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KNOW TO HIDE

FAITH CAPSULE: Jesus hides for all to know to hide.

Luke 4

The word of God is in the record for all to learn, living life for the glory of God.
The word of God in the record is like a manual for instruction for living life not to fail before God.
The word of God in the record is like a mirror for looking, to address or re-address one’s dressing not to become ashamed but to live life for the glory of God.
Romans 15:4 records, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
Are you giving yourself to the word of God, receiving directions for the journey of life?
Jesus, our Lord, and savior did not expose Himself for the temptation of the devil when He hides in the record word of God. The Bible records that, after forty days of Jesus’ fasting, the devil approached Jesus three times to tempt Jesus, at first the devil said, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” (Luke 4:3) Jesus responded to the devil with the record of God’s word as His hiding place not to fall for the devil, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’” (Luke 4:4) 
The testimonies of Jesus’ hiding are for all to learn from the record of God’s word not to expose for wicked ones. 
Jesus does not need to hide.
With understanding and knowledge, the record of Jesus’ hide in the word of God to stand against the temptation of Satan.
The record first of three temptations attempt of Satan against Jesus, as recorded failed (just as the other two temptations failed) because Jesus hides in the record word of God quoting against Satan.
Just as Jesus hides in the record word of God, quoting against the Satan, physically, He also hid from wicked one’s attempt not to become hurt or derail His plan of God.
The Bible records how Jesus hides physically not because there is no way for Him to avoid the evil agenda but for all to know and understand that hiding is not evidence of weakness but wisdom.
The bible records Jesus’ physical hiding in the face of wicked agenda, “Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.” (John 8:59)
Keeping to the record of God’s word will keep one from untimely termination by evil agenda. 
Are you a simple believer, a prudent one?
Provers 14:15 speaks to all, “The simple believes every word, But the prudent considers well his steps.”
With understanding, “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.” (Proverbs 22:3)
Keep the word of God (testimonies of God) diligently not to become a victim of the wicked world.
Jesus hides and all should know to hide.

Prayer for today: Ask to give entrance for God’s word into your life, to live life by God’s word.

TRUST AND HOPE

FAITH CAPSULE: Waiting on God is rooted in having trust and hope on God.

Psalm 40

Waiting on God for the manifestation of expectation is not wasting time, but believing in the word of God. Word of God might sound foolish to man but never fail to deliver those who believe in His word. (1 Corinthians 1:21) 
The word of God demands to ask, seek and knock in times of waiting before God. To be Asking, Seeking, Knocking before God is evidence of having faith in God, by looking up to Jesus.
Hebrews 12:2 records, “looking unto Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus the author of our faith speaks to all, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
For receiving an answer to a question, waiting on God demands trust and hope by asking, seeking and knocking before God. 
When there is no waiting on God, man always rushes away for God’s answer and turn to waste. 
King Saul could not wait as instructed and it was accounted to him as disobedient. 
To obey and wait is to trust and hope on God.
Waiting for God is giving attention to a jealous God. Psalmist admonishes, “Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed…” (Psalm 25:3) 
A believer in God must understand to wait and endure period. 
Waiting on God can experience a delay but never a waste of time. 
God testified about David when Saul failed to wait on God. God spoke through Samuel for Saul’s disobedience, “But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” (1 Samuel 13:14) David knows the heart of God to understand what it means as he consistently obeyed by waiting on God before making moves. 
The bible recorded about a prodigal son that could not know to wait for God’s timing, “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.” (Luke 15:11-13) 
Younger son could not wait for God’s appointed time to receive a portion of good that falls to him. Indirectly, the prodigal son made move outside of God’s timing for his life because he could not wait. 
At all time, in all time do not make haste but waiting in trust and hope before God that acts to wait for those that wait on Him

Prayer for today:  Ask God for mercy to reverse irreversible move of not waiting on His direction in the journey of your life.

HEART TO FEAR GOD

FAITH CAPSULE: Give the heart to fear God.

Psalm 34

Living life in the fear of God is taking a position not to fail in the journey of life.
To fear God is rooted in giving attention to God’s word by inclining ear, keeping God’s word in the depth of heart not just in the head.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 identifies the importance to live life in the fear of God, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.”
Are you one that keeps the word of God in the head with no space for the word of God in the heart?
It is the will of God for all to fear God and know to train children to live life in the fear of God.
Is it your desire to fear God and to train your children, the fear of God?
Deuteronomy 4:10 admonishes all, “…Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.”
Know and understand to fear God in every way of life, it is the conclusion of the whole matter.
The word of God that speaks to one speaks to all to fear God for the ways of living life as Job 28:28 records, “…And to man, He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding…” Jeremiah 10:7, “Who would not fear You, O King of the nations? For this is Your rightful due. For among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like You. “
Who will not fear God? 
One that does not fear God will not abide in His command, to dwell in the presence of God.
Word identifies what it means to be in the presence of God with those who fear God: “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy.” (Psalm 33:18)
“The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.” (Psalm 34:7-9)
“And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation.” (Luke 1:50)
Let the fear of God keep you under the eyes of God.
Your determination to fear God is the desire that can disappoint you because it is not the power of God. In life, in the place of determination, it is only the prayer before God (power of God) that will not disappoint.
Imagine Peter’s relationship with Jesus, with his determination not to disappoint Jesus but denied Jesus, the evidence of failure determination. Jesus prayed against Peter’s failure, “…But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail…” (Luke 22:32) 
Give yourself to prayer, that the fear of God becomes established in your hearts not to depart from God.

Prayer for today: Ask that you want to live life in the fear of God.

JANUARY 2020 FAITH-MAIL

2020 THE YEAR OF KEEPING GOD’S TESTIMONIES

The word of God is His command, His statutes, and His testimonies for all man.
Living God-given life, keeping the testimonies of God will provoke the blessings of God.
One with desires of the blessing of God should diligently keep the testimonies of God. The word of God speaks to all, “You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, His testimonies, and His statutes which He has commanded you.” (Deuteronomy 6:17)
Is it your desire to experience the blessings of God in these coming days, New Year? 
Keeping the testimonies of God is seeking God to receive the blessings of God.
What you keep in the word of God (testimony of God) will keep you and become of you as the blessings of God.
Psalm 119:2 encourages, “Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!”
The promise of God does not return to God void.
Live life by the word of God that does not return void.
This season of yours, regardless of your challenges, you will gain God’s attention by keeping His testimonies, and will not become a victim of a wicked world.
One with understanding and knowledge to be confessing, speaking to the year as, “the year of keeping God’s testimony” shall not fail but will experience the blessing of God.
Calling your year “the year of keeping God’s testimony” will keep your focus, meditating testimonies of God, to do according to God’s word not to be a failure in the year journey.
Keeping the testimonies of God also extends to addressing negative challenges as a positive challenge to call for God’s intervention.
For example, David’s keeping of God’s testimony over his life encouraged him to fight Goliath and provoked the blessing of God for him to win and became the leader of his people.
David’s testimony of God that provoked the blessing of God’s victory for David records, “Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!” (1 Samuel 17:37) David kept the testimonies of God over his life, he confesses positively against negative, to fight the Goliath, ignoring discouragement not to fight.
The testimony of God’s deliverance for David at his battle against Goliath was the blessing of victory for David over Goliath.
God promises that the BLESSED ones are those who KEEP His testimonies.
In the journey of a new year, continually call the year as, the year of keeping God’s testimony, to remind you to do right before God with the expectation of God’s blessing.
Also, just like David, when you keep God’s testimonies to remember in the face of confronting challenges, expect God’s visitation for His blessing of victory over confronting challenges in your life, to the glory of God.
Call 2020 as your year of keeping God’s testimonies, His blessings will not fail. 
Keeping the testimonies of God will be meditating the word of God.
Meditating the word God continually is communicating with God not to miss His presence.
The word of God identifies keeping His testimonies in Joshua 1:8, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
Keeping God’s testimonies by meditating on His word is set to gain the blessing of God’s success.
In the journey of life, the year 2020, give self to testimonies of God by meditating on His word continually.
The Bible identifies some happenings the result of meditating the word of God:
Psalm 77:6, “… I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search.”
Psalm 77:12, “I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds.”
Psalm 145:5, “I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works.”
1 Timothy 4:15, “Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.”
The word of God is God.
The word of God is His command, is His statutes, is His testimonies and one that will live life by keeping the word of God, meditating the word of God will experience the blessings of God.
Keep the testimonies of God to experience the blessing of God.

QUESTION WITH FAITH

FAITH CAPSULE: For God’s calling, are you questioning His calling without faith?
God called Abraham, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Genesis 22:2) God asked for Abraham’s only son, whom he loves, to be used for a burnt offering.
Abraham did not question the calling of God for his son.
Are you questioning the calling of God?
Questioning God’s calling with faith can be acceptable before God but questioning God’s calling with doubt is not acceptable before God.
For example, with faith, Samuel questioned God’s calling when he was sent by God, to go and anoint David as King when Saul was the king of the people. 
1Samuel 16:2-3 records Samuel’s question and God’s response, “But the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you.” 
God answered Samuel’s question.
Without faith, are you questioning God’s calling over your life?
Abraham did not question the calling of God but answered fully to God’s calling over his life.
The Bible records, “Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.” (Genesis 22:4)
Abraham did not complain over the calling of God in his life.
The Israelites did not question the calling of God to the Promised Land but failed because of their complaint.
The Israelites’ complaint converted eleven days’ journey to forty years journey. The book of Deuteronomy 1:2-3 testifies, “It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea. Now it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month that Moses spoke to the children of Israel according to all that the Lord had given him as commandments to them.” 
Questioning God without faith or complaining before God can be rooted in careless thought or talking. 
The Bible records against talking carelessly, “…let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” (James 1:19) Careless talking can lead to complaining before God.
Abraham kept his cool and focused on God’s command. It must have been a difficult and challenging journey for him yet he kept on going through without complaint. 
Abraham gave a reasonable sacrifice to God. 
Abraham released Isaac unto God in each step of his response to God’s command.
Abraham demonstrated that he loved God with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his strength. 
God declared Abraham as one who feared Him.  
In the journey of life, the calling of God, there is a beginning and end. When God calls you, answer obediently with trust and hope to arrive at God’s calling, just like Abraham.

Prayer for today: Ask God to give you a heart of faith in all your thought and action.