Draw Nigh unto God

Draw Nigh unto God

When we draw nigh unto God, He draws nigh unto us. Our loving Father is waiting for us to stretch our hand out to Him. As soon as we do, He quickly draws nigh, and we encounter an increasing measure of His glory.

Because God is eternal, He is outside of our time dimension. In the natural, if we were to watch a parade go by, we would only see it as it comes in front of us. The higher we would go, the more we would see parts of the parade. God sees the end from the beginning, our past, present, and future, at the same time. He protects all our family members at the same time. He stretches out His hand against the wrath of our enemies. The moment He touches us, we encounter eternity. Heaven touches earth. Glory touches dust. Healing touches sickness. Hope touches despair.

Whenever we draw nigh unto God, we can expect Him to draw nigh unto us. Almighty God longs to be one with us. He loves us and desires to walk with us—hand in hand, in one accord, from glory to glory! 

Psalms 138:7-8 “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”

 

 

 

 

Strong in the Lord

Strong in the Lord

The Lord calls us to remain strong and stand in the righteousness we have in Him, regardless of the surrounding darkness. Just like Noah. While the world around him was increasing in evil ways, he remained righteous and worshiped God. God had given him instructions to build an ark. There had been no water poured out on the earth, so Noah didn’t know the purpose of the ark. However, he obeyed God, as we should. 

We are in the world, but not of the world. For us, the ark is Jesus Christ our Lord. Interestingly, Noah means “rest.” We find our rest in our ark, the Christ. It is as we rest in our place of safety, in Him, that we can stand against the fiery darts of our adversary, satan. He tries to disturb our faith and disrupt our peace, but cannot move us from the strength we have in the Lord.

The Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark.” He didn’t say, “Go into the ark,” which meant He was calling Him into a place where He was dwelling Himself. As the world is dealing with so much darkness, we invite everyone, as the Lord leads, to “Come into the ark.” We tell them about the saving grace of our Lord. The Lord is calling all of us to “rest in Him,” from glory to glory! 

Genesis 7:1 “Then the LORD said to Noah, ‘Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.’ ”

 

 

 

Open Doors

Open Doors

God opens doors that no man can shut and shuts doors no man can open. His will and purpose for us are always greater than we can ask or think. We receive by faith what He has for us, even if we do not know what it is. Our trust is not in the doors–but in God. We walk through His opened doors with peace and surety.  

It is in our seeking for more of God, instead of worldly successes, that His best plans for us unfold. As we delight ourselves in Him, desiring His presence and being content in all things, God opens unexpected doors. If a door closes, we do not get frustrated, but await the next open door with joyful expectation. We seek His best through each test.  

As we walk through open doors, God shuts the doors of our past so they will not tempt us to go back. There are doors the Holy Spirit leads us to knock on, and there are others He opens automatically. These are activated as we keep our eyes on Him, and suddenly realize, “We have gone through another door,” from glory to glory!  

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “HE WHO HAS THE KEY OF DAVID, HE WHO OPENS AND NO ONE SHUTS, AND SHUTS AND NO ONE OPENS” 

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One More Time!

One More Time!

Joash obeyed every instruction Elisha gave him until the one asking him to strike the ground. He did strike the ground but stopped after the third time. We should not stop doing what the Lord led us to do until He tells us to stop. We do not quit; we keep shooting. It’s not over until God says it’s over. We press through and do not grow weary in well doing. 

We must shut out the voice of the enemy: “you are not a good shooter; you don’t have enough experience; you have done enough, stop now.” We cannot spend our time talking about the arrows, rearranging them, polishing them, and never shooting them. We must overcome insecurities and uncertainties as we keep shooting, trusting the Lord with the results.  

God empowers us to stand. As we seek His best, He helps us not settle for less. By His grace, we remain faithful with what is in our quiver and forgive ourselves for the arrows we did not shoot and those we think missed. We give our best shot wholeheartedly to whatever we do. In Christ, whatever arrows we shoot by faith are always arrows of victory, from glory to glory!  

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2 Kings 13:18-19 “Then he said, “Take the arrows,” so he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground,” so, he struck three times, and stopped. And the man of God was angry with him, and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times.””  

 

 

 

Dot to Dot

Dot to Dot

Whatever we think God is doing in our lives, we quickly find out He truly is doing much more. It’s as though we walk on a dot-to-dot pathway. With every step we take, a dot connects to another, and the picture becomes clearer. We not only go from dot-to-dot, but we are all like dots that God connects to accomplish His purpose.

We can’t guess what the full picture will be because each dot reveals something new of great importance to the whole. We can’t assume we know how each part connects, but we trust God is working everything together for our good. We are His workmanship. He cares for us and even though we may not know what our tomorrow holds—we know He holds our tomorrow, and we rest in Him.

We enjoy the journey moving from dot-to-dot knowing the next destination is only a new season, not the end. Even when we think nothing is moving, something is; we are just not aware of it. Constantly trusting there is more to attain helps us remain hopeful and not get discouraged. Going from dot-to-dot means there is more, from glory to glory!

We can’t assume we know how each part connects, but we trust God is working everything together for our good. Click To Tweet

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

 

 

 

Total Reliance

Total Reliance

We can look back today and see where God has brought us out of situations we were so concerned with in the past. God delivered us! He delivered us then; He delivers us today, and He will deliver us tomorrow. We learn to know God’s faithfulness. We find we can always trust Him.

To trust is to have confidence in; to have an assured reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something. We attain this as we grow in the knowledge of that someone or something. To trust God for what He can do, we must meditate on who He is. Knowing His character helps us know His ability. It’s to the same degree we know the Lord, that we trust Him. The trust we have in ourselves decreases as our trust in God increases.

We trust He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He has delivered us from spiritual death. The one who raises the dead surely can deliver us out of any trying circumstances. Our God is loving, good, gentle, faithful, dependable, reliable, unchangeable, amazing, awesome, glorious and more than enough. This amazing God takes us from glory to glory!

2 Corinthians 1:9-10 “Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us.”

The one who raises the dead surely can deliver us out of any trying circumstances. —Dr. Joelle Click To Tweet