Tag Archive | God

Still Small Voice:

1 Kings 19:11-14 (King James Version) Bible Gateway

11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

Elijah was feeling alone. He was a prophet of God during the reign of an evil King and Queen.

Elijah was not alone. God was with him, and soon, “Elisha” would be a faithful companion.

When I read this verse, I think of ‘the still small voice’ of God, and how He wasn’t in the earthquake, or the great strong wind, or the fire.

Elijah heard that whisper of God, covered his face, and stood at the entrance of the cave he was in.

God asked Elijah what he was doing in the cave?

Then God gave Elijah some specific directions of things he should do.

He would anoint a king and a prophet. He was also told by God that there were 7,000 faithful people who had not bowed their knees to Baal, a false god.

Elijah obeyed God, and did as he was told.

I look for God in the miraculous events, but He is also in the every day events that whisper His presence. New birth, healing, restoration, deliverance, sometimes happen in uneventful ordinary ways over a period of time, unassuming.

The birth of Jesus is an example. He was born in a small stable to people who were not well known, and he chose common fishermen, and men of little renown, to carry His message to the world.

Look for God in the little whispers. Acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.

Thank You, God, for this passage of scripture. Help us to hear Your voice, listen, and follow Your commands. I know there are many people who love You, and I pray for Your protection and encouragement. I pray for Your help, and for Your will to be done. It is an encouragement to know that You are with us, and that You are the director of all men. Your purpose will prevail. Amen.

-Dawn-

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Take Heed!

Trust

Matthew 10:16

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Jesus, while addressing His followers, said many times ‘to take heed’. It means to ‘pay careful attention to’.

And he said unto them, Takeheed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.
And Jesus answering them began to say,Take heed lest any man deceive you:

But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
In summary:
  • Pay attention to what measure you are using, and to what you are listening to.
  • Be careful of the ‘leaven’ of the so-called religious people, and of people in leadership (rulers).
  • Be careful not to be deceived.
  • Pay careful attention, that you will be delivered up to councils, and in the ‘churches’ you will be beaten, and brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
  • Pay careful attention to the fact that Jesus has already foretold these things. (It is to be expected.)
  • Take notice that Jesus tells us to watch and pray; for we know not when the time is.

There are many wolves is sheep’s clothing, and the devil is like a ‘prowling lion’ waiting to devour us. We have many enemies as Christians. Be aware, be on your guard, put on the full armor, and do not be afraid. You are in God’s hands, and you are worth very much to Him.

Dear God, this is a time for us to encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ, to keep their faith and stand firm in You, and in Your mighty power. You foretold us that things would happen, because we love You. Help us to remember Your warnings and words. Many in the world will not listen to us, because they choose darkness, rather than light, but help us to be faithful ambassadors for You, and send workers for the harvest. Keep us from being deceived. Your will be done.

In the Precious name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

Photo, with verse,  from free collection of Dr. Johnson Cherian:

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“Thanks be to God, Who Delivers Me Through Jesus Christ Our Lord!”

Thanks to God!

One of the things I love to do, is to read and hear the testimonies of how people came to know the Lord. They are ‘love stories’ of sorts. I am encouraged by people who have realized the extent of their sins, and who have found redemption and forgiveness through Jesus. That is God’s great love story. He is willing to take the sinners of this world, and redeem us.

In the book of Hosea, there is an analogy using a horrible love story.– Hosea marries a promiscuous woman. She is not faithful to him at all. She has his children, but she keeps going back to her former way of life. She represents Israel, and their unfaithfulness toward God. As this woman is being sold as a slave, Hosea buys her back. He still wants her after all she has done! Even though she has not been faithful to Hosea, Hosea still cares for her!

We are all like that woman. All our righteousness is as filthy rags. The good we want to do, we don’t do. What we don’t want to do, we do. Paul tells us why this is:

So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. Romans 7:21-23

Maybe you’ve shouted out what Paul’s next words were, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?”

Paul then tells us, “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

That is why a testimony of salvation means so much! There is much rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents! I, too, feel like leaping for joy, and thanking God, because a slave to sin has been made free! A dead man has been raised to life!

Let us boldly proclaim the gospel, and go forth and preach the good news of salvation!

Dear God, sinners need to find their way to You. Please send workers for Your harvest! We have all sinned and fallen short of Your glory. Without salvation through Your Son, Jesus, we have no hope. Make this world hungry to hear Your words! I pray that the world would see its need to repent, turn from their sins, and seek You. Oh, that they would find salvation and Your great love and mercy! Help me to be a good ambassador, filled with Your Holy Spirit, and Your truth. In the Wonderful, saving name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

Father God:

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I had this verse on my mind when I woke up this morning.

I needed to put these words in my heart. Then, when I read a devotional by Billy Graham, it encouraged me too.

Billy Graham wrote about how we are God’s children. As Christians, we are heirs with Christ.

We can approach God boldly, as a child approaches his parents boldly with requests. God wants to meet our needs and provide for us.

We can ask Him for His help, His provision, His love, and He is willing to give it to us.

A good and loving parent knows his child’s needs, and knows how to instill good character, morality, honor, and love in that child. He knows how to show by example how his child should live. He knows how to build his child up. He would give even his life for his child.

God’s love lifted me up from a pit. He restored my soul. He loved me when I was unworthy. He healed me, protected me, and forgave me of many sins.

I love God. I hope that if you are hurting, and in need of a friend, a guide, a protector, a Savior, that you would go to God in prayer with all your requests. Make them known to your Heavenly Father. He has the resources and the help we need. He knows what is best for us, and is willing to help us.

Oh God, that we are able to call You ‘our Father’ is such a comfort and blessing. Some of us do not have good and loving fathers, but You are the image of what a loving Father is.Through the Bible, there are many stories of Your help, salvation, love, and provision to Your people. You will never leave us or forsake us. We can count on You. Thank You for showing us that You love us, even while we were yet sinners. In the name of Your Son, Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

There is So Much Power in Prayer to God:

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And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel. Joshua 10:14

Sometimes, I do not realize the power of prayer. God, the Creator of the Universe, the One Who is above all things, Who has all power and majesty and glory of the heavens and earth, allows us to speak to Him through prayer.

I was born before cell phones. Land line phones worked with telephone wires. Telephone poles were put up across America’s landscape, and are still visible today. It seems unreal that we can talk to someone without wires. We just speak into a smart phone, or a cell phone, and our voice is picked up by a high tower, and our signal is sent out to whoever we want to receive it. We can be very selective about who we want to talk with.

I find it amazing that we can communicate with God that same way. We just direct our thoughts and speech toward God, and He hears us, even our thoughts!

12 Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.

13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel. (Joshua Chapter 10)

God hears our prayers, He answers our prayers according to His will. Prayer is a much needed and useful tool for our faith.

Jesus showed us how to pray. From the time of the first man on earth, God allowed us to communicate with Him. He enjoys hearing our worship and praise, and looks forward to communicating with us. If we draw near to God, He will draw near to us.

Jesus prayed to God in the garden, before He was crucified.

 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Again He prays:

He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

A third time, Jesus prays:

And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

Each time that Jesus prayed, He asked that God’s will would be done. Jesus was satisfied that whatever God decided for Him was the right thing that would be done.

Jesus had to drink the cup of death, filled with all our sins. He had to live through that dreaded dark day of the crucifixion. He died on the cross. At first, we might think that God didn’t answer the prayer of Jesus. But, we know the outcome already. Jesus was victorious in death. He drank the cup, and was raised from the dead! He conquered death and hell, and was raised up to sit at the right hand of God, where He is preparing a place for us.

Oh what God can do with prayer, and with circumstances that seem hopeless!!!!!  Prayer is POWER, GOD”S POWER in us!!!

Let us not take for granted the Power of Prayer to God!!!

Oh God, I thank You that You allow us to speak with You through prayer. You, Who are awesome and powerful and great and holy! There is nothing that You cannot do. Help us to have faith, and to pray and communicate and draw near to You. You are not far from any of us. I pray for Your will to be done. Please give us direction, guidance, understanding, and wisdom. Direct my path, teach me Your ways, help me to follow You, trust You, and obey You. In the Precious, Victorious Name of Jesus, Amen!

-Dawn-

Free Grace:

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This verse struck me today, because it is a monumental statement–that we are justified freely by God’s grace through redemption that is in Jesus Christ.

God gives us so many free gifts that we need, and that we take for granted: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the land we walk on.

People seem to especially take the gift of God’s free grace for granted, maybe because it is unseen. Only by faith, will you be able to experience this monumental gift to the fullest.

We don’t see the air we breathe, but if we weren’t able to inhale it, we would die. Water is crystal clear, but it is a necessity for life. Sometimes, it is the unseen things that are of much value. God’s grace is an eternal value. We do not want to overlook it. Without it, we are dead in our sins and trespasses. Without accepting God’s grace, we have no hope of an eternal future with our great Creator. We will be separated forever from His love and mercy.

Now is the time of salvation, while you are alive on this earth. Enjoy God’s free gifts of air, water, land, and His amazing grace, our redemption through Jesus Christ!

Dear God, I know that acknowledging You is the first step to knowing You. There are many things on this earth that are fingerprints of who You are. I love You, Your sunsets and sunrises, crystal clear mountain streams, the fresh pine smell of the forest, the creatures that are so unique, and so much more. I see You in the beautiful details of this world.  I know that many people live in regions where they cannot see the beauty of Your creation. I pray that You would make Yourself known to them. I pray for Your will to be done. In the name of Jesus, amen.

-Dawn-

PS: We could never pay the price that our sin’s debt would require, the free gift of God was paid in full by His Precious Son, Jesus.

Continued: Secret Shopping

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Continuing from yesterday’s post, if a secret shopper would evaluate my service to Christ, I could do much better at several things:

My Name Tag

I still revert to a broken life, instead of being the conqueror that God made me through Christ.

I re-hash old painful memories. I think of myself in the terms of my past,- the person I used to be.

Those thoughts can be big set-backs, and keep me from living a victorious life in Christ.

My old ‘name tag’ said I was unforgiven, unloved, and broken. I am wearing a new name tag, one that says,”I am a child of God”. I have been redeemed at a great price, by the King of Kings!

I need to start living like I am forgiven, loved, cherished, and restored.

My Service to God

Next, instead of allowing God to use my past mistakes, I keep punishing myself for them.

I need to stop doing that. — Jesus took my punishment on the cross. He was wounded for my transgressions. The price for my sins has been ‘paid in full’.

Instead of running away from the crowds, afraid of the insults and persecution, I need to run to them, and serve them with the knowledge and saving Grace of God.

My Uniform

Instead of wearing the full armor of God, some of my soul has been exposed with weakness. I was allowing painful circumstances to hurt me. I’ve allowed the enemy a foothold in my weakness. The devil knows our weakest moments, and uses those times when we are tired, sorrowful, lonely, angry, and hurt, to test our faith and patience. We need the armor of God, His Salvation, Faith, Truth, Righteousness, and Peace. Those things that God freely gave me are my defense and strength against the enemy.

My Focus

The world is a ‘noisy’ place. People are trying to tell us all kinds of things. My focus needs to be totally on Christ. I cannot be distracted by events and bad news. God is in control of this world. I need my attention to be on Him. I need to take my cares, worries, and concerns to Him. He knows how to handle everything.

Examining my Christian walk is a good thing. There are things I can do better. Maybe by seeing ‘the planks in my own eye’, I can help others, too?

Dear God, I know that nothing can separate me from Your love. You have paid a dear price for my forgiveness and restoration. Help me to put aside the old things, and grab on to the new things that will help me to grow in my faith and love for You. Instead of the brokenness, I pray that You would help me to live victorious! In the name of Jesus, amen.

-Dawn-