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Habakkuk’s Secret

Habakkuk’s Secret

The book of Habakkuk begins on a note of despair as the prophet views the conditions around him, and dialogues with God. Then in the middle part of the book God brings him to discover the truth that “the just shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4). I believe this truth must have revolutionized the […]

The Invitation of God’s Word

The Invitation of God’s Word

In Isaiah 55:1-3, God, speaking through the prophet, is inviting everyone that is hungry and thirsty to come and obtain satisfaction, delight, and to experience the full benefit of His covenant provisions. In these verses the water, the wine, the milk, and the bread are all used symbolically. The water of His presence will bring refreshing; […]

Have You Been Robbed? (Part 1)

Have You Been Robbed? (Part 1)

Today we begin a three-part prophetic exhortation that the Lord gave to Rose that we have entitled “Have you been robbed?” The truth of the matter is that we have a common enemy, called Satan, whose goal it is to steal everything God has given and made available to us, because he is a thief […]

The Way Up Is Down

The Way Up Is Down

  A mystery that is not understood by the standards of this world, or by our carnal minds, is that the way up is really down! Society is forever seeking to reach the top by its own achievements and successes, exalting in the accolades of men. However, in God’s economy, the way to exaltation is […]

The Solution

The Solution

In Luke 10:41 Jesus says to a troubled and disturbed hostess, “Martha, Martha, (probably in a tone of, why are you in such a state of mind and turmoil over these trivial things) you are worried (anxious, cared) and troubled (turbid, disturbed) about many things.” (Comments added) In Psalm 4:5-8, the Psalmist also sees many […]

A Reason To Celebrate

A Reason To Celebrate

The Christmas season – the time we as Christians claim to celebrate the birth of Christ – is a season of love, joy, and peace. The story of Christ’s birth is beautifully wrapped up in one verse, John 3:16; “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes […]

Unselective Joy

Unselective Joy

In 2 Corinthians 7:4, Paul, whose Christian life was marked with persecutions and suffering (2 Corinthians 11:22-28), says “I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation.” Paul had tapped into a source of Joy beyond human understanding. If you spend enough time with someone that is full of joy, some of that joy is likely […]

Joyful

Joyful

The Bible is a book filled with many ambiguities, and often the Christian life seems very confusing to the natural carnal mind. There are numerous paradoxes, one of which is found in James 1:2: “count it all joy when you fall into various trials.” Other scriptures speak of having joy in affliction, as in 2 […]

Gloom or Sunshine

Gloom or Sunshine

Gloom and joy are totally opposite of each other; where one is present the other will quickly take flight. Gloom, despair, and all of their relatives come from Satan; how do I know that? Because joy, the very opposite, comes from Jesus, who in John 15:11 said, “These things I have spoken to you, That […]

God Promises You Joy (Part II)

God Promises You Joy (Part II)

Looking again at the promise of joy we find a classical verse in Nehemiah 8:10, where the returnees from captivity assemble in the open square and Ezra the priest reads extensively from the law of God with a group of Levites meticulously explaining the meaning. This apparently produced sorrow for breaking the law, and repentance, […]