Prayers & Encouragement
I listen, and I watch as I see people struggle
What do you magnify when trouble comes?
Do you rehearse the problem and magnify it
Or do you praise God and magnify Him?
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He Carries Us Through
The Bible has several verses that use metaphors about eagles to describe God's loving care for us.
Exodus 19:4 (KJV) - 'You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself.
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) - But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.
Deuteronomy 32:11 (NASB) - "Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, That hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions.
I recently read a great story about how eagles mate. The female eagle watches for a male that is interested in her and when she's ready to be courted, she flies down and picks up a twig or branch and brings it up high with her. She then drops the twig and watches to see if the male catches it before it hits the ground. If he catches it and returns it to her, she will find another larger or smaller stick to drop next time. She will continue to do this with various size branches and from various heights. If the male ever lets the branch hit the ground, she flies away and the courtship is over. She may do this over and over until she is satisfied that he will never allow the branch to hit the ground. For the final test, she will pick up a small log, almost as big as she is and fly swiftly in a figure eight pattern. If he succeeds, they will lock their talons and do a mating dance in flight and then they will mate for life.
What is truly interesting to note is that when a baby eaglet reaches a certain point of maturity, the mother eagle will shove her little eagle out of the nest and he will be frightened to death. He's never flown before and doesn't know what to expect, so it is a very scary time for him. He tries and tries to flap his wings fast enough to stay afloat but he is surely going to die if he hits the ground. But he doesn't know the plan. You see, just before he hits the ground, the father eagle swoops down under him and catches him on his wings and brings him back to the nest for his next flying lesson. Now you see why the female was so adamant about him catching the branch every single time.
Does God ever seem distant in your life? Are you going through circumstances that are very difficult and you don't know why? Do you sometimes think that God isn't listening or involved with your life? Sometimes it may seem that way...but God is involved and He's always there to support you even when it doesn't feel like it. He knows what is best for us and how much we need to learn in our circumstances.
Have you noticed that some of the greatest ministry leaders had to go through a tough, similar circumstance before genuinely understanding what others with the same problems/challenges are going through? Whether it be alcoholism, drugs, illicit sex, adultery, breaking the law etc. it seems that those who have found redemption from their previous ills are those who can minister best to others who are involved in the same sin and deceptive path in life. These lifestyles can lead a person into the throes of sin, abuse, pain and hopelessness. Those who have already experienced such things are often better able to identify with those who are suffering from the same illness or angst. Going through such "longsuffering" is one of the fruits of the Spirit. It may not be a pleasant one, but it is sometimes necessary to bring people to realize their need for redemption. Then, they are equipped to bring others to realize their need for redemption in Jesus Christ.
Readers here have mentioned that when I share personal stories of pain or suffering in my life and then share the redemptive power of Christ coming through in the midst of the darkness; this is when the blog ministers to their hearts in a big way. Why? Because they see that in a circumstance where there may appear that there is no hope, God is ultimately faithful and true.
We find that in such circumstances His enabling and His grace, brings hope and encouragement. Through a deeper understanding of God's
Word, His purpose, and His sovereignty, people learn that God swoops under us and saves us, just when we thought we were about to crash.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Proverbs 3:6 - In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
posted by Christinewjc
Alive Together With Christ
Life Begets Life
Even when we were dead in trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).
Try this experiment to see the difference in life and death. Take three raw carrots and cut the tops off each, one inch from the end. Boil one of the tops for five minutes, bake another at 325 degrees for five minutes, and leave the third carrot top raw. Then put all three tops in a dish containing a half-inch of water, keeping the water replenished as needed. After a few days, one of the carrot tops will begin to sprout. Guess which one?
Enzymes are the life force in raw food, and they are destroyed at temperatures exceeding 115 degrees Fahrenheit. When the enzymes are destroyed, food is no longer alive. Just so, human beings have a life force: the spirit, or the breath of life (Genesis 2:7). Man's spirit--His ability to connect to the life of God through God's Spirit--is dead because of sin. But when the Spirit of God enters into man at the moment of salvation, life is restored. Though man is "dead in trespasses," the Spirit of God makes us "alive together with Christ."
If you want to live now and live forever, connected to God, make sure you are alive by the Spirit of God through faith in Christ. Only Life can beget life.
He who has the Son has life.
The Apostle John
Leviticus 22:1 - 24:23
HT: Turning Point online
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Matthew 24:44
Lawmakers and military experts work day and night to keep America's armed forces at a high state of readiness. How about you? Are you living in the State of Readiness? Sixteen times in the Bible we find the little phrase, Be ready. It first occurs in Exodus 19, when the children of Israel were told to "be ready" for the Lord to descend onto Mount Sinai.
In the New Testament, we're told to be ready always to give an answer to those asking us for a reason for our hope (1 Peter 3:15). We're also to "be ready for every good work" (Titus 3:1); to be ready to give generously (2 Corinthians 9:3, 5), and to be ready to preach the Word in and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2).
If the Boy Scout motto is "Be Prepared," the Christian's motto is "Be Ready." We can never take a break from our Christianity nor relax our spiritual vigilance. Be ready to share, to give, to preach, to work. Most of all, be ready for Christ's return.
It might be today!
Ready to go, ready to stay, ready my place to fill,
Ready for service, lowly or great, ready to do His will.
Charles D. Tillman (1903)
Psalms 26:1 - 31:23
Turning Point online
A Working Faith
A Working Faith
Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. James 2:18b
Ask the average man or woman on the street what the prerequisite for a person to go to heaven is, and the response you are likely to receive is that he or she must "be a good person." This view might be termed the "merit system" of salvation. On a practical level, this belief is untenable because it is impossible to know in this life how many good works are sufficient to win paradise. But more importantly, the "merit system" of salvation is contrary to the clear teaching of Holy Scripture.
The Bible says that "all have sinned" (Romans 3:23), and that a man is justified - that is, has had his sins forgiven and has established a right relationship with God - by faith alone in Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16) apart from good works.
But have good works no role to play in our salvation? Yes, they validate and make manifest to others that the faith we profess is indeed a saving faith in Jesus Christ. And because this kind of faith produces good works, those who view our actions will also see the light of Jesus and glorify God the Father (Matthew 5:16). So let your faith be revealed in your actions today.
We are justified by faith alone, but by a faith that is not alone.
Isaiah 41:1 - 43:28
Turning Point Online
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