Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Out of Heaven and on Earth

Deuteronomy 4:36-37 - Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you; on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire. And because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them; and He brought you out of Egypt with His presence, with His mighty power...

Our God is amazing and awesome. He loves us all, even if we don't know or believe it or understand how. It is said He knows all about us so He knows any struggle we might be in the midst of. Egypt is a type of the world. The world can bring us trouble. But God can bring us out of it! Hallelujah!

About seventeen years ago His great fire for a moment in time surrounded me. I heard God's voice! It wasn't His audible voice but was through the words of a pastor. He was speaking as though directly to me but I know it could have been for others also. It was loud and clear in my spirit and seemed so incredibly personal to me, speaking to a trial of life where I so needed guidance/help. And I responded that very moment, was immediately filled (though I didn't know it, just sensed something) with His Holy Spirit upon my realization I could not do a thing, but Jesus Christ could. I was empowered immediately to receive Christ. I didn't even know what had just happened.

Trials of life draw us closer to God. When we have all we need and are comfortable with life it's easy to not need Him. We rely on ourselves or the things of the world. If you need His guidance now, ask Him to show Himself. He is able...to bring us up out of a pit, into His light to know His truth, forgive our sins after repenting of them, and transform our lives. But we must be willing to submit. He brings life, refreshing, peace, joy, hope and more. We cannot hope in anything but Him. Nothing or no one brings life but Him. 

When we say we have faith or hope, what comes after that? Do we say our faith is in Jesus or God...or some vague thing or nothing at all? If you can't put Jesus at the end of that phrase, your faith and hope are not in Him. Faith can only be in Jesus Christ.

We do not come to God on our own. He reveals Himself to us. Our salvation comes from Him alone. We do nothing to cause it but to receive Christ into our lives. We cannot boast of what we have done but we certainly can give all the glory to God. In the midst of the fire, He calls. So it was, when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders. And you said: "Surely the LORD our God has shown us 
His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire. We have seen this day that God speaks with man; yet he still lives.” (Deuteronomy‬ ‭5:23-24‬)

Hebrews‬ ‭12:25‬ ‭- See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven...

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