Micah – Revealing Our Spiritual Strength

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

As we are following along through the Old Testament we find a pattern emerging throughout, and that is that the people of God rejected His prophets and His Word over and again. Throughout, God continues showing His loving care, desiring that they would accept His deliverance.

God’s healing Word continues revealing to them their glorious future, and showing that eventually God would set things right by sending His Son who would quench the sin nature by giving his life. All of God’s wonderful mercies given to Israel became known as they acknowledged the Messiah’s coming.

In the Book of Micah, Jesus Christ was prophesied as the Ruler in Israel who would come forth from Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). The Messiah would be the king of lords and the strength that they would need to conquer their fears and shortcomings, and Jesus Christ would become our strength to daily enjoy our God’s presence.

In Micah, God delights in mercy towards believers:

Micah 7:18-19:
-18: Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? {The “remnant” are those who would believe out of the nation of Israel.} he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
-19: He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

The more of God’s Word we come to know, the greater we begin to perceive our heavenly Father’s true characteristics of love. He is called the “God of love and peace” in II Corinthians 13:11; the word “of” in the Greek Text is in the genitive case because love and peace originated from God Himself.

Even though His people continued rejecting Him, He continued revealing revelations regarding the hope of the Savior coming and his day of deliverance.

Micah 5:4 – And he {Jesus Christ} shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they {believers} shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

As Jesus Christ receives his strength from God, he strengthens us today: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). The strength that we receive originates with God, and Jesus Christ strengthens us with his very own strength that he receives from God.

We have the strength of Christ to continue walking daily with our heavenly Father.

Micah 6:8 – He {God} hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee {and this is what God requires:}, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

It is Christ within who helps us walk humbly with God, strengthening our endeavors to do that which is just and to love with the love of God. This of course would fulfil the requirements God desires of us, perhaps not the requirements some people expect of Christians, but I am confident that we would rather be pleasing to God first.

Micah 7:7-8:
-7: Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me {when I pray to Him}.
-8: Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

Ephesians 6:10 records, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might,” and in walking with our God we can acknowledge our Spiritual Strength (in Christ), and become more than conquerors with the inseparable “love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).

Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Her Terrible Pain of Loss!

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

It was a dark day for the Christian world to hear and realize that Mother Teresa actually wrote of her doubts about the existence of God.

She wrote: “I am told God lives in me — and yet the reality of darkness and coldness and emptiness is so great that nothing touches my soul.”
“I want God with all the power of my soul — and yet between us there is terrible separation.”
“I feel just that terrible pain of loss, of God not wanting me, of God not being God, of God not really existing.”

The above quotations and many others are from newly released letters and are currently riding across the airwaves in news stories and commentaries from her personal thoughts that have been compiled in a new book titled, “Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light.” Mother Teresa was without a doubt a great person and saintly women of God who helped inspire and led many people towards the light, yet she was somewhat tormented from within her heart as she wanted to see and believe more than she saw. She was unable to reach her personal goals of realizing God in her, just as all too many professing Christians think, believe, and come face-to-face with similar letdowns while still hoping and searching for God.

In our eBooklet series titled: The Golden Thread, you will learn that Jesus Christ is the link to God Himself; as Jesus confessed “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” When Christ touches your soul, when you begin seeing him, not only throughout God’s Word but also in your own life, then the darkness and coldness and emptiness, and as well the terrible separation between a Christian believer and his or her God will completely subside. The light of God Himself can illuminate your inner soul through Christ and restore the terrible pain of loss; this is the underlying theme of The Golden Thread series. Through this new and inspiring series, you will find the principles that allow Jesus Christ to show you that God wants you, that He does live in you, and as you learn from this series to increase your faith in Jesus Christ, you will come to experience the certainty of God really existing in your life!

When we look at a good person such as Mother Teresa, for an example, who searched a lifetime and looked for clearcut, heartfelt proofs without ever really knowing whether God is truly real; this story causes one to be saddened for her, especially knowing how kind and giving she was towards even less fortunate souls. Imagine how much more her giving could have meant to her, personally, if she could have realized in her heart the existence of God — greater miracles would have abounded! Now we could also take another person (like you for example) who may be struggling over these same basic issues of looking for God and not knowing how to recognize His voice. If you are still searching, then we would ask you to simply read The Golden Thread series in your quest for God, the reason being is that you would discover Jesus and his continued mission which is to reveal the realities of God in your personal life. We further believe that you will experience your heavenly Father’s acceptance of you from His Word and from within your own heart!

Many people are uncertain about where God’s Son resides other than to think that he may be “upstairs” someplace. These are the great pursuits of the ages, and as well, these are unmistakably answered for the searching believer throughout our new study.

So often, many people are hesitant or even afraid to seek and come to God and see Him for Who He really is, which thankfully, He is known to us as being Love and Light. Take the challenge and do not allow doubts or worries to whelp up into fear that may prevent you from realizing our omnipresent God, but invite His graciousness into your life and heart, and enjoy His love and light. The Golden Thread series was written to help show you how to enjoy His peaceful grace and how to experience His awesome presence and how to receive His delightful presents!

The Golden Thread series offers anyone the chance of a lifetime to discover the heavenly Father in crystal clear, awe-inspiring revelations, and is available, is here, and is presented to you right now! Yes, we say, for you it is only a chance of a lifetime until you experience the definite reality of God residing in your own heart, and then you could never write or even imagine the nonexistence of God because you will have come to know and experience Him personally.

True, if our series is wrong and does not lead you to an unprecedented understanding of God, then you would have donated a little bit of your time to find your Savoir, and just maybe you will discover him living in your heart as a real presence. Now let us turn this around and propose the following. What if we are correct and our research is true, then you will have an abundant, eternal profit to gain from your loving, heavenly Father as you are drawn into an intimate relationship with Him whose desire is to cherish, to love, and to sustain you for all eternity! If you have never known this caring and loving God before, we are so very sorry, but in truth, in The Golden Thread series, you will find your way to the warmth and loving embrace of your heavenly Father!

The Joy of the Lord!

For David speaketh concerning him {recorded in the 16th Psalm}, I foresaw the Lord always before my face {by revelation}, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope– Acts 2:25-26. What gave David inner joy, continued hope, and a glad tongue was knowing his Lord and Savior from the written revelation of Scripture (II Peter 1:21). The Scriptures continue giving us joy, hope, and a glad tongue – the same joys that Jesus knew when speaking the Word of God, for the joy of the LORD is your strength- Nehemiah 8:10.” ~LMJ~

Rejoice and Be Glad in Your Heart

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Acts 2:22–27:
-22:  Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
-23:  Him {Jesus}, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
-24:  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
-25:  For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
-26:  Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
-27:  Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One {Jesus Christ} to see corruption.

King David always kept the hope of his Savior alive in his heart hundreds of years before the first coming of Christ. David always kept Jesus Christ “before my face,” meaning he always looked to Jesus and his day of deliverance. The result for looking unto Jesus was that Jesus was his hope (as well as ours), for eternal life. Knowing Jesus Christ personally through knowing the Scriptures assured David of his eternal life, which daily allowed his heart to rejoice, and as he spoke of Jesus his tongue was glad, which also gave others the hope of Christ’s return.

Psalms 28:7–8:
-7:  The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song I will praise him.
-8:  The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

The anointed of God is Jesus Christ, and God is the saving strength of Jesus Christ (see Acts 2:22 above), Jesus is our interceder (between God and man), and Jesus Christ reveals to the heart that searches for God: the magnificence of God Himself. Knowing Christ causes our heart to greatly rejoice, and a glad tongue comes to us by speaking about the accomplishments of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Witnessing to others that Jesus died for our sins, that he was resurrected and seated at the right hand of God, and that he is returning for us at some future moment to take us home makes the tongue glad.

Acts 2:28:
Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance {presence}.

Knowing Jesus Christ gives to the believer understanding about “the ways of life” such as how to genuinely walk with God. Jesus Christ was always pleasing to God (Matthew 3:17). As we ourselves look to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), he will also teach us how to be pleasing to God, for Jesus is always present within our hearts.

His Inspiration

“When we allow the Savior’s words of comfort and inner peace to be at home in our minds, his words can inspire us to be the best in our relationships, in our workplaces, and in our life’s endeavors. When we allow the Master Teacher into our hearts — his words will become our thoughts (our inner consciousness) as his inspiration will be with us in our time of need, and this is the how of utilizing the daily inspirations we receive from Jesus Christ.” ~LMJ~