Saturday, March 14, 2009

Personal Word From The Lord

Man, I read my post from yesterday, misspellings all over the place and all. Guess that's what happens when you write at o'dark hundred in the mornings sometimes :-). Relating to yesterday's post, and what some other brothers have written elsewhere, we all need to get our own Word from the Lord. Yea, we know there are no private interpretations of scripture, but that's not what I mean. There is no question in my mind now, that the Word of the Lord is deep, layered, and full of treasure. It's up to us to draw it out. Not only that, but we need to feed. The Word is our food. Man does not live on bread alone...remember?

Is the Lord speaking to men today? Oh my YES he is, but guess what? He still speaks in a small quiet voice...Here we have the Almighty God of eternity who chooses to speak with us in a quiet and small voice. He is amazing. The longer you know Him, the more amazing he is. Men give up on prayer and seeking God's face because he does'nt appear to them like a genie and give them what they want now. Everything about today is about "now." What can you do for me "now." I was recently reminded of Daniel, how when he prayed, he was heard instantly and his answer was sent at once, however the messenger angel had to fight his way through to Daniel and that took time. Do we have any reason to believe that the Lord does not send messages to us by angel courier today? Do we have any reason to believe that they don't have to fight their way through to us today?

The bottom line is this, with our God you are going to have to learn patience. Waiting and patience, quietness and peace are where out salvation lie. Where do I get that from?

Isaiah 32:17 And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the
... And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousnessquietness and assurance for ever.

Isaiah 30:15
15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
16 But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.
17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill.
18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.

Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

The coming days will be quite trying. Some may think that the extraordinary difficulty of the days ahead will require extraordinary actions from us, but I wonder about that. It is much more likely that the only things required of us in the days ahead, are the same things required of us in days past, faith, hope, patience....FUNDAMENTALS of the faith. What is it about any sports team that makes one team better than another? Many times its that one team knows and does the fundamentals better than the others. In football, blocking and tackling are fundamentals, if you don't get those right, kiss everything else goodbye. It will be the same in the days ahead. Do you rely on your daily bread from the Lord today? I hope you do, because in the days ahead, he will be the only place many will be able to find bread. The bible is full of extra-ordinary provision by the Lord for his people. Everything about what's coming will be extra-ordinarily bad....and good. The escape will be an extra-ordinary event. The Lord's provision and working in his people during the time of Jacob's trouble will be an extra-ordinary event.

If you want another example of the amazing things to come, look at the two witnesses who will show up during the tribulation period. These guys have the power to do some serious damage to people and the earth, which is why they will be hated, and rejoiced over when they are slain. Satan will be displaying all kinds of his power, so will our God....

With deception everywhere, but especially within what calls itself christianity today, you need to get on your knees before our God and get a personal word from him. There is no substitute for time in his presence...none. I can eat a potato in front of your face and explain all kinds of things about it to you, but you will remain hungry until you get a potato and eat it for yourself. The word of God is real food......

Time is short, you are dearly loved-grace and peace