Archive for August, 2011

His Timing Is Everything

Aug 24

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, how many times have you thought, “If only His timing was my timing!” Tick tock, tick tock, oh those hands on the clock! They seem to move so painfully slow when we are anxiously waiting for Him to move in our lives. Yet we must recognize the scriptural truth that His timing is always correct, even when we do not like it! This truth is penned in the prophetical book of Isaiah, “I, the Lord, will bring it all to pass at the right time.”

Let’s consider some people who refused to accept His timing and the consequences that followed.

  • Sarah refused to wait for the Lord to give her a child and heartache followed …

Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. … But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.” ~ Genesis 16:1-4, 20:9-10 NIV

  • The Israelites who waited too long and then went ahead into the Promised Land despite warnings …

The LORD said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.” … But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. … “We have sinned,” they said. “We will go up to the place the LORD promised.” But Moses said, “Why are you disobeying the LORD’s command? This will not succeed! Do not go up, because the LORD is not with you. You will be defeated by your enemies, for the Amalekites and Canaanites will face you there. Because you have turned away from the LORD, he will not be with you and you will fall by the sword.” Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up toward the high hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the LORD’s covenant moved from the camp. Then the Amalekites and Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and attacked them and beat them down all the way to Hormah. ~ Numbers 13:1-2, 31-32, 14:40-45 NIV

  • The centurion who was transporting his prisoner, the Apostle Paul, refused to wait to set sail and lost the ship and all cargo …

Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Fast. So Paul warned them, “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship. … We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved. After the men had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. ~ Acts 27:9-12, 27:18-21 NIV

Girlfriends, His timing is everything and when we either wait too long to act on His commands or run ahead without Him—dissaster is sure to follow. The psalmist so wonderfully told the Lord, “But I pray to you, Lord. So when the time is right, answer me and help me with your wonderful love.” I see tremendous confidence in this prayer. It was the cry of a King who was in the midst of severe trials, yet he knew the Lord’s timing was everything!

Dearest girlfriends, let us always seek to understand His timing and move ahead or wait according to His perfect will.

… I, the Lord, will bring it all to pass at the right time. ~ Isaiah 60:22 NLT

But I pray to you, Lord. So when the time is right, answer me and help me with your wonderful love. ~ Psalm 69:13 CEV

All I Know Ain’t Much!

Aug 18

by Victoria Robinson

Maybe all I know ain’t much, but is it enough? In the case of a blind man—it was enough. In the case of a woman who met Jesus at the well—it was enough. In the case of the disciples testifying—it was enough.

  • The blind man said, “I don’t know if he is a sinner or not. All I know is that I used to be blind, but now I can see!” He did not even know who it was that healed him!
  • The woman who met Jesus at the well said, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” She was not even sure what she knew!
  • Jesus told the disciples “… do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” They had to wait to receive knowledge until they needed it!

So girlfriends, what do you know?

  • That you are going to heaven?
  • That He has provided for your needs?
  • That prayer works?

Oftentimes we do not testify of His greatness because we think we do not know enough to explain how He has worked in our lives. Yet, as the examples found in the Word of God show us, we need not be an expert on how He works—just willing to testify that He does work. Take for example the woman who met Jesus at the well. After she simply testified about her encounter with Him, glorious results took place, “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”

Girlfriends, what do you need to simply testify today that the Lord has done? Jesus told a man who he had set free to, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.” As you can see, the results were amazing!

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would use what we do know, to testify what the Lord has done in our lives, and watch how He uses our words to bring glory to Himself.

The man replied, “I don’t know if he is a sinner or not. All I know is that I used to be blind, but now I can see!” ~ John 9:25 CEV

The day when Jesus made the mud and healed the man was a Sabbath. So the people took the man to the Pharisees. They asked him how he was able to see, and he answered, “Jesus made some mud and smeared it on my eyes. Then after I washed it off, I could see.” … The man replied, “I don’t know if he is a sinner or not. All I know is that I used to be blind, but now I can see!” “What did he do to you?” they asked. “How did he heal your eyes?” The man answered, “I have already told you once, and you refused to listen. Why do you want me to tell you again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” … When Jesus heard what had happened, he went and found the man. Then Jesus asked, “Do you have faith in the Son of Man?” He replied, “Sir, if you will tell me who he is, I will put my faith in him.” “You have already seen him,” Jesus answered, “and right now he is talking with you.” The man said, “Lord, I put my faith in you!” Then he worshiped Jesus. ~ John 9:14-15,26-27,35-38 CEV
 
Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him. … Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” ~ John 4:28-30,39-42 NIV
 
“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” ~ Luke 12:11-13 NIV 
 
As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed. ~ Mark 5:18-20 NIV

The Re-establishment of Your Life

Aug 06

by Victoria Robinson

Have you ever felt like your life has fallen apart and longed for the Lord to re-establish it? If so, you are not alone. In fact, an entire nation felt that way and the Lord graciously told them that He would bring about a re-establishment of their nation. The prophet Zechariah foretold what the Lord was going to do when he said, “I will reestablish them because I love them.”

If your life is in pieces right now, the Lord does desire to re-establish it. Restoration is His speciality. First and foremost, He brings restoration of our souls. If you do not know Him, today is the day to invite Him into your heart and bring about an eternal restoration. His Word tells us, “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”

Beyond eternal restoration there is the restoration of our lives here on earth. His Word also tells us, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

Girlfriends, the one thing that  is required to have the Lord re-establish your life is brokenness. Not the broken pieces of your life, but the brokenness of your heart. When he needed the Lord to restore his life, King David wrote this truth, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” The Lord did graciously re-establish David’s life—a life that was once shattered to pieces because of sin.

Dearest girlfriends, let us go to the Lord with a broken and contrite heart and allow Him to re-establish our life.

I will strengthen Judah, yes, and Israel too; I will reestablish them because I love them. It will be as though I had never cast them all away, for I, the Lord their God, will hear their cries. ~ Zechariah 10:6 TLB
 
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. ~ 2 Corinthians 6:2 NIV
 
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? ~ Romans 8:32 NIV
 
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. ~ Psalm 51:17 NIV