“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” ( Romans 10:9)
Once the Apostle Paul was going about in his ministry walks. Then he met a young girl who was being exploited by profiteers making money out of her as a fortune teller, and she kept at his party. “Eventually Paul grew so aggravated that he turned and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” And the spirit left her at that very moment.…” (Acts 16:18). What we notice here is that Paul spoke to the spirit torturing this girl and it left.
Another different scenario, once a furious storm hit a boat in which were panic stricken disciples. Then Jesus “.. got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm” ( Acts 4:39). Jesus had got up and spoken to a storm and it died.
Then there was also a case when Peter met a street begger. He turned and spoke, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk” ( Acts 3:6). Again here we see the power of the spoken word.
Such is the power of the spoken word. It is the spoken word that raised Lazurus from the dead. For “Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face” ( John 11: 43-44). Jesus had not merely looked at the grave. He spoke!
Where you have challenges, and we all do, of whatever kind, you too can speak boldly to them, to take cover. Just as Jesus rebuked the spirit that had penetrated in his camp to cause confusion when he turned and said, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns” ( Mathew 16:23), you too can!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to speak loud and clear to my situation, perfectly known to you, that by your power, you shall bring it to rest, for I have prayed in Jesus’ name!
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!