Glory Seed Devotional, 06/22/2015

Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise

The storm may not be over but God isn’t finished yet!

“At that time, too, I entreated the Lord, saying: “O Lord God, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your might; what god in heaven or on earth can perform deeds and mighty acts like yours!” (Deuteronomy 3:23–24, NRSV)

Please make a special note of the punctuation mark at the end of this morning scripture. When you first read it you’d think it should end with a question mark but the author is not asking a question, he is making a statement. There IS NO god in heaven or on earth that can even come close to OUR God!

There are some stories in the bible that frustrate me. Take for instance the day when Jesus sent the disciples ahead of him in a boat and then at night a terrible storm threatened to pull them under and Jesus came to them walking on the water saved Peter got in the boat and calmed the storm. When storms threaten me why am I unable to see Jesus coming toward me while the storm continues to rage. “Please Jesus, where are you?” No sooner have I got the words out when the Holy Spirit whispers a two word answer, “Exercise faith.”

Here I am floundering in the middle of a category 10 storm and Jesus says to have faith! Does he know how hard it is to have faith when a storm rages inside and outside? Does he know how much I dislike enduring until the end”? The answer is YES! “Father, if so take this cup from me and let this storm pass.” Well, he may not have used those exact words (Matthew 26:9) but you get the idea.”

Because I am experiencing a storm with a sense of permanency it is my story (and I sticking to it) the Holy Spirit always responds to the words, “Not my will God but your will be done,” with the courage and strength needed to hold on and keep bailing until Jesus says, “Peace be still!”

Are you floundering in a storm? Do you need a reason to keep bailing until Jesus shows up and calms the storm? Then here is T H E reason. “O Lord God, you have only begun to… what god in heaven or on earth can perform deeds and mighty acts like yours!” If you’re not quite there yet then file it away for future use ’cause there’s a good chance you’ll need it in the future.

Believe! Anticipate! Experience! Be transformed!

Grace and PEACE, Amen!

Gary

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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT)

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“The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”

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