Apr 11 2017

Relaying God’s Whispers

Rebekyah Brewer

I really enjoyed this short  devotional from Streams in the Desert this morning. It’s a real encouragement to write and to share our testimonies and stories with others of God’s presence and providence in our hand daily but especially during dark times in our lives. Perhaps when we do it often enough, others will learn to take a closer  look at their own lives and begin to publically acknowledge His providence and presence daily also.

Streams in the Desert, April 11

What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.(Matthew 10:27)

Our Lord is constantly taking us into the dark in order to tell us something. It may be the darkness of a home where bereavement has drawn the blinds; the darkness of a lonely and desolate life, in which some illness has cut us off from the light and the activity of life; or the darkness of some crushing sorrow and disappointment. Continue reading

Jul 25 2016

What is Prayer?

Rebekyah Brewer

I love this poem by written by Isaac Watts the famous theologian, logician and hymn writer who was born in the late 1600’s. This hymn is one of 750 that he was inspired to write. It is a worship filled reminder of what prayer is and why we pray.

On Prayer by Isaac Watts
Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire
Uttered or unexpressed;
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
The falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of an eye,
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Oct 15 2015

First Things First

Rebekyah Brewer

SUFFER me first to go and …” It is not that you desire wrong things; it is not that you desire to avoid right things; but you say, “Suffer me first to do the in ferior, and then I shall be ready for the superior. Suffer me first to take care of myself. Suffer me first to take care of my household. Suffer me first to take care of my business. Suffer me first to look after this enterprise and then…. “
No!  This constant habit of humbling the higher, and making it subordinate to the lower ; this constant preference of the inferior to the superior, works demoralization. A man does not need to throw away his Bible, nor defy his God, nor sell his soul voluntarily. He needs only to say, “Suffer me first to do this lesser thing.” The moment that is done, there begins the wrong emphasis and proportions in life which bring defeat. If we put the inferior duties in the place of higher duties, we will fail at last. –  Selected.

Jun 7 2015

Home! by Horatius Bonar

Rebekyah Brewer

Afflictions are preparing for us a “more abundant entrance,” a weightier crown, a whiter robe, a sweeter rest, a home made doubly precious by a long exile and many sufferings here below. However desperate our earthly warfare may be, it is not forever. No, it is brief, very brief. Its end is near, very near. And with the end come triumph, and honor, and songs of victory. Then, too, there follows peace, and the return of the war-worn soldier to his quiet dwelling. This is the joy of the saint. He has fought a good fight, he has finished the course, he has kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for him the crown of righteousness. His battle is over, and then for him there are rest and home. Home! Yes, home! And what a home for us   to return to and abide in forever! A home prepared before the foundation of the world. A home in the many mansions. A home nearest the throne and heart of God. A home whose peace shall never be broken by the sound of war or tempest. A home whose brightness shall never be overcast by the remotest shadow of a cloud.

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Mar 9 2014

The Diary of A Bible

Rebekyah Brewer

medium_4273455335Some years ago Churchman Magazine published an  article called “The Diary of A Bible”.   While being humorous it is also very convicting. If our bibles kept a diary of our relationship with them, how would it read?

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Aug 11 2013

The Fellowship of the Unashamed

Rebekyah Brewer

A young African pastor from Rwanda, arrested for his faith and facing certain execution the next morning if he would not renounce his commitment to Jesus Christ wrote and left behind this letter in his cell before walking to his fate.
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Jun 17 2013

The Saint Must Walk Alone

Rebekyah Brewer
“I have decided to follow Jesus; I have decided to follow Jesus; I have decided to follow Jesus; No turning back, no turning back.  Tho’ none go with me, I still will follow, Tho’ none go with me I still will follow, Tho’ none go with me, I still will follow; No turning back, no turning back.”

I recently started a new book by A.W. Tozer called “The Purpose of Man – Designed  to Worship“. The Introduction speaks a little bit about the lifestyle of A.W. Tozer  and the loneliness Tozer often endured because of his great passion for God.  It mentioned this essay Tozer had written that described his own life and the lives of many a Christian who have chosen to walk the narrow path as they followed Christ through desolate places.  I was touched by Tozer’s essay and encouraged knowing that “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.”  I think all Christians experience times when they are called to walk alone with Christ. A time when they hear Jesus’ call to pick up their cross and follow him in ways and in directions that the world labels, weird, eccentric, legalistic, dull, self righteous or overly serious at times and in ways that goes against their very own reasoning and nature. How difficult it can be at times to drown out a hundred and one external voices, including your own, telling you that you are going the wrong way or that you are being too extreme in your faith and instead listen to the one internal whisper that no one else can hear but you who says, “Follow Me“. In some ways it reminds me of G.D. Watson’s caution in “Others May, You Cannot”. Continue reading

May 20 2013

Stepping Heavenward

Rebekyah Brewer

SteppingI recently ran across a passage that I had marked from one of my favorite books called Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss. I don’t read two many novels, but this was one that I ran across that I have bought copies of and insisted it was mandatory reading for my girl friends. You can actually download the free audio version here on Librovox or download and read the free EPUB version from Project Guttenberg here. Or you can purchase a copy on Amazon here.

Below is one of my earmarked pages capturing a conversation about dying and entering Christ’s presence.  It stood out to me as I reread the passage recently because we have been talking about death and dying a lot in our weekly women’s bible study at www.calledaside.com.  Mainly because we are going through the book of Revelation and it is all about facing “the dread of the King of Terrors“. We were talking just a few weeks ago about the importance of dying well in a lesson called Preparing to Enter Heaven and it has been a lesson that I have been replaying over and over again in my mind, asking myself the same question we asked that evening which is this, “At your funeral, what will people say you loved most? What will people say you lived for? Will Jesus come to their mind? Will they be able to say that you were a person who loved God, who was marked by your love for Jesus?” Continue reading

May 30 2012

Exerting A Holy Violence for Heaven

Rebekyah Brewer

I’ve been reading a book called Heaven Taken By Storm by Thomas Watson. Actually, I’ve been listening to it since I am more of an audiobook fan lately then I am reading fan. I still like reading, but it’s been difficult to find the time to read all the books I would like to read in a year. My TBR pile is stacking up on my dresser again.  I’ve read this one book twice in the past 2 months and I am getting ready to read it again. It’s that good.

I like to take notes when I read and this is one of those books I find myself copying down chapters word for word because each sentence is weighty and worth remembering. There is one chapter on self examination that I have bookmarked and replayed over and over again and shared with others in my bible study group. We have been studying 2 Timothy and this particular portion really went well along with 2 Timothy Chapter 2 as we were studying how we are to pursue the Kingdom of God with much effort and exertion like a soldier pursues a battle, an athlete pursues a trophy through sacrifice and self discipline and as a farmer sweats and pursues a harvest at the end of the season by hard work and rising early.  So if we want to pursue Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven, we cannot pursue Him as a hobby we pick up and put down as we have time and will. The Christian life is not a hobby but a lifestyle.  It is hard, bloody battle at times and quite difficult.  We too must pursue it with much force if we are to obtain godliness.

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May 2 2012

Experiencing God

Rebekyah Brewer

I enjoyed this excerpt or I should say page since it is rather long, from the book, “Love Slaves” by Samuel Brengle. It was something I clipped after reading it and pasted to my journal notes because it reminds me of my own personal revelations of Christ and how I continually return to these special moments and memories. These memories are usually when God spoke to me in a personal way though His word, through a dream, through divine revelation and conversations to help me understand His word more clearly, know His love more deeply or be assured of His will more confidently.

Although God by His Spirit speaks to me daily through His word, through others, through books and commentaries I read, through my journaling, meditating and especially though my prayers, there  are times, rare and sacred times when He has spoken to me so sweetly, so specially and so personally that goes beyond all these other conversations. Times I hold very close to my heart in much the same way as I hold dear those rare and special occasions when my husband goes out of his way to surprise and remind me of his own  love and concern for me. Continue reading