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March 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Experiencing God Week 2 Day 3

George Muller was a great man of prayer and here is how he discerned God's Will:

1.  I seek at the beginning to get my heart in such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter.  Nine-tenths of the trouble with people generally is here.  Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord's will, whatever it may be.  When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His Will is.

2.  Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression.  If so, I make myself liable to great delusions.

3.  I seek the Will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with the Word of od.  The Spirit and the Word must be combined.  If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also.  If the Holy Spirit guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them.

4.  Next I take into account providential circumstances.  These often plainly indicate God's Will in connection with His Word and Spirit.

5.  I ask God in prayer to reveal His Will to me aright.

6.  Thus, through prayer to God, the study of His Word, and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge, and if my mind is thus at peace, and continues so after two or three more petitions, I prceed accordingly.

Bro. Paul

 

 

 

 




March 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Good Morning Everyone,

Experiencing God Week 2 Day 2: Here is an excerpt from today's reading that caught my eye:

"Understanding what God is about to do where you are is more important than telling God what you want to do for Him.  What good would it have done for Abraham to tell God about his plans to take a survey of Sodom and Gomorrah and go door to door witnessing the day after God was going to destroy the cities?  What good would you do by making long range plans in your Church if God brings judgment on your nation or Church before you implement them?

You need to know what God has on His agenda for your Church, community, and nation at this time in history.  Then you and your church can adjust your lives to God so He can move you into the mainstream of His activity before it's too late.  Though God will probably not give you a detailed schedule, He will let you know one step at a time how you and your Church need to respond to what He is doing."

I was watching the "Experiencing God' VHS tapes and Henry Blackaby shared that someone asked him if he did long range planning and he responded by saying that he was afraid to.  Because he was afraid he might accomplish those plans and miss what God was doing.

Bro. Paul

Week 2 Day 1

I really liked the example of Noah on page 34, "Let's use Noah as an example.  What about his plans to serve God?  They would not make much sense in light of the coming destruction, would they?  Noah was not calling God in to help him accomplish what he was dreaming of doing for God.  God never asks people to dream up something to do for Him. We do not sit down and dream what what we want to do for God and then call God in to help us accomplish it.  The pattern in scripture is that we submit ourselves to God.  Then we wait until God shows us what He is about to do, or we watch to see what He is already doing around us and join Him.. 

To further explain what is going on here, read the illustration, "College Campus Bible Studies" on page 31.

Bro. Paul 




March 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Experiencing God Week 2 Day 1

I really liked the example of Noah on page 34, "Let's use Noah as an example.  What about his plans to serve God?  They would not make much sense in light of the coming destruction, would they?  Noah was not calling God in to help him accomplish what he was dreaming of doing for God.  God never asks people to dream up something to do for Him. We do not sit down and dream what what we want to do for God and then call God in to help us accomplish it.  The pattern in scripture is that we submit ourselves to God.  Then we wait until God shows us what He is about to do, or we watch to see what He is already doing around us and join Him.. 

To further explain what is going on here, read the illustration, "College Campus Bible Studies" on page 31.

Bro. Paul 




March 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Experiencing God day 5 - A great quote by Henry Varley, "The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in a man or woman who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him."  SOOOOO when you believe nothing significant can happen through you, you have said more about your belief in God than you have declared about yourself!!!!! AMEN and AMEN!!!!!

Have a great weekend and come see us Sunday!!!

Bro. Paul




March 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Day 4 of Experiencing God and I will start by reciting the memory verse for the week for you, "I Am the vine and you are the branches. If you abide in Me you will bear much fruit.  Apart from Me you can do nothing." John 15: 5.

Next the opening paragraph in today's lesson is wonderfully powerful.  "We often act as though God tells us what He wants us to do and then sends us off by ourselves to try and do it.  Then anytime we need Him, we can call on Him, and He comes to help us.  That is not the biblical picture.  When God is about to do something through you, He has to get you from where you are to where He is, so He tells you what He is doing.  When you know what God is doing, then you know what you need to do: you need to join Him.  The moment you know God is doing something where you are, your life and its activity will be thrown in contrast to God and His activity.  YOU CANNOT STAY WHERE YOU ARE AND GO WITH GOD!!!!"

Bro. Paul 


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