Isa:44:6 – The words of Yahweh, Israel’s true King and Kinsman-Redeemer, Yahweh, Commander of Angel Armies, says: “I am the Beginning and I am the Ending, and I am the only God there is”.
Things can get quite cloudy or confusing if you get your eyes on this present world and get caught up in this present system that is trying to swallow up every semblance of the Kingdom of God. Obviously the spirit of antichrist has been unleashed in this generation attempting to distract and discourage the children of light. In the midst of the noise there is one thing that helps get me back on track; remember that the Creator Himself has become a man and is my Redeemer. The concept of Kinsman Redeemer in the Hebrew world was a glimpse into the person of Jesus of Nazareth. To say it bluntly, God became a man to redeem us from the misery of this life. Here is a thought about the Kinsman Redeemer from the Passion Notes.
“Favor and mercy always triumph over judgment. God will excel in grace toward his people and give them back even more than what sins spoiled and Satan stole. There is coming a day when Lord Yahweh will wield his massive, mighty sword and take up our cause, slaying the serpent of confusion and working a mighty work of vindication from enemies and redemption from sins in the lives of his people. He is our Kinsman-Redeemer, the Mighty One who unveils to us his cherishing love like a relative coming to the aid of his next-of-kin in trouble to redeem and rescue them. He loves us so much that he took upon this role of family protector, becoming the sacrifice to rescue us from danger and return us to God.”
That’s the way it is with the Lord, it often appears that the Lord’s people are losing and the kingdom of this world is taking complete control. Nothing could be further from the truth. The devil is the master of fake news and nothing he says will ultimately come about. The Lord Himself has redeemed us from our sins and ultimately the misery that sin hangs around our neck. Rather than abandoned we are remembered. Rather than defeated we are more than conquerors. Rather than losing ground the kingdom of God is advancing in our society.
WATER FOR THE THIRSTY
Is. 44:3 ‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty land
And streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring
And My blessing on your descendants;
Have you ever been really thirsty? Obviously, there are different degrees of being thirsty, but when you get to a certain point your body will actually shut down. You cannot function without water. Actually, all life in our world is dependent on water. When a region begins to experience drought, it becomes a hardship on everything. The plants whither up and die, there is no fruit on the trees, and ultimately famine sets in. We cannot get by for long without the rain from heaven. Of course, this a spiritual picture of our need for the water of the Spirit. There is nothing worse than a dry, dusty Christian. These dusty Christians may have the outward appearance of spirituality, but inside, they have become dehydrated, desperately in need of the rain of the Spirit of God. Charles Spurgeon points out our need for the refreshing water from heaven, check out his words on this spiritual reality.
“I will pour water upon him that is thirsty. You shall receive the grace you so much require, and you shall have it to the utmost reach of your needs. Water refreshes the thirsty: you shall be refreshed; your desires shall be gratified. Water quickens sleeping vegetable life: your life shall be quickened by fresh grace. Water swells the buds and makes the fruits ripen; you shall have fructifying grace: you shall be made fruitful in the ways of God. Whatever good quality there is in divine grace, you shall enjoy it to the full. All the riches of divine grace you shall receive in plenty; you shall be as it were drenched with it: and as sometimes the meadows become flooded by the bursting rivers, and the fields are turned into pools, so shall you be-the thirsty land shall be springs of water”
When there is no spiritual rain, there is no fruit. It is amazing how quickly everything changes and actually comes alive when it begins to rain. I will never forget the revival meetings we conducted in Manila Philippines in 1995. That nation was struggling in the midst of a drought and was being severely hurt from the lack of water. During that week of meetings, the Lord began to pour out His renewing Spirit on that church in a powerful way. God’s Glory came down, people’s lives were being changed. In the midst of one of those meetings it actually began to rain outside. We could hear the pounding on the roof above our heads. I will never forget the joy I saw on the pastor’s face that day, he was lifting his hands in praise saying “It’s raining, it’s raining!” There were two kinds of rain falling that day in Manila. Both are essential. Maybe you are going through a dry spell, don’t be discouraged. Listen, I think it is beginning to rain.