Before I Call

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“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”
Isaiah 43:1-2 (NLT)

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This verse ​wa​s on my mind; a lot. Read it slowly and see what I mean. It’s so heavy with facts (I have called you by name, you are mine) and promises (you will not drown, you will not be burned up). Guess this ​wa​s the kind of hope Daniel held on to when he was thrown into the lion’s den and the fiery furnace. He was fully aware God knew him by name and more importantly that He was right there in the midst of everything.  Daniel may not have been able to see God but he knew he was not standing in those situations alone.

As many of us are torn and shredded through to the core by life today, I am encouraging you to hold on to the words above. God named you and He knows you  – personally.  And notice He didn’t say IF you go through rivers of difficulty ​but WHEN. Because the fact remains that life is filled with challenges yet that’s exactly when you need to be assured you will not drown in that river or burn in the fire. ​Better yet, the fire will not even consume you! Do I hear an amen?

Last but not least, here is one more important thought for you below, again from Isaiah (65:24) where we are told:

“Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”

Your Father is hearing you; you don’t even have to speak. He knows what’s in your heart. Be still and listen for His voice in the gentle wind – HE IS WITH YOU.​  ​Happy Monday, and as God holds your hand, remember to have a great week.

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Start your week with: PEACE

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“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”
Isaiah 65:24 (KJV)

 

Bench at Farley Hill, Barbados; place of rest
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If you feel it, then do it!

Teenage girl praying outdoors at twilight. Shallow DOF.

This call-to-action caught my attention from a devotion I recently came across:

“When you sense the Spirit telling you to pray for someone, pray for them! Make a note of the names of people you’ve been praying for. You may be amazed when you learn that in that very moment, God used you to change a life!”

Can you relate? I can for sure. Think back to the number of times you felt a sudden feeling out of nowhere to pick up the phone and call someone or pray for them. You hesitate, asking yourself how come that person just popped into your thoughts just like that. It seems as though it’s out of the blue but it’s never ‘just like that’ because with God there are no coincidences.

Our Lord knows exactly what He’s doing when He lays someone on your heart. How do I know? Because ‘just like that’ the person on the other end of the line says: “How did you know this was exactly what I needed to hear??!! I asked God to send me a sign and you called … amazing!”

It’s happened time and time again, and now I do not hesitate when I get that spidery sixth sense prompting me to do something. My advice? The next time you get a very strong feeling you can’t explain to reach out and touch someone, forget the wondering and strategising, get out there and just do it. There are many many people out there waiting to be loved and encouraged – by you!

And my final nugget: it’s a new year, let’s make it happen!

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“The Spirit of the Lord God is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” Isaiah 61:1

 

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