Saturday, August 16, 2014

Deliverance...We're waiting, O, Lord...

Good morning my sisters-

I hope you are preparing for a beautiful day with friends and family.   Saturday is a time for many activities and with school starting all over the US, many families are preparing.  I wish I knew more about other countries and when schools begin but for now, I will assume that most schools are starting throughout the world.

Education is the key to understanding the Word, our past and the future.  Because of what I learned as a child, I am inspired by the many different places God has chosen for His people.  There are  many all over the world and I get to see daily those that find this blog.  I hope someday I can visit people from every land and spread the good news.  More than anything,I want to inspire people to love Christ the way He has inspired me.  So as our children head out for another year of learning, let's encourage them to learn about God.

Today is about learning from today and the days of old.  Like everyone that exists, I struggle.  I have a personal journey that has been tough at times.  Some of my favorite passages surround Exodus.  Why?  Because those people were freed and yet they grumbled.  Have you ever felt like God released you from a great trial?  And at the time, you were so very grateful but then something comes up and you doubt once again.  You know what I'm talking about.  We get our manna and still we aren't satisfied.  Did you ever wonder how you got to eat today?  Most don't.  We go to the grocery store or the market, pick up what we need and move on. Did you stop to think that God gave someone the talent to grow produce?  I don't very often but when I travel through Western Kansas I do.  The farmers are old and you can see them early in the morning during the winter talking, laughing and having coffee.  You rarely see them any other time.  Why?  Because they are tending their wheat, corn, milo and soy.  They are preparing our tables.

God gave some the talent and desire to produce what we eat.  He also gave others the desire and ability to patent good technology that preserves food and He gave us the seed to start it all.  We may be using manufactured corn but God gave us the first kernel.  I am inspired by that, aren't you?  I am also inspired by the aid we send to other countries and how our hearts pour out to those in need.  I am inspired by faces of children needing care from disease.  I am inspired by doctors who go to countries to treat pandemic diseases and I am inspired by a God that loves His children even when they don't deserve it.

So as I have contemplated all these things this morning; I am thinking on the God that delivered the Israelites.  I am thinking of the wars that are raging and the Christians that are being persecuted and I am thinking that the Word is true.  We don't have to look to the newspaper or to a reporter to understand the world at large, although I do think we need to so that we can pray.  (My opinion)  My point today is that the Israelites were taken from slavery, they watched the Red Sea part.  And after that great event, they doubted.  I have been there many times, unfortunately.  And like me, I'm sure you have been there too.  But when you look upon your life, you will begin to see the many times our Lord and Savior delivered us from ourselves and from our circumstances and we should be present to thank Him for His mercy.

I am far from perfect but there are three things I must stand on in my imperfection.  They are:
Christ existed and hung on a cross; Christ was resurrected; and Christ will come again and save the world.  These three things are true.  Read the Word and see the truth!  Pray for the Christians that are being persecuted and love your neighbor.  But mostly, believe that miracles still exist and that God is real; working in the lives of men, women and children all over the world.  Unite with me today in this prayer

My prayer today:

O, Lord our Father who art in Heaven, we call upon You today as children seeking deliverance.  We know of the events in the world that are causing chaos and so do You.  You hold our hearts and minds in Your very hands.  We seek You today not for a solution but for Your majesty.  As we lay our hearts open, we ask that You would come in and reveal to us Your mission, Your purpose for our lives and Your authority over us.  We ask that we would have compassion, empathy and love for those that are not lovable and we ask that You would save the people and Christians of Iraq, Israel, Ukraine and Palestine from terror and destruction.  You are the One true God. The only God and no man knows the hearts of those men.  Protect their hearts as they work toward finding You in desperate times.  In Jesus name, AMEN

He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭10-11‬ NIV)

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