Deuteronomy 4:9 Don’t Forget

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Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teacher them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9

Remembering things is something that is needed to be done. It helps remind a person where he has come from and things he should or should not do. Looking back on one’s life will help one see the choices that were made, some that were disastrous and others that were successful.

Over time, there has been groups of people who strive to deny things that occurred in the past. They try to deny or ignore things that were negative in their lives. There are people who try to deny the holocaust or the slavery done in America. They try to rewrite the history books to deny these things.

Since Jesus walked on the earth, there are many who try to deny Jesus. Since the beginning of mankind, there are people who work hard to deny the existence of God.

God told the Israelites to be careful to remember everything that they had seen. Not only were they to remember them, but they were to pass the stories on to their children and grandchildren.

Every believer will have stories to tell of God’s provision or hand in their lives. Many will begin to forget about what God had done, when things get tough in life. Those who do remember, will find strength and hope in God, because they remember how God has already met a need in the past.

Forgetting the things God has done opens the door to doubt and fear. Many believers fear things happening, because they forget what God has already done and can do.

Take time to think about all the things God has done for you in your life. Take time to share that information with family and friends. Do not allow yourself to forget how God has worked in your life.

When the time comes that you are going to go through a tough time, and it will come, stop and take the time to remember how God has helped in the past. This will give you hope for your future. It will remove the fear of the situation, because you will see God is still at work in your life.

Don’t forget what God has done!

I pray today that you will remember the work of God in your life; that you will share what God has already done for you; that God will remove fear of difficult times; and that many will come to God through your testimony of His work in your life.

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God’s Amazing Provision

My oldest daughter, Brittany (age 22), has a story of God’s miraculous provision in an amazing way. I want everyone to be encouraged that God still does miracles and is a faithful provider today. Here is her testimony:

May 26, 2016 was a day I will not soon forget. I am a house cleaner, and have been for the last 5 years. I love getting to be with families. This day, however, the house I was cleaning started flooding from a severe storm going through the area. Water was pouring, and we had been bailing water for an hour or so. I went out to go get a sub pump to help rid the house of water.

We knew the roads were bad some places, but had been told it was fine in our area. I went out, careful to watch around me how the roads were behaving. At one intersection, I saw it would be too bad for me to go through, so I turned around. In the middle of my turning around, a flash flood came from the left and swept me and my van forward a few hundred feet. I was then stuck in a middle of a flooded street with the water up over my tires.

I immediately realized I was in trouble, so I turned off the car, and called the police. A fire truck came and saved me, and we picked up my car later. A few mechanic friends looked at it, and said it looked to be a goner. Our last option was taking it to our regular mechanic. He called me after a day and told me it was totaled. The repairs would be far more than the car was worth.

I knew then that God was going to have to do something BIG. Living in a family of 10, being in ministry, and working full time demanded a car. I started saving, and wondering how God was going to work everything out. I had decided years ago to not incur any debt, on anything. Which sounds crazy, but I knew it’s what God called me to do.

Below the surface, in my prayer closet, and to a few friends, I shared how deeply I wanted the Lord to provide a car. I, personally, have chosen to not go into debt, especially for a car.

I can’t tell you the countless people who told me it was impossible. How I needed to sign a note, and that’s just the way it was. Emails, calls, private face to face “chats” encouraging me to do the normal thing and get a payment. It was wearing on my heart, for sure. But, I KNEW without a doubt what God wanted me to do.

Thankfully, a few loyal souls encouraged me to continue saving and waiting on the Lord. Their faith bolstered mine, and we prayed for God to come through. In December of last year, I had made a financial plan to be able to save and buy a $3-$5k car. In January, I wrote down a dream that the Lord would provide a car, and I put it up in my war room (prayer closet)

A couple weeks ago, God told me to write down a list with specific things I wanted in a car. What were my desires, the things I honestly had not told ANYONE else, the things just for His ears and His hands to work on? So, I wrote them out, itemized in my prayer journal.

Did I feel silly? A little, yes. I told the Lord that hope deferred could kill me (Proverbs 13:12) He told me to wait and TRUST Him, because He is good. Period.

I have been standing on the truth of Psalm 31:19 all year. Like it’s my lifeline, the one thing keeping me sane. “How abundant are the good things that You have stored up for those who fear You, that You bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in You.”

Over, and over, and over again I have quoted that verse. To walls, to the van I was borrowing, to myself in the dead of night when everything told me my prayer was impossible, when I was crying, when I was laughing, when I was with friends, everywhere I quoted it.

One day I received a call from someone, and the person wanted to know if I had a car yet. After some time, this person told that someone had a car picked out for me and I needed to go sign some papers and pick up my new (to me) $10,000 car. This person had a check ready to pay for it in full, no debt on either side. Within two hours I received the call, and drove my car off the lot.

Yes, you can read over that sentence as much as you want. It’s still sinking in for me as well.

God made a way where there was NO way. There was NO WAY I could have worked out this deal. NO WAY that I could have made everything work out. THAT was HIM. My bullet points in my journal were checked off, because He knew what I wanted and what I needed.

My word for 2016, which was decided last December, is Praise. I have been looking at Hebrew words, and there are 7 different ones for praise. Each serves a unique purpose. Halah is the one that the Lord imprinted on my heart yesterday. It means to be clamorously foolish before the Lord, to rave upon the Lord. It’s loud, it’s unorthodox, it doesn’t fit into the American boxes we tend to force “polite praise” into. For the things of God are foolishness to the world (I Cor. 1:18-25).

Halah is the name for my car. I didn’t think I was going to name it. But, honestly, it’s not mine, it’s the Lord’s car, and that’s what He wanted.

Thank you to those who uplifted me when I was down. A month ago, I wasn’t sure what God was going to do. But, you helped me see past the circumstances to see glimpses of His glory.

To those who told me it was impossible, thank you. That now tells me how BIG God is. I hope that everyone sees this and realizes that MY GOD, can do ANYTHING He wants to. He isn’t zippered in by proper behavior, and an agenda that everyone can read and follow. He is FREE, and invites us into that freedom.

To those who are going through a difficult time, let me share some advice. There is no secret sauce to receive blessing. There isn’t a formula to receive His attention. It takes 100% surrender to Him to receive blessing. IT WON’T BE EASY. There are STILL difficulties in life. But, wow, He takes care of His children. Their SOULS prosper because He is a good, good Father.

If you don’t know Him and His goodness, I pray for you. That you would see this car as a miraculous sign that there is a God and He cares for you. He sees every broken piece of your heart, and He longs to have a relationship with you. It’s simple, you confess your sins, accept Him as Lord, and invite Him to walk with you DAILY as Lord. Let Him be your light and hope in dark times. I promise, He will take care of you.

Romans 11:36 “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To HIM be glory forever. Amen.”

Habakkuk 2:14, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

Revelation 12:11 Don’t Shrink Back

“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Revelation 12:11

In his vision John sees that Satan had been hurled down. Satan is the accuser of all believers and is now taken out of position of power. When this occurred, the believers had triumphed over him. It was not in their own power but in the power found in the blood of Jesus and by their testimony and not fearing death.

Being the accuser, all Satan had to do was accuse a person of sin, and God would have to bring that person to death. Sin brings on death. Since every person could be accused of sin, every person had to die.

When Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood He destroyed Satan’s greatest power–death. Jesus removed all sin and all accusation by His blood.

Along with His blood, every believer needs to have a testimony. They need to speak out loud what Jesus had done for them. Satan will continue to try accuse believers of what they have done wrong. They need to remind him that those sins have been removed.

As a believer, you should now no longer fear death. Death has no more power over you. Satan and the world wants you to live in fear of death. They want you to love your life here on this earth and fear death.

Although life may be great for you right now, death has something even greater. This life is only temporary and is filled with problems. Death removes all the problems and is for eternity. Death opens the door to life eternal.

Triumph over Satan by going out and giving your testimony as to what Jesus has done for you. Your testimony can tell others what Jesus can do for them also.

Do not fear the persecution and troubles of this world when you God leads you to be His witness. Tell others about Jesus and strive to bring them back from a path that leads to death.

Don’t shrink from death. As a believer, you have the greatest treasure any person could want–life eternal. Go, now, and tell others about what you have and what they can have.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know that God no longer accuses you; that you will tell others about Jesus; and that you will not fear death.

Acts 26:28 Persuasion Opportunity

“Then Agrippa said to Paul, Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” Acts 26:28

While Paul is being held in Caesarea by Festus, King Agrippa comes to visit Festus. He is given a chance to hear Paul’s statements. Immediately Paul tells his story of how Jesus got a hold of him when he was traveling on the road to Damascus. As he finishes he challenges Agrippa to believe what he knows to be true.

Every believer is supposed to be a witness for Jesus. They are to tell others about who Jesus is and what He has done for them. This telling people is not to be done in secret code or in quiet action, but openly and clearly.

When you are telling a person about Jesus, you must not just stop at the telling. Yes, it is important to tell of what Jesus has done for you and can do for the other person, but there must be more. There must be persuasion.

Persuasion is the urging of a person to do something. The thing they do can be changing thoughts, or actions, or saying something, or physically doing something. It is encouraging the person to do the next step.

As you tell others about Jesus, you need to persuade them to make a choice in whether to believe in Jesus or not. Do not allow the testimony you give to just be some information they hear and forget about in the next five minutes. Seek a response to it.

In the case with King Agrippa, Paul was not able to persuade him at that time, but the challenge was there. King Agrippa realized what Paul was trying to do.

Not every person will believe in Jesus with your testimony. Yet, your testimony should be set in a way to challenge their belief. Do they see what you are doing? Or are you just giving some interesting information?

Every time you speak of your testimony it should be with the idea of drawing someone to believe in Jesus. Give that person the opportunity to believe.

I pray today that God will open doors for you to be His witness; that you will persuade people to believe in Jesus; that people will see your desire for them to believe in Jesus; that the world will be challenged through you; and that many will come to Jesus through you.

John 9:25 Tell What Did He Do For You

“He replied, Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” John 9:25

The disciples saw a blind man. They wanted to know who sinned as to why the man was born blind. Jesus said neither, then healed the man. The Jewish leaders were upset and asked who it was that healed him. The man tells them that it was Jesus. The leaders were upset and stated that Jesus was a sinner. The man replies that he did not know anything about whether Jesus was a sinner or not, but just that at one time he could not see and now he can because of Jesus.

As you go through life as a witness for Jesus many people in this world will have thoughts for you. They will have some type of answer as to why Jesus is not real or cannot do what He said. The world will try to discourage you and break your faith in Jesus.

Often as a believer you will not allows have the answers to combat the thoughts of the world. You could be a new believer and have not studied the Bible enough to know many answers. Most believers will not have a degree from a college in Bible study. That is acceptable.

One thing you have as a believer is what Jesus did for you. You have your own testimony of what has happened in your life. Talk about that. Talk about what you know is true.

Do not allow yourself to be drawn into a debate that you really don’t know the truth about. It is the way the world tries to get you off focus of Jesus and to begin to doubt what has happened in your life.

You know that at one time you did not believe in Jesus and now you do. Why? Tell that story. Each person has had an answer to a prayer. Tell that story. Tell the things you know and don’t worry about the rest.

I pray today that God will do a work in your life that you and the world will see; that God will open doors for you to share with others what He has done for you; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you; that you will have the boldness to tell what God has done in and through you; and that many will be drawn to Jesus through your testimony.

John 4:39 Are You Talking?

“Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, He told me everything I ever did.” John 4:39

Jesus had stopped at a well in Samaria on His way to Judea. There He met a Samaritan woman and talked with her. Remember that Jews rarely had anything to do with the Samaritans, in fact they would often avoid them as much as possible. As Jesus talked with her, she chose to serve Him. Then she went and told everyone in town what He had said and done. Many others followed Him because of her words.

Words from one person can play a large part in the decisions of another person. Some people will ask others for advice, but most will not. Even though they do not ask for advice they will listen and be swayed by the words of others.

Think about how much another person talking about a certain product will influence you to start using that product. If someone is excited about a product it is difficult to not look into it and maybe try it also.

Businesses work on this principle. They rely on advertisement and word of mouth. Word of mouth goes a lot further than just ads on TV or newspapers, or now in banners online.

Watch the trends in the nation. A celebrity starts wearing a certain brand of clothes, and suddenly all your friends are wearing those clothes and pressure you to purchase those same clothes.

With all of this said, are you talking about what Jesus has done in your life? Are you talking about who Jesus is?

People in the world will rarely pick up a Bible on their own or walk into a church on their own. You must be willing to tell them and invite them.

You won’t know how much your words will mean to someone else unless you use them. Your testimony about Jesus can have a great impact in someone else’s life. Are you willing to talk about Jesus? Maybe many in the city you live will believe in Jesus because of what you tell them. Start talking today.

I pray that God will give you His boldness to talk about Jesus; that you will tell other what Jesus has done for you; that you will not fear what others may think or say; that God will give you the words to say; and that God will draw many to Him through your words.

Mark 16:14 Lack of Faith

“Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.” Mark 16:14

Jesus had been crucified, died, and rose again from the dead. Several women had seen Him after the resurrection. They told the disciples that they had seen Jesus alive, but the disciples did not believe them.

Now Jesus appears to them directly and rebukes them for not having faith and for refusing to believe the women. The disciples were described as being stubborn in that refusal.

They were adamant that Jesus did not rise from the dead. They refused to believe the words of those who had seen Jesus risen.

Today ever believer in Jesus believes that He rose from the dead. Only those who do not follow Jesus do not believe He rose from the dead.

Although many believe He rose from the dead, they do not always believe the other testimonies about Jesus. Many people struggle with believing that Jesus can heal them, or provide for them, or get them through a bad situation. They do not believe that Jesus is really in control.

Believers will give testimony about how Jesus helped them in many different ways and situations. Others will hear it, but refuse to believe that Jesus can and will do the same for them.

You may not believe you are worthy of Jesus working in your life. True, you are not worthy, but God is loving and merciful and will work in your life.

You may not believe Jesus will work in your life. Look at the promises Jesus had made. They are for every believer. Believe in Jesus. He is faithful.

Listen to the testimonies of other people and believe them. God does work in lives today. He can and will work in your life today.

Do not have a lack of faith in God. Do not refuse to believe the testimonies of others or that God will not do what He has promised. Believe in Jesus today for both salvation and for getting you through every situation in your life.

I pray today that God will reveal His love for you more than ever before; that God will show His faithfulness to you; that you will have faith in God; that you will testify to others what God is doing in your life; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.