Monday, July 27, 2009

A God Who Answers Prayer

The God we serve is very very good.

He just answered another of our prayers in a spectacular way. In this case, it was a complicated timing issue where we needed to move out of one rental home and into another with the timing working out perfectly between the two. Not only did the Lord work out the timing perfectly but I became aware over the weekend that the Lord held a pristine rental property just for my family for 86 days during the peak of rental season where we live. 86 days the Lord had his hand on this place for us while we were praying in faith, believing the Lord would take care of us but not knowing how or when. We looked at many places to live and none of them came close to how perfect this place is for my family and nobody touched it. Why? The Lord held it for us.

Prayer after prayer after prayer was lifted up to the heavens over this issue and once again the Lord answered in a spectacular way. Our God is a God who answers prayer. Today is a day of great rejoicing, thanks and praise to our God who hears the cries of his servants and answers them. I share this latest answered prayer with you to encourage you to seek the Lord's face for your own needs. Lay your faith on the line, stay in the bible praying the Lord's promises back to him in faith and watch what he will do for you.

Our God is loving and kind, full of grace and mercy for those who serve him. We don't always walk an easy road but we never walk alone. We always have the Lord our God there with us to help us in all our troubles, to deliver us from all our fears. We just have to trust him. We have to keep the faith.

Something the Lord showed me this weekend is that tested faith is not the same as failed faith. Sometimes when we feel our faith being tested we may be tempted to think our faith is weak or is failing us because we sense the strain and push of the enemy/the world/our flesh against our faith. Having our faith tested will be something we will deal with until we are with Jesus in heaven. Each time our faith is tested it grows stronger but that doesn't mean we will not feel the strain of testing the next time we lay our faith out, believing the Lord will come through for us. We will feel the invisible war going on . When what we see with our eyes pushes against what we believe by faith, we must stand immovable and push back against our problems, fears and difficulties by faith. We were given a will that allows us to decide when and where we will fight or give up. As long as we remain in the fight and we don't give up, we can expect to see mighty things from our God.

Engage your God given willpower to remain in the fight, by faith till the very end. We do not wage war as the world does.

2 Corinthians 10:1By the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” when away! 2I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. 3For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

If the Lord answers prayers for a nobody screwup like myself, the least of the brothers who are in Christ, what can he do for you? Be very encouraged today. For those of us who are "in Christ" everything done to benefit one part of the body benefits every other part of the body in some way. Seek the Lord's face, keep the faith, stay in his word, pray without ceasing. We serve a very very GOOD and GREAT God!

may the Lord bless you and keep you today. May his face shine upon you and may he grant you peace