Are we there yet?

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There will come that moment(s) when one must act on what they have heard. There can be no excuses or reasons why there is no follow-through. With the call made, God is looking for the proper response. Are we there yet?

Samuel, young and inexperienced, but dedicated to God as a gift from his mother Hannah (1 Samuel 1:20-28), and dedicated in heart by what he already knew (1 Samuel 2:18, 26), did not yet know what it truly was to hear the voice of God (1 Samuel 3:7).  After several attempts to gain his attention (1 Samuel 3:4-8), Eli instructed Samuel how to respond to the Lord when he hears his name called again (1 Samuel 3:9).

That moment was not long in coming when we read: “And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:10).

I must ask, are we there yet?  Are we at a place in our spiritual walk that when the Lord calls us to service, will we, or can we respond as Samuel did, saying, “Speak; for thy servant heareth”?

The word “hear” in the Bible is not merely to be done by the action of listening.  But, to hear in the Bible is to be followed by the act of obeying.  Jesus said, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” (Matthew 7:24).

Are we there yet?  Are we ready to not only listen to God’s Word from all these modern resources available to us – but are we ready also for the follow-through that demands our attention to act on what we have just heard?

Jesus, Himself, let us know, “He that is of God heareth God’s words…” (John 8:47).  And in another verse, James teaches us to “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22).

Churches may fill on Sundays, and many may gather around the religious programs and streaming services, but how much of what we hear are we applying to our lives?  To our homes?  To our growth?  To our walk with the Savior?

“Speak; for thy servant heareth.”  Whatever the words he would hear that day, Samuel was ready for the follow-through as well.  He was not going to be a reservoir, merely holding the word in reserve.  When he said, “Speak; for thy servant heareth” he was ready to act upon what he heard.

Are we there yet?  Do not be that one in the crowd that claims they want to hear from God and then does not do what He speaks.  Be that one, that when He speaks, our hearts, mind, and feet are ready to go into action.

Where will it lead?  Who knows?

Can we receive everything we hear?  It may be hard at times.

Are we prepared for the answers?  We may not understand them all.

Will we know every avenue we are asked to walk down?  Probably not, but walk, we must: “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

“Speak; for thy servant heareth.”  Are we there yet?

Father God, we pray not only for ears that will hear Your word and hearts to understand, but we also pray for feet that will follow, in Jesus’ name, AMEN!

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No Stale Salvation

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“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22, 23

We have no stale salvation.  God’s mercies are renewed in our lives daily.  Daily we experience the freshness of His grace.

Every day, when our eyes open, they open for us to walk in the newness of this life Jesus gave us (Romans 6:4).

Every day when we rise, we rise with freedom as our anthem for the day (Galatians 5:1).

Every day when our mouths open, they should open in praise (Isaiah 25:1) because our hearts should never be exhausted in worshipping the One who has blessed us with this life and that more abundantly (John 10:10).

Do not become stagnant regarding the awesomeness of what God has done for you.  Do not become so used to this great grace in such a way that you brush it off, toss it aside, or treat it in a lackadaisical manner.  Do not become so comfortable with His goodness that you no longer appreciate with wonder the extraordinary gift you have received.

This is no stale salvation.  God’s mercies are renewed over us daily, and daily we should recognize with awe and wonder the miraculous transformation God has made in our lives.

Never stop appreciating where God brought you from.  As He refreshes your soul daily, daily He ought to receive our honor, our praise, our thankfulness, our gratitude, our adoration, and our everything for the awesomeness He has worked in our lives!

Our salvation is the greatest thing we could ever receive.  Daily we are blessed to walk in it.  Do not neglect the freshness of this great treasure.

For, God gives us no stale salvation.  Jesus is our “well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14), always flowing over us and through us daily.  In Christ, we are never without the freshness of His life in us.  In Him, we are always satisfied and never thirst.  Nor shall we ever hunger for the Father fills us daily with that bread of life (John 6:35).

This is no stale salvation, and we ought not to treat it as such.  Do not neglect this great salvation (Hebrews 2:1-3).  Take great care in appreciating the fullness of all God does for you daily.

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Carry the Light

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“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Help me to carry Your light with me throughout
this day. Let Your brilliance and the radiance of
all you are permeate my very being. In my daily
conversation, let all of who You are, which has
been poured into my life, be a witness with a holy
outflow.

Let my life speak for You. Not just in words, for
man hears much of that these days. But let the
steps I take throughout this day, be filled with the
very love, power, Spirit, and light You have shown
me – may I express it all with the fulness of heart
toward others in the paths I travel toward our
eternal destiny.

The best of me is the Christ in me, and I want to
let Him shine in my life.

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“Stop the Madness!”

“. . . And bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5

“I cannot get this thought out of my mind!” That is the howl of frustration that has come from many persons I know. It has probably come from you, too. The relentless, almost like water dripping from the faucet thoughts, that drip, drip, drip their way into your mind. Sometimes making your head spin with a bothersome problem. If those thoughts were pleasant to us, then we would not mind it so much. It would cause us to feel as though we were walking through a field of flowers all day long. It’s when the invasion of unpleasant thoughts comes and messes with our peaceful reverie that we have a problem. These things continually bounce off the mind, not allowing rest for the soul.

The apostle Paul taught, “Take every thought captive.” The Christian must make a conscious effort to have a fly trap mentality. There is a barrier that every individual is to put up to guard their precious mind. That barrier is the Word of God. Whatever does not fall in line with Him and His Word is supposed to be trapped and discarded as refuse like that old, dirty fly trap. There is some bothersome stuff that people put up with every day. They are buzzing around your head and just plain ole getting on your nerves. I mean, you really wish you could tear it out of there and throw it away. Guess what? I have good news for you you can. Today, you can stop the madness because the Word of God declares, “You will keep him perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You!” (Isaiah 26:3, NKJV).

When you are dealing with all that annoying stuff, it is robbing you of the peace that God wants you to have in Him. As I am writing this, I am looking at my cats stretched out on the floor, sleeping. Outside there is some stonework cutting going on using a loud machine not far from my window. When the work first began, it caused their ears to perk up, and I think they were wondering what is going on out there. As time went on, they stopped wondering and started sleeping. I guess they figured, hey, whatever is going on out there does not affect me in here. I am in my safety. I am in my shelter. I am in my place of trust.

That is what God wants each of us to experience in Him. This kind of rest and peace only comes with first, trusting Him, and secondly, taking every thought captive. These two working together will give you the peace you so desire. After all, who does not want more peace? One can have all the money in the world and be miserable because there is no peace of mind.

Stop the madness. “Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” I once heard this described as a wrestling match. I forget who I heard it from, but the idea is taking hold of that thought, pinning it to the ground, and making it obey Christ. If that thought does not profit my spiritual growth in God or my relationship with people or any of the good stuff God wants for me, then it is to be pinned down. It is not allowed to get the victory today. It is not even allowed in the ring with me.

How do I do that? “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things,” (Phil. 4:8). That is how you do it. I know from personal experience how easy it is to focus on all the negative stuff that tries to rob you of peace. But if you will change, on purpose, the focus of your thought life, you will begin to experience what God said you can have. I have heard it said that if you keep doing the same thing then you will keep getting the same results. No truer is that than here, in dealing with what you think throughout the day.

So, instead of letting all that madness of wrong thoughts overrun you – today, stand up against it. Take control of it and capture it. It is not allowed to have access. Today, declare, it is time to “Stop the madness!”

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“To know that You are near!”

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“The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him,
to all that call upon him in truth.” Psalm 145:18

You are near, O God, thank You that You are
near. What comfort, what solace we find in the
truth of the fact that when we call, You are very
present in our life and circumstance.

There is no battle we face alone. There is no
burden we shoulder on our own, for You are
near. Your love for us has drawn You close.
In Your presence, we secured. And though
many storms may rise – You are our comfort
and our stay because You are near.

“The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth
them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them
that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a
contrite spirit.” Psalm 34:17-18

“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”
John 14:18

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“Praying for the today’s that we face”

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Father God, we know there’s a coming day when every tear that falls from our eyes shall be wiped away, a day when the trying circumstances we face here shall all be over, and we are looking forward to that day and rejoicing in the promise for it. We, also, are praying for the today’s that we face. We are praying for healing in the many circumstances of life: health, finances, relationships, souls restored, national conflicts to experience peace in You and through You. We are praying for people to be released and made whole from anything that comes against Your best for their life. In Jesus’ mighty name, we pray, AMEN!

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“God, Guide Me Today Prayer” + 10 More Inspirational Quotes and Verses about God’s Leading and Direction

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Father God, 

Where I go today, I pray it be only in the path You have directed for me.

If I stumble today, I pray it only be into the deep waters of grace You have provided for me.

If I fall today, I pray that it only be into the arms of Jesus where I know I am held and loved.

No matter what comes my way and no matter where You lead me, I pray that my eyes will only be focused on You; my Rock and my Stay.  Please, God, guide me today for I don’t know what the day may hold, but I do know that You are holding my day!

Amen!

Proverbs 16:9 – “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”

Psalm 37:23 – “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”

Psalm 25:12 – “What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.”

Charles Stanley – “Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.”

Thomas Merton – “For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God’s will, to be what God wants us to be.”

Frederick Buechner – “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

Psalm 25:10 – “All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.”

Luke 22:42 – “Not my will, but thine, be done.”

Dr. Tony Evans – “When you realize God’s purpose for your life isn’t just about you, He will use you in a mighty way.”

Joanna Gaines – “God, . . . I trusted you with my dream and you took it far beyond what I ever could have dreamed or imagined.”

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“Come to the Waters”

 

“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters . . .” Isaiah 55:1

Come to the waters, the Lord beckons.  This world will tire you out and the pursuit of it will leave you drained.  Refreshment can only be found in Him.  As one traipsing through a desert of darkness that this world so often leads you through, His plentiful Spirit will satiate the aridness and will water your life where it was once dry.

Do you need that touch from Him?

Come!

Do you need that refreshing spring that flows from the everlasting Father?

Come!

Do you need the tenderness and hope that can only be found in the stream of His salvation?

Come!

Do you need to be rejuvenated into new birth in the waters of His spiritual deliverance?

Then, come!

Don’t lighten your pace.  Run with haste to the pool of His mercy and grace, and come.  Don’t let anyone stop you from dipping in.  Dive in with full surrender and with full abandon, and come.

A sip just won’t do.  We are thirsty for You, O God!  We have nothing to offer for the price You paid, yet, You say come.  We have no value on our own, but You speak, come anyway.  There is no good thing that dwells in our flesh (Romans 7:18), but You invite us to draw near to You and come.

Come to the waters.  Step into the abundant life He so offers (John 10:10).  Come and let your soul be spiritually satisfied.  Come and take the offer of His salvation for yourself.

Come, and don’t turn away.  Don’t give up this great treasure that can only be found in God.  Don’t let the delight of what the Lord Jesus Christ bought for you on that cross slip through your fingers.

“Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live . . .” (Isaiah 55:3, NKJV).  Live in Him.  Live in the peace He offers through the pouring out of His blood.  Live a life free from spiritual drought because you were once thirsty and you came and partook of His holy waters.

Yes, this world will dry you out, but He restores, He redeems, and He puts in right fellowship with Him every thirsty soul that comes to Him and drinks.  Jesus said, “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life,” (John 4:14).

Therefore, come to the Water!

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“You are not forgotten!”

“Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;” Job 29:2

Have you ever experienced these same thoughts that Job expressed?  Have difficult times ever made you look back to the times before when you felt everything in your world was right?  When adversity strikes and when we deal with things we do not understand, I’m sure many of us, like Job, take our mind’s eye to those past days when trouble wasn’t knocking on our door.

The difficulty of the days he was presently in caused Job to look at those previous times as times of favor, saying, that’s when “God preserved me”.  But now, his expressions tell a different story of what his feelings are feeling.  His troubles caused him to think that just because he was going through adversity, God was not as presently with him as before.

Little did Job know, and many times we need to be reminded, that just as God was with us in the good times, so too is He with us in the troubling times.  It may look different than we are used to seeing it, and it may feel different, but just because we don’t understand and may question, it doesn’t negate the fact that God is presently near, and watching, and keeping His people.

Jesus taught, “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7). 

A bird sold is not forgotten before God, and neither was Job, and neither are you.  Our value before God is so precious and so much more than we could ever imagine.  The clouds that come during those dark days may try to hide that fact, but the truth of God’s Word is a fact, that no matter how we feel or how hard it may seem, God is still there for you.  Even if you are dealing with hurtful situations and even if you feel like you have been wronged, God’s loving eyes see and His precious hands are working behind the scenes, holding you, loving on you, and valuing you when others may not.

Difficult times are difficult because they are not easy.  During these times, see Him with eyes of faith.  See that He is still with you and that you have not been left in this alone (Hebrews 13:5).  Take your cares, your disappointments, your hurts, and your discouragements to God in prayer.  He is there listening.  And trust me, He does cares.

Just because it hurts it does not mean He’s not feeling what you are feeling (Hebrews 4:15).  And just because we can’t figure out all this stuff, God knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), and we must trust Him with it, and with all the times in between.

God is here for you today, God is here.  Regardless of what you feel or are going through, you are not forgotten.

“Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” Isaiah 49:15

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“His Promise!”

His promise says I’ll never leave nor forsake you,
Even when the skies are no longer bright blue;
When the clouds and the roaring crash of thunder,
Threaten to overwhelm and drag me under.

 His promise says I’ll be with you until the very end,
When people turn their backs and you can find no friend;
When troubles and trials make you cry at your wit’s end,
When life unravels, leaving a broken heart that needs to mend.

 His promise says that this will work together for my good,
Though the confusion can’t be hardly understood;
When life is filled with “I wish I would,”
Taking me through all the could and should.

 His promise says I lived and died for you,
Giving you everlasting life to help you make it through;
His salvation, sin’s stain erased and undo,
Bring through Him a victorious breakthrough.

 “He who promised is faithful,” Hebrews 10:23

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