Good Evening to All!
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 KJV)
I was reading in my little Blessings Book tonight and I was trying to develop a post from this precious scripture.
First I read it, then I re-read it. Something didn't look right. The verse didn't "read right. I could not pin-point what it was, but I just could not get my brain to wrap around this scripture. I looked up the verse in my King James Bible, looked up the word "wonderful in my concordance and in the reference section of my New King James Bible. I got no answers. Finally, I went back and re-read it again, and then I noticed something.
In the verse, my book had stated the verse like this: For a child is born to us, a son is give to us . . . and he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Now first of all, I must say I'm not a big fan of . . . (dots). Especially in scriptures. I believe that if you are going to quote a scripture, quote the WHOLE thing. (Needless to say, that is why my posts are so long. To keep the context clear, I will often back up a verse and end with a verse or two below, so that no one can say that the scripture was used out of context, or misunderstand it.
Anyway, if you will notice, the way the verse is first written according to the KJV, there is a comma between the words Wonderful and Counsellor. This tells me that they are two separate descriptions. He is Wonderful which tells me He is to be awed. We are to be in wonder of Him. The next is Counsellor. He is our advocate with the Divine Father. He is also our best strategist, and lawyer. He knows what is best for us. After all, He is God. The verse above tells us He is Mighty God, and Everlasting Father. He is also the Prince of Peace.
If we will abide by Him and allow Him to do what He will, we can be confident that We will have the power of God behind us. That is what the Holy Ghost is all about. He gives us the power of God within us. No, we cannot go out and create something out of nothing like God has, but He sent the Holy Ghost back to us to dwell within us and give us the power of boldness, to witness in the Name of Jesus, to Heal in the Name of Jesus, (No it is not we ourselves doing the healing, but the power of God. We are His instrument. The Holy Ghost was sent to us to teach us the power of grace, how to live for God and how to be over-comers of any trial as long as we have faith in the power of God .
Also, we can rest in His loving care, knowing that He tells us to cast all our cares upon Him. That the battles we fight are not our battles but His, if we will trust Him to fight them for us. If we will just hand them over to the Lord and ask Him to take care of them for us.
I said in my title that this is a two fold blessing.
He was a blessing to those who lived when He walked this earth as flesh and blood, and He is a blessing to us now in Spirit. We as humans tend to limit God's power. We don't seem to understand that He can do just as much for us now as He did when He walked this earth in the flesh. He healed the lame, blind, and sick back then and He can do it today. He fed all of those multitudes of people back then and He can do it today. He can do anything He did back then, today. We seem to forget a very important scripture, or if we don't forget it, we don't show much faith in it, and that is Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. This comes right out and says that He has the same power now, that He had back then, so why do we doubt that He will be there for us?
He can bless us in so many ways if we will allow Him. If we don't receive blessings, it's no one's fault but our own. He wants to do it. Just as a good and decent earthly father wants to bless his children with things they need and want (if their wants are not bad for them), so does our Heavenly Father.
The closer we become to Him the more we will understand what He expects from us as "His children, such as love and respect. Such as showing our faith in Him. Such as wanting a personal relationship with Him, and not just a "gimme" type relationship. Rather than our relationship with Him being all about what He can do for us, we also need to concentrate on what we can do for Him, such as Living for Him, praising Him, Worshiping Him, Studying His Word, praying and talking to Him, witnessing to others about what He has done for you personally, as well as what God's Word says. Jesus made a comment to His disciples one time. He said "what you do for the least of them, you do for Me, so ask yourself, what would Jesus do in given situations? How would He go out of His way to do something for someone?
Good Night to All and May God Bless