A Warm Welcome Friend and Thanks for stopping to visit!
I hope the words here encourage and inspire you as you continue on your journey
seeking Jesus Christ – your friend and mine.
Also, I am prayerfully believing ALL is well with you today –
and you are blessed with much love, laughter, joy and peace in your life.
I invite you right now to pause with me for a moment – close your eyes – breathe deep – focus your thoughts on God, His love and all His creation: the bright sun shinning, flowers blooming, beautiful green trees, the animals – to name a few.
Is your heart not cheered and lifted by these thoughts? Surely your answer is YES and you’ll join me in giving God thanks and praise!
God faithfully provides for us as He promises in the Bible(His Word).
Friend, I’m led to speak to you about our relationship with God – not so much individually but as a “People” and how we are guided by Him through His only begotten son – Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit.
Thus, our scripture focus is from the book of Matthew – Chapter 1 verse 23 — and not from the book of Psalm as it is normally—
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
I believe these words give us the knowledge that because of God’s love for us AND by God’s power Jesus came to guide us himself and still does so today. Not often as direct – as the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night – which was the case for the children of Israel – but more likely for us by hearing His still small voice within our hearts.
Scripture tells us that God led the children of Israel out of bondage from Egypt. Everyone saw and followed the cloud and fiery pillar but soon – as unbelievable as it may sound – they found God’s direct presence too much and cried out for a mediator – someone to be in between them and God.
I point you to Exodus 20:19— where they said to Moses—
“…but do not have God speak to us or we will die.”
God graciously answered their cry/plea and appointed Moses as their mediator – a prophet – whose function/assignment/task was to hear God’s word and bring it to the people.
But then – a day came – when the children of Israel rejected even the prophet – in favor of a king. Then there were numerous kings throughout the years but God patiently waited and continued preparing his people and in His timing – a new day dawned and Jesus Christ came.
By God’s power Jesus then quietly and with persistence showed the people what it meant to live their lives in response to the voice of God.
Jesus taught them that they, too, could hear the heaven-sent voice and most clearly when they were together.
“If two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:19,20)
I praise and thank God for this blessing! It is simply wonderful to know that – we – are encouraged to gather together as a group in unity and the POWER of the Lord to pray and worship expecting to hear from and be guided by Him.
I close by saying – it is not so shocking to believe the above is possible for us today because I’m reminded of one example in the book of Acts – where the elders and apostles on the Council of Jerusalem resolved a tough issue and concluded in a spirit of unity to hold to the gospel of Jesus Christ instead of cultural religion.
“It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us…” (Acts 15:28)
Note: I invite you to read Acts 15 entirely.
I believe with no doubt that God can and will infuse a spirit of unity when His people are gathered and the right path has been chosen – and further – that He can and will trouble us with restlessness when we have not heard correctly.
Let us bow our heads together in prayer —
God, thank you for YOU and all you do for us. You are AWESOME! We need you, your love and your guidance every moment of every day that you bless us with. Speak to us Father God – we are listening. In the mighty Name of Jesus we pray and give thanks.