A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, December 31, 2013
“Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” – Genesis 18:14
As we bring 2013 to a close, the Lord our Attiq Yomin (our Ancient of Days), is taking us back to the beginning and reminding us of His Sovereignty. If you did not see the promises that you have been standing on and believing God for, come to pass, fret not! The One Who Is, Who Was, and Is To Come, the Almighty is commanding you this day to stand strong! Stay the course! Keep your faith! For nothing is lost! “And when you have done all to stand, stand” (Ephesians 6:13).
Sons and daughters of the Most Faithful Father, continue to stand on your promises as you usher in the New Year. And when you have stood, stand some more. And when you have stood some more, keep standing; and stand, and stand, and stand, and stand, until you see the manifestation of that which God has promised you: that which you have been decreeing and declaring, believing and expecting, come to pass!
Numbers 23:19 testifies of our assurance that “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Don’t you dare limit God, Who created the heavens and the earth and Who created you and me, with a man-made calendar! God is bigger than that! You better loose yourself from that Egyptian thinking right now!
Egyptian thinking is that pre-wilderness Israelite Old Testament limited, restrictive, powerless, and desperate thinking that comes out of your flesh. Cast it off right now, man of God! Step on it like a bug, woman of the Most High King! God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). In Him, every promise is ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen!’ (2 Corinthians 1:20). God has not changed, nor will He ever. God does not change with the tide, the seasons, the calendar, or anything else. So stand on the Rock of Ages! “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (2 Peter 3:8). Your victory is in your ability to stand, and not in the turning of a calendar page.
The Hebrew word for “anything,” as used in our study verse, comes from the two words kowl (pr. kole) and dabar (pr. daw-bawr), meaning “the whole, all manner, whatsoever, a matter (as spoken of) or thing, care, concern” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Nothing, no thing, no matter, no care, and ‘no anything’ is too hard for the Lord; nor is anything hid from our Omniscient (all knowing), Omnipresent (ever-present), Omnipotent (all-powerful) Father. God commands us to “Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall” (Psalm 55:22).
The phrase “too hard,” as used here, comes from the single Hebrew word pala (pr. paw-law), which means “to separate, hidden, difficult, things too high.” The Apostle Paul points to the Risen Savior who defeated the devil once and for all at the Cross of Calvary, when he declared “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). Hebrews 4:13 confirms that no person, place, thing, or circumstance— “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight.”
The appointed time is God’s time, and not a day or year written on a piece of man-made paper. The Hebrew word for “appointed” as used here is mowadah (pr. moaw-daw), which is “an appointment, to fix upon by agreement or appointment, a fixed time or season, festival”; and “time,” (eth) (pr. ayth), is “a season, time.”
Galatians 6:9 fortifies our faith as it testifies “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” And Hebrews promises: “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.” (Hebrews 10:35).
We are to trust in God’s ways; of which the Ancient of Days has decreed “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
My brothers and sisters, as we enter into 2014, let us “enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4). Let us do as the psalmist did, and “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” Praise His Holy Name, for He is worthy to be praised! (Psalm 18:3). And as you give thanks to the King of kings and Lord of lords, He will remind you of His faithfulness, and assure you, that all is not lost; that your promise is on its way, carried into its perfect season, by a perfect God, who died for you and for me with a perfect and holy love, so that we could experience life and life abundantly (John 10:10).
I wish you a safe, happy, healthy, and blessed New Year, filled to overflowing with the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22). I decree and declare that you walk in the overflow of the Father’s rich and abundant bounty and provision, and that every need is met through the glorious riches of His Son, our Magnificent Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:19). I release the “more than enough” and the “above and beyond that you can ask or imagine,” by God’s Holy Spirit Who is at work in every believer (Ephesians 3:20, Philippians 2:13).
Happy New Year, saints! Be of good cheer! God is on the throne, and working faithfully on your behalf, to bring you through and to your expected end (Jeremiah 29:11).
God bless you family.
Father, thank You that in You every promise is ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen.’ Help us to wait on you, Lord. Help us to trust in You with all of our heart and to not lean on our own understanding; but in all our ways submit to You, and to believe You to make our paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6). Father, we forsake our lowly ways, and choose to rest in Your high and perfect ways for us. In Jesus Name, we thank You that our steps are ordered by You, and that You keep us permanently, securely, and immovably in the steps You have established for us. And we thank You that our promise is on its way, in its perfect season. Amen and Amen!
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to forsake your lowly ways for the Father’s high and perfect ways. Choose to rest in God’s ways, thoughts, timing, and season. Trust your Father to guide your steps and make your crooked paths straight (Psalm 119:133, Isaiah 45:2). And continue to fight the good fight of keeping your Father’s calendar and not your own; for God, your Divine Appointment, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.