April 14, 2017 Joshua 5,6; Romans 8:18-39

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Know that God is better than me! | Deanna George

S~ Now when all the Amorite kings west of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the coast heard how the Lord had dried up the Jordan before the Israelites until they had crossed over, their hearts melted in fear and they no longer had the courage to face the Israelites. Joshua 5:1 (NIV)

O~ The Kings know who they would be fighting against and knew they were no match to God!

A~ Do I believe who is fighting for me? Do I believe how great and powerful he is? Do I underestimate God? Am I faithful in my beliefs? Do I call on him to fight my battles and be my decision maker, my commander in chief, or do I try to control the situation? As these questions run through my mind, I keep feeling this nudging to let go and let you rule. I find this to be the hardest in my role as a parent. There are certain things I desire for my four boys, but I keep hearing, “I have them, so let me mold them.” Okay God, you have them. I am choosing to be faithful and trusting you and your timing. I am choosing to remember the answered prayers you have already done. I am choosing to listen to you and get involved when you want me involved, instead of when I think I should intervene with directions, guidance, and reminders. I know I am dense, so please give me reminders when I try to take over and not trust you.

P~ Lord Jesus, thank you for loving my children more than I do. I know who and what you are, but sometimes I forget and make your job more difficult. Please help me to rear my children in the way you have designed them to be raised. I cannot do it better than you! I want to be like the kings and know my limits.

In My Weakness | Joni Tyner

S~ And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. Romans 8:26 (NLT)

O~ 1.True believers are sealed with the Holy Spirit when they believe. (Eph 1:13-14)  He (The Holy Spirit) is our helper.  He was given to us as a gift to help us.

2. We can’t be good at everything.  We are given certain gifts and our personalities bend us a certain way. We may be really good in one area of obedience and weaker in another. ( Romans 12:6-8) That is why God gives us the Holy Spirit. To help us.

3. Sometimes life is hard. Crazy hard. Overwhelming. It can overtake us and collapse us so that we can’t even talk, the words can’t be formed.  Our minds, at that moment, can’t even pray, we simply call out, “Jesus”… and we cry and groan and need to be held by our loving Comforter, the Holy Spirit.

A~ I was recently on an airplane and a medical emergency developed and they called out to passengers with medical training to help a fellow passenger.  I responded as well as a couple of other passengers who initially appeared to want to take over and make decisions. I have always struggled with my confidence in some areas of my nursing abilities and so I let them take over and I went and sat back down.  My husband gently encouraged me to go back and be available. So I did. I got close to her face and began to comfort and encourage her.  She was quite elderly and was traveling alone.  I stayed with her and she started feeling better about 20 minutes.  I assured her would stay with her until we reached her destination. (her daughter was picking her up at the airport).  I sat down next to her, buckled in, and became her travel buddy.  As she began to feel better, she began to talk…and talk… and talk.  She really quite lonely and seemed to really enjoy my company.  The other responders quickly took off after she seemed to come around.  I simply stayed.

After about 1 hour, she suddenly became ill again and I needed to lay her down and put oxygen on her.  I was able to call her daughter on her cell phone and update her on what was happening and give reassurance. The emergency team met us at the gate and took her away in the ambulance. Sorry to leave you hanging,  but I don’t know the end of the story, either!

As I reflected on this situation the next morning in church, I thought about this verse.  I was initially lacking confidence in my own ability. I didn’t think I had anything to offer and I backed away.  I believe the Holy Spirit knew that Sue (the passenger) needed me and nudged my husband to nudge me to go back.  He was there helping me be what she needed at that moment.  She didn’t lots of high tech medical intervention, (besides, there isn’t anything much on an airplane, just say’n!!)– she needed my gift of encouragement and my natural ability to love and support her.  I was simply responding in a natural way to how the Lord has gifted me.  I initially didn’t know what to do, but the Holy Spirit empowered  me to be there for her. My confidence became stronger and stronger on the flight as I realized I was a great nurse through His Power.   My confidence wasn’t in myself, it was because of Him.

P~ Dear Lord, thank you for this Divine Appointment that I didn’t even realize I was for me.   I was initially frustrated with myself that I didn’t know what to do, that I didn’t pray as I should have.  Yet, You give me grace, You step in and help me in my weakness.  I’m so thankful that I have You, I have so many weaknesses and see the many, many times You’ve intervened for me and brought Glory to a bad situation. I pray for Sue.  I don’t know much about her spiritual life or her current condition, yet You know everything about her.  I pray that You pursue her heart and use every Divine appointment to bring her to You, I pray she is feeling better and not having any serious health issues.

Your Amazing Love | Kim Chipman

S~ For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

O/A~ This is so comforting to me. There are so many times that I mess up. I wish I could rewind and do things over. I make terrible choices that I regret. Hindsight is often 20/20 and sometimes looking back is essential to learn and grow and sometimes it just brings shame.

No matter what I did, how bad I blew it, or how I feel about it – I cannot mess up bad enough to be separated from Your love.

This is immeasurably comforting.

P~ THANK YOU for loving me like You do! I fight guilt and shame regularly. Love is the antidote. I love You!

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