As I look back on yesterday (Wednesday), I am very aware of the fact that our times are in the hands of God Himself. Thankfully, He is a merciful God!! Let’s just say the day did not go as I had planned. However, it is well with my soul! I know my sweet wonderful Lord is in control and I will trust in Him and Him alone!!
Psalm 4:1-8 ESV
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for Himself; the LORD hears when I call to Him.
Be angry and do not sin; ponder your own hearts on your beds and be silent. Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD.
There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of Your face upon us, O LORD!” You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
Have a wonderful, blessed day my sweet friends!
God is so good! Isn’t He!?!?!
The Fleece Test
If you have been in church or around church people much, you may have heard this term before. People sometimes say that they are “putting out a fleece” when they are looking for an answer from God about something.
Now that Gideon had torn down the pagan worship places, the time had come for his next assignment. He knew what that was going to be, too. The LORD would defeat the Midianite Army through his hand. Gideon was the original “fleece putter-outter“. Gideon saw how the odds were stacked against him and his army. They were out-manned and out-weaponed. But this was only the beginning of God showing Himself merciful and mighty at the same time.
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Gideon Builds Momentum (I think?)
When you overcome a big hurdle in your life, don’t you go: Yeah!! Especially, when this is something God has been dealing with you about? I know I do. Perhaps this is how Gideon was feeling after he obeyed God and pulled down the altar of Baal and the Asherah, replacing them with an altar to the LORD his God. I’m not talking about being filled with pride because “you did it” but about being filled with joy because God did it through you.
Does that feeling of accomplishment give you a little momentum for the next hurdle, especially if that hurdle is not yet in sight?
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More About Gideon
Have you ever been asked to do something by someone in authority over you that you were sure would get you in trouble with the people in your life? How did you handle it?
Last time, we talked about Gideon and a visit he received from an angel of the LORD. We are going to continue talking about Gideon, today, as we go farther into Judges 6.
Continue reading “Gideon’s First Assignment”
I have been thinking a lot about obedience lately. I want to always be obedient to God when He calls me to do something, but I am afraid that I often fall into disobedience by self doubt/delay and then having the opportunity just fade away. In other words, in my lack of making a decision or acting on a decision made, I miss the opportunity. That is not obedience, is it?
My pondering this has brought me to Gideon. The account of his obedience and his being used mightily by God is in Judges, chapters 6, 7, and 8. We are going to look at only excerpts of this wonderful account over the next few days. I encourage you to take time, today, to go and read the entire account.
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Isaiah 40:27-31 ESV
Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God”?
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases his strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
This is absolutely one of my favorite passages of Scripture. It ministers to my soul.
If you are like me and still quite weary from a very busy Christmas Season, I invite you to sit with me at His feet today, wait on Him, and be renewed. Soak up His restoring love for you!
Have a wonderfully blessed day!
One More Day
Today, we are continuing in Matthew 2 for at least one more entry. It is such an impactful passage.
Matthew 2:13-15 ESV
Continue reading “Escape to Egypt”
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the Child and His mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the Child, to destroy Him.” And he rose and took the Child and His mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”
I am sure some of you or maybe all of you are saying, “Christmas is over!! Why are you still talking about it?” Though this devotion is posting on 1/7/19, I am writing on Sunday, the 6th. I originally intended to include the Christmas Star in the symbols of Christmas that I shared the week of Christmas. However, I thought about it, prayed about it and considered what happened with that star. I decided it should be posted on/near January 6th – the Epiphany.
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Where to Begin
When is being poor a good thing?
Have you ever studied Matthew 5:3-12, the Beatitudes? If you grew up in church, you are probably very familiar with these verses. In our “Go Deeper Today” for yesterday, the passage included the Beatitudes. As I read the passage today, I found myself going back to Verse 3 over and over. I could not seem to get past it in my heart to move to the other verses with any sense of effectiveness. It continued and still continues to play in my mind.
Matthew 5:3 ESV
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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2019! What are you planning on doing in this year? Is this the year that you will become perfect?? In our dreams, right!?! Haha! Seriously though, a new year gives us a chance to reflect, refocus, and renew, doesn’t it? Isn’t it a wonderful thought that God can make all things new??
Do you do New Year’s Resolutions? So, what are you planning on pursuing or changing this year?
- weight loss
- daily exercise
- organize your house
- new business goals
- spiritual growth
What is the most important thing you need to pursue/change in 2019?
Continue reading “All Things New”