26 April 2008

Jon Courson Devos...

Hey O-
Been pretty busy with work...but trying to read Jon Courson at work--and these past two days have been awesome with the devos. So I thought I'd share.
Catch you on the flip side!
Bren
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April 25

And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the
ephod to David. And David inquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered
him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.
1 Samuel 30:7-8

After encouraging himself in the Lord, David inquired of the Lord. “What do You want me to do, Lord?” The Lord answered him
directly and quickly. And God will do the same with you.

It doesn’t take as much as you think. Satan will say, “So you want to hear from the Lord? That’s going to require three hours of
constant prayer, three days of fasting, three weeks of getting away. You only have thirty minutes? God’s not going to hear you.
Ten minutes? Forget about it. Three minutes? You’ve got to be kidding. God’s not going to give you direction in a three minute
prayer.”

I challenge that. Ask Peter. He was on the Sea of Galilee. He had been walking on the water, but now he’s sinking quickly. He
didn’t pray for three days, three months, three hours, or even three minutes. He prayed three words: “Lord, save me.” And the Lord
grabbed him by the hand and pulled him out of the water (Matthew 14:30).

Satan will say, “It takes a lot more. That’s not enough.”

But Jesus said, “Do not think you’re going to be heard because of your much speaking, your long praying. That’s a heathen concept.
When you pray, be simple” (see Matthew 6:7-8).

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April 26

So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those that were left behind
stayed. But David pursued, he and four hundred men . . .
1 Samuel 30:9-10 (a)

Third, David was engaged with the Lord. Following praise and prayer, we see pursuit. Many times, people sit back and say, “Lord,
if You want good things to come my way, bring them to me.”

The Lord, however, says, “Take a step of faith. I’ll be with you. I’ll fight for you. But I want you to be engaged with Me. I
don’t want you passive because I want to prepare you for eternity.”

To Elijah - another man who was depressed and holed up in a cave - God said, “Why are you in this cave of depression? You know
better than this. I want you to go to Syria. I want you to anoint a new king. I want you to go to Israel and raise up a leader. I
want you to find a young man named Elisha and mentor him. I have work for you to do” (1 Kings 19).

The Lord says the same thing to us. “Why are you in this cave? You know better than that.” Do what you know, and you’ll know what
to do.

14 April 2008

Bargaining or Blessing?

I totally was blessed by QT this morning (it's been hard lately with work)...but I pray you too are blessed and God totally tweaks it for you...

Matt 18:19- if two of you on earth AGREE about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven....Mackey talked about this, agreeing like whole heartedly agreeing with the person not just nodding your head in prayer, but wanting it the same way you desire something so strongly for yourself.

Matt 20:2-he agreed to pay them... it's the same AGREE which is also to BARGAIN.

Now consider the parable in Matt 20:1-16. About the workers in the yard. The first set of workers BARGAINED with the owner about their wage. Then they worked. Later the workers that were hired let the master say "I will pay you whatever is right" and the workers were content and they worked.

At the end of the day, each were paid 1 denarius. The ones that AGREED on it were no longer content because they saw they got the same amount as the people that had LET the master pay them.

Consider this: When you pray or ask for something, repeatedly (I'm going to use a significant other even though I'm married--I think this was a word for single people) like a spouse/bf/gf--it's like, Lord please please give me this. This is what I want. And then eventually (unless you've been called to singleness forever you would know-matt 19:11-12) the Lord will bless you with someone. BUT chances are you will NOT BE CONTENT because you've placed so many expectations on marriage because the "perfect person" has to do certain things... and because "those who marry will face many troubles in this life" (1 Corin 7:28)

But consider the person who has said, "Lord, whatever you bless me with for my work I will let you decide on my blessing" and then they are blessed with marriage--they will be totally stoked by it. Because they have placed no expectations on marriage, or their spouse or anything. They have built a relationship with their Lord, they understand that trials come and we are growing from these things...

See the difference in BARGAINING with your blessing, or allowing the Lord to decide your blessing? BOTH people above get the same blessing (marriage) but one is FAR more content in the Lord than the other.

So which are you? Do you BARGAIN for things you want, or do you wholly surrender and completely say, "Not mine but Your will be done Father."
Let us be a people who trust our Heavenly Father to care for us. To bless us beyond our imaginations. Who just focus on heaven and continue our work here on earth.

May God be blessed by your hearts and minds today brothers and sisters---Love ya!!

08 April 2008

Jon Courson Devo

Thankfully, I am more prepared this morning (physically rested, no headache, woke up a bit earlier)...and with this I was able to read Jon Courson before heading out the door for work (gotta be there by 335am). NEways...this is what I read...and my what a wonderful reminder...of who our amazing and awesome God is. Please enjoy.
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And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.

1 Samuel 13:10
Samuel had told Saul to wait seven days before engaging in battle against the Philistines. When seven days had come and almost gone and Samuel hadn’t shown up, Saul said, “My troops are leaving. I’ve got to do something.” So he assumed the role of priest and offered a sacrifice himself rather than waiting for Samuel so that he could engage in battle.

No sooner had Saul finished offering the sacrifice than Samuel showed up. This is so often the way of God. So often the Lord waits until the last moment to step in. Why? It’s not to tease us, but to test us. He takes us right down to the wire, not to taunt us, but to train us in order that we might have endurance (James 1:3). You see, the race we run as believers isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon. And God knows how desperately we need endurance. The only way to get endurance is to go through testing that will force us to wait on Him in order that we might not panic, not run off the track, not throw in the towel. C. H. Spurgeon said the snails made it safely to the ark because they had endurance. You might be a snail. I might be a slug. We might move very, very slowly - but we will make it to the Ark if we simply endure.

“Time is running out!” we cry. “We’ve got to do something!”

Do we? I can give you all kinds of advice and recommendations, but it’s only when God steps in that there will be a real solution. The sage was right when he said that the brave man is not braver than any other, but simply braver for ten minutes longer. Who is the brave man? Who is the mature brother, the wise sister, the deep Christian among us? It’s not one who is necessarily super-spiritual. It’s simply one who has learned to wait and not panic.

Has God promised to show up? Has God promised you that He is going to work all things for good? Has God promised you that He will take the cares you cast on Him? Has God promised you that He will give a peace deep within? Has God promised that the desires deep within your heart will come to pass? If He has, wait for Him. Don’t panic, dear people. Be brave. Saul thought he waited seven days - but seven days hadn’t completely passed. He didn’t wait the full course.

“Lord, make me a man of God,” we pray. “Produce in me depth of character and wisdom.”

“Okay,” God says. “I’m going to take you through some experiences in which you will have the choice either to panic and try to solve the problem by sacrificing this or looking to them - or to trust Me.”