Since God has so generously let us in on what He is doing, we’re not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times. We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God.
If our Message is obscure to anyone, it’s not because we’re holding back in any way. No, it’s because these other people are looking or going the wrong way and refuse to give it serious attention. All they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness. They think he can give them what they want, and that they won’t have to bother believing a Truth they can’t see. They’re stone-blind to the dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we’ll ever get.
Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.
If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ LIFE all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!
We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise!
So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4)
We need to ask God to open our spiritual eyes that we might see the spiritual needs around us, especially in the lives of people who need to be transformed by Christ. This is the greatest need of every person on Planet Earth.
For it is God who works in you both to WILL and to DO for HIS good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)
Father, may I live as a child of Yours walking in the Light as You are in the Light in the fellowship of One, whole and
complete, fulfilled in Your unfailing love and Your truth which endures forever unto a thousand generations that love You.
We love because You first loved us. For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son that whoSoever believes
shall not perish but have Everlasting Life. Everything changes but the TRUTH. Jesus is the Way, the TRUTH and the Life;
no man comes to the Father but through Him. For it is in Him that we live, move and have our being. Man does not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Jesus is the Living Word sent by God the Father to heal and deliver from sin and death. Jesus ever lives to intercede for the saints of God. For we have an Advocate with the Father.
And His Holy Spirit is given to lead and guide us into all TRUTH revealing the One given to set us free. Who the Son sets
free is really free. You will know the Truth and the TRUTH will make you FREE!
Work your imagination FREE from imprisoning and unreliable fears by FIRST of all RECOGNIZING that God is at work within you for good.
Remember Joseph who not only was betrayed by the jealous and murderous envy of his own brothers in slavery in Egypt.
Liars and thieves could not keep Joseph from fully serving God no matter what, no matter where. God was with Joseph
and made him fruitful in affliction. See the heart of a true servant of the Lord in Joseph’s response to his brothers
concerning their part in placing him in those trials–
Joseph: Don’t be afraid. Am I to judge instead of God? It is not my place. Even though you intended to harm me, God intended it only for good, and through me, He preserved the lives of countless people, as He is still doing today. So don’t worry. I will provide for you myself—for you and your children. (Genesis 50:19-21)
This same sentiment is expressed in Paul’s letter to the Romans (8:28). God can take even the meanest intention and make it work for good for His devoted followers.
The Truth, Nothing but the Truth so Help me God!
As an intercessor, be careful not to seek too much information from God regarding the situation you are praying about, because you may be overwhelmed. If you know too much, more than God has ordained for you to know, you can’t pray; the circumstances of the people become so overpowering that you are no longer able to get to the underlying truth.
Our work is to be in such close contact with God that we may have His mind about everything, but we shirk that responsibility by substituting doing for interceding. And yet intercession is the only thing that has no drawbacks, because it keeps our relationship completely open with God.
What we must avoid in intercession is praying for someone to be simply “patched up.” We must pray that person completely through into contact with the very life of God. Think of the number of people God has brought across our path, only to see us drop them! When we pray on the basis of redemption, God creates something He can create in no other way than through intercessory prayer.
(My Utmost For His Highest)
God Offers Comfort to All
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.
When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.
Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation!
For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you.
Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.
We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us. (2 Corinthians 1 :3-7)
Lord, help me to keep my feet on the straight and narrow path. Help me to seek Your comfort always in time of need. Amen.
God is Able to make All grace Abound toward you that you Always having All sufficiency in all things may abound to every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
He who embodied the sins of the world carries His own blood into the holy presence.
It was about time for Jesus to be taken up into heaven. He turned toward Jerusalem and was sure that nothing would stop Him from going. (Luke 9:51)
Give God thanks—even as you FACE trouble!
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise. זִבְחֵי אֱלֹקים רוּחַ נִשְׁבָּרָה: לֵב נִשְׁבָּר וְנִדְכֶּה אֱלֹקים, לֹא תִבְזֶה (Tehillim/Psalm 51:19)
Those who SOW in tears; REAP in joy!
Those who are broken in heart – the nishberei lev – have discovered that they cannot control their own lives, that they are inwardly “shattered,” and therefore need divine help. Contrary to conventional wisdom, God helps those who cannot help themselves; He prefers to use broken vessels in His service (Psalm 51:19).
As Tozer also wrote, “Beware of any Christian leader who does not walk with a limp.”
Remember, God gave great victory to Gideon and his 300.
Remember, God renamed Jacob (the supplanter, the deceiver) to ISRAEL (prince with God, an overcomer) with a limp.
When someone is hurting or brokenhearted, the Eternal moves in close
and revives him in his pain. (Psalm 34:18)
Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will give you strength, and for sure I will help you. Yes, I will hold you up with My right hand that is right and good. (Isaiah 41:10)
What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him?
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
Yet you are near, LORD, and all your commands are true.
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 51:17, Psalm 85:9, Psalm 119:151, Psalm 145:18, Psalm 147:3)
My friends, we are not those who give up hope and so are lost; but we are of the company who live by faith and so are saved.
What can we say about all these things? Since God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
So concludes an almost breathtaking succession of encounters between Jesus and people in need. Each story is unique; Jesus responds to each person as an individual, and there is no detectable formula to His way of treating people—except that in every case, His interactions are characterized by love and compassion.
Now Jesus takes His ministry of teaching the kingdom of God in word and deed to a new level: He sends out His disciples to do what they have seen Him do. Jesus commissions the twelve to multiply His ministry. They will go out from and then return to Jesus with reports of what they’ve experienced and learned. But it’s hard for them to get any time alone to talk. There are so many people who want time with Jesus!
Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding; those who complain will accept instruction. (Isaiah 29:24)
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way. (Psalm 25:9)
In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:6)
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. (Isaiah 42:16)
But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;
for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16)
This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter. (Psalm 118:20)
The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their ways preserve their lives. (Proverbs 16:17)