Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
Isaiah 40:31 NASB
“Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians ‘? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” Exodus 14:12
God through Moses freed the Israelites from 400 years of slavery. However when the Israelites finally received their freedom, they began to moan and complain because they were currently in “The Wilderness”
See God promised the Israelites he would free them and deliver them to the “Promise Land”, however in order to get to that Promise Land they need to first travel through the Wilderness.
How about your current journey with God, is he taking you through “The Wilderness”? Are you looking back at your old life and saying “I rather stay there and die”, . God has promised us a “Promise Land” also and it’s the New Heavens and Earth (Revelation 21) , stay focused with God and he will deliver You
The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.” Exodus 14:14
The struggle in “The Wilderness” was real, this was going to be a long journey through a barren land. However this was the best route for the Israelites to take, because if they took the short route through Philistine country they would have been destroyed (Exodus 13:17)
God knows our needs, and he knew the needs of the Israelites. He provided them food and water in the desert. He delivered them from the hands of Pharaoh and the Egyptian army. He will deliver you also just keep your faith in Christ
But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:17-18
You were once a slave to Sin and death, but Christ has freed you from this slavery as the Israelites were freed also. You are going through your journey into the Wilderness on your way to the Promised Land (Heaven), put your trust and faith in Jesus Christ, the Way Amen!
Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of the LORD, Intoxicating all the earth. The nations have drunk of her wine; Therefore the nations are going mad. Jeremiah 51:7
Here the Prophet Jeremiah prophecies about the “Fall of Babylon” , now many probably misinterpreted this to mean the literal Babylon that was oppressing Israel during this time. But this is partly the case, we also see another Babylon in Revelation, so whats going on here?
The word Babylon means confusion. It all started at the Tower of Babel by Nimrod who wanted to be God and create a Kingdom himself. God obviously stopped this movement, and scattered them across the world in confusion.
The Next Babylon during Jeremiahs days, would take over Jerusalem and destroy the Holy Temple. But Jeremiah was also speaking of a “Spiritual Babylon” that we see in the Book of Revelation.
And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality.” Revelation 14:8
Notice we see in the prophecies from Jeremiah and Revelation that “Babylon” has made the entire world drunk. This evil empire would get the entire world to follow its agenda. This agenda would be filled with immorality, does this sound familiar? Do you see evil agendas created by the system today?
But take note, God will destroy this evil empire. Spiritual Babylon will come to ruins, and when it does everyone who is drunk on her immorality will mourn. Don’t follow the Beast, follow the King of Kings and Lord of Lords Jesus Christ.
In the end Christ will reign forevermore, while all evil will be thrown into the Lake of Fire Halleluiah to the Lamb of God Amen!
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 NASB
And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:5
A paralyzed man heard that the Messiah , Jesus Christ , was coming to his town. He had faith and knew Jesus was the Son of God. So he had a couple of men carry him to the home where Jesus was preaching at. When they got there the home was so packed with people, they couldn’t even get to the front door.
So this mans faith and determination led them to carry him to the top of the house and lower him through the roof. Jesus saw his faith and said something strange, Your Sins Are Forgiven!
What could this possibly mean? Did this man sin cause his physical disability? No , Jesus came to give us the Permanent Cure not a temporary fix. Not only did Jesus heal the man, but he gave him Eternal Life!
Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone Mark 2:7
The religious leaders are outraged! Who does this man think he is? Only God can forgive sin! This is exactly what Jesus was revealing to everyone! If God can only forgive Sin and Jesus forgave Sin, its an easy conclusion to come to
“Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk ‘? Mark 2:9
Which do you prefer Jesus to say? You are Healed or Your Sins are Forgiven? Jesus has the power and authority to do both. Jesus not only provided this man with a temporary fix of healing but he gave him the permanent cure of eternal life by atonement for his sins!
Call Upon The Great Physician, Jesus Christ, to give you the Permanent Cure Amen!
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
Psalms 34:19 NASB
My people have become lost sheep; Their shepherds have led them astray. They have made them turn aside on the mountains; They have gone along from mountain to hill And have forgotten their resting place. Jeremiah 50:6
Even after all the disobedience and rebellion by Gods people, he still has love and compassion for them. God compared his people as “Lost Sheep” This is a common theme and comparison throughout the Bible. But notice God says “Their shepherds have led them astray”
The word “Pastor” is derived from the word Shepherd. These shepherds God is referring to are the “High Priests” and religious leaders. They continually lied about fake prophecies and allowed heresies to invade their assemblies which tainted the people
“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. John 10:11
Jesus is The Good Shepherd, he is our High Priest. He wont deceive or lead us astray. In fact he loves us enough to lay down his life for us to forgive our sins. If you follow Jesus you wont be led astray, because he is the only way to God and eternal life
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Notice at the end of the Jeremiah scripture it also says, “they have forgotten their resting place” Where is our resting place? Jesus is our Rest, Jesus is our Sabbath. Don’t forget The Lord or you will be seeking Rest for your soul
We were all Lost Sheep, listen to the Good Shepherd and come home to the Father in Jesus Name Amen!
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
Galatians 6:7 NASB
Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Mark 1:41
Heres a story of a man with leprosy, a skin disease that causes physical deformation. During the First Century Jewish culture, people who were disabled or physically ill were considered “Cursed by God’ and banished from society. This man is an outcast, but hes seeking the One who set the captives Free
He finds Jesus and begs to him “If you are willing, You can make me Clean”. Why is this man pursuing Jesus? Why is he on his knees? Because he knows Jesus is the Messiah (Christ), he has faith that Jesus can heal him
Jesus was moved with compassion, Jesus cares about us and knows what we are feeling. Jesus, the Son of God, became human to die for our sins. He knows our pain and suffering, he knows the fear and anxiety you feel.
and He said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” Mark 1:44
After Jesus healed the man with leprosy, he told him to go tell the high priests as a testimony. What is your testimony? What did Jesus heal you from? Did you tell anyone? Our testimonies are the greatest evidence of the gospel of Christ!
Jesus is willing to make you clean, come to him and ask for forgiveness in Jesus Name Amen!