God’s promises never fail


Powerful message of hope in this article. Something we need to remember when the battle of life rages on and leaves us feeling alone.

Walking the path of life by faith

Walking the path of life by faith

A Call To The Remnant

The man who has passed on into the divine presence is actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. A certain amount of social fellowship will of course be his as he mingles with the religious persons in the regular activities of the church, but true spiritual fellowship will be hard to find. But he should not expect things to be otherwise. After all, he is a stranger and a pilgrim, and the journey he takes is not on his feet but in his heart. He walks with God in the garden of his own soul-and who but God can walk there with him? He is of another spirit from the multitudes that tread the courts of the Lord’s house. He has seen that which they have only heardand he walks among them somewhat as Zacharias walked after his return from the altar when the people whispered…

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The very word brokenness means that something that was whole has been fragmented. In the stripping down of the human soul, brought on by the conviction of the Holy Spirit, the life of a Christian is left without excuse not to surrender completely to GOD. For instance, whenever GOD is going to bring you to a higher platform of spiritual maturity or service in Him, He has to break you. This is a process I’ve had to experience.

I realized it wasn’t done to do me harm, but to develop me; in order to use me for His purpose. In John 12:24 it says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” Dying to myself yielded life through Jesus. GOD will make you hungry before He feeds you.

He strips you before He robes you. He makes nothing of you before making something of you. You may ask, how can something be broken and yet still be intact? In accepting GOD’s complete authority over your life, you are made complete in the process of being broken.

A.W. Tozer once said, “It is doubtful whether GOD can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.” Whether it was financial brokenness, relational brokenness, emotional brokenness, or physical brokenness; it brought me to a place of humility and dependency in Him. I learned that no resistance or self-will is within the heart of a person that is completely broken before the LORD. This is when our lives can be more fruitful and have the most purpose.

GOD is at work in our lives, shaping and making us into the people He longs for us to be, so that we might bring glory to Him and be of maximum use to Him in His kingdom. I had to choose to yield to brokenness and allow GOD to renew me as He desires…even if that meant enduring severe trials and testing. I became aware that brokenness can be a path toward great blessing, but only when I let GOD do the breaking in me.

By His Grace,

~Rhonda

From Forums of the Heart

Depressed-PersonHave mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled; But You, O LORD—how long?……… Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.

Psalms 6:2,3,10

For today’s devotion let us look at Psalm 6. David was greatly troubled by his enemies and the trial that he was going through was so severe that he felt himself weak in sorrow. His emotional pain was so strong that he felt his bones faint away and his soul in deep anguish. But one small verse in that Psalm spoke to me and guided me to a thought that I would like to share with you.

Though we see the Psalmist greatly troubled, we see him comforted and strengthened in the Lord by faith, in the last three verses. David was confident that his Lord will act on his behalf in His perfect time and will see his enemies ashamed suddenly. That word ‘suddenly’ struck me real hard. While suffering, this man had no idea when it is going to end..He asked, “How long should I suffer like this Lord?”..Those nights he had cried were long and weary…his bed was soaked in tears…day and night he stayed in the same circumstance of life without seeing a deliverance from God. In that state of endless pain, he saw a God who acts for Him suddenly…He waited for that day in which God will act suddenly against his enemies…David saw that day in faith in which his current situation is going to change suddenly.

Today, are you in that emotional state of David…waiting for an answer from God? Are you deeply troubled by the circumstance that you are in? Do you cry unto God day and night without receiving an answer from Him? Do you ask that question, “How long Lord?” I can understand what you go through because I have been there many times in life…But from my own experience, I can tell you that there is a God who acts suddenly for you…He is the same God who acted suddenly for David and many others in the Bible. Through today’s devotion, Holy Spirit wants to encourage you and me to wait on this God who acts suddenly.

Abraham was asked to sacrifice his only son Isaac on MT. Moriah. Abraham might have thought that God will act for him on that very day he decided to obey Him..but He didn’t. On that day morning, while Abraham collected all the wood and held his son’s hand and walked to the sacrifice, in his great distress, he longed to hear God speak to him and save him from this deep anguish…But he never heard anything. Each step in faith, he climbed the mountain…but no answer…his heart weighed him down when his only son asked him about the lamb to offer…He expected God to intervene at that moment at least and relieve him from the pain…Abraham piled up all the wood for the altar, tied his son’s hands…that look on his son’s eyes…Oh..Lord, How long? No answer..But when he raised his hand to kill his promised son…Suddenly he heard a voice…”Do not touch your son”. Abraham has lots to say about this God who acts suddenly on behalf of faith.

Moses was wandering in the desert for forty years without getting a clear picture of his purpose. He thought all his education, his knowledge, his position in the palace as the pharaoh’s daughter’s son….everything was of no use…now his destiny was this mountain and a flock of sheep…Long forty years…same mountains and valleys…same routes…same flock…But suddenly one day, God spoke to him through the burning bush and called him for His purpose…Moses could tell us about this God who acts suddenly so that God’s purpose can be fulfilled.

Elisha was praying for rain and sent his servant seven times to go look beyond the mountains….Every time, he came back with a negative report…But suddenly, the seventh time, his servant saw a tiny cloud in the shape of a hand…that resulted in a heavy rain..Elisha could tell us lots about this God who acts suddenly on behalf of our persistence and hope.

Paul and Silas was in the prison. Why didn’t God act on behalf of them at the time they were taken captives? Why prison experience? In that prison, while singing and praising God, they heard the heavens open suddenly and break them loose. They could tell us about this God who acts suddenly on behalf of worship in the midst of troubles.

I do not want to make this any longer by quoting my own experience to introduce this God who acts suddenly for you. I could just say from my own experience that this God knows our threshold…he will not go beyond what we can go through…He will act suddenly…on our finances..our family life…on the salvation of that person whom you are praying for..on that job that you have been waiting for…on that spiritual breakthrough that you eagerly expect for…Your long days of anguish is going to end..That day is coming when you see this God who acts on behalf of you…SUDDENLY.

In Him,

Rani John

Redeemed Ministries

POSTED ON SIX MEASURES OF BARLEY

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Standing For God

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires —Galatians 5:24

The natural life itself is not sinful. But we must abandon sin, having nothing to do with it in any way whatsoever. Sin belongs to hell and to the devil. I, as a child of God, belong to heaven and to God. It is not a question of giving up sin, but of giving up my right to myself, my natural independence, and my self-will. This is where the battle has to be fought. The things that are right, noble, and good from the natural standpoint are the very things that keep us from being God’s best. Once we come to understand that natural moral excellence opposes or counteracts surrender to God, we bring our soul into the center of its greatest battle. Very few of us would debate over what…

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By Hannah Jacks

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Six Measures Of Barley

Like most of you, my husband always looks forward for the weekends. And particularly for the one when he could relax at home with no “to-do list” like shopping and other errands. One such Saturday we got up with a cheerful mind and somehow our hearts got driven to despair as we discussed on some of the difficult situations that we were facing. I thought in my mind that the Saturday would go uninteresting and somber. A voice kept lingering in me saying that “Its your choice to make this day happy or dull, make the choice to be happy.”. But it was quite difficult to get over the disturbing thoughts.

Then we got to hear a sermon which totally changed our state of mind. It said about casting all our burdens upon the Lord. We cast our cares upon Him but do we quit worrying? Why don’t we just give it…

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When all of your hope is drifting away in the sea of problems and trials of this world, it helps to focus on what is true and Who is your source of strength. If you belong to Christ, there is always a reason to hold on because He lives to intercede for you and to bring you the victory through all of your troubles. Never give up when the lies of the enemy make you falter in your faith. Hold on and be strong. Your God is with you and you must trust that He is working all things out for your good and for His purpose.

The article below was taken from the blog, Six Measures of Barley. I hope you will be as blessed by it as I was. Remember that you are never alone to fight your battles and that you are already declared a victor.

Do Not Give Up On Your Promise

Last week at church during the worship service, I felt Holy Spirit reminding me this verse from Psalm 46:10 ” Be still and know that I am God” . Usually when God speaks that verse to me, I will be in a state of fidgeting ,rumbling over many little things and trying to figure out things by my own. Just how a pacifier does its trick on a screaming baby, I calm down as soon as I hear that verse. It has always taught me to be peaceful in the midst of many storms. But this time when I heard that verse in the quietude of my soul, I knew that the emphasis was not on me being still , but on the latter part…’to know that I am God’. I knew that God is asking me to know Him better as the one who is working on my behalf when I am still.

To understand that better, God took me to one of the Old Testament stories..the story of Joseph. Joseph was a dreamer. God had put His purpose upon Joseph in the form of dreams and visions. But the journey to its fulfillment was not that easy. The day, his brethren realized that Joseph has something from The Lord, they plotted against him. It is not often ‘YOU’ but the vision that God has put in you that bothers others. They put him in the pit hoping that this could be the end of his visions. In that pit, Joseph experienced misunderstanding, rejection and betrayal from his own. But in that pit, he learned to be still and know his God who is able to fulfill his dreams.

The adversary tried to tempt Joseph and sidetrack him from achieving his purpose. The distractions and temptations at Potiphar’s house did not deviate his focus from The Lord. I have read somewhere that ‘If Satan cannot get us to sin by withholding our needs, he will try to by offering us what we desire. ‘But joseph overcame the allurement and the distractions of the enemy. In the prison, when the cupbearer’s dream was interpreted, Joseph waited for a chance to be mentioned to the King, but even when human forgetfulness ruined his hope, Joseph learned to be still and waited for his Lord to act for him.

In the solitude of the prison, though it seemed like ages, the beauty of God’s promise remained fresh and bright as the day he first received it from The Lord. He did not offer anything from his own to speed up the fulfillment of God’s promise in his life . Neither did he give up on his dreams considering the long wait and unfavorable conditions. Rather…he waited…learned to be still…knowing who God is and trusting that He will work for him. And Pharaoh’ s chariots did come for Joseph looking for someone to interpret the dreams and that day changed his life completely.

Do you carry a dream of God? Are you conceived with a promise from God? Just like Mary, you know that which has birthed in you is from the Holy Spirit. But what about others? Do they look at you and say,” here comes the dreamer!” In this journey between conception and birth you might go through many pits of betrayal and misunderstandings. Remember that nothing can destroy the seed that God has put in you…circumstances, people, the plots of the enemy..the four walls of man made boundaries…nothing can stop you from receiving what God has purposed for you. Don’t give up on your promise just because your circumstances are unfavorable. Be still in this wait and trust God to work for you. Remember that all things work together for good for those who love Him. And at the end of it all, you will be able to look back and say along with Joseph, “God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result.” (Genesis 50:20) THAT my friends, is a dream worth waiting for!

God Bless,
Rani John
Redeemed Ministries

Taken from Six Measures of Barley

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Leah DiPascal
February 7, 2014

The Day I Almost Gave Up
Leah DiPascal
taken from Proverbs 31 Ministries

“The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry for help … The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:15-18 (HCSB)

I gripped the steering wheel of my car and stared at the hospital emergency doors. My heart pounded furiously, like a time bomb waiting to explode. The pressure in my head was almost unbearable. The invisible weight on my chest felt like someone dropped a sledgehammer on me.

Thoughts raced through my mind. I wanted to scream but could barely breathe a whisper. I just sat there lonely, afraid, shattered and completely empty inside.

Should I check myself into the hospital?

What if they admit me in the psychiatric ward and won’t let me go home?

Who will take care of my children?

Will my husband still love me?

What if my friends find out?

Reaching for my phone, panic rushed over me like a tidal wave. A pool of tears cascaded down my face, as I cried, Jesus, please help me!

Sitting in my car, unable to move, I continued to pray and ask God questions like, How did I get here? I’m a Christian for heaven’s sake! Things like this just don’t happen to Christian women – or do they? I feel like such a failure.

Looking back now, I can see how years of worry and stress had brought me to that day.

Concerns about my family’s finances kept me up most nights. Stress over a high-pressured job caused erratic panic attacks. Worry about my children’s health created knots in my stomach. Struggling to help my aging parents resulted in midnight crying sessions.

My concerns consumed me. Worrying became an addiction, demanding my ongoing attention. I was trying to “hold it all together” on the outside, but on the inside, a sea of doubt and fear haunted me.

Maybe you’re in a similar place. Have the stresses of life caught up with you too? Are you worried about your finances, health, marriage, job or kids? Do you wonder if anyone sees your pain or even cares? If you’re brave enough to cry out for help, will anyone rescue you?

In today’s verse, we are reminded we do have a Rescuer:

“The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry for help … the righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:15-18).

God sees you and hears your cries for help, even when no one else does. He knows your heartache. He sees your pain. If your heart is broken and you feel crushed from all sides, God promises to be close to you. Though you may not see Him with you physical eyes, He is there.

God rescued me that day in the hospital parking lot. After several hours of prayer, God calmed my heart and I called my husband. I reached out to close friends for help, and the healing started. Although I wanted an instant miracle, it took time, but God never left my side. He gently mended my broken heart and renewed my mind through His Word. He guided me along a journey that led to true freedom, for which I am forever grateful.

Has the stress of life taken its toll, causing you to feel afraid, lonely or ready to give up? Is your heart broken today? Let God rescue you, friend. He is ready. He is willing. He is able.

Dear Lord, it feels like my life is falling part. I desperately need You to rescue me. Thank You for hearing my cries and for delivering me from my troubles. Even when I am hidden from others, You see me, Lord. Thank You saving me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Today Leah DiPascal is sharing more of her story on her blog, plus discussing when it’s important to get professional help. Click here to visit Leah’s blog where you can submit a prayer request and enter her drawing to win a signed copy of A Confident Heart book.

Pre-order a copy of Suzie Eller’s next book, The Mended Heart, releasing February 20th.

Reflect and Respond:
Read Psalm 139 and highlight every verse that tells of God’s presence and protection over you.

Write out a prayer thanking God for all the things you are grateful for today.

Power Verse:
Zephaniah 3:17, “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (NIV 1984)

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