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Divine Note #24 - Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Isaiah 55:6

Divine Note #24 – June 15, 2009
Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Isaiah 55:6 (New Living Translation)
Dear Sisters,
Each week the message becomes louder and clearer in my heart. We must become effective disciples for Christ. We are His hands, ears and feet while we are on Earth. You will not fulfill your God-given mission on this planet until you step out to serve others and share how your life was transformed. So…this Divine Note is to encourage you to cry out to God, so that you can feel comfortable having an open dialog with Him. Once you open that communication with God, it changes your life in a huge way. When you cry out to Him, it establishes a powerful intimacy that allows you to walk in His power.
When you develop the ability to cry out to God, you will be empowered to pray out loud on behalf of your children, spouse, family, friends and all the people around the world who are hurting or who do not know Him! You may be uncomfortable with the idea of praying out loud, but it’s powerful! He will listen to you and give you direction and you will become an effective ambassador. Take that next step and call on Him while He will hear your requests!

When you are under attack
Psalm
34:15 - The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry.
When you know you are being wrongly accused or persecuted, cry out to the Lord! He will hear your plea. But you must also be willing to listen and not second-guess what He expects you to do.
When your prayer has not been answered
Psalm 40:1 -
I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
Our generation has a hard time waiting on anyone – especially God. We may go to Him in prayer one time and figure that’s enough. It’s not. Do as Esther did and wait for God’s answer before responding to life’s events. How many mistakes have we made because we decided to do our own thing rather than wait for His response?

When you are in the darkest valley of life
Psalm 130 - Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
It’s during those dark minutes, days and hours of life that He carries us! But we just don’t stop and see it because we’re too involved in our pain. If we do cry out to Him, many times we are angry and overwhelmed. Sisters, I invite you to tell God that you love Him so much and that you are thankful for each moment of your life regardless of your circumstance. I’ve learned how to thank Him through my pain and it’s a beautiful thing to be able to do this. Don’t lash out at Him – instead thank Him and ask Him to wrap His tender arms around you!

God wants you to speak life into your circumstances
I invite you to read the book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament. If you don’t think God wants you to take action and be powerful, checkout the message of the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37:1-10. I was blown away about the way God told the prophet to take speak a prophetic word over the bones. Of course, Ezekiel kicks it back to God. But God tells him to speak the word several times! Sisters – there is power when you develop that relationship with Almighty God! He empowers and equips you to make an eternal difference!

I’m a living testimony to His power. If you would have told me a year ago that I would be writing these notes, I could not have believed it! Last week I asked everyone to get out of their comfort zone to serve and I did it! I began my lay ministry work visiting patients at Methodist Hospital. I saw His hand over each person I listened to and prayed with. I also got major GOD HUGS!

Several of you wrote to tell me what you were doing or what you were planning to do to serve others. Please send me your stories, so I can write about how you are making a difference for God’s children! I encourage you to move past your personal world and make a difference to those who need Christ and especially to those who have not even heard of Christ! God knows your heart before you speak, so get moving now!
Isaiah 65:24: I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!
Give someone a BIG GOD HUG this week!
Love,
Blanca

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