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Enjoy each moment… rest in His Presence

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“When you walk through a day with childlike delight, savouring every blessing, you proclaim your trust in Me, your ever-present Sheperd. The more you focus on My Presence with you, the more fully you can  enjoy life. Glorify Me through your pleasure in Me. Thus you proclaim My Presence to the watching world.” – Jesus Calling, Sarah Young.

Stop Striving for Perfection

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As I read Genesis 42 – 45 and I see the way Joseph reacted to meeting his brothers in Egypt, the ones who betrayed him, sold him into slavery, tore him away from all that he knew, loved and trusted and left him at the mercy of strangers in a strange land. I was struck by the imperfections of man. “indeed, there is no one earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins”.

I am not saying Joseph was wrong and that he should have forgiven and revealed himself to his brothers immediately instead of playing games with them. What struck me was despite the maturity, growth and wisdom (fear of God) that Joseph had shown, he was still human and the pain, hurt and sorrow he must have felt since the age of 15, the age his brothers betrayed him (correct me if I am wrong), had still stayed with him despite God’s hands clearly being with Joseph in Egypt.

So, I say don’t hold yourself to unrealistic/unattainable standards thinking as a Christian, I can never sin or act in a negative manner and if you do, don’t condemn yourself or be too harsh with yourself. We are only human and God sees all our imperfections and He who created us for His pleasure and will, loves us regardless.

Remember – “Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins” Ecclesiastes 7:20.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” Psalm 73:26.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made in weakness” 2 Corinthians 12:9.

Emotions, Logic then Faith

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As humans, we are limited in our understanding of God because we are placed in a specific spot in time. All we can really know is what we have experienced. God, on the other hand, is outside of time. He sees the beginning and the end while we only see the middle.

When we assign human motives to God’s actions, we can develop wrong beliefs about His character. And our frustration of not understanding can lead us to places of wrong thinking. – Glynnis Whitwer

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Always…Rejoice

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Even when I see the evidence of divine pestilence where I once saw the fruits of God’s plentiful provision, “yet i will rejoice in Lord.’

In our time of distress we would flee to God; that we would maintain our spiritual composure under the darkest of circumstances; and that in the midst of everything, we would delight ourselves with a scared joy in God and have cheerful expectations of Him.

– excerpts from the Streams in the Desert August 11th. 

Failure is Not Fatal…We were not Made for that!

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Winston Churchill once said, “Success in not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”. This is so true, failure is NOT fatal and there is a need to stop leaving life like such and I have been guilty of such. Letting the fear of failure rule me to such a state that instead of focusing on what needs to be done and how to achieve /accomplish each task. I find myself instead focusing and thinking of what might go wrong. What an unhealthy way to live and think.

I always say behavior becomes patterns and patterns become habit and before you know it, these behaviors will become patterns and habits and will start to encroach on every area of your life. Take note of my experience, watch the way you think. Remembering…

2 Timothy 1:7 – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

John 10:10 …. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

It Begins with Belief

When you are hurting, crying and discouraged, and are searching desperately to believe the words of God but your faith crumbles as each moment becomes harder and more painful. As you wait for any change to come but your hope dwindles and your waiting for hope begins to disintegrate. And praise and songs of worship cannot lift you up as they once did before.  Go back to the word and promises of God then “Get up and believe it, and you will find it to be true in your life.” – Streams in the Desert- August 5th.

Never change God’s facts into hopes or prayers but simply accept them as realities, and you will find them to be powerful as you believe them – H.W. Webb Peploe

The Fallacy That Can Be Human Understanding

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Have you ever noticed how you can rely on human logic so much that it hinders your faith walk? Faith is believing in what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Faith does not rely on human logic or on what it can see. 

I never noticed how much I approach life with such trust in my own understanding. As I read the story of Joshua and read how God said to them – do these things even after He had promised that Jericho’s wall will fall. I said to myself but why? Why did the Israeli Army have to march around six times before the final march and shout? Also, when God directed them to cross the river Jordan and I found myself asking why did they have to stand in the water; carry a stone and everything else? To my own human understanding, I could not see the point to it all.

Forgetting that His ways are not my ways and His thoughts are not my thoughts.

Without even realizing that trust and faith must be shown by us. I realize that my first instinct when things happen is to apply my own human understanding and it has gotten to the point where it has started to hinder my faith walk without me realizing it.

When God commands you to do something… you do it, “because you said so, I will” should be my natural default not hmm but this does not make sense or I don’t see the point of it.

In this world, one must be careful with their words, thoughts, attitude and actions. You don’t ever want to fall into the trap of I won’t listen or move till I see it, understand it or convince myself this must be the way. God speaks to us all through so many ways, directly and indirectly. So, when He sends people to us to guide us, it is very important that we have eyes that see, ears that hear and a heart that obeys, listen and discerns.

Do Not Fear…Do Not Be Dismayed…He Is Working

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The very trials that threatened to overcome you with discouragement and disaster will become God’s opportunity to reveal His grace and glory in your life, in ways you have never known before. – Streams in Desert – L.B. Cowman

Can you see how the stormy winds have won our deliverance??

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As I read the devotional “Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman”, the thought that came to mind was – Can I not see that all the storms in my life have brought me deliverance? I only have to look at the bible and see the truth of these words. As with Joseph, the evil his brothers meant for him, God used it for good.  Same also with the Israelites, before they crossed the red sea. The Egyptian army behind them and the red sea in front of them. But yet that sea blocking their path parted and made way for them and Christ himself, his crucifixion – “For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”.

Excerpts from Streams in the Desert – L.B. Cowman

The Lord made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locust…Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron…And the Lord changed the wind to a very strong west wind, which caught up the locusts and carried them into the Red Sea. Not a locust was left anywhere in Egypt. (Exodus 10:13, 16, 19).

In these verses we see how in ancient times, when the Lord fought for Israel against the cruel Pharaoh, it was stormy winds that won their deliverance. And again later, in the greatest display of His power, God struck the final blow to the proud defiance of Egypt with stormy winds. Yet at first it seemed that a strange and almost cruel thing was happening to Israel (How many times have I thought these words of my heavenly father, never seeing never understanding what was really at play) They were hemmed in by a multitude of dangers: in front, a raging sea defied them,; on either side, mountains cut off any hope of escape; and above them, a hurricane seemed to blow. It was as if the first deliverance had come only to hand them over to a more certain death. “The Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord” (Ex: 14:10) – very smart….cry out to the Lord always… (only option). Continue reading “Can you see how the stormy winds have won our deliverance??”

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