Worldwide News: “RISE UP EARLY!”

The BIBLE states,  “And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.”   (Joshua 3:1)

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME: 

There is nothing but truth in the WORD of GOD and that truth runs through all generations even beyond the return of our Lord JESUS!  Why?  God said,  “My Word will last forever!”

With a heavy hand, the Lord GOD brought Israel out of bondage in Egypt and the Lord GOD placed  Prophet Moses as their leader. Before Moses’ death, the Lord GOD chose Joshua (the son of Nun) to lead His people into the Promised Land.

So, we find these people at the cross roads similar to the position they faced with Prophet Moses.  Say what?  Under Moses, they crossed the Red Sea on dry land and they were baptized in the Red Sea as they crossed!  Unfortunately, Pharaoh and his army drowned in the Red Sea!  Under Joshua, they faced another dilemma with water but this time Pharaoh wasn’t  after them.  However, the people of the land hated the Children of Israel and wished them dead – so the same devil was against them!

When you really listen to the voice of the Lord GOD, you will obey HIM. Prophet  Joshua obeyed the Lord GOD as he, “…rose up early in the morning…”   If you’re a sleepy head, you may miss golden opportunities as they say, “…the early bird catches the worm…”    Here are a few examples of blessed worms out there for  you:  There may be job opportunities but you will never know if you stay in bed with your head covered under the blankets!  There may be a promotion on the job but you will never know if you don’t seek out opportunities for advancement which may dictate you’re going back to school!  There may be a young man or young woman in love with you but you’ll never know it if you don’t communicate your love for him or her!  There may be people oppressing you or dictating or giving you the wrong advice for your life but they will never know it unless you stand up for your rights! 

Check this out:

(1)  You’ve got to get up early which means you’ve got to go to bed on time which means to prepare the night before or you ain’t gonna be ready the next day. Find yourself sober  and alert (without alcohol, drugs, and/or surfing the Internet) and get ready by making a list of things to do, turning on two alarm clocks, setting out your clothes and shoes, get your lunch and beverage ready, make certain earlier in the day the car has gas and/or your transportation is in place.  For example, if you cannot find your socks and shoes, a certain blouse, skirt, pants, scarf, or sweater (especially the one which matches your outfit), it may take you 30 minutes or longer to look for them and you will be late!   

(2)  Be prepared to remove yourself from your mess and from toxic people!  The Children of Israel were camped in Shittim for about three days and Shittim was considered a “DRY LAND and  a BARREN VALLEY”  in Jordan.  In fact, it was the last place where the Children of Israel camped before entering into Palestine (the Promised Land).  If you’re living in Shittim, then GET UP and GET OUT!   Take a good look at your surroundings and the people in your life.  Is it dry, rotten, dangerous, barren, void, and without fertility?  If you ain’t growing and your labor is unfruitful, something is wrong. YOU NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE especially if you’ve been camped for 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 60 years in Shittim (mess).

(3)  Be prepared to pass over into the blessed land and/or a better environment which GOD has prepared for you.  In other words, once you leave Shittim be prepared to get into a safe zone – prepared strictly for you and yours away from mess and chaos!  Frankly, you may have to leave home, a city, state, or your native country to find a safe haven and/or a new beginnings. Whatever you do, don’t go back to Shittim as it represents agony, destruction, pain, and unfruitfulness for you!  Please do not think that “change” is easy because it is not.  Look at the horrible things the Children of Israel went through to get to the Promised Land.  Because of their disobedience, the Israelites brought many tribulations upon themselves.  

In summary, you and I have a guaranteed insurance policy because the Lord GOD said,  “LO, I am with you even until the end…”   Therefore,  “RISE UP EARLY!”  to receive your blessings.

Have a Blessed Day!

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Worldwide News: “When EVERYTHING Goes WRONG!”

The BIBLE states,  “All flesh is grass and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field…The grass withered, the flower fadeth:  because the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it:  surely the people is grass.  The grass withered, the flower fadeth  but the Word of our GOD shall stand for ever.”   (Isaiah 40:6-8)   Research the various types of grass and you will learn that some grass go dormant in winter months and they fade from dark green to a drab (wheat) color.  However, all grass and flowers will die if they are not watered and fertilized.  In any event, the blooming flower will lose its luster as they do not last forever.   Like the grass and flowers, we (as humans) wither and fade away; sometimes this happens sooner than later.

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

There are days “When EVERYTHING Goes Wrong!”   You may get up  with a crook in your neck, a terrible rain storm blew out your lights, the internet is down, the bills are due, your money is “funny,”  your supervisor and co-workers are acting up on the job, your son or daughter is messing up in school, the daycare is closing earlier- you need a babysitter, and you have a big-bad headache!  Certainly, you can customize this situation to reflect your personal life by adding other variables –  you get the picture!

Whether or not you are a Christian, good things and bad things will happen because that is life!  If you are a Christian, you’ve got to stand upon the Word of GOD because there is no other foundation as solid as JESUS CHRIST!  The Holy Spirit seals us with anointing oil and It soothes our spirit, soul, body, mind, and joints as trouble hits us – trouble comes from all sides  and sometimes from people you least expect turn against you!  

Our LORD is the only antidote to our menageries as all other ground is sinking sand.  Look what Prophet Isaiah said,  “Behold, the Lord GOD will come with a strong hand and His arm shall rule for Him:  behold, His reward is with Him and His work before Him.  He shall feed His flock like a shepherd:  He shall gather the lambs with His Arm and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.”   (Isaiah 40:10-11)

You can say to your problems:

(1) Arrogant spouse and wayward children – I rebuke you in the name of JESUS!   

(2) Unreasonable managers, supervisors, team leaders, and co-workers –   I rebuke you in the name of JESUS!  

(3)  Drug and alcohol issues –  I rebuke you in the name of JESUS!   

(4) Financial, physical,  material, emotional, even justifiable and other matters – I rebuke you in the name of JESUS! 

There is no problem to hard for the LORD to solve! Give all of the above matters, the ones coming later today, tomorrow, next week, and forthcoming in 2014 (and thereafter) to the LORD GOD!  Get yourself ready right now and you will be set,  “When EVERYTHING Goes WRONG!” 

Have a Blessed Day! 

Worldwide News: “Are YOU Crossing the RED SEA Again?”

The BIBLE states,  “And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were dividedAnd the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground:  and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left…”   (Exodus 14:21-22)   No matter what you are going through and no matter how many times you get into jams and unusual circumstances, the Lord will make a way out – if you believe!  “Are YOU CROSSING the RED SEA Again?” 

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME: 

The Lord GOD hardened Pharaoh’s heart to show the World that no body can stand up to HIS Almighty Power.  After ten plagues, Pharaoh still pursued the Israelites whom he freed.  Can’t you see the Children of Israel (who were in bondage for 400 hundred years in Egypt), out there in the desert and scared to death!  Most of them sojourned with elder parents, grandparents, little kids, sick people, and dragging all their belongings over rough terrain (weeds, rocks, pebbles, sand) and some of these people had borrowed sandals (clothes and other things) to wear and some had poorly constructed footwear made of rags – none of them had Nikes or Air Jordan’s.  They weren’t driving utility vans, buses, or riding in trains! Of course, this machinery wasn’t around in their day!

What kind of terrain are you walking, running, or crawling on?  How many times have you gone over and over and over the same problems (a.k.a. terrain).  May I ask, “How many times did the Lord GOD deliver you out of chaos?”  HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU WALK BACK INTO THE MESS THE LORD GOD DELIVERED YOU FROM? Be honest and search your heart, soul, and mind.

Beneath the seas and oceans are rifts and (in the same way) the Sea of Humanity has rifts?   Scientist  have studied the floors of the seas and oceans to find rifts and huge drops in the sea floor.  Who really knows the depths of these rifts and/or what is at the bottom. Nonetheless, there are pitfalls, clefts, mountains, cracks, and volcanoes.  For sure, I don’t want to go down there!  Do you?

Likewise, there are hidden and unhidden gaps, cracks,  and breaks in our lives.  Life has its cycles, testing (temptations), deliverance (rescues),  and  blessings (rewards)!  Throughout your lifetime, the cycle repeats itself.  There is a wave of testing or temptation(s) which seems endless.  Sometimes, we bring this upon ourselves and sometimes not!  Do you face long periods of testing?  Maybe, you are waiting for that job or career change….maybe you are waiting for the right person in your life…maybe you are waiting for circumstantial changes but you are going through the most difficult time in your life!  Sometimes it seems like GOD has abandoned you but GOD is awake 24/7 throughout all Eternity.  MAKE NO MISTAKE, GOD IS NOT DEAD!  If there is abandonment, it is the fault of Mankind.

Hold on because deliverance is coming!   If you continue to pray and believe (in the LORD), deliverance is on the way.   The Word says, “BUT they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.“   (Isaiah 40:31)  Do you feel weak and helpless?  The Lord GOD gives power to the faint and to them (that have no might) HE increases their strength.  Do not put your trust in your youthfulness or muscles!  Why?  Even the youths shall faint and be weary and the strong men shall grow old!  Instead, put your trust and faith in the Lord GOD.  When you really trust in the Lord, you will make it through. GOD is faithful, merciful, and just to forgive you.  And, He forgives you over and over and over again!  Many of us should have been dead and sleeping in our graves, but the Lord GOD extended mercy and grace to us!

The Children of Israel walked on dry land!  The Lord GOD blew through His nostrils a strong wind (all night long), divided the Red Sea,  and dried the bottom of the sea floor.  If GOD did it for the Israelites, HE can do it for you and I!  Soon, you will grow stronger and stronger and you will glide over the temptations (cracks and rifts) in your life.  The folks who use to provoke you will no longer have power over you!  In fact, GOD will split the fractions against you and you will walk down the center aisle with them standing on either side.  God can use your enemies as walls to protect you against all of the outside forces!   Before the dark forces hit you (providing they ever reach you), your enemies will take the strongest WHACK!

Don’t you dare look at the faces of your enemies – JUST KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS!   When you cross over your Red Sea, you too will rejoice as the Children of Israel did.   Remember, they praised, danced, and worshipped the Lord GOD!  Contrary to many of us, the Children of Israel were very LOUD!

“Are YOU Crossing the READ SEA Again?  Stretch out your hands (like Moses) over your problems and tell the Lord GOD everything that troubles you.  Then, go from room to room in your residence praising the Lord for what He is about to do for you!   Open the front, back, and side doors and windows and tell the devil to get the “hell”  out – in the name of JESUS!

Have a Blessed Day!