Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Walk with me Lord


"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14 -New International Version - UK


Walk with me, Lord; God walk with me.
Walk with me, Lord; God walk with me.
While I am on this tedious journey,
I want Jesus to walk with me.
- not sure of author-

When we cry for God to walk with us through our tedious journey, we must first realize that our heavenly Father desires to walk with us more than we have desired to walk with Him.

God desires to walk with us!

He desires to connect to us through our human feelings.

God will/wants to walk with you through the sad times as well as the happy times.

The same God who walked with Adam in the garden, who pitched His tent in the midst of the camp of Israel, walks with us today!

We will always need Jesus to walk with us as we are only human and we stumble.

"And I will walk in and with and among you and will be your God, and you shall be My people." Leviticus 26:12 - Amplified Bible

God's heart is to walk with us.

God gave us a promise to walk with us, how great is that?

There is a hunger inside of all of us to belong.

We want that approval to know that He loves and accepts us.

People don't always treat us right.

We are not always accepted by others.

Most of us have our share of rejection.

But guess what?

We belong to God.

He wants to walk with us.

We can't do this ourselves.

All that He has is at our disposal.

God loves you, and has been waiting for you to cry out for Him to walk with you.

In fact He, has always been with us whether we have known it or not.

"for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5b

He goes with us wherever we go...

God is not ashamed of you, for you belong to Him!

God's deepest desire is to be with us!

Let Him take your hand, and never let go!

"I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them." Revelation 21:3 - New Living Translation

Friday, April 27, 2007

What do your words say about you?



"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." Luke 6:45

It seems to me that when we go through trials, God has away of bringing back to our remembrance those things which were said.


It may have been yesterday, just minutes ago, or even years, months, or days.


What has been coming out of your mouth lately?


Is there any difference in the way that you speak now than then?

"The words we say will teach if we practice what we preach." - Author Unknown

So what kind of words come out ypur mouth?

Are your words the same around everone?

Do you talk different when you are around those whom you know not?

"Let you speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how you ought to answer every man." Colossians 4:6

God will send you a trial to test you, He already know if you will pass or not.

He is trying to build up your confidence in Him.

He gives us certain trials, so that we can make the most of that opportunity to share the good news of salvation.

Have you had any such opportunities come your way lately?

What kind of language have you showed through your trial?

Have you showed bitterness, anger,or a bad attitude?

Has your actions been pleasing to God?

As a child of the King, our actions should reflect our faith.

We are to reflect God's goodness to others, even through the storms of everyday life.

God may have sent a trial your way, so that you can plant the good news of salvation.

He may then have someone else come along and cultivate and water that seed that you have sown.

You may be thinking about some words that have been already said, so how do I correct what I have already said?

You can't take back what you have already said, but you can go to that person that you said that negative thing to/about and ask forgiveness.

What if I have already forgiven them, do I still need their forgiveness?

Yes.

It is not enough to just forgive them.

"A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." Matthew 12:35-37

I don't know about you, but to know that every last idle word is going to be judged, I would want to make sure that I cleaned up some of the petty things that I had said, especially before I die.

God does not forgive us because we forgive others.

God's forgiveness is based solely on His great mercy.

Those who are unwilling to forgive have not become one with Christ.

"That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 15:6

Christ even willing forgave those whom crucified Him.

"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots." Luke 23:34

Since we freely receive forgiveness through His mercy, we then are to turn right around and forgive others.

"So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses." Matthew 18:35

"Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment." - Ira Gassen

"Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good natured. They also produce their own image on men's souls, and a beautiful image it is." - Blaise Pascal

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

We are truly blessed!


"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is." Jeremiah 17:7

There are so many things in this world that we take for granted.

When you wake up and are able to breathe that is the best gift of all.

There are people in other countries that do not even have clean drinking water.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you are really blessed.

So many people in other countries do not have this luxury.

There are places that do not even have air conditioning.

Some people here complain whether it's too hot or cold.

Lets get a grip and be thankful for what we have.

If you have money in the bank, or in your wallet, or even have change jingling in your pocket, consider yourself blessed.

If both your parents are still alive, be thankful.

If you have good health, be thankful, there are more than one million who will not make it another day.

If you can attend church without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death, you are blessed.

If you have never had to battle the imprisionment of loneliness.

If you have never been tortured.

If you never have felt the pangs of starvation.

If you have never had any of these things happen to you, then you are truly blessed as there are millions out there everyday that go through these things.

Hold your head up and smile!

Let us learn to be truly thankful for what God has given to us and not be ungrateful!

"For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour." I Timothy 2:3

"O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him" Psalm 34:8

Monday, April 23, 2007

Dark Passages (reprint)

Dark Passages

There are dark passages of transition that are inevitable in our life.

There are the death of friends, family members, the death of one's dreams, the death of friendships.

There is a loneliness in this small and dark place.

There is a sense of waiting, waiting foe the next season, waiting for the next moment.

It is almost like a caterpillar as he is safely wrapped in his cocoon, then the pupa slowly lets go, then the caterpillar gives way to a beautiful butterfly. She has emerged into something that she would not have thought she could have ever seen in her former self.

So it is with us as believers.

We are in our dark passage temporarily, waiting for the next phase of our journey.

This our time of transition, a time of change, a time of metamorphosis.

Christ has said that if we are to find our life, we must lose it.

"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." Matthew 16:25

We all have become new creatures in Him.

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17

We are like the caterpillar, it had to die to be transformed, to become new. Just like a seed has to die to become a sapling.

It is ok to feel striped, bare, and exposed in our dark experience.

We must sit still and wait and listen, so to do as divinely ordered by a God who only wants to see us grow.

We must not rush the process, cause if we do we might miss out on the necessary struggles that will help us grow closer to our Lord and Savior.

"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;" 2 Corinthians 4:17

Saturday, April 21, 2007

What are you searching for?


"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33

Are you looking for the answers to life?

Are you looking for that which will make you happy?

Do you feel lonely, rejected, misunderstood, or even taken advantage of?

Don't worry there is somebody who cares for you!

There is somebody out there who cares about your dreams.

There is somebody out there who cares about how your day went.

There is somebody out there who cares if you sleep well at night.

His name is Jesus!

Never fear for He is near!

He will listen and encourage those who are hurting.

There is nothing that can compare to what we have in Jesus!

Jesus is willing able able to be personally be involved in our lives.

Jesus wants to help pick us up out of our pit.

Jesus wants to free our anxiety ridden soul and come to our aid.

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1

He is ready and waiting!

If you are hurting, Jesus is ready and waiting for you to call to Him.

Jesus is available at all times.

You need not go any further that just to Jesus, He is all you need.

Don't worry about feeling too ashamed.

He supplies grace and mercy for you.

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16

Thursday, April 19, 2007

How think ye?


"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:8

What do you think about when all is quiet and calm?

What goes through your mind?

Do you have thoughts of peace and joy or do you worry about things?

I know that when it is quiet I think on things that have happened the previous day.

Today, for instance I was walking outside and all of the sudden my mind went back to Sunday class.

My Sunday class teacher, who also happens to be my mentor, was talking about Matthew 6.

Yes, there are a lot of things in that chapter.

Each of us were asked to read the chapter before hand and to let her know what jumped out at us during class time.

It was an interactive class. These are the best.

We generally have them each week.

Anyway, what had jumped out at me was not what I am now thinking about.

It is usually after the fact that I really dig into what was said during class.

Delayed reaction, I know.

How many of you do the same thing?

It is those things on which we think that gear the reaction we have.

It goes back to the old saying; garbage in, garbage out.

Our mind is the most crucial part of us that needs to be transformed.

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2

Our mind must be renewed if we are to serve Him.

Our mind must be renewed if we are to have the mind of Christ.

God does not want us to lean on our own understanding, but to totally lean upon Him.

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." Proverbs 3:5

When we believe on Him, we are essentially agreeing with Him and trusting what He says, even over what we think.

When we don't believe Him, and we trust our own opinion above His, we have made an idol out of our own opinion.

We have to be careful and keep our eyes on Jesus!

We need to know where we are in Him.

As we renew our thinking with the Word we will start to see things happen.

Don't live in fear and anxiety, it will not produce victory.

Don't hang around those who are always full of fear, they will bring you down and back into bondage.

Anything that restricts your growth is bondage.

Our faith is what stands in the gap and takes us to the victory.

"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." Romans 12:3

Without faith it is impossible to please God.

"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Hebrews 11:6

We must enjoy what we are doing.

If we can not enjoy what we are doing, then we are most likely focused on what the devil is doing.

We can be deceived, full of fear and still love Jesus.

Fear is what connects you to bondage and will eventually trip you up.

There is only one thing to fear, and that is God Almighty Himself.

We are not to be afraid of Him, but rather we should have a reverence of Him.

"And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;" Isaiah 11:2

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The power of praise

"For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone. Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, will all my heart; and I will glorify thy name for evermore." Psalm 86:10-12

Is your life filled with praise and worship?

Is there some reason why you have not praised Him?

Did you know that there is power in the life of one that is dedicated to praising God.

When we choose to praise Him in all things and at all times, God is able to do amazing things.

There are too many so called Christians out there who resist, rebel and complain.

They have let their thoughts become polluted.

Stinkin thinkin.

Thoughts filled with doubt and despair, fear, and anxiety.

When we think like this we forfeit God's power, and presence in our lives.

We were created to worship Him.

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Revelation 4:11

Do you want to experience true satisfaction in your life?

Do you know what you must do?

The simplest of all things....the only thing that you can do.

Die to self and live for God.

"[I assure you] by the pride which I have in you in [your fellowship and union with] Christ Jesus our Lord, that I die daily [I face death everyday and die to self].

We live in a selfish and self absorbed culture.

We have too much.

Why do we look for those things that make us feel good?

It is not more stiff that makes us happy.

The more stuff that we have the more we want.

We have taken our eyes off that One thing that can make us happy.

Jesus.

We have lost our focus.

We have turned to self gratification, self indulgence, self contentment.

Why?

Things things are only but for a moments pleasure.

God's satisfaction is for all eternity.

We need to stop looking for things to give us happiness and satisfaction.

It is only when we decide to give up that search and turn it all over to Him that you will find what you have been looking for all the time.

Have you tasted enough of this world's offerings?

Are you hungry for more?

When you die to self only then will you truly be happy.

Just start thanking Him for the struggle in you life that has brought you this way.

There is incredible power, happiness that comes from a life of praising Him.

Chose to start praising God, and watch what amazing things will happen in your life.

Praise God faithfully, praise Him for all things and at all times.

"I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most high." Psalm 9:1-2

Sunday, April 15, 2007

From calm to chaos


"He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still." Psalm 107:29

Have you even been in a storm?

Have you ever experienced a day with more stress than you think possible?

Have things went to hell in a hand basket?

Has you day went from peace to perplexity?

Have you had a day that went from calm to chaos?

A day of turmoil of emotions from sunrise to sunset.

Maybe you broke up with your boy/girl friend, or had the shower head bust, or maybe the washer exploded, or maybe you were in a auto accident totaling your car.

What ever you day has been like, God has been there right beside you.

"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee: and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee." Isaiah 43:2

There is nothing that has happened to you that first did not go through His hands.

We are to laugh in the midst of our storms, our trials.

"At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh:" Job 5:22

I know of a bird that could not sing during the storm.

Her name was Gracie, she is a canary.

She never saw what was about to happen.

One minute she was perched in her cage.

The next minute she was being sucked in, washed up, and blown over.

On this peaceful, quiet day Gracie's owner decided to clean her cage, but not the normal way.

Gracie's owner decided to use a vacuum cleaner.

She had everything ready, then she took the end attachment off, and stuck the open end of the hose in the cage.

Then, all of a sudden the phone rang.

Not really paying attention, she left the vacuum hose, still on in the cage and then picked up the phone.

She had barely picked up the phone when she heard a really loud sound.

Ssswoooop.

There went Gracie.

Gracie had been sucked up by the the vacuum..

Could you imagine how the owner felt?

Her baby bird swallowed by the mean vacuum, that she left unattended.

She hurriedly put the phone down, turned off the vacuum and opened up the bag.

After she had opened up the bag, she found Gracie still alive.

The owner was very thankful for that.

Gracie was covered in dust and soot.

Her owner then not thinking much wanted her baby Gracie to be clean.

She took Gracie to the bathroom, turned on the faucet and held her under the running water so that she would get clean.

After Gracie's little bath, her owner realized that not only was she soaked, but she was cold and shivering.

Not thinking twice she reached for her blow dryer.

What a blast of warm air that must have been on Gracie.

Gracie never had a chance.

Gracie never knew what hit her that day.

Gracie doesn't sing much after that trial.

Gracie now sits and stares.

Who could blame her after that shock.

Gracie was sucked in, washed up, and blown over.

That in itself is enough for any of us to steal our song let alone a canary.

"Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men." Psalm 107:31

Did you relate to Gracie's story at some point?

One minute you have a song on your lips the next could be that of despair.

Maybe a pink slip, or divorce papers, bad news from the doctor, a bounced check, a loved one dies.

You life had been so calm just a few minutes before, but now you are in the middle of a raging storm.

"And there rose a great storm of wind." Mark 4:37a

Somewhere in the midst of the trauma, the turmoil, the blustery wind you have lost your joy.

Somewhere in your storm you lost your song.

When you face fears, pressures, anxiety, or darkness, you can endure the storm without losing you joy, your song!

But God.

It is through the storm and in the storm that He speaks.

God is best heard here, if we but listen.

When we see God, that is enough.

Job was such a man that God allowed Him to see Him.

All of the many trials and storms that came as a whirlwind to Job, God was always right there.

Storms come sometimes too quickly, and then all of the sudden you are covered by them.

If you happen to be in one, then you know what I mean.

If you are not, hold on tight, for there is surely one in the forecast.

These storms that come are for your benefit.

"Lo. all these things worketh God oftentimes with man. To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living." Job 33:29-30

There is always something for us to learn out of each of our trials, that is why they are called trials.

One good thing about God, He will not give us any more than we can handle.

"There is no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able; but with all temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." I Corinthians 10:13

Our trial is in direct proportion to how much faith God has in us that we will make it through.

Job as a man went through a lot of things.

God knew that Job was able to make it through.

It is when we come to that place and say that we are nothing, and He is everything.

We are just the clay in the hands of the Potter.

We are being transformed and formed into that vessel of honor.

How you look at your situation, is key to how you respond.

You could see God as harsh, cruel, and distant.

Hopefully you will see God as that strength in the storm, the Father who will love you and be there for you through and in the storm.

Are you listening to God in your situation?

Do you obey that which you heard?

All it takes is one word form God, and one act of obedience.

"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." II Corinthians 10:5

Friday, April 13, 2007

God's Seed

"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? in tithes and offerings." Malachi 3:8

Did you know that tithing and offerings were before the law?

Did you know that when you tithe you are being obedient to God's laws?

The word tithe it means tenth.

When we tithe we are essentially honoring God with our income for what He has provided for us.

"Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine." Proverbs 3:9-10

So essentially when you keep your tithe from God you are stealing...stealing from God your provider!

This does not include those who are unequally yoked.

If your spouse says that you can not tithe, just keep believing and praying and let God work on them.

Give what you can, when you can and watch what God will do in your situation.

Now too those of us who can tithe and choose not to, you are stealing!

"Thou shalt not steal." Exodus 20:15

If you do not tithe then you are considered a thief.

Are you so unthankful for the 90% that has been given to you that you must use the other 10% also?

If you really want to get technical about the whole thing, none is yours.

God gave entrusted us with this amount of provision, so that we would be able to live on 90% and wanting to give the rest back to Him.

So, if you really think about it we still have 100% left after we tithe.

The Word of God says that thieves will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Tithing shows that you have honored God and His Word.

Tithing is believing God!

Tithing is the only thing that God says to prove Him in.

God is saying give Me a try, and see if I am not right.

Tithing will rebuke the devourer from your door, when you are faithful.

You will begin to be blessed and prosper as you tithe.

It may not all happen immediately, but don't give up.

I don't know about you, but I want God to open up the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing that I could not contain.

Do you really know what that means?

It means that there is more out there than I have received.

It means that I have not even begun to tap into all the benefits as a tither.

Let me encourage you, that if you don't tithe then start fresh today.

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there might be meat in mine house, and prove Me herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that here shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts." Malachi 3:10-11

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Seed

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Galatians 6:9

A successful Christian business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.

Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different.

He called all the young executives in his company together.

He said, It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO.

I have decided to choose one of you.

The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued.

I am going to give each one of you a SEED today - one very special SEED.

I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you.

I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed.

He went home and excitedly told his wife the story.

She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.

Every day, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown.

After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.

Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.

Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.

By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by, still nothing in Jim's pot.

He just knew he had killed his seed.

Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing.

Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however.

He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection.

Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot.

She asked him to be honest about what happened.

Jim felt sick at his stomach.

It was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right.

He took his empty pot to the board room.

When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives.

They were beautiful, in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed.

A few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.

Jim just tried to hide in the back.

My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown, said the CEO.

Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!

All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot.

He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front.

Jim was terrified.

He thought, The CEO knows I'm a failure.

Maybe he will have me fired!

When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened To his seed.

Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim.

He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, behold your next Chief Executive!

His name is Jim!

Jim couldn't believe it.

Jim couldn't even grow his seed.

How could he be the new CEO?

Then the CEO said, One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed.

I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today.

But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead, it was not possible for them to grow.

All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers.

When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you.

Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it.

Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.

If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.

If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.

If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment.

If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective.

If you plant hard work, you will reap success.

If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.

If you plant faith, you will reap a harvest.

So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.

Two thousand years ago Paul wrote to the church at Galatia the same story but with fewer words...

"What you sow, so shall you reap". (Gal . 6:7)

We are grass that will wither and die but the Incorruptible seed of God's Word will live forever!

Sow it daily into the life of your family!

"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the Word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the Word which by the gospel is preached unto you." I Peter 1:23-25

Monday, April 09, 2007

A Hairbrush Experience...

I was sent this through email, and it is too good not to share...enjoy!!

HAIRBRUSH EXPERIENCE OF BETH MOORE AT THE AIRPORT

For those of you who do not know Beth Moore, she is an outstanding
Bible teacher, writer of Bible studies, and is a married mother of two
daughters.

This is one of her experiences:

April 20, 2005, at the Airport in Knoxville, waiting to board the
plane, I had the Bible on my lap and was very intent upon what I was
doing. I'd had a marvelous morning with the Lord. I say this because
I want to tell you it is a scary thing to have the Spirit of God
really working in you. You could end up doing some things you never
would have done otherwise. Life in the Spirit can be dangerous for a
thousand reasons not the least of which is your ego.

I tried to keep from staring, but he was such a strange sight. Humped
over in a wheelchair, he was skin and bones, dressed in clothes that
obviously fit when he was at least twenty pounds heavier. His knees
protruded from his trousers, and his shoulders looked like the coat
hanger was still in his shirt. His hands looked like tangled masses
of veins and bones.

The strangest part of him was his hair and nails. Stringy, gray hair
hung well over his shoulders and down part of his back. His
fingernails were long, clean but strangely out of place on an old man.

I looked down at my Bible as fast as I could, discomfort burning my
face. As I tried to imagine what his story might have been, I found
myself wondering if I'd just had a Howard Hughes sighting. Then, I
remembered that he was dead. So this man in the airport...an
impersonator maybe? Was a camera on us somewhere? There I sat; trying
to concentrate on the Word to keep from being concerned about a thin
slice of humanity served on a wheelchair only a few seats from me. All
the while, my heart was growing more and more overwhelmed with a
feeling for him.

Let's admit it. Curiosity is a heap more comfortable than true
concern, and suddenly I was awash with aching emotion for this
bizarre-looking old man.

I had walked with God long enough to see the handwriting on the wall.
I've learned that when I begin to feel what God feels, something so
contrary to my natural feelings, something dramatic is bound to
happen. And it may be embarrassing.

I immediately began to resist because I could feel God working on my
spirit and I started arguing with God in my mind. "Oh, no, God,
please, no." I looked up at the ceiling as if I could stare straight
through it into heaven and said, "Don't make me witness to this man.
Not right here and now. Please. I'll do anything. Put me on the same
plane, but don't make me get up here and witness to this man in front
of this gawking audience. Please, Lord!"

There I sat in the blue vinyl chair begging His Highness, "Please
don't make me witness to this man. Not now. I'll do it on the
plane." Then I heard it... "I don't want you to witness to him. I
want you to brush his hair."

The words were so clear, my heart leapt into my throat, and my
thoughts spun like a top. Do I witness to the man or brush his hair?
No-brainier. I looked straight back up at the ceiling and said, "God,
as I live and breathe, I want you to know I am ready to witness to
this man. I'm on this Lord. I'm your girl! You've never seen a woman
witness to a man faster in your life. What difference does it make if
his hair is a mess if he is not redeemed? I am going to witness to
this man." Again as clearly as I've ever heard an audible word, God
seemed to write this statement across the wall of my mind. "That is
not what I said, Beth. I don't want you to witness to him. I want you
to go brush his hair."

I looked up at God and quipped, "I don't have a hairbrush. It's in my
suitcase on the plane. How am I supposed to brush his hair without a
hairbrush?" God was so insistent that I almost involuntarily began to
walk toward him as these thoughts came to me from God's word: "I will
thoroughly furnish you unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:17)

I stumbled over to the wheelchair thinking I could use one myself.
Even as I retell this story, my pulse quickens and I feel those same
butterflies. I knelt down in front of the man and asked as demurely
as possible, "Sir, may I have the pleasure of brushing your hair?"

He looked back at me and said, "What did you say?"

"May I have the pleasure of brushing your hair?"

To which he responded in volume ten, "Little lady, if you expect me to
hear you, you're going to have to talk louder than that."

At this point, I took a deep breath and blurted out, "SIR, MAY I HAVE
THE PLEASURE OF BRUSHING YOUR HAIR?"

At which point every eye in the place darted right at me. I was the
only thing in the room looking more peculiar than old Mr. Longlocks.
Face crimson and forehead breaking out in a sweat, I watched him look
up at me with absolute shock on his face, and say, "If you really want
to." Are you kidding? Of course I didn't want to. But God didn't
seem interested in my personal preference right about then. He
pressed on my heart until I could utter the words, "Yes, sir, I would
be pleased. But I have one little problem. I don't have a
hairbrush." "I have one in my bag, " he responded.

I went around to the back of that wheelchair, and I got on my hands
and knees and unzipped the stranger's old carry-on, hardly believing
what I was doing. I stood up and started brushing the old man's
hair. It was perfectly clean, but it was tangled and matted. I don't
do many things well, but must admit I've had notable experience
untangling knotted hair mothering two little girls. Like I'd done
with either Amanda or Melissa in such a condition, I began brushing at
the very bottom of the strands, remembering to take my time not to
pull.

A miraculous thing happened to me as I started brushing that old man's
hair. Everybody else in the room disappeared. There was no one alive
for those moments except that old man and me. I brushed and I brushed
and I brushed until every tangle was out of that hair. I know this
sounds so strange, but I've never felt that kind of love for another
soul in my entire life. I believe with all my heart, I - for that few
minutes - felt a portion of the very love of God. That He had
overtaken my heart for a little while like someone renting a room and
making Himself at home for a short while.

The emotions were so strong and so pure that I knew they had to be
God's. His hair was finally as soft and smooth as an infant's.

I slipped the brush back in the bag and went around the chair to face
him. I got back down on my knees, put my hands on his knees and
said, "Sir, do you know my Jesus?"

He said, "Yes, I do." Well, that figures, I thought.

He explained, "I've known Him since I married my bride. She wouldn't
marry me until I got to know the Savior." He said, "You see, the
problem is, I haven't seen my bride in months. I've had open-heart
surgery, and she's been too ill to come see me. I was sitting here
thinking to myself, what a mess I must be for my bride."

Only God knows how often He allows us to be part of a divine moment
when we're completely unaware of the significance. This, on the other
hand, was one of those rare encounters when I knew God had intervened
in details only He could have known. It was a God moment, and I'll
never forget it. Our time came to board, and we were not on the same
plane. I was deeply ashamed of how I'd acted earlier and would have
been so proud to have accompanied him on that aircraft.

I still had a few minutes, and as I gathered my things to board, the
airline hostess returned from the corridor, tears streaming down her
cheeks. She said, "That old man's sitting on the plane, sobbing. Why
did you do that? What made you do that?"

I said, "Do you know Jesus? He can be the bossiest thing!"

And we got to share.

I learned something about God that day. He knows if you're exhausted,
you're hungry, you're serving in the wrong place or it is time to move
on but you feel too responsible to budge. He knows if you're hurting
or feeling rejected. He knows if you're sick or drowning under a wave
of temptation. Or He knows if you just need your hair brushed. He
sees you as an individual. Tell Him your need!

I got on my own flight, sobs choking my throat, wondering how many
opportunities just like that one had I missed along the way. . .
all because I didn't want people to think I was strange. God didn't
send me to that old man. He sent that old man to me.

John 1:14 "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We
Have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the
Father, full of grace and truth."

Life shouldn't be a journey to the grave with the intention of
arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather, to
skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly
shouting, "Wow! What a ride! Thank You, Lord!"

Be Blessed!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

The Secret

"The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation." Psalm 118:14

I just wanted to pass along something that was given us in Sunday class, and I have added some scriptures along the way.

Hope that you like...

One day, one friend asked another,

How is it that you are always so happy?
You have so much energy, and you never seem to get down.

"A merry heart doeth good like medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." Proverbs 17:22

With her eyes smiling, she said,

I know a Secret!

What secret is that?

She replied, I'll tell you all about it, but you have to promise to share the Secret with others.

"Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?" Job 15:8

The Secret is this....

I have learned that there is little that I can do in my life that will make me truly happy.
I must depend on God to make me happy and to meet my needs.
When a need arises in my life, I have to trust God to supply according to His riches.
I have learned most of the time I don't need half of what I think I do.
He has never let me down.

"But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

The questioner's first thought was...

That is too simple!

But upon reflecting over her own life she recalled how she thought a bigger house would make her happy, but is didn't.

She thought that a better paying job would make her happy, but it hadn't.

When did she realize her greatest happiness?

Sitting on the floor with her grandchildren, playing games, eating pizza or reading a story.

This is a simple gift from God.

"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall you Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?" Matthew 7:11

You know it too!

We can't depend upon people to make us happy.

Only God in His infinite wisdom can do that.

Trust Him!

"Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37:5

And now I pass the Secret on to you.

So now what will you do?

Are you going to sit on the Secret or go and tell someone?

God in all His wisdom will take care of You!

That is reality is not a Secret.

We just have to believe it and do it.

We must trust God!

"It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man." Psalm 119:8 Amplified Bible

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Faith, what is it?

I ran across this and wanted to pass it on...

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God translated him: for before his translation he had his testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:1-6


Only one ingredient is needed to complete faith, and that is trust.

Commit yourself to the merciful God, rest your hope on the gracious gospel.

Trust your soul to the dying and living Savior.

Wash away your sins in the atoning blood.

Accept His perfect righteousness and all is well.

Trust in the lifeblood of faith, there is no saving faith without it.

The Puritans were accustomed to explain faith by the word recumbency.

It means leaning upon a thing.

Lean with all your weight upon Christ.

It would be a far better illustration still if I said, "Fall at full length and lie on the Rock of Ages Cast yourself upon Jesus; rest in Him, commit yourself to Him."

That done, you have exercised saving faith.

Faith is not a blind thing, for faith begins with knowledge.

It is not a speculative thing; for faith believes facts for which is sure.

It is not an unpractical, dreamy thing.

For faith trusts and stakes its destiny upon the truth of revelation.

That is one way of describing what faith is.

I wonder whether I have confounded it already.

Let me try again.

Faith is believing that Christ is what He is said to be and that he will do what He has promised to do, and then to expect this of Him.

The Scripture speaks of Jesus Christ as being God.

God in human flesh.

Perfect in His character.

As being as sin offering on our behalf.

Bearing our own sins in His own body on the tree.

The Scripture speaks of Him as having finished transgression, made an end to sin, and brought in everlasting righteousness.

The sacred records further tell us that He "rose again from the dead."

That He "ever liveth to make intercession for [us]."

That He has gone up into glory and has taken possession of heaven on behalf of His people.

That He will shortly come again "to judge the world in righteousness, and His people with equity."

We are most firmly to believe that it is even so; for this is the testimony of God the Father when He said, "This is my beloved Son; hear Him."

This is also testified by God the Holy Spirit; for the Spirit has borne witness to Christ, both in the inspired Word and by many miracles and by His working in the hearts of men.

We are to believe this testimony to be true.

- Charles H. Spurgeon - Taken from "They Walked With God"

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

When you need a refuge...

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1

All of us at some point go through tests and trials.

If you have ever been overwhelmed by personal tragedy or comforted someone who has, then you know that the answers don't come easy.

There is help in the counsel and perspective of those who have gone before us.

I have come across this and wanted to pass it on...

Oswald Chambers writes:

I see no way out, says Job.

He lies down, not in weakness, but in absolute exhaustion.

Unless God will be a refuge for him, there is no way out; death is the only thing.

In every crisis of life, the Bible emphasizes, that "God is our refuge." (Psalm 46:1)

Yet until we are hit by sorrow, it is the last thing we seek for God to be.

Job is seeing for the first time that God is the only refuge, the only way out for him.

The only thing to do is fling himself on God.

We know nothing about redemption or about forgiveness until we are enmeshed by a personal problem.

We then begin to understand why we need to turn to God.

When we do turn to Him, He becomes a refuge and a shelter, a complete rest.

Up to the present Job has had no refuge anywhere; now he craves it.

When one receives the Holy Spirit, his problems are not altered, but he has a refuge, from which he can deal with them.

Before, he was out in the world being battered, now the center of his life is at rest and can begin, bit by bit, to get things uncovered and rightly related.

- Oswald Chambers - Our Ultimate Refuge - pages 55-56

Will you let God be your refuge??

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Spiritual Confusion

"For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints." I Corinthians 14:33

There are times in everyone's walk that there is some type of confusion.

The way that we got there was to leave a door open for the enemy to come in.

The way out of confusion is not to simply say that we should not be confused.

It is not a matter of right nor wrong.

It is a matter of God simply taking you through a way that you do not temporarily understand.

Most time it is going through the spiritual confusion that you will come to the understanding of what God wants for you.

The shrouding of His Friendship
"And he said unto them, which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing set before him: And he from within shall answer and say, trouble me not: The door is now shut, and my children are in bed; I cannot rise and give thee? I say unto you, though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth." Luke 11:5-8

Jesus here is given the illustration of a man who appears not to care for his friend.

He is saying in effect, that is how the heavenly Father will appear to you at times.

You will think that He is an unkind friend - but remember He is not.

The time will come when everything will be explained.

There seems to be a cloud on the friendship of the heart.

Often love itself has to wait in pain and tears for the blessing of fuller fellowship and oneness.

When God appears to be completely shrouded, will you hang on with confidence in Him?

The Shadow of His fatherhood
"If a son shall ask of bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask for a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask?" Luke 11:11-13

Jesus said that there are times when your Father will appear as if He were an unnatural father.

As if He were callous and indifferent - But He is not.

Everyone who asks receives.

"For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." Luke 11: 10

If all you see is a shadow on the face of the Father right now, hang onto the fact that He will ultimately give you clear understanding.

He will fully justify Himself in everything that He has allowed into your life.

The Strangeness of His Faithfulness
"And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because the widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:1-8

When the Son of man really comes will he find faith on the earth?

Will He find the kind of faith that counts on Him in spite of the confusion?

Stand firm in faith!

Stand firm in faith, believing that what Jesus said is true.

Even though you do not understand what God is doing, stand!

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." Ephesians 6:13

Don't give up, take a stand.

- Oswald Chambers