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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 7/22/2019

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crossIs. 55:10-11 The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

One of the great mysteries of the Gospel is how God uses it when it is sent forth. The effectiveness of the Word to bring about change in the human soul lies solely in God. We can do nothing to cause anyone to hear the Word and let it change their life. Nothing. The messenger is only that, a messenger. It doesn’t matter how well or powerfully the messenger may speak. It doesn’t matter how knowledgeable he may be. It doesn’t matter how acceptable he may be amongst man. It is not about the messenger; it’s about the message.

The Word never fails to fulfill its mission that God sends it on. When God’s Word is proclaimed, God makes sure that someone gets the message He intended for it to deliver. It always touches a need and produces fruit in the heart of man. Always. We must never pass up opportunities to get the Word out, because God has promised that when we do proclaim it God will bless our efforts and use His Word. It doesn’t matter how you do it or how well you do it; it just matters that you do it. Do your part and God will do the rest.

God sends His Word out. He knows where and when it is needed. He knows who to send it with and to. He never fails to offer people an opportunity to hear it and apply it to their life. Not everyone is willing to hear, but nevertheless, God gives them a witness. No one has an excuse to reject Him when they hear the Word. The Word will either draw man to God or condemn man for rejecting God. Each will be judged by the Word revealed, whether it be the written or Living Word.

God has entrusted you with His Word. Don’t deny anyone the opportunity to hear it and know it. He holds you accountable for what you do with it. Your life is your pulpit. Proclaim loudly the Word and God so that all who are in your world will hear it. God will put it the soil of people’s souls, water it, nurture it, and cause it to take root and grow.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 7/15/2019

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crossIs. 55:8-9 “My thoughts are completely different from yours, says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

Let us pause and think about these things for a few moments. The Lord says that He thinks differently than we do about things. He has an unrestricted and unlimited capacity for thought. His thoughts are not influenced one iota by sin. Every thought of God is pure and good. Everything God thinks about makes perfect sense. He never has to change His mind about anything.

God’s ways are far beyond anything we can imagine. No one can know how God did what He did in creation. The vastness and variety of creation is beyond our understanding. We can’t begin to imagine the things God can and does do. It is futile to think about the things we cannot know. There are things going on right now that we don’t have any clue about. God is working out of our sight preparing creation for His coming and our reunion with Him. We must simply accept by faith what we cannot know and bow before Him in awe.

Because God is who He is and does what He does, it ought to cause us to bow down and worship Him from the very depth of our souls. He is our Father who oversees all He has created, He is our Savior who died for our sins, He is our Sanctifier who makes us holy, and He is our Lord who rules over His church.

“Thank you, Lord for who you are and all the things you have done, are doing, and shall do for me. I thank you for making yourself known to me, Lord. You are the Lover of my soul and I bow before you today in worship. You are all that I need to know about life from its beginning to its end. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

FREE eBook Interactive Romans Road American Standard Version This is the ideal and easy way to share the gospel using your Kindle http://bit.ly/2xvdXNY #free

Serving the under-resourced Church globally through the provision of Bibles, biblical resources and training to transform lives worldwide through God’s Word. Ten percent (10%) of all purchases made through Sherrard’s eBook Resellers http://bit.ly/2L22Xvj, Christian Nonfiction eBook Store http://bit.ly/2Btyvc4, and Author Support Services http://bit.ly/2zne7YW goes to supporting Bible League International https://www.bibleleague.org/

Verse of the Day and Devotional 7/11/2019

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Verse of the Day and Devotion

While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  – Luke 24:36 NIV

Devotion

It was the Sunday evening of the day of the resurrection. Understandably enough, the disciples of Jesus were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. (John 20:19) Understandably enough, they were afraid that the leaders might do the same thing to them that they did to Jesus. The two disciples that had been walking on the road to Emmaus had just told the rest of the disciples about their encounter with Jesus. (Luke 24:33-35) At that precise moment, Jesus Himself stood among them and said the words in our verse for today: “Peace be with you.”

Like the disciples hiding out behind locked doors, you are a disciple of Jesus. Like them, you have made the decision to deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him. (Matthew 16:24) In effect, you have stuck your neck out a long way. After all, not everyone is happy about your decision. In point of fact, some people are downright angry about it. They think you’re a religious fanatic. As far as they’re concerned, your exclusive claims about Jesus being “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6) are wild exaggerations and intolerant in the extreme. As a result, they think you’re a danger to the rest of society.

Like the disciples, you’re afraid of what the angry people might do. Maybe it hasn’t gotten to the point yet where you feel the need to meet behind locked doors with fellow disciples, but you’re concerned just the same. You’re worried about what you should do next. You’re anxious about the potential consequences of what you do next. You’re going over the scenarios in your mind, one after the other. At one point, you even considered just backing away from the calling the Lord placed on your heart.

It’s when it gets like this that Jesus shows up. Maybe He doesn’t appear bodily, as He did for the early disciples, but He’s there every bit as much. And He’s saying the same thing to you that He said to them: “Peace be with you.”

He’s saying, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Til the Whole World Know

Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 7/8/2019

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crossIs. 55:3“Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, for the life of your soul is at stake. I am ready to make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the mercies and unfailing love that I promised to David.”

Come to me with your ears wide open. How many times do you do that? Do you approach God with an intention to just listen to Him, or do you come with an agenda that you want to unload on Him? When was the last time you intentionally went to the Lord to hear from Him? When was the last time God actually spoke to you and you heard it?

God speaks to us His Word. He shows us things we need to know in it. In the Word we find a response from God for whatever our souls need. God uses His Word to convict, instruct, guide, encourage, correct, comfort, inspire and challenge us. He knows what we need for each day and if we are listening to what His Word says we will hear what we need. It is one of the reasons why we must hide the Word in our hearts so we will hear it speak to our needs.

In order to hear God speak, we must have quiet hearts. We must not be distracted by all the things going on around us or in us. We must focus on Him and Him alone. We must seek Him out. We must let His Word sink deep within us. We must forget the clock and wait before Him. Don’t expect to hear from the Lord while you are rushing in and out of His presence. We must take the time to appreciate the life we have in Him and express our gratitude for it. We must take the time to praise Him.

Beware, sometimes the Lord may have to put us on our backs in order for us to be in a position where we can listen to Him when we get too busy to do it on our own. The Lord has things to say to us and if we don’t take the time to listen, He may very well force us to take the time we need. We must listen to the Lord for our very souls are at stake.

The Lord is ready to take an active role in your life. He desires to pour out on you His unfailing love and mercies. He has wonderful things for you to enjoy in life. He longs to give you all the blessings He has stored up for you. Will you give Him his rightful place in your heart? Will you take the time to worship Him and listen to what He is saying to you? Will you open your ears wide open so you can hear Him?

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

FREE eBook Interactive Romans Road American Standard Version This is the ideal and easy way to share the gospel using your Kindle http://bit.ly/2xvdXNY #free

Serving the under-resourced Church globally through the provision of Bibles, biblical resources and training to transform lives worldwide through God’s Word. Ten percent (10%) of all purchases made through Sherrard’s eBook Resellers http://bit.ly/2L22Xvj, Christian Nonfiction eBook Store http://bit.ly/2Btyvc4, and Author Support Services http://bit.ly/2zne7YW goes to supporting Bible League International https://www.bibleleague.org/

Verse of the Day and Devotional 7/4/2019

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Verse of the Day and Devotion

You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  – II Timothy 2:1 NKJV

Devotion

The trials, troubles, tribulations, and persecutions that we encounter in life can be many. They can also be severe. The Apostle Paul, for example, wrote his letter to Timothy from prison. Even worse, he wrote when many of those that should have supported him at that point in his life turned away from him instead. Indeed, he said that all “those in Asia have turned away from me, among whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.” (II Timothy 1:15) If it weren’t for people like Onesiphorus, who “was not ashamed of my chain,” he would have been totally abandoned. (II Timothy 1:16)

Given what can happen to us in the sinful and evil world that we live in, it’s important to be strong. Even though the trials and troubles can get to us, even though they can wear us down, we can’t give up and we can’t give in. Although we may be tired and worn out, we can’t just throw up our hands and let things like shame dictate our course of action. Knowing the temptations to give up, Paul felt the need to exhort Timothy to “not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God.” (II Timothy 1:8)

Although it’s important to be strong, the strength in question is key. In our verse for today, Paul did not urge Timothy to be strong in and of himself. He urged him to “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” The last thing that’s needed when the trials and tribulations of life come along is an attempt to deal with them in the power of one’s own strength. It’s because that kind of strength isn’t good enough. It isn’t strong enough. Eventually it wears out. Eventually, it ceases to support what needs to be supported. People can surrender to things like shame when they rely on that kind of strength.

If we do what Paul told Timothy to do, if we rely on the grace of Christ Jesus instead of our own strength, then we can be what we need to be under even the most trying of circumstances. We can be what Paul told Timothy to be: “a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (II Timothy 2:3)

Til the Whole World Know

Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 7/1/2019

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crossIs. 49:16a “See, I have written your name on my hand”

What an awesome sentence to latch onto! Think about it for a few moments. Hold your hand up so you can see it with the palm facing towards you. If you have a pen or pencil handy, write your name on your palm. Now imagine that the ink you used was a permanent marker that could not be erased. There your name is for you to see every time you look at your hand. The Lord has written your name on His hand, not with ink, but with the blood of Christ at Calvary.

You are always on the Lord’s mind. You are never forgotten. You are always known by God. Not only does He know your name, He knows your heart. He has you in the palm of His hand to always protect you. He never lets you out of His sight. He holds you close so that He is always available to minister to your needs. He wants you to always know that He will never leave you or forsake you wherever you may go. He will never wander away and leave you behind. He will never let you get outside the reaches of His hand. He has you close to His heart at all times to love and cherish you.

The Lord has written YOUR name on His hand. He will cover you up when Satan tries to attack you so you won’t get hurt. He will always have His hand under you so that you won’t fall out of His sight. He looks upon you with His loving heart and always breathes into you afresh the breath of life.

Your name has special meaning to Him. He made you special and unique. You were put together with love and tender care. He has never stopped looking at you with love. Life may have been very hard on you, but He loves you. You may have done some very bad and stupid things, but He looks at you with tender love. You may see yourself as unworthy and even worthless, but He sees you as worth dying for. He holds in His hand all who have been washed in the shed blood of Christ at Calvary. He clothes us in His righteousness and sees our sins no more. We are not who we were; we are now His precious children who have been made into a new creation for His glory and honor.

Your name is written on His hand with the precious blood of Jesus. You will never be out of His mind or His heart. The Lord always is watchful over you and will hold you close until the day you arrive home to be with Him forever. Praise His holy name!

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

FREE eBook Interactive Romans Road American Standard Version This is the ideal and easy way to share the gospel using your Kindle http://bit.ly/2xvdXNY #free

Serving the under-resourced Church globally through the provision of Bibles, biblical resources and training to transform lives worldwide through God’s Word. Ten percent (10%) of all purchases made through Sherrard’s eBook Resellers http://bit.ly/2L22Xvj, Christian Nonfiction eBook Store http://bit.ly/2Btyvc4, and Author Support Services http://bit.ly/2zne7YW goes to supporting Bible League International https://www.bibleleague.org/

Verse of the Day and Devotional 6/27/2019

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With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.”  – Isaiah 35:3-4 NLT

Devotion

This isn’t going to last forever. Right now, it may seem that way, but it’s not going to be that way much longer. Why not? It’s because an important shift has happened. In heaven above a shift has taken place that will eventually manifest itself on earth below. The days of denial and frustration are coming to a close. The days of lack and emptiness are coming to a close as well. Isaiah says, “Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses.” (Isaiah 35:1) Moreover, nothing can stop it from manifesting.

Indeed, can’t you see that it’s almost here? Can’t you see that it’s right around the corner? Is there something wrong with your eyes? Isaiah quotes the Lord God Himself on this point: ‘”For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”‘ (Isaiah 43:19) The new thing the Lord is doing is better than what He did in the past. It’s so good that it will even make people forget about all the good things He did before. (Isaiah 43:18)

If you can see it coming, if your eyes are good enough to see it coming, then there’s something you need to do. You need to do what our verse for today says you need to do. You need to spread the good news. You need to “strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees.” Don’t leave the fearful wallowing in their fear. Say to them, “Be strong and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” Instead of joining them in their fear and unbelief, strengthen them and lift them up.

After all, that’s what people do who have the faith to see. They don’t keep the good news to themselves. They spread it around. They spread it around to those that need it every bit as much as they do.

Til the Whole World Know

Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 6/24/2019

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crossIs. 45:18 For the LORD is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place. He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos. “I am the LORD,” he says, “and there is no other.”

The world tries very hard to get us to believe that God did not create what is, that it all somehow evolved and came into being by accident. But, God did create it all. In order to not believe in God as the Creator of all things one must deny that the Biblical record is true. The proofs of God creating all that is is self-evident for those who have eyes to see them. Not only did He create all things, God put everything in its place and told them to stay there. Nothing is out of order in creation. Everything can be counted on to be exactly where it’s supposed to be; in fact, our very existence depends on it.

Man is constantly trying to find other places in the universe that can sustain life as we know it, but to no avail. God made the world we live in to be inhabitable. Everything that makes up our world runs smoothly because God designed it and set it in motion. Life is sustainable on earth because every part of it is interdependable. There is nothing on earth that is not important for the sustainability of life. We don’t know how everything perfectly fits together, but God does. The more we discover about the mechanisms of life, the more in awe we become of what God has done.

The darkened soul fails to see and appreciate the hand of God in creation and life. He is not capable of putting God into the mix and worshipping Him. Instead, because nothing makes sense to him, he does his best to deny the very God who created him. Sin prevents God from shining in. Many set out to prove that God is not and life has no purpose other than the moments we are in. Without the Lord, there is no hope of understanding the world we live in and our place in the universe. All understanding of God begins at Calvary.

Jesus removes the darkness of the soul that sin causes. He opens up the eyes so that we can see God. In Christ we are able to grasp that God is and there is none beside Him. In Christ, God becomes real and personal. We discover that God is more than an explanation for life, He is life itself. God becomes one whom we can have a relationship with and not just an entity that exists apart from human experience. In Christ everything comes together and begins to make perfect sense. We discover that it is okay to not have a reasonable explanation for everything, that what we don’t get we can accept as truth by faith because God is and has declared it to be so.

If you don’t know that God is and that He is yours, there may never be another chance for you to get to know Him than right now. By faith, reach out to Him and He will take your hand. Admit your sins, accept responsibility for them, confess them, ask the Lord to forgive you, and He will. You can know God is from personal experience right now. Don’t put it off. You may never be given another opportunity to do so.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

FREE eBook Interactive Romans Road American Standard Version This is the ideal and easy way to share the gospel using your Kindle http://bit.ly/2xvdXNY #free

Serving the under-resourced Church globally through the provision of Bibles, biblical resources and training to transform lives worldwide through God’s Word. Ten percent (10%) of all purchases made through Sherrard’s eBook Resellers http://bit.ly/2L22Xvj, Christian Nonfiction eBook Store http://bit.ly/2Btyvc4, and Author Support Services http://bit.ly/2zne7YW goes to supporting Bible League International https://www.bibleleague.org/

Verse of the Day and Devotional 6/20/19

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If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.  – II Timothy 2:21 NLT

Devotion

According to the Apostle Paul’s imagery, people can be compared to household utensils, of which there are two basic kinds: “In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use.” (II Timothy 2:20) In the verse that follows, our verse for today, Paul exhorts Timothy to be one of the special utensils that’s fit for honorable use, that’s fit for every good work the Master, Jesus Christ, has for him.

Since keeping oneself pure is key for being a special utensil, how does one do it?

The first thing that needs to be said about this is that the Apostle Paul is not advising Timothy, and all the rest of us by extension, to somehow achieve purity in the power of our own strength and effort. Understanding his advice in that way, in point of fact, goes against the central teaching of his whole life and ministry-that we are saved by grace through faith, not works. (Ephesians 2:8-9) Instead, Paul means to say that Timothy, and all the rest of us, should “be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus.” (II Timothy 2:1)

The second thing that needs to be said about this is that by “purity” Paul has at least two things in mind. More specifically, “purity” refers to keeping clear of people like Hymenaeus and Philetus, who taught false doctrines and led many people astray. (II Timothy 2:17-18) More generally, “purity” refers to keeping clear of anything evil, because “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.” (II Timothy 2:19)

To sum it up: If, by the strength of God’s grace through Christ, we believe and teach the right things and live the right way, then we will be special utensils that are clean and pure. We will have put ourselves in a position to be used by the Master for good and honorable work in the areas of His Kingdom where He wants us to serve.

Til the Whole World Know

Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 6/17/19

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crossIs. 40:31. But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

This verse is cherished by many of us. The promise is that God’s favor will be upon those who wait on him. He will be with them and overwhelm them with freedom and strength in Him. The thought I want to dwell on for a few moments is the waiting. What does that mean for us today? A few things come to my mind.

When we wait before the Lord we don’t get ahead of Him. We don’t strike out on our own and wait for Him to catch up to us. We let Him do the leading. It’s like the Israelites of old as they wandered in the wilderness. They stayed in their camp until the Lord moved. Whenever He lifted His presence from the Tabernacle, they broke camp and followed Him. If He didn’t lead them anywhere different, they stayed put and occupied where they were at. We sometimes get anxious about things and start moving on our own. We need to learn to wait. Sometimes we get too confident of ourselves and start moving without God’s direction. We need to learn to wait.

When we wait on the Lord we spend time in fellowship with Him. We seek Him out just to be with Him. We linger in His presence just to enjoy Him. We spend time in the Word looking for Him. We spend time in prayer expecting to visit with Him.

When we wait, we make the Lord a priority in our lives. We value our time with Him and understand that our time with Him takes priority over everything else. We don’t rush our time or try to fit Him into our busy schedule. We understand that everything else must fit around our time with Him and if that means some things have to be set aside and perhaps not get done, so be it.

When we wait before the Lord, we linger until we know that our need for Him has been met. We linger as we bring to Him all the burdens of our heart. We linger until we have peace that all is well with our soul and our burdens are lifted. We linger with thanksgiving on our hearts for Him and all that we are so richly blessed with. We linger that we might praise Him, for He is worthy of all our praise. We understand that there is no greater need that we have than to wait on the Lord. Waiting on the Lord means that our hearts are in an attitude of worship while living in Him. Wait on the Lord and He WILL renew your strength.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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