The Promises of God

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The Promises of God

It seems that so many people are facing countless trials.  I have friends and family members who are going through perilous times, and even some of you on this mailing list have contacted me regarding some of the situations you are currently facing.  I am facing one of my own right now, so I decided to do a study on the promises of God.

I can’t stress enough how important it is that we take the time to get to know our God in an intimate way.  It is imperative that we take the time to read His word and meditate on it.  We all will faces trials at some point in our lives, and if we haven’t taken the time to plant His precious word deep inside of us, the storms of life are going to cause us to crash.  We will find ourselves living by our emotions, rather than by God’s promises.

When your emotions tell you that you are all alone, God’s promise is that He will NEVER leave you, nor forsake you.  (Heb. 13:5)
When you feel that God has left you, His promise is that even when we don’t feel like we can find Him, He still knows the way that we take.  He still sees us.  (Job 23:9-10)
When your weariness tells you that you just can’t make it through another day, Father promises that you can do all things through Christ.  (Phil. 4:13)
When you are persecuted, your pride may want to step in and say a thing or two, but God tells us to be still and know that He is God. (Ps. 46:10)  His promise is that we are blessed when we are persecuted, and that we have a GREAT reward in heaven.  (Mt. 5:11-12)
When weapons are forged against you through false accusations, pride may want to step in and fight for you, but God promises that our vindication is from Him.  (Is. 54:17)  He promises that the battle belongs to Him, and not to us.  (II Chron. 20:15)
When money is scarce, and fear tells us that we are going under, God’s promise is that the righteous are never forsaken, nor are their seed ever begging for bread.  (Ps. 37:25)  He promises to meet ALL of our needs.  (Phil. 4:19)
When your fickle emotions tell you that there is no clear way, Jesus declares to you that HE is the WAY, the truth, and the life.  (Jn. 14:6)
When your world crashes all around you, emotions can cause fear to be rampant in your heart, but God’s promise is that Jesus is your cornerstone (I Pet. 2:6), and that His foundation is a firm and sure foundation.  (Is. 28:16)  NOTHING can shake that foundation!
When emotions tells you that you will never feel peace again, God’s promise is that He is Emmanuel, and He is with you.  (Is. 7:14)  He promises that He is your Prince of peace.  (Is. 9:6)
When your feelings tell you that you are still filthy on the inside, God tells you that He is your Redeemer.  (Is. 59:20)  If you know Christ as your Savior, then ALL things have become new.  (II Cor. 5:17)
When your heart tells you that no one loves you, God tells you that He has loved you with an everlasting love.  (Jer. 31:3)  He takes great delight in you and rejoices over you with singing.  (Zeph. 3:17)
When emotions tell you that you are left out in the cold, God says to come and find refuge in the shadow of His wings.  (Ps. 36:7)  He says to let Him be your dwelling place, then no harm will come near you.  (Ps. 91:9-10)
When going through physical ailments, or waiting on test results from the doctor, emotions can snare you with a paralyzing fear.  God’s promise is that He is the Great I AM (Jn. 8:58), and that there is NOTHING too difficult for Him.  (Lk. 1:37)  His word is that He is the God who heals all of our diseases.  (Ps. 103:3)

Recently, I have been having borderline-migraine headaches.  Just a few days ago, I discovered a knot on the back of my head.  If I didn’t know my Father intimately, I would have gone into an instant panic.  Instead, I have been thanking Him for His wonderful promises.  I have meditated on past times when I know that my Father has healed my body.  Knowing Him intimately as my Healer has given me a great peace and confidence.

When we know Him intimately, even in the midst of trials, we can declare the words of Job.  “I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end, He will stand upon the earth.”  Job 19:25 (NIV)

© 2003, Stacy R Miller

The Pacifier

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The Pacifier

I remember when Rachel was an infant.  She just had to have her pacifier if she was sleeping.  The instant it would fall out of her mouth, the peace in the household would quickly dissipate!  Once I would pop it back in for her, a sense of calm would fill the house again, at least for a few more minutes!

You may ask, “What does a pacifier have to do with me?”  Well, everything!  I looked up the word ‘pacify’ in the Webster’s New World Dictionary, and it says that pacify means “to make peaceful, calm, nonhostile, etc.”  Have you ever felt that you needed a ‘pacifier,’ even as an adult?  I wish that I could answer no to that question, but the truth is, I need a pacifier on a daily basis, many times I need it on a minute by minute basis.

Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and sick!”  (AMP) Do you ever have times when your heart is causing you to have some terrible thoughts, thoughts that could be considered hostile?  Well, you need a pacifier!

Luke 6:45 says that out of the abundance of our heart, our mouth speaks.  Do your words ever make the peaceful atmosphere of your home disappear in a matter of seconds?  (Ouch, that one really hurt!)  Again, you need a pacifier.

Prov. 16:32 says, “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his own spirit than he who takes a city.”  (AMP)  When we are quick to anger, we are showing that indeed, we do need a pacifier.

Just as a baby needs a pacifier for comfort when they have fallen down, we often fall ourselves.  Not physically, but spiritually.  We know what we should be doing, but many times we miss the mark.  Paul talked about how he wanted to do good, but evil was right there with him.  There was that spiritual struggle, waging war against the law of his mind and trying to make him a prisoner of the law of sin.  Paul saw that he, too, needed a pacifier because in the next few verses he says, “What a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God — through Jesus Christ our Lord!”  Rom. 7:24-25 (AMP)

Jesus came to be our pacifier.  He came to forgive us for our sins and to give us life abundantly.  Part of that life abundantly is for us to be at peace, to have a sense of calm about us, and to put off those filthy garments of hostility and ill-will.

Why don’t you take those daily struggles which you face (you know which ones), and turn them over to the Lord?  He wants to help you, and show you what a wonderful Pacifier that He can be in your life.
© 2004, Stacy R Miller

The Other Side

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The Other Side

I love to see the weaknesses in the disciples.  It comforts me to see that even though these men walked and talked with the Son of God, they still struggled at times in their faith.  They actually saw the miracles of Christ with their own eyes, yet they still grappled with doubts and fears.

In Matthew 14:22, Jesus made the disciples get in a boat and go ahead of Him to the other side.  Later, when the boat was buffeted by the wind and waves, they began to get worried.  They became even more fearful when they saw what they perceived to be a ghost walking on the water toward them.

In verse 22, there is the implication that when Jesus told them to get in the boat, He would meet them on the other side.  Now, this was the Son of God who was speaking.  When He said that He would meet them on the other side, they could have complete confidence that it would happen just as Jesus said.  Yet, we see them battling a bad case of fear.  I have often wondered if the disciples forgot that God said His word would never return void, but would accomplish what He desires.  (Isaiah 55:11)  Had they remembered that word, I doubt that they would have assaulted with such anxiety that night.

Not only did Jesus meet them on the other side, He went a step further.  He came to them while they were being tossed about by the gusting winds.

What storm are you facing?  Rest assured that Jesus will not only meet you on the other side of your storm, but He will come and walk with you through the storm.

© 2006, Stacy R. Miller

The Adulteress

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The Adulteress

I love to read through Proverbs, but when I get to those chapters about the adulteress, and how to avoid her, I get a little bored.  After all, I am not ever going to visit an adulteress, nor do I have plans to ever be an adulteress! 🙂  So, how do I apply that portion of scripture to my life?

Proverbs 5:20 says Why be captivated by an adulteress?  Why waste time with a promiscuous stranger?

As I pondered on the above scriptures, it occurred to me that while we, as women, would never visit an adulteress, we can commit spiritual adultery.

There is so much in the world that tries to get our attention.  The new reality TV shows, secular books, the talk shows, soap operas, the malls, the idea of “keeping up with the Jones’s,” the Internet, and even adult toys and gadgets.  There is always something out there to tempt us to get our focus off of where we should be focusing.

I Jn. 2:15 says that we shouldn’t love the world or anything in the world.  If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  Wow!  That’s a tough one to think that if we love the world too much, God’s love isn’t even in us.  I’m not sure that I like that scripture!

It’s just too easy to get caught up in worldly things.  I remember right after becoming a mother, it was too easy to turn on Maury or Montel or Jenny Jones while I was sitting there nursing Rachel.  I missed adult conversation.  I had worked full time for many years, and suddenly, I was home with an infant who couldn’t converse with me beyond crying.  It was so easy to fall into the trap of letting the TV entertain.  Thank God, I quickly realized the effect those shows were having on me, and I switched to Christian TV, if any.  The atmosphere in the home was so different — so alive, instead of making me feel like I was drowning emotionally.

I’ve had a struggle with using the computer too.  We have only had it for about 6 or 7 months.  It’s so nice to be able to keep in touch with friends and relatives on a daily basis.  While that is good, it’s not so good when I begin, by my actions, to tell the Lord that I would rather be online than in His Word.

I even began going into Christian chatrooms, and found to my dismay, that many of them were “Christian” in name only.  There was still a lot of filth in there.  Sure, I could use the ignore button, but my eyes had already taken in what was said, and transferred it to my spirit.  I began to think of what Job said in chapter 31:1 about making a covenant with his eyes not to look lustfully upon a woman.  I made a covenant with my eyes that I wouldn’t even visit the chatrooms because it was defiling my spirit.  Not only that, while I was in a chatroom, I wasn’t spending quality time with my daughter.  We had gotten away from playing games together.  Now that I am back on track, I really look forward to those times of the day when we can sit down and play games together.

Another area where we can struggle is in our choice of books to read.  There are many secular books out there that look interesting.  Some of them even relate to where many of us are right now — parenting.  But again, if you look at Ps. 1:1, it says that the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel (advice) of the ungodly is blessed.  Well, a secular book on parenting may have a few good ideas, but the fact remains that most of what is in the book is advice which is ungodly counsel.

Ps. 119:15-16 says that I meditate on your precepts, consider your ways, delight in your decrees, and won’t neglect your word.  NIV  How often do we neglect the Word, and if honest, we have to admit that we really had no good excuse for doing it?
119:18 “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”  NIV
When I open the Word, this is often a prayer which I pray for myself.  I want to see those hidden treasures in the Word because they are LIFE for me!
119:31  “I hold fast to your statutes, O Lord.”  NIV  How can we hold fast to His statutes if we don’t stay in the Word enough to even learn them?
119:58  “I have sought your face with all my heart.”  NIV  Hmmmm, have I really done that?
119:72  “The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.”  NIV  By our actions, can anyone tell that this is how we really feel about the Word?
119:92  “If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.”  Verse 111 says that God’s statutes are the joy of my heart.  Do we really delight in the Word?  If we do, then it’s a joy to read the Word.
119:131  “I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.”  NIV  When you haven’t spent your daily quiet time with God, is your relationship with Him so close that your spirit can actually pant for Him and His presence?
119:171  “May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees.”  NIV
119:172  “May my tongue sing of your word for all your commands are righteous.”

Father, may You show us wonderful, hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge in Your Word each time we read it.  Let those quiet times with You become such a joyous treasure that our spirits will pant to be in those intimate moments with You.  As we have many things which require our attention every day, help us to keep our focus and our minds on You, knowing that You will keep us in perfect peace as we fix our minds on You.  Amen.
© 2003, Stacy R Miller

Teething

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Teething

When my daughter started to cut teeth, I remember how she constantly wanted to chew on something.  Since I was nursing her at the time, I ended up being the one bitten on a couple of occasions!  Somehow, chewing on something comforted her and helped to ease her discomfort.

When we study the Word, God wants us to meditate on it. (Psalm 1:2; 119:97)  It could be likened to teething.  Just as Rachel wanted to constantly chew on something, so should I desire to constantly chew on God’s Word, digesting it.

Another thing I noticed when Rachel was teething is that she drooled a lot.  I was constantly changing her bibs because she kept soaking them.  Now that we have tasted and seen the Lord is good, we should drool for the Word. (Psalm 34:8)  We should crave the Word even more than we crave our favorite dessert. (I Peter 2:2-3)

If you no longer feel like you are ‘teething’ or ‘drooling’ for God’s Word, ask God to open your eyes to see wonderful things in His Word. (Psalm 119:18)  Ask Him to consume your soul with longing for His Word. (Psalm 119:20) Before you know it, you will be running in the paths of His commands. (Psalm 119:32) You will begin to delight in reading and meditating on His truths. (Psalm 119:24)

© 2006, Stacy R. Miller

I’m a Little Teapot

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I’m a Little Teapot

Have you ever sung the song “I’m a Little Teapot” with your children?  It’s a fun one for young children because they enjoy doing the motions to them.  Besides that, they’re just downright cute when they do their little songs!

Many times, we are like the teapot.  We get all steamed up and we ‘tip’ over to the side of our flesh, quickly finding ourselves being ‘poured out’ in a very ungodly fashion.  Our mouths spew forth some damaging words to those around us.  Some of us may even fall into the habit of throwing things when we get all steamed up.

As I’ve watched America’s Funniest Home Videos, I’ve seen numerous clips of babies who have projectile vomiting.  While we laugh at those video clips, it’s no laughing matter when the ‘projectile vomiting’ comes in the form of nasty words from our lips.  Just as vomit has a very nasty stench to it, our words can be filled with just as much stench because they are filled with acid — words which ‘burn’ those who are around us.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 26:41 that we should watch and pray so that we won’t fall into temptation.  Sometimes the temptation we face may be keeping our tongue from sinning.  In I Timothy 4:16, we see that if we watch our life and doctrine closely, persevering in them, we will not only save ourselves, but also our hearers.  Could it be that we could save our hearers from hearing some ungodly words spewing forth, if we carefully watch our lives and how we conduct ourselves when we are under pressure?

We can’t neglect the impact of doing daily devotions with the Lord.  Psalm 119:11 tells us that we should hide God’s Word in our hearts so that we might not sin against Him.  I have found that the more I devour the Word, the more control I seem to have over my emotions.  I’m still not perfect, by any stretch of the imagination, but at least I seem to have a better grip on my emotions, my words, my thoughts, and my actions — or should I say my ‘reactions’?  God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. (Ps. 119:105) When we stay in that light, it’s harder to go down the darkened path because we see the light, and we follow it more closely.

Paul sheds some light for us in Romans 7:20 when he tells us that if we do what we don’t want to do, it is no longer us that is doing it, but SIN that is living IN us.  In verses 24-25, he realizes what a wretched man of sin he is, wondering who is going to deliver him from this body of death.  He quickly declares that it is Jesus Christ who delivers us!  In Galatians 5:24, he admonishes us to realize that if we belong to Christ, we must crucify that awful sin nature with all of its passions and desires.  The next verse admonishes us to keep in step with the Spirit.

It’s a good idea to let the Holy Spirit become a muzzle for our mouths.  Psalm 39:1-2 tells us that we should watch our ways and keep our tongue from sinning.  The key is letting the Holy Spirit be our helper in this area.  After all, James makes it very clear that no man can tame the tongue. (Jas. 3:8) If we look at Luke 1:37, we find that with God ALL things are possible.  You see, there IS hope for those of us who struggle in this area!
© 2004, Stacy R Miller

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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