Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Lord is There!

The Lord Is There!

Eze 35:10
(10)  Because thou hast said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess it; whereas the LORD was there:

Edom was a country that hated Israel.  Though they came from the same lineage, and Esau was actually the brother of Jacob.  Even in the womb they fought one another and they still do today!  Edom not only took advantage of Israel when they were down, but they joined in and piled on.

When Babylon crushed Israel in 587BC, Edom had joined in and helped them, they took advantage of them when they were down. They afflicted the afflicted and kicked the nation when they were down.  But they made one crucial mistake.  When Israel was down and they thought they would invade and take the land to be their own, they forgot, The Lord Was There! 

God may have punished Israel and Judah and He may have the right to correct them, but He did not utterly give up on them.  It is one thing to punish your own child, but woe to the one that comes in to punish your child! 

God said “The Lord Was There…”

He is there!

What makes heaven heaven and hell hell?  Hell is hell because of the lack of the presence of God and heaven because of His Presence!  In His presence is fullness of joy!

In the New Testament Jesus gave the example of a house that was inhabited by devils.  They house was vacated and the devils were looking for a new place to live.  They found none and came back to their original place, they found it empty and swept and brought in more devils and more wicked then before.

The problem?  It was empty!!!!

·        That is repentance without salvation
·        Life alteration but not surrender to Jesus
·        Resolution without Jesus solutions

(EZE 35:10) …As if to say “What in the world are you thinking?  Are you out of your mind?”

It was the presence of God that made all of the difference

How many times the enemy of our soul is like Edom.  If we are down and have stumbled, he wants to pile on. 

If we have failed, he wants to make sure we never get up.

·        He tries to jilt our joy,
·        To mess up our mission
·        To possess our possession
·        Belittle our burden

You may have messed up but God hasn’t given up on you

You may have failed, but it is not final!

                He is there in the battle!!!

·        Isa 59:19(19)  So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
·        Yes We rejoice about God lifting up a standard, telling us to go forward but the greatest part of this verse is “HE IS THERE IN THE BATTLE!”

He is there in the Praises!

·        He inhabits the praises of His people!!!
·        Do you feel distant?
·        When you start praising Him, He is there!!!!
·        You need an answer?  You need some joy? You want your burden for souls renewed?  GET IN HIS PRESENCE BY PRAISING HIM!!!

He is there in the Need!

·        Wedding of Cana
·        They ran out!
·        Mary says “Do what He says”
·        He says “Fill up the water pots!”
·        First you have got to pour in, before you can pour out
·        In their need HE WAS THERE!!!
·        Sometimes it feels as if we are empty, don’t have the money, love, energy, faith etc, but in our need, HE IS THERE!

Closing illustration:  The night that I got saved, there was a battle going on.  The devil was trying to take me out and told me to kill myself.  That it was too late….That the devil had me….But in my distress….I cried unto the Lord.   HE WAS THERE!!!!

One day when this dispensation is over, God said I am going to name that place Jehovah Shammah, THE LORD IS THERE!