Paralysis of analysis!

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Feb 142018
 

“…when the soles of the feet…shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, and the waters which are flowing down from above shall stand in one heap” (Joshua 3:13).

Do you know that faith requires action?

After 40 years-
– the children of Israel had been led out of the wilderness and then found themselves on the banks of a swollen Jordan River.

The Promised Land was just on the other side.

So close-
– yet so far away!

A huge obstacle separated them from the blessing God had promised.
Standing on the bank of the raging river, wringing their hands and praying would not solve their problem.

They had to act.

And it was not until, in faith-
– they stepped into the turbulent waters that the river stood on end and the people walked into the Promised Land on dry land.

So it is with our lives.
Obstacles separate us from God’s richest blessings.

To simply have faith that God will provide a way doesn’t always make a way.
To stand by until God makes a way obvious may cause us to delay His blessing.

It takes both faith and action to experience God’s best.

Don’t fall victim to “paralysis of analysis!”
In other words, go for it as God leads!

(PA)

Suddenly they seem smaller

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Feb 042018
 

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness”
(2 Corinthians 12:9).

Rather than saying-
`God, here is my problem’-
– we should put the problem into perspective by saying-
-`Problem, here is my God!’

There is no problem God cannot handle in our lives.

When we make our problems the object of our lives-
– it is easy to become discouraged and forget that we have a God who will sustain us during our trials.

However, when we change our perspective and the order of the words-
– we see that God becomes the object and the focus of our lives.

It seems like such a small detail wouldn’t matter much-
– but when you visualize introducing your problems to Almighty God,
– suddenly they seem smaller,
– and you realize just how triumphant you can be with His help.

Often, it is only a matter of changing our perspective in order to overcome adversity.

No matter what troubles you are facing-
– always remember our God is big enough, strong enough, and powerful enough to take care of them.

He is the answer to all of life’s problems, and He is enough.

Your problem is His project!

He comes to us-
– in the brokenness of our health,
– in the shipwreck of our family lives,
– in the loss of all possible peace of mind,
– even in the very thick of our sins.

He saves us in our disasters!

(PA)

Let’s take the leap of faith!

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Jan 292018
 

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

We’ve all heard the word “nesting.”
But have we ever taken a close look at true nesting in action?

When a mother eagle starts building her nest, she begins using items we wouldn’t at all expect for such a job-
– sharp thorns, broken branches, rocks.

Later, she places on top of it a layer of wool, feathers, and fur from animals she has killed, making it soft and comfortable for her eggs.

Her eggs eventually hatch and her little ones grow to flying age.
As with any creature, growing up is never an easy thing.

That’s precisely when mom begins “stirring up the nest.”
With her strong talons, she begins pulling up the thick carpet of fur and feathers, bringing the sharp rocks and branches to the surface.

As more of the bedding gets plucked up-
– the nest becomes more uncomfortable for the young eagles.

Eventually, this and other urgings prompt the little eagles to leave their once-comfortable abode-
– and move on to bigger and better things like learning to fly
– and eventually making homes and families for themselves.

Some of us may have gotten a little too comfortable in our nests.
We’ve had all the warmth, comfort and free meals we could want but all good things come to better things, with the Lord!

It’s time we learned to fly!

Let’s not be bitter at the Lord-
– for plucking up our comfortable nests.

He wants us to be all that we can be!

He wants us to accomplish all the things He has for us-
– to reach our fullest potential
– to experience the amazing sensation of flying,
– even soaring, high above our problems and issues and whatever other distractions hold us back from growing up in Him.

Let’s take the leap of faith!
There’s so much work to be done!

(PA)

Victory over weakness

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Nov 052017
 

Good parents attempt to provide their children-

– every advantage to become successful adults.

As Christians, we especially want to help our kids mature in their knowledge of God and the Bible, their love for Jesus, their appreciation of the church family, and the desire to serve the Lord.

Children frequently have great enthusiasm for the things of God.

But as they grow older, they may fall away.

Samson!

– is an example of unfortunate drifting (Judges 14:1-10).

He had a godly upbringing.

But at some point, the world’s sexual temptations became very attractive to him.

Scripture reveals several occasions where Samson gave in to his lust.

For instance, he desired a pagan woman from Timnah, despite his parents’ warning.

In Judges 14:1-3, he broke God’s command by marrying her.

A second incident nearly led to his murder.

But he survived only because of his supernatural strength.

Perhaps the most tragic and notorious example was Delilah’s betrayal of Samson.

Lust prevented him from seeing her true nature.

As a result, the Philistines captured and blinded Samson.

Left unchecked, sin penetrates and dominates our lives.

It will affect others with its consequences.

The first step toward success is to be-

– awareness of our weaknesses.

Secondly, we must-

– admit we are helpless to overcome them alone.

Thirdly, it’s important to-

– acknowledge that God is able to rescue us.

Lastly, you need to-

-ask God to help you overcome!

With this perspective-

– we’ll be able to obey His commands and gain victory over weakness!

(PA)

Nov 012017
 
“All things are possible to him that believes.” Mark 9:23.
The “all things” do not always come simply for the asking-
– for the reason that God is ever seeking to teach us the way of faith,
– and in our training in the faith life there must be room for the trial of faith, the discipline of faith, the patience of faith, the courage of faith, and often many stages are passed before we really realize what is the end of faith, namely, the victory of faith.
Real moral fibre is developed through discipline of faith.
You have made your request of God. But the answer did not come yet. What are you to do? Keep on believing God’s Word. Never be moved away from it by what you see or feel, and thus as you stand steady, enlarged power and experience is being developed.
The fact of looking at the apparent contradiction as to God’s Word and being unmoved from your position of faith make you stronger on every other line.
Often God delays purposely. And the delay is just as much an answer to your prayer as is the fulfillment when it comes. In the lives of all the great Bible characters-
God worked thus. Abraham, Moses and Elijah were not great in the beginning-
– but were made great through the discipline of their faith, – and only thus were they fitted for the positions to which God had called them.
For example, in the case of Joseph whom the Lord was training for the throne of Egypt, we read in the Psalms: “The word of the Lord tried him.” ​Psalm 105:19.​
It was not the prison life with its hard beds or poor food that tried him. But it was the Word God had spoken into his heart in the early years concerning elevation and honour which were greater than his brethren were to receive.
​I​t was this which was ever before him, when every step in his career made it seem more and more impossible of fulfillment, until he was there imprisoned, and all in innocenc​e​, while others who were perhaps justly incarcerated, were released, and he was left to languish alone.
These were hours that tried his soul. But hours of spiritual growth and development, that, “when his word came” (the word of release), found him fitted for the delicate task of dealing with his wayward brethren, with a love and patience only surpassed by God Himself.
No amount of persecution tries like such experiences as these. When God has spoken of His purpose to do-
– and yet the days go on and He does not do it,
– that is truly hard;
– but it is a discipline of faith that will bring us into a knowledge of God which would otherwise be impossible.
(PA)