I love studying the Word of God - it is my encouragement!

(Psalms 27:1-14 and Psalm 30:1-5)

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. The Word of God continues and tells why I seek after dwelling in the house of the Lord. It says - For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up. Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his HOLINESS. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. We thank God for the hope of the morning because we have learned that mid-night, that darkest hour, lasts for only 60 seconds. And after that 60 seconds is over, it’s not midnight anymore. Take a look at II Kings the 3rd chapter beginning at the 1st verse. You will see a time of drought but the 17th and 18th verses say: For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will deliver…”

There will be drought times but God always gives provisions—even in the drought times. I wanted to give some words of encouragement because what I am finding is that the Saints of the Most High God, those who are standing firm, are at the test right now - but as we continue to stand firm in His Word, joy cometh in the morning! Because he WILL deliver. If we continue to draw close, we will be able to hear our Perfect Example say—not my will but your will be done. Then we can seek God’s will for our lives through these times.

I want to share with you something that God has been dealing with me about and trying to get it deep, deep, down, down, into me for the entire year of 2007. In Exodus 17:1 the Word says that -

…all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and there was no water for the people to drink. And I read how the people murmured and complained and Moses cried out to the Lord in despair. Just like the children of Israel I have experiences that are “no water” experiences. But God has been covering me in His Word. He has been showing me in His Word that ·God will always prepare me for my trials, He will always aid me in my trials, and He desires to use my trials for His cause. Then after He’s done all that, He reminds me that My God Shall Supply.

In the 4th chapter of the book of Philippians it reads:

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. On one of Paul’s missionary journey’s he founded the church in Philippi and then later on he ended up in a Roman prison. This is where Paul was when he penned letters to the Philippians. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Paul wants us also to view his circumstances in a positive way because he has learned to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Paul wants us also to view his circumstances in a positive way not only because that is the way he is viewing them but also because he can do all things through Christ. Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. Paul is letting the church know that as a leader he is following Christ’s example of being content in any circumstance, and that God gives him the ability to do this.

But he also reminds the church that a laborer is worthy of his hire when he says that it is only right that they do contribute for his needs. Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Paul continued to encourage them, continued to thank them, continued to credit them. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.

Earlier Paul sent Epaphroditus to the church at Philippi because he was a spiritual worker and would assist that brand new church. But now that church is well established and when the church became aware of Paul’s imprisonment they sent gifts and supplies and they sent Epaphroditus to assist Paul. Paul was letting them know that, yes, he did receive all that they sent to him, but that he even had more and that Jesus is the source of his strength. Paul then sent Epaphroditus back to the Philippians church with this letter of thanks for their support.

He was in prison so he couldn’t pay them but he could pray blessings upon them through this letter. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Just as God met the needs of Paul, he proclaims that God will meet their needs. And just as we are reading these words we can be assured that God will meet our needs, also.

Now, the Word says it and we say it, and we say that we believe it - but do we really stand on it - even when times are tough? … even in times of drought? This is really a lesson in priorities. Thru all of this thankfulness and teaching, Paul assures that the power of God in his life remains the number one point that he desires to get across in this letter. Paul always seems to keep God in the forefront and this has pulled him through many different situations. We will also continue to have difficult situations in our lives, but God will not leave us alone in the midst of those situations.

He’ll see us through as we stand on His Word, but to really be able to know and understand and be able to stand on the Word of God it is very important to know and understand the name of God because Psalm 9:10 says, “And they that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee, for Thou, Lord, has not forsaken them that seek Thee.” You must know the name of God before you can understand the name of God. You must understand the name of God so that you will be able to trust that He has not forsaken you. So you must know that ·He is all-sufficient (El-Shaddai), and He is peace (Jehovah-shalom), and He is a healer (Jehovah-rapha).

In the book of Exodus the Lord told Moses when the people were murmuring and complaining because of their “no water experience” to Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. God desired there to be witnesses to His delivering power so He sent elders with Moses, and God had already supplied Moses with what he needed which was the rod.

There’s a woman in the Old Testament who was barren and because of the blessing that she was a blessing to the man of God, God blessed her with a son. That son was out in the fields with his father and went to his father and cried out “My head, my head” and the father, maybe not having the time, or the patience, or the power to do anything, sent the boy to his mother. The mother held the boy on her lap until noon when he died. The mother then took the boy and laid him on the prophet’s bed and she began to make preparations to go to the man of God concerning her son, concerning this blessing from the Lord. When she was asked by the messenger of the man of God - is it well with you, is it well with your husband, is it well with the child, your son, that blessing from the Lord - she answered “It - is - well.” - “It - is - well.”

There’s another story in the bible in the Book of Genesis of a man, Abraham, who was asked by God to offer his precious son as a sacrifice. His son, Isaac, questioned him, and Abraham told his son, the Lord will provide. Abraham was able to say this because he knew the name of the Lord, understood the name of the Lord, and therefore was able to trust that the Lord would not forsake him. When he reached the place of sacrifice, he raised his arm, but the angel of the Lord stayed his hand. As he looked over to the bush, he saw a ram and called the name of that place, Jehovah-jira — the Lord Will Provide.

That is exciting, but what really excited me as I read and re-read, studied and re-studied this was when I saw a fullness that the Lord is saying: The ram was there before he raised his arm; while he journeyed; before he began his journey to the place of sacrifice; even while God was yet asking for the sacrifice. What Abraham failed to realize was that the ram was there all the time.

The Lord had already provided, but Abraham had to journey and position himself to receive the provision from God.

Some of us are going through a time right now when we are like Abraham. We just have to know the name of the Lord and have to understand the name of the Lord, and then we can position ourselves in trusting that the Lord will not forsake us. We just move in obedience and just do the Book - stop leaning to our own understanding. We rest and we obey, and we are to position ourselves to receive that which the Lord has already provided. A song says, He’s already provided, everything you need, He’s already provided, every promise you can claim just ask it in His name.

As I have been ministering this Word to others who are going through as I have gone through, they doubt at this point and want to know why we can claim every promise IS MINE! And I have an answer! Now, it’s not about the Jewish bloodline, it’s about the spiritual bloodline.

(Romans 9:8)

“It is not the children of the flesh who are children of God

but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.”

(Galatians 4:28)

“And you, brethren, like Isaac, are children of the promise.”

(Galatians 3:29),

“And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abrahams descendants, heirs according to promise.”

So we can sing that song - and we can say every promise you can claim. just ask it in His name, cause everything you need, everything you’re worried about, He’s already paid the price, He’s made a provision for you. And that’s the exciting part. Being able to trust Him in every circumstance that we find ourselves in we can know that He’s already provided the way, and know that all we have to do is just to position ourselves to receive the provisions from Him that He has already provided. Whatever you have need of, says the Lord, I’ve already provided it for you. Isn’t that what the song says? But we have to believe and act on that in obedience. “Why sit ye here and die?”

Position yourself in HOLINESS to receive that which is already provided. (Numbers 6:24-26) The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Because (Isaiah 65:24) before you call, He will answer; and while you are yet speaking, He will hear.

See you next Sunday morning, if the Lord says the same and delays His coming.

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