Women of Surprise

"Women received their loved ones back again from death. But others trusted God and were tortured, preferring to die rather than turn from God and be free. They placed their hope in the resurrection to a better life."                                                                                             (Hebrews 11:35)

But others!

These are all women who received from God, but not all received the same thing.

Never compare your blessing with someone else's.

Try as you may, there is just no means of measuring. When the time arrives that you can measure the love of God, then you can go on and compare blessings with others.

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In Your Sadness He Will Find You

Jesus approached two men who were headed in the wrong direction.

Two sad men.

Sadness tends to lead us away from hope. Jesus approached them to remind them of the faithfulness of Scriptural prophecy because He knew this would turn them around.

They listened, and their eyes were opened. And they made their way to the place where hope would be renewed.

Listen to Him in your sadness and you will come around.

"That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles out of Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. Suddenly, Jesus himself came along and joined them and began walking beside them. But they didn’t know who he was, because God kept them from recognizing him. “You seem to be in a deep discussion about something,” he said. “What are you so concerned about?” They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. (Luke 24:13-17)

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He Knows What You Need

Do you question whether your request is too small to capture God’s notice? Do you wonder whether He would consider minutiae what is important to you?

It may not be too small for God, but that it is too small for you. Always remember that the one who placed “eternity in their hearts” has constructed you for great things.

“Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:9-11)

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May I Introduce Myself?

Before Jesus says what He has to say, you’ll have an idea of what’s coming. He wants to avail Himself so much that He does not delay.

“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.'” (Revelation 2:8-9)

The One “who was dead, and came to life” wanted to tell them: things are going to be really “dead” for you, but remember My story; it’s always worth the trouble.

Wait on Him.

It doesn’t Him long to make a point.

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Perfect Stranger

They do not know Him.

They do not know that they need Him.

They meet Him and receive Him, and they become “Sons of God.”

Nothing could convince them otherwise; the Stranger is the One.

“The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” (John 1:5)

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Pray to Understand

Michael W. Smith’s composition, “Open the Eyes of My Heart”, assists me as I pray for better understanding. I have to remind myself that this prayer is a prelude to action.

While singing the song I will open my Bible.

While singing this song I will fall to my knees.

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You

To see You high and lifted up
Shinin' in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy

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Get Ready for Your Future

Leaders expect at least two things—not only that the necessary miracle will occur, but that people must first act to prepare for the miracle.

And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” (Joshua 3:4)

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