More with us than against us ( Joseph Prince Meditate Devotional)

*Joseph Prince Meditate Devotional *

“Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.””
‭‭II Kings‬ ‭6:16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

More with Us than against Us

In the days of the prophet Elisha, the king of Syria seized upon an opportunity to capture Elisha who was in the city of Dothan. He mobilized a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city one night. He wasn’t prepared to take any risk of the prophet escaping.

Early the next morning in Dothan, when Elisha’s servant went outside, he saw troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. He and Elisha were completely surrounded by enemy forces intent on killing them. The servant flew into a state of panic and cried out to Elisha, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” (2 Kings 6:15).

Put yourself in the shoes of Elisha’s servant. You (and I) would probably have been filled with fear too. But here’s where I want you to pay close attention, because there is a powerful truth I want you to catch. Without faltering, Elisha calmly told his servant, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (2 Kings 6:16).

I can just imagine how the servant must have felt. There was absolutely no logic in what Elisha had just said. There were just the two of them against a whole army! Had his master gone mad?

Before the servant could work himself into an even greater panic, Elisha prayed a simple prayer: “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see” (2 Kings 6:17). And the Lord opened the eyes of the servant. Then he saw that the hillside all around them was filled with blindingly magnificent horses and chariots of fire. God’s army of angels was flanking them on every side, ablaze with the glory, beauty, and majesty of the Most High. As the servant marveled, he realized that the Syrian forces were utterly dwarfed by the angelic army.

Why had the young servant been fearful while Elisha was fearless? The answer is this: They saw different things. The young man saw the great Syrian army. But Elisha saw an even greater angelic army on chariots of fire. Elisha had spiritual insight.

My dear reader, would you commit the above Scripture to heart? If you are in a constant fight with fear, meditate on this Scripture and fortify your heart with this promise. Whether you find yourself besieged by debts, attacked by what doctors call a terminal illness, or constantly anxious over the safety of your children, remember this powerful verse. The God of angelic armies is with you. No weapon formed against you shall prosper (see Isa. 54:17)!

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version ®.

Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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From Joseph Prince Mediate Devotional

“For God made the only one who did not know sin to become sin for us, so that we who did not know righteousness might become the righteousness of God through our union with him.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭TPT‬‬

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

The Cross Has Made a Difference

Under the old covenant, it is true that God’s protection was conditional. But for you and me today, it is vital that we read and understand Psalm 91 through the lens of the new covenant—through the lens of the cross. We are no longer living under the old covenant. We have a new and living way (see Heb. 10:20)! Under the old, protection is achieved. Under the new, protection is received. I have covered the differences between law and grace extensively in my other books such as Destined To Reign and Grace Revolution, so I won’t delve too deeply into this subject here. All I really want you to see is this: The cross has made a difference.

At the cross, God “made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21). Today, we are the righteousness of God in Christ! Because we are righteous in Christ, we can receive the promise of Psalm 5:12, which declares, “For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.” Naturally, we can’t always watch our backs. But supernaturally, God has got us covered all around. His abundant supply of grace (unmerited favor) encompasses us like a mighty and impenetrable force field, surrounding us 360 degrees and twenty-four hours a day!

Coming back to Psalm 91:14, how do we set our love upon God today? We set our love upon God by meditating on, talking about, and listening to preaching about His love for us! Remember, it is not about our love for Him, but His love for us. It is about us meditating on Bible verses such as, “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life” (John 3:16, AMPC).

There is protection and deliverance from destruction when you believe in God’s love for you. Set your mind on how greatly loved and dearly prized you are. The more conscious you are of the Lord’s love for you, the more His protection will manifest in your life!

 

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version ®.

Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

建立富足的心态 (丰收之家)

【活出美好•连载】39、建立富足的心态

亲爱的朋友!别再专注于你没有能力做到的一面,开始专注于上帝有能力做的一面。圣经上说:“在人所不能的事,在上帝却能。”让种子在你里面生根发芽,你不必费劲猜想上帝要如何帮你解决问题,也无须去想上帝要怎么让你的梦想实现。那是祂的责任,不是你的本分。
你的本分是成为一个信心之人,你的本分是活出信心与期待。单单把一切交托给上帝,并相信祂会处理。上帝是超自然的上帝。圣经上说:“上帝的意念非同我们的意念,上帝的道路高过我们的道路。”上帝能做到人类不能、也不会做的事。祂不受自然律的限制。若你让种子在心中生根发芽,将信心与信赖放在上帝身上,祂必定会让这些成真。若你能看眼所不能见之事,上帝也将行人所不能行之事。
以上帝的角度来看待我们自己的最重要方式之一,就是建立一个富足的心态。就如同我们已经建立的,我们看待自己的方式可能造就我们,也可能毁灭我们。
要记住,上帝已经用一切我们所需的来装备我们过丰盛的生活。祂将装满了可能性、无限潜能、创意点子与梦想的“种子”种在你心中,然而光有那些东西在你的心里,不表示他们将开花结果,你必须开始去挖掘它们。换句话说,你必须冲破怀疑去深信你有成功的条件。
你必须牢记自己是至高上帝的儿女,你是为了伟大的事物而被创造。上帝不要你庸庸碌碌;上帝要你出色,并赋予你能力、见识、才华、智慧与祂的超自然力。现在你就已拥有你要去完成上帝使命的一切所需。圣经上说,上帝已经以各种属灵的福分来使我们得福。请注意,这句话在原文里用的是过去完成式。上帝已经在做了,祂已将成功的一切所需放在我们里面。现在是我们做决定去运用他们的时候!

期待恩典降临 ( 丰收之家)

亲爱的朋友!当你遇到困境时,别预期原地踏步,要预期脱困而出,要期待上帝会翻转一切。当生意不好时,别预期会破产,别为失败订计划,要祷告并期待上帝为你带来更多客户。
若你在婚姻中遭遇困难,千万别在沮丧中放弃地说:“我早该看清这个婚姻从一开始就注定要失败。”不行,若你这么做,你的负面期待会毁了你的婚姻,你的错误思考会让你失败。你必须改变你的想法,改变你所期待的。别再期待失败,要开始相信你会成功。
即使生命跌落谷底,你的态度应当是:“上帝,我知道祢会翻转一切,并使我得益处。上帝,我相信你会让我比以前更强壮而得以脱困。”
如同我们已经建立的,自我形象就在此时真正发挥了作用。我们从上帝的角度看自己是非常重要的,因为我们永远不可能超越对自己的评价。如果我们认为自己几乎不可能成功,总是陷入麻烦,永远不快乐,我们潜意识就会走向那样的生活。生命要向前行,我们就得改变焦点。我们必须去相信。
要了解:上帝将要帮助你,但由你投下决定性的一票。如果你决定专注在生命中的种种负面因素上,专注在你不能成功上,专注在你未拥有的事务上,那么在你的决定里,你已同意失败。你门户大开,允许毁灭性的思想、话语、行动、态度来掌管你生活的方式,成为仇敌的共犯。
反过来说,若你与上帝站在同一阵线,若你专注在正面的可能性上,你的信心就会带来上帝的同在,并让他在你的生命中以超自然的方式作工。你的信心将助你克服困难,并带领你进入胜利的新境界。但一切都要由你决定,取决于你的人生观。你是将目光定睛在困难上,还是定睛在上帝身上?
在新约中,有一段奇妙的记录是描述两个瞎眼的人,他们听闻耶稣要来,于是心里的信心开始滋长。他们一定想过:“我们不需要成为这样。上帝能够翻转环境。未来是有希望的。”所以他们开始呼喊:“耶稣,大卫的儿子,怜悯我们,医治我们吧!”当耶稣听到他们的呼喊,祂就在途中停了下来,走向他们,并问了一个引人入胜的问题:
“你们信我能做这事吗?”耶稣知道他们求的是什么。祂想知道他们相信什么,他们是否有真正的信心。瞎眼的人以极大的信心回答。他们说:“是的上帝,我们信。我们毫无怀疑地相信祢能医治我们。我们深知祢有能力,我们相信祢,也信赖祢。”圣经记载着,当耶稣听见他们的信心,祂就摸他们的眼睛,说:“照着你们的信给你们成全了吧!”他们的眼睛就开了。那些人相信上帝能在他们的生命中行奇事,而他们看见了!
注意,是他们的信心翻转了情势,是他们的信心带来了医治。没有人可能代替你拥有信心。当然,其他人能为你代祷,他们可以为了你去相信,他们能够对你引用圣经节,但你必须为自己释放出信心。如果你总是要依赖他人让你快乐,依赖别人鼓励你,或帮助你脱离困境,你将会一直活在软弱与失望中。你必须下定决心成为信心之人:“无论发生什么坏事,我相信上帝。我要有积极正面的人生观。”别人的信心可以支持你,但你自己的信心能为你带来奇迹的速度,是别人的信心远远不及的。
今日背诵、默想经文:
【可9:23】耶稣对他说,你若能信,在信的人,凡事都能。

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以加倍的福分代替困苦 (丰收之家)

如果你保持正确的态度,上帝会带走你的失望、破灭的梦、伤害与痛苦。祂会衡量所有曾折磨你的困苦及忧伤,并给你双倍的和平、喜悦、快乐与成功。
上帝希望你的后半生比前半生好,你永远不会离上帝太远。有些人会说:“你无法把炒蛋回复成生蛋。”话是没错,但上帝却能把炒蛋变成美味的烘蛋卷。在上帝没有难成的事!
圣经讲到:“我深信那在你们心里动了善工的,必成全这工。”
这表示上帝想要与你一起完成你生命中的功课。上帝不会疲倦也不会半途而废,更不会违背祂所立的约。祂会一直坚持,直到把你带领到祂要你到达之处。上帝不要你只是“有点”快乐,祂不要你只是“有些”蒙福,祂不要你只是“部分”得医治。上帝要你的生命显出欢喜快乐,被喜乐大大充满;祂要你活在丰盛之中,要你燃起心中的希望;祂要你既完整又满足。
当日子难捱或不如意时,保持你的信心高昂。当挫折来临或人们说你的梦想永不会成真,你永远不会得到快乐,你永远没办法改变时,勇敢地提醒自己是谁在你的生命中作工。上帝在为你的益处翻转事物,上帝在为你开启机会之门,他在修补关系,使人心柔软转向你,上帝在完成祂开始的善工。你也许无法以肉眼看见,但你必须相信那眼所不见的世界,上帝正在为你作工。
请记住,凡为攻击你造成的器械,必不利用。这不表示你生命中不会有困难;生命中会有攻击,它们可能很吓人也很难对付,但它们至终将无法伤害你。上帝会保守你的未来完好无缺,你不会被击垮,你会安然度过。圣经上说:“义人多有苦难,但耶和华救他脱离这一切。”
圣经说,要成就一切,还能站立得住。你必须让仇敌明白你比他还有决心。不住祷告,不住相信,不住赞美,坚守这场美好的信心之战。如果你如此行,上帝应许要把胜利带给你。
我喜欢《信息》版圣经对腓立比一章6节的解释:“我心中没有任何一点怀疑,我深信在你里面开始伟大工作的上帝,会继续这工,并在耶稣基督再来的日子充足地成全这工。”最好的还没来到,你可以每天起床时期待事情会为你好转。开始期待上帝的美善,开始期待祂的赐福。如果你有信心,必如耶稣所说的:“万事都有可能。”让我挑旺你成为一个信心之人。让信心在你心中升起,进入与上帝所立的约,祂所做的会超出你的所求、所想。
你必须相信好事情已经快要来到。你必须相信上帝正在你生命中作工,祂正把你调整到正确的位置。换句话说,你必须看见那些事情都将发生。你必须看到你的婚姻被修补,看见在外游荡的孩子回家,看见生意有起色;你必须在心中设想着,透过你的信心之眼将生命带入眼所不见的世界,并看到你的梦想就要成真。
请记得:“信就是所望之事的实底,是未见之事的确据。”注意,信心必须发生在眼所不见的世界。今日你也许无法以肉眼体验到任何积极正面的事将发生在你的生命中,相反的,每件事好像都在等着瓦解,不论是财务、健康状况、事业、孩子等都出了状况。你也许有着各种问题,而在自然律中,或许没有任何事情看来有好转的迹象;但别灰心丧志,看看那眼所不见、超自然的世界,经由你的信心之眼,看见情势被翻转,看见你的平安喜乐正在复苏。

今日背诵、默想经文:
【可11:24】所以我告诉你们,凡你们祷告祈求的,无论是什么,只要信是得着的,就必得着。