Saturday, February 27, 2016
"But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron,'Because you did trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land that I give them."-Numbers 20:12
Ouch!! That had to sting. Here the people's need has been meet, but at such a high price. God just told them that because of their disobedience, they are not allowed to walk into God's promise. God did not tell them to strike the rock, for He likes to show up in different ways then they were used to, but Moses was more concerned about himself to give God the honor that he rightfully deserved. He choose to strike out of comfort rather than speak out of commitment. He gave up his place in the promise because he thought God too small to do a miracle in a way not shown before.
Have you ever been so close to your promise that you can almost see it, yet you act out of fear and settle for provision instead of waiting for promise? The people freaked out because they would have to go a little while without in order to get so much more, yet they could not get over their own thirst to make it that long. God is in the miracle business, but he likes to change things up a little. He asked Moses to do a simple task, Speak, don't strike, but Moses lost his promise because he refused to trust God to provide.
"What do I say? What is it that God wants me to speak in order to get water out of this rock?" It could something as simple as "Rock, spring forth with water", or maybe it is simply declaring your promise over your situation, If God has promised you "Canaan", declare it, speak it, make it so. Don't settle for the temporary, but declare the eternal. God knows what He is doing, give him the Honor he deserves to follow through with what he said.
Adam Semple- A young man on a mission from God.
Saturday, February 20, 2016
"For the Lord Most High is Awesome, the great king over all the Earth"-Psalms 47:2.
"You, God, are Awesome in your sanctuary: the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!"- Psalms 68:35
Why do we doubt that God knows what he is doing? Why do we question if He is even listening to our prayers? It is because we have forgotten that Our God is Awesome. I don't care that I have said a thousand times, I will say it a thousand more to make sure these words get deep down into my spirit. God is bigger than all of our problems and dilemmas. That mountain that has hindered you in the past, it is going to be moved in such powerful ways, that even the people around you will be full of aw. Google defines awesome as this: breathtaking, magnificent, awe-inspiring, mind-boggling, mind-blowing and marvelous, just to name a few. My God is all that and a bag of chips. Our language is not capable of fully describing the awe of the our Father in Heaven. HE IS AWESOME!!!!!
Tell a friend, shout it to the world. "Guess what world, My God is Awesome. No mountain in my path can survive, no army that opposes can stand. Hear this Satan. Nothing you throw at me will knock me down, because I have the Awesome god fighting in my corner. You have had your fun, but now, its God's turn, and he is coming in swinging. Every place you thought you had control over, just wait. He is coming with a double-edged sword, and he is going to strike down every stronghold you have once occupied. You can't touch me. You can't have my family. You can't steal my joy. You can't destroy my future. I serve an Awesome God who is about to kick you sorry tail back to hell where it came from, and this time, there will be no escape for you. Have fun in the lake, because my God has already conquered you, and there is nothing you can do about it."
Don't worry about your situation. If God has promised it, he will do it, in his timing, and in a way that only he could. You want to know why? Because your God is Awesome, and he will never let you down.
"My God is Awesome"- Charles Jenkins, Fellowship Chicago
Adam Semple- A Young Man on a Mission
*photo credit- saltlightandwitnesses.wordpress.com
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Adam Semple- A young man on a mission from God
*photo credit- Gandalf- Lord of the Rings
Friday, February 5, 2016
Every family across the world is like a fruitcake. You have your good fruits, your bad fruits, and then you have some nuts. You know who I am talking about. The nut is that person who does crazy things all the time. Not crazy like adventurous, but crazy crazy. In our journey called life, we come across nuts all the time. The health nut, the fitness nut, the business nut, just to name a few. The one I want to focus on is the religious nut. Now i am not talking about the religious judgemental nuts. The religious nuts I am referring to are people who follow God wholeheartedly, even when the atmosphere around them tells them not to. What would happen to us nuts if we faithfully stuck to what God has spoken? Imagine you are a squirrel preparing for winter. You spend the months leading up to it storing away nuts to help you survive the cold. You bring in a whole tree full of various nuts and when winter comes upon you, you are ready for it. but what if during the winter, you forget where some nuts have been stored, and the next thing you know, spring is upon you, and all these new trees begin sprouting in the places you buried food. Hold on a second. Where did this sprout come from? Was this not only a small nut before white rain covered the ground and it was lost? This can't be my stockpile. Plot twist. It is. That little acorn that was once small and looked over, is now on its way to become a mighty oak in God's forest. This nut stood firm against the harsh winter storms. The cold nights buried under the surface. The constant searching from its hidder. But now, Spring is in the air. The birds are chirping. New life is springing up left and right. This little acorn has begun to blossom into something far bigger than it could have ever imagined.
"and provide for those who grieve in Zion--to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor."- Isaiah 61:3
Have you ever looked at an oak tree and assumed that it just showed up out of the blue overnight. Of course not. Trees of that magnitude take time and effort to become the spectacle before you. Just like the oak, every acorn takes time. Sure it might seem like it is taking forever for you to spring up, or maybe you have sprung a little and you are not growing at the rate you feel you should. DON"T GIVE UP. Keep yourself planted by the living water and even when the growth is stopped unintentionally. When you dig your roots directly into the soil by the waters, you will begin to see bigger, more fuller fruit than when you are in thin soil lacking the nutrients necessary for growth.
"They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes:its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."- Jeremiah 17:8
After the growth and the nurturing, the storms that come upon you have little effect on your walk. You are strong, and mighty, and your roots are so deep in the ground that the winds howling around them don't even make you quiver.
Stick to what God has commanded and your small acorn self will blossom into a mighty oak of righteousness that stood its ground.
Adam Semple- A young man on a mission from God