Posted in Hiding His Word

Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart – Ask of Me!

 

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. ~ Psalms‬ ‭2:8‬‬‬‬

DFF3ACD9-85B8-4698-B11F-72DFDDB672D7This is God’s truth and promise for you and for me. All we need to do to be mighty for God throughout the nations of this world is to “ask” Him.

Before we can even ask though, we need a vision and a desire for the nations. Many of us have little to no burden or concern, love or interest in the lost of our own country let alone the nations of the world. Our lives tend to focus on ourselves and our immediate family. But if we grow as faithful followers of Jesus Christ, we will begin to see our neighbors through God’s eyes and begin to take pleasure in knowing this generation of all colors and creeds and sharing with them the Gospel.

Jesus loves the nations. We were all created by God, in the image of God (Genesis 5:1-2). I believe that every man living today will one day see that when God made Adam, you were and we really are related to all mankind. According to Genesis 10:32 all the nations come from Noah. And so because Noah is your forefather too, you also have a connection to every single one of the nations. Abraham, who is your spiritual father, is the father of many nations (Genesis 17:4). So you are related also to many nations and each other by the Spirit of God.

We live in the day when no nations are a far off. Anyone can be reached in just a few minutes. Every nation affects another nation. Something happening in the most remote people group can affect many lives in many nations in just a few hours. Even very small countries can shake kingdoms.

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. ~ John 4:35

Lift up your eyes and heart and look on the nations. Love the people. The treasures of heaven are all of the beautiful people of the world. Jesus wants nations, but He wants to bring each one individually of those nations into a relationship with Himself, just like He brought you in, before His return.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. ~ 2 Peter 3:9-10

So go to them now. Love them now. Pray for them now. Ask God to give you the nations now. They can be your possessions – if you so desire.

You can have all that your heart desires: the mountains of Switzerland, the canals and tulip fields of Holland, the manufacturers of China, deserts of the Sahara, the cities of America, paddy fields of Taiwan, the oil wells of the Middle East and Russia, the farms of New Zealand, fisheries of Greenland, coal mines of Wales, the castles of England, fashion houses of France, gemstones of India, the cattle ranches of Argentina and the gold of South Africa.

It can all be yours and it can be mine…because it is HIS! And He says, “Ask of Me!”

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Father, today would you give me a greater burden, a clearer vision, and increasing love for the nations of the world and the people that live in each one that You love and died for. Would You show me how to reach those You have called me to reach whether at home, in my community, or across the world. In Jesus Name! Amen!!!

Posted in Journal

Twenty-two Nations

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How big is your world?

I love that WordPress gives yearly statistics on my Blog. They don’t share who reads but instead a list of countries and the number of “hits” per country for that blogging year.

Now, I don’t write so that others will read it; I just like to express myself through writing and it helps me process..but I am always aware that since this is a social media platform that it is visible and there is the possibility that it will be seen. It can be seen, but until recently it hasn’t. In fact, I have been blogging for ten years on this site, and never had over one or two hits a year.

Sometimes we think what we do doesn’t matter or that we don’t touch anyone in any way through Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc…but looking at the list of the nations I am reminded that everything we put on social media or speak out of our mouths wherever we are…goes out there and has some effect. These “hits” represent people that were searching for something and landed on my website. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, that is a pretty sobering thought. I need to be as careful about what I write and share, as what I speak and even think. You do too. The world is searching and they are watching, reading, and listening and you may not even know it….until after the fact. Do my words represent Jesus well? Do they share the Gospel? Are they loving and encouraging words? Do my words and thoughts line up with Philippians 4:8?

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8

 

My Pastor often says that we may not be able to go into all the world, but each one of us can all go into all of our own world. I never dreamed my world was so vast and I am reminded of some of the scriptures I have prayed so many times. Scriptures like:

 

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. ~ Isaiah 6:8

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. ~ Psalm 2:8

Since I began praying these scriptures, I have had the privilege to personally go to Romania, Haiti, and Tanzania on Mission Trips. What a blessing. I worked for a season at a local food pantry sharing the gospel and praying with the people that came there. Incredible times of ministry. These are all very real mission fields but the majority of my days seem to have little to do with missions and sharing the Gospel but instead looks more like me studying and writing and learning it for myself. I have often wondered why “waste” so much time making sure my writing and the look of a website was pleasing for my audience of “me?” Maybe, God put that desire there?

 

When we “sit” and wait on His calling to spring forth in some BIG way, we sometimes miss what God is doing in small ways. We sit and sometimes think maybe God said “no” to our prayers or that He wants us to wait longer and prepare more, or maybe we think He isn’t answering our prayers at all because it doesn’t happen in our timetable or as we expect. I didn’t expect this but look at the nations listed in my report -in order of the number of “hits” received for this past 12 months. Twenty-two nations…all over the world.

 

United States of America, Brazil, Italy, Portugal, Malaysia, Spain, Philippines, Indonesia, France, Sweden, Chile, Cambodia, Taiwan, Armenia, Japan, Colombia, Canada, Romania, Algeria, Moldova, Rwanda, Austria

 

Only God knows His plans, and only God knows where the seeds you are sowing (whether they be good or bad seeds) are falling and taking root. Maybe these are just words on a page but they are out there going, going, going. I can honestly say, I had no idea. What an eye-opener!