Is God Really For Me? 

In the face of difficult circumstances, we may at times wonder: Is God really for me?

Wilderness, Hunger And In Doubt

The Israelites also experienced this. They had quite recently been delivered from their 400 years of slavery in Egypt (!), but when they were hungry in the wilderness they assumed and complained that God had brought them out in order to kill them with hunger!

The Lord responded to their complaints with:

“Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.” Exodus 16:4 NKJV

Behold The Bread

When the Israelites were unsure of God’s heart for them, God pointed them to the bread of heaven.

Likewise, when we are unsure of God’s heart for us, we are pointed to the Bread of heaven.

The message is, Look to Jesus. He is always the assurance that God is FOR YOU, no matter what kind of circumstance you face in life.

Why is that?

Jesus, The Bread of Life

Jesus is the Bread from heaven that would one day rain down “FOR YOU”. Jesus has already come down like refreshing rain to a thirsty and dry land. On the cross, He was crushed, like the grains are crushed to make flour. He was punched, like when kneading the dough. He was pierced and received stroke after stroke, like the dough being pierced and slashed before being set in the oven. He was under fiery judgment, like the bread is burned in the oven.

He is the Bread of Life Who gave Himself to nourish and love, to be life, endless supply and healing. FOR YOU.

Holy Communion

In the face of difficult circumstances, let’s be reminded of this by partaking of Holy Communion. Lift up the bread. Look at the bread. And remember Jesus. Spend time with Him. Remember how in love FOR US, He took our beating, our judgment, our death, so that we may have His embrace, His Love, His blessing, His Life – forever. For Sure.

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Assurance of His Blessings

How can it be that we can always be assured of the Lord’s blessings and smile over our lives? Well, it’s because of the blood.

What? Blood?

The Plan Of Deliverance

Remember how God had a plan of deliverance from 400 years of slavery in Egypt for the Israelites? We can read about it in the Book of Exodus. The blood of the Passover lamb played an important part in the miraculous deliverance.

“Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.” Exodus 12:13 NKJV

The Blood of the Lamb

The lamb was without blemish, killed, the blood put on the the two doorposts and lintel of each house, roasted in fire, and eaten in haste – or shall we say “in faith” – ready to receive their miracle, ready to go and possess their freedom when God told them to.

When the Lord saw the blood, He passed over the house and would not allow the destroyer to come into the house to kill and destroy, even though the Israelites were no better than the Egyptians. (V23) How could this be?

The Israelites had the covering of the blood of the lamb, while the Egyptians didn’t.

Death Has Already Taken Place

What’s the deal with the blood? Blood means that DEATH HAS ALREADY TAKEN PLACE. The lamb had died on behalf of the first born son, who was supposed to die originally. Amazing, right?

In the same manner, we have the covering of the blood of Jesus today. We deserve to be judged, to be cursed, to die. But Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, took our judgment, our curse and our death upon Himself on the cross. He shed His blood, and He gave His life on our behalf. Death has already taken place! Thank You, Jesus!!!

No More Fear

By His grace, we have the covering of Jesus’ blood today! We need never fear judgment, any curse, or death. We get to have a confident expectation of His smile and delight over us. He sees us through what Jesus has done for us. Always.

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” Ephesians 1:7 NKJV

What’s The Price For Our Sins?

Moses so desired for God’s people to be forgiven of their sins. He thought perhaps God would accept him as a sacrifice in their stead?

“Moses went back to GOD and said, “This is terrible. This people has sinned—it’s an enormous sin! They made gods of gold for themselves. And now, if you will only forgive their sin. . . . But if not, erase me out of the book you’ve written.” Exodus 32:31-32 MSG

This actually points us to Jesus, the Savior of the world, Who would one day sacrifice Himself in our place!

Since God is a righteous judge, He cannot let sins go unpunished. Our sins were punished in the body of Another. God sent Jesus. At the cross, God took our sins and put it on Jesus.

Every judgement of God came upon Jesus: stroke after stroke: the curse, condemnation, disease, poverty, separation from God the Father, all the darkness – for our sake, representing you and me – until finally He cried out: It is finished!

Christ’s blood has removed every sin. We can boldly step into God’s light, because Jesus has made us righteous. When God looks at us today, He only sees the perfection of Jesus work. (Grateful to have learned this from Pastor Prince)

I Am Sending You

God Sent Moses

So touched by Gods heart for the broken, and our involvement in it.

Exodus 3:

GOD:
I have CERTAINLY SEEN the oppression of my people in Egypt.
I have COME DOWN to rescue them … lead them OUT… INTO their own fertile and spacious land flowing with milk and honey (v 7-8)

Now go, for I AM SENDING YOU.
You must lead my people out (v10)

MOSES:
Who am I? (v11)

GOD:
I WILL BE WITH YOU! (v12)

MOSES:
BUT… (v13)

GOD:
I AM (v14)

God Sent Jesus

Likewise, GOD SAW the brokenness of mankind – and SENT JESUS. (John 3:16) He led us all OUT of our slavery to sin, and INTO the liberty of righteousness. From death to Life. Praise the Lord!

God Sent You And Me

JESUS SEES and hears the brokenness of mankind. He already came down and became the HOPE and the SAVIOR of the world, but so many do not know

and so He SENT YOU and ME

Matthew 28:18-20:
“GO. Be sure of this, I AM WITH YOU.”

(MajorPeopleBiblePlan – MOSES)

Proactive And Bold

A Proactive Spirit

I’m touched by how the family was together in putting baby Moses in the basket and releasing him on the river. Hebrews 11 refers to the parents’ having faith. And now we see his sister wanting to find out what happens to her baby brother. And when she sees that pharaoh’s daughter has found Moses, she seizes the opportunity. I’m inspired by her proactive spirit.

I mean, there are several things that could have intimidated her to passivity:

  • It’s not just any woman; It’s the pharaoh’s daughter, the princess!
  • The princess is bathing. Its kind of a private moment.
  • Who is she that she can approach the princess?

But it’s like she’s not conscious of this, or she is not led by those thoughts. Rather she steps forward and offers a solution to the princess – before the princess can even think of all the reasons why she shouldn’t keep the baby. haha

Exodus 2:7 NKJV
“Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?”

Such brilliance – and double restoration:

  • They get their baby back. From having a death-sentence, to having a life-sentence: nurse him, grow him, raise him, love him – legally.
  • They get paid to do this.

And back then they nursed their children for years! So the mom had many opportunities to speak over him what she saw in him as a baby. That he was a beautiful child – favoured, that there was something special about him, and that he had a special calling on his life.

In Hebrews 11:24 it even says that Moses refused to be called the son of pharaohs daughter. He knew who he was. A Hebrew. God’s special people. His mother’s son.

Miriam’s Unafraid And Bold Spirit

What stirs in me the most, is Miriam’s (cool name. haha) proactive and unafraid spirit. To step forth. Offer a solution. Being at the right place at the right time – and daring to grasp that opportunity. She wasn’t invited to speak, but she invited herself into that situation. And because of that (and other factors of course), many years later all of God’s people were blessed, set free, on their way to the promised land, and we have a foreshadow of Christ.

(MajorPeopleBiblePlan – MOSES)

How About Today?

How About Today?

Pharaoh begged: “Plead with the Lord to take the frogs away from me and my people” … “You set the time!” Moses replied. “Tell me when you want me to pray for you, your officials, and your people. Then you and your houses will be rid of the frogs. … 
“DO IT TOMORROW,” Pharaoh said. – Ex 8: 8 – 10 NLT
What? For real? Why not NOW? Like INSTANTLY?
Like here in the story of Jesus healing the blind men: 
Lord. Son of David, have mercy on us!” … “What do you want Me to do for you? … “Lord, we want to see!” … Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. INSTANTLY they could see. – Matt 20: 31 – 33 NLT

It Is Not IF, but WHEN

It Is Not IF, but WHEN

When you know that Jesus is the Beginning and the End, the Alfa and the Omega, you surely do rest. He sees the end from the beginning. And the beginning from the end
If God has whispered in your heart about something, or planted a God-dream in you, I’d like to declare to you, Be at rest. He is the beginning and the end. What I mean by that? You see: 
God said to Moses in Exodus 3:
God said to Moses: WHEN YOU HAVE BROUGHT the people out, then… 
But Moses protested: IF I GO to the people of Israel, then –
This means God sees Moses ALREADY having led the people out! 
He sees the end from the beginning! 
But Moses sees only difficulties and challenges to even GET STARTED…
I’d like to encourage you: When God has spoken, it is a DONE deal. 
Its not IF, but WHEN.
To illustrate:
It’s not: IF we are going for holiday, then…
It is more: WHEN we are going for holiday, then…

It is most: WHEN WE HAVE BEEN on our holiday, then…