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Greetings on Saturday, July 14, 2018

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Greetings:

The mysteries of the way God works are just that. They are a mystery to us, but a mystery worth looking into or investigating through studying his Holy Word.

I wish I could understand why one person suffers and the next one doesn't. 

I wish I could understand why some people never seem to get sick and others are sick all the time. 

I wish I could understand why one person prays and is healed on the spot and the next one prays and gets sicker and even dies. 

I wish I could understand why some prayers receive an immediate answer? while the answers to others require much patience.

For whatever reasons, God has chosen to keep many things a mystery to us. 

I guess some things of God are simply on a 'need to know' basis.

In Proverbs 3:5 (NIV), it says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” 

I like the words of Proverbs 3:4-5 in the Living Bible, which read: “If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself.”

  Until we know the answers, we need to keep looking, praying and asking for God's wisdom and discernment.

We have to believe beyond our ability to understand how our problems can be solved

God has revealed many great and wonderful truths in His Word, but He has also withheld the meaning of many things. It must be remembered that God knows everything and thus He knows every detail regarding our lives, our bodies, our hearts and our minds. God knows what we have done with every minute of our lives. He knows the times we have trusted Him totally and the times we have drifted off to do our own thing. 

There is nothing about us that is a mystery to God. 

Be blessed.

Greetings on Friday, July 13, 2018

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Greetings:

Oh Lord, send us revival.

Psalm 85:6-9 (NIV) talks about revival.

It reads: “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your unfailing love, Lord, and grant us your salvation. I will listen to what God the Lord says;  he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants — but let them not turn to folly. Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land."

Revival is a time of cleansing, awakening, repentance, commitment, personal soul-searching and joy.

We should be glad and thankful that God revives us, charges us and inspires us.

Revival is about prayer and having a burden for the lost, the prodigals who have drifted away and the church washing itself in a bath of praise and worship.

In a true revival, Christians are brought under conviction and will turn from sin.

In revival, Christians have their faith renewed and become more equipped to serve their communities in the works of God – saving souls, feeding the hungry, clothing those in need, giving hope to the hopeless.

We get good instruction about revival in 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 (Amplified Bible), which reads: “If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer offered in this place.”

That should make us all shout 'Amen'.

Be blessed.

Greetings on Thursday, July 12, 2018

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Greetings:

How many of you know that God will continue to speak to us, if we listen, until we finally get it. 

The key is listening and that is done in our place of prayer.

The Lord keeps impressing on me to let his joy be our strength when we are tired, drained and needing more than another cup of coffee or a hit from a 'Five- Hour Energy' container.

Let the joy of the Lord lift us up and guide us on those long days and short sleepless nights.

Let the joy of the Lord pick us up and direct our paths when we are lost and searching aimlessly for direction in our lives, our families, our careers, our future.

Nehemiah 8:10 says, “This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Read Nehemiah 8:1-12 and you will get a better feel for what is happening, and why the joy of the Lord is our strength, and what brings about real joy for us. 

This is not happiness that depends on our circumstances and our moods, which has to do with our emotions or our position in life. 

This joy is constant. It is from within us because God lives within. We can have the same joy in terrible circumstance that we would have when all is well. We can possess the same attitude of being on the mountain top when we are in the valley.

Paul, who wrote to churches from the solitude of a prison cell, said to the Philippians “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord” (Phil. 3:1). 

There a song “The Joy of the Lord is my Strength” and at times the words run through my mind. When thinking these thoughts I am not bummed out, but uplifted. I realize that this is what Godly songs can do, they reiterate the Word and build our faith, our believing, because they are speaking the Word to us.

If we are joyful we can more easily trust in God who is the author and creator of our strength. 

Be blessed.