Psalm 119:105 NKJV
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV
Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
Psalm 18:30 NKJV
Matthew 24:35 NKJV
Isaiah 40:3-8 NKJV
Just like you, I’ve been through trials and tribulations in my life. There have been hard times, and there have been blessings.
When I’ve gone through my darkest hours one thing has been constant. God’s word has been a guiding light.
When I say God’s word I mean scripture, a personal Word from God, a Word that another person gives us from God, a dream or vision from God, and any manner of communication that comes to us from God.
I realize that definition is pretty broad, but I’ve found that God speaks to us in myriad of ways.
The first time someone else gave me a word from God (other than my dad), I was 19 years old. I went to church with someone I knew well. After church I met a man named Charlie. He walked up to me and spoke Words from God to me. He was in his 60’s or 70’s and he was a man of few words. He didn’t tell me his words were from God. He didn’t need to. When he spoke my heart felt like it would explode.
He told me things I did not know. How I wish I would have written them down! I remember he talked about me being chosen by God. I had no idea what that meant and I’m not sure I know exactly what that means now.
Even though I don’t remember the words, I remember God moving in my heart. I remember how I felt. I remember that moment in time. I remember it was ‘set apart’ and Holy.
I found out later the man was a laborer. He left school to go to work when he turned 13 years old.
From that moment on I knew God calls who (whom) He will call. We don’t have to be what the world expects us to be in order to be a man of God.
Psalm 119:105 tells us, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
That day, the man’s Words were a light and a lamp for me.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
There have been times when I have randomly opened my Bible and the words on the page were 3D. God wanted me to see THOSE words. He wanted to instruct me and equip me. The Bible is the Holy Word of God.
People have asked me how much time I spend daily writing my blog. I tell them it’s difficult to say. Usually the writing and illustration part is 2-3 hours. There are also logistics that need to be done when you have a website, so that takes a little time as well.
The time…the real time is done in prayer. Some days I pray for hours and hours before I begin to write, or before I take a photograph or draw something. I spend the bulk of my time praying and waiting on God.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
As I sit in silence waiting for God, He is piercing my heart with His Word. It is living and powerful.
In Psalm 18:30 we learn “As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”
God’s Word is our shield. God has shown me over and over again His Word is perfect and proven. I know that “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matthew 24:35).
In Isaiah 40:38 the Prophet Isaiah wrote as:
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make straight in the desert
A highway for our God.
Every valley shall be exalted
And every mountain and hill brought low;
The crooked places shall be made straight
And the rough places smooth;
The glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
And all flesh shall see it together;
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
The voice said, “Cry out!”
And he said, “What shall I cry?”
“All flesh is grass,
And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.”
The Word of God stands forever.
Today’s Spiritual Practice is:
Sit with God. Listen for His Word. Listen for as long as it takes.
In God, Deb