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Showing posts with label patience. Show all posts
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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

For Everything, There Is A Season

September 15, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Ecclesiastes 3:1  
   - with Special Guest, Catherine Latham of the HighWire

To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven

Most of us know this verse and the long list ‘seasons’ in subsequent verses. Ecclesiastes 3 was popularized by rock band, The Byrds, in 1965. The lyrics are taken almost verbatim from the King James version of book of Ecclesiastes, although the sequence of the words was rearranged somewhat for the song.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to harvest;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.”
 
This list represents nearly all the important perspectives in our lives. Some are happy, some are sad; some are building, some are taking away; some are harsh, some imply rest.

No matter which side of the pendulum you are on right now, almost every pro/con, every ebb and flow of life is necessary to participate in Earth School. Whether we succeed or fail, our experiences are how we learn, grow, and evolve.

We all prefer life to run smoothly, with as little disruption as possible. We complain about being bored, but the truth is, most of us like our boring routine. We don’t like surprises that upend our well-established boundaries and borders. Routine makes us feel safe.

The current circumstances have turned every element of life upside down. We’ve had many changes come at us out of the blue and in rapid succession. We haven’t had time to adapt. We find our activities and our mental functions are frozen, like deer in the headlights. The easiest, safest thing to do is to comply with the New Rules, even when we know they are wrong.

What if we respond to this storm from a perspective of, “this too shall pass”? What if we are experiencing this “season” in our life for a purpose? With God's presence within our hearts, we can navigate the situation with peace, and without fear, knowing He is in control.

Sometimes the only way we know how far we have come is when we emerge even stronger, wiser, and freer...many years down the road.

Today’s Prayer:

Dear Lord, we come to You today knowing that every situation, every circumstance, every activity has a purpose in the Plan of our life when we put our trust in You. We were never assured it would be easy, but we were promised You would be with us, every step of the way. Our part is learning to trust. Life’s lessons are how we grow personally as a human and grow spiritually as a child of God. 

You never allow the season to be more than we can bear...and You promise to always help us bear the load. Thank You for the seasons in our life, when we laugh and when we cry. All we really need, Lord, is You by our side. Thank You that Your plan for my life has long been set in place. We ask for courage and protection, and a quiet heart to stay the course. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

"Vengeance is Mine" Sayeth the Lord

August 20, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Romans 12:17-19, 21

Do not pay anyone back evil for evil, but focus your thoughts on what is right in the sight of all people. If possible, live at peace with everyone. Do not seek revenge but leave room for the wrath of God. For it is written, 'Vengeance is mine', says the Lord. 'I will pay them back.’…..Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.


With the continual destruction of our cities, our way of life, our humanness, I’ve had quite a few people say to me – purely out of frustration, “I just want to take a bunch of those Antifa punks and beat the crap out of them...!”

 

I have to admit, I’ve had a few of those thoughts myself. And then I remember this verse that reminds me to not seek revenge but leave room for the wrath of God.

 

The Bible has quite a bit to say about revenge. According to GotQuestions.org, in both Greek and Hebrew, the words “vengeance,” “revenge,” and “avenge” are associated with the idea of punishment. His vengeance is for the purpose of punishing those who have offended and rejected Him.  When His people suffer and the wicked appear to prosper, it is for God alone to punish. If we do the revenge, it is a sin.

 

What if those who have suffered from this current wave of national violence, loss of businesses and loss of employment stood back and claimed God’s promise – that Vengeance Is His and HE will pay them back with divine retribution and in a way that only HE can see?

 

The Lord's instruction to US is to not repay evil for evil and to live a peace with everyone. 

What can we do today….to conquer evil with good? 

 

Today's Prayer

Dear Lord, as those Lawless ones who have no concept of right vs wrong, of good vs evil, of what it means to respect the property rights of others, seem to be taking over our Country, thank You for reminding us, through Your Word, that YOU will have the final say as long as we choose to live in peace and stand firmly with You.  Remind us that we are to treat others in ways we wish to be treated: with kindness, with appreciation, with respect, and with love. Lord, YOUR people are praying, asking for your help. We believe that You are hearing our prayers. Thy will be done. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Have Hope, Be Patient, Pray Persistently

August 3, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Romans 12:12 "Rejoice in hope; be patient in trouble; be persistent in prayer."

What is Biblical HOPE?
In the English language, “hope” implies doubt; “hope so" implies something may - or may not happen. Biblical hope is different. It has as its foundation faith in God. 
 
Biblical hope comes from Hebrews 11:1 - "Faith is the assurance that what we hope for will come about; the proof of what is not seen." Biblical hope carries no doubt. Biblical hope is a sure foundation upon which we base our lives, believing that God always keeps His promises.  
 
What is PATIENCE?
Patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit. God rewards our patience by increasing our faith and trust that He has heard us and responds in Right Time. Exercising patience is hard, but it’s in our weakest moments that God reveals His strength. Here are a few quotes to inspire you when you are struggling with a situation that requires patience:
  • Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.
  • You can’t rush something you want to last forever.
  • You may not see it, but you have to trust it’s on its way.
  • Be careful about rushing God’s timing. You don't know what He is protecting you from.
What is PERSISTENCE? 
The dictionary definition of persistence is this: Refusing to give up or let go
 

Now, re-read the verse this way: "Rejoice without doubt; know that God hears you and it’s in His time; be patient in trouble; pray continually and refuse to give up.”

 
Today's Prayer
Dear Lord, Your Word gives clear direction to cover all situations in our lives. Help us to always rejoice in the hope of knowing You are in control. Allow us to clearly hear Your Plan for our life. Fill us with patience as a gift from You, that we are anxious for nothing but in ALL things trust that You want only the best for us. For these assurances, we give thanks as we remain persistent in prayer. We trust You know best, as You restructure our lives in these challenging times. Thy will be done. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Do Not Fret or Be Anxious; Rest In the Lord

July 31, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

 

John 14:27 

“...My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

 

Philippians 4:6-7  

"Do not fret or have anxiety about anything, but in every situation let your petitions [specific requests] be made known to God through prayers and requests, with thanksgiving. And then God’s peace, which goes far beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

 

With all the turmoil going on across America and around the world, it certainly is easy to be troubled and afraid, to fret and have anxiety. We need to rest in God, knowing He’ll take care of it in *His* time…another thing that is often difficult for us to do: be patient. 

 

We can overcome worry with acceptance by saying, “It is what it is.” This is not easy to do, as we watch the devastating destruction of our country. We can remind each of us that God is in control…

 

Today's Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you that even now, in the midst of chaos, turmoil, insecurity, and violence, we can find solace in You. Lord, we petition You to restore our country, our cities, and our neighborhoods to safety and with full prosperity. Heal the wounds that divide us. May Your Divine Hand be seen by all as You create miracles in our midst. Thy will be done. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

When I Pray, God Answers - with Kate Shimerani

July 28, 2020 - LISTEN HERE - With special Guest, Kate Shimerani

 

Psalms 86:7 

“I will call to You whenever I'm in trouble, and You will answer me.”

 

Unless we have a daily on-going dialogue with God, it seems we seek Him most in times of trouble.

 

There is an expression: When a door closes, a window will open. While that phrase isn’t found in the bible – it has been attributed to Alexander Grahm Bell and Helen Keller, among others, it certainly is a hopeful phrase to use in your daily prayers.

 

Don’t we often say, “Lord, why has that door closed? Why have there been so many delays? Lord, where is the open window?”

 

There are literally dozens of verses that say “Ask and it is given” – and so our role in this relationship is to ask. God hears our prayers....even though sometimes the response is wait...or not right now... or sometimes, the answer is even no – which I why I always remember to ask, “Lord, I ask for this or something better.”

 

The essential part is getting to the place of belief that you're prayers will be answered.  


But what is a belief? By definition, a belief is a closely held thought. When you really want something to come into your life...or want something to change in your life, you need to visualize already having it, visualize that you have already received it. 


When you pray, have the feeling that your request has arrived. Feel what it will feel like when God has delivered the deepest desires of your heart. If you can have a calmness, a surety in your spirit that your prayers have already been answered, the energetic attraction will speed the arrival of what God has in store for you.

 

If your prayers have not yet been answered, the next step is faith: Faith is taking your hands off the steering wheel... to let God be in charge of the timeline.  

 

Today’s Prayer:

Dear Lord, we asked for Your favor, Lord, and today, with gratitude. It’s a new phase in our day-to-day life...something is shifting. Help us to let go of the past; people change when times change.

 

You provide just enough light on the road for us to stay the course; We know You see the ENTIRE road of our life, from beginning to end. Thank you, Lord, for walking with each of us, guiding us to a place of peace, fulfillment, and prosperity.


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Don't Lose Your Cool and Be a Fool

July 23, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

 

Proverbs 29:11 

“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man holds his emotions in check.”

 

We live in stressful times and when people are afraid or uncertain, we see volatility. Today, people are encouraged to participate in “social shaming” on social media, within your family...and even with complete strangers. For those who already have a quick or fiery temper, these “in your face” exchanges are often all it takes to erupt into a tirade of angry emotions. While society is encouraging people to “let it all out,” God’s Word teaches that giving in to one’s temper is morally wrong and damaging to your spirit.

 

The Bible has a lot to say about the importance of controlling one’s temper.

·      Here in Proverbs 29:11 - a person who easily loses his temper a “fool.”

·      Proverbs 25:28 says “A man who does not control his temper is like a broken-down city without walls.”

·      Proverbs 15:18 says, “A hot-tempered man stirs up conflict....”

 

But instead of being an uncontrolled hot head, we must learn to bite our tongue.

 

The Bible says that when you control your emotion, you are wise. When you’re slow to anger, you can calm disputes. From the Beatitudes we know: “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)  

 

While Ephesians 4:31 admonishes us to “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and slander be put away from you....vs 32 says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgive one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” As children of God, we are called to love one another, to be at peace and even pray for those who harm us.

 

How many times in the last four months have you let your emotions run away with your sensibilities? Whether that emotion was frustration, fear...or anger, think back on how you could have responded differently.... and Now, with these verses at hand, how you might respond differently the next time you’re challenged or something rubs you the wrong way.

 

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, when anger rises within me, please calm my mind. Soothe my heart with Your gentle words. Replace the frustrations and the anger with your perfect peace. Remind me to reflect Your character, rich in steadfast love, with each intense interchange that crosses my path...whether it be with a friend, a family member or a complete stranger.

 

Lord, How would I “behave” and respond if I could PHYSICALLY see You standing right next to me? Lord, please remind me...You really are RIGHT HERE. The next time I am faced with a circumstance that causes anger to rise up from inside me, give me Your thoughts and Your words to resolve it. Lord, prevent us from being a fool. Remind me I am Your Representative. Help us to change the world through Your peace, one conversation at a time. Thy will be done. In Jesus' name. Amen.


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