

There you have it – my credentials and an ambassador of God to deal with any Destroying Storm that arises against me.  You possess those same credentials.  Use them, my friend, and do so with all prejudice.

Manna for Today – Nahum 1:1-3; Genesis 6:1-22; Jonah 1:1-17; Job 1:1-22; Romans 8:14-28; Mark 4; Matthew 7:24-27; Romans 10:17

Storms – Part 7


There is a full equipping for handling Destroying Storms.

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Nahum 1:3 – The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

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THE STORM THAT COMES UPON YOU TO STEAL, KILL, AND DESTROY (2)

Let’s look more deeply into the Destroying Storm, and specifically, how we are to deal with them.  To do that, we’ll look into the storm on Galilee where Jesus rebuked the storm.  But first, I want you to consider the following.  Who caused and sent the storm (flood) of Noah?  God did.  Who caused and sent the storm upon Jonah?  God did.  Could anyone have succeeded in calming either storm?  Would Jesus have rebuked that storm, as He did the one on Galilee?  Now let’s look at the storm on Galilee, and in as great a detail as possible, the actions of Jesus concerning that storm.  First, the storm.

  1. Jesus had taught the Word all day to the people AND His disciples (faith comes by hearing)
  2. Jesus told His disciples to go to the other side (of the Sea of Galilee)
  3. Jesus was tired
  4. The disciples took Jesus “even as He was” in the ship, asleep in back on a pillow
  5. As they traveled, a storm arose, winds were likely gale force, the waves beat into the ship, the ship was full of water and about to sink, and Jesus was asleep (think of that; sleeping while in a rocking ship and being soaked to the bone)

Now think about that.  This storm was not sent by Father to cleanse, nor was it sent to arrest anyone.  The work going on in that ship was the perfect will of Father, for Jesus had said, “Go to the other side.”  This storm was an act of Satan to steal the followers of Jesus, kill Jesus Himself, and destroy all the influence He had.  That should be as clear to us as anything could be.  This storm was sent by God, for if it were, when Jesus rebuked it, He would have been resisting the will of the Father.  This storm was not to cleanse anything, for the spotless, sinless, blameless Son of the living God was asleep in that ship.  This storm had no intention to bring about the arrest of anyone, for once again, the spotless, sinless, blameless Son of the living God was already carrying out the will of Father flawlessly.  And allow me one more point we shall clarify in following Second Milers in this study.  This could not be what I call a “Cry for Deliverance” Storm, for Jesus, the only Begotten, fully manifest Son of God was in the ship.   That only leaves one source of origin for this storm.  It was the devil.  He still works the same way today.

Manna for Today – Nahum 1:1-3; Genesis 6:1-22; Johan 1:1-17; Job 1:1-22; Romans 8:14-28; Mark 4; Matthew 7:24-27; Romans 10:17

Storms – Part 6

Knowing the intent of a storm is so important in determining how to deal with it.

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Nahum 1:3 – The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

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THE STORM THAT COMES UPON YOU TO STEAL, KILL, AND DESTROY

Any storm can APPEAR to be dangerous or destructive, especially when you view them from a natural perspective.  When those foreboding dark clouds suddenly appear in the skies above you, what they hold in unknown.  Tornado force winds, torrential rains, sleet, large hail stones, lightning, and more.  That is why the Christian must lean to live at a level of faith where one is not moved by natural appearances, and by being led by Holy Spirit, can know the action that needs to be taken in the face of that storm.  Today we take a look at the Destroying Storm; one that comes to steal from you, take your life, or destroy your blessings.

Our example of such a storm is the great trial that came upon Job.  While chapter one unveils it, you really should study the book to accurately determine the truths we need to learn from its report.  This attack came from Satan, was orchestrated by him, and had the full intent of stealing all Job had, killing him, and destroying any influence he may have had.  Let’s examine some of the characteristics of such a storm.  As we examine this storm, always remember, Satan’s first attack is to steal the Word of God in your life; second is to cause the Word that is growing to wither; third is to make that which is about to bear fruit to become unfruitful.

  1. The storm comes to steal all you have, all you possess, slowly or all at once; it is the hiding place of the thief of your soul
  2. Your life may very well hang in the balance, depending upon your response during that storm
  3. Your influence, name, and character will be one of the chief targets
  4. It will be perplexing; you’ll wonder, “why me?”
  5. Friends will often forsake you, especially if the storm is in any way, lingering or particularly devastating
  6. There will likely be contentions with others, debates, and even rebuking from others whose view is too shallow, blocking them from accurate counsel

For too long, the book of Job has been read in a manner far too shallow to understand what was really happening.  I urge you to read it closely.  Try to do so as though you’ve never read it, or even heard about it.  Allow Holy Spirit to make it fresh to you, to open your eyes to clearly see what is truly happening.  I am not seeking to be melodramatic about it when I share this truth.  Your proper, accurate, and clear understanding of the book of Job may hold your life in the outcome.  Job is gone.  You are here.  Satan still exists.  He uses his same devices.  There are divinely prescribed practices and devices to use against such a storm.  Be alert.  You can win.

Manna for Today – Nahum 1:1-3; Genesis 6:1-22; Johan 1:1-17; Job 1:1-22; Romans 8:14-28; Mark 4

Storms – Part 5

When you’re the one being arrested, many people may not see the coming storm you see.

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Nahum 1:3 – The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

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THE STORM GOD SENDS TO ARREST YOU (2)

Today, let’s look at another example of an Arresting Storm.  Let’s consider for a moment the issues that existed between Jacob and Esau.  Here was a familial matter that had torn a family apart for much of their lifetime.  It was complicated, and that confusion had begun at birth when twin brother wrestled one another for first place in the birth canal.  It was exacerbated by a father with favoritism, a mother with the same condition who also was a bit of a schemer, and one of the brothers who followed his mother’s lead.  Here was a chosen family in Abraham’s lineage that was existing in such strife that they were about to greatly hinder, if not stop, the plan God had for that family lineage.  Father had to step into this situation and arrest the violators.  Consider the following storm scenario.

  1. Jacob was at great odds with his brother, Esau (can you see the storm brewing?)
  2. Esau had hated Jacob for the deceit that had stolen his birthright (can you see the storm brewing?)
  3. Jacob feared what Esau could, and possibly would do to him and his family (can you see the storm brewing?)
  4. Jacob did all he could to avoid an encounter with Esau (can you see the storm brewing?)
  5. Jacob even put some of his family in danger to preserve himself and other member of his family (can you see the storm brewing?)
  6. While moving forward in life, knowing he would one day encounter Esau, Jacob wrestled with an angel, but was still in great fear, even though the Lord had blessed him (can you see the storm brewing?)
  7. Jacob sends emissaries to Esau, hoping to placate him (can you see the storm brewing?)
  8. Esau is coming to Jacob with 400 men (can you see the storm brewing?)
  9. What Jacob perceived as a potentially deadly showdown (a great storm in his life), God had orchestrated to bring him to a place of reconciliation
  10. All that orchestration was the arresting of Jacob for the work that lay ahead

While to many, this may not have appeared to be a coming storm, in the mind of Jacob, that is precisely what it was, and he was terrified of it.  Still, in God’s arresting plan was the final salvation for Jacob and his family, and a restoration of the path he needed to walk to see God’s plan brought about in the future.  With both Jacob and Jonah, an arrest brought repentance, a change in thinking, a necessary change in attitude.  And in both cases, there was a time of waiting for arrival at a new starting point; a new beginning.  In your waiting time, use it wisely and allow the transforming power of God to work in you.

Manna for Today – Nahum 1:1-3; Genesis 6:1-22; Jonah 1:1-17; Job 1:1-22; Romans 8:14-28;               1 Samuel 15:22-23; Genesis 25-33