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Monday, August 29, 2016           Volume 7                     Issue 129

 
In this Issue:
  1. The Throne of Grace.
  2. God's Promise
  3. Verse of the Day & Prayer
 
 
 

Whenever I speak with people about praying - you know one of the most common reactions is this:

"I'm not good enough. That person over there - well she probably is. And that one over yonder - well, I think he would be.

"But not me. You don't know me. I mean, the things I've said and done and.....no, I just can't bowl up to God and start praying."

That's how so many people feel. And if that's your reaction - in one sense you'd be right. But in another - completely and utterly wrong.

Because on the one hand God is a perfect or "holy" God - and we all fall well and truly short of that. But on the other Hand - He knows that. 

And that's why He sent Jesus Christ His Son to die for us - to pay for all of the "falling short" that we do - so that we can have free access to Him.

Jesus, it turns out, is the key. And we can come boldly before the throne of grace through Him. You know - grace is only grace when we don't deserve it.

Used with permission by Berni Dymet

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"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done." -Philippians 4:6

Over coffee recently, I had the great pleasure of listening to a young woman’s story of how she met her husband-to-be at her workplace. The only problem was...he hadn’t proposed yet. Now a year-and-a-half into their relationship, she still has a promise from God, which she received some time ago, that this man would be her husband.

So why the wait?

Promises...

God’s promises are yes and amen. He is not a man that He would lie (Num 23:19). He always fulfills His promises. And so goes God’s Word to deliver in due time while my friend offers up thanksgiving and praise...and while He prepares her for the marathon and ministry of marriage.

She understands that the burden is on God, not on her husband-to-be.

At this point, she doesn’t know how long her wait will be, only that it will happen in “due time,” in His “appointed time,” according to what He has revealed thus far during prayer.

Therefore, she keeps her eyes on God and continues to believe with expectation.

Preparation...

I’ve heard it said that many women spend more time planning their wedding than preparing for their marriage--certainly something to ponder.

I love that this young woman has come to realize that her wait is divinely purposed. God is giving her the luxury of an alert and of time to dig deeper into His treasury of scriptures on the topic of marriage and for Him to establish Himself more intimately as her First Husband (Is 54:5)...because she will need it.

James 4:8 tells us that as we come near to God, He comes near to us. What a wonderful invitation of intimacy with Him in a very special calling.

As she yields her will to His wait, He will equip her soul and establish her to lean upon Him for everything she needs in her marriage-to-be. He knows she will need this discipline in the years to come. And He loves her (and her husband-to-be) enough to provide them with a righteous foundation.

I love that she is seeing her new journey God’s way and is choosing to trust Him at His Word, beyond her current circumstances. There is nothing like faith strengthened, fertile for a harvest.

Practical...

There is also peace in preparation--both in the spiritual and in the practical. How wonderful to have the advantage of keeping it all in God’s perspective.

This time alone with God also allows my friend the luxury of lifting up wedding ideas to Him. She understands that God orders her steps and that He cares about details. What better wedding planner than The Holy Spirit?!

Interestingly enough, as I drove home from our coffee meeting, two billboards caught my attention along the highway--one advertising a bridal show in town for the following month, and one advertising wedding rings. Yes, God is on the move!

 Fulfillment...

And while God is moving in my friend’s life, He’s moving in her future husband’s...by His grace. God knows just how to work in him, when to prompt him and where to position him to fulfill the promise in His appointed time.

Isn’t God amazing?

He really does have a plan to prosper our lives in every area. Jeremiah 29:10-14 tells us...

"'...I will come to you and fulfill My good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,' declares The Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,' declares the Lord..."

For You...

What has God promised you? Do you realize He has not forgotten you, that He is always preparing you for the fulfillment of His promises on earth as it is in heaven? He will reveal them to you incrementally as you live out your life for Him. Coming to know Him in this way and exploring His treasures are two of Christianity’s greatest adventures.

It’s all for His Kingdom...building us to build for Him.

Thank you Jesus for Your love!

Used With Permision by Margaret D. Mitchell

 

Romans 12:15

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

 Thoughts on today's verse

 We are not alone. God has given us each other to live our lives for him and get us back home to him. Along the way, we want to share each others' burdens, soar on each others joys, and love each others' hurts. There is no such thing as a solo Christian.

 Prayer:

 Loving Father, lead me to the people today who need their burdens lifted and their joys shared. Let me be your presence in the world of your children today. This I ask in Jesus name. Amen.


 

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