the choice is yours
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NLT
"Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
What a promise for all those who choose to mix faith with this Word. His heart is always beating for you! His thoughts are always about you and they outnumber the sand on the earth. His desire is to grant unto you a Hope and a Future.
The only thing He is asking in return is that we honor Him and mix Faith with His Word. Remember if God is for you, then who can be against you? According to the Word of God, there is no weapon that can be formed against us and prosper!! This verse goes on to say, “this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.”
Choose Jesus and all He did on the cross and you will never be the same again!!
Blessings to all.
As I sit here preparing for my message this Sunday, I am compelled to write down this thought - The Lord wants to grant to anyone who is willing to call on the Name of his Son Jesus Christ 'faith that demands an answer'! If there is one thing we need now more than ever it's sustaining Faith!
In the Bible there was a man named Jacob. He was a man who lived his life acquiring things through deception and manipulation. One day he encountered God in a dream and when the dream had ended, he woke up saying, "surely God was in this place and I did not know it." This dream/encounter with God was so tangible and real to Jacob, that he vowed to honor God with the rest of his life.
What a journey it was!
** Jacob experienced restoration and forgiveness with his brother who hated him and wanted to kill him.
** Jacob experienced God's provision, protection and power!!
At one point in Jacob's journey he had a wrestling match with God. The Bible says he wrestled all night long. Nothing was going to stop Jacob from getting his blessing, not even a dislocated hip. The end result of Jacob's wrestling match was a new name/identity. He was no longer Jacob the deceiver who was in the presence of God and did not know it! He was Israel, the one who went toe to toe and face to face with God and lived.
My prayer for all of us in this time is that the One True God who rules over the Heavens and the earth, would grant unto all who will call on the Name of His only begotten Son Jesus, "sustaining and enduring faith to defeat this enemy called "COVID-19" and all its destruction."
Hope to see you tonight at 6:30 for a time of worship/prayer and the Word as we live-stream again. We also will be live-streaming every Sunday at 10:30 am until we can meet together again.
lift up your eyes!
II Chronicles 20:12-15
“O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You. Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the LORD. Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s."
My prayer for all of you;
Lord our eyes and our hearts are set on You!! Father you have every answer we need and I thank You for Your amazing grace. You invite us in Your Word to boldly approach Your throne of grace, to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Lord, God we ask for your mercy and grace to help us, over come this enemy, who has come to rob, steal and destroy life. Father we trust You and find our hiding place in the shadow of Your perfect Love. Lord I pray Your provision over every family and I pray Your protection and safety over all first responders and medical workers. Lord I ask for all of Heaven to be open and that You would release Your perfect wisdom over the leadership in our towns, cities, states and country.
Father I thank you for You Faithfulness!!
In Jesus Name I pray!!
Blessings to all!
Rev. Mark S. Benson pastors Joy Fellowship Church in Bradford, RI. He has a heart to see people come into a right and wonderful relationship with God and see their lives renewed and transformed through the power of Jesus Christ.