Posts Tagged ‘Solomon’

Lifting the Broken

Praying for the sick in Kenya“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Ps. 34:18)

I find myself at times feeling very sorry for the pain I see people go through… both physically and emotionally. Times of stress or struggle can overwhelm the best of us and our character is often tested even when we are in the very center of God’s will. Somewhere in the midst of suffering there is a powerful resource for our future success.

The “Sifted” Need Lifted:

At times it becomes obvious when a person needs the lifting power of God’s grace. Jesus responded to Peter when he was sifted by the Devil (Lk 22:31-32) and we must respond to those around us (Gal 6:2). We must become equipped with the Truth of God’s Word for the downcast and troubled. When we give God our pain, He does replace it with joy. It’s so subtle that after our own personal seasons of heartache, we often forget how the comforting Presence of God lifted us out of dispair and brokenness.

Finding Hope Anchors the Soul (Heb 6:19):

We can find hope in God’s Word, because it serves as the platform for God’s thoughts and purposes for His family, the Church. God says to Solomon, “Ask for whatever you want Me to give you” (2 Chron. 1:7). The Good News is that He says that to all His children in order to move them into joyful hope.

Jesus tells his disciples, “Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (Jn 16:24) and He prays, “that they may have the full measure of My (His) joy within them” (Jn 17:13). Isn’t that powerful? Those who have experienced this joy know how amazing it is. It goes beyond our mental comprehension and it lifts the broken out of their painful perceptions… even before it delivers them from their painful circumstances. Its the power of hope!

How do we attain this joy?

Jesus tells us that it is hinged to abiding in His love. “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (Jn 15:10-11) Love moves us into joy, because it releases hope inside our hearts.

God truly wants to lift the broken:

Here are some more verses that can boost our hope and free us to rejoice in our good Heavenly Father:

  • Prov. 10:24 “What the righteous desire will be granted.”
  • Ex. 33:17 “And the LORD said to Moses, I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
  • Zeph. 3:17 “The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save.”
  • Ps. 22:5 “…in You they trusted and were NOT disappointed.”
  • Isa. 49:23 “Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed.”
  • Ps. 21:2 “You have granted him the desire of his heart and have not withheld the request of his lips.”
  • Ps. 145:19 “He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them.”
  • Ps. 6:9 “The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.”
  • 1 John 5:14-15 “This is the assurance we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us –whatever we ask– we know that we have what we asked of Him.”
  • Eph. 3:20 “Now unto Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…”

The Lord is so tender to those who are of a broken and contrite heart and desires to be near them. When the humble cry out for help, He is quick to respond even in the midst of the confusion that often blinds us of His Presence. He is kind, merciful and wants to lavish love on His children (Rom 5:5). The discipline is only for a moment, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Ps. 30:5)

Becoming Mighty In Spirit!

To be mighty in Spirit is to know God intimately and to experience the power of His grace daily over pain, fears and struggle. It is a process of establishing more than how a person feels, because it is based upon the fruit that is released when the sifting occurs. It is being sensitive to the purposes of God that aim to advance His Kingdom even in those seasons when mystery is more evident than revelation. Our trials are putting courage into our bones and transforming us to become mighty in Spirit! (2 Cor. 4:16-17) There will always be trouble, but the grace to arise is more than equal to the task of lifting the broken. To be mighty in spirit… is to understand what it means to be “renewed daily”!

To be mighty in Spirit… comes as we know God intimately and experience the power of His grace daily over pain, fears and struggle.

Evidence of Glory

What transpires as humanity moves toward the culmination of all things… is it disaster or restoration?

Scripture reveals that the Kingdom of God will come in all of its fullness… that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the LORD and culminate in a great awareness of His Presence and Preeminence. Our God shall come enthroned saying, “Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He shall dwell with them and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

And He who sits on the throne will say, “Behold, I will make all things new.” (Rev. 21:3-5)

The Bible reminds us that the great tragedy in the Garden of Eden was not just sin, but separation and the fact that man had “fallen short of the Glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Although many, professing to be wise; have “exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made like corruptible man – and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things” (Rom. 1:22-23)… this tragic estrangement was never God’s intent. His delight is with man, sharing fellowship in the brilliance of His Glory (Gen. 3:8)(Ps. 8:5).

Man was created for experiences in God’s Glory (Isa. 43:7). The Children of Israel saw the Glory of God in the cloud (Ex. 16:10), and on the mountain (Ex. 24:17). The same Glory that shaped the hearts of Moses, David and Solomon; was seen filling the tabernacle (Ex. 33:7-11 & 40:34-35) (2 Sam. 6:2) (2 Chr. 5:13-14). Both Isaiah and Ezekiel saw visions of God’s Glory. From the earliest of days until now, the knowledge of God’s Glory has been a topic of prophetic importance (Hab. 2:14). The Hebrew prophets envisioned a day when God’s Glory would increase; impacting the nations and transforming the fabric of cultures and governments. For example, Isaiah prophesied the following decree of the Lord, “I will gather all nations and peoples together, and they will see My Glory” (Isa. 66:18). Ezekiel proclaimed, “The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and behold, the Glory of the LORD filled the temple” (Ezek. 43:5). Each of these Old Testament people insisted that the same Glory they had experienced, would be manifest on the earth.

Just listen to these words: “The Glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isa. 40:5)

Overlooked by many, this reality began to emerge during the time of the New Testament. Jesus came as the Glory of the Father (Jn. 1:14), announcing the coming of the Kingdom of God (Mt. 4:17). Through the person and work of Jesus, a great shift took place. Strongholds of darkness were torn down. God’s Presence was increasingly experienced on a level that rivaled ancient encounters in the Garden. Reflecting on this wondrous reality, the Apostle Paul boldly declared: “We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s Glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18).

It appears that many are looking for more… driven by concerns about darkness and fear. They’re not cognizant of the ever-increasing glory. They’re blind to the fact that they’re actually living in the age that the prophets longed for. Everybody keeps asking when we’re going to experience God’s Glory? Not realizing that the day of the Lord’s Presence has already begun. Jesus said, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the Glory of God?” Therefore if we, who believe; would only open up our hearts, we would finally discover the desire of the ages.

Just look into the eyes of Jesus… and there you will find the knowledge of the Glory of God (2 Cor. 4:6).

Vitality of Words

Is there anything “normal” about the spiritual realm?

The Kingdom of God should feel normal to the believing heart! Yet, when measured by human reasoning, its beyond comprehension. One law remains consistent in both the spiritual world and the natural world… All things; material and spiritual, are held together by the Word of God’s power (Heb 1:3). To say it another way; God sustains all things by using words that are released from His world- Heaven, into ours- Earth.

God sustains all things by using words!

For God, words are powerful and essential; like the connective tissue, the glue between two very different worlds. They are creative packages that hold His logic and purposes for life as He would want us to enjoy it… abundant and fruitful. He spoke the worlds into existence (Gen 1:3), He calls those things that are not as though they are (Rom 4:17) and He watches over His word to perform it (Jer 1:12). No matter how we perceive life’s experiences, His goal is for our good and not evil (Jer 29:11). In redemption, He has sent forth His Word to heal, forgive and revive the broken.

”The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and Truth” (Jn 1:14).

Our faith grows out of hearing the words of God, believing, knowing and experiencing the Word of God. Jesus explained, “The Spirit gives life, My words are spirit and they are life” (Jn 6:63). We all must come to the realization that as we live in agreement with God’s Word, all will go well.

God’s words are Spirit and Life!

David said, “Your words are a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Ps 119:105). Solomon encourages us to hear the Father’s voice, “My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to My words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and they are health to a man’s whole body” (Prov 4:20-23). What David and Solomon were saying, Jesus makes very clear when He faces the devil, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4). Abiding in those words offers us the greatest freedom, because His words are Truth (Jn 8:31-32) from God’s perspective.

My Shield – His Favor

I have come to understand that God’s love is poured out toward all men equally, yet His favor is a resource which becomes hinged to other things like obedience, intimacy and character. Favor is a resource that we must see increasing in our lives. Notice Jesus’ example to us:

“Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Lk 2:52).

What does it mean to find favor with God?

The Psalms tell us that the favor of God was the difference between life and death (Ps 30:5-7)(Ps 119:58)(Ps 106:4). The book of Proverbs tells us one way to find favor with God is to find a wife (Prov 18:22)… for me that was a big one. Obviously that was not the method used by Jesus; but it is one way.

One of the things Solomon emphasized in the book of Proverbs is favor’s connection to finding wisdom (Prov 8:35-36). Favor simply means that we are able to access kindness and are treated with a generosity and goodwill, far beyond what would normally be expected.

Of course, every believer is favored by God to some degree; but we want increase as Jesus exhibited. Therefore, we must understand God’s favor comes to us in degrees. The more we please God, the more we will be favored by Him. It is important not to think of this favor in material or worldly terms alone… God’s favor is given in spiritual blessings as well as in material blessings.

My personal favorite Scripture on favor helps me understand why I need to increase in it… because His favor serves as my shield of protection on all levels of life.

“For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield” (Ps 5:12).

This shield of favor will not just protect you from the front but also the rear. It is a shield that surrounds you. Even when you don’t know what people are saying about you, this divine favor will insulate you from damage.

The Working of Favor

“Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” (Lk. 2:52)

I have come to understand that God’s love is poured out toward all men equally, yet His favor is a resource which becomes hinged to other things like obedience, intimacy and character. Favor is a resource that we must see increasing in our lives. Notice Jesus’ example to us was increase! Jesus was obedient to His Father. The key to unlocking God’s favor is this kind of obedience. In any situation where you and I have the choice to trust God or take the shortcut that the enemy offers, there is the potential for favor to be accessed and increase.

If we do not choose the favor of God, we are exchanging God’s potential destiny – for our best efforts.

    • The Psalms tell us that the favor of God was the difference between life and death (Ps. 30:5-7)(Ps. 119:58)(Ps. 106:4).

    • The book of Proverbs tells us one way to find favor with God is to find a wife (Prov. 18:22)… for me that was a big one. Obviously that was not the method used by Jesus; but it is one way.
        • One of the things Solomon emphasized in the book of Proverbs is favor’s connection to finding wisdom (Prov. 8:35-36).

        Favor simply means that we are able to access kindness and are treated with a generosity and goodwill far beyond what would normally be expected.

        What does it Mean to Increase in Favor with God?

          Of course, every believer is favored by God to some degree; but we can increase as Jesus demonstrated. We must understand God’s favor comes to us in degrees. The more we please God, the more we will be favored by Him. Becoming “special” to God is not a love issue, its an alignment issue. When we live in agreement with the will and purposes of God, He orders our steps (Prov. 3:5-6) and illuminates our path (Prov. 4:18). It is important not to think of favor in material or worldly terms only. God’s favor is given in spiritual, as well as natural blessings (Eph. 1:3). The goal then, is to continue increasing; because His favor offers us supernatural resources… it even serves as my shield of protection on all levels of life. My shield is His favor.

          “For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield.” (Ps. 5:12)

          This shield of favor will not just protect you from all sides, it will bear you up. It is a shield that surrounds you, much like a cloak of invincibility. Even when you don’t know what battles are headed toward you, this divine favor will serve to insulate you from danger. Knowing the dynamics of the favor of God will encourage you in spiritual warfare and give confidence to never give up, back down or let go. If God be for us – who can stand against us? (Rom. 8:31)

          Favor – Your Platform for Boldness!

          You need to know where boldness comes from, so that you can access it when you need it! Have you considered your favor quotient? Are you mindful of favor when you make a decision? Its God who is able, God who is strong and mighty. You are called to the impossible, but its favor that offers you success and victory in every assignment!

          You and I can rely upon God’s “Fathering heart” – He is watching and looking in over our shoulders, to display His increased favor in our lives.

          Archives