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SELAH

SELAH

The exact meaning of Selah is unknown. Scholars believe it may be a musical term that means to pause and reflect. So with that thought in mind, I would like end this year by pausing for a moment to reflect and thank the Lord for His goodness and many blessings:

  • Thousands have read my book, The Greatest Moment.
  • Hundreds of Thousands have pondered my writings in Anthologies.
  • Millions upon Millions have been encouraged by my Devotionals.

Moreover, The Greatest Moment has impacted people all across the United States and worldwide. Some of the places include Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Palau, Mexico, and several countries in Africa. And those are just a few of the ones I know about; no doubt, there are many others.

In all these things, God deserves the credit and adoration.

Thank you Lord!

Charles Earl Harrel

 

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Hungry and Thirsty

            Hungry and Thirsty                         

Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things (Psalm 107:8, 9).

Scripture: Psalm 107:1–9

Song: “Come and Dine” (by C. B. Widmeyer)

At 19 years old, I was a new convert to Christianity, full of vigor but somewhat naive. One Sunday, after reading about the 40-day fast Jesus accomplished in the wilderness, I decided to try a fast of my own. Like Jesus, I would not eat or drink anything for 40 days. That night, I drank lots of water and consumed a huge meal to prepare myself for Monday.

When I arrived at work, the loading dock at W. T. Grants had two semi-trucks, both doubles, which needed unloading. By noon, my mouth had turned dry, and my stomach ached for anything edible. Our stock room crew usually ate lunch together at the food court. And wouldn’t you know it—that day the menu offered one of my favorites—fried clams, all you could eat, including free refills on soft drinks. I just sat at my table, famished, watching my stockroom buddies chow down. I still remember that hungry feeling.

Hunger and thirst are powerful spiritual motivators. They push us toward God’s kingdom and His righteousness. When we hunger after these things, God fills our lives to overflowing. And like nourishment for the body, the good things of God satisfy the soul.

God, Your unfailing love, divine mercy, and wonderful deeds are like food for a hungry spirit and water for a thirsty soul. Give me these things! In Jesus’ name, amen.

“Hungry and Thirsty” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2011 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Don’t miss His glory

So much grumbling and faultfinding going on today. Here’s a reminder on why to avoid it.

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exodus-16-10Exodus 16:9-36

Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’”

10While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud.

Just reading the Word today and will return to some life lessons…but did not want to miss this one. There is no blessing in grumbling. The people are busy grumbling and in spite of their heart condition, the loving, gracious, merciful, patient, kind and good God has Moses to call the people to come before the Him. Otherwise, left to themselves they would have missed the manifested presence of the Lord.  You know, it’s kind of hard to grumble and worship at the same time. No matter how tough the circumstance we need to move our eyes from the circumstance…

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His Great Promises

His Great PromisesJacob's ladder

Read Genesis 34:1 through 36:43

There [Jacob] built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother (Genesis 35:7).

Jacob stumbled upon Bethel one night while fleeing from his brother Esau. Using a stone as a pillow, Jacob lay down and dreamt of angels traveling a heavenly staircase. He would always remember the great promises God have him at this place—numerous descendants, land, and God’s presence (Genesis 28).

Years later, when he prepared to face Esau once again, Jacob reminded God of His promises (Genesis 32:12). How could Jacob have descendants like “sand of the sea” if Esau, in anger, wiped them all out? God graciously answered Jacob’s prayer for protection. Later, Jacob returned to Bethel and renewed his commitment to the God who makes—and keeps—such great promises.

When challenged with a problem, whether physical, spiritual, or financial, God’s people can do no better than to plead His great promises.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to believe Your promises and receive Your blessings in my life.

Quicklook: Genesis 35:1–8

—Charles Earl Harrel

Pray that God would secure the peace of Jerusalem.

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More Please

 God's Abundance         

                         “More Please”

Read 1 Chronicles 3:1 through 4:23; John 1:19–39

Many Christians wonder if God has more for them. It is not that these believers are greedy or ungrateful. Most do not want additional blessings for the wrong reason. They understand biblical promises, but wonder why many of them remain unrealized in their lives.

Some people feel better after prayer for healing, but desire to be totally free from any remaining pain. Pastors envision larger churches with greater impact in their communities, and families dream of moving from apartments to modest homes. Believers realize that God has already blessed them, yet they desire more.

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request (1 Chronicles 4:10).

We should never hesitate to ask God in prayer for His blessing. God has an endless supply to give and He loves to grant the requests of those who honor and trust Him. He knows we need His blessing. God listened to Jabez, blessed him, then granted his request for more. He can do the same for us.

Thought for Today: God loves blessing His children. Just ask Him.

—Charles Earl Harrel                 

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