Daily Archives: July 5, 2012

The Perfect (Colorado) Storm

3:00PM EDT 6/30/2012 BISHOP GEORGE DAVIS

Unfortunately, many of our friends in the Colorado Springs, Colo., area, as well as many in portions of the southeast United States, have recently experienced the proverbial “perfect storm.”

With the recent wildfires that have devastated Colorado and the rash of tropical storms in the southeast, many have found themselves learning to trust God at a much greater level. They have been forced to depend on Him through the most difficult circumstances.

The perfect storm is the convergence of a multitude of challenges at the same time and it is intended to reveal what a person will do when the winds of controversy, disappointment, delay, grief, pressure and distraction all hit their life at the same time. The good news in it all is that just like Jesus was there in the boat with the disciples in Mark chapter 4, He’s with us as well to help us win through all the storms of life.

Like any natural disaster, there is an understood list of dos and don’ts if one expects to survive. One key element of victory is to slow down long enough to listen for the voice of God. Jesus is our Good Shepherd and He always has a word of direction to lead us back to the still waters.

The problem is, in the midst of a storm, it takes work to settle our soul down enough to actually hear the still, small voice of the Lord. Though it requires work, it is necessary and it pays big dividends! To act before we’ve gained direction from God is a recipe to make matters worse. He is Jehovah Jireh—the God Who sees in advance and makes provision in advance. In other words, He’s not surprised by the storms we face and He always has a way for us to win if we’ll take the time to hear His voice.

Jesus said in John 14:27, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” The Amplified Bible says it this way, “Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.” Wow…pretty strong words!!

“Stop allowing yourselves … do not permit yourselves …” Jesus clearly leaves the impression that we have something to say about the peace that we’re able to experience, even in the middle of a storm. We must make a conscious decision to not let the stormy circumstances define who we are or define our expectation for the future. God is always a good God, and He is always a faithful God. So, as long as He is on our side, there is reason for hope and confidence that better days are still ahead.

So, for those who may be experiencing multiple challenges at one time, causing you to feel alone in your struggle, know that you are never alone. Jesus is there with you and there’s a host of other members of the body of Christ who are determined to pray for you until you see victory again. Things may be dark today, but with Jesus on your side, there is hope for tomorrow. So, settle into your secret place in God, release your authority by declaring what His word says concerning you, and ride out the storm until you see the daylight again!

Bishop George Davis is the author of Passing the Tests of Life. He is also the senior pastor of Faith Christian Center in Jacksonville, Fla. For more info about George Davis Ministries visit http://www.fccjax.com

Source: http://www.charismanews.com – © Copyright 2012 Charisma Media, All Rights Reserved

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Living In Contentment

 

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria Osteen
In life, it’s easy to get so focused on our dreams and goals, the things we want, that it consumes us. We can get to the point where we’re not happy, and we’re not going to be happy until it happens. But I’ve found that if we have to have something in order to be happy, our lives are out of balance. When our goals and dreams start to frustrate us, and we lose our peace and we’re not enjoying life, that’s a sure sign that we’re holding on too tightly. What’s the solution? You’ve got to release it. Freedom comes when you say, “God, I’m turning it all over to You. You know my desires, and You know what’s best for me. I’m choosing to trust You and Your timing.”

When we learn to be content whatever the circumstances, the power of the enemy is broken. It takes away his ability to frustrate us. Not only that, but by our actions we are showing our faith in God. When you choose to trust in His timing, you can live in peace, you can live in joy, and you can rest in Him, knowing that He has good things in store for your future!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Heavenly Father, today I choose to trust in You. I release frustration over the dreams and desires in my heart, knowing that You know what’s best for me. I choose to trust in Your timing because You are faithful, and I will bless You in all things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

© 2012 Joel Osteen Ministries

Death By Chocolate Trifle

Today I decided to re-visit a Porter House Original, Death By Chocolate Trifle. This recipe came about during a time when we were in transition of moving and had to live in a hotel. We had no kitchen, very little monies and a serious hankering for something sweet.  Within a blink of an eye the thought process began. What can I fix that didn’t require a kitchen? That didn’t cost a lot? And would fill the void?  Then the vision appeared and Death by Chocolate Trifle was born into existence. Now the traditional trifle consist of some sort of chocolate cake or brownies but with no kitchen that was out of the question and then I had an Aah Ha! moment. The light bulb went off.  How about Oreos? And there you have it my friends something simple, cost efficient but yet Sooo Good! I just love when a plan comes together.

Death By Chocolate Trifle

Ingredients

2 small packages of  instant chocolate pudding

4 cups of cold milk

1 package of Oreos, Crushed

1 package of toffee candy bits

16 ounces of whipped cream, thawed

 Instructions

Prepare pudding according to package directions with the above listed amount of cold milk; set aside.  Crush Oreos into pieces and place about half on the bottom of a clear glass bowl, in a single layer.  Evenly pour half of the pudding on top of the crushed cookies.  Layer half of the whipped cream, then half of the toffee bits.  Repeat layers one more time.  Chill for 4 hours before serving.

*CHEF’S NOTE –  For a perfect ending to a romantic dinner make this dessert in wine glasses topped with a strawberry and fresh mint.

My Buddy William

READ: 1 Corinthians 12:18-27

The members should have the same care for one another. —1 Corinthians 12:25

As we got off the bus at a home for mentally and physically challenged children in Copse, Jamaica, I didn’t expect to find a football player. While the teen choir and the other adult chaperones dispersed to find kids to hug, love, and play with, I came upon a young man named William.

I’m not sure what William’s medical diagnosis was, but he looked like he probably had cerebral palsy. I had grabbed a football before getting off the bus, so I tossed it gently to William, who dropped it.

But when I picked it up and put it into his hands, he slowly manipulated it until he had it just how he wanted it. Then, leaning back against a railing for balance, William tossed a perfect spiral. For the next 45 minutes, we played toss and catch—he tossed, I caught. William laughed and laughed—and stole my heart. On that day he had as much impact on me, I’m sure, as I did on him. He taught me that we are all needed as a part of Christ’s body, the church (1 Cor. 12:20-25).

People often dismiss others who are different from themselves. But it is the Williams of the world who teach us that joy can come when we accept others and respond in compassion. Is there a William in your world who needs you to be his buddy? —Dave Branon

Lord, help us to see how much we need each other
in our Christian walk. May we show Your love
to others who are different than us. Give us an
open heart to learn. Amen.

We need one another in order to be who God wants us to be.

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