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God Speaks! | DebBe Still and Listen

God Speaks!

Deb be still and listen!     This is what God spoke to me the other day:

From where do you draw your strength in the midst of a storm?

Call on Me child, for I am the Great I Am!

My word has many truths,

You must choose to stand on them in order not to

loose your footing when the winds increase in velocity.

The evil one will surely try to knock you down

in hopes you don’t get up.

 

Read the rest here: God Speaks! | DebBe Still and Listen.

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Holy Is Our King – Worship Wednesday

Happy Wednesday – It’s time for worship.

Have a great evening.

Ben

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Paul and Jerusalem – The Results Show

The Prophecy of Agabus by Louis Cheron

Yesterday, I posed a question. Here are a few verses we were considering:

After looking up the disciples, we stayed there seven days; and they kept telling Paul through the Spirit not to set foot in Jerusalem. …

As we were staying there for some days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, “This is what the Holy Spirit says: ‘In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'” When we had heard this, we as well as the local residents began begging him not to go up to Jerusalem.

Acts 21:4, 10-12 NASB

The Question:

The ponderable on the table here is whether the disciples were right and Paul should have stayed out of Jerusalem. Or was Paul hearing perfectly, and the disciples were missing the point of what the Spirit was saying. They came pretty close (but not perfect – that’s a conversation for another day) as to what would happen when He got there. But did they mis-read God’s intention for Paul.

What if I told you Paul  could have stayed or gone and never missed God’s best for him?

Many Christians are stuck because they find themselves unable to make a decision. They are afraid they will miss God’s best in their life, if they make one wrong move.

I’m not talking about sin here.

Trust me on this, if among your choices is a clear violation of who God is and what He has commanded, there may be some consequences in your natural and spiritual life.

But let’s get back to Paul’s situation. He had what he believed was the voice of God (I’m not saying it wasn’t) and the council of men and women of faith.

Agabus was not some fly by night, hot and cold saint. He had a solid record of good prophecy. This is from about ten years earlier:

One of them named Agabus stood up and began to indicate by the Spirit that there would certainly be a great famine all over the world. And this took place in the reign of Claudius. – Acts 11:28 NASB

So who missed God?

What if?

What if the Father gave Paul the choice?

What if he could have picked either one and ended up in God’s perfect will?

What if God was able to work in and through Paul even if he chose not to go to Jerusalem?

Paul taught us in Romans 8:

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28 NASB

And the writer of Hebrews tells us:

… for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. – Hebrews 11:6 NASB

Paul was a called and diligent seeker after God’s heart. The fact that He would again face chains did not persuade him to fade back from where He believed the Lord was leading.

This was not like his canceled stop in Bithynia:

and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; – Acts 16:7 NASB

Applied:

So – let’s bring the question closer to home. Can you miss God’s best for your life?

Again, let’s put blatant sin out of the picture. If that godly woman in your church makes you think you should divorce your wife, and marry her, think again (or stop thinking altogether because your brain needs a break—or brakes.)

But what if you find yourself, in diligent pursuit of the Father’s will, with two or more really good options? What if your oikos (the circle of fellowship and love the Lord has placed in your life) is not giving counsel that resonates or clarifies.

Just go for it.

When He said He would work all thing for your good, He really meant all things. God has seen the potential outcome of every choice you have ever made, or ever will, and has a plan ready to go.

Have you ever gotten a video, with an alternate ending. God’s got racks and racks of alternate endings with your name on them. Each one ends well, not only for you, but for all of His vast family.

It’s a little mind-blowing when you start to take all the choices made by all those called by His name and mix up all the possibilities. Factor in the chance circumstances that get sprinkled liberally into our lives. Now ponder how the infinite mind of God has fashioned our destiny from all that.

I can’t find words immense enough to even describe the mind and heart of God.

So be encouraged. Don’t be afraid to act. As long as you’re not violating love—aka God’s law—follow God’s leading as best you can and believe He will take care of the rest.

benheadshot1Thanks for coming by today.

You’re a blessing. Keep shining.

Ben

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Paul and Jerusalem – What do you think?

The Prophecy of Agabus by Louis Cheron

After looking up the disciples, we stayed there seven days; and they kept telling Paul through the Spirit not to set foot in Jerusalem. – Acts 21:4 NASB

I have a question for you.

I’ve heard smart Christians, godly men and women all, come in on both sides of this question. I’d love to get your take.

Here’s the situation:

Paul is traveling all over the world preaching the gospel. Everywhere he goes the disciples (Christ followers) prophecy over him. They have heard from the Holy Spirit that he should not go to Jerusalem.

Agabus, by a prophetic demonstration showed him that chains awaited him there.

As we were staying there for some days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, “This is what the Holy Spirit says: ‘In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'” When we had heard this, we as well as the local residents began begging him not to go up to Jerusalem. – Acts 21:10-12 NASB

Paul took it as the kindness of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit gave him foreknowledge of what he faced. He faced hard times as he obeyed the call of the Spirit on his heart to go to Jerusalem.

The others took it as a warning from the Spirit not to go.

What do you think? Why?

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I was made for this… ~ SoS Saturday

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We have a little sister,
And she has no breasts;
What shall we do for our sister
On the day when she is spoken for?

Song of Songs 8:8 NASB

When the Groom spoke of His bride’s breasts earlier in the song, He spoke in terms of their beauty and symmetry. This is not what the bride is concerned with here.

No breasts, in this context has to do with the inability to nurture. The bride has those in her sphere of influence who look to her as mentor, or teacher. They look up to her as a role model. These disciples of hers are not mature enough as yet to make their own disciples.

Her own progress from young maid to mature bride was quite a journey. She’s come through fear and failure, discouragement and persecution. Now her heart’s desire is to bring others to full maturity, marked by their own ability to bring life to others.

Dawson Trotman, the founder of the Navigators, wrote a booklet called “Born to Reproduce.” The subtitle of this document is “A Passionate Call to Maturity, Spiritual Reproduction and Spiritual Parenting to Help Fulfill The Great Commission.” You can read it here.

It may sound down right darwinian, and there is so much more to the new birth than just reproduction. But at some level, reproduction is our big purpose.

The subtitle make clear that it’s not just babies we want. We don’t really just want to make baby christians who make baby christians. We want to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples.

I have the deep joy of being a dad. I didn’t think there could ever be a greater joy than having kids and seeing them laugh and play (aka bicker and whine?)

Now my baby is twenty-one, and my oldest has a baby of his own. I’ve learned of the greater joy. Seeing your baby’s become mature adults, living their own life, starting their own families.

I was made for this.

And that’s the heart of the Bride of Christ. I want to see my spiritual children come to a place where they can raise their own brood.

benheadshot1Thanks for coming by.

Walk in the blessing God has poured out on you.

Ben

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But That’s Impossible! ~ From the Archives

I wanted to reblog a post from the archives of Another Red Letter Day. This was first posted in September of last year, but it’s worth pondering afresh today.

Blessings,

Ben

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The Word of God tells us we serve a God for whom nothing is impossible.

‘Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You, – Jeremiah 32:17

In three of the gospels Jesus says similar things:

And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26

Looking at them, Jesus said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.” – Mark 10:27

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37

But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.” – Luke 18:27

Notice, in each of these instances the phrase the translators chose is “with God” rather than the Jeremiah passage where it’s translated “for You (God)”

I often hear folks pray for the impossible in a more or less resigned manner. It’s almost as if we pray for the impossible, but really don’t expect God is in the mood to stir up all that – what – Godness? – power to pull off this amazing feat.

Our perception of God’s ability to do the impossible seems grounded in the mythology of Greek and Roman God’s who were moody, and mostly just humans with super powers.

So we pray (ok this may be a little exaggerated – but it’s just for emphasis.)

“Lord, I know you are the God of the impossible, and nothing is too difficult for you, so will you please ___________________.”

Yesterday, I was reading Mark Shields blog, “Nothing will be Impossible,” and the verse he quotes at the end really struck me.

And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” – Matthew 17:20

Do you see the difference?

It’s really not different. Remember, Jesus told us in each of those other verses that nothing is impossible WITH God, only this time He switched it up.

Let’s just mash it all together and say

Nothing is impossible for YOU with GOD.

In this Matthew 17 passage, Jesus is talking about the power of faith.

Let me take you one step further – do you have 2 more minutes?

In Hebrews 11, God’s wonderful “Hall of Faith” the writer lists the heroes of faith and their faith exploits, the impossible stuff they did because they had that mustard seed sized faith.

Most of our heroes of faith gain that distinction because of the impossible obedience they walked in, not because of their amazing exploits.

  • Able offered a sacrifice
  • Enoch walked with God
  • Noah built and Ark
  • Abraham obeyed God
  • Sarah conceived a son in her old age (ok – there’s a miracle)
  • Moses refused nobility, took the reproach of His people, left Egypt, kept the Passover, passed through the Red Sea (ok – there’s another one)
  • Do you see where I am going with this.

The most impossible thing we are called to do is live a life filled “WITH God.”

What impossible thing is God asking you to do today?

Perhaps the impossible for you is loving your kid today.

Maybe God is asking you to serve your spouse.

Is God asking you to tell the truth, take responsibility, for something you did or something you should have done?

Or maybe it’s just telling someone about Jesus, and what He’s done in your life.

OK – get ready for the main point:

Nothing will be impossible for YOU (with God.) [Tweet This]

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by,

Go and do that impossible thing.

Ben

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Do You Nook? (Encounters Update)

Encounters With JesusHi all,

Great news! Today, Encounters With Jesus, my recently published book, is now available at the Barnes and Noble on line store! So if you’ve been waiting to read these forty compelling stories from the life of Jesus on your nook, today is your day.

Thank you to all those of you who have been so supportive in helping me get the word out about this project.

I would covet your prayers, as I await word from Lifeway Stores. I’m applying with them to have Encounters carried on the shelves of their 180 stores.

If you are new around here, you can check out a couple sample chapters here and here.

If you would like to see what others are saying, check out these reviews.

If you want to help – go over to Amazon.com and write a review, so others learn about this resource.

benheadshot1Thanks for all your support and encouragement.

Don’t forget to shine!

Ben

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