God, did You bring me this far just to …

God, did You bring me this far just to …

Sovereignty of God,Exodus 14:1-4, Stress,Romans 8:28,inductive study,bj lawson

Your car is broken down and you don’t have the money to get it fixed. The company is laying off  workers. Your daughter is pregnant, but she is not married. Your marriage is coming apart. The list could go on and on, but you know the sort of pain I am talking about.

God, did you bring me this far just to destroy me and embarrass me?

The answer is no, He did not. Regardless of what you are facing, God is able to use the ugliness of life as fertile soil for the beautiful roses of His grace.

So, next time your world is coming apart, REST!

R – Remember God is sovereign.

I know you are tempted to say “amen” and go on. But, stay with me for a moment. It is easy to amen to the sovereignty of God when someone else is in trouble, and much harder when my own world is collapsing.

What does it mean that God is sovereign?

It means God controls the circumstances. Remember when the Israelis came out of Egypt? God lead them to the Red Sea (Exodus 14:1-4). He even told them exactly where to camp. God then brought the Egyptian army in behind them. With the Red Sea in front and the greatest army in that day behind them, they were trapped.

They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness?…” (Exodus 14:11). Can you feel the stress in their cry? Their circumstances are about to kill them, or at least the stress might give them a heart attack.

Moses’ response is what we really need to pay attention to. “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord” (Exodus 14:13) Let me paraphrase that for you, relax and watch what God does.

What are circumstances that are stressing you out?

Remember, God is the God of and over circumstances. So, relax.

E – Exhale

I wanted to say breathe deep but E fit better with the REST acronym, so I went with exhale.

Breathing deep and exhaling slowly has a tremendous calming effect on the body and the soul. It slows the pace and gives you a moment to focus. Take a moment and control your breathing by inhaling slowly through the nose and exhaling slowly through the mouth. There is nothing especially spiritual about this, but it is effective.

S – Seek Seek the hand, the presence of God in the circumstances.

God is the God of revelation, He makes Himself known. Sometimes Christians have this idea that we discover God or His will. In Scripture God is not hiding, He is revealing. The whole universe declares His glory (Psalm 19:1).

If Israel had only paused for a moment they would have seen that God was about to glorify His name. “…I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD…” (Exodus 14:4)

Look at the circumstances which are causing you so much stress and ask God to reveal Himself in them.

T – Trust – Trust God

Whatever is going on God is going to use it for your good and His glory (Romans 8:28).

The children of Israel panicked even though they had the promises of God.

They were being led by God’s prophet, the promises to Abraham were part of the national consciousness, and they had all witnessed the miracles of God which plagued the Egyptians.

But, they refused to trust in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Notice I said refused. They had plenty of evidence of God’s power and of His love, but they made the conscious decision to refuse to see the hand of God in their circumstances instead of the God of the circumstances.

How are you doing in the stress causing situations you are facing? Are you RESTing in God or panicking in your circumstances?

When the stressors are present, REST! Ask God to let you see His hand at work in your circumstances and let Him increase your faith.

Instead of “Oh no! How am I going to fix this?” cry out to God and ask “Oh wow! What are You going to do God? And then REST.

We are to be sensitive to God’s voice, respond to it in obedience and to experience God’s rest!
What Are You Afraid Of?

What Are You Afraid Of?

kay arthur

photo courtesy of precept ministries international

Do you ever feel like the news is NEVER good?

The terror in Boston, MA. The explosions in West, TX. The poison Ricin that was mailed to the President and a Congressman. North Korea threatening, Syria falling, and Iran going nuclear. Everywhere you turn it seems someone has a serious illness, is getting laid off, or is losing their home. Each day seems to bring fresh reasons for fear. Fear may have even taken a foothold in your life.

The real question is, can you even imagine a life without fear? Fear will always be a part of our life, but it doesn’t have to control us. In Jesus, we have the all powerful, sovereign Lord over all creation and all of life’s circumstances.

If you have ever gasped for breath, been paralyzed unable to move forward in life or felt the hair on your neck stand on end as the result of having been gripped by fear’s icy fingers, please continue reading in order to break free from fears or to help someone else break free.  Click here to read more — > http://goo.gl/KN63D



Looking Back – Moving Forward – Making an Impact!

Looking Back – Moving Forward – Making an Impact!

Looking Back, Precept Ministries, Kay Arthur, Bible study

A couple of years ago my word for the New Year was Intentional. Although I have a new word for this year (which I will share with you in another post) I learned how important it is to be intentional about life. The end of one year and the beginning of the next is a great time to evaluate where you’ve been and where you are going. In order to be the most effective in 2013 I must: take a look back, ask myself some questions, evaluate the answers, tweak my direction if need be, and move forward according to God’s leading. (more…)

In the Beginning, Part 1

In the Beginning, Part 1

precept ministries, inductive bible study,bible study


When the decision was made to do Genesis this fall I was a little bummed. After all how many times do you need to study creation? I already knew what God created and when, what else is there to learn? But as usual, God spoke and reality set in – There is always something to learn in scripture no matter how many times you study it. I found that we/I are so familiar with the first verses of Genesis that we don’t give them the attention they deserve. So with that said I am going to share some thoughts from Genesis 1:1-5.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. – Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God ….  

The name for God here is Elohim – “el” means mighty, strong; the “im” ending is a plural ending, but has a singular verb. God (plural) created. So what? You may ask. The trinity (God, Son and Holy Spirit) was present at creation!  Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:2)  Jesus – John 1:1-4, 14-18; Heb 1:1-3; Col1:15-17, Rev 4:11 (more…)

Love Does Not Define God …

Love Does Not Define God …

precept ministries, kay arthur, loving God and others

Looking at “Loving God and Others”  I was reminded that love does not define God, rather God defines love. As believers, the Holy Spirit resides in us; therefore we should be the expression of the love of God. It is not enough to simply tell others “I love you”; we demonstrate it by meeting their needs.

We had a need, salvation, and God met that need by sending His Son. It always amazes me that despite all we did, do, or will do, God still loves us. But even sweeter than that is realizing that God sent His Son and He took our sins on the cross, died for us, and all despite the pain and suffering we caused Him, He wants to be an intimate part of our life. Now that is HUGE!  (more…)

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