WEEKEND READING – 4-9-22

Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.” Proverbs 29:18 NKJV

Now – I want to take a moment to speak about a current prophesy trend and speak against the fear.
I keep hearing from many sources, get prepared and stock up. Ok – no fear and let us look at this from a biblical stand point and a current event stand point.
First, we have all seen the inflation and supply chain issues. This is the beginning of a famine, one in first world countries so it looks a little different than third world countries. Yes, many of the problems are manmade, but that is not stopping the fact that it is coming. You do not need to be a prophet to see this, you just need to go shopping and you will see the gaps in the stores and the prices going up. Wisdom dictates we should stock up. That is wise.
Now those who are looking at the global economy metrics and are anticipating the mark of the beast. Please do not join the devil in moving things along faster than God. Slow down and think! Truth and clarity. Yes, those things are coming. Yes, they are currently being planned and built and you can find them saying so on the internet – go ahead and search for it. It is easy to find and no one is hiding anything. But it is not yet time for that. It is time for God’s move, revival, and awakening. Those things much come. We can pray they are slowed down so that more can be saved, which is our job: Pray it is slowed and pray for more souls saved.
Now, does the famine (being that it is manmade) have anything to do with the beast system? In the world’s design, probably – in the Spirit no. The beast system caused a problem they intend to come in and fix it with the beast system, which is completely biblical. In the Spirit, God’s design is to use this to ignite His church, to shake the very ground they walk on and to move mountains and spread the good news for a great harvest. Because only our ALL POWERFUL GOD HAVESTS IN A FAMINE!
This is not time to stock up, run for the hills, bunker down and wait for the rapture. This is time to stock up so you have food to feed the people coming to the banquet feast of the Lord!  He has prepared a table in the presence of our enemy. And where is this preparation coming from? It comes from Joseph – because where there is a famine, God has a (or many) Josephs!
Are you called to be a Joseph? I want to be. I see the plan and I say, “Here I am use me Lord.” But right now I am literally praying for bread daily. I have a struggling business (which the Lord gave me and I steward well – but if you have been following my story, I am going through a Job season and have lost so much, and everything that remains is diminished or held back. I was even sick to the point of death. But I shall not curse God and die. This is a testimony for another time.) The point is I have nothing to stock and prepare. And having so little, what I do have I am planting back into the kingdom of God as led by the Spirit. The point is you may be a ‘have-not’, and for whatever reason, you cannot set aside for the future. That is ok. Give to God now, give what you can as your worship – you cannot out give God. God will multiply it and you will be cared for in your time of need. AND if you are called to be a Joseph and stock up for the future – please understand it is your calling and do so unto God as your worship. Gather what you can and as much as you can, asking God to direct your every step. God will multiply it and you, (and your household, your friends, church and community) will be fed supernaturally from your obedience. It shall be unto you as a testimony to draw all men (women and children) unto God! You will set the table. The feast. Not food for your enemies but food for the repentant and humble. The kingdom of God is at hand.
May God bless you and may you believe He is able, He has promised. This is a time of harvest and feast for us – not famine. Fast and pray now, because soon we shall be feasting.

RELATIONSHIP:

Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.

Do you want to know truth? Be able to discern lies? Know how to figure it all out in these confusing times and have peace? The Bible says Jesus is the truth. I have experienced it and it has changed my life. I was once a hot mess of sin, promiscuity, drug and alcohol use and so much more. But I was lost and when I could not find my way, or find a truth, I numbed it with bad choses. When I found Jesus, and truth – I found peace and deliverance from those things.

If you want a relationship with God without truth you will get the counterfeit, hypocritical Christianity that has kept some of you away for too long. You need truth and relationship. You need to be honest with yourself and God (including honest repentance) and God will reveal truth to you. It becomes the two way, interaction that your relationship with God is built on. This is why Jesus is called the truth, because he is our only way to the Father. 

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

BIBLE READING:

Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the Book of Proverbs chapter 29 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV). 

Happy Is He Who Keeps the Law

29 He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

When the righteous [a]are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.

Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice,
But a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.

The king establishes the land by justice,
But he who receives bribes overthrows it.

A man who flatters his neighbor
Spreads a net for his feet.

By transgression an evil man is snared,
But the righteous sings and rejoices.

The righteous considers the cause of the poor,
But the wicked does not understand such knowledge.

Scoffers set a city aflame,
But wise men turn away wrath.

If a wise man contends with a foolish man,
Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace.

10 The bloodthirsty hate the blameless,
But the upright seek his [b]well-being.

11 A fool vents all his feelings,[c]
But a wise man holds them back.

12 If a ruler pays attention to lies,
All his servants become wicked.

13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:
The Lord gives light to the eyes of both.

14 The king who judges the poor with truth,
His throne will be established forever.

15 The rod and rebuke give wisdom,
But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases;
But the righteous will see their fall.

17 Correct your son, and he will give you rest;
Yes, he will give delight to your soul.

18 Where there is no [d]revelation, the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law.

19 A servant will not be corrected by mere words;
For though he understands, he will not respond.

20 Do you see a man hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21 He who pampers his servant from childhood
Will have him as a son in the end.

22 An angry man stirs up strife,
And a furious man abounds in transgression.

23 A man’s pride will bring him low,
But the humble in spirit will retain honor.

24 Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own life;
He [e]swears to tell the truth, but reveals nothing.

25 The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be [f]safe.

26 Many seek the ruler’s [g]favor,
But justice for man comes from the Lord.

27 An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
And he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.

Footnotes

a.Proverbs 29:2 become great
b.
Proverbs 29:10 Lit. soul or life
c.
Proverbs 29:11 Lit. spirit
d.
Proverbs 29:18 prophetic vision
e.
Proverbs 29:24 Lit. hears the adjuration or oath
f.
Proverbs 29:25 secure, lit. set on high
g.
Proverbs 29:26 Lit. face

MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:

Isaiah 41:10- “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

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Thank you for reading in 2022 – a Year of Wisdom and Salvation
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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