It’s late so tonight’s post is going to be very short. I’ve been seeing a lot of negativity about our country lately, and it seems to be coming from everywhere. Everywhere I look, a lot of what I read, and hear is all about how bad our country is falling, and how we’re beyond hope, and that we’re doomed. What saddens me is that the majority of people I’m hearing this from are “Christians.”
The thing I want to say is this: what this country needs isn’t more wealth, more democrats, more liberals, more conservatives, more fairness, or more of anything we as people can give ourselves. What this country needs are great people of prayer, people who have a deep-down, soul-stirring, faith and trust in the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, who actually believe and live by what the word of God says.
If you’re praying, and you live and act as if what you’re praying for will not happen, then you’re wasting your time, and God’s. Please friends, take a little time, and give this a little thought. Are you a man or woman of great faith and great trust in God. Answering this question will answer this next one: are you a great man or woman of prayer?
Kevin Griggs over at “The Daily Bible Plan” wrote this No Coincidence. People tend to look at things and life like they’re random events, but I don’t believe there’s any such thing in the life of a Christian. Everything that happens has a reason though we may not always understand it. A lack of understanding on our part doesn’t negate intention and purpose on the part of God.
“I, Peter, am an apostle on assignment by Jesus, the Messiah” (1 Peter 1:1 The Message).
Delightful thing this is, to be on assignment by Jesus. The word means to appoint a particular person to a specific use. Os Guinness wrote, “Our passion is to know that we are fulfilling the purpose for which we are on earth. All other standards of success – wealth, power, position, knowledge, friendships – grow tiny and hollow if we do not satisfy this deeper longing.”
Deep in every heart is the God-planted desire to live a life that makes a difference. Many spend their lives looking for that one things to which they can give their all. Somehow we human beings are never happier than when we are expressing the deepest gifts that are truly us. The truest way to fully express those gifts is by being on assignment by Jesus.
How wonderful it is to be able to say, “I am on assignment by Jesus.” All my talents, gifts, abilities, experiences, discoveries, longings, dreams, thoughts, and labors are focused on doing His bidding at this time, in this place, for this reason.
May the grace of God so work in your life to bring you to the place of your assignment!
The Bible says, “Pray continually.” If you can worry continually, you can pray continually; you just have to change your focus! Try to picture this: an enemy army has arrived intent on wiping out Israel. So Moses says to Joshua, “Take your best soldiers and go fight them. I’m taking two men, climbing the hill that overlooks the plains, raising my hands toward heaven and praying for victory” (See Ex 17:8-9). As Moses’ hands stretched heavenward, Joshua’s troops prevailed. But when Moses’s arms grew weary and he dropped them to his side, the tide of battle shifted. Joshua’s troops were being struck down. Again Moses stretched his arms toward heaven, bringing the matter before the Lord. Immediately the battle’s momentum shifted back to Joshua. Then it struck Moses-He must keep his arms outstretched toward Heaven if he wants to open the door to God’s supernatural intervention here on earth. There’s a lesson here: if you are willing to invite God to involve Himself in your daily living you’ll experience His power in your home, your relationships, your career, and wherever else it’s needed. But the other side of the equation is sobering: It’s hard for God to release His power in your life when you just put your hands in your pockets and say, “I can handle this on my own.” If you do that, don’t be surprised if you get the nagging feeling that the tide of battle has shifted against you and that you’re powerless to do anything about it. To experience God’s power in your life you must pray continually, pray scripturally, and pray in faith.
The Bible says Jesus has “delivered” us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of [God’s] dear son.” The New King James Bible says, “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of Son.” In one version it says we were “conveyed” in the other it says we were “translated.” Both translations are correct; each just gives us a different slant on the truth. Let’s look at each: (1) Conveyed. When a buyer purchases a house, the deed conveys ownership into the buyer’s name. “You were bought at a price; therefore glorify God” ( 1 Co 6:20 NKJV). God owns you, therefore He has the right to send you anywhere and ask anything of you. (2) Translated. We translate books from one language to another. As a result the words sound different. Understand this: you live in the new kingdom, so stop speaking the language of the old one! When God’s word says you “can” and you say “can’t,” it’s a signal to satan that he can influence you. Or worse, control you! The new birth calls for a new language. The Bible says that the power of life and death are in your tongue. So to thrive in God’s kingdom and enjoy it’s benefits you must learn to say what God’s word says about each situation you face. This is not easy, and it’s not learned overnight. But if you steep yourself in the Scriptures each day, you’ll get to the place where your first response will be to quote God’s word. When that happens your life will change for the better.