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Crying out to God

After Knowing the Lord Jesus Christ and teaching and studying His Word  for many years, it was only recently that I made what was for me a life-changing discovery. I saw that the Bible makes a distinction between “prayer” and “crying out to God.”

What I have noticed since that time is that He will arrange or allow circumstances to arise that seem to have no solution—and then do nothing to remove the problem. Until I cry out. And not one second sooner!

Each situation seems so hopeless, and sometimes a cry seems so futile. Yet this is precisely the setting God wants in order to demonstrate His loving care and His powerful hand of protection.

Sometimes a cry will bring freedom from emotional bondage; in other cases, God will provide healing from a dread disease, help in a moment of grave danger, or clear direction in a season of deep perplexity.

In every circumstance, the need to cry out is a humbling reminder of my total inability to accomplish anything significant for God. And the result of crying out is a wonderful demonstration of His supernatural power to achieve all that is needed.

~ Excerpted from The Power of Crying Out by Bill Gothard

Lord, may we hunger for You and cry out for Your presence in our lives.

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© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2012. All rights reserved.

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The awesome power of a spoken blessing

There’s an old adage that goes like this:

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”

NEWSFLASH: They’re wrong! There is no doubt that sticks and stones can do some serious damage but words can be just as harmful…. though less obvious to the naked eye. But they can also be incredibly positive when used properly.

So we see that the power of our spoken blessings flows first of all from the abundance of our Creator’s own blessedness – and from His wise and loving intention to bless His children with whatever is truly our highest good. When we verbalize a blessing upon others, we have the privilege of taking part in channeling God’s goodness to them and in directing them into the Lord’s will.

When we center our lives on Christ and allow His Spirit to control us, we find ourselves wanting to do all we can for those we love most – to give them the highest and best gifts we can. And nothing is higher and better than God’s blessing. What amazing grace it is that God allows us to be His instruments for directing His blessing into their lives!
~ Excerpted from The Power of Spoken Blessings by Bill Gothard

Let’s use our words today to bless others!

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