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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Encounter on the Damascus Highway,Part Oneby Charles R. SwindollSo faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. Romans 10:17
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The Secret PlaceHe who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. —Psalm 91:1
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Exposing Dead Faith"What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,' and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself" (James 2:14- 17).
Monday, July 28, 2014
While We WaitI must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. —John 9:4
Sunday, July 27, 2014
All ThingsIt is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.—Psalm 119:71
Saturday, July 26, 2014
God's Word on ItWe know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. —Romans 8:28
Friday, July 25, 2014
Envy, Part Twoby Charles R. SwindollNot that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens mePhilippians 4:11-13
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Envy, Part Oneby Charles R. SwindollIf we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:25-26
One wag wrote this doggerel:I hate the guysWho minimize and criticizeThe other guysWhose enterpriseHas made them riseAbove the guys who criticize.¹
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
God's Safety NetAll have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. —Romans 3:23
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The Ultimate Family ReunionI do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. —1 Thessalonians 4:13
Monday, July 21, 2014
When things in life turn sour, people are apt to complain: "God, why would You allow this to happen? You can't be in this!" Don't be so sure.
Let's look at an episode in the life of Jacob. After he tricked his older brother into giving him the right of the firstborn, he fled to where his relative Laban lived. You probably know the story: Jacob fell in love with Laban's beautiful young daughter, Rachel. He then served Laban fourteen long years for both Leah and Rachel, though he really only loved Rachel. After Rachel bore their son Joseph, Jacob told Laban, "Send me away, that I may go to my own place and to my country" (Gen. 30:25). Laban convinced him to stay for another six years, and that's where we find him in Genesis 31.
Ever since Jacob began living with Laban, there had been tension between the two, though they seemed to adjust to it. But in Genesis 31, we see that tension turn into friction: "And Jacob saw the countenance of Laban, and indeed it was not favorable toward him as before. Then the Lord said to Jacob, 'Return to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you'" (Gen. 31:2-3).
Notice how God prepared Jacob to move back to his home. The first thing He did was put the desire in Jacob's heart. After Joseph was born, Jacob had said, "I need to go back home. My heart is there. I need to be back in the covenant land of Abraham and Isaac." But he didn't go back. However, that desire never left him. He didn't act too quickly on it, but God put the desire deep in his heart.
This is an important principle in our lives. The first thing God does to move us from one experience to another or one place to another is put a desire deep within. David wrote in Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart." When you delight yourself in the Lord, the desires you have are the desires God plants within your heart. However, those desires need to be confirmed; you don't want to impulsively act on every desire you have.
For Jacob, the nest was getting stirred up, so he thought, It's time to get out of here. What I feel in my heart is now being confirmed by the circumstances the Lord has placed around me. The friction between him and Laban caused Jacob to seek a new direction. Here's the principle: the Lord stirs things up by circumstances. They may not be favorable, but it could be that the Lord is doing something to move you along.
"Then the Lord said to Jacob, 'Return to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you'" (Gen. 31:3). The word of the Lord came to Jacob and confirmed what he felt in his heart and what the circumstances were telling him. When life turns sour, God may have some sweet blessings right around the corner. Don't complain. Don't moan. Just say, "What opportunities might God have in store if I trust Him and move forward?"
After this, Jacob talked to his wives, and they confirmed what he heard from God and felt in his heart (see Gen. 31:14-16). After God puts something in your heart, after the circumstances line up, and after you hear the voice of God through His Word, seek confirmation from God's family. The Bible says, "In the multitude of counselors there is safety" (Prov. 11:14). Get counsel from the body of Christ. Run it by somebody who has maturity and insight.
Eventually, the Lord did bring Jacob back to the land of his fathers. So here's food for thought: maybe you've been praying that God would do something different and great and move powerfully in your life, yet something unfavorable or unpleasant has happened. Have you ever thought that this could be part of the answer to that prayer? That God is going to put something in your heart (or perhaps already has), that the circumstances are lining up with that desire, and that now God will speak through His Word and confirm it with His people? I encourage you to let God move. Let Him stir the nest.
I really enjoyed this devotional from Pastor Skip Heitzig! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Apprehensionby Charles R. Swindoll"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27
Saturday, July 19, 2014
More Like GodThe Lord passed before him and proclaimed, "The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin." —Exodus 34:6–7
Friday, July 18, 2014
Set a Prisoner FreeAs for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. —Genesis 50:20
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Not All There IsGod blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.—James 1:12
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Of Parrots and Eagles,Part Twoby Charles R. Swindoll
Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace 1 Peter 1:13to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Of Parrots and Eagles,Part Oneby Charles R. SwindollAnd we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:11-12
Monday, July 14, 2014
Through the FireHe knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.—Job 23:10
Sunday, July 13, 2014
God's SpecialtyNor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him. Isaiah 64:4
Saturday, July 12, 2014