“For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.”(Ps 9:18)
Forgotten– to cease or fail to remember.
By the time Gabriel came to Zacharias (Luke 1:18) Zacharias had lost all expectation of having a child; he thought he was old and God had forgotten about his prayer request. The angel assured him that his prayer has been heard.
At times when we are temporarily overlooked, disappointed and frustrated we tend to start feeling forgotten, and after waiting a long time on the promises of God. We become discouraged we believe that God has forgotten us.
The truth is God is not unjust to forget us and He will never leave us or forsake us(Heb 13:5) The promises of God are yes and amen.( 2 Cor 1:20)
Beloved, let us hope in the Lord knowing that we are not forgotten, and our expectations will not perish.
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.”(John 19:30)
When Jesus declared that “It is finished”, it was a shout of triumph and victory, because He had accomplished what the Father had sent Him do.
The work that Jesus came to do have been accomplished
It is finished therefore we can have access to God’s grace.
It is finished so by His stripes we were healed not will be healed; we were healed. (1Pet 2:24)
It is finished so we are free from sin and death.
The victory that Jesus bought has secured our healing, peace, joy, and prosperity for all eternity.
Beloved, let us receive the finished work of Jesus. Whatever “it “is in our life Jesus has already taken care of “it” when He said, “It is finished”.
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession to the praise of His glory.”(Eph 1:13-14)
The Holy Spirit is a down payment, deposit, seal this mean that God has given us His Spirit guaranteeing that He is coming back for us.
Beloved, let us look at it from a natural perspective; If I enter a store to buy a jacket that costs $80 but want to put the item on layaway, first I will have to leave down payment of $30 to secure my jacket, then I will be given a time frame to complete my payment and take my jacket home; if someone comes to the store and see my jacket and decides to purchase my jacket even with the full amount to pay for my jacket, that person would not be able to take possession of it because my down payment has secured my jacket until the time is expired. Likewise beloved God has given the down payment of the Holy Spirit and He has time that only He knows, (Matthew 24:36) that He will be returning ,so within that time the devil can never take possession of a believer because we are purchased by the precious blood of Jesus. The Holy Spirit guarantees our inheritance.
“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”(2 Cor 1: 21-22)
“Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”(Acts 8:35-36)
Hinder – to hamper, obstruct, stop, and interfere with
As he sojourned on the road to a personal relationship with God the Eunuch to some water and asked a very introspective question; “What hinders me,,,?” The fact that he came to water is very significant since water is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. He came to a turning point, where he had to face the hindrances and obstacles.
The Eunuch was trying to pinpoint what was hindering him from being submerged in a deeper relationship with the Lord? What was hindering him from moving from the shallow place? What was hindering him from going to the next level? He wanted to identify any obstruction to his relationship with the Lord and actually do something about.
Beloved, as we journey with the Lord let us be alert and sober to things that may be standing in our way. It may be people’s opinion, pride, the past, fear, trials and testing just to name a few. When we discover our hurdles know; that through Jesus Christ we have the victory and we are more than conquerors.