Monday, January 07, 2013

Release the Power!

Matthew 2:18 (NLT) “A cry was heard in Ramah—weeping and great mourning. Rachel weeps for her children, refusing to be comforted, for they are dead.”

This verse in Scripture seems to be mysteriously out of place. It is a prophecy from the Old Testament (Jer. 13:15). Matthew quoted this verse after King Herod murdered the children trying to destroy the Messiah. What is unusual is that there is no mention of a place called Ramah, or a person named Rachel---anywhere else in the New Testament. Herod's decree to kill the children was apparently fulfillment of this prophecy (Mt. 2:17). The slaughter took place in Bethlehem, not Ramah, and Rachel was a woman in the Old Testament; she was married to Israel (Jacob).

I believe the verse at the top reveals God's heart. The verse says a cry was heard in Ramah. According to Strong's dictionary, Ramah means a high place*. The cry was heard in heaven, a high place. The first time Rachel is mentioned in the Old Testament, she was taking care of her father's sheep (Ge. 29:9). I believe Rachel is the Holy Spirit, who takes care of the Father's sheep. When horrifying tragedies happen, the Holy Spirit weeps for Her children and refuses to be comforted.

On December 15, 2012, another horrific murder of children took place. The tragic event happened in Connecticut, at an Elementary School. More than twenty people were murdered; almost all of them were six-year-old children.

I was amazed that a church was planning to picket the funeral services. They were planning to display banners declaring this was a judgement from God. This church needs to read their Bible!

The Bible says in John 3:17 (NLT), "God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him." The whole reason for Jesus was to release the love of God into a messed-up world (John 3:16).

God gave man dominion on this earth (Gen. 1:27). God needs man to flow through into this messed up world. If you are a born-again believer, you are an avenue for God to work through. Pray for these families. Pray for others in this world. Release the power of God in this place. You will see the love of God. You will see miracles and good things.

You may think you have to be especially good to release the power of God. The most powerful military force in the Bible was King David's army. This army never lost a battle yet, it was made up of "losers, vagrants and misfits" (1 Sam. 22:2 MSG).

If you are born-again, you are an avenue for the power of God---even if you think you are not good enough for God to flow through. Declare wonderful things over those in your life and good things will happen. Oh, and do not forget to declare good things over yourself too.

Be blessed!
* Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, copyright 1890 by JAMES STRONG, MADISON, NJ. Strong’s numbers, G4471, H7414, H7311

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