Friday, May 28, 2010
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more
than all we ask or imagine, according
to his power that is at work within us, to Him
be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
throughout all generations, forever and ever! AMEN
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)
Paul glorifies Jesus Christ in this passage. He describes how great His works are. The apostle can’t define the degree of magnitude Jesus’ works reach. Paul uses the word ‘immeasurably’ to tell us the degree to which He works when we ask for something and trust Him for the outcome.
We request Him to take care of something in our lives but Jesus goes beyond our parameters and does a greater work for us.
Do we always see this type of result from our prayers? Not always. A Sunday School teacher I had years ago said we had to pray believing. We have to pray knowing God is listening to our pleas and will answer those requests.
Paul is speaking words here for any of the future readers of this letter to the church at Ephesus. He is speaking to us in the 21st Century, we are to bring glory to God in all we say or do.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Weeping may last for a night, but joy (rejoicing)
comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5 (NIV)
As Christians, we sometimes experience sadness in our lives. We lose friends or family because of death. A friend goes through a divorce. We lose our jobs. We lose our homes. Someone close to us goes through a time of tragedy.
When we experience loss, we mourn. Because of our interconnectedness, we grieve for the trials of others as well as ourselves.
However, when we mourn, our tears eventually come to an end. We come to realize God has been with us during our trial, stop, and give thanks for His presence.
When we reach the point of thankfulness, we receive joy in our spirits and are able to continue on with our daily lives.
Due to our humanity, all of God’s children have times of sadness. God allows these instances of despondency so we can grow in our faith. But, joy follows when we reach the end of our mourning.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed,
for His compassions never fail, they are new every morning,
great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)
God loves us so very much. He gives us so many great blessing. We should not feel destroyed in the face of adversity. He gives us sunshine and clouds, rain, trees, and flowers. He created four seasons for our enjoyment. He provides food for our tables. He wants to have all the people He created become His spiritual children and to live with Him in Heaven. Each day, God desires to relieve distress from His children.
When we feel our backs against a wall, we need to realize that God is with us and will protect us whatever the circumstance.
God is love, He is also faithfulness.
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