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A Right Time God

A Time 2Yesterday’s sermon was titled “When God Is Silent.” The minister said a lot of things but one in particular came shining through: “God will never leave you nor forsake you. Even when He’s silent He’s right there with you. He’s working behind the scenes preparing so you can receive what He has for you.”

This got me thinking, God like any loving parent is NOT going to give us everything we ask for. He knows we can’t handle everything so He gives us what’s best for us. Now like a wise parent there are somethings He says yes to while there are others He says no. And then there is the wait….. You see He’s saying yes but not now. You can’t handle it now. Although you want it now because you live in a Right Now society; now is not the time. I’ve always intended to give you a red Mustang. Red is a nice color for you and I know you’ll be a responsible driver. But not at age 12. I waited for your 30th birthday. You had matured and was ready. You see it is during the wait that character is built.

Not only so, but we  also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. ~ Romans 5:3-6

So through the years of 12 and 29 God might be silent (on this issue), but at the right time He speaks loud and clear. We have got to be patient with God and wait on Him. Know this even if He says “No” on this side of glory, the “Yes” on the other side of glory far outweighs and physical thing we can ever have in this world.

God Is Faithful

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” ~Hebrews 10:23.  No matter what, God promises to be faithful to us.  We go through everyday life and people promise to do this or that for us, but they fail.  Perhaps he promised at the altar to love, honor, be faithful, and cherish you til death do us part; and now you are divorced because he’d been out creeping?

Or you have a friend with the ability to hire you but gave the position to someone else. Heart breaking I know.   Yes man (humans) constantly make promises but break them, but scripture tell us the contrary about our God: ” God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Num 23:19.

Oh yes we can depend on God, the Rock of our salvation, to be true, honest and faithful toHis word.  What about you?  Do you trust Him  or are you leaning on your own understanding?   Is your hope truly in Jesus or is your faith wavering?  The word clearly tells us that we will have tests, trials, temptations but Jesus will never leave us or forsake us.  Do you believe Him?  Do you believe that even though it looks bleak right now that His promise to be faithful and never leave you is true?  Or have you lost the hope which you confessed when you first believed? Listen God will give you a real love relationship that will make that other one a far and distant memory. That position you’ve been praying for, He will deliver it to you and it will be ten times better than the one you think you lost because it was God and not man who delivered it to you.  For He prepared it especially for you with Your Name on it!  Can I get an Amen here?

Your job in all of this is to have Faith and Trust in God.  Scripture says it best:  ” Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart” Ps 37:4  Hoekstra  Commentary says “We can cling tightly to the promises of God. We can confidently hope in God fulfilling His promises to us. We do not need to waver in doubt, because God is reliable. He is trustworthy. He is faithful. “

Be Not Afraid

The word for today:

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust…He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;…You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,… Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;…” Psalms 91:1-2,4-5&14.

Terror threats, fires, floods storms, earthquakes and droughts are all part of our daily lives. But we cannot live our lives in fear. Our trust is in The Lord our God,. He and He alone is our protection- our refuge- our strength. Let us not quiver and live in fear, for this is what the enemy wants. He wants to place us in a constant state of fear so as to chip away at our faith. NO my sisters he will not succeed because our victory is already won! It is assured because our Lord Jesus Lives! Walk everyday in victory.

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Living Faith

What if you lived your life by faith?  I mean totally by faith, what would it look like? Does living by faith mean throwing caution to the wind?  For example, if you want a new car does it mean forgoing paying your rent and light bill to provide the down payment?  Reasoning “The Lord will take care of my needs.” Does it mean, because you had a dream about marrying a man that you immediately claim the new guy at church yours?  Name it and claim it.

Faith doesn’t mean you don’t accept reality.  However what it does mean is you have, through the working of the Holy Spirit, the ability to see things not as they are but as they will be. It is as the scripture says in Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Okay so, what if you lived every moment as if it was already done by God?  Would you turn in the best projects at work?  Would you treat your enemy with love?  Would you forgive the person who wronged you?  Would you do all you’re supposed to do and not stress about how the situation is going to turn out? Would you walk each day knowing you’re blessed?  Sounds to me if you are doing this then you are living by faith.  When we walk by faith and not by sight we live life in a contented state.  We consult God asking what He wants for us; then we accept His will, whether things turn out in our favor or not.  Living by faith is not about us acquiring things; it’s all about our trust relationship with the Lord.  Living in a state of contentment is pure evidence that we are living by faith.

Kindness

All this week in Sister Circle Prayer Network during devotion we have been examining The Fruit of  The Spirit.  Today our focus is on kindness. Kindness is one of the fruits that we all like to receive but may not necessarily want to reproduce. Why? Because it takes a little bit of work. Kindness takes effort and let’s face it, we are just too busy to take out time to smile at someone, or leave a posted note on their desk that says “You did a good job.” How about sending a card just to say “I’m thinking about you today.” What about the widow next door? How about sharing a cup of tea or taking her grocery shopping? You have to go anyway. But no. We’re just too busy for all that. Hmmm… I wonder. I wonder, what if The Word said, “I’m Just Too Busy”?

If anybody had the right to say I’m too busy it would have been Him. But the Word became flesh and dwelled among human kind. He healed, fed, and forgave sins. Gave vision, stopped blood, and resurrected the dead all because he was moved by compassion which caused Him to do great acts of kindness. And let’s not forget the greatest act; He died on that cross so we can have everlasting life! So do we have an excuse??? Sisters let’s pray to be moved by the Spirit to see the needs of others. Let’s be spurred by compassion to show kindness to those in need.

Sister Circle Prayer Network gathers daily at 6:30 am  eastern, for morning prayer and devotion.  If you’d like to join look us up on Facebook groups or email me your name along with the state (or country) you live in and I’ll send you a call in number with a personal pin.

The Throne Room Is Open

How do you see God?  Do you see Him as some far away god so busy with world events that he has no time for your ity- bity problems?  Is He really a cold and distant deity intrested only in passing judgement on humans? Or is He an all knowing compassionate God who loves and cares for you His greatest creation?

Paul tells us in Hebrews 4:15-16 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”    Jesus can identify with your needs whether they are, health related, food, employment, comfort because of loss of a loved one, marriage issues, family, loneliness. Whatever it is  Jesus  understands.   The same issues we have today are the same issues He dealt with when He walked the earth.  Our God is not a cold, distant deity, but one who is so concerned with you that He knows every hair on your head.  Go to Him in prayer today with both humility and boldness. Be confident that God is your great help in time of need. His throne room is open and acessable 24/7. He is right here waiting for you with loving open arms.

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Revenge?

Good Morning World!

This is the first posting of Sweet Morning Muse and let me say I never expected it to be on a day like today.  The world’s events can turn on a dime and boy oh boy have they been flipped?!

As usual on a Sunday evening after coming home from church, and after having some dinner hubby and I sat down on the sofa to watch a movie and of course we fell asleep.  I woke up and began flipping channels to find a reporter stating that Usama Bin Laden had been killed by the American troops.   “What?” I exclaimed waking up my husband.  Hearing the news commentator explain what happened and listening to the President’s speech,  I was Filled with awe, national pride and  a sense that something that was wrong was made right. Watching throngs of people in front of the White House and at The World Trade Center chanting “USA” made me want to shout as well.  But when I woke up this morning I began to question myself. “Should I be feeling joyful over someone’s death?” No matter who he was and what he did, a person was dead.  Was I feeling guilt over celebrating?  I began to search my heart and pray.

It was getting close to time for my prayer group to meet and I didn’t want to read the devotion I had planned. It just didn’t seem like what we needed today. I decided to read something more apropos, so I began to search on line .  The ladies and I was blessed by this devotion.

* Romans 12:19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” (NIV)

Revenge belongs to God. The ways of God are sometimes mysterious. When we move away from God then bad things happen. When we move toward God then good things happen. When we take out our lust for vengeance against those who committed wrongs against us we are moving away from God. Yet, we still have responsibilities in this world to protect our family, our state, and our nation. When we act to stop evil, the content of our heart is the deciding factor in whether we are with God or against God. When someone hurts us on purpose and intends to hurt our friends, family, state, or nation, then this person who aims to hurt must be stopped. The ultimate Judge over every human act is God.

For me, this really put everything in perspective.  I hope it does the same for you too.God bless  President Obama and his team. God bless our Navy Seals and all our armed forces. May God continue to heal the hearts of those who lost loved ones on 911.  May God Always Bless America.

Be Blessed, but Be A Blessing To Someone Else.

*Today’s devotion courtesy of Find The Power.com

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