so are my thoughts higher than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9
(From Andrew Murray, Teach Me to Pray)
God’s thoughts are “altogether beyond the power of our comprehension”.
Some people say – “God is cruel to send this virus.” …or that earthquake…or that flood. Others say there must be no God if all of this is happening.
These kinds of thoughts are not God’s thoughts – they are the thoughts of fallible people. God’s plans and purposes are light years away from ours. Once we truly understand that, then we can be humble before God and await His plan.
Andrew Murray goes on to say, “God tells us that we are made in His image. By grace we are actually renewed again into that image. As we gaze upon God’s glory in Christ, we are changed into the same image by His Spirit. These, too, are thoughts, beyond our comprehension – our minds cannot take them in.
“God, by His Holy Spirit, conveys to our hearts the life and the light that can make us feel at home with these thoughts dwelling in us. But we need daily, prayerful fellowship with God if we are to enter into His mind and to have His thoughts make their home in us. It is by faith that God will not only reveal the beauty and the glory of these thoughts but will actually work in us their divine reality.
“Just think of what Paul writes: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). But as we pray God will reveal them through His Spirit.”
…God will reveal them.
…It is by faith.
…We need daily, prayerful fellowship with God.
As long as we are demanding of God, sitting in judgement of Him and His work, the door is closed between us and Him.
But – Be humble before the Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:10)
There is no reason to fear this, or any, virus. God alone determines when we will die physically. We will all die – and none of us know when that time will be. That has always been and that will always be. Our great advancements in technology and economics will never do away with physical death. I will die. You will die. God holds all of our days in His hands.
Psalm 139: 16
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Yet, the death of our body is not the end. We will all live forever. The question is – where will we live in eternity?
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, then you will go to be with Him in heaven. He has promised this.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” V. 6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
If you have not acknowledged Jesus as Lord and Savior, then you will not be allowed into Heaven. That is what we should be afraid of!
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Stop running after material wealth. Stop spending your days filling yourself with sensual pleasures. Those things will not last. Look for God. Pray to Him. Ask and you WILL receive.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
How do you hear His voice? Read the Bible, pray and listen in solitude.
We don’t need to shut down the whole country. We need to turn back to God.
It is as simple at that.
Do you know Jesus Christ? Do you have any questions about Him?
Over the past few days, my husband and I have been looking back and looking forward. The new year has brought us to ponder our lives and what we see in this world.
We see more drugs and violence. We see families in trouble where there were once many strong families. We see communities of people helping one another reduced to strangers living next door and children not able to cope.
Yet, we also heard an incredible testimony at church last week. A young man raised in a Christian home had fallen far from God and he was feeling the effects of it. His guilt and shame grew and grew until he could no longer stand it. He came back to Jesus and his incredible joy is truly infectious.
This morning my husband and I began a new devotional, Teach Me to Pray, from the writings of Andrew Murray.
January 1 reads: “Wait upon God – He (Daniel) prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. Daniel 6:10
“The more I think of and pray about the religious situation in our country, the deeper my conviction becomes that Christians do not realize that the aim of conversion is to bring them into daily fellowship with the Father in heaven.
“For the believer, taking time each day with God’s Word and in prayer is indispensable. Each day we need to wait upon God for His presence and His love to be revealed.
“It is not enough at conversion to accept forgiveness of sins or even to surrender to God. That is only a beginning. We must understand that we have no power on our own to maintain our spiritual life. We need to receive daily new grace from heaven through fellowship with the Lord Jesus. This cannot be obtained by a hasty prayer or a superficial reading of a few verses from God’s Word. We must take time to come into God’s presence, to feel our weakness and our need, and to wait on God through His Holy Spirit to renew our fellowship with Him. Then we may expect to be kept by the power of Christ throughout the day.
“It is my aim to help Christians to see the absolute necessity of spending time with the Lord Jesus. Without this, the joy and power of God’s Holy Spirit in daily life cannot be experienced.”
That is the answer. The answer to the world’s trouble. The answer to our personal, daily walk through this troubled world.
(The devotional Teach Me To Pray is full of wonderful words from Andrew Murray that encourage us in our spiritual lives. Here is one of my favorites.)
Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. James 4:8
It has been said that the holiness of God is the union of God’s infinite distance from sinful man with God’s infinite nearness in His redeeming grace. Faith must always seek to realize both the distance and the nearness.
In Christ, God has come very near to man. Now the command comes: If you want God to come still nearer, you must draw nearer to Him. The promised nearness of Christ Jesus expressed in the promise, “And be sure of this: I am with you always” (Matt 28:20), can only be experienced as we draw near to Him.
This mean that at the beginning of each new day, we must yield ourselves to His holy presence. It means a voluntary, intentional, and whole-hearted turning away from the world to wait on God to make Himself known to our souls. It means making time to allow him to reveal Himself. It is impossible to expect the abiding presence of Christ with us through the day without the daily exercise of strong desire and child-like trust in His word.
As you pray, let these words come to you with new meaning each morning: “Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.” Wait patiently and He will speak in divine power: “I am with you always.”
Everyone is going through
a hard time in their life,
they have just come out of a hard time,
they will soon be in one.
Why is life always so difficult? Our own sin brings
many troubles our way. Satan also is a powerful source of life’s disasters. But
look closely at what God’s word says. “…to humble and test you in order to know
what is in your heart…” (Deut. 8:2 see below)
Why would God do such a
thing? God’s word once again says, “to teach you
that people do not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the
mouth of the Lord.” (Deut. 8:3)
God uses hard times to
humble us, to draw us closer to Him and to help us recognize His
If we read carefully, we
see that this comes with a promise. “…so
that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord
promised…” This is not only for the ancient Israelites, but also for us. God
has a “land” for us as well.
This promise also comes with responsibility. “When
you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he
has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God…”
He goes on to say, “Otherwise, when you eat and are
satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,and
when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all
you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget
the Lord your God,…”
It all boils down to this –
in the Lord,
he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
Which stage are you in right now?
you in the midst of difficulties? Then Remember God, Turn to Him, and Trust
you just come out of trying times? Then Thank God, Delight in Him.
between hard times, enjoying some calm and rest in life? Then Follow Him. Be
8 Be careful to
follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase
and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors.
2 Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in
the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what
was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He
humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which
neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live
on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your
clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. 5 Know
then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines
the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering
him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good
land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys
and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig
trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where
bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are
iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.
10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. 12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God,…”
3Trust in the Lord and do good;
in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Take delight in the Lord,
he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.
What I’m commanding you today is not too hard for you. It isn’t beyond your reach. It isn’t up in heaven. So you don’t have to ask, “Who will go up into heaven to get it? Who will announce it to us so we can obey it?” And it isn’t beyond the ocean. So you don’t have to ask, “Who will go across the ocean to get it? Who will announce it to us so we can obey it?” No, the message isn’t far away at all. In fact, it’s really near you. It’s in your mouth and in your heart so that you can obey it.
Today I’m giving you a choice. You can have life and success. Or you can have death and harm. I’m commanding you today to love the Lord your God. I’m commanding you to live exactly as he wants you to live. You must obey his commands, rules and laws. Then you will live. There will be many of you. The Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to take as your own.
Don’t let your hearts turn away from the Lord. Instead, obey him. Don’t let yourselves be drawn away to other gods. And don’t bow down to them and worship them. If you do, I announce to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You are about to go across the Jordan River and take over the land. But you won’t live there very long.
I’m calling for the heavens and the earth to be witnesses against you this very day. I’m offering you the choice of life or death. You can choose either blessings or curses. But I want you to choose life. Then you and your children will live. And you will love the Lord your God. You will obey him. You will remain true to him. The Lord is your very life.
Deuteronomy 30:11-20 NIrV
The choice is not between a list of do this and don’t do that on one hand and freedom on the other hand. The unbelieving world often sees it that way. The truth is; it is a choice between choosing love (life) on one hand and separation from God (death) on the other hand. God is waiting to shower blessings on you and your family. He is waiting for you to make your choice. Talk to Him – He is listening. Listen to Him – He has much to tell you. The Lord is your very life.
Texas. Ohio. Nevada. Florida. Georgia. Colorado. North Carolina. Arkansas. Alabama. Virginia. Connecticut. California. Oklahoma. New York. District of Columbia. Missouri. Maryland. Indiana. Tennessee. Rhode Island. Kentucky. Mississippi. Michigan. Oregon. Wisconsin. Pennsylvania. Washington. Louisiana. Michigan. Iowa. South Carolina. New Mexico. Massachusetts. Hawaii. Nebraska. West Virginia. Vermont. Minnesota. New Jersey.
We are a
nation in mourning. The senseless killing continues. We Must do something.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
promise is an If, Then promise. If people do this, Then God will do that. Our
step comes first.
from Wicked Ways
“He has shown you, O man, what is good.
does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
the Bible, Ask God what he wants in your heart and in your life.
Please, Stop and Listen.
“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”
When God created the world, He did so with Relationship at
its core. Humanity was created in order to be in Relationship with God, and
in Relationship with one another.
If either one of these Relationship Dynamics is off track,
then our emotional, mental and spiritual health is out of balance. We begin to
try to fill the holes with many other things: money, sex, material possessions,
power over others … the list goes on.
If both of these Relationship Dynamics are in good working
order, then we are able to grow into mature Christians, who are in turn able to
give to others who are in need.
Those are the simply basics of how life works.
When God created Adam and Eve, there was perfect union with
both God and with each other. The two people walked with God in the garden,
talking with Him and being open and honest with each other. Genesis 2:25 says, “The
man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” This is not only
about no clothes. This is two people being completely intimate physically, but
also emotionally. They were in harmony. They were vulnerable with each other,
not hiding anything. They “knew” each other completely. There was no shame.
We were created to be in that kind of Relationship with both
God and others. To be open and honest. To be intimate. To be accepted.
Someone once asked Jesus what the greatest commandment in
the world is. Jesus answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and
with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest
commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matt
Everything in life comes down to these two Relationships.
We must be reconciled to God. We must ask His forgiveness
and we must cultivate a daily relationship with Him.
We must reconnect with others. We must care for each other,
forgive each other, reach out in love and support for each other.
So how do we do this? Jesus gives us this very important directive
in living our lives. “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
James tells us, “You do not have, because you do not ask
God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that
you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
We know what God wants for us and what we need – Intimate and
We know the first step in getting those Relationships.
Prayer. Talk to God. Admit that you need Relationship and ask Him to help you
That is asking in Jesus’ Name and He will do it.
Is there a Relationship in your life that needs restoring?
Start working on it today.
The evil king of Aram was out to kill
the king of Israel and plunder the countryside. 2 Kings 6 Time and again he
plotted where and when to attack the Israelites. Yet the king of Israel was
warned each and every time and made well his escape. When the evil king was
notified that Elisha the prophet was the source of the military leaks, the king
sent horses and chariots along with a strong army force to get rid of the man
The Arameans surrounded the city where
Elisha and his servant were staying. In the early morning, Elisha’s servant stepped
outside to begin preparations for the day – there was the enemy army! They were
The servant ran back inside and
shouted at his master, “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?”
Elisha was not concerned. “Don’t worry
about it,” he told his servant. We have a bigger army than they do. As a
puzzled servant stood there with a muddled look on his face, Elisha prayed. “Open
his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.”
The servant did not know what was out
there. Even the enemy army did not know what was out there. Yet God had
provided all that was needed – more than what was needed. They just couldn’t
For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and
certain of what we do not see. Hebrews
Then the Lord
opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of
horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6
Chris Tomlin wrote a
wonderful song about this “God of angel armies.”
The chorus goes like this:
I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
God of angel armies
Is always by my side
Listen to the entire song here:
Angels are real. Angel armies are
real. But most importantly, God is real. Pray and ask Him to open your eyes.
The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper is an amazing book. The subtitle is: Fifty Reasons Why He Came to Die.
Reason #6 is To Show His Own Love for Us.
Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2
Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25
[He] loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
John Piper writes: The death of Christ is not only the demonstration of God’s love (John 3:16), it is also the supreme expression of Christ’s own love for all who receive it as their treasure. The early witnesses who suffered most for being Christians were captured by this fact: Christ “loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). They took the self-giving act of Christ’s sacrifice very personally. They said, “He loved me. He gave himself for me.”
John continues: Surely this is the way we should understand the sufferings and death of Christ. They have to do with me. They are about Christ’s love for me personally.
This book has changed the way I view Christ’s death and his resurrection.