But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. (Mt 19:30)
Are there ‘BUT’S’ in your life keeping you from trusting and obeying God fully?
It is better to start off bad and end up good than the other way around. The Biblical case in point is the life of King Solomon who had everything going for him. He had a good start in a big way, which really meant nothing because of his bad ending, and how he was dethroned by God. The wisest king of the world’s empire in his time ended up as the most foolish king of all time, who left a poor legacy for the nation of Israel to the present day. His two ‘BUT’S’:
“BUT SOLOMON was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.” (1Kings 7:1)
“BUT king Solomon (defiantly) loved many foreign women: the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites (1Kings 11:1) . . .He had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines; and his wives turned away his heart from God.” (AMP vs 2-3)
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The Lord recently impressed upon me to share with you some of the many things that He has spoken and taught me in time past regarding words of ‘edification, exhortation, and of comfort’ (1Cor14:3).
As the Gospel of John reveals, particularly chapters 14, 15, and 16, we learn of the ministry of the Holy Ghost who Jesus said He would send ‘to be with us, and be in us’ (Jn14:17).
The Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth’s responsibility or job, is to ‘teach us all things and bring all things to our remembrance’ (Jn14:26). Jesus said ‘he shall testify of me’ (Jn15:26); He shall ‘guide us into all truth and show us things to come, and He will glorify me’ (Jn16:13).
Here are words which the Holy Spirit spoke to me that will encourage and bless you. They are from my journal, dated 3-31-03, 2 months before our large home was sold. It took nearly a year to sell our 9 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath tri-level home. When we moved into a condo in the city we were free without being encumbered, to continue our mission work in the Philippines which we had begun in 2000. This is what the Holy Spirit told me and I wrote it down:
“Be still and know that I am God. For the Lord is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask and believe Him to do. He that is Mighty has done great things even today as He did yesterday, and will also do tomorrow. For there is no good thing that He will withhold from those who fear Him and seek Him daily.
Though the enemy would assail you, he will not touch you or do you any harm and in fact, will shamefacedly slink away because you have withstood him by your faith, the blood of Jesus, and the Word from God Himself.
No weapon formed against you will prosper is a ‘thus saith the Lord’ to you personally. For greater is He that is in YOU than he that prowls the earth with his evil intentions and devices.
You will be on TOP and not on the bottom; you will RISE UP and not be fallen down. You will be VICTORS and not victims; you will have a GOOD REPORT and not a bad one.
For the Lord will give you a tremendous testimony of His love and grace that will give Him glory and bless many people. It will testify of His faithfulness and of His calling people out unto Himself, to be LED of Him, to SERVE Him, to be USED of Him in this final end time work.
We will see and speak to people who have like testimonies as well, for God is calling out a people to seek another kingdom to live and rule in with Him. It will be a kingdom that will be everlasting, with no end, with peace that surpasses understanding and where God will live with His people. And there will be no lack, for God will satisfy every need, every longing of man’s heart, everything that man did not find fulfillment in on earth.”
“But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Holy Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth. He will not speak His own message, but what He hears from the Father as given to Him, and He will tell you of things to come” (John 16:13 paraphrased AMP BIBLE)
“. . .he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort” (1Cor 14:3).
GOD BLESS YOU!