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Matthew 15:21-28 "Jesus went out of there, he went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman who had come out of that region cried out of that region, saying to her, Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is severely tormented by a demon. But Jesus did not answer a word. Then his disciples approached him, begging him, saying, Say goodbye to her, for she gives voices after us. He answered, he said, I am sent not but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then she came and prostrated herself before him, saying, Lord, help me! Answering him, he said, It is not right to take the bread of the children, and cast it into the dogs. And she said, Yes, Lord; but even the dogs eat from the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters. Then Jesus answered, and said, O woman, great is thy faith; Do it with you the way you want. And your daughter was healed from that hour.
This passage is so known for Jesus' strong interaction with the Canaanite woman (sirofenicia) of this teacher's encounter and this woman can draw some important lessons:
1. In the face of your need, go straight to the Father.
This woman came and set out to be heard, and began to shout loudly: Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me. He did not expect to make an appointment, he did not walk with intermediaries, he knew that something was going to happen, and he put all his confidence that Jesus would answer him.
To. May your need not paralyze you. I acted today. She might have felt sorry for her, they could have shut her up, they could have rejected her. But instead of lamenting for her misfortune, (because having a sick child is a disgrace) she took that need and took her to the feet of the one who fills everything, the one who heals everything, the one who does not help at all. Please, by the mercies of Christ, do not stand up, run to Jesus.
B. Ask the right way. First of all she in her petition makes a very marked separation, and shouts: Lord! Not every lord, distinguishes him from all and says: Lord, Son of David! It is like giving him supreme worship and exaltation, naming him as the promised Messiah, and giving him his place of supreme authority. Second, be specific and clear. Not because God doesn't know, but by deepening your request, you are making a path to intimacy with God. Be specific, take as much time as necessary to make your request to God.
C. Move in the direction of the Lord. This woman, she continued, continued, until she managed to stand before Jesus. Do not give up, and if you get a "no" for answer, as you moved in the direction of God, being in your Presence, I guarantee that you will never be the same again. If you ask and if you receive, you will not be the same, if you ask and do not receive what you asked for, I can assure you that God will always answer you, and you will never be the same again.
2. Faced with the need for your faith to be strengthened.
You and I have two paths: trust in God or trust in us. If you think you can all of them, I have bad news for you, it's going to be bad for you. If you fully trust in God, there is good news: God will always transform you.
To. God's silence is a food for his hope in God. The woman screamed, screamed and screamed… And Jesus did not answer a word. but she did not faint, she did not resent another crowd to seek "another word, fresher" The silence of God, must nourish our faith, she must enliven our hope, for if he shuts up, or I do not see him doing, my trust will continue in him.
B. Don't hear any other voices. The only voice that must matter is God's. Do not hear those voices that tell you, "Just praying do not solve things" today I come to tell you, praying is how things are resolved. Talking to God, we'll be changed. If we husbands, we pray with our wives, when the lawsuits come (because they come) we quickly resolve our differences, because there is no discord when the Holy Spirit rules, because where the Spirit of God is, there is freedom there.
C. Even if they don't seem to notice us, God thinks of us. The woman shouted, the disciples asked to take her out and send her home, but Jesus had already noticed the woman and her request.
3. Our only help is the Lord.
The woman is already tired of being apparently ignored, I say apparently because she had already noticed, and uses her most powerful resource: a contrite and humiliated heart; God will never despise a genuinely humiliated heart. He does not go against His Word (Psalm 51)
To. Jesus came to his own, to Israel first, but in the face of his rejection, his grace caught up with us. John 1:11 We attain mercy because others rejected it.
B. We will not shut down on anything or circumstance. They called him "perrilla" and he wasn't offended… She was willing to do anything to attain mercy.
C. The ending is always glorious. When faith does not stop and gives us hope, we will see victory.
Conclusion: It is not easy to persevere. Costs. It costs sleep, it costs physical strength, wears out, sometimes it's not fun, but when we persevere in faith, victory tastes beautifully sweet. Ask in faith, as you ask for it to be transformed, you will learn from the Lord and his character, you will learn to trust in silences, to be calm in the storm, to have joy in the trial, but do not fail to advance, do not stop asking, persevere and live for the glory of God.
SOURCE: Thank you Pastor Dorian Banegas for your teachings
We usually highly value the material blessings we receive. But if we have received Christ in our hearts, you are a blessed of God. Because this is not only a material matter, but also of blessings that come from God, which have been purchased with the Blood of Christ on the cross of ordeal.
Blessings most people never think about, or many, have never heard of, but they are blessings we can ask for and are the result of our relationship with Jesus Christ.
1. God chose us from before the foundation of the world.
Ephesians 1: 3-8 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we might be holy and unspotted before him , in love having predestined us to be adopted his children through Jesus Christ, according to the pure affection of his will, for praise of the glory of his grace, with which he made us accept us in the Beloved, in whom we have redemption for his blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace, which made him abound for us in all wisdom and intelligence,
According to this Word, God has already blessed us with ALL blessing in the heavenly places, that we might be holy and unspotted. God chose us and created us, loved us, predestined us to carry out our purpose in life, made us accept us in the BELOVED in whom we have redemption of sins, that is, we are forgiven.
Gentlemen, as children of God, let us see how rich we are. We're rich in things that money can't buy and that no one can take from us.
This solves life before, during and after time. And only the Almighty God, the Author of the universe, can make this kind of promise.
Therefore, every child of God must appropriate these verses.
2. God has sealed us like his children.
Ephesians 1:13 "In him you too, having heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and having believed in it, were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
What God has promised is fulfilled. No one can break that seal given by the Holy Spirit of God, the Almighty and Sovereign God of the universe.
These are blessings that have already been bought. Purchased with the Blood of Jesus and wrapped in the Grace of Jesus Christ for those who are willing to believe Him.
3. God has given us gifts.
Ephesians 12:7-11 "But each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for profit. For this is given by the Spirit word of wisdom; another, word of science according to the same Spirit; to another, faith for the same Spirit; and to another, gifts of healing by the same Spirit. To another, to perform miracles; another, prophecy; to another, discernment of spirits; at another, various genres of languages; and another, interpretation of languages. But all these things are done by one and the same Spirit, giving each one in particular as he wants.
The Holy Spirit has given us different gifts: word of wisdom, of science, of faith, of healings, of miracles, professing, discernment of spirits, tongues, and interpretation of languages. God made this promise and has given us gifts so that we can achieve whatever He has in mind for his life.
And it all comes down to one word: Gifts of Service, to serve God's people, but do not think that you have to serve someone, because whom we truly serve is God and whatever we do we are serving Him.
4. God loves us.
Jeremias 31:3 "The Lord manifested himself to me long ago, saying, With eternal love I have loved thee; therefore, I prolonged my mercy to you.
Think about this: God loves me. There are many people who do not feel loved, but let me tell you that God loves us without exeption.
Who else can say: "I have loved you with eternal love"
You know how long the eternal lasts, this means that it never ceases, that it is never interrupted, that God loves us 24 hours a day.
Someone can say, "And why does this or that happen to me." I can't answer that, but he can tell you that nothing happens to God's children without their knowledge, without their presence, and without their power. That is, He is in control of everything, every aspect of our lives. And if God permitted it, it is because He will take every circumstance of life and change it for good if we trust in Him.
If we recognize that God loves us and cares about us, He tells us, "Do not be troubled our hearts, nor be afraid, because moment by moment, you have the presence of Almighty God."
And when we believe this Word, then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding descends upon us.
God wants us to have peace, to be united with Him so that we may have His joy, his love, and his satisfaction in difficult times. We are definitely blessed in ways we never think.
5. God will meet all our needs.
Philippians 4:19 "My God will therefore fill all that you lack according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
God doesn't tell us he'll beg for anything we want. By trusting in Christ Jesus as our Savior, we are under the shadow of a sovereign God, who will not only fill us with all that is missing from us, but will do so in the time we need him and at the best time.
God will take care of us no matter what.
But the most valuable poses are: the presence of God, the power of God, and the knowledge of God. We are truly blessed of God, blessed with eternal life that never ceases, with the presence of the Almighty God, who answers our prayers and says, "I will never leave you, I will never unsettle you, I will supplant your needs."
6. We have the privilege of prayer.
Look around you, God created all that, the sovereign God created it. And we have the privilege of speaking to Him. The reason you don't know him is because you don't read his Book.
It is not a distant person, but a personal, close, warm God, who sent His Son Jesus Christ so that we could recognize that He feels what we feel, understands when we suffer, understands when we do not understand. That's the God we serve.
7. We have the divine promise of our resurrection.
1 Corinthians 15: 51-52 "Behold, I say unto you a mystery: We shall not all sleep; but we will all be transformed, in a moment, into the blink of an eye, to the trumpet final; for the trumpet will be played, and the dead will be resurrected incorruptible, and we will be transformed.
God's promise is that one day, we will be resurrected and transformed for eternity. That is, there is a resurrection for every child of God, a new body that exists forever with Almighty God.
The Blood of Christ has cleansed us, purified us before his eyes. God is our God and is not a fictional idea, He is God, the Sovereign God of the universe.
8. God has given us His Word.
Of all that exists on earth, the Word of God is 1. Here it is how it started and how it will end. Here's what's going to happen from start to finish. The Word of God.
1 Peter 1: 24-25 " For all flesh is like grass, And all the glory of man as a flower of grass. The grass dries, and the flower falls off; But the word of the Lord remains forever. And this is the word that the gospel has proclaimed to you.
The Word of God is living, effective, and eternal. Stay forever.
Let us pray: Thank you Lord for having chosen us from before the foundation of the world to be holy and unspotted, adopted to be your children, forgiven of our sins, justified and entitled to enter the throne of grace, in addition to having sealed us with your Holy Spirit, your possession, to enjoy us in your presence, filled with your everlasting love, equipped with spiritual gifts to serve you and your people, who meet all our needs. Thank you because we are a people acquired to proclaim the goodness of Jesus. Amen.
Source: Thank you Pastor Charles Stanley for your teachings.
The battle of the Lord does not mean that you sit down and do nothing, while God does absolutely everything. Because when a problem comes, we don't always do what we have to do first. And that's the first thing we have to do, look for God.
Very often we run to other people, and it is not that it is bad, but we should not go to others first, until we have asked God, if that is the person we should go to.
Sometimes He does not want us to go to anyone, because it is time for us to learn to hear God for ourselves. Well, you're supposed to search it and find it for yourself. Since this is based on the Word.
Jehoshaphat knew it was necessary to go to God.
2 Cronicas 20: 1-2 "After these things, it came to pass that the children of Moab and Ammon, and with them others of the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to war. And some came and warned Jehoshaphat, saying, A great multitude cometh against thee from the other side of the sea, and of Syria; and behold they are in Hazezon-tamar, which is En-gadi. Then he was afraid; and Jehoshaphat humiliated his face to consult the Lord.
Jehoshaphat was afraid and knew that the place where he was squared against the enemy is the place of blessing, and this is true in our lives, because we have learned more from God when we have been through anything in life.
So what he did:
1. Jehoshaphat determined to seek God's help.
2 Cronicas 2:3-4 " ….. and Jehoshaphat humiliated his face to consult the Lord, and made a pout of fasting to all Judah. And the people of Judah gathered together to ask the Lord for help; and also of all the cities of Judah came to ask the Lord for help.
He knew that it was not an option, but that God's hearing was vital if he wanted to defeat his enemies and proclaimed fasting throughout Judah. Because when we seek God, He will give us the gift of faith, which is the faith that goes beyond ordinary faith. Which empowers us to do something or take a step toward something that has frightened us.
God has given us a faith to know that He will provide us with what we need and even more to bless others. And He continues to provide, but we must do what we must do, seek God diligently and perseveringly.
And continue to believe that God will keep His promises.
So we must keep our eyes on God, clinging to Him and not on people. Then the peace that surpasses all understanding will come upon what should be done, or what not to do.
Sometimes a divine encounter of God with someone can provide what you need or open the doors for you.
2. Jehoshaphat manifests to God how great he is, how amazing he is, and how powerful He is.
2 Cronicas 20: 5-6 "Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new atrium; and said, Lord God of our fathers, art thou not God in heaven, and have dominion over all the kingdoms of the nations? Isn't it in your hand such strength and power, that there is no one to resist you?
Here Jehoshaphat was getting on the good side of God. We see someone worshipping God, declaring God's greatness before presenting his problem.
It would not be good if even during the day, we say to God, "I need you Lord, thank you for being with me today, I just want you to know that I am nothing without you, I love you Lord."
2 Cronicas 20 7-9 "Did thou not cast out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gave it to the seed of Abraham thy friend forever? And they have dwelt in it, and have built themselves in it sanctuary in thy name, saying, If evil come upon us, or sword of punishment, or pestilence, or famine, we shall stand before this house, and before thee (for thy name is in this house) , and because of our tribulations we will cry out to you, and you will hear us and save.
What Jehoshaphat was saying to God is: You are amazing, we belong to you, we are your people, this is your land, we are your possession, this is your sanctuary.
3. Finally, he's about to tell God he's got a problem.
You've noticed well everything That Jehoshaphat first said to God before you asked him for anything?
I wonder how many of us approach God when we have a problem, with an attitude of worship, or we just say, you have to help me with this.
This is the same as saying: I will just go and listen to the Word of God and say to God: Lord I need your help, I can't take it anymore.
NO," let's start making a sacrifice of worship: Thank you for all the blessings in my life.
Let me tell you something: worship and praise must have more weight than petition. Amen.
2 Chronicles 20: 10-11 "Now, therefore, behold the sons of Ammon and of Moab, and those of Mount Seir, to whose land thou hast not wanted Israel to pass when he came from the land of Egypt, but to turn away from them, and not destroy them; Behold, they give us the payment by coming to throw us out of the inheritance that you gave us in possession.
They reminded God: that people you didn't let us destroy, behold, they are trying to drive us out of your possession.
So Jehoshaphat talks about how amazing God is, then he recounts the powerful deeds that God has fulfilled in the past, then he mentions his problem. But sometimes, we talk most of the time about the problem and very little time about how big God is.
2 Cronicas 20: 12 "O our God! Won't you judge them? For in us there is no strength against such a great multitude that comes against us; we don't know what to do, and we turn our eyes to you.
Here is a great lesson of humility:
To. We're incompetent against them.
B. We don't know what to do.
C. Our eyes are on you.
What Jehoshaphat was saying to God: We have no power to defeat this enemy, we cannot do this without you, we do not know what to do even if we try, but our eyes are on you.
Let's apply this at the level of daily life: "Lord I have tried everything and nothing works, but now my eyes are finally on you."
Psalm 138: 6 "For the Lord is exalted and attends to the humble".
God I'm not able to do this, and I know you can do what I can't. If we have been able to do it, it does not mean that God cannot do it, but that He has hoped that we will realize it.
Maybe some have given up hope because their affairs haven't been working, "I've tried everything and I don't know what you want me to do." Here's the point: if everything hasn't worked, then He wants you to do nothing for a moment.
John 15:5 "I am the vine and you are the pampas; He who remains in me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; because separated from me you can do nothing."
Do not begin your devotional to God with requests, start with gratitude, think about the people God has put into your life, they are a blessing to you. Don't start by telling him everything that hurts, give him thanks for what he's got and it still works.
2 Cronicas 20: 13 "And all Judah stood before the Lord, with his children and his wives, and his children.
4. Jehoshaphat and the whole town was in a waiting attitude.
And to expect is not to be physically busy, but to be spiritually busy. You're believing, you're trusting, you're praising.
Waiting means having anticipation, looking and longing for God.
Isaias 40:31 "Those who wait for the Lord will have new strength, they will raise wings like eagles, run and not get tired, walk, and not fatigue."
It is not that he is passively waiting, he is while he receives his miracle, meditating on the Word, worshipping God, surrendering to Him. But you'll say to God, "I hope you talk to me, I hope you come, I'll look for you, I long for you."
Therefore, hope means that at any moment, something amazing will happen in your life. When you expect to hear from God, don't expect a big explosion.
The more He walks with God, He expects you to walk by faith, not by signs and wonders and confirmations and miracles.
2 Cronicas 20: 14-17 "And there was Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mataniah, a Levite of the children of Asaf, upon whom the Spirit of the Lord came in the midst of the meeting; and said, Hear, Judah all, and ye dwell in Jerusalem, and thou, King Jehoshaphat. The Lord says unto you thus, Fear not or be frightened before this great multitude, for it is not your war, but of God. Tomorrow you will descend against them; Behold, they shall go up the slope of Sis, and ye shall find them by the stream, before the jerel desert. There will be no what you fight for in this case; Stand up, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you. O Judah and Jerusalem, fear neither fear nor faint; Go out tomorrow against them, for the Lord will be with you.
God gave someone else a word to give to Jehoshaphat. They were clearly told what to do, but it was after waiting, and it wasn't until He spoke to them.
They took faith for this day, they had experience with God, they knew their position.
2 Cronicas 18-19 "Then Jehoshaphat bowed his face to the ground, and also all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem prostrated theself before the Lord, and worshipped the Lord. And the Levites of the children of Coat and of the children of Coré rose, to praise the Lord the God of Israel with a loud and loud voice.
Then Jehoshaphat bowed face to earth and also all the people and worshipped God. When we worship God and prostrate ourselves and meditate on the Word, that is our position in battle.
They praised God with loud, loud voice. And you as you truly praise God, praise him in a strong voice or are you there intimidated?. Above all men, it is not time to be ashamed, it is time to glorify God.
2 Cronicas 20: 20-21 "And when they got up in the morning, they went out into the desert of Tecoa. And as they went out, Jehoshaphat, standing, said, Hear me, Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be sure; believe your prophets, and you will be prospered. And there was counsel with the people, he put some who sing and plaunt the Lord, clothed in sacred ornaments, as the armed people came out, and say, Glorify the Lord, for his mercy is forever.
And the Levites are commanded to praise God: GLORATE THE LORD, FOR HIS MERCY IS FOREVER.
Someone can imagine the scene, the people of Israel singing and the enemy wondering what that was, were not supposed to come to war. These were left with square eyes.
5. We must remember that our struggle is not against blood or flesh, but against principalities and powers of darkness (Ephesians 6:12). That the weapons of our militia are not carnal, but powerful in Christ Jesus, to destroy fortresses (2 Corinthians 10:4)
Our weapons are not carnal, but spiritual, they are praise, worship, gratitude, and being dadivized. And this is the super-goodism part.
2 Cronicas 20: 22 "And when they began to chant songs of praise, the Lord laid against the children of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, the ambushes of themselves that came against Judah, and killed one another.
Then God made those who came against his people confused, and killed each other. Those who came against the Hebrews.
Imagine, if not it is true of the situation sent to him by the devil, and what I can do is to sing, worship, and to tell God how great He is. How powerful He is.
When we do this, then God will show you what He wants You to do. And if you don't show him, be smart enough to wait, until He does.
BENDIT BE OUR GOD.
Source: Thank you for your teachings Joyce Meyer.