Holy Spirit leads….

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. ~ Proverbs 20:27 (KJV)

Whether you realize it or not, Holy Spirit leads you. As this verse today says, you can often sense Holy Spirit’s leading in your belly—like a gut feeling. When I have a decision to make, I begin to set out in the direction I feel Holy Spirit is leading me to take. I think about it and determine the best route and I keep moving in that direction as long as I have peace about it. If I don’t feel a sense of peace, I know something is not right. Have you ever experienced a forbidding feeling like a knot your stomach? Just think about a time when you knew what you wanted to do was wrong, but you did it anyway. That’s the feeling I’m talking about.

Other times, Holy Spirit leads me by drawing my attention to someone. I might notice someone in particular in a store, so I pray, Okay Holy Spirit, what would you like me to do here? If you want me to talk to this person help set that up for me.

Sometimes I pray for them and move on without any interaction. Other times I find a way to strike up a conversation. It doesn’t always go anywhere, and I definitely don’t always feel the need to close the deal having them pray to accept Jesus. Sometimes I’m just being kind or planting a seed because they’re not ready for anything more.

You see, being led by Holy Spirit is meant to be a very normal, natural part of everyday life. To grow in this ability, just stay open and cautiously test things out when you think you’ve heard from Him.

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God Makes No Mistakes

God Makes No Mistakes
Genesis 18:1-33

Anyone who understands the truth about God knows that God does not make mistakes. Not a one. Never.

But that is not to say that it does not appear to us that sometimes maybe He has. But it is our perspective that is limited, while God’s is infinite. In the final analysis, the mistake will always be ours, due to our limited knowledge and wisdom (Job 42:1-3; Isaiah 55:8,9).

If you were to think that only people that were unbelievers, or perhaps with only very weak faith, would ever question God’s decisions, plans or deeds, you would be wrong. In fact, the foremost example of faith in the Bible is that of Abraham. But sometimes, even Abraham had questions in his mind about whether God was doing the right thing.

He handled his puzzlement correctly. He was, after all, a man of great faith. He did not foolishly charge God, or mock Him, or rebel against Him, or curse Him. That is what many have done, and are doing, even today. But he did have some serious questions. I think, if we were to admit it, we would all have to say the same thing. Sometimes it is difficult for us to understand why God did this or didn’t do that. That puts us in the company of Abraham, as long as we handle our puzzlement the same way he did. We continue to live by faith even when we do not perceive all of the answers. Being in the company of Abraham is being in pretty good company.

God’s Friend
“…and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,’ and he was called the friend of God.” (James 2:23).

First, Abraham walked with God in his life. Whatever questions Abraham may have had from time to time were not the result of his being hostile in mind toward God. He was not a rebel against the King of all.

Abraham’s attitude was always, “When God speaks, I will respond in faith.” He was quick to hear, not merely listen. In the New Testament, the Bible says, “By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8). This was typical of how seriously Abraham took the word of the Lord. That is what faith is all about.

That is exactly what our attitude ought to be as well. We need to have that kind of reverence for the Lord our God. The Lord has spoken in these “last days” to us in His Son (Hebrews 1:1-3). In this message, revealed in the New Testament, we find the revelation of God’s will, and ought to have just as much respect for it as Abraham had for God’s word to him. That word and promise is for us too!

We do not know all the facts, all the end results and we do not have access to all the important information,yes, thatstrue, but when we lack all the answers, we choose to live by faith. We do not have all the facts, but the Lord does. We trust in our God to do what is right as we trust in Him for victory. God makes no mistakes!!!!
You are no accident!

Scriptures:

I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born (Isaiah 44:2a) More: Read Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 8:28, Psalm 139.

Fight for your faith…

Sometimes there is warfare, a fight for your faith, and you know that it is just a matter of time that this too shall pass, but sometimes the warfare is so intense that you can’t see your way through and it feels like all of hells gates have been open up over your mind and your spirit. I am speaking to those of you who are experiencing an unusual amount of warfare. The Lord says that your breakthrough is just around the corner, only a few steps away, and the light of His glory will shine upon you greater than you have even seen before. Don’t quit now, you have come to far and you have way to much invested. There is more at stake than you can see with your natural eyes, so don’t give into the pressure that has mounted up against you. You are a conduit, an extension of what God desires to reveal in the Earth. This is not just another level of supernatural power and miracle working faith that is lighting upon you, this is another dimension. You are going into unknown territory, uncharted waters, where there is no measure of the spirit and no measure of faith because you are the body of Christ and in Him there are no limitations. This great war is leading you into the greatest victory you have even known. Winning this battle will position you among the kings of the earth, your name will be exalted, and God will be the rewarded of your unfailing faith.

Look up

Sometimes we do not feel like we want to feel. Sometimes we do not achieve what we want to achieve. Sometimes things that happen do not make sense. Sometimes life leads us in directions that are beyond our control. It is at these times, most of all that we need someone who will quietly understand us and be there to support us.

“I lift up my eyes to the hills from where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord the maker of the heavens and the earth.” ~ Psalms 121:1-2. In this passage The Lord is saying.… I want you to know that I am here for you in every way, in every situation in every perplexity, every turmoil and confusion that you go through, I go through with you, you are not alone, and remember that though things may be difficult now – tomorrow is a new day.

Come to me

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you , because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

In my quiet time I was led to mediate on this very familiar passage and encourage with some wisdom on it. Jesus invites all burdened individuals to come to Him for rest, yet so often many misunderstand what He is offering. When stresses and problems weigh us down, the most natural response is to ask God for relief: “Lord, I can’t carry this anymore. I’m going to leave it here with you.” Having dumped the burden like a bag of garbage, they walk away, but remained unchanged inside. God doesn’t operate that way. Christ’s invitation is to join Him in the yoke so you can walk and work together. He doesn’t want just your burden; He wants YOU! The yoke of Christ is a symbol of discipleship, characterized by submission and obedience to Him. God’s goal isn’t simply to give relief by removing a weighty trial or affliction; He longs to draw you to Himself in a close and trusting personal relationship. Those who take Him up on His offer will be transformed and won’t ever return to their old ways.

The process of lightening the load begins with learning to know and understand the Lord. The burden is not necessarily removed, but our thoughts and responses are changed as we begin to love Him, trust Him, believe His promises, and rely on His power. Then, as the weight of the affliction shifts from our shoulders to His, we will discover relief, although the situation may remain unchanged. Being yoked with Christ results in rest for your soul. Life’s pressures may not lessen, but if you are intimately linked with Jesus, your soul is free from churning anxiety, and His peace is ruling in your heart. Jump into His yoke. You have nothing to lose—except your weariness—and much to gain.

God uses difficult circumstances to help us rely upon Him.

God uses difficult circumstances to help us rely upon Him. Notice I said ‘uses’. God uses the hard times in our lives not only to remind us that we need to rely upon him, but to teach us, mold us, and He uses us to help open hearts!! And let me ask you, ‘weren’t we the one who said God, “use me”?’

Start TODAY looking at what you do have instead of what you don’t have. An opportunity! Be grateful! DO your best and LET God do the rest. Speak life! You were born for more!!!

Where are you looking?

Where is your attention today? Is it on the Lord and dwelling on Him or is it focused on temporal things? Who has the focus of your heart? If you focus on the Lord then you will pull strength from Him but if your attention is on the world and you’re feeling weary or drained it’s because the world can’t supply your strength. Look to Jesus until you begin to feel the strength of the Lord fill your soul today. Then keep your attention on Him that He might continue to fill you with His strength.

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber;” ~ Psalm 121:1-3

The One who watches over us does not sleep, nor slumber. He won’t allow our foot to be moved so that we should fall away from His love and faithfulness. Since Satan can’t separate us from the love of God, he will use other methods against us to get us to give up on God. The Bible tells us that Satan loves to wear down the saints of the Most High God. He does this through attacks and distractions. Satan came to Eve in the garden with a plan to distract her from God and His Word that he might draw her away from her source of strength.

Keep looking Up!!! God can empower you with His strength. He is the way maker!!