The Dew From Heaven

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The Dew From Heaven

Do you feel drained? Do you feel like you have grown stale and stagnant in your walk with the Lord? Do you walk out of church feeling more drained than when you walked in?

Hosea has some insights which may help. Many times, we start looking in the wrong direction, or we search for the wrong things. First and foremost, we need to return to the Lord. It is possible that we may have stumbled, due to sin. Instead of repenting of it, we try to hide it. We let guilt pull us away from the Lord. I guarantee you, those thoughts are not from the Lord, but from Satan. He wants to keep you from returning to the Lord, finding release and forgiveness.

Sometimes we feels distance because we begin to look to the world for comfort and encouragement. However, Hosea 14:3 shows us it won’t work. The world’s ways will never save us, comfort us, or give us hope. That can only be found in Jesus.

The Lord longs to heal our backsliding. We’ve all been there. It’s a slow fade. It doesn’t happen in just a day. It happens over time. One day, we wake up and realize we are empty and dry, and we can’t figure out how we got here.

Just as the dew falls every night, watering the earth, we also need the dew of heaven. We need to be in the Word every day. It is living water to us. It will refresh us, giving us wisdom and insight to face any situation. It will restore our soul, filling us with God’s joy and peace, once again.

When we are faithful to be in the Word, our roots grow deeper and stronger. Hosea describes it as our branches spreading, our beauty becomes like an olive tree, and our fragrance like Lebanon. We will be revived like grain, growing like a vine. (Hosea 14:5-7) What happens is that we are changed from glory to glory. (2 Corinthians 3:18) People will begin to see a beauty arise within us because the Lord is transforming us to be more like Him. They will see a joy and peace that is so rare in these uncertain times. They will wonder how we can be so serene when going through the tumultuous times.

We will turn from our idols, and seek the Living God. We will have a desire to listen and obey because anything else only leads to dissatisfaction and frustration. His fruit will be found in us. (Hosea 14:8; Galatians 5:22-23) We will have learned that the ways of the Lord truly are right, and we will delight in walking in that path. (Hosea 14:9)

The more time I spend in the Word, the more I benefit from it. Recently, my family has gone through one trial after another – some big, some small. However, because I have invested the time to being in the Word, my attitude is much better in the midst of it. I have a joy and peace that doesn’t dissipate in the midst of the trials. It is priceless! When I look back on previous years when I often chose to neglect the Word, I see a huge difference in how I handled difficult times. What wasted time! However, I know I cannot live in the past, with all of those regrets. Instead, I forget those things which are behind me, reaching for that which is ahead of me. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus!

It’s the same for you, brethren: Press on toward that prize! It is awesome!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

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Hiding From Sin

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Hiding From Sin

Proverbs 22:3 tells us that a wise person sees sin and will hide. What a concept! How do we do that? As I spend more time in the Word, I find I am drawn away from certain activities. I no longer feel comfortable watching hours of Netflix or marathons of some of my favorite shows on TV. I can literally feel the spiritual life draining from me when I try to do that. Now I will allow myself to watch a show here and there, but not for hours. I choose to hide myself from those activities.

I used to love to read fiction – especially mysteries! However, the Lord convicted me on how I could spend hours reading those books, but only spend a few minutes with Him. When I did spend time in His Word, it was more to cross it off my to-do list so I could relieve my guilt. As I have hidden myself from those books, His Word has come alive to me where I can’t wait to read it each day!

I used to really enjoy spending time on the phone, talking with friends. However, I would often find the conversation turning to gossip, because the Word warns us that when our words are many, sin is not absent. Now that I work as a switchboard operator, when I get home, I literally ‘hide’ from the phone! I do not want to be on the phone at all when I am home, so in a sense, I’m hiding from the sin of gossip.

The second part of Proverbs 22:3 tells us that the foolish go on, and they are punished. So by making wiser choices to hide from sin, we can avoid being punished. How might we be punished? It could be through a load of guilt for doing what we know is wrong. It could be from destroying a relationship because we didn’t choose to ‘hide’ from anger and unleashed some destructive words on someone. It could even be a physical ailment, due to the sin of gluttony or from harboring bitterness in our heart.

However, I believe the worst punishment for foolishly going along with sin is the separation that comes between the Lord and me when I choose to hide sin in my heart.

I firmly believe we are living in the last days. It is time to get serious in our walk with the Lord and not play games! It time to start hiding from sin!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

Being Set Free

I have been listening to Scripture Memory Songs on You Tube recently, trying to get the Word hidden in my heart.  These catchy tunes and lyrics quickly started going through my mind, even when I wasn’t listening to them.  There is so much power in music!

However, I listened to one song that gave me pause for thought.  It stresses the point I have been making recently in regard to why it is imperative for us to be in the Word of God.  If we aren’t in the Word of God, we won’t catch deception because we won’t truly know what the Word says.

The song I was listening to was from John 8.  It focused on the idea that whom the Son sets free is free indeed.  Yes, that is true.  It is in John 8:36.   However, if you go back a few verses to verse 32, it says, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  (Emphasis mine)  This is a key point!

For instance, when I got set free from chronic colitis, it was once I knew the truth, then I was able to act on that truth, and be set free.   Another time, I was healed of asthma.  It was only through getting a revelation of what God’s Word says, that I realized that I could truly be healed, and then I acted on that truth.  We must know the truth!!!  That is what causes faith to arise in our souls, helping us to believe for whatever miracle we need!

Yes, there are times when the Lord does set us free, as the song below states.  However, in my own experience, most of my freedom has come when I got a revelation of truth, revealed in His precious Word.

Out of Alignment

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Out of Alignment

Have you ever thrown your back out of alignment? It is a pain unlike any other. Sometimes a quick trip to the chiropractor will take care of it. Other times, it may require rest and a few more trips to the chiropractor before things are back to normal.
One of the common reasons for your back going out of alignment is improper lifting. The injury from that can leave you with a pain so intense that others can hear it in your voice.

Our spiritual lives can be much like this. We begin to carry heavy burdens, but we do so improperly. We aren’t to carry these loads ourselves. We are to turn them over to the Lord, for He tells us to cast our burdens on Him and He will sustain us. (Psalm 55:22)
Other times we find ourselves dealing with a lot of stress, but fail to come to Him and find rest. (Mark 6:31) This too, can cause us to be spiritually out of alignment.

There are also times when we are weighed down with worry. Instead, we should be praying and giving our requests to the Lord. He will then give us peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Humans have a bad habit of trying to do everything for ourselves. We think we need to be busy all the time. This dependency upon ourselves can be destructive and cause us to be out of alignment. There are times when the Lord tells us to simply be still before Him and rest in the knowledge that He is God. (Psalm 46:10)

One of the best things you can do to help keep your back strong and healthy is to exercise and keep your core strong. In a spiritual sense, our exercise would be to stay in the Word and pray.

Have you let your spirit get out of alignment? If so, get back into the Word and let the Lord ‘align’ you again.
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

“I Do It Myself!”

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“I Do It Myself”

When my daughter was a toddler, we would often try to help her with things, and hear the words, “I do it myself!” Can you relate?

In our Christian walk, we sometimes take on that same attitude of “I do it myself!” We may struggle in an area, and we don’t want anyone to know. It can be the shame of our sin, but most often, it is our own pride, which stops us from opening up to anyone.

However, there are times when we really need to reach out to a trusted friend who will agree with us in prayer. Sometimes our friend, who isn’t caught in the middle of the issue, can have valuable, wise insights to help us.

James 4:6 tells us that God opposes the proud but gives grace to those who are humble. James 5:16 tells us to confess our sins to one another so that we may be healed.

Sometimes, by simply being willing to step out and admit openly that you are struggling with something, the power of that secret sin begins to lessen. It can be much like someone who was sexually abused. Once they speak out, exposing the abuse, the power their abuser once had over them, diminishes. Many former victims admit that by speaking out, they finally felt like they had the power. The abuser lost his power over them.

It is often the same when Satan has lied to us about our own sin. I remember learning years ago that Satan’s greatest weapon against us is a lie. Don’t let his lies hold you back any longer. If you need help, pray for the Lord to lead you to a trusted friend who can help you get out of his web of deceit.

Don’t be like a toddler, who adamantly declares, “I do it myself!” Let Jesus help you! He is waiting and willing to set you free!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

 

Escaping the Yoke of the Swindler

This message is FABULOUS!!!  It really helps explain why our churches today are so dry and not sensing the power of God.

Condemning the Condemner

Do you struggle with guilt or regret? Does the enemy constantly whisper to you that you will never be forgiven or that what you’ve done can’t be undone? If so, then YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS MESSAGE!

Father, set your people free as they listen to this message! Let it be the Rhema Word of God to deliver them from Satan’s lies! Amen!

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