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Friday, September 18, 2020

God’s Purpose for Us: Happiness, Hope and Prosperity

September 18, 2020

Jeremiah 29:11-13

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

When Americans hear the word “welfare,” they usually jump to the more modern definition of welfare: economic support given by the government to disadvantaged low-income groups.

But Webster’s Dictionary has another definition for welfarethe state of doing well, especially in respect to good fortune, happiness, well-being, and/or prosperity.

God’s plan for us – His purpose for our life – is to do well, have happiness, good fortune and prosperity. Most importantly, when we stand strong in the Lord, we have hope. He promises when we call out to Him, when we humble ourselves before Him, ask for forgiven of our sins [past and present], He will come to us...and listen.

What plans could we as short-sighted humans make that would be better then embracing the plans the Lord ha for us? Every element of our life has been planned, down to the number of days we will be alive on this planet. The Free Will we have is choosing to ask, seek and find the Lord. We have the Free Will to follow His plan ... or not. 
  • This week we talked about PURPOSE, God’s plan for our life.
    • Monday:   Romans 8:28 - All things work together for good to them that love God
    • Tuesday:  Ecclesiastes 3:1 - To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven
    • Wednesday: Proverbs 16:4 - The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose
    • Thursday: Job 42:2 - God’s purpose of cannot be thwarted
At the end of the week, we see that God’s purpose for us is above all things, above all else. God says to put Him FIRST in our life, not as an after-thought or an Sunday morning exercise. He hears our prayers, He knows our fears, He wants to magnify our faith.

Know in your heart that God is just waiting for you the ASK that He fulfill your purpose during this season of your life. No matter what you may be experiencing right now, He’s right there, by your side.

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, may Your purpose for our life be manifest so that You receive the glory. As Your children, we know to ask, but we’re not always patient in waiting to here YOUR purpose. We run ahead and make our plans because we don’t have enough faith or we don’t fully trust. 

Lord, make way our paths. Show us the magnificent plan and purpose You have in store for us. We embrace Your plan with gratitude. We look forward to feeling and experiencing more of You in every task we do, every word we speak, every interaction we have with others. We are grateful to be part of Your family, Lord. We pray for our country, our President, our future. We seek Your face Lord as we humble our hearts in prayer. Thy will be done in Jesus’s name. Amen.

 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

God's Purpose Will Not Be Defeated

September 17, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Job 42:2 

Then Job answered the Lord and said, “I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”

If you put “Job” in the search of this blog, you will find quite a few posts about Job and his trust in God. The Book of Job is quite long, and Chapter 42 is nearing the time when Job testing is coming to an end. He speaks out to God and as a testament to his faith and trust in God, acknowledges that God can do all things, at all times....and His purpose will not be thwarted.

Thwart is a word not commonly used in modern language. Thwart is a verb that means: 

 To prevent the occurrence, realization, or attainment of
 To oppose and defeat the efforts, plans, or ambitions of (someone).
 
Put into modern language, this verse can read like this:

Then Job answered the Lord and said, “I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be opposed or defeated.”

Isn't this exactly what we need to cling to and know about in these uncertain times? God isn't a crisis manager who responds to events in a reactionary way. He isn’t surprised by our problems or the situations blaring across the media outlets. He isn’t perplexed by our blunders nor is He taken by surprise by bombs, explosions or “random acts of violence.”

The Bible tells us over and over again that God can do all things...and that we can even greater things than Jesus did when He was here: we just need to ask, trust and wait expectantly. Once God put His purpose in the center of our life, it can never be stopped.

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, just like Job, we come to You in awe of God’s unlimited power, knowledge, and dominion. We ask for all things to come to pass that are in accordance with your purpose. Make Your plan for our lives clear, Dear Lord, so we know we are following Your Calling. We know that no matter what we do, You will guide the path – for our life, for our country, for our world – because Your purpose will not be defeated. May Your Plan will be fulfilled in a timely manner, according to Earth time. We ask for clarity, guidance and understanding. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Friday, September 4, 2020

Be Quiet - The Lord Will Fight For You

September 4, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Exodus 14:13-14


Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and see the Lord’s salvation He will provide for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you must be quiet.”

 

Moses spoke these words to the Israelites the day before they were planning to flee Egypt, the day before God was planning to part the Red Sea for them to escape. If you’ve read the book of Exodus, you know the Israelites were a whiney and wishy-washy lot of people who had a hard time with the whole concept of being freed from captivity. On this day, they were told that the Lord would fight for them...if they would stand firm, accept that He was going to do for them....and just be quiet.

 

This entire week at Happy Hour was structured around the concept of “being still.”

            Monday:     Isaiah 46:1,10  - Be Still and Know

            Tuesday:    Psalms 62:5-6  - I Will Not Be Shaken – with Pastor Caspar

            Wednesday:  Psalms 37:7 – Be Still and Wait Expectantly

            Thursday:   Job 6:24 – Teach Me; I Will Be Silent and Listen

 

In Exodus 14:14, we are reminded that when we face our biggest challenges, we need to trust, we need to ask, we need to be quiet....then, we need to feel the fear and do it anyway. 

 

The Israelites were about to from the most powerful government and the most powerful ruler of the day: the Egyptian King and his massive, well-armed army. They were poor, unarmed and even scattered in their decisions of whether they even wanted to get out of captivity! 


Can you imagine what the dinner discussions were that night:

  • The Egyptian army will come after us and kill us – we’re as good as dead!
  • Where is it we are going....Into the ‘wilderness?’ What does that mean? Where the heck is that??
  • Will we have food and shelter? At least here we have a home and a job...and we have we’re pretty safe!
  • Who the heck is Moses anyway? Does he really talk to God? Is he hallucinating?

 

Now, fast forward to today.

 

We are standing up against the most powerful forces ever gathered on earth, plotting to take away our freedoms. We’re afraid of the consequences. We’re afraid to resist and revolt. We may be slaves, but we’re “safe.”  Who should we trust – the “authorities” or the radical rebels who are revolting?

 

So many around us are not even sure they WANT to be free – How many do you know that are happy to be obedient? How many are willing to wear a mask? How many are willing to socially distance and NEVER touch another human again. How many are going to be vaccinated and microchipped with the Mark of the Beast, to be “free?”

 

- OR - 

How many are going to rise up and declare, 

“I will die on my feet rather than live on my knees, 

as a slave to the New World Order. 


 

When we draw the Lord into the battle and onto the battlefield, He promises to FIGHT FOR US. We just need to “be quiet” and get out of the way. We need to turn our fears and worries over to God and let Him fight the battle.stand with God.


As in the days of Moses, the Lord will fight for us...if we invite Him to the battle, then Be Still...and Know. 

 

Today’s Prayer:

Dear Lord, in these challenging times, many here have committed to daily communion with You, to share the Word of God and to Pray. We are exercising our FAITH, we are learning to BE STILL. We are preparing for the most important battle of our life: Will we choose to follow You or will we be among those who will Fall Away as predicted in the Last Days?

 

Lord, protect us from the Enemy. Give us keen discernment to know the enemy in advance. Dear Lord, eliminate all vexes the enemy may have over us. We ask that You send Your warring angels join us to combat our personal strifes and external battles. We command them to fight on our behalf.

 

Lord, we thank You for this week together. May You be with us as we relax over this holiday weekend, the last holiday of summer. Guide our steps. Hold our hearts close to You so we may feel Your Love and protection. We worship you. We love you so much Father God. We thank you and praise Your holy name. Please grant us our petitions – this or something better and in all things, may Your will be done. We ask in Jesus’s precious name. Amen.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Commit Your Job - Your Work - To The Lord

August 12, 2020 – Working for the Lord - LISTEN HERE

 Proverbs 16:3 

"Entrust [commit] your work to the LORD, and your planning will succeed."

 No matter what work you do – whether you’re a CEO of a big company or work on in a factory, you clean toilets for a living,  or you do the most important work of all – you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad – commit your work to the Lord. Do every action to please your Boss – which is the Lord.


The COVID-19 situation has up-ended the daily routines of billions around the planet. Millions became instantly unemployed, with few prospects of returning to their pre-pandemic. Have any of you been looking for a new job? Perhaps you will recreate yourself in a new job, in a new career that the Lord lays out for you; something you had never considered before.


What if you decided right now, to bloom where you’re planted? What if you listed everything you disliked about your job, then you realigned your mind and your heart about it…and said, “This I do for the Lord.”

Today's Prayer: 

Dear Lord, we know that if we trust in You, stand firm on Your Word and believe you deliver on Your promises in Your time, our plans will succeed. But in the meantime, we need to stay true to what we have right in front of us. It isn’t always easy, and we often don’t see the Plan until we are further down the road and can look back at how far we have come.

Lord, starting today I will consciously do my work, no matter how menial the task, to do it to the best of my ability to honor You. Be with me in my planning, so that I may be going in the direction You want me to go. Thy will be done. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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Friday, July 10, 2020

God Wants Great Things for You

July 10, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Colossians 1:11-12
You are being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you might patiently endure everything with joy and with thanks to the Father, who has enabled us to share in the Saints' inheritance in the light.

Recall that yesterday, we explored Ephesians 5:8 where we were reminded us to walk as children of light - we’re His kids. Behave accordingly! 

According to the website CompellingTruth.org, the New Testament uses the word saint or saints 67 times and “in every instance, the reference is all believers. Scripture is clear that all Christians are saints, people set apart to do God’s work.” 

Every one of us is being called – right now! - to go All Out for the Team. We need to use our skills according to what He has given us. The important part is to listen; to pay attention. To hear His voice when He calls.

Doing something that is “good” doesn’t necessarily mean you are doing something “for God.” He may have other, bigger, more important tasks He is calling you to do. Be sure to tap into His Will. Check your heart and mind against what is Good for you vs what is Great for God.

We all have different roles and responsibilities, based on our life experiences and our God-gifted talents. We are all the body of Christ.  In 1 Corinthians 12:13-18, we are reminded that the physical Body has many parts - the hand, the foot, the eye, the mouth and so on. AND that God has arranged every part of His spiritual body, “according to His plan.”

Jim Collins, the author of the mega-successful book, “Good to Great” first published in 2001, made famous this quote: 
“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don't have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don't have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just *so easy to settle for a good [boring] life.”*
God wants you to BE GREAT and wants GREAT THINGS for you.

His Word says, "You are being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might” - There’s nothing you can’t do, you can’t accomplish, you can’t achieve, once you truly tap into His Glorious Might. 

And even if it is difficult, something you need to “endure”, God never gives you more than you are capable of handling. If it’s BIG or if it seems HARD, He is always there to help, guide, protect, and love you. The battles are not won by our own effort, but by God’s hand and through His Favor.

Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, thank You for empowering Your children, Your kids, with all of Your might. Jesus told us that if we believe and trust in Him, we would do even greater things than He did during his earthly sojourn. Lord, help us feel Your presence at all times. Open our physical hearts to Your Word, Your love, and Your power. 

We thank You in advance for the inheritance You have promised us. We look forward to hearing You say, with a smile, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” We’re here to serve and succeed in Your name. Thy Will be done in Jesus’ name. Amen. 


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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Lessons in Courage from Abigail

July 1, 2020 - LISTEN HERE


1 Samuel 25 1-42

This entire chapter in 1 Samuel is interesting and full of lessons. It shows how bad things can be turned into good things, if we make a plan, use our talents and step into our courage to create a new, better solution. You can read the full chapter here.

 

1 Samuel 25 tells a story about a man named Nabal and his wife, Abigail. She was intelligent and beautiful, but Nabal was "harsh and evil" in his dealings with her and with others. When Nabal was sheering and butchering sheep, David sent ten of his men and told them to say this to Nabel: “We come in the name of David. Long life to you, and peace to you, to your family, and to all that is yours"….“We protected you and we haven’t stolen from you. Please feed my men and my servants.” 

 

Nabal refused and rebuked them, saying: "Am I supposed to take my bread, my water, and my meat that I butchered for my shearers and give them to these men? I don’t know them and I don’t where they are from.” (vs. 11)

 

Well, that rebuke made David mad. He decided to raid Nabal’s flocks and kill all his workers.

 

But when one of Nabal’s young workers told Abigail what had happened, she gathered together a feast and met David on the road as he approached. She got off her donkey, fell on her face in front of David and said, "My lord should pay no attention to this worthless man Nabal. Accept these gifts your servant has brought… When the Lord does what He promised and appoints you ruler over Israel, may you remember me your servant.”


David was so impressed. He grateful to Abigail there would be no needless bloodshed; Nabal and all his workers were spared (v 34). When Abigail returned to Nabal, she found her husband was drunk. After he sobered up, she told him about her encounter with David. The next day, Nabal had a stroke, became paralyzed, and died 10 days later. 


When David heard that Nabal was dead, he sent messengers to speak to Abigail about marrying him. She got up quickly, and accompanied by her five female servants, followed David’s messengers on her donkey and became David’s wife.

 

Abigail is the central focus of this chapter. What was she able to do? 

  • She saw the foolishness of her husband and took control of the situation.
  • She made a decision, formed a plan, took action…and trusted the plan would work.
  • She used her talents - wisdom and powers of persuasion - to create a peaceful solution. 
  • Her courage no doubt changed the course of history.
    • She did this at great risk for her own safety from both men - either could have violently responded to her efforts. 
  • She asked to be remembered for her leadership; asking positioned her to receive. 
    • When the opportunity arrived to marry David, she took immediate and decisive action. She knew he was the right man for her (she probably knew it from the first time they met!) 


Where can we – both men and women - use Abigail’s actions in our life today? 

  • Think about a situation where you can see the “foolishness of others.” 
  • Can you make a plan to take control of the situation? 
  • Can you use your talents, your wisdom, your powers of persuasion, and your courage to create a solution or a resolution to the current situation where none had previously succeeded?
  • Is an opportunity presenting itself that you are hesitating about? Take decisive action! 
  • Don’t forget to ask for what YOU want for your efforts.  


Today’s Prayer
Dear Lord, You give us lessons for today from Your Word, even from more than 2000 years ago. Humans haven’t changed much since the time You created us. You give us talents, vision, and wisdom. Allow us to use the Lessons from Abigail to resolve situations in our life that seem dangerous and insurmountable.

 

Speak courage into our hearts to improve our personal situations and overcome the difficulties occurring in our world today. Help us form a plan for the best, most peaceful and most pervasive resolution. We ASK so that we may RECEIVE. Grant us our petitions, Lord. Give us what we desire, or something better. They Will be done. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 


Photo credit: Juan Antonio de Frías y Escalante / Public domain