Tag: God

Deserts And Showers

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

Isaiah 55:10 says, “as the rain comes down… from heaven.” The flow of life comes from heaven to earth. The earth can appear green for a while, but without the blessing of rain from heaven, it will ultimately end up barren. In the same way, it may seem like we can go without God in our lives, and we appear okay. Things might seem okay for a while, but in the end, our life will be dry and dead. Life without prayer and communion with God is like the earth without rain. Without God’s blessing from heaven, your earthly life is going to dry up. It doesn’t matter what you have: money, earthly love, sexuality, and even marriage without God, it all dries up, anything without God dries up. Even your ministry without God will become dry. So seek the Lord, turn your heart, your mind, and your strength back to heaven. Receive the waters of the Spirit. He will make your life and your walk come alive again as never before, because without prayer, without Him, it’s like earth without heaven.

Today’s Mission
Today, take time in God’s presence and ask Him to shower you with His life. Soak up the waters of the Spirit into your heart.

by Jonathan Cahn

When God Changes Your Plans

Carter Conlon90x115by Carter Conlon

Good ideas are not always “God ideas.” We see this in the life of the apostle Paul: “Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them” (Acts 16:6-7).

Just as it happened with Paul, a sincere disciple of Christ, it can happen with all of us. We may want to go certain places and do certain things, expecting God to go with us. However, sometimes the pathways we choose for our lives during a particular season may not actually be the pathway of God for us.

Paul had a vision of a man appealing to him to come to Macedonia and help them (16:9). “Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them” (16:10). So, although Paul had had different plans, he and his company headed off to Macedonia. On the way they ministered to a group of women meeting for prayer. One of them was an influential part of the community and “she and her household were baptized” (16:15).

Next, they encountered a demon-possessed slave girl and when she was delivered, her masters seized Paul and Silas and had them beaten and thrown into prison (16:22). This serves as a reminder that we have no guarantee that we will get a pass through trials and trouble. In fact, sometimes obeying the will of God will actually get us into trouble. But God’s plans are always far superior to our own.

In prison, Paul and Silas sang praises to the Lord and witnessed to the jailer, who in turn was transformed and baptized along with his entire family (16:33). And just think, all this started with a man appearing to Paul when he was praying at night, saying, “Come and help us.

The power of God is always found where the Spirit leads you. Today I implore you to have the courage to say, “Lord, I do not want to live simply for my will. What would you have me do? Where do you want me to go? Let your will be done in my life.” Then watch God do miracles!

by Carter Conlon