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  • Storm Shelter – Part 1 – September 18, 2014

    Storm Shelter – Part 1 – September 18, 2014

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    Storm Shelter – Part 1

    When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever. Proverbs 10:25

    Heart-rending scenes of nature’s devastation are hard to forget. Victims caught in the path of hurricanes, floods and earthquakes are tossed around like matchsticks. But those prepared in advance escape its destruction. There is no such thing as a storm-free life. The words ‘When (not if) a storm strikes,’ teach us that we all go through times of heartache and trouble. The question is: are you prepared? You can be. God can protect you in times of loss, sickness, divorce, unemployment, loneliness and depression. You may not be able to predict life’s storms or prevent them, but you can prepare for them and be protected in them by doing the following things: Locate your storm shelter. Mid-storm is no time to be caught in confusion, seeking refuge for yourself and your family. You must know in Whom and where your protection lies. The Bible says, ‘The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe’ (Proverbs 18:10).God’s ‘Name’ speaks of His character, His reliability and His faithfulness. A man or woman without God is forced to be their own God—what a fearful thought! But those who love God can say, ‘God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need Him. We stand fearless…courageous in sea storm and earthquake, before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains…’ (Psalm 46:1-3 ). The old Irish preacher had his own take on the hymn. He’d say, ‘On Christ the solid rock I stand—all other rocks are sham-rocks!’ Trust God; He’s the best storm shelter you’ll ever need.

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, let me trust in You for all the storms that come my way in life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Hemmed In – September 17, 2014

    Hemmed In – September 17, 2014

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    Hemmed In

    You hem me in — behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me. Psalm 139:5

    Today’s verse is a right old cheerful one. It sounds like God is hemming us in, locking us off, sealing us tight away from the world. One of the more literal Bible versions even says that God is ‘besieging’ us! But is that what He is doing? That is what He’s doing. There are two parts to this verse, and it’s best to hear them both as one. When we make a commitment not to sin, when we say “God, I reject evil and choose Your path”, we start an agreement with Him. For the rest of our lives (for better or worse, richer or poorer, etc.) He is going to help us fight off sin and lift us up to live a better life. He is going to help us bat away wrong thoughts. It’s going to be tough sometimes. If we start down a dodgy thought-route or action that is against Him, He’s going to shut us off from it. It is never to oppress us, not to abuse us, but only for our good and our proper freedom. You are going to get better. You are going to get wiser. But the hand that holds you up is the same hand that keeps you out of destruction’s path – be careful when you waver on its edge. And when you do waver, He never will. He loves you, forgives you, protects you—always. He hems you in and lays His hand upon you.

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, thank You for hemming me in to protect me from going down the wrong paths. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Pray As You Can, Not As You Can’t – September 16, 2014

    Pray As You Can, Not As You Can’t – September 16, 2014

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    Pray As You Can, Not As You Can’t

    You hem me in — behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me. Psalm 139:5

    When it comes to prayer, God isn’t moved by the quality or the quantity of your words. He’s moved by a heart that spills the burdens of the day across the altar, exposing every worry to His power. Your confidence in prayer is not based on your ‘can’ – your ability to speak, for instance, but on God’s ‘can’ – His ability to hear and understand. He knows what you are trying to say. The old hymn goes: ‘In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief. And oft escaped the tempter’s snare, by thy return, sweet hour of prayer.’ If you want that sort of comfort and control over yourself, give your ‘distress and grief’ up to God. Because whatever you give to God, He handles. Whatever you keep, you burn yourself out trying to handle. Prayer gives you back the strength, the energy to cope, and the right focus that everyday life takes away. When you pray, you’re saying, ‘Lord, I believe You’re more competent to deal with this than I am, and I trust You to do it.’ God is ready to intervene on your behalf, if you’re ready to let Him. ‘Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass’ (Psalm 37:5).

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, thank You for hearing my heart and not my words. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • When God Puts You on Hold – Part 2 – September 15, 2014

    When God Puts You on Hold – Part 2 – September 15, 2014

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    When God Puts You on Hold – Part 2

    By standing firm you will gain life. Luke 21:19

    Make peace your priority. Don’t let your inner man be controlled by outside pressures. When you ‘go to war’ everybody suffers, but when ‘…the peace that comes from Christ control[s] your thoughts…’ (Colossians 3:15), it restores your perspective and creates an atmosphere that’s conducive to solutions. Look for a breakthrough from an unexpected source. When you ‘Commit thy way unto the Lord…’ (Psalms 37:5), don’t be surprised when the people and circumstances He sends into your life aren’t what you expected. He spoke to Balaam through a donkey (Numbers 22), and He used a burning bush to get Moses’ attention (Exodus 3). Don’t be in such a hurry. Ever notice that the faster you go, the more behind you get? Jesus said, ‘By your patience possess your souls.’ Henry Blackaby observes: ‘God’s timing is…best…He may be withholding directions to cause you to seek Him more intently. Don’t try to skip the relationship and get on with doing. God is more interested in a relationship with you than He is in what you can do for Him.’ Don’t be too proud to ask for help. Solomon said, ‘…with humility comes wisdom’ (Proverbs 11:2). If the people you turn to aren’t immediately available, be patient and don’t give up. God designed us to work together, and somewhere down the road you will be called to help somebody by sharing what you’re learning now ‘God…comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, He brings us alongside someone else…so that we can be there for that person’ (2 Corinthians 1:4).

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, help me learn that in being patient there is much that You are doing and teaching me. In Your precious Name, Amen

     

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  • When God Puts You on Hold – Part 1 – September 14, 2014

    When God Puts You on Hold – Part 1 – September 14, 2014

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    When God Puts You on Hold – Part 1

    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

    We’ve been dubbed ‘the microwave generation’ for good reason — we charge through life like we’re on fire! But God has His own timetable and it can’t be rushed. So when He puts you on hold, watch your words. Like a small rudder on a big ship, what you say determines your direction and helps stop wrong thoughts from infiltrating your mind. Mel Weldon said, ‘My mind is a garden, my thoughts are the seeds; my harvest will be either flowers or weeds.’ Ask God to help you control your emotions. Paul says, ‘Be glad for all God is planning…Be patient in trouble…and prayerful always.’ Complaining magnifies the problem. Prayer turns negative energy into a powerful force for good. Look for the humor in it. Solomon said, ‘…he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast’ (Proverbs 15:15). Laughter dispels tension, lightens the burden and fills your soul with joy. Appreciate the chance to learn. The Chinese view problems as prospects; in their culture the character/symbol for problems and opportunities is the same. Solomon said, ‘…the diligent make use of everything…’ (Proverbs 12:27). Learn from your experience regardless of how hard it is, and remember, some of the world’s greatest discoveries and breakthroughs resulted from crises. Love unconditionally. Problems are caused by people, and under pressure it’s tempting to lash out. The bottom line is: we all make mistakes, and nobody is beyond redemption. Aren’t you glad about that? Learn to see people through God’s eyes. ‘…Overcome evil with good’ (Romans 12:21). Be courteous, and maintain your dignity when you’re under pressure (Romans 12:10). God sees you through eyes of love. He forgives you when your tongue says wrong things, when you fail to love others. His love and forgiveness picks you up and empowers you to try again, to love as He loves you.

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, help me be patient when my timing is different than Your timing. You always win out so from the get-go help me surrender to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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