Put One Foot in Front of the Other to Reach Any Destination

It seems too easy, but it is as simple as putting one foot in front of the other to get to any destination. Many times people have a place to be in life, yet they don’t take that step of faith to begin moving in the direction of their goals. Wishing it to be so will not produce the desired results, only anxiety and defeat at it not coming to pass.

In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, we find that there is a time for everything:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Although we have the time,  it is true, that if we don’t act on our faith by taking that first step, we will never complete the journey. I’ve often heard of people being “frozen with fear,” or “stopped in their tracks,” and I imagine that feeling of not knowing which way to turn is one that we may all have felt at some point in our walk with God.

When we reach  crossroads in our lives, we must decide that no matter what comes our way, that we are going to trust God and move forward, one step at the time.

Are there dangers along the way? Sure, but we have to keep putting one foot in front of the other, in faith.

Didn’t “they” try to do the very thing we’ve been called to do, but “they” failed? Sure, but I can’t look at what others have been called to do; I must keep walking, putting one foot in front of the other.

Aren’t there people who continue to doubt that you can succeed at what the Lord has called you to do? Sure, but they didn’t hear when the Lord called me to trust him; so I’ll just keep walking, and take it one step at the time until the Lord says for me to stop.

When Peter asked to get out of the boat and walk on water to Jesus, he was fine as long as he kept his eyes on the Lord; it wasn’t until he looked to the raging seas that he began to sink. So, we as children of God must set our eyes on things above.

Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil. (Proverbs 4: 25-27).

I know that when we do put one foot in front of the other, in faith, we sometimes can feel alone; after all, no one else has been called to walk in the same path as we have been called to walk, so people we talk to, may not completely understand the urgency of staying on the path, because their’s is different. Perhaps, their path doesn’t have the same obstacles as yours. It seems that life is blissful for them, and they can handle all of the curves with ease, unlike your path where every day you face yet another crisis to overcome.

It doesn’t matter; the path you are on is designed with your potential in mind. The Lord knows the plans that he has for you to prosper you and that you may be in good health. He knows what it will take for you to reach your full potential in Christ, and he knows the triggers that could throw you off of his direction.

It is not for us to question why our path seems more difficult to navigate, than someone else’s path; what we need to do is keep walking in faith, putting one foot in front of the other until we reach our destination.

The Lord blessed us with a gift that many take for granted. Read this week’s Lattereign to find out more about  One of God’s Greatest Designs-The Human Mind.

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Angels Bow Before Him, What a Mighty God We Serve!

“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:” (I Peter 3:8).
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath” (James 1:19).

Sometimes I feel that I walk in the shadows and that isn’t a bad thing when the shadows that cover me are from the wings of the Almighty. The Bible tells us about how he is with us like a shadow. It doesn’t matter what time of day or night we need the Lord, because he is always available to us when we call on his name. Miracles occur in our midst on a daily basis and it can be contributed to the commitment and faith of people who are willing to stand in the gap and pray.

Okay. That sounds too easy: standing in the gap and praying. What happens when we don’t feel like our prayers reach heaven? As a matter of fact, what happens if we reach a place when we feel that the Lord is ignoring us? We may find in seasons of our walk with the Lord, that we feel alone to fight this spiritual battle. If things can go wrong, they do, and no matter how much we beg God for relief, we are just plain tired of fighting. This happens when the Lord may be teaching us a lesson that is not meant to harm us, but to make us stronger. In every test, the teacher is silent. It is up to the student to choose the response to take.

Will we sometimes get it wrong? Yes, but even when we do make mistakes, we have an opportunity to retest and get it right. The dilemma occurs when we are in the middle of finding our way. If we are facing a roadblock, we do have options: to stop moving forward, to turn back, or to climb over it and keep trusting God even when we are not sure what is on the other side of the obstacle. It is our choice, yet sometimes we don’t take the time to weight the consequences.

Weighing the consequences requires that you spend time praying for God’s will. I have found that the more time I take to wait on the Lord in prayer, the less stress I feel when trying to decide what path to take. When I release my control over a situation that is difficult to decide, and allow the Lord to work all things for my good, I can have peace to know that no matter what I face, God is in control.

If you are going to be living “in the secret place of the most High”; then, you will abide under his shadow. It won’t be difficult to stay under his protection, but God didn’t save us just for us to sit back and receive his blessings. Being blessed is a part of our worship, true, but this gospel wasn’t meant to end with us. We can’t change our fate: we are all appointed unto man once to die; we must do our best to reach out to those around us.

It’s a sobering thought to realize that we are surrounded by people who cry out for salvation. Who will tell them about Jesus? If we get too involved with our own agendas to listen to their cries, we’ll miss out on the greatest blessing of all: giving the truth. When we understand this concept, we shall not know fear.

Psalm 91

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Living in the shadows has the benefit of having the Lord always available to lead you through the storm. Trust him and he will give you the desires of your heart. He is sovereign. He is the Almighty.

In this week’s Lattereign, we are reminded that God is in control of our circumstance. If we could only see

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Trust Him and he Will Direct Your Paths

“It is impossible for God to lie. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love; which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:18; Hebrews 6:10-12).

You may think that nothing is impossible with God. The Bible even tells us that with God, all things are possible. But, that is simply not true. There are some things that even God can’t do.

Before you ban the blog and vow to never read it again, let me explain what God can’t do.

God can’t lie, because if he told a lie, it would come to pass and be the truth.

God can’t forsake us, because he is faithful.

God can’t do “nothing” so, I guess doing nothing is impossible for God. On the other hand, nothing is possible without God.

If you’re sick, believe God for a miracle. God performs miracles; the question is will you trust him enough to let him do it for you? If you doubt his word, you won’t receive the blessing, because Jesus is a gentleman. He never forces himself on us; on the other hand, he never turns down our open invitation either. He is able and willing to meet every need in our life if we’ll only believe. He cannot lie; and he cannot fail. We sometimes get in our own way of the miracle that we so desperately seek. When we think about the past, we bring judgment on ourselves. If we think that we’re unworthy to be healed, are we possibly saying that God can’t forgive or cleanse us from sin?

I don’t pretend to have all of the answers, but I do have a lot of questions that cause me to think that sometimes I don’t get the promise because I don’t believe that God loves me enough to answer my prayers. Too often I relive my past. I know what God redeemed me from, and I was not worthy, so I have a tendency to condemn myself. I forget the price that was paid for my salvation and healing. Jesus has already paid the price.

Are we so lost that even God can’t save us? When I look through God’s eyes of love and forgiveness, I see a different picture. It was God who hung the stars and spoke the worlds into existence—Really now, when we put it into perspective—is there anything too hard for God to do?

We are as a speck in this mighty universe (one of many), and while we have a tendency to not be able to see beyond our own eyes, my prayer, today, is that God would take away the scales from my eyes and let me see my heart the way he sees it—through the Blood of Jesus Christ. His precious blood is pure and holy and all powerful. I am one of his precious jewels; I was chosen to serve him. He holds me in the palm of his hand.

Is there anything too hard for God? He takes care of my needs and desires. He is my beloved, and our relationship is built on trust and faith. Our unconditional love is eternal.

Is there anything too hard for my God?      I think not. Thank him for your healing today, and you will be healed, in Jesus’ Name. It may be a process of time, but as sure as I’m typing this, Jesus is true to his word.

Read this week’s Lattereign to find out more about how you should Trust in the Lord with all Thine Heart.

 

 

 

 

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Do You Have the Faith to Believe?

apple seedling

You usually have the faith to believe that if you plant an apple seed, you’ll get an apple tree. It was discussed in our home fellowship group about why it is important to find a church that preaches the truth, and stay in it; in other words, too often, today, people are satisfied with being the perpetual visitor to multiple churches, depending on what they are in the mood to hear.

You might try to justify their actions by saying, at least they are going to church. True; however, using the analogy of the apple tree seedling, it wouldn’t be wise to continually dig up the tree and move it to another location in the yard, on a whim. I might eventually have holes dug all over my yard, but I can just about guarantee that I wouldn’t have apples on that tree, if it survived at all.  It may never get the chance to establish a strong root system, and eventually bare fruit, because I didn’t take the time to develop it.

In the spiritual realm, too often people lack commitment. They never stay long enough to develop relationships with Jesus Christ or each other, and our families are going to pay a hefty price at some point in the future. Living for the Lord, is a privilege, and a blessing. Knowing that we’ve been redeemed brings peace. The Lord never intended for us to receive this salvation and die in the field. He admonishes us to “prosper and be in good health as our soul prospers.”

The tree below is well established and is baring fruit. Which tree are you?

MatureAppleTree

We are standing on the promises of God. Let’s not get impatient when the circumstances in our life take longer to resolve. It is only the Lord working his perfect will in our situation. “Trust the Seed,” as the Lord spoke to my sister. You keep on praying and believing, but never doubt that if you have planted the seed of salvation and prayer, you will reap a harvest of souls in due time.

 There’s Power in believing the Promise

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Don’t Give Up on Your Dreams

The Lord leads each one of us in a unique way through our lives, and sometimes, the life that we are called to live may take us down a crooked path. Our journey through life may take us down roads that we never chose to travel, and yet, we find ourselves just trying to take careful steps to avoid the rocks and pits that would make us fall.

Who am I to question God’s wisdom in these matters? I am a servant, called to do his will and to be a witness for his glory. I didn’t bargain for some of the trials that I’ve had to face in my life; but at the same time, I know that I have a privilege to rejoice in the God of my salvation, who always causes me to triumph.

When I am sick; I have the Balm of Gilead. When I am thirsty; I have the fountain of living waters to draw from; when I am hungry; He is the living bread that sustains me. When I feel alone; He comes to me at the thought of his name; When I am weak, without the strength to carry on; he picks me up and carries me. When I am confronted with the attacks of the enemy; He stands in the gap for me and he upholds me with his free spirit.

In the weakness of flesh, I may look at the storms of life and forget that he made the storms. He is always in control of every situation and we must learn to trust him because he is faithful to us. What may seem like a rejection, could very well be the Lord’s hand at work in our lives. If you lose a job; you may rejoice, because you will find a better one.
Don’t give up, for the Best is already here! You will never be able to have less than God’s best, because he is not an inferior God who gives us leftovers of his blessings.

We will always have the best of everything because the Lord is our provider. He has made us the head and not the tail; and, we can stand before his throne boldly and proclaim that he is Lord. There is no second best with God. He eternally supplies our every need, and when we feel that there’s not any hope left, God steps up to the plate and scores the final points. We win this game of life, if we will continue to trust God. We have the freedom to worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth.

Don’t give up on your dreams, because they are your only hope to change the world for the better. “Without a vision; the people perish.”

You’re invited to enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. In this week’s Lattereign, God promises to be our God if we learn to obey his voice. He promises to be our God

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His Unconditional Love

My daddy didn’t turn his life over to God until his last few weeks of life. He did get baptized, and started going to church with my mother. I remember that she had prayed for his salvation for most of my life, and God honored her prayers. The Lord didn’t answer her prayers until long after I had left home, but I remember how fervent her prayers were, and how much she loved him.

Another thing that I  remember about my daddy that has stayed with me, is that he loved us unconditionally. He worked hard to provide for us, yet sometimes we did face challenges that seemed insurmountable. I never had to worry about Daddy abandoning us, because he was faithful. He made mistakes along the way, but all in all he always found a way to be a strong presence in our lives.

It’s not always easy to follow through on things, if you don’t have good role models, and such was the case with Daddy. Without going into the details that really don’t matter at this point, he spent his lifetime, learning how to be a good father to us. He instilled lessons that I live by, today. He never quit trying to be a good father to us, and against all of the obstacles that tried to hinder him from victory, he was willing to keep working at it.

I learned to have the tenacity to keep moving forward even when it seemed that I wanted to give up. “I may be a tired fighter, but never will I be a quitter,” he’d say.

When Daddy was home, I usually was sitting with him to watch his favorite shows on TV. Things like, “Gunsmoke,” and “The Big Valley,” among others. All I ever wanted from him was for him to be living for God, so my prayers were answered. It didn’t happen when I was living at home, but the key point is that it did happen. God’s forgiveness reaches all who are willing to receive it. The following poem was written anonymously, but the message it sends is appropriate for all who want to live for God.

I am a Soldier

I am a soldier in the army of my God.
The Lord Jesus Christ is my Commanding Officer.
The Holy Scripture is my code of conduct.
Faith, prayer and the Word are my weapons of warfare.

I have been taught by the Holy Spirit, trained by experience,
tried by adversity and tested by fire.

I am a volunteer in this army, and I am enlisted for eternity.
I will not get out, sell out, be talked out or pushed out.
I am faithful, reliable, capable and dependable.
If my God needs me, I am there. I am a soldier.

I am not a baby. I do not need to be pampered, petted,
primed up, pumped up, picked up, or pepped up. I am a soldier.
No one has to call me, remind me, write me, visit me, entice me or lure me.
I am a soldier. I am not a wimp. I am in place, saluting my King,
obeying His orders, 
praising His name and building His kingdom!
No one has to send me flowers, gifts, food,
cards or candy, or give
me handouts. I do not need to be cuddled, cradled, cared for or
catered to. I am committed. 
I cannot have my feelings hurt bad
enough to turn me around. I cannot be discouraged 
enough to
turn me aside. I cannot lose enough to cause me to quit.

When Jesus called me into this army, I had nothing. If I end up with nothing,
I will still come out ahead. I will win.
My God has and will continue to supply all of my need.
I am more than a conqueror. I will always triumph. I can do all things through Christ.

The devil cannot defeat me. People cannot disillusion me. Weather cannot weary me.
Sickness cannot stop me.
Battles cannot beat me. Money cannot buy me. Governments
cannot silence me, and hell cannot handle me. I am a soldier.

Even death cannot destroy me. For when my Commander calls me from His battlefield,
He will promote me to captain and then allow me to rule with Him.

I am a soldier in the army, and I’m marching claiming victory.
I will not give up. I will not turn around.

I am a soldier, marching heaven-bound.
Here I Stand! Will you stand with me?

 unknown author

Seen this in 1997, the original by unknown author – variations abound that have changed the wording to read rapture in specific place among other subtle word change – which took the original and made it into something much weaker. This was read on Sun AM TV cable station that many years back, and that online preacher did not read the original

Follow this week’s Lattereign to Give Honor to the Men of God.

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“…Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness.”

I remember what joy it was to be able to get to church when I was younger. Walking through the double doors to enter in, meant that I had made it to the van in time, before Daddy could shoot his rifle at us. He didn’t want us to leave him on Sunday morning, but through all of breakfast we managed to eat and get dressed in spite of the threats that he would shoot us if we walked out of the door. It never really phased me, that each time I walked through the door to go to church could be the last time. Somehow I knew that God would intervene. Many times Mama, stood between the gun and us as we made our way to the church van. More times than I can count, we would come back home to find Daddy passed out on the back screened porch with the loaded rifle laying across his chest. How is it that he never remembered when he woke up?

It didn’t matter. I was at church worshiping the one true God. I sang my heart out, and tried to block out all of the events of the weekend so I could get in the presence of the Lord. I knew that in his presence was fullness of joy and at his right hand were pleasures forevermore. When I looked around at families sitting together, it did sadden me a bit, so I tried to sit on the very front row center so I could get as close to God as possible without being distracted.

I hungered for holiness so I kept trying to find it the best way I knew how, by being faithful to the house of God. If the church van would come after me, I went to church. It was a long time before the next Sunday, so I made sure that I took it all in when I did have the opportunity to go. When it was time to leave, a feeling of dread would wash over me, because I knew that it would be a long week. Do you know that God never left me to go through my week, alone? All I had to do was pray and he would be there with me every step of the way. The early years felt incomplete, because the more I sought after him, the more I realized that something was missing.

Life happened; I grew up; and today I can say that God has never left me nor forsaken me through my journey to find a deeper relationship with him. We have fancy mega churches that attract all kinds of people, but for me, I desire to build a deeper relationship that doesn’t depend on a beat of the drum, or gimmicks, to create a mood of worship. I long for genuine heartfelt deep in my soul, worship. The Lord is not the author of confusion, and he desires us to worship him in Spirit and in Truth.

The old Andre Crouch song, says it best,

Take me back, take me back dear Lord
To the place where I first received you.
Take me back, take me back dear Lord where I
First believed.

[Verse:]
I feel that I’m so far from you Lord
But still I hear you calling me
Those simple things that I once knew,
The memories are drawing me.
I must confess, Lord I’ve been blessed
But yet my soul’s not satisfied.
Renew my faith, restore my joy
And dry my weeping eyes.

(Repeat Chorus)

[Bridge:]
I tried so hard,
To make it all alone.
I need your help
Just to make it home.

It’s time that we all ask the Lord to remind us of where he brought us from, so that we can renew our commitment to worship him in Spirit and in Truth. I am truly blessed, because God’s mercy kept me through it all. Let’s not take our opportunity to worship for granted, because it could very well be your last time. In this week’s Lattereign we are reminded that we can depend on the Lord.

My Help Cometh From the Lord

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Is it Too Hard to Wait Until it’s Time?

Psalms_27-14Have you ever been in a situation where you had no other options but to wait for something to happen. In our Christian walk we are required to wait and trust God. There is not a question of if God will answer our petitions: our question is when will he bring our long held desires to pass. The greatest challenge we face as children of God is waiting on his perfect timing. Much like a child we want it now, but consider this: sometimes our now is not the proper time. If you are baking a cake, taking it out too soon will leave a great undone mess. It’s better to wait. This is exactly what the disciples did when Jesus told them to go to the upper room and wait.

The Lord doesn’t abide by our time schedule, and I suppose after several days of waiting, they could have realized that it was taking a lot of time for this promise to come to pass, but instead of watching the clock, they offered up praise and worship. In Acts 2, we read the account of what happened on that day:

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

We often get so wrapped up in time that we forget to appreciate the journey of life. In the following Christian Declaration of Independence, we learn how to be free.
The Christian Declaration of Independence:
I am free from failure for “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).
I am free from want for “my God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus: (Philippians 4:19).
I am free from fear for “God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7).
I am free from doubt for “God hath given to every man the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).
I am free from weakness for “the Lord is the strength of my life” (Psalm 27:1) and “the people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32).
I am free from the power of Satan “for greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4).
I am free from defeat “for God always causeth me to triumph in Christ Jesus” (II Corinthians 2:14).
I am free from Ignorance, “for Christ Jesus is made unto me wisdom from God” (I Corinthians 1:30).
I am free from sin “for the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth me from all sin” (I John 1:7).
I am free from worry “for I am to cast my cares upon him” (I Peter 5:7).
I am free from bondage “for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (II Corinthians 3:17).
I am free from condemnation “for there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). Author Unknown
Are you ready to be Free? Today is the day of salvation. May the Lord richly bless you.

In the link for this week’s Lattereign, we are encouraged to Keep on Trusting- You will Overcome

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No Greater Love Than This

When I think about this verse of scripture, John 15:13, I realize that it is speaking of laying down your life for your friends, but what about the people you don’t know, or ones who may have hurt you? Can you still say that you would be willing to lay down your life for them? Matthew 5 has the Beatitudes, and also the following scriptures that teach us the best way to interact with others:

41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

We certainly couldn’t love our enemies without realizing that the grace and mercy the Lord extends to us, is also available for those who may not know him, yet. I know that I am often quick to avoid those who may have disappointed me, but I’m working on building trust, through Jesus Christ.

If anyone had a right to turn away, it had to be Jesus Christ. People rejected him; yet, he loved them enough to sacrifice his life at Calvary.

Would I be willing to lay down my life for my enemies? I really don’t know, yet through Jesus, I can learn to forgive my enemies.

I am thankful that both men and women were willing to go into danger, some losing their lives, so that we might keep our freedom. They didn’t know us, yet they were willing to go and serve.  For that, I am thankful.

Memorial Day 2017

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Is the Lord Saying that He Misses His Time with You?

How many times have we missed precious time with the Lord, because we were too busy serving the Lord?

It never fails: the more actively involved we get in ministry; the less time we spend in prayer. Instead of sitting in his presence, we are scurrying around going from one task to the next, stamping out potential “fires” that may not even need to be stamped out. We replace our devotional time with the latest on Facebook, the news, or some other distraction.

It used to be enough to sit out on the porch and read the bible every morning; yet, there’s barely enough time to start our over packed daily routine, so we postpone the most important part of our day, to get about the family’s business, and we wonder why we feel so empty at times. Just like breathing in the natural, we must take in the breath of life.

Moses was leading a “stiff-necked” people, according to the Lord. Where there’s people, there will be differing opinions on priorities. In the grand scheme of things, the top priority is to love the Lord with all of thy heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to do God’s will. It doesn’t matter what ambitions we may have; unless we filter those ambitions through the will and purpose of God; it will not stand.

I desire to do the will of God, and even when I have to shut out all of the noise from those who could distract me with their opinions, I know that I can hear from God for myself. He promises to direct my steps, so when I do get overwhelmed, I try to separate myself to a secret place and learn to sit in his presence and listen. Sometimes, he may speak to me through his Word, and at other times, he may drop something into my spirit, but no matter how he chooses to speak to me, I must be willing to stop long enough to listen.

Moses took the time to talk to God as he led the people through the wilderness. It is important to notice that if the Israelites had not spent their time complaining and falling into sin, they would have reached the Promised Land much sooner. If you’re waiting on your prayers to be answered it would be good to find out what might be hindering your answer from being delivered. After a while, Moses met with God on behalf of the people. He had to be sure that God would be with him,  or he didn’t want to move forward.

12 And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.

13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.

16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.

17 And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.

The Lord knows us by name. He hasn’t forgotten us; he is waiting on us to give him the praise and the honor that he deserves.

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