Month: October 2016

My Reptile Phase

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!  Matthew 7:11

Messiah said “If your son asks for a fish you won’t give him a snake, will you?” But what if he asks for a snake? When I was 8 years old, I went through a reptile phase and asked my parents for an iguana. They bought me a goldfish. Reptiles don’t go over big in Jewish homes; they’re not kosher.

As God’s children, we might be asking for serpents without realizing it, asking for what’s harmful, poisonous or something that’s wrong for us, because we think we need it. Maybe you’ve asked for a marriage, a job or position that would be the worst thing in the world and would destroy you. God has to say no because He’s your Father. When God says no, it’s a gift. It’s to keep you from harm. Be blessed when God says no; it’s as much a gift as when He says yes. Because if God doesn’t give you what you want, He’ll give you what He wants, and you can be sure that what He wants is a whole lot better than what you wanted, as a fish is to a snake.

Today’s Mission – Take time today to give God thanks for all the no’s He’s given you and for protecting you from the wrong path.

by Jonathan Cahn

Which Report Will We Give?

George Whittenby George Whitten

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

When the twelve spies were sent into Canaan to spy out the land, ten returned with a bad report. Their assessment was that it was impossible to conquer the land that God had promised them. Forgetting how God had led them with a pillar of fire by night, and fed them manna from heaven during the day, brought forth water out of a rock, and parted the Red Sea, they saw the situation with only their natural eyes, failed to walk by faith, and succumbed to fear.

Joshua and Caleb however, returned with a good report. Refusing to be discouraged by what they saw, they fully trusted that their supernatural God was not going to break His promise to His people, Israel.

We are living in days where the world looks bleak, and the evils seem to grow more threatening and dangerous. How will we react? Will we be devastated and terrorized like the 10 spies with a bad report? Or will we do something extraordinary — will we walk by faith like Joshua and Caleb, trust in the love and power of our God, and seize the opportunities that are at hand?

Let’s walk by faith and stand firm in it, facing every challenge, and laying hold of every opportunity that awaits us. May Joshua and Caleb be our examples of faith and courage in these days. With our God going before us, we also, can take the land, glorifying Him in every battle.

Your family in the Lord with much agape love

by George Whitten