Reflections

Walking In the Will of God

FOLLOWING THE MASTER – A Lenten Devotional

2nd Day of Lent

February 11, 2016

WALKING IN THE WILL OF GOD

8 Copyright 2016 Monica Hernandez, Ph.D.

"Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God…” (Psalm 143:10).

Every obedient follower of the Master, when praying and making choices, and decisions, is concerned about walking in the will of God and often concludes his or her prayers with these words: "...if it be thy will..."

This shows a reverence for God and His sovereignty, yet we need not pray: "...if it be thy will..." in a sense of timidity, doubt and speculation, because whatever good desires are in our hearts are really God's desires for us.

What really is the will of God? How can we know God’s will? The will of God for His children is always good. And as we pray, trust and wait in faith we will see God’s will reveal itself in our lives. In the Book of Jeremiah, God tells us: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you...thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end."

While we may doubt the will of God and think He is not answering our prayers in the way we would like, and as quickly as we would like, He is preparing us for the fulfillment of our prayers: the expected end, or the manifestation we seek. And though it may not come in the way we think it should, when we trust God with our lives, we know that “all things work together for good to them that love God…”

Thus we can be sure He will always adjust our expected end to whatever is best for us.

The most effective way to pray and walk in God's will is to pray in the dominance of the Holy Spirit. We do this by calling forth the presence of the Spirit of God as we begin our prayer time and directing our prayers to Him.

When we pray in the dominance of the Holy Spirit we can rest assured that whatever happens or however our prayers are answered will be the best outcome for our lives. We need never become frustrated by the seeming setbacks, challenges and difficulties; we can trust that the goodness of God is at work.

Are you concerned about the will of God regarding those issues you are praying about? Just take them to the Lord in prayer, trust Him, then let go and let Him perform His perfect will in its manifestation.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God is the Giver of every good and perfect gift.

SUGGESTED READINGS:
Jeremiah 29:11-13; Psalm 143:10; Rom. 8:28.

PRAYER: AHeavenly Father, teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God. Help me to be patient and trust you with my life. Amen@


The Light That Is Sown

FOLLOWING THE MASTER – A Lenten Devotional

Ash Wednesday, February 10

The Light That Is Sown

8 Copyright 2016 Monica Hernandez, Ph.D.

ALight is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart@ (Psalm 97:11, KJV).

In today’s scripture, the psalmist gives us a powerful insight concerning light. He says: "Light is sown for the righteous...@ for example, those walking uprightly and in right standing with God. And as we read of the sowing of light, it is easy for us to think of the sowing of seeds. Circle that word "sown" in your Bible, and think about its meaning.

Consider for a moment that light, which is wisdom, understanding, guidance, direction, healing, deliverance, insight and discernment is sown as a seed in the life of every follower of Christ, our Master. Further, consider that all sown seeds are expected to germinate, grow and produce after their kind, and so it is with the Light of Christ that is sown in you and me.

As we give thought to that concept, we will further realize that every divine or spiritual principle understood is sown within us like a seed and that it grows and produces more of its kind. And the progress of growth will be continuous if we will focus on Christ as the Source of our light and encourage it to grow.

Also, for a moment, consider Psalm one hundred and nineteen, verse eighteen. This is a complete, powerful prayer that sheds “light” as discernment onto our affairs. In difficult times, this reading can be very helpful to us. As we practice fervent praying of that reading, as well as fasting if possible, the Spirit of the Lord will open the eyes of our understanding and reveal Himself as wondrous works and truths to us.

Asking God to Aopen your eyes to behold wondrous things out of His law@ indicates that you are asking Him to open your understanding so that you are able to discern changes and shifts He is making to cause your experience to be Awondrous.@

It is the Light of Christ as “understanding” that helps us to see God=s truths and that understanding can only come by the Spirit of the Lord.

SUGGESTED READINGS: Psalm 97:11; Psalm119:18; Eph. 1:15-18.


PRAYER:
AHeavenly Father, thank you for the light of Jesus Christ, your Son, within me. Open my understanding, Lord, that I may see  wondrous truths out of thy Word. Amen.@

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

One of the greatest gifts we could seek from God is the gift of discernment.

 

Why Is the Answer Delayed?

FOLLOWING THE MASTER – A Lenten Devotional

31st Day of Lent

March 16, 2016

Why Is the Answer Delayed?

Copyright 2016 Monica Hernandez

AFor as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts@ (Isaiah 55:9, KJV).

Often, we hear words like these: AGod isn=t hearing my prayers” or “God isn=t answering my prayers” or “I have been praying so long for a breakthrough in my finances, in my domestic affairs, in the situation on my job, and there is no answer@ or AI have been praying for certain changes in my life and there is no answer@or AI have been praying for changes in my loved one=s life, and I don=t see any answers!@

However, when answers to our prayers are delayed, we need first to consider that God=s ways and thoughts are not like ours. Secondly, we need to consider that God is always good and He answers prayer at the right time, which is His time, and in His way, which is always best for us.

When answers to our prayers are delayed, it does not mean that God has not heard our prayers and answering them; it simply means that our prayers are not answered Ayet@ because our God is a God of preparation and plan and still working on the answer.

It means that God is working in the hidden places of our lives, arranging and preparing the parts of His answer, and bringing them together. He sees and knows all that is necessary and knows where the parts are.

He knows you; He knows your problem; He knows the answer to your problem and is orchestrating persons and places and situations to bring your answer to pass in a perfect way.

There is a Russian proverb that says: AEvery seed knows its timeCall in good time.@ Yes, every seed we sow and every idea we nurture has a specific time for manifestation and it is all in good timeCGod=s time. And our prayers are very much like the seeds we sow.

Are you desperate for an answer to your prayer? Are you thinking that God is taking too long with His answer?

Consider the sprouting of seeds. Some seeds take three or four days to sprout out of the ground, while others take about six months and even more in the process. This helps us to understand the process of God=s manifesting our answers to prayer; some answers take a longer time to process than others.

However, God will give us the patience to wait if we ask Him.

SUGGESTED READINGS: 2 Chronicles 7:14; Jeremiah 29:13, Mark 11:24.

PRAYER: AHeavenly Father, I am standing on your promises to hear my prayer and I believe, in your timing, you will send me the answer. In Jesus= name, I pray. Amen.@

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

God is working in the hidden places of my life, arranging and

preparing the answer to my prayers.


The Lord Is Your Portion

FOLLOWING THE MASTER – A Lenten Devotional

32nd Day of Lent

March 17, 2016

The Lord is Your Portion

Copyright 2016 Monica Hernandez

“The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot…yea, I have a goodly heritage.” (Psalm 16:5-6, KJV).

At Psalm sixteen, verses five and six, David is exalting the Lord by identifying the Lord’s presence with him as “his portion and inheritance.” David adds to his exaltation of God by saying: “...the lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places..." and affirms that he has a goodly heritage.

In olden times, God had apportioned the land of Israel to His people by the casting of lots—to each family was given a portion, except the priests, and David is here recounting that fact and using it as a similarity or picture of God’s gift of His presence to him.

You and I, too, can do the same, for, spiritually speaking, each person coming into this life is apportioned a certain lot and inheritance of God: His image and likeness that we are (Genesis 1:26). And like David, every follower of Christ, our Master, has the authority to say: "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places. I have a goodly heritage in the presence of God...”

With the Lord as your portion, you and I have a measure of every quality of God within us, waiting to be brought forth by our awareness of God’s Spirit within us and our persistence in the Word.

And every time you and I confirm the truth to ourselves that “the Lord is our portion and our inheritance,” we build deeper into a consciousness of oneness with Him, His healing, restoration, discernment and divine guidance.

Can you confidently say, like David, that the Lord is your portion and inheritance? Would you consider that in Christ, you have a goodly heritage? Like David, do you accept that God’s measuring lines are fallen to you in good places? Can you tell those places in your life?

SUGGESTED READINGS: Psalm 16:5-6; Psalm 23:1; Ecclesiastes 5;18-20.

PRAYER: “The Lord is my portion and my inheritance: the lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. Thank you Father, Amen.”

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

With the Lord as our portion and inheritance, we have all we

need spiritually for our entire life-journey.

Is Anything Too Hard For the Lord"

FOLLOWING THE MASTER – A Lenten Devotional

30th Day of Lent

March 15, 2016

Is Anything Too Hard for the Lord?

Copyright 2016 Monica Hernandez

AIs any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee...@ (Genesis 18:14, KJV)

God often announces a word of knowledge to us that is hard for us to believe. So it was when the Lord announced to Abraham that his wife, Sarah would have a son. And Sarah laughed within herself, thinking it was physically impossible but the Lord’s messenger responded: "Is anything too hard for the Lord?"

Sometimes, God also asks us to do some things that are hard for us to do. So it was in the Old Covenant when Elijah asked a widow woman to make him the first cake out of a meal she was about to prepare. She was about to prepare the last handful of meal that she had and it was to be for herself and her son.

It must have taken great faith from the woman to give away out of the little she had, but she was obedient and was blessed for that.

Our lives are full of difficult choices and decisions to make, also revelations from God that are hard to believe, however, when we trust Him with our lives and are obedient to His commands, we can be sure blessings will follow.

When we keep your eyes on Him in faith, He will see us through every seeming difficult word of knowledge or promise He puts in our hearts. He will enter the scene when we can do no more on our own and be the One to bring us through it all.

Is God revealing something to you that He will do for you and is hard for you to believe because it seems impossible? Is God asking you to do something that seems hard for you to do?

When God gives words of knowledge to us that are hard for us to believe or He tells us something we must do that is difficult for us to accomplish, it is a time for lessons in trusting God and being obedient to Him to be learned. Lean on Him, acknowledging that nothing is too hard for Him to do through you or anyone else, or in the world.

And be aware that He has an appointed time for all that He says and His words will not return to Him void but they will accomplish that which pleases Him.

SUGGESTED READINGS: Genesis 18:14; 1 Kings 17:10-14; Isaiah 55:11; Matthew 19:26.

PRAYER: "Thank you Lord, you are God of the seeming impossible and will see me through. Help me to be open and receptive to what you are revealing to me. Deepen my trust in you and grant me patience to wait on you. Amen.@

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

God is bigger than all our challenges and all our dreams, and nothing is too hard for Him to do.