Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Out of Sight

“Oh, what joy 
for those whose disobedience is forgiven, 
whose sins are put out of sight."
Romans 4:7 NLT

Because of the LORD's great love 
we are not consumed, 
for his compassions never fail. 
They are new every morning; 
great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23 

The best elementary education professor I ever had in college, was one who gave us this advice: 

Every year you will have that one child who has a lot of behavior issues and can really "push your buttons" if you let him or her. So, when you and the child have have a rough day, take him aside just before the dismissal bell rings, and assure him that all is forgiven, and that you will start over fresh the next morning.

I am so glad my Heavenly Father treats me the same way.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Liquid Mountains


"It's wonderful to climb
the liquid mountains of the sky. 
Behind me and before me is God
and I have no fears."
Helen Keller

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Thus saith the Lord that made thee, 
and formed thee from the womb, 
which will help thee; 
Fear not...

I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, 
and my blessing upon thine offspring:
And they shall spring up as among the grass, 
as willows by the water courses.
Isaiah 44:2,4 KJV

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Nestling or Wrestling?

I heard a news commentator asking a minister this past week the hard question that is on many people's minds. How could God let these tragedies happen?

The minister answered that every generation since the beginning of time has had to deal with the same question.

I heard a pastor say that at some point in our Christian walk, we will come up against a situation that will cause us to WRESTLE with our image of God. Then, by His grace, He will reveal even more of His love to us, and we will finally surrender our "right" to understand everything, and simply NESTLE in His strong arms.

John Newton, who wrote the much-loved hymn "Amazing Grace", also wrote  "Though Troubles Assail Us". Here is one of the verses that I hope will bring consolation to those who are grieving.

No strength of our own
And no goodness we claim
Yet since we have known
Of the Savior's great name
In this our strong tower
For safety we hide
The Lord is our power
The Lord will provide

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Light in the Darkness


We were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.
 
Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts.
1 Peter 1:16-19 NLT

I have read that very few Christians have any interest in Bible prophecy. The Apostle Peter is saying that we MUST pay close attention to God's Word, for it is like our back-up generator when the lights go out.

This  past week, I felt overwhelmed by the tragedies in West, TX, and Boston. There were also deadly earthquakes in China and Iran and many atrocities in the news around the world.

I asked my son to pray with me and as he prayed, he got a picture of the lights going off in a region, like a major power grid failure, but then God showed him that HIS light in believers would shine even brighter in the darkness.

Father, I pray for the nations, that people may see Your Son Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for us, and turn to Him in repentance.


Friday, April 19, 2013

SHELTERING STRONGHOLD

As a child walking home from running errands on a hot day, I can remember breathing a sigh as I came back into our yard full of large old shade trees.

All the neighbor kids played in our yard, and their Moms liked to sit on our rocking chair porch under the giant oak tree.

I pictured those shade trees when I read these verses:

Be to me a rock of refuge in which to dwell, and a sheltering stronghold to which I may continually resort, which You have appointed to save me, for You are my Rock and my Fortress. For You are my Hope.
Psalm 71:3,5a Amplified

Thursday, April 18, 2013

No Borders When We Pray

"Our prayers can go where we cannot...there are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.” Brother Andrew

This week, I read God's Smuggler, the story of missionary Brother Andrew. He went into Communist countries behind the "iron curtain". It was amazing to me to see the timeline and to think about how much the world has changed in my lifetime.

You can read about Brother Andrew at OPEN DOORS.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Worship the Lord



Dawn and dusk take turns calling,
"Come and worship"
Psalm 65:8 Message

Yes, LORD,
walking in the way of your laws,
we wait for you;
your name and renown
are the desire of our hearts.
My soul yearns for you in the night;
in the morning my spirit longs for you.

Isaiah 26:8-9a NIV

Monday, April 15, 2013

Thank You, Jesus, for saving me!

Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!
Each day proclaim the good news that
He saves.
Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.
Tell everyone
about the amazing things he does.
Great is the L
ord
He is most worthy of praise!

1 Chronicles 16:23-24


Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise
The city of our God, the holy place
The joy of the whole earth
Great is the Lord 
In whom we have the victory
He aids us against the enemy
We bow down on our knees

And Lord, we want to lift Your name on high
And Lord, we want to thank You
For the works You've done in our lives
And Lord, we trust in Your unfailing love
For You alone are God eternal
Throughout earth and heaven above
 
Steve McEwan 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

An Invitation


My heart has heard you say, 
“Come and talk with me.”
    And my heart responds, 
Lord, I am coming.”
Psalm 27:8 NLT

Jesus said:
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. 
If you hear my voice and open the door, 
I will come in, 
and we will share a meal together as friends.
Revelation 3:20

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Perfect Storm

This was posted by Kathie Walters on Elijah List in 2012. I think it is timely for many believers today.

Kathie WaltersJust recently, I have felt like I was on top of a huge swell of water, in the middle of the ocean. It was very scary, but I wasn't scared. God told me to post this to the intercessors: "GOD IS CREATING THE PERFECT STORM." The storm will bring the things you have prayed and God is setting it up.

Maybe you are experiencing a storm in your personal life or family. But you know Jesus was in a bad storm one time. You know what though? He went to sleep.

I am not suggesting you bury your head in the sand (water), but you can be CALM because Jesus said, "Peace, be still!" (Mark 4:39). Well, He is in you, and you can speak to your own heart, "Peace, be still." Because you are not alone in your boat and you are not alone in your storm.

You can ride out the storm if you put your trust in HIM – the Lord Jesus. It may look rough out there but, if you chill and get your eyes back on the Creator, He will make the storm work. You can have PEACE and joy even when the waves are high. You can ride the waves.

You are in the One who has peace so you can "speak your peace" and His faith is in you already. To everyone is given the "measure of faith." It doesn't jump in and out of you – just believe it and your supernatural faith will manifest.

Remember when Paul and Silas were in prison – they were in the inner prison. That was a prison inside a prison, with their feet fast in the stocks. They didn't whine and complain, instead they SANG PRAISES TO GOD.

The prison couldn't contain it and the whole place began to rock and roll with an earthquake. The doors flung open and prisoners looked like they were going to take off. The prison guard was going to kill himself – how was he going to answer for this?

But Paul and Silas ministered to the jailor in the middle of an earthquake. I would imagine in a scary situation like that you have a mindset like "Run for your life." But Paul and Silas were able to minister to him and keep everyone safe. They were in the middle of a shaking, but they weren't shaken. BECAUSE THEY WERE IN THE SHAKER (GOD). If you stay in the Shaker (or Wave maker), then you won't be shaken. Because inside the Shaker there is PEACE and FAITH.

I speak peace and agree with you that in the storm: "Peace, be still!" Release the faith that is already in you.

Your perfect storm will bring your answers if you believe. You can have an adventure if God is making changes in your life. Don't be afraid – He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Kathie Walters
Good News Ministries

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Jesus Said

I am leaving you with a gift—
peace of mind and heart. 
And the peace I give 
is a gift the world cannot give. 
So don't be troubled or afraid. 
John 14:27 NLT

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sweet Incense

Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; 
and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. 
Psalm 141:2

What is God's response to His children's prayers? As our petitions and praises rise like sweet perfume, He blesses us with righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Spring Break


I had the grandchildren every day this past week. I wanted to use some of the time I had with them to make the Bible come alive. I remembered some object lessons from my childhood.

The eyes of the LORD 
search the whole earth 
in order to strengthen those 
whose hearts are fully committed to him.

We took eggs and drew eyes on them, and read the passage from 2 Chronicles, where the prophet tells the king (Nana's paraphrase): You don't need to join the bullies and bad guys to survive. Your God watches over you and delights in coming to your aid when you look to Him for help. But when you sell out to the evil around you, you are on your own, and you will constantly have trouble.

 Another day, we read John 14, and we placed three graduated size plastic eggs within each other to visualize Jesus' promise to believers:

When I am raised to life again, 
you will know that I am in my Father, 
and you are in me, 
and I am in you.
John 14:20

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