This really spoke volumes to me…I hope it does the same for you!
Wanted: The Most Unlikely Candidates – A Devotional by Gloria Copeland
God can use ordinary people to do absolutely extraordinary things. The Bible tells us in Judges 6-7 about a time in the history of Israel when its enemies, the Midianites and the Amalekites, were ruthlessly attacking. These Canaanites destroyed Israel’s crops and herds and left the entire nation in poverty. When the Israelites cried out to the Lord to raise up a leader to deliver them from the situation, God chose Gideon for the job.
Talk about an unlikely candidate! Gideon spent his days hiding from the Midianites in a winepress. By his own admission, he was from the weakest family in Israel…and he was afraid. Even so, the angel God sent to inform him of his assignment greeted him by saying, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” (Judges 6:12, NKJV). When given his assignment from the Lord, Gideon said, “How can I?” Does that sound familiar? God’s answer is still the same today: “Surely, I will be with you.” In the end, Gideon’s army defeated the enemies. Why? Because it wasn’t based on Gideon and what he could and couldn’t do but it was the Lord and His ability and what He did through Gideon.
It’s important that we get our minds off ourselves and forget about our natural abilities. When you get your attention off yourself and fix your mind on pleasing God and being a blessing to others, you’ll be able to push the fear out of the way and do whatever the Lord tells you to do. If you make a mistake, just correct it and go on. Keep following God and His plan and you’ll continue improving and developing the hidden abilities God wants to bring out in you.
I don’t know if you noticed the song playing on my page…if you haven’t turn up your speakers and listen closely. This is a powerful song and it so captures my heart! I hope it ministers to you!
Give Me Words To Speak by Aaron Shust
Calloused and bruised/ dazed and confused
My Spirit is left wanting something more
Than my selfish hopes/ and my selfish dreams
I’m lying with my face down to the floor I’m crying out for more
Give me Words to speak Don’t let my Spirit sleep
Cause I can’t think of anything worth saying
But I know that I owe You my life
So give me Words to speak
Don’t let my Spirit sleep
Every night, every day/ I find that I have nothing I can say
So I stand here in silence awaiting Your guidance
I’m wanting only Your voice to be heard
Let them be Your Words
Lord, give me words to speak! Don’t let my spirit sleep!
Goodmorning…I thought I would try to write something today that would make you smile. I wrote a poem for my Etsy shop about a year ago and I decided to re-write it for my blog. I’m not a poet…that’s for sure. I just thought this would be a fun way to relay my message…
and that is…to spend time with the Lord, listen with your heart and always journal what He speaks!
I hope you enjoy it and that it makes you smile today!
Here goes 🙂
Grab a cup of coffee – come sit with me.
Spend some time with the Lord and you will see.
Be still and quiet – listen with your heart,
He will begin to speak some things right from the start.
He will speak some things that you already know,
Some things new and some things old.
Some things will be just for you,
Maybe a word of wisdom on what to do!
Other times He will give words to share,
Words of hope to someone in despair.
He will give you direction and guidance – mercy and love,
Wisdom and peace – all from above.
So, find a pen and get ready to write,
My prayer for you is – He will speak before night!
In 2 Chronicles 20 there is a great story about a King named Jehoshaphat. It begins with Jehoshaphat being told that a great multitude (great, numerous) had come against him. At first he begin to fear but then he set himself to seek the Lord. All of Judah came together to stand with him and ask the Lord for help.
Jehoshaphat stood up and cried unto the Lord:
Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? Do you not rule over the kingdoms? In your hand are power and might so that none can withstand you. Are you not Ruler over all the earth? We cry out to you to rescue us. We don’t know what to do so we look to you for help!
As they stood before the Lord waiting for him to speak – someone name Jehaziel had a word from God for them.He said: Don’t be afraid! The battle is not yours but God’s. Tomorrow go down to attack them but you won’t need to fight. This is what you will need to do.
1)Take your position.
3) See God’s incredible rescue operation.
When he said that Jehoshaphat fell with his face to the ground and so did all the people. They began to worship and sing praises to the Lord. (I believe this is when the Lord gave him a plan)
The next day Jehoshaphat said: Listen people “Believe in the Lord and you shall have success”, Believe His prophets”, Believe what was spoken to you yesterday. Have faith! Don’t doubt the Lord!
After much praying and consulting with leaders. He decided to gather a choir of singers to march and sing as they walked about praising and thanking God. At that very moment, God caused his enemies to fight among them selves and they destroyed each other. Jehoshaphat and his army plundered the enemies camp and took the spoils. They returned to Jerusalem filled with joy because the Lord had rescued them. When the surrounding kingdoms heard of this the fear of God fell among them. What a testimony! Then the bible says Jeshoshaphat’s kingdom was quiet for God had given him rest!
When you are in a crisis situation or a battle and you feel as though all hell has been unleashed against you – do what Jehoshaphat did!
1) He set himself to seek the Lord
2) He stood up prayed and decreed the word of the Lord.
3) He proclaimed God to be Ruler over the earth.
4) He did not take on the battle. He trusted God to deliver him.
Jehoshaphat believed. God spoke. Jehoshaphat obeyed. God delivered him. God gave Jehoshaphat rest.
Lord, help us to believe, to speak the right things and to obey.
Thank you for your deliverance in every battle and for giving us rest!
I just had to continue on this because I have been asking God to speak to me and guess what, He did!
So, now the question is “What do you do when God speaks to you? I am so glad that you asked 🙂
Well, once God has spoken a word to you…you become responsible for that word. You begin to make a choice every day whether you will walk it out or not.
So, the next question is “Do you really want God to speak to you? I thought that would be a tough one. It is for me! After the fact, that is!
And you know what…we really can’t be obedient without Him because our flesh will always want to do the opposite of what He is telling us to do BUT that is where God says His grace is sufficient. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Thank you, Lord that I am strong in you!
My final thoughts… when you ask God to speak to you be sure that you mean it 🙂 because He will speak to you!
Today, I have a lot on my mind. It’s that “family stuff” that you have to deal with or at least we think we have to anyway. There are times that I feel so overwhelmed but it is in those times that I have come to realize that it is because my focus is all wrong.
Lord, am I doing that again… having my focus all wrong?
I was reading in the book of Matthew chapter 14 verses 22 – 32 where the disciples were out in a boat in the midst of a raging storm. They looked up and Jesus was walking right toward them but they thought He was a ghost. They didn’t even recognize Him.
Lord, help me to recognize you when you come…
So, Peter said, “Lord, if it is You…ask me to come to You. Jesus said, Come! Peter got up out of the boat and begin to walk toward Jesus but all of a sudden he took his eyes off of Jesus and begin to look at the winds and the raging storm that was all around him. He was frightened and he began to sink. He cried out, Lord, save me! Instantly, Jesus reached out, caught him and held him. He said to him…Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt? And when Peter got back into the boat with Jesus, the wind ceased.
Lord, help me to not doubt you…help me to keep my eyes on you today in every circumstance so I won’t sink…
When I get my eyes on the circumstances around me – sometimes the situation seems hopeless. BUT I know that everything in the natural is temporary and subject to change (praise the Lord) and that everything spiritual is eternal and everlasting. 2 Cor. 4:18
Lord, help me to look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief & fleeting) but the things that are invisible are everlasting!
Lord, You are the eternal & everlasting one. Help me to keep my eyes on You!
If you know the Lord, you have already heard His voice – it is that inner leading that brought you to Him in the first place.
Here are a few keys to hearing the voice of God.
1) Don’t make it too complicated.
2) Allow God to speak to you in the way He chooses.
(a) through His Word
(b) through dreams
(c) through a quiet inner voice
3) Practice hearing His voice and it will become easier! It is like learning to recognize the voice of your best friend!
4) Relationship is the most important for hearing the voice of God and that relationship will come through communication.
Remember to always come with a yielded heart expecting Him to speak to you!
Hello…this is my first time to blog. I never thought that I would do this BUT here I am! First of all, I would like to introduce myself…my name is Martha – wife to Larry – Mom to Shelly, Vicki, J.R., Natasha & Dorothy – daughter to Lucille – Maw-Maw to Brooke, Taylor, Logan, Aaron, Hannah, Stephen, Iyan, Zeke and one itty bitty addition on the way (due December 26th) I have (7) siblings – too many to name!
I am a simple country girl who loves her family! (Read more about me under my complete profile) I am a christian. I love Jesus with all my heart. Where would I be without Him?
I read my Bible in the morning as I have my coffee, pray and talk to God. Yes, you can talk to Him and He will talk back to you! Great revelations come from that anointed time 🙂 something about that coffee!!! My desire for this blog is to encourage and uplift you with God’s Word! So, check back often – there may be a word waiting for you!