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GOD IN ACTION, Doing It Himself, Doing It Personally
by Joseph Jerry Umaru
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God In Action!
Doing It Himself…Doing It Personally
By Joseph Jerry Umaru ( Joseph2Nations@yahoo.com )

July, 2008.
***Permission and encouragement to reproduce and re-transmit this article is hereby granted, but only in its entirety, including author’s name and contact details at the end of the article, and without any alterations.

Pause a moment and listen to this bumper statement from the Holy Scripture:

“I looked, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so My own Arm worked salvation for Me...”
(Isaiah 63:5 NIV)

“And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore Mine own Arm brought salvation unto Me…” (Isaiah 63:5 KJV).

That is God talking of, and about another dimension of His operation (manifestation) in the affairs of men. The above declaration of Jehovah El-Gibor is re-echoed almost verbatim in the Isaiah 59:16.

God is talking about another dimension of His manifestation in the lives/affairs of His chosen ones (Believers). He is a God that can decide to ‘personally’ appear on the scene to attend to your case even when all conditions are yet to be met!

We are in the last days…we are in the end-times, and one characteristic feature of the end-times is an exponential/sharp increase in the destructive/oppressive activities of our arch-Enemy – the devil. Satan and his co-spiritual tyrants (his minions) have increased their oppressive activities even as time closes in on them…

But the good news is that; there is an even greater increase in the activities and moves of the Divine Supernatural (God) in the affairs of men. Our God can never be outdone! His own Arm can personably work the salvation (deliverance) of His people, anytime, any day.

“I looked, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so My own Arm worked salvation for Me...”
(Isaiah 63:5 NIV)

In the Book of John 5:1-9, we read an account of a man that lay by the pool of Bethesda, who had been invalid (impotent) for 38 horrible years. This man lay helplessly by this pool from year to year.
The Bible records that; “An angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had” (John 5:4 KJV).

But this man who had been invalid for 38 years had no man to help push him into the pool…
God is appalled seeing His people in pains, oppression and difficulties. He is therefore saddened whenever He discovered that no one is available to minister to His people at the point(s) of their needs.

No wonder, He asked this solemn question in Jeremiah 8:22(NIV): “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of My people?”

It was like God was looking for a man who will help that man that lay by the pool out his ‘wound’, but He (God) found none. So, He decided to personally appear on the scene!
Christ Jesus – God manifested in the flesh – appeared on the scene and gave a Word that changed the course of that invalid man’s life forever!

As Brother Kenneth Copeland often say: “One Word From God Can Change Your Life Forever”. And a Word from Jesus sure did change the life of that impotent man forever!

“And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore Mine own Arm brought salvation unto Me…” (Isaiah 63:5 KJV).

When God decides to appear on the scene concerning your case; rules are broken, norms are set aside, medical reports/verdicts are overruled and prejudices are silenced – just to see that your case is attended to.

Does that revelation truth sounds too good to be true? Well, step with me into the arena at the pool of Bethesda and ‘see’ things for yourself:

The normal thing was for the pool to be stirred first by an angel, and then whoever gets in first is healed.
But, when Christ (God) appeared on the scene (at the pool) to attend to that impotent man’s 38-year case, that norm of an angel coming to stir the pool was swept aside!

When Jesus (God) PERSONALLY appeared on the scene, the pool need not be stirred first. In fact, the pool itself was no longer necessary. Why? The River of Life is come!
The arrival of the angel was no longer necessary. Why? The Lord of hosts is come…the Grand-Commander of the armies of Heaven is on the scene!
That invalid man need not count again on the help of men. Why? The God of all flesh is come…is on the scene, to do it Himself…to do it personally. Glory, Hallelujah!

John 5:1-9 points us to a 2-case scenario in the Move of the Divine supernatural:

FIRST SCENARIO: An angel arrives; troubled the water, the people jumped in and are INSTANTLY delivered. Wow! What an amazing supernatural move of God.
But there is another dimension – the second scenario – which is much more awesome and amazing.

SECOND SCENARIO: God Himself (not an angel) PERSONALLY appeared on the scene and then singled out a man for a divine visitation…
In the second case scenario, the angel need not arrive first; the pool needs not be troubled, because, the God of the angel and the Creator of the pool is on the scene.

Perhaps, you are believing God for a breakthrough: a healing, a visa, a deliverance, debt cancellation, fruit of the womb, freedom from physical or spiritual prison, restoration of your marriage, restoration of a disobedient/prodigal child etc, and the conditions does not seems right as yet. Well, let me encourage you to cheer up…‘faith up’ – God is well able to ‘personally’ appear on the scene to single out your case for a solution just as He did in the case of that man at the pool of Bethesda.

“I looked, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so My own Arm worked salvation for Me...”
(Isaiah 63:5 NIV)

As stated earlier, when God appears on the scene to attend to your case, rules are altered just for you, doctors reports are set aside. For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” (1 Corinthians 1:19 NIV)

When He appears on the scene concerning your case, He makes nonsense of all medical reports you might have been issued. He also ‘break’ rules just for you.
Remember, Jesus broke the traditional rule of the Sabbath when He appeared in the Temple to attend to the case of a woman who had been crippled for 18 years (Read Luke 13: 10-17)! He also broke the rule of the Sabbath when He appeared on the scene to minister to that man at the pool of Bethesda (See John 5:8-10).

He can afford to ‘break’ the rule of the Sabbath because, He is the Lord of the Sabbath (see Matthew 12:8, Mark 2:28, Luke 6:5). Hallelujah!

If you are reading this piece, that means the Lord wants me to encourage you to keep your faith high and keep trusting Him. Though the arm of flesh may fail, God never.

The truth of the matter is: No matter how willing men might be to help you, they can sometimes be incapacitated…

In Daniel 6:1-22, king Darius was more than willing to prevent Daniel being cast into the lions den. But Darius hands were tied. His love, goodwill, pity and sympathy for Daniel could not stop Daniel from been thrown into the den of lions. Though Darius arm was “too short” to save Daniel, God’s Arm was not! The Lion of the tribe of Judah prevailed over the lions of the Mede-Persian kingdom!
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
(Romans 15:4 NIV).

So many other accounts abound in the Scriptures of how God ‘personally’ appeared on the scene to minister to His people….

Shedrach, Messahch and Abednego were thrown into the lake of fire – fiery burning furnace. God ‘looked’ for a man that would work salvation for His 3 beloved children but found none. So, His own Arm personally wrought salvation for His Children. He personally came into the scene (the burning ferry furnace)! For King Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed in shock and amazement:
“…Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? …Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.( Daniel 3:24-25 KJV).

That Man that ‘looked like the Son of God’ was indubitably, JESUS – God manifested in the flesh! God personally came into the burning fiery furnace –personally- to deliver Shedrach, Messahch and Abednego. As He (God) appeared on the scene, He quenched the fiery dart of the fiery burning furnace. Amen, Hallelujah!

When God appears on the scene concerning your case, all burning furnace in your life are swallowed up or extinguished – the fiery burning furnace of cancer, the fiery burning furnace of ill-health, the fiery burning furnace of financial hardships, the fiery burning furnace of marital crisis, the fiery burning furnace of debt, the fiery burning furnace of ministerial struggles, the fiery burning furnace of bareness, the fiery burning furnace of paralysis, the fiery burning furnace of delays etc are all made of null effect and silenced!

Our God is a consuming Fire because He consumes all other strange fires in your life.

How about the case of Lazarus? Lazarus fell sick and died eventually. He was buried in a tomb and after 4 days Jesus appeared on the scene-personally- to attend to the hopeless case of Lazarus.
As God (Jesus) appeared on the scene, He gave a Word and Lazarus ‘jumped’ out of the tomb – alive and sound! That is God in action, doing it Himself, doing it personally!

When God appears on the scene for an individual, all buried cases in the life of that individual shall receive life: Dead/dormant wombs are revived, dead finances are brought back to life, dead marriages are restored, dead dreams are revived, dry bones receives life and every desert area in the life of such a person are made fruitful and beautiful…

When God decides to personally appear on the scene for His people, His supernatural moves goes hyper…it goes ballistic…it goes nuclear…it goes uncommon…it goes phenomenal – defying all contrary conditions on ground! Glory to the Lamb of God!!

Luke 13:10-17 tells us of a woman who was crippled for 18 years – bound by the forces of evil. But when Jesus appeared on the scene on a Sabbath, the lesser powers that has held that woman bound bowed to the Greater Power that did appeared on the scene.

Perhaps, you or someone you know has been under the oppression of the devil. Once the God that owns all powers appear on the scene for you or that person, all other powers will and must bow!

“God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that [ALL] power belongeth unto God.”(Psalm 62:11KJV)

“For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart Him? His Hand [Arm] is stretched out, and who can turn it back? (Isaiah 14:27 NIV)

It really doesn’t matter how long you might have been crippled or paralyzed in any part of your body or in any area of your life, at His APPOINTED TIME, He will ‘personally’ appear on the scene for you just as He did for the aforementioned crippled woman – if only you will hold on to your faith and trust in Him.

NOW LISTEN: The God that appeared on the scene to personally attend to the cases of: that invalid man at the pool, Daniel, the crippled woman, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, can also do for you what He did for all those people. What He did for one, He is well able to do for all! What He did in Bible days, He still doing in our days…

“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”(Malachi 3:6 KJV).

“Jesus is the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.”
(Hebrews 13:8).

Keep hope alive and hold on to your faith in God. Don’t give up on God and also don’t give up on yourself.
The man by the pool of Bethesda had probably written himself off and was also probably written off by others, and that could explain why nobody bothered helping him into the pool. But at the appointed time, God appeared personally on the scene to attend to that man’s case…

Men might have written you off, but God has not! Men might be mocking you, but God is making you behind the scene in ways unseen to the natural eyes.

“When men are busy mocking you, God is busy making you.”

You are the work of His Hands, and God will never abandon the work of His Hands. He feels your pains and all that you might be going through…

It saddens God to see His Children in any form of bondage or oppression. HE is saddened to see your blessings being delay…to see your husband/wife/marriage (wedding) being delay. He is saddened to see your conception (fruit of the womb) being delay…to see your job being delayed, to see your visa being delay, to see your breakthroughs being delay, to see your healing being delayed, to see the healing of your loved one(s) being delay, to see your open doors being delay…etc

When you are down, God feels ‘down’ also. When you are crushed, He feels ‘crushed’ also. Hear God:
“Since My people are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn, and horror grips Me” (Jeremiah 8:21 NIV).

Can you hear that? God will never allow Himself to stay crushed and in horror. He will therefore do anything to come to your rescue even if it means appearing PERSONALLY as He did in the case of that man at the pool of Bethesda.

A WORD OF KNOWLEDGE: Hey, I felt stirred in my spirit to tell some people this: For those who have children that have wandered away from God, don’t give up on them. They will come running back when God will at His own appointed time appear –personally- to them to lay hold of them by His loving Arm that will never let them go again! His Arm will personally signal to them and they will come running back!
But until then, you must stand fast in faith for them and never give up.

Cheer up! He is getting ready to appear on the scene to minister to you at the point of your need. Never give up your faith and hope in His ability to come to your aid.
Keep keeping on even when it appears as if God is “slow” in coming to attend to your case. He is never late! That reminds me of a song by Prince Godshield Orokpo:
“Coming in a big way, He is coming in a big way-
When it seems like God is coming too late, He’s coming in a big way…”

LISTEN UP: When it looks as if God is long in coming through for us or doesn’t respond in the ways or time we would like, it is because He is working out a plan that is hidden from us but fully known to Him. Selah.

You see, God sometimes ‘defers’ his appearances in the affairs of His children. He sometimes ‘defers’ His moves and actions on behalf of His Children – all for our good.
As the eighteenth-century English minister, Matthew Henry once wrote: “Cast not away your confidence because God defers His performances. That which does not come in your time will be hastened in His time, which is always the more convenient season. He is not bound to keep our time, but He will perform His Word, honour our faith, and reward them that diligently seek Him.”

God is never in a hurry…He never flurry and is never worried. He makes all things beautiful in His own time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). “He can do in a moment what man cannot do in a millennium”! Why then, should He be in a hurry?

Hold on to your confidence. God will SURELY come through for you and that in a BIG WAY. Surely and without doubt, He will appear for you...

“…As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to [you] like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” (Hosea 6:3 NIV).

“So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere…. For in just in a very little while; He who is coming [to appear concerning your case] will come and will not delay. But My righteous one will live by faith and if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved”. (Hebrews 10:35- 38 NIV).

Beloved, just hold on. God will surely come through for you…He will come ‘personally’ to attend to your case. He is coming…He is coming. I can ‘see’ Him now…I can see Him working mightily in your favor…

I Pray For You:
May the invisible Arm of Jehovah Yahweh produce visible manifestations of His deliverance and visitation in your life – to His Glory. May God, Who is the UNSEEN FORCE that brings every good thing to pass in the lives of men, make ALL things beautiful for you in His own time in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

C’mon, begin to sing the songs of the Ancient of Days, for behold, He cometh for you. Forget the former things. NEW things the Father does declare…
Always look forward with hope and excitement…Look up to heaven with dogged confidence and joy, and you will ‘hear’ the angels of the Lord playing the music and singing the song that: “The Lord is coming for you.. It shall be well with you… it is well with your soul.”

_____Joseph Jerry Umaru
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