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Blessed Are All Who Wait For Him – Daily Inspiration, August 21, 2012

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!” Isaiah 30: 18

Having faith in God means trusting Him in all of life’s difficulties. When Judah turned to other nations for help against their enemies, God warned them that it would do no good. Only He could save them. The same is true for believers today. When troubles come, our first instinct is to look around to others or other sources for help. We check our bank balances, we solicit advice from our friends and professionals or we attempt to soldier through them alone leaning to our own understanding. As Christians, our first instinct should be prayer. Find a quiet spot and pray to God for direction. Man can provide a temporary solution. Only God provides permanent, ongoing solutions based upon His will for your life. Our vision is limited, God’s isn’t. What you may think will solve your problems, God knows it won’t. God doesn’t want to merely apply a bandage to our cuts and bruises; he wants to heal them. Trust Him today in your struggles.

God bless you today and always.

He Will Make Your Paths Straight – Daily Inspiration, August 15, 2012

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverb 3:5-6

Trials can help us grow, but they can also make us hard-hearted and stubborn if we are not careful. Past hurts and disappointments can make us view people and situations with suspicion rather than with love and gratitude. They can make us think every kind act has an ulterior motive and every “I love you,” is insincere. While we should not count out our ability to reason or think carefully, we should not lean to our own understanding. That kind act may have been prompted by God to encourage you. That “I love you,” may have come straight from the Lord because He knows you really need to hear it now. Don’t place your trust in your past or hold on tightly to prior hardships. Our experiences are not the source or our wisdom. God is. Place your trust in Him.

May the Lord be with you.

“Where Is God?” – Daily Inspiration, July 23, 2102

“There is a time for everything and a season for evert activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

You may have asked or may be asking yourself now, “Where is God?” especially when troubles mount or our plans go awry. God’s plans for us don’t always match the plans we make for ourselves. His will for us does not match our will. When we choose to trust God, we must also trust His timing, no matter how difficult it is for us to understand. Don’t doubt or resent God’s timing. Doing so can lead to despair, rebellion and moving forward without making Him the center of your decisions. There is never a time to doubt God’s complete love for us. Not now. Not ever.

God bless you today.

The Lord Will Guide You Through The Storm – Daily Inspiration, July 10, 2012

“‘Where is your faith?’ He asked His disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, ‘Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him.'” Luke 8:25

Today’s forecast calls for a 70% chance of storms. In fact, for the past couple of days, this area has been under periods of heavy downpours and dangerous lightning. In my prayers this morning, I asked the Lord to provide a safe passage for me through the storms, those that are physical and also the spiritual storms I will encounter during my lifetime. I prayed for the Lord to be my Guide as I navigate through the dark, foreboding clouds, sharp flashes of lightning and deep rumbles of thunder that were to greet me during my morning commute. I shouldn’t let the storm outside distract me; my attention needs to stay firmly on the road. Just as we shouldn’t let the storms brewing inside distract us from the path in front of us. Place your faith in the Lord today. He will protect and guide you through life’s most difficult moments, whether it is from the dangers of a physical storm or the weariness and dissatisfaction of a spiritual one.

God bless you today and always.

Trusting God In Bad Situations – Daily Inspiration, July 7, 2012

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50: 20

Joseph spoke these words to his brothers shortly after their father’s death. If you know the story of Joseph, then you are aware of how profound that statement is. Joseph, the victim of jealousy and rage, was sold into slavery, falsely accused and jailed. Yet, from these hardships, good prevailed. Joseph, through his God-given ability to interpret dreams, was able to save the lives of many by instructing Egypt to store up for the upcoming famine. In turn, he was was able to prevent his family- including those brothers that sold him into slavery- from becoming destitute during the famine.

Let’s trust God as Joseph trusted. Wait patiently and expectantly on Him during bad situations. God will overrule evil intentions to bring about His intended results.

May God bless you today and always.

The Test of the Canaanite Woman – Daily Inspiration, June 28, 2012

“A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to Him, crying out, ‘Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.’” Matthew 15: 22

Faith is defined as confidence or trust in a person or entity. To have confidence is to have full trust, belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing. To trust is the reliance on the integrity, strength, ability surety etc of a person or thing.

Full trust. Reliance. Faith is an all-important aspect of the Christian walk. It is not enough to know about Christ and Scripture; we need to have full trust and belief in the Lord’s powers. We need to have reliance on His integrity, strength and ability.

We have one example of true faith in Matthew 15:21-28. A Canaanite woman presented herself to Jesus and begged him to have mercy on her and heal her demon-possessed daughter. The Lord did not speak. Puzzled by his silence, His disciples came to Him and asked Him to send her away because she was also crying out to them. The disciples were showing no compassion or sensitivity to the woman’s needs. She was becoming a nuisance, a bother. Taking all of this in, Jesus finally spoke and what he said is at first confusing: He told the woman that he was sent only to the sheep of Israel, meaning the Jews.

The Canaanite woman did not let this statement dissuade her from her mission. She continued to plead to Jesus for help, to which He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” (v. 26)

It would seem the Lord was rejecting this woman because she was not a Jew. The woman could have turned away angry, discouraged and bitter from the Lord’s silence and seeming disregard. Instead, she replied, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table” (v. 27). She was willing to be considered a dog as long as she could receive God’s blessings for her daughter.

‘Then Jesus answered, ‘Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” (v. 28)

The Canaanite woman exhibited the traits we should all have, unshakeable faith and persistence. Even when it seems the Lord is ignoring our supplications or rejecting them, we cannot allow our faith to be shattered. In the face of apparent rejection, the Canaanite woman persisted. She not only knew who Christ was but had full trust and belief in His powers and integrity. There was no doubt in her heart and she was rewarded for her faith, just as we will be rewarded for our full trust and reliance. Conversely, the disciples were shown that God’s message is for everyone and that one shouldn’t become so occupied with spiritual matters that the needs of others are missed.

Don’t become discouraged and bitter when it seems the Lord has turned away. Keep the faith and be persistent. By the same token, don’t ignore the very real needs of those around you because you will be inconvenienced. Pass the test of the Canaanite woman!

May the Lord be with you today.