Posts Tagged ‘Righteous Man’

Nothing Impossible

Nothing is Impossible
“If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to there; and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Mt 17:20)
“Everything is possible for him who believes.” (Mk 9:23)

So now that we have begun to fall in love with Christ… nothing is impossible. More and more it is becoming the ”norm” rather than the exception, that no act of obedience will be impossible for us. No task will be too great, no circumstance too difficult and no suffering too severe, because believing moves us into supernatural dimensions of power and resources.

You might ask how? or why? and I would tell you of the greatness of His love toward us who believe.

Something Happened!

“…God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:5-8)

The Apostle Paul tells us of the avenue to which God’s love reaches us… it is “poured out”. I like that thought. Its poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who God has given to each of us that trust in Him. The New International Version says that His love was “lavished” upon us. There is a word only used in extremely generous expressions. God is extravagant, but never wasteful. I believe that!

I believe God’s gift of love is extreme and extravagant.

From the beginning of each day; through the routine of my personal daily experience, His Presence is interwoven into the very fabric of my life. He is pouring  His love into me, to be reflected back to Him through praise and honor. He loves me and captures my heart, so that my love for Him becomes an expression of relational bliss in partnership with His will for me.

Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commands” (Jn 14:15).

Amazingly, He made this loving process a signature reality to recognizing Him in life. When you love Me, My Father will love you and I will manifest Myself to you (Jn 14:21). So I love Him, because I see Him in my experiences and recognize His hand on me… and nothing is impossible, because He is in the midst of all those things that “seem” overwhelming! In spite of those “mountain-sized” problems that hide my destiny, nothing is beyond my believing. His love is greater. I am more than able, because of His love for me. I am more than up to the challenge, because of His anointing resting upon me. Nothing is impossible, because of the situations He has already turned into testimonies, in and through me. I can praise Him, because I’m part of His story for all the world to read!

Knowing to Pray

A little Elijah

A Little Elijah

Elijah is a powerful example of a man who knew… “Its time to pray”. I want to suggest that the reason he got answers to his prayers was not because of his eloquence, but his awareness. Elijah knew that prayer comes before the Highest Court of the Universe… God’s Heart. The prayers of a righteous man are effective prayers. This means they are heard and answered by God, because they pull upon His “fathering” nature. In fact, James tells us that Elijah was an average kind of guy, with similar passions to any of us.

“Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed and the heavens gave rain and the earth produced its crops.” (James 5:17-18)

Knowing is a Vital Key:

Do we know that we must pray to God in order to get the will of God activated in our lives? Knowing is not head knowledge, its experience in the doing of something. Knowing is the motivating factor that gets us invested, we know in order to stay in sync with reality… physical or spiritual. Elijah was a man full of conviction. His thought was not “if” prayer works, but when prayer works, get ready. How quickly do you run so you won’t get wet.

Talk with God:

Its that simple… just talk with God. The people who had lived through the drought at the Prophet’s request were unconvinced that Yahweh was indeed the only God who answers prayer; but when they saw fire fall from Heaven, there was little question who brought the goods. It was the one who prayed to the right God. These folks were out of touch with God, because they were not praying to God.

Prayer is Connection:

Prayer is as individual as we are, but it offers the connections we need to engage in relationship to the Living and Speaking God (Heb 1:1-4). We will be heard loud and clear, if we will just show up and participate. If we draw near to God in prayer, He will draw near to us with answers (James 4:8).

Great & Mighty Things

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jer. 33:3)

Too often we settle for much less than what God wants to do through us. When God tells us that He is able to do, beyond all that we ask or imagine… and asks the question, “Is anything too hard for Me?” (Jer. 32:27). We answer, “No Lord… nothing is impossible for You!” Yet, when we face difficult situations we begin to qualify our belief in God and lower our expectations of what God will do. It is one thing to believe God could perform a miracle in the Bible; it is quite another matter to believe when a friend is standing before you with a belly full of cancer. “Can do” is easier to say than “will do”… when someone is waiting.

Read this carefully: “…it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:13)

Can I just point out that it is God doing the work… and its for His pleasure – not yours. Ministry has never been about you, your ability or your reputation… its about God’s pleasure! When we fail to take God at His Word, simply because it seems unreasonable; we are not pleasing anybody. God’s Word is not open to a negotiation with the devil, it is Truth… reality from God’s point of view! When God speaks to us, what we do next proves what we believe about Him, regardless of what we say.

The Example of Moses:

God revealed to Moses His plan to orchestrate the greatest exodus in human history, and He wanted to use Moses to accomplish it. Moses responded by arguing with God… not because Moses thought God was powerless, but he simply did not believe God would do His miraculous work through his life. Moses’ argument with God was not about the ministry, it was about courage to become a conduit of God’s power (Ex. 4:13–17). Moses says things like, “who am I” or “suppose they do not believe me”, “Oh Lord I am not eloquent” or “I am slow of speech and slow of tongue”… “Please send someone else”.

God was not asking Moses to do the miracles, just to be His mouth piece!

What is He asking you? That is how it is with God… He wants to work in and through us to offer a voice of hope to a broken and wounded people. To tell that friend with a belly full of cancer that God is able to heal, is not wishful thinking it is the will of a wonderful Savior. If Jesus will cleanse the Leper (Mk. 1:40-42), why would He not cleanse the friend with cancer? It is up to God to work in and through us… through the effectual fervent prayer offered in faith by the “righteous man” (Jms. 5:16). You are that righteous man!

Do you sense there may be more that God wants to do through your life? Ask God to show you, then be prepared to respond in faith and obey what He tells you.

The only way to do greater things for God, is to raise your expectations! (Jn. 14:12)

Effective Disciples

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

Thought for Today: “Hitting the Mark”

Jesus is in essence saying… “ask and keep on asking, knock and keep on knocking, seek and keep on seeking… something will be open to you.” The spiritual disciplines of our Christian faith should be done for the purpose of developing our focus. Like an archer who takes aim at their target, we can only hit the mark if we are able to get our arrow and the “bulls eye” to line up. The goal is to hit the mark from any distance, any angle and in the midst of any distractions. So many things can become a hindrance to our spiritual life, but disciplines like prayer and fasting sharpen our aim by stabilizing our stance.

Identifying the Mark:

The Apostle Paul said that we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). This means we are very familiar with what it feels like to “miss the mark”, because of where we stood… without Christ.

However, today by standing in Christ, we are fully capable of walking by faith and trusting in His power. We hit the mark by manifesting His Glory in the Earth. All fruitfulness and blessing flow from the work of God inside of us and through us. He has given Holy Spirit discernment, we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16) to equip us and train us in hitting the mark every time. We might need comfort, wisdom or healing. The Holy Spirit will lead us in all Truth and make His power effective to our need. James tells us that the passionate prayer of a righteous man is effective and hits the mark (Jms 5:16).

Fasting to Hit the Mark:

Here are a few ways in which fasting can elevate our effectiveness in hitting the mark. By fasting with a purpose we can focus and aim at significant needs and bring forth results that are supernatural.

  • To Strengthen Prayer (Ezra 8:3)
  • To Seek God’s Guidance (Judges 20:26)(Acts 14:23)
  • To Express Grief (1 Sam 31:13)(2 Sam 1:11-12)(1 Sam 20:34)
  • To Seek Protection (2 Chron 20:3-4)(Ezra 8:21-23)(Esther 4:16)
  • To Repent or Return to God (1 Sam 7:6)(Joel 2:12)(Jonah 3:5-8)
  • To Humble Oneself before God (Ps 35:13)
  • To Express Concern for the Word of God (Neh 1:3-4)(Dan 9:3)
  • To Overcome Temptation and Dedicate Oneself to God (Mt 4:1-2)
  • To Express Love and Devotion to God (Lk 2: 37)(Zech 7:5)

I want to encourage a focused aim on those things that hinder or distract from manifesting God’s Glory everyday. Your lifestyle of prayer and fasting is a uniquely powerful arrow for hitting the mark set before you!

Confident in Love

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.” (1 Jn. 3:1)

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:5-8)

How can you know that God loves you?

To become confident in the love of God, we must see it and experience it!

Confidence is a soulish reality… kinda like a knowing on the inside, in your heart of hearts. A person feels confident when they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that what they are experiencing is reliable and trust worthy. When we become confident in the love of God it becomes the truth that stabilizes our belief system and strengthens our hope. The Apostle John says, “Behold” or look intently, at the kind of love the Father has bestowed or lavished upon us… see and experience its quality, its depth of passion and its supernatural power. It will transform how you see yourself and others, because you will see His beauty and extravagance toward all people… sinner and Saints alike!

The 2 Ways of Seeing & Experiencing Love: 1st) It is demonstrated in the Cross! 2nd) It is poured out by the Holy Spirit!

  • The Apostle Paul tells us that God reveals His love in two different and complementary ways. The demonstration of the cross is public; the work of the Holy Spirit is private and personal. The demonstration of the cross is historical; the work of the Holy Spirit is contemporary. The demonstration of the cross is objective; the work of the Holy Spirit is subjective and experiential.

1st) God demonstrates His love at the cross… sending His Son in our place!

To “demonstrate” something is to make a show of it openly, even to prove it as the truth that matters most. God demonstrates two important things with the cross: His justice (Rom. 3:21-26) and His love (Jn. 15:13). In the cross, He shows all of humanity that He would not allow sin to go unpunished, but in that same cross; He also demonstrates His unique love for us… by giving an immeasurable gift, the Sinless Lamb of God. It was the richest gift heaven could offer, given for those who had lost their way.

Now according to the Bible, the essence of love is giving… “God so loved… that He gave us His Only Son” (Jn. 3:16). And love is measured partly by the cost of the gift to the giver, and partly by the unworthiness of the person receiving it. Since man was hopelessly lost in sin, it helps us recognize the price of this gift. Mercy, the compassion to not give us what we deserve; was involved in the demonstration. How could any sinful man deserve forgiveness… only God would love so much as to pardon the sinner, without a guarantee of any remorse or reconciliation. It was an act of love and tender mercy… and when we behold the manner of love God gives, it moves us to make some kind of decision. We can embrace the gift and let it change how we see or reject it and live with the counterfeits of lust, pride and selfish ambition.

2nd) God “pours out” His love through the Holy Spirit!

There is a unique reality to the love of God… and its the reality of relationship! God communicates His love toward us, because He is passionate about our fellowship. God not only “demonstrates” His love by having sent Christ to die for us; but He also “pours out” His love for us to experience – Him, in all His fullness. He does this through the Holy Spirit!

*The Holy Spirit teaches us by revelation. The Holy Spirit speaks into our hearts about God’s love for us (1 Cor. 2:12 & Eph. 1:17-18). He opens our hearts to understand that Christ’s death was not just some abstract gift that God gave to humanity, but that Christ died for “me”, because He loves me. He takes passages from the Bible and opens them up to our hearts so that they nourish our confidence in God’s love and goodness.

*The Holy Spirit helps us to relate to God personally. The Holy Spirit creates the open door of fellowship, so that God is not perceived as a distant “judge”, but as a warm and loving Father, with whom we share in very personal and intimate ways. He helps us communicate with God in prayer (Rom. 8:26-27) and He assures our hearts that we really are God’s sons and daughters (Rom. 8:15-16). Our confidence increases by our familiarity with His heart toward us!

*The Holy Spirit comforts and strengthens us. God’s hope and peace and joy are made available to us in the midst of painful and anxious situations (Jn. 14:26-27, 2 Cor. 1:3-7 & Eph. 3:14-19). The Holy Spirit not only works through our sufferings to produce God’s character in our lives; but He also assures us of an abiding love in the midst of trials and tests. This is why, while non-Christians point to suffering as the proof that God is not loving, Christians point to suffering as the context in which they experience God’s love in deeper ways!

*The Spirit expresses God’s love to us through His people. He is moving in the Body of Believers, the Church; so we experience forgiveness, encouragement, affection and favor in spiritual and personal ways (2 Cor. 7:5-6 & Eph. 4:29-32). They speak His Word to us, pray with us, communicate His peace and offer forgiveness and hope. And we get to experience the Holy Spirit moving in us for others, as well!

Perhaps the greatest reality of all is that we were made to receive and give love… “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them” (1 Jn. 4:16).

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