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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.

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My God, My God, why has Though forsaken Me?

I have heard a number of people using the fact that Jesus said this while on the cross, as evidence that He could not have been God!

The reasoning goes that since Jesus was asking God a question, then Jesus could not have known the answer, therefore He could not have been God, since God is all knowing.

The problem with this reasoning is it stumbles at the first hurdle, because the bible does not say that Jesus cried out ‘My God, My God, why has Though Forsaken Me?’ what scripture says is Jesus cried out saying; ‘Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani?  Which translated means ‘My God, My God, why has Though forsaken Me?

This amazing portion of scripture tells us that the people around the cross at the time did not know what Jesus was saying and some even thought He was crying out to Elijah.

They did they understand that Jesus was quoting Psalm 22 in the ancient Aramaic language in which it was originally written.

The Pharisees and others did not realise that Jesus was sending a message of love to every single one of His followers, both alive and yet to be born! a message of love that said; ‘even in My darkest hour, I was thinking of you, so I will quote this psalm for you to see that although I was going through agony, I was in complete control because I knew that the end result was that:  ‘I will tell of Thy name to My brethren, In the midst of the assembly I will praise You’ (verse 22)  

Psalm 22 tells us much about the crucifixion, the agony the feelings the mocking the insults, but in the last verse (31) it says: ‘They will come and declare His righteousness, To a people who will be born, that he has performed it’

We are the ‘people to be born’  Jesus had us in mind while He was hanging on the cross, He sent us a message of love even in the middle of His suffering, telling us that He was willing to do this for us, because it was the only way we could be saved. I can hardly think of this without my eyes filling up.

Thank you Lord Jesus.

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