BINDING AND LOOSING…


Matthew 16:13-20 – “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He began asking His disciples, saying, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  16 And Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it. 19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”  20 Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.”  NASB

I am convinced that one of the most powerful and important things that we can learn and develop in the Body of Christ is becoming fine-tuned to and sensitive to the Holy Spirit.  We need to develop an intimate, close, consistent and constant communion with the Father.  We need to do that to enable us to become adept at discerning the spirits we encounter.  We need to develop spiritual ears to hear the Holy Spirit and allow Him to reveal to us the mind, mood, direction, and desire of God.  I believe this would save a tremendous amount of heartache and frustration but would also keep us moving in the right direction as we follow the Plan and Purpose of God.

I read an interesting story about Corrie Ten Boom that intrigued me and inspired me.  She was flying over mid-America (Branson, MO.) in a jet, praying in the Spirit.  Suddenly she jumped out of her seat and yelled, “Stop the Plane!”  The pilot was startled and said, “Lady, I can’t!  We are flying at over 600 MPH I can’t just stop!”  She said, “Turn the plane around and land, land right here!”  He said, “I can’t land here!  I can’t land within 20 miles of here.”  She said, “Then land and get me a car!”  They landed got her a car and she gave them directions as to where to turn and when to stop.  Finally, she said, “Stop right here!”  She got out of the car and walked onto a strip of land and said, “This will be the site of a great revival center in the Last Days.”  Unknown to her a Christian Group had just purchased that land and were planning to build a Convention Cathedral that would seat 20,000.  That is amazing!

We must learn to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.  He will work supernaturally through us if we are yielded and sensitive to Him.  He knows the mind of the Father and will convey the heart of Jesus and reveal to us what to do when to do it, and where to do it.  We must learn to listen for that “still small voice” rather than waiting for the megaphone declaration.  Sometimes God speaks in whispers, not shouts.

I have asked churches to do the following exercise with me.  I don’t do this kind of thing very often but when prompted by the Holy Spirit I have and will.  I asked that everyone stand, hold their Bible up and repeat the following declaration:

“In the name of Jesus, I bind the enemy today.  I bind all principalities, powers, and the rulers of darkness in this world and this place. I bind the spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places, and I ask God to loose the angels of heaven to minister.  I pray for the release of the Authority of God and the Power of Heaven to manifest itself in this place today.  I ask God to send forth His ministering spirits to lift burdens, bring deliverance, release authority, flood us with joy, power, and comfort.  In the name of Jesus, I pray this!”

I am never trite or flippant when I do something like this.  I believe that God has given us authority over all the power of the enemy.  I believe He has given us the authority to speak to the unseen world and speak release to the captives through the Holy Spirit and based on His Word and His Covenant.  I believe that Jesus won that for us at the Cross.

Anytime we attempt to bind or loose in the spirit realm there is an activity that must never be omitted or eliminated.  There are several including prayer, but the one that I am speaking of is Praise and Worship!  In Praise and Worship we make the progression from the outer-court (celebration – praise) into the Holy Place (adoration) and then the Holy of Holies (Worship).  It is then that we are in a position and condition to most effectively feast on the Word of God and enhance our ability to receive, assimilate, and digest His Word.  All that is directly connected to the effectiveness and sincerity of our Praise and Worship!

I am laying a foundation for the next devotionals in this series on ‘Binding and Loosing.’  I hope that in some small measure I am able to whet your appetite spiritually and cause you to desire to become more sensitive to the Holy Spirit and become a people who can ‘pull-down strongholds’ and can ‘bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.’  It is my prayer that we will learn to Bind and Loose biblically and become formidable forces for the Kingdom of God in this corrupt world.

God bless you until next time.  Have a great day!

THE COVENANT COMMUNITY – – Conclusion.


Ephesians 4:14-16 – “As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” NASB  

[Please read verses 1-16 for the greater context]

What is the solution to the problems mentioned in the last devotional?  I believe that a significant answer and solution is found in examining the relationship between Moses and the Children of Israel in the wilderness.  Moses was a one-man show until his father-in-law offered him some wise counsel.  Once Moses saw the problem and the solution, he acted, and the result was good for everyone and provided us a pattern for today’s church.

Moses was wearing himself and the people out, holding court from daylight to dark.  He and he alone was ministering to the people.  His father-in-law, Jethro watched him and knew the incredible toll this was taking on Moses, his family, and the entire nation.  It did not require a special gift of discernment for Jethro to see the problem and God inspired him with a powerful solution.  If Moses continued in this manner failure was assured and Israel would never reach the Promised Land.

Jethro suggested two changes that are important for us today.  He suggested that Moses begin teaching on a Corporate Basis rather than dealing with the issue individually.  He was to teach the people in three specific areas and in doing so would ‘equip’ them to make many of their own decisions and solve many of their own problems drawing out of the Truth taught corporately.  Jethro suggested that Moses teach, The Word of God, the Way of God, and the Work of God.  In doing that, Moses was equipping the people to have the spiritual resources needed to handle most of their own problems. 

Change Number Two was that Moses was to bring others into the function of his assumed job.  He was to find qualified men from among the people, whose lives were in order and begin delegating responsibility and authority to them.  That is interesting for, in a sense, he was giving Moses the old method of ‘divide and conquer.’  Moses was to teach these men the principles God had taught him and put them over groups of people.  Moses would then only be involved directly with the most difficult cases.

If the principle or suggestion that Jethro gave is only an Old Testament Principle, it is of little use today.  But we see it in the Early Church and the Ministry of Jesus.  The apostles were overcome with the same problem that Moses faced they were being spread too thin to be effective.  They followed the exact prescription Moses followed.  They acknowledged a problem and sought practical solutions.  They understood that if they continued, in the same way, it would reduce their personal prayer and study time and thereby reduce the spiritual ministry to the people.  Following the Jethro principle, they found qualified men and placed them over the work.  The result was that the needs of the people were met, and the Word of God spread, and the Kingdom was enhanced.

Moses established captains of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.  Each group was shepherding the group they gave oversight to.  The captains of thousands ministered to the captains of hundreds, the captains of hundreds to the fifties and the fifties to the tens.  It was a power progression and enabled the entire nation and to function.  That principle was embraced by the Early Church and is needed in today’s Church, local and universal.

Training is a two-way street.  Those being trained must invest themselves in both time and commitment to the training.  We will never become what God wants, a Covenant Family and a Covenant Community if we remain isolated individuals.  We are to be, and God says we are a Kingdom of Priests, a Chosen Generation, and His own special people. 

If we see the Church as a Body, we will care for all the members, cells, and organs.  If we see the Church as a Family, we will develop a deep love and loyalty.  If we see the Church as a Community, we will work toward the common good.  If we see the Church as an Army, we will eagerly and willing train and become equipped.  If we see the Church as a Nation or Kingdom, we will understand our purpose.

We have been given power over the power of darkness.  We are more than conquerors through Jesus.  We are commissioned to take the Good News to the World and then to equip them to become functioning members of the Body of Christ.  God bless you as you commit yourself to become fitted and framed into a Living Building and Body for God and His Kingdom!

Have a great day in Jesus!

THE COVENANT COMMUNITY – – Part Three…


Ephesians 4:14-16 – “As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” NASB   [Please read verses 1-16 for the greater context]

Today I want us to focus on the deficiency of development in the modern church. Tragically our approach is to spend too little time in the development, fitting, framing, and joining together the body into a Covenant Family and a Covenant Community.  In years gone by we would meet twice on Sunday and then have a mid-week service, now maybe once.  We had prayer meetings, various other functions to unite and link people.  Today much of the Church world meets on Sunday mornings and that is the extent of their gathering together. 

I suggest that the only organization that is willing to accept that approach is the Church.  The many secular or cultic religions of the world do not allow that.  They develop train and seek to link their people to each other for function, not just identity.  They demand more.  They demand a certain level of discipline and discipleship. 

Whether you have one service per week or a service every night and day, is not the issue, the issue is discipleship and incorporation into Covenant Family and becomes a Covenant Community.  The Early Church was noted for their daily gathering together in pursuit of becoming one. 

A danger in today’s church is that we have become an institution that is designed to be self-propagating and self-sustaining rather than a community.  The result of that can be seen in numerous realities.

The church has, in a large measure, become Program Oriented rather than People-Oriented.  Programs are for people not people for programs.  Too frequently all the energy and focus of the pastoral staff is keeping those programs going and hoping that somehow those programs touch lives.  It is tragic when programs become more important than actual ministry.

Today’s church, has become guilty of Pulpit Pastoring rather than Personal Pastoring.  That is expounded when the local congregation has an unbiblical understanding of the idea of The Pastor.  If it becomes a clergy/laity distinction that is a weak position and condition spiritually.  Many today view the minister as a professional rather than a sheep leading sheep and a man or woman commissioned following a call, not a vocation.

If we are to enforce the victory of Jesus at Calvary, we must follow the biblical prescription and engage in ‘equipping the saints for the work of ministry’ and becoming ‘fitted and framed together into a body, a family, and a community.

Today’s church sometimes often becomes an Assembly Hall rather than an Assembly Line.  We hear about God rather than hear God.  The church must become a place where people’s lives are put together and where that which is missing is restored and replaced.  We must cease gathering to gather and become united in purpose growing together for edification, exhortation, comfort and allow ourselves to be equipped, developed, trained, commissioned and sent forth for the work of the Kingdom.

That cannot become a reality until and unless we are ‘Assembled Together’.  I am talking about far more than meeting for meetings.  I am talking about being assembled as putting together a building or a machine.  That assembling must be consistent and regular else the continuity of the effort is doomed to fail and leave the people with a sense of defeat, disappointment, dissatisfaction, and disarray.  We are a Body and an Army!

The church sometimes becomes an Orphanage rather than a Family.  Everybody must be fathered naturally and spiritually.  It is difficult to raise children in a group.  Imagine one or two parents with fifty children.  How would they ever develop an intimate relationship or fellowship with those fifty children?  The children would, likely never feel close to one another or the parents.  Parenting or fathering must be done in small groups focusing on the person, the problem, the potential, and the promise.

It is needful to remember that Jesus chose 12 and out of that group had 3 that he had the closest intimate relationship with.  Think about that.  If Jesus did that, He is our example and pattern, what makes us think we can parent a thousand or ten thousand?

Sometimes the church becomes a Ministry Center rather than a Ministry Factory.  It becomes a place where we think ministry happens rather than a training ground for development and release.  It encourages Spectator Christianity rather than Involved Disciples.

I have identified a significant problem. It is good thing to identify problems, but what is the solution?  Is there a solution?  What can we do?  We will deal with that in the next devotional, so we pause here.

God bless you as you enjoy His beautify day!

THE COVENANT COMMUNITY – – Part Two…


Ephesians 4:14-16 – “As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” NASB  

[Please read verses 1-16 for the greater context]

Without rehearsing all of the discussion of the previous devotional let’s jump into the water and begin to address what is in my heart regarding ‘Covenant Community’ and where we are in today’s Church.

We mentioned major changes that could and would have to occur in the Church for us to become a Covenant Family and a Covenant Community, walking in the fullness of His Power in this present world.  One of those changes is our understanding of The Church as well as the individual’s role and function in the organism called The Body of Christ. 

I believe that requires the fitting, placing, and developing of the Individual Stones into a rightly framed and built house.  It will require a clear view of the vision and purpose of our Lord for His Church.  It will require a total commitment and surrender to that Vision and Purpose and He will, of necessity, become Lord of All and First before Everything or Anything.  It cannot be a casual relationship, it must be All In. 

It is my conviction that we in the Last Days that the Bible predicted. We could focus on the negative, but I choose to focus on the Harvest that God has Promised and Predicted.  The Bible tells us that many will ‘fall away’ but it also speaks of the Great Harvest and Ingathering of Souls that will occur. [Matthew 13;17-20, 29].

Too often we focus on the numeric but the Bible identifies that the End Times will be marked by a Church that has come to full stature (Ephesians 4:13-16), is without spot or wrinkle (Ephesians 5:25-27), and is a sharp threshing instrument moving mightily against the powers of darkness (Romans 16:20).  That is exciting!

The Last Days will be marked by a Great Visitation of the Holy Spirit and will result in the ingathering of multitudes into the Kingdom of God.  It will be the Greatest Harvest the world has ever experienced!  That is exciting!  I believe that is illustrated and emphasized in Peter’s miraculous catch of fish, Joel’s vision of the latter rain outpouring, and all indicates that the Latter House (Church) will far surpass anything that has existed heretofore.  That is exciting!

Regarding the Harvest, it is clear, the vehicle God will use is the Church, universal and local.  The harvest is to be caught and kept.  That means that the Church must become a Covenant Family and a Covenant Community.  It becomes the vehicle through with the Army of God is fielded and funded.  It will provide real answers to real problems for real people.  It will no longer be about noses and nickels but lives and victory.  Transformed lives impacting their world for the Kingdom of God in a Covenant Community.

It goes without saying that in this Harvest many are going to be saved and come into the local churches throughout the world.  Here is a problem in that vision.  The multitudes that are born-again and come in will bring with them a multitude of problems.  No one of us got rid of all our problems when we came to Christ, they won’t either.  We all came in with baggage and hang-ups, questions, and fears.  All of us!  If you recall in Acts 6 that as the number of disciples increased the number of problems increased proportionally.  It is automatic that with more people there are more problems and the need for more answers.  Real answers, not theoretical postulations.

How do we handle that problem?  When you have multitudes of people with a multitude of problems that means more work, ministry, and a greater need for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.  That cannot be achieved with the One-Man idea of church ministry or even a single team, it requires a Body Ministry effort. Unless we become a Body and a Covenant Community this effort will fall short of God’s design and desire.  I am not sure how we arrived at the place where we became satisfied with one-hour or a couple of hours a week and call that the church and its ministry.  As a result of one-hour weekly, many are left weak. 

I know that I am treading on thin ice but want to dig a little deeper and even then, know that I will not scratch the surface of the problem, the promise or the potential.  However, hopefully, it will inspire thought and personal investigation and introspection. 

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

THE COVENANT COMMUNITY…


by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” NASB   [Please read verses 1-16 for the greater context]

What is in my heart may not win friends and may not influence people the way I hope. I see something that is existent in the Church today and one few seem to be willing to address.  My devotionals are designed to be encouraging so for me to venture into something that would require the detail and length to adequately address, such as this, makes me cautious and concerns me. 

In the Body of Christ, we have the Church, the Ministry, and the Problem!  Of course, that demands explanation because on the surface it is meaningless and could lead to a terrible misunderstanding of what I am talking about.  The idea of ‘Covenant Community’ is a belief that consumes my heart, as a Christian and a preacher.  It burns in me like a fire that refuses to abate.  Therefore, regardless of how it may be received or understood, it is a message that I cannot avoid. 

Incorporated into this thought of ‘Covenant Community’ are some important facets of Truth and vital pieces of the spiritual puzzle.  I believe that I see with a significant amount of clarity where God wants to take us as the Body of Christ. I also have a sense of inadequacy in knowing exactly where to begin in addressing this reality. I sense a certain level of inadequacy in presenting what I see.  I am a very small fish in a very large pond and others with renown could present this with more receptivity, I am sure.  However, it is burned into my heart and the Holy Spirit won’t let me walk away, so we dive in.  I hope and pray this will be beneficial and ultimately a blessing to you.

I know what it is to have enormous physical and emotional pain.  I know what it is to feel that you have been abandoned by God and man.  I may not know the pain you feel or have felt, but I know what I feel and have felt.  In some measure, what I am going to address has a prophetic tone and anytime there is a message that has that tone there is great danger of it being misunderstood or misapplied.  It most assuredly opens the door to harsh criticism of those who disagree or disbelieve the message.  But, before you render a judgment, I ask that you hear the whole matter and then decide.

All of us need to engage in reevaluation and reexamination of our hearts and our positions from time to time.  That is not an unusual condition for me to find myself.  In days gone by, the Lord has challenged me to reevaluate everything in my life.  He has challenged me in my views of ministry, life, my dreams and purposes, everything.  That can be and, at times, was painful because of the honesty He required.

Covenant Community – – What is it?  Why do we need it?  How do we attain it?  All questions that are valid and hopefully in some measure I will answer satisfactorily.  I believe that it is the desire of God for the Church today to become His Covenant Community in every local expression.  He wants us to become a Covenant Family.

Let me make this declaration:  “Unless the local expression of the Church becomes a Covenant Family it can never become a Covenant Community and will never be fully assimilated into the Body of Christ in a universal sense.”  What I mean is that it will never become the Church Triumphant, enforcing the Victory of Calvary in this world until it becomes a Covenant Family and a Covenant Community. 

Lest anyone think I am saying that the Church of Jesus will fail, IT WILL NOT!  We may fail individually and in the local community, but the Church Universal will not fail.  The Church Jesus is building will pull down strongholds and defeat the authorities and powers of darkness.  What I am saying is, we may have to make some changes in our attitudes, understanding, and actions to become a viable part of that Church Triumphant.  I hope we all want that desperately. Today’s pandemic is opening the door for that to become a reality in a larger measure than most would have thought or believe.

I am going to pause there, knowing that I have not adequately defined my objective and may have left you wondering where I am going with this.  However, if you will join me in the next devotional, we will consider some major changes that need to occur in many hearts and local congregations.

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!

JUST TELL THEM WHO I AM! – – Part Three…


Exodus 3:13-14 – “Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I shall say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” 14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” NASB

We have looked at this directive that I received from the Lord in prayer and I feel woefully inadequate to fulfill the charge but am giving it a go.  If I can open one eye to one truth, the exercise is worth all the effort and any frustration I experience.

Thus far we have looked at Who GOD is and declared that He IS, He SEES, He HEARS, He KNOWS, He DELIVERS, He SEES, He HEARS, He KNOWS, He Comes to Deliver, He Sends Forth, He is with those whom He sends,  He desires Worship, and He IS what we need when we need it.  Those are declarations regarding the character and person of God that hopefully will inspire everyone to dig deeper than my superficial address of those traits, qualities, and characteristics. 

As we continue it is beneficial for us to consider other things about God to help us fully or grasp who He is in a greater measure.  I doubt that any of us could offer enough instruction or information for the human mind and spirit to fully grasp Who He Is.

He INSTRUCTS – – In verse 15 we find God giving detailed directions to Moses as to what He was to do and say to the children of Israel when he got back to Egypt.  If you study, you find that each of God’s Covenants and Promises carries with them instructions.  Likewise, every Covenant and Promise has a Provision.  God instructs and provides.  That’s Who He Is!

He Is Incredibly ORDERLY – – In verse 16, God gave Moses the order or process by which he was to operate and proceed.  I notice the order of God in many things and in the account where Jesus fed the multitude at the end of the day order was there. Before his instructions to feed them, they were permitted to sit or stand wherever they pleased, now, He has them arranged in groups and fed them with 5 loaves of bread and 2 small fish.  There is Order in the Kingdom of God and He will never allow us to operate outside His Order.  His order unleashes and releases His power. 

I ask that you recall the account in 2 Kings 3 when Elisha was giving God’s directive to Israel as they were being attacked by powerful forces.  In verse 16 he instructed them to ‘make the valley full of ditches.’  That might sound a little trite, but they obeyed the Word from God and when the arose the next morning the ditches were full of sparkling water.  However, when the Moabites looked, they saw ‘blood’ and rushed to their destruction.  Preparation always precedes blessing!  Always!

He Is The GOD Who PROSPERS – – In verse 21 we find the amazing promise, “And I will grant this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be that when you go, you will not go empty-handed.”  Jesus said in Luke 12:32 that it was His Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom.  In Matthew 6:33 we are promised provision if we will place God before everything in our lives.  In Proverbs 13:22 we are informed that God has laid up the wealth of the wicked for the just.  Then in 3 John 1:2, the prayer of John was that the believers would “prosper and be in health, even as their soul prospered.”  It is God’s desire to Bless us and make us Prosper.

He Uses WHAT WE HAVE – – That is amplified in Exodus 4:2 when Moses was protesting that he was unqualified and God reminded him that He would use what Moses had, not what he did not have.  Initially what we have may be small, but God will make it grow and expand as we walk in obedience and trust Him.

He Is The GOD OF MIRACLES – – That should go without saying but in Exodus 4:6-9 God makes this clear.  God is a Miracle Worker and a Covenant Keeper.  We can trust Him.  One of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit is the ‘Gift of Working of Miracles.’

When we know Him as did Moses, we can do incredible things for God.  However, Moses, like too many of us, kept making excuses and human justifications as to why he could not do what God said he could.  That is why Moses had to be empty of self and that is the heart of the message of John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”  Even with Saul, the word from God was, “When you were little in your own eyes.” 

David was not looking for the job of being King, he was a shepherd.  Joshua was the loyal servant of Moses the man of God and God elevated him to rulership.  When we lose our self-sufficiency, we are able to move into His sufficiency.  When we empty out self that makes room for us to be filled with Him.

The choice is self and our natural abilities or God and His supernatural abilities.  The choice is our manipulation and plans or God’s provision, call, development and sending forth.  He IS! He SEES! He HEARS! He KNOWS! He DELIVERS! He SENDS! He is WITH US! He INSTRUCTS! He has an ORDER! He is WHAT we need WHEN we need it!  He PROSPERS! He is a MIRACLE WORKER! He Uses WHAT WE HAVE!

God makes and keeps His Covenant and He has Promised that we can Pull Down Strongholds!  Now is the time to embrace Who He Is, and Believe He is, He can, and He will!

Have a great day!

JUST TELL THEM WHO I AM!


Exodus 3:13-14 – “Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I shall say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” 14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” NASB

Some time back, I heard in my spirit the Lord saying, “Just Tell Them Who I Am!”  I heard it over and over again, day after day for weeks and when something like that will not lessen in its tug at my heart, I know it is something that I need to pay careful attention to.  As I prayed and meditated on God, the things of God, and the Purposes of God I realized that this was the cry of the Father that His children would come to a greater awareness of “Who He Is” and “Know Him.”

As I prayed, I sensed in my spirit the Lord saying, “When My people know me, fear will be gone.  They will be able to wait on Me, trusting My provision, love, and timing.  They will be able to take dominion, establish My Covenant, set the captives free, and walk victoriously in this life!  So, Tell Them Who I Am!”  That was an incredibly humbling experience and the pressure of that directive was staggering.  How could I do that in the way I felt God wanted and deserved?  I knew the deficiency in my own ability and my sense of weakness and incapability soared.  I understood how Moses must have felt as he stood at the burning bush. 

God’s motivation is always out of a heart of love.  His motivation and purpose are always demonstrated in His Covenant.  His Love ‘Hesed’ (Hebrew) and ‘Agape’ (Greek) is His heart and binds Him to His Covenant opening the door for us to become one with Him.  It is through God’s Love and His Covenant that He totally commits Himself to us. In Chapter 3 of the Book of Exodus, we discover several important realities about God and in His dealings with Moses that help us to “know” Him and relate to Him.

I want to begin considering some of those realities and will allow the Bible to do its own commentary.  I pray this will be an inspiration and beneficial for you and inspire you to Know Him beyond anything you have ever experienced and move deeper into Him and His Purposes.

HE IS – – In verse 6 we realize that He is not ‘a’ god but THE GOD of all creation. In Abraham, we see His Covenant, in Isaac we see His Provision and in Jacob we see the Transformation that occurs.  He is!  He is whatever the need is!  He is eternal, past, present, and future.  I AM is Who He is!

HE SEES – – In verse 7 we discover that He sees ALL.  “for I have surely seen…”  The Bible tells us that the eyes of God run to and fro through the whole earth looking for opportunities to show Himself strong on behalf of His people. (2 Chronicles 16:9).  In Psalms 34:15 – “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous.”  Psalms 33:18 – “The eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him.”  Job 36:7 – “He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous.”  Psalm 139:12 – Darkness and light do not prevent Him from seeing.  Nothing escapes His notice.  He is the Seeing God!

HE HEARS – – In verse 7 we discover that He hears, “and have given heed to their cry…I am aware of their suffering.”  He is not an inanimate and unconcerned being, He hears, He sees, and He knows.  David said in Psalms 34:4 – “I sought the Lord and He heard me.”  In 34:15 – “His eyes are open to their cry.”  Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call unto Me and I will answer.”  John 14:3-14 – In that word of comfort from our Lord He reminds us that He Hears our prayers.  In 1 John 5:14-15 – “And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”  That is powerful! 

God IS and never changes. God SEES and misses nothing.  God HEARS and is aware of everything.  I have just begun to scratch the surface of Who He is but will pause here and pick up more realities and declarations of Who He is in the next devotional.  God bless you as you make it your objective to discover Him more fully and Know Him completely. 

Have a Great Day!