*2/20/2006 7:06 AM*
*Title: /TRUSTING GOD’S WORD/*
*S: *Act 27:24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought
before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’
Act 27:25 Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be
just as it was told me.
*O:* These are good words of Paul. In the midst of a terrible storm, he
trusts God. In the midst of a terrible battle of life and death, he
appears to not worry. Perhaps it was the angel that appeared to him.
Perhaps it was that he simply trusted God.
Hearing God speak, I think, would have an amazing impact on your life.
Moses heard God speak many times. Numbers 7:89 NKJV Now when Moses went
into the tabernacle of meeting to speak with Him, he heard the voice of
One speaking to him from above the mercy seat that /was/ on the ark of
the Testimony, from between the two cherubim; thus He spoke to him.
He heard God’s voice and He obeyed God’s voice. God speaking to you is
an amazingly humble opportunity. But it’s a scary thought too – I mean,
this is the Holy God, the Almighty God, the Ever Present God. And if
he’s speaking to you, a lowly servant, it’s a bit disconcerting. At the
same time, it’s a wonderful thing, a thing to be longed for.
I agree with the Psalmist – you can always trust God, because Psa 23:3
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His
*A:* I’ve been in some very scary situations before that I wasn’t sure
that I would come out of them. At those moments, I turned to God in
prayer. But did I trust Him as much as Paul did? Did I hear Him as well
as Moses did? Did I believe that He would restore my soul as much as
I wish I could say that I did. I wish that I could say that I was fully
engaged in God and fully engage in listening to him all the time. That’s
my goal. That’s my desire. That’s my life and my walk. I wish it were
Daily, my time with God ought to be about hearing His voice. Daily, my
time with God ought to be about getting to know Him and what He’s trying
to say to me. It can’t be about truth – although it also can’t be
opposed to truth. It can’t be about learning information, but must be
about learning what God’s heart is. It must be about learning to be like
Psalms 23:1-6 NKJV *_A Psalm of David._*
The LORD /is/ my shepherd;
I shall not want. (2) He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters. (3) He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
(4) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You /are/ with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
(5) You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over. (6) Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell^ in the house of the LORD
I have nothing to fear, because God is with me. I have nothing to fear
because I am listening to Him. I have nothing to fear, because He is my
God and my Salvation.
*P:* Lord, I’ve been having personal devotions now for nearly 17 years.
I’ve sat down and journaled most every day of those years. I’ve grown.
I’ve learned. I’ve changed. Yet, I don’t perceive that my daily worship
with you is over. I don’t perceive that I’ve somehow attained some good.
I don’t perceive that I’ve made it. Not at all!
Rather, Lord, I simply think of how much I am currently learning about
you and how much more I need to learn still. I understand that I must
continue to listen for your voice. I must continue to be guided by your
word and by your path. I know, Lord, that I have much more following to do.
So, I pray for the Holy Spirit to fill me. I pray for the Holy Spirit to
change me. I pray for the Holy Spirit to make me a man like You! I pray
you will continue to change me, mold me, and make me. I love you, Lord,
and I will serve you and listen for your words to me all the days of my
life. Thank you.
Lord, I pray for Jim Brauer today. He sent word out last night that he
wasn’t going to be re-elected as Conference President. Did Jim Greene
see the writing on the wall, and that’s why he left? Hmmm…. I pray for
Jim. He’s nearly everything I would hope for in a conference president.
He’s got ideas, future thinking, and he sets the boundaries for me. But
he doesn’t get in my way when I play the game of ministry. He simply
sets the boundaries and leaves the rest alone.
I pray for his courage. I pray for his strength. I pray for Jim’s
discouragement that is sure to hit. Lord, I pray you will bless him with
your presence. Bless him and give him hope, courage, and strength. I
pray, Lord, for the Holy Spirit to guide him. I pray for the Holy Spirit
to live in him.