Good afternoon everyone,
I want to encourage you to find a Bible and read 2 Kings 7; You will find out this is one of the most encouraging and powerful scriptures of the Old Testament. Here you will meet four of the most powerful men in the Old Testament. It’s a story of what happens when HOPE collides with FAITH.
In 2 Kings 7 God’s people were in a time of great tribulation and uncertainty. They needed HOPE but there was none in sight. These four men got creative and put action to their Hope!! They had the revelation if all we do is stop, nothing good will happen and eventually we will die. So, on a glimmer of Hope they went! They journeyed across the way, into the enemy's camp in hopes of getting captured so they could eat.
What happens to these four guys next on their journey is what’s available to all who are willing to mix Faith with every promise in Gods Word. He (God) shows up and takes our glimmer of Hope and Faith and raises it up to His level of Faith and then releases Heaven on earth.
The end result of the four men’s journey was more than they could ever have dreamed of!
“And when these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried from it silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid them; then they came back and entered another tent, and carried some from there also, and went and hid it. Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent." 2 Kings 7:8
Please be encouraged and challenged in this time!! Don’t stop! Keep moving forward in Faith! Don’t lose Hope!
Keep seeking Him and You will find Him! Keep asking Him and He will answer you!!
I promise you this, your journey will be just like the four men in the story, you will find the Good News! Jesus is alive and His desire is to awaken you to the abundant life He has created for you.
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Fellowship Proclaiming Christ!
My thought for today comes from the Gospel of John 6:63-69:
"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”
But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
It's in times like this when every sense of routine and daily living has been stripped away from us, when our basic need to interact with one another has been reduce to a formula, that I truly hear the weight behind Peter's cry to Jesus, when he said, "where else will we go?"
Consider for a second all that Peter was experiencing prior to his response to Jesus:
***crowds growing in massive amounts...
***Jesus in act of compassion feeds over 5000 people with a little boy's lunch, that Peter helped passed out.
*** if that wasn't enough, Peter collected one of the baskets of leftovers.
*** Wait - it gets even better - Peter watches Jesus walk on water!
*** Then Peter witnesses crowds of people still hungry, getting into boats to come to the other side where Jesus was.
Peter at this point has to be feeling pretty good about his decision to follow Jesus!
Then comes verse 66: "From that point in time many of His disciples followed Him no more."
It got personal! Jesus spoke the Words of Eternal Life!! Jesus shared the Good News! Jesus said He was the bread of Life!!
Jesus offered an invitation to eat the True Bread of Life! Jesus was revealing His true purpose which was "to come and seek and save the lost!"
Listen to Peters cry "where else can I go???" But don't stop there, listen to the rest:
"You have the Words to Eternal Life, also I have come to BELIEVE and KNOW THAT YOU ARE THE CHRIST THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD!!
FRIENDS: when all the shelves in the markets are finally filled, when all human interactions returns back to normal, when the Stock Market rebounds (praying for all of this to happen) understand this one Truth: none of that can give you the Peace and the Confidence that Peter had in the midst of everything he was trying to process. He knew that his only hope was in Christ! He knew there was no where else to go. It was this revelation that gave him the confidence to stay when everyone else was leaving!!!
Trust me in this: the peace, hope, confidence and assurance that Peter had is available to all who are willing to call on the Name of Jesus.
Believe me, for 24 years Jesus has been the anchor that has held me. I can honestly say my life has never been the same!!
My prayer for all that are reading this post is simply this "that you will allow Jesus to be the anchor that holds you!!"
THERE IS A NEW HORIZON COMING!!!
Blessings - and I pray you tune into our live stream Sunday!!!
A scripture the Lord is placed on my heart today: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
“There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven— A time to be born and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw away stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to keep silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace."
Then the first part of verse 11, “He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]..."
What I find so amazing and comforting about these verses is:
This time we are living in right now is only a season (I am not making light of the seriousness of everything we are facing) I am simply saying look beyond, get a different-perspective. God is doing something simply because that's Who He is! He is unchangeable, everlasting, always desiring to engage with His creation. His hope is always that Jesus Christ and all He did on the cross be made known on the earth!
The question is, what will we learn from this time/season we find ourselves in? Will it be like so many other times, where once we get through it we just go back to life as it was?
In the life of a believer these verses are so incredible because it's a promise that Heaven is invading your life and wants to release to you something so amazing it causes you to truly say, “I will never be the same again." The promise all of us have today is out of the ashes we will rise and what was created in this season will be beautiful in the fullness of its time.
Look around in the midst of all the craziness is the GOODNESS OF GOD wanting to interact with you, teach you and transform you into more Christ-likeness. It was said of Moses (80 years old wandering in the desert tending sheep) “because he took the time to see the great sight (the burning bush) God spoke."
Slow down and see the burning bushes!!!
Stop and listen Heaven wants to speak!!
My encouragement to everyone reading this is simply to mix faith with the “Good News” that Jesus Christ is Lord, that He died for you and He is Resurrected and seated at the Right Hand of God, and all who are willing to mix faith with Him, will never perish, but will rule and reign with Him forever and ever!
My prayer for all of us in this appointed time is simply to pray the way Elisha prayed:
“Elisha answered, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “LORD, please, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servants eyes." 2 Kings 6:16-17 AMP
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.