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Gods reputation.

I remember I was lying on my bed praying, when I suddenly had the revelation that God cared what I thought of Him.  I could hardly comprehend this!

I was always concerned about what God thought of me, but finding out that He cared about what I thought of Him overwhelmed me with love.

Only after this did I begin to notice how important it was to God that people knew Him for who he really is. I began to see that some of the great men in scripture would pray that God would remember his promises to Israel and that He should consider what the enemies of Israel would say about Him if he forgot His promises. God always answered because He really does care what we think about Him.

I was reading the book of Isaiah yesterday, chapter 62 and was struck by verses 6 and 7 that say “You, who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves; give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth”

Reading this verse it is evident that God is saying that we should remind Him of his promises and give Him no rest until he establishes the promise He has made! It feels disrespectful to even think this way about our Father, but this is in His word and He wants us to do this.

Jesus says something similar in a parable on prayer in Luke: 11, verses 5 to 10.  We are again encouraged to persist in prayer, to keep asking and knocking.

I our breakthrough our healing our victory is right before us. If it’s promised in the Word of God and we cry out to God for the fulfilment of the promise, God has staked His reputation on the fact that He will hear our prayer and if we fulfil our side of the bargain He will fulfil His.

I can’t help thinking that the more fervent we are in demanding the fulfilment of promise, the more we will see miracles happen.

It’s what God is looking for.

Can we get our miracle?

What do we need to do to get our miracle? The bible tells us that Jesus went around preaching saying ‘ the kingdom of heaven is at hand, repent therefore, and believe the gospel’

Sometimes we in the West can miss out on the blessings in scripture because we presume that we understand what a verse is saying, so do not look more into it. This is one of the scriptures in which this happens, but when we look into what Jesus was saying to the Jewish people and what they understood by what he was saying, something amazing begins to unfold.

‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand’  their is two parts to this verse.

‘The Kingdom of Heaven’ When we in the West see this we tend to think about the place we will go to when we die, but this was not the people of Israel’s understanding. What they understood when Jesus said this was a reference to what happened when some of the great prophets in the bible like Moses or Elijah were able to bring the miracle power of heaven down to earth. The Jews hearing Jesus all knew about these men, being brought up from childhood being told the stories of how they were friends of God and how they could do the miracles mentioned in scripture.

‘Is at hand’ This refers to something that any carpenter or skilled tradesman would understand. It means that the worker has set up their workstation so that each tool can be quickly accessed because they have been positioned within easy reach of the workstation. The tradesman does not have to waste time looking for various tools as they are all within his reach.

So for the first part of the verse, Jesus is saying that the miracle power that the Jewish people thought was only available to these great prophets could be accessed by everyone!  This must have been a remarkable statement for the people listening to Jesus and still is!

‘Repent therefore and believe the Gospel’ the word that leaps out at me is ‘Therefore‘, because this ’therefore’ links the promise, to what we need to do to access it.  Jesus it telling the people listening: your healing, your breakthrough, your deliverance, it’s all within reach and this is what you need to do to access it.

‘Repent therefore and believe the Gospel’ To repent we need to change the way we think, ‘Gospel is the ‘good news’ that Jesus has come to save us from our sins and make us whole.

‘Believe’ I think it’s the ‘Believe’ that trips us up, but should it? Why can’t we make the decision that whatever we may think of ourselves or whatever our faults, we can believe that through Christ Jesus and his promise in this verse, the power of heaven is at our disposal?

Maybe we will need to pray to our Lord that He will teach us more about this, or show us what is hindering us laying hold of this blessing, but I am fully convinced that if Jesus says that ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand’, it must be within reach for all of us.

What an amazing thought.

Pray for the peace of Israel.

I had a fantastic evening praying  for Israel with a group of Christian friends tonight. This group runs at the home of a lovely couple from my church, Chris and Karen.

While we were praying, I was reminded about the many times over the past fifty years that Israels enemies have attacked her and how the world has looked on expecting sure defeat and perhaps even extinction for the Jewish people because they have been so outnumbered and outgunned,only for the whole world to look on in astonishment as Israel has overcame her enemies, time and time again.

Not many people are aware that American military strategists, who study military campaigns to see if they can learn lessons for American forces, have stopped studying Israels wars. They have concluded that the wars involving Israel make no military sense.

I firmly believe the reason for this is because Israel and the Jewish people, had a promise from God that when they were returned to their land, that He would protect them from their enemies.

The thing about this is, Christians also have the promise that when we are attacked from our enemy, God will lead us to victory.

God does not fight for us, but rather He fights along side us until we have learned to defeat our enemy.  We don’t have to worry if we seem to be in jaws of defeat and extinction, God does not change His mind about His promise just because we are in a dark place.

He fulfils His promise because He does not lie and if He says he will do something, we can rely on Him to do it.

Shalom.

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