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With Pastor Dave Roussel

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Prayer Time

July 5 – Today’s Readings – Isaiah 16-18 and Psalms 5

Psalms 5: 1-3 reads this way; “Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

How many times have you heard great men and women of God speak about their devotional lives and the times they spend with the Lord in the morning hours?

In Mark 1: 35-36, it is said of Jesus; “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him” I think perhaps there is a secret we can learn from these verses:

– If we seek Him early in the day, this action sets our direction so we can walk with Him throughout the waking hours.

– When we open our hearts to the Lord, asking for direction, priorities, guidance, wisdom and the leading of the Holy Spirit, we give ourselves a chance to “tune in” to the voice of the Holy Spirit before all the “clutter” of the day overwhelms.

– We can then expect great things from each and every day. We can expect “divine encounters”, words placed on our lips by God Himself, a “sensing” of the corrective voice of God or the directive voice of God.

Exodus 16:21 reads, “Each morning everyone gathered as much as he needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away.” This passage refers to the “manna” or “provision” of the Lord for the Israelites in the desert but it also refers to the Word of God – how it needs to be fresh for us each day – how our relationship with “father” needs to be renewed each and every morning. Yesterday’s life-giving bread is not enough. We function, not on yesterday’s anointing, but in the moment. The alternative is that we continue to get up at the very last minute and run out the door with nothing but panic on your minds. A comedian once rightly questioned, “How do you greet the day? Is it, ‘Good morning God?’ – Or is it, ‘Good God! Its morning!” It’s decision time again – time to make a lifestyle choice for a much healthier and stress-managed life. Start today – Give the day to Jesus and see how you will be a much “nicer” person all around!

Questions:

1. Do you have a regularly scheduled prayer time that you try to keep?
2. Do you have a regular Bible reading time built into your schedule?
If you don’t – (and most people don’t) – then take some simple steps – try going to scheduled prayer meetings or perhaps sit with your Bible and a cup of tea and commune with The Lord – it takes about an hour – and it sets me straight!

God + You

January 5 – Today’s Readings – Genesis 13-15 and Psalms 5

Genesis 13 certainly teaches us an important Christian principle. Abraham had somehow managed to gather and train over 300 men “born in his household” and had fashioned them into such a well oiled and united team that they could go to war against impossible odds and be victorious. If you consider the circumstances however, you will soon realize that these weren’t fighting men at all! These were tough, hard-working Bedouin shepherds who were loyal to Abraham! The only thing that set them apart was that they had God’s blessing and God was fighting with them!

There is much to be said about unity, family, obedience, loyalty and the blessing of God. Somehow I think they all fit together extremely well. Isn’t this just like our God? He asks us to follow such simple principles – integrity, diligence and a right relationship with him – and then He adds His blessing to it and brings victory in our lives that only He can accomplish and for which only He can receive glory. It’s an amazing partnership.

When our children were quite young, our family watched the movie “Beethoven” on television – for those of you who are uneducated concerning old children’s movies, this one is all about a huge Saint Bernard (Beethoven) adopted by an inept family. The little boy in the movie was constantly being pushed around by a group of bullies but on one momentous occasion the little guy decided to stand up for himself and the viewing audience knew for certain he was going to lose big time. At the right moment however, Beethoven quietly came around the corner and stood behind the boy. The bullies saw this “ally” and fled for their lives. The boy, not knowing Beethoven was there, thought that it was all his own doing because he had not seen the “guardian angel” standing behind him. This is the way it was the day Abraham led his servants out to war. He did what God called him to do and God provided the victory.

Do you remember being in school and studying like it all depended on you then praying like it all depended on God? Not a bad formula. So it is with our God – “EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH GOD”. Today – let him be the strength of your life. May God richly bless you .

Questions:

1. Compare the unity of Abraham’s men with Jesus’ unity prayer for His Church in John 17. Name at least 2 very good things that could come out of this kind of unity.
2. Give another Bible example of a person who stepped out in faith, knowing that they could be defeated, but God provided the victory.

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