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God's Redemptive Power in the Wilderness

The "If....Then" Of God's Mercy
God's Redemptive Power in the Wilderness

“Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell. Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good. - Deuteronomy 8:1-5(NLT) 

Wilderness seasons are designed by God to humble us, test us, prove our character, and determine if we will truly obey Him. What we may lack for that period, God provides daily. It’s during those seasons that we learn to trust God for our provision and listen to His Voice intently. Thankfully, He preserves us and disciplines us until He brings us out. Once we’re out, He does what only He can do. He restores our time. That’s what He did for Joshua and Caleb because they remained faithful and that’s what He will do for you if you do the same. Never consider a wilderness season as a period that was wasted or lost because of missed opportunities. Those are priceless times for character building. You will come out of them and when you do you will better than you went in.  


When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before! Then all his brothers, sisters, and former friends came and feasted with him in his home. And they consoled him and comforted him because of all the trials the Lord had brought against him. And each of them brought him a gift of money and a gold ring. So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters. He named his first daughter Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. In all the land no women were as lovely as the daughters of Job. And their father put them into his will along with their brothers. Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren. Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life. - Job 42:10-17(NLT) 

Job’s life is a story of God’s redemptive power. After taking him through what seemed like hell on earth God made up for the lost time. He gave Job double all his possessions. God gave him more money, assets, and children than he had before. He also gave him the health and strength to enjoy it all for another one hundred and forty years. If you want the perfect example of how God redeems someone’s time, look at the life of Job. By some estimates, Job suffered for about a year but to him, we know it would have felt like a lifetime. In hindsight, what he went through for that short period pales in comparison to what God did for him after. Job didn’t just receive rewards on earth, but He continues to receive rewards in heaven.  

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A Process for Every Promise

A Process for Every Promise


For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. - Hebrews 10:36(KJV) 

Many people receive a promise from God, then sit around waiting for it to happen. What they don't realize is that they only receive the promise after they have done the Will of God. Obedience, not chronological time, is the controlling factor. Only after obedience is complete, does chronological time become the controlling factor. You can't wait for the promise to manifest before you do God's Will. The countdown clock to the promise doesn't start until after your obedience. Consequently, it's important to evaluate the true circumstances behind any delay in the manifestation of a promise from the Lord. While you might be waiting on God to deliver on His promise, He might be waiting on you to do His Will. 

Where are you in the process right now? Perhaps, you are waiting for a Word from The Lord. Maybe you've passed that stage. Perhaps, you already received The Word but have done nothing with it, yet you are waiting for it to come to pass. Maybe you are even further along. Perhaps, you have already carried out God's instructions that are attached to His Word. If that's the case, you are in a good place because now that you've done your part, God's on the clock. Just be patient. When He makes a promise and you go through the process, He delivers on His promise at His appointed time. 

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Maximize Opportunities

Maximize Opportunities


Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil. Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is. - Ephesians 5:15-17(AMP) 

How do you make the most of your time on earth? Recognize and take advantage of windows of opportunity. Use them with wisdom and diligence. They will give you the success that your talent, strength, wisdom, skill, or education never could. My life story is based on multiple decisions to walk through windows of opportunity. I know that I have overachieved in many areas of my life just because I was in the right place at the right time.  

There are skilled, talented, qualified, anointed, and faithful people who deserve to be successful much more than I do but that’s not how life works. You don’t always get what you deserve, you get windows of opportunity. If you take advantage of them while they are open you get the benefits that come with them. If you don’t take advantage of them, you miss out on the benefits. 

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Prophets Arise

Prophets Arise


“The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned. - Isaiah 50:4(NKJV) 

In your lowest moments, when you feel tired and worn out from the challenges of life, a prophetic Word from The Lord changes everything. There are people on this earth who have been called by God to speak His Word of Life into others and you need them in your life. I grew up in a household of prophets and almost took it for granted because the Lord spoke to us all the time. We didn't fast and pray for 40 days and 40 nights to hear from The Lord. We just listened to God every day. If He had something to say, we would hear Him. Now I understand how valuable that is. 

Let me encourage you. If you have a prophetic gift, there are weary people waiting to hear God's Voice and they need to hear it from you. There are people sitting next to you at work, school or church hungry for a Word from God's heart. If God gives the Word to you, He expects you to deliver it. Do not be afraid. Be who God has called you to be. Don’t stress yourself out about delivering The Word the right way now. Just say what you hear; no less and no more. Someone needs to hear it and that person needs to hear it from you. If that is not the case, God will choose to speak through someone else and not you. If He chooses you, it needs to come from you, just the way you will say it. 

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End Time Dreams and Visions

The Holy Ghost: The True Definition of A Helper
Dreams and Visions


But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. - Acts 2:16-17(NKJV) 

One would think that over time our communication with God would become more and more sophisticated. By now, He should be able to move away from using dreams and visions to speak to people. On the contrary, as we go deeper into the last days, God intends to communicate with us in that way even more. It is my humble opinion that God uses this mode of communication because it’s the most effective at avoiding distractions.  

Think about it. You’re either sleeping, unconscious or outside of your consciousness in some other way when you’re dreaming or seeing a vision. That means, you’re not doing anything else so you’re inaccessible to any natural distractions from anyone or anything outside of your own thoughts. I believe in dreams and visions because those are effective ways that God communicates with me.

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God Speaks Through Storms

God Speaks Through Storms


He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. - Matthew 16:2-3(NKJV) 

God uses storms of different types to communicate with people. My wife and I have this inside joke which is not funny at all. Whenever something unusual or completely out of the ordinary happens in a situation we say there’s a “glitch in the Matrix”. If you never saw the movie; The Matrix, let me explain. A “glitch in the Matrix” is a sign that something is wrong and it’s your last warning sign before the situation takes a sudden turn for the worse. Anytime we notice a glitch, we immediately increase our level of alertness because we don’t want to be complacent when God allows us to see warning signs. 

Jonah was a prophet of God who was given an assignment to prophesy against Nineveh that he clearly understood. Instead of doing what God said, he went in the opposite direction and boarded a ship to Tarshish. Soon after, he encountered a “glitch in the Matrix” when an unusual wind hit the sea and they faced a storm like they never had before in their lives. God used the storm to speak to Jonah in a way that could not be denied. With every howling wind and violent wave, Jonah could hear God repeatedly saying to him; “I said go to Nineveh”. What we learn from Jonah’s example is that God doesn’t just speak in a storm, He speaks through storms. 

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Follow the Signs

Follow the Signs


“Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above.” - Isaiah 7:11(NKJV) 

While driving to an event after church with my wife, Angel, The Lord spoke to me. I saw a sign on the expressway that said all lanes were blocked at an intersection up ahead due to a serious accident. Still, the flow of traffic looked normal at the time and my GPS directed me to continue as normal. Thus, I didn’t attempt to get off at the next exit and kept going. Then I saw another sign saying the same thing again concerning all lanes being blocked due to an accident up ahead. I looked around and the traffic flow continued to be normal as far ahead as I could see. Additionally, my GPS did not change its directions. 

While I approached the next exit, I had a decision to make. I could get off at the exit out of an abundance of caution and let the GPS guide me through backroads or I could keep going. The only risk would have been lost time if the trouble up ahead on the expressway was not that bad. I talked it over with my wife and seriously considered continuing along the path of my GPS until God spoke. He said, “Follow the signs.” The roads still looked clear and my GPS did not indicate any accident. Hence, there was no evidence of any traffic problems other than what we could read on the signs. 

Thankfully, I’m not that much of a risk-taker so I got off at the next exit. Only then did my GPS update to show the major accident and subsequent traffic challenges. In addition, only after I got off the exit could I see the standstill traffic up ahead. I thanked God that I followed the signs and did not rely only on what I could see with my eyes or my GPS device. God used that situation to help me understand how to present this chapter since I was working on it at the time. God uses signs to help us make good decisions when we’re confused or overwhelmed with uncertainty. However, we must follow them even when our natural senses don’t support what they say. 

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Lean on God's Wisdom

Lean on God's Wisdom
Lean on God's Wisdom


Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. - Proverbs 3:5-6(NKJV) 

When we’re busy or dealing with urgent matters it’s easy to forget to ask God for direction. It’s easy to rely on experience, intelligence, relationships, research and anything else we can trust when we need quick solutions. However, God alone controls the future and He knows exactly how our present decisions affect our future. That’s why it’s wise to stop whatever we are doing and lean on His infinite wisdom. If you think His answer to your prayer is irrelevant to your situation, think again. As the saying goes, He’s playing chess while you are playing checkers. While you’re focused on what He’s doing in one area, He’s focused on where each move fits into His grand scheme for the entire board. 

King David, at the height of his success as a military leader still took the time to ask God for wisdom before his greatest battles. Jesus, amid the most successful ministry to ever manifest on earth, took the time to get away to pray and receive instructions from His Heavenly Father. Prayer should be a lifestyle for every Christian. Even the simplest decisions in our lives require God’s wisdom. We don’t know if what seems to be the right answer now is really the wrong answer in the end. Some decisions make complete sense based on our limited perspective but when we see through God’s eyes, they make no sense at all. Thankfully, God knows what we need to do. If we dare to pray, He will show us how and when to do what’s right so that the results we achieve are favorable. 

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Jesus Lived by the Script of Scripture

The Word of God - The Foundation Of The Church


Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” - Luke 24:44-49(NKJV) 

Jesus used the scriptures as the script for His life. He didn’t just do whatever He felt like doing. It wasn’t by chance that every dimension of his life was a fulfillment of specific prophetic words recorded throughout the Old Testament. Jesus was intentional. He searched the scriptures to find what it said about Him then He deliberately fulfilled each prophetic Word. Had the disciples listened to what Jesus was telling them all along, they would have known exactly what was going to happen to Him and when. That’s how we must live if we are to take advantage of the wisdom offered in God’s Word. 

Like the script for a movie, the disciples simply needed to follow the details of the scriptures that pertained to Jesus. This was especially important as the time of His death and resurrection got closer and closer. It was a traumatic experience for them all, but they should have been prepared because they knew the contents of the script before any of it happened. That’s the power of understanding God’s Word. If you can determine what it’s talking about, you will have an enhanced perspective of the past, a better grasp of the present and a much clearer sense of the future.  

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Grasping God's Timing

Grasping God's Timing
Grasping God's Timing


Thus says the Lord, The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me. - Isaiah 45:11(NKJV) 

If you’re like me and can guarantee that you’re not from the tribe of Issachar, how can we understand the times? How can we know what to do? Should we try to identify the modern descendants of Issachar and ask them for directions? Otherwise, what are we supposed to do? Well, I have some good news to share. God’s message to us is simple, “just ask”.  Ask Him of things to come and make requests concerning the work of His hands. He doesn’t want to keep His own children in the dark because He knows the value of this information to our success in life. Before we dig into specifics let’s recap a bit.   


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]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end. - Ecclesiastes 3:11(AMP) 

God’s plan is eternal. It spans from before time began through the fullness of time to eternity. Still, God planted His divine purpose in the human heart. This means that inside each of us is the need to fit into eternity. We know that our lives don’t exist in a vacuum and that’s without anybody ever telling us that. That sense of divine purpose is innate to our humanity. We want to know where we fit in God’s plan and where His plan for us fits into His eternal plan. That’s why we need to grasp God’s timing. It’s important to know the why, what and how of life but that’s not enough. It’s also important to know when. God’s timing is inextricably tied to God’s eternal plan within which we must fit God’s purpose for each of us. 

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