Cushion for Christians!

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Dec 032017
 

Several years ago a submarine was being tested;
And it had to remain submerged for many hours.

When it returned to the harbour-
– the captain was asked, “How did the terrible storm last night affect you?”

The officer looked at him in surprise and exclaimed, “Storm? We didn’t even know there was one!”

The submarine had been so far beneath the surface-
– that it had reached the area known to sailors as “the cushion of the sea.”

Although the ocean may be whipped into huge waves by high winds, the waters below are never stirred.

God provides that kind of-
Cushion for Christians!

Let’s see how we can have that kind of peace in our lives.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Paul wrote these words while sitting in a prison cell in Rome awaiting possible execution.

If anyone had a reason to be anxious-
– it would have been him.

But-
Paul knew that peace didn’t come from our circumstances,
– but from the One who gives peace:
God!

The word “guard” is the same word that was used of the soldiers who were responsible to keep prisoners from escaping.

Since their life depended on it (Acts 12:19)-
– they were very careful not to let anything happen to the ones they were guarding.

What circumstances might be disturbing your heart or your mind today?

Make a list and take them to the Lord.

As you pray about your situations-
– be sure to give thanks:
– both for the circumstances
– and for your God who is bigger than your problem!

(PA)

Fiery trials of life!

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Aug 202017
 

One night a house caught fire and a young boy was forced to flee flames by jumping to the ground from the roof.

His father stood on the ground below with outstretched arms, calling to his son,

“Jump! I’ll catch you.”

But the boy was afraid — he couldn’t see his father — all he could see was flame, smoke, and blackness.

He was afraid.

Still, his father kept yelling:

“Jump son! I will catch you!”

But the boy refused, crying, “Daddy, I can’t see you!”

His father replied, “It’s ok son — I can see you — and that’s all that matters!”

Sometimes we find ourselves in the midst of the fiery trials of life!

And all we can see is the smoke and the flames.

But faith is knowing who will catch us when take that leap.

God delights in responding to our faith.

He wants us to jump into His arms — especially when we can’t see Him.

George Mueller said:

“Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible.

There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible.

Faith begins where man’s power ends.”

(PA)

Jul 112017
 

“Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands” (Deuteronomy 8:2)

Has God performed a heart test on you lately?

There are times in our lives when God leads us into the desert!

– in order to let us find out what is in our heart.

These times can be very difficult and humbling.

They can test our mettle like no other time.

Desert times often mean we are living without those things we are normally accustomed to: water, food, limited supplies-and with few comforts.

These desert times may mean-

– experiencing new ways of provision from the Lord.

Like manna from Heaven, it may mean seeing miracles we’ve never seen before.

Like clothing that never wears out, it may mean seeing your normal capabilities expanded.

Like walking hundreds of miles without pain, desert experiences provide new lessons and new experiences that only these times can teach us.

What desert experience has He brought into your life lately?

Perhaps it is a lean time in business or job…

Perhaps it is a new environment or a transfer….

Perhaps it is a unexpected suspension or an unwanted situation…

Perhaps it is a loss of a person, privilege or a property…

Perhaps it is a lonely life or monotonous moments…

Whatever it is-

When God decides to bring new disciplines into our lives by bringing us into the desert, do not fear the heat that is sure to come.

He is walking beside you in order to test you and find out what is really in your heart.

Ask for His grace to pass the test.

He wants to bring all of His children into the Promised Land.

(PA)

Jul 042017
 

“But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel” (Philippians 1:12).

When new Christians begin memorizing Bible verses-

Philippians 4:4 is almost always included:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”

But when those young Christians discover that Paul wrote that verse while confined to prison, shackled in chains-

– it suddenly takes on a whole new meaning:

Rejoice always, even when your faith might cost you your life!

Crises have a way of forcing us to clarify what we actually believe.

Paul was excited (Philippians 1:12) when his faith landed him in prison-

– because he discovered that the Gospel was being preached even more.

In other words-

His crisis was not a crisis of faith.

It was a crisis because of his faith.

And it was a crisis that resulted in his faith-

– being strengthened,

– not weakened.

When Peter was charged with being friends with Christ-

– he denied the relationship existed. Matthew 26:69-75.

The shame he felt caused him to clarify his faith.

And it never failed him again.

The next time you face a crisis-

Your faith will be clarified one way or the other.

– either strong or weak.

Plan to be pleased with what that crisis reveals!

(PA)

Jul 012017
 

Job asked God why many times when he went through suffering. But God did not answer his questions but asked him many questions.

David asked Him why!

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?” Psalm 22:1.

But no answer!!

Jesus, the Son of David asked the same question to God His Father.

“From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”

– which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matt.27:45, 46.

The Father God gave no answer!!!

He just trusted His Father and committed His life into His hands.

When we are faced with confused situations-

– our question should not be why but what.

Do not ask God-

“Why did You allow this to happen?”

But ask God-

“What do You want me to learn through this?”

That’s what Saul on the road to Damascus asked Jesus whom he was persecuting.

When Saul was out of God’s will-

-he had a fall and he became blind and humbled.

He asked Jesus:

“Lord, what do You want me to do?” Acts 9:6.

May God reveal His will to you-

-that you may please Him to bless you!

(PA)