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I have heard and read this verse many times. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Many of us know this verse, Acts 1:8. This verse was in our notes this week at church. I underlined “you shall receive power” because I know this and live by this, however, the “but” caught my attention so I went back and circled “but”. I tried to remember what was before the “but” and couldn’t.

I pulled my Bible out to find what was before the “but”. I understand that I receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon me and as it does I am to go to my city, my country, and the world. However, I was wondering why there was a “but” that proceeded this power and the command to take the power of God to the ends of the earth. It seemed like the but was in the wrong place when the verse was isolated by itself. Normally we think, “but what?” As if there is an excuse to follow. Such as, “I would love to go but…” or “That sounds good but…” So it just didn’t seem like “but” fit with the verse. Verse 8 is not an excuse it is a gift of God’s power and direction with what we are to do with God’s power.

What’s before the “but”…Acts 1:6-7, “…they asked Him (being Jesus), saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.”

Oh Wow! This got me to thinking (a dangerous things, I know). They were asking Jesus about things that were not their responsibility to be concerned about. Instead of trying to answer for His Father, Jesus simply stated, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.” Meaning, those things that you know will happened because the Father has said they would happen…leave in the Father’s hands to happen at His time BUT you, you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Too many times we do not act in the power of the Holy Spirit which has been given to us and witness about the great things Jesus has done in our life, town, country, and to the end of the earth. It is God’s responsibility to come through with the promises He has given and it is our responsibility to receive power from the Holy Spirit and go into all the world.

What’s before your “but”? Is there something that you are waiting for God to do BEFORE you will receive and/or act on the power of the Holy Spirit given to you? Is there something you are holding over God’s head, that until He does what you think He should do you won’t do what He has given into your hands to do? What’s before your “but” that keeps you from receiving the power of the Holy Spirit and going into all the world as His witness?

Let God be God and you receive the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to go into all the earth as His witness. Amen!

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Last week Lydia’s blood counts were up and she was finally out a 3 week seclusion. This week her blood counts are down and we are back into seclusion. I found myself feeling the yank of the Yo-Yo. It brings a whole new meaning to someone pulling my chain.

The only way I know to keep from getting frustrated while waiting for the finality of Lydia’s healing from Leukemia is to keep myself in the hands of my Mighty and Awesome God. The blood counts may continue to go up and down like a Yo-Yo but my life, my soul (mind, will, and emotions), even my faith will be in my God who only does wondrous things (Ps. 72:18).

I choose to let God be in control of my yo-yo and not the doctors, Lydia’s blood counts, the opinion of others, or the enemy. Faith is a choice. When Scott texted me Lydia’s blood results, I had a choice. And I made a choice. I decided take my place in my Daddy’s lap. He is my rock and in Him there is no tossing or turning. In Him there is love that never fails. So I will not grow weary but I will wait on the LORD and my strength shall be renewed, I will mount up and fly as the eagles over the attack on Lydia, I will run the race of faith, I will not be weary for the LORD my God is with me. I rejoice that in my weakness He gives me strength and I will walk through each day knowing that my God shall supply EVERYTHING that I need from healthy blood counts for Lydia to growing faith to stand on His Word and I shall not faint. Amen!!!

The battle continues as I sit in the presence of my God.

So, who is yanking your yo-yo?
It is time to get off and sit in the presence of God.

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When the waves come crashing are you the sand or a cement wall? Scott and I have taught To Be Like Him a number of times and tonight’s lesson was one to celebrate. Each of us can study God’s Word and get an understanding, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that we have allowed it to change the way we think or act. Most of the time we do not know if we truly have aligned our thinking, even our actions with all God has shared with us UNTIL it is tested. We never truly know what we believe until that belief is tested.

Just a few months ago on a Wednesday night, after team teaching week 3 of To Be Like Him with my husband, I was on my way to the ER with my 7 year old daughter. The following day she was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia. As soon as we were checked into a room my husband told me to start playing worship music from my computer. When we would get to a song Lydia liked we would put it in a file as her favorites. We didn’t realize the affect we were having with the other patients until we opened up our door and a nurse or other parents would outside listening. Some had even gotten a chair to sit. At times, we would have parents stop us in the hall and say, “You are in the end room, aren’t you?”

Now as our daughter is in her second phase of chemo in a 2 and a half year treatment plan, she has collected more worship music for a second CD. As we take her to treatment, as she is getting treatment, and throughout our house we play songs of God’s love and destiny for our lives.

When the enemy came at us with hurricane-like waves we stood strong as the cement wall. The waves lashed out at us but God’s strength in us endured. We would not be as the sand that gets pulled back into the ocean only to be lost in darkness at the bottom of the sea. We had built a wall, a cement wall where my husband and I were connected with the mortar of Jesus and had taught our children to “BE THE WALL”. As they received Jesus as their Lord and Savior they became part of the wall through the mortar of Jesus’ blood. Charis is protected by our wall as we look forward to the day she takes her place with Daddy, Mommy, Abigail, Josiah, Lydia and Selah on the wall to protect, plant, and harvest the land God has given us. We will not let the waves the enemy intimidate or overwhelm us with fear because we have solidified the power of God within each one of us to turn the tide back into the sea, “You will not break our wall for the Lord our God is mighty to save!”

The test came unexpectedly and we chose to be tide turns as we turned the wave of fear away and stood strong, “You will not take what God has said is ours’!” Waves come on us all. Not every one is faced with hurricane-like waves but any wave threatens to take us away from the land God has promised us. Are you a pile of sand about to be lost at the bottom of the sea or a cement wall that sends the wave back where it came from?

In His Presence we are made strong!
Veridee

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