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When God Opens His Hand
By Pastor Lew Pizzala
“You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing” – Psa. 145:16
If your lifestyle isn’t governed by, “Jesus is all I need”, then, like the wave of the sea, you will be tossed around by disorientation and instability. The key is to be satisfied by the “open handed God.” If you want God to open His hand then you have to open your mouth. In that same chapter he says: “My mouth shall speak the praises of the Lord…” (v. 21). When you speak up, God shows up.
We must also consider that if we want God to open His hand, we must open our eyes. He said: “The eyes of all look expectantly to You…” (v. 15). God opens His hand to those who expect Him to. When the Holy Spirit opens your eyes the end result is an expectant look. An old proverb says: “Blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall not be disappointed.” The Scriptures teach that God is open handed to those who’s hearts are surrendered to Him. The unsatisfied life is always the by product of an un-surrendered heart.
Prayer: “Father help me to open my mouth, lift up my eyes and surrender my heart this day. Then, and only then, will I be able to proclaim: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”
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I Have Set The Lord Before Me Pastor Lew Pizzala
“I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. 8 I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved” Psa. 16:7,8
When you think of people who are effective in what they do you have to realize that it is not by accident. Being effective is the result of developing the right kind of habits that enhance your effectiveness. One of the habits that David developed that made him great was he “always set the Lord before him.” This is what gave him his stability. We can’t bodily pick God up and set Him before us, so how do we “set the Lord before us?”
First, set your eyes on the presence of the Lord. Because God is invisible you have to train your eyes to see Him who is invisible (Heb. 11:27). Adjust your heart so that you are fully aware that God is in you, upon you and with you. Second, turn your affections toward Him. David was not just a great warrior; he was also a great worshipper. He did more than live by the theory of God’s presence, he was a practitioner. Don’t settle for the menu. Partake of the course. In order for a truth to be validated in your life it has to turn into an experience.
Prayer: “Help me today to bless the Lord. I receive fresh strength to look to Him who is invisible. May the reality of setting you before me enable me to live victoriously.”