Wait Patiently

“Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him,” Psalm 37:7

One of the hardest things for some of us is to wait and be patient. I mean, you know what to do and when to do it—right? And sometimes, you just want to do it and get it over with! If only we could have the faith that Ruth seemed to have when she said to her mother-in-law, Naomi, “Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”(Ruth 1:16) (Please take a moment and turn to the book of Ruth and read her story) And in the Book of Proverbs we read this: The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.” (16:9) And, I know, O Lord, that the way of human beings is not in their control, that mortals as they walk cannot direct their steps.”  (Jeremiah 10:23)

Again, the Psalmist cries out, “Be still and know that I am God!” (46:10) And, Isaiah writes, “…those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…” (40:31) I encourage you to look up what has been referenced herein and prayerfully consider and take into your heart what you read. Ask the Holy Spirit to rise up within you and give you wisdom and understanding.

You could probably surmise by now, that I struggle with the waiting game. I tend not to have patience, but I am a work in progress. You see, I know the steps I must take to reach my goal. And some of them I could just as well skip over. But, you see, there are things that I cannot see and if I waited and had a little patience, my God would most assuredly make my way clear! He has promised that if I wait for Him that I will, “mount up with wings like eagles, [I] shall run and not be weary, [I] shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Now, I do not know what your path is; every one of us can only know their own. But, I do know this, God has a plan for you and me (Jeremiah 29:11-12) and He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) so “do not fear, for [God] is with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God.” (Isaiah 41:10)

You see, the scriptures that I have noted (and there are many more) are not just stories of people from long ago, they are your story, as well; and they are my story. God who came to earth in the flesh (John 1) and called Himself Jesus—“is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) He has engraved you on the palm of his hand,( Isaiah 49:16)

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so do not fret, for when you do it is an invitation for Satan to tell you lies that you may act upon. Simply trust in the Lord and lean on His understanding (Proverbs 3:5, 6) for He will direct your steps and take you safely to the goal He has set before you.

I hope you will covenant with me to read and re-read this meditation until the Holy Spirit has written upon your heart that “all things are possible with God.” (Matthew 19:26)

Father, take my life and let it be consecrated with thee. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN

 

Romans 12:2   Hebrews 10:36   Romans 8:25   Psalm 37: 7-9   Ruth 2:12

 

Hunger

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“Live by the Spirit…and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
Galatians 5:16
Hunger is a fact of life. Many are suffering because of lack of food. And because of this insatiable need for food, they are driven to unconscionable acts which, in due time, will lead to the downfall of their spirits.
There are those who sacrifice much to provide what others need for their physical bodies. They put themselves in the path of, blocking the evil desires that crop up out of the needs of people who have lost the ability to survive this horrible hunger. They are giving of themselves to help another. But, once these people are fed and their stomachs are full, what then?
The truth is our spirits are hungry, as well! Many who have all the food they need (and more); a roof over their heads; clothes on their backs; a car in the garage; two children; a dog and a cat; and a lucrative job to support all of this—are still hungry if their heart isn’t filled with the love of Jesus. One day life on this earth will cease and all the “stuff” you have accumulated will be for naught. The only thing that will count is if you love Jesus or not. Which is it for you?
We are told in so many places that “life is good.” What I want to say to you is “God is good” and that is what makes life good. When you lie according to the world’s standards, anything goes. Whatever makes you happy is the norm, as long as you do not get caught. Perhaps, the law of the land hasn’t stopped you, hasn’t found you out, but God has already. And, even so, He is waiting for you to recognize the error of our ways and ask Him for forgiveness and change your sinful ways. For from the cross Jesus exclaimed, “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do!” (Luke 23:34)
It is really as simple as this: “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I reasoned like a child, I thought like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.” (I Cor. 13:11) You see, until we grow up in the ways of God, we are like little children who need a parent to guide us.
Our spirits are crying out for food! That food is the Word of God. If your friends are those who live by anything other than the love of God, you need to change and seek new ones that do. If you are attending a church that does not preach the Gospel, you need to search for one that does. If you don’t attend worship, then you need to do so because you need the support of a Gospel preaching church and community.
“Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11) God is waiting and eager to shower His grace upon you—He has created you—He loves you. Hear His word as it falls over you like a sweet-smelling rain, “Grace be with all who have undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 6:24)
Dear Lord, shower me with Your grace that I may walk in the way of righteousness. I need You, Lord—show me how to love you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN
John 13:34-35   Galatians 5:22-23   Romans 12:9-10
Lead me Lord, lead me in Thy righteousness

Know Your Enemy

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“Beloved, do not believe every spirit…” I John 4:1

 

Discernment is a word that appears many times in the Bible. Unless we know what it means it is just another word used to fill in some space. But, when you understand that when you have discernment, you have sharp perceptions and make right judgments. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit given to those who believe in the Son of God, Jesus, and have faith and trust in Him and His Word.

In order to know who your real enemy is you must have discernment. There are many false prophets and teachers who think they are mightier than God. These persons tell you things that you think you want to hear. However, what they tell you is like a new toy that you would give to your child. It entertains them for a while, but soon the newness wears off and you find the toy in the corner and your child is playing with the box. Without discernment this liar of all liars will lead you down the path to eternal destruction.

But, do not fret for “greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world.” (I John 4:4b) If you know God then you can discern your enemy. The problem is we forget to ask God to lead us through the maze of the world. We forget to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 7:7) We forget to pray. (Ephesians 6:18)

When you receive Jesus into your heart, you also are releasing the mighty power of the Holy Spirit who gifts you with many gifts among them is “discernment of spirits.” (I Cor. 7:7-10) If you have a sense that something isn’t quite right, it probably isn’t—back away—test what you are seeing/hearing by asking God and reading His Word. You know what they say, “If it seems too good to be true it probably is.”

The strong man is a wimp in the face of God. Do you remember the story of David and Goliath? (I Samuel 17) The Israelites were in battle with the Philistines. There appeared a giant named Goliath and none of the Israelites felt they could stand up against him, except a young lad named David. David slew Goliath with a sling shot and a stone and finished him off with a sword. Why was David able to do this? David knew his enemy and was able to stand up against him because the power of God was within him.

You, too, can be victorious over whatever giants are before you in your life. Be filled with the Holy Spirit and in God’s time the victory will be yours. Trust in God and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in every way and He will direct you on a path that brings you safely Home. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Dear Lord, help me to know right from wrong and give me the courage to choose the right. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN

 

Mark 3:27   Matthew 16:19   John 20:22b, 23   I Corinthians 12:7-10

The Sovereignty of God

 

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“The Mighty One, God, the Lord speaks;” Psalm 50:1

My mother always kept her hands busy—creating. She knitted, crocheted, made ceramic pieces, fashioned beautiful, delicate objects out of goose eggs; made articles out of clothe using her sewing machine; embroidered; and made delicious meals. Can you imagine any one of these objects what she made with her ery capable hands, saying to her…”What are you doing?” or “Why did you make me this way?” In doing and creating all these things me Mom, was in charge and maintained control over them all.

To be able to have a better understanding of the infinite, we must delve into the finite. Understanding our mere creations makes way for us to understand the sovereignty of God. The word sovereign means “supreme being”—one who reigns over all. The book of all truth—the Holy Bible—begins by telling us in no uncertain terms that “God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1)  And, John, writes, ” He was in the beginning…and all things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.” (1:3) Yet there are many who refuse to believe or accept the sovereignty of Almighty God.

Jeremiah tells us that God has a plan; that plan is for our good and our success. (Jeremiah 29:11) All of us are but a hunk of coal and only our creator can make us into a diamond someday. However, there are spiritual forces that try to stir us down the wrong path. The Evil One, ole-sloo-foot as I call him, instills in us a sense of fear. He makes us second guess and destroys our confidence in the Lord. He makes everything nebulous and destroys the clarity of God’s voice. When you feel confused please know that feeling is not of the Lord. It is a tactic used by Satan to keep you from the peace of God that passes all understanding. (Phil 4:6-7)

I’m hoping that you will stand with me in declaring the sovereignty of God to all the world. We do not need big crowds or stadiums full of people—one person at a time is all it takes. Then that person tells another of the peace and love that can be experienced by proclaiming the sovereignty of Almighty God—the Creator of the world and all that is therein. Then another and another and soon all the world will know, proclaim and be saved. Praise be to God!

Dear Lord, I give myself to you—help me disclaim all fear and confusion and proclaim Your strength, power, and love through Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8

Let Freedom Ring

“For freedom Christ has set us free.” Galatians 5:1

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The 4th of July is a day in which America celebrates its independence. We are not under the rule of any one person. We were founded on the precept of “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Those who founded our country believed that we were all created equal by God, not any one human, and our rights stemmed from Almighty God. They affirmed that all people, “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

So, I ask you, “Why are there people who are assuming the power that only belongs to God? The leaders that were voted in by the people to protect our freedom as Americans—and more importantly as human beings—are restricting the one thing for which we were called into freedom! They have succumbed to the “world” and tried to limit access to the Word by taking prayer out of schools, disallowing Bibles in classrooms and restricting our young people by not encouraging them to know the Word of God. They have restricted the one thing that we stand for as a nation—our unalienable rights—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—as pronounced in the Word of God, the Holy Bible.

No one can know the truth, which sets them free, if they are not acquainted with the commands of God. Our young people are lost, but they are innocent because there is no one to teach them of the One who can save them.

I remember when I was in grade school, we opened each new day in our individual class rooms with the Pledge of Allegiance, singing God Bless America, and a prayer. No one called anyone to join any particular religion or chastised each other. We recognized the mighty land in which we were blessed to live and God who made it all possible. How far we have strayed!  God have mercy! Lord have mercy!

We, as a nation are putting God to the test just as the Hebrews did and you know what happened to them—they were taken into exile not once but twice. Finally, God sent His Son as a final try to show them how much He loved them. And what happened? They put Jesus to death upon the cross. But, even that could not stop God! For Jesus is not dead! He is alive! Not only that, but He is coming again one more time to save those that believe. Those who do not will be as those who pounded on the door of the ark as the waters rose—lost forever. (Genesis 7:22)

Therefore, let us pray for the leaders of our country, that some mighty revelation will show them the path to true freedom. I believe that our God is mighty, and can soften even the hardest hearts. Let freedom ring, truly, as we all celebrate Independence Day together—all of us—and include the One who died to save us.

 

Father, bless us as a nation under Your rule that we may love You and our neighbors unequivocally. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN

 

“If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

 

Galatians 5:1, 13   I Peter 2:16, 17   John 8:31, 32   I Corinthians 7:22

Acts 15:10

 

First Love

1224171815“…the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

Do you remember your first love? You were probably in high school. He or she was the most wonderful being God had ever created; being around him/her made you feel all giddy—like nothing could bring you down. Even now, thinking back on that moment brings a sweet feeling upon your soul. But, alas, in most cases, it came to an end.

Now, what I am about to say, will not make sense to you if you have not accepted Jesus into your heart and established a loving relationship with Him. My hope is that because you are reading this right now, it won’t be too long before you make that all important step and discover a love that will never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)

For those of you who have become part of the family of God, have been adopted, and are a child of God—I’m calling you to remember that time. Let me tell you about my time:-

It was a cold, snowy, winter’s night in January. My husband and I were young in our church-going days. And this was not just one service on Sunday, but a whole weekend of services! But, somehow we had committed ourselves to attending. I’ve got to tell you, it felt very strange, we didn’t know what to expect.

The second night (obviously the 1st night didn’t scare us away) the Pastor said there was going to be an altar call. I had no idea what an altar call   was, so I just sat and waited. It came time and Pastor Bill invited all who would ask for their sin to be forgiven and would accept the Lord’s mercy and grace to come forward and present themselves at the altar. “This must be the altar call,” I though.

My husband and I had been going through a terrible time. Finances, family upsets, and just struggling to keep our heads above water. I had no idea what I was doing but I felt myself rising from my seat stumbling over my husband’s knees, and walking down the aisle of this little, country church, towards the altar. Ole-sloo-foot was able to rattle my brain for a moment as I looked around and saw no one else moving. But the gravity of the pull of the Lord was too strong.

Soon I was kneeling at the altar. I was surrounded by what seemed like a cloud and I could hear the angels singing. I hear the Pastor praying over me, but what I hear most was a gentle, strong voice that portrayed a love like I’ve never known before, saying “Everything is going to be alright. I am with you.” I was in that cloud for the rest of the night.

We went home and went to bed, but I couldn’t sleep. I got up and went downstairs, picked up my hymnal and sang hymn after hymn, although many of them I had never heard, but somehow I seemed to know them. I have tried the best I could to walk with the Lord ever since.

Remembering that night restores my strength and leads me down the paths of righteousness. “The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.” Psalm 118:14

Everyone’s experience is not the same, but it doesn’t make your experience any less legitimate. The Lord God calls each of us to Himself the shortest way we will go. For you see, “You did not choose me but I chose you…” (John 15:16) says the Lord.

Is the Lord calling you? Perhaps, He’s calling you to give testimony.

 

Dear Lord, thank you for Your gift of strength given to me through the presence of Your Holy Spirit. Have mercy upon me. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN

 

Psalm 51:12   Romans 8:15   2 Cor. 3:17   Isaiah 12:2

Make the Call

0127180827“No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” Romans 10:11

 

“Let anyone with ears listen!” These are the words of God from Genesis to Revelation in one way or another. They are recorded through-out the Old Testament especially Jeremiah, Psalm, and Isaiah. God calls to all of us to listen to His still, small, voice. “Be still and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10) He speaks to you.

In a world filled with so much noise and chaos you wonder, “How can God hear the soft murmurings of my heart?” Maybe more importantly, “How can I hear God?” God doesn’t shout; He doesn’t raise His voice, yet a heart in tune with His Spirit hears as though He were the only one speaking. His voice is in the gentle wind; it is in the flower blooming from a tiny bud; it is in the birds of the air and the baby birds in the nest; it is in the sweet sounds of the baby in your arms. All you have to do is call upon Him, seek His face, then sit back and listen.

Jeremiah writes, “…call upon Me and Pray to Me, and I will hear you.” (33:3) It is up to you to make the call. The calling numbers are—“Lord I need You,” or, “Lord, I want to hear your voice,” or “Lord, fell my heart with Your Spirit.” Whatever you need He will provide—in His time. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven,” therefore, God has a plan—a blueprint made out for your life and He will provide what you need at just the right time. Meanwhile, listen and wait upon the Lord. But, do not hesitate to make the call.

 

The other day I needed to call someone to deliver a message that may not be received very well. I was hesitant to make that call. My pride was getting in the way of my common sense. Finally, I picked up the phone and with shaky fingers dialed the number. Actually, I was secretly hoping that no one would answer, then I could just leave a message.

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The phone rang and rang, until finally someone answered. After exchanging our greeting, I  stated the reason for my call, all the time thinking the worst. There was silence. I gulped. Then I heard—“I am so glad you told me. I will see what I can do.” I gave a sigh of relief, for I had been holding my breath. The call ended and I smiled to myself saying a little prayer of thanksgiving to God.

I think this same scenario takes place when we need to call upon God. He is always waiting to hear our voice—a voice crying in the wilderness. Maybe it’s time for you to make your call to your Heavenly Father who loves you.

Dear Lord, I want to be filled with Your Spirit. Make me humble in Your sight. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN

John 10:27   Jeremiah 33:3   Psalm 50:15   Isaiah 55:6   Jeremiah 29:12   Acts 2:21