Praise ye Jah

 

Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty you are my King. You who slain the giants in my life and I give you praise. Praise goes to you for the love you have released to me and insisting that you go before me in all things. O Holy God you are amazing. The skies are your tapestry of brilliance that opens are eyes to your glory. What can you not do? Who is more worthy of praise then you? No one compares to your greatness and majesty; we all pale at your reflection. But, we bow and thank you for your death on the cross that has freed us from slavery of sin. We sing of your praises for your rising from the dead and reigning at the right hand of your Father. Your sacrifice has resounded over all the earth in a booming Hallelujah to our King. Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. (Revelation 4:8) You have become our redeemer, healer, and our King. All honor and praise to you Almighty King, Great Shepherd, Lamb of God, the Great I AM, maker of my heart and soul, deliver and forever sealed we thank you. Praise ye Jah!!!

Our God is worthy of our Praise and honor from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets; the name of the Lord is to be praised. (Psalm 113:3)

The Bible is our handbook to how we are to serve our God in the beauty of his holiness. (1Ch. 16:29) For our God is holy; He is worthy of our praise and honor to his name. (1Peter 2:17)

The Jewish nation exists to be our light to the word; to show us God’s truth in action. Jews endured hardship and struggle but their God miraculously saved them so that every knee shall bow and every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord!

In the Old Testament we see examples of God’s praise and honor in 2Chronicles 20 we see that the king of Judah has heard that a vast army was coming to make war with them and King Jehoshaphat goes to acquire from the LORD, ³and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. ⁴The people of Judah came together to seek help from the LORD; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.

The king was alarmed that an enormous army is coming towards Judah. He does not consult the prophets, another king or a best friend. The king purposes in his heart to consult Almighty God.  Seek first the kingdom of God and then the Lord will direct your ways. (Matthew 6:33) God directed the king to ‘call all’ to fast and pray. ‘Let us’ find this answer together people of Judah. ‘Let us’ work as a team to seek God’s face together.  God is in control. King Jehoshaphat has learned to fear God’s righteousness and focus his eyes on his glory. The God of his ancestors has done wonderful things; our God will do it again. And we know that in all things God works for good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

This is not the first time this Jewish people have come together to seek God’s face. When we continually do the same thing each time we go into battle; it will become second nature like the people of Judah. We do not need a vast army coming against us to call on the Lord. We can seek his face through all life’s situations good or bad. The Lord is listening in his throne room to all our concerns. Big or small concerns it doesn’t matter He is there. (Psalm 18:6)

King Jehoshaphat stands up from his humble position before the God and said: “O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. ⁷O our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? ⁸They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, ⁹ ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’ The king continues to speak about the vast army coming and that ¹²we do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”

All eyes are on you, Lord

The king is stating his allegiance to a King that has blessed the Jewish people as far back as Abraham. God has made Israel his favorite and kept them safe as long as they sought his face. Clearly, God is in control of his king Jehoshaphat and his people fear him; with that fear come a reliance on God for deliverance.  ¹²We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” We wait to hear from you, my Lord. This people are humble before their King. God has earned their respect. “All eyes are on you, Lord.” Judah is waiting on God.

Now all of Judah stands to their feet and the ¹⁴Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah. ¹⁵He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. God says the battle is not ours it is His battle. Take your men tomorrow and march against them and ¹⁷stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you. Do you know what Jehoshaphat did?

Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the LORD. Reliefs from a long day of seeking God’s face and answer to a prayer from a God of promises and faithfulness; to a people who desires to have a relationship with their God. These people fear God with reverence to whom: God is the Great I AM.

God is the Great I AM.

The day of the battle the king gathers his warriors and gives them a pep talk. ²°“Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful. King Jehoshaphat was saying trust God and He will keep you safe from harm and trust in the prophets or in our case trust our teachers of the word. But, first trust God with all our hearts and the Lord will give us the wisdom to live with the giants of the land. Trusting God will give you success. Next, King Jehoshaphat ²¹appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.” ²²As they began to sing and praise, the LORD, for his love endures forever.” As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. The enemies of Judah turned on themselves and destroyed each other until each one was killed. Judah rejoiced in their victory over their enemies. ²⁸They entered Jerusalem and went to the temple of the LORD with harps and lutes and trumpets. ²⁹The fear of God came upon all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard how the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel. The people of Judah praise God before the battle and praise him after the battle. The God of Israel gave King Jehoshaphat peace on all of his borders.

Jehoshaphat prayer show God’s power over people and their situations; secondly, it is showing God’s faithfulness present and past; thirdly, God’s people desperately need God’s help; fourthly, God’s promises to his people make a foundation of faith; and lastly, when God is an active member of your life you will see deliverance and victory.

True worship of God

Jehoshaphat is one example of true worship of God. When we come to the throne we come with boldness and inward reverence and purity. We come truly seeking his face for communion and faith to believe in answer prayer.

What have we learned?

  • That when we seek God’s face with reverence; he will direct our paths. (Proverbs 3:5, 6)
  • Gather others together to pray or fast with you. (Matthew 18:20)
  • Praise the Lord with thanksgiving and song before you go to battle and after the battle. (Psalm 47:6)
  • Give God the glory. (1Chronicles 16:8)

We who have Jesus Christ living and breathing in us have so much to Praise Jesus for. We have no excuses for why we aren’t celebrating Jesus Christ life, death, and resurrection. If we are not; are we truly his?

First, do you have the fruits of the Spirit: are you reading the Bible; are you sharing your testimony with others; are you going to a Bible believing church that preaches the gospel; are you in a growth group growing and sharing life with others; and are you Baptist in the Holy Spirit and in water?

If you are struggling with any of those things that maybe you need to rededicate your life to Christ; because you should have a spark of light in this dark world. People should see a difference in your life compare to others. (John 12:36) The Lord has called us to be ready; to always give hope to others. (1Peter 3:15) For this reason we need to know God’s word and what it says so that your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

Now let us go out and celebrate God’s son Jesus Christ: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. (Revelation 4:8) Let your praise ring through-out the world in every tongue and nation that Jesus Christ is Lord. Hallelujah this says ‘Praise ye Jah’.

Praise you Lord for helping me through this writing that has taken so long. Thank you for teaching me the way to worship you in Spirit and in truth the way the Jewish nation has done for generations. Praise you Abba for your guidance through the scripture and clarifying it for me. Thank you for opening my eyes.

I stand and pray that your people who are struggling with what ifs that you reveal yourself to them. Open their eyes to the truth of your birth, death and resurrection life so that they are truly live like no other. I pray that we step out to what you are calling us to do and that is to live according to your word and not by what we think. Abba is praise! In Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen.

WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN?

WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN?

There is not a quick answer to this question.

First and foremost, we must remember that we live in a FALLEN WORLD.

ROMANS 5:19 says, “Because one person disobeyed God [speaking of Adam and Eve], many became sinners…”

It was the disobedience of Adam and Eve that ushered sin into society and the result is we all have inherited this sin nature.

We may have a natural tendency to sin, but we choose whether or not to do so.

The greatest POWER God has given us is the POWER to choose.

DEUTERONOMY 30:19 says, “Today I have given you the CHOICE between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the CHOICE you make. Oh, that you would CHOOSE life, so that you and your descendants might live!”

We have been given the power to choose, but because people make poor choices people get hurt.

As tragic life can be… the good news is that God will not give you more than what “HE” can handle and “HE” has the power to rework a horrific situation into good. He is the MASTER WEAVER!

GENESIS 50:20 says, “As for you, you MEANT evil against me, but God MEANT it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.”

The word MEANT is used twice. It’s a Hebrew word, which carries the idea of INVENTINGDEVISING or WEAVING something together.

What GENESIS 50:20 is communicating is that what man has woven for evil God has the POWER to re-weave for good; He is the master weaver.

That means no matter what happens in our life, God is BIG enough to RE-WEAVE our experiences into something good.

He is powerful enough to take our tough circumstances and build a masterpiece that brings Him glory and helps fulfill His purpose in any given circumstance.

ROMANS 8:28 says, “And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into His plans.”

In tragic times, like what happened in Sandy Hook, we need to remember that Satan is not on equal ground with God.

God does not have a COUNTERPART; He has “NO EQUAL” opposite.

Satan is a fallen angel, not a Deity. Satan was created. God is UNCREATED. Satan is finite, God is INFINITE.

This means whatever Satan intends for evil, God can THWARTRECYCLE, or RE-ROUTE for GOOD.

Bottom line is that God is a better chess player; He always CHECKMATES Satan. What Satan intends to bring in as evil, God says, “Oh, no… I can turn that into something good.”

So Jesus… we pray that you RE-WEAVE the Sandy Hook tragedy into good. May it bring You more glory than ever and people will come to know Your greatness even in a time of such unthinkable tragedy!

Asking The Right Questions- Does God Care

Does God Care About Our Problems?

Watching the 2011-2012 NFL season, there was one player who spiked major debate. People everywhere were focused on Tim Tebow. If you don’t know who he is by now, he’s the Denver Quarterback famous for praying and praising God on and off the field. For a Christian like myself, I was so inspired to watch someone “famous” live out their faith without compromise. I loved that he was a player who my nephews looked up to. But not everyone felt the same way. The better Tebow did, the more questions, and frankly outrage, arose. People wanted to know if God really cared about football. Didn’t He have better things to do? Did God play favorites? I can’t tell you how many articles I came across with authors posing these questions and putting in their two cents. Now that the season is over, America has settled down a little on the Tebow-mania, but these questions still remain, and not just about Tim Tebow. People want to know if God really cares about them, personally, and why bad things are happening and no one is fixing them.

Does God Care About Me?

I read a great book once by Sonia E. Isaacs called “Angry Conversations with God.” In the book she offers up some really raw insights about her relationship with God. Something that has stuck with me, even a year after reading the book, was a line where she also wondered if God cared about her, despite there being other, bigger, important things to worry about.  I think the way she put it was that she had “middle-class white girl problems”…but she was a middle-class white girl. Her problems were relevant to her life. God has formed each one of us individually and He knows everything about us. It says in Psalm 139:13 that God knit us together. If there are any knitters out there, you know how much attention you have to pay to each stitch. That’s how much God pays attention to us, how invested He is in us. So to say that you are just a middle-class white girl, or that you are just a guy who throws a ball for a living, is not saying enough about yourself. You are God’s creation, His beloved. He cares about you and your problems, even the “silly” ones. So the question is not “Does God care about me?” because that is a resounding “YES!” The question is “Do I care about God?”

Do I Care About God?

Sometimes we can look at our problems and think “God, how could You let this happen?” But God isn’t to blame. He is holy and blameless. We are to blame. If you stop and think about it, when was the last time you did something, anything, for someone else? Sometimes, we get so caught up in what God “isn’t” doing, that we don’t realize that we are the ones who are doing nothing. We forget that we are all called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28) to bring light into the darkness. Maybe you can’t cure AIDS, but you can donate to organizations that are helping educate people on how to stop the epidemic from spreading. Maybe you aren’t in the financial position to donate to a cause, but you can start a fundraising page to raise awareness in your community. When we think of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, we often think of it as formulaic, but if that were true, God would have just used a “cookie-cutter” to form each of us. We all have a specific purpose in fulfilling God’s purpose. He loved you enough to do His part, do you love Him enough to do yours?