"The Lord Yahweh empowers me, so I am not humiliated. For that reason, with holy determination, I will do his will and not be ashamed. The One who makes me righteous is close to me. Who would dare challenge me now? Who would be my opponent? Let him stand before me! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! It is the Lord Yahweh who empowers me; who would condemn me? My accusers will all fade away like worn-out, moth-eaten clothes."
Isaiah 50:6-9 (The Passion)
Isn’t it great to be empowered? I looked up the definition of this word; this is what I found:
The Lord Yahweh gives me power, so I am not humiliated. For that reason, with holy determination, I will do his will and not be ashamed. The One who makes me righteous is close to me. Who would dare challenge me now? Who would be my opponent? Let him stand before me! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! It is the Lord Yahweh that gives me authority; who would condemn me? My accusers will all fade away like worn-out, moth-eaten clothes.
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy servant. You were trustworthy over a little, I shall set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.'"
Matthew 25:23 (The Scriptures Bible 1998)
Most of us have heard of the above scripture and about the servants who were faithful with the talents given to them and those who were not. I ponder on the fact that many a time we are given things and what we do with them, whilst in our hands, is so important.
Something I have observed, and I believe Master Yeshua / Jesus has brought to my attention, is when my 3 ½ year old would cry for something, something he would want to play with and I would give it to him in the hopes that he would explore and learn something. I would give it to him wanting to see what he would want to do with it. Or when someone gives him a gift but the box says 5yrs and older, yet it is given to him to enjoy. Unfortunately, days go by and the toy or item is broken into pieces or pieces are missing and scattered all over the house or even completely damaged. At the time the gift was given to my son, he was actually not mature enough to receive the gift.
"Once your life was full of sin’s darkness, but now you have the very light of our Lord shining through you because of your union with him. Your mission is to live as children flooded with his revelation-light! And the supernatural fruits of his light will be seen in you—goodness, righteousness, and truth. Then you will learn to choose what is beautiful to our Lord."
Ephesians 5:8-10 TPT
Where light exists, it's impossible for darkness to remain. Even a small light changes everything. Can you imagine how we must look in the spirit? We are bright lights! The Lord shines in us, and then shines through us bringing His light, and His life everywhere we go! We need to remember who we are in Him, and the authority and life that we carry in us.
On a regular basis, we're accused by the accuser. He's good at that, and He works hard to try to remind us of who we were, our failures, our problems and every negative view of our present circumstances. That isn't enough though, for He tries to bring fear of what is to come. The Lord has delivered us from all darkness, and brought us into the Light! As long as we stay in agreement with the accuser's lies, we stay in the dark once again.
"My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested[a] it stirs up power within you to endure all things. And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking."
Jas 1:2 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
Jas 1:3 knowing that the proving of your belief works endurance.
Jas 1:4 And let endurance have a perfect work, so that you be perfect and complete, lacking in naught.
This morning in my quiet time with Messiah Yeshua/Jesus, I felt He was asking me the question, “What do you think it means to endure through trial with joy”. I usually ask my 3yr old questions as I want him to think for himself, it will get in quicker and will show me his level of maturity. Scripture encourages us to mature and eventually move away from milk on to solid meat. As I gave a few answers I realized that He was giving me the opportunity to really think about it and to change my perspective.
I don’t know how many times I have had to read James Chapter 1 but I know one thing is for sure is that the King is trying to teach me how to endure with joy.