Haste makes waste: Speak the Word of God instead

For I said in my haste,
“I am cut off from before Your eyes”;
Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications
When I cried out to You.

~ Psalm 31:22

Without the Word of God deeply rooted in a heart, one can get their eyes on the natural, on what is seen, instead of God and the truth of His “yes and amen” promises.

The result? Much time and energy wasted doubting God, possibly even affecting one’s health with unnecessary stress. Maybe even lots of words spoken that exalt themselves against His Word causing self-sabotage, running about trying to solve what one cannot in their own strength, and taking on things that only add to their trouble. This is not His will for His children.

I’ve spoken with many precious sisters in Christ who spend a significant amount of time fretting, fearing, and speaking in haste, spewing death and destruction over their circumstances with their mouths and with that empowering and agreeing with the works of the devil in their lives. They are unable to see how much they magnify the evil one over God, His Word, and power.

Truth: “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you,” (Matthew 17:20).

One can only counsel someone so much. Ultimately, our relationship with God, His Word, and living a life led by the Spirit is our responsibility.

Job also spoke much in haste. Why? Because in his time (before Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, etc.), he had very little revelation of God and His character.

Then, nearing the end of the book of Job, the Lord says to him, “Who is this who darkens counsel by words WITHOUT knowledge?” (Job 38:2) Yet, many believers quote much of what Job spoke in haste according to God’s standards and create entire incorrect doctrines out of it.

In Job 42:3, Job agreed with the Lord and said, “You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand.”

There’s no need for any new covenant child of God in Christ to speak in haste. No, with the full cousnel of God available to us, we can boldly speak words of victory and faith, knowing that we know His Word is true and cannot fail those who trust in them.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for becoming our Mediator of a new covenant with new and better promises!

Bible Study and Teaching, Happy Mother's Day

Behold your mother (and the long life of the apostle John)

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I was reading in John recently and these verses came together and made me wonder if there was a connection between the apostle John honoring Jesus’ “mother” and <a href="http://&lt;!– wp:paragraph –> <p><a href="; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"></a>I was reading in John recently and these verses came together and made me wonder if there was a connection between the apostle John honoring Jesus' "mother" and his long life in comparison to the other orginal apostles…</p> his long life in comparison to the other orginal apostles

  • “When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home,” (John 19:27-28).
  • “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth,” (Ephesians 6:1-3).

Jesus saw John’s heart and handpicked him to become His mother’s son and Mary his mother. And what a beautiful tribute to her that it was the last thing He took care of on the cross before His death: His mother.

But glory to God, He rose again to life, so we could too if we choose!

Then we read in John 21…

“Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”

Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”

Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?” (John 21:20-23).

Something, we’ll find out why John outlived them (possible to age 98) when we see Jesus face to face but also a reminder to honor our mothers and fathers not only because we should but that it comes with a promise that we may live long on the earth.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Bible Study and Teaching, Election Prayers

Many of today’s Christians STILL don’t understand they are New Covenant believers | A teaching inspired in light of the elections | Part 1: A look at Job

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How do we know that many of today’s Christians don’t understand they are New Covenant believers? Because far too many times I’ve heard them say things like, “I’m just like Job,” or, “I think God is dealing with me like He did Job.”

For the scriptural record. Anyone who still believes this “Job” lie: It is IMPOSSIBLE for a New Covenant believer to be just like Job.

To say a New Covenant believer can be “just like Job,” or think they are “going through something similar to Job by the hand of God,” is an insult to Jesus, His sacrifice, His blood, and standing as our Mediator and Advocate.

Father, help Your kids to stop saying things like this. It’s spreading misinformation against Him. It’s unscriptural and also greatly misrepresents the Namesake of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and all He did for us.

Job predated the Old Covenant and did not have Jesus Christ as His Mediator nor His blood to defend him.

Which is why in Job 9, he cries out for a Mediator but there is none. That’s why you’ve heard people preach, “Job is the question. Jesus is the answer.”

We already have the answer to what Job needed when he cried out to God. Let’s look at the “for the scriptural record” proofs in the Book of Job:

“For He is not a man, as I am, that I may answer Him, And that we should go to court together. Nor is there any mediator between us,” (Job 9:32-33).

“Yes, his soul draws near the Pit, and his life to the executioners. “If there is a messenger for him, a mediator, one among a thousand, to show man His uprightness, Then He is gracious to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down to the Pit; I have found a ransom,” (Job 33:22-24).

There you have it.

We are New Covenant believers with the very Mediator the Holy Spirit inspired Job to cry out for.

As His children, we have Jesus, THE Mediator, who has made us the VERY righteousness of God IN Him.

So, NO! For the love of our Holy God and His precious Namesake! Children of God, you are not like Job!

For the Lord’s sake, please never say so again. It’s cruel towards Jesus and the cruelty He went through for YOU to become your Mediator, that Ransom Job didn’t have but knew he needed (by the Spirit).

God can’t deal with you as in Job’s time because of Jesus. Receive it by faith, enter His rest and peace, and be healed.

After Job’s time, the prophet Isaiah prophesied these words regarding the finished work of Jesus Christ and what the New Covenant would be like for those blessed enough to live under it:

“For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you,” (Isaiah 54:10)

And how did the election chaos inspire me to write about Job, you might be wondering?

Because, as God’s children, with our All powerful Mediator, Jesus Christ, and His blood, we have everything Job needed – a Savior who was willing to become our Ransom.

Aw. Lord Jesus. You are precious to us. And because of Jesus, according to Isaiah 54:10:

  • God’s kindness is incapable of departing from us.
  • We are in a new covenant of PEACE that can’t be removed. So God is only at peace with us despite ourselves because we are IN Christ – part of the very body of His Son. He’s not mad at us nor wanting to smite us. We are sealed in the blood of His Son and are also His sons and daughters.
  • God has mercy on us because of Jesus.

Praise You, Lord God, who is worthy to receive all blessing and glory and honor and power forever!

Meaning, we can boldly ask and pray in faith for Him to deliver us from every evil as His Word says. Including this stolen election and all it could bring – evil, illegitimate leaders – should it actually come to pass – which I am disbelieving God for and believing His Word because we are His New Covenant children ONLY at peace with our Father.

And, as the book of Job says, with a Mediator who makes this possible: “Then He is gracious to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down to the Pit; I have found a Ransom,” (Job 33:22-24).

This teaching was inspired by Spirit as I was reading 2 Chronicles believe it or not. I love to talk to the Lord as I am reading the Word, and He talks back. As a pastor recently preached, “Idols are mute, but our God still speaks today.” Hallelujah!

So part 2 of this will talk about how the Lord used 2 Chronicles to remind me that He’s not dealing with us under the “blessings and cursings” Old Covenant, YET, we see Him give His people MIGHTY deliverances from their enemies under it. And how this truth affects the powers of our prayers of faith and standing with God today.

I will try to get to part 2 soon. Thank you.