Purified by Hope

Stumbling into GRACE:

Hope’s Invitation

Originally posted on disciplegideon:

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Did you know that hope can purify you? The Christian walk is steeped in hope. Not by hope in general, but rather by a specific hope. I think most of us as Christians have many hopes: eternal life in heaven, meeting our loved ones in heaven, the hope that someone in our life who is lost will come to Christ, and the list can go on. But the Bible, more accurately, the New Testament, has a golden thread of a specific hope that is woven into the writings of our forefathers. It is almost like a hidden truth that must be excavated, like uncovering a hidden treasure. The reason for this is beyond my knowledge; although, conjecture leads me to propose that maybe some spiritual truths absolutely must be “mined out” by spending time in the Word, that maybe the Spirit has left clues throughout His inspired words for the…

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We Were Made For This

Stumbling into GRACE:

The Lord reminds us

Originally posted on Story of the Day--climbinghigher:

Story of the Day for Friday November 14, 2014

We Were Made For This

Eagerly practice hospitality.

Romans 12:13

Gander is a small, quiet town on the island of Newfoundland. All that changed on September 11, 2001. With planes used as weapons, the U.S., for the first time in its history, shut down the skies. All incoming flights from Europe were diverted to Canada.

The runway at the Gander airport shook as 747s began to make emergency landings. Within three hours, the airport was crammed with 38 jets and over 6,500 passengers. Instantly, the area swelled by 60% in population.

Pilots and crews filled the local hotels, but where do you put so many thousands of stranded passengers? The local residents mobilized for action.

All high schools, church basements, and meeting halls within an hour from the airport were opened to provide housing. Many residents opened up their homes.

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Spiritual Stepping-Stones . . . .

Stumbling into GRACE:

Stepping Stones

Originally posted on hisglorysm:

While thinking about spiritual stepping-stones earlier in the week, I remembered some very special stepping-stones off the coast of Cornwall, England.  Named after a legendary giant named Bedruthan, we took our children to see the rocky formations the giant supposedly used as stepping-stones to cross the bay. The view was spectacular as we stood on a cliff several hundred feet above the Bedruthan Steps–imagining the giant crossing the bay toward us against the setting sun.

Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall, England

Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall, England

The Bible does not mention stepping-stones, but it does talk about running a spiritual race that God has laid out for us.  One of my favorites is found in Hebrews 12:1,

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us . . …

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HOW CAN IT BE?

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Good Morning!

Every morning during my prayer time I read several daily readings and my Bible. Two of these daily readers are GRACE FOR EACH MOMENT BY ONE MINUTE DEVOTIONS written and compiled by several Christian writers and published in 2011. MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST (365 one minute meditations) by Oswald Chamber and published in 1935.

These daily readings were written 76 years apart; one written by the famous Christian writer and the other written by various Christian writers.

How can it be that two readings on the same day can convey the same message?

There is only one answer to that question. Only the Holy Spirit delivered this message in these two books on this particular day.

The Holy Spirit blessed me by these readings, only the Holy Spirit knew I needed and longed for this message.

My prayer for you today is that these messages will bless your life too.

God Bless

FROM GRACE FOR EACH MOMENT – ONE MINUTE DEVOTIONS (written 2011)

Psalm: 37:18 The days of the blameless are known to the Lord, and their inheritance will endure forever

We often hear of people who apparently live virtuous lives and yet are plagued by disaster. Sometimes we want to question God’s actions, and it is difficult to agree with Paul when he says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Rom 8:28)

However, it is important to remember that God’s perspective on life is eternal and He truly desires all things to work for your own good. Paul also says that our present suffering does not outweigh the glory that will be revealed in us (see Rom 8:18)

Take courage and let your heart be peaceful – God’s grace is sufficient!

Prayer: I thank you, all-knowing God that Your grace is always sufficient for me, despite my problems. Amen

FROM MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST (365 one minute meditations) by Oswald Chambers written 1935

The Undetected Sacredness of Circumstances

Romans 8:28 All things work together for good to those who love God

The circumstances of a saint’s life are ordained of God. In the life of a saint there is no such thing as chance. God by His providence brings you into circumstance that you can’t understand at all but the Spirit of God understands. God brings you to places, among people and into certain conditions to accomplish a definite purpose. All your circumstances are in the hand of God.

GOD WORKS IN EVERYDAY THINGS

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GOD WORKS IN EVERY DAY THINGS (**taken from Grace for each Moment)

Proverbs 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps

God often works in miraculous ways. We see His glory in the changing heavens; we see His handiwork in the grandeur of Creation.

Yet, God is also the Creator of the small and everyday things: the perfection of the rose and the fragility of the forget-me-knot; all these reflect a creative God who is also the Master of order and detail.

We so easily forget that God is interested in our well-being. Just consider how many times He has guided you through difficult circumstances.

Prayer: Thank you, Almighty God, that You never cease to work in my life and answer my prayers. You speak with a thousand tongues; let me always hear Your voice. Amen

 

 

PEACE

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***taken from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young ***

Take time to BE STILL in My Presence. The more hassled you feel, the more you need this sacred space of communion with Me. Breathe slowly and deeply. Relax in My holy Presence while My Face shines upon you.

Imagine the pain I feel when My children tie themselves up in anxious knots, ignoring My gift of Peace. I died a criminal’s death to secure this blessing for you.  Receive it gratefully; hide it in your heart. My Peace is an inner treasure, growing within you as you trust in Me. Therefore, circumstances cannot touch it.  Be still, enjoying Peace in My Presence.

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth (Psalm 46:11)

The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:25-26)

 

DISCOURAGED?

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Moses … went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens (Exodus 2:11)

We may have the vision of God and a very clear understanding of what God wants, and yet when we start to do it, there comes to us something equivalent to Moses’ forty years in the wilderness. It’s as if God has ignored the entire thing, and when we are thoroughly discouraged, God comes back and revives His call to us.  If you are going through a time of discouragement, there is a time of great personal growth ahead.

Oswald Chambers from My Utmost for His Highest

WHEN I SAY I AM A CHRISTIAN

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Someone posted this poem on my Facebook page – I checked the internet says it was written by Maya Angelou (at least several references)

When I say, “I am a Christian”

When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not shouting “I’ve been saved!”
I’m whispering, “I get lost! That’s why I chose this way”

When I say, “I am a Christian,” I don’t speak with human pride
I’m confessing that I stumble – needing God to be my guide

When I say, “I am a Christian” I’m not trying to be strong
I’m professing that I’m weak and pray for strength to carry on

When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not bragging of success
I’m admitting that I’ve failed and cannot ever pay the debt

When I say, “I am a Christian,” I don’t think I know it all
I submit to my confusion asking humbly to be taught

When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are far too visible but God believes I’m worth it

When I say, “I am a Christian,” I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache which is why I seek His name

When I say, “I am a Christian,” I do not wish to judge
I have no authority — I only know I’m loved

 

No Greater Love…

Stumbling into GRACE:

No pain too deep

Originally posted on Holy Ghost Bumps:

f2b06ed4f481354aab84dc2e49fd169aIt’s almost 3am, and I can’t sleep…again.  One of the side-effects of PTSD, I’m sure.  I never really ever thought that I’d experience that.  I mean, isn’t post traumatic stress disorder reserved for war vets and violent crime victims?  Apparently not.

For some reason, He speaks to me a lot at night.  Maybe it’s because that’s when I’m most still.  Most silent.  Most receptive to hear Him.  Or maybe it’s because He realizes that’s when I need Him most.  The nights are still so very hard.

As I sit typing these words, I’m listening to “How He Loves” as performed by WorshipMob.  It just hit me to give it a listen for the hundredth time, just as it hit me to start writing.  It’s one of two songs that were performed at Mia’s memorial service, and it’s really bittersweet for me.  Not only does it remind me how much Christ…

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