Strengthen your position and see what must be done, because next spring the king of Aram will attack you again (1 Kings 20:22 NIV).
This prophetic message is important because it was given immediately after a big victory in war. See that it is not a message of congratulation on that victory. Instead it is a message to be on guard. It is therefore worthy of our attention.
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He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful (Isaiah 30:23a NIV).
This is a promise which should put hope in the heart of all sowing God’s Word. Many times you might have been discouraged seeing no results in your ministry. Some get so discouraged that they stop sowing seeds altogether. This … Read the rest
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion (Psalm 84:5–7 NIV).
The Psalmist talks about the blessedness of those who dwell in God’s house in the beginning … Read the rest
When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt” (Exodus 13:17 NIV).
The shorter route is not the best one always. In God’s eyes the shorter route can have its dangers. He sometimes does not lead you through the shorter route … Read the rest
The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” (1 Kings 18:44a NIV).
One of the most valuable lessons on prayer is found here. It is perseverance. What does it mean? It means praying on and on, in spite of no sign of your prayer being answered. It means holding on to the word God had given you and continuing … Read the rest
He will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on the earth (Isaiah 42:4a NIV).
With the Servant of the Lord, there is constancy to purpose. He has a purpose to accomplish on earth. And His entire focus is on the achievement of the same: It is to establish justice on the earth. There is a lesson here for you who trust in His name. You should also … Read the rest
Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan and crossed it (Judges 8:4 NIV).
Here the pursuit of enemies and oppressors are described. In the process of pursuit Gideon and his men became exhausted. But there was more. They had to face criticism from their own countrymen. And no one was willing to believe in their ability to win. Therefore no one … Read the rest
Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24 NIV).
Have you ever felt that the sky is like a bronze shield preventing your prayers from reaching heaven? Have you ever felt that your prayers are falling into empty nothingness; reaching nowhere? Have you ever felt no joy after you have prayed? Have you felt being far away from God and no intimacy … Read the rest
Do not bury me in Egypt, but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried (Genesis 47:29z, 30a NIV).
Jacob has given us a great example in his dying moments. He is looking ahead in expectation. Though now in circumstances not of his choosing, he is not ready to rest in them. It should be said that Jacob’s circumstances at … Read the rest
For Joshua did not draw back the hand that held out his javelin until he had destroyed all who lived in Ai (Joshua 8:26 NIV).
This was crucial. Because they had been defeated in the previous battle against Ai. Then God had shown them the cause of defeat as sin in their midst. They then had the cause removed and destroyed from their midst. Now they were given a fresh … Read the rest