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God May be Calling

20 Aug

I don’t know about you but I do believe God still speaks to us today as he did to His people that we can read about in the Bible. His voice may not come from a burning bush or even as a visitation from an angel but I do believe he still speaks to us today.

I can give you four examples of how I feel God speaks today

  1. I believe that it can come from a sermon that a pastor preaches. After you hear it you feel as tho the pastor had been speaking only to you and it was exactly what you needed right at a moment you needed a word from him. It may be a word that encourages or it could be one of correction. But for you it came as clearly as if he had spoken it directly to you in an audible voice.
  2. I have found God speaks to me through close friends as well as strangers sometimes. A word comes when I needed and may be totally off the wall. It makes no sense to anyone but for me it was a clear word that I needed to hear.
  3. God also uses my wife to speak to me. She will be talking about something and all of a sudden she will say something that will answer a pray for me or something that I needed God to answer me on. God confirms things to me many times through her.
  4. And sometimes God speaks when we actually take time to read His word and pray. He will answers us in our heart as we seek him and have blocked out everything else but him.

Today it is very difficult for us to hear God speak. The internet allows us to chat instantly to people all around the world or to send an email at the push of a button. We can also use our cell phones and talk to anyone anywhere or send a text message to them and often get a response back in immediately. Our world has become so filled with noise that it is easy for us to become so busy and wrapped up in it that we couldn’t hear God speaking if he Yelled down from heaven at us. I believe God has a quiet voice and waits for us to BE STILL and listen for him to speak.

God is also a jealous God and he will not compete with anything or anyone that we place over Him. Our stuff can become so precious to us and or we can become so preoccupied that God is pushed out of our lives. All the things of the world becomes idols and God will not compete with any idol for our attention.

I will say that God has never spoken to me in an audible voice as he did to some of the people we read about in the Bible but I believe that if he could speak that way to me if he chooses to.

I have often awakened from a deep sleep and think Gosh I wish I hadn’t woke up I was sleeping so good why am I now lying here awake. Once I realize that maybe God wants to speak and have time with me I get up and go into a place that I can be alone with him. It is in those times that I find myself listening harder for him as I sit alone in the darkness of the early morning. I am alone now and not too busy for him and I can begin to feel his presence and He becomes so real to me. It is in that time that he has my total attention. I will sometimes start to pray for someone that comes to my mind and sometimes He uses the time to bring something to my mind that he wants me to change in my life. Either way after I seek Him I do find the peace that I need to rest and go on.

When God decided that it was time to appoint  Samuel as priest to replace Eli God called him during the night while he was sleeping. Could it have been that Samuel like us today are too busy during the day that God called him while at night while he was sleeping?

I Samuel 3: 4- “Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, Here I am; you called me?” But Eli said, “I did not call you go back and lie down.” So he went back and lie down.

The Lord called Samuel three times before Eli realized that it was God that was calling Samuel. I pray God don’t let me miss any call you send to me no matter how you chose to speak and at any hour.

 

Wisdom

19 Aug

If you were to survey 100 people and ask them if they could have one of the following 5 things in their life; Wealth, Health,  Happiness, True Love or Wisdom, I wonder how the survey might turn out? Would True Love or Wealth be the top of things desired most, or Happiness and Health? My guess is that no matter how these five came out in the survey, Wisdom would be ranked close to if not at the bottom of the five things that people would choose if they could have only one of the five.

When King David was drawing near to his death he appointed his son Solomon to be his successor. I Kings 2:1-4 ” When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son. I am about to go the way of all the earth, he said. So be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go,”.

Wow what a responsibility Solomon was given by his father David. He had some big shoes to fill following after his father King David. After all David had ruled the people many years and achieved much success during his time as king. God even called King David a “man after his own heart”.

Sometimes we focus on things that can vanish very quickly like True Love or Wealth. Other things like Happiness and Health may also disappear quickly too if things aren’t balanced in our life The fact is we need a balance in our life so that we are productive and have Joy on a daily basis.

I believe that if we draw close to Jesus Christ he creates a desire in us to want Wisdom and I’m not speaking of the wisdom of man but something much higher thanearthly knowledge. Please don’t take this as I’m knocking education because I am not. I do believe that when we walk daily with Jesus we begin to desire his Wisdom to live daily and will desire to serve Him and see the world as He does.

My oldest son Morgan told me yesterday that he thought I should write my opinion on the controversial issue concerning the Mosque that the Muslims want to build near ground zero in New York. I will opt out on this debate because I look at the issue as many people do that is from mans perspective and not Gods I don’t have the correct perspective and could only make a stand based on how I have been raised and influences from my culture. Gods command is that we love all people and to get along here but he also knows that this would not happen in every situation based on mans fall in the begining of creation in the garden.

However I am so glad that God in his all knowing wisdom created a way of escape and a way to him through the acceptance of His son Jesus Christ and that alone is all the Wisdom I really need in order to find everything in life to live my life in victory and have joy here while I live on earth.

I believe that when we accept Jesus Christ and know him as our Savior we become wiser and will desire his wisdom to live. His wisdom allows us to love all people even those we may disagree with. God did not create religions but man did. Man interprets God in his own way and develops rules based on what they think he meant.

I don’t claim to be all wise in what I know but I know Jesus and I believe that he will give us all the wisdom we need to live a happy and joy filled life if we listen and follow his commands and allow him to order our paths in life. This is a choice each of us make everyday with each decesion we make.

King Solomon asked God for Wisdom over everything else he could have had and it pleased God so much that God gave him all the rest. So my prayer today is that we grow in Gods wisdom and pray too that maybe something I wrote here will cause each of us to  seek after Godly wisdom every day.

The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair is the splendor of the old” Proverbs 20:29 written I believe by King Solomon wisest man to have ever lived.

 

“The Devil made me Do It”

18 Aug

How many times have we said, “The Devil made me do it” or have we heard someone say it? When we say this I believe we are giving Satan credit that he doesn’t deserve. Satan would like to cause us to do things to go against God and His perfect will for us but it is our nature to want to please our self and do what feels good to us. It is our sinful nature that we were born in not Satan that makes us do what we want. In the times that we feel tempted just as Jesus did we should PRAY for strength and guidance in the choices and decisions that we make. It isn’t easy to do this as we go through our day this is why we must get up early before our day starts and Pray for our Day.

Jesus on many occasions did this as well as during the times that He was weak and worn out from the days teaching and work that He did. So if Jesus himself felt the need to find a quiet place ALONE to PRAY its only natural that we too must find the time and place that we can recharge ourselves and be ready for the day and be prepared to hear Gods still small voice as we go through our day.

I want to do good but it is my sinful nature that I am powerless because of my addictive behavior and compulsions, its not the Devil it is me.

Romans 7:8 says “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but cannot carry it out”,

I must remember that Christ felt the need to Pray in the Garden when He was at His weakest moment and he Prayed Father if it is your will let this cup pass, however your will not mine be done. What a powerful example of submission and seeking the Father at a time when he knew what was going to happen in soon yet God gave Jesus what was needed for Him to continue on with Gods will and plan.

How much more should I pray and seek the Fathers will for my day when I have no idea what I will face today.

 

Who Do I Say He Is?

17 Jul

In a Gallup Poll conducted several years ago. Americans were asked who they thought Jesus was. Of those interviewed 70% said that he was not just another man; of those 42% stated that He was God; 27% believed He was only Human but was divinely called.

In the Gospels it was recorded that Jesus asked His Disciples that same question, “Who do you say  that I am?” and just like the recent Poll several responses came back from them but Peter said that He was the Christ son of God. In the book of Revelation Paul exiled on the isle of Patmos also had an encounter with someone but the encounter was with a someone that He recognized as Jesus whom he had walked with but the appearance of Jesus this time was different Jesus’s face shown like the sun and hair was white as snow. The Bible tells of His appearance in the book of revelation and it is one of a King in all His Glory that Honor is to be given.

So now I must ask myself the same question on a daily basis, “Who do I say He is?” If ignore a response today and live for myself and deny Jesus it will matter to no one except me but when I respond He is Jesus my Lord and Savior soon and coming King it changes my life today and forever as well as it will impact the lives of my family and friends and even people whom I come into contact with today.

I start a new job on Mon 7/19 and I ask you to be praying for me that as I do this new work that people would not see me but something inside of me that they desire and that I would be bold enough to share my Jesus with them.

One of the greatest tragedies in this life would be that we don’t get asked this question before we pass on from life. I can guarantee that when we pass on the question will be asked again but it will be asked like this,”Whom did you say that I was?” only at this point we will be on our knees in front of a risen King the King of glory!