His mercy endures. How are we permitted to continue on in this sin-riddled state? His mercy.
A friend went to be with the Lord last night. I’m jealous. How I want to be in the pure presence of God Almighty. This world has nothing I desire. But He appoints our seasons, and my season is the race. I must continue in faith and hold out the Word of life in this crooked and depraved generation.
Father, forgive us, is my only request as I weep at the atrocity of unborn babies sliced and sold like butchered meat.
“The guilty in the Planned Parenthood story is humanity. When magazine editors look at the pictures, they see their own souls. You see not one monster but a collaboration of evil that rains shame down upon us.” -Greg Gutfeld (Fox News Commentator)
I anticipate these final hours of the last days bringing a great harvest of souls for the kingdom of God! We, who walk with the Spirit, see and interpret the signs- Jesus is coming soon. Our witness is more urgent. The increasing persecution has the opposite effect of what is intended: rather than silence the love of Holy God illustrated through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it magnifies the cry, “YOU MUST BE SAVED!” Think of the Klein’s who were ordered by the state of Oregon this summer to not make public claims of their Christian beliefs… the body of Christ multiplies those claims by the day as we respond to the persecution they suffer.
“Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly” (Philippians 1:14).
Greater, Spirit-empowered boldness of believers aids the current harvest, but so does the desperation of the times in which we live. In looking ahead to this generation, Jesus said that the love of most will grow cold. It breaks my heart to even think on the evidence of this prophesy, but we’re seeing it, especially in crimes against women and children. Just this week in the news… a video exposé reveals the greed at the center of Planned Parenthood’s motives. One of their partners in destruction shares (while casually eating a restaurant meal) about her careful crushing of the unborn baby in such a way that she can preserve certain organs for resale… Go ahead and let that wail of your soul sound.
Help us, Father!
This world is shaking, and those whose foundations crumble will seek out something sure and steadfast. May we be found ready. May we confidently share the reason for our hope in the midst of the uncertainties that abound at this time.
“Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, He confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:17-19).
Earlier this year I wrote “Renee’s Top Ten Before Jesus Returns.” Today begs another look- you can read it here.
Praying for more love,
His name is Comforter because He comforts. He guides and He reminds us of what Jesus has spoken. The Holy Spirit is the constant companion in the believer’s life. I believe He is always speaking. I believe, also, that because of His Presence, the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ can be ours as well: “I do nothing on My own but speak just what the Father has taught Me” (John 8:28).
Do you want to hear the Holy Spirit teach you?
Simply ask Him to speak and position yourself to hear. The following is a quick compilation of personal revelations He has given me when I have done just that.
When told to look outside the window, my eyes are directed to a barren tree, and the Lord tells me that my own family tree will once again return to life just as the signs of life will return to the tree in the spring. Isaiah 61:1-3 confirmed later that day what I heard the Holy Spirit speak, and the month of March brought visible fruits of renewal in the lives of loved ones!
When directed to go to the glass door, I see shadows dancing on our backyard fence as tree branches dance wildly in the wind, and I hear, “Who does not change like shifting shadows.” The reference leads me to James 1 and the Holy Spirit comforts my heart concerning a dilemma I was facing.
Watching vapor clouds ascend from the surface of the pool and quickly evaporate, I learn that our time on earth can be measured by the lifespan of vapor (James 4:14).
Stepping outside in the pre-dawn hours, my breath escapes me at the sight of a full and low moon shining brightly upon me. The Spirit speaks: “You have no light of your own, but you reflect my glory!”
Singing praises while enjoying gentle waves on a sandbar in the ocean, the Lord says that the measure of His grace in comparison to my need is likened to the size of the ocean in comparison to my body’s mass in the midst of it!
A hummingbird visits my potted flowers and while it enjoys their sweet offerings, I hear the Holy Spirit speak, “Five years.” It didn’t take me long to figure out His message! In five, lightening- speed years, our children will have finished high school and moved on to the next phase of their lives. Time to get planning for the upcoming season as husband and wife!
Walking along the river on a hot summer morning, I find scattered dry leaves on the tree-lined boardwalk, and hear, “Whose leaf does not wither.” I look up the Psalms 1 reference and gain insight to needed revelation from the Lord concerning the ministry season I was in.
Listening to the trash trucks clear out debris from a crowded neighborhood, I hear the Holy Spirit confirm the message I was about to share at a women’s conference- the Lord wants to clear the waste from our lives if we so desire to simplify and build on that which is eternal- truth!
Walking a public trail, I was attacked by a dog and afterwards drove myself to the doctor. I had the car radio turned to a station that presented a teaching on Psalm 139: “You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways.” The Holy Spirit used the trauma and His truth to show me that in all my sufferings to date, He was always there, and He delivered me. Beautiful words of the Spirit’s Presence began the needed work of healing for present and past wounds.
Watching a baby bird attempt to squeeze through a fence opening to reach its mother on the opposite side, I hear the Lord say, “I will reach you even if you’re in a hindered state. In the same way the mother bird pokes her head through the opening to feed her baby, so I nourish you so you can be strong and fly. You, like the baby bird, are not made for a ground-dwelling existence.”
In a moment of discontentment and longing for more material things, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Take care of what you own.”
Seeking wisdom for a pain similar to a previous blood clot experience, I asked the Father to show me clearly if I need to get a check on the vein or not. Looking later at His Word, I read, “…my body also will rest secure” (Psalm 16:9b). “That settles it,” I said. “I will not call on my doctor for counsel. Thank you for Your peace, Jesus!”
Do you recall moments of Holy Spirit revelation that you received? I would love to hear about them! Please feel free to share below!
Holy Spirit, continue to speak to me and direct my path. Thank you for faithfully settling matters that concern me. Thank you for Your guidance for the future. I trust in You.
“… that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me” (John 17:21).
Our unity is testimony to the unbelieving world….
Walking the beach this morning, this thought came: If you are quick to publicly justify your words, attitudes and actions, what excuses do you make in your thought life to those things kept secret?
We are quick to justify our waywardness and lack of self-control. We try to ease the conscience, and may satisfy ourselves for a bit- at least long enough to go through with rebellion to the Holy Spirit’s gentle leading. Then the guilt comes later along with a sense of foolishness for having fallen again in weakness.
Do you feel like self-discipline evades you when you need it most?
The biggest step forward into living with a clear conscience is recognizing the need to abandon excuse-making. It’s a coming before the Just Judge and confessing weakness that has led to sinfulness. What you and I learn in that posture of humility is Jesus’ love and power to forgive us, remove all shame and guilt, and give us a fresh start. And, we are empowered to live free from the need to make excuses!!! The Presence of God’s Holy Spirit with the believer grants amazing benefits, including self-control.
Weekend Warrior, this dose of inspiration causes us to self-examine our mental pathways. We’re not often found inspecting the recesses of our thought life, but if we deem to see Jesus Christ exhibited in us, this is necessary exploration. May we pursue the personal realization of our Lord’s testimony: “I only do what I see My Father doing… I only say what I hear My Father speaking” (See John 8:28 and John 12:49).
Our dear friend prepared for a huge transition from church staff ministry to mission field work. Being a husband and father to three little girls, he concerned himself with the finances and how it was all going to come together. No longer would he collect a weekly paycheck- funds had to be raised through financial supporters of his mission work.
I remember encouraging him with the words, “God called you to this mission field and the finances are His doing. You are not going to see it all in advance; you are called to live by faith. However, if you decide to fend for yourself and make the money happen, you are telling the Father, ‘I’ve got this figured out, and I have no need of You in this area.’ This would be a detrimental mindset because you would excuse yourself from His supernatural working in your life.”
In a revised edition of My Utmost for His Highest, the words of Oswald Chambers echo this same sentiment.
If we are devoted to Jesus Christ, we have nothing to do with what we encounter, whether it is just or unjust. In essence, Jesus says, “Continue steadily on with what I have told you to do, and I will guard your life. If you try to guard it yourself, you remove yourself from My deliverance.” Even the most devout among us become atheistic in this regard- we do not believe Him. We put our common sense on the throne and then attach God’s name to it. We do lean to our own understanding, instead of trusting God with all our hearts (See Proverbs 3:5-6).
Are you finding it difficult to truly trust the Father in heaven for everything?
Do you want to see His mighty hand at work in your life?
Is there any area that I can pray about with you today and you can see faith rise?
Faith makes a fool of what makes sense. -Joel Houston, Michael Guy Chislett of Hillsong (“Here Now”)