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NOV
01

Giants, Grasshoppers, Favor & God

The Book of Numbers reveals much about the character and the ways of God. The Israelites had settled at Mt Sinai following Yahweh’s deliverance from Egypt. They had seen numerous occasions of divine provision during their time in the wilderness. Now, in the Wilderness of Paran, the Lord speaks to Moses saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel.”

AN OPPORTUNITY TO “SEE” DIFFERENTLY

This was to be a time of upgrade for the Israelites whom God had taken as His people. The purpose of the journey was to see what the land was like and to have knowledge of the cities, the people and the vegetation. He simply said, “Be of good courage.” He had already made clear His intent to give them the land. There was no need for them to feel intimidated, overwhelmed, or overtaken by anything they might see or hear. They could see with eyes of faith. Jehovah had spoken! This is your land!

Can you imagine the excitement of the people as they gathered to hear the report of the spies? They must have quickly spotted the luscious grapes being carried in between two of the men on a pole. The pomegranates and figs were as succulent as you can imagine. Surely this was evidence that what God had promised was indeed true.

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SEP
20

The Supply of the Lord is Never Ending

bread webA young man, in the early years of his ministry, had felt strongly led of God to live totally by faith.  In fact, he had said, “it is a most primary way to trust God.”

While it wasn’t a welcomed way of life for his young wife, who had been raised in an affluent home, she joined her husband in this walk of faith.  “In following my husband as he followed Christ, I still had much to learn,” she later said.                                          

EMPTY CUPBOARDS

One evening I sat alone in the kitchen while my husband, Tom and the church board had a meeting in the living room. 

I thumbed idly through the colorful pages of The Women’s Home Companion someone had loaned me.  As I bent over the kitchen table, I was barely aware of the murmur of voices through the wall.  Pictures of the latest home designs made me a bit envious, but the recipes got to me.  My mouth watered as I stared at pictures of roast beef, potatoes au gratin, apple pie, and so many other delicious dishes.

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SEP
05

A Story of Being Overtaken by God

flame-and-wick webThe visiting speaker had preached a powerful message on the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  Because of his need to depart quickly following the delivery of his word, the soloist, with the easy tenor voice began to sing his closing song.  He sang only a few lines before sobs choked him.  “I don’t know what’s happening to me,” he said, “but I know I need the fullness of the Holy Spirit in my life and ministry.”  The young man fell to his knees.  "Oh God,” he prayed aloud, “forgive me for my sins, my coldness, my carelessness about spiritual things, my critical attitude.  Lord God, fill me afresh with Your Holy Spirit.” 

Like a field of wheat bending in a gale, the entire audience bowed low before a holy God.  The wind of His Spirit blew into every heart, convicting of sins, some long forgotten.  Tears flowed as people prayed out loud, “God, have mercy!  Forgive me.  Cleanse me.”  With trembling voices, one person after another rose to confess specific sins.

The congregation forgot about time.  The service continued for hours in the holy hush of God’s presence.   They were enveloped in the Holy Spirit.

The young singer, when writing about this later, called it “The Touch of the Torch!”

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