A crowd had gathered. In the midst of them was a woman with a blood issue. She knew she needed to just touch Jesus’ clothes and she’d be healed. Jesus noticed when she touched him. He asked who had done it. She came before The Lord and bowed. By doing this she was strengthened and drew closer to Jesus. She became whole, a walking miracle.
Another crowd had gathered outside of a young girl’s house. She was perceived as being dead. Jesus arrived on the scene. He said she would be healed. The crowd laughed. They mocked Him when he spoke words of comfort about the little girl’s situation. Jesus told them to leave. The crowd was unable to witness the healing of the girl.
Our initial reaction to The Lord speaking to us has an affect on our relationship with Christ. The woman drew closer to Jesus. The people put distance between themselves and Christ. Our initial reactions also teach us about ourselves, as followers of Him.
Draw closer to The Lord now so that when He speaks to you your initial reaction won’t be one of disrespect and unbelief, but rather admiration and peace.
II Kings 3:16-17
God blesses His people everyday. Sometimes we don’t even recognize the blessings of The Lord. Other times we are well aware of the blessing because we are looking for it. We are ready to see it happen.
The army of Israel was preparing for battle. There wasn’t any water in the foreign land. They asked Elisha, a prophet, to ask God for water. Elisha told them to dig ditches and that The Lord would fill the ditches with water from the ground up. The Israelites dug the ditches and the water began to flow.
Daily we come before God asking for a blessing. Probably most of the time we just expect it to fall in our laps and that be that. Often times The Lord blesses in that way. But occasionally he requires us to put forth effort to receive a blessing.
The Israelites showed God their obedience to Him by doing as he commanded. They dug the ditches. This was also a representation of their faith in God. God took it from there. He blessed in ways that they would’ve never imagined when they first inquired of The Lord.
Continue to seek The Lord and His blessings. As you do be prepared to show God that you’re willing to take action so that you can become a recipient of the miracle he has in store you.
Beautiful. Precious. Without flaw. These words can be used to describe jewels. God uses them to describe His children. He refers to us as his jewels.
Followers of Christ should be found sharing what Christ has done for them among themselves. Christ hears these conversations. Christians should also be found thinking upon the ways of God. God knows our hearts. He has a book where he has written your name. Because your name is found in this book you will be pardoned of the punishment for your sin.
How wonderful it is to think that because of our choices on earth we can become as jewels to Jesus in heaven and that one day He will gather us together to be forever with Him.
Close out the world. Get quiet. Envision The Lord sitting on His throne in His kingdom looking directly into your eyes listening to you speak to Him.
That’s powerful. The Lord we serve is high above all else, using the earth as His footstool. Yet He cares enough about you to look into your eyes and to listen to what you are saying. As you imagined The Almighty God focusing on you notice that you weren’t seeing the trials or tribulations that you may be going through. You were completely focused on God alone.
David acknowledged The Lord as God. He was aware of all the turmoil that faced him. Yet David chose to focus on God. His desire to worship Him, seek Him and talk with Him took precedence over everything else that surrounded him. David’s spirit was made confident and peace prevailed when he sought The Lord that was hearing his prayers.
Ask The Lord to bring a vision like this to your mind when you become bogged down by the world or pursued by the devil. Focusing on God and the relationship that he offers you can bring you confidence and peace. Because it isn’t just our imagination. It’s reality.
Moses was a singer. After he led the people across the Red Sea he stopped to sing a song of praise to God. Before he died he taught Joshua a song that would remind the children of Israel about the blessings The Lord had given them.
The Book of Psalms is filled with scriptures telling us to sing to The Lord. It also teaches us that The Lord will give us the words to sing.
Hum a song. Think on a song. Be loud about. In whichever way you choose to sing be sure to sing to Jesus, for Jesus about Jesus. You’ll find yourself drawing closer to Him.
Joshua was lying on the ground defeated. The Israelites had just lost thousands of men at war with Ai. The Lord commanded Joshua to get up and to sanctify the people. He was told that once the sin was out of the camp the blessings would begin to flow again.
Before we accepted the blood of Jesus for the atonement of our sins we were wallowing in misery. We weren’t able to accomplish anything for The Lord. We knew that we weren’t bringing any pleasure to the One True God. Then we heard the call. “Up. Sanctify yourself.” In the moment that we chose to rise up with Jesus, becoming one of His children, our lives changed. We discovered our purpose: to live in Christ. God was giving us direction and we were taking it. Sin no longer ruled in our lives. Blessings began flowing from the throne of God.
Make a choice to not be found lying in misery and uncertainty. Choose instead to be found up and about The Lord’s business being showered with the blessings of God.
I Thessalonians 3:3-4
Paul was shipwrecked. Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego were thrown into a fiery furnace. The list of God’s people that dealt with hard situations goes on.
Paul reached land unharmed. Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego didn’t have a hair on their head singed. God’s grace, strength and presence are evident in His children’s lives.
These people of God faced terribly frightening circumstances. They had no idea what the outcome would be. Yet they chose to walk through it because they knew who would be walking with them.
God was by their side. Just as He is for you. When you accepted His gift of salvation you welcomed His presence into your life. Being a follower of Christ doesn’t mean that you become exempt from life’s trials. Being a follower of Christ means that you will have Jesus to walk through those trials with you.
He has created you for His glory. Glorify Him in whatever situation you might face.