“The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1)
I was talking on the phone to a prayer friend the other day about a ministry that we were both involved in. We were coming to the realization that this ministry that was birthed in strong spiritual roots, seems to be evolving into a secular activity . We were discussing how we could get back to the “grass roots”, when all of a sudden my friend, who can see glitter in all of God’s creation that no one else can see, saw a single dewdrop on a single blade of grass that outshone the rest. In the dewdrop there was an aura of a rainbow.
In actuality, what my friend saw was dewdrops and grass, but with her spiritual eyes she saw so much more! Even if it was only dewdrops and grass, isn’t that God’s handiwork also ? Look for His signature everywhere—even in dewdrops and grass! (Judy Whittaker)
“…….”You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)
The potter was working the clay and suddenly he threw it back on the bench. It was too hard and needed water, so he started all over again. The final result was an elegant Japanese teacup which the potter put into the hot kiln for a few hours. When the teacup had been fired, one could see the image of the crown princess of Japan.
The Bible says that God is the Master potter . We, like the clay, become stubborn and resist when God is molding us to fit His design. We, like the clay, have hard hearts and parched spirits due to a lack of obeying His Word. He may have to begin again and again to teach us the same lesson until we “get it”.When, like the Japanese image, we are held up to the light, others will be able to see the image of Jesus in us. So do not despair–the best is yet to come as long as we remain in the Potter’s hand…….. (Judy Whittaker)
“I have loved you with an everlasting love…” (Jeremiah 31:3)
The way we perceive God reflects the way we worship Him. If we visualize Him as a hard taskmaster our worship will be cold and distant.If we picture Him as a loving God, then are worship will be reverential and meaningful.
Worship is so much more than just going to church and singing hymns. Worshp is a way of life; it is what we do for God on a daily basis. It is giving glory to God in everything we do. It is praising Him, loving others, and serving Him with our whole heart.
Circumstances in our life may affect the way we perceive God, such as our relationship with our own father, listening to a priest, minister or pastor, the books we have read, our personal experiences, or the stories we have been told since early childhood. These circumstances may be positive or negative.
We can change our negative perception of God by prayer, talking to Him, and reading the Bible. If one wants to identify with a Bible character, read the Psalms. The psalms are songs written mostly by David, but some are written by ordinary people trying to comprehend who God was so that they could trust Him.
Some of God’s attributes are discovered through His Word such as merciful, compassionate, forgiving, loving, steadfast, just, truthful, powerful, etc. In order to trust Him we need to know about him; the same way you would need to know a friend before you give him the keys to your car.
When we feel God’s love we will have a better understanding of His Son, Jesus Christ. All of a sudden life makes more sense when we know there is a promise of eternal life in heaven for all who believe in Him.
“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him will have everlasting life.” (Judy Whittaker)
Due to a serious illness I haven’t written a Bible message for four months. Now that I am in recovery I would like to share with you some of my spiritual reflections on my journey from illness to good health:
God strengthened me when I was so weak I couldn’t even walk. “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage and he shall strengthen your heart…” (Psalm 27:14
God taught me that there is a time to rest. “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him.” (Psalm 37:7)
God brought me to the “river of living water” by a visit from a pastor friend who sang “Amazing Grace”, a Eucharistic minister who presented me with a Gideon Bible ,and a praise and worship band.
God showed me His love through family and friends who prayed and comforted me. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16)
God inspired me with card messages, flowers, and encouraging words. “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.( Philippians 4:8)
And now that I am in recovery God sends me to bring His healing light to others and share His Word with the hurting and the lost. ” Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord for as much as you know that your labor is not in vain. (1Corinthians 15:58)
I believe that God spared my life because my work on earth is not yet finished. I must continue to serve Him until Jesus calls me home. There is so much to do–what about you? ” Let your light shine before men so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Judy Whittaker
“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)
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)