From the beginning of Christianity and i suppose even by definition of the word, Believers of “The Way” have lived challenging lives in constant peril. Being Christian by definition demands a life enveloped in risk and danger and possibly a life resulting in suffering, pain or death. If this describes your life, i applaud you and the saints that have gone before you, applaud you. Consider Peter’s take on your life’s experience…
“Take care of their threats and give your servants fearless confidence in preaching your Message, as you stretch out your hand to us in healings and miracles and wonders done in the name of your holy servant Jesus.”~Peter praying
When Jesus died, He knew the change that was coming for believers. He knew those who believed in Him as Savior and allowed Him to live out His life in them, they would live a life of love in the midst of struggle. Because of the life that was waiting in Christ, He sent the Holy Spirit to empower His children with all required to turn struggle on its head and create a life filled with joy and a desire to share His love with others continually.
While they were praying, the place where they were meeting trembled and shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God’s Word with fearless confidence. The whole congregation of believers was united as one-one heart, one mind!”~Peter’s answered prayer
We Believers, see and experience struggle laced with pain, risk and possible death. Yet in Christ, struggle does not define our lives. We are not defeated by the struggle, but are encouraged and empowered in the midst of the struggle.
Consider this. If our life is not characterized by struggle, would Jesus have had any reason to send the Holy Spirit? This thought is powerful. Possibly, without struggle… there would be no need for the revealing power of the Holy Spirit!
Pray early. Pray often. Enthusiastically embrace struggle. It can be the catalyst for empowering your life by the Holy Spirit. Victory will result in response to your prayer while abiding in Jesus. Amen.
This morning as i thought of the Advance Him team scattered around the world, i prayed. “Father. For what shall i pray?”
I became keenly aware of a truth evident in living life in God’s Kingdom here on earth. A truth experienced by living life in the Kingdom of God is there are more than enough resources available in His Kingdom to support His projects entrusted to others here on earth. The Advance Him organization is one of His projects and therefore there are enough resources to meet and exceed the needs of the Advance Him team and those they minister to. The challenge is in the receiving of these resources.
So once again, i pray, “Father. For what shall i pray?”
I will pray for you, as God may have placed you here at this particular time to consider how you might participate in God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
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“We all live off his generous bounty, gift after gift after gift.We got the basics from Moses, and then this exuberant giving and receiving, This endless knowing and understanding-all this came through Jesus, the Messiah.”-Thunder in the Desert
I received this email from a friend and supporter of Advance Him. My heart goes out to him in the midst of his adventure. I know he is of the character that he will gain strength from the struggle.
He will make the choice each of us must make when confronted with challenges of life. He has made the choice to be stronger because of and in spite of the beast.
I pray each of us will accept our own personal challenge and be stronger for it. Here’s what jc has to say….
Well this has been a bad several days!…Energy level has been virtually non-existent. The original treatment plan called for 3 rounds of chemo followed by about a month of low level radiation. I wasn’t really comfortable with the radiation and all that it involves so we consulted with the oncologist and opted for 3 additional chemo treatments. These however are what is referred to as “chop.”
The dosage increases and changes each time. Whereas the first two didn’t bother me physically, in fact I felt pretty great with a high energy level, number 3 was increased and 4 was increased. I still have two more to go. The cancer however is virtually absent. In fact it may be completely gone by now. However the lack of energy has been significant this time.
Several days I’ve spent either sleeping in bed or sitting in a chair sleeping. If I do anything at all, like 5 minutes of exertion, I spend 45 minutes of rest.
I hope everything is fine with you…..jc