Minister Joseph Shepherd

 “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal but the things which are not seen are eternal.”   
2 Corinthians 4:18 KJV

    Today, the Lord wanted me to share a brief word on the areas we often fall short. We know Grace is supplied for us. Too often, we either get impatient and try to create our own grace or give up while waiting. We just miss out on that breakthrough due to stepping out of line. Our Father has tests and trials set out for each one of us just to see how we respond. Do we cast our cares unto the Father as we are told in 1 Peter 5:6-7? Or, do we retract our prayer to have our own way?

     “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 
1 Peter 5:6-7 KJV

     Most of you remember the part of the story of Abraham where God instructed him to take his son, Isaac, into the mountains for a sacrifice. I can only imagine how he felt as he looked at his son in his eyes and the flood of emotions that arose as he got closer to the mountain top. Abraham’s simple obedience to the Father’s demand revealed to Elohim that regardless of the test, his heart is sold out to him! We must constantly pray and trust in the Lord over those things that are seen as seemingly bizarre, as well as, those that are unseen. On the contrary, we are not to be like King Nebuchadnezzar who had more worldly possessions and flaunted them. God had shown multiple things to the king in dreams and open visions. God even sent Daniel to him to warn him about his future. The meanings of these dreams were to get King Nebuchadnezzar to repent from his ways and allow the Father to have grace go before him. His own agenda and ulterior motives were his top priority at the time, blowing through all the signs.

    How do these stories correspond you ask? Humility, meekness, and pure faith! Abraham just continued to trust the Father and did not add to what was seen as an unforeseen circumstance. Elohim was about to provide. You can only see carnally what is in front of you. However, spiritually speaking, I pray that we continue to ask the Father to open our eyes. I pray daily that I am able to resist my fleshly desires so that I don’t put limitations or boundaries on what the Father will allow me to achieve. At the end of the day, it’s not what I can do, but what Elohim can do through me by the Holy Spirit. One of the greatest things I heard someone tell me that I claim is a quote I tell anyone that I am around. “You can only see as far as you think you can.” I thank the Father for this release and pray something you read impacted you in some way.

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