Archive for July 2015

Safety in God’s Abiding Place

The news can be daunting. I’m not a news junky, and I don’t typically dwell on the negative, yet I can’t ignore what is going on around us. In my prayer time I have asked God for hope. He led me to Psalm 91.

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord“He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

Psalm 91: 1-2

When I think of the secret place of the Most High, I think about the times when I am quiet before God, listening for His direction, listening for His wisdom. Or, the times that I am reading the scripture and a verse “leaps” off the page and God shares a meaning I didn’t notice before.

I believe He longs for us to trust Him and allow Him to be our refuge and fortress, our protector and leader.

How did this post impact you? Please leave a comment about God being your refuge and fortress. 

I Need Thee

On Sunday at my church, we sang this song:

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord; No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

Refrain: I need Thee, oh, I need Thee; Every hour I need Thee; Oh, bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee.

Several verses follow. I’m struck by the fact that we need Him every hour. Sometimes I believe we think we are self-sufficient and forget that He is our provider. Sometimes are reminded of how much we need Him when we go through difficult times.

What if we continually and constantly depended on Him, no matter what our circumstances? What if we constantly came to Him humbly asking for Him to be in our lives, and to direct our every step? What if we strived to hear Him speak directly to us, then carried out His directions?

I believe our lives would be enriched! We do need Him every hour.

Healing Our Nation

Several recent events in the United States have caused me pause. It feels like we are shoving God out of our land. Coupled with this feeling, I have just finished two books, The Harbinger and The Mystery of the Shemita by Jonathan Cahn. Both of these books have created a new perspective for me.

The Harbinger describes 9 warnings that God has given our nation that are similar to warnings given to ancient Israel, when the nation turned away from Godly ways. The book does not present a message of fear. It’s a message of redemption.

I hope you will read these books and join me in praying for our nation to turn back to God and give Him credit for all our blessings. I believe our prayers can help heal our nation.

 “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

Daily Manna

When the Israelites escaped the bondage of Egypt, God provided for them daily. Every morning after the dew lifted, the manna was left, covering the ground. For 40 years, the Israelites were sustained daily by this gift of food from God.

“. . . And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: ‘Let every man gather it according to each one’s need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.’”

Exodus 16:15-16

Today, God will provide for our needs daily, yet sometimes we worry that He won’t. God provided manna to the Israelites in the wilderness out of His love for them. God loves you as much and wants to provide for you. Sometimes He provides just enough for today to grow our faith and dependence on Him. Know that He loves you and desires to take care of your needs.

 

Exercising Faith in Battle

Many years ago, my father, who was a Presbyterian minister, faced a challenging battle in his church. The leadership in the church felt threatened by the fact that God was moving in big and untraditional ways. Yet, Daddy knew that he was doing what God had called him to do. Daddy felt like the enemy was so much bigger than he was, he wasn’t sure how to fight anymore.

He told me that he was inspired by King Jehoshaphat to let God take over the battle. Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, was very devoted to the Lord, and His ways did not waiver as others, who got distracted by false gods. In one battle, the King’s scouts reported three enemies encroaching. Jehoshaphat was not sure what to do so he called the entire nation to prayer.

The Lord’s answer through a prophet was essentially, send our your praise singers and praying folk in front of the troops. This is my battle to fight and you will prevail. Indeed they did. The enemies started fighting with each other and when Judah’s forces arrived, they found all of the enemy soldiers dead. It took them three days to collect the spoils left behind from the battle!

What if when we faced life’s battles, we started by calling on God and saying, “I don’t know what to do. You are bigger than this.” Then, listened for direction. What if we bathed our days in praise, knowing that God our loving heavenly father was really the one in charge.

This is not to say that we will not have struggles and growth times. Our circumstances that seem negative at the time are often the greatest times of our growth in faith. Keep the faith, and know that God is your best shield.

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