June 19, 2019

 June 29
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.  Psalm 138:8 ESV

1 Samuel 10 
When the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, I am another person, led by Him and speak by Him.  Since I am the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), I am not my own but belong to the Lord so should act accordingly.  The Lord really doesn’t surprise us with what is to come but it is up to me to listen and respond to what He says.  Samuel had previously warned the people what would happen if they chose a man (king) over Him yet they wanted to be like the other nations and not separated (sanctified) unto their God.  He was tall and handsome and many of the people liked that but some still despised him.  People look at the outward man but God looks at the heart of man (1 Samuel 16:17).  Yet, it was still the plan of God to pick Saul to show this to the people.  I would much rather have my lessons learned by heeding the voice of the Lord instead of doing it my way which never turns out for blessing like it does when God chooses.

Isaiah 54 
This is a wonderful prophecy for all or our widows!  Ladies, you all have the perfect husband!  And barren women, such promises for each of you!
10 For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

What wonderful promises we have from our God!  His peace and compassion will never leave me!  He has given such wonderful promises for my children.  First, He hand picked them out of all of the children in the world and then promised me wonderful things for each of them!  These are not just my adopted and stepchildren, and family but the children that God has given me in the church here and those I have ministered to wherever He sent and continues to send me on foreign soil!  What an amazing God I serve!  
13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. 
Wow is what I declare, Wow Lord, thank You!
Acts 7
Stephen was obviously a man who studied Scripture as he began to share with those who rose up against him (and yes, he was a minister of helps and not a preacher, prophet, etc.)  Stephen had the same love in his heart for the people as our Lord did when they were killing him and asked God the same thing, not to hold the sin against them!  Would I be able to do this?  I hope to think I would but I can only say for sure if I went through that experience.  Sometimes it takes 40 years to receive the promise of God as it did Moses and sometimes it takes thousands of years as we are living in the day that God is fulfilling His promises to bring the Jews back to Israel (over 8 million with ongoing increase).  
Meditate & Apply: Listen to the Holy Spirit because He makes it clear for me to understand and then respond!  My heart must be right before the Lord because that is how He checks me out if I am true to faith in Him.  My actions are the proof either way.  Early on, the Lord gave me promises from Isaiah 54 about giving me many children and He has been so true to His Word!  The Word of the Lord has never failed me and it never will!

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