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Don’t You Remember?

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“They discussed this with one another and said, ‘It is because we have no bread.’ Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? …And don’t you remember…Do you still not understand?’” Mark 8:16-21

Shortly after Jesus miraculously fed over four thousand people, the disciples were discussing not having any bread. Had they forgotten how He turned a few loaves and fish into food for thousands?

Remembering is important or we make the same mistakes over and over. If we don’t remember all God has done for us in the past, we may doubt His provision for today.

I need to remember:

He rescued me from sin and forgave me.

He called my heart to believe in Him.

He’s always been there.

He comforts me in grief and pain.

He’s been faithful even when I was faithless

Countless answered prayers.

The gift of my husband.

His grace shown in the miracle of our son’s adoption.

Treasured friends.

His living active Word that teaches and guides me.

The suffering that comes from rebellion.

The emptiness of selfishness.

The joy of giving and serving.

His kindness and mercy offered when I don’t deserve it.

Remember His promises.

He says:

Don’t you understand?

I’ve never left you and never will.

I died for you, took your sin, and gave you My righteousness.

I’ll never turn you away and no one can take you out of My hands.

When you’re afraid,

When you’re crushed by your mistakes and failures,

When the suffering of the world is overwhelming,

When you know you’ll never be good enough,

When you realize this world can never fill the emptiness of your soul,

Remember, I’m sufficient.

 

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The Misery of Worry

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I’m Willing to Fight But Will I Submit Without a Fight?

S – “Peter replied, ‘Even if I must die with You, I will never deny You.’And the rest of the disciples said the same.” Matthew 26:35

“At this, one of Jesus’ companions drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.” Matthew 26:51 (John 18:10 tells us this was Peter)

“Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ And he went outside and wept bitterly.” Matthew 26:75 (having denied Jesus 3 times)

O – It seems that Peter was willing to die for Jesus, if he could fight to the death. His immediate reaction when the soldiers came was to fight. But when he realized that Jesus’ intention was to willingly submit to pain and death, that he could not do. He ended up denying Jesus, just as he had been told he would. Peter was willing to fight to the death but not willing to submit not knowing what might happen.

A – Peter was depending on his own strength and ability. If he could defend himself, he would stand by Jesus. But to submit to the soldiers and open himself up without a fight, trusting God with the outcome. That he could not do. This situation allowed him to see how he was depending on himself, not God.

Am I living in dependence on God or own my own strength? Do I make decisions based on how I can handle it? Or do I say, “God will give me what I need to take this step.” What am I not doing because I’m depending on my own strength and ability?

P – Jesus open my eyes to see where I’m behaving as Peter did. Thinking that as long as I can take care of myself I will stand with you. Help me to see where I need to willingly submit to the death of self and self-protection and leave myself in your hands.

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Learning to Hear from God

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I’m waiting for that phone call from God.

Moses, the man God called to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, spoke to God face to face. Saul, who wrote much of the New Testament, met Jesus on the road to Damascus and heard Him speak audibly. How often do we wish God would communicate so directly with us? We want clear directions.

We do have detailed guidance from Him is His word, the Bible. To truly understand God and His will it’s crucial to know and comprehend Scripture. God never leads us contradictory to His word and His revelation to us is complete.

The first step to hear from God is to know the Bible well. He most often speaks to us through its message.

We don’t see God’s face but we can still talk to Him directly. We can pray anytime, anywhere, and tell Him whatever is on our hearts bringing any request to Him. He tells us to pray about everything and to ask Him for anything. (Philippians 4:6-7) That doesn’t mean He’ll always answer as we want but He’ll do what’s best.

With faith, we study and obey His word seeking Him in prayer, and He directs our steps.

What about those who say, “God told me to do such and such,” God told them how much to give, where to serve, or whom they needed to reach out to? He does speak to our hearts when we are open to Him. But how do we know when it’s Him?

The Holy Spirit moves and speaks to us as He wills. But we need to be listening with open hearts and believe it is Him by faith.

As I was singing praise to God in church one Sunday, the thought came, “I want you to come early on Sunday mornings to pray for the church.” I dismissed it because I enjoyed attending church with my husband and son. I didn’t want to get up earlier and come alone. But I heard the message again the next week and the week after that. I felt God telling me to invite others to join me each Sunday morning to pray. By the third time, I started bargaining, “What if no one else comes?” God answered, “I want you to pray even if you’re the only one.”

These were thoughts. I’ve never heard the audible voice of God. How did I know it was Him speaking? First, it was in line with His word. Second, it was persistent. I would never come up with that plan on my own. And finally, I knew it was God because He gave me the grace to follow through.

I think we make hearing from God more difficult than it needs to be. He’s always speaking to us through the Bible, nature, other believers, and in our thoughts. The problem is we’re often distracted, not listening, or avoiding His message out of fear.

We can come to Him in faith, trusting Him to speak, and knowing He is good.

Scripture tells us, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 ESV

In other words, when we seek Him, through prayer, meditation, and Scripture reading, we can trust He’ll reveal Himself and His will to us.

How has God spoken to you recently?

Are you willing to hear what He has to say?

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Peace vs. Anxiety

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S – “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?…And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Matthew 6:25, 27

O – Anxious – “a part as opposed to the whole” – “properly, drawn in opposite directions; divided into parts” figuratively “to go to pieces” pulled apart in different directions (https://biblehub.com/greek/3309.htm)

Luke 7:50 – Jesus told the woman to “go in peace”. “peace” – “to join, tie together into a whole. ie- when all essential parts are joined together – peace (God’s gift of wholeness) (https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm)

Anxiety is the opposite of peace. When we are anxious, we “go to pieces”, we are divided in mind and heart. When we are at peace, we are whole. All our pieces are joined together.

Anxiety never solved a problem, added days to a life, or accomplished anything good. Anxiety hinders our walk.

A/P – Father, please bring all my pieces together and help me to walk in peace. Help me to let go of all anxiety.

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He Cares!

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S – “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

O – Humble yourself – bring low, submit, do not resist, as opposed to lifting yourself up or demanding your way or resisting His will. Submit willingly to Him and His will for you. Humble yourself under His mighty hand (knowing He has all power and that He will bless you) and
cast – throw, let go of all at once, your anxieties (fears, worries) throw it on Him – get rid of them. Throw them like a hot potato into His capable hands. BECAUSE He cares for you. He loves you. He cares about every worry. He can take care of you.

A – He cares for me. He CARES for me! The Almighty, All-Powerful, Creator, God of the universe cares for ME. Words cannot express what that means. That is everything. I want to throw all my worries onto Him. He is able to take care of me.

P – Thank you Dear Father for loving me. Thank you that you care. I love you so much!

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Use Your Shield

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August 10, 2018 · 9:17 pm