Wait in Silence

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Devotion:  Psalm 62:5-8

The song says, “Silence is golden.”  But is it?  Waiting can be hard, especially when the time of trouble grows long.  How can we wait on the Lord in silence?  Silence is a period of time in which people do not talk.  The whole purpose for not speaking is to listen.  God is up to something.  He is always working to accomplish a great purpose in your life.

Jesus tells us to listen with the ears of a disciple.  That means we listen with our ears and our soul.  This kind of silence before God indicates, intentional listening.  It’s a purposeful leaning in; to hear a word from the Lord.

To wait in silence means you are waiting in hope.  Your flesh could be in a state of despair; however, your heart can be full of trust in the Lord your God.  You still live in a fallen world.  You are not home yet.  Your journey on earth, can become arduous and yet full of joy because Jesus is your Rock and your Salvation. You are always protected, inside His fortress.  He alone is your fortress.  You belong to Him.

You choose to not be shaken; even when the dirt in your life quakes under you.  You don’t know what to do because there seems to be no earthly resolution.  Remember:

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him…On God (alone) rests your salvation and your glory; your mighty rock; your refuge is God.”

Prayer in Motion:

Lord I choose to wait in silence before You.  “Speak Lord for your servant is listening.”  I am listening with the ear of a disciple.  “You are my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  Thank You Lord for what You will speak to your waiting servant.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

 

 

 

 

 

Numbering Our Days

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Devotion: Psalm 90:12

Perched on a tree limb, a tiny little hummingbird was pruning himself, outside my living room window.  I began to wonder how long hummingbirds live.  I googled it and discovered; nine years is the longest a hummingbird could possibly live. That equals seventeen migrations.  The hummingbird flies thousands of miles in his lifetime. I can only imagine how many times his little wings flap to make his journeys to and fro.

According to the Bible; the average life span of a man is seventy years.  I’ve also heard it said; that in today’s world; sixty is the new forty.  God has ordained your birth and your death.  He knew your days before there was one of them.  Ecclesiastes says, You have an appointed time to be born and an appointed time to die.  Only God knows the specific date; so we should live each day to the fullest.

Although we should not be consumed with our death-date, we should be concerned about how we do life on a daily basis.  If the Lord told us to number our days; then He expects us to live them in a trustworthy manner.  If He entrusted us with a certain amount of time; we need to be good stewards of the days He ordained for us.

Instead of counting your days; make each day count.  Do everything as unto the Lord.  Enjoy your earthly journey with the Lord. Choose wisely your friends, your ministries and your activities. There are so many good choices; however, God wants what’s best for you until your spirit takes flight to heaven.

Prayer in Motion:

Thank you Lord for ordaining my days.  Teach me to number them according to Your will and plan.  May I accomplish the purpose for which You created me to accomplish.  I love You Lord.  In Jesus Name

 

 

 

 

Angst Filled Heart

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Devotion: Psalm 63:1-8

I sat in disbelief; as I heard the words; “You have heart disease.” I’m not a A+ eater.  I eat fairly healthy but I will eat chips, and ice-cream from time to time.  What in the world?  How can this be?  My heart was full of angst.  If you are wondering what angst means; the definition is as follows. “A feeling of anxiety, apprehension or insecurity, regarding a situation.”

So when you get some bad news, how do you deal with what your ears have heard?  Do you immediately allow yourself to drown in the circumstances or do you quickly say, “God, you are in control of my life.  I will not fear?”  God is teaching me to do the latter.  When fear and doubt try to creep in;  replace them with peace and calm; from the Holy Spirit who resides in your soul.  All things are possible to those who believe.

We are made of body, mind and spirit.  Our flesh is very strong but when we submit our fears, doubts and circumstances to the Lord, Jesus Christ; He will replace your soul’s angst, with perfect peace.  That’s who He is and He delights to do that for His children.

God’s love remains the same; even when your soul is full of angst.  It doesn’t take Him by surprise.  He wants you to praise Him; for His steadfast love and bless Him in the midst of your greatest troubles and fears.  He is close by at all times.  Rather than clinging to your overwhelming circumstances, cling to the One who longs to replace a soul full of angst; with a soul full of joy and peace that surpasses all understanding.

Prayer in Motion:

Jesus, thank You for taking my angst upon Yourself.  You are so incredibly able to carry my burdens and troubles.  Teach me continually to cast my angst upon You and believe You to provide perfect peace in every situation.

 

 

Redeem and Restore

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Devotion: Isaiah 44:2, Joel 2:25

Coupons are created to be redeemed.  They can actually keep your hard earned money in your pocket.  Old furniture can be restored and redeemed, made usable.  Old cars can be restored and made like new.  Both these words indicate something will be in a better state than the previous one.

I’ve seen it happen.  People with years and years of a sinful lifestyle, can be made whole, a brand new creature in Christ Jesus.  Slate wiped clean.   Restored and redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ!

I was blessed to go with Joni and Friends to Amsterdam.  We walked onto a boat with a live band blaring with music.  Our purpose was to prayer walk and witness to people God placed in our path.

Her countenance was hardened, as she walked onto the boat, dressed in the shortest of skirts, fishnet hose, huge hooped earrings, sporting on leashes, two large bull mastiffs.  Wrapped around her neck, as well as the dogs necks, were studded metal spiked jewelry.  She commanded attention as she entered this “rockin” Christian boat.

I began to pray for her; because it came to me this was a hurting individual under all that garb, one that needed Jesus. A lady named Bonnie got up and walked straight over to her and speaking pure loving kindness; began talking to her about Christ.  If I had not seen this with my very eyes, I would have not believed it.  Her total hardened countenance melted into soft, as tears streamed down her eyes.

The message of the gospel of Jesus, instantly began to restore and redeem her lost soul.  Her new state of being became better than before.  What had been lost, was now found.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  People can always be redeemed and restored!

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, may I never give up on someone; based upon their outside appearance or actions.  May I remember unsaved people cannot act saved.  Thank You Lord that there is always hope for redemption and restoration.  Jesus may I pray believing and speak Your gospel message in love to all those You place in my path.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

Solution to Confusion

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Devotion: 1 Corinthians 14:33

There are times we try to figure out God’s will and  His ways for our lives.  We can’t seem to hear His voice on the matters for which we are praying.  God is not the author of the confusion. He promises, “If we seek Him, He will let us find Him, when we search for Him with all our heart.”  It’s the waiting that can be difficult.

There are many venues through which our God talks to us.  His Word and prayer are the key ways He speaks.  He speaks through people too.  If you’ve been praying about a matter and someone you trust addresses the issue at hand; listen.  God will use the wise counsel of friends, to help you find your answers. His ways are higher than ours and His timing and ours can be days, weeks, months or even years apart.

It’s easy to panic or become fretful, when you can’t discern the voice of God.  Be patient.  Wait upon the Lord.  He definitely cares.  He definitely knows the plans He has for you; to give you a future and a hope.

You don’t want to be full of frustration, nor do you want to go your own way.  You want to be still and know that He is God.  He is working all things together for your good and His glory.  Stand on the last word you received from the Lord.  He will direct your path and order your steps.  He’s got you.  He knows the way you will take.  If need be, He will redirect your path.  He will not bring confusion.  He is God of the solution to your life’s confusion.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, don’t let me succumb to the devil’s trap of confusion.  You will speak perfect peace into my life.

 

 

Platform

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Devotion: Mark 10:17-22

Every speaker or author has a platform.  He or she must be an expert on their subject matter and be able to convey it with passion and charisma.  It’s important to share personal life stories to which the audience can relate.  The listener must be able to somehow identify with the one speaking.

When Jesus stood up to speak; He would share parables or stories with which the audience could relate. HIs platform was to spread God’s message of love and forgiveness.  I want to share with you one such story.

My friend Michele has the gift of evangelism.  She passionately witnesses to all those in her sphere of influence.  She is not ashamed to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Michele had been sharing her Jesus with Scott and had asked many of her friends to pray for his salvation.  She was listening with the ear of a disciple and ready to give a right answer, any time there was an open door.  Their conversation continued for about a year.  God was at work.

As the time of Scott’s salvation drew nigh; the Holy Spirit made way for his rebirth.  At the right time; he would be born again. Dr. Joe Brown was preaching a revival at Franklin Heights Baptist Church in Kannapolis, NC.   Our friends, Danny and Tamera Benton had invited MIchele and me; along with our husbands, to come to the services. On Monday evening; God’s anointing fell powerfully upon Dr. Brown, as he stood up to preach and share the message of Christ.

Early Tuesday morning, the Holy Spirit prompted me to text Michele and encourage her to invite Scott to the service.  He was not working at her location on that day.  She texted him the invitation and he did not respond.  She never heard back from him.

As the congregation stood up to sing in the service on Tuesday evening, Michele turned around and saw Scott making his way to sit with us.  I shall always remember Dr. Brown’s opening story.  He told his audience, “Last night’s congregation got the message I had intended for tonight.”  He had picked up the “wrong” set of notes.  He also stated; “Someone here must need this message.  He asked us to turn to Mark 10 and began to preach the message of the Rich Young Man.

I noticed Scott was intently leaning forward.  The rest of the story is as follows.  Scott had opened the Bible that very week; to read Mark 10. Wow, our God prepared him ahead of time, to receive the truth of His Word.

When Dr. Brown issued the invitation, we could not get out of the way fast enough.  Scott almost ran down to the altar; to invite Jesus into His heart.  I stand amazed every time I get to witness the birth of a Christian.  Joe Brown used his platform; the Word of the Lord, to invite people to the One, for whom he is so passionate.

There’s a message inside of you just waiting to be shared.  It’s your platform; the message of the Gospel, based upon God’s Word.  Let’s get up and share it every opportunity we are given.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, may I get up and share from the platform You have created for me.  Give me one consuming passion, to know Christ and make Him known.  I love You Lord Jesus.  In Your Name I offer up this prayer.  Amen

 

David and Jonathan

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Devotion:1 Samuel 18:1-5

Do you have friends that love you; as much as they love themselves? Your souls are knit together with theirs.  You’ve done life together for many years.  You may have had a disagreement but nothing has been able to form a wedge between you.  You would give your life for your “Jonathan” type friends.

“Jonathan friends are God-ordained life time friendships.  They are not fair weather friends.  When a storm barrels into your life; they are there.  When the storm doesn’t go away; they are still there.  In fact; they counsel you and pray with you and for you, till death do you part.

Everyone should have at least one.  God has blessed me with several.  He’s been faithful and so kind, to pour out this type of lovingkindness upon me.

Jesus said in John 15:14, “You are My friends, if you do what I command you.”  Jesus calls us His friends.  He is an amazing Jonathan type friend.  He does not grow weary with you.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.  He doesn’t consider you a bother.  He will always walk beside you; through every trial and tribulation.  He is an amazing counselor, teacher and friend. My dear reader; He laid down His life for yours.

There’s an old hymn that says, “What a friend we have in Jesus. All out sins and griefs to bear.  What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer.  Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?  Take it to the Lord in prayer.  Jesus knows our every weakness.  Take it to the Lord in prayer.”

You see, the Lord will connect your heart together with a few people.  Jesus did most of His life with twelve ordinary men.  One betrayed Him in the end. Peter denied knowing Him not once, not twice but three times.

Remember, God is with you always.  He who knit you in your mother’s womb and drew you to Himself, loves you with an everlasting love.  You will always have at least one Jonathan friend in Christ.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, thank you for being my Jonathan friend, who laid down your life for mine.  I love you Lord Jesus.  Lord as I live in these latter days, may I be willing to lay down my life for You.  In Jesus precious and Holy Name; I offer up this prayer.  Amen