Saturday, November 21, 2015

Circumstances or God?


Does your faith 

depend on 

your circumstances, 

or 

does your faith 

depend on God?






Psalm 106 gives us a front row seat into the wavering faith of Israel.  The Red Sea was a long way from the point at which God had already promised to free the Israelites from their oppression and give them a land of their own.


He saved them from the hand of the foe, from the hand of the enemy He redeemed them.   The waters covered their adversaries;  not one of them survived.  Then they believed His promises and sang His praise. 
Psalm 106:10-12 (NIV)

Did you catch that last sentence?  

Then they believed....They did not believe until they saw God working in their lives.


Are we like the the children of Israel?

  • Are we allowing our circumstances to dictate our trust and faith in God?
  • Do we truly believe that God has our best interest at heart?  If we do, are we willing to persevere in faith, believing God's promises in advance, and leaning not on our own worldly desires and confidence?



4 For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises [of inexpressible value], so that by them you may escape from the immoral freedom that is in the world because of disreputable desire, and become sharers of the divine nature.

- 2 Peter 1:4 (AMP)


God is asking us to fully surrender our lives and the outcome of our days to Him.  There is that word surrender.  What does surrender look like? How is surrender lived out in my daily life?



Am I willing to make this commitment to God: 

"Lord, I give you all that I am, and all that I possess.  Take control of my  possessions, my dreams, my hopes, and my desires.  Remove anything that  offends You, or conflicts with Your plans for my life."

Partial surrender will always interfere with God's plans for our lives. 

The question we must ask ourselves is this, "do I trust God to give me His best, even when I can't see what that is?"



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A "Spiritual" Prescription

Do you have a special place you go when everything starts

getting crazy around you?

Jesus did....
People were constantly seeking Him, so much so, that He barely had time to rest and eat.

He would slip away....

to spend time with His Father.   There, Jesus found renewed
 strength and guidance to face the task He had been given.

We live in a society.... where family, our job, and the demands of a busy life seem to engulf us.

Psalm 37:3-5  gives us a prescription for our stress and anxiety. 

3-TRUST in the Lord and do good:

   DWELL in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 

4-DELIGHT yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

5-COMMIT your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.

Your turn.......

There are no adverse side effects in taking God's 'spiritual" prescription. 

What difference do you think it would make in your life?  We would love to hear from you.








Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Does God Always Keep His Word?

I don't know about you, but there have been times in my life that I questioned God. 

Moses, a great man of God, found himself in that frame of mind one day. 
God gave Moses the task of bringing the Israelites out of their slavery in Egypt, into the land He had promised.  Moses followed God's instructions, and the people were indeed freed.

As they traveled through the wilderness, the people began to complain to Moses.   They began remembering the food that they ate freely, even in bondage. 
 They told Moses, "But now our whole being is dried up: there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes! (Numbers 11:6)

After this encounter with the people, Moses goes before the Lord and says, "Where am I to get meat to give to all these people?  For they weep all over me, saying,  'Give us meat, that we may eat.' (Numbers 11:13)

God's answer to Moses was this"Has the Lord's arm been shortened?  Now you shall see whether what  I say will happen or not." (Numbers 11:23)

Sometimes, we become so focused on receiving a blessing, and so anxious about how it will take place, that we begin to imagine many obstacles.  All we can see is a dry wilderness of impossibility.  How could God ever bring us to the promised place of blessing from where we are now? 
We think like this because we are trying to reason with our limited understanding.


Our thinking is so very limited, God's is infinite, He has no limitations.
 
Our part in this process of being taught by God, is to focus our eyes on Christ.  He alone is our source of blessing. 
 
God wants to bless us abundantly, more than we could ever imagine! 

Your Turn.....

Will you join me today in giving God that small seed of faith that we have.  No matter how small it may look, He will honor it.

The Daily Guest

Lord, if I could see you with my physical eyes, checking over each word, each action of mine,

Would I be kinder and more considerate of others?

How would I spend each day?

Would I see those around me as someone created by Your loving hands?

Would I watch the same TV programs, read the same books, listen to the same music, if I could see you sitting there with me? 

 Would I listen more and speak less?


Would I treat others differently?  Would I be glad to have you as my guest each day?

Would my daily habits change, if at the end of every day, I sat down with you and 
reviewed what I had done and how I had spent my time?

Your turn.......

How do you think our lives would change if  we could see God with our natural lives?