Sunday, January 3, 2021

Planning On Building Any Towers?

If you have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, then I trust you are leaning toward Psalm 37:23, “the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord”, amen? “

The beginning of a new year is always so invigorating! It's a clean slate; a life canvas waiting to be painted. So, who is the artist?

Coming out of the Ark as generations passed, the people forgot what God had delivered them from. Genesis 11 reads that the people gathered, counseled each other, and decided to erect a tower.

They counseled each other?

Why wasn't God invited to their building project plans? If the architect of the Ark kept the remnant safe as God's wrath was poured out on mankind, could he not erect a tower?

Oh, the heart of humans. Sin is so ugly and sometimes we don't see it.

Like eyes accustomed to the dark, we don't want to look toward the light. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)

God's mercy is massive!

As stones were brought forth to begin their project, heads began to shake. Like a bobblehead on the rear window of your car. “Nope, that won’t work.”

They didn't want to use material that God created. Scripture says they baked bricks. They wanted their own hands to construct.

It's the idol of “I”.

As 2021 is unveiled before us what are the plans?

Is there something we want to build? Perhaps there are new roads we want to travel, literally some earth exploration. A new job? A new relationship? Invest in your marriage? Parent those little ones and cause their little hearts to bend toward God. Ministry? Reconciliation perhaps?

What about the thankless list of chores that we do daily? Can we get rid of them? They can be exhausting.

I read a statement today that said do the dishes as if Christ himself was going to eat out of them. Clean the snow covered walk as if his feet were about to walk on it. Wow, I think I just got some energy!

Now that's a perspective!

The generations that came after Noah, gathered together and excluded God from their plans.

Now that's funny! To quote the serial box, “silly rabbit trix are for kids.”

The rabbit may have been silly, but he actually wanted what belong to the children. What is the enemy trying to take away that belongs to you?

We must include God in our ideas. “Acknowledge him in all our ways.” (Proverbs 3)

We must remember the enemy comes to steel, kill, and destroy. (John 10)

Therefore, the place where we make plans must have the Board of Directors present. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit will give us direction. They are the governing body that oversee our every breath.

Let’s not let the enemy pull the wool over our eyes.

They wanted to build something designed by their own hands. There is nothing wrong with creativity. Actually, a creative spirit is a gift from God. His character impressed into us. But when the clay wants to jump off the wheel there is something wrong! It’s the clay telling the Potter what to do.

Lord as the year begins, you who know the end from the beginning, I surrender to you. Lead, guide and illuminate my path. This daughter bends toward her creator. Build and erect your plans for me according to your good pleasure. Amen.

So, what are the plans for 2021?

God bless you!~Liz

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Exasperated?

God's response to sin on the earth after much patience and opportunity for repentance was to end life on earth. Everything destroyed except for Noah, his family and some of his animal creation. 

It’s a difficult thing to imagine.

Sin does not happen overnight. A quick action can turn us from light to darkness in a flash of a moment.

Imagine God had preserved you. What if God called you righteous and preserved you as everything around you died.  

I don't believe Noah was just resting in the Ark.

As the waters are coming down and rising all around him, I wonder what Noah was feeling?

I'm sure the vibrations on the ark walls were frightening. Rain coming down and waters coming up. Debris, trees, animals, Noah’s friends, his neighbors, and enemies all in the midst of the turbulent waters.

His eyes would witness this. Lifeless bodies surrounding the Ark. That which was once rooted now floating all around him.

The same ears that heard the words Noah build an Ark are now flooded with thunder, lightning and the howling of the wind. The silence of the tongues of men coming to and eerie silence.

If his senses were on high alert, did he smell the salt in the water? Was there acidity in the air? Or was it the smell of death that his nostrils inhaled.

Even the odor from a floating zoo was probably better than the smell on the outside. The inside reminded him that there was still life; that God had preserved him.

Holy fear in the midst of the storm! A sovereign God whose mercy had preserved Noah, his family, and a few creatures.

God closes the Ark’s door.

Scripture clearly displays that Noah was in no rush to get out of the Ark.

In Genesis chapter 8, we see that God sent the wind and the waters receded. Noah remained inside.

The floodgates of the heavens were closed. The rain stopped falling from the sky. At the end of 150 days the waters had gone down.

Noah remained inside.

I'm listening Lord.

On the 7th month the Ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The doors remained closed. Slowly the tops of the mountains became visible. 

Can you see the HOPE on the horizon?

After 40 days Noah opened a window.

It's a slow progression with no urgency to go out into a world that had just been judged.

He sent out a raven. He sent out a dove and the dove returned.

He waited 7 more days and He sent out a dove again and this time the bird came back with a freshly plucked olive branch.

Perhaps at this time Noah would be ready to exit the Ark but scripture says he waited 7 more days and sent out the dove again and this time the dove did not return.

This timeline that seems forever reflects Noah’s dependency on God Almighty.

Noah wasn't rushing into anything. He would not move unless he heard God speak.

Too bad we can’t say the same thing universally today about us. Sometimes we cry out to God and we think that God is taking too long.

Our two-minute prayer is expected to return a quick result and in our favor nonetheless. Oh yes, God can answer quickly. But the lesson here is to WAIT on God!


Exasperated in our current situation? It's best to wait until we hear God say, “come out.”

Scripture says that Noah then removed the covering from the Ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry.

What a great time to get out and stretch his legs after all it's been a long stretch, right?

Noah waited for God's direction.

All these long days that turned into weeks and months. Here is Noah inside the Ark.

Countless hours in the presence of God crying out to him and waiting on him to respond.

Exasperated?

That's the position of the believer!  That's the place of the child of God. 

On our face crying out to Almighty God!

When the rain is coming down and the child of God sees no way out, we must remain in prayer submitted to him with a song of praise on our lips.

Then God said to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.” (Genesis 8:15-17)

And there it is! 

Be still and know that I am God! (Psalm 46:10)

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Jeremiah 55:9)

The long wait brought forth the answer from God.

Come out of the Ark!  Yes, you, your family and the creatures I preserved.

That's the answer we wait on.  

My ears are attentive to the Lord.  Speak, Lord.

God bless you!~Liz

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

King of kings and Lord of lords!

The Book of Revelation, how fascinating!  I wish I can say that I fully understand it all, but I do not.

But once again I have been reminded of God’s Love for me! The book opens up stating “blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Praise the Lord!

At the end of the book a description of the Holy City is given. Read with me.

“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:10-14)

Do you see what I see? His story written all over it!

Here we are at the end of the Book and the Lord has us looking backwards.  Just in case we have forgotten how we got here; “the twelve tribes of Israel” written on the gates, “the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” written on the foundations.

We cannot read the end of the book without acknowledging the beginning. God remembers the 12 tribes he remembers the 12 apostles throughout the New Testament, he remembers me!

I know he recalls when I bowed the knee and said yes to him. He remembers my fragile state, my rebellious disposition before I acknowledged that I needed him.

It was his call for me his daughter that changed my life.  A blind woman now with sight! Like the blind man from birth, my mouth and heart exclaim, “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” (John 9:25b)

God knows my trials and the victories he has brought me through. We all come to a crossroad.  He calls and then waits for us to answer. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Our story unfolds. Our lives on the stage of history.  Will you run to the arms of Jesus? God himself waiting for us to acknowledge his great love and mercy toward us.

What will history say about me?  What will it say about you? 

All I have is Jesus!

“Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” (Revelation 19:9)

He is the baby born in a manger.

He is the man on the cross.

He is the one seated at the right hand of the Father. 

“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Revelation 19:6-8)

Check you pulse!  Hear the heart of the Father toward us.  He is coming back!

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.” “On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.” (Revelation 19:11, 16)

Yes, he is the victorious One coming back for his bride!  The redeemed of God. The multitudes in robes of white waiting for his return!

“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9-10)

Fully understand the book of Revelation. No.  But I do see my Savior coming back for me! 

Will you acknowledge his love and sacrifice for you?

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

My soul will magnify your Name!

God bless you!~Liz

Friday, November 6, 2020

It's 12:01AM

Wednesday night Bible study; we reach from today and cross over into Thursday.  

You see our study begins at 11:30pm and ends at 12:15am.  I wanted to welcome the new day in his Word and reflect upon his goodness.  When I see the clock hit the midnight hour the words on my lips are, "great is his faithfulness, his mercies are new every morning."  It's my paraphrase to Lamentations 3:22-23.

Now to bed at 1am.  Thursday seemed like an ordinary day.  The Lord woke me up at 9am.  I ran some errands with my dad and we met at IHOP for some lunch.  What I did not know was that shortly after my dad would finish eating his lunch his body would begin to lean to the right.  He quickly caught my attention and I called out his name. My dad did not respond. 

Great is his faithfulness.

I jumped out of my seat in the booth we were sitting in.  I'm trying to get my dad back into a sitting position but I lack the strength.  I yelled, "someone call 911!"

I called out my dad's name over and over!  A good Samaritan comes to my table and lifts my dad up and lays him on the IHOP floor. I continue to call his name and he is faintly saying "I'm o.k."  

His mercies are new every morning.

The good Samaritan remains with me along with the onlookers and those on the phone with 911.  

We waited for what seemed forever.

My dad is taken to the emergency room.

Life is an interesting rollercoaster. We don't know what lies before us within today, the 24 hours in it.

The Lord ministered to me a few weeks ago to study his Word within the hours of 11:30pm-12:15am for this short season.  Indeed much joy has come to me knowing that I am awake welcoming the new day and giving thanks to God.  Remembering that his great mercies abound!

As my dad laid on the floor all I could do was call on the Name of the One who extends Mercy to me!  Jesus help me!  

I no longer was in a crowd but in a secret place with my Father the Giver of Life! I called on him to keep my dad alive.  I was lost in the Spirit as I cried out to him on the IHOP floor.

Let the crowd hear. Let them witness the power of God.  God's presence is everywhere and the cry of his children ever so close.

Great is his faithfulness - His mercies are new every morning!

I arrived home this Thursday evening tired and thankful.

We must follow up with more doctors but the Great Physician has given us one more day.  A day filled with his mercy.

The good samaritan never left my side.  Thank you Lord for sending him.  I never met him before.  His name is DeeJay.  May the Good Lord bless him abundantly. 

Every morning is an opportunity to thank God before the day even unfolds.  His mercies that he lavishes on us are indeed a river of life-giving strength and breath. 

Thank Father for preserving my dad.

Great is Your Faithfulness to Me!

God bless you!~Liz

Thursday, September 17, 2020

It's daybreak and a new day is about to begin. Are you ready?

It's daybreak and a new day is about to begin. Are you ready?

As the day unfolds and new adventures await, we lean on the Everlasting Arm of the Lord.

What does he say about us? Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1) This is not just for the prophet but for us!

It is a place of trust. A relationship with God who loves me and knows me.

In the early morning before I awake, he is already thinking about me. His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3).

There are roads to discover and mountains to climb and overcome! Great is his faithfulness to me!

Scripture says about Jesus, “Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left [the house], and went out to a secluded place, and was praying there.” (Mark 1) 

I will do the same and I will meet with you!

Abraham got up early in the morning to follow out the instructions of the Lord. ““Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” (Genesis 22)

His obedience is noted. For 3 days (3 sunrises if you will) he walked until he came to the place the Lord told him to go. It was an appointment with God. It was a voluntary act of worship, a burnt offering unto the Lord.

This time he was called to surrender all, including his own son, the son whom the promise was to come.

Obedience is what we see in the heart of Abraham. I wonder what he was thinking as he walked for 3 days. Doubt and disobedience was not in his mind because his actions proved otherwise.

The Lord says of Abraham, “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” V12

Would the Lord say that of me? What is daybreak bringing?

Because Abraham would not hold anything from God, this is what the Lord does.

It is a revelation that was birth from obedience. Its provision that came through a surrendered heart.

It's daybreak and a new day is about to begin. Are you ready?

“Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” V13-14

David cried out, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you,” (Psalm 63:1a)

God satisfies!

A singular focus kept Abraham’s eyes on the Lord.

It's daybreak and a new day is about to begin. Are you ready?

Lord help us to lean on you, trust and believe.

Jehovah-Jireh is only one description of who you are.

You are Faithful, Good, Everlasting, Generous, Kind, Mighty, Powerful, Strong, My Deliverer and My Savior!

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32)

Be encouraged.

It's daybreak and a new day is about to begin. Are you ready?  Great is his faithfulness to me!

God bless you!~Liz

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Lord Gives and the Lord Takes Away

Brokenness and pain don't always make appointments.

When I woke up this morning I did not know that my heart would be crushed.  Most of you know I love four beautiful cats.  Mercy, Grace, Savannah-Hope and Kya-Joy.  

I thought Grace was being silly and sleeping in the middle of my bedroom hallway.  Sadly when I went to get her attention, she was lifeless.

The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord!

To my knowledge she was not sick.  She was eating and drinking normally.  She was 9 years young.

My prayer to the Lord has always been that when he chose to take their breaths away, that they would not suffer.  For that I am grateful to the Lord.

My Lord will mend my heart.

God bless you!~Liz

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

He is Here | Never Alone

Early this year I contacted a friend and asked her if she wanted to study the Word of God together.

During the Coronavirus quarantine the threat of isolation threatened our gathering.

God is so amazing!

As people became more and more isolated, God used technology to bring us back together. While the world was being divided and isolated God was doing something incredible with us.

The Bible study moved from house to house to handheld devices and computers.

I'm so thankful that we are never alone. Indeed, the Holy Spirit visited us every week as we opened up his Word together. There is so much to testify about. Indeed as we stood connected to the Vine the fruit was being produced.

What have you done during your isolation?

The Apostle John received a revelation from God while alone on the island of Patmos and wrote the Book of Revelation.

Elijah in his encounter with fear flees to Horeb and hides himself. He wanted to die but the Angel of the Lord ministered to him and told him to get up and eat. He would not allow Elijah to sulk, be depressed or be afraid. When he thought he was alone, the Lord showed him that he had reserved 7,000 prophets in Israel who had not bowed the knee to Baal.

We're never really alone.

When Jesus was in the garden knowing that he would be put to death his disciples instead of praying fell asleep. But Jesus’ relationship with the Father strengthened him for the task ahead.

Governments can tell us to stay home. Prison and false accusations can try to separate us from God. Fear can try to diminish us to nothing and friends can leave us.

But the God who knows the end from the beginning and the one who has the Book of Life in his hand has promised never to leave us alone. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

I praise the Lord Jesus!

He said, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I go, I will send him unto you.: (John 16:7 ASV)

Indeed, during this time of quarantine, he has visited us, taught us, comforted us and assured us of His Presence with us.

The Comforter has no walls. When he is invited, he shows up. He is the great Teacher reminding us always about Jesus. He is the third person of the Trinity and he loves us. He does not need walls to minister life to us. Yes, he has called preachers and teachers (Eph. 4:11) but likewise that hearts of men would surrender to the teaching and instruction from the Word of God.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” (2 Timothy 2:15-16)

So if you're shut in or shut out like the Apostle John or Elijah ask the Holy Spirit to come and encourage, deliver and teach you. God is faithful!

If you listen attentively you will hear the Lord whisper just like Elijah. Let the noise be quieted and your heart be stilled. He is here and he desires to talk with you.

“The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” (1 Kings 19:11) “When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.” ( I Kings 19:13)


Can you feel the wind of his Spirit?  I did.

God bless you!~Liz