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The One Who Sweetly Heals

Exodus 15:22-27

The Israelites had gone a while in the desert without water. They found some finally but ironically it was bitter water, marah. They began doing what we usually do, murmuring and complaining about their leader, Moses, and their God, I AM. They made Moses cry but he cried out to God not about God or at God.  Crying out to God when we’re frustrated or hurting is exactly what we’re supposed to do.

God told him there was a tree whose branch would make the water sweet. Kind of like Jesus changes and softens us when He knocks on the door and comes to sup with us. So Moses put the branch in the water and the people drank freely.

Then God led them to an oasis of twelve wells and bunches of palm trees. So the people had abundance. God’s abundance can do a couple of things depending on our attitude. It can heal the fear and create confidence and rest in Him. Or abundance can cause us to expect and even demand the best only and at all times.

God meant for this time of abundance to comfort and heal them as they were  weary of the desert. And mainly it was to give them a trust in Him. He was their Healer and He was going to be beside them all the way. 

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3 comments June 26, 2011

He Ever Completely Is

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Genesis 3:14

I AM from conception to eternity for you
I AM everything you need from your next meal to a husband if you are without
I AM your leader,wisdom, grace, your loving chastisement, your laughter
I AM your Living water that bubbles up from within
IAM the wine, the blood, the bread, the body that was shed and broken for you.
Even when,like the children of Israel you say “You’re not.”, I AM

1 comment June 10, 2011

Living Near

Nehemiah 1:9 though your outcasts were in the uttermost part of the heavens, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen, to cause my Name to dwell there.

God wanted to bring His people near to His Name.  He chose a place on earth swhere it dwells. It’s how they would know Him. It’s how they would learn His qualities and become more loving and strong like Him.

If He desired His people to live near His Name there must be something about His Name. He has very many variations to the Name He told Moses, I AM… I AM the God Who Sees, I AM Your Provider, etc. Then there were Names not specifically connected to I AM such as Adonai and Wonderful Counselor.

The Names are descriptive of Him. So if we do a study of His Names we’ll know Him better and be nearer Him. It’ll be kind of like a study of His heart for us.

Add a comment June 6, 2011

Mercy

O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who delight to fear thy name; and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. Now I was cupbearer to the king.  Nehemiah 1:11

Nehemiah was praying for mercy before the king. But he had first prayed for mercy before his King, the Lord of Israel. He and the people had sinned and before mercy comes on earth mercy is needed from heaven.

“let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant” I listen sometimes with a thought of me. I’m not really caring or feeling the other person’s story. Nehemiah is asking God to hear with all His heart.  Focus, please Lord, on what I’m really saying. We need a plan but mostly we need mercy.

Nehemiah was cupbearer. He tasted the king’s wine before the king drank to make sure there was no poison in what the king drank. What a scary job but it gave him nearness to the king. Nehemiah prayed for days turned into weeks turned into months for mercy from the king. He finally found it at the perfect time.

Nehemiah prayed and fasted for days.  He kept praying for months. He focused with a purpose in mind. I need that kind of fervor. I need a hunger for God’s mercy in my life. I need to pray.

1 comment June 1, 2011

The Search

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

I’m a single girl who is lonely and who has friends who are lonely. Our married friends, so many of them are taking care of kids or grandkids. The problem comes when we walk into an empty house to eat dinner alone. Our heart feels aching for want of a companion.

There are quick fixes…call a friend, read a book, watch TV, facebook. These work temporarily but they are really not much longterm comfort. And they are not real, honest comfort.

But our empty heart that comes home and finds itself alone has an opportunity  to take advantage of our loneliness. We can seek after God with all our heart. When we call out to Him with how much we’re hurting somehow the tender ears He has hear and His gentle heart feels our pain. There’s a comfort in being understood and loved.

We’ll still have our lonely times. Nothing’s a cure-all in this world. But we’ll have the opportunity to grow close to His warmth and gentle friendship.

Add a comment May 20, 2011

My Sheep

LMy sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: John 10:28

My sheep hear my voice…He’s telling them secrets. He’s telling them what step to take next. He’s telling them how to have joy and hope. He’s telling them their sin so they can be clean. He’s telling them how much He loves them.

…and I know them… His sheep are telling Him secrets. They’re telling Him how hard life’s been. They’re telling Him how it’s just made them love Him more. They’re saying how glad they are they found Him and the love He brought when He came.

…and they follow Me…Someone they know intimately, Someone who knows them intimately,  Someone who loves them enough to give His life for them, they will feel safe and drawn to follow. There won’t be any question about where they’re going or with Whom. Jesus has their heart.

3 comments May 15, 2011

Our Weak Words

owNow our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance; 1 Thessalonians 1:5

When I pray sometimes it seems like sleepy words. When I speak words of encouragement sometimes they come from a weary, empty heart. When I speak words of firm knowledge, they actually come from an unsure, timid person. 

I don’t have a charismatic personality or a confident, forceful demeanor. I didn’t come made with music or art talent inherent in me.

But, thank the Lord He gives power to sleepy words. What would we do with each other if He didn’t work through us when we were weary and empty? I’m so grateful the words are firm when I may not be.

What gives our words power? Who is the authority behind our simple prayers and words of faith?

There is a God who made friends with a humble man on earth. This man and this God spoke to each other face to face, intimately. The remarkable thing about this is that this God caused mountains to quake and smoke to pour forth when others tried to speak with Him. but for some reason God and His friend Moses were intimate friends.

We can have that relationship with God. He will hear our every word and defend what we speak in faith, however timidly or wearily, with the power that shook mountains and poured forth smoke. He even defends our holy words with the power that took our Savior from the depths of hell and defeated death not just for Himself but for the world.

Add a comment April 25, 2011

Striving in Prayer

Epaphras…saluteth you, always striving for you in his prayers, that ye may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.

It seems to me that when you strive for someone in prayer that you would become rather fond of them, saluting them with a special greeting from your heart, wanting to find out how they’re doing. 

To strive for something is to really give your best for it. To strive in prayer is to feel what they feel and pray what is godly for it. Godly doesn’t mean stuffy and following rules. But godly is warmhearted and loving. So striving in prayer is giving your all to help someone be loving.

This verse says that you may be perfect. Perfect really means mature, grown up, adult-like. So we rewrite the definition of striving in prayer one more time…feeling what someone else feels, praying with your all for them to have the loving warmhearted response so that they will mature and be confident in the Lord.

Add a comment April 25, 2011

Stedfast

 Continue stedfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving;  withal praying for us also. Colossians 4:2,3

Stedfast is faithful whether seen or unseen.   It remains instead of giving  up. It’s pouring out of a heart  rather than empty words. Prayer is a wonderful thing. It takes work but it is a rewarding, beautiful time.ddffftt

Those on the front lines of iife need our prayer most of all. They may be leaders in the church, or fighting a spiritual battle or  maybe an officer in the public eye. They need our fervent prayer.

The fervent prayer of a person bearing Jesus’ righteousness will cause God to move in a powerful meaningful way. May we not lose out on that privilege.

Add a comment April 22, 2011

Good and Fruitful

…being fruitful in every good work.Colossians 1:10 There must be good works that are unfruitful. Such as the good work is that I do to get attention or honor. There’s a good work that’s unfruitful when I do it out of displeasure with someone.. There is a good work like speaking Scriopture when I’m  really angry and not speaking in love. But there are good works that are fruitful.. That’s what I want my works to be.. Fruitful…Done in love, done in wisdom, for the sake of the other person and to glorify God.  That’s a heavy request but we can tell it’s a necessary one or our works just don’t  count. Paul prayed this for the Colossians because it was important. We need to be praying this for others and for ourselves that what we do would really matter for the Kingdom It would be a warm hearted, holy gift to God.

Add a comment April 9, 2011

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