Everything should be as simple as possible… but not simpler. - Albert Einstein
Be with those that bring out the best in you not the stress in you!
Pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. - 2 Thessalonians 3:1
About Benjamin, he said, “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.” Deut 33:12 (NLT)
Moses had led the Israelites as far as he would through the desert, and in the last days of his life, he declared blessings over the 12 tribes of Israel. The blessing he spoke over the tribe of Benjamin was particularly beautiful. The 12 tribes of Israel were named after the 12 sons of Jacob, Benjamin being the youngest and reportedly the most beloved of his father. The temple in Jerusalem was actually built on the land portioned to the tribe of Benjamin. There is a beautiful picture here…
We can rest secure in God. Have you ever tried to rest while feeling insecure? Whether it be about your physical safety or your internal identity. An insecure ‘rest’ is no rest at all… it’s fitful, full of worry and unsatisfying. But we, the Lord’s beloved, can rest secure - He is with us, He is for us, and as we follow Him, He will lead and guide us into His rest that cannot be shaken or compromised.
God shields His beloved. He is our protector. This doesn’t mean that bad things won’t ever happen. But when they do, the Lord’s beloved have a greater strength to draw from, eternal wisdom to lean on, and everlasting love to stand on. He guards our hearts and minds with His peace.
And the Lord’s beloved are upheld by Him, moment by moment, day by day. When you shoulder something, you take the burden off of it and onto yourself. Christ shouldered us as He carried that cross and was then crucified upon it. He took the weight of the world on His shoulders and rose shouldering healing and redemption for all.
Just as the tribe of Benjamin was beloved of the Lord, so are you… You are His beloved. And just as the temple was built on the Lord’s beloved’s land, Jesus has made His home in our hearts and dwells within us. He’s not a visitor or distant relative. We are His beloved, and He is our personal Lord and Saviour. Involved, present and real. Love you guys.
It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up - Babe Ruth
"In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert Einstein
But the Lord stands beside me like a great warrior. Before Him my persecutors will stumble. They cannot defeat me. Jer 20:11 (NLT)
Jeremiah was an unpopular prophet. The message God had given him to speak to the children of Israel were warnings of where their unbelief would lead them. As on many other days in times past, Jeremiah delivered another warning laden message from the Lord that angered Chief Priest Pashhur. In-fact Pashhur, whose heart had turned somewhat away from God, was so enraged by Jeremiah’s prophecy that he had him arrested, whipped and put in stocks. He released Jeremiah the next day, but received his own prophecy of warning from him in return.
You have to admire Jeremiah. A prophet to a deaf generation. A generation that ignored and turned their backs on God. Jeremiah was often persecuted because of his stand for righteousness and the message he carried to the people from the Lord. In spite of his unpopularity and the persecutions he suffered, he kept on going, he kept on delivering the word of God. He did not shrink back.
After this experience with Pashhur, he writes a long complaint to the Lord about his troubles (can you blame the man? ha!), and in the middle of that complaint, he makes this beautiful and powerful statement about God. No matter where Jeremiah was or who he stood before, the Lord stood with him like a great and mighty warrior, enabling him to deliver the prophecy entrusted to him.
If you are being persecuted or attacked today, or you’ve found yourself in a challenging situation because of what God has asked you to do, be encouraged that God stands with you. And he doesn’t stand there limp and uninterested, but at attention, ready for battle, strong and mighty. He empowers and graces you for whatever it is He asked you to do.
So take courage, stand tall, and keep on moving forward. The reality is that the ‘Pashhur’s’ in your world need Jesus and that our battle is not “against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world” as Eph 6:12 says. So stay the course, find your strength in Jesus and continue to express His light and love in the world around you.
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God is not mad at you, He is madly in love with you!
Trust is the super glue to every relationship, if you don’t have it, it won’t bond.