Thought of the day 6-29-16

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, (Luke 18:1 NKJV)

We have a tendency to lose heart when we pray. God must do it quickly. When we are waiting, it’s not like our idea of waiting, but it means to be quiet and rest before The Lord. I have found in my experience that He just wants our attention and for us to just sit before Him and listen for His still small voice. It feels like God is sometimes very distant. Even though we know He isn’t, it sure feels that way. He wants His children to look for Him and to spend time in His presence.

And I will wait upon the Lord, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. (Isaiah 8:17 KJV)

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. (Proverbs 25:2 NKJV)

Our hearts should long to be in His presence. Our lives are changed, when we are resting in His presence. In the upper room, they waited ten days for His wonderful Holy Spirit. There is great benefit in waiting (resting) in The Lord.

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NLT)

There is strength in waiting upon The Lord, because the Joy of The Lord is our strength. We have to find Joy while we wait on the answer. We know what the answer is according to His Word, but we must have Joy until the answer shows up.

Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord ! (Psalms 27:14 NKJV)

He means that we should wait in faith; this is where Joy is increased.

E.M. Bounds said, “The answer to pray is assured not only by the promises of God, but also by God’s relation to us as a Father.”

Oswald Chambers said, “Prayer means that I come in contact with an Almighty Christ, and Almighty results happen along the lines He laid down.”
I encourage you to just be quiet and rest in His presence. This lifestyle is transforming. You will experience a whole new level of His Shalom.

Pastor Pete

Thought of the day 6-23-16

But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. (Luke 6:35 NKJV)

God loves to give you gifts. The gift that God most likes to give is His grace to you. When you least expect it, and when you know for sure that you are not worthy. God loves to forgive and bless you. You should see the look on His face when you receive His grace. Your reaction is a joy for God.

God wants you to do likewise to those around you. In fact, that is one thing God requires of you to forgive others as He has forgiven you. The next time someone does something mean to you, don’t respond in kind. Rather, go out of your way to astound him with something he doesn’t deserve: grace. His grace is greater than all your sins.

Thought of the day 6-13-16

Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless I will show my salvation.” (Psalm 50:23 NIV)

There are many people who complain incessantly. Constant complaining can become a lifestyle. Eventually you forget that there are more things to be grateful for than to complain about. If you are currently complaining more than expressing gratitude, you are living an inferior life.

It is impossible to have a grateful heart without also possessing a grateful spirit. Such a spirit makes getting along with others easier and more rewarding. It also deepens your understanding of life and makes those who live and work with you happier as well. Never let a day go by without consciously expressing your gratitude.

Open your eyes to what is beautiful around you and praise God for what you see or experience. Such an attitude not only enriches your life but also adds joy and satisfaction to it. God’s treasures are then at your disposal because praise and thanksgiving are the keys to God’s storehouse of treasures.

It is almost impossible to find someone who praises and thanks God constantly, yet remains depressed. Human experience has proved over and over again that when you start thanking God for His gifts of grace, He is already planning the next blessing for you. If you concentrate on practicing the art of praise and thanksgiving, you have discovered the secret of a creative, inspired life.

Thought of the Day 6-8-16

Charles Capps said, “Spoken Words program your spirit. Words are containers. They carry faith, or fear, and they produce after their own kind. The body of Christ must begin to live in the authority of the Word. For God’s Word is creative power. The creative power is produced by the heart, formed by the tongue, and released out of the mouth in word form.”