What an amazing encouragement!!! 🤍🙌📖 SO much TRUTH and Edification and SHARPENING in this post – Praise God 🕊🌿🙌
Posted from Brother Mark Cowan: Message for New Years Eve, Dec. 31 2020,Gospel In The Park.
APPROACHING THE YEAR 2021: Just as the Babylonians took Israel captive into Babylon, so a new year now captivates us with all of its unknowns. And we must go into it.
Psalm 137:3-4. “They that carried us away required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” .
The people of God were in the hardest place of their lifetime. And as they were carried away, their captors required of them a song. Yet there was no life in them anymore, nothing but depression, despair, hopelessness. Multitudes of Christians are in the same position today. You may be trapped by your circumstances or the devil is coming at you with an old temptation. You are on the edge of giving up, thinking, “I can’t make it. In spite of all my crying and praying, that old bondage is going to hound me forever!”
When Israel went into Babylonian bondage, their captors cried to them, “Sing for us! Play for us! We’ve heard all about you and what your God did for you. Now take out your tambourines and bring out your harps. Play us a song. Show us your joy in your God!” I do not believe this demand was made only in mockery. I believe it was also a pitiful plea. The Babylonians’ gods had left them empty and dry. They had no hope. But they had heard Israel singing to their God, a God who had seen them through impossible circumstances. They said, “These people have a God who can open a sea for them. His fire comes down from heaven and He stands against their enemies. There’s got to be something to this God of theirs!”
Like all the world, they wanted to see a people who endured the same problems they endured and faced the same battles they faced, yet could sing and shout and hold their faith in the darkest of hours! The Babylonians demanded a song because there is something in every person’s heart that cries out, “Where on the face of the earth is something that can make you sing even when you’ve lost everything?” They needed a testimony! It is important that the children of God, wherever they are at whatever time, sing the songs of Zion: “God, I believe You, no matter what is happening!” The world is shouting to us, “You can show us a miracle! It isn’t the Red Sea opening up that impresses us. It’s not seeing the blind given sight or the lame healed. It’s that you can look at the darkest hour of your life, a situation that’s hopeless to all human reasoning, and yet smile with joy, singing praises to God, knowing that in His wisdom, His will and His glory is what you most want to see. That’s the miracle we want to see.”
Diamonds are created under the earth’s surface by heat and pressure upon burned out wood (coal). Pearls are developed in the ocean, inside an oyster shell by the friction caused by sand. THEN: One day a deep earth miner finds the diamond, exquisite, flawless, glistening, and it is taken and made into a crown jewel for royalty. There is a sea diver that finds an oyster and discovers an amazing pearl and it is taken and made into a strand for a queen. People may not see what goes on but the one who created the diamond out of coal and the pearl out of sand is working in you a far greater treasure for His Glory. And He is The King of Kings. And He will show the world what He has created in you.
There are times when I have read for hours (not in one sitting) before something has come specifically from the Lord. Many times it is long after I have read something, that may have been over familiar to me, that God speaks. There are times that, while reading the bible, we have a tendency to look for “an answer” while we are reading. Often, while we are in a struggle, the enemy comes quickly with a response that may be a misrepresentation of the scripture we are reading to get us to make hasty decisions. Trust Him, continue to pray and read the scriptures and then wait for His directing. It will come. >>
Psalm 27:11-14. 11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. 12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. 13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Wait patiently upon the Lord.God is never in a hurry to fulfill His purposes in or with our lives, as we are sometimes prone to think. Humbly submit all of your own wants, desires and thoughts to the obedience of God’s Word. Do not give in to “spiritual sounding” advice without confirming the whole truth of it by The Word. Crucify all the desires of the flesh that might come in and seduce you into thinking that a certain direction is right because it feels good.Be willing to do , what you least want. Be sure that by going in one direction you are not running away from something that God is wanting to teach you or use you in by going in the other way. Trust in the leading of the Spirit of God, who will never lead you contrary to the Word of God.Be willing to trust His leading no matter what your feelings or anyone else has to say. While waiting for a clear and defined direction, do all that you continue to do where you are, with all your heart, mind ,soul and strength unto the Lord and glorify Him. >>
Psalm 123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us.
WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE NEW YEAR HOLDS. WHAT LIGHT OR DARKNESS, HOWEVER WE CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD WHO HOLDS ALL THINGS, INCLUDING THE NEW YEAR AND BE AS MOSES WHO…drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.