Psalm 84 talks of a place called the Valley of Baca. The Hebrew meaning of the word baca is “weeping, tears, or misery”—something we can all identify with. While times of sorrow are a certainty in life, the Valley of Baca is not a place where we are to linger. It is not a place where we should establish residence. It is a place that we are to pass through.
I don’t know what you may be going through today; I don’t know the difficult place you may be in. But whatever it is, you don’t have to stay there. You can choose to pass through your valley. Verse 7 of this Psalm 84 goes on to say of those who pass through, “They go from strength to strength [increasing in victorious power].”
Any time I find myself in the Valley of Baca, I purpose to keep my eyes on Jesus and stand firm on the Word of God. I can do this because I know I’m only passing through. I know that when I get to the other side, I’m going to increase in victorious power. Anything Satan may be trying to do to me is only going to add to my glorious testimony—glory to God!
Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
Psalms 84:5-6 KJV
I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. I fix my eyes on Jesus as I stand on the Word of God, knowing that I go from strength to strength, increasing in victorious power.
A-lthough things are not perfect
B-ecause of trial or pain
C-ontinue in thanksgiving
D-o not begin to blame
E-ven when the times are hard
F-ierce winds are bound to blow
G-od is forever able
H-old on to what you know
I-magine life without His love
J-oy would cease to be
K-eep thanking Him for all the things
L-ove imparts to thee
M-ove out of “Camp Complaining”
N-o weapon that is known
O-n earth can yield the power
P-raise can do alone
Q-uit looking at the future
R-edeem the time at hand
S-tart every day with worship
T-o “thank” is a command
U-ntil we see Him coming
V-ictorious in the sky
W-e’ll run the race with gratitude
X-alting God most high
Y-es, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but…
Z-ion waits in glory…where none are ever sad!
In closing, always remember, the shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor. For the one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything!
Many a times we focus on what we don’t have yet and we forget to appreciate what we already have.
The perspective of glass half full or half empty analogy has been used to determine the optimists and the pessimists. But, I realized that in matters of faith and waiting upon the Lord some may feel like they are seesawing on both ends. (I feel like that sometimes😉).
What can give us peace and stability in such instances is our #FOCUS.
Focus on the Lord not on the Load of cares.
Focus on His Promises not on the Problems.
Focus on What He has done already not on what is yet to be done.
This builds your faith and your confessions because creating Power.
Several times in the bible the Lor
d has asked the question. #WHAT #DO #YOU #SEE?
I am asking you too in that challenge, situation or issue, “What do you see?”
Pastor Lucy Paynter
Greatest man in history, had no servants, yet they called him Master. Had no degree, yet they called him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. His name is Jesus.
I don’t want provision and protection without Your presence.
I’m not going to settle for any blessing without the Blesser.
I don’t want the land without the Lord.
I desire to know Him.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,” “neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.”
Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking God’s ways are like your ways or God’s thoughts like your thoughts.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Your thoughts are never going to reveal to you God’s ways. God’s ways are always mysterious.
Yeah, if we are not to rely on our thoughts or ways then this calls for intimacy.
An intimate relationship with God does not come by observation, like seeing God part the Red Sea. It does not come by interrogation or reasoning. It comes by spending time face to face with God.
INFORMATION OR INTIMACY
You cannot love a person until you know their ways, and you cannot know their ways until you spend time with that person. When we learn to seek His face and not His hand, we will know His ways and find rest for our souls.
When you know God intimately, there is serenity. Peace comes into your life. God gives you rest. There is stability. There is sufficiency. And you learn, no matter how bad the problem, not only is God necessary; God is enough.
I desire to get there👌👌
Pride the Peddler – it all began as an inspiration. I thought it only applied to me. But the Lord who reveals the mysteries continued to download more and more in my spirit. I faithfully wrote and then He spoke clearly to my spirit to publish it to all who love Him.
Here is a book that will guide many on how to deal with pride. Pride creeps subtly and if left unchecked it causes havoc in many lives.
Peace with the past
Whenever our clock of life starts ticking upon birth, our history book is opened. Everyone thus has his or her own past. Just as we say that life is made of ups and downs, the past is made of both good and bad experiences. Unfortunately, the bad takes a toll on us. Often, we find that our dark past will mostly haunt us; interfering with our present life and the future. Some of the decisions we make resulted in unwanted consequences; some which directly affected us or those around us. Remembering such events tends to make us live with a guilt depending on our position in the events.
However, I have come to realize that if we make peace with our past, our lives would be more meaningful and enjoyable.
“Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 ASV
It is important according to the weight in which the past has impacted your life to accept the newness that comes from forgiveness of sins.
That is how I have come to shed away the depressions that emanated from disappointments in my life.
Guilt erases peace! Make peace with the past, and the future will mostly be bright. If we can erase all the guilt in our past, at least we can live with peace of mind.
Our peaceful future depends with how fast we deal with our past guilts.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 8:1 ASV
Pastor Lucy Paynter
Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord , and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. Malachi 3:16-18 KJV
In this era of Chats I want to have chat Buddies. These are the requirements
Fears the Lord
Full of Faith
In the era of Milachi there was this group of people who feared the Lord, still held fast to the faith and spoke oftentimes. I believe their conversation was very interesting to attract the King of kings.
I wonder if when I chat with my Buddies if the heavens would pause and take notice. A command was issued and a book was opened and their names were written. It was called a book of Remembrance. Never ever were they to be forgotten just because of a conversation they had with one another.
In this age of trending news, juicy gossip, celebrity personal lives sneek peek, what are you chatting about? With who?
“They thought upon His name”
Every word is processed in our thoughts first. I choose to control my mind and thus control my mouth.
They received a promise which came with benefits. I want that today because it is still available. Hebrew 8:13 He is the same then and now.
If only I can make it a lifestyle of chatting about Him to them that we are of like mind then our names will forever be engraved in the book of remembrance.
And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts
2. We are his possession. He is our father we are His children. We can only reflect and manifest His character.
in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
When He makes His Jewels we will be spared. To be spared means we will be excused, protected from any painful or refining process.
Jewels undergo a refining process for them to shine and glow. The process is to remove the impurities. Does this mean that our way of living and talking can be a sign of weather we still need to be refined?
Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
4. There are time when I feel weary of righteous living. When I look at some people who are prosperous in their ways and I tend to wonder why.
David had the same moment of wondering why the wicked people continue to prosper. Their lives looked better or happier.
I know if you are in this class of them that fear the lord you have had such moments too.
But here is a promise! A time has come that there will be a difference between those who serve the lord and those who don’t.
Do not be weary of serving the Lord faithfully for a time has come that there will be a distinction between us and them.
The other day my son was chatting with my former classmate in grade school and she openly shared with him how uncool I was then.
” Your mum was not among the cool kids because she just loved church stuff. But look at her now years later she can confidently ask ” who is cool now?”
That conversation had an impact on him and he said to me , “mum I now know that it’s not about now but in the years to come I need to look back and say I made cool decisions.”
Do not allow the now confuse you. Be steadfast, persistent and consistent. In due time the difference will be visible.