Let God Show You Where to Go
The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. Genesis 12:1
Where you are matters. You can’t grow bananas in Alaska, but you can grow them in Jamaica. What’s the point? Simply this: sometimes you need to change your location in order to succeed in what God’s called you to do. Look at the life of Elijah. ‘The word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there”’ (1 Kings 17:2-4). Ravens normally don’t deliver food, they eat it. But when you do what God tells you and go where He sends you, you move from the natural realm to the supernatural one. God not only has a plan for your life, He has a place for it. Yes, you must have the right strategy, but you must also be in the right spot. ‘…I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go’ (Isaiah 48:17). If your heart’s desire is to honor God in all things, He will show you the best location to succeed in. Indeed, He will go ahead of you and rearrange circumstances to your advantage. He did it for Abraham. ‘By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going’ (Hebrews 11:8). Ask God, and He will show you where to go.
Heavenly Father, help me to remember that wherever You place me – You are with me where I go. I am always in Your presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Waiting For Things to Change – Part 2
If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come. Job 14:14
Before you quit and give up in discouragement, consider the long and difficult process by which a butterfly emerges from its cocoon. If you try to rush God’s purpose and process in your life, you’ll produce something deformed, something that can’t get off the ground and fly. Perhaps you’re thinking, ‘I can’t wait for this to be over.’ That’s understandable. Job couldn’t either. He said, ‘All the days of my hard service I will wait, ‘til my change comes.’ But by God’s grace he survived, and ended up with twice as much as he lost. So hold on, your change is coming! God won’t give up on you, so don’t give up on Him! There’s a work going on in you right now. Something is dying that has to die, so that something better can be brought to life. Let it happen. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego told a king, ‘We will not bow down to your gods’ (Daniel 3:18). Don’t bow to temptation, or to manipulation, or to ungodly persuasion. Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses, or surrender to selfish ambition and self-promotion. Don’t bow to the spirit of anxiousness and impatience. Continue to walk by faith and not by sight, knowing that ‘…[God] is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we are able to ask or think…’ (Ephesians 3:20). They say, ‘Good things come to those who wait.’ The determining factor is Who you are waiting for. God says there’s a purpose for all these things (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Wait, God will make the pieces fit together. He won’t disappoint you.
Heavenly Father, help me in my waiting on You – and give me the faith to act right away when You open the door. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
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Waiting For Things to Change – Part 1
How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Habakkuk 1:2
Are you waiting for your vision to start coming to pass, or to find a solution to a problem you’re facing, or for the first signs of fulfilment to a promise God has made you? You’re not the first person to struggle with the idea of waiting, and you won’t be the last. Furthermore, when you get what you’re waiting for now, you’ll begin waiting for something else. If there’s one word that defines Christian living, it’s – waiting. God said to the prophet Habakkuk, ‘The revelation awaits an appointed time…and will not prove false. Though it lingers, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay’ (Habakkuk 2:3). Why did God say that? Because He was answering the prophet’s question, ‘How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?’ Look at the patriarch Job. Covered in boils and totally bankrupt, he says, ‘If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, ‘til my change comes’ (Job 14:14). Waiting for things to change is not easy. So what should you do while you’re waiting? Pour yourself into the job at hand; otherwise you’ll shortchange your own future. James writes, ‘Be patient…See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm…’ (James 5:7-8). What God has in store for you is worth any price you have to pay and any season of waiting you have to go through.
Heavenly Father, help me to be patient in my waiting, knowing that in these times You continue to work in my life and around me until the perfect time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
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An Encounter with God
…. I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Isaiah 6:1
Isaiah describes a life-changing encounter he had with God at the start of his ministry: ‘…I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up…Above it stood seraphim…And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of Him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King”…Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal…from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.” Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” And He said, “Go, and tell this people”…’ (Isaiah 6:1-9). An encounter with God always brings three things: 1) A sense of His holiness and our lowliness. 2) An acknowledgment of our inadequacy. 3) Humility, and a hunger for more of Him. The wear and tear of daily life dulls the sharp edge of our spiritual sensibilities. And measuring our holiness by those around us just lulls us into thinking we’re living a committed life when we’re not. So God calls us to an encounter with Him to cleanse us, empower us, and send us out to fulfil His purposes.
Heavenly Father, help me to seek and appreciate those times when I allow You to speak to me from the pages of Your Word so that my life can be refreshed and renewed with Your presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Lead Me, O Lord…Make Straight Your Way Before Me.
Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with destruction. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongue they speak deceit. Psalms 5:9
Instrument rated for direction. The compass has always been the pilot’s best friend. Most planes are equipped with two. How can you know the will of God? ‘…A man named Agabus, who also had the gift of prophecy, arrived from Judea. He came over, took Paul’s belt, and bound his own feet and hands with it. Then he said, “The Holy Spirit declares, ‘So shall the owner of this belt be bound by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and turned over to the Gentiles.’” When we heard this, we and the local believers all begged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. But he said, “Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.” When it was clear that we couldn’t persuade him, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done”’ (Acts 21:10-14). Notice, the confusion here was not over God’s will; that was clear. It was over fear concerning Paul’s life. Here we have a perfect example of letting our emotions get in the way of our spirit. It is by our spirit, not our mind, and certainly not our emotions, that we understand the ways and directions of the Lord. ‘For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God’ (Romans 8:14). You must not be led by ‘voices, dreams, and “fleeces”’ (Judges 6:37-40). Sometimes these things support and confirm what you sense in your spirit to be God’s will, but they are never to be the sole deciding factor. Your compass is God’s Word!
Heavenly Father, help me to be led and guided by Your Word in determining my direction. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
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