Friday, October 15, 2010

I Will Hear...

I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: Psalm 85:8

The soul that hears the Lord speaking within and receives the words of comfort from His lips is truly blessed. Ears that hear the divine whispers of God and pays no attention to the complaints of this world is favored. When our ears listen to the voice of God and dismiss the voices from without, we are more inclined to hear what truth teaches. To have our eyes closed to exterior things and matters of this world and have our eyes fixed upon Christ, brings true contentment. 
The Lord encourages us to listen to His Word and His heart when He says, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid John 14:27. “What are all temporal things but snares? And what help will all creatures be able to give you if you are deserted by the Creator? Leave all these things, therefore, and make yourself pleasing and faithful to your Creator so that you may attain to true happiness.” Quote by THOMAS À KEMPIS in Imitation of Christ.

The Lord gives understanding to the hearer and His Words are strength and life to those that listen. We are to write the Words of God on our heart and meditate on them earnestly for temptation will come and we will need strength to overcome. We are to walk before the Lord in truth that we may be defended against the attacks of evil.
Thought: Is God speaking to your heart? Are you listening and attentive to hear what the Lord is saying? Have you come to Him asking for knowledge and wisdom to live your life on His behalf?  Have you heard His voice in the still of the night speaking to you of things eternal or do the clamorous voices of this world drown out His sweet voice?
Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
Psalm 143:8

I hear the Savior say, “Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray, Find in Me thine all in all.”
“Jesus Paid It All” by Elvina M. Hall

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Thy Will Be Done

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 
Matthew 6:9-10
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Romans 11:33-36

Our Lord instructed His disciples in Matthew 6:9-13 on prayer and gave them an example to follow so they could experience true communion with God. Christ, through His teachings, instructed the disciples with the truths that prayer works and we need to involve ourselves in the power and practice of intercession and devotion to Him.
Have you ever asked yourself, “If God is in control and everything is working according to His plan, why do we need to pray? Does He have to answer our prayers? Can we change God’s mind when we pray?” These are paradoxical statements or questions, an enigma which is identified as: a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or even difficult to understand. This shows God’s mind is infinitely beyond our human understanding or knowledge. To assure you of any doubt, there are no contradictions at all in our majestic God. He is beyond finding out! Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number. (Job 9:10) If God allows mind bogglers, then we can too.
Prayer must come from a truly committed heart and an acknowledgement that prayer does change things, mainly us. Whenever we pray we are to pray in accordance to God’s will. In other words, “God, You do what You want and think is best for me.” Our Lord told those that followed Him after the feeding of the five thousand, For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me John 6:38 “The immediate purpose of prayer is the accomplishment of God’s will on earth; the ultimate purpose of prayer is the eternal glory of God.” Quote by Warren W. Wiersbe. This is why Robert Law wrote, “Prayer is a mighty instrument, not for getting man’s will done in heaven but for getting God’s will done on earth.”
Occasionally there are people who are fearful of God’s will for their life and the thought of surrendering their will to His is overwhelming and at times terrifying. These dear people are sure that if they were to yield to the will of God, they would suffer painful, perilous times in some distant and dangerous place. They see themselves wasting away in loneliness while being miserable in their existence. Is this what God truly wants for them? I think not. Look at Psalm 33:11. The counsel (plan) of the LORD standeth (endures, stands firm) for ever, the thoughts (intentions) of his heart to all generations. They must understand that the plan or will of God for His children comes from an expression of His heart. What does I  John 4:18 say? There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. The will of God is a pure, holy, unchangeable love, God works in our lives to bring about His highest goal, glorifying Him.
Thought: Our prayer should be that God, by His grace, would make us able and willing to know and obey His will in full submission being mindful, that God  designs His will from His heart.

Friday, October 1, 2010

With Strength In My Song

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalm 28:7 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding. Job 12:13

When my strength is all gone and there‘s nothing else I can do, 
God promises to give me a strength renewed. 

When life seems so unbearable and there’s no end in sight, 
God is there, I can trust Him, to give courage all through the night.

How long, O, Lord, will this trial I need to bear?
 Can I take refuse in Your
wisdom and in knowing You are there?

With strength and with hope I know You will see me through,
For You are my shield, my Rock, my help, my song of rejoicing, too.
Dianna Moffitt Carroll
(Written for a dear friend whose husband is battling cancer)

What do you do when your strength is all gone and you feel like you just can’t keep going on? Have you looked for other things to comfort your soul and found that they are   empty, meaningless and futile?  Has food or drink or any other idol stolen your heart from God? Where will you find strength to carry on? 
Luther Bridges, in his twenty-sixth year of life and full of promises and dreams, went to visit his wives’ family in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. He left his wife and three young boys with her family and went on a preaching trip.  In the middle of the night, a nearby neighbor, unable to sleep, went to his window and saw Luther’s in-law’s house engulfed in flames. The neighbor sounded the alarm but the house was too far gone to help. The parents were able to escape but Luther’s wife and three young boys perished in the fire.
When Luther arrived home his heart lost all hope and with little strength to carry on he suffered overwhelming thoughts of suicide and depression. What do you do when all hope is gone and your strength is consumed by grief? Luther found hope and strength in the Word of God and in the scripture that reads, “I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search” Psalm 77:6.

God did give strength in the night to Luther Bridges and several months later, he wrote the music and words to the song, “He Keeps Me Singing.” God’s ability to heal the heart of man after such great tragedy is amazing and inspiring.
Though times He lead through waters deep,
Trials fall across the way,
Though sometimes the path seems rough and steep,
See His footprints all the way.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus Sweetest name I know,
Fills my every longing, Keeps me singing as I go.
Luther B. Bridges

Thought:  Where do you run when your strength is all gone? I pray you run to the One who can give you strength and “a song in the night.” Allow God to do the extraordinary, incredible, and unbelievable in your life, bringing new strength and a wondrous song from the heart.