I believe the Lord kept waking me up again and again, earlier and earlier, to tell me to stand in the gap for my friend… Continue reading Standing in the gap – when a friend is dying
The Lord has many names, but if we think about it, if we changed Jesus Christ’s name to Truth it would most likely lose the meaning of truth or the definition of what we believe truth to mean. In today’s devotional, Henry Blackaby gives us an eye-opener on Truth the Person. Truth Is a Person And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, … Continue reading How is Truth a person?
Two views on “Should Christians Celebrate Valentine’s Day?”
1.Looking for Love this Valentine’s Day? Pastor Bob Coy of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale shares thoughts on what true love is and how we can have it and share it every day of the year.
2. Various studies on the history of Valentine’s Day Continue reading Should Christians Celebrate Valentine’s Day?
The main thing people say is, “How Do I Know When God Speaks?”
The four ways that God speaks is through:
The Bible, Prayer, Circumstance, Church
Writing a Devotional Journal is key in my hearing from the Lord. I can pray, read my Bible, attend church, observe circumstances – all of which need to be done and we need to participate in, however it’s when I journal (to learn more about journaling with your devotions, click on the link about Journaling) I hear most clearly from the Lord. Through the Word of God I learn, and when I write the SOAP method of what I learn, along with prayer – confirmation of God’s teaching is from circumstances and the Word and fellowship through the church.
Personally I notice that if I lack direction, or I feel that I haven’t heard from the Lord – it’s usually because I’ve been robbing my time with the Lord to listen to Him during devotions and I haven’t made the time to stop and wait for guidance. When we do everything we can in “our power” – based on our education, our finances, our work, our families – sure we are being resourceful – but why do we wait until we can’t fathom anymore and we surrender to the Lord saying, “I give up, Lord help me!” Why did we not go to Him from the very beginning? Continue reading 2.4 God Speaks to His People
Walking with God. Quiet time with God. In the busy-ness of life we need to make time, because we can. We make time to get up, go to work, spend time with our friends/family, go to work, go to the gym, go on vacation – yet so many of us say, “there’s just not enough time in the day to have ‘quiet time’ with God. Continue reading Make Time for God
In the Psalm 81, The Lord God spoke about the people of Israel, doing their own thing, worshipping other gods, not following God’s commandments; they didn’t want to have anything to do with the only true and living God. Because of this rebellion and their refusal to repent of their evil ways, God allowed the people of Israel to suffer the consequences of their actions. God would not protect them from their enemies and blessed them; however, God allowed them to continue to NOT receive his best. Continue reading 2.2 Not by my will, nor strength, but in God’s strength
We need to make major adjustments to our life to join God in what he is doing. All too often we find ourselves very comfortable in our daily routine, even if that routine has nothing to do with God’s work. It’s a safe life to stay within the boundaries that we feel no one will reject us nor judge us. However, the Lord may have other plans and he may be calling you out of your comfort zone to get involved in his work. Will you obey? Continue reading 1.5 Accepting Gods Invitation
Throughout the Experiencing God teaching – the author reveals each part of the Seven Realities to help us understand how to truly “experience” our relationship with Christ. Blackaby refers often to the Seven Realities, so it’s important to know them and understand the meaning. When I studied this I was especially moved by number 4 – God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church. Because of Reality #4, I was able to know when and how God was speaking to me. Especially as I journal and read the bible, journaling helps me to look back at what I learn and in the present, journaling helps me to take a piece of a larger part of the scripture reading and apply it to my life. Continue reading The Seven Realities of Experiencing God
“My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too, am working. I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these.”
In today lesson, Blackaby describes the “Bible as Your Guide” and “What is God’s Will for My Life.” It’s true that we often hear people say, “Why should I follow the laws of the bible, that’s so old fashion.” Or, “What does the bible have to do with what’s going on in my life today?”
As Christ followers God called us to be one of His followers before we even knew his name. When God calls people to follow him, he most likely won’t give you all the details of what your future will be. I know for myself if he did, I probably wouldn’t like what I’m hearing, or I may think, “How can I do any of what he needs me to do?” That’s where faith comes and the Lord knows that we lack faith and understanding when we first come to him that comes with time and studying his Word. Continue reading Jesus Is Your Role Model
John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – “Looking for More in Your Experience of God:”
* Hear when God is speaking to you
* Clearly identify the activity of God in your life
* Believe Him to be and do everything He promises
* Adjust your beliefs, character, and behavior to Him and His ways
* See a direction that He is taking in your life and what He wants to do through your life
* Clearly know what you need to do in response to His activity in your life and
* Experience God doing through you what only God can do! Continue reading Gods Will and Your Life