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Word of God Speak – Can I Catch The Holy Spirit and Run for the Goal?

Word of God Speak – Can I Catch The Holy Spirit and Run for the Goal?

Last week we looked at 2 Corinthians 4:17-18:

For, our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

God is so good. I chose this passage without realizing that it is the first Sunday in Advent. HOPE. How awesome. Hope is what we are talking about. The glory of being with God – now and for all eternity.

 

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This week we will look at Romans 8:18 and 1 Peter 1:6-9, using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study. We will be memorizing 1 Peter:8-9.

S – Say the Scripture out loud.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

And in The Message 18-21

That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

I – Investigate and interpret where and what it is

Like last week we are looking at momentary troubles – the things of this world – age, sickness, pain, anger, hate, frustration, death. And we are comparing it to what Christ is promising – an eternity with Him, in new bodies – freed of this world.

Don’t you love The Message’s  version –  The joyful anticipation deepens.

M- Make a list of your thoughts, questions and ideas

I thought about this through the week and it we seem to live in two separate “universes”. One temporary and one eternal, one earthly and one godly, one with suffering and one with glory.

We have the opportunity to bridge that gap now  – here on earth. We can find those moments filled with peace, longing, inspiration, comfort and joy.

How can we find that bridge? that portal?

I recall many sermons stating I should have a firm foundation. I will admit during that time, I had no clue to what that meant or why it was important.

I’ve come to understand that FAITH and TRUST are to be our firm foundation.

Here are a few building blocks for faith and trust:

  • a knowing in our hearts Who God is
  • an understanding of the power of the Cross and Christ’s resurrection
  • a giving over of control to God, Who is more than able to do anything
  • a knowledge of the Quiet and how necessary it is to water and nourish our faith – a constant, consistent watering by being in the Word and being STILL
  • a repertoire of Scripture so we can recall important words for ourselves and for others.

Looking at 1 Peter 1:8-9 from the HCSB:

You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy,  because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

P – Prayer Time – Don’t forget to listen to God – don’t talk. Be Still

L – Life Application – what did you hear?

I had a lovely meditation.

I heard the words – faith and trust.

But then I heard the word “catch”.

Catch? What does that mean? Catch His Fire was one of my first email addresses. To catch the Spirit of God.  And to catch or capture others from the darkness and absence of God.

Here’s what I know of having a genuine faith:

  • Be at peace with myself and others
  • Relax in all circumstances because He is able, more than able.
  • Do – Don’t be sidetracked or pulled off course. Continue to focus on Jesus and do.

Then I saw a vision of me catching a football and running for the goal.

What an awesome picture! The goal posts – a shining light. Hope radiating as I ran.

So I decided after all this that I would memorize 1 Peter 1:8-9 because that seems to be where God led me today. Find out more at our Facebook Group Page. All welcome.

E – End with a Prayer

Thank You Lord, for always inspiring me and bringing me joy. When I seek you I can cross the divide between the temporary and the eternal. Help to encourage others to do this. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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POWER OF PRAYER – PART II

Power Of Prayer – Part II

by Kimberley Payne

Previously (Power of Prayer – Part I) , I wrote about my need to witness God’s power in the miracle of healing for my daughter’s illness. I was questioning why God had not instantaneously healed her, although I prayed and I know it is within His power. I reasoned that: a) God didn’t hear my prayer, b) He heard my prayer and ignored it, c) He heard my prayer and answered, Yes later, or d) He heard my prayer and answered, No. I discussed the first two possible reasons last week and concluded that God does hear my prayers and He does not ignore my prayers. Today, I would like to explore the last two possibilities.

A)   He heard my prayer and answered, Yes later

I know that God hears my prayers. I know by His very nature He would not ignore my prayers. (2 Chronicles 7 NIV) So He may be saying, Yes later. God knows the past, the present and the future. He lives in eternity. He knows what is best for me and when. His timing is perfect and I must learn to accept this. I must lift my prayer to Him and then settle back knowing that He is in full control.

It’s just a matter of patience. “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised” (Hebrews 6:12 NIV). Like the time I had to wait for my house to sell. I knew God heard my prayer to sell. I knew He was not ignoring me. I just had to wait in His perfect timing. And lo and behold, it was perfect as it allowed us time to find the home in which to settle. But what if God’s answer is No?

B)   He heard my prayer and answered, No

This has been my experience in the past. I prayed for a specific outcome, yet when the decision was made, my request was denied. I felt crushed and betrayed. Little did I know at the time that God had a much better plan. God is not a malicious, vengeful God. No, He is loving and kind. “The LORD is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made” (Psalm 145:13 NIV). What ended up happening in that situation was a very different, much better outcome. Something that had not entered my mind. I had limited my prayer to my own finite wisdom and understanding of the situation at that moment in time. God has infinite wisdom. He knows the hearts of people. And although He said No to my prayer, it was only because He had something better in mind.

I am reminded that there are many ways God enriches our lives through trials and suffering; things we could not have learned without going through those troubles.

My prayer for my daughter’s health has been heard. I can rest in the knowledge that God is not ignoring my pleas. I also find peace knowing that God will answer my prayer within His perfect timing, and if He has a better way or more favorable outcome, He will respond accordingly. I can relax knowing that I have laid my prayer at His feet; I can rest knowing that He loves me and is taking care of me. The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer (Psalm 6:9 NIV).

Kimberley Payne 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 their life to glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com