LORD, GIVE ME JUSTICE!

“The LORD gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly.” -Psalm 103:6

When I am overwhelmed by unfair treatment, I ask for justice. It is a relatively new thing for me. Not too long ago, I thought that asking for justice was the same as asking for vengeance. So, I avoided it. I chose instead to be a martyr. Honestly, that wasn’t my intention. I just wanted to do what was right.

But, am I more righteous than God?

Of course not!

The Bible says that He desires justice for all His people. Do we really believe this? Do we show our faith by going to Him in prayer, expecting to receive justice? Are we comfortable, not only in asking for it, but also in waiting patiently to see it unfold in our lives?

We all know how important it is in a worldly context. We have a system set up in this country that is supposed to ensure that people get a fair trial. But, often the courts fail us. Truth be told, there are some losses that cannot be weighed in an earthly court of law. Then what?

That is when we have to know beyond a shadow of doubt that God is still on His throne.

He will hear our case. He will work it out for our good. Jesus taught us how to ask Him over and over again for justice. He taught us how to be persistent in the pursuit of it. (Read Luke 18:1-8)

So, I asked God to set me right in areas of my life that have been under heavy, enemy fire. The devil have used people to come against me all throughout my life. He even uses the people that I love. That’s nothing new. In this world, all God’s children are constantly under attack.

The loss of peace, dignity, health, family, jobs, respect, etc. can be overwhelming. Sometimes we wonder how we will ever be able to move into our destiny with the burdens of the past weighing us down. We long desperately to shake them off and be free.

That’s when we ask God to set us right.

Justice means the fixing and restoring of broken relationships. It means putting things the way they are supposed to be. Justice is deliverance, victory, vindication and prosperity.

Isn’t that what we all want? Isn’t justice so much better than vengeance? (Read Romans 12:19) So go ahead and ask! What do you have to  lose?  Give it a try.

Simply, trust God!

 

 

HE TURNS IMPOSSIBLE TO “I’M POSSIBLE”

“See how the siege ramps have been built against the city walls! Through war, famine, and disease, the city will be handed over to the Babylonians, who will conquer it. Everything has happened just as you said. And yet O Sovereign LORD, you have told me to buy the field- paying good money for it before these witnesses- even though the city will soon be handed over to the Babylonians.” – Jeremiah 32:24, 25

Sounds crazy, huh? That’s right. Because in the natural, it is.

But our God operates not only in the natural but also in the Spirit realm. From there,  He calls things as though they are- before they can be seen in the natural. He is outside of the limits of our physical realities. So here we see a prophet buying property in a land that was going to be taken by a nation, that was a world superpower of his day. Seems like he wasted his money and time. But God knew the future. God created it. He knew that the nation of Israel would return to the promise land in exactly seventy years.

So, when we see Christians doing strange things like,  reading parenting magazines although the doctor said they couldn’t have children, starting businesses in bad economies, brushing up on job skills when there doesn’t seem to be jobs available, preparing to live when doctors have told them they would die, we know why.

Our Father is the God of the impossible. (Luke 1:37) He turns impossible to “I’m possible”. All we need is a Word from him. We need His breath blowing on our situation, letting us know that the winds of change are coming. Prophetically, we can sense it, as if it is in the air, and we know that the promise is ours. We can hope and act upon it. For if He said it shall be, then so it shall- no matter how things might look in the present.

I love the example that Mary, the mother of Jesus, provides for us. Luke chapter 1 says that the angel Gabriel gave her an impossible, even crazy promise.

She was told that she would have a child without having contact with a man and yet she responded,

“I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”

Wow! That’s faith! Here is a servant who knows her Master well.

So, will Jesus find that kind of faith in you? Or me? Something to think about.

Let’s insure that he does. Faith comes by reading the Word of God. Psalms 119:114 says, “Your word is my source of hope.”

So, delve into the Word like never before. In it is the building blocks of true faith. The kind of faith that can move our mountains and smooth our path toward the destiny God purposed for us before the foundation of the world.

Like Jeremiah, let’s do some God inspired, crazy things in 2017!

A New Prayer For A New Year

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While reading through the book of Jeremiah, I am touched by the fact that Israel is likened to a wayward child.  I believe that Jeremiah’s message speaks directly to the heart of so many who are now seeking a clear path back to God in 2017.

Wayward means deviating from what is desired, expected, or required, especially in being disobedient or in gratifying one’s own inclinations.

After many years of living this way, is it any wonder why it can be so hard to get back on track?

Jeremiah talks a lot about restoration. Restoration means the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition.

Jeremiah declared that restoration was not only possible but that it was at the heart of what God wanted to do for His people.

God is the same today as He was yesterday.

So, the invitation still stands.

Jeremiah 31:21, 22 says;

“I will invite him to approach me,” says the LORD,

“for who would dare to come unless invited?

You will be my people and I will be your God.”

God is speaking to a wayward nation whom He had cleansed through adversity. He is opening his arms to them- to return.

*What is the Gospel but an invitation?*

God’s arms are still stretched wide. Always ready to gather us up in an embrace that will make even the angels cry out with joy.

But, the spiritual journey can be arduous. Even more so than a physical one. As we make our trek back to God, we are weakened and riddled with guilt, shame, regret, and sheer brokenness.  God, in His mercy,  promises to smooth our path- home to Him.

He says,

“Tears of joy will stream down their faces, and I will lead them home with great care. They will walk beside quiet streams and on smooth paths where they will not stumble.” – Jeremiah 31:9

It is my belief that if we would just read, pray, and declare Jeremiah 31: 19 and part b of verse 18, we would be so much closer to our ultimate destination.

It says:

“”I turned away from God,

but then I was sorry.

I kicked myself for my stupidity!

I was thoroughly ashamed of all I did in my younger days.’

(Then follow up with verse 18b.)

“Turn me again to you and restore me, for you alone are the LORD my God.”

And there it is…

A new prayer for a New Year!!!