Sometimes… Do Nothing But Pray

Sometimes God does not want us to do anything, except pray and then watch. This was one of those times for Israel.

“‘Our God… we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.’

… This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s…. You will not have to fight this battle.

Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you… Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’

… and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. Then some Levites… stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.”

📖 2 Chronicles‬ ‭20:12-19‬

See you at the altar of prayer where God gives to us His instructions… where SOMETIMES He issues the decree: “Just stand still and WATCH what I am going to do!”

✝️ #PastorsTip

 

When Darkness Approaches

Do you have a raging, dark storm quickly approaching you?

Do not be afraid.

God doesn’t only reveal Himself to us in wonderful worship services where even the impossible seems like child’s play for God to accomplish.

Most of the time it is in the midst of extreme danger and darkness that God reveals Himself to us. In these times He intends to test us, to show us what is in our hearts. He already knows what is in us, but He wants us to see for ourselves what is in us.

The storms of life are intended by the devil to “kill, steal, and destroy” us, (John 10:10) but it is God’s intention to reveal to us what is in us. He also wants to reveal to us what is in His heart, His love for us.

“When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear

Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.’

The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.”

📖 Exodus‬ ‭20:18-21‬

See you at the altar of prayer, located in the center of that coming storm. Get ready to have a lot of revelation, of self and of God.

Do not be afraid.

✝️ #PastorsTip

 

Peace in the Here and Now

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote

from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net

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Are you presently unable to minister in your usual forum due to health or circumstances that are beyond your control? While I encourage you to pray for God’s help in the area of your troubles, I also encourage you to be at peace with where He has you.

He never ‘wastes’ the lives nor the deaths of His servants. Ask the Lord to define for you the mission that He has for you within the arena which you are currently ‘stuck.’

( djh / “Expendables for Christ” )

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On The Lighter Side…

The Far Side™ cartoon series, if you are not familiar with it, is a wonderful window into the uniquely humorous world of Gary Larson. Sometimes the humor is based upon the impossible, sometimes upon the ironic, and sometimes just deeply philosophical… all shared with a heavy dose of fun.

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To My Muslim Friends

The God of Abraham (Jehovah) is not the same as Allah, even if a Muslim declares it so.

Jesus, whom you revere as a prophet (but not as the crucified and resurrected Son of God) spoke to some Jews who claimed that their God was also Jehovah. Jesus pointed clearly to the fact that just because one claims to follow the God of Abraham does not mean that it is in reality true of them.

“Jesus replied, ‘If I glorify Myself, My glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies Me.

Though you do not know Him, I know Him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know Him and obey His word.

Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing My day; he saw it and was glad.’”

~ John‬ ‭8:54-56‬

Following the God of Abraham means more than a religious adherence. It involves a love and an obedience (from the heart) to God’s words, spoken through His Son, Jesus Christ. This is absolutely true for everyone, regardless of their culture or religious heritage.

Even Christians who believe that Jehovah is the God of Abraham, and believe that Jesus Christ is His crucified and resurrected Son, must also obey the word of God. Without obedience to the One True God, there is no hope, there is no forgiveness, there is no salvation, there will be no Heaven after this life.

The Bible clearly states that even demons believe that Jehovah is the God of Abraham, and yet they shudder with fear at the enormity of His true identity, and they have no hope and no future.

“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”

~ James‬ ‭2:19‬

My Muslim Friends, I do not despise you for any reason, or because of your current religion and participation in Islam. You are my fellow human beings. You know pain like I do, you know sickness like I do, you know the weight of the guilt from sin like I used to. Yes, past tense regarding sin.

Through Jesus Christ and His Father, the God of Abraham, I have experienced the power of God that brings life into the soul. There are many religions in this world, but only a sincere heart-acceptance of Abraham’s God and His Son, Jesus Christ, has the power to break the hold and the guilt of sin.

I know you believe in the practice of prayer. As a Muslim, you have no doubt prayed many, many times. However, if Allah has not responded to your prayers and brought peace into your heart, perhaps it is because you have been addressing your prayers to the wrong god.

Try praying the following out loud:

🔹”I pray to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I pray to the God that created the universe, and created me.
🔹Please, reveal Yourself to me in a way that I will know it is really You. I want to know the One True God of the universe.
🔹And if Jesus Christ is Your Son (and was crucified and died upon a cross, and resurrected from the dead for the forgiveness of my sins) please, I want to know the truth.
🔹I want to know The True God that will give to me true, eternal life, forgiveness for my sin, and peace.”

Now, look forward to hearing from The One True God!

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“How’s Your Daily Devotional Life?”

Sometimes the Holy Spirit prompts us (as Pastors, or Leaders) to offer the simplest of solutions for people’s greatest life-challenges, instead of inspiring us with His deep and sometimes mysterious counsels of divine wisdom.

There is a young man who experienced the Spirit’s simplest of strategies for overcoming life’s most complex dilemmas.

When I was pastoring we sometimes had an open mic segment in a Sunday Evening service where people could share a testimony with the whole church. This one young man shared how he came into the office one day to see me. His emotional and mental life was in a shambles, so he was asking for help.

After hearing his long list of difficulties in dealing with daily life, I asked him simply,

“How are your daily times of devotions? Some prayer, some Bible reading?”

He shared with the church how, at that moment, he thought to himself “That’s it? That’s ALL you’ve got to offer me?” And though we did talk at length about details of his life, he didn’t remember any of that (all of my great, deep counsel was lost on him!). All he could remember after our time together was, “How are your daily devotions?”

He openly admitted that he was very flustered and was not impressed. He expected something more profound and really deep for handling his overpowering daily life’s issues.

Nonetheless, he started daily devotions. Thirty days later he realized that his daily life’s issues were calm, his emotions were at peace, and his mind was settled. His love for the Lord was renewed, and he was enjoying life.

As he continued to share his testimony, he said, “So, if you expect Pastor Dave to counsel you out of your grave with a bunch of deep, dramatic stuff; but all you get out of him is, ‘How’s your devotional life?’, you need to listen to him, and you need to do it! It has saved my life!

So, my conclusion about practicing a Daily Devotional Life is:

If life hurts when you don’t do it, then just do it!

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“Okay Kitty Cat, Let’s Dance!”

During prayer and soon after prayer I have found that my confidence in God’s intervention, help, and in His will soars skyward. Any situation that arises, regardless of its threatening countenance and ferocity then is faced with a deep internal peace and confidence that is anchored in God.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell.

Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident.”

~ Psalm 27:1-3

Confidence that is wise and true is anchored in God. Confidence that is foolish and faulty is anchored in everything else.

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Quietness & Contentment Starts with Us

“My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.

But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.”

‭‭( Psalm‬ ‭131:1-2‬ )

We can easily get caught-up in the patterns of the world. Pursuing huge ambitions; building up a pride centered on our achievements; trying to manhandle things on our own that exceed our understanding… all of these stir up within us a storm of dissatisfaction in the heart and soul regarding our own lives.

As children of God, we are to be introspective, recognizing the condition of our entire being. Most of the time, we can see clearly just how calm or stormy the sea of our life is.

When we are stormy with dissatisfaction, we can do what the psalmist wrote. He calmed himself, he quieted himself, he decided to become content.

It is our decision, and it is then Christ Who provides the power to do so. The Apostle Paul also wrote about his own secret to contentment:

“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation… I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”

( Philippians‬ ‭4:12-13‬ )

Yes, Jesus can calm any storm of life without our “help,” but… He wants us to learn (like the Psalmist and Paul) how to calm the storms of discontentment raging within us by using HIS power, HIS authority, and HIS word.

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The Holy Hulk Anointing

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth.”

~ Acts 1:8

Our routine daily life is a very prominent part of being a witness for Jesus Christ. How we react to the small things is just as important as how we react to the big problems.

When I was a young boy I had a horrible temper that would manifest in certain situations. At one point, I scared myself when I discovered just what I was capable of doing while in a monster-like rage. After that, I scared myself even more deeply when I realized how far my angry thoughts were going to take me.

As a young boy, I cried out to God for help. I knew that I couldn’t overcome this anger-monster that was within me. This was my giant, my Goliath, that I desperately needed to–wanted to–conquer.

The passion that fueled my temper soon began to fuel my stand for righteousness. My passion wasn’t what was wrong, it was my motivation, my self-centeredness. When I focused my heart on seeking first the Kingdom of God, and on being Christ-centered, my passion then became the fuel for living a holy life.

Was I perfect? No. Am I perfect? No. But I am extremely passionate about God’s Will now instead of being passionate about My Will.

The Holy Spirit has led me in this internal change of my center, my core. He has led me and granted me victory over the anger-monster, this Goliath, for 40+ years now. I don’t have a temper that rages anymore, but I still have a deep reservoir of passion and strength that fuel my zeal for God’s Will.

My reservoir of strength and passion are maintained by the inflow of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. Without Him, I still scare myself when I think of what I can be capable of without His power and His guidance to stay centered on Christ.

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