Saturday, September 29, 2012

Stuck

One scorcher of a day when my daughter was small, we decided to walk up to Main Street. We did not realize that crews had so recently repaved our street with hot asphalt. Kathren's shoes got stuck in the sticky tar, and she was not strong enough to free herself. I can still picture her little panic-stricken face! Fortunately, I was able to lift her and carry her to the safety of the sidewalk.

I remembered that scene as I was reading Isaiah 30. Verse 15 says, "Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved." I learned that the word saved in this verse means the opposite of stuck. The Hebrew word yasha paints a picture of being in a spacious place, free to move. When I make hasty decisions and ignore God's leading, I can quickly find myself stuck.

The word "trust" in this verse means "there is nothing more I can do". When I admit my error, and call out to my Heavenly Father, I must wait for Him to bring the victory.

So the Lord must wait for you to come to him
so he can show you his love and compassion.

For the Lord is a faithful God.Blessed are those who wait for his help.
Isaiah 30:18

Thank you, God, that you are a compassionate Father who longs to be gracious to us.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

All We Like Sheep

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.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:4-6

Friday, September 21, 2012

Those Who Seek Him Out

Without trusting, it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, because whoever approaches him must trust that he does exist and that he becomes a Rewarder to those who seek him out.
Hebrews 11:6 Complete Jewish Bible

As a young child, I did not understand much about God. I just knew that I needed Him - needed forgiveness, and needed Him to guide me through life.

I had recently experienced the death of a family member, my beloved Great grandfather. I knew that he loved God and had served him. One thing he did was to start a children's Sunday school in our little town.

I thank God that we read the Bible in our home as well as at church, and that my parents lived what they "preached".

So even in my childlike faith, God heard my prayer and answered. He has been faithful.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

ONLY BELIEVE

Fear not, precious flock, whatever your lot;
He enters all rooms, the doors being shut.
He never forsakes, He never is gone
So count on His presence in darkness and dawn.

Only believe, only believe;
All things are possible, only believe;
Only believe, only believe;
All things are possible, only believe.
-Paul Rader

I was remembering this song that we sang on Sunday nights at church when I was a child. Nothing is impossible with God. Jesus told us to ask the Father in Jesus name for blessings in agreement with His will. God can shut a door that no man can open, and open a door that no man can shut.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Talking to God

"Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still."
E.M. Bounds

I was just reading the story of Rees Howells. He and his comrades prayed fervently during World War II, and saw many miracles that could only be attributed to Spirit-led prayer.
You can read his story by googling Rees Howells Intercessor-The Wesley Center Online in PDF.

This really encouraged me to keep on praying, even when things look impossible.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Be Utterly Amazed

God had highlighted this passage so strongly to me last week as I was praying for 9/11:
This was the prophet Habakkuk's prayer:

How long, Lord, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.

This was the Lord's answer:

“Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed.

For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told."

Habakkuk 1:2-5 NIV

I know that God is warning the nations of judgment and He is extending great mercy before the time of His last harvest of those who will hear the good news of redemption through His Son, Jesus Christ.

I believe that so much change is coming, not only to America, but to the whole world, that one year from now, we will look back and marvel at all that has taken place.

Father God,
Help us as Christians to remember that the most powerful thing we can do is praise and worship you. You are exalted on the praises of Your people. We can gather with our families and even the children to worship You. You promised that out of the mouths of babies you have ordained strength that you might silence the enemy and the avenger. (Psalm 8:2) OUR WORSHIP SOUNDS LIKE WARFARE TO THE DEVIL.



Sunday, September 9, 2012

God's Goodness

I’ll make a list of God’s gracious dealings,
all the things God has done that need praising,
All the generous bounties of God,
his great goodness to the family of Israel—
Compassion lavished,
love extravagant.
He said, “Without question these are my people,
children who would never betray me.”
So he became their Savior.
In all their troubles,
he was troubled, too.
He didn’t send someone else to help them.
He did it himself, in person.

Out of his own love and pity
he redeemed them.
He rescued them and carried them along
for a long, long time.
Isaiah 63:7-9 Message

I listened to some amazing testimonies on God TV where there were testimonies of Arabs, Iranians, and Jews who received salvation through Jesus Christ. The Iranian man begs us to pray for the harvest of souls that is happening in Iran today.

“I made myself accessible
to those who didn’t ask for me,
I let myself be found
by those who didn’t seek me.
I said, ‘Here I am! Here I am!’
to a nation not called by my name."
Isaiah 65:1

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pray About Everything


I had decided to take the grandbaby back to her home. But when we were walking out the front door, I could not find my car keys. I looked everywhere and looked in my purse three times. I finally gave up on the idea and had put her down for a nap in the back room, when I noticed the sunny sky had grown very dark. The heavy front door suddenly burst open and banged loudly against the wall. As I tried to shut it, it took all the strength I could muster and still the wind kept pushing it back open. After finally getting it closed and locked, I turned on the TV to see if there was a weather warning, but there was none. There was terrific wind and rain, and huge branches crashing in the yard. Later I learned that there was no time for a warning, because it had been a downdraft caused by a fast moving cold front that collided with the 93 degree heat and 90% humidity of the afternoon.
After settling the baby, I picked up my purse, and there was my huge key ring! Had it been there all along, or was it hidden in some angel's pocket to protect us from driving in the storm?
We realized later, that the wind was so strong it had taken the top section out of a healthy green tree in our yard and dumped it in the intersection near the house, causing a fender bender.
Sometimes I think I can see my way clear to do something and don't even think to stop to pray about it. The Lord showed me that HE sees down the road, sudden changes that I cannot see. I have to obey HIS leading even though I don't understand it, and even if others think I am extreme for "praying about everything"!
Don't worry about anything;
instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need,
and thank him for all he has done.
Philippians 4:6 NLT