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  • Spiritual Riches

    Posted on December 8, 2011 by Family Christian

    I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-18

     

    Any individual, family, company, government, church or ministry can spend more than they can afford. Their means to pay can be overcome by their ability to generate income. In earthly economies it is common to over spend and be over budget, but in God’s economy there is unlimited access to the spiritual riches of our Savior Jesus Christ. A Christian’s spiritual riches are never depleted or overdrawn in their heavenly bank account.

    God gives grace upon grace to His children, so they can give grace to the deserving and undeserving. He heaps humility in great portions upon His people, so that they can in turn walk in humility with one another. The Lord sends a flood of faith, so the faithful can infuse faith into the faithless. Indeed, His storehouse of salvation is ready save to the uttermost.

    “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).

    Who do you know who is spiritually broke, even bankrupt? Have you introduced them to  God’s love and forgiveness to which they have immediate access and abundance?  What a privilege to steward the spiritual riches of our Master Jesus in ministry to the masses, a small group or an individual. You cannot outspend what is in infinite supply. So, prayerfully be heaven’s broker to those in need and offer them God’s immense gifts.

    As a child of the King you need not be shy in surveying the needs around you and asking your heavenly Father for the wisdom to resource well the world you influence. Spiritual poverty afflicts the rich, the famous, the poor, the infamous, the middle class and all the groups in-between. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into rightly dispensing His riches.

    “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people” (Ephesians 1:18).

    Perhaps you start with a prayer for the Lord to remind you of your spiritual wealth. Ask Him to illustrate for you how your heavenly net worth is more than you can ever spend in this lifetime. Your spiritual riches are available to be spent now and not stored up for later. You are a spiritual philanthropist who represents Jesus as a generous giver of His foundation of faith. Therefore, be strengthened inwardly by God’s glorious riches, and then prayerfully and aggressively spend His riches on the spiritually poor and needy.

    “But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!” (Romans 11:12).

    What is my spiritual net worth and how can I spend it on the spiritually needy?

    Related Readings: Luke 16:11; Romans 2:4; 9:23; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 4:19

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  • Gods Vision

    Posted on December 7, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19

     

    Jesus was a visionary leader. He communicated His vision with compelling clarity, and before He ascended back to heaven He commissioned a stunning strategy for its fulfillment. He told His disciples to start as His witnesses in Jerusalem and then progress to Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth (Acts 1:8). We can see from Jesus’ example that clearly defined milestones move the mission and vision toward maturity.

    Visionary leaders have the innate ability to keep a pulse on the present with faith in the future. They create an immediate urgency balanced with a stabilizing focus on the most important priorities. Visionary leaders do not vacillate, but instead inspire followers with their consistent calling to the cause. They show the way on a shared journey of faith. In time spent with your team, it’s wise to lead them one step closer to owning the vision.

    “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams” (Acts 2:17).

    How have you embraced your God given vision for your life? What energizes you toward the eternal? Remember a large vision for the Lord leaves a legacy. The more you are able to invest in faithful, capable and diverse leaders the more you leverage your vision. Under the influence and power of the Holy Spirit they will expand the vision exponentially.

    It may be your family vision of ‘trust and obedience’ carried over into multiple generations. It could be the mentoring of men and women whose influence spreads like a relational virus to those they pour into as result of their vision to ‘give back’. Or, it may be an enterprise built to last on the Lord’s precepts and principles.

    Whatever your vision stay true to its original intent. In the short term it may sputter and stall, but remain faithful and watch it flourish within the flaming fires of faith. The vision of God is a force that keeps you focused on the eternal. Worship the God of the vision, not the vision, and you will experience eternal significance. It is a faith stretcher that causes you to come back to Christ in humble dependence and trusting obedience.

    Jesus says, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).

    Where am I in the faith process of implementing God’s vision for my life?

    Related Readings: Genesis 46:2; Daniel 2:28; Acts 16:10; Revelation 1:9

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  • Young at Heart

    Posted on December 6, 2011 by Family Christian

    “To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.” Daniel 1:17

     

    There is a tension between being young at heart and mature in mind. It is a good tension that need not be dismissed, because youth has its advantages: energy, excitement and unbridled expectations. The look in the eye of a young adult longs for more very quickly. They dream of a time one day soon; when their contribution to culture makes its significant mark with everlasting consequences.

    I remember this idealism, as my heart still vacillates between youthful exuberance and middle age prudence. The older I get the less of a risk taker I become, because there is more to lose, so I don’t want to throw caution to the wind, nor do I want to ignore fresh faith. It is a young heart I long for, one of total trust in the Lord, and one of unspoiled optimism anchored in the Word. The Bible exhorts young people in this way,

    “I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one” (1 John 2:14).

    In our middle to later years we are tempted to dismiss youthful trust along with youthful lust, so don’t miss these moments to mingle with your Master Jesus. It is a youthful heart that yearns for more time with the One that loves them most. In your days of graying hair lay bare to the Lord your big dreams yet unfulfilled, and the daunting mountains still left to climb for Christ.

    Wisely submit to your maturing mind by slowing down to be more selective and strategic with your time and resources. Determine you will serve others more and self less, by leveraging your life for the Lord’s sake. Stay young at heart and you will influence young minds with conviction in Christ.

    “For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth” (Psalm 71:5).

    Moreover, you remain young at heart by being with young hearts. You go where they go: coffee shops, rock climbing, museums and mission trips. You listen to what they listen to: artists, entertainers, politicians and preachers. You read what they read: blogs, books and websites. Embrace youth where they live, and you will earn the right to influence how they live. Your transparency about your own troubles and struggles garners their respect and makes you approachable. The blessing is you become like the ones you mentor; because influencers are influenced by the ones they influence. So the secret to being young at heart is being with the young at heart. Be with and pray for young hearts.

    The Bible says, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12, NKJV).

    Which young leader can I influence and be influenced by, who craves intimacy with Christ and growth in their character?

    Related Readings: Numbers 11:28; 1 Samuel 12:2; Job 33:25; Psalm 71:17; 2 Timothy 2:22

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  • Soulful Rest

    Posted on December 5, 2011 by Family Christian

    “This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'" Jeremiah 6:16

     

    The soul longs for rest in the Lord’s love and security. It’s when a body’s activities and emotional capacities run ahead of its soul that distress begins to define a disciple. Rest for the inner life is required for the outward life to leave behind an eternal impression on those it encounters. Indeed, God speaks inwardly with truth and trust to listening hearts.

    We each confront crossroads in our everyday lives that invite a secular frame of mind or a scriptural mindset. The new way may seem nice, but behind its modern mask is confusion, clutter and contempt for Christ. The old way may seem stale and sedate, but when applied prayerfully it is refreshing, rejuvenating and relationally healthy.

    “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you” (Exodus 33:13a).

    For example, the Lord may be leading you to adopt an abandoned child, but you feel pressure from society and even from some family members not to follow through. But you know adoption is a way to represent your heavenly Father’s love to a lost, discarded and confused child. God’s way is to go through each open door in faith and obedience. Your soul stays sensitive and alive when you bring hope and love to another needy soul.

    Or, your crossroads may be a career opportunity that seems exciting one moment and terrifying the next. You know the Lord’s track record of faithfulness has been flawless with your family, but fear causes you to “what if” yourself into procrastination. Perhaps He is saying to cut loose your umbilical cord to the culture and embrace Christ’s new call. Your soul is searching for significance beyond the secular into spiritual integration.

    “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4).

    Soul rest comes with regular doses of doing nothing or doing routine acts of something. Just as a body’s muscles stretch and grow with exercise, then rest, a soul’s spiritual stamina stretches and grows with strident service, then quiet contemplation. A soul needs to “be” more than it needs to “do”. “Doing” without “being” shrivels your soul, but “doing” from “being” fattens your faith. Thus, walk in the good way with God in soulful rest.

    “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him” (Psalm 62:5).

    What activities do I need for my “doing” to flow from my “being”, so my soul can rest?

    Related Readings: Psalm 62:1; 116:7; Matthew 11:29; Hebrews 4:1-6

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  • Vision for 2012

    Posted on December 4, 2011 by Family Christian

     

    Dear Fellow Wisdom Hunter,

    We are extremely grateful to God for your faithful readership of the daily devotional, your prayers and your financial support. Wisdom Hunters is a non-profit Christ-centered ministry blessed with a prayerful Board of Directors, who steward well this—the Lord’s work. After much prayer and planning with our 19-member Advisory Board we believe the Lord is leading us in the following ways:

    Vision

    Connect people to Christ through God’s Word.

    Goal

    By the end of 2012 trust God for 200,000 global and U.S. readers of the daily devotional.

    Testimony (click here for more: http://bit.ly/ggJzWk)

    Thank you for this beautiful post and it comes just in time for me. I am going through a great family tragedy and this speaks to my heart and soul. I need to remember that he is my Hightower and my place of refuge. God is always right on time with his words to comfort and share his wisdom. – Betsy… Resting Place devo… http://bit.ly/o67TKJ

    By God’s Grace Wisdom Hunters 2011 Review

    By God’s Grace Wisdom Hunters 2012 Preview

    • Increase readers of the daily devotional email to 200,000
    • Increase countries that read the daily email devotional from 73 to 125
    • Continue to reduce costs per reader to just over $1.00 per reader.
    • Chinese and Spanish translations of the daily email devotional
    • Engage a national publisher for the book, Wisdom for Life
    • Write and publish Seeking God in the Proverbs
    • Begin “Wisdom Minute” radio spots and video blogs
    • Update the Wisdom Hunters web site for an ease of searching by topics and Scripture
    • Increase eBook and book sales to 20,000 units

    Year-end needs for 2011… $30,000:

    3 @ $100 1 @ $10,000 3 @ $500
    6 @ $50 1 @ $5,000 4 @ $250
    9 @ $25 1 @ $2,500 4 @ $100
    12 @ $5 1 @ $1,500 8 @ $50
    24 @ $2 2 @ $1,000 10 @ $25

    Needs for 2012… $225,000:

    20 @ $100 2 @ $20,000 20 @ $500
    40 @ $50 3 @ $10,000 30 @ $250
    60 @ $25 5 @ $5,000 40 @ $100
    100 @ $5 5 @ $2,500 50 @ $50

    Total financial costs for 2011- $135,000 / Total financial costs for 2012- $225,000

    Prayer

    If you have been a regular reader for six months or longer, please join us in prayer in how the Lord might lead you to participate financially. If you are being blessed by the daily writings and could help us reach others for Jesus Christ then you can give online (monthly gifts help most and no gift is too small) by clicking http://bit.ly/fPxiWr or mail your check to:

    Wisdom Hunters
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    Thanks so much for your prayerful consideration.

    A servant for Jesus,

    Boyd Bailey
    President, Wisdom Hunters

    “I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ” (Philemon 1:6).


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  • Spiritual Leader

    Posted on December 3, 2011 by Family Christian

    “For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.” Ephesians 5:23

     

    Spiritual leadership in the home means that the husband serves. He serves his wife and he serves his children. This is not an option. This is who he is and what he does. Servanthood is at the heart of spiritual leadership. It is at the heart because this is how Jesus related to the church. He gave Himself up for the church. He sacrificed and served the church. It was not always easy and, ultimately, it led to the giving of His life. If a husband ever doubted his role, he need not look any further than Jesus. He is our role model of unselfish service.

    So, your posture as spiritual leader in the home is not a power play. It is not a platform from which you whip everyone into shape. Rather it is an altar to God on which you  offer your ego and pride. There is no room for those twins of self-centeredness. Spiritual leadership replaces pride and ego with grace and humility. A spiritual leader is energized and empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is not about who wins or who is right. It is all about dying to self and serving your wife and children. Your service to them earns you the respect to lead them. If you default to barking out orders from your high horse, they may comply for a season; but you can count on them rebelling if there is no relational investment on your part.

    Rules void of relationship do facilitate rebellion, or they may cause the family to shrink back into their corner of compliance, nursing a wounded heart. Indeed, most husbands do not feel qualified to be the spiritual leader. God knows that, and this is why He placed you in this role of responsibility—so that you can depend on Him. Pray to God and ask Him for His wisdom and grace to carry out your calling as spiritual leader. Seek out a mentor who can come along side you and give encouragement and coaching.

    The easy way out is to ignore your responsibility by placing it on the petite shoulders of your wife. She may be more spiritually mature and qualified for spiritual leadership, but this is not her role. She is to follow your leadership. The wise wife will celebrate this and let her husband lead. This is how you both grow. Submission and servant leadership are excellent lessons of maturity in Christ. Let your husband fail. Love him enough to respect his spiritual leadership. Respect is treating people at the point of their potential.

    A wife has the opportunity to see her husband for what he can become, not for where he is currently. Pray for him to pray with you and the children. Pray for him to read the Bible at the dinner table. Pray for him to be honest and wise about finances, both personally and professionally. Pray for him to be authentic about his struggles. Pray for him to know God. Pray for him to take the family to church. Pray for him to discover his spiritual gifts and to serve out of his giftedness. Spiritual leadership takes a ton of prayer from the wife and the husband. A home led by a man who is a submitted servant leader is a home with a spiritual leader. Lead out of your weakness, and everyone becomes strong in Christ!

    Taken from Dose #77 in the 90-day devotional book, Infusion.

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  • Gods Messenger

    Posted on December 2, 2011 by Family Christian

    David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. May you be blessed for your good judgment...”
    I Samuel 25: 32-33a

     

    God dispatches His messengers daily. You can expect a regular word from the Lord through others. They may represent His envoy of much-needed encouragement, or they may engage you with a regiment of rebuke. Whether He sends His messengers with a positive or a negative word, it is critical that you concur with their instruction. Your emotions may be driving you in one direction because you have been treated unfairly, even inflicted by a gross indiscretion. But God’s messenger is imploring you to take the more reasonable road of understanding and forgiveness. Just because you have been wronged, does not mean you are to wrong. Anybody can do that; it takes strength of character to not retaliate.

    God is in control. So leave your transgressors in His hand. Let the Lord deal with them in His timing. God’s messenger may be telling you to wait. This opportunity staring you down does not deserve your acceptance. Your pride and ego have nominated you to the task, but you know in your heart it is not the wise thing to do. Listen to God’s messenger and avoid a year of regret. Money and status are not worth jeopardizing your marriage and your health. There will be other opportunities, much better ones that will fit in your next season of life. It is easy to ignore, reject, or argue with God’s messenger, but think twice before you debate with Deity’s representative. They are ambassadors of heaven, reaching out to you on earth. He has things under control and desires His very best for your life.

    Many times, God’s messenger comes in the form of a friend who knows you all too well and has seen some of your destructive patterns over the years. He has your best interests in mind. Their desire is for you to learn from your unwise decisions of the past and flourish in the future. They are taking a risk with their friendship because they care. If they were self-serving, they would shut up. So, listen to God speaking through your friend, especially when it is not what you want to hear. He also speaks, frequently, through your spouse. They love you, and yes they may be fearful and insecure, but it is because they don’t want you to miss God’s very best.

    Do not allow ego and pride to blind you to their warnings and concerns. They may not understand all of the ins and outs of business, but they do understand the Holy Spirit’s promptings. This is a level of discernment, which God has wisely given to them as your gift. Make sure you receive it and use it well.

    Lastly, reward God’s messengers. This is behavior that deserves recognition and appreciation. You reward the behavior you want repeated, and you rebuke or ignore the behavior that you want to cease. Do more than say you agree. Instead, make a big deal over their determination to deliver the truth. Instead of blowing off the messenger of good will, invite them into your circle of influence. Promote those who persist in pitching the facts. God’s messengers can be trusted because they bear news from your heavenly Father. Therefore, take seriously their words, and act accordingly. Listen actively to God’s messengers, and in turn, become one.

    The Bible says, “He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise” (Proverbs 15:31).

    Taken from the December 1st reading in the 365-day devotional book, Seeking Daily the Heart of God.

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  • Delayed Understanding

    Posted on December 1, 2011 by Family Christian

    Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7

     

    God’s will is not always understood in the moment, but in retrospect it becomes clear. This is the design of the faith walk: remain faithful today, even though understanding may not come until tomorrow. Delays in the comprehension of circumstances seem like a divine detour, but it is a fruitful path for the Lord to show Himself trustworthy and wise.

    Be comforted for Christ is doing a deeper work—even if on the surface it seems shallow, insignificant and unnecessary. The details of how He takes the time to prepare us for His next assignment may seem redundant, but counter intuitive actions are not learned in one lesson. The idea that greatness comes from being a servant to all takes time to transform a heart. Jesus does not allow us to move on until humility truly moves in. 

    “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble” (Daniel 4:37).

    A delayed understanding of God’s ways is not meant to delay our action in opportunities to serve. For example, we can’t immediately see the bigger meaning in the scare of an inconclusive blood test that leads to more invasive physical exams, but later we grow in our love for the physicians and nurses who care for us. Delays are God’s parenthesis for Him to produce good fruit in and through us. So we serve well while we wait to know.

    Do you feel trapped or caught in a no win situation? If so, what is the Lord trying to say? How can you grow as a student in Jesus’ school of unselfish service? Ask Him to convert your counterproductive frustrations into fuel for focus on the well being of others. You may have it hard, but someone else has it worse. Turn to the all knowing one in the middle of the unknown. The Holy Spirit will reveal His ways when you are ready.

    “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD” (Psalm 27:14).

    Therefore, stand today in the security of your Savior Jesus, as He is your rock and reassurance. Understanding may not come until after your window of obedience. His love is not delayed, only your ability to totally comprehend His grander plan in the larger landscape of life. God’s delays are designed to accelerate your love for and trust in Jesus.

    “Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts” (Isaiah 26:8).

    Where do I need to remain faithful in the middle of a season of delayed understanding?

    Related Readings: Lamentations 3:24-26; Micah 7:7; 1 Corinthians 1:7; 1 John 5:20

    Additional Resource: eBooks- Wisdom for Fathers, Wisdom For Mothers, Wisdom for Graduates, Infusion, Seeking Daily the Heart of God and Seeking God in the Psalms… click here: http://bit.ly/jHlNX0  All titles also available from the iBook store for iPad?

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  • Book Review: With, by Skye Jethani

    Posted on November 30, 2011 by Family Christian

    Most people around the world, including the majority of Christians, do not properly relate to God.  They relate to God out of a world-view of fear and are driven by the need to control their world.  This is the claim that Skye Jethani makes in his book, With: Reimaging the Way You Relate to God.

     

    In this book, Jethani claims that most people relate to God in one of four ways.  The first way is Life Under God.  I this relationship, God needs to be appeased and His anger controlled through sacrifice or certain behavior patterns.  This was the prevalent religion of the ancient world, but still manifests itself today, even in many Christian circles.  God is depicted as being angry, and if not appeased will crush us in his wrath.  Thus, the seeker attempts to control God’s anger through service, sacrifice or other religious rituals. 

    The second view of God is in a mindset called Life Over God.  In this mindset, God, if he exists at all, is a celestial watchmaker who wound up the universe and assigned certain laws, and then stepped back and to let it run on its own.  As long as we live within the laws, then everything works out fine.  The atheist and agnostic operate totally within the Love Over God mindset, believing that everything that happens is due to natural laws that have evolved over time.  But even Christians, including many Christian leaders, operate under this same assumption. They believe that God has put in place certain laws of leadership, or biblical principles, or universal rules of the game that, if followed, will guarantee success in ministry or business.

    The third view of God is called Life From God. This viewpoint views God as a vending machine which, if manipulated correctly, gives us what we want or need.  This person serves God as long as their needs or wants are being met and assumes that, as long as God is happy and they live by the rules, all will go well with them.  In the end, they become bitter and disappointed when life deals them a bad hand, assuming that God did not live up to His end of the deal.

    The forth and final view is called Life For God. These are the people who serve God largely through guilt and intimidation.  They feel that unless they are successful in doing good things for God, their lives are worthless.  Many sincere Christians live a life of constant activity and running, doing work for God because they believe that this is what is expected of them. And, sadly, many churches use, abuse and wear down these sincere but exhausted followers.

    All four of these mindsets, Jethani claims, rather than removing the follower’s fear, actually accentuates it.  All four mindsets fail in their attempt to relate to God, and end up actually pushing the seeker further away from God and deeper into despair.   

    After presenting these four prevalent views of relating to God, Jethani then presents what he believes to be the best and biblical mindset:  Life With God.  In this mindset, the fear of failure, the fear of death, the fear of not having enough, the fear of not pleasing God are removed. God is sought solely for the purpose of knowing and loving Him. When this happens, the Christian is free to do God’s will because God’s will is done out of a heart of gratitude and love, not a heart of fear.  Living Life With God allows the Christian to, as Tim Keller said in his book, King’s Cross, enter into the divine dance with the Trinity, moving in step with God rather than trying to go it alone.  This Life With God is a perfect harmony of faith, hope and love – a life of total dependence on the One who died for us to set us free, not to add to the weight of the demands of false religion.

    Find the book here: http://www.familychristian.com/with-reimagining-the-way-you-relate-to-god.html


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  • God Memories

    Posted on November 30, 2011 by Family Christian

    “I remember the days of long ago; I mediate on all your works and consider what your hands have done”. Psalm 143:5

     

    God memories help us to remember what is really important in life. The  Lord’s wonderful works come in a variety of expressions. For example, we may have seen His hand at work during our conversion experience while attending church or an old fashioned revival meeting. Or, maybe His answer to prayer arrested our hearts during a contemplative conversation with Christ along a quiet creek bed.

    Our meditation on the Almighty’s activities activates our heart with faith and hope. It is when we ruminate on His righteous acts that we tend to feel secure and certain. When our own work leads us to wander, we can still wonder at the works of His hands. He can work through our works in spite of our works. A mind always on the move needs the maintenance of God’s memories to meditate and muse on His encouraging acts.

    “They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them” (Nehemiah 9:17).

    Therefore, look through your minds eye and see in hindsight how heaven has directed your days. His Holy Spirit may have led you to say no to one career opportunity because He had a more significant option in mind. The Lord may have closed one door of higher education, and opened another you would not have scripted, but it was precisely how you met your life mate.

    You saw His works in a little baby He may have blessed you with, to nurture and love. Or it may be the memory of being with a grandparent, and experiencing God’s canopy of creation together. It was here you heard the wisdom of the Lord, and felt unconditional love and acceptance. Use these God memories to galvanize your faith, and to make you more like your memory maker Jesus.

    “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory…” (2Peter 1:12-13a).

    What God memories would I do well to reflect on with gratitude and hope?

    Related Readings: Psalm 42:4; Ecclesiastes 12:1; Isaiah 46:9; Ephesians 2:12

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