Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
THIS CHAPTER IS FILLED with bitter sweet tales. It is a chapter filled with oxymorons.
Each tale begins with a tragedy and ends with a comedy!
First our hearts are broken, then mended; our hearts are saddened then elated.
In this chapter we see all three Persons in the Holy Blessed Trinity vitally involved in the hot passionate pursuit of mankind.
The first that we see is the story of the Shepherd and the lost sheep. We know that the Shepherd is the Master, Jesus Christ. We see how He goes seeking for the one lost sheep, and will not give up until He finds it.
We see how He carries the sheep on His wonderful and comforting Shoulders. We see the Master celebrating that a lost sheep has been found. Glory to God!
In the Second we see a Woman that lost a coin. This Woman is the Blessed Holy Spirit. We read how She sweeps the entire place looking for a coin. The Holy Spirit sweeps the universe, sweeping souls into the kingdom of God. She is the wind that blew the people together on the day of Pentecost, and caused them to gather unto the Apostles to hear the word of God. The Holy Spirit is the Lord of the Harvest! She is a Sweeper! she is sweeping our cities, countries and continents and they are gathering to us. She is the Hisser! She is hissing and they are gathering!
We must court Her!
The last parable in this chapter is talking about the Father God Himself.
Here we see the Father’s uncontainable, overflowing, overwhelmingly intoxicating and flabbergasting joy in seeing His son return. This son was represented by the lost sheep in the first parable and the lost coin in the second parable.
This chapter ends with the Father declaring with all boldness that “It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.”
He said it was meet, it was necessary, it was important that we SHOULD MAKE MERRY AND BE GLAD! Oh my!
We have the rear honor and glorious privilege of being the ones to cause such rejoicing in Heaven when we win souls. When souls are won, the Father can hardly contain Himself!
Nothing makes the Father PARTY like when souls come to the kingdom. What are you doing to win souls.
The Father needs you!
May there be consistent Partying in Heaven by reason of your efforts.
This is your greatest soul winning year yet!
God bless you richly!
And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
THIS GREAT MAN made a super and invited all to come and enjoy.
The message to the invited guests is “come; for all things are now ready.”
It means that they would not have been invited if all things were not ready.
This is a great analogy to our calling in Christ.
Before the Father called us in Christ, He had everything ready. Every supply, every health and healing, every anointing, every revelation, every connection, every thing we will ever need was already met before we were summoned in Christ.
The problem is that we are so used to the curse that walking in the Blessing is a big challenge. Under the curse, man was to work for every thing he had. Under the Blessing, everything man will ever need was provided before he was called by God.
In the garden of Eden (by the way, Eden means LUXURY), God provided every thing man will ever need before He made him.
Before we came to Christ, everything we will ever need was provided for us. We are already blessed with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
He said, Come, all things are now ready. when you heed that call and come, you are simply to sit down and enjoy the banquet set before you.
Our life in Christ is a life of rest, NEVER a life of warfare. Learn to rest in the Father’s love and care for you.
This is why it is so very important to KNOW what has been made available to you in the finished work of Christ.
When you believe, you enter into His rest.
He didn’t call you to struggle, He called you to rest, to enjoy His finished work.
He that has entered into God’s rest has ceased from all his labors.
Believe, believe and then rest and see all you have believed for come into manifestation. Henceforth, let all worries and anxieties end. God is for you and all things are working together for your good.
Come; for all things are now ready. Enjoy!!!!
God bless you richly!
And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
READING THIS BLESSED STORY IS inspiring!
The bible makes it clear in Galatians that if you are Christ’s then are ye Abraham’ seed and heirs according to the promise.
As the seed of Abraham, we have certain rights and privileges.
In this woman’s case, she has been bound for eighteen long years by Satan. It is instructive to note that the Master healed her for only one reason….. She was a daughter of Abraham. She was a seed of Abraham.
She didn’t even ask to be healed. Many times we struggle too much when we should just rest in the love and care of our Heavenly Father.
This is why knowledge is important. When you know who you are and what belongs to you, then struggle is strangulated. Stress and worry just die. For you have come to know that no matter what happens, when the dust settles you will still be standing.
Jesus healed this woman for one reason, she was a child of Abraham.
Now hear what Paul says, ‘ In other words, it is not the children by natural descent who count as God’s children, but the children made such by the promise are regarded as Abraham’s posterity.’ Romans 9:8 (weymouth)
If that woman could be healed just because she was a natural seed of Abraham, how much more you.
Remember what Paul said in Romans 8:32 ‘He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?’
Your life should be marked with remarkable Praise for the glories you possess in Christ.
Let all struggle cease henceforth as you live a life of rest.
Believe you receive and rest in His love. He truly cares for you. Just rest as you Praise Him. Everything is already fine!
After all this is your best year you have ever seen.
God bless you richly!
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
FEAR IS ONE THING that ruins people’s lives.
The Master is telling us how important we are to the Father.
He makes it clear that the very hairs on our head is numbered, which in itself is comforting to know.
He tells us how the Father cares for the sparrows. How non of them can fall to the ground without the Father being aware.
Then He tells us we are of MORE VALUE than many sparrows. Wao!
If the Father numbered the very hairs on our head, then it must be that He really cares very much. The Master then charges us to FEAR NOT!
What are we not to fear about?
About the things we desire from Him. Fear is an exhibition of doubt! Fear is lack of confidence in the Father’s ability to care and cater for us! It is like a child in school who is afraid the father may not send his fees!
The Master tells us if the Father cares for the sparrows, He says we are more valuable than many sparrows.
Instead of worrying, rest in the Father’s love and care.
The truth is the Father’s love, care and concern for us His children is unfathomable. Fear not! Worry not! All is at peace. Everything will go well for you. It will all work out more than you ever wanted it. Just rest in Him!
Remember, this is your greatest year so far! Rest in His love.
God bless you richly.
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If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
THIS IS HEART warming, really heart thrilling. To know this is so very comforting!
Here our Blessed Lord draws a comparison between the natural human father and our Heavenly Father.
The natural human father can do anything to help their children move forward.
Now he didn’t say God will do the same. No, He said How much more!!
He said How much more shall our Heavenly Father give to those that ask Him.
There is absolutely no comparison between a natural father and our Heavenly Father. Our Heavenly Father does MUCH MORE than any extra ordinary natural father. He gives MUCH MORE! He loves MUCH MORE! He cares MUCH MORE! He provides MUCH MORE! He Heals MUCH MORE!
He will do MUCH MORE for you!
Expect MUCH MORE from your Heavenly Father!
God bless you richly!
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Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest.
This is a prayer every Believer must be involved in.
The fields are white with harvest. But there are not enough laborers to help gather in the harvest.
This problem can only be solved as the Master has instructed.
His instruction is simply for us to pray for the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into His harvest.
We must undertake this task of pray.
Only through prayer can we be certain that many Believers will join in reaping the harvest.
Without prayer we will lack laborers. But when we pray, oh alleluia, we will receive armies of laborers to gather in the precious harvest of souls with us.
Today, I ask you to join me and devote your prayer time today to ask our Blessed Lord to grant us more laborers. Let us ask Him to send forth more people into the ministry of the gospel.
Our prayer is necessary for this to be accomplished.
Let’s go to Him in prayer ………….
God bless you richly!
Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
WE MUST NOTE HERE THAT what the Master said to the disciples applies to us.
Here He gave power and authority over devils and to cure diseases. Awesome!
Here He gave us two things, dunamis, which is miraculous power, and exousia, which is authority.
Now we possess both power and authority.
Both are necessary to deal with demons and diseases.
Demons are no match for us.
Diseases are no match for us.
Dunamis is now ours.
Exosia is now ours.
There is no way we can not be effective in confronting demoniacal forces and their attendant diseases.
It is important that you never loose sight of these things.
Jesus has set the church against demons and diseases.
You must be bold and courageous in dealing with these entities.
This year, walk in the consciousness of what you possess.
God bless you richly
They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
THIS IS REALLY startling!
These ones the Master is talking about here are people that received the word with joy. The word actually got across to them. The rejoiced at the word; they hailed the word; they glorified the word. The word meant something to them. And the believed it!
These is where many Believers are! But there is more!
Luke states that yes they received the word with joy, they didn’t have root in themselves. They have not allowed the word to take root.
The word takes root through study and meditation.
Since the word has not taken root, they believed for a while.
Oh boy, i have observed with nostalgia a passel of people like that in the course of my ministry. They only believe for a while.
Then when trial comes and things don’t go as they expect it, they fall away! Really heart breaking!
What was the problem? They did not believe to the end!
God does not want us to believe for a while. He wants us to take our stand come rain, high waters, sunshine or whatever! We are to be unshakable in our believe.
A few days ago, i wrote about the “echo of faith”, which means a faith that lingers, a faith that stays the course, and will not give up or fall away.
John said “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
He is writing to those that believe, and he said he is writing so that we may continue to believe.
Peter did not believe to the end, that is why when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid and began to sink. And the Master said to him “why didn’t you linger in your believing.” (My paraphrase.)
When you receive the word and rejoice over it, hold that word, allow it to take root, and come what may, never let go of it. The boisterous winds of life will come but don’t let go of the word. Heaven and earth will pass away but the word will never pass away.
The truth is, if you believe to the very end, you will never be disappointed. You will come out with a testimony. Trials produce triumphs for those that linger to the end! tests produce testimonies for those that believe to the very end!
Don’t allow the pressures of life to make you fall away from the word that you received! The Lord (the Word) shall surely perfect ALL that concerneth you.
This is your best year so far! That is exactly what it is!
God bless you richly!
Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall BE……
THE STORY of this centurion is thrilling. He was one person whose faith marveled our Blessed Lord.
It is interesting to know that the Master was on His way to this man’s house in order to heal the servant of this man.
It is totally amazing that the man sent another emissary to stop the Master.
The marvel is really the man’s faith in the word of the Master.
He said to the Master, don’t bother coming to my house but say the word and my servant will be healed. Wao!
What a faith, what confidence, what a marvel.
The Master sent the word and the servant was healed.
This is the faith the Master wants us to have. Absolute faith in His word. We should have faith in nothing more than in His word. The Master eulogized this man for exercising absolute faith in Him.
There was nothing wrong with the Master visiting this man’s house. That would have been faith but the man exercised GREAT FAITH.
Faith is in levels, and this man’s faith was in the highest category.
The key is that the word was sufficient for this man. His faith was purely based on the word and nothing more.
What has God said to you in His word. Is that sufficient for you? If it is then you are exercising great faith.
Great faith is faith that only the word suffices.
It is my prayer that you will consistently exercise great faith.
It begins with believing that this year is your greatest year so far. Exercise great faith in that.
God bless you richly.
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