Resetting - Renewing - Restoring - Rejoicing

Sunday; June 25, 2017
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1
TODAY’S CHALLENGE – is CHOOSE ACHIEVEMENT. The ability to achieve is part of your very nature. It’s an ability you can tap into by the way you live your life. If you’re vague about what you intend to do, the results you get will be of minimal value at best. When, on the other hand, you are clear and specific about your goals, you’ll be able to work your way to stunningly magnificent achievements. If you set your sights too low, your goals will fail to ignite your passion and you’ll quickly lose interest in reaching them. Instead, follow the very best, most meaningful and compelling dreams you can imagine, and they will pull you powerfully forward. Do you wish to choose achievement? Then choose to be clear, passionate, respectful, productive and focused, and the achievement will surely come.
IN A HOLDING PLACE.  Yesterday as I got ready to make my postings on FaceBook – as soon as I opened the pages – there was my friend – my sister Juanita Bailey posting about how we are at times in a holding place where God has us and in this place we are being held to be prepared to be used by God for His glory. And at that moment a feeling of reassurance as never before hit me. And I was well – I mean very well. No things had not changed – the problems were still there – the mountains still need to be climbed – but the vision became more clearer and the mission more at hand – the plans began to stream back into my mind and the goals were once again before me. And I realized that it is not bad – not as bad as I see it – because you see I started again to looking at it all through the eyes of faith – through the eyes that had trust with all in Jesus. I started to stand again as never before on God’s Word – because you see many times I had read of God’s people and God’s elect being in many places – holding places that they probably at the time did not think were holding places – but even in the midst of it all – they remained confident that God has done – is doing – and will do all that He said that He would do. For you see I love the Lord and I know that He loves me and when it all comes down to it – that is all that matters. IN A HOLDING PLACE.  
Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings. Psalm 17:8
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. Psalm 27:5
You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues. Psalm 31:20
You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32:7
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God. Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Psalm 90:1
You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word. Psalm 119:114
The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand. Psalm 121:5
IN A HOLDING PLACE. You may feel like you’re in a holding place today. The destination is clear. It’s not even very far away. You’re on the correct course, but God has you in a holding place. And just when it seems like the waiting should end–He seems to send you back, not forward. Could it be that God is calling you deeper into Himself and His word? If everything was already worked out, maybe He knows you’d feel less urgency to seek Him and remember all He’s done in the past. It’s happened to me before. God comes through and I go away. Maybe. Take some time to read through the mighty ways God moved in the Old Testament. Remember what He did for Abraham, for Moses, for Daniel, for Nehemiah, for Joshua, for Rahab and for Ruth – for Joseph – for Job – for Esther – for Hebrew boys. Spend some time in the four gospels to be reminded of how Jesus worked. Of how even our Savior at times was in a holding place – how He was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights – how He was in the tomb for 3 days.  Meditate on Ephesians 1:3-14 to let your position in Christ sink in. You may also want to recall the ways God has worked in your life in the past. One of the great benefits of keeping a journal is reading through old journal entries of answered prayers and ways God worked in your life to meet your needs. If you don’t have a journal, let me encourage you to start one. It’s easy to forget the things God does. We need to record them. Here we have working continually in our VISION BOOK!
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.“ Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Pamela Guy-Strayhorn

Isaiah 40:31