A Two-Way Relationship

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A Two-Way Relationship

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman

Tuesday, May 14 2013

“He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.” – Isaiah 50:4b

The prophet Isaiah describes his relationship to God as a relationship
that has two-way communication. Have you ever felt that your
communication with God was only one way – you to Him only? Isaiah tells
us, “The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the
word that sustains the weary…. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears,
and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back” (Is. 50:4-5).

The key to Isaiah’s relationship with God lies in four important principles:

1. He had an instructed tongue. Isaiah had given over rule of his life completely to God’s purposes.

2. He knew the word of the Lord, which allowed him to sustain and encourage others.

3. He took time to listen.

4. He did not flee from the tough assignments. He didn’t shrink back.

If we are to be able to listen to God, we must follow the same
principles. Knowing and spending time studying God’s Word allows the
Holy Spirit to bring to mind His instructions for what He wants for us.
Recently, I became very busy in my work and other activities. It wasn’t
long before I felt distance between God and me. I had to make a
conscious decision to carve out more time alone to listen, study, and
meditate on His Word. This is the lifeline for the follower of Jesus.
When we begin to lose the relationship, we are susceptible to becoming
rebellious, going our own way. Invest your life in this relationship so
that you may continue to hear His voice and sustain the weary ones
around you.

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Where Do You Place Your Confidence?

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Where Do You Place Your Confidence?

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman

Tuesday, April 09 2013

Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.” -1 Chronicles 21:1

God always requires total trust in Him alone for our victories in life.
Throughout Scripture we are cautioned not to place our trust in the
strength of horses, other men or our own abilities. In 1 Chronicles,
David’s decision to take a census was a failure to keep his trust
totally upon the Lord.

David’s purpose in counting his population was to assess his military
strength, much like the second census taken under Moses (see Numbers
1:2-3). David found 800,000 men eligible for military service in Israel,
and 500,000 men in Judah (see 2 Samuel 24:9), more than double the
previous head count.

David’s commander evidently recognized the grave error that his king was
about to make. “But Joab replied, ‘May the Lord multiply his troops a
hundred times over. My lord the king, are they not all my lord’s
subjects? Why does my lord want to do this? Why should he bring guilt on
Israel?’” (1 Chronicles 21:3).

Joab was right–the census displeased the Lord. David was falling into
the temptation of trusting in the size of his army rather than in the
Lord. In consequence, God punished David and reduced his forces by
bringing a plague that killed 70,000 men.

How do you avoid placing your trust in God today? Do you trust your bank
accounts, your skills and the security of your workplace? When you
begin to place your faith in these things instead of in the Provider of
these things you get into trouble with God.

What a lesson this is for each of us. Today, place your total trust in the Lord for all of your needs.

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Asa, a Model King Until…

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Asa, a Model King Until…

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman Saturday, April 06 2013

“Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand” (2 Chron 16:7).

Asa was a godly King of Judah. There were two kingdoms during his reign – Judah and Israel. Israel‘s king was Baasha, who was a wicked king. To the east of Judah was Damascus, whose king was Ben-Hadad. Asa was an amazingly faithful and righteous king for thirty-five years. He got rid of the idol worship, and even deposed his mother for idol worship. God blessed his rule by allowing peace in the land for thirty-five years.

When Asa came into power the nation was lost. There was no godly ruler. There were many wars and the people began to cry out to God for deliverance. God sent them Asa.

When Judah was attacked by Zerah the Cushite who marched against them with a vast army and three hundred chariots, Asa called upon the LORD and God answered his prayer and delivered them from a larger and stronger army than Judah’s.

However, thirty-five years later, Asa began to move away from trusting God and decided he could buy the favor of his enemy, the King of Ben-Hadad. Asa sent gold and silver to him as a bribe asking Ben-Hadad to cancel his treaty with King Baasha and go to war on behalf of Asa and Judah. Asa’s strategy worked and he defeated Israel. However, there was a cost.

“In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the LORD, but only from the physicians. Then in the forty-first year of his reign Asa died and rested with his fathers” (2 Chron 16:12-14).

What we learn from Asa is that whenever we place our trust and obedience in the Lord, God becomes our source for security and prosperity. However, when we move away from trusting God, that security is removed and we fail to receive those things God intended us to have.

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Just Look Up!

Here is my 3rd post on what I have seen when I just looked up! I will not make any comments on what I saw or try to force my thoughts on you, if you saw any thing unusual in this pictures, please make a comment and lets compere  notes. And as always thank you so much for visiting :)

All Pictures are taken with my LG Android Phone and are unedited, and Copyrighted.

 

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Hanging Out With Sinners

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Hanging Out With Sinners
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
Tuesday, March 19 2013

“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.’ So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner’” (Luke 19:5-7).

Jesus modeled four things when He lived on the earth that allowed Him to impact other people’s lives. I call them the Four B’s of transformation.

First, he built a relationship with them. In the marketplace it is rare that you can impact a person without building a relationship first. The old saying, “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care” is especially true in the workplace. Jesus modeled this in His life every day of his public ministry.

The second thing Jesus did was he blessed them. He tried to meet a physical need they had. Many times he healed them first, then told them to go and sin no more. He listened to their concerns.

The third thing Jesus did was He began praying for them. He often prayed for deliverance for a person that was demon possessed. He prayed they would know the Father. He prayed for Lazarus to come back from the dead.

Finally, the fourth thing Jesus did was He Brought the Kingdom of God into their lives. He invited people to believe in Him as the Savior of the world and to partake of eternal life.

I decided to test this model with an acquaintance. I intentionally refused to talk about Jesus to this person until I had accomplished the first three steps in my relationship with him. After I had fulfilled the first three steps, I presented Christ to my friend. He received Christ immediately because the soil was prepared and he was ready to receive.

As you consider your ministry at work, consider these four stages of relationship building before you present Christ to others. You will find the fruit of this process will be great.

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Following Only the Father’s Commands

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Following Only the Father’s Commands
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Friday, March 15 2013

“Jesus gave them this answer: ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.’” – John 5:19

Have you ever thought about a typical day in Jesus’ life? Perhaps He might have had questions like these, “Who am I going to heal today? Who will I visit today? Which person will I deliver from demons this day?” etc. The demands on Jesus’ time were great. Yet we see that Jesus allocated His time very deliberately. We don’t get the idea that Jesus was flustered or stressed from the activity He was involved in. He often sought times of prayer and reflection away from the disciples. His life appeared to have a balance of quiet moments and active ministry into the lives He came in contact with.

How do we determine what we will be involved in each day of our lives? What keeps us in sync with the will of our heavenly Father for the daily tasks He calls us to? Jesus tells us that He was only involved in those things the Father was involved in. Nothing more, nothing less. So often we determine our participation in an activity based on whether we have the time to do it or whether we desire to participate. The real question we should ask is, “Does the Father want me to participate in this activity?”

Lord, should I add this Bible study to my schedule? Should I spend an extra night out on this committee this week? Should I take on new business that will take me away from home more? Should my daughter be involved in music lessons?” These are the daily challenges for the world we now live in. We are an activity-based society that often encourages more and more activity, often in the name of Christian virtue.

Our lives will become less cluttered, less stressful, and more fulfilling when we follow the model Jesus provided. It may not always please everyone. Jesus never sought to please everyone. Ask the Lord each day this week how you and He are to spend your time. Yield your schedule to Him. Let Jesus direct your every activity. You may discover that He desires you to cut back some things in order to spend more time alone with Him. He will be faithful to show you. And you will become more fulfilled because you are centered in His will for you.

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