Thursday, January 15, 2009

redemption - day 5 breakthrough 09

day 5 - breakthough 09 - till the walls fall down.

(thought i posted this last night but apparently i didn't....i drank a shake & i didn't know it had a LOT of sugar in it and i was sooo jittery i was shaking till like 2am - LOL)

Psalm 130:5-7 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.O Israel, put your hope in the LORD,for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. (NIV)

i thought to myself that i would read a couple of verses in the bible before sleeping just to get my bible fill...and now i am wide awake coz of this verse. wow, in these 3 verses alone....wait was mentioned 5x....hope was mentioned 2x....unfailing love and full redemption just once.

the term "wait on God" is a hard term to accept...to wait on His presence, to wait on His timing, to wait on His power....to wait on His answers. Often, when we find ourselves waiting long enough without an answer to our prayers, we find that our hope diminishes....we become cynical with our beliefs and then we start to lose our faith.

its funny that in these 3 verses...it stated a character of God (unfailing love) only once....and it didn't need to be repeated. i guess it's coz His character is stable, unmoved by circumstances.

and yet...our hope and our trust to wait on Him was mentioned over and over again, as if to say..."I NEED YOU TO GET THIS...you NEED to WAIT ON ME and HOPE ON ME. MY LOVE will NEVER FAIL YOU....and if you wait long enough...i will give you FULL REDEMPTION!"

wooo-hoooo FULL REDEMPTION! doesn't that excite you? redeem/redemption is my favorite word in the bible. everyone that knows me knows that my favorite book in the bible is ruth...and no it's not because of the love story...trust me...but it's because of her story itself....a beautiful story of redemption. how she came from a pagan background, was a widow at a young age and came from a land of famine and yet when she trusted God and obeyed Him and waited on Him, He redeemed her...and brought everything back to her in ways she never imagined. She even became king david's grandma and the super-great-great-grandma of Jesus. what more can a woman ask for right? what a wonderful story of redemption.

redemption comes from the word redeem which means:

1. to buy or pay off; clear by payment: to redeem a mortgage.
2. to buy back, as after a tax sale or a mortgage foreclosure.
3. to recover (something pledged or mortgaged) by payment or other satisfaction: to redeem
a pawned watch.

4. to exchange (bonds, trading stamps, etc.) for money or goods.
5. to convert (paper money) into specie.
6. to discharge or fulfill (a pledge, promise, etc.).
7. to make up for; make amends for; offset (some fault, shortcoming, etc.): His bravery redeemed his youthful idleness.
8. to obtain the release or restoration of, as from captivity, by paying a ransom.
9. Theology. to deliver from sin and its consequences by means of a sacrifice offered for the sinner.

soooo what are you waiting to be redeemed from?

imagine...FULL REDEMPTION! it's a PROMISE. all of what we are waiting for...we will get in IN FULL if we just continue to live in his abiding love, obeying, trusting & believing him..with fervent faith and hope. it doesn't say how we'll get it...or if we'll even get it the way we want to get it...but He does say we WILL get it..and i know my God...and He don't lie!!

oh my goodness..that just gets me super excited! day 5 - wall to breakthrough - standing steadfast while waiting for God's redemption....i'm supposed to be sleeping already but my heart is beating with so much excitement. sheez!

anywaaaaay, till the walls fall down service was pretty good. it was a women's meeting. the pastor robert owens preached a very practical message about getting your act straight. LOL. yes a guy preached at a women's meeting...and he talked to us like the way he talked to guys...no drama, no beating around the bush....our subject tonight was women's addictions (which are the need to please people, bad self worth, identity, rejection). he just went straight for the heart and his whole sermon could be summarized with these words: "own up to your choices and your mistakes....if you make a decision...it's your fault...not anybody elses so quit blaming other people....now if you really wanna change...then you need allow God to change you ...get help from others who have been there....and use your misery for ministry". paraphrased ofcourse by me. LOVE IT!

walls are falling down baby! He is indeed the God of the Breakthrough.

2 Samuel 5:20 (Amplified Bible) And David came to Baal-perazim, and he smote them there, and said, The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like the bursting out of great waters. So he called the name of that place Baal-perazim {Lord of breaking through.}