The Birth Pangs of Faith


“Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery?” says the LORD. Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb?” says your God.
Isaiah 66:9

The Bible uses the process of childbirth as a metaphor of a trial, whereby, He is the One who delivers.

 “Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said,
“With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.” Genesis 4:1

Notice in the above verse Eve explains how the Lord helped her through the process of giving birth. Even though God made childbirth more difficult for Eve, He did not abandon her but was right there to help deliver her child.  

The trials in a believer’s life or initiated or allowed by God for a specific reason and purpose- to bring forth good fruit or a good result. Sometimes it is even a result of an answer to our prayer.  Since he created the process, he has purposed it and that purpose sometimes test our faith. Do we believe if He is the one who has allowed or initiated the pain in our trial, He is also faithful to deliver?  The wonderful thing about any pain we experience in Christ,  it is accompanied with His Grace. And when we don’t look for ways to escape it, but focus on Him, we enter His rest, by letting go, allowing God to do the rest.
(Psalm 34:4)

And what a blessing it is to have God’s blessing placed directly in our arms gazing back at us, face to face, touching His faithfulness. 

When a woman is expecting she also knows at the end of her pregnancy there will be the time when birth will require suffering. But she has joy because her child will be born, and this momentary suffering will produce the love of her life. But if she tries to escape it, she only postpones it and there is a suffering that will not strengthen but weaken her maternal faith.
(James 1:1-2)

Jesus knew that His sacrifice would require tremendous suffering and He would even be alone, as everyone deserted Him. But there was no greater anguish then when He mourned the separation from God. He, alone, took upon Himself the sins of the world, making it possible for everyone who believes, to be born, again.
(Matthew 27:46, John 3:3)

 “…………….For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

When Eve gave birth to Cain, her first child, she did not suffer alone. She testified that “with the help of the Lord she brought forth her child.” Neither in childbirth nor our trials are we ever alone. All we have to do is call on our Savior Who is faithful to deliver, at the right time and way when in faith we let fear go.

See the Fruit of My Trials


Scripture References:
Isaiah 66:9
Hebrews 12:2
Genesis 4:1
James 1:1-2
Matthew 27:46
John 3:3



 

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The Kingdom of God


 


“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

Christ spoke about God’s Kingdom and throughout the old and new testaments it is mentioned many times. So I reflected on this as I was interceding for this nation, and became distraught.  For the days are evil, and the United States of America has been transferred into corrupt and evil hands. I have never interceded so intensely or so long as during the last four years of President Trump’s administration.  And although this is important to God for us to intercede for our country and our leaders, He has also, reminded me that every s government will one day pass away while God’s government and sovereignty will remain forever.  So my priority in intercession has been adjusted – to bring as many into the Kingdom of God, in these last days, whereby Christ reigns, and we can enjoy His peace and counsel today and forevermore. 

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
 Isaiah 9:6

So how do we pray- as the Lord’s prayer demonstrates, we pray, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  This is the first petition mentioned in the Lord’s prayer, which Christ taught His disciples- Not putting our personal petitions first, but the earnest plea that God take over in His sovereignty ruling the nations as He rules heaven.  For God is patient to await the salvation of all who will be saved, before He sweeps the earth clean of its wickedness and establishes His eternal physical kingdom which He promises to come.
(Matthew 6: 5-15, 2 Peter 3:9)

However, the Kingdom of God presently, exists, not physically, but as a spiritual dwelling, whereby, all who come to faith in Jesus Christ shall enter. 

“Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” John 3:3

“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 5:19-20

It is clear that only those who are righteous may enter the Kingdom of God and righteousness does not come about by our good deeds, but by faith in the only one who is righteous and makes us righteous by our faith in His shed blood.
(Ephesians 2:8-9)

The result of faith in Christ, however, will result in good works, because abiding in Jesus Christ will always produce His fruit. 
(John 15: 1-4)

When Nicodemus inquired of Jesus concerning salvation, Jesus told him he would have to be “born again” in order to enter the Kingdom of God.  He could not enter as he was, but would have to be spiritually changed, having God’s divine nature instead of his sinful one. (John 3)

*How does this come about that one can be born spiritually and then enter God’s Kingdom where God’s Holy Spirit dwells with us, in us and upon us?  It is by His Holy Spirit we become new creatures in Christ Jesus.  New creatures require a new place to dwell, for the old is no longer adequate, and must pass away.
(2 Corinthians 5, Mark 2:22)

 *“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Jesus would say things like the “Kingdom of God is at hand”, and ‘’you are not far from the kingdom of God”, which testifies of a spiritual place not a physical one.
(Mark 1:15)

After the earth is cleansed and all wickedness is swept away, God will establish His physical Kingdom where Christ and His bride- the Church will reign one thousand years.  And during this time all the people who survive the great tribulation will come and learn about God and be taught His ways.  Then the deceiver will be loose for a time, once again making war against God and His People, by gathering the nations, and all that join him in this last rebellion will be destroyed. The end will then come, whereby, the dead will be resurrected to stand before God to be judged according to their deeds and those names not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will enter hell, where they have no rest from the punishment for their sins, because they refused God’s mercy and salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.
(Romans 2: 5-8, Revelation 20, Acts 4:12, Proverbs 14:12).

Then God, will create a new heaven and a new earth where those who love Him and His Kingdom, will be with Him forever and ever.
(Revelation 21:1-4)

So, instead of focusing on one nation and one man, should we not be praying for a revival that will sweep across all the nations revealing Jesus Christ; a great harvest before the coming of the Lord, a global repentance, beginning first with the Body of Christ.

“For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”  1 Peter 4:17

 

 

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Rebirthing Our Nation


Jesus told Nicodemus when he inquired of Him that in order to enter the Kingdom of God and receive eternal life, He would need to be born again, spiritually.
Then He told him how.
(John 3)

“For God so love the world, He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life”
John 3:16.

Jesus also explained to a Samaritan woman he met at a well, that it was not where we worship Him that matters, but how we worship Him is what is important, and the Father’s desire is that we worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
(John 4: 1-26)

These truths are found in God’s Word, but because we no longer teach them in our schools and have allowed unbelievers to take our right to worship God anywhere and in our way and also to pray, many of our youth do not know they are in bondage and through faith in God’s Son, can be set free.
(John 8:36)

 Columbus and Abraham’s Calling

Christopher Columbus’ ambition was not for gold or glory which the last 4 generations have been told, but rather in his own words it was to receive God’s commission to spread the gospel throughout the world. His passion in sailing to unknown territory, finding new lands were not founded upon greed but rather His faith:

It was the Lord who put it into my mind to sail to the Indies.  The fact that the gospel must be preached to so many lands-that is what convinced me.” Christopher Columbus

“No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service.”[i]  Christopher Columbus

 Doesn’t sound like someone seeking glory for himself, does it? It reminds me of a patriarch named Abraham who was also called to journey from home to an unknown land, not for his glory, but for those whom God would give as an inheritance- the Promise Land. Neither Columbus nor Abraham saw those lands except through their eyes of faith.[ii] And neither one enjoyed the freedoms and liberties God promised to those who would inherit the bounty resulting from their obedience.  But they trusted God and now many have experienced God’s salvation and the freedoms known in Christ.

The Pilgrims’ Calling and Pursuit

November 11th is a historical date and providential time for our nation, for on the 11th of this month 400 years ago, in 1620, a handful of pilgrims, after landing at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts dedicated themselves as a people to worship God in spirit and truth and be a light to others in sharing His gospel wherever it  might be.

What catapulted the Mayflower 400 years ago to discover unknown territory through distant seas?  It was their passion for God and the desire to escape tyrannical governments robbing them of the right to worship their God in spirit and in truth. So much was their faith a reality, they were willing to give up their lives to worship the One Who had set them free. Free from what, you may ask. Free from the wages of sin which is death and a life of misery. (Romans 6:23, Romans 8:1)

The Founding Father’s Calling and Pursuit

 On July 4th 1776, the dream of Columbus and the Pilgrims to spread the gospel through distant lands became a reality at the birth of a new nation under God.  The name of that new nation was America- the United States. On that day, the umbilical cord was severed from the tyranny of England, and a new nation was established for freedom endowed by our creator.

The Christian Patriots Calling and Pursuit

But presently, as a nation created for the propagation of the gospel, we have lost our way, immorality and the falling away from the faith which permeated our Constitution. Our Republic which inspired our children has been corrupted by those seeking a power of their own. The very thing we fought to be delivered, has crept in and eroded our schools, our courts, and  the knowledge of God. However, just as Jesus said spiritually, we would need to be born again in order to enter the Kingdom of God, our nation as well with sincere repentance and God’s law restored,  we too, as a nation of believers and with a revival and spiritual awakening,  can be renewed.

 

References

[i] Columbus’ Faith

[ii] Abraham’s Faith

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