OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL

July 4, 2016

The four seasons were part of God’s plan, and they are proof of His faithfulness. After The Flood, God’s covenant with Noah included this promise:

“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
and day and night
Shall not cease”
(Genesis 8:22)

The cold and “s word” that are part of winter are proof of God’s faithfulness. (“s word” = snow)

The renewal that Spring brings to a monochromatic world also proves that God is faithful.

Summer’s long days, warm evenings are part of God’s faithfulness.

The beauty of Fall colors with cloudless blue skies as a backdrop shows us that God is faithful.

The sun came up today, because God is faithful. The stars shine at night because God is faithful.

The list is endless. From Genesis to Revelation we read of God’s faithfulness; in all seasons, He faithfully pours out His kindness, strength, provision, comfort and compassion on His people.

As we look back over our lives, let’s praise our God for His faithfulness in every season. He was faithful in the past, and we can trust Him to be faithful to the end. Worship our faithful God as you listen to Selah sing “The Faithful One”. https://youtu.be/IczlW3QlHCs

(Join me every Monday in 2016 on my quest to know God better.)

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OUR GOD IS ALMIGHTY GOD

May 23, 2016

A credential provides the basis for trust: a diploma, degree, certification or experience are all valid. Any cardiac patient would trust his cardiologist rather than his neighbor with health issues. Right?

In Genesis 17, God gave Abram (later renamed Abraham) His credentials before establishing His covenant with him. God also gave Abram promises that would make an impossible situation possible. On that occasion, God’s first words to Abram were “I am Almighty God”. We know that God kept that covenant and every promise He made to Abraham; after all, He IS Almighty God, who makes the impossible…possible! He does whatever needs to be done to do that.

What if we would believe that God has the power to do whatever needs to be done to fulfill His promises in our situation? What if we would preface all of God’s promises with His credential of “Almighty God”?

I am Almighty God. I will forgive you.

I am Almighty God. I will guide you.

I am Almighty God. I will always love you.

I am Almighty God. I will supply all your needs.

I am Almighty God. I will….. (You can finish the phrase with a promise)

Next time you face an impossible situation, meditate on God’s promises. You can trust that the Promise-giver will do whatever needs to be done to make the impossible possible, because He has the credentials. Our God is ALMIGHTY GOD!

(Join me each Monday of 2016 in my quest to know God better)


OUR GOD KNOWS OUR NEEDS AND HAS THEM COVERED

April 11, 2016

Our needs don’t take God by surprise; He knows all about them. God even has his plan in motion to cover all of our future needs. Take Jacob’s family, for example. (Genesis chapters 37-50) God knew that a future, severe famine would ravage the land, and also knew that Jacob and his family would have no food, but He had them covered.
– Jacob didn’t know about his future needs when he held Joseph’s blood-stained tunic in his hands, and weeping, “…refused to be comforted”.
– Joseph’s brothers didn’t know about the future famine when they threw him into the pit.
– Joseph himself didn’t totally understand God’s plan when his brothers sold him to the passing traders, or when he was unjustly accused and imprisoned in Egypt.

But God knew; His plan was in motion. Before Jacob’s life-threatening need for food, God already had it covered. Following his imprisonment, Joseph was put over all of Egypt, and God used Pharaoh – the pagan ruler – to give Jacob and his family not only food during the famine, but also the best of the land.

In Matthew 6, Jesus specifically mentions material needs just prior to assuring His audience that “your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things”. (v. 32)

Maybe you have tremendous material needs right now; or you may have needs in the future that you are unaware of now. Jacob’s story and our own experiences confirm Christ’s words: our Father God knows what we need. Trust Him. He’s got them all covered!

(Join me every Monday of 2016 in my quest to know God better)


God Never Says “Oops!”

March 9, 2010

Oops: in www.dictionary.com /

–interjection

(used to express mild dismay, chagrin, surprise, etc., as at one’s own mistake, a clumsy act, or social blunder.)


 God didn’t say “Oops!” ….

–          When Joseph was thrown into the pit by his spiteful brothers. (Genesis 37-50)

–          When Moses was born under the new law that demanded that every Hebrew male child to be born should be killed. (Exodus 1:15-2:2)

–          When Ruth the Moabite’s husband died. (Book of Ruth)

–          When Job, covered with painful boils, sat in ashes, grieving his total loss. (Job 1 and 2)

–          When Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego were thrown into the furnace for refusing to worship the king. (Daniel 3)

–          When Lazarus, a friend of Jesus, died. (John 11)

–          When Jesus, His sinless Son, was condemned to die…for me! (Matthew 27)

–          When Paul and Silas were imprisoned for preaching Christ. (Acts 16)

–          When John was exiled to the Island of Patmos. (The Book of Revelation)

If that’s not enough to convince us that God has a sovereign, good plan for each of us, consider the following: God didn’t say “Oops!”…

–          In 1661 when John Bunyan was incarcerated for preaching. That’s when the all-time best seller “The Pilgrim’s Progress” was conceived.

–          In 1820 when Fanny Crosby became blind at 6 weeks of age. She went on to write over 8,000 hymns in her lifetime, many of which are still sung today!

–          In 1967 when Joni Eareckson Tada had a diving accident that left her quadriplegic. She later founded the international “Joni & Friends Ministry” to assist the disabled, over 35 books, holds 5 honorary doctorates, and has received too many awards to mention here!

–          On December 4, 1982 when Nick Vujicic was born in Australia with no arms and no legs. Nick holds college degrees in Accounting and Financial Planning. He directs an organization called “Life Without Limbs” and is a preacher and motivational speaker. He has given eternal encouragement to over 12 million people in 12 countries on 4 continents.

The list could go on. I don’t know about you, but what we have here is enough to convince me that God didn’t say “Oops!” in any of these cases, and he never said “Oops!” in my life, or your life, either! He always knows what He is doing! He has a plan, and I want to trust Him to work out His plan in my life. How about you?


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