You Shall Not Diminish

You Shall Not Diminish

Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of those who make merry;
I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
 (Jer 30:19, emphasis added)

In the verse above, the Lord says that His people shall not diminish. Diminish means to weaken; fade; or shrink.  Rather, the Lord says that HE will glorify them!  The Lord is saying that He will elevate, approve and celebrate His people!

The Lord’s plan for all of mankind is to give us life and not only that, but an ABUNDANT one! 

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  (Joh 10:10)

The Lord tells us that He is pleased when His people prosper, and that trusting in Him will bring us prosperity.

Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”  (Ps 35:27)

But he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.  (Pro 28:25b)

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.  (3 Joh 1:2)

The Lord’s blessings are upon His people:

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  (Ps 118:26a)

Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:  “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”
  (Mat 21:9)

You can see from this handful of Bible verses that God certainly has put ample promises in His Word that are intended to bless, benefit, and prosper us.  Therefore, we shall not diminish.

Launch Into the Deep

Launch Into the Deep

4When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  5But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”  6And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.  (Lk 5:4-6)

Notice that in verse 4, Jesus tells Simon (Peter) to let down his nets [plural] in order to catch fish.  Simon basically has some skepticism, but says, “Okay!  I’ll put THE net down.”  And that single net was no match for the quantity of fish that filled the net to the breaking point!

This is the result of doubt—not faith.  Jesus was prepared (I believe) to fill every single net that Simon would have put down into the water that day.  If Simon had put down three nets, he would have filled three; if he had put down four, he would have filled four.  But doubt prevented him from truly complying with Jesus’ instructions. 

Now, was Simon still blessed?  Of course, he was!  Do you think his faith was strengthened by this episode?  Undoubtedly, yes.

But, do you think that the plan of Jesus for Simon was much more prosperous than Simon could envision?  I believe that it assuredly was.  But Simon’s sight was limited and narrowed by doubt.

Let us learn a great lesson from this Biblical account, and adjust our own behavior and mindset when reading God’s Word for us.  We must learn to obey God to the last detail of His instructions to us.  If you doubt anything—doubt your own doubt!  Trust God to do impossible (miraculous) things in order to bless you.

Let us learn to launch into the deep of obedience to God with great trust and faith in His plans for us and His vision for us, in Jesus’ Name.

Really? Nothing?

Really?  Nothing?

For with God nothing will be impossible.  (Lk 1:37)

This Bible verse above says that NOTHING is impossible with God!  Does the Lord really mean this?  Let’s look at where else this idea is shared in the Word.

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Mt 19:26)

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”  (Mk 10:27)

But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”  (Lk 18:27)

Now these three verses assert the same idea from a positive mindset rather than a negative one.  These verses declare that with God ALL things are possible.  How do we, as believers, respond to these assertions? 

What looks or feels impossible to you right now?  What situation in life or what need are you facing?  Why not stand upon these passages of Scripture and ask God to fulfill His Word in your life today? 

Trust Him, and stand in faith on His Word with a firm expectation in your heart of His miraculous answer.

Who Will Turn It Back?

Who Will Turn It Back?

Are you feeling powerless, hopeless, and helpless?  If so, this should cheer you up and encourage you powerfully!

For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it?  His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?  (Isa 14:27 NKJV, emphasis added)

Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.  (Josh 21:45 NKJV)

Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.  (Isa 46:11 NKJV)

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.  (Mat 24:35; Mk 13:31; Lk 21:33 NKJV)

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.  (2 Cor 1:20 NKJV)

Who is strong and mighty enough to stop the Lord’s plans?  Who can prevent Him from fulfilling His own Word?  NO ONE!

Believe God’s Word today, and continue to trust in the promises that He has made to you in His Word.  He’s not a man that He should lie!  (1 Sam. 15:29; Num 23:19) 

God’s Word stands FOREVER!  (Isa 40:8)  It’s a sure foundation.

The way for you to win and to be victorious is to focus upon God and upon His Word.  Believe God’s Word and trust Him.  Persevere in faith and don’t give up!  The fulfillment of God’s Word in your life is inevitable as long as you persist in faith.  The Lord will NEVER give up on you!

Do Not Take Revenge but Trust God

Do Not Take Revenge but Trust God

We’re meditating upon the awe-inspiring statements in Scripture that remind us that God Himself fights on our behalf!  Hallelujah!

You must not fear them, for the Lord your God Himself fights for you.  (Deuteronomy 3:22 NKJV)

One man of you shall chase a thousand, for the Lord your God is He who fights for you, as He promised you.  (Joshua 23:10 NKJV)  God has PROMISED to fight for us!

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; defend me from those who rise up against me.  (Psalm 59:1 NKJV)

Do not say, “I will recompense evil;” wait for the Lord, and He will save you.  (Proverbs 20:22 NKJV)

Don’t take revenge in any situation.  Do not be fearful.  Patiently trust in and wait upon the Lord to save, fight for, and deliver you.  According to these verses, God has promised to do all of these things–and more.  Be wise, and heed His advice—you’ll be glad you did!