FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2011 "Write the vision and make it plain." Hab 2:2 NKJV There's an interesting picture in Amos chapter three, verse twelve: "A shepherd who tries to rescue a sheep from a lion's mouth will recover only two legs or a piece of an ear. So it will be" (NLT). Picture Satan as that lion, you as that lamb, Jesus as that shepherd coming to pick up what's left of you, and watch how God brings victory out of defeat. Has life torn your dream to pieces? With God, you only need two things for a comeback: (1) An ear to hear. Stop listening to voices that discourage you; it's not over until God says it's over! God told Ezekiel to prophesy to a valley full of dead, dry bones (See Eze 37:4): "So I prophesied...and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceeding great army" (Eze 37:10 NKJV). Your hopes may be dead and your soul dry, but if you listen to what God is saying, your dream will live again. (2) A leg to stand on. The God who gave Job twice as much at the end of his trouble as he started with before it, isn't finished with you yet. Read what He&'s promised and stand on His Word. Achan was stoned to death in the Valley of Achor for stealing the spoils after the battle of Jericho. End of story? No, later, God in His mercy said, "I will open a door of hope in the valley of Achor" (See Hos 2:15). You may be living with your consequences, but by God's grace you can live to see your dream fulfilled.
Published on Friday, January 7, 2011 @ 6:47 AM CDT