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God is My Pointer

When I was a kid, my father had a quail hunting buddy who was also a deacon in our little church. The man’s name was Bob White.

Okay, that was a joke🥁. Bobwhite quail are what my dad and Brother Mart liked to hunt together.

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Anyway, I remember Mart used to say “God is my pointer.” I asked my dad later what that meant, and he gave me a quick lesson on bird hunting. “Son, quail like to hide in the tall grass. It’s hard for a hunter to know where they are. But a good gun dog can find them with his nose. When it does, it freezes in its tracks–pointing out the covey of quail.”

My dad’s friend meant that God is a faithful guide who tells him where to look. Now, I understood! When I was a little older, I found a Bible verse that reminded me of Brother Mart’s favorite saying.

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

Has God ever talked to you like that–in stereo? I don’t necessarily mean in an audible voice, but there have been some “surround sound” moments when I KNEW He was pointing the way.

One of these happened just last week, when I got stuck behind a massive trash truck with a message from God on the back.

Kind reader, is God your “pointer” too?

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️

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Open to Be Broken

Picture a younger man standing on the church steps with an older man. He’s a new believer, while the grey haired guy has followed Christ for many years.

“How do I grow in God?” you overhear the young man say. And the older man says, “Son, there’s only one way.”

“Are you open to be broken?”

This statement speaks to me on a deep level. Maybe that’s why I made up a story about two guys talking on the church steps.😇 As a Christian I expect to be molded—conformed to Christ—but broken?

Yet the Bible is filled with stories of folks who didn’t get much done for God until they came to the end of themselves. The he-man Sampson comes to mind (Judges 13-16).

This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.

Isaiah 66:2

In reality, the purest form of worship is repentance. It’s seeing who we are, knowing who God is, and recognizing the difference.

We can’t stay the way we are and go with God.

Henry Blackaby

Kind reader, for you and me to continue to grow in Christ, something’s gotta give. And that would be our hearts.

Are you open to be broken?

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Testing, Testing, 1..2..3!

Today, I’m excited to share a guest post from Jo, at Quietly Roaring. She describes herself as “an Aussie Jesus-follower, wife, momma and nanna who loves camping, hanging out with family, playing with my dogs, and reading.” Jo is simply one of the most authentic Christian bloggers I’ve encountered. Her writing has a certain “realness” that is such an encouragement in the Lord. So, without further delay, here’s Jo!

At a visit to my husband’s work a while back he sat me in the recording studio, put headphones on my head, and said he wanted my opinion on something and could I have a listen? Sure I could! Testing, testing, 1..2..3! But the trouble was, a completely different thing was coming through my headphones compared to what he was hearing in his headphones!

It was comical, but it’s a picture that reminds me that we’ve each been given a set of “spiritual headphones” and we’ll each hear different things as God speaks to our individual circumstances.

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom 10:17).

We can be inspired by other people’s faith. We can have role models or mentors. But faith comes by hearing God’s word to our own spiritual ears!

Last year I battled cancer. I needed healing, so I devoured sermons and books on the topic but quickly realised that I wasn’t going to be able to rely on someone else’s faith formula or read a set of faith instructions to get me through it. I could glean certain principles, but ultimately I needed to know (and fast) where my own faith was at…what was God saying to me? Faith comes by hearing…so I needed to listen!

Throughout the gospels we read of how Jesus continually met people right where they were at with their faith.

To one blind man He spat on his eyes in order to heal him (Mark 8:22-25), and to another blind man He anointed his eyes with clay (John 9:6). In another instance Jesus merely spoke the word to heal a blind beggar (Mark 10: 46-52) and in another instance he healed two blind men by placing His hand over their eyes (Matt 9:27-30). All blind. Each one a unique individual with unique needs that Jesus spoke to. They heard His word to them, they trusted with the faith they had, and they obeyed.

I had to listen to what God was saying to me in my unique situation, and it’s the same for each of us whenever we face an obstacle, problem, or challenge.

Listen.

Trust.

Obey.

Isn’t it great how Jesus keeps it simple?

Sermons, books, and the wonderful devotionals and blogs here on Word Press are tools which God can use to encourage, inform, inspire, and challenge us. He speaks to us through them. But let’s ensure we are also in prayer and reading the Word for ourselves. By doing so, we’ll ensure our spiritual headphones are in good working order!

Testing, testing, 1..2..3!


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