Thirst No More!

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The other day my son and I went to a fast food restaurant  for some drinks. He had the Strawberry Limeade and I had a Vanilla shake.  He was done with his drink in no time and was talking about how much ice was in the cup and how he was still thirsty.

I was thinking to myself that he should have gotten a shake, because while you have to suck your head off to finally get it through the straw, it sure lasts longer than the soda.  The shake was great, but upon finishing it, I found that I needed something to drink after it… (I was thinking about the Strawberry Limeade and wondering if I should have ordered it!)

While we temporarily satisfied our original thirsts, it was not long before we were thirsty again.  I thought about John 4:13-14 where Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman at the well:

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

There are many things in life that people “thirst” for wealth, power, fame, etc…. material things. When they finally get what they are looking for, what they have been chasing, they find out that what they were seeking is only a temporary satisfaction.  Then they need to find that next thing to satisfy and the cycle continues…

Brothers and Sisters, let us drink from the Living Water that is Jesus.  Start your day with Devotion and Meditation on the Word, Pray often, Pray without ceasing!  This New Year make a commitment to spend more time with Him, because He is returning soon and we must be ready to meet Him.

Only He can satisfy and only He can quench your thirst!

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod….Blessings!

If Christ Had Not Come….

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A few years ago a striking Christmas card was published, with the title, “If Christ had not come.” It was founded upon our Saviour’s words, “If I had not come.” The card represented a clergyman falling into a short sleep in his study on Christmas morning and dreaming of a world into which Jesus had never come.

In his dream he found himself looking through his home, but there were no little stockings in the chimney corner, no Christmas bells or wreaths of holly, and no Christ to comfort, gladden and save. He walked out on the public street, but there was no church with its spire pointing to Heaven. He came back and sat down in his library, but every book about the Saviour had disappeared.

A ring at the doorbell, and a messenger asked him to visit a poor dying mother. He hastened with, the weeping child and as he reached the home he sat down and said, “I have something here that will comfort you.” He opened his Bible to look for a familiar promise, but it ended at Malachi, and there was no gospel and no promise of hope and salvation, and he could only bow his head and weep with her in bitter despair.

Two days afterward he stood beside her coffin and conducted the funeral service, but there was no message of consolation, no word of a glorious resurrection, no open Heaven, but only “dust to dust, ashes to ashes,” and one long eternal farewell. He realized at length that “He had not come,” and burst into tears and bitter weeping in his sorrowful dream.

Suddenly he woke with a start, and a great shout of joy and praise burst from his lips as he heard his choir singing in his church close by:

“O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;

Come and behold Him, born the King of Angels,

O come let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord.”

Let us be glad and rejoice today, because “He has come.” And let us remember the annunciation of the angel, “Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people, for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10, 11).

“He comes to make His blessing flow, Far as the curse is found.”

May our hearts go out to the people in heathen lands who have no blessed Christmas day. “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and SEND PORTIONS TO THEM

FOR WHOM NOTHING IS PREPARED.” (Neh. 8:10).

I hope you enjoyed this repost taken from my devotional for today http://streamsinthedesert.nicheblogger.net/2012/12/25/streams-in-the-desertdecember-25-2/

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Until later,

I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod!

The Do Over

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Today I posted on my Facebook page that at 8:17 AM I was already looking for a do over.  It was really a crazy morning at work and on a  Monday, it’s pretty much expected.  I’m also battling a cold so that doesn’t help either.

I miss that childhood innocence that if you don’t like what you’ve just done, or if the result of whatever you are participating in is not to your liking that you can just shout “do over!” and give it another try.

So today I left work after my morning meeting, ate some soup, and got back in bed.  I was thinking that this is about as best as I can get for a do over today.  But after I got real with myself and stopped whining (the whole world is coming to an end when I’m sick!) I realized that through Christ, I have gotten the biggest do over ever!

As I think of the man I was and look at the man I have become, I am truly thankful! Mind you this do over came with its share of pain to myself and others but nothing compares to the ultimate price  our Savior paid so that we can have a chance for a do over of our sinful life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 states:  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 What a privilege it is to have this opportunity! Jesus gave us the ultimate do over and  I am so thankful for it!  That is why I do my best to live like Matthew 6:33  says: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Jesus gave His life for me so I feel that the least I can do is try to live this life the best I can….I know I can never repay Him, but the least I can do is try to do His work and His will, with the do over He gave me….

Blessings friends! I pray everyone who reads this is blessed and impressed to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior and accept His gift of the do over!

Until later…I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod!

Blessings…

Dwayne

Prayer Changes Things…

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To my friends and readers..Peace and Blessings. It’s been a few busy weeks since my last post, but thank God some of the madness has calmed down and I am back to the blog.  It’s funny that sometimes I have something in mind I want to write…but then sometimes there is something He wants me to write. Tonight is one of those nights.

To those who much is given, much is required.  I speak from experience when I say this, as I was appointed a Manager’s position at work in the last few weeks and my work doubled overnight!  I literally went from working 8 hours a day to at least 10 in the office and another 2 hours when I get home.  Don’t get me wrong – this is a great opportunity, it’s challenging, and I am accomplishing a great deal.

The Lord works in mysterious ways. When He has a plan for you, there is no way anyone can change it. For the most part, you can’t even mess it up.  A series of events occurred that caused me to be in this position.  I won’t go into all the details, but know that God can move things and people out of your way in order to bring you your blessing.

I say this to say that someone out there may be working at a job or in a position for a long time and you may feel that no one sees what you do, cares what you do, or sees your worth. I am here to tell you God sees you so don’t be discouraged. If you want things to change, all you need to do is pray, believe, and trust the Lord to take care of things for you.  It may not be overnight, but in His time you will be recognized and things WILL change.

I read in my devotional yesterday that sometimes God locks all doors except one, so that you won’t go through the doors that will not take you where God wants you to go and so that you can only pass through to where he wants you to be. Many times we have plans for ourselves, but God has His plans for us.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

John 14:27 says “…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Friends, Prayer is the key to all things and prayer changes things.  Go to the Lord and make the desires of your heart known to him and he will hear your prayers and answer them according to His will.  When you truly trust and truly believe in Jesus Christ our Lord you will see Him make moves and changes in your life.  I pray you stay encouraged and not discouraged and that you challenge His promises and see if  he doesn’t make moves for you.

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod!

Blessings,

Dwayne

Breaking Down Walls

“…Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.” Joshua 6:16

Many have heard the story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho. Some of us sang the song in Vacation Bible School  “Joshua fought the battle of Jericho and the walls came a tumbling down!”

Jericho was a big city, an impenetrable city, ten story walls…a Generals nightmare strategically.  No way to sneak up on it, No way to get past its walls. To look on that city from the outside must have been something.

The Lord promised Joshua that the city would be his. His if he trusted God, was faithful, and followed His instruction. In the Old Testament there are so many times where God gave instructions and they were to be followed to the letter, the exact measurement.  God is very specific, he doesn’t leave room for our interpretation.  He takes care of it all.

It must have taken great faith for Joshua and his army  to follow God’s instruction.  They were commanded to walk and circle around the city once a day for six days. Blowing their trumpets but they were ordered not to speak a word until they day they were told.

On the Seventh day, they circled the city seven times, and the last time around, the  seven trumpets sounded and the army was given the command to shout and the walls of Jericho came crashing down!

Friends, how faithful are we to trust the same God? We need that faith! What ever “walls” we have in our life – problems, addictions, whatever….We need to follow God’s Word, follow the instructions to the letter and wait on him to tell us when to shout for victory!

The same God who defeated Jericho, will defeat the Jericho’s in our lives if we only let him.  We need to trust, believe, and listen and the victory will be ours!

Stay encouraged and not discouraged and know that God is on your side.  Make you needs and desires known to Him and he will listen and tell you when to shout.

Be blessed! Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod!