“Yes, Pastor Terri, I know what a mess Washington is in, and the schools, and the economy, and the world for that matter…but what do I have to do with that?”
Let’s work our way through to the answer to that question. First, is God the answer to all these problems? Of course! Is He willing to get involved in our world, our nation and our homes? Absolutely! What opens the door to Him? Prayer.
Control. It’s what everyone longs for. There must be a way to control the balance between home, children, work and play. But there are so many demands from everyone and everything. And after all, aren’t good Christians who walk in love supposed to “be there” for those who need them? Spouses, parents, children, employers, employees, the church, friends, neighbors and so on. Even those quietly alone are often faced with the pressure of needing to make changes in their not-busy-enough lives. There are just more demands on each of us than we care to count, and each one is screaming to claim the title of No. 1 Priority.
Trials. Trials. Great trials are coming upon the sons of men. And those who only know how to walk as mere men will be overtaken, overcome, and burdened by the trials, the trials, the trials. But those who are acquainted with the spirit of grace, those who are acquainted with My ways, those who are acquainted even in their souls with the things and movings of the Spirit, those who know Me by the sound of My voice that they have heard through My Word, those whose ears are inclined to the leading of My Spirit, shall walk victorious and walk above the trials, the trials, the trials.
It’s true. In church, we’ve nodded our heads up and down and said, “Yes, amen. God’s Word is true.” Then we walked outside and came face to face with sickness or some other kind of problem and we challenged the truth of the Word of God with our thoughts, our words and our actions. We followed the course of fear instead of simply expecting God to do what He said He would do for us.
Some people never know a level of the love of God beyond just not being rejected. But there are places to develop in the love of God that lead to a place where faith is more highly and accurately demonstrated, where faith is more highly and accurately delivered and activated and used. For it’s by the love of God that the wisdom of God flows abundantly, or fluently. There are places, there are rooms, there are strategy rooms in the love of God.
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