Divine Direction. That’s what I want. A GOD GPS. Sign me up. Turn right on Salvation street. Pass by Heartache Ave. and Betrayal Blvd.
Have you ever Googled an address and ended up in the middle of a cornfield? I can’t tell you how many times this happened to me and my husband trying to get to a job. Most of the time it was a new customer, and we don’t want to be late. But naturally, those are the days when you are running behind anyway, type in the address in GPS, and end up on what might as well be another planet. Has this ever happened to you?
Then I call the customer, he or she laughs, and says, yeah that happens all the time. You really want to scream and punch their lights out at that point, but you smile, and ask directions on how to get there from where you are at.
Humility. Admitting I really don’t know and I am confused and lost at the moment. Not always the easiest thing to swallow that pride and ask for help. Yet, without help, we are lost. And will never get to our destination.
I was reading a blog the other day and commented that I wish I knew the answers. I wish I knew what to do when and how to fix it. Then life would be easy. I would just do it, and be done with it. And I wouldn’t have to trust anyone to help me.
But then God reminded me. I couldn’t do this journey alone – I tried. And fell flat on my face. And I was lonely and misrable and wanted to end it all. Yeah, that wasn’t the best road. So I asked Him for help. I admitted I was lost and didn’t know my way. I admitted I really didn’t KNOW Him, I knew about Him, but I didn’t know Him. And I didn’t know how to get there from where I was.
I may not have all the answers today. I really don’t know how some things are going to turn out. I am pressed but not crushed, persecuted but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed. But today, I know HIM – and I trust Him, and that is enough for me.
Can I say that was the beginning of my love affair? He is faithful, He is true, He is loving, and kind, and encourages me. He lifts my head and gives me hope when I want to quit. He rejoices over me with singing and calls me the Apple of His Eye. He calls me Beloved – even when I don’t feel that way. And His love is greater than all of my failed directions, hands down.
He even has my name engraved on the palms of His hands.
And guess what?
I saw your name there too…
Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My hands; [O Zion] your walls are continually before Me. (Isaiah 49:16 AMP)
Touch. One of the five senses right? Yet it is so much more. I have heard it said that a new born baby will die without being touched. And countless elderly people shrivel without touch.
How many of our young people turn to sex just to be touched? How many people visit the ER just to be touched?
How many people go to meeting upon meeting just to be touched?
How many are depressed just because they are not being touched?
How many people come to church dying to be touched?
A hand on the shoulder, a hug, a gentle hand on a child’s head, a pat on the back, holding hands – where has all of this gone in the iPad – iPhone – iPod generation?
We are touching things that don’t touch back.
Yes, we get words, music, video – but no touch. That is rather frightening I think.
I challenge myself and you today – reach out and touch someone today. There is healing in your hands. God put it there. And if you don’t touch anyone, how can God’s power flow through you?
Here is the post by Susan Fox that started me thinking about this:
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.
Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak.
She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”;
and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”
Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”
For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him.
When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,
because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue.
[ Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida ] They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.
and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!”
She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
“Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”
But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”
Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.
But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.
Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.
1 John 1:1-3
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
Do you ever wonder what happens when God smiles at you? I have been learning more about Abba Father these days and that thought crossed my mind. I mean he’s our Daddy right? Daddy’s always smile at their kiddos. I picture a little kid climbing right up in God’s lap. Looking up into His eyes. Now, let that kid be you! Just try it, give Him those big eyes and watch Him smile at you!
God bless you and keep you,
God smile on you and gift you,
God look you full in the face
and make you prosper.
God, mark us with grace and blessing! Smile! The whole country will see how you work, all the godless nations see how you save. God! Let people thank and enjoy you. Let all people thank and enjoy you. Let all far-flung people become happy and shout their happiness because You judge them fair and square, you tend the far-flung peoples. God! Let people thank and enjoy you. Let all people thank and enjoy you. Earth, display your exuberance! You mark us with blessing, O God, our God. You mark us with blessing, O God. Earth’s four corners—honor him!
God-of-the-Angel-Armies, come back! Smile your blessing smile: That will be our salvation.
“Or, you may fall on your knees and pray—to God’s delight! You’ll see God’s smile and celebrate, finding yourself set right with God. You’ll sing God’s praises to everyone you meet, testifying, ‘I messed up my life— and let me tell you, it wasn’t worth it. But God stepped in and saved me from certain death. I’m alive again! Once more I see the light!’
Because you have satisfied me, God, I promise to do everything you say. I beg you from the bottom of my heart: smile, be gracious to me just as you promised. When I took a long, careful look at your ways, I got my feet back on the trail you blazed. I was up at once, didn’t drag my feet, was quick to follow your orders. The wicked hemmed me in—there was no way out— but not for a minute did I forget your plan for me. I get up in the middle of the night to thank you; your decisions are so right, so true—I can’t wait till morning! I’m a friend and companion of all who fear you, of those committed to living by your rules. Your love, God, fills the earth! Train me to live by your counsel.
Artist: Kirk Franklin
Album: Hello Fear
Today is a new day but there is no sunshine
Nothing but clouds and it’s dark in my heart
And it feels like a cold night
Today is a new day, but where are my blue skies?
Where is the love and the joy that you promised me?
Tell me it’s all right
(I’ll be honest with you)
I almost gave up, but a power that I can’t explain
Fell from Heaven like a shower now
(When I think I’m much better I’m gon’ be when this is over)
I smile, even though I’m hurt, I smile
I know God is working so I smile
Even though I’ve been here for a while
I smile, smile
It’s so hard to look up when you’ve been down
Sure would hate to see you give up now
You look so much better when you smile, so smile
Have you noticed the Lord is bringing His children together lately? I cannot tell you how many DIVINE CONNECTIONS the Lord has brought my way in this past six months. There is a Great Awakening happening in the Body of Christ. God is bringing his kids together to accomplish His will on earth. It’s not a solo act anymore, there are ensembles rising up! And they are anointed with Power from God!
Do you feel it?
Do you see it?
There are great pockets of power the Lord is establishing.
Has it kept you up?
Or has God gotten you up early for a ‘download’ during your prayer time?
And it starts with PRAYER!
Pray with Simplicity
“And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?
“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.
“The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:
Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.
In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do.
You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part. (Matthew 6:5-15 MSG)
My Prayer for You:
We thank you for the divine connections you are making. Thank you for gathering your sisters and brothers from around the World to accomplish Your will on earth. I pray that we listen before we speak, and get our ‘marching orders’ from You alone. Let our own plans and designs fall by the wayside like tumbleweed. Confuse the enemy as we pray – Blow them all away Lord. Let Your will be done here on Earth, in Jesus Name, through Your chosen messengers – us! Thank you Jesus!