Dry Bones Live! Israel Is A Nation Again!

Ezekiel 37:3 (NASB)

3He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”

Ezekiel 37:7-10 (NASB)

7So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone.

8And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them.

9Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.’ ”

10So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

I know that the Lord has brought this prophesy to pass. We are living in the last days. Israel has been brought back to Life! There was a rattling and the dry bones came together. The breath of life entered the nation and is alive and back in their land. In 1948, a miracle happened when Israel became a nation again. In 1967, the city of Jerusalem was back in their hands. Today, we witness the truth behind what the hand of God can and will do!

Now we await for the fulfillment of the prophesy in Ezekiel 38-39. It states that Russia will attack Israel in the last days.


Power of Praying Specifically

Today’s blog depicts what God put on my heart during my Intentional Time of Intimacy with Him today. I wrote this in my journal. I hope it encourages you!

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Mark 11:22-26 (NASB)
22 And Jesus *answered saying to them, “Have faith in God.
23 “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.
24 “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.
25 “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.
26 [“But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.”]

In the Circle Maker, Mark Batterson calls for us all to know that we need to pray specifically. We find ourselves moved by God and experiencing the power of prayer when we do.

Jesus declares that in order for us to experience the power of prayer we need to:

– Have faith in God: Know that He can and will do what we are asking.

– Believe that what we are praying for is going to happen.

– Expect for mountains to be taken up!

– Know that mustard seed faith increases from Mulberry trees to moving mountains to uprooting mountains. It gets better and better!

– Pray about “All” things.

– Know that Jesus does not limit us and we should not limit ourselves.

– Know that we have not because we ask not (James 4:2).

– Pray and pray and pray until we can see what it will look like when it does come to pass.

In Matthew 7:7-8 (NASB), Jesus instructed us to:

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
8 “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened

– When you knock and do not get an answer, you need to keep knocking.

– Forgive: This comes down to having a right heart- A Godly heart. One that is loving and forgiving.


The Planting which leads to the Abundant Life!

As we read in Jeremiah today this really captured my imagination…

4359 The Ancient Paths and not among the thorns

Jeremiah 4:3 (NASB)

3  For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem, “Break up your fallow ground, And do not sow among thorns.
Jeremiah 6:16 (NASB)

16  Thus says the LORD, “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.
I know that all of us need to heed God’s Word and at times this means we will need to break up the fallow ground.  This is true for each of our hearts.  This is also meaningful for Churches.
None are to become old and crusty.  All are to be tilled so that they are soft, rich and fertile.  When you do this the weeds are removed.  Then as time goes on you water and watch for the weeds.  Patiently waiting and yet expectant knowing the produce will come!
The Fruit of the Spirit will flourish.  Our lives will be filled with the presence of God.  We will be His people.  We will be living really living with Him and because of Him.    We will have life and life abundantly!

Last Words

I am so excited for our study in 2nd Peter.  These are Peter’s last words he would share with the Church before his impending death.  In our second week of the study we will see that Peter  most likely knew when he would die, where he would die and how he would die.

In 2 Peter 1:13-15 he says…13  I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder, 14  knowing that the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent, as also our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.

The word clear in the Greek is the word “delow” which means to make very evident by explanation.   As we study this you are going to see that in the end this would fulfill one of Peter’s greatest heart’s desires.

The words of Peter were necessary in his day.  They are even more needed in our day.  As we study 2 Peter,  I know God will use this letter to strengthen our faith in Him and understand more and more what is important to our lives.


An Evil Queen

Reading Plan: 2 Kings 9-11

In 2 Kings 11, there was an evil Queen who sought the death of an innocent child. Later, that child would rise up and become a King who knows the Word of God. God would take this evil and turn it for good.

2 Kings 11:1-4 (NASB)

1 When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she rose and destroyed all the royal offspring.
2 But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah and stole him from among the king’s sons who were being put to death, and placed him and his nurse in the bedroom. So they hid him from Athaliah, and he was not put to death.
3 So he was hidden with her in the house of the LORD six years, while Athaliah was reigning over the land.
4 Now in the seventh year Jehoiada sent and brought the captains of hundreds of the Carites and of the guard, and brought them to him in the house of theLORD. Then he made a covenant with them and put them under oath in the house of theLORD, and showed them the king’s son.

In these passages of scripture, knowing who the main charters are will open your eyes and further your understanding of what occurs.

– Athaliah is the evil Queen who seizes the throne. She goes on a murderous rampage killing her own family.

– Jehosheba is Ahaziah’s sister. She rescues Joash and hides him in the Temple where she lives raising him for six years.

– Jehoiada is Jehosheba’s husband. He is also the High Priest. Together they protect and raise Joash to love the Lord and know His law. When he is ready they reveal he is alive and anoint him as King.

God used the evil of Ahaziah to ensure that the future King would be raised to know the Word and love the ways of God. In the end, God turned it all for good.

 

 


A Landmark Decision

Reading Plan: Obadiah; Psalms 82-83

Psalm 82:3-4 (NASB)
3 Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
4 Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby owned By the Green family. In Psalm 82, God calls for the judges of the land to be righteous and fair. He calls for them to take their responsibility seriously and stand for those who do not have a voice.

The Green family felt a calling from God to take a stand. The family of devout Christians contested the law that would allow their employees to receive both birth control & the morning after pill. They firmly believe that this would be displeasing to God. They took a stand against a policy which could be potentially used to shorten innocent lives.

They knew the risk was great and the odds were stacked against them. However, Christians are called to stand up against unrighteousness! The Green family has taken a stance in God’s name in the past. They felt a calling from God to close their stores on Sundays so their employees would be able to attend Church. The company predicted to lose $100,000,000.00 annually. However, their profits ended up rising to higher levels that are beyond explanation.

God calls for all of us to stand up and stand out for Him!!! May God continue to bless the Green family and may we all be found faithful!

P.S. I am going to be taking the month of July off to dedicate time to seek God, study His word & prepare for the next season at Crossroads. Because of that, I will no longer blog every day, but rather several times a week. I want to thank all of you who have been reading this blog and I ask that you pray that I draw closer to God during this month.


Prayer Overcomes Problems

Reading Plan: 2 Chron. 19-23

2 Chronicles 20:20 (NASB)
20  They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the LORD your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.”

Jehoshaphat is faced with a problem that is too big for him. His enemy seems insurmountable. The way he responds to his enemy brings him victory. If we follow his example, we will experience the miracle of overcoming any obstacle. Lets take a look at how Jehoshaphat conquered his enemy in 2 Chron. 20:

  • The Problem: verses 1-2, “Now it came about after this that the sons of Moab and the sons of Ammon, together with some of the Meunites, came to make war against Jehoshaphat.Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, ‘A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, out of Aram and behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is Engedi).’ “
  • Immediate response of Prayer: verses 3-4, Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to seek help from the Lord; they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the Lord.” Jesus tells us we should pray at all times in Luke 18:1.  This should be our immediate response in any situation.
  • The Prayer: verses 5-13. Note that Jehoshaphat prays in faith and calls out to God in verse 9 reminding God and himself of the promise given at the dedication of the Temple. He is praying scripture.
  • The Promise of answered Prayer: verses 14-17. In verse 17, the Spirit of the Lord says,You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.”
  • Praise: verses 18-21. Note they are praising God with a loud voice before the miracle has come. They were moved by faith and not by sight. Remember, believing is truly trusting in God.
  • The Answer Realized: verses 22-30.

We need to be people who incessantly pray and give God praise! It is then that we will see God move and know what it means to be more than conquerors. On August 6th, the entire Crossroads family will gather together for a Prayer and Celebration service. This will begin at 7p.m. It will be a sacred time dedicated to prayer & praise.

There will be food trucks before and after the service for us to eat and celebrate together. I hope and pray that you will join us!

 


God Uses A Deceiving spirit

Reading Plan: 1 Kings 22; 2 Chron. 18

1 Kings 22:19-23 (NASB)
19  Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the LORD. I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left.
20  The LORD said, ‘Who will entice Ahab to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said this while another said that.
21  Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD and said, ‘I will entice him.’
22  The LORD said to him, ‘How?’ And he said, ‘I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ Then He said, ‘You are to entice him and also prevail. Go and do so.’
23  Now therefore, behold, the LORD has put a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; and the LORD has proclaimed disaster against you.”

Many are not aware that Satan and the demons have not been cast out of heaven yet.  This will not take place until the events referenced in Rev. 12 occur in the future. Meanwhile, we are in a battle with the principalities and powers which are in the heavenly places (Eph. 6:10-12). Satan is still in heaven accusing us day and night before God (Rev. 12). He is still asking for permission to sift some of us like wheat (Luke 22:31).

In 1 Kings 22, God in His sovereign will, has decreed that Ahab should go into battle and be killed. Ahab would experience the repercussions of his actions. When God asks who will entice Ahab to go into battle, a demon offers to go. God allows this because Ahab has been worshiping Baal, a demonic god.

God displays His justice by giving Ahab what he treasured- the demonic. In the end, Ahab receives what he loved…deceit from a deceiving spirit. God caused this to work for good because Ahab needed to be judged.


Grace For Ahab?

Reading Plan: 1 Kings 20-21

1 Kings 21:27-29 (NASB)
27 It came about when Ahab heard these words, that he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and fasted, and he lay in sackcloth and went about despondently.
28 Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
29 “Do you see how Ahab has humbled himself before Me? Because he has humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the evil in his days, but I will bring the evil upon his house in his son’s days.”

Ahab was one of the most vile and evil men who ever lived. He married the wrong woman and worshipped the wrong gods. He allowed murder and persecution to take place. In 1 Kings 21, God is willing to forgive Ahab. God exhibits His divine grace and kindness to Ahab.

Yes, God truly is a God of love who’s forgiveness is everlasting. Even someone as vile as Ahab can experience the lovingkindness of The Lord by humbling himself and acknowledging his sin. The good news is that we can experience the same. Let’s pray and seek the Lord! Let’s be passionate about His cause to seek and save the lost.


Faith Means First!

Reading Plan: 1 Kings 17-19

1 Kings 17
13 Then Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go, do as you have said, but make me a little bread cake from it first and bring it out to me, and afterward you may make one for yourself and for your son.
14 “For thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the LORD sends rain on the face of the earth.'”

As we went though the parable of the sower during our sermon series, Weeds, we learned that the devil wants to plant seeds of worry and deceit in our hearts to keep us from being faithful to God. The main area of deceit is in the area of finances. The devil does not want us to have faith that God will care for us. Satan does not want us to put God first in this vital area of our lives.

Faith means we trust God and put Him first. In 1 Kings 17, the widow trusted God with everything. She only had a little. For her to do what Elijah commanded she would have to give to him first. She actually would have to give all she had. By doing so, she was immensely blessed! Her every need was met.

Faith always means we put God first!


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