Shadowed by God

Spreading The Truth One Byte At A Time

By Ron Bender© 2008, 2013

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"Shadowed by God"

Today I was blessed to lead Lectio Divina for a group of transitional men. We shared in the Bible story of Mary receiving the angel’s message from God that she would give birth to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior (Luke 1:26-38).

We shared in the sweetness of God’s Word. What peace and wisdom came to us from God as we used our prayerful reading of Scripture to help us listen to God and open our hearts to him and to one another.

I led us through the time of reading and re-reading Scripture, each reading supported by a focus question, silent reflection, and verbalizing a prayer in our group. God’s Word moved deeper and deeper into our hearts, culminating in each of us listening for a personal message from God spoken into a particular life struggle or challenge.

I talked to God and my wife about my fears this day I shared with these men also. I shared with them about not having enough money to support my family. I prayed about the uncertainties that lay ahead not only with money issues but also with health issues. I was working a full time along with my part-time position with Transition to Community(helping men transition from jail to the community) I told them that I was tired from a busy week of work than trying to meet their needs. I received more joy and fulfilment working with them than I did working in a warehouse. Yet I could not sustain myself here. I didn't know what to do. During this time I received the word of God as Mary did: “The power of the Most High will overshadow you” (Luke 1:35).

Then as I listened to God I sensed him speak to my heart:

Ron, I did the biggest miracle through a little girl’s simple trust in me and my words. Trust me. Let my Word live in you and the Holy Spirit – the presence and power of God – will overshadow you, renewing you and anointing you. This is how I comfort you, guide you, and empower you in all things. This is how I do miracles through you!

I am the Most High. Be quiet and still before me. Let my power overshadow you. This is the secret of your renewal and my anointing upon you.

Come to me as the little chick of Psalm 91 who comes under the shadow of her mother’s wings. This is what Mary did and so I birthed the greatest of all dreams through her. This is what I am doing through you in your life and ministry as you yield to me.

Listening to God through (Prayer and Meditation) has been a great blessing to me.

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Ronald Bender- President/CEO Bender Consulting.~



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