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Hearing His Voice

Good morning Lord. Once again I come to You with my struggles and cares. Thank You so much for caring for me! I do not understand how anyone makes it through this life without You. I know I am weak, but I also know that your strength is perfected in my weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). You are a very present help in trouble, so I do not have to live in fear and anxiety (Ps. 46:1-2). I think any claims of strength outside of You are simply counterfeits. Everything in this world is tenuous. Things that seem secure one day can be gone the next. Nothing is sure, except the eternal One. I have been rich and I have been poor. I have been secure in relationships, and I have seen them fall apart. Loved ones have died, and sudden tragedies have happened. Only You have been the constant through it all. How do people make it without that constant? When I look back I remember that I was a fearful mess before I gave my life to You. I am so grateful to have You in my life! What an honor and privilege to be your child! You are my peace, my joy… my everything. I thank and praise You! Thank You that you care so much for me that You even show concern for the little things that concern me. I am so grateful. This morning Lord, I won’t repeat all the cares that are weighing on my heart. You know them all. Instead I am just running to You and dropping them at your feet. I know that You are so much better at handling seemingly impossible situations. I have no hope of changing hearts, but that is your specialty. I surrender my loved ones to You, and ask that You will do the work that needs to be done. I surrender myself, and my tendency to want to jump in and grab the reins. Help me stay centered and focused on You. Only You can do what needs to happen right now. If I need to take action, I ask for wisdom. Show me clearly how to proceed. I have no desire to just start doing things and hoping for a specific outcome. Instead, I need to hear your voice and follow your leading. That is the only way anything good will happen. Show me way to walk in this situation. I am trusting in You, and I will not depend on my own understanding. I acknowledge that all hope comes from You, and I know you will direct my path. (Pr. 3:5-6).

I am the Way, so walk with Me. I am the Truth; so reject anything that exalts itself against Me. I am the Life; so you can thrive even in the midst of turmoil (Jn. 14:6). I am more than willing to carry your burdens. Although they weigh you down, they are nothing for Me. Come child, and let me have them. I hear your prayers for wisdom, and have promised to give it (Jas.1:5). Be sure and get quiet before me so that you will hear it. Listen. I speak in a multitude of ways. First and foremost, I speak through my Word. I also speak in the still small voice you hear when you take time to sit silently before Me. Sometimes I confirm what I put on your heart through a multitude of counselors (Pr.11:14), and sometimes I speak in as you are gathered with fellow Believers for prayer (Mt. 18:20). Wait patiently for my answer. Jumping ahead of me will only complicate matters—like when Abraham took Hagar rather than waiting for the promise to occur in the way I ordained. Impatience, rather than my Spirit, moved Sarah and him. Do not let that happen now. Wait dear child. I have a good plan, and I will make the path clear. Trust in Me with all your heart, and do not depend on human understanding. Acknowledge Me in everything you do, and I will direct you in the course of action you should take. Seek Me rather than solutions, because I am the solution. Remember when Moses held his arms up at the battle with the Amalekites? As long as he kept them up, the Israelites prevailed, but when he put them down, they began to lose (Ex. 17:11). Think of that! Lifted hands indicate praise on your part, and blessing on my part. As he held up his hands and his staff, my power flowed through him. I inhabit the praises of my people (Ps. 22:3), so praise Me. I am your victory; so do not take your eyes off of Me. Keep your heart fixed on Me (Ps. 112:7); then stand back and behold my salvation (Ex. 14:13). Do not be afraid dear child. I am with you. “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you” (Is. 43:1-2). This world is filled with trouble, but I have overcome the world (Jn. 16:33). Hold on to Me now. Fix your eyes on Me. Wait and be ready to move when I command, and not a moment too soon. I have this in my hands. Trust in Me.

 

 

 

When Every Door Closes

This post just came to mind so I looked it up. Five and a half years I see His hand so clearly. The redirection from those closed doors lead to Called to Peace Ministries, and it’s grown beyond anything I ever would have expected. His hand is all over it. If you’re in what seems to be limbo, wait on Him. He always has a plan. 💗

Good morning Lord. It seems like doors are slamming in every area of my life on a daily basis. Right now I recognize that I have a choice. I can get frustrated and see myself as a victim, or I can be wise, and realize that You are sovereign over the people and circumstances that seem to be slamming those doors. They would have no power if You did not allow it. I have lived long enough now to recognize your hand behind situations that seem out of control. Although I recognize your sovereignty, I have to say that it still hurts to let go of my dreams of the way I imagined life and ministry would look. I know that your ways are higher than mine, and your perfect plan involves a process of sanctification on my part. I have to let go of pride and control, realizing that the closing doors are lessons in letting go. I also recognize that You want to use these barriers to redirect me. The problem is I don’t seem to have enough light to know which way to move. You have sent a few people into my pathway to offer guidance, but I honestly can’t see how it all fits together. I have a dream that seems impossible. Yet, I know that nothing is impossible with You, so this is going to have to be supernatural all around. I have very little idea of which way to turn. Give me clarity Lord. I need your help desperately, and in the meantime I will choose to praise You while I wait. Amen

Little one, hold my hand as you go through this dark place. You cannot see ahead of you, but I can. I have brought you here for a reason, and will open the next door in my perfect timing. As long as you hold onto Me, you will not stumble. Remember your walk is one of faith and not sight (2 Cor. 5:7). This season will reinforce that truth. Stop looking for a breakthrough. Instead, just forget what is behind and reach forward to what lies ahead (Ph. 3:13-14). As you do you will find my hand, and experience my leading. Do not stop to try and figure things out, just follow Me. There will be a breakthrough in time, but even then you will have to take each step by faith. Your road on earth will never be one of security and ease. Instead it will be a journey of continued opportunities to grow in faith. Your assignment here is to press forward, and not let the past weigh you down. You are correct that I have allowed doors to close in order to redirect you. Understanding that truth should give you assurance and confidence that the darkness is only temporary. Use this time to draw closer to your source. Seek Me and not answers. I have this under control, so you do not need to strive. Trust in Me with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding. In everything, acknowledge Me, and I will direct your path (Pr. 3:5-6).

The Call of God

Lord, sometimes when I read the Bible, I can’t help but laugh. I see again and again how You managed to use weak and hesitant people to accomplish you purposes. Today I was reading about Moses’ calling. From the very beginning, he argued and tried to get out of his assignment, yet You had uniquely prepared him for the task at hand. Still, as anyone with a divine calling knows, it is not enough to be prepared when it comes to fulfilling your purposes. Usually, You call us to far more than we are capable of accomplishing without your direct intervention— that is to show it is your power and not ours. Of course Moses felt unable! The task was too large for any man. Even though You told him that You would be the one to deliver the Israelites, he got overwhelmed and afraid. He reminded You several times about his limitations. Like Jeremiah he wasn’t skilled in speech, yet You still called him. How many times have I marveled at Moses’ audacity to argue with You when You appeared to him at the burning bush? Then I marvel with your patience with him, that You took the time to show him your power, and then explain that the One who made the mouth can certainly equip it to speak. But even then, he saw his limitations as bigger than your ability to overcome them. Every time I read this story, I wonder and even laugh that Moses could be so afraid, even after all You had done. From my twenty first century easy chair, I sit and think how silly he was for failing to charge forward after all he had seen and heard.

Then after Moses finally got the courage to go to the Israelites, they believed him and everything seemed good up until pharaoh decided to cut back on work supplies. Suddenly the people who seemed supportive of his ministry became skeptics and turned on him. “They did not listen to him because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery” (Ex.6:9), and as soon as this happened Moses started reminding You about his weaknesses again. This came right after You had reminded him that You would redeem with your great power, and every time I read that I laugh at Moses.

Today, I realized I do the same thing every day! I know what You have called me to do, and I have also experienced miracles. I have observed Your mighty power over and over again. Sure, I haven’t witnessed a burning bush or a staff turned snake, but I have seen amazing answers to prayer time and again. I also know that You have called me to ministry in a vocational sense, but every day I get up and tell You how impossible it seems. I tell You I am too busy, too financially limited, too limited by people, too scattered, too overwhelmed with life, and so on. So now I need to stop and laugh at myself. Sorry Moses, I take it all back. I completely understand now! Lord, thank You for your incredible patience with me. I used to wonder if you were rolling your eyes at Moses, and now I wonder the same about me. How do You continue to put up with our fears and weaknesses? How or why do I continue to make them bigger than your ability to overcome them? Please forgive me, and help me to always marvel at You and your ability to do anything rather than my own limitations.

And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.  The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. Ex. 14:13-14.

 See my daughter, Moses learned, even as you are learning. Once again, it comes back to the mind. Where do your thoughts dwell? If you are frustrated about the constraints of your life and situation, then your mind needs to be transformed. Only then will you be able to discern my good and perfect will for your life (Rom: 12:2). Sanctification is a process and you won’t be perfect until that day when you see my face. Rest in me, and let me fight the battles for you. Do not let fear enter your heart. That is a choice. Even though you have overcome fear in many areas, you are still fearful. You think that you are going to be stuck in this wilderness forever, but I have different plans. Your job is to believe, and obey when I call. Make yourself ready, and be ever listening for my still, small voice in the midst of the chaos and confusion. I am here and at work in your life to accomplish my purposes. You are right, the job is too big for you, so stand and watch Me. I am faithful to complete what I start (Ph. 1:6), and my gifts and calling are irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). That means this is not up to you, but Me. Perhaps you can delay it, but you cannot stop my plan. Stand firm, trust Me and watch what I will do.