Go. Take on the Day!

“All this time Saul was breathing down the necks of the Master’s disciples, out for the kill.”
A couple thousand years ago, Saul was authorized to kill or imprison believers of “The Way”. Nothing much has changed. Why would it. The earth still exists and satan with his henchmen are still running rampage over the earth. The way I see it there are probably a few million evil ones doing their nasty deeds.
Is there any hope for the world? Sure! The hope is in knowing that after every storm there is sunlight. The evil ones of the world create suffering and God creates the light.
Suffering: “Down the road a way in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, “Gazelle” in our language. She was well-known for doing good and helping out. During the time Peter was in the area she became sick and died.”
Light: “Peter put the widows all out of the room. He knelt and prayed. Then he spoke directly to the body: “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes. When she saw Peter, she sat up. He took her hand and helped her up. Then he called in the believers and widows, and presented her to them alive.”
As a believer, you are guaranteed suffering. The evil ones are alive and well. They are master manipulators of circumstance. They have had thousands of years to figure out how the human race works or doesn’t work. They have been watching you. They know your weakness and based on successful strategies in their past they know how to work
your weakness against you.
But as a believer who loves God, you are guaranteed by God’s personal Word that He will turn the bad in your life to good. I believe there are twice as many Godly angels at work kicking the evil ones in the mouth and preventing you harm. At the same time God is constantly stepping in and turning the bad that confounds you and creates good
that blesses you while bringing Him glory.
It is an incredible dynamic to consider. It is not all about you. It is all about what Jesus did for you on the cross. Now. Go take on the day, knowing that the forces for you are far greater than the forces against you. It doesn’t mean you won’t feel the sword pierce your heart. It does mean that ultimately the victory is yours through Jesus Christ.
So quit whining. Quit being a wimp. Be bold in Christ!
Side note: As I typed the above sentence, “Go take on the day”, my wife came out of the shower boldly proclaiming, “Go take on the day”. So, tell me. Is God’s Spirit alive and well? Does He communicate? Did you get the message? Listen!
Go! Take on the Day!
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God Spot Verified

From my friend Faith.  What a great name!

My Thoughts:
Jeremiah 10:6
No one is like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power.

So…most of you know that this last week was pretty intense for my family. I received the call Friday evening from my parents telling me that my mom had been having chest pains, had been to a cardiologist, and that she would have a heart catheterization (with stints or bypass) on Monday. My entire family rushed to Missouri to be with my mom and dad. My mom was having all the symptoms of a heart attack on Sunday and was taking nitroglycerin. On Monday, the doctor told us that my mom had some anomalies (defects) and 2 clogged and calcified coronary arteries. He told us that he was pretty sure that she was going to have a triple bypass. We rallied, prayed, and hoped for the best.

An hour passed and the doctor came out with a perplexed expression on his face. He said, “She’s fine. Actually she is better than fine. Her arteries have zero plague and no calcification. Being 65, she should have some but she doesn’t. Not only is she plague free, but the abnormalities on the CAT scan just aren’t there anymore. I cannot explain it, and I called 3 other doctors in to look…God must have performed a miracle.”

My mom went home that evening and has had no chest pain or any symptoms. My mom says that all her symptoms went away shortly before they wheeled her into the procedure room and that it was fascinating to watch the doctors freaking out because they didn’t see what they thought they would. They even checked to make sure they had the right CAT scan.

I am praising God because I truly believe He healed my mom…a mighty demonstration of His power. As you pray and listen to God this week, what is God demonstrating to you?

Pray without ceasing

60_minutesEver tried to pray without ceasing?  I have tried.  I couldn’t multitask good enough.  Good thing I wasn’t a brain surgeon.  It would not have been a pretty sight.

Setting my watch to beep every 60 minutes and remind me to pray has been wonderful.  Praying is something I like to do.  I like to know God is listening and has His ears perked up.  I know He is waiting to hear my praise, worship and yes, petitions for help.

Give it a try.  Set your watch to beep every 60 minutes.  Turn your mind to God and pray as God impresses.  I am expectant to see God’s response. 

My central theme has been healing.  I am praying for healing of others in every way possible, with an emphasis on healing marriages.  Maybe I’m praying for you…