Saturday, 7 June 2014
There are 2 messages in this issue.
Topics in this digest:
1. Commit All To The Lord!
2. Be Encouraged!!
1. Commit All To The Lord!!
Commit All To The Lord!!
Psalms 37:5 "Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it."
The first verse is Psalm 37:5: "Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
You can be in no circumstances in which the Lord cannot help you, in which He will not help you, if you look simply to Him, and commit all to Him.
In every condition in which you may be placed, there is a promise; by that promise the Lord stands pledged to appear for you and help you.
God is ever ready to deliverer you; only He will have you believe His word, exercise confidence in Him, plead the promise at His throne, and wait for its fulfillment.
Your situation may be discouraging but still you must commit all to the Lord and wait upon Him.
David was faced with many obstacles but he committed all to the Lord and waited upon Him. David was in deep distress and almost overwhelming were his trials, but though his soul was cast down within him, he waited on the Lord, and he has recorded the result–
"I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God– many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord."
Commit all to the Lord and rely totally upon Him. In order to establish our dependence upon God, Christ first reveals God's dependability and His power to sustain the helpless. ((Luke 12:24 KJV)
Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?). Then in the very next verse Jesus establishes the helplessness of our independence ((Luke 12:25 KJV) And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?).
Notice the question that Jesus ask (Luke 12:26 KJV) If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?).
Christ here has established God's ability and our inability and set the precedence for us to enter into the place of total dependence upon the provision of the Lord.
Hear the words of Christ as He set the whole of our dependence in perspective with a question. (If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will He clothe you, O ye of little faith?).
Be encouraged and know that God can move this mountain you are facing in your family. God can and will move it, if you will only trust Him...He can make a way where there is no way.
He is able to make every crooked path straight. All you have to do is commit your situation to the Lord and lean upon Him. In Jeremiah 33:3 God promised, "Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."
God is faithful and we need to be faithful just as He is to the end. Whatever you tell God that you will do, stick to it. If you tell the Lord that you are going to pray for your wayward spouse, stick with that commitment and commit your situation to Him.
That becomes a working vision for you to see the realities of God working in your life and gives you a hope to finish to the end. Commit your situation to the Lord. He will do this very thing for you. He is faithful!!
2. Be Encouraged!!
My friends, do you believe your trials WILL NOT last? Well, these are God's promises, that your trials will only last for a while. Believe God. You will come out as gold. This too will pass.
"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire — may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed." (1 Peter 1:6-7).
As hard as it may be sometimes to believe, our trials only last "for a little while." When we view our life on the time scale of eternity, we see our trials as a quick flash. But even these "flashes" of trials have a purpose - "so that your faith...may be proved genuine."
Our faith, which is "of greater worth than gold," must be shown to be real. We must prove our faith not to God, but to ourselves. God already knows the genuineness of our faith. The faith we have is "...the measure of faith God has given you." (Romans 12:3). But for us to be an effective soldier in His Kingdom - for us to obediently follow - we must clearly see the strength of our own faith.
We need to continue to focus on Christ and not on our circumstances. Some of us are doing fine. God wants us to be faithful. He has given us a task. The task of praying your spouse out of hell. The Lord will honor your prayers and bring them out of disobedience. He will remove the scales from their eyes and soften their hearts. Be obedient to Christ and continue to pray for your spouse. He will give you the strength you need to do this, if you will only ask of Him. He will provide the tool.
"Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: 'In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!''
And the Lord said, 'Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?'"
The clear meaning of this parable is that when we pray, we are to pray on and on until we get the things we desire of God. God does not always give us at the first asking what we desire of Him in prayer. He delays sometimes because He wants to train us in persistent faith. God wants us to pray through until we receive. Don't give up my friends. Be like that persistent widow.
God will always provide the tools we need, He will always provide the teaching we need, and He will always provide the strengthening we need to accomplish His will. We will emerge from our trials much stronger and much more confident because we will KNOW God is by our side. Let's rejoice that our trials will soon pass - but let's also rejoice that our trials are being used for the purpose of proving our faith.
They meant it for evil but God will turn this around to benefit you. In the Bible, Joseph's brothers meant him harm, but God turned it around to benefit a nation. Trust God and see the victory that shall be yours.