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Topic: rain (10/17/05)
TITLE: When He Reigns, It Sure Rains.
By Fenny West
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Comes, when He reigns.
Taken His rightful place
His sceptre of Grace accepted.
This rain comes to refresh.
Comes to water the fallow ground,
wash and reassure.
It comes as a token of His kindness.
To gladden the planting of the Lord-
Those planted in His vineyard;
Called to flourish in the courts of our God.
It makes them radiant in the dark.
It nourishes them, causing them to bud and bear fruit,
Much, much fruit; even at old age.
It makes them remain fresh and green
Youth renewed, that He might be glorified.
The rain of blessings comes as vapours of praise
Rise up to heaven and greet His nostrils,
As a sweet smelling savour.
Showers of healing deliverance
Salvation, provision, direction
Then come pouring down.
Then there is destructive rain of a frown
That comes as a judgement for disobedience
Coming with hail and thunder
Coming with a vengeance.
We ignore it or explain it away at our peril.
But the wise will discern and learn and turn.
Come let us brighten the face of our King
As we love him, serve him glorify him
and sing to him, obey him and praise him,
His rain will come as a favour
Because when He reigns, it rains.
The First Rain
Before the first rain Noah had never seen rain before yet when he was warned of what to come, took God at His word and started building the ark. Over 100 years passed yet there was no rain. But Noah kept on believing until it came to pass Gen.7:4
Others must have laughed at him; called him names but God vindicated His servant in the end.
Have you heard from God? And does the promise sound ridiculous like that of Noah?
Is there anything too hard for the Lord? God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Num23:19
In the fullness of time God fulfilled His promise and the windows of heaven were opened and the rain came pouring down. Let God be true and let every man be a liar!
And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. Gen.7:12NIV
The rain stopped as the floodgates of heaven closed.
When Rain comes as judgement
Just as rain is symbolic of blessings it can also symbolise judgement as Pharaoh found out. . (Ex9;24-25, 2Chro.6:26, Ex.9:33)
The rain of trial
What ever we have heard will be tested. It is the trial of life that serves as a purifying agent. It reveals where we stand, how grounded we are. And if our faith is anchored on the word of God, evidenced from our obedience, we can be sure of victory. Matt.7:24-25
Rain has its season and we need to wait for that season.
I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit. Lev.26:4
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heartGal.6:9
31 ‘.. those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint Isa40:31
Let’s Brighten the King’s Face
‘When a king's face brightens, it means life; his favour is like a rain cloud in spring.’ (Prov.16:15)
There is no doubt that everyone likes the rain of God’s presence, approval, revival, kindness, blessing, miraculous supply and forgiveness. But we must first of all pay the price for the prize. We must let the vapour of praise rise, repent, brighten the face of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, and guest what? We will have superabundant lives. Our tests will bring testimonies, our battles blessing. His favour will rest on us like a rain cloud in spring; because where He reigns it sure reigns.
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