“But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” Hebrews 1:8–9

In this passage you find one of the most amazing and important statements in all of the Bible: Jesus is God! There are so many religions and people, who believe He was just a man, or just a prophet of God, or just a good teacher. They like to quote His teachings but do not believe His claims. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). Throughout his life and ministry Jesus claimed to be equal with God. In fact the Bible teaches, “For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God” (John 5:18). Jesus made it very clear in His lifetime and teaching that He was God. Now, the amazing part of this verse is the Father says to the Son, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever”. God the Father acknowledges God the Son. This verse gives one of the most powerful and clear proofs to what the Bible teaches. Jesus is no less than God, and it comes straight from the Father.

So, what does all this mean for us today? It means His promises are true! Jesus is who He said He is and He can do what He said He can do. You can live in confidence today that God is on His throne and His plans and purposes will be fulfilled. No need to worry and no need to fear because His throne is forever and ever!

GOD IS ABLE (Psalm 93)

“The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, Than the mighty waves of the sea.” Psalm 93:4

When I read verse Psalm 93:4, I can’t help but think about the children of Israel, their deliverance from Egypt, and their life in the wilderness. There were anywhere from two to three million Israelites at this time. That’s a lot of people!

The Bible says they crossed the Red Sea in one night. If they had crossed side by side in pairs of two, they would have formed a line over seven hundred miles long and it would have taken them thirty-five days and nights to cross. To get that many people across in one night, they would have had to march five thousand people side by side, which would have required God to open a path in the Red Sea three miles wide.

Once they crossed the sea, a crowd that big would require a camping area of 750 square miles. It would require 1,500 tons of food per day to keep them from starving. It would have taken two freight trains, each one mile long, to haul in the daily food supply. At today’s prices, it would cost around $5 million a day to feed them. It would require 11 million gallons of water for the bare necessities every day. If you figured one quail to each family of five, it would have required around 750,000 quail each morning. There had to have been around 2 million gallons of manna that fell on the ground each morning. Yet none of these challenges were too big for God!

Now I can’t guarantee that my numbers are accurate, but I am grateful we have a God who is mightier than our problems. No matter what you may be facing today, His promises are very sure. He is the God who is able!

When Life Is Bad

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.” Jeremiah 17:7

Where is God when things are bad? The fact of the matter is, there are going to be times when the arithmetic of life is not going to add up . The hardest things in life to stand are the things you don’t understand . Life is not always going to make sense to you . But there is a great truth to remember: just because things do not make sense to you does not mean they do not make sense to God . Everything He allows in our lives fits perfectly in His plan, even when we don’t understand the timing or the “why” of our circumstances .

Frances Ridley Havergal said, “In perplexities—when we cannot tell what to do, when we cannot understand what is going on around us— let us be calmed and steadied and made patient by the thought that what is hidden from us is not hidden from Him .”

Where is God when things are bad? He is on His throne, watching over those who are His . God knows what He is doing! When things are bad, He will work out the situation for His glory and for our good .


“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:1-2

The psalmist used four names for God: Elyon, Shaddai, Jehovah, and Elohim. Each one of these names reveals to us the power and promise available to us in times of trouble.

“The Most High” (Elyon) refers to possession. We have a God who owns it all. Even if you were to add together the net worths of the world’s richest people, God would still be richer!

“The Almighty” (Shaddai) refers to provision. God not only possesses, but He also gives. He is the One who supplies all of our needs according to His riches (Phil . 4:19).

“The Lord” (Jehovah) refers to God’s promise to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we could ask or think according to the power at work within us (Eph . 3:20).

“My God” (Elohim) refers to the power of God the Creator.

If God can create the world, He can create a way! How about that for a refuge and a fortress?


“One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!”   Luke 18:1-5

George Mueller, known for his life of faith in operating orphanages, began praying for five friends. After many months, one of them came to the Lord. Then years later, two others were converted. It took 25 years before the fourth man was saved. Mueller persevered in prayer for 52 years, and even up til his death, never gave up praying that the fifth friend would accept Christ. His faith was rewarded, because after Mueller’s funeral the last one was saved.

We live in an “instant” world. We don’t want to wait one minute for the pop-tart to toast, so we pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds. Even as Christ Followers we often view our relationships with God as something like a cosmic vending machine. We forget God’s timing and providence are always perfect. A major part of obeying God is not giving up, even when faith is not rewarded instantly.

Jesus teaches us the value of persistence and patience through the story of a widow who went to a wicked judge. The judge, either too busy or disinterested in the case, told her “Go away!” But she said, “I’m not leaving until you do what I am asking you.” Finally, because of her tenacity, the judge agreed to hear her case. After telling this story, Jesus said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to His chosen people who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off?” (v.6-7)

Don’t give up! Keep seeking. Keep asking. Keep knocking. As Christ Followers who live in prayer and faith, if we will trust God we will see God’s purpose fulfilled in our lives and our church.

Obedience and Miracles

“Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed,” Luke 17:12-14

A young son of a missionary couple in Zaire was playing in the yard. Suddenly the voice of the boy’s father rang out from the porch, “Philip, obey me instantly! Drop to your stomach!” Immediatly Philip did as his father commanded. “Now crawl toward me as fast as you can!” Philip obeyed. “Stand up and run to me!” Philip responded unquestioningly and ran to his father’s arms. As Philip turned to look at the tree he had been playing under, he saw a large deadly snake hanging from one of the branches! At the first command of his father, Philip could have hesitated and asked, “Why do you want me to do that?” Or he could have replied, “In a minute.” But his instant obedience without questioning saved his life!

Like Philip, the lepers from this passage were healed as a result of their obedience. Notice a key phrase at the end of  verse 14, “as they went, they were cleansed.” Jesus had given them clear instructions to be followed in order to receive their request, and as they obeyed Him, the Bible says they were healed!

As we seek God for His miraculous intervention in our lives, whether it be in our circumstances, finances, relationships, or other need, there may be some act of obedience that God has required of us. We can be confident that as we are quick to respond in obedience, just as Philip was, we will experience God’s protection, provision, and miraculous intervention in our lives.

Believe God For A Miracle

Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40

A little boy came home from Sunday School and his mother asked him what he had learned that morning. “Well, we learned that Moses went behind enemy lines and freed the Israelites. Then he took the army engineers and built a pontoon bridge across the Red Sea. Then when the Egyptian tank division started to cross over the bridge he called in the dive bombers and blew them to pieces.” His mom was outraged and said, “Is that what your Sunday School teacher is teaching you?” The little boy looked down for a moment and finally said, “Well, no, but if I told you what she taught us this morning there is no way you would believe it!”

At times it can be difficult to get around our own logic and make room for God to be God. Jesus faced the same type of skepticism in His ministry. We find His response to doubt in Mark: “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27) If we are going toexperience God’s supernatural power in our lives, we must remove any limitations that we have placed on God’s ability, even those based on logic and reason.

In all of our knowledge, we must make room for that which is beyond our comprehension. The fact is that the God who created everything that exists and holds it together, desires nothing more than to show up in your world in miraculous, unexplainable ways! Trust Him, believe Him, and watch Him do exceedingly abundantly above all that you ask or think!