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Mike I sandwich my day with Bible Study and mediation. I read another One Year Bible program, read a chapter of Proverbs based using the date as my chapter reference, then I read your comments and go to the One-year-bible. On the way home from work I go back to the One-year-bible. I will specifically focus on the things that spoke to me in the morning; however, I read the entire passage. In the evening it helps that my subway commute is longer than an hour and it is a surefire way to de-stress.

II Kings 8-9:13

Perfect Timing love the shop’s name. I have both delivered a word, unknowingly and unscripted to folks around me and I’ve received a message that was not only right on time, but also took my breath away.

I once became very belligerent, I think, to a very attractive woman I had met for the very first time. She showed up with a group of friends who had made a date to visit a museum on Saturday. I was supposed to go; however, something came up and I couldn’t meet them. We were waiting to go into church the following Sunday They were waiting to go to the 11am service and I was hanging out with them but I had plans to attend the service at 1pm.

While they waited to be let it, I focused on this woman whom I had never seen before telling her how it wasn’t God’s desire or plan to for His children to be abused: physically, sexually, mentally, etc. I couldn’t get off of the subject! I saw everyone’s eyes grow large as saucers as I hammered my point across but internally I kept telling myself, “Ramona you need to stop! Are you crazy?” However, I was compelled to continue. I still can’t explain my drive to badger her I only know that I had to do it. They finally went into the 11am service while I continued to hangout and wait until 1pm. While I waited I became alarmed at what I had done and vowed to call the people in the group and apologize and ask them to convey my contrition to this beautiful young lady.

After I got home from the service, I called my friend and began offering my apologies and before I could finish my sentence, the voice on the other end began telling me there was no need to apologize. The group had never made it inside the museum because this beautiful young woman had stopped them across the street from the museum and asked them why they were so happy. After they told them why and where they were from, she began to tell them how miserable she was. She wasn’t an unbeliever, although in a way she was. She was married to an assistant pastor who had physically abused her and she was in despair. Across the street from the museum is a big park with a lot of trails, a zoo and brambles. She was planning to go into the park, find a deserted place and blow her brains out! I was dumbfounded. My friend told me that everyone’s eyes were wide opened because they knew that I didn’t know this young lady’s story, but I did know her story I just didn’t know I was speaking to her as we waited outside the church. I was there early because I had an appointment to keep.

Acts 16:16-40

Ain’t this something demons possessed folks calling out and identifying Gods’ preachers, teachers and evangelists making a past of themselves. I wonder if I was walking along the street and heard this young woman shouting and following known godly men, would I think she were on the up and up or would I recognize that she was demon possessed? I think when someone is heralding a man or woman of God is such a way that is distracting, disturbing and preventing the audience from hearing the gospel and/or interfering with the delivery of the message that person cannot be of God. God does everything decently and in order, He won’t compete with Himself.

Psalm 143:1-12

6 I reach out for you.
I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.

Have I feel the desire and need to hunger and thirst after God? Do I lap up His teachings, His Words, His Presence as a severely thirsty woman of God? If not I will not find what I am looking for according to the Words of Jesus,

Matthew 5:6
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Proverbs 17:26
26 It is wrong to fine the godly for being good or to punish nobles for being honest!

The only way this can happen in a society or group, is when loyalty to people, places and things are more important than loyalty to the Truth. Paul rebuked the church in Galatia for turning away from the Truth and at one point said,

Have I then become your enemy by telling the truth to you and dealing sincerely with you? (Galatians 4:16 AMP)

Grace and peace,

Thank you Mike for this blog. I get up early in the morning and go to the One Year Bible weekly reading, then to Bible panorama commentary, then your blog and comments. I pray sometimes throughout the readings as things or people or conviction occurs. I make coffee sometimes before reading, sometimes after. Then my wife gets up and we share coffee and 2 devotionals before breakfast. She will read first Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling" Enjoying peace in His presence, then read scriptures associated with the reading of the day. Then I will read the daily reading from "Look unto Me" the devotions of Charles Spurgeon and Jim Reimann. Then we will have prayer and I will make breakfast. Really starts our day off good. I'm truly blessed. Alan PS we've been moving about the country since January. We left Florida in January after selling our home there. We're now living in a motorhome. I was so blessed to experience a Sunrise Service on the rim of the Grand Canyon Easter Sunday and so many great experiences in this amazing country. Now we're in Maine. Only a gracious God could have allowed us to accomplish so much in this year. He continues to bless us in so many ways. I'm so humbled.

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