November 20, 2018

The Lord Raises the despised - Bro. T. Stephen

My dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,  I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  The blessed word that God has given for you today is from the book of Psalm 146:8 “The Lord raises those who are  bowed Down. The Lord loves the Righteous”.

My dear brothers and sisters, the Bible says, “This is the day which the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it.” We always desire to be happy and joyful in our life. But that does not happen always. Because there are some who say I desire to live but people don’t allow me to live in peace.  I am not able to live. For I am despised and bowed down. I am lowly and forsaken. And there might be several reasons as to why you are thrown into that state of life. May be you are not well placed in life, not well educated,  may be you lack complexion or beauty or anything of that sort.  Don’t worry because God does not look at you that way. For man looks at the outward appearance,  But the Lord looks at the heart. Hallelujah! The Lord raises those who are bowed down. The Lord raises the poor, out of the dust.   And lifts the needy out of the ash heap, That He may seat, him with princes. This is the work of the Lord.   David says, in his psalm, “  But I am poor and needy yet the Lord thinks about me. ” What a  glorious God we have. So cheer up my dear brothers and sisters. The Lord is concerned about you, He will surely lift you up to glory. But you need to humble yourself  to God. And those who humble themselves shall be exalted. The love of Jesus will  lift you up.  You  might have fallen to the bottom pit due to some unavoidable reason but God will lift you. When you are thrown out,  He is ready to hold you up.

The Bible records one such person who was despised by the elders of his family. His name was Jephthah.   He was despised by the members of his family. They threw him out of doors. He was  punished for the mistake committed by his father. His brothers said to him “You shall have no inheritance in our fathers   house   because you are the son  of another woman.” So Jephthah fled from   his  brothers  and dwelt in the land of  Tob. Later the people of  Ammon  made war against Israel so  the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of  Tob. For he was a mighty man.  Then they said to Jephthah “ Come  and be our commander, that we may fight against the people of Ammon. ”  Now the elders said we have come to you for help.  That you may go with us and  fight against  the people of Ammon. And be our head, over all the inhabitants of Gilead. So Jephthah told the elders that if the Lord delivered them from the people of Ammon then he will be the head. His brothers agreed to his word. Though Jephthah was rejected by his brothers he found favour  in   the sight of God. The spirit  of the Lord came upon  him.  Jephthah   advanced toward the people of Ammon to fight against them and the Lord delivered  them into his hands.   God exalted Jephthah   who was despised  by  his  brothers. Thus they that humble themselves  shall be exalted.

God bless you.


Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day.  Thank you Lord for you regard the poor and needy, those that are bowed down, and despised. You also lift them up and  make them seated with the princes. May Your children learn to humble themselves before you that they might be exalted.  In Jesus name we pray.



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