God Is

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6 KJV

No matter where you look, you can see the intricate design only made possible by the thoughtful planning of a Creator.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Romans 1:20 KJV


The Word

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 MEV

Jesus is the Word. He always was God, even as the the Father is God and the Holy Spirit is God.

Very Man & Very God. The Godhead sent Jesus to redeem and restore humanity. He was born of a virgin impregnated by the Holy Ghost.

For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10 MEV

But while he thought on these things, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for He who is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:20 MEV

Messiah & Lord. He is the Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the world. He is the Christ, the Anointed One, the only way to God the Father.

“Are You the Christ? Tell us!” He said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe. From now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” They all said, “Are You then the Son of God?” He said to them, “You truly say that I am.” Luke 22:67‭, ‬69‭-‬70 MEV

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6 MEV


God is Good

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O give thanks unto the Lord ; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.   1 Chronicles 16:34 KJV

Rejoice in His goodness and mercy. They are unending.

It is God’s goodness, His mercy and loving kindness, that is expressed by grace, and manifest in Christ Jesus.

It is also demonstrated by His unalterable covenants with Israel and His Church.

He is just and must exact the penalty of sin. He is bound by His righteous judgement.

In order to satisfy the law, He sent His Son, His only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ, to bear the penalty due the sin.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KJV


Sovereignty

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Ultimately, God is in charge. You can imagine and plan your future but God is able to adjust or change the path you walk on.

The Lord is the Good Shepherd of the sheep and we are the sheep of His pasture. The sons and daughters of God are led by the Spirit of God. Our Father is ever leading, as we allow Him, toward His divine plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). I say, “as we allow Him,” not because He is unable to direct our path but because He has given us the option to resist and rebel or to yield, obey, and follow.

The wise man always seeks direction from the Lord prior to the journey.

There is no better map or GPS to guide you along the way.


Hills & Valleys

The God of the Hills . . .

And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the Lord, Because the Syrians have said, The Lord is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the Lord. 1 Kings 20:28 (KJV)

When you and I are on the hilltops of life; when we are standing on the mountain shouting, “Hallelujah!,” it is easy to be a man or woman of faith. Our confession is good, God is good, everything is wonderful. We are healthy, prospering, fulfilled, satisfied, full of joy. Glory! This is the victorious Christian life.

Or is it? When everything is going right and our enemies have scattered it is easy to praise; it is easy to shout the victory, it is easy to say, “I’m more than a conqueror, an overcomer in His sight.”

Beloved, you and I must learn that what we talk on the mountain is the same talk we must talk in the valleys. Our God is the God of the valley just as sure as He is the God of the mountain top. He is well able to keep that which is entrusted to Him. He is our sword, our shield, our ever present help in time of trouble. He, and He alone, is the Lord.

Why can I be so sure that the victory on the mountain will be my portion in the valley? The Lord is the God of the valleys too!

We can say, “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.”

Who is Thou? He is the Lord! He is the Jehovah-jireh of Genesis 22:14, my Provider, Who will manifest my provision. He is Jehovah-nissi of Exodus 17:15, Who is my Altar in the wilderness and my banner of victory.

The God of the Valleys …

He is Jehovah-shalom of Judges 6:24, Who is my cure, wholeness, and peace. He is Jehovah El Elyon of Psalm 83:18, Who is the Most High God Who is over all the earth. He is Jehovah-Sabaoth,, the Lord of armies. He is El Shaddai, the All Sufficient One and the great I Am, that I Am. He is with me!

How then can I fear? My rendition of Psalm 23:4 reads this way: “Yes, though I walk through the apparently inescapable valley of calamity even the shadow of death, I will not be afraid of, nor will I dread any adversity, affliction, calamity, distress or grievous situation or circumstance sent by the evil one: for Thou, the LORD, are always with me; Your rod (Branch, scepter, tribe), as is Your staff (support and sustenance), they comfort (ease) me.”

Whether we are on the mountain top or we are in the valley; God is the same. He changes not. What we must learn to do is speak mountain top words. Speak to the things that are not as though they were. Dead dreams, slaughtered hopes, devastated plans, all will come alive if our words are words we received and spoke on the mountain tops.

The dream of God seemed hopelessly lost. But, take a look at what God had Ezekiel do: ” And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy … hear the word of the Lord. … ye shall know that I am the Lord … I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise … Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say … So I prophesied as he commanded me …” Eze. 37:3-10

Speak, Prophesy, Say and see the valleys

Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; Luke 3:5 (KJV)