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Worship Amidst Trials

20130403-195638.jpg“After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.”(Genesis 22:1-5 ESV)

Whenever the Lord initiates a test, there’s always much more going on than meets the natural eye. But even knowing that doesn’t make those times any easier.

Abraham was asked to do the unthinkable. Forget, for just a moment, that the test involved killing his own son. Instead, think of it as God telling Abraham to kill a promise, a dream; the future God had given him. Does that make it any easier to wrap your brain around? 

See how Abraham embraced this test. When given the instructions to go and kill the dream Abraham called it “worship”. Interesting? Sacrificing a God-given dream, an almost mature dream at that. A dream “old enough to carry the wood for its own altar.” Giving it up on the altar of obedience simply because he was instructed to. Worship.

Do you have any God-given dreams? Are the dreams the object of your worship, or can you worship God with your dreams? This is the fine line between true worship and idolatry. If you can kill your dream, you can worship. if you can’t…

But remember, God is able to raise dead dreams from the grave!

Prayer – Lord, may nothing in my life be so sacred, so precious, it cannot be offered to You in worship. Help me live a life of obedience to Your will, trusting, if need be, Your ability to raise a dead dream to new life. In Jesus’ Name.

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A Steady Stream

20130403-195638.jpg“Next Jesus was taken into the wild by the Spirit for the Test. The Devil was ready to give it. Jesus prepared for the Test by fasting forty days and forty nights. That left him, of course, in a state of extreme hunger, which the Devil took advantage of in the first test: “Since you are God’s Son, speak the word that will turn these stones into loaves of bread.”

Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.”(Matthew 4:1 – 4:4 MSG)

“Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers. “And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.” (Deuteronomy 8:1 – 8:3 NKJV)

Both Jesus and Moses spoke their words while in the wilderness, into which God had led them. “Wilderness” refers not only to a physical location, but a “lonesome, solitary” place, as well. A place one can go to be alone; to pray, worship, listen, and learn.

A place of preparation. Preparing for life’s situations.

In Moses’ wilderness, The Lord was preparing His people for the Promised Land. They were learning such things as hearing and obeying God, following God’s authority, working together, fighting together, and trusting God to supply everything necessary for life.

He allowed them to hunger in their solitary place, then satisfied their hunger in a way never seen or experienced before. Why? So they could know Him better.

In Jesus’ wilderness, He prepared Himself to face His adversary, the devil. He knew He would need the strength, wisdom, and “right now” Word from His Father to victoriously resist the schemes of the evil one.

To be ready for life, solitary times with God are required. Times to read His Word, hear His voice, and pour out your heart to Him while He pours His heart INTO you. We must have a steady stream of life flowing into us. God’s word, that which He wants to speak to our hearts TODAY, is that very life we need. We’ll find it as we pull aside from our cares and busyness, and get alone with Him and His Word.

“(God’s Word) is life to those who find it…” Proverbs 4:22

“There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God…” (Psalm 46:4 NKJV)

To help you with your “solitary, wilderness, desert” times, there is a Facebook Page* called “A Steady Stream”. Daily scriptures, devotional teachings, prayers and the like are posted at 6:00 a.m. (CST). You can have this devotional sent to your Facebook account, free of charge, by going to http://www.facebook.com/a-steady-stream/ and hitting the “Like” button.

God bless you.

* effective 4/7/13
2:13 PM

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