It's All Grace

Amazing things can happen when you allow the Lord to work in your life.

Recognizing Giants

Can you recognize the giant of “selective memory”?  Even the children of Israel could remember “how it was” in Egypt, but could NOT remember the miracles God did for them “DAILY”!

How about the giant of “perception”?  Israel took 40 years to travel what could have taken them 11 days had their perspective been different.  40 years in the dessert was a result of what they perceived!

Can you recognize the giant of “murmuring” in your life?  Israel murmured and complained about everything – what God DID do as well as what God DIDN’T do!  This kept them from truly seeing the goodness of the Lord.

Can you recognize the giant of “depression, discouragement & despair” in your life?  Do you have a “woe is me” attitude or outlook on all that occurs in your life?  Do you view your glass as 1/2 empty opposed to 1/2 full?  We all get down and discouraged at times, but we must choose NOT TO STAY THERE.  Anything that hinders you from being close to the Lord, is a GIANT!

If you are NOT able to recognize your giants, you will never be able to put them to death.

 

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Glory Days

“I’m bored,” complained my oldest son.  “I don’t have anything to do.” Normally, those words created images of countless tasks to give my son during our homeschool day.  However, today I sensed the Lord asking me to teach a lesson from His Word instead.

“Mountaintop experiences don’t happen every day,” I said.  “You’ll find that life is usually 80% ordinary and 20% extraordinary.  Most of your life will involve being faithful in the normal everyday routine, but when God chooses, He will give something that changes your life forever.”

Exciting experiences can be bought in this life, but the life-changing moments that give true satisfaction and fulfillment come only through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Think of Mary, the mother of Jesus, who faithfully lived a quiet life until the angel Gabriel told her she would give birth to the Savior.  Joseph became ruler over Egypt after years of suffering and separation from his family.  Moses met God through a burning bush after 40 years of isolated living as a shepherd.

Looking back on your life, how many extraordinary moments have you had? Faithfully serving God in the ordinary makes you a candidate to serve God in the extraordinary.  “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:21).

Father, help me remember that You have a special plan and purpose for my life. May I be found faithful in the everyday things, so I am ready for the extraordinary moments when they come. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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God Will Not Drag You

God is not trying to drag you into a “run” . . . He is teaching you to walk with HIM. He didn’t drag the Israelites kicking and screaming. He told them to “move their feet”, teaching them to “walk WITH Him”. He will do the same for you, if you will allow HIM. Exodus 14:13-15

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