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Stay There Until I Tell You – Matthew 2:13

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I’ll stay where You’ve put me; I will, dear Lord,
Though I wanted so badly to go;
I was eager to march with the “rank and file,”
Yes, I wanted to lead them, You know.
I planned to keep step to the music loud,
To cheer when the banner unfurled,
To stand in the midst of the fight straight and proud,
But I’ll stay where You’ve put me.

I’ll stay where You’ve put me; I’ll dear Lord,
Though the field be narrow and small,
And the ground be neglected, and stones lie thick,
And there seems to be no life at all.
The field is Your own, only give me the seed,
I’ll sow it with never a fear;
I’ll till the dry soil while i wait for the rain,
   And rejoice when the green blades appear;
I’ll work where You’ve put me.

I’ll stay where You’ve put me; I will, dear Lord;
I’ll bear the day’s burden and heat,
Always trusting You fully; when sunset has come
I’ll lay stalks of grain at Your feet.
And then, when my earth works is ended and done,
In the light of eternity’s glow,
Life’s record all closed, I surely will find
It was better to stay than to go;
I’ll stay where You’ve put me

Streams in the Desert – March 17th 

Do the work the Lord has set before you no matter the difficulty or discomfort of your circumstance.  What happens now always prepares you for what will come tomorrow. You might not be able to see it but you will be prepared. God always equips His children for what will come.

The Power of Stillness

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The power of stillness is the place that allows God the opportunity to work for us and give us peace. It is a stillness that ceases our scheming, self-vindication and the search for a temporary means to an end through our own wisdom and judgement. Instead, it lets God provide an answer, through His unfailing and faithful love, to the cruel blow we have suffered.

To many times have we thwart God’s intervention on our behalf by taking up our own cause or by striking a blow in our own defense.

May God grant each of us this silent power and submissive spirit.

– Paraphrased from Streams in the Desert – March 18th

In His Dwelling

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I have read 3 bible passages and there is one thing I have noticed in all of them…Dwell in Him

Blessed are all who take refuge in him (Psalm 2:12)

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling (Psalm 27:4-5)

Whoever dwells on the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91: 1)

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge.” No harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. (Psalm 91:9)

Do you see the power and the importance of staying in God’s dwelling? Staying in his word and presence daily is how you build up your spiritual strength, keep on the straight and narrow path so your way would not lead to your destruction, do not stumble, and never put yourself first and before God.  In His dwelling He will guard you in all your ways so that you can have the right mindset and be prepared “so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the power of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:10-12)

Remember, eternity is your relationship with God and the journey of intimacy begins when you seek Him more and more, earnestly and you stay and spend time in His presence.

He Is Bigger Than Your Fears

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Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors” (Psalm 27:11). My oppressors have been my fears, giants, doubts, unbelief’s and lack of faith.

I have made so many costly mistakes and taken so many wrong paths all because I had feared the unknown, pain and people. I had feared man, circumstances and the unknown so much, to the extent that my fear of the world become more than my fear of the Lord. Unwittingly, my fear had become greater than my faith and belief in God.  Honestly, this is an ongoing battle.

I had fought so hard to control and prevent situations with my own hand which has led to naught but wasted time, energy and more heartache.

Through it all I have come to learn and see that the lord has been impressing on my heart that I must accept trials, pain and hurt. That I cannot grow and will always be hindered if I do not accept life’s trials. Because when you accept the trials you realize you are not in control, you cannot save yourself, only God can save; then you are forced to truly believe in Him without seeing, feeling or tangible guarantee.

Yes, I have always believed in God but I had not truly believed Him and His words for me. My faith had been by sight and feelings; not by believing.

God is teaching me that there is blessing in trials, that darkness fools you into believing that it is winning and that is all there will ever be. But God says there is spiritual growth and discipline in His trials, they are His not darkness, “God has a fixed time and an ordain purpose, and He who controls the limits of our lives also determines the time of our deliverance” – Streams in the Desert.

Therefore, do not focus on the crying, see instead what the crying yields. What the delay yields and the growth that abounds within. Nothing else could have produced this. Triumph is not about getting worldly things it is about getting spiritual gifts that will never perish. That will sustain in every trial that is to come. For this world has trouble and trouble will come, it cannot be avoided or prevented but God is here and present. He is here, hallelujah God you here.

So believe in God the father, the Son and Holy Spirit.  Believe in the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, that He conquered death and that He is coming back again.  So let the lost be found and the dead be raised! In the here and now, let love invade!  Let the Church live loud, our God we will say We Believe, we Believe

And the gates of hell will not prevail! For the power of God, has the torn the veil! Now we know Your love will never fail! We Believe, We Believe

The Word of God will not return Empty but will Accomplish what He Desires and Achieve the Purpose for which He sent it

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We must learn through the most dangerous and difficult circumstances that God’s grace is sufficient for us.

Through difficulty we can grow in our knowledge of faith and godliness which will be an indispensable principle for our future.

The great trials and dangers we have experienced would ever led some of us to know God as we do, trust Him as we have and draw from Him the great measure of His grace so indispensable during our times of greatest need.

Sometimes perseverance must finish the work.

– paraphrased from Streams in the Desert

Without Faith There Can Be No Hope

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They say trials and suffering builds character but it is not just only character that trials and suffering builds but faith as well. Faith is the building block, the firm foundation that builds character.

Everyone has faith and belief in something, this is what motivates and inspires people in whatever they do. Their faith and belief in whatever is what gives them hope especially when they face hardship. As one goes through difficulty and can see no light or relief coming soon, who and where do they turn to??? You have to have faith in something, you have to believe in something that will give you hope for a better tomorrow. So the question now becomes who or what do you believe in and who or what do you place your faith in??? Yourself, another human, fate, destiny or God?

There are some trials and circumstance that are heavy to carry, that can shake your belief and faith system and that can make you question everything you believe in. When these type of trials occur you are left with only to two choices.  The choice you chose will determine your future, faith and character.

Your choice of what you do when faced with such despair and difficulty is where true growth happens and character is built… you either grow in character and strength or you grow in bitterness and anger. Do you chose to follow Christ and believe in him when everything looks and feels over or do you give up  and give in to the feeling of despair and hopelessness.

Honestly, it is very easy to give into despair and hopelessness and just give up. Thinking life won’t get better. But be careful because danger lies in that path. Before we know it, we begin to complain and soon that complaining turns into rebellion of the Lord. Look at the Israelites in the desert…their grumbling led to them being in the desert for 40 years. A whole generation died and did not see the Promised Land. Somewhere on their journey they lost hope because they lacked faith. Without faith we can have no hope.

Then there is Joseph, he kept to the way of the Lord and did not let false imprisonment and betrayal break him or rob him of his faith in God. In fact, Joseph’s trial built his faith in God and his Character. It was his faith that gave him hope for a better tomorrow when all seemed naught. With faith Joseph had hope in tomorrow and God delivered him and gave him a future.

Not only so, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. – Romans 5:3-5 ESV

 

 

Some Time Later The Brook Dried Up (1 Kings 17:7)

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The dwindling brook at the Keith Ravine, where Elijah sat deep in thought, is a true picture of each of our lives. “Some time later the brook dried up” – this is the history of our yesterdays and a prophecy of our tomorrows.  One way or the other, we must all learn the difference between trusting in the gift and trusting in the Giver. The gift may last for a season, but the Giver is the only eternal love. – Streams in Desert, L.B. Cowman

Jesus Calling – Sarah Young

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Stop using your magnificent mind to worry about tomorrow, for you will cloak yourself in dark unbelief. Let hope of heaven fill your thoughts so that the light of God’s presence envelops you.

The Purpose Of Life Is To Serve God…Yes, But HOW Do You Serve God???

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As I read Colossians 1: 9 to 14, the words that came to my mind was remember when you ask yourself what is the purpose of life? What is next for me? These verses are the answer to your questions.

The purpose of life is to serve God but more specifically is How do you serve God??? and the verses kept saying this is how you serve Him –

Ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit givesOnly the Spirit can give discernment so that you don’t make the mistake of confusing  your own logic and desire with the Lord’s will. God is the authority and has the final say. Man plans but God disposes. Know His will first.

So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, … Christ paid the ransom for your life, use this life as an opportunity to spread the gospel and do not hinder others in their faith walk. In everything you do bring honor to God and bear good fruit. Knowledge of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Lord is never ending but ever growing. Never stop growing your relationship with God.

Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patienceno matter the trial and circumstances… Stand with the Armor of God. Remembering perseverance builds character and character, hope but without hope (in the Lord) we are nothing.

Giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light…. Be forever grateful, humble and thankful. Do not take for granted the presence, mercy, grace and love of God.

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sinsWe have been reconciled, our eternal home with God is waiting for us. Look to that always and not the things of this world.

So remember, before you go through any endeavor put it in prayer. Do not move without seeking the Lord’s will.

 

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