Paying a price

“When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.” (Acts 16:19)

Whether we like to admit it or not we often find ourselves serving God for what we can get rather than who He is. This is reflected in our prayers that are often “help me I want something.”

There are consequences for following Jesus that none of us would choose. We will get ridiculed and sometimes persecuted. We can take some comfort in the fact that Jesus was continually being taken to task and ultimately killed.

When we receive opposition take it as a compliment. Our enemy only has limited resources and when he allocates some to your life you must be having an impact.

Quick Prayer. “I know I will pay a price for standing with you. Help me be strong and protect my heart at that time.” Amen

Intimacy

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21)

Would you like to share in the happiness of God? He is the creator of all happiness, pleasure and joy. Shared happiness is sign of intimacy, and of a close relationship. What a beautiful picture of our Fathers love for us.

It is out of an understanding of that love and the overwhelming gift of His sacrifice, that our faith and works are grounded. Not out of appeasing an angry capricious being, but in serving faithfully a loving and giving God.

Plus, when we have been proven faithful with a little, we will be given much more. It is spiritual principal that is outworked so clearly in our work in the marketplace.

Quick Prayer. “I want to share in your happiness Holy Spirit.” Amen

Restoration.

“At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,” says the LORD.” (Zephaniah 3:20)

God is in the restoration business. He can and does restore hearts, lives, families, and fortunes. He can restore your business when all seems lost. Lives get changed when He is around.

Sometimes He can even restore before your very eyes healings, miracles, radical restoration, Godly reconstruction, and instant reconciliation. Nothing is beyond God’s ability to restore—no person, no business, and no situation.

The Bible is full of God “suddenly” doing something. Just when you least suspect it, just when it is at the seemingly lost point, God intervenes. He is never late, but He is, for whatever reason, very rarely early either; and our faith is stretched accordingly

Quick Prayer. “I pray for your restoration Jesus.” Amen

A Place of Abundance.

“You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.” (Psalm 66:12)

It is hard to understand how a loving God would allow things to happen, that we wouldn’t want to go through. Often He allows circumstances to occur, but always for a reason, always with an outcome, and always to a place of restoration.

Tough places are by definition tough. In this scripture they went through the mill, BUT…… I love that word. How often do we see His hand in times of struggle and strife, BUT God, BUT He, BUT then. Hope in the midst of turmoil, and deliverance to a place of peace, a place of safety and a place of abundance.

Quick Prayer. “Thank you that there is an end to the tough places and a place of rest is coming.” Amen

Faithful in hard times.

“to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.” (Psalm 33:19)

He is faithful. He is faithful. He is faithful. I say it again He is faithful. He will not let you suffer, and He will deliver you from harm. We need to sometimes stand on the promises of God and declare the victory He has already one.

These promises are yes and Amen, regardless of the circumstances, the times we live in, the environment, the economy, or the political status. He is our deliverer and our salvation, our ever-present help in a time of need. Speak to those circumstances that seem to overwhelm you and command them to submit to the word of God.

His strength will sustain you and His promises are always true.

Quick Prayer. “Keep me faithful in your strength, always.” Amen

Sustenance.

“For forty years you sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.” (Nehemiah 9:21)

In some seasons we feel like it will not end. Maybe you have been through a long time of struggling; a long time of waiting for God to answer. Life can be hard sometimes, I am well aware of that. God’s answers can seem to be held back for an unreasonable time. But if we have engaged our faith and trusted in his timing we will see the hand of God move on our behalf.

In the meantime sometimes we will need to press into Him and ask for Him to sustain us. In Him there is no lack, the Israelites in the desert “lacked nothing”, as He sustained them.

Quick Prayer. “Sustain me Lord.” Amen

Help.

“Even if you go and fight courageously in battle, God will overthrow you before the enemy, for God has the power to help or to overthrow.” (2 Chronicles 25:8) 

Whose side are you on? What is your motivation? Are you fighting a battle you were never meant to fight? There is a fine line between presumption and faith. Do you want to serve God or do you want Him to bless your plans. One is true Christianity the other another form of paganism.

That does sound harsh, but consider it for a moment. Will we do what He wants us to do, or do we serve Him in order to have our agenda met. The word says to “seek first His Kingdom”, and then we will get all the other things we need.

He has the power to help or to overthrow, lets not treat lightly the call to which we are called.

Quick Prayer. “Help.” Amen

Facing Stubbornness?

“But Sihon king of Heshbon refused to let us pass through. For the LORD your God had made his spirit stubborn and his heart obstinate in order to give him into your hands, as he has now done.” (Deuteronomy 2:30)

God has a much better view than we do. Our ways are not his ways. Sometimes He will allow people to go the way they have determined to go. Even this is for a purpose.

All we may see is obstinacy, blindness and stubbornness, yet God is at work even in the greatest of opposition. How easy would our lives be if we learned just to trust and watch His hand at work?

Resistance is sometimes to be pushed, and other times it is a way to divert us to a higher path. In this case it was ordained to give victory at a later date. Not all resistance is from the enemy.

Quick Prayer. “When I see stubbornness let me know if it is to overcome, or is the work of your hand.” Amen