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How Often do you say, “I will do it”?

How Often do you say, “I will do it”?

I wonder how often we say the phrase, “I will do it”, or “what if you”? How often do we think we have the answers?

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I am starting to do the Bible study about Daniel by Laura Davis, Unlocking the Truth of Daniel. I helped her do some of the editing and working through the questions but now it is time to let God speak to me through this study. I read Daniel 2 this morning.

I stopped at Daniel 2:4. Those words really spoke volumes to me this morning.

 Then the astrologers answered the king,“May the king live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret it (Daniel 2:4, NIV). (emphasis mine)

For some reason this morning those words spoke so clearly of arrogance. We will interpret. We can do it. We are wise. We are wonderful. We can do anything.

Then I thought, how often do I do that? When someone tells me their troubles, how often do I try to fix them? How often do I say, “What if you…?”

I need to stop that right now – as of today. I need to instead say:

‘Let’s ask God for a solution to your troubles.”

Praying is a much better solution for everything. Asking Him can sidestep our weakling human ideas. God may give us some human ideas but it will come from Him, not me. Taking things into our own hands can go against all that Jesus taught us.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7, NIV).

Doesn’t that say it all.

Self-reliance can be debilitating.
Spirit-reliance can be freeing. (tweet this)

Freedom is giving over everything to Jesus so we can live in peace. (tweet this)

The battle is fought “in the domain of the will before God.” (Oswald Chambers). (tweet this)

Are you more devoted to your idea of what Jesus wants than to Himself? (Oswald Chambers). (tweet this)

Prayer:

Help us, Lord, to overcome ourselves. Help us to get so close to You that our hearts beat as one. Guide us each minute of our days. In faith and trust we pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


How to Interact with Scripture

How to Interact with Scripture

by Kimberley Payne

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So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes (Daniel 9:3, NIV).

There are many prayers in the Old Testament, but Daniel’s prayer stands out as one of the most powerful. Daniel meditated on Scripture and his prayers reflected this. He allowed God to speak to him through his readings and then spoke back to God through his prayers.

God’s word, the Bible, is God speaking to us.

How can we respond? We can speak back to Him. When we read Scripture, we can pause, think about what He’s saying, and say something to Him in response. God desires a two-way conversation.

This may be foreign to you and you may wonder what to say. Take for example, that you read a passage of Scripture that is difficult to understand. Instead of skipping over it, you may stop and say, “God I find this passage confusing. Please help me to understand Your word.” Or you may read something that you have trouble believing. Take a moment to ask God to help you believe and increase your faith.

You may read a passage that moves you because of a demonstration of God’s power and majesty. Stop and take a moment to praise Him for who He is. Thank Him for the work He’s done on your behalf. Give Him the worship and thanksgiving that He’s worthy of.

Or you may read a passage that reminds you of a need you or someone else has. Stop and take a moment to lift that need to God and intercede on behalf of someone else.

Reading the Bible doesn’t need to be
just a quiet time of reflection.

We can read God’s word and talk with Him like Daniel did.

Prayer:

Dear Lord – Thank You for Your Word. It is life-saving, inspiring, and healing. I pray that You will remind me daily to read the Bible and pray back to you Your Word as it speaks to my heart. In Jesus name, I pray.

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Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

 

How to Pray Through Memory

How to Pray Through Memory

by Kimberley Payne

Praying with a Memory

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And now, O Lord our God, who hast brought Thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast made Thee a name, as at this day (Daniel 9:15 NIV).

In the Bible, we see that Daniel was a righteous man who prayed regularly to God. He spent time reading the scriptures and talking with God.

Daniel knew that God kept His promises and fulfilled prophecies.

When Daniel prayed, he reminded God of the mighty acts He’d performed.

Has God moved in your life with answered prayer?

When you pray, do you rehearse the great acts that God has performed in the past as you ask for His intervention in the present?

Next time you make a request in prayer, start by recalling all that God has done in the past. Include His miracles from the Bible as well as from your own life.

Praying with a memory will help grow your faith.

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Has God moved in your life with answered prayer? (tweet this)

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Kimberley Payne

Kimberley is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live lives that glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

Are You Immune?

Are You Immune?

by Susan Hitchman

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Daniel, man of prayer, experiences immunity from the jaws of hungry lions.

A Mexican Press attaché steals the cell phones of numerous White House staffers during the 2008 summit meetings. Caught at the airport attempting to slip home unnoticed, the phones are safely recovered. But what of the red-handed visitor? Diplomatic immunity protects him from being held accountable and he is free to fly home unscathed.

Immunity protects us from the natural consequences of life. While diplomatic immunity might cause a twinge of conscience to the ethically sensitive, immunity from disease by vaccination is highly regarded. The Latin word ‘immunis’ was coined to describe exemption from military service and tax payments. We want protection from the negative influence of cause and effect.

Spending a lifetime exiled in Babylon during the fifth century B.C., Daniel, man of prayer, experiences immunity from the jaws of hungry lions in his famous ‘Daniel in the Lion’s Den’ story. Notice the story’s climactic statement, “no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God” (Dan.6:23).

It’s an interesting comment.

Trust engenders immunity. (tweet this)

I don’t believe this means that those who pray are immune from every trial life tosses at us. History shows us many examples otherwise. While Daniel was protected in this case from the wounds of lions, the deeper, more durable protection he was granted was from the effects of anxiety. Prayer protects us from being devoured by our adversary – the devil’s attempts to destroy our peace of mind through worry.

Philippians 4:5-7 reminds us that,

The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Prayer guards. It protects.
It provides immunity for our hearts and our minds.
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So go ahead. Get on your knees and receive the vaccination. Then get on your knees again tomorrow, and tomorrow’s tomorrow for your booster shots. The immunity is worth it.

Sue Hitchman

Susan Hitchman

Sue  seeks to integrate the adventure of following Christ with her roles as wife, mother of five, co-leader of a women’s Bible study group and parent prayer group, and retreat speaker.  She is a member of The Word Guild and NCWA. Outdoor pursuits (cycling, gardening, hiking, & kayaking) remind her of God’s creative bent and constant presence. She writes to encourage others in their journey of faith in God.  Visit her blog at: Word Made Flesh