Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Let the Miracle Speak for Itself

25"Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods."

When the Lord wants to bring someone to a place of faith, He will sometimes use a miracle in the life of those who believe and allow the unbeliever to be a witness. A miracle cannot be explained by human action or effort but by the supernatural ability of God. Miracles whether performed in the Old Testament or New Testament served the same purpose.  King Nebuchadnezzar had pagan beliefs. Daniel's friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had been thrown in a fiery furnace for not worshiping the king of Babylon but rather the Most High God. They were willing to perish than to sin against God and worship anything or anyone else but Him. Because they were faithful, the Lord showed up. He showed up in the middle of a hopeless situation to prove that He is God. He showed up in a hopeless situation to show the king who the three men serve. In saving Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, God showed the king that there is no other greater than He. Nebuchadnezzar was not quite ready to praise the Most High God as it took another incident. It took the fulfillment of a dream that Daniel interpreted before Nebuchadnezzar truly praised God. Witnessing the miracle put him in a fertile place to receive. How many miracles have taken place in your life? Were there any non-believers present? When you gave your testimony, did it at least raise an eyebrow of intrigue with them? God may have been using you to put them in a fertile place as He continued to water them until they believed. Even if they did not praise God at that moment, they at least had to admit that someone greater than you was in control.  Let the miracle in your life speak for who God is.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

The Wrong Wind

Acts 27:13

13When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete.

I give all glory and honor to God when He highlights scripture my eyes may have glazed over in the past. GLORY!! Obtaining what "you thought" you wanted often turns out to be more than you bargained for. Yes, we have covered this story before but.....God! The wind, represents whatever blows into your path. Not everything blown into your path is of God. Sometimes it's a decoy to see if you can be taken off course from what God has for you. But many get stuck by thinking that what is blown in the path is what God wants. When really, it's not. If you NEVER seek God to see what He wants for you, then you are subject to chasing anything especially the wrong thing!! What happened to the ship? It sailed right into the storm which was actually God's judgement as noted by the NIV Study Bible. The apostle Paul was on the ship to help them navigate safely out of the storm. God sometimes sends someone to help you get out of what you were never supposed to be in. He sends the way out, "the alternative" but you have to recognize it when it shows up. What good is hope if not utilized? What good is the open door God sends if you don't take it? What good is it for God to have hope present for you to navigate out when you still are choosing to do it your way? Isn't that how you got into the storm in the first place? You did it your way when had you tuned into the REAL NAVIGATOR, you would've let that wind pass. GLORY TO GOD!! What storm are you in right now? Did you follow the wrong wind because you thought that's what you wanted? Chasing the wrong thing...whatever it may be!! Sometimes our eyes and ears hear what we think is right because we are deceived by our own selfish desires but what presents itself as gentle is actually leading you in for a bumpy ride. Let the Lord guide you out without loss of life even if cargo has to be thrown overboard as what happened with the ship Paul was on.  Paul told the centurion ahead of time they were headed in the wrong direction but  he didn't listen to Paul. He listened to the pilot because "he had experience."  The pilot's experience still could not detect what was coming. God's wisdom sees beyond man's experience. God always warns but His warnings are often ignored.

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