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Mission Statement: Quiet Spirit writes with the focus to minister to those who hurt, to them who search for God, and those who wish to have a closer walk with Jesus.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Eyes of the LORD

“But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.”
Psalm 33:18 (NIV)

What does it mean to fear God? I had a friend whose then-husband shared with her that he had told a co-worker that he did not fear God. My friend was upset when she heard this.

My response to her was that to fear God was to have a reverential awe for Him. As I reflect on my answer, I should have gone further and explained that we learn to have very deep respect for our LORD. The Webster’s New World Dictionary defines respect as: “1.to feel or show honor or esteem for. 2. to show consideration for: as respect his privacy.”

We have earthly friends or church family who drop what they are doing when we need them. We greatly appreciate them for their kindness toward us when we have a need.

When we have gone through something where the outcome could have been very severe but God got us through. We learn how precious He is. We learn we can trust Him for everything; our hope in our heavenly Father becomes stronger.

This past July 4th, I received word of a lady in my Sunday school class was in ICU at the hospital down the street from my home. I felt led to go down there and find her daughter. The daughter invited me to go in and see her mother. The older woman looked toward me but didn’t see me. She recovered and is able to be more active than she has been. She is living proof of someone who God brought through a very serious illness and has experienced His grace.

God is faithful. He doesn’t give up. He stands by us and watches us, alert for when we need His help. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

With You Always

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20 (NIV)

Jesus told the disciples these words near the end of His time on earth. We remember the last words people say when they depart from our presence. These were almost Jesus’s last words to the disciples.

What did Jesus mean when He said these comforting, yet challenging words? Did He qualify that thought with conditions? Jesus means what he says—He meant He would be with the disciples and followers. For us in the 21st Century, He says He will be there unconditionally, whatever our need, no matter how long it takes.

I have a friend who has had personal life threatening illness and the illness of her son for several years. When I heard she had to undergo a test due to a questionable x-ray, I sat and talked with her one evening. She is prepared for what she may have to endure because she knows Jesus IS with her.

When I had to go through some of the hardships that the world threw at me, I wish someone would have told me that this passage applied to me and that, especially during those times, Jesus stood by my side.

Jesus stands by our side every day of our lives. He doesn’t always make us aware of it, but His presence can be felt. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

A very Great Reward

“After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
 ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.’”
Gen 15:1

God spoke words of comfort to Abram, He telling him to not fear. Abram had stood for God in dealing with the king of Sodom. (Genesis 14:21-24)
God says very comforting words here. He tells Abram, “Do not be afraid. . . ” A person’s fears seem to mould one’s personality or at least their mindset. I have found that a lot of people’s peculiar behavior stems from their fears.
God then tells Abram, “I am your shield. . .” A shield protects us from the elements. We have windshields in our cars. We carry umbrellas to use when it rains. I carry one in my purse, just in case. 
God also identifies Himself as Abram’s “. . . very great reward.”  The Creator of the universe cared enough about the stand Abram took to give him a special relationship as a reward for how he approached one who was from the world.
God is also our “very great reward.” We don’t deserve Him being our friend. We don’t deserve His love. But, He chooses to love us in spite of all our short comings and our sins.