His Love is Enough

I was late to church on Sunday.  When I got there I was praying about what was going on in worship.  I was getting Isaiah 55.  Now I am not as experienced with the meaning of scriptures as I would like to be but I have been seeing differently lately as He has been showing me things I have never seen before.  I knew in my heart He was showing me something.  That we have been focused on the things that we don’t have or on the things that are happening in our life at that time instead of on His love.  I was experiencing that His love is enough.  That regardless of what was happening.  Look at what He did for us.  His love truly covers ALL. As Mark would say, ” What does it cover?” ALL!  So we don’t have to focus on those things.  Only on His love for us.  Because He knows our needs.  His love IS enough!

Then, I was hearing others saying the same things.  I have been in a time of encouragement with the Lord that I do hear from God just like everyone does.  I have been so paranoid of misrepresenting God that I tend to doubt what I am hearing.  I also know there is a price to speaking as I need to make sure my heart is taking what He is showing me.  So, I first need to speak it to me.  Timing is tricky and I am still learning this also.  I know sharing this blog that there is a cost.  I will probably be tested on this.  Even though I  hesitate, I know He knows my heart and I am willing to take the risk.

Anyway, back to Isaiah 55…

Isaiah 55

“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters;
And you who have no moneycome, buy and eat.
Come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without cost.”

Jesus is calling us to come to Him and freely take part of His amazing goodness.  His beautiful bounty.  His ever lasting love.  He already took care of the cost for us.  No matter what we have done or have not done.  No matter what we are in right now.  His goodness, love, mercy, grace, abundance is free!  Draw near to Him because He doesn’t see anything but your heart!

“Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And delight yourself in abundance.

Incline your ear and come to Me.
Listen, that you may live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
According to the faithful mercies shown to David.”

I don’t think He is talking about food here.  I think He is talking about why do we take part in things that are not of Him. Why do we fill our heads with things that are not true.  Worry about things that are of no need to worry about.  Believe lies.  Focus on what we don’t have.  Eat of the things that bring death.  (Take part in filling our minds with false truth) He is full of abundance waiting to give it to us.  Focus on His abundance.  He is life.  He knows our needs.  He knows  our situations.  He is for us.  Let all other things go and enjoy Him!  If he has made an everlasting covenant with us according to the faithful mercies shown to David then why do we choose to worry and be afraid?

“Behold, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
A leader and commander for the peoples.

Behold, you will call a nation you do not know,
And a nation which knows you not will run to you,
Because of the LORD your God, even the Holy One of Israel;
For He has glorified you.”

Amanda Wong was talking about how people will come to you because they hunger for what you have which is Jesus.  They will want what you delight in.  They will run to you because they see Jesus in you.

For me I need to daily renew my mind to His truth.  I so often allow my thoughts to go negative and into the victim mentality.  What a way to allow satan to keep us from fulfilling what Jesus put us here for.  As long as we are focused on ourselves we won’t partake of all that He has for us which is to draw others to Jesus.  Just by fully being who we are in Him is all we need to do!

“Seek the LORD while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.

Let the wicked forsake his way
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the LORD,
And He will have compassion on him,
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.”

I take this as a time to repent for allowing ourselves to think other than what Jesus fully intended us to think.  He will abundantly forgive!  Father forgive me where I have clung to what is familiar and comfortable.  To things that are not risky and complaisant. Help me to watch what I think and correct it in that moment so I can go and take part of your goodness and draw others to do the same.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;”

Our thoughts are not His thoughts.  I can’t even imagine the thoughts He has about us.  Full of life, encouragement, excitement, being proud, love, grace, forgiveness, gentleness. Let us tune our ears to hearing His voice.  It says it will rain and snow from heaven and will water the Earth, make it sprout and will provide.  He will provide all of our needs.  We may not understand why things are happening the way they are but He does.  We can trust the one who Loves us more than anyone.  Who wants only the best for us.

“So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

For you will go out with joy
And be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”

Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up,
And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up,
And it will be a memorial to the LORD,
For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”

His words will go forth and accomplish all that He desires.  When we choose to think the way Jesus thinks we will receive joy, peace, favor, encouragement.  He comes forth from us.  Life comes forth from us.

This is an everlasting sign that will never be taken away.

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Faith

At WHO on Sunday, Ben asked for those who were struggling with waiting for a thing that they had been praying for to come up front for prayer.  So many responded to this including me.  I didn’t want to.  I wanted to pray for those that were up there and I was, in my heart, but I knew there was something that the Father was tugging at me to get prayer for.  I walked in with it that morning.  I was discouraged, frustrated, feeling like is this prayer ever going to be answered.

I am definitely not a scholar in the scriptures but I will share with you what the Father was showing me. I welcome you to share your thoughts also!!

This morning I was praying about what scripture the Father would have me study.  He brought me to Hebrews 11.  I backed up to Hebrews 10 and read Heb 10:37, 38 and 39:

37″For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay, 38But My righteous one shall live by Faith; And if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.

39But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving (possession or charge) of the soul.”

This I believe is explaining that Jesus is coming to help us but there is a time period that we have to practice Faith.  (But my righteous shall live by faith)  To put in motion the Faith that He has put in us to trust Him for what is happening or what we are waiting for.

If we shrink back and be stagnant we miss the opportunity to exercise faith and James 2:14.  We need to have the works of believing for His will to be done and trust Him in the waiting.

Back to Hebrews 11:

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction (or evidence) of things not seen. 2For by it the men of old gained approval.”

Does this mean that we gain approval from the Father by having faith?

3″By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.”

Then it lists a lot of people who went forth in believing God for what they hoped for.  Some died without seeing it fully come forth.  But they died in faith that it would.  This was pleasing and favorable to God.

One that stood out to me was Sarah.  She wanting a baby and couldn’t conceive.  She had Hagar conceive with Abraham and had Ishmael to try to fulfill this want and it just made her jealous of Hagar.  She tried to bring forth a promise in the flesh and it didn’t work.  Making things happen won’t work.  Also, when Abraham told Sarah she was going to have a baby she laughed.  In both of these examples, to me that doesn’t sound like she was having faith, yet in Hebrews 11:11 It says by FAITH she received the ability to conceive.  God still sees our heart even when we are struggling to believe.  When we make mistakes, He is so faithful and sees our heart and desire to want to have faith.

Now God could have just miraculously given her the baby.  She was very old. 100 years to be exact.  She still had to birth that baby!  God could have saved her that pain and risk but instead gave her the beautiful ability to conceive with Abraham.  Experience the pregnancy.  The worries, the fears and joys and excitement of being pregnant.  Then, she birthed Isaac who then they would be tested to give up later.

We still have to birth the thing He puts inside of us to have faith for and we do that by having that time of faith.  Like back in Hebrews 10:37.

If you need some refreshers on those who practiced faith read Hebrews 11.  But, in Hebrews 12:1 and 2 it says:

1″Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, (people are watching us and what we do or say), let us lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Is not having faith a sin?  I would say yes because He gave it to us to use.  Let us lay aside our disbelief, our frustration of not seeing that thing come to pass and pick up trust and run with it!  What if the thing that Mark Durniak was talking about with putting something down and picking something up was as simple as putting down our own disbeliefs and picking up FAITH and TRUST and going forth and running with it?