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I love the power of testimony.  If you don’t understand that, it’s the power of being inspired and learning from someone’s story or experience.  The scripture is full of story and they have some very profound lessons for life.

Nehemiah 9:15 is a great example.  Talking about the experience of the children of Israel and Moses in the wilderness it tells us:  “You gave them bread from heaven for their hunger and brought water for them out of the rock for their thirst: and you told them to go in and possess the land You had sworn to given them.”

When I read a scripture, I always ask, How does that apply to my life now?   

Here’s what I see in this verse.

1.  God is a provider.   He understood that the Israelites needed food and water if they were going to complete the journey.  He knew their needs.

2.  When He provides, He goes above and beyond.   He will bring what we need straight from heaven or out of a rock if need be.  He is not limited by the natural.  He has the power to create and release the right provision at the right time for our need at that moment.

3.  He has a reason for provision.  God is not a genie in a bottle that operates to grant us our ever wish or desire.  When He provides He has a purpose in it.  It is so we can go and possess the land He has given us.

Love that last one for a couple reasons.  First, it’s a promise!  God has given each of His children a land to possess.  This promised land is a land of wholeness.   It represents our access to all that God has for us and sharing that access with others.  It’s a land of being and serving the purposes of heaven.

God gives us all we need but then tells us to go possess it.

Maybe your marriage needs to enter the land of wholeness.   Maybe you need better parenting skills or have a child who has a need.  Maybe your job or business is lacking in provision or fulfillment.   Maybe you are hurting from the past or  need healing in body or soul.

Whatever your need, God has provided.  God doesn’t want us to live in broken lives.  Reach out and take His provision and then go possess the promised place of wholeness.

What has God provided to you so you can move toward wholeness in your life?

What step can you take today to use that provision and possess the thing you want to see changed?

 

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Wasn’t much of a rock and roller back in the late 60’s but who wouldn’t recognize the Stones hit, I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.

Dads and moms, women and men alike, want to be satisfied.  We all want a full, abundant life.  Yet even though America is full of opportunity, freedom,  and blessing, we often find ourselves longing for more than we currently have.

When we find ourselves in a place where we are unsatisfied with any part of our life, perhaps we should take Proverbs 11:25 to heart.  “The liberal person shall be enriched, and he who waters shall himself be watered.”

With every promise comes a responsibility.  This one is clear.  You won’t have the promise of an enriched,  abundant, thirst quenching life if you aren’t living a life of liberality.

All to often we live asking or expecting things from others. What would happen if we stopped that pattern and began to ask ourselves what we can give in any situation?

What if in our marriages we stopped expecting our spouse to meet our need, and asked ourselves what we could do to bless them?  What could happen if instead of being tight-fisted with our finances, we looked for places or people we could bless?  What would life look like if we lived looking for a way to meet others hunger and thirst for a better life instead of worrying about our own?

An open heart results in an open hand.  An open hand has given away what it holds dear and has room to receive more of what God offers.

What can you do to today to open up your heart?  What is in your hand that you can offer to someone else with a generous attitude?

Live Liberally!

 

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“He leads me beside the still and restful waters.”  Psalm 23:2

Summer is full of activity.  Vacations, camping, barbecues, yard work, etc.  It’s about fun and refreshment after the long winter season.

I never understood the wonder of being still and taking time outs to refocus and renew.  When I did, it was in the summer season.  I would sit outside in the sunshine, near some water and take time to journal and reflect.  It was during that time that the most personal growth of my life took place.

Here’s a few being still tips.

1. Find a quiet place and reflect on the things that are important to you at the core.  Journal about them and how you implement those things in your life.

2.  Find a place in the shade or sunshine that you can rest. Put on some quiet “soaking” music and clear your head.  Don’t think.  Just reflect on the music.  You might even fall asleep.  Let it take you where it takes you and you might be amazed at what you realize.

3.  Take your Bible and notebook and read outside.  Journal about how the verses you read apply to your life at this moment.

4.  Create a dream board.  Summer is the perfect time to be still and think about where you want to go in life.  Create a dream board with pictures and goals.  This will help you refocus on what is important.

5.  Don’t crowd out those quiet moments.  In the midst of activity, you can still “steal away” a moment or two of reflection.  While you are making a potato salad, “think” about Jesus.  While you are driving to the picnic, play a worship tape.  When you wake up take 5 minutes to meditate.

Hope you have many moments beside God’s still and restful waters!

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Life is so rewarding and fulfilling when you are what I call in the flow.  There is really a place when you are moving being guided by the Spirit day in and day out.  Even when trials come at you, there’s a inner place of refuge and sometimes you don’t miss a beat.

There is also a place where every little thing can cause us to stop in our tracks or experience an uneven plane of emotions, up and down with every joy or every pain.

So what creates a life of flow?  John 7:38 says: He who believes, cleaves to, and trusts in Jesus will experience a continuous flow of living water from their innermost being.

If you aren’t experiencing the continuous out flow of a full life, from the inside out, you have to ask yourself:  What do I believe about Jesus?   Where am I not trusting and hanging on to Him?

A stopped up flow is the result of incorrect beliefs or who or what we are leaning on and trusting in.

Join me this summer in living in the the flow of the Spirit.   You won’t regret that kind of life.

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