KHANDIE'S KORNER - "August 4, 2003"

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Timely Insights into God's Word from Khandielese Reyes

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.This Weeks Message- (scripture taken from King James Version)


“And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which though plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.  Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.  Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; (For the LORD thy God is a jealous god among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.   Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.  Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hah commanded thee.  And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers,  to cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken.”  (Deut 6:10-19) 

How well the Lord knows the heart of man.  How quickly in can become filled with no gratitude and how thankless it could be.  How soon the heart forgets of the mercy, grace, compassion and unfailing love of the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.   

Throughout the journey in the wilderness to the destiny of the promised land, the Lord endured much murmuring and complaining seemingly daily from his children.  Consistently delivering them, feeding and nourishing them, leading and guiding them, when the sun rose and the day began, they quickly forgot all about his blessings of yesterday and focused only on what they had to endure for that moment.  Here in these passages of scripture, under the commandment of God, Moses brings back to their remembrance all the compassion and goodness the Lord had bestowed upon them, the promises that awaited them in the land “flowing with milk and honey” if they remained obedient to him, and warns them to “Forget Not His Blessings”, nor the commandments given to them in the wilderness lest they would rouse the anger of the Lord and punishment would follow. 

Today within the church, many of us are as the children of Israel were in that we quickly forget all that the Lord God has brought us through, and the many blessings he’d given us and are constantly having to be reminded to “Forget Not His Blessings”.  If we all would take a moment to reflect back, every one of us can testify of a time when the Lord delivered us from a difficult trial or tribulation.  Thus, we can be confident and assured that He shall deliver us once again for HE IS FAITHFUL. Many can testify of his restoring their health, family, marriage, business, ministry, finances and the like, and how the Lord turned outwardly impossible situations around to possibility, and poured his mercy and grace upon us just when we needed his favor the most. He made a way where there was no way, and opened doors that NO man could shut.   When we cried out to him he heard us, and delivered us from all our troubles.  He healed the broken hearted, brought strength to the weary, brought life to a dead spirit,  encouraged the hopeless,  rained down blessings upon the faithful…. And yet, STILL we quickly forget. 

There are two types of believers today who have quickly forgotten The Lord’s many blessings.  The 1st are the ones who’ve already crossed over and entered into the “modern day land flowing with milk and honey”.  They’ve gone beyond the wilderness, and have passed through to His promises, but yet have forgotten the many trials in the wilderness, the struggles in the desert land, and how the Lord delivered them from them all. They’ve forgotten what it took to reach the “Promise Land”,  and how there were times they thought they couldn’t take another step, but he picked them up and carried them through.  They’ve forgotten the bread (word) He fed them daily and the water (Holy Spirit) He gave them to drink and react as if the place where they are now, they made it there by their own doing. They’ve become focused now ONLY on their goodly surroundings and have lavished themselves with great worldly possessions.  They speak only of their success and NOT of the one who blessed them with the success.  They would rather forget the dry desert land they traveled through to get to the place they are now.  But in their desire to “forget”, they’ve also neglected to REMEMBER who gave them the promise, and who it was that delivered the promise. 

The 2nd type is the most common and the one most of us fall prey to (if we are truly honest with ourselves) as I myself had become victim to this type.  These are the ones who are still traveling through the wilderness and haven’t quite reached the “modern day land flowing with milk and honey” yet continue to cling to the hope and promise that they shall.  Their trials seem endless and as quickly as they receive the victory over one, they are troubled by another.  They give praise and thanks to the Lord for seeing them through, however, somewhere upon treading the deepness of the valley, they become weary and tired and all that can be seen are the difficulties of what lies before them and NOT the promise of what lies BEYOND them.  Like the children of Israel, they forget about yesterday.   They forget about the trial the Lord just brought them through.  They forget that if He was able to see them through once, He IS ABLE to see them through again and again.  If they are not careful to remember the goodness of the Lord, if they are not careful to remember the GLORY of the Lord that was manifested before them yesterday, if they are not careful to remember that beyond the valley there is a mountain top, then such will remain as the children of Israel did, wandering in the wilderness.  FOREVER SEEKING but NEVER coming into the FULLNESS of HIS promises.

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, let us not be as the first nor the second type, but let us be as our Lord commanded.  “Forget NOT His Blessings”, but in ALL things, let us give thanks and praise to the one who has promised to be with us, EVEN till the end of the age. To the one who SPOKE the word and DELIVERED the promise.  To the one who’s FAITHFUL and TRUE, who RESTORES and MENDS that which has been broken.  And to the one who will lead us THROUGH the valley’s, to the blessed place of rest.  JESUS the same yesterday, today and FOREVER!!  Forget Not his many, many blessings!

I love you all so very much. Have a blessed week in the Lord and remember: Whatever we do, do ALL for the GLORY of GOD, who ALONE is worthy of the GLORY and the PRAISE!

May the peace of the Lord be with you today and always…….

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