2md Chronicles 7:14 Called by My Name

2 Chronicles 7:14   if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

In this scripture “called by my name” for us as Christians means those who put their trust in the saving Grace of God.  Praying is one way for us to show praise and adoration for our Lord. Billy Graham once said, “To get our nation on its feet, we must get on our knees.”  You can talk about prayer, you can see the importance of prayer, you can preach on the power of prayer, but most importantly you just have to do it! We need to seek his face and repent of our sinful ways.  Sinners are we, but God took on human flesh to rescue us. Jesus took our punishment and died in our place, we are just poor sinners, saved only by the grace of God. If we pray to our fullest, it should involve gratitude, confession, a deep yearning for communication, & adoration.  Then we are called to repent, “turn from their wicked ways”. Turn away from those things that God hates and turn toward those things that God loves. Not only personally, but also as a church we must repent. Acceptance & tolerance of sins in the church will bring the slow dying of the church.  There is hope in these verses, if we worship, pray, and repent, God will hear us and heal us, our land and the church. Notice this verse starts with the word “if”, so it requires action on our part. We have to come to the Lord, we have to pray, we have to repent, we have to worship for the healing of the land.  Is there hope for us today? I say, yes, this scripture is a calling for us and it gives us hope that the Lord will never leave us. He will heal and forgive.

Prayer:  Lord God, we do pray for the forgiveness of our sins, we repent of not following your guidance, but going our own way.  Let us not embrace what the world says, but embrace your will. Help us to see and understand that will for us and the church.  Bring down your healing power for your church and this land that we live in, so that all may come to know you. In Jesus name we pray.  Amen

Written by Sandra Hughes


1st Kings 18:26 The Living God

1 Kings 18:26   So they took the bull given them and prepared it.  Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

 

If you are praying to any god but the one true God, you don’t get an answer.  There are billions of people who are putting their eternal destiny in gods that don’t exist.  There is so much confusion in the religions of the world, it is imperative that Christians speak clearly about who God is.  God is the one and only living God, He loves us, He seeks us until we are found. We must share this message of unconditional love to all those who are praying to a silent god.  God sent his Son to show us who God is & then ultimately redeem our sins on the cross. Life and life eternal will never be the same because of God’s grace! Share this message with everyone, for God’s truth is immortal!

 

Prayer:  Lord of heaven and earth, we worship you!  The one true God who is never silent, who hears and answers our prayers.  May we share your message of truth and grace with all the lost. I pray that they hear our plea and turn to you, so they are no longer praying to a silent God, but to the one true, living God.  May the words we speak be your words, may the actions we take be your will. Bless our words so that all who hear will come to you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Written by Sandra Hughes

 


Numbers 12: Sinful Lives

Numbers 12:1,6,8   Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses, because of his Cushite wife…  When a prophet of the Lord is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams…   With Moses I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

Devotion:  Here we see Miriam and Aaron gossiping about Moses and his wife.  Are we any different? Aaron was a chosen priest to serve in the tabernacle, but still was human and sinned.  So often we see in the Bible how God uses some of the most blemished people to do his will. David committed adultery, Peter was impetuous and denied Christ three times, Thomas doubted until he felt the nail prints in Jesus hands,  Rahab was a prostitute, but was spared when she hid the spies sent into the city by Joshua.

The Bible doesn’t pull any punches when it shows our sinful condition.  The Good News is God extends to us His Grace and Mercy. So take your mixed up, sinful lives to God and he will not only show you mercy, but use you for his divine will, no matter what you have done.  

Prayer:  Lord, Have mercy on us, sinners all!  Thank you for your divine grace, use us to perfect your will here on earth and in Heaven.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Written by Sandy Hughes

Exodus 17 A community praying together

A Community Praying Together

The Bible tells us how Joshua prevailed against the Amalekites through Moses’ faith of holding his hands high up towards the heavens.  Joshua experienced victory because of this. However, during the battle when Moses’ hands got tired and began to fall, Joshua lost ground. Moses’ companions held up Moses hands and propped them up so they would not fall. Every time Moses’ hands slipped, Joshua experienced temporary defeat. Every time Moses’ hands were held high, Joshua gained the advantage.

To me, this is a picture of what we experience in this world. Fighting the battle of life, we often feel defeated with only intermittent moments of victory. However we should never give up or lose hope. This is how God displays his power through the prayers of His people. When we undergo trials and cannot or do not  pray for ourselves, God’s people are praying for us. It is often their faith and their prayers, their intercession to God for us that makes the difference.

Joshua likely was trusting God for the outcome of the battle. However, he may have been totally unaware as to why at one moment he was progressing and at the next moment he was not.  He may even have become doubtful. It was Moses’ faith that determined Joshua’s progress each step along the way, as well as the final outcome. Joshua had to hang in there and trust God with whatever was happening at the moment.

So next time there is an opportunity to share joys and concerns, remember this.… Sure, God knows our hearts and certainly hears our prayers. But sharing these concerns with the family of God, enables them to pray with us and for us and it can be the difference between final victory or defeat for us.

Prayer:  Dear Lord, thank you for the power in the prayers of your people. Help us to go forth mightily, knowing that we have the victory. In Your holy name, Amen.

Written by Debbie Fortna

Exodus 20: FEAR OF GOD OR AFRAID OF GOD

Ex. 20:19 “And they said unto Moses, speak thou with us and we will hear: but let not God speak with us lest we die.”

When God gave Moses the tablets with the Ten Commandments and the people saw the thunder, lightning, heard the trumpets and saw the mountain in smoke they trembled with fear. The people were so afraid that they told Moses, ‘You speak for us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die. {v.19}. Here in scripture we see the relationship between “fear of God,” and “being afraid of God.” Fear of God is more like respect or reverence for God. This differs from being afraid of God. How is your relationship with God? Is it one of respect and reverence, thus not fearing when God speaks to you?

Oswald Chambers writes about this verse: “We show how little we love God by preferring to listen to His servants only. We like to listen to personal testimonies, but we do not desire that God Himself should speak to us. Why are we so terrified lest God should speak to us?” Maybe we feel that when God speaks whatever is asked of us must be done or we must tell God we will not obey Him. Our challenge is to be open to the Holy Spirit, hear God’s command and then respond in obedience. God expects disciples to be faithful, trusting, and obedient. When we love God with heart, soul, and mind, we are more likely to “fear Him,” rather than being “afraid of him.” When you hear God speaking how will you respond?

Lord, help us to be open to your Spirit and willing to follow where you lead us. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen

Brenda Bucher


Genesis 1: Beginnings & Endings

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created…..

Every day I must meet God and ask what are You creating in me today, Lord? Stop and listen! Let God show you what He is creating in you. What your life means to all creation around you. We are part of God’s creation, so let us be in harmony with all that God has created. All of nature explodes with God’s glory. All of humankind reflects God’s nature.

Books are written with a beginning and an ending. Movies are made with a beginning and an ending. What God creates has a beginning but no ending. His kingdom will be forever. Your life also has a beginning and an ending to the physical body, but the soul will live on forever for those who know God. What will you do with the life God has given you? What counts is not how it begins or how it ends, but what is in between. Let your life be a testament to the love that God has poured into all creation. 

Prayer: Lord, thank you for this life you have given to me. Let me be an instrument to show the beauty of all creation. Amen

Written by Sandy Hughes