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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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April 16, 2014 - Walk With God

By Jerry D. Scott

God said, "Go to Nineveh!"

Jonah said, "No, I'm having none of it!"

So starts one of the more amazing sagas of the Bible.

"Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord" (Jonah 1:3, NIV).

The prophet's rebellion brought God's judgment through a storm and Jonah told the sailors to toss him overboard. The Lord prepared a great fish which swallowed Jonah, who spent three nights in the creature's belly and came to the conclusion it made more sense to obey. The fish vomited Jonah onto the seashore and he went off to do what the Lord asked him to do.

It's a story for every one of us. Have you ever been a Jonah? People run from God for all kinds of reasons — fear, self-will, misunderstanding, to name a few.

Early in my own life I had a real sense God was calling me into His service. I considered a run for the hills, figuring I could find success in some other field and settle up with God later on down life's road. Thankfully, at a prayer rail in a little church on a Sunday night, God spoke to me unmistakably.

Years later I still remember leaving that time of prayer in the summer of 1971, where I just knew it was make or break time for me with God. I could go my way and walk alone, or I could follow God and trust Him with those things that made me afraid of saying yes to His purposes. I am so glad I was obedient. He has been so faithful to me!

Those who walk with God are always on the edge; they never feel completely adequate! Paul writes, "Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God" (2 Corinthians 3:4,5).

Paul tells of a time when things got so tough he concluded his life was over. "We felt like we'd been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally — not a bad idea since he's the God who raises the dead!" (2 Corinthians 1:9, The Message).

Obedience to the Lord's purposes will take us into a life where we have just one option — complete faith. Without it, we will not please Him.

So, what's facing you? Every day each one of us makes a choice — to obey or to "escape from the Lord." We're either moving toward God or away from Him. Life makes just standing in one place impossible. Put your hand in God's and trust Him for today. He will take care of the rest.

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.

 

 

 

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