How hungry are we to know God and to see victory? We must understand that our pride creates a blindness that we have to actively seek out freedom from. Pride is not something that we can search our own hearts for, because we typically won’t be able to identify our own lack of humility. The Holy Spirit must do this work of breaking the strongholds in our lives. Are you burdened by the wrong decisions and the failures we have experienced? The Lord can and will transform even these into precious, living water. When the enemy presents our failures to us after we have repented, let it remind us of the victory of Jesus and the faithfulness of God. This freedom is real. It is not a freedom from the fiery darts of the enemy. It is a stalwart shield of faith against them.
Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the Lord. So Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them to let them live; and the rulers of the congregation swore to them.
And it happened at the end of three days, after they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were their neighbors who dwelt near them. Then the children of Israel journeyed and came to their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth, and Kirjath Jearim. But the children of Israel did not attack them, because the rulers of the congregation had sworn to them by the Lord God of Israel. And all the congregation complained against the rulers.
Then all the rulers said to all the congregation, “We have sworn to them by the Lord God of Israel; now therefore, we may not touch them. This we will do to them: We will let them live, lest wrath be upon us because of the oath which we swore to them.” And the rulers said to them, “Let them live, but let them be woodcutters and water carriers for all the congregation, as the rulers had promised them.”
Both biological and spiritual mothers deserve to be celebrated for their many vast contributions to the body of Christ and to the world in general. The relational role of a Godly woman is capable of building up, restoring, and cultivating to a marvelous extent. What we find in Proverbs 31 and elsewhere in scripture is a picture of grace, compassion, service, and spiritual power. We would do well to heed the wisdom of mothers and look to their example. The Bible is replete with these examples to show us the authority and faith that God provides to overcome the trials and challenges that life presents. Brothers and sisters let the mothers arise and let us cherish the mothers for the sake of this generation.
At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.
Both our faith and our lack of faith amaze Jesus. During His earthly ministry, Jesus marveled at the faith of a centurion and marveled at the lack of faith of his near kinsmen. It is time for us to ask God for a faith that amazes Him. Brothers and sisters, let us keep the faith and be strengthened by the word of God. His promises are yea and amen. Praise the Lord!
Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.
There is more to comfort than we might think. It has the power to change our demeanor, our behavior, and our lives. God’s comfort is transformational. Now is the time for us to be transformed. Seek the Lord while He may be found and receive the comfort that He provides in these trying times.
As one whom his mother comforts,
So I will comfort you…