Tag Archive | Belief

Encouragement of the Moment

We are ill-taught if we look for results only in the earthlies when we pray.  A praying saint performs for more havoc among the unseen forces of darkness than we have the slightest notion of.

O. Chambers

 

So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.

Zech 4:6

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Encouragement for the Moment

It is God’s Will not only to hear our prayer, but to give us the best and richest answer which He, the Almighty and omniscient God, can devise.  He will send us the answer when it will benefit us and His cause to the most.

O. Hallesby

Thus says the LORD: “In an acceptable time I have heard You, And in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You As a covenant to the people, To restore the earth, To cause them to inherit the desolate heritages; 

Isaiah 49: 8

Encouragement for the Moment

We can do nothing without prayer. All things can be done by importunate prayer. It surmounts or removes all obstacles, overcome every resisting force, and gains its ends in the face of invincible hindrances.

-E.M. Bounds

 

Confess [your] trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

James 5:16

Sunday’s Word – 20May12

 

Praise the Lord, all you servants  of the Lord  who minister  by night  in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands  in the sanctuary  and praise the Lord.

 May the Lord, the Maker of heaven  and earth,  bless you from Zion.

 

Psalms 134

Looking Back or Plowing Ahead…Choose One!

Ah… the dreaded old budget…Some days it grows closer to the red than staying in the black. I certainly do not like it and can feel worried.   I start wondering how I can fix it, maybe go back to the way I used manage the budget.  I have tried to figure out what I can do better, and after careful consideration I realize how much inflation has swarmed in and it’s not me!   Whew!

Lately I have thought I need to return to some former methods in my life.  They were easier; they were well-known and simply more comfortable.  However, at the same time this stresses me out.  If I ever want to move forward, which I do, I cannot return to old patterns and thought processes.  Besides it is not what God wants.   I do have obligations and responsibilities that need to be tended to but there are fresh ones on the horizon. In ordered to be prepared I have to stop looking back to what was comfortable, proven and already known.

While I am stuck between these two gates I need to learn the balance of current obligations while preparing for new ones and not revert back to the previous.  It is a difficult task for me. I am good at creating successful structures.  But as I read the Word, Jesus was quite stern on this matter. He said; Let the dead bury the dead.  A strong statement; that which does not have value in my life now, no longer needs consideration even if it was not unrighteous or harmful.  I do not need to spend time covering it, tending to it or putting it to rest.  It is time to move forward.

Jesus said; Looking back is not fit for the Kingdom. What a frightening thought!  I have to be more than unwavering and make a greater effort to not let my thoughts or vision slip backward. I want to be; no I have to be, fit for the Kingdom.  I cannot be a lazy, flabby, lukewarm Christian.  In my natural life, being fit takes discipline, determination, desire and old fashioned hard work. This is true in my spiritual life as well. So I am choosing this one!

Besides looking back didn’t really work out for Lot’s wife…

And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God.   Luke 9:62