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God Sees Evil Plans

They encourage each other in an evil plan; they talk about hiding traps and say, “Who will see them?”
-Psalm 64:5
God sees what evil ones are planning.  He sees what they are doing that they think is secret.  God hears their secret discussions about their evil plans.
It is delusional to believe that God does not see and hear what you are planning or scheming.  God is omniscient.  If you think that your evil plans are hidden from God, you are deceived.
Works of evil or evil works are often hidden, but God sees what is planned.  We can ask God to expose the hidden plan of the enemy and put it to naught.  And we can pray, "Lord, show me what the enemy does not want me to see".
Every Christian needs to have the awareness of the spiritual battle between God and the enemy.  People do evil, partnering with the powers of darkness.  And they plan, discuss, and often do their evil in secret, in hiding.
Be encouraged that God sees the evil plans.  Be encouraged that as a believer, tha…

More Thoughts on Resting in God As You Anticipate New Things

I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.

Only in God do I find rest; my salvation comes from Him.
-Psalm 62:1 (HCSB, CEB)
Are you anticipating a move of God in your life?  Expectation is in the air.  You have your hopes up again.
These are some more thoughts of mine about how to live in this season.  Remember that everything we go through, is always about our relationship with God.  The process is of more importance to God than is the destination, because the process is about our relationship with Him.
Let that set in.  We want the position, the promotion, the success, to meet that person and marry them, or a hundred other destinations.  But God sees the process as the important part.
God has a destiny for us, a destination for us here.  But those destinations are always secondary to relationship with God.  We need to get this and then choose it.
If we do not understand and treasure the relationship we have with God and let the process of life enrich our relationship w…

Resurrection Life

Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.

So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God.
-John 11:25, Colossians 3:1-3
Everyone who experienced Easter, with the celebration of Jesus rising from the dead; whether you celebrated privately or publicly, alone or with a small or large group, has been moved into an awareness of the resurrection, which means resurrection life for Christians.  There was a 40 day lead up to Easter called Lent, culminating in the holy weekend, of which we are now on the other side.  My question is, "Now what?"
What is all the Easter talk, thoughts, reflections, meditations, and celebration unto?  Every good message should have an application.  Yes, and the result of Easter is res…

Prayer In Pain For Rest

I call to You from the ends of the earth when my heart is without strength. Lead me to a rock that is high above me. -Psalm 61:2

Sometimes it feels like God is distant.  The truth is that God is always near, even when we do not know it.  I feel distant from God when my heart is weak.

What should I do, and how should I pray?
We are always weak, and it is a mistake to play 'Superman' or 'Superwoman'.  The Superman thing is a problem I have had.  We are human, have limits, and always need to get our rest.  With exhaustion, comes this illusion that God is distant.

When I am exhausted, weak, or feel overwhelmed, how should I pray and what should I do?  I need to rest, rest in God.  Even if I am in the middle of something and cannot completely rest physically, I can rest on the inside.
On the way to getting rest, to sitting down or laying down; we call out to God.  The point being, that it is advisable to call out and pray when we are upset and need to rest in him.  We a…

The Folded Face Cloth of Jesus

He also saw the face cloth that had been on Jesus’ head. It wasn’t with the other clothes but was folded up in its own place.

And that the handkerchief that had been on Jesus' head was not lying with the linen cloths but was rolled up in a separate place.
-John 20:7 (CEB, ISV)

(This is a re-post from 2014)
Have you ever thought about how Jesus took the burial cloth, that was on his head, and folded or rolled it up and set it aside? Jesus was a real person during his life and remained a real person when he rose from death.  
Jesus is not like a super hero who floated around.  Jesus was a person who was knowable in his life and is knowable today.

When he was raised back from death, he folded his clothes like he always did.  Jesus had just done the most powerful thing ever, dying for the sins of every human; past, present, and future.  He then carefully folded the face cloth or handkerchief.

We know that Jesus' body was not stolen by thieves.  And have you ever heard of thieve…

Jesus' Provision for Your Worst Day

“Simon, Simon, look! Satan has asserted the right to sift you all like wheat.  However, I have prayed for you that your faith won’t fail. When you have returned, strengthen your brothers and sisters.”

Peter responded, “Lord, I’m ready to go with you, both to prison and to death!”

Jesus replied, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster won’t crow today before you have denied three times that you know me.”

...Then a servant woman saw him sitting in the firelight. She stared at him and said, “This man was with him too.”  But Peter denied it, saying, “Woman, I don’t know him!”  A little while later, someone else saw him and said, “You are one of them too.” But Peter said, “Man, I’m not!”  An hour or so later, someone else insisted, “This man must have been with him, because he is a Galilean too.” 
Peter responded, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about!” At that very moment, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed.
The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter, and Peter remembere…

The last supper and first communion

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God." After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you."
Luke 22:14-20

Happy Maundy Thursday.  This is a re-post from 2006.

The first communion was at a meal. Today, we are used to having communion or the Lord's supper or the eucharist in a church service in a church building. The Jewish Passover supper was at a h…

In God, Upon God

My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock.
My refuge is in God.

-Psalm 62:7  

What does your life depend on and what are you famous for?  And what is your beginning and end, your source and your sustenance, that wraps around you and sustains your life?
What is your glory?  What is glorified in your life?  When you stand up, what do people see?
Do you reflect God, honoring him, or is your life filled with dishonor?  When you stand up, do people see a reflection of God or do they just see you?

We all have a testimony.  I have my story of God saving me.  God has glorified himself through my life.
Salvation means deliverance.  We are saved from and delivered from sin and bondage.  We need more deliverance and more saving, as we live our lives and continue in our journey.
Whatever we are facing, we depend on God for saving and deliverance.
Whatever glory we are destined for, that also completely depends on God.  It is all in God.
Some people seek glory apart from God or give li…

When You Are Lonely God Is Lonely For You

“Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also. You know the way to where I am going.”

“Lord,” Thomas said, “we don’t know where You’re going. How can we know the way?”

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

“If you know Me, you will also know My Father. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.”

“Lord,” said Philip, “show us the Father, and that’s enough for us.”

Jesus said to him, “Have I been among you all this time without your knowing Me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I speak to you I do not speak on My own. The Father …

The Lord Will Make A Way For You, If You Make Him The Way

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him!

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

-Isaiah 43:19, Psalm 68:4, John 14:6 (ESV)
You and I are each in a place in life, but many of us would like to be in another place.  Call it your promised land.  We have a dream, a destiny, a calling, an inheritance, or a birthright not yet fully received.

The path to the promise is the one who is the way.  The Lord will make a way for you, if you make him the way.  It is as simple and profound as that.

In between here and there looks like a desert.  Maybe to you it looks like an ocean, or a mountain range that is in your way.  But the word of the Lord is that God will make a way for you.

The way through the d…

I Rest in God and My Salvation Comes From Him

I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken. How long will you threaten a man? Will all of you attack as if he were a leaning wall or a tottering stone fence? They only plan to bring him down from his high position. They take pleasure in lying; they bless with their mouths, but they curse inwardly. Selah
Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken. My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock. My refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is our refuge. Selah
Men are only a vapor; exalted men, an illusion. Weighed in the scales, they go up; together they are less than a vapor. Place no trust in oppression, or false hope in robbery. If wealth increases, pay no attention to it. God has spoken once; I have heard this twice: strength belongs to God, and faithf…

It's The Fruit

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vineyard keeper. Every branch in Me that does not produce fruit He removes, and He prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.

Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples.

“As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you. Remain in My love. If you keep My commands you will …

Father's Gifts Are Best

Don't be deceived, my dearly loved brothers.  Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.
-James 1:16-17
Do you have things in mind, that you want?  Things you are striving for, or things you are jealous that others already have?  Or, are you living your life, under the care of Father, and receiving the gifts that He is giving you?
Father is active in the life of each of his children.  He is continually generous towards us, giving us gifts.  His gifts are perfect gifts in that each one of them are designed to bring us towards wholeness.
Father's gifts are, 'the whole package', designed for our maturity.  The perfection of them is that they fit us perfectly.  His gifts to us are fatherly gifts, thoughtfully designed for each child.
The Christian life is not so much a life of looking at all the possibilities, and saying, "I want that, that, and that", …