Saturday, November 4, 2017

Are You Missing God..? By Nina Keegan

I know we all go through those times in our lives when we feel like we are absolutely alone on this planet… Like no one understands what we are going through...and that we have completely messed things up and have missed God!  WE LET OUR FEARS CONTAMINATE OUR FAITH. 

Even when you feel all alone, God has never left you... I was reading about Elijah in 1kings… Elijah thought he was the only person left who was still true to God. He felt lonely, he had seen both the Kings court and the whole priesthood become entirely corrupt. After experiencing great victory at Mount Carmel, he had to then run for his life from the enemy..He was lonely, he was discouraged, he had completely forgotten that there were also others who had remained faithful to the Lord during the nation’s wickedness. His fear was not allowing him to be rational.. He could not think straight .. He could not hear God..

 Often times we are so tempted to think that we are the only ones remaining faithful to a task, sometimes we feel like we are all alone and that no one thinks the way we think… Don’t cave in and stall in your well doing...and fall into temptation to feel sorry for yourself. Self-pity is a bait of satan and it will dilute all the goodwill that you are doing. When we are tempted to feel like all the burdens are on our shoulders… We must remember that Jesus died that our yoke would be easy, our burdens light! Matthew 11:28-30

 We must rest assured that even if we don’t know who they are, others who are assigned  by God to help us, are faithfully obeying God and fulfilling their duties… God sends help even when we deem our situations to be hopeless. God is our advocate… He can send people to work on your case when you are completely oblivious… The minute we pray God hears us and answers us! 

 1John 5:14-15
 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

 God will never leave us or for sake us… Sometimes we think it needs to be some grandiose movement on God’s part and we end up missing out on  God’s Subtleties.. his still small voice.

 When Elijah was seeking God and looking for him, God didn’t reveal himself in some powerful, miraculous way… If we look for God ONLY in this way, through mega churches, conferences, highly visible leaders, TV shows, we may miss him because God is often found gently whispering in the quietness of a humble heart… 

 Elijah knew when God was reaching him.. it was in the gentleness of a whisper....

 The Lord Speaks to Elijah
 1 Kings 19:10-15
 But the Lord said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
 10 Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”( can you notice his panic?)
 11 “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD PASSED BY, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a GENTLE WHISPER. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
 And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
 14 He replied again, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”

 We must be so vigilant and have our ears open and ready to hear GOD’s Whispering voice, when we get caught up in our pity parties,  or in our panic and fear...we often times close off our ears to hearing from God..The Scriptures note that the Lord passed by… but Elijah hadn’t noticed because he was too wrapped up in his fears of being abandoned… and feeling lonely and afraid...

 Elijah was searching for God in the The big things… Looking for him in epic proportion’s,
 And while he was busy doing that.. the Lord passed by...

 But what I love about our Lord is that Elijah did not miss his chance...God will always find a way to get our attention because again he will never leave us nor for sake us… It was finally in the gentle whisper that he was able to calm Elijah down and give him a plan for a rescue, for safety and security... 

 Are you listening for God in the stillness... in the quietness… ?The Holy Spirit is in you, God is always speaking… Our steps are ordered of the Lord… Sometimes we need to take a step back from the noise and the overload of activities in our busy lives and listen humbly and quietly for God’s guidance. It may come when you least expect it!

 Your answer may just come in a quiet whisper of spending some alone time with our Lord and staying in peace and in GOD’S  place of rest in Him ...
 Cast your cares... GOD IS WHISPERING! 

 Listen to my words, Lord,�consider my lament�Hear my cry for help,�my King and my God,�for to you I pray. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;�in the morning I lay my requests before you�and wait expectantly. ─ Psalms 5:1-3
 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  ─ Philippians 4:6-7

 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. ─ Mark 1:35

 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba,Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” ─ Mark 14:35-36

 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. ─ Luke 6:12

 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. ─ Mark 11:25

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