The Seven Realities of Experiencing God

1.4.1   God Works Through His Servants

O – Observation:

Blackaby created the foundation of the Experiencing God teaching on what he called the “Seven Realities of Experiencing God,” they are:

  1. God is always at work around you.
  2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal.
  3. God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.
  4. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church.
  5. God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action.
  6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing.
  7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and He accomplishes His work through you.

 

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.

 

It’s important to see that S.O.A.P. works well with the Seven Realities – because we can read and have “head knowledge”; however nothing the dictionary definitions of the bible mean nothing unless we apply biblical teachings to our lives.  In Reality #6 – you may find the most challenging – because this is where we apply, “make major adjustments” in our lives and “join God in what He is doing,” not just what we want to be doing.

 

Read from: Experiencing God – Unit 1 – Day 4: God Works Through His Servants Part 1

S – Scripture:

“Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7

 

A – Application:

I can apply this reading and scripture to my life by remembering the Seven Realities of God – mainly by knowing when and how the Lord is speaking to me and making both major and minor adjustments in my life to join God in His work; by doing these things, I am pleasing to the Lord. My desire is work towards the goal, of the Lord saying, “well done, my good and faithful servant.”

 

P – Prayer:

Father, I thank you for your love and grace. I ask that you forgive me for my sins, my actions and words that were not uplifting to others and did not bring you glory. I ask that you help me to remove the pride and ‘chip off my shoulder’, to know and do your will with a grateful heart. In Jesus name, amen.

Date: 23 March 2010

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Possibilities with God

O – Observation:

Today’s reading is based on the conversation that Jesus had with his disciples when Jesus told them that vs. 15 “I tell you the truth anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”  A man ran up to Jesus and asked him what he must he do to inherit the eternal life? Jesus told the man he must know the commandments. The man replied that he did know the commandments and followed them. Then Jesus told the man to sell all he had and to follow him. The man was sad because he was wealthy. Jesus said it was very hard for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God.  His disciples than asked him, v 26, “Then who in the world can be saved?”  That’s when Jesus replied with vs. 27.

I choose today’s scripture to write my journal on because I’ve heard it spoken many times, in claim for everything that people would want or need. However we need to remember the context of this particular verse is said to the disciples and all the people to hear, that we alone, on our own, cannot do anything to earn our way to eternity – because it’s not in our human nature to do such an impossible act. Only through Jesus, He dying on the cross for our sins – through the grace of God, are we able to do all things possible – like the camel going through the eye of a needle. An impossible act by our human standards – yet nothing, even this, is impossible for God.

Reading: Mark 10:13-31

S – Scripture: Mark 10:27 “Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”

A – Application:

When I’m approached with circumstances in my life where I can’t figure it out, don’t know where to go or what to do next – I have to be reminded that I can do nothing on my own. I should always go to the Lord first for guidance and direction. I need to know that Jesus has a process and a plan – I may not be privileged to that plan. I am not always in the “know” of what’s happening to me. I am human and I make errors. I need to be corrected and sometimes shoved in the right direction. I am often in need to humble myself and do things that I don’t want to do, so that God can take control of the situation. I ask the Lord to use me for his good and in his will – but I need to be moldable like clay in order to be used. I ask that the Lord continue to mold me and use me for his work.

Also check out my journal entry on Matt 19:26

P – Prayer:

Lord I ask that you forgive me for my sins. I thank you for your love and mercy on my life and those around me. I ask that you guide me to where I need to go, be, do. I ask that those I am around, if I offend them that they would tell me so I can correct myself if that is in the way I need to go and that we can grow together. I ask that your hand of protection be on my family and friends. I ask that you show us your will and that we are able to serve you and know your blessings in all that you need us to do for your work here. In Jesus name, Amen.

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March 02, 2010

What is a Yoke?

Date: January 16, 2010

Tired? Be Yoked with Jesus

Scripture Readings: Gen 32:13-34:31, Matt 11:7-30, Psalm 14:1-7, Proverbs 3:19-20

S – Scripture: Matt 11:28-30 Then Jesus said, “come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

O – Observation:

Jesus said he would give, ‘rest for the weary.’ What is weary? What is a yoke? A ‘Yoke’ means a bar of wood, constructed to unite two animals, enabling them to work the fields. http://bibleseo.com/christian-life/yoke-bible-definition-word-study/

In the various commentaries and bible dictionaries I’ve searched – figuratively, “Yoke” is a symbol of submission (see link). In these verses, Jesus is saying to take “his” yoke. If we unite with him, he will teach us. Can you imagine having a ‘yoke’ connecting yourself and Jesus, plowing fields, drawing loads, going through your daily life. As he is the knowledgeable one, the other person (like the two united animals) who helps bear our burdens. Jesus is so kind to say that his ‘yoke’ is easy, because he will help and not allow the ‘yoke’s bar’ to chaff on us, because he is right along side of us. We don’t need to carry burdens (loads) of stress, work, oppression, bondage – we can cast our cares to Jesus. We can be freed from this. I Peter 5:7 ‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’

A – Application:

I have read this scripture countless times, over the years, yet I am often amazed that as I go before the Lord in my quiet time, that new wisdom is revealed. I knew what a yoke was, I had heard this passage taught by many teachers, yet today it’s the Holy Spirit teaching again, that Jesus is with me. That I can be linked up with Jesus and I don’t have to or need to, carry any burden on my own. Too often I say, “I can’t do it, it’s too much, I’m so overwhelmed.” Yet the bible clearly states I don’t need to carry burdens alone.

Today’s devotion for me is as if Jesus is telling me, “Fool! How many times do I have to tell you, stop doing things on your own? That’s why you’re tired, overwhelmed, depressed, and moody! Snap out of it!”  Well, that’s how the Spirit of God has to speak to my spirit sometimes, so that I listen, I’m a little thick skulled at times. Always thinking and thinking and thinking – how to do this, that, and whatever, yet I need to go to Jesus first. Hey, if we’re yoked together, he’s not far. And since the Word of God says, in Jesus words himself, “Come to me.. I will give you rest… take my yoke… learn from me… you will find rest for your souls… my yoke is easy and my burden light.”

These verses also remind me of:  II Corin 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?  – Is this true for marriage, friendships, work? You can look into that. I believe definitely for marriage. I believe that those we spend the most time with, have an influence on our Worldview. It’s a challenge to spend large amounts of time with people who don’t have the same biblical foundation as yourself. Think about it this way, do the people you spend time with challenge you ‘towards’ God or away from him? Most of us will need to work in the secular arena. Most of our children will need to attend public schools, vs Christian or Home School. However, we do have a choice with our thoughts and actions in our “down” time. After work, we don’t need to get a drink with the gang. After school and during breaks – do we have gossip talks, and/or do things that are questionable in God’s eyes? Seek God Mt 6:33

P – Prayer:

Lord Jesus, thank you for being with me every step of the way. Even in times when I think I am alone, there you are, right next to me, yoked along side – saying you’re trying to guide and I’m pulling in another direction. Thank you for your patience, your forgiveness, your love and understanding. Help me to know and do your will, so that I’m not pulling in the wrong direction as I stay ‘yoked’ along with  you. Amen.

Side Notes:

Here’s an excerpt from the Definition of Yoke in the Bible:

Yoke in the Bible (NT):

  • Mt 11:28-30, Acts 15:10, 2 Cor 6:14, Phil 4:3 etc
  • Gal 5:1: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery.”
  • Paul in Gal 5:1 and Peter in Acts 15:10 talk about yoke of bondage that the Law brings, the yoke that no one can carry. The requirements of the Law are beyond our capacity!
  • Rom 8:2 – “Because through Christ Jesus, the law of spirit has set me free from the law of sin and death.”
  • Christ Jesus has set us free from the yoke of bondage through the law. Jesus took upon himself the yoke of Law and fulfilled it. Therefore, through him, we can be set free from the yoke of sin and death.
  • Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
  • Jesus invites all who are under the yoke of Law or sin and offers the true rest for their souls.
  • We may visualize this as Jesus being the master or a farmer and us being yoked with a lighter load. But that is NOT the right picture.
  • Farmers used to yoke the young ox with the old experienced ox to train them. The old ox will take the major load and the young one will be walking along and learning from him. If you read this verses in light of this, it makes more sense.
  • What a wonderful picture, Jesus is giving to those who are exhausted, weary and burdened from carrying the load by themselves! What a comfort, peace, joy and rest it is to know that Jesus is right with us, walking with us, teaching us and strengthening us side by side!

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Will You be Liked, if you Deny Christ?

Today’s Date:  January 15, 2010

Will You be “Liked”, if you Deny Christ?

 

 Reading: Gen 31:17-32:12, Matt 10:24-11:6, Psalm 13:1-6, Proverbs 3:16-18

S – Scripture: “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.”  Mt 10:32-33

O – Observation:

Jesus said if we acknowledge him on earth, he will do the same in heaven. But if we deny him on earth, he will deny us before our Father God. That’s easy to read and understand. It’s scary though, when we are put in a life or death situation – would you still admit you are a Christ follower? Or how about a “like” or “dislike” situation? Will my family and friends still accept me for following? Mt 10:40 Jesus says, “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me.”

A – Application:

It’s challenging to hear these words. Often times we want to please others, we just want to be “liked”. There are probably more situations of people who will deny Christ to be “liked” than those who will deny him to escape death.  As one becomes stronger in their faith it’s easier to say, “I choose Jesus.” It becomes more challenging as friends and family – “disown” and don’t want to associate with you for being a follower of Jesus, so sometimes we compromise. How you may ask? We don’t stand up and share our faith openly. We laugh or stay quiet when those around us are speaking or acting in ways of the world – negative, derogatory, swearing, etc – or we don’t hold others accountable for their behavior. Even other Christians will desire to be “liked” by those on earth, than honor their faith in Christ – so we’re left with a few friends, instead of many. The bible says that we are to fellowship with one another. We are to encourage each other in our faith. Even if they (friends, family) both Christian and non-Christian – put us down for acknowledging Jesus or being “too” opinionated, or “too religious”. This is not about being religious; this is about a relationship with Christ. This is about not wanting to be denied by Jesus, when we come before the Throne of God and will Jesus say, “Father, I know her, she did not deny you on earth.”

There’s a great research article by The Barna Group, that’s quoted in The Truth Project – Lesson 2: The study asked the question, “How many Americans have a biblical worldview? The answer: General American population: 4%, “Born-again” American population: 9% – …and we don’t act that different from the world… I choose to be different from the world. I need to have a biblical worldview.

P – Prayer:

I pray that I am not put in the situation of a life or death in claiming my faith in Christ – like so many who live in countries who are not free to worship Jesus Christ.  I pray that those who risk their lives to bring others to Christ are protected and provided for. I ask the Lord to help me to be strong when I am placed in situations where I may be tempted to deny or “water down” my belief just to “get along” – that God will protect me in those situations and guide me to be a light for him. When I come before the Lord I want Jesus to say to our Father in Heaven, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

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Don't Let Sin Build-Up

Today’s Date: January 14, 2010

The Sin Buildup (ODB)

Reading: Gen 30-31:16, Matt 10:1-23, Psalm 12:1-8, Proverbs 3:13-15 & Our Daily Bread (ODB): II Corin 4:7

S – Scripture:

We have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. —2 Corinthians 4:7

O – Observation:

The daily devotions from ODB made me think about asking for daily forgiveness in a different way. Here’s an excerpt: “God has provided a way to clear the accumulation of sins from our lives. First John 1:9 reminds us: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” But unless we do that often, we’ll be running on diminished power. That’s because the power for living comes from God and not us (2 Cor. 4:7). When we try to live the Christian life in our own strength, we’ll feel defeated—like windmills robbed of their energy.” (See ODB link for full story)

A – Application:

I can apply this scripture to my daily life by not just knowing that God loves me and forgives me, but that I need to look at my thoughts and actions to correct that which needs to be changed and ask (confess) my sins to the Father. P – Prayer: Father I thank you for your grace, forgiveness, love, patience, understanding, discernment, humility and so many other things you have given to my life. I ask that you forgive me for my sins. Help me to be humble, to admit my sins, when I am wrong, remove the stubbornness that often is crippling until I let go and let you take over. Help me to trust in you and obey your commandments. I hate to argue and want peace, yet those who provoke I need to know if I am to just forgive and let go or do I need to clarify so that we grow from the experience of just move on. Life is so short. Everyday thousands of people die. Some expected, some not. Yesterday a devastating earthquake hit Haiti and an estimated 100K people maybe dead. Many are missing and no communications is possible. Father help those people. Help their families who are desperately trying to reach them, to know that they are safe. Provide for the relief. Let this be an opportunity for those who don’t know you, to know your love and peace. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Are You Open to Discipline?

 

Today’s Date:  January 13, 2010

Are You Open to Discipline?

 

Reading: Gen 28 – 29:35, Matt 9:18-38, Psalm 11:1-7, Proverbs 3:11-12

S – Scripture:

Proverbs 3:11-12 “My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.”

O – Observation:

I think this scripture is self-explanatory; however I’d like to share a story. I was thinking the other day about something that happened when I was a kid in elementary school. I was playing softball during P.E. and I was at bat. I hit the ball and it flew – great hit – only thing, instead of dropping the bat, it sorta slipped as I was swinging back and flew out of my hands and across into the bushes – at a great force! Well, I started to run and the teacher said, “foul ball”. I looked at her and said, “Why, the ball was in field?” and she said, because someone could have gotten hurt when you didn’t hold on to the bat, so you’re out! I was disappointed to say the least, but I knew I was wrong.

I often think about kids who for whatever reason say, “That’s not fair.” And we as the adults think, ‘yeah, life’s not fair.’ In sports there are rules, for many reasons, which are why it’s great to have children play sports because they learn discipline and sportsmanship, along with working hard, perseverance, and team work, etc.  However when we don’t follow rules in sports we are “disciplined” with penalties.  If we keep breaking the rules, our team could lose, we could get hurt, etc – there are always “costs” to breaking rules and not following guidelines that were set up by people who usually are wiser than ourselves.

Well, what’s that got to do with anything or even the scripture verse I started with?  When a child is growing up it’s important that they follow their parent’s rules and guidelines. The child may not know why in every case, and some may not be able to have totally comprehension of why their parents are instructing them – one way or another. A good example is one of a toddler who walks wherever they want because they are learning to walk and it’s fun and exciting for them to get their steps of freedom away from their protective parents. Unfortunately these same protective parents may not have disciplined their child to ‘listen and obey’ – or the child is ‘strong willed’ or whatever the reason. Maybe its child’s fault for wandering on to a busy roadway and when their parent yelled, “stop” and the child didn’t understand why they had to obey their parent, cause they thought they knew better – what could happen? We often times don’t know what’s in front of us. However God knows. We often times feel or think we know better than God our Father and we do our own thing. We don’t obey a Word or guidance that He’s given us, because we feel we’re mature and knowledgeable enough to do our own thing.  Being disciplined at any age is tough. I know when someone corrects me with love, I can receive that wisdom with gratitude because they may know more than I – other times we feel we just need to learn the “hard” way.

A – Application:

I will apply this scripture to my life and remember that God knows more than I. I will be open to correction and discipline and when my spirit wants to be oppositional and retract – that the Holy Spirit would immediately correct me again so that I hear God’s correction and get back on the path that I need to be.

Just in case you’re wondering, I continued to play softball into my adult life – and you know what? I always kept a solid grip on the bat and even in the height of excitement at bat – I always dropped the bat (nicely) to my side before taking my base. Yup, I learn lessons; hopefully I get it the first time, just like that foul ball all those years ago.

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you that you love me. You love me enough to correct me and even though I have not always been obedient, you have been consistent to get after me and redirect me with love. I receive your grace and am blessed to be your child.  Amen

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What is the Truth? What is Worldview?

What is The Truth?


In 2008 during a midweek service I saw a promotion of The Truth Project. I was immediately intrigued. Shortly afterwards, I attended a small group and went through the 13 week series. It changed my life.  The Truth Project is primarily taught by Dr. Del Tackett, and special guest speakers; presented by Focus on the Family.

There are many circumstances, teachings, readings, experiences – that have helped me grow into being a better Christian. Besides daily devotions and journaling; preparing and going on missions; I would say that these studies are some of the tools  that I carry with me years later in my walk with Christ and I highly recommend you Experience God by learning The Truth.

1. Small Group study of Experiencing God.

2. Small Group study of The Truth Project.

To find a small group near you and for more information click here:

The Truth Project

http://truthprojectblog.com/


What is Worldview?

The thing that I remember most about The Truth Project was the definition of “Worldview” – Do you have a biblical / Christian worldview or do you believe whatever the majority of the world believes to be “truth”?

Trusting in God

Date: January 10, 2010

 

Title: Trusting in God, Not in Your Own Understanding

 

Scripture Readings: Gen 23 – 24:51, Matt 8:1-17, Psalm 9:13-20, Prov 3:1-6

S – Scripture:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. –Proverbs 3:5-6

O – Observation:

“Solomon is the main writer of the book of Proverbs.” GotQuestions.org reports, “In the Book of Proverbs, Solomon reveals the mind of God in matters high and lofty and in common, ordinary, everyday situations, too.”  The key words to this verse are: trust and seek. We are to trust the Lord, not depend on ourselves and what we can reconcile in our mind, and to seek God’s will, not our own, in everything we do – only when we do these things – will the Lord give us guidance as to where we should go when we ask for direction.

A – Application:

I will trust in the Lord. I need to remember that although God has given me a brain to think and has instilled information and wisdom, that which he has given me is not all I should depend on, but continue to Seek the Lord – and to have peace that whatever I am seeking him in – is God’s will, not my own. Only after doing these things, will I be shown the path to take. I will take steps of faith to go in the area that God is leading.

Here’s another excerpt from GotQuestions.org, on the explanation of the book of Proverbs.   “Our fear of the Lord’s wrath and justice is what drives us to Christ, who is the embodiment of God’s wisdom as expressed in His glorious plan of redemption for mankind. In Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3), we find the answer to our search for wisdom, the remedy for our fear of God, and the “righteousness, holiness and redemption” that we so desperately need (1 Corinthians 1:30). The wisdom that is found only in Christ is in contrast to the foolishness of the world, which encourages us to be wise in our own eyes. But Proverbs also tells us that the world’s way is not God’s way (Proverbs 3:7) and leads only to death (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25).”

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for this day. I ask forgiveness for my sins and that I am able and open-minded to know and do your will. I pray that I go to you first in all things, not wait as a ‘last resort’ and go to you when I am desperate, but from the beginning. So that I can show you that I trust you, lean not on my own understanding, seek your will in all things, no matter how big or small, and that you will guide my path. Amen.

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Trembling at God's Word

Today’s Date: Jan 4, 2010

Reading: Gen 8-10, Matt 4:12-25, Psalm 4:1-8, Proverbs 1:20-23

Blackaby’s Experiencing God: Isaiah 66:2

Title: Trembling at God’s Word

S – Scripture: “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.” Isaiah 66:2

O – Observation: Blackaby shares a great devotion today that you can click on the link to read. In my observation of Isaiah 66:2 I am reminded that we are not to just read for the sake of reading and “getting through” with what is expected, but that we should go before the Father and earnestly seek Him (Mt 6:33).  How often do we “tremble, or are in awe, or fear” of God’s Words and direction? Today’s devotion is so spot on to what I was feeling before I even began to read that I had to do my SOAP on it.

A – Application: I will know that my God is an awesome God and that His word is to be reverenced. I’ll quote Blackaby as this is how I need to apply this scripture to my life and I can do no better than to share what he says, “Do you approach the reading of your Bible with a holy expectation, listening for the life-changing words that God has for you that day? Scripture says that, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 9:10). There are things you will see and hear out of your fear and reverence for God that you will not experience in any other way.”

P – Prayer: Father thank you for your Word. Thank you that you are Holy and full of wisdom and grace. I pray that I will always go to Your Word with a ‘Holy expectation’ to hear your ‘life changing words for the day.’ ###

Problems that require us to go through a process

How to recognize some problems require us to go through a process

Reading:Gen 5:1-7:24, Matt 3:7-4:11, Psalm 3:1-8, Proverbs 1:10-19

Message from: Luke 18:1-8

Title: Recognize Some Problems Require a Process

S – Scripture: “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18: 7-8

O – Observation: Luke 18: 1-8 talks about the Parable of the Widow. This is a story that Jesus told about a woman who wouldn’t give up. According to Luke, Jesus told the story of a persistent woman in order that we could learn v1 that ‘men always ought to pray and not lose heart’.

A – Application:  I will continue to pray, be consistent and persistent. Whatever I do, unless I receive a clear Word or sign from God that I am going in the wrong direction and need to refocus, I need to not give up.  In Hawaiian we say, Imua, Imua, a Lanakila which means forward, forward to victory. As long as I am in line with God according to His word, through prayer – whatever I’m praying or working towards is all in God’s time, not my own. Although I can set timelines for myself and strive to hit those goals, I need to remember that I shouldn’t give up what God has asked of me. If something isn’t happening at my time or place or whatever, I just need to know that it may not be God’s time.

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for your Word. Thank you for bible teachers and leaders who are an example of daily devotions and seeking you to teach others. Help me to know and do your will. Mold me and give me direction.

–         Prayer for others:

–         Stan and his family as he lost his father yesterday.

–         Prayer for Kim, thankful that doctors were able to remove all of the cancer and now that she’s going thru chemo and/or radiation to make sure there’s no more growth, also prayer that you comfort her as we’re coming to the one year anniversary of her husband Kevin, who went home to be with you after many years of service to your people and his battle with cancer.

–         For Truman & Elizabeth as they follow Your call.

Notes:

In today’s American Society of fast food, disposable everything, quick fix – it’s all too easy to say; “I tried that, it didn’t work,” and that would be the end of the story.  Often times if we pray and seek God and the answer isn’t instantaneous, or when “we” want it, we give up and say, “It must not have been God’s will.”  We also need to remember that it may not be God’s will for what we’re praying for “right now” but in His time. Or it could be we are suffering a consequence for sin. Or it could be we need to go through the process of whatever it is we are going through so that we can grow, build character, AND then and only then would God be able to use us to glorify His kingdom.

I often think about the “process” when my mom was very ill, she had spent months in the hospital, came home briefly, only to return to the hospital again and then went into a semi-comatose state and went home to be with the Lord on Thanksgiving Day 1993.  I wondered if I were to ask God, “why?” if that would make me seem like I didn’t have faith in Him. Well, maybe I’ll write about this another time as that’s a whole story in itself.  However, for this post I’ll note that if it were not for the “process” that my mom went through, I would not have been able to have the one conversation that has carried me through everyday of my walk with Christ. I’ll make this short as to say I went to my mom’s bedside as I felt God prompting me to ask, I didn’t want to as I stated before I felt like I was showing a lack of faith, however God knew what I needed to hear. I sat beside her, held her hand, trying to hold my tears back, and said, “Mom, do you ever questions God?” She looked at me and said, “No, I trust my Jesus.”  We sat in silence for a while, as I knew that God had used her to teach me, that no matter what, I too, could trust in ‘my Jesus’. Everything for a purpose and God’s timing.

Last night we went to church and the pastor talked about Revolution vs. Resolution for the New Year.  Although I read my daily devotions before going to service, often times I hear or read other scriptures and want to journal on those instead so that’s what I did for today. I also liked the five points that the pastor talked about which I will summarize here for my future reverence.

New Year’s Revolution – when people normally make new year’s resolutions to the problems they want to correct or improve, the pastor spoke on making a revolution. Here’s his five points from this weekend’s message:

1. See your problem as a problem. – Amos 3:1

2. Compare your problem to God’s purpose. – Phil 3:14

3. Submit your problem to God’s power. – I Corin 12:12-25

4. Recognize some problems require a process. – Luke 18:1-8

5. Remember everyday is a great day to start a revolution. – Hebrews 3:7

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