Graceful Perseverance: SAY AMEN - 12/08
Welcome to this week’s blog. Today I am sharing with you the importance of why we should be saying “Say Amen” to the Lord’s unlimited powers to bless us and protect us freely and lovingly every day of our lives.
Throughout the Bible there are powerful examples of God’s hand in our lives. Look at what God did for Moses, Joshua, David and His son, Yeshua (Jesus) on the cross.
If the Bible is our source of truth, then who are we to doubt the full accounts of God’s awesome powers in the lives of these men and many others throughout the generations? Why then would we not faithfully believe there is absolutely nothing that can stop us from doing what God has called each of us to do in our lives. If we are invincible, it’s only because we have been spiritually empowered by the Holy Spirit for starters. It is only then by the hand of our God that is helping us fulfil His Will for our lives.
Not one of us can prosper like Moses, Joshua, David or Yeshua (Jesus) without the insurmountable, undefeatable powers of the Creator of the Universe. Let’s look at each one of these men from their Bible stories in order to better understand how we too can proclaim similar miraculous experiences in our lives, but only through the hand of God.
The Biblical Story of Moses: The great work of the hands of God
Moses received instructions from God near Horeb (Sinai wilderness). He was met by a burning bush, the bush was burning, but not consumed. God told Moses that the Israelites in Egypt were suffering from slavery. God instructed Moses to bring them out of slavery to Canaan, "a land flowing with milk and honey." God instructed Moses to persuade King Pharaoh to release his people to freedom, but at the same time, God was going to harden King Pharaoh's heart.
The Bible tells us that Moses was 80 years old when he traveled to Egypt to rescue the Israelite people from King Pharaoh. When Moses first approached King Pharaoh, he told him that he was to let the Israelite people go so they could go into the wilderness to hold a feast with their God.
It was then that Moses out stretched his hand over the sea; and the God caused the sea to get pushed back by a strong, east wind throughout the night. It was God, who with His unsurmountable powers, parted the sea to create dry land, which then forced the waters to divide. The children of Israel went into the midst of the sea, walking and traveling the path of dry ground under their feet. The sea of waters became a wall of protection for the children of Israel, on both their right and left-hand sides.
And the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians. So, the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Thus, Israel saw the great work which the Lord had done in Egypt; so, the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord and His servant Moses. - Exodus 14:21-31 (NKJ).
The Biblical Story of Joshua: The great work of the hands of God
Joshua was one of the twelve spies of Israel sent by Moses to explore the land of Canaan. In Numbers 13:1-16 (NKJ), after the death of Moses, Joshua led the Israelite tribes in the conquest of Canaan, and allocated the land to the tribes.
Joshua was considered one of the Bible's greatest military leaders for leading the seven-year conquest of the Promised Land. He is often held up as a model for leadership and a source of practical application on how to be an effective leader. Joshua was connected with and assisted Moses during the Israelites' 40-year journey through the Sinai wilderness. Joshua was chosen by God to lead the Israelites after the death of Moses.
The Book of Joshua was written to assure the Israelites that the Living God will reward His children’s obedience, and to also record the entrance and conquest of the promise land. Joshua demonstrated his faith in God as He followed the orders given to him and took leadership of the nation. Joshua truly was a strong and courageous leader.
The Book of Joshua is the sixth book in the Hebrew Bible and the first book of Deuteronomy in the New King James Bible. A story of Israel from the conquest of Canaan to the Babylonian exile. As Moses’ assistant, Joshua had the experience of being in close proximity to the Lord. After Moses would finish meeting with God, Joshua would remain in the shelter. Joshua was among the 12 spies Moses sent out into the land of Canaan. Only Joshua and Caleb came back with a positive report admonishing the people to have faith in God.
The story of Joshua, and the walls of Jericho, shows us how God was the one who knocked down the wall. This story shows how God keeps His promises and provides help for His people, even when they face a dreadful situation. The gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No man was allowed to leave, and no man was allowed to enter. Then the Lord said to Joshua, See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. – Joshua 6:2 (NKJ).
So, the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout all the country. – Joshua 6:27 (NKJ).
The Biblical Story of David: The great work of the hands of God
The Philistine army had gathered for war against Israel. The two armies faced each other. They camped for battle on opposite sides of a steep valley. A Philistine giant, measuring over nine feet tall, and wearing full armor came out each day for forty days, mocking and challenging the Israelites to fight. The name of this giant was Goliath.
David put a rock in his sling and swung one of the rocks at Goliath's head. The rock sank into the giant’s forehead and he fell to the ground. David then picked up Goliath's sword and used it kill Goliath, and cut off his head.
Moreover, David said, The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Go, and the Lord be with you! So, Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail.
Then David said to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord's, and He will give you into our hands. So, it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hastened and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. So, David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. – 1 Samuel 17:37-50 (NKJ).
The Biblical Story of Jesus: The great work of the hands of God
The Bible tells us that the crucifixion of Yeshua (Jesus) was God's plan from the very beginning, starting with His birth. This Biblical story is the story of Yeshua (Jesus), our Savior. The crucifixion of Yeshua (Jesus) is recorded in the first four gospels of the New Testament. These first four letters recorded in the New Testament are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The crucifixion of Yeshua (Jesus) took place in Judea, approximately the 1st Century, between 30-33 AD. Yeshua’s (Jesus’) crucifixion was horrifying and painful. The nature of this capital punishment was very dishonorable to the victim. The Roman crucifixion started with a flogging or scourging of the victim’s back. The Romans used a whip, called a flag rum. This whip consisted of a number of leather strands with small pieces of bone and metal attached. The number of blows Yeshua (Jesus) suffered is not officially recorded.
Although, it is recorded in Jewish law the number of blows was 39 (one less than the 40 called for in the Torah, to avoid a counting error). This type of torture was a custom practice of the Roman Emperor during that period. This Roman method of execution also involved binding the victim's hands and feet, and nailing their hands and feet to a wooden cross until they suffocated.
The result of death in this type of crucifixion was caused by suffocation. In order to breathe, the victim was forced to push up on his feet to allow inflation of their lungs. Due to the pain and suffering, the victim was forced to surrender breathing for pain and exhaustion.
But Yeshua (Jesus), God in the flesh, did not perish. But buy the miraculous plan of God, Yeshua (Jesus) shed His blood for the forgiveness of our sins. It was always God’s plan from the very beginning that Yeshua (Jesus), His Son, would sacrifice His life for ours. Yeshua (Jesus) paid the debt of our sin on a cross two thousand years ago.
We all are sinners and deserve God’s judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Yeshua (Jesus), our Creator, the omnipotent Son of God, did live a sinless life. The absolute truth is, Yeshua (Jesus) loves us so much that He spared His life for our sins.
His first words from the cross were, Then Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do. And they divided His garments and cast lots. – Luke 23:34 (NKJ).
From the cross, Yeshua (Jesus) beheld His mother, who stood at the base of the cross weeping for her Son. Yeshua (Jesus) asked John, his beloved disciple, to take care of His mother. On His left and right were two thieves who were also executed. One of the thieves accepted Yeshua (Jesus) as his Lord, the other did not. The one who did not accept Yeshua (Jesus) perished that day. The one who accepted Yeshua (Jesus) was saved that day. And Jesus said to him, Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise. – Luke 23:43 (NKJ).
As the end drew near, Yeshua (Jesus) uttered his complete surrender to the Will of God. So, when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. – John 19:30 (NKJ).
And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit. Having said this, He breathed His last. – Luke 23:46 (NKJ).
Yeshua (Jesus) took the punishment that we deserve. He died, was buried, and three days later rose from the grave. If you truly believe and trust Yeshua (Jesus) is your Lord and Savior, you, like Yeshua (Jesus), will also be saved and not perish. God promises all of His children that whosoever believes in Him shall have an everlasting life. For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16 (NKJ).
The four biblical prophesies mentioned in this blog are only a few of the miraculous stories in the Bible. We can be certain that these prophecies were not false or bogus stories compiled at a later time. These prophesies are prophesies that were justly fulfilled by the Messiah. As with Moses, Joshua, David and Yeshua (Jesus), nothing can or will stop us from doing God’s Will for our lives. No man in this world has the power to stop what God has already put in motion for each of our lives.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJ).
Blessings until next week,
Debra Pauli Unstoppable Believer
Blessings until next week,
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