Where Are You Going? Is Fear Preventing You From God’s Best?

Do you ever wonder where you are going? Have you been driving down the highway and talking on the phone – hands-free of course – and you missed your off-ramp? Go ahead, admit it. I’ve driven past my exit and gone a mile or so before I even noticed!

If we multitask in the fast-paced lifestyle that we live in America – so much so that we get distracted and make some wrong turns – do you suppose that we make some wrong turns in our walks with God?

We get caught up in our busyness and our problems, and sometimes we get so tired of the hustle, that we want to run away from it all.

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Divine Applause … A Review


Jeff Anderson shares personal stories to illustrate his relationship with an “invisible God” in Divine Applause. Anderson’s focus is upon getting God’s attention and catching “buzzer shot” moments with God, those special moments when we recognize that God was at work in our lives and the lives of others.

Instead of using the Bible as it is written, Anderson adds to it when it makes a better story. He creates the name “Steve” for Abraham’s “Chief of Staff.” “Steve” is charged with going to Abraham’s home to find a wife for Isaac. Since Abraham’s servant is not referred to as Eleazar in Genesis 24, Anderson rightly asserts that we cannot assume that this servant is Eleazar. So, Anderson names the servant “Steve.” Anderson tells us that Steve’s “buzzer shot” was when Rebekah gave him a drink from the well and then watered his camels.

Anderson writes,

God is interested in you, and He’s waiting for you to engage in a real walk with Him. The basic ingredients of the Christian journey are simple but were never intended to be dull. Maybe that’s why Steve’s story, and so many others in the Bible, jolt us into looking up and expecting more in our relationship with God. p. 54

Anderson claims that Jesus gave us secret ingredients to connect with God and “notice Him noticing us” in Matthew 6.  Giving, praying, and fasting are Anderson’s ingredients to wait on God’s notice.

Anderson uses his experience as an earthly father to understand his relationship with his Heavenly Father who is invisible to him. Unlike Anderson, I see God throughout His creation, and feel His presence as He surrounds me and is within me.

Jesus told the disciples, “lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 20 In addition, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, 1 Corinthians 6:19. Our Heavenly Father notices His children constantly, unlike earthly fathers. It is God’s children who do not notice Him.

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8

Anderson is focused upon getting God to notice him and getting God to give Anderson signs that God notices him.

I wonder how God would respond.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

My prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for surrounding us with Your presence. Help us to notice You in everything we do. Help us to get our eyes off of ourselves and upon You. We love You, Lord; teach us to draw near to You.

What’s following your belief?

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Believing is like waiting. Abram (later Abraham) was 75 when God told him to leave his family and become a nomad in a land he did not know. God promised him descendants numbering beyond the stars in the heavens.

And so Abram believed God and started walking.

And Abram waited in expectation of a son.

Twenty-five years later, Isaac was born. And Abraham believed God and waited for more.

He [God] said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” Genesis 22:2

And so Abraham believed God and started walking. Belief … not understanding. Belief working.

You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected;  and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called the friend of God. James 2:19-23

God gave me a promise, an impossibility. He impressed upon me that He would heal me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. There is no cure.

I believed God, even though I’d had hands laid upon me, and I had been anointed with oil. I was still in pain.

Yet, my husband, Keith, and I started walking and praying through the Scriptures.

We believed God. We waited upon God.

Two years later, November 21, 2010, God healed me.

We believed God’s healing, and the walk became an adventure of unlimited possibilities of signs pointing to God.

We learned and are continuing to learn, that we had limited God’s work in us.

When we simply believed God and started walking, God worked.

“These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed. Mark 16:16-20

What is following you as a believer in our Lord Jesus Christ?

My prayer for you:

Father in Heaven, You are the God of all possibility and all that is good. Thank You for Your patience with Your believers. Bless us with Your wisdom and the knowledge of You. We want to believe in You, but we have limited our understanding of You. Help our unbelief, and teach us how we should walk in faith. Work in us and confirm Your Word by what follows us. We thank You for all that You are and do. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray.

God’s healing promise given … years later realized

“For when God made a promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater by whom to swear, He swore by Himself, saying, ‘Surely I will bless you and multiply you.’ And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise.” Hebrews 6:13-15 (RSV)

When Abraham was 75, God promised Abraham that He would make a great nation from Abraham’s descendants. He had no children when the promise was given, but Abraham believed God. Years later, still no children.

Sarah and Abraham decided to help God out with the promise; Abraham took Sarah’s servant, Hagar, and had a son by her, Ishmael. But Ishmael was not the son God would use to make a great nation for Himself.

Twenty-five years later, the promise came, Isaac. Clearly a miracle and not by their efforts.

In 2008, God told my husband and me that He would heal me of fibromyalgia. There is no cure for fibromyalgia, yet, we believed God for this healing.

We consumed books on how God heals. We prayed. We read all the Scriptures about healing and many more Scriptures on waiting on the Lord. We believed. No healing.

“How long, God? Did You really promise a healing?”

I tried new medications, juiced, and exercised. My efforts weren’t working; the doctors’ efforts weren’t working, In fact, I got worse and began to think that I needed to resign from my job.

Then, my prayers changed.

“I don’t care if You heal me, God. I just want more of YOU! Show me Your glory.”

We attended a healing service on Sunday, November 21, 2010, and God healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

I believed I would be healed two years before the Lord healed me. Why did I have to wait two years?

Jeremiah asked God, “how long?”

 “If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe land you fall down, how will you do in the jungle of the Jordan?” Jeremiah 12:5 (RSV)

God was building endurance, preparing His people for future challenges, much like preparing for a race.

As a Christ follower, I am being trained to run the race further. I am being trained to endure. That takes greater challenges.

I called the two years “waiting on the Lord,” and it was. But He was building me up for the race ahead. When I was ready for a longer and more arduous race, He healed me.

What promise are you waiting for? Patiently endure as you are prepared for the next race.

My prayer for you:

Gracious Father, bless this dear reader with faith in Your great and precious promises as you prepare Your beloved to receive the promise and begin a new race. Equip this believer with Your perfect wisdom, grace, peace, and joy, and this dear saint will give You the glory.