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Come Down

II Kings 1:9-10
Then he sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men.  The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, “Man of God, the king says, ‘Come down!'”
Elijah answered the captain, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!”  Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.

There is a peace that comes from being on a mountaintop, or even a hilltop.  It seems easier to seek the Lord in these places.  The sights and sounds all combine together to make your spirit more open to God.  Elijah was in such a place.  He realized that the place of prayer was a place of power before God.

Sometimes, in our Christian walk, we experience a spiritual mountaintop.  It is a place where God gives us special clarity about what’s ahead.  It is an intimate place with the Lord and usually we don’t want it to end too quickly.

In this verse the king ordered Elijah to come down from his mountaintop.  He even sent a contingent of soldiers to move Elijah off of his God-given assignment.  Unfortunately for the captain and his men, the power of God worked to remove the distraction from the prophet’s path.

In our daily lives, it is the distractions of society that order us out of the presence of the Lord.  We need to learn to remain on the mountain (at least in our hearts).  If we can continue our focus on the Lord.  Then, even when we must leave the place of prayer, His peace still remains.

Take the time today to find that place of peace with the Lord.  Spend quality time in His presence, then continue to meditate upon Him throughout the day.

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Posted by on July 12, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Crossing Over

Luke 8:22-25
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.”  So they got into a boat and set out.  As they sailed, he fell asleep.  A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.  “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.”

Being out in the open water in a storm is very risky.  Even with all the modern equipment that boaters have today, it is no easy thing to navigate in a raging storm.

In this passage, the disciples are crossing a lake and a huge squall engulfs them.  The wind is against them and the waves are filling the boat.  Imagine their terror when they realize they’re not going to make it.

Yet all the while, Jesus was with them.  That was a factor that, apparently, none of them considered to be important.  When they woke Him, Jesus showed Himself to be in control of the forces of nature.

Never forget that truth in your times of struggle.  The Lord is in control of the winds and the waves.  We have got to remember that, even when the road ahead seems hopeless.  I can rest assured that nothing will touch my life, except that which will help me.  I need never fear for the future.

Remember to place yourself in His care each and every day.  The Lord has already walked the road ahead and is well able to bring you through.  Trust His wisdom and grace to handle each situation that arises.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Bears

1 Peter 5:8
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

I have learned many valuable spiritual lessons as I have been hiking.  One of those lessons has to do with bears.

I praise God that I live on the East Coast.  When I hike, I don’t have to contend with grizzly, Kodiak, or polar bears.  Only cute, little (comparatively), vegetarian, black bears.  Well, as many people are aware of, even black bears can be nuisances.  Usually it’s the fault of a human.  When we leave our food and trash out, we encourage them to hang around.  They will then prowl around looking for something to devour.  Hmm…sounds familiar.

A lot of the time we encourage the enemy to attack us.  We do it by trying to live in both kingdoms.  We try to get God’s blessing using the world’s methods.  Or we try to use God’s power to satisfy our lust for material gain.  These things signal the enemy to hang around hoping for a free handout.

It is time for us to “clean up our camp.”  Seek God today.  Is there anything that needs to be put back in order in your life?  Christ will give you the wisdom, strength, and courage you need to overcome in this area.  Turn it over to Him.  Don’t give the enemy a free handout.  Use this time to take back any foothold that you have given him in your life.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Giving Up Part 2

I Kings 19:5-8
Then he [Elijah] lay down under the tree and fell asleep.

All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.”  He looked around, and there by his head was a cake of bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water.  He ate and drank and then lay down again.

The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.”  So he got up and ate and drank.  Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.

While he was on the very edge of despair, Elijah received sustenance from the Lord.  As he was running away from the stress in his life, God provided him with supernatural food to sustain him.  God knew that the journey before him was too much for his flesh to handle.  So, He provided what Elijah needed.

I will let you in on a secret.  If you are following God’s plan for your life, then your journey is more than you can take.  You will need this supernatural food to strengthen you.

That is why your life experience must have a spiritual side to it.  Meeting with God in a quiet place is one of the most powerful, life-changing events you could ever plan for.  Don’t neglect your spiritual food.

Take the time to find nourishment for your soul in the Lord’s presence.  Cast your burdens upon Him and allow His strength to revive your spirit.

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Giving Up Part 1

I Kings 19:3-4
Elijah was afraid and ran for his life.  When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the desert.  He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die.  “I have had enough, LORD,” he said.  “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”

Elijah is probably one of the most powerful Old Testament figures.  Through him, God performed incredible miracles to turn Israel around.  Yet at this point in his life he was ready to throw in the towel.  He actually prayed for God to take his life.

What could cause such an uncompromising individual to leave the race?  The answer lies in the first line.  “Elijah was afraid.”  The evil queen, Jezebel, had ordered his arrest and execution.  Fear had gripped his heart in spite of the presence of God in his life.

How many times do we lose sight of our calling when faced with the overwhelming problems of life?  We need to take the same path that Elijah took – but not the same attitude.  We need to run to the place of solitude with God and pour out our heart in prayer.

Just like Elijah, we need to admit our faults and failings.  Only the Lord is able to meet the need of our inner man.

Use this time to seek the Lord’s help for the challenges you face.  Confess your failures and trials.  God stands ready to enfold you in His arms.  Allow His strength to work in you the restoration that is needed.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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The Unseen Battle

Ephesians 6:12 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
(NIV)

It would be so much easier if I could see my enemy.  The fact is that there is no group that you can point to and say, “They are the enemy.”  People and organizations are not the enemy.

We want to blame someone.  “It’s their fault.”  That’s not the attitude we should have.  It is clear from Scripture that the enemy is unseen.  There is a whole spiritual world that is just out of reach to our five senses.  It cannot be felt or touched, yet it is just as real.

We also need to realize that this unseen world is organized.  Actually it is more organized than the church.  The enemy knows that the battle for souls goes on 24/7.  We like to take breaks and holidays from the struggle.  We think that because we did something special for God today, we can take the next few days off – “let our hair down” for a while.  I believe that’s why the church in America seems to be so ineffective for the most part.

It is time for God’s people to take this unseen battle seriously.  We need to begin living our faith the way God intended us to.  We need to lift up the Word of God as an offensive weapon against the darkness of this age.  It is time for the light of Christ to shine through us to set the captives free.

Be a part of God’s victorious church.  Arm yourself for the unseen battle through prayer and the Word.  It is time to strike fear into the heart of the true enemy – the unseen kingdom of darkness.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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The Big Gulp

Do you feel like a victim, like you’re the target practice for the world?  That’s not God’s plan for you.

1 Peter 5:8 – Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
(NIV)

This verse gives us some insight into the strategy of our spiritual enemy.  He hunts like a “roaring lion”.  Lions are interesting hunters.  Normally they are absolutely silent.  You don’t see them until they are literally on top of you.  A roaring lion is one who has gotten too old for that kind of hunting.  He has lost some of his teeth.  Younger lions move out in front of the prey, while the old toothless lion roars, and scares the prey so that they run right into the trap set by the younger ones.

This older lion then lets the young ones rip the prey apart, then eats the carved up pieces.  That word devour, literally means to gulp down in one bite.  The roaring lion is not looking for a fight.  He doesn’t want to go one on one with the prey.  All he wants to do is scare it into a trap.

This should speak volumes to us.  Are you an easy prey for the devil?  Do you run at the first sign of his attack?  He is looking for someone with a victim mentality.  The last person the devil wants to deal with is a Christian fully armed and standing on God’s Word.

Don’t just roll over and play dead.  You are not the world’s doormat.  You are meant to be victorious in Christ.  Be strong in the Lord.  Let the power of the Holy Spirit work in you.  Stay in prayer and in the Word so that you are spiritually self-controlled and alert.  Then you will not become the devil’s punching bag.  Instead you can go on the offensive and free the oppressed from their bondage to sin.  Be that champion God has called you to be!

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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