Thursday, November 3

He's Calling Us!

Hey guys! I get this daily prayer thing on email from my sister's church back home....thought I would share today because it's pretty relevant to what we talked about last night!! Enjoyed worshipping with you all - have a great day!!

“For you shall go out [from the spiritual exile caused by sin and evil into the homeland] with joy and be led forth [by your Leader, the Lord Himself, and His Word] with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12 (AMP)

Lord, there is no beauty and joy in the desolate places of separation from you. Yet so many of us have found ourselves there, broken and alone, seeking to find something or someone to lead us out. Perhaps we found temporary joy or solace in people, activities, or even substances, but those joys always vanished like mirages in the vast desert wasteland where we lived. But it was there we found you. When there was nothing else left, we heard you calling us from the hills above us. As we stepped cautiously toward you, like a glorious moment of reunion, the hills suddenly broke forth into singing and the trees applauded and cheered! We had found our way home!May we never forget Lord, the glorious day you led us forth from our places of exile and into the promised land of eternity with you. And on those days when we are weak or discouraged and look back, may your Word and your presence shift our eyes to the hills once more. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

“I lift up my eyes to the hills--where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)

2 Comments:

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Stacy,

Here are five verses from Isaiah that I thought tied in so well with the prayer.

Isaiah 42:09-10

9 I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
11 "All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.
12 Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.
13 For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Guys,
God is calling each of us by name. How awesome is that! It doesn’t matter where you are even if you are in the farthest corner of the earth, He has called you. He will take your hand and tell you not to fear. We just have to humble ourselves and reach out to Him, totally yielding EVERY piece of our heart to Him.

 
At 3:20 PM, Blogger Bryce said...

Hey, this is something I was thinking about after last night's sermon that goes with what you're saying too. I think God's speaking:)

What are the things in your life that you "need" in order to feel like you are valuable? There are a million things that Satan tries to use in order to lure our focus from God - to put our desires on something besides Christ. In John Eldridge's awesome book, Wild At Heart, John makes a point that men need affirmation that they, "have what it takes," to be successful in life. We often look at our father figures to provide us with that affirmation, if they don't then men look at other places - careers, sports, women - desparately searching to be affirmed. As Christians, you and I must look beyond this world, beyond Satan's traps and look to our Father in heaven - the One who gives the ultimate affirmation that every human being was created to long for, "Well done good and faithful servant, enter into the kingdom of heaven."

Where are you seeking to be affirmed? On this earth, where everything is ultimately meaningless (see Ecclesiates) and will go away, or from the throne room of heaven? I'll have to be honest, being in college has been really tough on me. It is so demanding of my time in order to do a good job that it has become one of the places where I oftentimes seek to be affirmed by my grades. Over the past year, and especially in the past month, God has been refocusing my heart on Him to be ultimately affirmed by Him. To hear Jesus say, "Well done," that's my focus, what is yours?

 

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