As the year comes to an end and as we usher the new one in, I want to say a big thank you to the Almighty God who has brought us this far, to the Holy Spirit of God who has illuminated the word of God to us and enabled us to share it with you in this website, to Jesus the Son of the Most High and living God who has given His life to me and you to enjoy this wonderful salvation freely. 

To my family especially my husband who has always reminded me to prepare and send the posts to our Editor on time not to mention his daily devotion to pray for this good work the Lord has started to bring salvation to many and more so Godly healing to those who are hurting. May you remember him O my God with Favour and blessings.

To our Editor who is also our Web Manager who has worked tirelessly to enable us have weekly view of these posts in our website.  May the Almighty Lord give you credit and reward you for this hard work.

To you our dear reader who has found refuge in the times of pain through the word of God in this Website, may the Almighty Lord bring healing in His own wonderful ways and always answer you when you call Him.

 To all of us who gather here, we are the chosen people of God to win a particular piece of Promised Land for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ – we have to take part in His life and share in His pain. It is important for us to look back on our lives and see where God has brought us, remembering the times in our lives where it was abundantly clear that God had intervened. And once we see how far God has brought us, we can continue to look forward and go where God wants to lead us.

 We have had a share of our hurts and pains.  But there is no doubt in my mind, that God has given us many wonderful victories.  As we commemorate the battles that God has fought for us and the victories that He has given us; we should commemorate these victories with worship and praise! 

God knows our Names and He loves us despite our circumstances.  He has not and will never forget us! -But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name, you are mine." (Isaiah 43:1)

God knows our troubles and our happiness. He made each one of us special, and He wants to have a personal relationship with each of us. We can worship God even in the midst of our pain and hurts by pouring our difficulty out before Him. Instead of backing away from God during a hard time or a dark night, we face the pain and worship Him with it and in it. As an act of love, we offer it all to God. We lay everything before His Throne.

When I think of God that way, I realize that He loves me and will never leave me. And best of all, I have God's promise that He called me to come to him so I can have eternal life.

I believe that the Lord has laid one verse of Scripture, upon my spirit, to share with you today as we end the old year and as we enter the new one.

1 Samuel 7:3-14New International Version (NIV) 3 So Samuel said to all the Israelites, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” 4 So the Israelites put away their Baals and Ashtoreths, and served the Lord only.

5 Then Samuel said, “Assemble all Israel at Mizpah, and I will intercede with the Lord for you.” 6 When they had assembled at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out before the Lord. On that day they fasted and there they confessed, “We have sinned against the Lord.” Now Samuel was serving as leader[a] of Israel at Mizpah.

7 When the Philistines heard that Israel had assembled at Mizpah, the rulers of the Philistines came up to attack them. When the Israelites heard of it, they were afraid because of the Philistines. 8 They said to Samuel, “Do not stop crying out to the Lord our God for us, that he may rescue us from the hand of the Philistines.” 9 Then Samuel took a suckling lamb and sacrificed it as a whole burnt offering to the Lord. He cried out to the Lord on Israel’s behalf, and the Lord answered him.

10 While Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to engage Israel in battle. But that day the Lord thundered with loud thunder against the Philistines and threw them into such a panic that they were routed before the Israelites. 11 The men of Israel rushed out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, slaughtering them along the way to a point below Beth Kar.

12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer,[b] saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”

13 So the Philistines were subdued and they stopped invading Israel’s territory. Throughout Samuel’s lifetime, the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines.

In this passage of Scripture, Samuel, one of the greatest men of God in the Old Testament, the last of the Judges and the first of the Prophets, is seeking to bring about a revival in Israel.  In so doing, he spoke to the Israelites about the things that would bring revival.  Those things included: Returning to the Lord with all of their heart, removing the foreign gods from among them, directing their hearts to the Lord.  And, Serving Jehovah God alone.

These four things basically constitute repentance, and Samuel promised deliverance when there was true repentance. So, the Israelites met the conditions for repentance and for deliverance.  Now, in the process of meeting the conditions, Samuel had them gather together at Mizpah that he might pray for them. While they were at Mizpah, the leaders of the Philistines heard that the Israelites had gathered at Mizpah.  They read this gathering either as a gathering for battle, or the Philistines believed this would be a good time and place to finish off the Israelites.  So, they went up to Mizpah to attack Israel. Now when the Sons of Israel heard that the Philistines were coming, they were afraid.  Then they asked Samuel to pray to God and ask Him to save them from the hand of the Philistines. Samuel was a praying prophet, so he did what they asked.  He offered a whole burnt offering, in worship, and he cried to the Lord for Israel and the Lord answered Him.

Now while Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines were gathering together to battle against Israel.  But God fought for Israel that day.  He thundered against them and confused them on the battlefield, so that they were badly beaten before Israel.

Let us return to 1 Samuel 7:12. Samuel set up a stone between Mizpah and Shen, and he named the rock “Ebenezer,” saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us!”

Samuel didn’t just set up a stone and name it “Ebenezer,” he had some words to go along with the name.  He said: “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” I believe there are three perspectives to this statement.  And those three perspectives are past, present, and future.

When Samuel said, “Thus far the Lord has helped us,” the statement hearkened back to all of the great victories that God had worked in Israel’s history.

This statement reminds us of all the victories of history.  Neither time nor human frailty would allow us to list all of those victories, but we ought to proclaim, “Thus far the Lord has helped us,” in honor of those victories.

Not only had God wrought many victories for them in the near and distant past, but also they were presently standing in victory.

It intimates the future.  If He had helped them this far, i.e. in the past and in the present, wouldn’t He help them in the future?

Isn’t the future also intimated here for us?  “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”  We have counted upon him in the past, He is active in the present, and His promises should cause us to depend upon Him for the future.  And I don’t believe that He has brought us this far to leave us.  Somebody wise said:

He didn’t bring us this far to leave us.

He didn’t teach us to swim to let us drown.

He didn’t build a home in us to move away.

He didn’t lift us up to let us down.

Through this victory, which was obtained by the miraculous help of God, the Philistines were so humbled, that they no more invaded the territory of Israel, i.e. with lasting success, as they had done before.  The Philistines lost a lot of their power. The hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel, God continued to fight for Israel against her enemies, they regained territory that they had lost to the Philistines. The territory was delivered from the hand of the Philistines.  This brought about peace with other enemies.

Comforting Words for the New Year

I am praying that God will do the same thing for us now and the future (New Year)

That may the Lord Almighty LORD, secure our borders against our enemies, raise His hand mightily against Satan and our enemies—all of our days, give us back territory that had been lost to the devil, rebuild our walls and extend our boundaries, release territory all around us from the hand of the devil, may our Latter days be more blessed than our former days and may our Lord Almighty Quiet down our enemies by walking with us with His Hand of Favour being upon us.

 

May God our Lord Almighty Bless us abundantly, bring prosperity and honour in year 2018, may the Lord Almighty meet with the desires of our hearts and may our plans succeed; then year 2018 will be full of shouts of joy when we become victorious and we will lift our banners in the name of our God.  May Lord our God answer us from His holy heaven with the saving power of His right hand for it is in the sacred name of our Lord Jesus that we do pray and believe. Amen!