Friday, September 30, 2011

TGIF - Deliverance From the Black Hole

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Today's Prayer
Dear God, As I sit here today, looking out my window, I C the rain coming down and freezing as it coats the trees, forming little icicles along the twigs and branches. How pretty it is...but how dangerous it can be. Branches may split and break, trees may fall; some may recover while others will die. Ice gets heavy and slick and and wreaks havoc on so many things, interrupting power, causing accidents, and so on. So it is with the things of the world. Sometimes things may appeal 2 our senses, but they bring with them danger that can break hearts, damage relationships, ruin lives, and even result in death. Please help me 2 remain alert to dangers and snares and be ever sensitive 2 the Holy Spirit each and every day of my life. Please rescue those who have been overcome by the temptations that beckon, and have fallen. Lord, protect us and lift us up.Thank you 4 staying close and being there, ready 2 reach out and grab us whenever we look up 2 u and cry out. May we keep our focus on u and live our lives accordingly. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Deliverance from the Black Hole
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
"As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Joshua 1:5b).

A black hole is a place of total nothingness. It's a time in our life when God removes the resources and supports that we normally rely on to feel secure - our careers, finances, friends, family, health and so forth. It is a preparation time.

When u find yourself in a black hole experience, don't just sit and brood. Take stock of your life. Take a look at your relationship w/God.

First, ask God if there are any sins, habits, or attitudes that He might be judging in your life. It's important 2 discern whether the trial we face is the result of God's discipline 4 our sin?or if it is preparing us 4 a future leadership role.

Second, when you enter a black hole, don't trust your feelings. Trust God. Your feelings will tell you, "God has rejected you. Abandon hope. He has left you utterly alone." Feelings change; God never changes. Feelings come and go; God is always with us.

Third, remember that your black hole experience is not only intended to refine and define u; it's also intended to influence and change the lives of hundreds or even thousands of other people. Our adversity is not just for us, but others in our sphere of influence.

Fourth, don't try to hurry the black hole process along. Remember, when Joseph was in the depths of the pit, there was nothing he could do about it. He couldn't climb out, jump out, levitate out, or talk his way out. All he could do was pray and wait upon the Lord.

Fifth, lean on God. Even when you don't feel like praying, pray. Even when you don't feel like reading His Word, read. Even when you don't feel like singing songs of faith, sing. When you pray, don't just talk; listen. Be silent before Him and listen for His still, quiet voice.

Sixth, be alert 2 new truths and new perspectives. During a black hole experience, God often leads us 2 amazing new discoveries. A black hole can be a storehouse of unexpected riches 4 the soul. 

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Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

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