Salvation prayer

Do you want to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour and enter a living relationship with Him? We encourage you to pray this prayer:

 

Lord Jesus, thank you for loving me and dying on the cross to pay the price for my sin. I believe You are the Son of God, my Saviour. I receive the forgiveness Your blood bought for me. Thank you that I don’t have to live my life without You anymore. You live in my heart through the Holy Spirit. Because of Your finished work on the cross I have an abundant and eternal life from today and into heaven. Thank you, Father, that I am now Your beloved child. Amen.

 

You are now God’s child! Read these Scriptures to be sure that you are saved: John 1:12 – those who believe in Him, are His children, 1 John 5:12-13 – you can know that you have eternal life, John 10:27-28 – no one can snatch you out of His hand.

Blessed for a Purpose

Isaiah 55:12-13
For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

God’s heart for us is to be a joy and blessing wherever we go. But for us to go out with joy and peace, He first needs to do a work in us. The opposite of joy is depression and oppression. The opposite of peace is fear and anxiety. God doesn’t want us to go about under the burden or depression and fear.

In this text it says that the plants mentioned here are a sign that says something about the Lord. So let’s take a look at them. Thorn bush we understand. Shepherds would use thorn bushes to build a kraal for their sheep. A brier is a plant with prickly hairs that cause skin irritation upon contact. For example stinging nettles. Thorn bushes and briers represent limitations and obstacles in our lives. They hedge us in and hinder our progress.

The promise here is that the Lord will cause the cypress and the myrtle to take their place. Noah’s ark was made of cypress wood. So we see that the cypress tree is a picture of salvation and preservation. And the ark points to Jesus. So when we hear cypress tree we can be encouraged that instead of hindrances, the Lord will give us salvation.

Also, Myrtle is not just a woman’s name! It is an evergreen shrub that produces fragrant oil with healing properties. The Hebrew Word for this tree is ‘Hadassah’ and Hadassah was the Hebrew name of the woman in the Bible we get to know as Queen Esther. The whole story of Esther is one of redemption, divine intervention and promotion. It illustrates how the impossible is made possible.

Because of Jesus Christ in your life, your year can be like the story of Esther. God can bring confusion to your enemies and promote you in a time that it seems impossible. Just as God blessed and promoted Esther for a purpose, so He does for us. God didn’t bless Esther with beauty and favour so that she can have thousands of followers on Instagram! Her beauty carried itself with dignity and it was part of a divine setup by which the Lord saved the Jews from genocide.

It is the same for us: When God blesses you it is always for a bigger reason. In 2019 your Breakout miracle will be for a purpose larger than your own life. So you can be encouraged by the promise that instead of the brier will come up the myrtle tree.  Instead of hindrances and limitations in your life, you will experience God’s deliverance, redemption, promotion and divine intervention. When we are blessed He is glorified!

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Norman Clack
norman@rhemawest.co.za

Pastor Norman is known for the passionate and humorous way he exhorts and encourages people with his preaching. He is a visionary leader passionate about seeing lost people saved. He heads up the Sons of Promise Men’s ministry and drives our life group movement.