Friday, August 25, 2017

Allowing Jesus to Turn Water into Wine

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2a).

Scripture’s account of Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast at Cana is compelling. Jesus loved a celebration. Although He felt that his time to manifest God’s glory had not yet come, He knew His Father’s heart that the celebration not be spoiled.

Jesus and water are themes throughout Scripture.

Immediately after His baptism in the Jordan River, Satan tempted Him in the wilderness for 40 days. The anointed waters of baptism surely nourished Him to resist.

When adversities pound into my life, I am exhorted to: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1: 2).

How can I count the daily afflictions “as joy” had I not the strength of the Holy Spirit’s blessed presence – a wine transforming my watered weaknesses for God’s purposes? It is a surrender impossible without my trust in Him.

My life, no longer full of a vitality once known, can cause me to feel much like the jars of clay filled to the brim with plain water. Though water is life giving, when celebration is the dress for the day, what am I to do with the feelings that I have been left out?

I can remember Mary’s words to the servants at that Cana feast. “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5).

God asks me to trust the miracle of His living water within me, more powerful than wine, but also the fruit of the Vine I cling to.

God trusts me! Best I keep learning by trusting Him so that I can can be ready for His transformational miracles that will change my life.

Lord, only You have the power to make the changes in my heart and life that will most richly honor You. My heart’s desire is to be still and to let Your power unfold miraculously. Amen.

(devotional from a January, 2015 Rest Ministries' posting)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Excerpt #20 "Having the Faith of Abraham"

16. Having the Faith of Abraham

As a spiritual descendent of Abraham, I look heavenward to the stars. What can I learn? God called Abraham his friend. He blessed him while acknowledging him as righteous, not because he always did things right or even understood God’s ways. 

Perhaps I am looking for strength in my fractures rather than looking to the One who wants my attention. 

God asks me, “Are you willing to surrender your ways to believe my ways are best? Can you trust me without comprehending my reasons?”

 I ponder my response. My yes will require my flexibility, allowing God’s best to rise to the top filling up my fracture lines with himself. That is a reality I desire. 

God has the stars in his universe and the plans for my life under complete control. Abraham learned, after that star-filled night, that God’s promises for him came to pass. God’s plans for me unfold as my heart-pieces rest into his peace and as new life involvements replace former times. I smile at the stars and believe for the more that is yet to come.

Watercolor image by Dave Peterson,
Edmonds, WA

Lynn L. Severance. “Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View”. 16. “Having the Faith of Abraham.  Redemption Press.  Click here for ordering information. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Book Excerpt # 19 "I Am Praying for You"

Lord, you are a light of hope and strength as you send special ones to minister to my needs. Keep all of us covered with and within your faithfulness as we bless and comfort one another. Amen.

Lynn L. Severance. "Seeking the Light of God's Comforter When Challenges Dim Our View" 34. I am Praying for You.. Redemption Press.