Watch and Pray 19th May 2020

Last night I had a dream that I was standing looking up to the sky praying. The sky was blue with fluffy white clouds. As I looked up I heard the words: “and the clouds rollback” and the clouds moved and a figure came forth. As I awoke I was left in awe.

Although no one knows when Jesus will return, I feel strongly that we must be alert – watching and praying. Attentive to the Holy Spirit’s promptings.

Although we may not see the coming of Jesus in our lifetime, His promises are true and one day it WILL happen. Let us do all we can to bring others to Jesus.

Glimpses of Glory

Let’s look at what other people have captured:

““I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, on the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. And to Him (the Messiah) was given dominion (supreme authority), Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations, and speakers of every language Should serve and worship Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13-14 (AMP)

“Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.” Ezekiel 1:28 (NKJV)

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Matthew 24:30 (NKJV)

“Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.” Mark 13:26 (NKJV)

“Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Luke 21:27 (NKJV)

“Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.” Revelation 1:7 (NKJV)

 It Is Well

I googled the words I’d heard in my dream and was directed to the hymn “It Is Well”, here’s the lyrics that stood out:

“Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,

The sky, not the grave, is our goal;

Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!

Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;

The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,

Even so, it is well with my soul.“1

I have always found the end times confronting, there is so much talk of famine and great wars and suffering and pain…..but my glimpse was filled with Jesus’ glory and in that moment all I felt was great excitement, all that mattered was Jesus!

The hymn, “It Is Well”, was written by Horatio Spafford, a man who had experienced great loss: he lost his 4 year old son to scarlet fever and his four daughters when their ship sank while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. His wife survived the tragedy and sent a telegram asking, ‘what shall I do?’. Horatio rushed to be with his wife and when he passed the spot where his daughters had been lost to the sea words of comfort and hope filled his heart and mind, he  wrote them down and they became part of the hymn.2

What Jesus has done for us brings our hearts much comfort and hope, we need not fear the coming judgement day because we are promised that those who believe in Christ are free from condemnation (see Romans 8:1 but I encourage you to also read all of Romans 8).

Praise Jesus!

My glimpse into Jesus’ coming glory has instilled within me blessed assurance.

He is coming! Until He does let us sing His praises:

“Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the Lord — rejoice in his presence!” Psalms 68:4 (NLT)

Lord I’ll watch!

Lord I’ll watch, with my eyes focused on You and my heart full of praise.

Lord I’ll pray!

Lord I’ll pray ‘let Your Kingdom come, let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’

until my last breath.

Lord I’ll love!

Lord with Your great love resounding in my spirit I’ll touch the lives of those around me.

Lord I’ll declare!

Lord I’ll declare Your grace, Your truth and the glory of Your coming.

Lord I’ll watch

Lord I’ll pray

Lord I’ll love

Lord I’ll declare

Now to God, the only wise One, let glorious endless praises resound through the ages, let us lift Him high through Jesus Christ be the glory forevermore! Amen. (Romans 16:27)

Many blessings, Keona

Here is a YouTube link to the beautiful hymn.

Notes:

Featured image from Pixabay

  1. I found the lyrics at Timeless Truths
  2. To read more on Horatio Spafford’s story go to The Tabernacle Choir.

Doubt

I’ve just finished watching a sermon titled: “Doubt”, 14th April 2019, by Petty Mudzingwa at C3. Petty is a friend of mine and I love her wisdom. I’ve put together the notes from the sermon as well as a few of my own thoughts. I pray that it is a great encouragement to you.

Jesus’ last words: “it is finished” sound like “I am finished”.

Trapped between a mountain and the Red Sea do you:

  • doubt,
  • get discouraged,
  • disappointed
  • or feel deserted?

The 4 d’s: doubt, discouraged, disappointed and deserted.

Sometimes we doubt and question God when:

  • the battles are the roughest and toughest ever fought
  • or when the burdens are the heaviest ever carried
  • or the wait for a prophecy or promises seems unbearable
  • or when pain increases rather than healing coming
  • or when things do not make sense

John the Baptist was doubting Jesus: “When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.”” Matthew 11:2-5 NIV

 “Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves most blessed!”” Matthew 11:6 MSG

John touched Jesus when he baptised Him, John saw the Holy Spirit descend upon Jesus and John heard the voice of God declare: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased and delighted!” (Matthew 3:17b Amplified Bible)

But John couldn’t see any miracle coming, there were no signs of release so his faith was being tested and tried. John reviewed the checklist from Isaiah 61:1-3: “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to”:

  • proclaim good news to the poor
  • bind up the brokenhearted
  • freedom for the captives
  • release from darkness for the prisoners
  • the year of the Lord’s favour
  • the day of vengeance of our God
  • comfort all who mourn
  • beauty instead of ashes
  • joy for mourning
  • garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair

John wasn’t released so how was Jesus the fulfiller of the prophecy? John had unmet needs and started doubting so he sends a message through his disciples to Jesus because John wanted confirmation.

Doubt brings up questions because it requires more information and clarity.

Doubt can result in unbelief.

Jesus knows our struggles and that doubt resolved becomes faith.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God, we need to hear the gospel every day. We all waver and we need to be encouraged and strengthened by someone’s testimony. Which means that we need to share our testimony as well to build other people’s faith, we need to be like Aaron and Hur and hold other’s arms up.

When we’re stuck, we can ask: “When is my breakthrough coming?”

Many others have doubted before us:

  • Sarah doubted becoming a mother
  • Moses doubted being the deliverer
  • John was doubting as he was stuck in prison

We need to find the root cause of the problem – doubt.

James 1:6 explains that when we ask for things with doubt we are thrown about like a stormy sea: “Just make sure you ask empowered by confident faith without doubting that you will receive. For the ambivalent person believes one minute and doubts the next. Being undecided makes you become like the rough seas driven and tossed by the wind. You’re up one minute and tossed down the next.” James 1:6 The Passion Translation

Doubts is like a weight and we need to throw it off so we can press on, see Hebrews 12:1.

FAITH

Live by faith for the just shall live by faith (see Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11 & Hebrews 10:38)

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.” Corrie Ten Boom.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1  NIV

“Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen” Hebrews 11:1 The Passion Translation

Trusting God that when He promises something then He will fulfil it! Walk by faith and not by sight. Decree and Declare!

Jesus has felt forsaken like us so we can readily pray for forgiveness and assistance: “God forgive me for doubting, help me, please remove my doubt and unbelief.” (see Mark 9:23-25).

Trust and obey

Trust and obey and God for He will transform your test into a testimony; your mess into a message; He will take you from the prison to palace; and HE will turn your doubt into confidence and faith!

Jesus is aware of our ‘prison’ situations and can set us free!

Jesus is EVERYTHING we need!

Genesis – He is the Creator

Exodus – He is the Redeemer

Leviticus – He is the Sanctifier

Numbers – He is our Guide

Deuteronomy – He is our Teacher

Joshua – He is the mighty Conqueror

Judges – He gives victory over enemies

Ruth – He is the Kingsman, Lover and Redeemer

1 Samuel – He is the root of Jesse

2 Samuel – He is the Son of David

1 & 2 Kings – He is the King of kings and Lord of lords

1 & 2 Chronicles – He is our Intercessor, our High Priest

Ezra – He is our temple, our house of worship

Nehemiah – He is the mighty wall protecting us from our enemies

Esther – He stands in the gap to deliver us from our enemies

Job – He is the arbitrator who not only understands our struggles, but He does something about them!

Psalms – He is our song, our reason to sing

Proverbs – He is our wisdom helping us make sense of life and live it successfully

Ecclesiastes – He delivers us from vanity

Song of Songs – He is our Lover, our rose of Sharon

Isaiah – He is the mighty Counsellor, Prince of Peace and everlasting Father

Jeremiah – He is the balm of Gilead

Lamentations – He is the forever faithful One, upon whom we can depend!

Ezekiel – He is the One who assures us that dead dry bones shall live again

Daniel – He is the ancient of days, who never runs out of time

Hosea – He is our faithful lover always beckoning us to come back to Him

Joel – He is our refuge keeping us safe in times of trouble

Amos – He is the husbandman whom we can depend on to stand by our side

Obadiah – He is the Lord of the kingdom

Jonah –   He our salvation bringing us back into His will

Micah – He is the judge of the nations, a jealous God

Habakkuk – He is the Holy One

Zephaniah – He is a witness

Haggai – He overthrows enemies

Zechariah – He is the Lord of hosts

Malachi – He is merciful

Matthew – He is the King of the Jews

Mark – He is the servant

Luke – He is the Son of man feeling what we feel

John – He is the Son of God

Acts – He is the Saviour of the world

Romans – He is the righteousness of God

1 Corinthians – He followed Israel

2 Corinthians – He is the triumphant one giving us victory

Galatians – He is our liberty, setting us free

Ephesians – He is the head of the church

Philippians – He is our joy

Colossians – He is our completeness

1 & 2 Thessalonians – He is our hope

1 Timothy – He is our faith

2 Timothy – He is our stability

Titus – He is the Truth

Philemon – He is our benefactor

Hebrews – He is our perfection

James – He is the power behind our faith

1 Peter – He is our example

2 Peter – He is our purity

1 John – He is our life

2 John – He is our pattern

3 John – He is our motivation

Jude – He is the foundation of our faith

Revelations – He is the coming King!

Believe again in the powerful and mighty name of Jesus.

“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

I pray that this sermon encourages and spurs you on.

Many blessings, Keona

 

Notes:

YouTube Sermon link 

Live by faith: The Bible verses noted are from BibleGateway.com. If you would like to read more about this Christian Courier has an article written by Wayne Jackson.

Martin Luther King Jnr: For more quote by Martin Luther King Jnr check out the following links: blog.capterra.com & www.crosswalk.com

Corrie Ten Boom: The quote by Corrie Ten Boom was found at AZ Quotes.