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A Cruise to Nowhere

I read a story awhile ago about a cruise you could buy to go nowhere. You purchase your ticket and get on the ship, which then takes you out to sea where you travel around in circles for three or four days. You eat, sleep and play away your time and end up at no specific designation but right back to where you began your journey.

It is humorous, yet sad. It reminds me of the way many of us choose to live our lives. We won’t slow down long enough to ask God to show us what He created us to be doing, and then get the plan of how to begin to do it. Proverbs 28:18 reads, “Where there is no vision (no redemptive revelation of God), the people perish; but he who keeps the law of God, which includes that of man)—blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.” In our society, we are taught to foster what I call a “me”ism mentality. Think of yourself first, what you want and how much you can escape by getting others to do it all for you.

When my children were teenagers, they had a friend whom I would often hear them complaining about. Every time they go out as a group, he would say he wanted to come but he didn’t have any money. Kindly, one of the others (sometimes one of mine), would pitch in and pay his way. He would come along and hang out with the group as long as someone else footed his bill. When the kids began to catch on to him, he left them for better pickings. The sad thing is that he probably had more money in his pocket than most of the others that were willing to bless him.

Where does such an individual as this grow to, always expecting others to make their way for them, thinking someone else is responsible to make them happy? They are going around in circles.

It is important to set goals, have a vision and then make a plan to get there. God has great blessings along the way for us as we move forward. Never wait for someone else to come along and make things happen for you in your life. Get moving forward towards a goal.

If you constantly feel you need to be affirmed to go forward, you will only move by a few inches upon occasion. To achieve, you must give up affirmation. Let God be the one to affirm you. Affirmation of man is as illusive as the wind, here one day and gone tomorrow. You cannot base a vision upon the words of man. Analyze your gifts and talents, your desires and dreams. Dust them all off. Don’t be afraid to look at this! Remember, where there is no vision, you perish. Oh, you may not physically wither up and die, but inside, where no one sees but you and God, you know you are not truly living. Inside is where you die.

I challenge you today my friend! Arise on the inside! Come to life! Embrace the vision that God has created you to do! Don’t get sad and despondent, and start confessing, “I can’t do it.” God says nothing is impossible with Him. I think when God says nothing, He means it! Take time today to talk to God about every detail of what is rolling in your mind and spirit. There is a clear designated goal and plan, a vision, He has for you!

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The Unfinished Job

Deuteronomy 8:7-9 reads “For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper.”

Doesn’t this blessing of the Lord sound terrific! The catch is that God didn’t just put it into their hands. The Israelites had to go in and conquer it. God said this land was theirs, the brooks and springs, valleys and hills plus the wheat, etc., where there would be no lack. Scripture tells us that they did go in and conquer a lot of what God had promised them but they did not conquer all that He had told them He had given them.

When I look at this passage of Scripture, I have to take a long hard look at myself. Let’s do a self-evaluation today. First let’s look at finances and ask ourselves a few questions. Am I tithing and giving as the Word of God says I should be? Am I remembering that God promised to rebuke the devourer for my sake if I would obey Him in my giving? Am I spending too much of my salary on things I really don’t need? Am I buying on credit when I should save for things I want? Am I saving or am I spending as fast as I can get it?

Oh well…, let’s move right along. Let’s address the health issue next. Am I eating my way into my grave? Am I careful about fat grams and sugar intake? Do I have a good understanding of what I should and shouldn’t be eating? Am I exercising other than lifting my hand to put some food into my mouth? And if I am exercising, am I really pushing or am I babying myself along so I can appease my conscience and tell myself I am really exercising? Do I want to add years onto my life, or do I want to die prematurely?

Let’s move along. Next, a quick look at our relationships. Are they all as filled with peace and joy as God would want them to be? Is there anything I can do to make them better or is it all the other person? Ouch!

Now for one last look at ourselves. Do I trust God in every area for His needed direction? Am I resting in the fact that I daily am where He wants me to be, doing my work to the best of my ability, knowing I am in the center of His full purpose for my life? God has a powerful promised land for each one of us. We, like the Israelites, must get up and go in and conquer the land. God will not just hand over wealth, health, good wholesome relationships and excellent work ethics and trust. What about you? Are there areas that need to change in your life? Will you ask the Holy Spirit to direct you how to move into your promised land, trusting God to give you the grace and strength to fully conquer all the areas of challenge in your life? Receive His direction and counsel into your heart today and enter your promised land.

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Praying Through

The old timers that I grew up around used to use terminology that I really never understood until I got older. One of their favorite things to talk about was “praying through.” I often wondered just what they really meant. Now I have an understanding of it.

I dislike walking around trying to do my work or being out with others and having something burdening my spirit. I become distracted and I know when I am like this, I am not a good listener. My thoughts are on what is bothering me.

Our verse today has a powerful truth in it. I believe it is telling us that you can pray your way into full faith, coming to the place of full assurance, even while you are still praying that your prayer has been accepted and heard; and in advance of the answer to your prayer with confident anticipation actually become aware of having received what you are asking for.

No earthly circumstances can hinder the fulfillment of God’s Word. Don’t look around you to all that is happening and get your own reasoning in the way. Remember, as long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he would not sink. When he focused his vision on the wind and the waves, down he would go. Look steadfastly at the Word. When we can believe without evidence, then He is ready to do for us according to our faith.

I remember the old mothers and fathers of the faith tarrying around the altar, praying and waiting on the Lord. I couldn’t figure out as a child what was taking them so long. Now I know they were “praying through” to a place in their hearts of full assurance that God was going to move on their behalf.

I have a suggestion for all of us today, myself included. Let’s shut out every other distraction, every other voice and noise, and enter our prayer closets and unload our hearts in full, every detail, every concern to Him. Let’s “pray through” to a solid position of faith, no matter how long it may take. “Then He touched their eyes, saying, ‘According to your faith let it be to you,’” Matthew 9:29. Today, let us ask ourselves, are we ready for Him to move? Always know nothing is impossible with God. According to your faith, let it be unto you. Make a list of areas that you need to “pray through.” Make time to shut yourself away in a quiet place and begin. Let your faith arise and then watch to see what God will do. Record your answers to your prayers as record of God’s faithfulness to you.

Taken from Time Alone with God by Meredith Giles.
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The Runaway Car

My grandfather was privileged one year to have purchased himself a new car. He liked how it drove and how it felt when you rode in it. He was one to take good care of his things, but he would never make them more important than his family or his walk with God. In Gramp’s mind, if it was his lot to have to get around in a horse and buggy, that would have been ok with him. Yet, Gramp enjoyed the better things of life to the fullest when they came his way.

Gramp's runaway car

Anyways, we all had ridden with him this one particular Sunday, in his new car to church. We had each made complimentary comments about the beautiful color and how smoothly it rode. Then we all went in to get our seats and settled for the morning worship service. As we were about to start in on hymn number three, something started moving out in the parking lot. Now the windows in the church were nice and big and everyone had a good view of anything or anyone moving out there. Sometimes it could even be a little too distracting for a young girl like myself.

Upon closer inspection, I couldn’t believe my eyes! Why, it looked like it was Gramp’s new car rolling down the driveway which was built on a slant. Sure enough, it was Gramp’s new car! The whole church collectively jumped to their feet and ran to the windows. We couldn’t believe what we were seeing. But the best part of this story is the fact that Gramp just sat there. He didn’t even move. He just waved his hand and said, “It’ll be there when we get out! Let’s come and have church.”

Exodus 20:3 reads, “You shall have no other gods before or besides Me.” Other men just shook their heads in disbelief, but Gramp wasn’t to be waylaid in his devotion to the Lord. He had come to worship and by golly, that’s what he was going to do!

Sure enough, the car was right where it had landed in a field, across the road from the church, just sitting there without a scratch on it. Gramp signaled for us all to come and get in. We piled in with great curiosity among us to see if the car was going to run alright. He simply drove it up the bank and onto the road. The car was fine! God had seen the heart of my grandfather and had honored his love for Him and had preserved Gramp’s car for him. Our hearts were light and full of joy that day as we went home to share a delicious Sunday dinner together around Gramp and Gram’s table.

What about you? Would you have panicked if your new car had rolled away out of control? Are there things in your life that you have more attachment to and concern for than you should? Do you value God and your family and friends love above any earthly material thing you may own? List possessions in your life that you need to lay down on the altar, giving them back to the Lord. Commit today to keep Him first and foremost in your heart today and forever.


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The Skunk

Are you involved in some stinky messes you need to get out of?  Do you need to soak in the Presence of God to rid yourself of the smell of the world around you?  Are you being tempted to become involved in something or with someone that would not be pleasing to the Lord?
The story is told of the hot, summer day my brother, Paul, and Steve, (one of my brother’s best friends growing up), were out for a little ride with Grampa in his car.  They were just making a short run to the corner store to get a cold drink of soda on that particularly hot summer’s day.

The Skunk Blog by Pastor Meredith

They were cruising down the road when all three of them happened to notice something lying in the middle of the road quite a ways ahead of them.  Talk about what it possibly could be began to get animated as the three of them guessed anything from a dead cat or dog, to a downed deer, to the possibility of a dead possum or skunk.  Paul thought it was a cat and Steve thought it was a possum.
The talk just kept developing into a big dare, each one challenging the other that they were right and their buddy was ever so wrong.  Finally, it was agreed upon that Gramp would stop the car a good piece up the road away from whatever it was, and Paul and  Stephen would slowly approach the roadkill together.  If they saw that they were wrong, they would have to kick whatever it was.

That is exactly what they did as they slowly approached together.  It didn’t take long for their noses to discern they weren’t dealing with just any old roadkill.  They were dealing with a nasty, dead skunk in the middle of the road.  But by continuing to edge each other on, they each dared the other to make a quick dash and give the dead carrion a swift kick before running back to get in Gramp’s car.  (Who can know the mind of a young man?!)

Gramp about passed out upon their arrival back to the car.  All the windows were promptly  rolled down and Gramp put it in high gear to get them home as fast as possible.

Paul and Steve tried every remedy known to man to get that awful stench off their bodies.  Finally it boiled down to the place where they each had to take a bath in tomato juice, soaking in it to let it work against the odor of “skunk a la mode” that had penetrated the very pores of their skin.

What business did they have with that skunk anyway?!  None!  How like us.  We look at sin and even sidle up to sinners in our dating and business dealings.  We think we will never get entangled with them.  We’re strong and knowing, yet we keep getting closer and closer until we take a kick at yoking up with them just like Paul and Steve did with the skunk.  They got too close.  Then the skunk took over their lives causing them to become a “stinking mess.”  They were a stench to everyone who got around them.  They truly were not a blessing.  They both suffered.  Even after the tomato bath, the essence of skunk still lingered on their skin.

How like the enemy of our souls to tempt us to just play around with sin; just get near the sinner, just hang out with him a little; you can handle it.  Here’s what God has to say about it in 2 Corinthians 6:14 Amp, “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers (do not make mismated alliances with them or come under a different yoke with them, inconsistent with your faith).  For what partnership have right living and right standing with God with iniquity and lawlessness?  Or how can light have fellowship with darkness?”

Lord deliver me from my own strong will.  Help me to recognize the traps the enemy would set for me.  Let me live under Your strong guidance and direction for today and evermore. Amen.


Taken from Time Alone with God by Meredith Giles.  Devotional available for download at


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