God’s Goodness

God’s Goodness

In the last days, they will tremble in awe of the Lord and of his goodness.  (Hos 3:5b NLT)

To be in awe of something means to be afraid, tremble, or to be so alarmed—even to the point of shaking in fear. Everything God does is good, but His goodness can be overpowering, particularly when it is clearly unearned.

God’s goodness is on display every minute of every day, but clearly, in the last days God will be performing such amazing miracles that the vast majority of people will not be able to ignore it any longer.  The Lord will make sure that His acts will be center stage before the nations.

The Lord is called the Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6), and peace provides the tranquil environment needed for healing of all illnesses—mental, physical, and relational.   Healing is only one of God’s many good gifts to mankind.

Consider these truths from the Word of God:

  • God’s goodness gives us hope (Ps 27:13)
  • God’s goodness prevails continually (Ps 52:1)
  • His goodness leads us to repentance (Rom 2:4)
  • We are told to consider (meditate upon) God’s goodness (Rom 11:22a)
  • God takes pleasure in His goodness (2 Thes 1:11)

The first usage of the word “good” in the Bible (Gen 1:3-4) establishes the fact that God is origin of everything that is good.  When God moves, speaks, or acts, something GOOD is always produced. 

The goodness of God contains no darkness or evil of any kind.  (Ps 5:4; 1 John 1:5 AMP) 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.  (Jas 1:17)

It’s time to reflect upon and rejoice in the goodness of the living God, whom we serve.

Hope in God’s Grace

Hope in God’s Grace

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  (1 Peter 1:13 NKJV)

Gird up the loins means to gather your long robes with a belt to prepare for action (for a battle); but this verse is talking about the mind being prepared for action.  We’re to be sober which means temperate, restrained, serious, thoughtful, calm, and unruffled. 

We can be calm and tranquil because the revelation of Jesus has already occurred!  His work is finished!  Praise our God!

We’re instructed to rest our hope (confident expectation) upon the grace given to us at the revelation of Jesus, our Savior.  We’re so highly blessed to be among those who have received this sacred revelation!

We may rest confidently upon His grace.  We may rest, knowing that our salvation was paid for fully by Jesus.  There is no work or striving that we need to do, but just to live our lives for Him by the grace that He has already provided.

. . . through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  (Rom 5:2)

. . . that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  (Tit 3:7)

Jesus, Our Hope

Jesus, Our Hope

But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief, to repay it by Your hand.  The helpless commits [entrusts] himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.  (Ps 10:14) 

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy,
19 to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
  (Ps 33:18-19, emphasis added)

When the wicked cannot be restrained by the righteous in society, we must trust in God for ultimate justice.  He is our one, True hope. 

God sees everything—the evil and the good.  Nothing escapes His view, and He alone knows the motives in the hearts of human beings.  Therefore, His judgment is based upon knowledge and truth, not suppositions.

In perilous times, the police; government officials; and politicians may be corrupt, evil, or controlled by wicked agendas.  So when we place our HOPE in the Lord Jesus, we are placing it in the One who can never be influenced to do evil, and whose plans for mankind are plans for good and not for evil!  Praise God! 

Here are some Bible verses about hope:

For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth.  (Ps 71:5)

O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is abundant redemption.  (Ps 130:7)

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.  (Jer 17:7)

. . . through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  (Rom 5:2)

Hope (and the God of hope) will not disappoint us!  (Rom 5:5)

You Will SAY

You Will SAY

If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will SAY to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.  (Mt 17:20b, emphasis added)

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  (Rom 10:8-9)

These verses teach us that one consequence of faith is words.  Our faith encourages and inspires us to speak to our situation (circumstances) and command them according to the Word of God.  In Romans 10, we’re reminded that the word of faith is in our mouths and our hearts. The passage then proceeds to elaborate on the “word of faith” message.

Faith says:  “I confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and that God raised Him from the dead; and therefore I am saved.”  This means that in ANY trial, trouble, or evil circumstance in our lives, we can calmly and peacefully expect Jesus to:

  • deliver us,
  • protect us,
  • heal us, and
  • meet our every need.

Study the Bible and locate passages of Scripture that you may speak into your situation with a faith-filled heart.  Then wait in hope and expectation as God works on your behalf.

My Healing Testimony

My Healing Testimony

In the spring of 1974, I was experiencing severe pains in my left side. 

These pains concerned me because I had experienced similar pains in 1966, and they had been diagnosed as an ovarian cyst on my right side.  I was 18 years old in 1966, and my family doctor recommended surgery, since the pain was increasing.  When he removed the cyst, which was as large as a navel orange, he also needed to remove the right ovary because it had been distorted.  Later, the physician told me that if I had waited any longer, I would have gotten peritonitis because the cyst was beginning to rupture.  He also told me that he didn’t know if I’d be able to have children, because everyone’s body responds differently to the surgery and to having only one, remaining ovary.

In 1974, I was attending a good, Foursquare Gospel Church where miraculous healings were common.  I knew a number of Scripture verses concerning healing, and wanted the Lord to heal me.  I was a baby Christian, and this was a big step of faith for me to take.  First, I went to see my doctor who looked very worried, and told me I had a cyst on the left ovary.  Because I was young, he was reluctant to immediately schedule surgery for me because it would effectively sterilize me, so he gave me some medication to take for three months.

A friend (who later became my husband) and I prayed every day for three months for my healing. Our prayers were based upon: For I am the Lord who heals you.  (Ex 15:26 – as well as Mal 4:2; Mat 4:23; 8:17; & 1 Pet 2:24)  

One Sunday night, just before I was scheduled to return to my doctor for a checkup, our church was holding a Candlelight Communion Service.  We were taught regularly by our Pastor to expect to receive healing during the Communion Service, therefore I participated in the service with great hope in my heart. 

After receiving Communion, the congregation was quietly and worshipfully singing:  “Reach out and touch the Lord as He goes by . . . you’ll find He’s not too busy to hear your heart’s cry . . .” Just at that moment, I became physically aware that the Lord Jesus was close to me, while I simultaneously felt His overpowering love, a sensation like warm oil flowing down over my body, and something like an electrical charge surging through me.  It all happened so very, very quickly.

Instantly, I turned to my friend to tell him that I was healed, as tears of joy and thankfulness streamed down my face.  He was astonished but rejoicing with me.  He told me that he had felt someone brush between us.  He had even opened his eyes to look because the impression was so vivid, but he saw no one.  After hearing my testimony, he understood that he had felt the presence of Jesus!

The next morning (the day after I was healed), I was scheduled to return to my doctor.  He completed the exam and confirmed that the cyst was gone!  And I told him that I had been instantly healed by Jesus.  He was happy for me, although I think that he was slightly skeptical.

I will remember this miracle forever.  I have honored the Lord for this breathtaking miracle every Thanksgiving Day since then by thanking the Lord for the gift of my four, beautiful children.  Without that miracle, I would have been sterilized and unable to have children.  I also recall and re-live the depth of the love and caring that Jesus communicated to me in that miracle moment, 43 years ago.  This memory will remain with me forever.

Additionally, I have personally experienced many, many miracles since then.  So have my husband and children.  My life with Jesus has been exciting, occasionally challenging, and incredibly worthwhile.  I’m a senior citizen now; and look forward to the days ahead because the Lord tells me that the best is yet to come!  Praise the Lord!

Salvation is Now

Salvation is Now

For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.  (2 Cor 6:2, emphasis added)

As I understand it, this verse is the Lord’s way of encouraging us to have an active, expectant faith for whatever our need may be.  The type of faith this verse encourages is one that says, “Today is the day of salvation!  Hurrah! God has answered me today.  Praise the Lord Most High.”

This verse imparts a wonderful sense of hope and the expectation of the fulfillment of God’s promises—the sort of any-moment-now excitement of receiving a wonderful gift and blessing any moment.  This is a result of a clear understanding of how much God loves each one of us, and how He greatly He loves to answer our prayers, help us, and to meet our needs.

The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I hope [confidently expect] in Him!” (Lam 3:24)

Rejoice!

Rejoice!

Rejoice in the Lord always.  Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness [graciousness, forbearance] be known to all men.  The Lord is at hand.  (Phil 4:4-5) 

The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.  (Ps 118:15)

Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart.  (Ps 119:111)

Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.  (Jer 15:16)

. . . rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer . . . (Rom 12:12)

As you can see from these Bible passages, rejoicing is an integral part of the life of a believer.  We’re told to rejoice in Philippians.

The “voice of rejoicing and salvation” is heard in the homes of the righteous because God’s right hand (who is Jesus) does valiantly. 

Valiantly means with courage or determination.  Jesus fulfilled his calling to become our Savior and Redeemer!  He fulfilled that calling with courage and determination. 

“That hero of heroes, the conquering Savior, gives to all the families of his people abundant reasons for incessant song now that he has led captivity captive and ascended up on high. Let none of us be silent in our households: if we have salvation let us have joy, and if we have joy let us give it a tongue wherewith it may magnify the Lord.”  –  Excerpt from commentary on Psalm 118:15

Source of above quotation:  http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/treasury-of-david/psalms-118-15.html

As believers, we have so many great reasons to rejoice.  God’s word, which is full of His precious promises to us, is another reason for us to rejoice.

As we wait for God to fulfill His promises to us, we rejoice in hope!  Under all circumstances, let us praise God and rejoice in Him.