Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16 (King James Version) The brother of Jesus, James, reminds us that prayer is powerful and effective in the hands of the righteous. For those who are faith … Continue reading The Secret to Powerful Prayer
Knowing the ways of God is not something that can be rushed. If we attempt to speed through our reading of His Word or rush through our dialogue with Him, we may miss the things that would be essential to our faith. Furthermore, God wants us to have relationship with Him; He can’t do that if we do not give Him a chance to speak because we are in a hurry.
A good relationship requires time, patience, and communication. This is possible only if we slow down our life pace. Besides slowing down would be good for us. After all that running around, it could be really easy for someone to burnout from exhaustion; which is what God does not want us to do.
So the next time, you have fellowship with the Lord, don’t look at the clock. Just relax and enjoy the quality time that you are having with the King of Kings. When you do this, an amazing thing happens. Your soul will be made whole and you will have energy that you never thought that you had. That is what it is like to walk with the Lord.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23: 4
What is the difference between walking and running? I am sure we can all answer that. Walking is motion at a slower pace and running is motion at a quicker pace. When you run, you get to your destination faster than one who walked.
Well, we are not running in this psalm, we are walking.
Walking gives us time to look around, to notice our environment and the scenery that surrounds us. Walking is not as tiring as running. Some of us love to get things over with quickly, and so we would prefer to run than to walk. The journey of life however cannot be run through continuously. There would be…
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My Lord, teach me to be aware of all things,
Keep me alert to my surroundings my King.
For darkness surrounds me daily,
Everyday, evil tries to overwhelm me.
Help my mind to be focused my God,
Father, guide my thoughts to honor you.
For my thoughts enjoy drifting to darkness,
My mind loses the trail very easily.
May I stay steadfast in my prayers,
Let me not forget, my Lord, to come to you.
Without you, my world becomes dark,
Being with you keeps me in the Light always.
In my prayers, I will hold fast to God's promise, When we petition Him, let us cling tightly His Word. For when I do, I can ask of God in confidence, Answered prayers are assured when we do so. My heart, I will lay down before the Almighty, May we cast our cares upon the … Continue reading Seeking God With My All
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. Ephesians 1:3 (King James Version) Do you realize how blessed you are from God? Everything that we have; the food we eat, the water we drink, and even the air we … Continue reading Appreciating God’s Gifts
Many times, we let hardships and difficulties manipulate our faith in the Lord. We get so overwhelmed that we feel alone in our pain and doubt that God is with us in the storm. As a result of our doubts, we become angry and complain to God demanding why these things are happening to us?
Little do we realize that when we ask these things, we are failing the test which God has laid before us. He allows hardships to come our way because He wants to see if we would trust Him in the storms of life. It is very easy to have faith in the Lord when things are going well, it is another matter entirely when life is upside down.
Even when we fail the test of faith, the Lord reveals Himself to be faithful and will meet our needs despite ourselves; as He did when Israel grumbled against Him at Massa and Meribah. However, when we do trust in the Lord during the trials of life, He still reveals Himself to be faithful and will deliver us from our difficulties; as He did when Israel fought the Amalekites. The differences between these two instances would be our reaction after God’s provision. One would be of shame because of our doubt, and the other would be of praise because our faith in God is justified. Which one would you be when the storm comes your way?
Blessings today! In the coming week, we will look to the Lord as He reveals Himself through Exodus 17. Today, we read the chapter.
Exodus 17 (NIV)
Water From the Rock
The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink.2 So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.”
Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?”
3 But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?”
4 Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people? They are…
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All that we have comes from the Lord, From the Almighty we receive every blessing. When we give to God, we give what is His, All our offerings, already belong to the King of Kings. What joy it is to be a steward of His possessions, To be a caretaker of the Lord's goods is … Continue reading Being God’s Steward
My Lord, you know the road I must go,
My path, my King has set before me.
There are no mistakes when it comes to my fate,
In regards to my destiny, God is never in error.
Everything happens for my benefit,
Each moment is designed to make me better.
I am called to a great destiny,
Before I was born, my God had big plans for me.
I will therefore pay attention to the life around me,
I will examine closely each moment in my life.
Some will be good and some will be bad,
Joy and pain will be my constant friends.
But I will be content in all things,
I will not complain over my circumstances.
For everything is of God and He is good,
God has a plan for me and it is wonderful.
Reflection We are beings that are designed to worship. A simple definition of worship is the devotion one has for something or for someone. In "Sound of the Saints" by Audio Adrenaline we are reminded who it is we are called to worship. The Lord God alone is worthy of all our devotion. After all, … Continue reading Worship Review: “Sound of the Saints”
The failures of this life are the reminders to us that we are not the masters of our destiny. That there are things in this life that our outside of our control. In many ways, this is a good thing.
For success can sometimes go to our heads, setting up the belief that we know all and there is nothing that can anyone can say that would convince us otherwise. In the Bible, God warns of the dangers of success, for it produces pride and a selfish love.
In Proverbs 16:18, we learn that pride and arrogance comes before a great fall. The Lord uses failure to humble us from our pride. He does this for our good, because He does not wish to see us make a fool of ourselves into believing that we can provide for ourselves, when in reality we cannot even change the color of our hair by just saying it to be so. He uses failure to reveal to us how much we need Him and when we do fail, He will show important life lessons that will guide us closer to being like Him.
Therefore, let us embrace failure when it comes our way. Let us seek God and understand what it is that the Almighty wishes us to learn from our stumbling. Let us grow strong in this understanding, not in our own abilities, but in the grace that we have in the Lord.
Failure has been my greatest teacher. As it was only when I failed that I finally realized who I was and what I was destined to become.
- The failing grade I received on my first exam in graduate school taught me to ask for support when I needed most. No matter how shameful I felt or embarrassed I was.
- The end of a long-term relationship taught me how to value my time alone and make tough decisions for myself. No matter how weak I felt or lonesome I was.
- The lay off from a job I loved taught me how to let go, look forward, and trust in something so much bigger than myself. No matter how scared I was or irrelevant I felt.
Learning from failure is the ultimate goal. That said, not everyone responds to failure in the same way, at the same time.
Our reaction to…
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