uneedprayer on The fragrance of God Pastor Pat on The fragrance of God
Have you ever wondered how God can use you? Or perhaps you are concerned that you haven’t found anything significant that you feel that you can do for God?
I was wondering about this recently and asked God what He would like me to do. It then came to me that the best time ever spent is actually in God’s presence. Isn’t that what Mary chose when Martha was questioning why Mary wasn’t helping her with preparations? Jesus said that she had chosen the “best part”. The more time we spend with God, the more we will hear from Him, get direction and experience His presence in a very special way.
The woman who annointed Jesus’ feet with expensive oil, did so out of great love for her master. Because she had spent that time with Jesus, no doubt everywhere she went, people could smell the same fragrance indicating that she had spent time in God’s presence.
If we spend time in God’s presence then when people come to us, we will have a word from God for them. A word from God is season, is worth so much more done in our own effort. We don’t need to “help” God – we need to just be available to Him.
“As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.”Acts 9:3
For Moses, it was the burning bush.
For Peter, it was walking on water.
For Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, it was walking through the burning furnace untouched.
For Paul, it was being blinded and spoken to by Jesus on the Damascus road. For Daniel, it was deliverance from the lions’ den.
For Joshua, it was parting the Jordan River and crossing into the Promised Land.
There have been many defining moments in the lives of human beings that changed their lives forever. These defining moments often set the course for the balance of their lives.
We could go on and on. Each of these servants had years of preparation leading up to their defining moment. These moments forced the servants to be involved in something beyond their human experiences. It took them outside their own paradigms of life. God had to move them outside their own boxes. And when He did, their lives were never the same.
You may be in one of three stages of life: You may not have had your “defining moment” yet – God may be preparing you with many important life experiences. You may have had your defining moment and you are living out your call. Or, you may be toward the end of your journey and you have already experienced what I speak of. We are all called to a relationship with God; and we are all called vocationally, which is often ushered in by a defining moment. And there can be more than one defining moment, each pointing you down a path that God foreordained from the foundation of the world. The secret of a great life is often a man’s ability to discern the defining moments given to him, understanding them, and learning to walk in the path that leads him to his ultimate destination.
Once you have had a defining moment, you are never the same. Pray that you have eyes to see and ears to hear when your Master brings a defining moment into your life.
(by Os Hillman Tuesday courtesy of LinkedIn’s Christian Professional’s Upper Room: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Defining-Moments-TGIF-Today-God-3923731.S.68704396?view=&gid=3923731&type=member&item=68704396&trk=EML_anet_di_pst_ttle )
Today you may feel in need of some prayer. You have come to the right place where you can ask us to pray for you. You don’t necessarily need to give us your name or details because God knows that anyway. We would love the opportunity to pray for you that God will help you, bless you and guide you in everything you do.
Trust in God is the key that opens the door to answers and blessings in your life. In Proverbs 3 verse 5 and 6 it says:
” Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own undertanding,
Seek His will in all you do,
and He will show you which path to take.”
I’d like to share a well known story with you called Footprints. One night a man dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. Then he noticed that at the lowest times in his life, there was only one set of footprints. “Lord, you said that if I followed you, you’d walk with me all the way. But during troubled times there was only one set of footprints. The Lord replied: “My son, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you”