June 01, 2015
A cry is a word that implies desperation. When there is nothing else to do and nowhere else to turn, you cry out.
And, a desperate cry seems to be irresistible to God—especially when it is a united cry from His people.
Psalm 107 overwhelms us with the consistency of this thought as the Psalmist speaks of Israel's continued wandering, God's judgment, the people's cry, and God's deliverance. Four times this pattern is repeated.
They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region...their soul fainted with them.
Then they CRIED OUT to the Lord in their trouble; He delivered them out of their distresses. He led them also by a straight way to go to an inhabited city. (verses 4-7)
Because they had rebelled against the words of God and spurned the counsel of the Most High. Therefore He humbled their heart with labor; they stumbled and there was none to help.
Then they CRIED OUT to the Lord in their trouble; and He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke their bands apart. (verses 11-14)
Fools, because of their rebellious way, and because of their iniquities, were afflicted...
Then they CRIED OUT to the Lord in their trouble; he saved them out of their distresses. He sent his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. (verses 17-20)
For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea ... their soul melted away in their misery ... and were at their wits end.
Then they CRIED TO THE LORD in their trouble and He brought them out of their distresses. He caused the storm to be still, so that the waves of the sea were hushed ... so He guided them to their desired haven. (verses 25-30)
We seek every other remedy. In vain we try every prescription except God’s. If there was ever a time when the believers in our land, who have rebelled and wandered from Christ, need to repent, turn their faith upward and cry out, it is now.
I wonder if He would hear our cry and relent in His judgment? I wonder if this is the year American history will record…
“And they CRIED OUT to the Lord and He delivered them.”
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June 08, 2019
June 07, 2019
… with most of us modern Christians is that we are stoppable. A little discomfort, a turn from our desired daily routine, or a little resistance from those to whom we’re witnessing throws us off. We have not settled the issue that our greatest joy and highest purpose comes from our witness, and so we are unwilling to push through in sharing Christ with others every day, even in the mildest environments. Even when persecution is not present.
June 03, 2019
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer (Acts 1:14)
Prayer is the foundation for all of life. Imagine the emotions and sense of fear and expectancy when Christ had been resurrected, appeared to His disciples, and then ascended. They were instructed to merely wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit who would endue them with power to be witnesses to Christ all across the world (Acts 1:8).
So, what did they do?