God Has Surely Listened

God Has Surely Listened

Psalm 66:16-20

Come and hear, all you who fear God;
    let me tell you what he has done for me.
 I cried out to him with my mouth;
    his praise was on my tongue.
 If I had cherished sin in my heart,
    the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened
    and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God,
    who has not rejected my prayer
    or withheld his love from me!

 

There are a lot of people out there that say there is no God. But when something tragic happens they say

“Why has God done this to me?”

Or they are on their deathbed and all their life proclaimed there is no God, suddenly they are crying out for God.

If we pay close attention to this Psalm that was written anonymously they were victorious in a battle. On the battlefield trusting God there knowing that He was in control and no matter what the outcome they feared and praised Him.

They knew if there was sin in their life that was not dealt with that the Lord would not hear their prayers. But as this psalmist has written God hears the prayers of those who go after Him.

 

Shalom

Nancy

 

 

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Why Does God Withdraw?

Why Does God Withdraw?

Psalm 5:3

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before you
    and wait expectantly.

Have you waited in expectation from God to hear His voice or answer your prayer?

Waiting, waiting- waiting… and you wonder if God even hears your voice for requests they just may be going unanswered and that may have had gone on for a while.

So you wait…. wait in hope. Hope that He will make a way for your request.

The thing you may not know that sometimes the request must just remain unanswered. It may not seem fair but God is growing you and teaching you that things must take place in you or circumstances in order to see the prayer blessing.

But come on…sometimes it feels like forever! The prayers are just going up and no change, not anything that you can see at all now.

But sometimes, they are right in front of you!

Things have changed and prayers answers but not in the ways that you would expect or ways you think it should happen, but definitely in the ways that God wants it to happen.

 Isaiah 55:8

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.

So that desperate prayer for something to happen didn’t happen for my own good!

Here’s a question for you:

Have you been praying with no answer and not really see the growth in you and the circumstance you face?

 

There have been small answered prayers in your life but maybe you really were not conscious of them.

What has God withdrawn from you that you request?

Pray deeply for that answer and you may hear the Holy Spirit speaking into your heart about that. Trust God in all circumstances especially even when the prayers are not answered!

Shalom…..Nancy

 

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The Gospel of Accommodation

The Gospel of Accommodation

Just turn on your Sunday network or Christian TV channels and you will find an array of pastors, ministers and preachers giving you their take on what God has for you. It’s quite amazing that the gospel is a business that has given wealth to many a “preacher of the Word”. Or a self-proclaimed prophet that has heard God speaks to them to give you a “message”. Kind of like an in general message –but so can a psychic too.

“Buy my book and CD set” and you will unlock what God is saying in his scriptures.

How many times have you heard that?

Then you hear the person say, “With God there is Victory” over all your problems. Hmmmm, but where does it say you won’t go through trials and that you may not see victory. You will see defeat and maybe isolation, you may not hear God in those times either, there’s nothing in stone that says your life is going to be always victorious, in fact it’s gonna stink at times. It’s gonna be hard, sad, angry, disappointed! Jesus did not promise an easy life. He promised that He would be with us.

But the preachers have you coming back to them for that leaning that you will do, depending on what they say to make you feel good again, that’s the Gospel of Accommodation it’s luring you in for more, because it meets your needs.

WRONG!

Only Jesus can meet your needs, we look to Him only, focus on Him my friends!

I spent a lot of years reading and studying what “other” so called Christian teachers and theologians have to say when reading the Bible. It’s quite amazing the different interpretations that you can get. Some are convicting, some are life altering and some have the most amazing history knowledge to share, but some…. some are down right way off, putting yet again their spin on it.

So guard your mind.

Phillipians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

So while you are searching for something to make you feel good or make you smarter in the word than your Christian friends remember where you must go directly, that’s to Jesus in prayer and directly to the Bible as the Holy Spirit will guide your mind to God’s truth, where all will be revealed to you, as you need it.

Lastly I must say with all hope, let all you ingest into your mind be good and holy that’s where God’s word lives.

Not in people

Not in books

But always in God.

 

Shalom

Nancy

 

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Have You Committed To God?

Have You Committed To God?

God has His very best for you and maybe you haven’t seen Him work in your situations or trials–being frustrated with God is common so here are a few questions that may have passed through your mind:

Why hasn’t God answered my prayers?

 Is it because I don’t pray long enough?

 Or have I sinned that I don’t see it?

 Has God forgotten me?

But it’s simple, so simple, “Stay Connected” 

What does that look like?

Staying in prayer when you think God isn’t listening.

Connecting up with fellow Christians for support.

Listening to the Holy Spirit when He gives you a gentle nudge to do something.

Going to a church to hear what God has to say to you through the sermon.

Are you looking back?

Backsliding, when you start your journey with high hopes and joy –then nothing is happening, thinking God isn’t working in the situation. So you turn back to what “used to work”. Clearly that path didn’t.

Are you the thorns or shallow soil?

 Look at what Jesus says in Matthew 13

The Parable of the Sower

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

The disciples asked Jesus why he spoke in parables – this is what He told them:

11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

If you are reading the Bible and not understanding what it says or means, ask God for wisdom and to help you.

 Jesus explains this so we may understand fully:

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.

 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

So you see how prayers may be hindered, by not letting go of the worries and trusting God in all your situations.

We may not see prayers answered for many years but God is working on you and the situation to bring it all to light, to mature and refine you to be more like His One and Only Son-Jesus.

The harder road with God is better, it may seem like it takes forever and you may feel defeated at times but the outcome is a win-win.

Have you committed to God?

 

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The Trials We Face

The Trials we Face

 Are you facing difficulty?

Does everything say “give up” and go on?

Do you feel people are in the way of your progress?

 You are facing the same trials many have faced throughout time. Some have been defeated in their strive to move forward, yet because you have faith in Christ you have an assurance that a defeat doesn’t mean an end it means you have been taught.

Many times King David faced enemies in every direction, it could have been defeat but David fled to God for refuge.

Psalm 57:1

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.

He saw men coming at him like “ravenous beasts”

Psalm 57:4

I am in the midst of lions;
 I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts—
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
 whose tongues are sharp swords.

But David knew His God, he knew what His God can do and David knew how to praise God in a battle, not to give up or give in. He knew to continue moving forward not getting stuck in old details of worry and negativity but instead to

Glorify and Praise God.

Psalm 57:7

My heart, O God, is steadfast,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.

So David stayed steadfast. What does God call you to do in a trial so overwhelming you want to run for the hills? Does He say be defeated?

Or does He say, “I am with you, you are not alone.”

Romans 8:31b

More Than Conquerors

If God is for us, who can be against us?

David was praising God in his trials knowing the God with him and that no matter what David had to face he knew his God can not be defeated, so in times of trouble, even if we lose, we will always win because God is with us through it all.

SHALOM

 

 

 

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