Month: April 2016

  • Stay

    I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
    Luke 24:48 NIV

    In my lifetime I’ve had a few dogs. There was Missy, then Coby, next a crazy Daisy followed by Roxie and a brief stint with Chancho. With training, or shall I say, trying to train all those dogs, there were a ton of “Stay” directives spoken. Some dogs learned the command quickly. Crazy Daisy and Chancho never learned to come under their master’s authority.

    In this verse, Jesus is at the end of His life. He’s just about to be ascended back to heaven when He gave the disciples this command to “stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Learning to stay is not an easy lesson to grasp.   As a first-born, with a slightly Type-A personality who was raised at the dragstrip; I’ve struggled with learning to stay. I don’t want to slow down, and I especially don’t want to stay. I want to get things done but, if I don’t heed the master’s voice when He’s directing me to stay, and I run on ahead of His timing; I end up in a whole heap of problems.   Jesus knew what was ahead for the disciples. He knew that they had so much to do and couldn’t do it in their own strength. They needed to stay and wait for the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish all that God desired them to do.

    Could Jesus be directing you to stay? Trust that He knows what is ahead of you. I encourage you to discern His voice and learn to stay until you hear His voice declaring a FORWARD command.

    Prayer

    Father…My heart’s desire is to follow You; not running ahead or lagging behind. Help me to rightly discern the direction You’re giving me today. Please take away my anxious heart and help me to accept Your command when it’s given to stay; not as punishment, but protection for what’s ahead.   May I stay still long enough so You can clothe me in Your power! In Jesus Name…Amen

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  • Be Careful Little Eyes

    “I will behave wisely…I will set nothing wicked before my eyes…”
    Psalm 101:2-3 NKJV

    When I read this verse the Sunday School song “O Be Careful Little Eyes” starts playing in my head.

    “O be careful little eyes what you see, O be careful little eyes what you see. There’s a father up above who is looking down in love. O be careful little eyes what you see.”

    Such a simple song, with such profound truth!

    David penned this psalm “when he was about to become king in Israel”,1 long before he set his eyes on Bathsheba and committed adultery with her. David here is making the same kind of promise to God that Job did when he said, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.”2 David started off good, but sadly David didn’t stick to his statement of faith and let his eyes wander where they never should have gone.   So much heartache and the death of two innocent people would have been averted if David would’ve guarded his vision. Even the very first sin was tempted through sight. Genesis 3:6 says that Eve “saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes..”.

    [tweetthis]Wandering eyes lead to unwise behaviour. Ps. 101:2-3[/tweetthis]

    Sunday School taught me a lot of lessons that I would be wise to follow. “O Be Careful Little Eyes” is one lesson I need to remind myself of often and keep, like Job who started and finished well.

    Prayer

    Father…Thank You for Your Word. It gives me such good advice. Your Word helps me see how I need to be mindful of the little things in order to keep my life pleasing to you. Help me to be wise and take control of what I look at today. Let me set my eyes on You, the “pioneer and perfecter”3 of my faith so I can finish well. In Jesus Name…Amen  

    1. https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/treasury-of-david/psalms-101-1.html
    2. Job 31:1
    3. Hebrews 12:2
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  • Tell The World

    Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”

                                                                       Isaiah 12:4 NIV

    As I thought about what to write I read Isaiah 12:4 and the last part of the verse hit me. It’s my role to “make known among the nations what God has done”. I “give thanks to the Lord” when I tell the world what God has done for me.

    In my life I have seen God do so many miraculous things! In College I experienced my first physical healing. A year later my heart was breaking when my unsaved grandfather was dying of cancer. One night I went to bed praying for his salvation and healing. I felt the Lord ask me to pray for an hour. I didn’t know how I could ever pray that long, but I did. When I felt like it was ok to stop praying I checked the clock and it had been one hour. God chose to extend Grandpa’s life for a year and in that time he made his heart right with God, the week before he passed away! My son has experienced physical healings a few times. Just recently my daughter broke her ankle and it healed in an unexplainable amount of time. My father was healed of paralysis on one side of his body as a young child. I’ve seen people’s lives drastically changed as we prayed togethe: marriages healed, hearts restored and people who’ve been held captive by sin, sickness or depression set free. I could write a book on all the miraculous acts that I’ve witnessed God perform.

    Today I’ve taken the opportunity through this blog post to tell the world just a few of the things that God has done. I hope they have encouraged to believe in faith that God can heal, restore, make right, save, mend…or set free! Whatever your need; God can meet it. Whatever need He’s met in the past, share with someone else. Do your part to tell the world what He has done.

    Prayer

    Father…Thank You all the great things you’ve done in my life. Help me to remember the miracles of the past, so I can tell the world about them. Let my story bring You glory! In Jesus Name…Amen 

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  • Sand In Your Shoes

    ‘…And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen.”
                                                                           Exodus 14:17 NIV

    I love watching God take broken lives, bring restoration, then use people for His glory! We often don’t understand what purpose there is in our problems, but like my hubby Todd said to me, God didn’t have you go through the desert just to get sand in your shoes.1 God has a plan. He gains glory when we get through hard times with Him!

    In Exodus 14:17 God is speaking to Moses when the Israelites are in an extremely difficult time. Theyve just left slavery in Egypt when all of sudden they can see their slave masters chasing after them. The only route in front is a sea with no way of escape…or so they thought! Fear gives way to faith and they crossover to safety with their enemies miraculously being defeated. God uses the hard times of our lives as an opportunity to provide miracles. This way He can gain glory, not us and draw people to Himself. God will take every desert circumstance and use it for your benefit and His glory, when you follow Him!

    So, fight the feelings of irritation. Get rid of the sand in your shoes and let your desert time be the very thing God uses to gain glory through you!

    Prayer

    Father…Thank You for being with my in the desert. Help me to change my view on the hard times of life from irritation to opportunity. Let my life draw others towards You and may You be glorified today! In Jesus Name…Amen

    1 Stahl, Sherry. WATER IN THE DESERT, Acknowledgments page © 2015 Word Alive Press; Winnipeg, MB

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