John 5:19, “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what things soever he does, these also does the Son likewise.”
How awesome it is to know that God appoints me over nations and kingdoms in order to uproot and plant, to destroy and to build!
Sounds preposterous, doesn’t it? Yet we are all called and appointed by God for these very purposes.
To understand how this happens, read the first chapter of Jeremiah.
We see in verses 7 and 9 that God puts His words in our mouths. When I turn to the Lord and trust Him, He places His words on my lips.
1 Peter 1:13-25, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: For a smuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower thereof falls away: But the word of the Lord endures for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
To Isaiah, He says–
To His apostles, Jesus says–
Matthew 10:16-19, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.”
These are the words that need to be spoken at a particular time and place, as directed by God.
‘Shâqad’ is a Hebrew word meaning ‘to watch, ’‘to be alert’, i.e. ‘sleepless’; hence to ‘be on the lookout’ (whether for good or for ill).
The Hebrew word for almond (tree) – ‘shâqêd’ – is derived from ‘shâqad’ due to its being the first of all trees to blossom,
The almond blossom represents being ‘watching’ or ‘alert’ for the onset of spring.
Isaiah 61:11, “For as the earth brings forth her bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.”
Mark 4:26-29, “And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knows not how. For the earth brings forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest is come.”
‘Watch’ as used by the Lord, Jesus Christ, also means ‘be alert,’ ‘stay awake,’ ‘wake up,’ or ‘sleeplessness.’
Then we see in verse 12 that the LORD watches to see that His word is fulfilled. Whatever God wants accomplished, He watches to see that it happens. The words are His, and He makes sure they do what He wants.
Behold, he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
Can anyone doubt that whatever God speaks will happen? Then I must not doubt that it will happen when He chooses to use me as the vessel through whom He speaks.
2 Corinthians 4:5-7, “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
All spiritual nations and kingdoms must obey the LORD and the words of the LORD, even when His words are spoken from our lips. He watches to see that it happens!
Let’s draw near to the LORD so He will impart unto us His counsel, His wisdom, and His words. Then we can be strong in the LORD and in His mighty power (Ephesians 6:10).
Father, in the Name of the LORD Jesus Christ, speak to me and direct me. I want to be where You want me to be and I want to say what You want said to those that I encounter. Place Your words upon my lips, to the glory and honor of Jesus Christ, Your Beloved. AMEN.
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Isaiah 55:11, “So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
And like Moses,
Come now therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh, that you may bring forth My people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.
And Moses said to God, Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?
God said, I will surely be with you; and this shall be the sign to you that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain [Horeb, or Sinai].
And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them?
And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM and WHAT I AM, and I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you!
God said also to Moses, This shall you say to the Israelites: The Lord, the God of your fathers, of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has sent me to you! This is My name forever, and by this name I am to be remembered to all generations.
Romans 8:26-32, “Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”
John 5:21, “For as the Father raised up the dead, and quickens them; even so the Son quickens whom he will.”
John 14:12-17, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but ye know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.”
Psalms 119:159-160, “Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness. Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endures for ever.”