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Sunday, 18 July 2010

God is good, period.

What a week. Thank the LORD that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. 

Encouraging with some things on things I've read or heard since Wednesday that are strengthening me - hope they do you too. 

 July 16- My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers
 '...how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him?' (Matt 7:11)

 Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct in this passage for those people who have His Spirit. He urges us to keep our minds filled with the concept of God's control over everything...Fill your mind with the thought that God is there....it works on the following principle: 'God is my Father, He loves me, and I will never think of anything that He will forget, so why should I worry?' Jesus said there are time when God will not lift the darkness from you, but you should still trust Him. At times God may appear like an unkind friend, but He is not. He may appear like an unnatural Father, but He is not, He may appear like an unjust judge, but He is not. Keep the thought that the mind of God is behind all things, strong and growing. Not even the smallest detail of life happens unless God's will is behind it. Therefore, you can rest in perfect confidence in Him.'


I love this guy - his messages have spoken into my life repeatedly. The church he leads have a fantastic website filled with amazing series to listen to. Stuart Bryan posted this one up this week. I've heard it before, but the truth of it resonated to my core this week.


Read this today, same book.
After hearing Simon's incredible preach today, I came home and spent more time with Jesus. I read this and it followed on from what Simon shared today about the necessity of quite times, not simply as a spirital discipline, but for the radical change it will have on us. 

'When you pray, go into your room and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place...' (Matt 6:6)

Having a secret place stillness before God means deliberately shutting the door on our emotions and remembering Him.... When we truly live in 'the secret place', it becomes impossible for us to doubt God. We become more sure of Him than or anyone or anything else. Enter into 'the secret place' and you will find that God was right in the middle of your circumstances all the times. Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything. Unless you learn to open the door of your life completely and let God in from your first waking moment of each new day, you will be working on the wrong level through the day. But if you will swing the door of your life fully open and 'pray to you Father who is in the secret place', every public thing in your life will be marked with the lasting imprint of the presence of God.'