Archive for October, 2020

One Song is Enough

A few years ago I wrote a piece for a Sunday School periodical entitled, One Word is Enough. One word prayers are as effective as hour-long ones. What matters is the position of the heart. I can be so overwhelmed that “Help!” is all I can say. Or so awed by God that “ Wow” is the only thing that comes out.

I think music is another one of those tools that God uses when we have no idea what to pray or how to pray.

Psalms 42:8 says this “The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and His song will be with me in the night, a prayer to the God of my life.” (NASB)

I can’t count how many times a song has become a prayer for me. God has created men and women who, much like David and Korah, write music that expresses the overwhelming feelings of hurt, wonder, anger, and words of questioning why.

Here are some of my go-to songs:

Dance with Me – Paul Wilbur

Wanted- Danny Goke

Exhale – Plumb

The Blessing- Kari Jobe

My Weapon- Natalie Grant

Why God- Austin French

These songs are today’s Psalms. They express the same thoughts and emotions the Psalmists expressed over 3000 years ago. Nothing has changed with scripture especially the Psalms. It’s as relevant today as it was then.

For you today I pray over you “The Blessing” by Kari Jobe based on Numbers 6: 24-26 (NASB)

“The Lord bless you, and

Keep you;

The Lord make His face shine

On you,

And be gracious to you;

The LORD lift up His

Countenance on you,

And give you peace.”

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Be Alert! Stand Firm!

Bravery means being alert in all circumstances. The enemy the Devil prowls around like a hangry lion. Yes, a hangry lion. He is stealthy. His mouth drips salavia hoping to find me and use the weakness I have to bring me down by the neck.

One of the Holy Spirit’s jobs is to alert me to situations, people within the enemy’s pride to influence me in the ways of the world. Or emotions which the enemy can smell in a weakened moment.

Since the Holy Spirit can and will alert me if I am willing, I have the ability to stand my ground and the enemy will fail. Unfortunately, a injured animal can be more dangerous. The second round may cause me to be so full of fear it paralyzes me to do anything or to give up because it’s hard and lay down in surrender.

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Be Alert! Stand firm!

The enemy is not just the spiritual one, but we can do enough damage to ourselves, through choices, negative self talk, etc. It’s why it’s important that we are in the word everyday and being in touch with our Heavenly Father through prayer.

Through the word we learn what He is capable of. What we are capable of in Christ. We are capable of standing firm and having love in all that we do whether it be a hard situation within the home, work, school or in the community. We have a Heavenly father who cares for us. That He gave us the Holy Spirit to guide, comfort and alert to the tactics of the world both earthly and spiritually.

Today I chose to stand firm and be alert. Will you join me?

“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men be strong. Le all that you do be done in love.”

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NASB)

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He Hears

“In my distress, I called upon the Lord. And cried to my God for help: He heard my voice out of His temple and my cry for help before came into his ears.” Psalm 18:6

Who better to pray to than the LORD? It’s so hard though. Why? My typical excuse is I need the flesh and blood to talk to.

This verse promises that He hears me when I cry out to  Him. What it doesn’t say is there may be silence in the waiting.

Why silence?

Maybe to teach me more about being dependent on Him. Maybe to challenge my faith and trust.

Sometimes the answer will be no.

Why no?

Some of the same reasons for the possible silence. Paul called out for help in his distress and God said no, “My grace is sufficient. So no’s maybe a way to keep me humble.

How comforting is that? The God of the universe has an awesome plan and He is working it through the hard times. Take heart my friend. Be assured He hears, He knows, He sees and there is a wonderful plan at the end of the darkness that will be more glorious than we can imagine. God doesn’t waste a single incident, or silence or no.

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Urgent- S.O.S

I’m ready! But then I ask myself why am I ready? Oh, you may be asking what am I ready for? I’ll tell you. I’m ready to go to a heavenly home. Strange one huh?

For me, I am tired of this world. The past ten years have gotten worse. Hate is the order of the day, bickering, disobedience to authority, lack of respect and persecutions. It seems sudden but reality says it has been progressing. For a child of God there is strength in the waiting. But there is purpose for me here.

What about this idea of going home? Aren’t you afraid of dying? No, not really, it’s the method of it that makes me nervous. But dying itself no. My pastor makes this comment often, and I will paraphrase, “If you have an answer to death, then nothing else matters.”

This is an urgent matter. Nothing, absolutely nothing needs to be accomplished for Christ to return and take His children home. It’s why it’s an urgent message I am bringing to you today. Christ is the answer. He died in the cruelest way to die just to pay a debt that we couldn’t. That’s GRACE (God’s riches at Christ’s Expence.”

Let me put it in these terms. There have been times when something has gotten broken. The reactions are varied. Some offer to pay for the broken object. Others, out of fear and shame, hide it or try to. Some could care less about it and crush the item even more. In the first scenario, we tell the customer don’t worry about it’s okay it happens.  The second, I wish they would come to us because we have extended the same towards them. The third I wish I could make them pay for it just because of the attitude, but we wouldn’t. It costs us something, loss in profit, and item that could have been sold, etc. They don’t deserve it but we extend grace.

The question I have for you, are you ready if Christ comes. He can come at any time. It doesn’t matter what you have done, He offers you grace and salvation. If you would like more click on the Invitation tab above. The urgency is Christ may come back today tomorrow or 100 years. But we don’t know. The time is now for salvation. Will you accept the invitation, shrink back in fear and shame which Chris has paid for, or totally reject Him? The choice is yours.

You too be patient, strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the LORD is at hand.”

James 5:8 (NASB)

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Waiting on the Lord

Let me tell you a little secret about myself. Ready? I hate waiting, especially when it concerns spiritual growth or purpose, for myself and others.

I feel like a child at Christmas and the expectation of what was to come, boiled over. I couldn’t wait for my parents to get up. The only problem was I had to wait for seven o-clock, have breakfast, read the Christmas story then.. it was present time. It was hard. Really hard. Not much has changed with my own children. I can’t wait for them to get up so we can open the presents. I want to see the smiling faces as the open them up.

I think it takes more strength and courage to wait for the Lord to move and give the next step than to do what He asks. This is especially the case when it comes to the fact I know what He wants me to do, however, other things have to happen first in preparation, that I don’t even know about. I’m in that stage now.

I want the prep work done NOW!. I want my prayers answered NOW! I want the next step NOW! I forget that the preparation to do the job is just as important as the job itself.

In the end, God’s timing is perfect. For our part waiting on the Lord takes courage. How? Because we have to learn to pull back and be content in the waiting. Continually praying for the next step. It takes more courage then I have at times. But then again the courage comes, knowing He is in control of it all.

So here I am, determined to wait on Him, with courage, steadfastness and strength. I will also rejoice when I see the little workings of Him who gave me the purpose in the first place..

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage, Yes, wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 (NASB)

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Deuteronomy 31:6,8 (NASB) states, “Be strong and courageous do not be afraid or tremble, at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. And the Lord is the one who goes ahead of you. He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

2020 will not be a year forgotten any time soon. If I could describe it with one word I couldn’t. There have been deaths, devastation, sickness, anxiety, isolation (in more ways then just COVID-19), fear, doubt, loss of dreams. Yet, Deuteronomy says the Lord will go ahead of you, be with you not fail or forsake you. That’s hard to see when everything around me seems to be going down hill faster and faster with no bottom in site.

This verse reminds me of the song that came out recently “Waymaker: “Even when I don’t feel you working, you never stop working.” (Michael W. Smith) For years I have felt God has given dreams and pulled them out from underneath like a magician who pulls the tablecloth out from under the dishes. Except in this case all the dishes came with it crashing to the ground.

As I’ve gone through years of healing I am realizing that all the hurts, new skills, and growth are just dots connecting to make one beautiful dream, God has already purposed for me.

God makes ways where there weren’t any. He is always walking the path with me. Even now as I have started a new path of healing. He has a purpose.

He is the light in the darkness. He will bring the next right step into the light. Not only for the moment but it will work toward that purpose.

I don’t have to be discouraged or disheartened. I don’t even have to be terrified about the next part of the journey. He is walking with me through this life. Why? Because He is at the end of it. He knows how to get through the maze. He promises it will be beyond all I could think or dream of.

How about you? Are you experiencing hopelessness, purposelessness, joylessness, loneliness, or feeling like God has failed and abandoned you? Take heart dear friend, He has a purpose for you, and He will not abandon the work of His hands.

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