The 8 Requests of Esther :The Persistence, Courage, Boldness and Authority of the Bride

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  1.  Esther requests a 3 day fast of all the Jewish people of Susa. No food, no water for 3 days and 3 nights. Esther 4
  2. Ester boldly goes before the King to request that he and Haman attend a banquet the that day that she prepared for them. Esther 5:4
  3. At the banquet, she requests that the king and Haman attend another banquet that she will prepare the next day
  4.  She asks the king , pleading for her life and the life of her people “If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request.  For we have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as male and female slaves, I would have held my tongue, although the enemy could never compensate for the king’s loss”
  5.  Esther asks the king to stop Haman’s orders and the scheme he has devised against the Jews. “Now Esther spoke again to the king, fell down at his feet, and implored him with tears to counteract the evil of Haman the Agagite, and the scheme which he had devised against the Jews.”
  6. Esther asks the king to write a letter for her and her people to revoke the letters and words that Haman sent out to destroy the Jews.
  7. Esther asks the king for permission, that the Jewish people be given another day to defend themselves – asks for another day. Then Esther said, “If it pleases the king, let it be granted to the Jews who are in Shushan to do again tomorrow according to today’s decree, and let Haman’s ten sons be hanged on the gallows.”
  8. Esther asks the king to let Haman’s 10 sons be hanged in the gallows.

Every time I read the book of Esther, I learn something new. As I read Esther this past week, her persistence, her boldness, her courage and her authority stood out to me. It reminded me as we, the bride of Christ. should be. We can ask for anything in His name, He has given us spiritual warfare over our enemy, He tells us to be courageous and bold at all times, never to be fearful or full of worry. It reminds me of how we, because of Jesus, can go before our King without fear of death. Esther could have been killed immediately but she had the king’s grace.

God wants us to be bold and courageous. He has made us His bride, He made a life giving way so we, like Esther, can go before the Lord’s throne without fear of death, but knowing that He loves us dearly. Lately, when I pray, I stop and think …”uh, maybe I’m bothering Him, maybe I shouldn’t ask for too much, maybe I won’t ask”,however, when I look at the boldness of Esther I think – wow! She asked for it all! She was fearless! She could have stopped when she had her life spared, but no, she pushed it. She asked for the life of every Jew to be spared. Then she asked for more – she asked the king to revoke the order that was sent out, she asked for the impossible. When she got that request granted, she asked for even more. Haman , the wicked, was killed but that wasn’t enough. Esther wanted all 10 of his sons put to death. She asked and asked, and each time she could have been killed, but her persistence saved a nation. Her persistence and her boldness amaze me.

Esther prepared herself before she presented herself to the king

This is an interesting lesson, although I believe we can go before the Lord at anytime (Read Nehemiah and see all his short prayers continually in his days).  Esther made sure she was perfectly beautiful with careful consideration of her garments before she went to see the King. Esther and her people fasted for 3 days and nights before she went to the king. Before she was crowned queen, she spent 12 months preparing herself. I believe Esther was always prepared and beautiful before she stood before the king.
We also should be ready before our king (and always ready for His return). We should check our heart as David did , “Search me O Lord and show me is there is any wicked way in me”. Stop and consider our ways and our doings. Sometimes, before I pray, I ask the Lord to show me anything in me that goes against Him. I also recite Psalm 131: Lord, my heart is not prideful, my mind is not haughty : I stop to think: have I been prideful? Have I looked down on anyone? Have I been loving to everyone around me? Is there anyone I have offended? Do I hold any grudges, bitterness or unforgiveness in my heart? Is there anyone I have hurt with my words?

We are the beautiful bride of Christ, He is coming soon. Will He find us spotless as we should be? Will He find us ready and waiting for Him? He died for our sins, but he didn’t die so we stop considering our ways. In 1 Corinthians 11:27-32, it says : Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.   – maybe people see this verse in a different way than I do, but I believe it is telling us to stop and examine our ways – all the time. Repent is written in the New testament 55x, why have so many thrown that concept away? No sin can come before the Lord, He is too holy – we need to make sure no sin is lurking in our heart.

I like the way Jeremiah says it : Stop and look around, ask for the right way to go and travel it’s path. Sometimes we need to stop and check ourselves – is my life, my religion, my ways, my words in line with the word of God? Am I living in obedience to Him in love or have I made my own way? Do I search for righteousness or have I become lukewarm in my walk? Have I let the worries of the world, money, and fear of people pull me from the truth of God’s word?

Jeremiah 6:16
  This is what the LORD says:
“Stop at the crossroads and look around.
Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it.
Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.
But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want

Let’s stop and consider our ways: (Galations 5:16- and 1 Corinthians 13)
Am I walking in the Spirit? Does my life show the fruit of:
• Love?
• Joy?
• Peace?
• Longsuffering?
• Kindness?
• Goodness?
• Gentleness?
• Self control?
• Have I crucified my flesh with it’s passions and desires?
Am I walking in love?
• Do I envy?
• Am I prideful?
• Am I rude?
• Am I selfish?
• Do I demand my own way?
• Am I easily angered when provoked?
• Do I rejoice in evil?

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.” 1 Cor 13

 Persistence in Prayer and Requests

“ pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you 1 Thes 5:16-18

Persistence is found throughout the bible, but remember – God has the final answer. Paul requested that he be set free from a thorn in his side, but it was not granted. Jesus plead before God if there was any way that his cup might be taken from Him – but said – let Your Will be done. Persistence pays off, but God word stands forever y ya!

I like the way Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego put it. They were about to be thrown into a fiery fire pit and said to the king:
“O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up. Daniel 3:16
They said, God can and will deliver us, “but if not” let it be known, we worship no other God. That is a good attitude to have. God can and will deliver me, but if not, then I lift my hands and Praise my God, for He is my redeemer, the One who see’s me. He is my All sufficient One.

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16b

In Luke 18:1-6, Jesus tells us a parable of a woman who came with request before an unjust judge. I love this parable, it shows us the value of persistence (and it reminds me of myself):

     Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 2 saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”
6 Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

Jesus specifically tells us that we should always be praying and never lose heart. We could go on and on about the many stories of persistence throughout the bible: Sarah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, David, Noah, so many, many more. So don’t give up no matter what struggle you are in.

Notice in the verse from Daniel below, the man in linen tells Daniel that his prayers were heard but there was spiritual interference when the answer was sent – so never give up, you don’t know what’s going on in the spiritual world. Pray without ceasing:

Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.”

More Scripture that reminds us to pray without ceasing- persistence in prayer:

• Romans 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,
• Ephesians 1:16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
• Colossians 1:9 [ Preeminence of Christ ] For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
• 1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing,
• 2 Timothy 1:3 [ Timothy’s Faith and Heritage ] I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day,

Authority of Mordecai and Esther

Mordecai made the final say in the letters. “ Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter about Purim. 30 And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews, to the one hundred and twenty-seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth, 31 to confirm these days of Purim at their appointed time, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had prescribed for them, and as they had decreed for themselves and their descendants concerning matters of their fasting and lamenting. 32 So the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim, and it was written in the book.”
Esther wrote, with full authority, to confirm the 2nd letter of Purim to the appointed times to remember this day. Not only was Esther persistent and bold (but always in reverence), she also had authority. Aren’t we told we have authority in Christ. Just like Ester had full authority from the king to call out orders, so we have authority in Christ Jesus and all authority comes from God alone (Romans 13:1)

Authority over the enemy:

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:19

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:11-19

And so my final word to you today is Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh which are :adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries. Anything you do, that you know is wrong, is a sin. People who walk in this manner will not inherit the kingdom of God, but dear brothers and sisters – turn from your ways and walk no longer in the flesh and fellowship with this world.
Let the fruit of the Spirit be evident in your life, that is: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control.
Take up your cross, be bold, be courageous, don’t let the words of others knock you down. Stand unshakable in Christ Jesus looking forward always to His glorious return. Amen and Amen!

 

A MESSAGE TO THE NATIONS – the Lord says “YOU NO LONGER KNOW ME”  Jeremiah 1-9 Do you Know my King?

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Truth has perished; it has disappeared from their mouth. Jeremiah 7:28b
The people no longer know the requirements of the Lord. Jeremiah 8:7b
They reject the word of the Lord and the scribes lying pen produces falsehood Jer 7:8-9
“YOU LIVE IN A WORLD OF DECEPTION AND REFUSE TO KNOW ME” Jer 9:6

               God told Jeremiah he would be a prophet to the nations. The message was directed at the nation of Judah, but as I read the words, my heart trembles. It’s as if the words are going out today to all the Nations. We have become like Judah, we are all show. “In God we trust” is on our currency. Our children pledge daily that we are “One nation under God” but we refuse to let His name be spoken in our schools. We punish our people for praying publicly to the Lord. We refuse to listen to His words. We have allowed this terrible sin to spread like a disease throughout our country. Prayer is forbidden – who did this? One nation under God we proclaim – like Judah, our face is before Him, but we have turned our backs on Him.

Judah watched her northern sister Samaria, Israel fall to sin and then ultimately destruction. The land was ravaged and the people were taken into captivity. Both Judah and Israel began as a nation under God. They had rulers who had hearts for the Lord. They prospered in everything they did, they were powerful and the nations feared them. Their rulers had supernatural wisdom and protection. The people of the land served the Lord God and honored His sanctuary. (Just like America!) As the years passed, the people became lazy, fat, living in over abundance and luxury. Their hearts had drifted far from God. To make their ways more acceptable, they made up their own ways and contradicted God’s word to fit their new ways and new lifestyles. They still followed the traditions of their ancestors in worship, temple attendance, rituals, etc., but their hearts were far from the Lord. They no longer knew Him. They brought in practices from the nations around them, they told the Lord, “We will go where we want; we will no longer come to You”   and yet in all this, they still proclaimed “ We are innocent, surely the Lord will turn His anger from us for we have not sinned but God told them that their ways were always changing.. They had no heart for the orphan, the oppressed, the hurting, the helpless. In all their luxury and blessings, they had forgotten the Lord. They no longer knew Him. 

They are fat and sleek,
    and there is no limit to their wicked deeds.
They refuse to provide justice to orphans
    and deny the rights of the poor.
 Should I not punish them for this?” says the Lord.
    “Should I not avenge myself against such a nation?
 A horrible and shocking thing
    has happened in this land—
 the prophets give false prophecies,
    and the priests rule with an iron hand.
Worse yet, my people like it that way!
    But what will you do when the end comes? Jer 5:28

    The Lord said “ My people are fools; they do not know Me. They are foolish children, without understanding. They are skilled in doing what is evil, but they do not know how to do what is good…. They have contradicted the Lord and said “ It won’t happen, harm won’t come to us; we won’t see sword or faminebut beware!!!! The prophets words are only wind, the Lord’s word is not in them. Hear this; They have eyes, but they don’t see, they have ears but they don’t hear.

 

photo from usnews.com

A dream:      A year of two ago I had a dream. There was a horrible, wicked and conniving attorney. He was dressed in a dark suit , he had files of paperwork and years of knowledge behind him. I could see Him going back and forth telling another attorney something. He was always behind the people whispering in their ear. He never spoke for them, but he was the behind the scenes man who did all the legwork on the case. He would whisper his findings secretly in their ears, he brought all his arguments to their thoughts. He knew every trick, the way around every argument and knew how to manipulate the words  so they would win the case. It was almost as if he would listen in to the conversation, go do the research, spy on the opposing attorney and report back to his side. He was hard at work behind the scene of this team who was trying to fight for something. He would listen in at the meetings, leave to do research and come back with a hard hitting plan that would undoubtedly win. For each obstacle they faced, this wicked attorney had the ammunition and words to win. He was unstoppable, he knew the plans of the other side and would prepare a case to knock it down before the words were every made known to his side. He was a spirit. No one could see him but me. The attorney and his team thought these ideas were their own, their own intelligence, and their own arguments, but they didn’t realize it was completely orchestrated by this wicked spirit who was giving them all the information and arguments they needed to win the case. The case that I was watching was called Roe vs. Wade, I could hear the attorney’s speaking their names in the meeting. I woke up and felt as if I had been through the entire trial watching this wicked entity scheme and manipulate every word and every argument. This is the enemy our nation is fighting. This is the enemy the world bows down to. Is it in fear? Cowardness? Pride? Or is it that we don’t know our God anymore?
photo from npr. How many babies died today? counter clock

We have made our own ways, we have contradicted God’s laws. Our faces are before Him as we proclaim that we are ‘Christian’ but our backs have turned on our maker. Many of today’s Christians have bowed down to the world and it’s ways. We are lukewarm! Yuck –  we judge, we gossip, we look down on others, we stay in our own little church hierarchy groups, no wonder no one want’s to go to church anymore.  Are we any different than the world – I think worse because we make excuses for our ways under the title of being a christian. I’m not talking to the world – this message is for those who call themselves Christians. We have chosen the World ways instead of God’s ways. We show up at church and our bible meetings just like the people of Judah did over 2000 years ago. We have made our own image of what we think God is and what we think God should and should not accept. Don’t you know that God’s word stands forever? The earth beneath you may disappear, but His words stand forever. He is outside of time, the argument of what year it is, is no different than it was in the past. Sin is sin. That doesn’t change because of the year we are in. Who do we think we are? We are just a speck of time traveler passing through – we think we are so advanced but outside of time – does our year and do our advances really change God’s word?

YOU HAVE NOT LATELY CALLED ME “ MY FATHER” I THOUGHT, SURELY YOU WOULD RETURN TO ME, BUT YOU DIDN’T. YOU DIDN’T RETURN TO ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART – ONLY IN PRETENSE” but Look!, their ear is uncircumcised so they cannot pay attention. See! They no longer delight in God’s word, they find no pleasure in it. God told them to stop at the crossways and look, ask Him which way to go, but the people shouted “WE WILL NOT LISTEN” , they paid no attention to the Lord’s word. And then YOU COME AND STAND BEFORE ME in My house and say “ We are delivered, so we can continue doing all these detestable acts”, but the Lord says “ I have spoken to you time and time again, but you won’t listen, I have called to you, but you wouldn’t answer

Did you hear that?  Do you hear Him knocking at the door of your heart? I heard Charles Stanley say that we have ignored the Lord’s knocking on our heart for so long, that we no longer hear it. When He wakes you up in the middle of the night – are you too tired for Him? Are you like the bride in the Song of Songs who says – not now, I don’t want to get up out of bed to answer the door – even though I love you? Do you see your bible sitting untouched in the same place and you know God wants you to open it up and read it, but you say – not now, another time? I think there are forces we do not see that fight against our walk with Him. Have you ever walked by a bag of chips , the tv, or the computer and felt that same pull away from it? No – it’s only when we are trying to make time with the Lord – funny how much time we have to be on the internet, facebook, watch tv – but somehow there is never enough time for God – I’m convinced there is some kind of force involved in this. It really doesn’t take much – reach over, pick it up, open it- pray! And read – y ya! That’s it, it’s really not that complicated and it doesn’t take hours out of your day (for some it does) but God just wants you to come back to Him- He loves you so much and I saw Him reaching out to His people – as if each one of you were His only son. So amazing! It cannot be described!

 Secret Key – from Jeremiah 6:10- Delighting in the word of God is the secret to hearing Him, it’s the secret to understanding Him. When the people no longer heard the Lord, they no longer had sound judgement because they did not delight in the Word of God.

   In Corey Russel’s book, Ancient Paths , he says “The crisis of our day is the product of many factors, but the one I want to highlight……is the loss of intimate communion with the Word of God. This fundamental breakdown within the church has now permeated society….Truth has become a matter of individual ideology and preference, subject only to political correctness…… I believe that rediscovering the ancient paths will require us to leave behind our over familiarity with the bible, along with our tendency to discount the words on the page, so that we may truly feel it’s weight again.”

 “THE PRIEST RULE WITH THEIR OWN AUTHORITY, MY PEOPLE LOVE IT LIKE  THIS” This is going on today!!! Do you see it? Do you see it? The churches and the priests make their own rules overriding God’s word. Does anyone see this? We have become like Judah. Each man  has made his own way, we are just like the Israelites  who lived 2500 years ago, we too love it this way.

     The fear of the Lord is the beginning of understanding. Did you ever wonder what that means? We all want understanding, but how can we have the fear of the Lord ? Can  I say, okay, I fear the Lord and boom! I will be given understanding? I have found the key and foundation to the fear of the Lord. It all begins with knowing Him. Knowing Him begins by learning who He is by searching for Him in the scripture, crying out to Him and walking with Him.  This was Judah’s ultimate sin – They no longer knew Him. This is America’s sin today – We no longer know Him.

 Consider the sins of Judah, The Lord called them out on their sins: (do any sound familiar?)

  • Experts in the law NO LONGER KNEW HIM
  • They stopped calling the Lord “My Father”
  • They shouted “We won’t listen”
  • Worshipped the works of their own hands
  • They paid no attention to His word
  • Followed useless idols and they themselves became useless
  • Stopped asking “Where is the Lord?”
  • The priests stop asking “Where is the Lord?”
  • Abandoned the Lord
  • They exchanged God for useless idols
  • Dug cisterns for  themselves that cannot hold water
  • No fear of the Lord
  • Insisted “ I will not serve!”
  • They forgot the Lord 2vs 32, 3:21
  • They were constantly changing their ways
  • Living immoral lives
  • As a woman betrays her lover, so they had betrayed Him
  • They had perverted their ways
  • They refused to accept discipline
  • Truth has vanished from among them; it is no longer heard on their lips
  • They refused to return
  • They no longer trembled before Him.
  • The priests rule by their own authority
  • As a well gushes out it’s water, so she pours out her evil
  • They make prophet dishonestly
  • They have treated the people’s brokenness superficially by saying “peace, peace, when there is not peace”
  • They were not ashamed when they sinned, they no longer felt humiliation
  • They refused to ask for God’s guidance
  • They rejected instruction
  • Worshiped and offered sacrifices to the queen of heaven
  • They worshipped idols
  • They defiled God’s house
  • Truth has perished and disappeared from their mouths
  • Lived immorally making excuses for their ways as they walked in and out of the sanctuary with their sacrifices, prostitution, wickedness
  • Their worship was all show, they were fake
  • They lived to deal treacherously and excelled in evil matters, greedy wicked perverted lying sneaky, they didn’t care for the orphan, the widow, no love for others,
  • They did not defend the rights of the needy, oppressed, innocent or helpless.
  • The priests ruled by their own authority and not God’s rule and authority
  • Their ways were now erred because they had forgotten Him
  • They had twisted and contradicted His word Their ways were now erred because they had forgotten Him
  • They were not ashamed
  • Sacrificed their children, their sons and daughters in the fire – something so vile, a thing not commanded, a thought never even entertained by the Lord
  • No one could be trusted
  • Everyone spread slander
  • Friends betray friends
  • No one tells the truth
  • Live in a world of deception and refuse to know Him

 Their Punishment:

(God warned time repeatedly of the punishment that was ahead, He continually called them back. He gave them chance after chance after chance, but there came a day when it was too late. There will be a day for each of us when there will not be a day of second chances. Listen to Him.)
  • Disaster on the land
  • Cities laid waste and in ruins
  • They turned into a degenerate and foreign vine
  • Their sin defiled the land
  • No food, no rain,
  • Destruction, war, death, ruined cities
  • Sword – war
  • Their children, flocks, land, wealth would be consumed by other nations
  • Sickness and wounds
  • You will be driven from His presence
  • Whatever the Lord had given them, will be lost to them
  • Terror
  • The Lord would no longer be with His people
  • Their guilty acts have withheld the Lord’s blessings on them

 What can I do?

  •  KNOW YOUR GOD
  •  STOP AT THE CROSSROADS AND LOOK
  • ASK ABOUT THE ANCIENT PATHS: WHICH WAY SHOULD I GO LORD?
  • LISTEN TO HIM AND FOLLOW HIS LEADING;HERE YOU WILL FIND REST
  • Cut off what is causing you to sin, even if you desire it. The Lord says, “How long will you harbor malicious thoughts in your hearts?” Jer 4:14
  • Acknowledge your guilt in your rebellion against the Lord
  • Seek Him with all your heart
  • Help the widow, the orphan, the oppressed and the helpless – isn’t that what it means to know the Lord
  • Return to Him and He will give you shepherds who are loyal to Him, He will heal your unfaithfulness
  • Remove your idols that stand in the way between you and the Lord
  • Prepare your heart, break up the unplowed ground. Fill  your heart and your mind with God’s word
  • circumcise your hearts, get rid of anything that makes you sin or entices you to trip or His wrath will break out like fire and no one can extinguish it
  • Mourn and repent for your ways
  • Act justly and seek to be faithful and He will forgive you
  • Correct your ways and your deeds
  • Do not trust in deceitful words
  • No longer oppress the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow
  • No longer shed innocent blood
  • No longer bow down and offer sacrifices to the queen of heaven
  • No longer worship your idols
  • Stop trusting deceitful words that cannot help you.

 Are you called to be a gatekeeper?
Do they hear your voice?
I want you to think about this – if the world doesn’t hate you yet, are you really stepping out?  Jesus said blessed are those Who are persecuted for His name sake. Rejoice in the world’s rejection of you,  you will be blessed. The Lord will be with you, these words you can trust. The World hates Him, does it hate you? Have you made your own ways? Your own rules? Your own god? If you are trying to make everyone happy by changing God’s ways to suit the people around you, you have become just like these evil priests in Judah. They didn’t not heal the people, they only covered the wound with false words. Stand up, Be strong and courageous. You weapons are mighty before God to defeat every wicked entity that comes against God’s people. Stop following the crowd and be ready for extreme persecution, for the Lord is about to shake things up, but remember this – in Him and in Him alone is victory – wether life or death, it doesn’t matter – all that matters is that He is glorified. We look forward to that day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Amen

Three Secret Keys – may God give you understanding:

  1.  Do you fear Him? – That’s the key to understanding
  2.  Do you know Him? – That’s the key and foundation to the fear of the Lord
  3. Do you delight in His Word? – That’s the key to hearing Him

Hear the Word of the Lord:   

“I will pour out my terrible fury on this place. Its people, animals, trees, and crops will be consumed by the unquenchable fire of my anger.

 “But my people would not listen to me. They kept doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts. They went backward instead of forward.  From the day your ancestors left Egypt until now, I have continued to send my  My servants, the prophets—day in and day out. But my people have not listened to me or even tried to hear. They have been stubborn and sinful—even worse than their ancestors.

 “Tell them all this, but do not expect them to listen. Shout out your warnings, but do not expect them to respond. Say to them, ‘This is the nation whose people will not obey the Lord their God and who refuse to be taught. Truth has vanished from among them; it is no longer heard on their lips Shave your head in mourning, and weep alone on the mountains. For the Lord has rejected and forsaken this generation that has provoked his fury.’ Jer 6

You have brought this punishment upon yourself by abandoning the Lord your God. Your own evil will discipline you.Think about it and see how evil and bitter it is to abandon the Lord your God and to have no fear of Me. Even if you wash with lye and use a great amount of soap, the stain of your sin is still in front of Me. Jeremiah 2

If they had known the Father, they would have known the Son.

 Jesus said “All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.” 
Luke 10:22

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength Isaiah 41,43

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This song reminded of a dream, I was standing in the midst of a great ocean with no strength left, but God was there taking me by the hand. I overcame every raging storm before me and deadly waves as if they were nothing. The Lord strengthened me and lifted me up. This dream gave me understanding to the verse in Isaiah, 41:10; “The Lord renews my strength”. May God give you hope and understanding in this amazing promise.

 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

          The word wait in this verse is the Hebrew word Quvah. Quvah means to bind together of strings made on a cord or bound primitive root, to bind together by twisting.  The verse still is correct in using the word wait, but the Lord explained this verse further to me in a dream I am sharing here. It probably didn’t make sense to say those who cord or bind with strings on the Lord shall renew their strength, but I can explain it further. I suddenly understood this verse after the dream I had-  when I read the hebrew meaning that replaced the word wait- quvah- I jumped for joy! I got it! It’s like finding ancient buried treasure. I hope you find joy in this revelation as well 🙂

        I had a dream…….

         I was standing on the sand before a great ocean. As I looked out onto the waters, I could see stepping-stones on top of all the waters. I knew that I was to walk a straight path on these steps across the waters. Although there were other stepping-stones around me to the right and left, I knew the straight path before me was the best way to go and the way I was supposed to go. Above my right hand was bound cord or rope that was my help. It height went up to the heavens and was always there for me to grab on to for help or strength as I walked through storms and trials.

stepping stones on ocean with my path prepared. Deeper and darker watersI began to walk upon the stones that were on the water.  Upon each stone were words or writing in another language that I did not understand. I knew each stone represented a trial, test, or tribulation, but I did not know the language written upon the stone. (it was written in black and looked Arabic or Hebrew)

the deeper I got, the darker and more rought and choppy the waters became.

As I started out along the shallow waters, my walk was easy. I stepped upon each stone and kept on and on as I walked further out to sea. I knew above me was a cord/rope/ bound string that came from heaven. At the end of this cord/ rope was a round attachment so that I could hold on to it in order to receive my help and strength . It seemed to follow along side of me.This rope/ help was always next to me, always close enough for me to grab on to.

 Sometimes I held on to this help I had available, but other times I just wanted to walk on my own strength. The further I walked out to sea, the more intense and trying the trials and tests became. When I continued to walk on my own strength, I could not move. I stood and struggled and struggled to get further, to get to the next stone, but it was like wrestling a wall. When I reached up and held on to my Help from Heaven, I walked as if there were no trial. I could easily walk in peace through each storm and test as if there were none.
However, many times I wanted to go on my own. I would let go at times and try to walk in my own strength. There I was, in the middle of a dark and stormy ocean. I stood with dark skies above me and raging waves fighting me. I said to God: “Why can’t I just walk on the water without these trials? It would be so much easier if I could just walk on water” with that, I lifted my arm, grabbed on to the help the Lord gave me and kept walking easily again.
The stones were a a light beige, round, smooth with writing on them. The stepping stone covered the waters and the stones got further and further apart as I went further. I had walked very far out into the sea. I could not longer see land and the waters were getting dark and the waves were getting ferocious and terrifying.  The trials and tests that I walked upon became stronger and too big for me. I tried to fight them on my own, but I realized that when I tried to get through these trials on my own, I sat there longer. I couldn’t move further. I would fight and wrestle to get to my next stepping stone, but my strength was no match, and my strength was for nothing. I had to keep reminding myself to reach up and take the help that was there for me. When I would reach up and grab my help from heaven, I was reneewed and strengthened and could easily walk forward over m,y troubles as if it were nothing. I knew I had to keep going- for there was land ahead- even though I was in the middle of the ocean and had a long way to go. There was always hope ahead, there was alway help by my side. I wouldn’t be there forever.     

  I realized that is the way it is here on earth. We wrestle and struggle with our problems, our trials, our tribulations- to no avail. It is worthless to struggle on our own. We are weak without the Lord. Reach out and grab your help from above. It’s right there for you. Put on your weapons of warfare, they are before you. Fall on your knees before Him, He waits for you.

He gives you strength and Power:

  • Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Is 41
  • Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD! Ps 27:14
  • When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. Isaiah 43
  • Wait on the Lord, And keep His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the land… But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble.  And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, Because they trust in Him. Ps 37
  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4” 13
  • Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10
  • Wisdom strengthens the wise More than ten rulers of the city. Eccl 7:9

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 In 2 Samuel 22, David wrote:
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
The God of my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation,
My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence.
 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies. 
When the waves of death surrounded me,
The floods of ungodliness made me afraid
The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me. 
In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God;
He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry entered His ears.
He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters
He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me;
For they were too strong for me
They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
But the Lord was my support. 
He also brought me out into a broad place;
He delivered me because He delighted in me.
“The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;
According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. 
For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
And have not wickedly departed from my God. 
For all His judgments were before me;
And as for His statutes, I did not depart from them.

But those who (cling to the Lord) wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 41 30

Qavah to wait, to cling to:  learn how to wait on the Lord. Hebrew word “קוה” (qavah).  The literal meaning of the word is “to bind together like a cord.”making a rope (cord) by twisting or weaving (binding) thin threads together to form the rope.

My Grace is sufficient, His Grace is enough 2 Corinthians 12

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“Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

    What does it mean that God’s grace is enough? I’ve heard people say this repeatedly over their life conditions and sicknesses as if they were given a life sentence for misery. When the Lord spoke this to Paul, He wanted Paul to know that He (The Lord God) was in control over everything. Paul had not been abandoned by the Lord in this trial, but he could rejoice and boast in this weakness, because it is here when Paul was weak,  that God was strong.  Let every part of your life glorify God – the good times and the struggles. When we are weak, God is strong . When we’ve fully given God the reign/ reins to our life and when pride is forced out of our heart, we will finally see that it is God who must be glorified in all things.

BITTER OR BETTER? IT’S UP TO YOU
I believe that life struggles have 1 of  2 outcomes: they can make us  better (stronger, change us, better us and give us an opportunity to help) others or make us bitter (destroy us with bitterness, anger, anxiety and resentment). The choice is yours. You have the power to control your mind and your thoughts. Philippians 4:8 tells us and commands us to fix our thoughts and think of things that are “true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise”

 When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.  And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.  And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-4

 The Lord wants you to know that in whatever circumstance you are in:

  • He has your today, your tomorrow and your future in His hands (So stop worrying! Cast fear and worry out of your mind)
  • Today is 100% in His control of today and everyday (Trust in Him)
  • Tomorrow is already taken care of so you don’t need to worry, fret or dread
  • He will pull you out of stormy waters
  • He is your refuge, your high tower and your safety
  • He hears your cries to Him

Charles Spurgeon said that this thorn in the flesh was about destroying pride in Paul. Pride may have wanted to creep into Paul’s heart. That would make sense, not only for Paul but for each one of us. Pride is the sneakiest of all sins, it creeps in unawares without the victim knowing. Perhaps this thorn did keep Paul’s heart in check.  When we consider Paul’s upstanding life (on his own account) his family heritage (Benjamite) and his authority before his conversion, he was a powerful and famous man. His life suddenly changes with a meeting with the Lord Jesus, supernatural events, visions, healings and  visit to heaven – that could send a person today on a pride trip, don’t you think? Maybe or maybe not. Sometimes we can get so caught up in our knowledge, fame, and favor among people (and maybe God) that we no longer have an open door to learn new truths.   When pride slips in the teaching, it can ruin the message. Pride is seen by everyone but the one who has it. It’s invisible but seen, it’s silent but heard.

 Charles Spurgen December 8, 1872 “A thorn in the flesh”  He (Paul) had been taken into the innermost part of the third Heaven—into that secret Paradise where Christ dwells with His perfected saints! He had entered into the nearest communion with God possible to a man while yet in this life. Should he not feel somewhat exalted? Surely exultation must fill that man’s bosom who has been brought within the veil to see his God and to hear the unutterable harmonies! It was natural that he should be exalted and it was not unnatural that he should stand in danger of being exalted above measure! Devout exaltation very rapidly degenerates into self-exaltation. When God lifts us up, there is only one step further—namely our lifting up ourselves—and then we fall into serious mischief, indeed.
I wonder how many among us could bear to receive such revelations as Paul had? O God, You may well, in Your kindness, spare us such perilous favors! We have neither head nor heart to sustain so vast a load of blessing. Our little plant needs not a river to water its root—the gentle dew suffices—the flood might wash it away. How many has God blessed in the ministry for a little while, or, if not in the ministry, in some other form of service? But, alas, how soon have they swollen with conceit and have become too big for the world to hold them! Puffed up with vanity, the honor put upon them has turned their brain and they have gone astray into gross folly, sheer vanity, or defiling sin…….He who thinks he is humble is probably the proudest man in the place. But there are some men in whom self-consciousness is so uppermost and so evidently powerful that you can see it in almost everything they do. It is their struggle, if they are Christians, to keep it down—but it will come up in the form of being very easily annoyed because they are overlooked in some good work—or in being easily irritated because they fancy that somebody is opposing them when that somebody never thought of them.
Beloved, above all things it is dangerous for a Christian to be exalted above measure, for if he is he will rob God of His Glory and this is a high crime! The Lord has said, “I will not give My Glory to another.” To give God’s Glory to graven images is bad, but to usurp it for ourselves is by no means better. I see no difference between the worship of a god of stone and the worship of a god of flesh. Self is as degrading an idol as Juggernaut or Kalee. God will not honor that man who retains honor for himself. The meek He will exalt, the proud He will abase. Self-exaltation is equally evil to the Church with which the man associates and the more prominent he is, the more pestilent is his sin…..Suppose Paul to have been lifted up—he would have been of small use to the Gentile Church afterwards. He would have sought himself and not the things of Christ! And very soon Paul would have become an object of parties and the leader of a sect—the cry of, “I am of Paul,” would have been sweet music to him and he would in all ways have encouraged those who adopted it—and a schism would have been the result. Had he been exalted above measure, he might have become a rival rather than a servant of Jesus. He might have disdained his lowly office and have aspired to lord it over God’s heritage. We might have heard of him as a right reverend father in God rather than as the servant of Jesus Christ and His Church. THORN (Spurgeon cont.) The Apostle says, “There was given to me a thorn.” Note that—”a thorn.” If the English word expresses the exact meaning—and I think it is pretty near it—you need not be at a loss to understand the simile. A thorn is but a little thing and indicates a painful, but not a killing trial—not a huge, crushing, overwhelming affliction, but a common matter— none the less painful, however, because common and insignificant. A thorn is a sharp thing which pricks, pierces, irritates, lacerates, festers and causes endless pain and inconvenience. And yet it is almost a secret thing—not very apparent to anyone but the sufferer. Paul had a secret grief somewhere, I know not where, but near his heart, continually wherever he might be, irritating him—perpetually vexing him and wounding him. A thorn, a commonplace thing such as might grow in any field and fall to any man’s lot. Thorns are plentiful enough and have been since Father Adam scattered the first handful of the seed. A thorn—nothing to make a man unbearable or give him the dignity of unusual sorrow. Some men boast about their great trials and there is something in feeling that you are a man greatly afflicted. But a thorn could not drive even this wretched satisfaction. It was not a sword in the bones, or a galling arrow in the loins, but only a thorn, about which little could be said.
Everyone knows, however, that a thorn is one of the most wretched intruders that can molest our foot or hand. Those pains which are despised because they are seldom fatal, are frequently the source of the most intense anguish— toothache, headache, earache—what greater miseries are known to mortals? And so with a thorn. It sounds like a nothing—”it can be easily removed with a needle”—so those say who feel it not and yet how it will fester! And if it remains in the flesh it will generate inconceivable torture. Such was Paul’s trial—a secret smarting, incessantly irritating, something—we do not know what.It was a thorn “in the flesh”—in the flesh. He was not tempted in the spirit—it was in the flesh. I suppose the evil had an intimate connection with his body. Many as the leaves of autumn have been the guesses of learned men as to what Paul’s thorn in the flesh was. Almost every disease has had its advocates. I was particularly pleased to find that Rosenmuller thought it to be the gout [Brother Spurgeon suffered from severe gout]—but then other critics think it to be weak eyesight, stammering, or a hypochondriac tendency. Richard Baxter, who suffered from a very painful disorder which I need not mention, thought that the Apostle was his fellow sufferer. One Divine is of the opinion that Paul endured the earache and I generally find that each expositor has selected that particular thorn which had pierced his own bosom
 

LK,TM,UL 

You are surrounded by His lovingkindness, tender mercies and unfailing love  When we fully understand the great depth of God’s grace, we know that we are on the Path He has prepared for us. I imagine it like this- a large supernatural cloak of the Lord’s Tender Mercies, Loving Kindness and Unfailing love that covers me. (TM, LK,UL)

1-He surrounds you with unfailing love.The Lord wants us to trust in His UNFAILING LOVE for us. His unfailing love protects us, leads us, covers us, rescues us, pursues us, is better than life, lasts forever, supports us, teaches us, silences our enemies, came through Jesus Christ

  •  Exodus 15:13“With your unfailing love you lead the people you have redeemed. In your might, you guide them to your sacred home
  • Exodus 20:6But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.
  • Psalm 13:5But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
  • Psalm 21:7For the king trusts in the Lord. The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling
  • Psalm 23:6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life
  • Psalm 40:11 Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me
  • Psalm 63:3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!
  • Psalm 94:18 I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.
  • Psalm 119:64 O Lord, your unfailing love fills the earth; teach me your decrees
  •  Psalm 143:12 In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes, for I am your servant
  • John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.

2- He surrounds you with Tender Mercies. He crowns you with Tender Mercies and He surrounds you with Tender Mercies that always protect you.

  •  Psalm 103:4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
  • Psalm 119:77 Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live, for your instructions are my delight.
  • Psalm 40:11Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.
  • Psalm 69:16Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

3- He surrounds you with Lovingkindness. His lovingkindnes preserves you and is always with you.

  •  Psalm 26:3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth
  • Psalm 40:11  Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me
  • Psalm 42:8  Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
  • Psalm 119:159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thylovingkindness
  • Hosea 2:19  And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.

The Grace of God

If the Holy Spirit lives in you, you can be assured that you are covered under Grace of God. The Lord wants you to know and understand that:

  • He will get you through today and tomorrow
  • All you need is His grace – that is knowing that His unfailing love, tender mercies, loving kindness covers you
  • Don’t let the enemy fill you with fear, doubt, worry and hopelessness- you have been set free ; ”For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord (in you!) is, there is freedom.2 Cor 3:17

In a previous post on God’s Grace, I found, according to scripture, that grace is like a current or pathway that the Lord God has us on to keep us safe. We are the apple of His eye and He leads us to the life He has planned. He will turn your sorrow to gladness and crown you with everlasting joy. Psa56:8:  “You keep track of all my sorrows.  You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”  Though tough times may surround you, lift your head up for your redemption draweth nigh. Don’t let mans words fill you with fear and dread, trust in God. God’s word is always true. (romans 3)   In your weakness, God will show Himself strong. Your sorrows will turn to joy and the troubles of today will soon be gone as He carries you though each day.

David’s prayers during tough times: 

David had many struggles as Paul did. David always found a way to praise God even in the worst of circumstances. In death, in fear, in life, in rejection, in hiding, in despair – David would cry out for help, remember and recite God’s promises while praising the name of the Lord.

David’s prayer during storms and trials   (from Psalm 42-43,142-143)

  1. Remember the Lord: He is your strength. He is your help. He is faithful and righteous
  2. Meditate on all His works and His words
  3. Muse on all the Works of His hands
  4. Praise Him, enter His gates with thanksgiving.
  5. Cry out to Him
  6. Declare His Good works
  7. Pour out your heart to Him
  8. Lift up your hands
  9. Take Shelter in Him

HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD:    

  • Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.  For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, Romans 15:5  Romans 15:4 Matthew 5:4 
  • The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Ps 27:14 Ps 9:9
  • Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.  The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all Ps 34:17-19
  • Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength: Is 26:3-4 Psalm 147:3 Ps 55:22
  • But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.Isaiah 40:31,
  • Dear Friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.The Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. James 4:10, 1 Peter 4:12, 5:7, 2 Peter 2:9

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire.He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. Psalm 3:3 Ps 40:1-3