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March 20, 2015

Following the Cloud

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Exodus 13:21 By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.

Until Jesus came to this earth, died and rose and ascended back to heaven the Holy Spirit was only sent to a few individuals. Here we read the Holy Spirit was in a form of a cloud to lead the Hebrews by day and as a funnel of fire to lead them by night. Now we have the Holy Spirit within us to lead us day and night. The Hebrews watched the cloud and the funnel of fire moving when and where they moved and staying still when they stayed still no matter how long they were still. We tend to rush on ahead of the Holy Spirit’s direction to move, forget to ask where to move and fail to stand still for however long the Holy Spirit bids us to be still An entire generation of Hebrews had pass before they learned to obey so they could go into the promised land. God has promises for us. How long does it take for us to listen, follow and obey to receive the fulfillment of His promises to us?

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March 19, 2015

All at Once

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Isaiah 59:1 Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.

We were eating lunch in a restaurant. It was crowded and very noisy. Conversations were in progress all around us, It was hard to hear our own conversation with bits of others filtering into ours. Then I started thinking how marvelous it is that God hears each of our prayers even when thousands of different prayers are being said at one time. This is something our finite minds can’t understand but we can accept the fact because it says throughout scripture that God hears us. Oh God, how utterly marvelous are You and Your works.

March 18, 2015

Dark Cloud

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2 Chronicles 6:1 Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud;

There is a saying, ”There is a black cloud over my head.” This is said in times of troubles, when depressed and when sad. But there is good news when we feel like we’re under a black cloud. God told Solomon that He (God) dwells in the black or dark cloud.” What a better place to be then in a place where God dwells. Next time we feel like a dark cloud is hanging over our heads let us look up to God Who says He is in the dark cloud.

March 17, 2015

God’s Purpose

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Isaiah 46:9-10 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’

There is nothing or no one that can compare to God. God knows all that is passed from before the beginning of time and knows all that will ever be. God chooses what to make known to mankind. His purpose will always come about. His purpose for creating mankind was for fellowship: fellowship of mankind with mankind and fellowship with mankind to God and God to mankind. God will do all that is necessary for this fellowship. He sent His only Son, His Word with Him from before the beginning of time, to restore the fellowship mankind chose to destroy. He has plans for restoring fellowship with mankind to last into eternity for all those Who will choose to have His Son, Jesus, in their hearts, minds and lives. He has chosen to let us know the signs of the end of the age on this earth. We have an obligation to God to be His mouth, His hands and His feet and tell all about the fellowship with God that can be theirs for all eternity. Our question is, are we?

March 16, 2015

Always Watching

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Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

All we think and do is known and seen by God. There is no such thing as a secret sin. We delude ourselves when we think we are not accountable for what we think as long as we don’t act on it. When a bad thought, a thought outside of the characteristics of God listed in 1 Corinthians 13 comes into our head, we must capture it and toss it out. Dwelling on such thoughts leads to action. This truth is seen in our thinking of a certain food item. As we dwell on that thought the desire to eat that food becomes stronger and stronger until we give in to it and satisfy that desire. Let us remember we are accountable for what we think and be sure to purge thoughts quickly. This includes thoughts that are negative about ourselves. If we are important, special and loved by God, who are we not to agree with Him? As His eyes are always keeping watch on us, let us learn to keep our eyes on Him.

March 15, 2015

Up To Us

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Psalms 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

There are a few things that will block us from recognizing God’s presence with us. One is having the attitude that our problems were created by someone else. We tend to have a victim mentality. We must take the responsibility of owning our circumstances which most often are the result of our own choices. We also tend to blame something in our past: our parents, how we grew up, how others treated us. God says when we come to Him (2 Cor 5;17) all things become new, We can leave the past behind and grow into the person He is creating. It’s not up to others, it’s up to us.

March 14, 2015

Always Rejoicing

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Philippians 4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

When we have the joy of Jesus in us we are able to rejoice in all things. Even in times of sickness or sorrow we can still rejoice because we know the sickness or sorrow will come to an end but our life with God will last for all eternity. All of God’s promises come with conditions but they also come with instructions. Let us take time to meditate on these verses which tell us why we can always rejoice in Him irrespective of our temporary circumstances

March 13, 2015

Joy Complete

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John 15:11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

Joy is defined as a passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good. Jesus said, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” His joy is in us as soon as we invite Him into our hearts, minds and lives but it is only as complete as our obedience in keeping His commandments. Our question is how complete is His joy in us? Does this joy show to others? When we find our joy waning it is a sign that our obedience is lacking. Let us be sure to study His written word to know His commands, ask the Holy Spirit to help us apply them and be complete in His joy

March 12, 2015

All for Good

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Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Many ask how God, Who is Love, can allow so much tragedy on this earth. There are two basic reasons: 1 He has given mankind freedom of choice and 2. He sees and knows more than we know. We can only see the immediate. We only see what directly affects us. We forget the phrase “ in all things.” God works more than in the immediate tragedy we see. He is working in things related to it before, during and after which we don’t know nor can see. Think through the Bible. If male babies weren’t being slaughtered Moses wouldn’t have been put in the river in a basket for Pharaoh’s daughter to find and given a good education and been known by Pharaoh and wouldn’t have been in a position to lead the Hebrews out of slavery into their promised land. Yes, it was a tragedy for all the parents of those male babies but they were in God’s hands and the good for all prevailed. What about Joseph? If his brothers hadn’t sold him into slavery, if he hadn’t been thrown into prison, he wouldn’t have been in a position to save his people from starvation. Read through the Bible and we will see how so many things we see as tragic at the time are really for a better good and a glorious purpose.

March 11, 2015

Two in Prayer

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Matthew 18:19-20 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

It is good to have someone to join us in prayer. Having someone who agrees with us can increase our faith and encourage us to keep going. But when we have no other person around doesn’t mean our prayers aren’t heard and answered. Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us. He sent His Holy Spirit into each believer for that very reason. When we pray we are always in the presence of the Holy Spirit and we are praying with the Holy Spirits’ guidance. So join with another believer when we can but let’s always be aware the Holy Spirit is joining us in our prayers.

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