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Now Is a Good Time

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A large number of prophetic words have to do with 2017 being a year of breakthrough.  many are saying that those who have waited for years to receive answers to prayers will finally get them; hopes and dreams are being awakened; upgrades are coming.

I say, now is a good time for that!

What words have you personally received, either from the Holy Spirit directly or through a person?  Now is a good time to claim them

What have you asked God for?  Healing?  Salvation of loved ones?  Now is a good time to pray, believing.

What is God’s call on your life?  Now is a good time to walk in it.

Does it seem especially dark?  The news certainly communicates that.  Now is a good time to “Arise and shine” – Light is much easier to see in darkness.

Now is a good time to walk closely with the Living God.  He is good; his love endures forever; he has wonderful plans for you.  Trust, obey, believe, receive!

Jesus, teach us to ask as big as your answers and to reach as high as you reach.  Thank you.  Amen.

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TRUST

Trust in the Lord,
Redeemer of your soul;
Unfailing in His love;
Savior who makes you whole;
Trust, yes lean on the Lord.

 

Times may seem hard;
Rejection everywhere;
Unfaithful words and deeds
Saying there’s no one to care;
Trust, oh lean on the Lord.

 

True ways are His;
Revelation and light;
Unveiling His blessing
So great His glory bright;
Trust, yes lean on the Lord!

MY CONFIDENCE

My confidence comes from knowing I’m loved
By God the Most High Creator,
Who made the earth and heavens above;
Besides Him, there is no one greater.

 

My confidence comes from Jesus my Lord,
Most precious Lover of my soul,
My Savior, Redeemer, Living Word
Who heals and blesses so that I’m whole.

 

My confidence comes through the Comforter,
Holy Spirit, Helper and Guide,
A constant Presence I hear and know;
In Whom I most gratefully abide.

 

My confidence comes as I live in God,
Who gives me life and breath each day;
His loving arms support and hold me;
He keeps me safe, driving fear away.

YOU ALONE

Jesus, my hope is in you alone.
I put my trust fully in you.
I have confidence in your unfailing love
That governs all you do.

 

Jesus, no matter what others say;
Their predictions of gloom and doom,
I choose to believe what you alone have said;
Leaving despair no room.

 

Jesus, my faith is anchored in you;
Your reality what I know.
Though worries and fears do their best to get me,
I love and trust you so!

GIVER OF DREAMS

God is the Giver of dreams:
Things we would like to do;
Wishes and ideas;
Thoughts and concepts new.

 

Treasure and act on these dreams:
Part of God’s plan for you;
Meant for direction;
They are blessings true.

 

Know if a dream is shattered:
Taken away from view;
God has another,
Fresh as morning dew.

 

Trust in the Giver of Dreams:
Who gives more than a few
Opportunities;
Richest life to you.

GOD IS MORE POWERFUL

The news is troubling;
The forecast so bleak;
It’s all overwhelming;
We seem so weak.
God is more powerful,
Greater by far;
His hands hold the universe,
Beyond the farthest star.

 

Darkness surrounds us
In a chilling hold
Of hatred and violence,
Evil untold.
God is more powerful,
Greater by far;
His hands hold the universe,
Beyond the farthest star.

 

God’s Kingdom is real;
His love true and strong;
Our trust is fully in Him,
Our living song.
For He’s more powerful,
Greater by far;
His hands hold the universe,
Beyond the farthest star.

AN UNANSWERED QUESTION

I have been pondering a question that seems to have no answer:
What do we think and do when things have not gone as we expected or hoped they would?

 

When I was in my teens and twenties, I could not have predicted that my life would go the way it has:
I certainly had no idea that there would be tragedies and loss.
I thought maybe the course of my life would include marriage and children, but it didn’t.
I have accomplished things I never thought possible.
There have been victories and blessings I didn’t know to ask for.

 

Jesus’ disciples experienced this in following Him, especially when He was crucified.  They were sure that this was wrong…or that they had been wrong to follow Him.
I don’t know that His resurrection was any easier for them to wrap their minds around.  They were completely undone and disoriented.  Everything they thought would happen didn’t; things they didn’t expect or want did.
The result:  They were brought to Pentecost and transformed into world-changing apostles.

 

So what to do when life doesn’t go the way we expected…or even wanted?
I don’t know, except to trust the One who does.

RECORD KEEPING

Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV)

 

I was watching a vid by Bill Johnson recently.  One of the points he made was a firm warning:
“Do not keep a record of the things that you’ve prayed for for years without seeing results.”
He went on to say that, when we do this, we create “intellectual offense.”  We build a case against God.  I would add, it breeds mistrust:  It’s difficult to believe and receive from someone who supposedly has not answered us.

 

Instead, keep a record of what God has done.  The Psalms are full of verses that admonish us to remember:
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. …

Ps 20:7

Make music to praise the LORD, you faithful people who belong to him. Remember his holiness by giving thanks. … Ps 30:4

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. … PS 77:11

Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced … Ps 105:5

I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. … I remember the days of old. … Ps 143:5

They will announce what they remember of your great goodness, and they will joyfully sing about your righteousness. … Ps 145:7
I think there is one giant reason to remember what God has done:  We love Him.  I started this post with 1 Cor. 13:5.  If we honor, serve others, forgive and keep record of good things when it comes to people, would it not be even more desirable to do so when it comes to God, the One who made and loves us so profoundly!

As we express our love and affection for Him in this way, we open the doors of blessing, not because He has been stingy; but instead, because we are in a much better position to receive from Him.

 

What have you asked for that has not yet come?  Would you lay that thing and the time you have waited down as an offering to God today?

 

SPRINGS OF LIFE

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” (NASB)

Before I could think, cognitively that is, my beliefs were already well established.

As a baby, I asked, “Can I trust the world?”  The virtue of hope was being formed in the depths of my soul.

AS a toddler, I asked, “Is it okay to be me?”  My will was coming into its place.

Then, as a young child, I asked, “Can I do and create?”  I looked for a sense of purpose.

Belief, about God, the world, who I am and what I can do is much deeper than thoughts.  This source of my perception and trust lives in the secret places of my heart.  IT is often out of cognitive reach, making my dependence on God absolutely necessary.

I am intrigued and encouraged by this truth:  IT would be easy to feel accused because I still encounter old beliefs that need to be transformed.  Had it been entirely up to me, I would have changed them years ago.  I didn’t even know they existed, however; it took God’s revelation at just the right moment to bring the perfect healing and change.

Thoughts are certainly important.  They are the grapes in the winepress of my mind, the materials from which new beliefs will be made; therefore, I do well to monitor, feed and govern them.  God has provided many ways to do this:  Prayer, Bible study, meditation on His Word, fellowship, teaching, the discipline of mindfulness and repentance.

So then, God has the primary role in my formation and destiny.  He knew who I was before anyone even had the slightest inkling that I would exist.  He chose my family, created good works for me to do, gave me talents, gifts and unique personal traits.
I have my place as well.  It is up to me to steward all of the riches given to me by God.  Trust, obedience and cooperation are the keys.

Such a wonderful partnership!  God could have made us like robots, easily programmed.  Instead, he chose to give us freedom so that He could have intimate relationships with us.  How loving is that!

GOD’S REALITY TRUMPS ALL

I have struggled with the contrast between what Scripture says and life experiences for most of my life, especially in terms of healing.  This has been magnified since my nephew’s death on July 17.  He was medically fragile.  I had contended for him in prayer from the time of his birth to the moment of his death.  An infection ambushed him and caught everyone, including his doctors, completely off guard.  He was all right; then he was gone.

 

I myself have had countless people pray for my healing; yet cannot see.  I have probably heard every explanation in the book for my blindness and the lack of healing, from the “hidden sin in my life” to “God doesn’t heal these days.”

 

In truth, I have had many injuries, illnesses and conditions healed by God, including repeated stress syndrome, anorexia, migraines, FibroMyalgia and more recently, an egg allergy.

 

I have studied the Bible thoroughly on this topic and have concluded that it is absolutely clear in this matter:  God heals.  This isn’t something He merely does; it is part of who he is.  I can find all sorts of verses to verify this and none that give exceptions, caveats or time limits.  Trust me, I have searched diligently:  This would have made my dilemma a whole lot easier!

 

You should see people when I tell them I believe that God heals.  They can’t figure that out, when I obviously have a disability.  It really messes with them!

 

I have taken a step forward this past week:  A deeper, heart-level revelation about trusting God first.  It means believing his word and experiences of him over other life events.  It has to do with recognizing that God’s ways and His Kingdom reality are far greater than anything I grasp or understand.

 

I told my pastor that I have had more than enough prayer for my eyes.  HE challenged me:  How do I know it’s more than enough?  He is right; that is an assumption on my part.  All prayer is answered; God is doing something bigger than what I experience.

 

The war between faith, in the sense of trust or expectancy, vs reliance on experience and understanding goes beyond healing.  It is something with which we struggle when it comes to any of God’s blessings:  Provision, protection, favor, salvation and all miracles.  There are all sorts of doctrines and arguements to support the status quo and plenty of discreditation for people who dare to go out on the limb of absolute trust in God.  When a miracle (including healing) occurs, there is no shortage of attempts to explain it away.

My point can be expressed in a stanza of poetry:

 

I bless You, oh Lord, for all that You do;
I will watch for Your miracles each day.
And even when they seem to be subtle,
I will not explain them away.