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Noonday Devotion by Keith
16 And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.
The Israelites had just returned and had set about the re-building of Jerusalem and it's walls. This truly was a massive undertaking.. one that must of surely overwhelmed them at times.
Likewise we as the church today have an awesome task to complete and that is the evangelisation of the whole world with the gospel.
But we are not alone, we have God with us through his precious Holy Spirit. In the second devotion, we will see more about this.
Just look at the reaction of Israel's enemies, they were completely amazed at what was happening. They were forced to confess that the re-building of Jerusalem was purely through the power of God
Likewise when we act in faith and obey God, the world can only sit back in amazement and truly say that this was a work done through the power of God and to his Honour.
The Israelites had many obstacles to overcome, they were laughed to scorn as people told them that they couldn't possibly re-build Jerusalem, but they went ahead in Faith anyway.
Let us not my friends become discouraged in our work for the Lord, because we are working for the glory of His Name and in the power of the Precious Holy Spirit.
Let us amaze the world, by showing them the power of God.
Let us build the body of Christ up, so that the world sits up and takes notice and says 'this truly is done by the ONE TRUE GOD'
Let the GOSPEL change the world, not the world change the GOSPEL.. amen
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Jesus had just given the apostles, the greatest task anyone could imagine. There were only 12 of them after all!
They were to receive POWER.. the full power of God through the Precious Holy Spirit, was going to indwell them.
You cannot do anything without the power of the Holy Spirit. Without it we are nothing.. amen?
I wonder what would of happened if the disciples had headed straight into Jerusalem and started preaching. There certainly, wouldn't of been a church and the apostles would of had no impact on the world.
So it is with us, we are nothing without God's power working through us and in us. We can make plans, set budgets, have programmes for evangelism, but if the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit is not upon them, they are bound to fail.
The power they received was the full power of God, as the Holy Spirit is Equal to the Father and Son. It was the same power that fell on Mount Carmel to devour the sacrifice in Elijah's time
And believer, it is the same power that indwells you.. yes you!
In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was on people, but in the New Testament, it was IN people. It lives deep on the inside of you, it is your power source, the full power of God lives right inside of you.
It will enable you to testify of Jesus, it will help you defeat sin and give you comfort and strength in time of need. it will rebuke you when you need to be.
What lives inside of you, is the full power of God through His Precious Holy Spirit.
In view of this, let us activate it's power in our life, by walking in the Spirit, so we do not fulfill the lusts of the flesh... amen?
God Bless you
Morning and Evening by CH Spurgeon
"Do as thou hast said." – II Samuel 7:25
God's promises were never meant to be thrown aside as waste paper; he intended that they should be used. God's gold is not miser's money, but is minted to be traded with. Nothing pleases our Lord better than to see his promises put in circulation; he loves to see his children bring them up to him, and say, "Lord, do as thou hast said." We glorify God when we plead his promises. Do you think that God will be any the poorer for giving you the riches he has promised? Do you dream that he will be any the less holy for giving holiness to you? Do you imagine he will be any the less pure for washing you from your sins? He has said "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Faith lays hold upon the promise of pardon, and it does not delay, saying, "This is a precious promise, I wonder if it be true?" but it goes straight to the throne with it, and pleads, "Lord, here is the promise, 'Do as thou hast said.'" Our Lord replies, "Be it unto thee even as thou wilt." When a Christian grasps a promise, if he does not take it to God, he dishonours him; but when he hastens to the throne of grace, and cries, "Lord, I have nothing to recommend me but this, 'Thou hast said it;'" then his desire shall be granted. Our heavenly Banker delights to cash his own notes. Never let the promise rust. Draw the word of promise out of its scabbard, and use it with holy violence. Think not that God will be troubled by your importunately reminding him of his promises. He loves to hear the loud outcries of needy souls. It is his delight to bestow favours. He is more ready to hear than you are to ask. The sun is not weary of shining, nor the fountain of flowing. It is God's nature to keep his promises; therefore go at once to the throne with "Do as thou hast said."
"The iron did swim." – II Kings 6:9
The axe-head seemed hopelessly lost, and as it was borrowed, the honour of the prophetic band was likely to be imperilled, and so the name of their God to be compromised. Contrary to all expectation, the iron was made to mount from the depth of the stream and to swim; for things impossible with man are possible with God. I knew a man in Christ but a few years ago who was called to undertake a work far exceeding his strength. It appeared so difficult as to involve absurdity in the bare idea of attempting it. Yet he was called thereto, and his faith rose with the occasion; God honoured his faith, unlooked-for aid was sent, and the iron did swim. Another of the Lord's family was in grievous financial straits, he was able to meet all claims, and much more if he could have realized a certain portion of his estate, but he was overtaken with a sudden pressure; he sought for friends in vain, but faith led him to the unfailing Helper, and lo, the trouble was averted, his footsteps were enlarged, and the iron did swim. A third had a sorrowful case of depravity to deal with. He had taught, reproved, warned, invited, and interceded, but all in vain. Old Adam was too strong for young Melancthon, the stubborn spirit would not relent. Then came an agony of prayer, and before long a blessed answer was sent from heaven. The hard heart was broken, the iron did swim.
Beloved reader, what is thy desperate case? What heavy matter hast thou in hand this evening? Bring it hither. The God of the prophets lives, and lives to help his saints. He will not suffer thee to lack any good thing. Believe thou in the Lord of hosts! Approach him pleading the name of Jesus, and the iron shall swim; thou too shalt see the finger of God working marvels for his people. According to thy faith be it unto thee, and yet again the iron shall swim
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