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The LORD will Fight for You 

Moses really understood from first-hand experience what it took to follow the command in Exodus 14:14. The Lord had called him to lead Israel out of Egypt but he sought to fight this battle alone, using his own position and methods of power and force to bring deliverance to God’s people. 

The result was a dangerous flight out of Egypt into the harsh wilderness to save his own life, where he lived another forty years as a humble shepherd so he could learn how to depend upon God for all life’s situations.  Only then was he ready to live out his calling in the battle to deliver Israel from its Egyptian oppressor.  

So many times we look back with regret over having lost friendships, family connections, position and personal integrity because of our impatience to jump ahead of God's battle plans.  It's so much better to let go and let God be your Champion. His timing is always perfect, His method is always better, His wisdom always greater and His power undefeatable.  Let Him fight for you and hold your peace!  

Blessings, Marcha

 

PRAYER: THE VALLEY OF ACHOR 

Lord, I had been walking in circles in the valley of Achor for some time, with trouble on every side.  Terrible disappointment had led to poor decisions, made to stem the tide of discouragement that followed.  Only You know the depths of despair that had well-nigh crushed my spirit and yet it was in this dwelling place that my heart recognized its greatest need – the presence of Your love.   

As the longing for Your embrace surged through my entire being, so too did the voice of the enemy strive more intently to convince me that You were no longer reachable. Yet Your Word broke through the lies and reminded me that You were calling out to me desperately each day to hold Your hand and let You guide me through the open door of hope You had placed before me.  

Thank you for strengthening me to stand up and step through this open door with You, into newness of life and the warmth of Your embrace.  This experience has put a new song in my heart and I sing it now with youthful joy and love for You as fresh as the first day I met You.  Forever yours, Amen!

PRAYER: THE GREAT PHYSICIAN 

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus, our Great Physician, who tenderly cares for us and understands our deepest struggles, such as the many times we succumb to temptations, leading to debilitating spiritual sickness and lethargy.  He knows that our lethargy stems from severe symptoms of low ‘iron will power’ to do what’s right.  He knows the underlying cause too – the relentless impulsive desire to engage in self-destructive methods as a means of cushioning the fall out of our insatiable thirst for sin.    

Please break this cycle Lord!  Please give us the only remedy possible – a blood transfusion from Christ’s own veins – His life in us!  We are holding out our arms to You in desperate need of Christ’s spiritual IV fluid – His infusion of life giving power to live in His righteousness today!  Bless us with His abundant life we pray! In Jesus precious name, Amen

A DAY IN THE LIFE: MY ART WORK RESURRECTED 

I finally finished the last stage of my horse portrait – the ears are done – lol! This artwork is my first serious piece in over 25 years. It is also the first time I’ve ever used coloured pencils to draw. I used to sketch with graphite pencils as you can see by the picture of the eagle I drew on the ceiling of a friend’s room many years ago!! 

Somewhere along the way, I lost sight of my visual arts side but I am so glad to have re-discovered the joy of drawing again. It is SO therapeutic!! This art work is going to be a part of a collection of pieces that will be created to complement key messages and Bible verses in my presentations and concerts. 

I love that God can speak to us through His furry or feathery creatures, and other marvellous works of His creation. There are so many lessons that can be drawn from His book of nature. I hope to share with you some stories on my FB page from time to time; stories that highlight some important spiritual lessons I learned while connecting with animals – especially birds for some reason! Lol 

For now, I just want to share that am so happy to have ‘finally’ finished my horse portrait – yay!! Now I will be starting a new drawing of a tiger as shown by the preliminary sketch. Pray for me – he has lots of detail – yes, lots of fur! Blessings, M:)

 

DEVOTIONAL: RESTING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GOD'S WISDOM 

Ever felt frustrated as a child because you were too short to see above the crowd? Then dad would come to the rescue and lift you up on his shoulders to give you a much better view. In difficult times, it can be hard to see the right view on things because our minds are so clouded with painful emotions and flooded with often speculative words from well-meaning friends. The result is a crowd of confusion that you just can’t get your head above to see what clearly lies ahead. 

At these times it's really important that we pray specifically for Jesus to give us His perspective. Then as we study His word and listen for His leading, His first response will be to lift us onto His shoulders so we can see the situation above the crowd. This may be a slow process accompanied by apparent silence. Be patient! He’s got a hold of you. Don’t struggle! Let Him lift to you up with His strong arms of love. 

From this view, we will see the bigger picture and hear His clear voice sharing in wisdom and love. Soon enough, speculation will fade, confusion will disappear and painful emotions will give way to peace, clarity and understanding. Let Him lift you up above the crowd. As you rest upon His shoulders you will see His plan for you and then be confident to step safely upon the solid rock of His path to freedom and joy.

DEVOTIONAL: GOD'S ABUNDANT BLESSINGS 

One day while walking along the Ross River in Townsville, I passed two geese drinking water from a small puddle on the cement path beside the river. The water was drying up in the summer heat and they were competing to drink every last drop remaining. I wondered at the scene before me. ‘Silly geese!’ I thought, ‘here they are fighting over this scanty bit of water when there is an abundant supply available to them from the river.’ It was then the Lord reminded me, ‘Marcha – you are like these silly geese. Always doubting my love for you and thinking you only deserve to drink the smallest portion of spiritual blessing when I wish to satisfy you with an abundance of blessing from the Water of Life.’ I realised the invitation to drink was always available to me when I felt dried up spiritually. While in this state, it was easy to believe that I was too far gone to deserve even the smallest drop of water offered by Him – but God’s grace is bigger than that! His intention is not only to quench our thirst but also to bless us with His abundant life. So much so, that the overflowing love we receive from Him can then be poured out through compassion and selfless service to quench the spiritual thirst of others. Jesus says, ‘He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’ (John 7:38). Do you believe He is capable of doing this in your life?

PRAYER: SURRENDERING OUR HEARTS TO GOD 

One of my most favourite prayers include one written by prolific and inspired author, Ellen G. White in her book, Christ's Object Lessons, p. 159. It is a prayer of deep heart surrender to God.  It's a prayer of honesty and humility.  It's a prayer that touched my soul so deeply that I had to write music to it so I could keep it's language of confession and repentance always imprinted in my heart and mind.  The lyrics are as follows:

"Lord take my heart; for I cannot give it.  It is Your property.  

Keep it pure for I cannot keep it for You.  

Save me in spite of myself, my weak, un-Christlike self.  

Mould me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, 

Where the rich current of Your love can flow through my soul."

Here is the music video of this song for you to listen to.  For a FREE copy of the audio track, feel free to join my mailing list and I will send this to your email.  Blessings!

PRAYER: RESTING IN THE DELIGHT OF THE LORD 

Heavenly Father,

Help me remember that Your anointed plans for my life are not defined or dependent upon the approval of others and that the blessings that follow will continue to overflow by Your mighty hand despite attempts to hinder the accomplishment of Your good pleasure. Thank you Lord that I need not be anxious about disapproving onlookers along the way because the assurance of Your presence and Your delight in me all I need and is all that really matters. Thank you for the promise of Psalm 23:5.

In Jesus precious name, Amen