Thursday, August 3, 2017

Drought or Flood?
Sometimes the raindrops come in quick succession. Sometimes there is a flood. But sometimes it feels like a drought, that the heavens are closed up, that there is no evidence of God's hand changing our prodigals and moving them to salvation.
But they're not. The heavens are not closed up! God is working!
Let me give you some scriptures on which to stand.
Job 42:1-2 says, "Then Job answered the LORD and said: 'I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.' "
"So shall they fear The name of the LORD from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him" (Isaiah 59:19).
"The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand" (Deuteronomy 28:12).
" 'Rain down, you heavens, from above, And let the skies pour down righteousness; Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, And let righteousness spring up together. I, the LORD, have created it' " (Isaiah 45:8).
Keep praying! God is working! He promised!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Sinews and Flesh

Ezekiel 37:1 tells us of the prophet: "The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones" (KJV).

You may know the story of the valley of dry bones, how that they came alive again and were raised up to become a mighty army. But. . .

Before the breath came into them, "there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. . . . The flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above" (Ezekiel 37:7-8 KJV). However, they were still dead.

Perhaps our prodigals are in varying parts of this process. Perhaps their bones are coming together. Perhaps they already have sinews, or maybe their flesh is appearing again.

It is true that God can radically save a prodigal, but some seem to go through a preparation process before they give their life back to God.

This is exciting! I believe our prodigals are being prepared for salvation. God is answering our prayers on their behalf. We prayerfully await the day when the breath of God is breathed back into them and they are alive in Christ, part of "an exceeding great army" (v. 10 KJV).

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A friend sent this to me (posted with her permission):

“For the past month, I’ve found an excuse every Saturday morning to skip my workout to exercise videos. This morning, I decided to mow the lawn for my exercise. As I walked out on the lawn, I felt raindrops, and my first thought was to go back inside. Then I reminded myself that I just ate, so could not do my ‘regular’ exercise. I was determined to get some exercise today, so I made a decision to mow until the raindrops turned to shower. For the 50 minutes that I was outside there were intermittent raindrops, but no shower. The thought occurred to me that so many times, we ask God to provide showers of blessings, when all along he’s been providing raindrops of blessings. I thought the raindrops began as soon as I stepped outside, but it had been going on long before I got outside, and I just couldn’t see. Lord, please help me to be thankful for the raindrops, while you hold the showers for a later time.”
Isn't that good?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

You have known me to say, "Circumstances do not change the promise."

One day this week, God set me up.

I was preparing to take my morning prayer walk, and I felt God pulling me to go ahead and "read the red" before my walk. (If you normally read my blog, you know that I read a verse or more of the words of Jesus at morning and bedtime.) The verse that I read was Mark 5:39: "Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth" (KJV). The New King James Version reads, " 'Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.' "

What I did not know was that the moment I stepped out of my house I would step into circumstances that challenged God's promises to me and the overwhelming evidence that He has been answering prayers. My normal response to such evidence is to panic and worry that things are worse than I thought. I would usually go into intense prayer, begging God and trying to manipulate Him into doing things my way to make things "better."

A few seconds into my working into a frenzy, I remembered the verse and God's preparing me. Why was I extremely close to making a commotion? I have prayed and prayed, and God has answered in more ways that I know. I KNOW that He has this, that He is Faithful, and that I can trust Him.

There is no reason to panic! My prodigal "is not dead, but sleeping!"

That particular morning, I was reminded that I do not have to panic, I do not have to beg, and I do not have to manipulate. I simply have to ask. God is my Father. He loves me, and He has promised to give good gifts to me!

"Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping."

Thursday, May 11, 2017

"Do not be afraid; only believe" (Mark 5:36).

These words have increased my faith.

In verse 22 of Mark 5, Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came to Jesus to ask healing for his little girl. He actually fell at Jesus' feet and begged Him. So Jesus went with Jairus to his house.

On the way, Jesus was delayed by the woman who touched the hem of His garment, and while He was talking to her, someone from Jairus' house came to say, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?" (Mark 5:35).

Does this sound familiar? Does satan lie to you saying there is no need to pray, that your prodigal is too far gone away from God, that he or she can never be saved, that you are wasting your time when you pray for him or her?

When Jesus heard those words, He said to Jairus, "Do not be afraid; only believe."

We've prayed. Jesus has been invited to work in the lives of our prodigals. When our faith is low, we just have to remember these words: "Do not be afraid; only believe." That is what Jesus said.

That is what He says to us. Do not be afraid; only believe.

When Jesus arrived at Jairus' house, there was a commotion, as we would expect. He said, "Why make this commotion and weep?" (Verse 39). Why do we trouble ourselves and fret when Jesus is on the job?

We know what He did next. He told the little girl to arise, and SHE DID!

I believe the LORD is saying that to all of our prodigals: "ARISE! Come back to life!"

And they will.

But in the meantime, do not be afraid. ONLY BELIEVE!


 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I am sure I have read this bunches of times.

I never realized.

I have heard referenced most of my life the comparison of faith to a grain of mustard seed.

Only two gospels (Matthew and Luke) record the faith comparison, but three gospels record the Lord Jesus' words comparing a mustard seed to the kingdom of God (Matthew, Mark, and Luke).

"Then He said, 'What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches'" (Luke 13:18-19).

Why is this significant to those of us praying for prodigals? Because our part is the part of the man: to plant a small seed. Just as God does the rest in growing a mustard tree, He grows the kingdom if we plant the seed. Mark records more explanations of the kingdom in chapter 4, verses 26 through 29:
"And He said, 'The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should    sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.'"

We plant. God grows. We reap.

Father, I have planted seeds in the life of my prodigal. I pray that they will fall on good ground, and that You will cause those seeds to grow into full-blown kingdom of God in his/her life. I am eagerly awaiting harvest time! Use me as You want! In Jesus' name I pray.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

My Intimate Moment with the Creator

My last morning in Hawaii I sat on a lava rock wall by the ocean. The sea was in turmoil with waves that crested and landed on the shore, beating the large lava rocks below me. The whales were extremely active in the distance, coming up out of the water completely and landing with the big splash or blowing waterspouts in multiples, evidence of the many whales beneath the surface.

My aha moment, my intimate moment with the Creator of the vastness of all of this, the Creator of fish so large that their tails were distinct even at a great distance, the Creator of such an amount of water that fills the ocean, the end of which I could not see, the Upholder of the power of the waves by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3) overwhelmed me. 

I am asking Him for answers to some pretty big requests. My prayers are full of situations that need a miracle, and in that moment, sitting by the incredible creation, evidence of the incredible God, it was impressed on me so strongly that a God that big can do anything. ANYTHING!

So, sitting right there, I asked.

He reminded me of the promise He's given me.

He can. He will. I am in awe of Him!