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Danger – Beware!

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Beware of bears! – Joy Ware Miller

 

 

 

Hey…at least I was warned…right?  The directions tell me exactly what to look for and how to avoid a bear.

Now my natural instinct is to OBEY the directions and stay clear of any and all bears.  I may want to read the directions again and take any necessary precautions…just to be sure!  That just makes sense!  No one wants to have an encounter with a bear…not now…not ever!

This situation made me think of how tricky the enemy can be.  At all times the enemy is looking for opportunites to take something from us.  He’s really out to “kill, steal and destroy” (Jn 10:10).  Yet sometimes, we take the directions (The Word of God) so lightly…we miss the warning signs.  We don’t understand the directions that tell us to “flee the very appearance of evil”, (1Thes 5:22) – or to “put on the whole armor of God” (Eph. 6:11) – or to “renew our minds” (Rom 12:2).  That would be daily!

And somtimes…we just take the directions (The Word of God) for granted…and walk right into the bear (the enemies territory) and then wonder “what happened?”

I know what happend!  The warning signs were ignored, DIS-OBEYED, missed and wrapped in honey!  Lack of prayer time, lack of intimacy with God, being swift to speak and slow to hear rather than swift to hear and slow to speak, giving into our own desires rather than God’s.  The list could go on and on.  The Bible tells us “that the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matt 26:41)

I was reminded recently that we should “take our post with the spiritual responsibility that has been intrusted to us.”  Thank you Amani!

I’m taking my Post…won’t you join me?

CONNECT & REFLECT: Our strength will always come from Jesus – He IS our Source!

Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait I say, on the Lord!

 

 

 

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Rivers In The Desert

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Perspective - 

Isn’t it amazing that when you lose your perspective on God or His Word, how clearly you can see everything negative in your life!  Without keeping your perspective on God’s Word,  our circumstances look hazy, our family looks unfamiliar, our finances seem non-existant, our over-all outlook on life is dim.  So how could something like that happen?

We can easily lose our perspective when “life” happens and we get consumed by our outward circumstances.  We get busy being busy.  We see how deep the water is and forget about walking on it!  Work demands our attention, our family deserves more time.  Church activities become burdensome and we feel the “time to make the donuts” syndrome.  We wake up counting the hours before it’s bedtime again.  Be alert – that sounds like signs of depression! (An enemy tactic for sure)!

So what do we need? More rest? More money? More time? More responsibility?  Nothing wrong with those things.  However, I am finding “More Perspective” – seeing Jesus clearly is what makes the difference.  Spending time at the feet of Jesus, in His arms – face to face gaining His perspective.  Seeing everything through His Eyes only!   In Isaiah 41:17-20, we are reminded that the Lord hears us, we are not forsaken, and that He will create open rivers in desolate places.  Basically, with clearer perspective from God…we can see His Hand in our lives…even in the wilderness.  That’s the hard part sometimes but should encourage us to press on!

If you ever find yourself in the desert or a wilderness season…don’t lose your perspective – or clear view of Jesus.  Take the time – make the time to climb up in your Daddy’s lap and get His perspective!   He definitly sees you and will guide you through and eventually out with His Right Hand!

CONNECT & REFLECT: Don’t be afraid…He is the Alpha and Omega and everything you need in between!

Isaiah 41:13 For I the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you ‘Fear not, I will help you.’  NKJV

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Comfort At 25,000 Feet!

Monday, March 16th, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

I’m currently  flying at 25,000 feet.  It’s 5:30 in the morning and still very dark outside.  In the distance I can faintly see the runway lights and the lights from the city.

However, right on the wing are lights that continue to blink and can be easily seen whether cloudy or dark.   It’s so cool…because I sense God saying “I am here”.

Three little words at 25,000 feet are precious to discern.

Whether you are experiencing a high situation or things are at a low..God is reassuring you…”I am here…I am with you…you are not alone”.

Today…sit back and leave the flying and the lifting to God!

Read Psalm 91:1-2

 

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It May Take More Than Glass Cleaner!

Monday, March 9th, 2015

 

 

 

 

It May Take More Than Glass Cleaner!

Dust, dirt and grime have a way of blocking out the sun.  Those particles settle in and cause a film or build-up to dull the shine.  It definitely creates a barrier of perception.  We just can’t quite see clearly.
I think that sometimes happens in our lives and we don’t realize that dust, dirt and grime have clouded over our thoughts, dulled our hearing and clogged up our relationship with Christ!  if we were talking windows…just a good glass cleaner would do the trick.  But when we are talking about our hearts…it’s another thing all together.
Our hearts are our vibrant lifeline to Jesus.  Let the dust of complacency, busy dirt and lack of the Word grime set in…and we have let the enemy come in to set up house-keeping in our lives, our home, our future.
The dust, dirt and grime the enemy brings is subtle and designed to slowly cloud our thoughts, dull our hearing and clog our relationship with our Creator.
Today…let’s recognize the barrier and clean our hearts with His Word, His Presence and His Truth.  Our hearts can only beat vibrantly for Him…when we get the “gunk” cleaned out.
The Son is shining…can you see Him now?
Deuteronomy 4:9  The Message ~”Just make sure you stay alert.  Keep close watch over yourselves.  Don’t forget anything of what you’ve seen.  Don’t let your heart wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live. Teach what you’ve seen and heard to your children and grandchildren. “
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Peace

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

The world is giving us so many things…all wrapped in one small four letter word.  However this small four letter word is designed to wreck havoc in our lives starting from within.  We hear about wars, beheadings and terror.   Many don’t know what tomorrow holds…financial issues, health challenges, job difficulties, family disconnected, loneliness and are worried about the future.  The world is offering the four letter word of fear.

How do we handle fear?

Don’t forget, God gave us so many things within Himself, that should absolutely resonate in our lives as Believers.  I trust the headlines on and in our heart reads “PEACE…no matter what.”   Our God never said it (life) was going to be easy…but He gave us tools through His Word that we must continually pick up AND use!  Daily!

One tool is peace!  ”Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ” John 14:27

God has given us peace…His peace.  Nothing can compare!

When we know Him…we know peace!  No God…no peace!

 

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