Come, let us return to the Lord…render that which you have vowed unto the Lord…discern the urgency of the times…listen for the instruction of the Lord…respond in total obedience…Jesus is coming soon…#thinkonthesethings
No one likes to be on the receiving end of a broken promise made by someone with whom they are close. No one likes to be on the receiving end of an empty promise made by one with whom they are close. What is the difference? A broken promise implies that the person has the intentions to fulfill the promise, but cannot for whatever reason. It may actually have been broken for a legitimate reason. However, an empty promise implies that there was never any intention to fulfill the promise from the onset.
If we, being a part of God’s creation with reasoning faculties, do not like being on the receiving end of a broken or an empty promise, then how do we think God feels about it? This is in consideration of the fact that we were created in His image and His likeness (Gen. 1:26,27). Solomon teaches us wisdom concerning this,
“Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few…a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words. When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for He hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better it is that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Suffer not that mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?…” (5:2-6).
We should never defer to the thought that ‘God understands.’ God does understand: an empty promise is basically a lie. Nothing less. We are reminded in the Book of Acts of what happens when individuals make a conscious decision to lie to God (5:1-11). Therefore, in consideration of these things, let us be mindful of the things that we vow, not only to one another, but unto God as well…#thinkonthesethings
On yesterday, people in various places gathered together with loved ones and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. It was a time of fun-filled laughter and conversational pieces that we will archive with our earlier memories from life. But when the laughter ends, the food is gone and everyone else has left for their respective regions of the world, we are left alone to reflect upon our thoughts about the events of the day. The norms of our everyday lives return and everything falls back into place.
The next morning arrives and some people begin to press into the new day, filled with optimism and expectations of a great day ahead…but others have no desire nor motivation to lift themselves up out of their beds in order to begin their day. Some force themselves to get up anyway. They search for their masks behind which they hide the dread and disdain for their very existence. They cover up their pain and feelings behind thick layers of make-up and painted on smiles in order to keep the unsuspecting world at bay because “surely no one could ever possibly understand,” they reason within themselves.
The weight of the cloud that hovers above their heads casts an overwhelming shade of gloom and dispair onto their paths. Myriads of thoughts of hopelessness race through their minds…some even telling to it would be best to just end it all…no one would ever miss them, right?
One would ask, ‘Why would he post something so morbid on the morning following such a wonderful day of joy and happiness?’ I am writing this because I have lived this. I am writing this because others are still living this. I am writing this because no one knew I had lived this. I am writing this because many do not know that they have loved ones who are still living this.
We all lose when we lack the ability to discern when someone close to us is experiencing these bouts of depression. How so? If depression is not caught in time and closely monitored, it could eventually lead to a loss of life. Within the Body of Christ, there are many who have been and still are plagued by depression for various reasons. It is our responsibility to be discerning enough to see it and cover our brothers and sisters with much love and much prayer.
Let us pray that God will fill us with a discerning spirit and an attentive ear in order to keep us vigilant about hearing and responding to the ever so faint cry flowing from the hurting individuals who are experiencing depression…no one was created to walk and live this life alone…#thinkonthesethings
We, at the Joshua Generation Ministries, would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day! We set aside this day to render our gratitude unto our Lord and Savior for His benevolence to us. However, we should always remain in a posture of gratitude and thanksgiving in every situation and circumstance because God is always faithful and good to us. So let’s always remember to say, ‘Thank You, Heavenly Father!’ and be thankful for everything always!
I was preparing myself to write this morning and a thought entered my mind as I read about the sabbatical years and the year of Jubilee, “How do we know that these principles still apply to us within this contemporary context?” Almost immediately, the response was given to me as the Holy Spirit brought this familiar passage of Scripture to my remembrance,
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the Word of our God shall stand forever…” (Is. 40:8).
At first, I did not understand, so I continued to read and meditate upon the Word. A few moments later, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Just because people choose not to abide by the principles within the Word does not mean that the principles are no longer relevant.” In other words, just because we choose to walk in disobedience to the Word of God, it neither negates nor nullifies what has been inspired by God within His Word.
The promise of God’s blessing is more than sufficient to evoke and sustain our obedience to His instruction…but we must submit to the Authority of God’s Word in order for to be effective within our daily lives…#thinkonthesethings