In western culture, the concept of a redeemer is basically unknown. When we think of redemption, it is in connection with recyceling plastic, glass and cardboard. For us it’s about getting the deposit back on bottles and cans. But, in the Mideast, a redeemer and redemption they bring, is a great deal more. It is one who rescues a relative from harm or being destitute. A redeemer kinsman had the right to marry the widow of a relative and raise up children to bless the family line. It was a position of great honor, and it brought esteem to the entire family. To not do so was a disgrace to all.
Isaiah 54:5 says; ““For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the LORD of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth.” How amazing is it to know that God Himself is our redeemer kinsman. He embraces us as His own, loves us, washes away our sin, and joins Himself to us. By His own actions, we become part of His family line. Never take for granted your redemption or your redeemer. Both are precious beyond words, and by them you are granted access, and entrance into His magnificent Kingdom.
Today’s Prophetic Word: Though you are broken and alone, He loves you, and will redeem you. All your need to do is accept it for yourself.
Who you are right now is not the determining factor for who God made you to be. Whatever sins you are locked in, will no longer hold you, when the blood of Jesus washes them away. His blood removes the power of guilt, shame and confusion that sin brings. What you are when you come to Christ will be very different from who you are after you meet Him. That encounter changes everything.
This is why the Apostle Paul wrote the following in 1 Corinthians 6:11. He said; “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God”. All the sin mentioned in verses 9 and 10 was neutralized and washed away, so that who these people really were could come forth. What they were, was no longer able to rule over what they had become in Christ. That is the power of the true Gospel. It sets everyone free from this broken world, and the death grip of sin, so we can become who God made us to be!
Today’s Prophetic Word: You can settle into a life ruled by the lie of sin, or you can give that sin to Christ and live free in the truth of who you really are.
Who gets to decide which of us are righteous, and which are unrighteous? That’s a very important question, because the answer determines a great deal. Quite literally, the gates of Heaven, or the gates of Hell, will swing wide for you, according to your understanding of the truth, and the life you have lived. Live righteously, and God will embrace you in this age and in the age to come. Live unrighteously and Hell will do the same!
1 Cor 6:9-10 spells things out pretty clearly. It says: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.” So, where do you stand with the Lord? Are you righteous or unrighteous? If you are not sure, then repent, give your life to Christ, and He can explain the answer!
Today’s Prophetic Word: Righteousness or unrighteousness are each based upon something. Righteousness is based on Christ alone, but unrighteousness is all on you. One is a path to Heaven the other a path to Hell. Which path are you on?
We find a very interesting circumstance in the book of revelation. In chapter 1, we discover an important truth. John is a prisoner of the Roman Empire on the island of Patmos, and in that place he writes the Book of Revelation. In Rev.1:9-10 it says in part that John was; “….on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day,”. How remarkable is it that in His difficult outward circumstance, his inward peace of mind, and ability to hear from God, was untouched. He could still be “in the Spirit”, even though he was a prisoner “on the island”.
The point being made here is significant. What’s in you will always be greater than what you may be in. He that is in you is greater than he that is in the world. Why is that? Because He that is in you made this world, and everything in it. The creator is always bigger than His creation! You may be on your own island of Patmos right now, but don’t let that stop you from being in the Spirit and receiving things from the Lord. Nothing can come between you and Him!
Today’s Prophetic Word: Nothing in this world can prevent you from being in the Spirit with the Lord.
Over the years, people have incorrectly said, and been taught, there are many ways to God. Religious cults have risen up claiming this, and religious writings have been produced to try to prove this theology to be correct. Yet in all of this, one fact remains unchanged. Scripture declares there is but one way to God, and one sacrifice to be made right before Him. Relationship with the Lord can only be established through the avenue He set in place. There certainly are many ways to arrive at that one avenue, but once we get there, still only one way to enter heaven exists, and nothing will ever change that.
In John 10:9 Jesus says this about Himself. “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved….” notice how He does not say “I am a door”, as if He were one of many. No! He makes it clear that He is “the” door, as in the only one that leads to salvation and eternal life. To believe otherwise is contrary to every teaching of Scripture, and an insult to God Almighty. Put your faith in anything other than Jesus, and you have believed a lie that leads to death. Put your trust in any teaching other than the one that is backed up by Scripture, and you are listening to doctrines of devils that take souls to hell. You will either come to God the way He says, or you will not come at all.
Today’s Prophetic Word: If your faith and trust are not grounded in Biblical truth and the blood of Jesus Christ, today is the day to surrender your life to His Salvation.
Jesus is the great divider. That is a bold, radical statement, yet it is still true. His words are always offensive to some and embraced by others. His teachings are rejected by one group and followed by another. There is no middle ground when it comes to Jesus. You must either hold to all He is, and says, or you will not hold Him in high esteem as God, at all. That division is evident to all who encounter Him in this world. There is no other option!
John 9:16 puts it this way; “Therefore some of the Pharisees were saying, “This man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” But others were saying, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And there was a division among them.” Where do you stand when it comes to Jesus? Is He all He says He is, or have you opted for a lesser, more socially acceptable Jesus? May the truth of Who He is divide your world but unify your heart with all who believe.
Today’s Prophetic Word; Never let the truth of Christ bring a division to you, unless it divides you from the world.
At times, it seems as if there is no way to move beyond your current situation. Every effort to advanced is blocked, and even the thought of retreating back to what was, is repulsive, even if it were possible. What do you do then? Do you surrender and give up, or do you launch out with unrestrained fury and force your way into a victory? The truth is, neither of these options may be God’s design for you. Both are more of a reaction of your flesh, to something that is out of your control. The answer must be found in something else.
Exodus 14:15 says: “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward.” The instruction God gave Moses was rather shocking; “go forward.” Go forward… how? Ahhh, and there is the key. It’s an act of faith! To simply believe what God has told you, and then take a step when there is no possible way, pleases Him. When it’s time to walk by faith, and not by sight, that gets the attention of God. If you will try, you will walk right into your victory. It’s not by strength or might anyway. It’s by obeying the Holy Spirit, and that is how we will always win!
Today’s Prophetic Word: If you feel stuck in an impossible situation, wait to hear what the Lord is speaking and then take a step. Your faith pleases God, and it will be rewarded!
If you are going to serve the Living God of the Bible, you are going to make enemies. When you stand for truth, morality and righteousness, and the world goes in the opposite direction, there will be a clash of cultures. Scripture is very clear that they hated Jesus, they hated His disciples, and they will hate you. The thing is, just be sure you make the right enemies when all this goes down in the days that lie just ahead.
In James 4:4 we read; “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” So the reverse is true as well. If you become a friend of God, you will also become an enemy of the world. The thing is, whose enemy would you rather be? Just be sure you make the right enemy, because it does make a difference!
Today’s Prophetic Word: Making the right enemy brings life into focus. Be certain you have the enemy God intended.
There are times in life when we say far too much. A flood of words pour out of our mouth that were just unnecessary. There are other times when we simply say the wrong thing, and it makes the situation worse. The point is, our words can be a medicine or a menace. We need know if it’s time to speak, and how to choose our words wisely, when we do.
In Exodus 14:14 we find that words were not required. In fact, the children of Israel were told, “The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.” Isn’t that amazing! One of the greatest miracles in the Bible is about to happen, and the people were commanded to say nothing. All they could do was step back, rest, and watch God do what only He could do. Could it be that your current situation also requires patient silence before God will answer?
Today’s Prophetic Word: Sometimes, God does His greatest miracles when we silently wait, and learn how to trust Him.
It’s interesting to note how enthusiastic we can be when we have favor, and a clear upper hand in a situation. When that happens, it seems as if nothing could go wrong, and we are certainly going to win a great victory. However, as we are enjoying that emotional high, things can quickly move in the opposite direction. If the circumstances are not so favorable, life can take on a dark tone. The smile is turned into a frown, and the words of comfort and strength, turn into complaining, criticism, and even anger. The trust we once had can become open resentment and then we look to put the blame on someone, even God. The question is, if God is still the same, why do we go there?
This is exactly what happened in Exodus 14:11. Up until then, Moses was the hero who delivered them from 430 years of slavery. They had just left Egypt with gold, and silver and the finest of clothes. Then Pharaoh showed up and we read, “….Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt? Huh?? Why did you bring us out of Egypt??? The truth here is profound. They had come out of Egypt, but Egypt had not yet come out of them! It takes some time to break the slave mentality that we all live with and become accustomed to. Every bad situation simply exposes the truth of who we really are, and what in us still needs to change.
Today’s Prophetic Word: What you do when things get tough exposes and defines who you really are.