July 05, 2016
What is your process for finding direction and handling the issues that are in front of you? In fact, what is your process for living? You DO have a process. It may not be the right one, but it will most assuredly produce either fear or faith.
Reading today in Psalm 3 and Acts 23, I am overwhelmed with two godly men, David and Paul, and how intensely PRACTICALLY their process illustrates how we are to live.
David was being besieged by his own son, Absalom. Many were saying, ""There is no deliverance for him in God.""
But David prayed and reminded himself of the promises of God.
""But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head. I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain.""
He cried out to God, God gave Him a promise about protection. And the result?
""I lay down and slept; I awoke for the Lord sustains me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about.""
FAST FORWARD TO PAUL, HUNDREDS OF YEARS LATER
Paul was being falsely accused and threats made upon his life. But the Lord came and ""stood at his side and said, ‘Take courage; for as you have solemnly witnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also.’""
FAST FORWARD TO YOU AND ME, HUNDREDS OF YEARS LATER
The process God has is still the same. These are not mere stories, but instructions for us. Here’s the lesson: we only operate properly and move forward rightly (and sleep in the process) when we live by faith in the actual, literal promises of God (see Hebrews 11:6)
If there ever was a moment in our nation when we need men like David and Paul, it is now. Men mighty in faith. Men who stand and speak God’s Word in the midst of a “crooked and perverse generation.”
The question now is simple: Will you and I be men of faith, like David and Paul? Will we cry out, hear God’s specific promises for us in His Word, and move forward in faith?
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The rapid spread of the church in the New Testament can only be attributed to two things: the gracious, miraculous activity of the Holy Spirit and the bold witness of His followers. If God had not moved, nothing would have happened. If believers had not shared the gospel, the movement would have stalled.
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