February 05, 2020
It is no light matter. Many people feel that God pays no attention to their prayers. If so, why pray? But the Biblical and historical record of millions would prove otherwise.
... the Israelites "sighed because of the bondage and they cried out and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God" (Exodus 2:23). They prayed, and their prayer was real and desperate.
... was real. At a burning bush, God called a man to be a deliverer to them. A reluctant leader named Moses. God begins His dialogue with Moses by assuring him that He hears and answers prayer.
Notice the progression that happened in prayer. Whether the Israelites realized it or not, God tells them what has been going on in heaven as they have prayed.
This is God. He hears, He listens, He is aware, He responds to those who call upon Him. The reason this account is here is to remind you of who God is—to build your faith to believe that the God who heard and answered the Israelite’s cries will hear and answer yours. He's done it for millions, and He will hear your cry right now.
Father, thank You for being a prayer hearing and prayer answering God. Thank You that I am not shouting into the wind as I pray, but connecting with the God who changes everything. Thank You for personally coming and attending to my needs and for inviting me to come again and again, even for my ”daily bread.” Lord, give me grace to keep praying and believing. To trust You so much that I live each day with unceasing prayer.
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February 26, 2020
February 24, 2020
We have our golden calves. Power, pleasure, materialism are three big ones. We bow before them, doing anything to get them. They become idols that we worship. Stone gods that we bow before. And God has the same reaction.
When will we learn? There is ONE GOD! There is only one who can deliver us. Only one from whom every good and perfect gift originates. One Creator of all that is, including the very cells of our bodies. One God we should look to and one God we should worship and serve.
February 22, 2020
Does God have a task for you to do? Most assuredly He does. Then He will put the calling, empowering, and skill necessary to accomplish His work in and through you. This sufficiency is true for the smallest, daily tasks and the greatest endeavors. You need not fear. Look to Him and all the sufficiency you need will be provided. You will be able to say with Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
In this way, God’s miraculous work gets done and all the glory goes entirely to the One who equipped you for the task.