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Knowing the Word

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Know the Word for Yourself – Joyce Meyer

If you have been wondering why it always seems that you are under something, facing one problem or another, and don’t have victory in your life, perhaps you need to spend more time abiding in the Word.

Many believers go to church every week to listen to someone else preach the Word to them, but they never know the Word for themselves. If you want to live in victory, you must give God’s Word a place of priority in your everyday life. Practically speaking, this could mean that you confess the Word while you get ready in the morning. Maybe you could listen to teaching or worship music on the way to work. You may want to use your lunch hour to read the Word or walk outside and pray.

These are just a few ideas for integrating God’s Word into your life. Just make sure you pursue His truth on a regular, ongoing basis. Giving His Word a place of top priority will change your life.

Prayer Starter: Lord, I want to fully integrate Your Word into my life. I don’t just want to hear someone tell me the Word once a week, I want to know it for myself. Lead me and give me ideas to pursue Your Word consistently.
1 John 2:14

1 John 2:14 MSG
14 And a second reminder, dear children: You know the Father from personal experience. You veterans know the One who started it all; and you newcomers—such vitality and strength! God’s word is so steady in you. Your fellowship with God enables you to gain a victory over the Evil One.

Alone with Him

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

“Much time alone with God is the secret of knowing Him and of influence with Him.” – E.M. Bounds

Who bumps into your day?

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

My New Friend Frank Patrick

I don’t imagine Frank is different than most of us. Fifty-Four, good health, clean-shaven, very polite, and well-spoken. The only difference is Frank has run out of luck.

I am in Little Rock, Arkansas on business today. I walked two blocks down from the “comfy” confines of my above average Marriot hotel near the river walk area to grab a late dinner. On my return as I crossed the bare street that I am sure is filled with cars and folks during the day, I hear…”hey big man”…(guess that’s me). I turn, while continuing to walk as a polite black dude comes up to me. He gives me the same “song and dance” we have all heard about how he needs something to eat. My wife says I have the gift of discernment, as I do not help every person who asks.

Frank is very polite, and kindly inquires do I have a minute. Of course I do, but I want to say I don’t. I reply… “ how can I help?” He tells me he is hungry. He holds out a handful of pennies and says the last person gave him those. Might have been 50 cents there. I stopped and put my hand on his shoulder and asked if he could tell me his story? He obliged. Frank was from Forrest City, Arkansas. Never married, no kids and was living with his 72 year old mom up until 8 months ago. Was laid off at his job there so came to Little Rock for work. He had an apartment but recently lost it and is living on the streets.

How many Frank’s do I pass by every day and ignore? How many people in my own community and neighborhood are struggling like Frank? How many times does God have these people “bump” into us as we go about our busy lives? How do we respond?…Ignore?, God Bless you? Good Luck? Get a job? Leave me alone you bum?…
It hurts me to think how many Frank’s I have passed by.

I listened, I gave him a measley $5 (I just spent $23 on a beers and dinner) and then I asked if I could pray for him? He of course obliged. I laid my hand on his shoulder, prayed for Gods blessings and wisdom for Frank. He simply smiled and replied with a thank you. Then he did the craziest thing, he asked if I had a Bible in my hotel room? I did and told him so. He said to read Luke 6:38. I asked him what the verse was and he said to just go read it. I just did, now I wonder just who Frank Patrick is? Maybe God put him there to bless me more than I blessed him? Or was it Him?

“Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over—will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38