Hi again, Pastor Bee here, finally getting to a 2nd edition of “Bee For God”. My apologies for such a prolonged absence for anyone who might have been wondering if there would be a 2nd edition. On November 20, 2020, our almost 2,000 square foot, fully finished, fully furnished basement flooded and our home sustained major damage. The bottom line is pretty much the entire basement had to be re-done: carpet, bathroom flooring, bathroom cabinets, drywall, paint, stairs, furniture repairs-a seemingly unending list of stuff. We were facing a totally involuntary complete remodel of the entire downstairs. It was not a task that I was prepared for nor entirely up to. It could have resulted in a major loss however, from the beginning and throughout the entire process, my wonderful Father repeatedly assured me that He would “restore us to better than it was before”. The process was long, arduous, and downright painful at times. There were times I was so frustrated and angry about the situation that I found it difficult to look past the circumstances to remember God’s promise. Finally, Wednesday, February 17, 2021, the process was completed. Our basement, “The Haven” has been restored to better than it was before.

Why am I sharing this? It seems appropriate in light of the times in which we are living today. The bottom line during this ordeal: it was one major distraction from what we needed to be doing for God. That is what the enemy is all about. Everyone keeps saying that these are extraordinary times. Yes, perhaps that may be so. I’ve heard said we are living under the most trying circumstances ever before experienced by any human being (a little hyperbole maybe?) I’ve also heard said with the onslaught of this virus that, “life as we know it is over”! That’s a pretty extreme point of view, also very short-sighted. According to my favorite “HisStory” book, The Holy Bible, “there is nothing new under the sun”

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun”.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 NIV

There have been plagues and wars and political intrigue and natural and unnatural disasters since the fall of man. Nevertheless, none of these change God’s love and care for His people. In spite of all of these occurrences, God always took care of his people. God saw to it that Noah and his family were safe, dry, and provided for during the time of the great flood. God set free then took care of the children of Israel when they departed from Egypt, in spite of the fact that they were a “stiff-necked and rebellious people”. They left with the wealth of Egypt. God protected them with a cloud and a pillar of fire. He parted the Red Sea as they were being pursued by the armies of Pharaoh and in the process destroyed their enemies. He gave them water from a rock and manna to eat. There was not a feeble person among them and even their clothes didn’t wear out. (Psalms 105:37, Nehemiah 9:12).

King David, another imperfect man, who is also called a “man after God’s own heart” was constantly at war and viciously pursued by many enemies, yet he continually praised God for His love, care, and deliverance for his life. Read the Book of Psalms sometime — it is very humbling. Makes my little basement incident seem like a walk in the park.

“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings thou shalt trust: his truth [shall be thy] shield and buckler”.

Psalm 91:4 KJV

The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 23 [A Psalm of David]

These verses are from the heart of David, from whose lineage came the Messiah, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

As many as were atonied at thee, his visage was so marred, more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

Isaiah 52:14 KJV

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:3-5 KJV

These verses are but a snapshot of what our lord and saviour endured for us. He gave it all. He paid the price for all of the trials and tribulations we face, all the sickness, all the mental pressure, all of the unsoundness of mind, our lack of peace, our lack of direction, our general lack of hope during challenging times.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

Hebrews 12:2-4 KJV

The joy that was set before our lord as he hung on that tree, was us! He made known the Father to us. He brings us to his Father — our Father. He brought us to the heart of God who loves and cares for us also. Our Father knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust (Psalms 103:14). He even has the hairs on our heads numbered (Luke 12:7). He knows us better than we know ourselves. He sees and provides. He is the the God who heals us. He is the God that is our covering and protection. He is our peace. He is the restorer of our souls. He makes us to lie down in green pastures and provides our sustenance for us and allows us to dine with Him in the presences of our enemies without fear. What do we have to fear when God is on our side? Why do we look to the future like it doesn’t even exist, when God almighty is on the throne and we are seated there with Him our future sealed and settled by the completed works of our Lord?

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, or depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us for the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

Romans 8:38 & 39 KJV

….If God be for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:31b KJV

So what is the end result of all of this? We ARE living in extraordinary times. It is up to us exactly what that means. Do we allow fear to dominate our lives? Do we allow the roar of the lion — the distractions of the times in which we are living — freeze us with fear and keep us from our God ordained callings? Don’t you know that THE LION OF JUDAH, OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST IS GREATER AND IS ON OUR SIDE? Don’t you know that at his name every knee shall bow both now and in the kingdom to come? Do we come out wielding the sword of the spirit at the enemy who is attempting to stifle the things of God and keep us from stepping into those things to which we have been called? Do we claim God’s promises? In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us and gave himself for us. WE are the joy that was set before our lord. Now the joy that is set before us is to do the works of Jesus Christ. He gave us the power and the authority to heal the sick, cast out devils, bring sight to the blind, heal all manner of sickness and all manner of diseases. He paid the price for all of it! Everything Jesus does we can do also and even greater things; and we have a godly obligation to do them also … not out of fear but out of love. We have all that Jesus has, because as he is in this world, so are we.

Let’s give our fears, our worries, our cares, our concerns, our anger, our sense of isolation, and our feelings of helplessness to the one who paid for them with his life. Let’s place our focus squarely on God our Father and run with endurance that race that is set before us knowing that the victory is already won.

So, let’s get busy and “Be for God” exactly what He would have us to be, and do what He would have us to do. Let’s see if we can’t make these days in which we are living the most extraordinary times for the right reasons — that God is on the throne and our Lord Jesus is with us and within us. We have some work to do. Let’s put on the whole armor of God and get busy letting your light shine!

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