God has been speaking a lot in the last few days.Â He has also been testing our faith.Â We were very disappointed that we had to cancel our trip to Kenya.Â There are times that God uses circumstances to reroute His children.Â This was one of those times for us.Â WeÂ are interceding for the group that went on to Kenya.Â We know that God is going to bless Steve Fields and the team.
Today,Â we simply want to share some random thoughts that God has been sharing with us.
1. God used Psalm 105:19 to say this, “Until the time that his word (his promise)Â came to pass (is fulfilled),Â the word of the Lord tested us.”
2. God’s schedule takes precedent over His promises…He will delay fulfillment of a promise until you are on His schedule.Â
3.Â There is a big difference between seeing the acts of God and the ways of God.Â In Exodus 6:3, God inspires the writer to say, “I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord I was not known to them.”Â God Almighty is El Shaddai who performs miraculous acts.Â Lord is aÂ name for the Sovereign God of the universe…who is pulling theÂ strings and ordering the steps, the stops, the trials, the blessings, theÂ closed doors,Â and the open doors.Â In Psalm 103:7, we find these words, “God made known His ways to Moses,Â His acts to the children of Israel.”Â
4.Â The book of Ezekiel is tough.Â But there is oneÂ phrase that appears 19 times.Â Â In Ezekiel 39:28Â we find the phrase, “…then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer.”Â God wants us to know Him as the Lord God which means the ‘sovereign God of the Universe’.Â He is pulling the strings and ordering the steps…it may not look like it sometimes but He is!
5.Â It has been almost six months since we left our last ministry position.Â At times, you wander what is God doing!?Â Is He asleep…has He forgotten your address?Â And then He will point out a refreshing passage such as Hebrews 10:23Â – “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
6.Â We proclaim that ourÂ God is a loving, caring Father as Matthew 7:11Â indicates:Â “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!Â He is our Father and He cares for us…we trust Him that He knows what He is doing.
We worshipped Sunday at FBC of Atlanta.Â Steve Green sang and Dr. Stanley preached.Â What a combination!Â FBC has a beautiful sanctuary. You could tell God was in that place.Â The In-Touch program is being translated in 103 languages. Â Dr. Stanley is literallyÂ teaching the Scriptures to the entire world.Â Wow!Â Â (There is a link toÂ In-TouchÂ on our website.)
God bless you this week.
Billy and Sheilah Dawsby