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The following is a post from a friend of mine on Facebook (Pastor Ken Smith). To me, it’s about God’s incredible power and how He knows exactly how the story needs to go, if only we’ll follow Him.

In Kroger I was meandering around the bakery working my way to the back of the store. Heard whistling an old song I haven’t heard in years coming from the aisle over… Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine! I then started to sing.. not stupid loud but in a normal tone.. Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of his Spirit, washed in his blood. This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long; This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long.

Then an old black man walks around the corner and he stops whistling and we just sing…

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
angels descending bring from above
echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

THIS IS MY STORY!!!! …..

Perfect submission, all is at rest;
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
watching and waiting, looking above,
filled with his goodness, lost in his love.

THIS IS MY STORY!!!! THIS IS MY SONG! PRAISING MY SAVIOR ALL THE DAY LONG!

By the end we had most the folks in Kroger over by the bakery and deli. When done I simply told them… If you don’t know God, seek Him. He will let you find him. I hugged the old black man who had tears running down his face. Come to find out… he just buried his mamma who was 97 a few days ago. She had them sing that song at her funeral and it was stuck in his head. He used to be all about God but life, business success, well known,… all that sort of got in the way and God was now far away from his life. A while later, standing in the produce section… that old man found that blessed assurance now Jesus is his.

Look y’all… there is no recipe for witnessing to another about our Savior. Many times you just go where it goes. An old man whistling… a song being sung… even though it an odd place for that to happen… the kingdom grows by one. You don’t have to be fearless… it can be a scary thing. You just have to be willing to overcome the fear and open your mouth at any time. God still does strange things in very strange ways. I really didn’t even want anything in Kroger… just went in looking. Wasn’t a revelation… no voice of God saying go into Kroger… to be honest I wasn’t even particularly looking for the opportunity. He knew though… He knew.

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It’s that time of year.  The time when we spend a lot more time thinking of all the reasons we have to be thankful.  When I do stop and really spend some time going over all the blessings I have in my life, I become truly amazed and a whole lot in awe of God’s love for me.  He is so gracious and so good!  My family and I have been so very blessed.

In the midst of all my thankfulness, I keep having these thoughts and feelings rise up in me.  Holy Ghost “suggestions”. Thoughts that tell me that there is no way that God could possibly have chosen for me to be born here in America, with all these truly incredible blessings, for me to just sit around and luxuriate in them.  Not while more than half the world’s population is trying to live off of less than two dollars a day.

Can you stop for a moment and simply think about that?!   Yesterday, I went out and did my Thanksgiving Day food shopping and while doing that I picked up some highlighters for our school work.  After we got home and were putting up our purchases, I was putting away the highlighters and the Holy Spirit stopped me right there and brought to my mind that those highlighters alone cost MORE than what that more than half the world has to totally LIVE ON for an entire day!   Can you imagine?!  That quite simply blew me away.

In American terms my family and I are hardly considered wealthy.  Far from it.  However, when you bring in the entire world and the overall levels of poverty that are out there, we are stinking filthy rich.  That thought totally blows me away!   I can get on Pinterest and it won’t take me long looking at all the gorgeous homes and rooms people post on there in their “Dream Home” boards to start feeling like what we have is pitiable, but when compared to most of the world, we truly are wealthy in our “stuff”.  Mind blowing!

The point, however, is that to be born here in such a wealthy land as America must come with a huge responsibility too, at least when you’ve chosen to give your life to Jesus Christ and follow Him the way He has asked us to in the Bible.  There are way too many Scriptures I could use to show exactly what Jesus thought of earthly riches for me to use them all.  Luke 12:15 tells us simply to “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”  

But isn’t that exactly what we do here in America?  Don’t we measure our lives and our worth in our stuff?  The very idea of the “American Dream” is to grow up, go to the “right” schools”, get the “right” job, marry the “right” person, buy a house in the “right” neighborhood, drive the “right” cars, go on the “right” vacations,  have children, teach them the same things….. and so on.  Once we’ve accomplished all of that we can then look forward to retiring and having the “right” hobbies and enjoying our lives and all we’ve managed to acquire.  

Could this really be what Jesus would consider good though?  Is this what He wants us, His followers, to do with our lives?  Is this what He did during His time on earth?  I don’t know what your Bible says, but mine doesn’t say He did any of those things.  In fact, He did the opposite and warned heavily against doing exactly what I just described.  He tells us in Luke 6:24-25a “What sorrow awaits you who are rich, for you have your only happiness now. What sorrow awaits you who are fat and prosperous now for a time of awful hunger awaits you.” 

Yikes.  That doesn’t sound too good.  Sorrow awaits us?  I don’t think I want to only have sorrow to look forward to.  So, I think that what I’m most thankful for this year, is that God loves me enough to bring this to my attention.  That He loves me enough to show me these warnings over and over until I “get it” and begin to live as Jesus Christ asked all of his followers to live.

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