God is Pro Life

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

Personally I very much have always had Pro Life beliefs. To be honest, it was just recently that in the Bible I have looked up this verse that I have read and came across this scripture in the Bible and knew for sure that it's the right way to believe. I interpret this verse as God saying to us that before children are born He knows what He wants to do with each child. This verse says to me "that children to God are children to God" and before a mother gives birth to the child that is born and to be the newest addition to the family, He for sure has a plan for that child's life. I assume that at anytime when any woman has an abortion it very much affects and hurts the whole family too, and not just the woman. But, any woman that has made the decision to have an abortion hopefully won't beat herself up all of her life. I know that she can still go on with her life and know that God is very much a merciful Father and will still show any person, Church, group and family His gra ce and love. God is a God that doesn't change.

Heavenly Father: I ask that your hand of love, of mercy and everlasting grace reaches out to any and all women, men and children around this world whose lives have been affected by abortion. Let Your love and mercy endure forever. Amen.

By Tammy (California, USA)

Healing Will Come

Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed…” Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)
Further Reading:  2 Corinthians 4:7-5:9

My uncle was in the Intensive Care Unit on oxygen and feeding tubes from a mini stroke, and my Aunt was talking to my 4 year old daughter telling her that Uncle Jim was very sick. “But Aunt Edie, Jesus is strong. He made me better. He can make Uncle Jim better too.” My heart was moved. Such hope and trust came from those little girl’s words. However, I knew that he would not make it. Then the thought came to me: there will be healing either way, here on earth or if he goes home.

Our loved ones might not be healed here on earth, but they will be healed in the presence of the Great Physician. For those of us in God’s family, we have a hope that those we love are healed and that we will see them again. He is a God that heals. I know my uncle is enjoying the fellowship with His Father face to face, and I wouldn’t wish to take that away from him.

Loving Father, we thank you for the peace and comfort you give to us in knowing our loved ones are healed and in your presence. Amen.

Does God Speak in an Audible Voice?

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV)

Many of us are fortunate to have our own Bible, and putting the Word of God in our mind is most important, but it’s the Seed of Christ in our hearts that makes us different. Once His Spirit is indwelling we will always have a present help in time of trouble.

There is no comfort like His comfort for your particular problem, and knowing the Author of the Book personally, is much better than just having a copy of His book. He’s here to answer any questions you might be desperate to know. Desperate is a key word, if you look to this one, or that one, you’ll have plenty of input, but only when you're finally frantic, and at your wits end, then you may hear His still small voice speak volumes to your circumstance.

I once heard a story of a pastor, who after counseling one of his parishioners, that same person went out and committed suicide. That pastor felt he not only failed his congregation, but also God. He planned to leave his assembly never to pastor again. He was praying and seeking God’s forgiveness when he heard the Lord say, “Your congregation needs you now, you must go to them.”

To which he replied, “Father, how can they need me after what’s happened.”

And he heard God say, “Didn’t even My Son lose one to suicide? You are only responsible for carrying the message, not the body. Go back to your people.” Which is exactly what he did. Only God knew what to say to that pastor, and He knows exactly what it is you need to hear.

Father I pray that we are not only challenged to read Your Word but to know Your Voice. For Your sheep cannot be fooled. John 10:4 says we will follow You and know Your voice. This is Your promise to those who put their trust in You. Amen.

Adrenaline Rush

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)
People were made for adventure. There's a part in each of us that longs for excitement, something different, something more. And yet people seem to have gotten the odd idea in their heads that being a Christian is boring — should be staid, calm, regular. I would venture to say that nothing could be farther from the truth! To live in relationship with the Creator is to live an adventurous life. But it requires us to move out of our comfort zones — only then will we experience God in a new way.  

One day I was travelling by train from Glasgow to Paisley, Scotland. As I sat waiting for the train to leave, a man sat down across the aisle. God immediately gave me a very specific message for him. I was stunned — how could I approach a stranger with such a personal message? Just then, a second man ran onto the train. God gave me a message for him as well. I was glad no one else got on as the train began to move. Before I'd gotten up the courage to say anything, the second man dashed off the train at the next stop; I sent a prayer after him, and determined not to miss my other chance. When we got off the train, I gave the first man his message. It led to an hour's discussion about God and the plan of salvation. Wow. We have adrenaline for a reason!  

What does God have to say to the person you see at work every day? He might use you to change their lives, and in the process you'll see yourself changed as well.  

Lord, I call to you: show me unsearchable things, and lead me into the adventure you have for me. Open my eyes and ears to see what you want, and hear what you want to reveal to me. Amen.

Hearing God's Voice

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

I have a natural tendency to suspicion, guilt and hopelessness. The first couple of years of my walk however, I was filled with joy, peace, faith and generally in love with all things and everyone. But as the first blush of my affair with Jesus Christ faded, those old feelings began to rise up in me again. One evening as I was preparing supper, I was feeling particularly hopeless and cried at the drop of a hat. I had picked up a new type of Chile Verde sauce, and the label had a scripture address, Jeremiah 29:11, printed on it. I felt blessed and cheered up a bit as I continued fixing dinner. I kept feeling a nudge to actually read the verse, but continued to shrug it off; feeling too busy. Finally, though, after the pesky prodding would not go away, I picked up my Bible and read the verse. I was overjoyed to read that God had thoughts of peace for ME, and thanked Him profusely. Don’t ever ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit or you may miss out on a mighty blessing.

Dear Heavenly Father; please help me to remember that You know what You’re doing; that I can lean on you with full assurance. Forgive me when I forget that you have my well being in mind, and help me to be more sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Thank you, Abba Father, for never letting me down.

God's Plans for You

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
My mother-in-law's father died when he was quite young, leaving her mother with five children under the age of ten. Providing for five children during the Great Depression was more than she could manage. She placed the two oldest girls in an orphanage.

Now that Mrs. Martha is eighty-nine, she talks mostly about those years spent in the orphanage. The superintendent was a Godly man who took his responsibilities seriously. He soon realized that young Martha was gifted in music and arranged for her to take piano lessons. She mastered the piano and the coronet and was offered a music scholarship.

However, there was someone else in the picture by the time she graduated. The superintendent had a brother attending the university, who came to visit the orphanage frequently. He and Martha fell in love and were married soon after graduation.

While it makes her sad to remember how much she missed her family, she realizes that God had a plan for her life. At the orphanage, she learned all the skills needed to maintain a Christian home and to be a good wife and mother. The most remarkable thing is that she met the love of her life there, a man who loved and cherished her as long as he lived. She understands now that God was busy working out the plans He had for her life. What seemed like a bad situation turned out to be a wonderful thing.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the plans you have for us. Help us to trust you completely, knowing the plans you have for us are far better than anything we can imagine. Amen.

Comfort Zone

This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls." Jeremiah 6v16a, (NIV)

One summer I was on a travelling theatre troupe throughout the UK. At one point we were near my hometown, Paisley, Scotland, and I decided to take the weekend break to sleep in my own bed and do my laundry. However, when I got home, I realized that I had neither food, nor money, nor laundry detergent. I sat down in the middle of my bedroom floor, and just said to God, "Father, you've never seen the righteous forsaken, or begging for bread.  It will be interesting to see how you get me out of this one."

There was a knock on my door. When I opened, the friend was surprised to see me!   He said, "This is very odd!  I thought you were away all summer, but as I was walking down the high street, God pushed me into a shop and said, 'Here, buy this for Stephanie'; you wouldn't happen to need this, would you?" He held up laundry detergent.

The meals I had that weekend were with friends who spontaneously invited me for lunches and dinners; not once did I go without a meal, and laundry was done, and yet I still had no money in the bank. I didn't need it.  

You don't have to be a full-time missionary to live God's way; He has placed us in the lives of work colleagues, neighbours and family for a purpose; all we have to do is find out on a day-to-day basis what that purpose is, and pursue it. That's where leaving our comfort zone comes in; it's standing at the crossroads - not on the sidelines. So sit back, buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Father, help us to learn to rely on you, and to recognize your provision and plan for our lives. Give us the courage to step out of our comfort zone, and show us what that means in our daily lives.