Wide Awake

Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. 2 Chronicles 7:12-15 NKJV

It is interesting how people are quick to dedicate everything to God but themselves. God accepted Solomon’s dedication of the newly built temple, but warned him of conditions of drought, devouring locusts, and pestilence that would come against the people unless they dedicated themselves to God. If God’s people dedicate themselves to God—and not just things—then God would forgive their sins and heal their land, and God’s eyes would be open and attentive to their prayers, i.e., God would be wide awake: “ . . . he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Ps. 121:4).

To be wide awake (idiom) is someone who is fully awake and unable to sleep. “Prayerfulness makes you, the believer, wide awake. Prayerlessness characterizes you as one who lives a life of “slumber and sleep.” Prayerlessness is an insult to God, because every prayer-less day makes a statement: “I do not need God today; “Lord, I got this.”  On the other hand, a life dedicated to God is a life constant with prayer. As apostle Paul told the Roman Christians: rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer (Rom. 12:12).

“Continuing steadfastly in prayer” is praying without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17).  To pray without ceasing is having a spirit of prayer that depends on God for everything, and an attitude that says, “Without God, I can do nothing.” Praying without ceasing is both a daily attitude and an activity of being wide awake, i.e., talking to God from your hearts. Continuing steadfastly in prayer is also a natural expression of faith, and without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6) to whom you belong (1 Cor. 6:20); it is just like breathing is a natural expression of one’s life. Without prompting, you are committed to inhale and exhale to live. When your life is dedicated to God, prayer—formal or informal—keeps you wide awake.

Wide awake is praying earnestly (Matt. 7:7-8); praying persistently (Luke 18:1-8); and, it is praying and not losing heart—not quitting, ever!

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Show and Tell 2.0

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“If”

Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:11-14 NKJV

God promises prosperity and fruitfulness in whatever He leads you to do (see Prov. 10:22; Jos. 1:8; Ps. 1:1-3) and that your blessings will increase without toiling if you fulfill four conditions: humility, prayer, seeking God, and repentance of sin. These also are conditions of forgiveness. But if you refuse to fulfill these four conditions, God will bring judgment rather than blessings (verse 13).

The word “if” is a conjunction that joins together a condition, an event, or a thought together with something that happens. For example, God said, “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land (Isa. 1:19). “If” is a small two letter word that has a big impact in our lives. Why? It is the “little foxes that spoil the vine” (Song.  2:15). “If” is like a “little fox.” When the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, notwithstanding Israel’s then good success and prosperity, He warned him of four conditions that were connected to “if” in order that the Lord would send blessings rather than judgment on the nation. These four conditions were humility, prayer, seeking God, and repentance of sin. Let’s focus on the first condition: humility.

Blessings, success and prosperity are preceded by humility. Pride is the opposite of humility. Pride is the enemy of humility (Prov. 16:18).  Pride is being haughty and high-minded. Humility is lowliness of mind. Humility is a pre-condition to blessings and prosperity. For example, Jesus said, “if” you humble yourself and become like little children, you can be great in the kingdom of God (Matt. 18:1-4); the writer of Hebrews said that “if” you obey and submit (act of humility) to church leadership, your soul would be joyfully watched over (Heb. 13:17); and, the Apostle Peter said that “if” you’re clothed with humility, then God would exalt you in due season (1 Pt. 5:5-6).

“If” God’s people will humble themselves, then God will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Your year 2020 blessing, prosperity and success is depended on “if.” Happy New Year!

 

20/20 Vision: Healthy Eyes

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:1-4 NKJV

In this New Year (2020), it is a new decade and a new season; thus, it is fitting to refer back to the beginning of the very first year, almost 6,020 years ago: “In the beginning God . . . .” This first verse of the Word of God is the most important verse, because it is the foundation on which everything else is built. Please notice, in the text above, that God’s second act in creation was to provide light. Without light, we can have no vision. And, we need a 20/20 spiritual vision (Prov. 29:18). There can be no 20/20 vision without healthy eyes.

Without spiritual 20/20 vision our spiritual eyes are closed. When our eyes are closed, our lives remain “without form, and void” surrounded by darkness. Healthy eyes are opened eyes. For example, when the king of Syria sent horses and chariots, and a great host, to arrest Elisha. His servant could only see doom and destruction. But when Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. After the servant’s eyes were opened, he could clearly see that there were more horses and chariots of fire with them than a natural force with the Syrians (2 Kings 6:17). 20/20 spiritual vision makes for healthy eyes.

Naturally speaking, “normal vision” is 20/20, i.e., you can see the same line of letters at 20 feet away as a person with normal vision. Unhealthy vision is anything less than 20/20. E.g., 20/40 vision means that you can only see at 20 feet what a person with normal vision sees at 40 feet.  Some may be nearsighted (myopia) where they can clearly see things close to them. Others may be farsighted (hyperopic) where they can clearly see things at a distance. Spiritually, a nearsighted eye can only believe what has already been manifested—what it can touch, taste, feel, hear, or smell. And, spiritual farsightedness is when we are so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good; we can have a vision for the future but no reality of faith in the present. Both of these conditions are unhealthy because the eye of the mind doesn’t have the ability to “refract or focus” God’s light sharply enough; thus, the eye is considered unhealthy.

Jesus talked about the importance of healthy spiritual eyes in His Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 6:22-23). He reveled that the light of the body is the “eye”—the soul, the mind, emotions, the will and intellect. With our spiritual eyes, we see good things in the realm of the Spirit for the year 2020 and beyond. Because spiritual eyes are healthy, our whole body is full of light and fresh vision for this new season. But if our spiritual eyes are closed or blind, then God’s light cannot shine in our souls and we remain in the darkness of past seasons and past years.

So, for the year 2020, let us believe God that His light (John 1:9; 8:12) will come into our lives through our healthy eyes to give birth to a 20/20 vision. And, let us resolve to submit to God, to serve Him with gladness and joy, and to sow into His kingdom; and, do these things with faith, focus, and fearlessness; and, let us further resolve to believe and obey all things in God’s Word. The year 2020 is a new year, a new season, and a new opportunity to spiritually renew and reset with a 20/20 vision. Happy New Year!

 

 

 

WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – The Fruit of the Spirit Is Love

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Jesus is the reason for the season—in fact, Jesus the the reason for each day that the Lord God makes. Rejoice and be glad; give God the glory for His perfect and unspeakable gift, Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Three-fold Ministry of the Holy Spirit 2.0

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Clothed With Humility

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith . . . 1 Peter 5:5-9a NKJV

For the third time in the Bible, we are reminded that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (Prov. 3:34; James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5). God is a God of grace, but He doesn’t give grace to all—only to the humble. He opposes the proud (Prov. 16:18), and to be proud is to be an enemy of God.

God firmly stands against and opposes the proud for two reasons: (1) Satan, and (2) Adam and Eve. Pride drove Satan to want to exalt his throne above the stars of the Most High God—to be like the Most High God (Isa. 14; Ezek. 28). And, Eve and Adam, out of their pride, disobeyed God to become wise like God (Gen. 3). In both cases Satan, and Eve and Adam’s pride led to them being cast out of heaven and the Garden of Eden, respectfully. Pride was Satan’s chief sin and Adam and Eve’s main sin. Pride is a stronghold of temptation and sin. Therefore, as James admonished the Christians of twelve tribes of Israel scatter abroad: “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (Jas. 4:10).

Jesus also taught His disciples that the way to go up in God is down (Matt. 23:12). Peter taught that because God resists the proud, believers need to be “clothed in humility” (Text), i.e., to wear humility as a spiritual girdle. Humility can be a hard virtue to maintain because it is the opposite of pride, and again, pride is a stronghold of sin. But it is better to put yourself down than to have someone else do it. If you humble yourself, God will lift you up.

We are to humble ourselves under the “mighty hand of God.”    The mighty hand of God, universally speaking, is God’s omnipotence—power and authority. If you don’t humble yourself under God’s grace, He will humble you under His judgments.    The mighty hand of God will punish the proud and defend the humble, because He cares for us. And finally, what does the Lord require of His people: “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). Be clothed with humility; resist the devil and he will flee from you!

 

 

 

 

 

WORD POWER With Dr. Jerry Miah Williams – Three-fold Ministry of the Holy Spirit

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Committed and Submitted

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7 KJV

The devil is always trying to draw us away from God through enticements and worldly pleasures. If we are committed to God, we must resist the devil and the temptations he sends our way, and overcome him by the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word. But the key to overcoming the devil and causing him to flee is submission to God.

To submit means reflexively to obey; to be subject to; to subordinate; and, it is a willingness to be helped (Greek). True submission is never based on coercion, force, or suppression. Because of your commitment in a relationship, you willingly submit. In fact, commitment presupposes submission in Biblically mentioned relationships on every level first to God (Ps. 37:5); second to your parents (Ex. 20:12; third to your spouse (Eph. 5:21); fourth to church leadership (Heb. 13:17); fifth to one another (1 Cor. 16:16); six to your employer (Col. 3:22); and, seven to civil government (Rom. 13:1). So, when resisting the devil, you need to be committed and submitted.

How do you resist the devil and overcome him? To resist the devil is to oppose and stand against him. You resist the devil, not in your power, but through the power of Jesus Christ. There two steps:

First, remember whenever you follow the devil’s wishes, you betray the Lord. The devil will try to destroy your faith by producing doubt and fear in your mind. Second, stand in the power of God which is always available. We must put on the power and the armor of God (Eph. 6:10-11, 13). God’s power is like electricity: you have to turn on the switch (Matt. 4:10). If you don’t exercise God’s power over the devil, he will try to destroy you by leading you into sin and disobedience; he’ll try to destroy your fellowship with other believers by creating conflict and confusion, enticing you to slander and backbite. Stay committed and submitted!