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Poem's Author Linda Ellis
"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."1 Cor. 10:31
"For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us."2 Cor. 1:20
"For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God."2 Cor. 4:15
"..and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."Phl. 2:11
When was the last time that you simply asked for a refill.. or for boldness? Of course you need to be wise and work hard when on the company clock instead of merely flapping your jaws, but I have found that the days when I am most bold are the days when I ask God to give me boldness about my relationship with Jesus Christ.
"But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him." ~Jesus, (Mat. 6:6-8)
Challenges me gobs..this passage. Wanna be drawn and follow Jesus in this first priority thing..without getting distracted away. My dog wants to as well it would seem. Roxy scratches on the door to be let in when she hears my voice. Always glad when I'm there. I think about this passage the most when I think of prayer. Billy Graham would pray short in public and long in private - still does. I think, if He ain't Lord of all, how can I call Him "Lord" at all?
"Trouble and prayer are closely related.. Trouble often drives men to God in prayer, while prayer is but the voice of men in trouble." ~ - E.M. Bounds
"Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms." ~ Jam. 5:13
Ungrateful people sometimes opt to be that way when they don't get their own way, or fail to receive what they want (I've unfortunately been there before). But even if we believers don't receive an answer in the affirmative for everything that we ask for, we can still heartily thank God for all that He has not allowed to come to us. Don't know about you, but I deserve much worse than I've experienced.
Let's keep prayin' for the lost and the saved around us who don't have it as good as we do and thank God. He is so for blessing us all in Christ Jesus, more than we are for that. Are you sure you are in Him? Call out to the Lord in faith.
Remember, sometimes those things that seem so awful to us, might not end up being that way. I'm glad that my SoCal pastor named, Greg, shared something with me along this same line of thinking...
I once heard a story about a man who was shipwrecked on an uninhabited island. Seeing that rescue might not happen for a long time, he painstakingly built a little hut to provide himself protection from the elements and a place to store the few items he had managed to salvage from the wreck. Every day he would prayerfully scan the horizon, hoping for the approach of a ship. But he saw nothing.
Then one evening, after he had been out and about on the island, searching for food, he came back to see that his little hut was in flames. He tried to put out the fire, but it was too late. Everything he owned in this world had gone up in smoke. He went to sleep that night listening to the pounding of the surf, stunned by his own misfortune.
Best-case scenario.. The next morning he awoke to find a ship anchored off the island—the first ship he had seen since he had been marooned. Still trying to believe his eyes, he heard footsteps, and then a human voice, saying, "We saw your smoke signal and we came to rescue you."
That's how it happens sometimes. In divine sovereignty and grace, the worst-case scenario somehow becomes the best-case scenario.
Disasters can turn out to be great opportunities for God to work in your life. The Lord is always present with us, always intimately acquainted with our circumstances, and He specializes in taking "impossible" situations and turning them around, for His glory and our benefit.
Will it be so bad if God is in control? How do you know?