Tag Archives: God’s blessings

The Visitation

THE VISITATION

My newest painting has a story and a message. It portrays a few of the great moments in my book, The Greatest Moment. Enjoy the painting as you ponder the greatness of God.

An ancient mountain stands tall in the background from which flows a mighty river. The waters run pure and support life. Above, the sky is aflame with anointing. A dove hovers in the foreground, waiting for the right moment to descend. Evergreens grow strong as they reach towards the heavens. One tree, though, is different from the others. Like the river, it also contains life and its leaves provide healing for those who are hurting. A little lost lamb comes to drink from the living waters and is refreshed. All those who are thirsty are welcome in this place.

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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

 

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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