“I will go before you
And make the crooked places straight;
I will break in pieces the gates of bronze
And cut the bars of iron.
I will give you the treasures of darkness
And hidden riches of secret places,
That you may know that I, the Lord,
Who call you by your name,
Am the God of Israel.
For Jacob My servant’s sake,
And Israel My elect,
I have even called you by your name;
I have named you, though you have not known Me.”
– Isaiah 45 :2-4
“…My people will be filled with My bounty,” declares the Lord.
“…But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”
One of the most powerful messages by Bishop TD Jakes-
“Don’t Give Up, Something is about to Happen!”
“God’s method of bringing you out may not be the method that you would have chosen”
“Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.” (John 9:1-7)
Great words from Bishop TD Jakes –
Even the most even-tempered, mild-mannered person will at some time rock someone else’s boat. Offenses do come. We must choose to let it go!
Too many people become trapped in the “hell” of their experiences long after the wounds were inflicted. Just like your body, your mind and spirit are designed to heal and recover.
The real test of faith is in facing the silence when God places you on “hold”.
When the promise of God has grown in the fertile ground of a faith-filled heart and reached the time of maturation, it will come to pass.
If you can’t fix it…stand there! If you don’t understand it…stand there! If tears are running down your face…stand there! When you want to walk away and quit…stand there!
The enemy will try to stop God’s will in your life, but “HE who began a good work in you shall perform it until the day of JESUS CHRIST”
Wonderful song from today’s worship:
A man going away on a long journey called his two grown up sons & gave them each a box of seeds, blessed them & left without any instructions on using the gift.
The younger son was so excited – for it was indeed a beautiful carved wooden box & inside it, seeds of a lovely shade of brown. He closed the box & then took it & kept it carefully in his room.
Now the older son admired the carvings on the box too but decided that he would use what was inside it. He quickly went to survey the barren land behind his house. With the help of a few people he ploughed the hard earth & when it was just right, he planted all the seeds in neat rows. He made sure it was watered regularly & nurtured it with care.
In due course the older son’s box of seeds had produced a mighty harvest. He was able to sell his crops in the village market at a profit & gather a few sacks of seeds to be planted again! This was possible because he was willing to take a risk & plant the seeds his Father had given him.
The younger son’s box of seeds remained just that – a box in a lonely room gathering dust, with seeds inside it longing to spring to life & produce a harvest if only they could be trusted, given a chance & allowed out of their box.
All of us have within us the seeds of potential & greatness. It is upto us to decide whether we will allow those seeds to grow or hide it where it will never have a chance to emerge.
We need to have the faith to believe that inside us has been placed seeds of talent, creativity, growth & opportunity.
We must do our part to recognize the seeds in our lives, nurture it & help it grow so it can produce a mighty harvest in our lives.
Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
A rare visitor –