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God's M.O.

And He said: "Behold, I make a covenant.  Before all your people I will do marvels such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD.  For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.  Exodus 34:10 NKJV

Why do you think God does the things he does?  How much have you thought about that?  If you look throughout scripture, you will see a common theme throughout.  God wants people to see that He is God.  God wants people to recognize and know Him.  Bottom line.

Take a look at the above verse for a moment.  God said He was going to perform "marvels" such as the world had never seen for the Israelites.  Why?  So that those around them would see the work of the Lord.  Think about this:  To warrant a "marvel" or a miracle would imply that the situation would be so dire or an obstacle would be so great that only an act of God would be sufficient to create change.  That was certainly the case in early Israel's day.  Only God could have delivered them from Egypt.  Only God could move them to the Promised Land.  Only God.  And everyone around witnessed the marvels.

Are you tired of waiting on God to deliver you from your circumstances?  Maybe God is just waiting to perform a miracle so others can see His awesome work instead of your "okay" efforts.  God wants to do awesome things in our lives so others can see Him for themselves.  Sometimes we need to quit trying and start trusting.  Let's let God handle the hard stuff.

For further thought:

1) What miracles has God already performed in your life?  What has He helped you through?
2) How can knowing His past work in your life help you with your current circumstance?
3) What issue can you give over to Him today?

 


The Uniqueness of the Bible

All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

As you know, I try to base everything I write here at Bread Crumbs on what the bible teaches us.  I try to live by God's word, the best I can, often failing at times.  Why do I put my trust in the words of this particular book?  Because I wholeheartedly believe that this book, the Bible, contains the very words of God, the Creator of the Universe.

I do not believe this because of blind faith, however.  Because of the bible's uniqueness, I am convinced that there is no way a mere human being could write it.  It must be the Word of God.  How certain are you that the bible is 100% true?  Could you explain your belief in its words to a skeptic?  If you need a refresher or would like to learn more about defending the Bible as God's word for the first time, check out this post over at Truth Talks for some quick facts on the uniqueness of God's incredible book!  We can be confident that it is the only Truth!


Experiencing God

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. - Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV

A few days ago, I was asked by a commenter on this blog how I experienced God's presence.    Here goes.

I experience God through ...

  • My daily bible reading.  Because my devotional time consists of a sequential reading of the bible from Genesis to Revelation, the timing of when a particular passage coincides with a particular situation in my life left up to God and not to me.  As a result, when I am praying about an issue and come across an applicable scripture passage in my daily reading, I know God has spoken!
  • My daily life circumstances.  When I am seeking God's wisdom, direction or comfort in a situation, I often "happen" to hear radio preachers speak on the exact issue I'm considering, in times where I just "happen" to turn on the radio.   In addition, some of my best "God moments" have come when I forced myself to attend church even though I didn't want to.  :)
  • My daily people contacts.  I wish I'd journaled every time I've prayed privately about something and received a comment or bible verse from a friend "out of the blue" regarding my situation. 

I experience God when ...

  • I surrender my own agenda.    When I look back on my life objectively, I realize that I don't usually clearly see or experience God's hand in my life when I am consumed with creating my own solutions to my problems. In other words, when I seek God without having my own agenda in mind, I hear from Him.
  • I surrender my self-sufficiency.  Until I admit how helpless I am on my own, I don't hear from God, most likely because I'm not really wanting to hear what He has to say.
  • I surrender my pride.  God won't hear our prayers if we haven't come clean before Him in confession of our sins.  Clean slates with God are necessary if we want to hear from Him.

In saying all of this, please know that I surely do not have the edge on anyone else in experiencing God's presence in my life.  I think that all Christians have the ability to experience Him, but I also know that not all Christians expect to see Him work in their lives.  In my experience, both personally and in working with others, the more time we spend with Him in His word and in prayer, the more of Him we will see.  Remember, God's word says that we will find Him when we seek Him with our whole hearts.   That's a promise. 

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Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them.  For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.


Show Me Thy Way

My blogging friend Kansas Bob asked in a comment on my last post how I experienced God's presence.  Before I write my post about it, I have a real recent example I will share now.  Here goes:

As I sat down last evening to write a post to answer, I realized that I had a post to write for Laced With Grace.  Because it was late, I asked God to direct me to a post from a couple of years ago to republish over there since most of those readers haven't read some of my older stuff.  In fact, I don't even remember some of what I've written!  :)

In less than a minute by total "accident", I happened upon a post that expands upon some of the same verses that I spoke of in my post yesterday.  Not to mention that I will used this "new" material as I write my retreat on the rest God provides for His people.  Way cool!

I'm smiling as I type this, because I know that in some small way, I did experience God last night.  Please go check out my post at Laced With Grace, to learn more about how God can provide direction for our lives.  Tomorrow, I'll be back with more of how I experience God in my life.

Hope to see you there!