Thursday, December 30, 2010

#2 In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge

We started preparing to leave December 18th, but we were praying that the Lord would let us know if we needed to leave sooner or if Montana was not the destination He wanted for us. And we prayed that He would make a clear path for us and that His Spirit would go ahead of us and make a place for us there with a home, a church community and a job.

During our preparations, the Lord, in His mercy, warned us that a storm was coming. 

And then boy did it! 

Even with the warning, we were unprepared for the intensity, severity and source of the persecution that came next. 

Even though it drove us to our knees in prayer, for days we let it become a distraction from the path that the Lord had set us on. 

By His grace, the Lord brought this scripture to us:
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”  Daniel 3:16-18

I sent him this reply: “Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head.”
They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.”
   But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”
Nehemiah 6:8-9

So we continued our preparations and trusted the Lord with the rest.

And all of a sudden, the Lord revealed to us a whole new understanding of the Psalms.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
   for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:10-11

#1 - Going West
#2 - In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge
#3 - Take delight in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart
#4 - Let The Journey Begin
#5 - Yahweh-Yireh
#6 - for the love of money... and coffee.
#7 - Testing God
#8 - Billings, MT
#9 - who needs furniture?
#10 - The floodgates of heaven thrown open
#11 - Hardwood Floors, Terrible Neighbors, and God

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