March 29, 2016
All of us face times of difficulty and stress. That's not our greatest problem. What you DO and WHY YOU DO IT in the midst of those problems are what creates the greatest difficulty.
King David faced intense difficulties—more than most. What sustained him in the midst of his problems? What put him in the right posture for God's help?
Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified.” But I am afflicted and needy; Hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay. (Psalm 70:4-5)
#1 SEEK GOD
""Let all who seek You...""
Don't merely seek deliverance. Seek God in the midst of the trouble. He and He alone can give you what you need.
#2 GIVE THANKS
""Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You.""
We are commanded to give thanks in everything. This is the highest form of trust because it indicates that, although we do not see the outcome, we believe in the One who does.
Notice the object of our rejoicing though: ""Rejoice and be glad IN YOU."" We are not glad in the problem, but in the God above the problem.
#3 SEEK GOD'S GLORY
""Let those who love Your salvation say continually, 'Let God be magnified.'""
Often the reason we are so troubled in difficulty is that it is interrupting our plans for life. But the greatest are those who have died to self-promotion, self-protection, and self-honor and who live for one goal: that God will be magnified.
When this is your true heart, you are above the problem because you realize the greater the darkness the more God 's light can be seen. You are willing to accept and embrace God’s sovereignty for a greater good.
#4 CRY OUT IN FAITH
""Hasten to me, O God, You are my help and my deliverer!""
With this rejoicing heart and God-glorifying motive, then you are in the best position to cry out for deliverance. Pleading for help is not wrong. You are God’s child if you know Him. What concerns you concerns Him! And He loves to deliver His children to bless them and illustrate to a watching world the value of coming to Him.
But you must cry out in faith at whatever level you possess it, believing that He, and He alone, is your “Help and deliverer.” He is well able to save you and save you in His perfect time and perfect way.
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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?