John 20:16 Knowing When He Calls You

Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). John 20:16

In today’s society most people have a cell phone. One of the advantages of a cell phone is that when someone calls the phone can usually identify who is calling. This helps when one cannot see the person calling.

Hearing a person call in person is much easier to identify who is calling. Although in a large crowd, some will not always recognize the voice of a friend calling, unless it is a close friend that is well known.

After Jesus rose from the dead and before everyone knew about it, He had met up with Mary. At first she did not recognize Him until He called her name, then she knew who He was.

Couples who have been married for many years have learned to recognize each other’s voice, even in a large crowd. This is just like mother’s who can recognize their child’s cry in a room full of little children all calling at the same time.

The only reason people can recognize the other’s call is because they have spent time with the person and know that person very well. They know the voice of those who are close to them.

Believers who have spent time in prayer and communication with God will recognize His voice when He speaks. This is something that does not happen over night, but over a long period of time of a building of the relationship.

One should strive to build his relationship with God so closely that he knows as much as possible about God and will always recognize His voice. God is willing and ready to speak, but His people need to know His voice and be listening for it.

As a believer you should desire to be led by God in every area of your life. In order for this to occur, you must be able to recognize God’s voice when He is calling you.

He will call you to tell you what to do next, guiding every step and action. There will be times when He will also call you to stop you from an action.

Throughout your life there will be many other voices calling to you to lead you into sin. Listen for God’s voice and follow what He says. It is the best path for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s voice when He calls; that you will be listening to hear God speak; and that you will obey what God is telling you.

Appointment In Jerusalem (book review)

Title: Appointment In Jerusalem
Author: Derek and Lydia Prince
Publisher: Whitaker House and Derek Prince Ministries, International
Date: 2005
Pages: 200

Appointment In Jerusalem (book review)

This is a true story about Lydia Prince doing a mission work of love and prayer. Lydia was one of the top teachers in Denmark. As she worked hard to become a teacher and to be the best, she also realized that something was still missing in her life. She had no room for any religion or God. Through a series of events, she comes to know Jesus as her Savior.

Upon believing in Jesus, she committed to do whatever He told her to do. With much prayer, Lydia was given a vision to reach the homeless children in Jerusalem, a war-torn city. With miracle after miracle, doors open up for her to reach the children in Jerusalem. Lydia learns to put complete trust in God’s word and promises to provide and protect.

This story reveals the power of the prayer of faith, to trust in God in the most impossible circumstances. It will challenge the believer in how much one prays and believes that God answers prayer. It will also challenge the believer to step out in faith trusting God no matter what the circumstances look like or what others say.

The story is written in an easy to read format and is not very long. It keeps the reader engaged as to what will happen next from situation to situation.

I highly recommend reading this story of love, mission, prayer and faith.

God’s Got This!

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I work as a public school teacher in two different middle schools in our town. At times it can be a lot of fun working with the children and teaching them. However, it can also be extremely challenging when some of those children do not really want to be there and learn.

This school year has proved to be more challenging than last year and has not been going so well for me. My position as a teacher is currently in jeopardy and the district may not renew my contract because of some of the challenges that I have been unable to overcome.

Since this has started to occur, it has been very challenging for me to stay focused correctly. I am praying constantly that God will guide my every step and show me the path I am supposed to take.

This last Thursday was an especially challenging day at my workplace. After work was over, I had went to an awards ceremony for my daughter. During the ceremony my mind kept going back to work and the challenges I was facing. It was overwhelming me and I did not seem able to let it go.

After that ceremony I had to stop at a store to pick up a few things my wife needed. As I was headed to the store I was doing a lot of praying. I was asking God for direction in my situation. As I was praying I felt God say to me, “I’ve got this.” This was not me getting it, but that God has it. He was saying that He has it in control.

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God did not tell me what was going to happen, or what to do, just that He has it. I asked God what this means for me, but all He would say was “I’ve got this.” I accepted what He said, then went into the store to get what I needed.

I had picked up the few things that I needed and began to check out. As I finished checking out and paying for the items, a friend of mine came up and tapped me on the shoulder.

He knew about my situation that I was going through and asked me how things were going. Naturally I proceeded to tell him how things were going and that I was really praying for God’s strength, guidance and wisdom in it.

Immediately he said that he is going to pray for me. This was not he was going to pray for me later, it was he wanted to pray right then and there in the store. One of his sons was with him and he told his son right away that they need to pray for me. I am never one to stop someone from praying for me, even in public. I know that God can work through the prayers of others. And God said that were two or three are gathered in His name, He is right there.

He started praying for me. It was not a very long or eloquent prayer, but it was an effective prayer. The one thing that amazed me (though it should not have) was that in his prayer one of the things he said multiple times was that “God, You have got this.” He said that God You have got this no matter what happens, whether I keep my job or lose it. I had not told my friend what God had just told me.

Immediately the peace of God came upon me. God had confirmed His word to me through my friend. It was not just me thinking I heard something, but God revealing that He did tell me that He has this.

Having been a believer most of my life, this is not something that I should need to be told, but I did. I needed to be reminded that God has my life in His hands and will take care of me. God never says it will be easy or fun, or rough and difficult, but that He will be with me through it all.

In your life, you may be going through some situation that is difficult. You may be crying out to God for some relief or answers and God is not saying or seeming to do anything about it. Know that God has it. He knows exactly what is going on. No matter what is happening or is going to happen, it is in God’s control. You have nothing to fear.

I do not know how my situation will end up in the end, but I know that no matter what happens God’s got this.

Rest in His perfect love with me knowing that God’s got this!

Teaching To Change Lives

Title: Teaching To Change Lives
Author: Dr. Howard Hendricks
Publisher: Multinomah Books
Date: 1987
Pages: 152

Dr. Hendricks was a professor at the Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. His focus of his teaching was in Christian Leadership. One of the things that he was passionate about was education. In this book he looks at what he calls “seven laws of teaching”.

Although the focus of this book is primarily upon teaching Sunday School classes or in ministry type classes, the information given can be used by any teacher, any where, teaching any subject. The methods taught are not strictly Christian or non-Christian. They do have Christian principles, but are good for any one to use. The author uses Scripture throughout the book to emphasize what the methods are to bring teaching alive in the classroom.

The seven laws are:
* The Law of the Teacher
* The Law of Education
* The Law of Activity
* The Law of Communication
* The Law of Heart
* The Law of Encouragement
* The Law of Readiness

At first glance it looks like he is talking about a bunch of rules and regulations, but that is not the case. He wants a person who is going to teach to be passionate about what they are teaching and knowing and understanding what they are teaching. In order to teach, the students must be engaged and encouraged. The information must be communicated well. The heart of the teacher must be in it for the information and for the student.

Think about the different classes you may have been in at some time in your life. Which ones did you really love and learn from? Usually they were the ones in which the teacher cared about you and made it fun to learn.

Regardless of who you are teaching, children or adults, the applications remain the same. The only difference is the words and methods change.

This book is easy to read and understand and will challenge you in your teaching if you do any at all. At the end of the book the author sets up a small study guide to go over what was said in each chapter and challenges the reader to apply it in teaching students.

If you do any teaching or are looking at doing some in the future I would highly recommend reading this book. Do not allow your classroom to be dead and boring, make it come alive.