Posted by: judyhitson | December 5, 2018

Trusting His Testimony

Trusting His Testimony
by Brenda D. Flowers

Read John 20.

But one of the Twelve, Thomas (called “Twin”), was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “If I don’t see the mark of the nails in His hands, put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe!” (John 20: 24-25, HCSB)

Have you ever experienced doubts, like Thomas, about the reality of the resurrection of Jesus? As I read over John’s eyewitness account in Chapter 20, I am challenged by this question,

Have I doubted?

Thomas, one of the twelve disciples called by Jesus, had walked alongside these other disciples for more than three years. Why did he doubt his friends’ testimony?

His doubts have been reviewed over and over again by people from all over the world who search the holy scriptures. Why did Holy Spirit inspire John to record Thomas’s doubts?

I don’t think God wants us to remember Thomas’s time of honest expression so we can label him as “Doubting Thomas.” Do you?

As I review John 20 again, I discover that Thomas was not the only one who had fear and doubts. But Thomas was the only one who spoke out honestly about his doubts.

If we had lived when Thomas lived and had not yet seen Jesus, I wonder how we would have responded to the testimonies of those who had seen Jesus.

What is God teaching us through the words recorded by John?

I notice that Thomas’s friends did not rebuke him for not believing their testimony. It seems like they understood how he felt.

When Jesus appeared to the gathering of the disciples the second time, Thomas was included. It was at this time when Jesus spoke personally to Thomas and presented His wounds for Thomas to see. Jesus even gave Thomas the opportunity to touch His scars. Did you notice what Jesus did?

He came to Thomas, and lovingly spoke to him. Jesus didn’t condemn him for his doubts but it is clear that Jesus knew Thomas had doubts. Jesus so loved Thomas that He came to have an intimate time with him.

And now the light bulb in my head comes on.

Jesus, that is what you did for me. I had heard the words of testimony from my Christian friends in graduate school. But I still had doubts. Then on January 21, 1976, You came to me intimately and I believed.

Like Thomas, I proclaim, “My Lord and my God!”

I trust Your testimony. I believe Your Word is true. I am Yours and You are mine.

And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. (John 20:30-31 NKJV)

Posted by: judyhitson | November 26, 2018

Trust God’s Ways

Trust God’s Ways
by Judy Hitson

Isaiah 55:8-9 NASB
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Are you familiar with God’s ways?

When I read, Ps. 103:7 He made His ways known to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel, my heart is gripped for more revelation and understanding on the ways of God.

We need to walk in God’s ways and not our own. The trust factor is the clincher! Let us ask:
Do I trust God’s ways or my ways?
Do I walk in His ways or my ways?
Am I God centered or self centered?
Am I selfless or selfish?

The answers to these questions determine where our trust lies, in God or self.

Many questions come to mind but the bottom line is, God says His ways are higher than ours. He also tells us to set our mind on things above, not on things on the earth, Col. 3:2.

Think about Jesus who did nothing apart from Father, John 15:19b NLT  Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. Let’s think about our lives now and consider  Luke 9:23 NASB And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

This is an example in God’s word to understand one of God’s ways for us as Christians.
Do I deny myself, take up my cross daily and follow Jesus?

While asking God how He made His ways known to Moses, it struck my attention that Moses was alone on the mount with God. This brings to mind our need to spend time alone with God, to hear His voice, learn His ways, then trust and obey Him.

Pray with  me from Exodus 33:13-15NASB:
Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people.”
Thank You Lord that Your presence will go with us and that You will give us rest. Don’t bring us up from here if Your presence doesn’t go with us. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | November 13, 2018

Trust In Your Love

Trust In Your Love
by Kathleen Shore

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a NIV

Like the dawn on the horizon, like the waves upon the shore… Your love keeps coming. Over and over you faithfully pursue me.

With each display, it’s as though your love is brand new. Patient through my dark hours when I don’t feel you, you are even confident in the ebb of empty after your wave that flows over the shore of my heart, keeping me tethered to you…desperate for the more.

You have taught me Father, to know you in the valley, to wait for you in the unknown, and to behold you without seeing you because you have proven yourself true.

While you beautifully pursue me, your love blazes a trail that paves a way for me to come and find you. How kind you are to give me a lifetime of opportunities to respond and give back to you what you love of me…my affection, my attention, my adoration.

How could it be that in my need of your perfect love, I open myself up to being filled with the very love that others need, and I become a conduit of this perfect love to them? I am caught by the recognition of this power source as I observe myself loving with capabilities that are not my own.

And so, my heart rests itself down in your truth proven at the cross. The extravagant delivery of your love of me declares…”I Am Trustworthy!” I find that I am beholding you because I KNOW you. I do not behold you in all things because I always see you…  I simply trust in your unfailing love.

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. (Ps 27:8)

 

 

 

Posted by: judyhitson | October 15, 2018

Trust Jesus as King

Trust Jesus as King
by Judy Hitson

John 18:36 NASB Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”

Do you think in the realm of His kingdom? If so, blessings to grow in His grace and knowledge to know and do your part in the Spirit until He comes.

I hear: “You don’t think in the realm of a kingdom but you need to.”

This hurts Lord, especially after writing on the Kingdom last year.
Lord help me think in the realm of Your kingdom with understanding. Amen.

Then I heard, “And the government will be on My shoulders,” Is.9:6,
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth,” Matt.28:18
“I delivered you from the kingdom of darkness and transferred you to the kingdom of My Son,” Col.1:13

Looking up the word kingdom in Dictionary.com the following stood out to me: “1. a state or government having a king or queen as its head. 5. the spiritual sovereignty of God or Christ. 6. the domain over which the spiritual sovereignty of God or Christ extends, whether in heaven or on earth.

Placing trust in Jesus Christ as King is our primary focus. Look at this powerful word from The Message in Eph.1:21-23 All this energy issues from Christ: God raised him from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.

Our resurrected Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is on the throne in heaven. We hear about it, talk about it, study it. In daily living, let us ask, Am I living Christ trusting Him as King?

He wants to rule from heaven on earth through us in His body, the church, the bride of Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Prayer: Thank You Father in heaven for the exhortation to trust Jesus as King. Confirm Your word to me by Your Spirit that as Jesus called the disciples in Luke 9:1-2, I am called and given power and authority over demons and to heal diseases. Empower me to proclaim the kingdom of God and perform healing. Bless me now to go forth with trust in You Jesus as King and follow You by the Spirit. Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | September 5, 2018

Trust God’s Names

Trust God’s Names
by Judy Hitson

Psalm 29:2 NASB Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in holy array.

How is it possible to tighten up the many names of God found in the Bible for this devotional writing? The following question came to mind and I believe it is from the Lord for us:

When you think of the names of God, is there one that comes to mind right now?

Each of us can fill in the blank and perhaps find the name of God pertinent to our present situation. That is a wonderful thing. Let us be attune to the word of God and the voice of God in regard to His names.

Two names of God came to mind initially, Jehovah Rapha, our God who heals and Jehovah Jireh, our God who provides. These are of utmost importance in my life for ways God heals and provides for me.

Later the word SOZO came to mind and my heart leaped with the reality of God as Savior, Deliverer and Healer. His saving grace provided me with His salvation when I received the life of His Holy Spirit, John 3:5. He delivered me from the kingdom of darkness and transferred me to the kingdom of His beloved Son, Col.1:13. I cried out to the LORD my God for help, and He healed me, Ps. 30:2.

The names of God on a greeting card at Precept Ministries in Chattanooga, TN ministered to the depths of my being as I discovered Hebrew names of God translated to English. I joined a women’s Bible study, “Lord I Want to Know You,” a devotional study on the names of God by Kay Arthur.

Later I joined a local Moms In Touch group to pray for our children and schools.  Again I met with the names of God, His character and His attributes to pray and trust God’s names.

His names confirm His character and tell us who He is. We are blessed to feel secure and hopeful in the presence of God as we consider and pray His names. Gideon when he built an altar to the LORD, named it, Jehovah-Shalom, “The LORD is Peace,” Judges 6:24.

In closing, this verse comes to mind, Colossians 3:4 NASB When Christ who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Let us “ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name”…..

Prayer: O LORD, You are my God;
I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name;
             For You have worked wonders,
Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.
Isaiah 25:1

Posted by: judyhitson | August 9, 2018

Trusting God in Bewilderment

Trusting God In Bewilderment
by Kathleen Shore
“ . . . and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be
accomplished…” But they understood none of these things . . . Luke 18:31, 34 NASB
As I reflected again on ‘Trust In The Lord’ I was flooded with a lifetime of
remembrances dating clear back to my earliest childhood memories.
They were 
sufferings… filled with God’s divine purpose.
– The miracle story of my physical birth
– The death of my earthly father
– Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
Just to name a few…
Then a quiet whisper came like a gentle breeze, “Understanding will never bring you
peace. That’s why I have instructed you to trust in Me, not in your understanding… “As I waited in silence for God to bring His light into my thoughts, I began to
recognize that along the way of my journey, in order to be a manifestation of our
Lord Jesus I had to be changed into His likeness, with ever increasing glory.
And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.
Matthew17:2NASB
Father continues the transfiguration of Jesus in you and I, reproducing His
resurrection power and light through us, to all those peering in on our fiery furnace.
If we will simply behold Him in the midst, each one of us would recognize that we
are being drawn by our life experiences to the highest place with Him, to know Him
in deep intimacy out of desperation and painful trial.
My greatest hour of empowerment came in His moments of transforming me
through suffering, just like my Lord. They were my mount of transfiguration!
Will you trust God and allow Him to lead you “to Jerusalem” for the fulfillment of His
purposes for your life…which He may not explain or even discuss with you?
Rest your bewildered heart down at His feet and pray with me:
     Father, I give myself to You again, right now. I repent of resisting Your
fulfillment for my life because my eyes were fixed on my circumstance. I see where I
have leaned on my own understanding. I fix my eyes on You now. I give myself back
into Your trustworthy arms of love for me. You are my desire. May my life declare
that You are enough. In Jesus name…

 

Posted by: judyhitson | August 9, 2018

Trust God’s Timing

Trust God’s Timing
by Judy Hitson

2 Peter 3:8 NASB But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.

God has much for us to learn about His timing, while our flesh desires instant gratification.

Coming to the Lord as an adult presented a lot of baggage. It reminds me of Lazarus in John 11:44… Jesus said, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” Jesus gave me life but I needed help getting grave clothes off to be free in Christ by His Spirit. There were fears, anxieties, doubts and shame to get off. After receiving the Holy Spirit I hoped for instant transformation, not wanting anyone to know of my past sins. It took time, but praise God who confirmed to my heart I was washed by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. God encouraged me when I heard a hymn by Maranatha titled, “In His Time.”

He gave me a picture through my infant daughter of rapid growth in the first year of life. My first year as a born again Christian, I joined a weekly Prayer group, went to a Women’s Bible Conference and   participated in Bible Study groups. I had visions of teaching and preaching God’s word to large crowds. Then lessons of humility revealed maturity was a process that took time. Flashes through my mind of life experiences burst the bubble of my visions of grandeur. Having more children provided a new lesson to live a quiet life, 1Thess 4:11. As a volunteer Moppets Coordinator with MOPS ministry I wanted to influence young mothers of preschoolers to take in depth Bible Study. However, the Lord taught me through these young mothers the value of being a godly wife and mother as our primary ministries. While I was looking for ministry outside the home, God had lessons for me in our home. He gave me hope in His word, Phil.1:6NKJV being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Now I understand God’s timing from Heb.11:13NASB All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

Prayer: I wait for You LORD, my soul does wait, and in Your word do I hope. (Ps.130:5)

Posted by: judyhitson | June 14, 2018

Trust God with Thoughts

Trust God with Thoughts
by Judy Hitson

Colossians 3:2 NASB Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

Is your mind set on things above?

I confess my thoughts veer on earthly things. There are times this word of exhortation to set our minds on the things above comes to mind with my guilty pleasure of reality TV. Could it be the Holy Spirit wooing me to come aside from earthly things? I believe so.

Pray for me to obey whenever this nudge of the Spirit comes, to set my mind on things above.

One couple I recall coming to minister at our church impressed me as an example of setting their mind on things above. It is Brian Simmons and his wife Candice. He is lead translator of the Passion Bible translation. What I remember about Candice is how God gives her dreams in the night with revelation and understanding to share a word of the Lord with the church.

When my mind is set on things above, I practice the presence of God in sweet communion with Him. This blesses me to hear His voice. His word comes alive speaking to me in personal ways. Clarity comes as I remember to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Cor. 10:5. Discerning our thoughts whether of heaven or earth is key and is possible when we trust God with our thoughts.

When my mind is set on things of earth it draws me to things of earth and away from God. For example when watching TV, I get interested in people’s life choices, talents, relationships and careers. With local and world news I view the world’s perspective of current events. Joy Dawson, Bible teacher and speaker, once said if we watch the news on TV, it is to be a prayer list. That was profound to me. When I heed that exhortation it is a blessing as an intercessor to bring heaven on earth through prayer.

Let us be in fellowship with the Lord to see and hear from His perspective and discern earthly things by His Spirit. We can pray and live in the Spirit wherever we are and in whatever we are doing.

Prayer: Father in heaven, set my mind on things above in Your name Jesus and by Your Spirit to give You pleasure with my trust in You to think with the mind of Christ. (I Cor. 2:16). Amen.

Posted by: judyhitson | June 8, 2018

Trust God for Truth

Trust God for Truth
by Brenda D. Flowers

Jesus said to him, “I am the (only) Way (to God) and the (real) Truth and the (real) Life; 
no one comes to the Father but through Me.                                                                            John 14: 6 (AMP) 

Truth is the opposite of deceit. It is absolute, not able to be changed. The actions that
happened if one could see the actions from every angle and describe the actions without error is truth. Words that come forth from a source that is fully trustworthy are
considered truth.

In a culture of no absolutes, no moral law giver, truth can be ignored or distorted.
Deception reigns.

When caring parents are raising their children, they expect their children to tell them
the truth when asked about actions they did or words they said. Common questions:
“Did you get a cookie out of the cookie jar?
Did you pick up your toys?
“Did you do what you said you would do?”

Innately, good parents usually know when their children are telling the truth.

Why do we, as parents, recognize the importance of truth and warn that there will be
consequences if our children don’t learn to tell the truth? Deep down, could it be that we have been given a moral compass to help us know what is truth?

What happens to people who repeatedly ignore the promptings to seek the real truth?
Do we allow our consciences to be ignored and our hearts to be hardened to the One who can guide us to truth?

There is only one Father, who knows the  real truth. . . our Heavenly Father. Human
beings have a limited perspective. We know in part.

The original sin was man’s choice to believe a lie rather than truth, and to trust in self
over God, taking action against God’s will.

The redemptive storyline of the Bible is God loves you. He sent His Son for you. By
trusting in Jesus as Savior and Lord, God gives us His Spirit to live in us and guide us.
As we seek Him daily, He reveals truth to us through His Word.

Our Heavenly Father loves us so much, He warns us that there are consequences for not telling the truth. He knows children make mistakes, that is why He provided the graciousWay to Truth.

Prayer:  Father, thank you for Your Spirit who will guide us to all truth. May we seek
Truth daily.

Jesus said, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor,-—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you: but if I go, I will send Him
(the Holy Spirit ) to you (to be in close fellowship with You). . .
 

. . . But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth (full and 
complete Truth). For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever Hehears (from the Father—-the message regarding the Son), . . .” 

John 16: 7 & 13 (AMP)

Posted by: judyhitson | May 11, 2018

The Choosing

The Choosing
by Kathleen Shore

“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”
Isaiah 30:15 NIV

What is this resistance? When God gives us the way unto Life and we will not turn from our own way and trust Him.

There is within each of us a daily, even moment by moment, ‘choosing’ taking place.  We may not even realize this is going on inside of us; even more so, how critical it is. This ‘choosing’, however, was fashioned into our very design when God made us – body, soul, and spirit.

God gives us clear defining lines through Galatians 5:16-17 NIV “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.” We may see the war raging all around us in our circumstances and our need to stay in step with Holy Spirit, but it is the war going on inside of us that is the real critical factor.

Again God gives skillful wisdom in Hebrews 4:12-13 NIV “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Why would God do this? Why design us with this war going on inside? Even from the very beginning, God placed a tree in the Garden of Eden (the perfect place) and said, “Do not eat of it…” Here, was the first earthly moment God expressed His desire for us to choose Him instead of our own wants.

This brings Father God the greatest pleasure when we choose Him and His way, over our own mind, will, and emotions (our soul). In doing so, we crown Him King of our lives, and our love relationship grows. Greater still, with every ‘choosing’ we are being transformed! As we choose Him, we die to our flesh, and are made alive into His image with ever increasing glory!

In complete trust and love of Him would you open your heart for Him to search you and know you…to show you if there be any wicked way of resisting Him. Would you lay ‘self’ down and simply ask, “Father, would you show me where I have given my trust to another?

Ask yourself:
– In what or whom do I put my trust?
(My spouse, my titles, earthly gain, or earthly systems of justice)
– Do I find a sense of security in my own will being accomplished?
(Maybe with my children, my siblings, or coworkers)
– Do I find comfort in old habits, addictions…maybe even religious activities that make me feel better about what is going on in my life?

“Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.” Psalm 20:6-8 NIV

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