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Simon the Wizard

My Devotion: Acts 8:4-25.  God Bless you ~ Zoey

Ancient Sorcerers

 

 

Simon the Wizard

8:4 Forced to leave home base, the followers of Jesus all became missionaries. Wherever they were scattered, they preached the Message about Jesus. Going down to a Samaritan city, Philip proclaimed the Message of the Messiah. When the people heard what he had to say and saw the miracles, the clear signs of God’s action, they hung on his every word. Many who could neither stand nor walk were healed that day. The evil spirits protested loudly as they were sent on their way. And what joy in the city!

9-11 Previous to Philip’s arrival, a certain Simon had practiced magic in the city, posing as a famous man and dazzling all the Samaritans with his wizardry. He had them all, from little children to old men, eating out of his hand. They all thought he had supernatural powers, and called him “the Great Wizard.” He had been around a long time and everyone was more or less in awe of him.

Prayer:

Father God you are immutable. You are faithful and true, mighty and sure.  Impostors – like Simon the Sorcerer, may come and go.  But you, our Father, will watch over your Living Word; it will do your good pleasure and it will not return void.  For in your wisdom, sent the Apostle Philip to remind the Samaritans not to listen to Simon the magician, as we read in this passage.

 

12-13 But when Philip came to town announcing the news of God’s kingdom and proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ, they forgot Simon and were baptized, becoming believers right and left! Even Simon himself believed and was baptized. From that moment he was like Philip’s shadow, so fascinated with all the God-signs and miracles that he wouldn’t leave Philip’s side.

Prayer:

I thank you for those presently, who are going out into all the world preaching the Message of the Messiah.  Yes, this same present evil seen in the world today is no different as was in this passage telling of Simon the Magician. This man had believed and been baptized hoping to gain the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. Foolishly thinking he could be “like” Philip and then once again, manipulate the people in Samaria to believe that he was greater than the Apostles sent by your Son, Jesus the Risen Savior of the world.

 

14-17 When the apostles in Jerusalem received the report that Samaria had accepted God’s Message, they sent Peter and John down to pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit. Up to this point they had only been baptized in the name of the Master Jesus; the Holy Spirit hadn’t yet fallen on them. Then the apostles laid their hands on them and they did receive the Holy Spirit.

Prayer:

Father God, your timing is perfect.  The Holy Spirit had not fallen upon the people until the apostles Peter and John had arrived from Jerusalem.  You were faithful to Philip, so that he would have the support of Peter and John.  Samaria was and still is so very dear to your heart, Lord.

 

18-19 When Simon saw that the apostles by merely laying on hands conferred the Spirit, he pulled out his money, excited, and said, “Sell me your secret! Show me how you did that! How much do you want? Name your price!”

20-23 Peter said, “To hell with your money! And you along with it. Why, that’s unthinkable—trying to buy God’s gift! You’ll never be part of what God is doing by striking bargains and offering bribes. Change your ways—and now! Ask the Master to forgive you for trying to use God to make money. I can see this is an old habit with you; you reek with money-lust.”

 

Prayer:

Father God, the price that your Son paid on the Cross as our Messiah is not measured in silver or gold. It is not a commodity to be sold or bought. It is an eternal gift – freely given and it is forever only yours to give.  Here we read in your Word that Simon’s deceptive manipulation was for monetary gain and power. Praise you, God, for you are NOT for sale! Nor is Your Holy Spirit deceived.  Help us to have the same bold conviction as the Apostle Peter did to rebuke those who have ill intentions and holding hidden selfish agendas.  Give us the wisdom, the transparency and unity in the Holy Spirit to walk out our salvation before you, Lord.  Amen.

 

24 “Oh!” said Simon, “pray for me! Pray to the Master that nothing like that will ever happen to me!”

25 And with that, the apostles were on their way, continuing to witness and spread the Message of God’s salvation, preaching in every Samaritan town they passed through on their return to Jerusalem.

[The Message translation]

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Walking Worthy of God

Walking Worthy of God

Devotional by Zoey 2017

Jesus Prays for All Believers

John 17:20-26

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 

21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.

My Comment: To imagine on a lone evening as Jesus knelt to pray this to his Father, it would reach across the lines of time to future generations yet to be lived.  Even more so, we were in his heart before we were even a twinkle in our mother’s eye, so to speak.  He prayed for all to be one, as he and the Father are one. Can we have the same prayer for those in our life? To be one; in unity as the body of Christ Jesus. Does our character reflect his character to the Father?  And in the same line of thought, does our character reflect Jesus’ love through us to others.  Being one is to be full of Jesus with the Father in one Spirit. 

May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—

 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity.

Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

My comment: There is a two-fold gain in Jesus prayer for the believer. The first is to preach the message that God so loved the WORLD he sent his son Jesus. The second is that those who believe are promised to have life eternal in His kingdom in heaven.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

My Comment: The promise has been kept.  At his crucifixion, Jesus turned to the thief (alongside him) who confessed belief in Jesus as the son of God and said “today, you will be with me in paradise.”  We are brought to complete unity on earth as it is in heaven by the Father’s good will towards those who are found in his son, Jesus.  Each believer in Christ Jesus will see the glory of Jesus’ kingdom given him by his Father God. 

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.

 26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

My Comment: No greater love has been exampled in human history than the life and death of Jesus Christ.  None in any religion or belief systems throughout civilization can make the same claim as Jesus.  He said to his disciples that they would be hated because of his name, Jesus. He said this to prepare them.  It is that same name that also brought each of his Apostles to their greatest achievements in preaching the gospel and then to the ultimate reward…to stand in the presence of Jesus in his heavenly kingdom… reunited in Paradise.  Complete unity Crowned in Glory.  What love he gave.  What hope we who believe to hold.

~My prayer:

We are given all we need to live today, if we seek your kingdom first, Lord.  We have what we ask for in your Name, Jesus, for your word is truth and life.  Temper us with humility and the understanding to see where you are providing in our daily walk.  Let us find the satisfaction in all things good and the fullness of joy abundantly.

Amen

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The Language of Promise by Graham Cooke ~Conclusion

Graham Cooke

~CONCLUSION~

The sad truth about many longtime Christians is that they
have never understood the magnitude of God’s love. Some have
served Him for decades and not known His passion for them.
But I believe that He is going to make up for that lost time. We
need to receive this love with child-like simplicity, not overanalyzing
it or trying to strive for it.
God is going to come to us in this next season of time and
His love will almost be beyond our capacity to bear. It will be
the stuff of dreams, an unimaginable, monumental, incredible,
astonishing, marvelous, outrageous love. This language will
change the way you think about everything. God’s dream for
us is that we would be immersed in the majesty of everything
He feels for us.
His love will overwhelm us, leading us past logic, reason,
intellect, and into a place where our hearts will be touched as
they have never been touched before. This is a season of wonder
for us, and we will have to learn to live like a much-loved child.
Our journey now is to cultivate an expectancy for—and
interpret everything in—the love of God. God wants to root
and ground us in His love so deeply that we live there for the
rest of our days. This love will cause us to grow to be the men
and women God most wants us to be.
It’s exciting to think of how radically this love will change
our lives. We will experience the breadth, length, height, and
depth of God’s love for us. His language will wash over us, again
and again.
Love God and love our neighbor: it is our destiny and our
honour.

 

My Comment: Graham’s conclusion is profound.  It is encapsulated for me beautifully in his closing statements.  I agree that we need a “new season” were it is God who comes to us with wonder to fill our hearts… in the same manner as He gave Jesus to the world on that glorious night back in Bethlehem so many centuries ago.  His promises will bring the expectancy to fruition , as it was in the old testament- where the promise of a Messiah was given and when Jesus was born ~ so it fulfilled the scriptures.  

We need to receive this love with child-like simplicity, not overana­lyzing it or trying to strive for it.

I will hold fast the grace of God’s word and nothing else will be cultivated in my life testimony.  I will celebrate each day because I am assured through these promises that Christ Jesus is the keeper of my soul and by Him all things remain sure and true.  This is our season of wonder-filled hope, peace and love.  In His JOY be BLESSED.

Revelation 22:

vs 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”

Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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The Language of Promise by Graham Cooke ~ Study Week 19

Graham Cooke: pgs. 42-46

Joshua 1.9

INHERITING THE PROMISE

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence
so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so
that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who
through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when
God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by
no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I WILL SURELY
BLESS YOU, AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.” And so, having
patiently waited, he obtained the promise.
For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with
them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute.
“IF YOU CONCENTRATE ON
FINDING WHATEVER IS GOOD
IN EVERY SITUATION, YOU WILL
DISCOVER THAT YOUR LIFE
WILL SUDDENLY BE FILLED
WITH GRATITUDE, A FEELING
THAT NURTURES THE SOUL.”
RABBI HAROLD KUSHNER

In the same way God, desiring even more to
show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness
of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two
unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to
lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement
to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope
we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and
steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where
Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a
high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
(Hebrews 6:11-20 NASB)
At the heart of all God’s dealings with us, is the issue of
our inheritance in Christ. We are the Beloved of the Father, the
Bride of Christ, People of the Spirit.
Not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a
blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose
that you might inherit a blessing.
(1 Peter 3:9 NASB)
We are called to inherit. It is what we demonstrate to the
Earth. We are people of promise. We have hope, an inheritance
and a language in which we communicate our confidence in the
Father. That language we learn from Heaven. The Holy Spirit
communicates the heart of the Father in such a powerful way
that we are radically changed by the conversation and the content.
We then communicate to others in exactly the way that
it was delivered to our heart.
To inherit we need two priceless things which we receive
from God in the process of our circumstances. These are faith
and patience. This is a wonderful contrast that is only learned
through process. Process is a series of steps designed to achieve
a particular goal or learning objective.
Faith speaks about immediacy and patience refers to eventuality.
Most Christians want the magic Midas touch of instantaneous
receiving from the Lord. Faith is a gift to be received but
also a disciplined confidence that must be learned. We cannot
go through life always requiring a gift of faith. God gives those
as He wills. He wants us to learn how to grow faith, increase in
it and walk by it. For this to occur we must attach patience to
our faith so that we walk on the path that God has provided.
Circumstances are often so intense that they seem to last for
ages. Primarily this is because we face them in our emotion
rather than our will. The will is the vehicle for faith to attain
the will of God.
The promise is secure. God does not lie. The issue is always
process. The path of God (process) is always about increasing
our confidence, enlarging expectation, learning to stand in
peace, being stretched in faith and being schooled in how to
see God and hold onto Him. His word is the anchor point for
process to be attained.
What is the gap between the promise and the provision
for you in your current situation? What is the process that is
designed to fit that space? What is the pathway that God has
chosen for you to develop greater confidence as well as receive
the provision? Meditate on these things and activate your will
towards the Lord. Learn what your current process is all about
and how you can cooperate with the Spirit. This is walking by
faith.
Faith is confident expectation, patience is calmness and
composure. The two combined produce a fortitude and consistency.
There is a serene persistence that allows us to keep God
in our sights and rejoice in Him. Serene persistence is anathema
to doubt, fear and unbelief.
God is unchanging and trustworthy, so is His word. When
promising Abraham a son, the Father took an oath in His own
name. The oath and God’s name are the same. God’s name and
His nature are equally the same. Because of Who He is, our
confident expectation (hope) is anchored in His personality.
His promises emanate from behind the curtain i.e. the division
that separates the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.
This is the place Jesus occupies as our High Priest. He is in God’s
Presence at all times, continuously interceding for us to be all
that the Father intends.
The promise may be fulfilled immediately because the Lord
may be showing you how to handle a gift of faith. The promise
will always be fulfilled eventually through the process of faith.
Give yourself to the Father of lights, from whom every gift
is given (James 1:17). He is the Unchanging One. We see Him
best when we are single minded (focused) about His goodness.
Double-minded people are always disappointed and eventually
disinherit themselves.
Process is the key to walking by faith. Actively combining
your faith with patience gives a guarantee of inheritance. Serene
persistence…there is nothing more precious in a faith lifestyle.

 

In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encour­agement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:11-20 NASB)      My Comment:  There is so much more to the Christian lifestyle that develops after we find salvation and forgiveness.  It is our beginning as a new creation, meaning the old sinner is gone and the heir of the promise is before us.  Our journey begins with the Holy Spirit as our guide.  Each step of faith measures our spiritual growth and maturity.  Something beautiful begins as we watch God developing our story in a Christ Centered Faith. We read in scripture God desires for each believer to be heirs with His Son, Jesus.  What a comfort to know we have Jesus as our high priest interceding on our behalf.  These are the treasures of our inheritance; hope that anchors our soul, the promise of purpose, strong encouragement and God’s oath which is steadfast and sure.  When we are instant in prayer, focused on his word– we are engaged and He is present with us.  His Holy Spirit will comfort, guide in truth and speak the language of Heaven to our hearts, so in turn, we may speak the same to someone who needs to hear of the promise of His unchangeable Love.

 

This section speaks on a topic that is very dear to my heart – inheriting the promise.  If I could slow down the speed of this section like a phonograph, in order to absorb the rich keys of wisdom, it would be to 33 1/3RPM, which (as I realize) is ironically around the age of Jesus when his life came to the fullness of inheriting the promise from His Father.  ~

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The Language of Promise by Graham Cooke ~ Study Week 18

Graham Cooke: pgs. 41-42

GRATITUDE

Gratefulness may be humanity’s most underestimated
devotional tool. We often forget that gratitude is how we access
God’s presence. “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into
His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For
the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to
all generations,” the psalmist sang in Psalm 100:4-5.

It’s always good to set aside a few hours just to be thankful.
Make a list of the things you’re grateful for. A lack of gratitude
can lead us into feeling that nothing is happening, or into frustration
over hassles and issues. In that moment, stop and ask
yourself: “What are the benefits in my life right now?”

In the west we don’t know how well-off we truly are. Twothirds
of the world doesn’t eat more than five meals a week. God
has blessed us and it’s important that we think about it. I long
to see Christians get beyond themselves and start seeing the

“IF YOU CONCENTRATE ON
FINDING WHATEVER IS GOOD
IN EVERY SITUATION, YOU WILL
DISCOVER THAT YOUR LIFE
WILL SUDDENLY BE FILLED
WITH GRATITUDE, A FEELING
THAT NURTURES THE SOUL.”
RABBI HAROLD KUSHNER

glory of God as it pertains
to their own life. We need
great people who understand
that their success is
wrapped up in the sovereignty
of God.

If we can do that, a
faith, power, energy and
zeal will emerge that will take us forward in the things of the
Holy Spirit. We must become overwhelmed with who God wants
to be for us.

We often forget that gratitude is how we access God’s presence. “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations,” the psalmist sang in Psalm 100:4-5.

It’s always good to set aside a few hours just to be thankful.

 

Let’s be honest, most times we find ourselves entering into His presence with a mouthful of complaint and lamenting over current disappointments. Then we wonder why things are not changing in our lives, right?  This is because we are holding onto the problems before Him.  Instead, I think what Graham is stating here is reminding us that God desires us to be at rest…unshackled by what is weighing us down when we come before Him, whether it is in our prayer time or devotionals.  God is not worried about what besets us.  He is letting us know He is Good and full of Mercy. So, the question becomes “Are we allowing ourselves to leave it all at our heart’s door (so to speak) and give thanks for the things He HAS done?  Let His Goodness fill you with the things to be thankful and watch His Mercy begin to change your perspective in the moment.  Make a list of 3 things you are Grateful for to Him.  You can make it like a love letter. I did this, “Lord, today I am grateful you love me and that you are teaching me how to love and be loved.

 

 

 

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The Language of Promise by Graham Cooke ~ Study Week 16

Graham Cooke: pgs.38-39

IDOLATRY

A sixth question could be added to that list:
✦✦ WHAT CURRENTLY DISTRACTS YOU FROM ENJOYING THE
PRESENCE OF GOD?
Martha was pulled away from Jesus’ presence by her sense
of duty and by the work necessary to house a guest of Jesus’
stature. What interests you most has taken a piece of your heart.
If the combination of people and things in your heart is greater
than your love for God, your spirituality will hit a ceiling and
level off. Often we do not know where God is in our life because
we have not given Him much room to move. The clutter of our
other loves and desires, legitimate though some may be, can
prevent His reality from being expressed. In extreme cases, they
can even shut Him out all together.
Many Christians are lukewarm in their fellowship with the
Lord because the balance of their love and attention is swung
away from the Father. Idolatry has such a beginning.
His love raises the water table of all our other affections:
it’s as if our love for others comes up ten levels because of how
we feel about Him. When God rules out of your absolute love
for Him, all other loves improve and increase.
Whatever comes between God and us is an idol. Whether
it’s our leadership, career, business, ministry, family, or anything
else, it’s an idol. At that point,
we are headed for either a pruning
or a serious chastisement because
God is a jealous God. He will not
have anything come between Him
and His children. Take some time and make sure your life is in
proportion.

“WITHOUT WORSHIP, WE
GO ABOUT MISERABLE.”
A.W. TOZER

Jesus’ words to the church in Ephesus need to ring loud
and clear in our spirits: “Remember therefore from where you have
fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly
and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” The
lampstand represents the place of revelation, influence, and
ministry—a beacon of light to ourselves and others. God must have preeminence.

 

“WHAT CURRENTLY DISTRACTS YOU FROM ENJOYING THE PRESENCE OF GOD?”

Have you noticed how “distractions” seem to jump up and down relentlessly even when you try your best to ignore it?  The louder the distractions get the more time it will take away from enjoying the presence of God, right?  I like what Graham poses in these questions.  It brings us to refocus our attention back to gaining an understanding about what is replacing God in our heart.  When we can honestly answer this question, we can successfully make changes.  We need to make better choices and decisions for what occupies our time and thoughts. 

”When God rules out of your absolute love for Him, all other loves improve and increase.”   I must have read this over several times and each time I found a new key or nugget of wisdom.  First, I looked at the concept of obedience to God.  Graham states “When God rules.” So, in other words:  we have misplaced God in our heart in some measure that  is an act of disobedience in His sight– either it is our own flesh or we are not allowing him to lead us. Ok.  Next, “out of “ so is necessary that we are  “present” (like Martha) in our daily life experiences with His spirit…walking in the power of Holy Spirit, otherwise He is not able to abide with the idol of our heart and the result is less of what His plans would be for us.  The next key here is “absolute love.” We love at the feet of Jesus, like Mary.  He wants us to recognize His presence first before what distracts us or take His place in our heart.  Is your family, friends, work, personal desires or even achievements taking priority over Jesus?  Is the struggle in your life distracting you from listening to God’s love language  which is full of His promises for you?  In short, we easily can make idols in our heart from what surrounds us or entertains us.  It comes between our worship of God and it slowly takes over our time with God to the point that we willingly replace God completely with our idols. (sigh)  The result is sin.  His word states “Thou shall have no other gods before me.”  We don’t want to put our loving savior in the back seat of our life, right?  Let’s pull off the wrong path quickly, repent and toss that old idol in the garbage where it belongs and put God back on the throne in our hearts!!  Don’t even look back in the rear-view mirror.  Just press on and let God bring the increase to you as He promises.  Watch as He blesses you!!

 

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The Language of Promise by Graham Cooke ~ Study Week 15

Graham Cooke: pgs.36-38

i am

A DEVOTIONAL LIFESTYLE

Our search for the treasure in other people is just one part
of the devotional lifestyle needed to free our ministry from
stress and worry.
One of my earliest mentors once said to me, “You have to
be in ministry for about twenty or twenty-five years before God
will trust you with your life’s message. In the first twenty years,
everything is training and preparation for what God truly wants
you to do.” That’s why longevity is so important in ministry. We
must learn to live in a place where we can run without growing
tired. We have to replenish ourselves in the Spirit every day.
Successful ministers plan for the future but live for today.
They place their lives in day-tight compartments, taking everything
one day at a time. At the end of a day, they know how
to shrug everything off, cleanse their hearts and minds, and
be thankful for the blessings God has given them. When they
awake the next morning, they awake anew to the tangible
mercies of God. Those mercies are like a first cup of coffee or a
first mouthful of food.
When I first started out in prophetic ministry nearly thirty
years ago, there were six of us in England. There were probably
more like 6,000 prophetic ministers, but I only knew six—and
half of them were weird. On some days I didn’t know which
group I belonged to! Ministry is relentless on people:
✦✦ A QUARTER OF ALL PROPHETS HAVE NERVOUS BREAKDOWNS
✦✦ SIXTY PERCENT OF ALL PASTORS QUIT LEADING CHURCHES
✦✦ FIFTY PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE LEAVING THE MINISTRY DO
SO BECAUSE OF IMMORALITY
✦✦ ANOTHER THIRTY PERCENT LEAVE BECAUSE OF STRESS
Behind most of these statistics is a rundown devotional
life. When we lose our focus on God, we end up with a working
relationship—but a lousy friendship—
with Him. The only way a lot
of ministers relate with God is on
the basis of what they do for Him.
Everything is business when someone
has lost their devotional life.
We end up praying about ministry:
the youth group, Sunday School,
finances, consumed by the business of ministry and not the
joy of friendship with the Father.
I wonder how many of us have upgraded our ability to
praise and thank God in the past twelve months. We need to
praise God more this year than we did last year.

“WE HAVE BECOME SO
ENGROSSED I N THE
WORK OF THE LORD THAT
WE HAVE FORGOTTEN
THE LORD OF THE WORK.”
A.W. TOZER

Many of us take time out every day to pray, but how many of us take time
to just adore Jesus? There are a few questions which we can ask
that will help us get to the heart of the matter:
✦✦ WHAT CURRENTLY ATTRACTS YOU TO JESUS?
✦✦ WHAT DRAWS YOU TO HIM RIGHT NOW?
✦✦ WHAT ASPECT OF HIS NATURE OVERWHELMS YOU IN HIS
PRESENCE?
✦✦ WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR YOU TO RECOVER
IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?
✦✦ WHAT GIFT DOES THE LORD LONG TO GIVE YOU?

“You have to be in ministry for about twenty or twenty-five years before God will trust you with your life’s message. In the first twenty years, everything is training and preparation for what God truly wants you to do.” That’s why longevity is so important in ministry. We must learn to live in a place where we can run without growing tired. We have to replenish ourselves in the Spirit every day.”  After reading this I was quickly reminded of days gone by…youth in the Lord.  How similar to our natural cycle of growth and maturity is this to our spiritual life.  Some of us know from a very early age what we want to do when we grow up and we start to make plan to achieve our goals.  Yet another great key Graham brings to how it looks to have a lifestyle devoted to God and resting in what His plans are for you.  It is a pleasure for God to bless us and grow us into our destiny and we can put our trust in Him.

 

“Successful ministers plan for the future but live for today. They place their lives in day-tight compartments, taking every­thing one day at a time.”  I have a deep respect for those who minister as pastors, teachers and evangelists.  I also believe that God is on the move now in a broader spectrum and the call to serve is to the “everyday” life not only the Sunday best or Special events.  We should learn from our pastors examples of how God has refined their life to the character of God for edifying the church.  We should listen to those who teach the truth of God’s wisdom and understanding of God’s love for us on a practical and supernatural level.  We should be encouraged by evangelist’s who preach the Life of Jesus…enough said.  How do they do it?  I think it truly is as Graham states here…”in a day-tight” compartment and moving on to the next day forward with the Lord by their side.

 

 

“When we lose our focus on God, we end up with a working relationship—but a lousy friend­ship—with Him. The only way a lot of ministers relate with God is on the basis of what they do for Him. Everything is business when some­one has lost their devotional life.” ( Just a quick side note, when we see our pastors or church leaders in this mode of operation, we should lift them up in prayer.)  We are not called to judge but we are called to love, right?  Don’t put them on the pedestal to achieve for you.  Don’t put them in the hot seat, to account to you.  Don’t gossip about them to bring them down to your expectations.  Now, with that said…it requires a solid foundation to serve others.  We can draw from the word to build that foundation in our character.  It is never ending because our faith is everlasting when we are in sync with God.  Jesus is our friend that sticks closer than a brother.  Spend time with Him as a friend.  He is a wonderful Counselor.  Be led by the Holy Spirit first… first thought and first action. In other word, ”in action and deed”.  Rest it in the Lord and release it to Him.  Don’t burn out for the works sake!  Love Him for the privilege and honor each and every day.  Go out there and serve with the Joy of the Lord and in doing so, you are worshiping Him.  That is putting our daily devotion in action. We take the word and apply it to our walk of faith as we serve.  It’s His business and we are His servants.  Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up in due season.  Perfecting the faith in one another in unity for God.