"He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four corners of the earth."
Many people ask why some Christians worship with flags. Is it Biblical they ask? Although the word flag is not in scripture, the word banner or standard is found several times in scripture.
Much like our flags today from many countries or states, the people of Israel had a banner that marked the territory where they lived. Other people had banners that marked what tribe, kingdom or country they belonged to. These banners were carried into battle when fighting their enemies. The Israelites often sent their worshipers out before their army of warriors, to give praise and honor to God before the battle. God responded by helping them win the battle. That tells me that worship and banners (flags) goes together for intersession and warfare.
“For God, the Faithful One, is not unfair. How can he forget the beautiful work you have done for him? He remembers the love you demonstrate as you continually serve his beloved ones for the glory of his name.”
Hebrews 6:10 (TPT)
Summer is great, I love it. It was once my absolute favorite season, but now I’ve moved more towards loving Fall, mostly because I’m not as tolerant of the heat as I use to be. But, still, summer is oh so nice.
My daughter finished up her sophomore year. My son got a new job. We moved closer to our adult children. We all survived Covid. I moved to a new office. Our puppy is almost 10 months old but looks five years old. (he’s super big)
We’ve pulled out our bikes and been riding almost every evening down by the lake. My husband has decided to eat healthier and has a salad almost every day. (Miracles do happen!) My books are selling. I was blessed to do a workshop in TX. Life is good!
"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."
Psalms 27:14 KJV
Do you ever feel like you're behind or out of sync with the Lord? Like maybe you've missed something? It can feel anxious, frustrating. Or you keep having a concern that you're not doing something to bring you closer to Jesus?
I know I have. In fact, I will say that record has played off and on for many years. And there are times that I start to believe it, especially when I am tired, working hard, distracted, and especially that one - distracted
"Do not despair!
The Mighty Hand of God will rescue you!
I know Yahweh gives me all that I ask for and brings victory to his anointed King. My deliverance cry will be heard in his holy heaven. By his mighty hand miracles will manifest through his saving strength."
Psalms 20:6 TPT
Is there something God has promised you, but you have not yet seen it come to fruition? Have you felt close to giving up on his promise? Or doubt what you heard?
The timing of God is such a mystery to me. I’ve seen him work in the lives of others and in myself over and over again, but usually his timing of that work is very different than what I imagined.
"Know, recognize, and understand therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, Who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations,"
We are so blessed, each one of us. We woke up this morning, we took breath in our lungs and we said, "Thank you God, that you have given me this day." What a faithful God we serve, that HE is always good.
He keeps everyone of his words, and He cannot lie. Not only does He care about you, He cares about your children, and your children's children and their children and so on.
How have you experienced His faithfulness? I'll share just one of mine.
Many years ago, I was experiencing one of those times (and I've had more than you know) where there was as they say, "More month than there was dollars." But I knew that the Lord was going to take care of me. He has always, and has never stopped. When I was at church, I asked someone to pray with me over my finances, asking the Lord to meet those needs. And then I let it go, but just kept waiting. My rent was due, and I was exactly $37 short.
The day I had to pay rent, I headed to the mailbox and kept thanking the Lord for what I needed. Do you know what I found? There was a money order that was addressed to me, no return address and no way for me to know who it was from, but it was for exactly $37.00. This is a true story. I was absolutely dumbfounded. I was able to pay all my rent that day, and God has never ever failed to meet my needs.
Does that mean I don't need to ask Him? No, I do ask but I thank Him because I already know He knows my every need before I can ask.
I'd like to challenge you to take the time today to remember and even write down and journal how the Lord has blessed you. Bless Him, Praise Him.
MISTY L CHLADEK
Here you will find a mix of encouraging and inspirational articles written from members within the Community of Christian Creatives.