God at Work: Infused by the Spirit

Well it has been amazing time for me physically & spiritually. My Meniere’s Disease seems to be so controlled that the ringing in the left ear is a lot less. Fellow Christians have told me many times that no matter what you are going through, give it to God & he will take care of it. Now that can be a very hard but easy thing to do. There have been many times instantly I wanted to get mad at the disease. But right away I pray for God to give me strength. Each day can be a challenge because after all we are human & the flesh tends to react for us.  But remember that God does hear your prayers & is always fighting for you, more than you can ever imagine.

Then on Sunday December 7,2014 I was Baptized in the Atlantic Ocean. One may think I was nuts to pick the cold time of year. I live in Florida so I read the water was about 75° with the air being 67° & it was really windy. But when God speaks to you, you don’t question it. When the water first touched my feet it was not nearly as cold as I thought it would be. Also you hear how doves represent the Holy Spirit, well since I’m in Florida I guess it took the form of a seagull that flew by. I didn’t see it till I looked back at a picture. I felt so blessed & still do.

My hope for you & your illness is that you realize you are not alone physically & spiritually. God is always listening & there are many support groups for Meniere’s. I administer 2 on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Vertigosux/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/121056944646365/

You’re more that welcomed to join. If you don’t mind though please let me know either by leaving a comment below or a Facebook message. Sadly there are many spammers & I try to screen them out.

Hope you have a wonderful & blessed day.

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God at Work: Infused by the Spirit

by Henry and Richard Blackaby, Being Still with God Every Day

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Editors Note: This is an excerpt from Being Still with God Every Day. In this 366-day devotional, each day features a scripture and a short, meaningful devotion to set minds and hearts on practical, godly living every day of the year.

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There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout… and the Holy Spirit was upon him. – Luke 2:25

When God is at work in the lives of believers, His Spirit of wisdom and truth infuses them with insight and understanding that come directly from Him. Simeon is a case in point…

The Holy Spirit had revealed to Simeon that “he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (v. 26). When the Spirit led Simeon to go to the temple one day, Simeon obeyed—and God fulfilled His promise.

Mary and Joseph arrived with the holy Child, and Simeon was privileged to hold the young Jesus. “My eyes have seen Your salvation,” Simeon sang his praises to God (v. 30). The older man blessed the Babe whose life would change the course of history…

The longer we serve God — and Simeon had served Him for decades — the more intimately acquainted with Him we become. When God has access to our heart, mind, and soul through years of fellowship and worship, He allows us to see more of His activity and to be more involved in His miraculous work. Stay alert! God is at work all around you!

Excerpted with permission from Being Still with God Every Day by Henry Blackaby and Richard Blackaby, copyright Thomas Nelson 2014.

Have Faith

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God is always with us even in our toughest times. For me that is when Meniere’s & allergies act up. I just pause & pray for him to calm my heart & remember this will pass. I praise God everyday that for the most part my severe vertigo is controlled. Can’t even remember when I had a full blown attack lasting more than 8hrs. Still have some challenges which seem to be link to my airborne allergies issues. That may take some time to find the right treatment. But God is good no matter what & know I will be ok.

Hope everyone has Blessed & spin free day!

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God Often Leads Us Through Trouble, Not Around

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I really needed this message from God this week. Once again am dealing with another sinus infection. Missed 2 days of work last week because of the vertigo keeping me from driving. Now half way thru my antibiotics & the right cheek on my face still hurt. What can I do? Well pray & give all of your worries to God. Everything will be ok.

God Often Leads Us Through Trouble, Not Around
By Kevin Malarkey from http://www.faithgateway.com

“A choice faces us every time we are in a mess, entrapped in sin, or confronting our enemy in the world: Will I believe that God can find me here and find a way forward in the mess or will I harden my heart, protect my pride, and simply wish I were somewhere else?”

Keep yourself open to some amazing possibilities. No question, Satan is at work trying to destroy, but God is at work too. He has an alternative purpose in the worst things we face. He’s a specialist at taking the darkest day and turning it into something beautiful in your life. This is exactly what the Bible is all about. God is a savior – the Savior. Most times His salvation takes a path we didn’t anticipate, and almost always it’s through, not around, our problems… and only when we yield our hearts and surrender our wills to Him. We’ve all had what might be referred to as a “Red Sea” moment – our backs against the wall, where every option seems to lead to disaster – but how about the real thing? Several million people without any ability to defend themselves and the army of Pharaoh bearing down on them with one purpose: slaughter. The Red Sea stood to their backs like a prison wall. There was nothing to do but wait for the inevitable. The people cried out against Moses, and Moses cried out to God for mercy, for help, for salvation. How big are your problems? Impossible? Insurmountable? A complete disaster? Gut-wrenchingly hard? This isn’t necessarily the bad news. When the scale of our troubles is beyond our abilities to do anything about them, God has the perfect opportunity to teach us something important. It’s as if God allows the trauma to escalate until we are forced to rely on Him.

“When God is our only answer, we are right where He wants us.”

And, again, remember His path is almost always through the trouble, through the bitter circumstances, through the impossible relationship, through the deep water, not the easy path around our troubles… just like it was for the Israelites. God opened the sea before His chosen people and they walked through the midst of the waters, on the sea bed, to the other side. This is what God will do for you and for me, if we let Him. Without fail, God will take our struggles, our problems, our trials and make them the place where He does His work – we just need to be open to it. This is the powerful and important message of Romans 8:28:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

Did you catch that – “all things”? That includes the worst stuff your life has dished up to you, including the worst circumstances you’ve gotten yourself into. God says those things will work together for good. It’s hard to accept, but will you believe what God is saying here? Will you give Him your worst and let Him make something good out of it? He will manifest His power in the middle of your mess.

“It’s not about desiring to get away from your circumstances but drawing near to God in the middle of them.”

When we come to the place where we are willing to give God our struggles, burdens, trials, messes, it’s a place of great release. Have you ever been under water for too long and then finally made it to the surface? Surrendering to God is like that, and He wants us to breathe in the life-giving air. I’m guessing it’s a lot like the Israelites felt when they made it to the other side of the Red Sea. But God didn’t want them to stop their journey. They still had a long way to go… and so do you and I.

“God never covers us with His mercy only to leave us.”

It’s just one stop on the journey – a great place to rest and get our bearings – but He has something more for you and me. And everything in us is going to resist it because, humanly speaking, it’s unnatural, ugly even. But when we see this step through the eyes of the Spirit, something that was at first repulsive becomes a thing of breathtaking beauty. Determine to live through your struggles rather than around them.

Action Step

Try not to eliminate struggle, but ask God to help you discover His purpose in it.

Prayer

Lord, please forgive me for constantly running from You at the times when I need You most. Remind me of the times You have rescued me in the past. Thank You for showing me in the Bible where You did the same for your people. Help me realize that all life events are not about me and that there is much going on that I do not understand or even see. Most importantly, God, please help me remember that when You say all things will work together You are talking about Your perfect plan for eternity and not my immediate need for comfort. Thank You for including me in your plans, and give me wisdom and insight so that I can play my role as You have designed it for me. Excerpted with permission from A Beautiful Defeat by Kevin Malarkey, copyright Thomas Nelson, 2014.

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Your Turn

Everyone wants a way out of difficulty, rescue from the struggle, freedom from heartbreak. Have you ever prayed that God would help you through trouble instead and bring redemption as only He can do? Come join the conversation on our blog! We would love to hear from you about your beautiful defeat! ~ Devotionals Daily

Hope For Today.

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Hope For Today.

As the work week ends & I’m sit here typing with a headache while I’m waiting to have my car’s oil changed. The smell of new tires in the lobby always bothers me. I’d go outside but it’s like 90 degrees & humid. As the headache gets worse it is making me a little dizzy. One of many challenges a Meniere’s patient goes through. It not easy even with God on your side. As humans we tend to close up & start feeling a little anxiety which makes you feel worse. But you have to remember God has your back & it won’t last forever. There are so many people that just fight to take a breathe. I can’t imagine what it feels like to hear you have something like terminate cancer.
I know it hard in the moment to find something positive but the best thing you can do is pray for God to give you comfort & strength. He will always hear your cries.