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Triumph over Traps

Daniel wasn’t sabotaged because he was slothful.  It was his success in whatever position God allowed him to hold that caused him problems.  Success breeds haters as well as supporters. Daniel’s enemies used his faithfulness against him not his work ethic.  They observed him, discovered his routine,  and then set a trap for him.

Jesus said,  “Beware when all men speak well of you.” In other words, the more people praise you on your success the more consistent your prayer life should be. You watch God and let God watch your enemies.

Like God did for Daniel,  God will dispatch an angel to defend you in the time of your trouble. Stay faithful my friends and stay focused.  Hallelujah!

My Desire

Oh Lord, I stretch my heart toward you.  You are the destination I seek. You are my delight some land.  My breath depends on your love. My joy relies on your grace and mercy.  Hear my prayer today and answer my longings.

Lord, there depths of sin too deep for my words to reach. There are desires within me that if manifested, would cause a pandemic in our relationship.  Forgive the iniquity of my heart for I am a sinner.  There is no beauty within me that you do not create each day.  I need you Lord.

Jesus,  my Savior and my King, thank you for your act of grace. That one act of grace has lifted me from despair and given me hope.  When I survey the cross upon which you rescued me from sudden destruction,  I can not relent, I must give you praise.

You are my life; without you I am nothing.  Lord, all I have is you and your love. Stay close to me to deliver me. Do not allow my foot to slip into the traps that self-will creates.  Keep me yearning for your love and I will follow you forever. I love you despite my struggle.  You have been my rock, my fortress. I choose to give my life to you. I am yours. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Help For Those Who Are Stressed Out

“Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved” (Psalm 62:1)

Stress has been linked to strokes, heart failure, and other diseases.  Stress can become overwhelming when you make too many life changes simultaneously. 

One major contibutor to stress is worry and the anxiety that comes with it.  Worry comes from the fear of uncertainty.  The Psalmist gives his solution for keeping stress in balance.

Because of his relationship with God,  he refuses to allow anything to stress him out.  He avoids sickness and disease that stem from stress by trust.  Trusting God because throughout his life God has proven to be trustworthy,  as a deliverer from trouble.

Clinicians promote the value of spirituality in healing. They attest to the fact that spiritual people heal faster and live more balanced lives. Like the Psalmist,  they too trust in God.  They too refuse to worry and fret about the cares of life; God is their salvation,  their deliverer.

I invite you to trust God today. God satisfies!

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Why Kneeling Is Different When Praying!

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Let us pray.  Some stood, others sat, and still others joined hands with the peson sitting next to them.  I looked throughout the congregation and to my surprise I saw someone stand, approach the front and kneel at the altar.  Stunned, I paused before beginning to pray.  I wanted so much to join that person at the altar but protocol suggested I stand behind the pulpit.

Since that moment, I wondered why it had startled me to see someone kneel in prayer.  In fact, I tried to remember the last time I knelt in prayer.  My custom is to drive along a stretch of highway and talk to God about the issues and concerns I have about life, family, church, and the world.  I spend about 2-3 hours just meditating and reflecting on a myriad of things, but kneeling, wow, it had been a minute.  Why kneeling? to me that was passe, some custom from ages past.  So I tried it once again.

As I knelt, I noticed my approach to prayer changed; it became more solemn, more serene.  An awareness that I was about to engage in a conversation not with my heavenly friend, rather a conversation with my Heavenly Father.  My words changed; I became more careful, concise, and contrite.  As I knelt I became more aware of God’s divinity and my humanity; we were not equals.  I was not talking to God man to man; I was talking to God as Son to Father.  My humanness compared to His Holiness came to the forefront and I began to ask God for forgiveness, grace, love, and mercy.  I did not ask for cars, houses, health, or land.  In fact I prayed for the conditions of the world and interjected prayers for myself sparingly.  Try it with me……

Let us kneel for a moment of prayer.

What a Mighty God We Serve

“Surely you must realize what I and the other kings of Assyria before me have done to all the people of the earth! Were any of the gods of those nations able to rescue their people from my power? Which of their gods was able to rescue its people from the destructive power of my predecessors? What makes you think your God can rescue you from me? Then King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to God in heaven. And the lord sent an angel who destroyed the Assyrian army with all its commanders and officers. So Sennacherib was forced to return home in disgrace to his own land. And when he entered the temple of his god, some of his own sons killed him there with a sword.” ~ 2 Chronicles 32:13-14, 20-21, NLT

Voices of sure defeat took up residence in my head; their bold taunts reverberated through my ears. My faith was being tested severely.  The forces against me were more powerful than the resources I had at my disposal.  For a moment I became afraid. 

Then I heard another voice remind me: “What time I am afraid,  I will trust in the Lord.” I called on the Lord only to discover that what I was powerless to handle God was more than able to resolve. 

Don’t believe the voices that threaten your safety and security; we serve a mighty God.  Our God will hear and our God will deliver.

A Praise With No Scientific Proof

Atheist, Agnostics, and Non Theists contest the existence of God. Their main points of argument are the lack of scientific proof and the horrific conditions of violence and suffering in the world. How can a loving God remain silent, inactive among so much tragedy?

Their arguments are compelling, rational, and valid. They have challenged theologians for centuries. Some became theologians. Paul Tillich was such an agnostic who found his faith by redefining God. His treatise “The Courage to Be!” is used in major seminaries today.

Notwithstanding, suffering, violence, injustice, and evil continue to be problematic. These life conditions have proven to withstand theological dogma, confessions of faith, and even powerful preaching.

The Bible says a lot about why bad things happen without giving definitive answers for every situation. The key for people of faith has been relationship.  Consistent, committed personal experiences with God over time produce powerful, transforming convictions.

Habbakuk, a prophet wrestling with these issues concluded he would base his life on a simple proposition. He writes “Even if the fig tree does not bloom and the vines have no grapes, even if the olive tree fails to produce and the fields yield no food, even if the sheep pen is empty and the stalls have no cattle— even then, I will be happy with the Lord. I will truly find joy in God, who saves me. The Lord Almighty is my strength. He makes my feet like those of a deer. He makes me walk on the mountains (Habbakuk 3:17-18a).”

The Bible says the just shall live by faith; one version says “The just shall live by his faith.” Faith in God contingent on existential proofs can be shaken by life. But a holistic approach is powerful. It says, “through it all I’ve learned to trust in God.”  My relationship with God validates my faith; it’s personal.

Prayer and Corresponding Action

She came home to be caregiver to her dying mother. Her four children came with her. She quit her job with as a para professional and relocated. For almost two years she was unemployed but the Lord provided. Then her mother died and when the insurance money ran out she only had God to sustain her and her children.

She had a B.S. in Business degree as well as an Associates but she could find no job. The school board in her area wasn’t hiring. Only temp agencies were used by employers. For two years she searched, went on interviews praying and fasting for her breakthrough. This last time the interviewer promised she was hired. But the devil would not let her blessing through.

But she knew what to do; she decided to trouble her trouble. She read this text and decided spiritual warfare was appropriate. Daniel 10:11-13: “The man said to me, “Daniel, you are highly respected. Pay attention to my words. Stand up, because I’ve been sent to you.” When he said this to me, I stood up, trembling. He told me, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. God has heard everything that you said ever since the first day you decided to humble yourself in front of your God so that you could learn to understand things. I have come in response to your prayer. The commander of the Persian kingdom opposed me for 21 days. But then Michael, one of the chief commanders, came to help me because I was left alone with the kings of Persia.”

Her plan was simple. Be persistent; this job would meet her family needs. The temp agency held up her job based on a background check they claimed had not been processed (this proved to be dishonest). She called each morning and afternoon. She did research to find the company performing the background check. She called her interviewer. She was persistent and God used an angel on the inside who first told her about the job to help. It took 30 days but her breakthrough came and she went to work. Persistence is the key to your breakthrough! Faith works when you work your faith. Hallelujah!