Tag: great deliverance

Thankful for our God who hears!

Scripture reading for April 12th:  2nd Kings 16-20

Key Scriptures:  2nd Kings 19:15-16,19 “And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord, “O Lord, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth.  You have made heaven and earth.  Give ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to insult the living God.”  . . .”Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God.”

King Hezekiah was desperate!  He was surrounded by a large army and they were taunting him, God’s people, and God Himself!  He took the letter from the Assyrian King and laid it before the Lord with a humble and faith-filled prayer!  God heard, saw, and acted to bring a great miracle of deliverance!

Thankful for a God who hears:  Believers can pray with confidence to a God who hears and will act!  “And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night?  Will He keep putting them off?  I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly.  However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”  (Luke 18:7-8)

 

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God prepared a great deliverance!

Scripture reading for January 13th:  Genesis 41-45

Key Scriptures:  Genesis 45:4-7  “Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close by me.”  When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!  And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.  For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping.  But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”  

God has planed for our needs before they even dawn on us.  Here God prepared to save His people by sending one of the brothers ahead into Egypt and placing him in a position of authority.  In like manner, God sent His Son Jesus into the world to save lives and bring about the greatest deliverance ever known to man!

Reason for rejoicing:  God sent His only Son into the world that the world may be saved through Him!  “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.   For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”  (John 3:16-17)

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Suicidal pigs!

Scripture reading for March 29th: Luke 8:22-40

We had about 2,000 pigs on our farm in various stages of growth.  Pigs are usually known for being filthy, but when given the opportunity, keep their sleeping area clean.  Pigs raise litters of 8-12 babies.  They go from about three pounds at birth to 250 pounds at 6 months of age if you give them the right food.   Most pigs are fairly docile and come when you call them for food.  In raising thousands of pigs, I have never seen what was described in the record of Luke!

Jesus had come to this region of the Gerasenes by boat through a terrible storm.  He had fallen asleep and had to be awakened by the disciples when they feared for their lives.  (Luke 8:22-25)  Jesus spoke to the storm and upon reaching their destination they found a man who living among tombs.  This man was naked and had broken chains that had been designed to restrain him.  The demons in this man immediately recognized Jesus as the Son of God!  (Luke 8:28)  Jesus asked the man what his name was, and he answered, “Legion”, because many demons had gone into him.   (Luke 8:30-31)

“A large heard of pigs was feeding there on the hillside.  The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and He gave them permission.  When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned.” (Luke 8:32-33)  Jesus allowed the demons to go into these animals.  When they did, these normally docile pigs became possessed and they ran over a steep bank and fell into the lake and were drowned!  Mark tells us that there were about 2000 pigs that died! (Mark 5:13)

I believe that each person is precious to God and God loves all men enough to do whatever it takes to set them free.  He  allowed the demons into the pigs to show the people in that region their destructive nature and call them to repentance and faith in Him.  Instead they responded by loving their pigs more than the deliverance of the demoniac and asking Jesus to leave them alone.  Jesus answered their prayer!  Their request was even more suicidal, possibly ending in eternal destruction!  Their only hope was Jesus’ instruction to the delivered man to be a witness of what Jesus had done!

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A deadly lie!

Scripture reading for June 7th: Acts 5:1-42

We tend to think of the Holy Spirit as gentle and always bringing joy, healing, or miracles, but He has another side.  Just as God is a God of love and miracles, but also a God of justice and anger at sin, so the Holy Spirit reflects this variety as well.  In today’s reading, a couple in the early church experienced the anger of God for a simple lie!

Ananias and Sapphira were part of Peter’s congregation in Jerusalem.  They sold some property and kept back some of the proceeds for themselves before taking the rest and laying it at the apostles’ feet.  They evidently represented that they were giving all the proceeds to the Lord’s work to appear more spiritual.  But God knows everything and Peter had a word of knowledge. “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?  Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold?  And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal?  What made you think of doing such a thing?  You have not lied to men but to God.” (Acts 5:3-4)

Ananias heard this word and fell over dead, causing great fear in the church.  Some young men came and carried him out and buried him.  About three hours later his wife came in and Peter questioned her about the price of the land and their donation.  She repeated the lie of her husband and her death also came quickly.  “Great fear seized the whole church and all who heart about these events.” (Acts 5:11)

One would think that this kind of happening in the church would cause the church to stop growing, but the opposite happened.  Great signs and wonders were being done by the apostles.  More and more men and women believed in the Lord Jesus and many sick were healed and evil spirits cast out.  (Acts 5:12-16)  Purity in the church produced miraculous manifestations that drew people to trust in Christ.  True Christianity brings real power and conviction!

Do you think that God still works to bring purity to His church?  How are you doing in dealing with your money and offerings?  Why not repent today if you need to!  God would rather show mercy than judge!

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