Good Morning, All!
Father, we know that You alone can change the world by changing the way we see the power of Your love. Because of Your love the world was set in motion, Your word was established and Your sons and daughters born. Thank You Lord for sending Your winds into our lives to set us free from all that holds us captive and empowers us to live for Your glory, Amen. Funny thing about wind you never know when it’s going to show up or where it comes from but you do feel it. Can you feel the wind?
Jer 49:35 KJV – Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.
Listen up everyone, the LORD of ALL has something to say; look carefully, I will break the BOW of Elam, which is what gives them their strength.
Jer 49:36 KJV – And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come.
I will break Elam’s bow with four winds from heaven, and I will scatter them right into each of those winds with purpose; and there will be nowhere Elam will be able to hide from it.
Jer 49:38 KJV – And I will set my throne in Elam, and will destroy from thence the king and the princes, saith the LORD.
Then I will set MY throne in Elam, and will destroy the old king and princes that were on that throne, says the Lord.
Jer 49:39 KJV – But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the LORD.
And then it shall come to pass in the latter days, and I will restore Elam to the great nation once again, says the Lord.
Did you notice where the winds of change came from? That’s right…Heaven…which means it has to be a good thing. Now, who is in control of these winds when they blow into our life? Psa 107:25 KJV – For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. Why did this stormy situation hit me? Why are these waves crashing all around me? God commanded them to come, that’s whose in control of them. Now, if God’s at work in our life it has to be good even though we don’t like the stormy situation. What does the storm accomplish?
Psa 107:16 NIV – for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron. Well, well…looks like God uses the stormy wind to break my bronze gate…that would be my judgmental mouth and cuts the bars of iron, that’s my stubborn will which refuses to offer mercy after I’ve judged someone for their sin. God sent the winds from Heaven to break Elam’s bow, why the bow and not the arrows? According to scripture, he said Elam found their SRENGTH in their bow. How?
Jas 1:25 NLT – But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. You and should LOOK carefully into the perfect law and when we do God blesses you for doing it. What exactly are we doing? It’s called love and forgiveness, there’s no such thing as perfect love without forgiveness. Elam’s bow was their LOOKS, the way they looked at people…judgmental, critical, disgust…you get the picture. If the harsh looks we give to others is considered the bow, what might the arrows be?
Psa 64:3 NIV – They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows. First, I look into your life and judge you and then I speak cruel words, I let everyone know why you’re NOT nice. Sometimes when we live like that we think we’re doing God’s work but that’s not going to get you His blessing, in fact, it’s the exact opposite.
Jas 1:26 NLT – If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. You can call yourself a Christian but as long as you live your life calling out everyone’s sin and speaking poorly of them…news flash…God says your religion is WORTHLESS! You don’t honestly think He sent Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of mankind just so we can turn around and tell everyone around us about their sin, do you? You can say you love God all day long but if you don’t forgive people your religion in worthless, and who are you fooling with that lifestyle?
According to verse 26…YOURSELF!!! It’s okay though that’s why God sends the winds of change into our lives, He breaks our bow so you start to look at people the same way God does. And did you notice what else He did to Elam? After God breaks their bow, He set His throne in Elam. Well, that’s gotta be good if God is going to
place His throne there…guess He’s gonna stay awhile. How many want God to stay with them awhile? You know what Elam means? Eternity.
Ecc 3:11 NIV – He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. How many can fathom what God’s doing? Yeah…NO ONE. Elam is your heart. God uses the stormy winds to change our heart, He changes it so He has a place for His throne. Do you have room for His throne?
Pro 20:28 KJV – Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy. How do you keep the King in His place? Mercy and truth and what holds his throne in place…MERCY. No such things as having His throne in your heart unless you forgive, if not, the King has left the building…
Point to Ponder
Who can stop the Lord? Psa 135:6 KJV – Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. God does what He pleases and you can’t stop Him, but I know He loves us and looks to touch us in the deepest places that He alone can reach and change us.
I pray we all feel God’s wind in life, In Him Phil
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