Is There a Shortage?

Teresa Poucher

Have you been shopping lately?  ‘Reminds me of an approaching hurricane:  Good luck finding bread, chips, or batteries!  

 

We have ships lined up to the dock, and stores are out of supplies. ‘Makes me think of the Israelites in the wilderness: There was no food on the shelves, water was scarce, and not an Old Navy or a Walmart in sight.

 

I would hate to be in a barren desert land with no food or water. We first heard of a rock in the Bible when God spoke to Moses. The people and cattle were thirsty. God said to strike the rock, and water gushed out to quench the thirst of a million people and cattle. (Exodus 17:6)

 

Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint…” (Deuteronomy 8:15)

 

Again, they needed water (Numbers 20:8).God told Moses to “speak” to the rock. Instead, Moses struck the rock and wasn’t permitted to enter the promised land.

 

In I Corinthians, chapter 10, we learn that Jesus was that Rock. The striking of the rock symbolized his death. The crossing of the Red Sea signified baptism. The manna falling from heaven was symbolic of Christ being the Bread of Life.

 

  If you’ll notice, the rock was a flint rock, from where we can get fire, which is likened to the Holy Ghost fire that fell in the upper room on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2)

 

  God did such amazing miracles in that wilderness.  He is still our Rock; He will provide us bread and water.  He will do the miraculous.  

 

  Let’s not strike that Rock again.  We only need to speak.  Speak a prayer of thanksgiving and praise, intercede for someone’s need, and may repentance, revival, and revelation sweep throughout the land.  

 

  God isn’t affected by the supply chain or the government.

 

“The Lord’s hand is not shortened that it can not save…” (Isaiah 69:1)

 

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Maybe I Need to Forget

Teresa Poucher

   I get frustrated because I don’t remember where I left my keys or phone.  What was that password?  I don’t recall.  However, sometimes I remember things I should have forgotten.  It would benefit me to lose sight of a few things.

 

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)

 

  Hmm, can I press toward that mark if I hold on to disturbing memories?  Why would we hold on to the past?  It makes us stagnant and keeps us stationary.  Yes, you were done wrong. Surely it hurts. If my body were injured, wouldn’t I clean the wound in spite of the pain?  If I didn’t, it could get severely infected.   Yes, it might leave a scar.  That will either be a badge of honor or one of shame and regret.

 

  The time I spend on distressing memories is robbing me of the time I could be praising and growing in God.  Remember, Paul and Silas (Acts16) were thrown in jail after being beaten.  In stocks at midnight, they prayed and sang praises.  All the prisoner’s bands were loosed.  Maybe it’s your midnight hour.  

 

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

 

It’s time to forget.

I Don’t Remember

Teresa Poucher

I don’t remember where I put that purchase I need to return to the store.  I know I bought a card for a friend, but I can’t send it, because I can’t find it.  I am constantly using my watch to ping my phone.  

 

  Yes, I’m getting older.  I am sometimes distracted, often busy.  However, I’m getting my steps in because I’m walking in circles.

 

  The Bible speaks a lot about remembrance.  I was disturbed when I read in Jeremiah, chapter 2, how God spoke to Israel, how He remembered their kindness and love, and how they chased after him in the wilderness. Then they walked away and forgot Him.

 

  “…What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me…”   (Jeremiah 2:5)

 

  Their clothes and shoes did not wear out.  Manna fell from heaven to feed them every day.  They had a cloud to shade them from the heat and fire to guide them and give them heat in the cold evening.  Water came out of a rock in a dry and barren land.  Did they forget?

 

  What have you forgotten?  Perhaps the time you were spared from a near-fatal accident?  Groceries someone brought to you when you lost your job?  The healing in your body? The unexpected check that came in the mail at the exact time it was needed?   

 

  What about the time you cried yourself to sleep, and God came and wrapped his arms around you?  Or when he encouraged you to go ahead and face a fear, or delivered you from the bondage of ________, or gloriously filled you with His Spirit?

 

  I must never forget His goodness and mercy, which He gives usevery day. 

 

“And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place….” (Exodus 13:3)

And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols….” (Ezekiel 6:9)

I don’t want to break His heart!

Give it All

Teresa Poucher

Do you feel you’ve given your all, but you just aren’t getting the answers you need? What else do you have to offer? Not just your money, time, devotion, witnessing, cooking for people, giving others a lift to church, or just plain old hard work.

 

  We are accustomed to doing good works.  Yet today, I feel like my works aren’t enough.  I can’t impress God with my talent.  All our gifts and callings are from Him anyway.  So, I feel like the person that is re-gifting. 

 

  Unlike other people, God is interested in your broken things:  All your junk, trash, preconceived ideas, faults, failures, broken hearts, dreams, sickness, doubts, fears, turmoil…  

 

  God wants it ALL.

 

“Casting all your care upon him; for hecareth for you.” (1Peter 5:7)

Boards and Broken Pieces

Teresa Poucher

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The 26th chapter of Acts speaks of Paul as a prisoner being tried before Festus and King Agrippa. Paul’s testimony was so compelling that King Agrippa told Paul he almost persuaded him to become a Christian. They were ready to free him, but Paul had appealed to Caesar so they sent him on to Rome.


When it was time to depart by ship, Paul warned them not to sail. However, the owner and centurion thought they knew better. The ship soon found itself in a typhoon. “And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.” (Acts 27:20)

 

  Have you also been on a journey sailing your ship only to find out you may be the captain, but Jesus is the master of the wind?  Maybe we should have waited a little longer.  Perhaps I wouldn’t be in this storm.  Do you feel much like the souls on board this ship?  All hope of being saved is gone.  

 

But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.

(Acts 27:21-22)

 

  Long abstinence? Do you think maybe Paul had a prayer meeting?  Did he intercede for all the 276 souls on this ship?

 

   According to Acts 27:42, the soldiers were ready to kill all the prisoners.  Yet Paul stood on behalf of all aboard this ship.  

 

“…they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land: And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.” (Acts 27:43-44)

 

Hold fast; God isn’t through with you yet. You have your own Caesar to appeal to. In the meantime, there are many souls to reach. Grab a board, even a broken piece. There are still more souls to reach and some prisoners to set free.

Don’t Take it Personally

Teresa Poucher

Have you ever had an individual in your life for whom you cared deeply? ‘Seems like a stranger can say something ugly to you, and you can forgive and get over it. Yet, when it’s close to home, or someone for whom you care, the sting lingers. If you spend a lot of time with them, you better get over it, or it will eat your lunch and your dinner too!

Many years ago, while in prayer for such a situation, the Lord spoke these words to my heart: “Don’t condemn, push away, or take it personally.” The first two were easy with the Lord’s help. “Don’t take it personally” was much harder. Yet, if we look to the Word of God, we see, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...” (Ephesians 6:12)


  This person is not making a personal attack.  They are reacting to a hurt they haven’t resolved yet.

  Forgiveness is so wonderful; it heals us when we practice it.  I tend to take things personally.  It’s my fault, I must have messed up.  I feel bad when many things are not even my fault. 

Which brings me to why wouldn’t I take it personally when I read the Word of God? The Word of the Lord is so full of promises. God robed Himself in flesh and was “born in a barn,” so to speak. He was killed by those to whom He gave life. All so we could spend eternity with Him. What wondrous love and compassion. Yes, He died for MYsin. It was my fault; I was guilty. I take that very personally. He never gives up on us, and He never gets ugly with us, but He gently corrects us. I want to take His every desire personally, don’t you?

It’s Time

Teresa Poucher

 

I have an old anniversary clock that hasn’t worked for at least 12 years. Why do I keep it? It brings back memories as far back as I can recall. It is from Mom and Dad. This clock is special to me, especially since I was only eight when he passed from this life. He just didn’t have enough time.

 

I own an Apple Watch; it’s amazing what all that thing can do. For sure, it keeps time and much more. ‘Seems we all live by our watch and time. We can watch the land and see the seasons change. We are aware of weather patterns and watch for them. Here in Louisiana, in the winter, when the rain is coming, we know it will turn cold soon, and we are watching for it. In the summer, if the sky is red in the morning, we know it will rain that day.

 

Johann, our German Shepherd, was a great watchdog. He was familiar with our activities and was always on the lookout, listening for a distant sound or unusual happening. If I said “watch,” Johann would run to the window to check everything out. Unlike my anniversary clock, he kept good time.

 

  If we look and listen to the signs around us, we can see and hear many unusual happenings.  The end time is upon us.  Men’s hearts are failing them, and there are many problems with politics, crime, weather-related crises, and economics.  

 

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” (Roman 13:11)

 

“Be sober, be vigilant*; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1Peter 5:8)

 

  *Noah Webster 1828 VIG’ILANT, a. [L. vigilans.] Watchful; circumspect; attentive to discover and avoid danger, or to provide for safety.

 

We know our days are numbered. If we ever prayed, now is the time to pray more. If John the Baptist prepared the way of the Lord preaching repentance, we need to pray that the world sees the need for repentance. We need to stand in the gap, make up the hedge, and pray that God will give revelation to the lost and a spirit of revival with the outpouring of his Holy Spirit. Let us watch…

 

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16)

 

What are you doing with your time?

Jesus Name

Teresa Poucher

  I was curious how in the Old Testament,the people called God many things.   He has so many titles.  When Moses went to Pharaoh, he asked God, “Who do I say sent me?” God responded, “I AM THAT I AM.”  How in the world can the three letters, I AM, be so powerful?  He is self-sufficientand self-sustaining.  He is whatever you need in your life.  

 

  He gave us a commandment not to take His Name in vain.  I think we have all done this at some point in our life, maybe not by swearing, but by just being casual with it.  We go many years and don’t know His Name. Why? I feel Iike God was planning to reveal His Name in such a powerfulway.  He spent years trying to reveal to us who He was and what He desired to perform.

 

  The Romans and Pharisees crucifiedJesus.  They couldn’t handle His popularity and healing. In the book of Acts, the disciples received the Holy Ghost.  They started preaching and teaching in His Name.  Instead of just Jesus going around preaching and healing, they had thousands of disciples applying His Name.

 

  The New Testament church was born on the day of Pentecost.  (Acts 2). The name,Jesus, appears 67 times in the book of Acts.  Of those 67 times, 17 say “name of Jesus.”  

Is praying in Jesus’s name necessary?

 

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” (Colossians 3:17)

 

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

 

The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us…” (IPeter 3:21)

 

For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.” (Romans 9:17)

 

There have been instances I only had time to say “Jesus!” and He kept me from an accident. I’m so thankful He revealed His Name to us. I desire to honor and apply it in all I say and do today and always.

Wayward Souls

Teresa Poucher

We all know a wayward soul, maybe a child, husband, or siblings. It is heartbreaking as well as discouraging.  

 

  Years ago, God spoke to my heart, “I’m going to give you a Lazarus miracle.”  The following week my pastor preached on the miracle of Lazarus.  I felt the confirmation and was super excited.  

 

  Well, it’s been years and still no resurrection.  I worried; I prayed, cried, and waited.  Pouting doesn’t help, nor does trying to figure out what God is going to do.  He doesn’t need help.  He desires faith!  So, what must I do?   Speak the Word out loud.  We have whatsoever we saith.  What are we saying?  

 

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”(Romans 10:17)

 

…it was impossible for God to lie…” (Hebrews 6:18)

For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:39)

 

  It doesn’t matter if they are far off geographically or spiritually.  Speak whatever scriptures the Lord has laid on your heart.  

 

I will get my Lazarus miracle — God is faithful. So, when you get disheartened, think of Lazarus. Someone had to die. Mary and Martha knew Jesus could heal their brother, but he decided not to show. They had to watch him die and bury him. Then four days later, He showed up. All hope was gone. They thought God let them down or perhaps really didn’t love them.

 

  Rest assured He does love you.  He has not forgotten you.  He has a plan.  God is going to get the glory from this situation that seems grave.  

 

You can get excited again because He is the resurrection and the life.

Things That are Lost

Teresa Poucher

  I lost a set of keys once; it was a cool spring evening.  I found them the following fall in a coat pocket.  We don’t get lost or lose things on purpose; it happens when we are careless.

 

  In Luke chapter 15, we read of the lost sheep, a lost coin, and a young man we know as “the prodigal son.”

 

  Sheep are very vulnerable, which is why they need a shepherd.  Staying close in a flock keeps them from being singled out and attacked.  Like the lost sheep, when we begin to stray from the flock, we are in danger.  Many times, depression leads to isolation making us exposed to an attack with no one to help.  Sadly, there always seem to be a few Christians who will isolate themselves from their church family.

 

When we look at the parable of the lost coin, we know the lady of the house had to sweep to find her coin. Possibly, some dust or trash might have accumulated, but the coin is still in the house. How can a child of God be lost in His house? By not realizing how valuable they are, as well as what they possess in God. If it had been a penny or a quarter, I don’t think she would have searched so diligently. Could we imagine some of us fall in this category of not recognizing the treasure we are and possess?

 

The prodigal son asks his father to give him his portion of his goods. In my words, “I want what I have coming to me – pronto!”This practice was not the custom in his day, yet his father agrees, knowing it was bad news. We know he squandered everything he had in riotous living. He wound up slopping pigs to survive, and after a while, the slop was looking pretty good to eat.

 

Then he came to himself. He remembered his father’s house; even the servants had it better than he did. He came to a turning point and repented. He went from “give me” to “make me one of the hired servants.”

 

  When we live for God and let God make us what He desires, we will be full of joy and peace.  The glory, glitz, fame, and money don’t match up to what our God has in store for us.

 

  If we continue in either of the first two allegories, could we end up like the prodigal son?  The prodigal had a brother, making it 50% that was lost.  Hmm… “Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.”

(Luke 17:35-36)

 

  When anyone isolates or is down, let us encourage and stand in the gap for them, knowing the father is looking for us to come back and restore us.  When we do, all heaven will be rejoicing.

 

“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.”(Luke 15:20)