Seeing the Provision

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Genesis 21:19 (NASB)
19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the skin with water and gave the lad a drink.

How often do we not see until God opens our eyes? Truth or answers are so very close but for whatever reason, are not visible to us, until God opens our eyes. Oh God may we see your provisions for us. Your answers. May we not be afraid to cry out. Then may you open our eyes to see Your provision. 

- Bruce 

Dragging Us from Sin

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Genesis 19:15-16 (New American Standard Bible - NASB)
15 When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.” 16 But he hesitated. So the men seized his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters, for the compassion of the Lord was upon him; and they brought him out, and put him outside the city.

Lot and his family didn't want to leave Sodom. The Angels dragged them to safety. How many times does God drag us from sin that we don't really want to leave? Oh God have patience with us. And we plead, make us willing to run from sin. From those things that we live and are comfortable with. Those sins we hang onto. Open our eyes to see sin as sin. May we see the destructiveness they bring into our lives and the lives of those we love.

- Bruce  

To What Extend?

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Luke 5:18-19 (NASB)
18 And some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him. 19 But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus.

How serious are we about following Jesus? What would we do to search him out? What would we sacrifice to seek Jesus? Life isn't about what we can do for Jesus or to prove to him that we seek him. We can not earn his love and the life he offers. It is about proving to ourselves that we really want him and long for his best in our lives or the lives of those around us. He doesn't need our sacrifice, just our hearts. On top of that, these guys were doing it for their friend. They were seeking Jesus and went to extraordinary lenghts to have Jesus heal their friend. How serious do we take prayer? Prayer for friends who need a touch from Jesus. A challenge to me, that is for sure! 

- Bruce  

Battle of the Mind

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Luke 4:1-2 (NASB)
​1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He became hungry.

God does allow us to be tempted. If he allowed Jesus to be, would be not also allow us to the tested? And if Jesus, in using prayer, Word of God and solitude to overcome through the Spirit, should we not have the same victory? Lord let me face temptation with the same calmness and stature as did Jesus. Not in arrogance but in humility and strength, using God's word to guide me, reminding me of what is right, and as a shield against the enemy's relentless onslaught. May you, Jesus, give us times of rest from such battles as you gave Jesus rest as well.

- Bruce 

Finding a Rainbow

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Genesis 9:14-15 (NASB)
14 It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, 15 and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.

Do I remember God's covenant when I see a rainbow? Yet some where in the world everyday there is a rainbow and God remembers. Dozens of times everyday God is reminded of his promise of grace and again extends it to this world and all who live here. With the size of our world, it is conceivable that somewhere there is a rainbow shining every second of everyday. Wow! God has a virtual reminder of his grace. What reminds me of his grace? Is there one thing that reminds me of God's amazing grace? We are reminded on the occasions we take Communion, but surely there is another, another visible sign that might remind us of God's grace. Perhaps when someone smiles at us. Or when we see daylight, or the sun. Or when we open our eyes in the morning, or even hear the sound of a bird or the voice of a loved one or even the voice of another human. Maybe we could pick one thing that we might see or hear everyday and make that our rainbow - a daily reminder of God's covenant of grace with you! May we never forget!

- Bruce