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Tuesday, July 29 2014

This morning, after a prayer meeting, my agenda had listed on it several things that had to be accomplished today.  One of them was to deliver flyers to several local churches making them aware of the 2nd Annual “Heart of Hope” Run for Hunger (September 13th @ 8:00 am).  So, I hopped into my car and headed for the first destination.

 I drove to a local body of believer’s (Lutheran) that had showed up in full support of the 2013 Run and wanted to give them a heads up as to the date, time and particulars of this year’s event.  I walked into the office and asked for the Pastor and was told he was not in.  I handed a couple of flyers to the secretary explaining the reason for my drop by. 

There was a little girl standing there who could not have been more than eight years old who hovered around the secretary so I assumed it was her daughter.  Her head was shaved (completely bald).  She appeared sickly, yet had the most gorgeous blue eyes and dearest face that gazed back at me.  I wondered what was wrong.   My eyes were fixed on her face as I began to tell the two ladies the details.  (This type of occurrence was totally out of character for me.  Eye contact is essential anytime I speak to someone.)   After I finished telling them what I had to say, I stood around a little longer to have a few laughs over some of silly things that had taken place at lasts year’s run.  Then, without really thinking, I paused and asked the little girl what her name was.  She replied, “Anna.”  I said, “Well, Anna, I want to give you a hug.”  I walked towards her with open arms, wrapped them tight around her, laid my hands upon her dear head and prayed, “Jesus I ask that you bless Anna.” 

I walked out of the church office and as usual the Holy Spirit began to place upon my heart what I needed to learn from this morning.  As I drove away I wondered why we can’t just love one another without all of the other junk.  Why is it so important to adults to cause division, always thinking that they are in the right?  Why can’t we just get along with one another?  Why do we have to have such dissentions about seemingly small issues when so many suffer so much? 

Sometimes I wish someone would just stand up and say, “For the common good, tell me why you are so angry about this and thus and let me love you through it.  Tell me why you feel so wronged and let me put my arms around you and just love on you.  Let me allow you to vent because I sense that not many people really listen to what you have to say.  What hurts you so much that you feel that you cannot let something go and just be a part of the greater common good?  Let me, let me…”  We, (especially believers), have to know that lashing out with words is not beneficial to the greater good causing hurt feelings, bad situations and most importantly it drives those away from us that might otherwise have come to us for advice, help or friendship. 

Anna.  Every time you think you have a “bone to pick” with someone and want to lash out remember Anna.  In the whole big picture of life our little fusses that cause so much pain, breath and heartache mean nothing.  And lastly, remember that we might very well feel that we have a “just cause.”  And we very well might.  But, always step back and pray before voicing it out loud to the only one who can change any given situation.  Take a good, hard, cold look at the circumstance (that is needling you) from every side and angle (honestly) knowing that it does you no good to only look through your perspective.  Look through the eyes of God and then ask Him to reveal to you the truth.   

Molly

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Friday, July 25 2014

F.A.I.T.H

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

I want to talk about faith.  The Bible teaches that faith is the substance of hope.  So, that tells me that it is something you can “sink your teeth” into.  It is firm, it is immovable (not like jello!) but, the catch is that you are the one that has to do the sinking.    

I am out in the middle of the ocean, at this very moment, with my faith.  If it were not for the fact that my history with God has confirmed (to me) He is real and that there is a substance of faith (for me to use) I would literally crawl up in bed and might never get up.  The way faith is designed by God is that you have go through trials in order to learn to have the God kind of faith that can move the mountains or weather the storms you face.   

The Apostle Paul teaches us that having done all to stand therefore, stand and see the salvation of the Lord (Eph. 6: 10-16-my paraphrase).  If you will take a look at verse 16 he says, “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”  Satan counts on you shrinking back and not moving forward in the things of God.  One of his greatest weapons is fear.

Faith is: Firm Assurance in the Holy One.  When a man/woman’s hope is gone it is dreadful.  In the kingdom of God you have to believe that faith is there and can be activated by your prayers, standing on what you know to be true (God’s word) and belief in His holy promises.  You cannot be moved by your emotions, for when you are the enemy has full reign. 

Remember: Without FAITH it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). 

When you can stand in your fire (and they will be hot) trusting in God for it all; not just some of it then He can work through your situation and move the mountains however He chooses.  But, ultimately it is His choice how.  And you have to grasp that one solid principal.  But, in the meantime, show Him you are willing to have the kind of faith He requires.  Even the Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5).

Prepare for the worst; hope for the best, knowing that faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen and stay obedient along the way

Molly.

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Thursday, July 10 2014

            We have been given weapons to use by God himself to overcome the wiles of the devil (Mk. 16:15-18; Luke 24: 46-49 (NKJV).  The Apostle Paul tells us clearly that we “wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12). So there must be a battle that has to be fought.  To the church–at –large:  What makes anyone think that there will not be spiritual warfare when trying to reach a person with the most important choice of his life?  He/she is ultimately choosing between God and Satan.    

            What one faces is lack of understanding that there is a battle that rages, (over a man’s soul) even though it is not seen.  It is the proverbial fight between good and evil but this fight is not a movie.  This is a battle between our adversary (1 Pet. 5:8), the devil, and God Almighty.  Until Satan is thrust into the lake of fire forever (Rev. 19:20), we have to contend with him in some manner.  So when evangelizing a human soul think not for one moment that Satan will not oppose or place opposition in the path.     

            Fasting coupled with intercessory prayer can and will help when one is confronting a nonbeliever.  “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4).  In God we find our key.  Jesus tells us plainly (my paraphrase) that he will not leave us orphans but will send another who will come to (our aid and) help us (John 14:18).  The Holy Spirit is here (he is our inheritance) to help guide us into all truth (John 16:13).  In seeking to evangelize anyone, it is imperative to be guided by the Holy Spirit.  In that way, he can give us understanding as to the how so that our attempts and outcomes are victorious…whatever they may be.  In addition, we have to realize that God loves them and the process of “bringing them into the fold” so to speak may take time and a lot of (our) patience.  Evangelization is much more effective, though, when others trust the one who is speaking to them in regard to their eternal salvation.  It is up to the one who is evangelizing to trust that the Holy Spirit knows the individual.

            Listening and timing are essentials, as well, but if the Holy Spirit is asked beforehand then He will guide, lead, and direct the face-to-face interaction.  My prayer before battle might go something like this—      

“Father, please give me eyes to see and ears to hear (listen) so that my outreach will not be thwarted by Satan and at the very least the seeds of the gospel are sown into the soil of his or her heart and then allow the only truth that will set them free (John 8:32), in Jesus’ mighty name I ask.”  Amen

              

Molly

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