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Visited by an angel

'Some...have...entertained angels without realising it.' Hebrews 13:2 NLT

One day Debby Gass was driving through Nevada when her sports car ran out of fuel. A young woman, alone in a small car, on a desert highway with no one around - it had all the elements that cause us to be afraid. Soon a big tractor-trailer pulled up and a six-foot-tall driver got out and asked, 'Can I help you, lady?' When she explained her predicament, he told her to lock her car and come with him to a service station a few miles up the interstate. What to do! The voice of God within Debby, a voice she'd learned to trust, whispered, 'It's okay. Go with him.' As they drove together the man told her he'd been in prison, met Christ, and his life had been radically changed. He showed her pictures of his wife and family. When they returned to her car he poured a can of fuel into her tank, said goodbye, and left. Then it happened! Just as Debby turned her car around to leave - on a highway with a clear view for miles in either direction - the truck was nowhere to be seen. Just like that, a forty-ton tractor-trailer and its driver disappeared!

The Bible says, 'Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realising it' (Hebrews 13:2 NLT)! Debby is convinced God sent an angel to help her that day.

What do you think? Many of us have similar stories, yet we don't share them. Maybe it's fear of criticism. Or maybe it's not until later that we realise we had, in fact, been visited by an angel!

Soulfood: Gen 42-43 Luke 10:25-37 Ps 33:1-12 Pro 5:7-14,


Getting through your 'nighttime experiences'

'Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.' Psalm 30:5 NKJV

God is with us during our 'night-time experiences'. Think about it; you've been knocked down, but by God's grace you've got back up. No matter how dark the night, you've lived to see the morning. Times change and relationships change, but God is always the same. He's the one who brought you through every difficulty in the past, and he promises to be with you every day of the future.

Note the words 'joy comes'. That means you will rise again and rejoice again. Your drive to survive comes from a well that's already within you, and the Lord is the one who fills that well. Let it flow! You don't have to make it flow, just let it flow. Sixteenth-century English clergyman and historian Dr Thomas Fuller said, 'If it were not for hope, the heart would break.' No matter what you're going through right now, don't give up until you see the morning. It's at the end of every dark night and every broken promise - and it always comes. After every setback, betrayal and denial - morning will surely break. Let nothing keep you from believing that! God will dry your tears and you'll awake with a new song.

One of the greatest promises in Scripture is this: 'His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion...therefore I hope in him. The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him' (Lamentations 3:22-25 NKJV). Yesterday ended last night. It's a new day, so make up your mind to enjoy it!

Soulfood: Exo 20:3 Acts 14:1-18 1 Sam 5:1-5,


Radical commitment 2

'Take up your cross daily, and follow me.' Luke 9:23 NLT

Let's consider: (1) Commitment at work. In the past, employers valued their workers and workers valued their employers. But today's workplace has become increasingly adversarial, with workers resenting their bosses and doing the bare minimum, while bosses are often demanding and take their employees for granted. God's way calls for mutual commitment. 'Don't work hard only when your master is watching and then shirk when he isn't looking; work hard and with gladness all the time, as though working for Christ' (Ephesians 6:6-7 TLB). If you are an employer, take note who you represent - God. (2) Commitment at church. Many folks have a casual, cafeteria-style approach to church: they pick what they like and leave what they don't. Jesus said, 'I will build my church' (Matthew 16:18 NIV). And membership in it calls for a covenant relationship between believers: one in which we agree to encourage, nurture, protect, cherish, pray for each other and fulfil our mission together (see 1 Corinthians 12:12-31). (3) Commitment to Christ. Jesus made a radical commitment to us through his birth, life, suffering, crucifixion and death, and he asks us to commit radically to him. 'Then he said to the crowd, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me"' (Luke 9:23 NLT). That means you no longer follow your own wishes or will, but follow the Lord, his wishes and his will.

That's radical commitment, and it's what God expects from you.

Soulfood: Gen 40-41 Luke 10:13-24 Ps 28 Pro 5:3-6,

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