4. Be greedy – it’s good for you!

That’s the truth – there is good greediness. In our hour of need we are not timid. We ask for the full package, the whole promise – and that’s how it should be.

Before we explore this very exciting principle, let us establish a core principle for success in living the Word.

Write it down.

Whatsoever God communicates with you through His Word and the wondrous outcome of circumstances submitted to prayer, must be written down. Problems tend to manifest in scary disguise that robs us of faith. Panic wrecks our memory of God’s wonderful pathway of provision. The enemy will present as a unique and overwhelming flood of complications.

The miraculous power of our own testimony carries us through future crises. In your journal your unique description of the problem, the prayer and the promise will become the powerful encouragement that will remind you of miracles and answer to prayer. You will praise God through your journal and in the presence of the people.

Journaling is our pebbles of perpetuity. Every stone that is marked with a miracle is the foundation of our sacrifice of praise and gratitude. If you are quiet and stunned in panic, your stones will call out. They will remind you of your loving Father Who already have the outcome and answer ready. Luke 19:40: 

But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

In Isaiah 55 God invites the thirsty to come to the waters and drink to the full. This reminds us of the promise of blessing to those who hungers and thirsts for righteousness. Matthew 5 promises an enviable happiness and life joy for those who are greedy for God. The blessing implies the full satisfaction of the hunger and thirst. This is not a partial promise; it is the full package deal. His Word will quench your very need and every desire.

Pause and absorb the full meaning of the word blessing as we find it in the Amplified Bible:

Blessed = happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions; with a happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace.

This is a promise that sustains us through life whatever our circumstances might be. It is not a mindless acceptance of every problem and negative circumstances. It is rather the submission of problems and circumstances to the powerful working of God’s blessing to change you and your circumstances. The problems we are facing will serve as the field of action for our greatest miracles. The process of spiritual and mental growth is mostly a greater miracle than the supernatural outcome and provision. We cannot leave a crisis unchanged. Deep within our spirit the Holy Spirit works to renew our thinking. This is a spectacular miracle.

In the second part of Isaiah 55:1 a purchase is mentioned.

Yes, come, buy priceless, spiritual wine and milk without money and without price; simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing.

Is redemption and salvation not free? Off course it is free, but never cheap. The cost was a life. Jesus died to purchase our salvation. We accept His cross and receive the full redemption of sin. This is the start of a process of growth in which we will visit the Kingdom store of Revelation 3:18:

Therefore I counsel you to purchase from Me gold refined and tested by fire, that you may be truly wealthy, and white clothes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nudity from being seen, and salve to put on your eyes, that you may see.

There we will buy three items. This purchase is not made with money, but with experience. As we receive the special insight into the full measure of Grace that sustains us through our life, we will be rich with the gold that has been refined by the fire of our crisis.

Sin exposes us to the world. God covers us in beautiful heavenly robes of righteousness through the blood of Christ. It is not our own efforts that clothe us. The Cross declares us righteous.

Eye ointment will be our focus on the Word that reveals God in His almighty splendour. Our perspective – our inner eyes – changes so that the problem is diminished and fear is crushed.

The crises of life bring us to a place of hearing and learning. Here we are open to revelation knowledge. This is our gold, cleansed by fire. In the fire and pain of problems, God reveals His promise and encouragement. His word is alive and is spoken into our inner being. This is a rhema-word; the spoken word. It is words that will heal and restore you supernaturally, so that you can face life with the courage and wisdom necessary to change your circumstances.

As quoted in Pebbles number 2, I have to repeat the words of Jesus in John 6:63: [The Message]

Every word I’ve spoken to you is a Spirit-word, and so it is life making.

All increase in life comes by His Word. Back to Isaiah 55 in The Message translation. This is what God wants for us:

Listen to me, listen well: Eat only the best, 
fill yourself with only the finest.
 Pay attention, come close now,
 listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words.

Could we ever grow in God to a place where we will welcome the refiner’s fire? Problems tend to surprise me and catch me off-guard. Many times we live with constant pain and brokenness in our body, relationships or other circumstances. God will break the Bread (His word) daily for us to be strengthened and revived.

For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away and enjoy to the full what is promised.

[Hebrews 10:36]

But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion. [The Message]

The Greek word for steadfast patience and endurance is a composition of two words: hupo + mone. Hupo means “under” and mone means “to remain”. It describes the capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstances, not with a passive complacency, but with a hopeful fortitude that actively resist weariness and defeat. [According to Strong’s Bible Concordance]

The promise of outcome is sure. Your victory is guaranteed. These wonderful words of Jude 24 are a joy to my heart – always:

Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present you unblemished, blameless and faultless before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation – with unspeakable, ecstatic delight —

There is no place for doubt. God said it. He will do it. And – He will do it for you! Philippians 1:6:

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ, developing that good work and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

There is no doubt. God said it. Psalm 91:14:

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

 

Isaiah 55 – the conversation continues… 

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