Hardships & Challenges

When our land is going through hardship, and challenges or if it is losing it’s way, the Lord want us to turn to him because He says; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. In these times we are suppose to know where our help comes from, because David knew where to find his help when he said; I will lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from Yahweh, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved. He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Yahweh is your keeper. Yahweh is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not harm you by day or the moon by night. Yahweh will keep you from all evil. He will keep your soul. Yahweh will keep your going out and your coming in, from this time forth, and forevermore. In this way we should know that it is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man and to submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
During these hardships and challenges, we should know it within our hearts that The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed my head with oil. My cup runs over. Surely goodness and loving-kindness shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in Yahweh’s house forever. David believed it (and so shall we) when he said; blessed is the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of Yahweh; on his law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the streams of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also does not wither. Whatever he does shall prosper.
Through it all we shall not look around lustfully, because; the lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! We shall not look around anxiously, we need to see the birds of the sky, (and know) that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of much more value than they? Therefore when we speak to Him, when we ask of Him, when we thank Him, when we pray to Him, we say; Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. We will be able to do this if we have the fruit of the Spirit, and it is; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. For it is written; if I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don’t have love, I am nothing. If I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don’t have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…
With all this love talk and the love vibe going by now, some may think and some may even ask; who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Even as it is written, “For your sake we are killed all day long. We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” And the answer to their thoughts and or questions will be in simple terms; no, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. And even though we might be overwhelmed by warm fussy love feeling by now, we should still be aware that a fight still waits, therefore the writer says; Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Through it all, we need to open our hearts and open our minds to invite Jesus Christ into our inner being, that’s where He want to be; Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

den of robbers

Mark 11 v 15 Den of Robbers

The Jesus we read about in the bible was a real person, with real emotion, real issues, real pain, real compassion, real love, and real grace; in fact everything about Him was and is REAL. In Matthew, chapter one, He was born to be a real person. In the book of John, chapter eleven when Lazarus died, He wept, showing real emotion. On the cross, He showed real love, real grace, and real forgiveness. Today I am going to base my writing on the verse referred to below, where He showed real anger.
In the book of Mark, chapter eleven, verse fifteen through to eighteen, Jesus got angry. He got real angry!
They came to Jerusalem, and Jesus entered into the
temple, and began to throw out those who sold and
those who bought in the temple, and overthrew the
tables of the money-changers, and the seats of those
who sold the doves. He would not allow anyone to
carry a container through the temple. He taught,
saying to them, “Isn`t it written, `My house will
be called a house of prayer for all the nations?`
But you have made it a den of robbers!” The
Chief priests and the scribes heard it, and sought
how they might destroy him. For they feared him,
for all the multitude was astonished at his teaching.
When Jesus entered the temple, He became real furious, real aggravated, and probably real sad when He observed the transactions, the money handling, the buying and selling of goods in the temple. His house were turned into a market place, the place that was meant to be a house of prayer, was now a house of merchant.
At the sight of this, He overturned the tables of merchandise and the seats of the merchants; I can almost imagine how the goods and the monies and even the merchants were flying though the air. People scurrying to pick up and collect their merchandise before others do. As He overturned the tables, chairs and merchandise angrily, with goods flying, monies falling and merchants rushing and scurrying to gather their assets; their must’ve been people overlooking and judging Him for His deeds (as all were probably merely trying to make a living).
With a real angry, sad and aggravated loud voice, He utters the words:

“Isn’t it written, `My house will be called a
house of prayer for all the nations?
` But you have made a den of robbers!”

I guess we should take heed to this verse! Is God not shouting down at us as we continue to allow history to repeat itself?

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