“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies...” (KJV)
“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies...” (KJV)
In life we all chase for a place called "There". Why is it like that? Well, when sin entered the world, things became bad and since then we have always desired and hoped for things to get better. Today we still long for better things and a better place.
Now, this is the reason why we are all prone to chasing after the wind. We think we are going to be better of if we pursued that degree or career because it would lead to what we envision as a better future. After achieving our goals, we discover that things are still not as good as we hoped for. We find out our relationships still need a lot of help despite having vast achievements.
Due to all this we get frustrated because we continue to struggle with the same problems we have had before and are forced to keep chasing after new promises hoping for what is better. The truth of the matter is that this is more like a mirage. When you get there, the water you saw on the horizon no longer exists. God has a solution for this problem.
In Christ, this place truly exists. It is a real place, designed by God with you in mind. In John 14: 2-3 Jesus says, “In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (KJV). The place God is preparing for those who believe in his son Jesus Christ is real.
On the day Jesus Christ was crucified, one of the two thieves hanging on a cross next to him asked to be remembered and that same day Jesus promised to be with the same man in a place called Paradise. In Luke 23: 42-43 the Bible says, “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise” (KJV). The place Jesus is calling "Paradise" is a place meant for you and it has every thing you have ever hoped for. It is not a mirage. This place really exists and it is meant for all those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you ready for that place?
Those who are in Christ are forever blessed. They are like the nation of Israel, chosen and blessed forever. A long time ago, a man by the name of Balaam was determined to curse Israel for personal gain despite being warned by God not to do it. Since Israel was blessed by God, Balaam could do nothing.
Now, part of what happened is recorded in Numbers 22:12 where the Bible says,“And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed”(KJV). Balaam went ahead with his intent to curse Israel, but failed. What does this tell us? This tells us that those who belong to God are blessed and can not be cursed unless they themselves willingly allow it by living in sin.
When you are in Christ, you are blessed. When you keep living by the word of God you will receive all the protection you need from any curse. However, when you commit sin, your protection is removed and you become vulnerable. This is just like it was with the nation of Israel. Other nations knew that if Israel committed immoral acts like fornication or worshipped idols, it would come under a curse and God’s protection would be removed.
Now, why would anyone want to curse that nation? Well, it is all because Israel was defeating every nation that stood on its way to the promised land. The nations that were threatened are the ones that wanted Israel to be cursed. These nations knew for sure that a curse was the only way to stop Israel from moving forward. This is what the enemy would like to do in our lives. He would want to stop us from getting the best of what God has in store for us.
A curse, in my opinion is like a guided missile and the only difference is that a curse occurs in the spirit and not in the natural world although the effects can manifest in the natural world. Do not let this “spirit guided missile” have a chance of ruining your life. Stay clear from any form of immorality because that is what the enemy has used for years to try to stop the people of God by making them come under a curse. Curses are rooted in sin.
What this man Balaam tried to do was to cast a stamblingblock before Israel. In Revelation 2:14 Jesus Christ says, “But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication” (KJV). This was happening in church at Pergamos and Jesus was not happy about doctrinal issues in that church. The doctrine of Balaam has only one purpose and that is to try to stop the people of God by means of a curse.
Whatever you do, do not let it stop you, abide in Christ. Live right and you will nullify any curse.
We all approach life with all sorts of plans and promises, but only the plan and promises of God are sure to come to pass. If you look back in your own personal life, you could probably see that you made promises that were not fulfilled. Your intentions were right, but things never worked out as planned or as promised. What happened? Well, it is simply because it was not in the plan or will of God.
In Matthew 2: 7-8 King Herod and the wise men agreed on finding the baby Jesus. In this Scripture the Bible says, “Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also” (KJV).
King Herod asked the wise men to bring him word, but really any King whose intention is to worship another King is something that raises a "red flag". Herod's intention was to kill baby Jesus, but God could not allow that to happen. God changed the outcome by instructing the wise men to go to their own country by using another way.
The wise men could have hoped and felt obligated to come back to Herod with a word about the baby Jesus, but that could not have been in the will of God. They never knew Herod had the intention of killing the baby Jesus. God knew that Herod was intending to kill Jesus and that is the reason why he had to instruct the wise men to do his will instead. In a dream, God warned the wise men not to go back to King Herod.
In Matthew 2: 12 the Bible says, “And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way” (KJV). Sometimes this is what happens in our lives when we plan to do things with other people. We end up not seeing the fulfillment of those plans because of hidden agendas God will not allow. Now, did the wise men lie by not going back to Herod? Not at all, they instead did the will of God and what prevailed is what God wanted to happen.
A few years ago, I made plans and agreed with fellow ministers to be part of some ministry overseas. I had all the money I needed for the air ticket, but things were not falling in place as planned. One day God revealed to me about a major complex issue I would face if I went ahead with the plan and that is why I decided not to go. I did not attend that particular event that year, but I participated in a similar event a year later. When I finally got to the meetings, the Lord confirmed his previous warning. I broke my promise a year earlier like the wise men and did the will of God for a reason.
Beloved, What God instructs you to do should always take first place no matter how good your plan might be. The Lord will sometimes give you instructions to do something contrary to your previous plans in order to takes care of a serious situation. Herod could have labeled the wise men liars, but they obeyed God and the baby Jesus was saved from premature death.