Jul 112017
 

“Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands” (Deuteronomy 8:2)

Has God performed a heart test on you lately?

There are times in our lives when God leads us into the desert!

– in order to let us find out what is in our heart.

These times can be very difficult and humbling.

They can test our mettle like no other time.

Desert times often mean we are living without those things we are normally accustomed to: water, food, limited supplies-and with few comforts.

These desert times may mean-

– experiencing new ways of provision from the Lord.

Like manna from Heaven, it may mean seeing miracles we’ve never seen before.

Like clothing that never wears out, it may mean seeing your normal capabilities expanded.

Like walking hundreds of miles without pain, desert experiences provide new lessons and new experiences that only these times can teach us.

What desert experience has He brought into your life lately?

Perhaps it is a lean time in business or job…

Perhaps it is a new environment or a transfer….

Perhaps it is a unexpected suspension or an unwanted situation…

Perhaps it is a loss of a person, privilege or a property…

Perhaps it is a lonely life or monotonous moments…

Whatever it is-

When God decides to bring new disciplines into our lives by bringing us into the desert, do not fear the heat that is sure to come.

He is walking beside you in order to test you and find out what is really in your heart.

Ask for His grace to pass the test.

He wants to bring all of His children into the Promised Land.

(PA)

Jul 042017
 

“But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel” (Philippians 1:12).

When new Christians begin memorizing Bible verses-

Philippians 4:4 is almost always included:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”

But when those young Christians discover that Paul wrote that verse while confined to prison, shackled in chains-

– it suddenly takes on a whole new meaning:

Rejoice always, even when your faith might cost you your life!

Crises have a way of forcing us to clarify what we actually believe.

Paul was excited (Philippians 1:12) when his faith landed him in prison-

– because he discovered that the Gospel was being preached even more.

In other words-

His crisis was not a crisis of faith.

It was a crisis because of his faith.

And it was a crisis that resulted in his faith-

– being strengthened,

– not weakened.

When Peter was charged with being friends with Christ-

– he denied the relationship existed. Matthew 26:69-75.

The shame he felt caused him to clarify his faith.

And it never failed him again.

The next time you face a crisis-

Your faith will be clarified one way or the other.

– either strong or weak.

Plan to be pleased with what that crisis reveals!

(PA)

Jul 012017
 

Job asked God why many times when he went through suffering. But God did not answer his questions but asked him many questions.

David asked Him why!

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?” Psalm 22:1.

But no answer!!

Jesus, the Son of David asked the same question to God His Father.

“From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”

– which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matt.27:45, 46.

The Father God gave no answer!!!

He just trusted His Father and committed His life into His hands.

When we are faced with confused situations-

– our question should not be why but what.

Do not ask God-

“Why did You allow this to happen?”

But ask God-

“What do You want me to learn through this?”

That’s what Saul on the road to Damascus asked Jesus whom he was persecuting.

When Saul was out of God’s will-

-he had a fall and he became blind and humbled.

He asked Jesus:

“Lord, what do You want me to do?” Acts 9:6.

May God reveal His will to you-

-that you may please Him to bless you!

(PA)

Jun 302017
 

“As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: He is a buckler to all them that trust in Him.” (2 Samuel 22:31).

When bewilderment enshrouds you,

– and despair looms at your door,

– when trials storm the beaches of your life-

– you may want to ask God:

“Why?”

You may never understand why things are happening the way they are in your life.

But that’s not your job.

It is not necessary for you to know why.

That is God’s question!

Your response is all that matters.

When we can’t feel His hand-

We must trust His heart!

Our job is-

– to simply trust and obey!

Is there something happening in your life-

– for which you have no explanation?

But longing for answers?

Ask God to give you peace and grace to trust Him!

He is working out the details of your deliverance!!

(PA)

Jun 282017
 

“The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves” (Psalm 93:3).

What do you do when you find yourself threatened by the floods of wickedness?

What did the psalmist do?

He looked at God’s throne!

“The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty. The Lord is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved. Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.” v. 1.

No waves or floods can disturb the throne of God.

But often we don’t look high enough.

We see the floods, but we don’t see God.

We see the waves getting higher and higher, and we don’t lift up our eyes by faith and see the eternal, established, secure, strong throne of God.

He heard God’s testimonies!!

He didn’t listen to the sound of the waves.

Today, you might hear a lot of threatening sounds.

Don’t pay any attention to them.

“Your testimonies are very sure.” v. 5.

The psalmist heard God’s testimonies and said, “I can trust the Word of God.”

He remembered God’s trust-worthiness!!!

Peter when he walked on the water.Matt. 14:28-31.

He took his eyes off the Lord and forgot His promise.

Jesus said to him, “Come!”

That’s all Peter needed.

He should have said to himself, “If Jesus says, ‘Come,’ I can come!”

Because-

His commandments are always His empowerments!

God’s throne is established!

And His testimony is sure!!

When you see the flood approaching-

Lift your eyes higher to see the throne of God.

Open your ears to hear His Word.

Fearing any flood?

Put your faith to work and trust His promises of power and protection!

(PA)