“The secret of the sweet, satisfying companionship of the Lord have they who fear, revere and worship Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its deep, inner meaning.” (Psalm 25:14)
There is a lot more to God’s covenant with us than meets the eye. What is a covenant? A covenant is a binding agreement between two parties. Each party agrees to give all their resources and loyalty to one another. A covenant says “my enemies are your enemies and your enemies are my enemies.” A covenant says “I’ll be with you no matter what.”
God takes His covenants very seriously and He takes a dim view of anyone who takes it lightly. We entered into a blood covenant with Him through the blood of Jesus. We give our lives to Him and He promises all of Heaven’s resources and He will never leave us or forsake us. We agree to take up our cross and follow Jesus. We are both all in.
What does it mean to “fear” the Lord? It’s not cowering away from Him that’s for sure. No, it means that He has a primary place in your thoughts every single day. Your day has a slot of time just for Him. A time of fellowship and worship. Your decisions are made based on His standards, not the world’s or yours.
What is the result of this covenant lifestyle? He will show you His covenant and reveal its deep meaning. You will discover how sweet and satisfying your life can be when God is your best friend. It is such a comfort to know that His presence is always with you, even when you don’t “feel” it.
“Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in holiness and to the sanctuary and bless the Lord! The Lord bless you out of Zion, even He Who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 134)
What does it mean to bless? The Amplified Bible says it means to “affectionately and gratefully praise.” That is how we bless God. How does He bless us? He blesses us with good things, and He blesses us with His presence in our lives. We get an awesome return on our investment here. We pour our hearts out to Him in worship and praise and He pours out mercy, love, favor and so much more.
What is a servant? Is it someone who cowers before God? Not in the Kingdom of God. Jesus said the greatest in the Kingdom is the servant. A true servant, serves out of the motive of LOVE. That’s what Jesus does. He’s the greatest Servant of all! Moses was called “My servant” by God. A servant is a “right hand man,” a person who is depended upon and of high value.
To serve God and man in the Kingdom of God is the greatest blessing you can do in worship to God. A servant’s heart is of great value and much use to God. Our prayer today is “Lord, here I am, Your servant. Use me today to serve You and love those around me.”
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is deepest within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits–Who forgives every one of your iniquities, Who heals each one of your diseases. Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption. Who beautifies, dignifies and crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercy; Who satisfies your mouth with good so that your youth, is renewed like the eagles.” (Psalm 103:1-5)
So often we go through our lives not even thinking about how really blessed we are to have God in our lives. We take for granted the goodness of God and all the unseen blessings He pours out on us every day.
How often has God sent an angel to keep people out of harm’s way? How many times have we dodged the proverbial bullet? How often does money show up just in the nick of time? How often do we quickly recover from hurts? Yes, He is a good, good Father. He Fathers us unselfishly and with all His heart.
The ten lepers that Jesus healed, only one came back to thank Him. How that must have blessed Him! Gratitude has a sweet aroma to God. A thankful heart blesses Him.
Take a moment and think back over the past week, and years and say a heartfelt “thank You Lord” for all He has done in your life. Be grateful for His presence in your life. Believe me, it is as precious to you as the sweet aroma of your gratitude is to Him.
“And Jesus said, You say to Me IF You can do anything? Why ALL things are possible to him who believes!” (Mark 9:23)
What a statement from our Lord Jesus Christ Himself! The word ALL is a beautiful word. It signifies no limits. Another significant word is BELIEVES. If you really, really believe for the impossible, it will happen. Jesus said it.
The man in this story was the father of the demon-possessed boy. He was begging Jesus to deliver him. He said “IF You can do anything.” Look at Jesus’ response. He put it back on the father when He said “why, all things are possible to him who believes!” It’s about YOUR faith, not God’s ability or willingness. He has made His position quite clear when He says, “Yes I will” and “I am the God that heals you.” He has come to give life more abundantly.
The question isn’t “Lord IF You are willing.” The real question is “Do YOU believe?” Having a real relationship with God should not have the word “if” in any conversations you have with God. In Him are the YEA AND THE AMEN.”
Today, beloved, dare to believe for the impossibility!
“O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” (Isaiah 2:5)
When things are unsettled and shifting in your life it can feel like you are alone on the sea adrift in a small boat. When you are unsure of what to do or even how to feel about things, one thing is sure: walk into the light of the Lord and you will find everything you need to overcome whatever dark time you are walking through.
He promises in Psalm 23 “Yea though I walk through the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil for thou are with me.” You may be adrift in a small boat, but He walks on the water…
“For behold, the day comes that shall burn like an oven, and all the proud and arrogant, yes, and all that do wickedly and are lawless, shall be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.
But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves released from the stall and leap for joy.” (Malachi 4:1-2)
There isn’t a better investment you can make than to come to the Lord and live in His righteousness. The value of this decision is eternal. Living life on your own terms without inviting the Lord into it may seem the right thing to do, but at what cost eternally? God’s Word tells us over and over to come to Him for that wonderful intimate relationship He wants with each one of us.
These two scriptures set before us two paths: life or death. There is great reward stored up for everyone who enters the personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ. It’s not about a ticket to heaven. Saying a prayer to get a ticket isn’t entering the Kingdom of God. It goes way way beyond that. The Cross is the gateway into the Kingdom of God.
You cannot enter God’s Kingdom unless its through the finished work of the Cross. Accepting His sacrifice and repenting (turning away) from the sinful lifestyle, are the first step in an eternal journey. There is no better lifestyle than living a life full of God. He has the ability to take a shattered life and put it all back together like its brand new.
“All these gifts, achievements and abilities are inspired and brought to pass by one and the same Holy Spirit, Who apportions to each person individually exactly as He chooses. For just as the body is a unity and yet has many parts, and all the parts, through many, form only one body, so it is with Christ the Messiah, the Anointed One.” (I Corinthians 12:11-12)
The Body of Christ is indeed fearfully and wonderfully made. The shining attribute of the Body of Christ should be unity. We are all bound together as one unit in Christ Jesus. There can’t be any division for a body to function properly. I can’t take my arm off and put it on a shelf and expect my body to perform the same way.
God is moving in the earth these days bringing His Body together. The last great outpouring will destroy denominational walls and we will indeed become ONE Body in Christ.