Persecution and Afflictions

Persecution and Afflictions

When the Egyptians set taskmasters over the children of Israel to afflict them with their burdens, they wanted to hinder the Israelites’ growth. They believed the hard labor in building cities would stop them from building their own families. They believed the children of Israel would be so tired, so wiped out, so weak they would not be healthy; and therefore unable to bear children.

The enemy causes warfare in our lives to try and stop us from being fruitful and multiplying. We witness the increase of warfare in the lives of people when they express how wiped out, weak and tired they are. They lose motivation. They lose their vision. They sense their fire is diminishing. Their first thought often points to themselves. They wonder what is wrong with them; why they are not more motivated; why their passion isn’t there; and so on. But it’s not them; it’s the continued warfare that has come to wear them out so they will quit. At that moment, the opposite happens.

The scripture tells us that the more the taskmasters were afflicting them, the more the children of Israel multiplied and grew. The Holy Spirit quickens and restores us. Fruitfulness and multiplication cannot be stopped. We grow like the palm tree. The more weight it has upon it, the more it grows. In the midst of persecution and affliction we grow in the Lord, from glory to glory

Exodus 1:11-12 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel.

 

Glory Carriers

Glory Carriers

Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we must care for our bodies because we are not our own. As we consecrate ourselves to God, we glorify Him in our body and in our Spirit. We surrender to Him what already belongs to Him.

A surgeon makes sure the scalpel he uses is sanitized and prepared for surgery. Likewise, the sanctification of the Holy Spirit prepares our bodies to be fit for the Master’s use. Knowing we belong to Him, and are not our own, helps us yield to Him so the Holy Spirit will not be quenched and He is free to do what only He can do. Our bodies are like precious instruments God has placed in our care. If someone gave us a million dollars, or any other great treasure, to watch over, we would handle it with care and it would change the way we do many things. We need to watch over our bodies with even greater care.

We yield to the owner and make the right choices regarding what goes in, out or close to our bodies. Daily we walk in new mercies and receive cleansing from the top of our heads to the soles of our feet. We are glory carriers! We have a treasure in us that is priceless. As we pursue our spiritual potential, we realize that our souls and bodies are made whole with every transforming touch, from glory to glory! 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

 

His Peace, Purpose and Power

His Peace, Purpose and Power

Where should we go? What should we do? How do we know the direction God wants us to take? What God wants, He is able to bring to us. His desire for us to know His will is greater than ours. Our risen Lord steps into our lives and instructs us when it is needed — with clarity and divine alignment.

When God leads us, He aligns His peace with His purpose and His power. His Peace comes first.  It’s experienced when we hear God’s instructions, not just when we obey. It must accompany what we hear and what we do, or we should wait until we have His peace. The peace of God surpasses all understanding. It’s noticeable because it comes with His love and His joy. It comes without any “buts,” without any fear, without any second thoughts and it comes to stay. His peace doesn’t go away even when we are in the midst of a trial.

We know it is not there when we experience the opposite: confusion, turmoil, mind battles, and unceasing oppression. It comes suddenly, unexpectedly. His peace cannot be explained by human reasoning for it cannot be understood; only embraced. It is associated with great faith. In that place of peace, we believe all things are possible with God and receive His breath of life as we go forth from glory to glory!

John 20:21-22 “So Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’ And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’ “

 

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