Monthly Archives: May 2012

Shekinah Glory!

“When Moses came down from Mt. Sinai he did not know that the skin of his face shown. ( Exodus 34:29)

The healing service had begun and after a brief sermon the pastor called anyone that was in need of healing to come to the altar. Only one person did—the pastor’s wife who had been recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. The elders of the church laid hands on her and anointed her with oil. Praise music softly played on a guitar enhanced this divine moment. When the pastor’s wife returned to her pew, her face shone like that of an angel! It was the first time that I have personally witnessed this transformation which is now imbedded in my soul.

Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights on Mt. Sinai talking with God. When he descended the mountain the Israelites observed that the skin of his face shone and they were afraid to come near him. When Moses delivered the 10 Commandments to them he put a veil on his face so they wouldn’t be afraid. When he entered the tabernacle he removed the veil and the glory of the Lord shone upon him.

When we draw close to God there are physical bodily changes. Our heartrate  slows and our stress level diminishes, thus enabling the body to help heal itself. People that cleave to God seem to have a glow about them that all can see. Their face may become radiant and even a plain demeanor can become beautiful. We become the best that we can be because we are connected to the Source of all life…(Judy Whittaker)

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Equipped For the Ministry

“And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, understanding,knowledge,and all manner of workmanship…” (Exodus 31:3)

There was much work to be done! God had just given Moses detailed instructions for building the tabernacle in the wilderness, but Moses did not have the gift of workmanship. How would this daunting task be completed?

God called Moses to lead the people and not build His sanctuary, so He anointed a man named Bezaleel with His spirit of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge of craftmanship so that he could create beautiful works for the tabernacle made from gold, silver, and brass. He also gave him the gift of stone cutting and wood carving so that the tabernacle would be not only functional but beautiful as well. And to balance the workload, God gave him an assistant to help with this enormous undertaking.

Has God ever called you to a position or project way beyond your human capabilities? Then remember these scriptures: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” ( Phillippians 4:13), “…for with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27), “God is my refuge and my strength, a present help in time of trouble” (Psalm 142:5). God does not call the talented; He calls the faithful. Then He equips us for the work at hand.

Sometimes God sends us a helper, as he did with Bezaleel. Through His Word, prayer, teachers, spiritual mentors, loved ones, and friends, we derive the guidance and strength that we need.

If God calls you He will also equip you—but only if you remain faithful to His call. (Judy Whittaker)

The Lord–My Strength and My Song

“The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” (Exodus 15:2)

Frank had a terminal illness and gave his life to Christ a month before he passed away. He had always loved to sing, and one day he sat up straight in his Hospice bed and belted out the song, “Amazing Grace”. The hospital staff was amazed at his strength because two hours later he passed into the arms of Jesus. The Lord became his strength and his song.

Moses and the Israelites sang a song after their victory over Egyptian slavery, and one of the lyrics was, “The Lord is my strength and my song and he has become my salvation.” (Exodus 15:2) They all sang with timbrels and dancing for this glorious victory!

When the Lord is our strength and our song we have a reason to celebrate as He gives us joy in the midst of sorrow. Who is your strength and your song? (Judy Whittaker)

Heavy Hands

“But Moses’ hands were heavy….” Exodus 17:12)

Sometimes we can’t fight the battle alone, and God provides someone to fight it with us, as in the story of Moses:

Amalek attacked the Israelites and Moses the leader sent Joshua, his captain of war, to choose men to go with Joshua to battle. Moses went to the top of the hill and held the rod of God in his hand. When he held his hand up, the Israelites prevailed. When his hands were down, the Amalakites took the lead. The day wore on and Moses’ hands became so heavy that he could no longer lift them. It was then that his brother Aaron and a friend held up Moses’ hands for him until sundown and the Israelites won the battle.

Many of us have a stubborn nature and refuse help when offered, only to realize that God may have sent someone alongside of us to give us strength. The Lord knows what we can and can’t endure and makes a provision for us. We may think that our “problem” is minute and can easily be handled without outside help, but God also knows what we are going to be facing. Some small problems become mountains and some huge problems are really only pebbles on a dusty road.

It is good to try to stay independent as long as possible, but there may come a time when we can no longer do it alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. God just might have sent you an angel….. (Judy Whittaker)

Come to Jesus

Jesus said, “Come to me all who are burdened and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

When we come to Jesus wonderful things happen!

One Sunday morning about 20 years ago I was fidgeting in my church pew trying to decide whether to respond to an altar call. Suddenly I broke down and cried, thinking I wasn’t worthy enough to go receive my salvation because there was too much sin in my life. The lady next to me (a total stranger), put her hand on my shoulder and said to me, “Jesus wants you to come to him just as you are. Come to Jesus.” I got up from my seat and with shaky legs walked to the altar, knowing that I would never be the same again.  I came to Jesus that day and received forgiveness for my sins. He still lives in my heart today.

A woman who had a bleeding problem for 12 years came to Jesus, touched the hem of his robe, and was immediately healed. (Matthew 9:20-22) This woman came to Jesus and received a physical healing.

Crowds of hungry people came to Jesus and he fed them because he had compassion on them. (Matthew 14:14-16) These people came to Jesus and received a provision.

Peter came to Jesus and was able to walk on the water-until he took his eyes of Jesus and began to sink and Jesus had to rescue him. (Matthew 14:28-29) Peter came to Jesus and received a miracle of faith.

The lepers, the lame, the blind, and the deaf came to Jesus and he healed them. (Matthew 15:31) They came to Jesus and were healed of their physical handicaps.
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Little children came to Jesus and received love. (Matthew 19:13-15)

Mary Magdalene came to Jesus and he cast out 7 evil spirits from her.  (Luke
8:2)  Mary came to Jesus and received deliverance. and was the first to see Jesus in His resurrected body! (Mark 16:9)

Jesus meets us where we are at, but this doesn’t mean that if we come to him that we will receive what we desire—–only if our request is in accordance with His will. To God, our spiritual healing is much more important than our physical healing. Will he heal our ailments, provide for us, deliver us, etc. ? Maybe, but He is under no obligation to do this. After all he is God and His ways are a lot higher than our ways.

When we  come to Jesus, we will always be blessed in some way. What is your blessing? You’ll never know unless you come  and see! (Judy Whittaker)