Archive for November, 2010

We need to quit trying to be God.  We can’t change the past with our regrets or control the future with our fears.  Let’s not get distracted from our sole responsibility: to make the most of TODAY.  That is something we CAN do,  and do well-WITH God!

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Thirty-first in the series Get close to God

Come and go back in time with me and visit an amazing scene: thousands of people flocking to see a man who is healing diseases, casting out demons, and raising the dead.

After a while, it’s getting late, and since Jesus is not holding this event in a stadium with concession stands, his disciples are about to send everyone home to eat.  But then their leader says, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!”  They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”  This is only enough to feed one family, not thousands!

Jesus tells everyone to sit down on the grass, takes the loaves and fish, looks up to heaven, blesses the food, and gives it to the disciples to hand out to everyone.  After about five thousand men plus women and children eat all they want, there are twelve full baskets left over!

Matthew records in chapter 14 that immediately after this he made the disciples get into a boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he sent the crowds home.  He then went up on a mountain for some alone time to pray.

Later that night he made a surprise visit to the disciples who were way out to sea, battling the wind and the waves.  They were terrified, seeing what they thought was a ghost, walking toward them on the water.  As soon as Jesus got into the boat, the wind stopped.  As soon as they got ashore, Jesus was recognized, word got out, and another round of healing began. 

Jesus went up to a mountain again in the next chapter, but it wasn’t long before he was spotted, and once again “large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them.”  (verse 30)

Jesus then called his disciples to him, and said, “I feel compassion for the people, because they have remained with me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.” 

Incredibly, in spite of what they witnessed such a short time ago, they asked Jesus,  “Where would we get so many loaves in this desolate place to satisfy such a large crowd?”  And once again, Jesus fed thousands of people with a few loaves and fish, with many full baskets left over.

I used to wonder how the disciples could have asked such a stupid question, until I began to realize that I was doing the very same thing.  Time after time the Lord would come to my rescue, getting me out of jam after jam, yet I would still nervously wring my hands in despair with every new challenge.  I still get anxious at times about things, but it helps to remember that my God has a track record that proves his faithfulness can be counted on.

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
as Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Thomas O. Chisholm, 1923

 

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“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.     Jeremiah 29:13, 14

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What, Lord, is my life, save that embrace wherein Thy delightsome sweetness doth so lovingly enfold me?     Written by Nicolas of Cusa four hundred years ago.

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When the Israelites were caught between the pursuing Egyptians and the Red Sea, Moses said to them, “Do not fear!  Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today.”  (Exodus 14:13)  He said this BEFORE God told him he was going to divide the sea (check out the following verses.)

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If you have the Shepherd, you have grace for every sin, direction for every turn, a candle for every corner, and an anchor for every storm.     Max Lucado

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Oh, God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You…My Souls clings to You; Your right hand upholds Me…I stretch out my hands to You; my soul longs for You.     David, Psalm 63:1, 8, 143:6

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A spiritual kingdom lies all about us, enclosing us, embracing us, altogether within reach of our inner selves, waiting for us to recognize it.  God Himself is here waiting our response to His presence.  This eternal world will come alive to us the moment we begin to reckon upon its reality.     A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

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Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so nether can you unless you abide in Me…If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you…These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.   Jesus, John 15:4,7,11

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Victory comes through surrender.  Surrender doesn’t weaken you, it strengthens you.  Surrendered to God, you don’t have to fear or surrender to anything else.     Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life

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 I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. With Your counsel You will guide me, and afterward receive me to glory.     David, Psalm 73:23-24

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Spiritual lust makes me demand an answer from God, instead of seeking God who gives the answer. Whenever the insistence is on the point that God answers prayer, we are off the track. The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God, not of the answer.     Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

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Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.     David, Psalm 63:3,4

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As you tarry before God, let it be in a deep quiet faith in Him, the Invisible One, who is so near, so holy, so mighty, so loving.  In a deep, restful faith too, that all the blessings and powers of the heavenly life are around you, and in you.  Just yield yourself in the faith of a perfect trust to the Ever Blessed Holy Trinity to work out all God’s purpose in you.  Begin each day thus in fellowship with God, and God will be all in all to you.     Andrew Murray, Daily Fellowship with God