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Sep 29, 2013
by Kimi Stephens Gaines
I love to people watch, looking around and wondering people's stories. I have seen many who look like if they took one more step, it would be their last. There was an older gentlemen who I had seen on the way to my past place of employment. He was so crippled up and I wondered how he could take one more step. I really began to think what happened to him along His life's journey.
I wonder what causes people to get where they are. I had a wonderful childhood. It had it's disfuntion as all families have, but overall the lessons learned, the disicpline was correct and morals were taught. I remember the best times and the not so good times. Bottom line I know I was taught to be a person with passion and to live my life according to God's Word.
Did I have some rough patches, yes indeed. I was a fearful child which followed me into adulthood. I had high expectations with friends and family. People would come and go out of my life. Some touched my life to the very core and when they moved on and a piece of my heart broke. I would have been their friend for life. But life is not like that, is it?
Mom used to say that if you could count the number of faithful friends on one hand you've been blessed.
We can look around and try to make friendships happen, but people come in and go out of our lives. Whether just for a season, through a disagreement or just moved on. There is a saying, "The Heart Grows Fonder"...not true...once in a while I have someone in my past come to mind and I wonder where they are, how their life has turned out.
We all scatter to and throw....Our journey's should never be limited and we get too comfortable where we are sometimes. When we get to comfortable God will send us somewhere else. Reminds me of the Israelites in the wildreness. What was supposed to be 40 days turned into 40 years. I really believe that we just don't learn where we are at, or we don't hear God's call to move.
I learned this very hard lesson and it isn't like God didn't warn me. I worked at a job 15 years and left because of health reasons and then God called me back...but he told me He would only use me for a short time. I loved being there...it was comfortable. Towards the end, I was so unhappy and complained just like the Isralites did in the wilderness. It didn't end pretty!! I was offended, hurt and angry. I held on to that for over a yr. I forgot why I was sent, why God needed me to be there. The last day I was there a worker brought in a beautiful parrot and left it with me. I knew that I was being let go that day, and yet God placed this bird in front of me. I heard God say, "you are like a caged bird and I am freeing you today." I still walked away with a downcast face. I look back and see what I didn't learn and what I did learn.
A year later I was working for a friend at her store and she knew it was too hard for me to stand, so she suggested I try out her other business, reluctent I went to work in a Auto Repair shop. I was treated like a queen!! God was healing me in a place I never expected to be. I was thanked everyday for my work. I had no idea what I was doing, but I loved going to this job. I laughed so much and my boss was the best boss I have ever had, so kind, giving and loyal. We still get together and I get chocked up when I go to the shop or out for the day with family. What I thought was a slap in the face, God blessed me with an awesome job. I still want to be there, but God only needed me there for a little over a year. I was restored and knew God used that job to build me back up and show me that His ways are not always what we want.
So I look around and see people who I hopefully have touched and made a difference and I know that this life is a journey of lessons. Lessons that will either break us or make us.
I have a couple of songs I want to share with you....It was around this time that God led me to hear these songs.
Brandon Heath - I'm Not Who I Was
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The Road Not Taken
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same, 10
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back. 15
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost
Sep 19, 2013
by- Roy Lessin
While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. Acts 26:12-16 NKJV
Saul, Saul—God knows your name (first, last, and middle). He knows your heart, knows your choices, and knows your needs. He will address you personally and directly. He won’t confuse you with someone else or give you the wrong message.
Why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads (the sting of resisting My will).—Often, when God speaks, He begins with a question. He wants you to consider your ways, your attitudes, and your choices. When He speaks He clears things up immediately. He states things as they truly are in His sight.
So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.’—God wants you to be assured that He fully identifies Himself with you because you are His. When you are persecuted for righteousness sake, He is persecuted. He walks with you through every trial and comforts you in every sorrow. When anyone touches God’s people they touch the apple of God’s eye.
But rise and stand on your feet;— There is time to be down on your knees before God and there is a time to rise, stand upon your feet, and respond to His call. God has something He wants you to do, somewhere He wants you to go, and someone He wants you to reach.
I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.— When God appears to you or speaks to you, He does it for a specific purpose. God’s call to you means God’s enabling for you. He will not call you to do anything that will separate you from His presence, His power, or His peace. And remember, your step of obedience to God’s call and purpose is only the beginning. He has so much more ahead—so much more to show you, and so much more that He will do through you as you say “yes” to what He asks.
Years later, after Saul heard God call his name, it is a blessing to hear Saul’s (now Paul’s) testimony before King Agrippa, “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.” May this be the testimony of each of us as we respond to the call of God upon our lives.
Sep 18, 2013
By: R.T. Kendall
The just shall live by his faith. —Habakkuk 2:4, KJV
Maybe we prayed every day during the week and yet have not experienced God's blessing or seen Him answer prayer. What then? "It is required in stewards [that is, those who have been given a trust], that a man [or woman] be found faithful" (1 Cor. 4:2, KJV). Anybody can be faithful when prayer is being answered, when the wind is at one's back, and everything is going well. But what is one to do when God suddenly hides His face? Until you have experienced the hiding of His face and come out on the other side, you won't really come to know God as a friend.
This was Habakkuk's experience. Habakkuk 2:4 is a famous verse that is quoted three times in the New Testament.
There is an intentional ambiguity here. The faithfulness can be God's faithfulness to us or our faithfulness to God: the verse can be read either way, and it means both. But it can equally describe the faithfulness of the individual himself, who doesn't give up hope. The person who trusts God and lives by His promise to bless is declared righteous in the sight of God. It applies to the future—to the fact that God will accept us in heaven—but it also applies to the present. God is saying that we are declared righteous now.
If we could only see this day, it would set us afire. If, in the moment when we don't see answered prayer, we could just look up to heaven and say, "God, I love You anyway," God would declare us righteous just because our faith pleases Him. That kind of faith has a cleansing result. We feel clean. We don't understand why God lets things happen, but we trust Him anyway.
Excerpted from Worshipping God (Hodder & Stoughton, 2004).
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Sep 10, 2013
September 10, 2013|9:45 am
Man doesn't get it. By nature, man tends to think that God is harsh and unkind. Nothing could be further from the truth.
God is extremely kind, and incredibly loving. Many people simply don't "realize that God's kindness leads you toward repentance." (Romans 2:4) God commands you to repent (see Acts 17:30) because He wants to pour His love into your heart. Until you repent, you still have only the "old wineskins." God doesn't pour the "new wine" of the Holy Spirit into old wineskins.
Jesus said, "No one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins." (Mark 2:22)
Do you get it? Do you see the Father's kindness which is freely given in His Son? "When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy." (Titus 3:4) Talk about kind! God is overflowing in kindness.
Are you in the flow? Or is your heart still too hard to receive this river of living water, and this infusion of kindness. That's what happens when a person is converted. The kindness of God gets poured in, and then begins to flow out in the way you treat others.
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness..." (Gal. 5:22) It's all there for the taking. "Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life." (Revelation 22:17) Living water for thirsty souls. That's it right there isn't it? There must be a thirst for the things of God. Jesus said, "If a man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." (John 7:37,38)
When man fails to grasp God's kindness, he refuses to develop a spiritual thirst for Christ. He refuses to see God for who He really is and what He has really done. Men choose to deny God's kindness in Christ as they can continue to live with a hard heart toward the Savior, and a closed mind toward their Creator. It is a moral choice. It is brought about by sin, and reinforced by an insistence that God surely cannot be as kind as the Bible makes Him out to be. When men believe lies about God, they remain hard-hearted and shut off from the living water which would change their worldview, and their attitudes.
When man fails to grasp God's kindness in sending His Son to save us, man will fail to reach out and grasp the hand of the Savior by faith. He will fail to trust Jesus for anything, let alone the salvation of his soul. When man doesn't get it, he wrongly assumes that God is "out to get him." In reality, God would love to save him. But some men refuse to be saved. They refuse to receive the grace and forgiveness of Jesus. How tragic.
There are some religious folks in the world, including some professing Christians, who don't seem to treat others with much kindness. But just because they profess to know God does not mean they actually know Him. "Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did." (1 John 2:6) "Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness." (1 John 1:9)
No wonder Jesus said the road to heaven is "narrow." (Matthew 7:13,14) Our world today certainly doesn't seem to be overflowing in kindness. We need Jesus more than ever. You need Him, and so do I. Without Him, how could we ever expect God to show us His kindness on Judgment Day?
But there is hope in the Person of Jesus Christ. Here is what God's love letter (the Bible) tells those who have accepted Christ:
"Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus." (Ephesians 2:4-7)
God's kindness is shown to us in Jesus. Without Christ, you will never know the kindness of God. So do you want God to be kind to you, or would you rather face His wrath for the sins you have committed against Him? That is a decision only you can make for yourself.
It was on the cross where Christ bore the weight of God's wrath against sin. Jesus took your place on that cross, as well as mine. God's hatred for sin and His love for sinners were unleashed on the cross as "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son." (John 3:16) If you fail to understand what happened on the cross, you will likewise fail to grasp God's kindness.
So are you open to having God change your heart and your life forever? Perhaps this will be the day when you finally start to realize how much God loves you.
Dan Delzell is the pastor of Wellspring Lutheran Church in Papillion, Neb. He is a regular contributor to The Christian Post.
Sep 8, 2013
Devotion by "My Life With God"
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
The Lord is giving you comfort, compassion, eases your worries.
If God has chosen you then you have nothing to fear!
“… for I am with you”
God is your protector
He is your defender.
“be not dismayed…”
dismayed means “to see, to look”
there is no reason to look for danger; instead be calm for He is with you
“… for I am your God”
He will persevere and strengthen you.
His power will always be forever and ever.
“I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you
You will be able to bear all trials!
He created the whole world! Of course he can uphold you!
“…with my righteous right hand.”
He is faithful.
He is reliable.
He is speaking to you with such tenderness and love!
He will help you! He is your Redeemer..!!!
Sep 2, 2013
THE ANTIDOTE TO FEAR :
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear… - 1 John 4:18
Experts tell us that babies have two natural fears: the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. A study on fear was conducted on 500 adults of varying ages, backgrounds and lifestyles. The results showed that they shared some 7,000 different fears. This means that they must have learnt 6,998 fears since they were born. That is a lot of fears!
Actually, our bodies are designed for faith. Fear was foreign to man until Adam sinned against God. For the first time, Adam knew fear, and he hid from God and said, “I heard Your voice… I was afraid… I hid myself.” (Genesis 3:10)
Since then, man has been living in the realm of fear — fear of the future, fear of what others might say, fear of diseases, fear of flying… Actually, every fear is born out of the feeling of being cut off from God. If you think that God is still mad at you, that He is out to punish you, how can you have faith that everything will be all right? How can you have faith for your miracle?
But I have good news for you. There is a sure antidote to fear. The apostle John says that “perfect love casts out fear”. When you know that God so loves you that He gave His Son to take your beating so that you can take His blessings, you will stop fearing.
God so loves you that at the cross, Jesus was rejected so that you could become God’s beloved. It was not the nails that kept Jesus on the cross. It was His love for you. And if God did not withhold Jesus, why do you think that He will withhold healing, finances or a blessed marriage from you? (Romans 8:32)
Today, when you hear His voice, you will hear Him say, “You are My beloved child, in you I am well pleased.” And you don’t have to hide but you can run to Him without fear because He is not out to punish you. He is out to protect and provide for you, so fear not!
Thought For The Day:
Run to God without fear because He is not out to punish you, but to protect and provide for you.
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