For all the land that you see, I will give to you. . . Gen 13:15
Trouble Be Gone
Job 5:19, “He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.”
If you have noticed in the Bible, it makes an amazing connection between miracles and troubles. Those who received miracles were facing troubles. Miracles come out of messes. The bigger your problem only means a greater miracle ahead. God's greatest faith lessons come out of calamities. God will deliver you from trouble over and over again until you come to understand that no matter what you go through He will rescue you even when it doesn't work out like you planned. God doesn't always steer you away from trouble, but He delivers you from your troubles. Trouble is a pretty good sign that God is with you! The three Hebrew boys, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, discovered that the king's order to heat the furnace seven times hotter was the perfect recipe for their miracle deliverance. Their fiery furnace was transformed into a four-man meeting! Daniel found his greatest deliverance took place inside a lions' den. A greater Lion, Jesus, gave Daniel the courage that replaced his fear of lions! If you are in any kind of trouble right now, then you qualify for deliverance. In the midst of your suffering God is with you. If you measure your troubles against your own strength, you are really in trouble. But if you measure your troubles against God, your troubles are in trouble. God triumphs over everything around you.
Psalm 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Most people are familiar with the "valley of the shadow of death" in Psalm 23. Another significant scriptural valley is the Valley of Achor, which is a place of trouble and distress. This is what Achor means. This valley was named after the Achan, who was stoned to death and buried in that valley in Joshua's time (Joshua 7:26, “And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the Lord turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day.”). The valley of Achor appears again in the prophecies of Isaiah (Isaiah 65:10). Question, are you supposed to be afraid of these valleys? I don’t think so. Just as the shepherd prepares a bountiful table and green pastures close by the valley of the shadow of death, so does God move a door of hope right in the Valley of Trouble. The Dark Valley leads to a door of hope, if you keep on looking. It’s a paradigm shift. Keep looking. You will go through dark valleys and troubled times. After you have walked with God long enough, you begin to see the truth that the place of trouble always leads to a door of hope. Keep looking.
To Be Victorious
1 Peter 5:8,” Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."
God wants you to be sober-minded about what is going on in the world. As chaos unfolds in cities and around the world you can be tempted to either minimize the reality or maximize the fear. Either way of thinking is dangerous. You are to be sober-minded, alert, and prayerful. You must take a sober assessment of the facts. Receiving bad seeds of fear and doubt in your minds can keep you on the path that leads to destruction. However, if you take the time to uncover the facts, you can align your thoughts with God's Word. In Ephesians 6, the apostle Paul makes it clear that you are not warring against flesh and blood, but against evil principalities and rulers of darkness in high places. These principalities and evil forces are seeking to destroy your community and family. To be a victorious warrior, you must battle in the spirit. This means that you need to seek God's righteousness, be washed by the Blood of Jesus, and seek answers from the Holy Spirit.
Exodus 1:8-11, “ Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it comes to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.”
It’s not here yet, but keep believing. Keep trusting in God. The best of times are coming. Birthing pains are challenging. God wants you to know that courage will become more contagious than fear. The riots that you are seeing will be replaced with righteousness. God’s peace and joy will prevail over the land. It may look like the opposite is happening, but that depends on whose side are you on. If you are looking at it with earthly vision, then yes it looks bad. If you are seeing it from God’s perspective then you see that a great awakening is getting traction. The revival of faith in God has already begun. You still have storms to get through, but the storms will not destroy you. You are not witnessing the end, but rather the birthing pangs of a new beginning. Remember, when a woman gives birth it can be messy and bloody. Giving birth comes with pain, but when the baby is delivered healthy everyone knows it was worth it. God said all that you are going through will be worth it.