Archive for November, 2015

Prayer in Time of Terrorism

November 19, 2015

Lets pray together: “Lord Jesus, you know we are going through one of the most difficult times many of us have seen. We want to ask your protection over ourselves, our families and your Church everywhere. We know this is a spiritual battle between good and evil, and we need you desperately. Help us Lord, to represent you well, and to never deny you or grieve you ever. Help us to love our enemies, yet help us to be wise so we don’t compromise your church by making foolish or cowardly choices. Help us not to succumb to fear. Help us be compassionate, to be gentle and humble, and help us to see people as the individuals they are and not label anyone because they belong to a group who has hurt or frightened us. We know this may get much worse before you come back, and we ask you to keep us “Wise as serpents yet gentle as doves” as you taught us. Keep us filled with love. Help us love as you love. Help us remember to always seek the guidance of Your Holy Spirit before making decisions. We know you sometimes told the early Christians to stay and sometimes flee, to sometimes share, yet to use discretion. Whatever we hear you saying, let us be obedient to You and love courageously. For me Lord, help me not fear because of past frightening experiences. You were with me, and kept me safe. Yet evil is out there, and we do need you more than ever. Please let every muslim be able to hear your good news and have an opportunity to know who you really are. They are such prisoners of deceit and fear, and Satan loves the prison he has created. We want them to know the freedom they have in you, your promise of salvation and the eternal life you give. Help them Jesus. Help us Jesus. We ask this in your name. Amen.”

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Age Is Not a Handicap

November 9, 2015

“But the godly shall flourish like palm trees, and grow tall as the cedars of Lebanon.  For they are transplanted into the Lord’s own garden, and are under his personal care.  Even in old age they will still produce fruit and be vital and green.  This honors the Lord, and exhibits his faithful care.  He is my shelter.  There is nothing but goodness in him!”  Psalm 92:12-15

God always has plans for each person who belongs to Him.  If I am a person who seeks the Lord, who believes in the Lord’s Salvation, and has surrendered my life to Him, then I have become His.  If that is true, He has work for me to do as long as I am still breathing.  He has also promised to give us everything we need to serve where He asks, and more than enough left to share.  So, He will give me vitality in old age: the strength, energy and mental alertness I need to do what He has planned for me at this time.  I need not fear aging.  All it does is add experience to the list of God’s gifts.

What God Needs

November 8, 2015

“the Lord does not depend on weapons to fulfill His plans–He works without regard to human means!”  I Samuel 17:47

We all limit God.  We think certain conditions have to be there for God to answer a prayer.  We think we must have certain gifts before God can use us.  We think there has to be a certain amount of money for things to happen and we pray for the money.  We think we need the government for us to feel secure.  We think a lot of things have to be in place for God to make something happen.  But God needs—NOTHING!   God spoke and the universe was created out of—nothing!   God came as a man, Jesus, with a human body–and born of a virgin. Jesus healed the sick and raised the dead with–nothing.  Jesus fed 5000 people with a few bread rolls and a couple fish.  He fed 7000 later with the same kind of meager scraps.  And Jesus has always used the nobodys of this world to accomplish great things for Him.  In fact, He prefers it that way.  Proud people tend to get in the way.  The kings of the world are used–yes USED–without their knowledge, to accomplish God’s purposes.  God raises and fells rulers, nations and cultures.  God births and destroys as He sees fit–everything from stars to demonic spirits.  God needs no conditions, no set of circumstances, no materials, nothing.  Yet, He loves human beings.  He does not need us, but He wants us.  Humbling.  Amazing.  Tremendous, wonderful Love.

Death with Faith

November 6, 2015

Looking at the bible in its totality, I would have to say our whole lives are planned by God, including the day and method of our demise. Psalm 116: 5 says “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Our death is a happy day for the Lord for He gets us back home. I like to imagine airport scenes, where families reunite. Jesus welcomes us warmly, because although we have been in contact perhaps a very long time, now we are face to face. Its as different as the phone is from seeing someone we love. He loves us, and He wants us together. So, no, I don’t believe we have anything to do with how we die, but we can certainly have a hopeful, positive attitude about it–that is within our capability. I am on the last stretch of life myself, and I find things down here are less and less exciting, except those things the Lord shows me He still has for me to do. I am looking more and more toward meeting my Lord.

Trust in God

November 6, 2015

I don’t think its about how much faith we have. Jesus told his disciples faith the size of a mustard seed could move mountains. I think faith is more than believing, its trusting God. If we don’t trust Him to love us and do what is best for us, then from His perspective we are saying “God you don’t really love me as much as you say you do.” I wouldn’t want to hear that from my children. But it sounds as though Jesus is saying” even if your faith is small–trust me, I have this, I love you, you can count on me.” To say “Jesus I trust you to always love me and do what is best for me at all times “, might take a big act of the will to live out. I think Satan is always whispering “He really doesn’t love you that much”, and “what makes you think you’re that important to him” and “you’re not that loveable”. There’s a bit of truth in that–we really aren’t always that loveable–I’m not anyway. But its not about how loveable I am, its about who He is, and He is Love.

The Little Ones

November 2, 2015

“For God chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, so that no one can boast before Him.”  (I Cor 1:27-29)

God kept on choosing people who had no strength or wisdom or cunning of their own to accomplish His purposes.  Moses couldn’t speak well–some say he stuttered.  David was just a boy who went after the Giant with a slingshot.  Elijah was a homeless wanderer.  The apostles were cowards who ran away when Jesus was arrested.  And so on.  But through each and every one, God worked miracles.  Why don’t we see so many miracles in America today?  We are a culture that always tries to manage everything ourselves and never asks for help.  We live by our creed “God helps those who help themselves.”  But God chooses the helpless.  Why?  Perhaps its because they come to the end of themselves almost at the very beginning.  They desperately need God to even begin what He has asked.  When we are desperate for God, that seems to be the time when He loves to show up.  Our strength is puny.  The difference is some of us don’t know it–and some do.  Those are the ones God loves to rescue.  God loves truth, and truth is–its all about Him, and its always His power that accomplishes anything.  Our power is illusion, and He will have none of it.