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Handling Accurately God’s Word

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In my daily Bible Reading I’m at the Book of Job, Chapter 9.  In particular verse 2 jumped out at me:

How can a man be righteous before God?  If one wished to contend with Him he could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.”  (New King James Version)

It’s so important for us to have a correct understanding of who God is and who we are. He is the potter and we are the clay.  We must honor Him for His awesomeness and don’t think for a moment we are equal to Him.  (Isaiah 64:8)

But now, O Lord, You are our Father,
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all of us are the work of Your hand.

That’s true, but on the other hand we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).

 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

We who are believers in Jesus Christ are not a worm, but His children whom He has raised up and given power and authority.  We are not those who grovel in our sin and unworthiness.  It’s important to understand how we were, but not how we are now.

The Apostle Paul admonishes us to “handle accurately the Word of Truth.”  (2 Timothy 2:15)

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

As we seek to understand God and His Ways and His Will for us, it’s essential that we not take one truth and emphasize that truth over another.  It’s important for us to not take one truth – like the righteousness of God and the unrighteousness of mankind – and emphasize only one side of the truth.  One truth in  God’s Word is often balanced by another truth.  We must take each teaching or Bible verse within it’s context.  We must understand the whole perspective of God on a subject (Acts 20:27).

For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.

How do we discover the balance in God’s Word?

Briefly, I can say:

  1. Read the Bible.  We must read the Bible a lot to gather much information about the whole Story of God.  We must read the Bible in small portions to think about it, pray about it and study it.  The first step is Read the Bible!
  2. Understand the Context of any one truth or Bible verse.

a.  First there is the Covenant Context.  Which covenant does that truth or             scripture belong in – the Old or the New?  Does the Old Covenant (Testament) truth apply to New Covenant (Testament) believers?  Can we find that Old Covenant Truth re-affirmed in the New Testament?

b.  What does the Bible say about that entire subject?  Compare that Bible verse with other Bible verses.  This takes study and it takes resources that will help you find the other Bible verses on that subject.  The internet is very helpful nowadays.  In the past I had to buy a lot of books, but now, those books are on the internet.

So here’s the point:  Read the Bible a lot for context.  Read the Bible in small portions for meditation and study.  Seek to find the Big Picture from God on that subject. I recommend having a good Study Bible with you to help you bridge these gaps for you.  In this way the Word of God in the Bible will become useful for our own lives and the lives of others.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Value of Listening to Understand

Listening 1God gave us two ears and one mouth…that should be a clue to us.  Many people use their mouth more than their ears.  They don’t listen to others to understand, but only to reply.  These people miss out on opportunities to learn, grow and affirm others in their life.

In the book of Job, after Job’s calamities, his three friends came to visit and sat with him for 7 days without saying a word.  They just let Job speak and share.  Sometimes it is a time just to listen, not correct, not give our ideas or not even respond…just let the other person share.

John Maxwell says, “People don’t loose intimacy when they stop talking, but when they stop listening.  Leaders (people) seldom realize how much their listening empowers the other person.  Because they are leaders the sheer act of listening speaks volumes that even a great speech can’t communicate.”

Again, John Maxwell suggests:

  1.   Listening communicates the value of the other person and his or her thoughts.
  2.   Listening communicates love and understanding and care for their needs.
  3.   Listening communicates a desire to grow, learn and remain teachable.

Why not practice just listening to someone for a change and reflecting back to them what you hear them saying, and affirming them rather than sharing your ideas or solving the problem?  It might do a lot to make your relationship with them even stronger.  Listening creates a relationship where your input is valued.  Another time will arise for you to share your thoughts on their issue.

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What Makes and Effective Executive?

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(Photo by Kaitlyn McCaul, Willamette Valley, Oregon)

by Peter Drucker

An effective executive does not need to be a leader in the sense that the term is now most commonly used. Harry Truman did not have one ounce of charisma, for example, yet he was among the most effective chief executives in U.S. history. Similarly, some of the best business and nonprofit CEOs I’ve worked with over a 65-year consulting career were not stereotypical leaders. They were all over the map in terms of their personalities, attitudes, values, strengths, and weaknesses. They ranged from extroverted to nearly reclusive, from easygoing to controlling, from generous to parsimonious.

What made them all effective is that they followed the same eight practices:

  • They asked, “What needs to be done?”
  • They asked, “What is right for the enterprise?”
  • They developed action plans.
  • They took responsibility for decisions.
  • They took responsibility for communicating.
  • They were focused on opportunities rather than problems.
  • They ran productive meetings.
  • They thought and said “we” rather than “I.”

The first two practices gave them the knowledge they needed. The next four helped them convert this knowledge into effective action. The last two ensured that the whole organization felt responsible and accountable.

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Leaders are Not Satisfied with the “Status Quo” but Reach for More…

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Status quo is a Latin Phrase meaning the existing state of affairs, particularly with regards to social or political issues.  It means whatever is normal.  Some people are satisfied with how things are and make no movement to change it.  Others are not satisfied with how things are but they, too, make no move to change it.  However, a leader is not satisfied with how things are and takes initiative to change it. That’s one of the chief characteristics of a leader.  

In my Daily Bible Reading I came across a man the Holy Spirit singled out as  He led the writer OF 1 Chronicles to list over 600 names.  One man among those 600 stood out because he was a leader:

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

 9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; but his mother named him Jabez, saying, “Because I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would indeed bless me and enlarge my border [property], and that Your hand would be with me, and You would keep me from evil so that it does not hurt me!” And God granted his request.

This morning I’m meeting with two staff pastors at our Phnom Penh church to evaluate the members and attenders at our North Campus.  We want to see who we have as leaders or potential leaders.  By the way, what are the characteristics of a leader?    Jabez shows us four characteristics of a successful leader who pleases God:

Four Characteristics of a Successful Leader Who Pleases God

  1.  He/she overcomes internal lids.  The mother of Jabez put a name on him that means suffering.  She apparently thought her newborn son was a pain for her.  Jabez might have grown up with this stigma on is life every time someone called his name. He may have had to deal with inferiority and rejection, but he overcame the internal lid to his potential leadership. Many people complain because they are poor or lack an education or never had some of the positive experiences others have had.  Some people never move forward because of limitations they set upon themselves or personal disciplines or the difficulty of their situation.  Leaders overcome internal and external lids.  They just find what it takes to overcome !
  2. He/she looks to God as his/her Source.   Whether you are the leader of a family, business, organization, ministry or church you will need the grace of a Higher Power to help you.  Successful leaders who please God know that to lead their family, their business, their organization, their ministry or church they need God, and they cry out to him day and night for favor, wisdom and strength.
  3. He/she is not satisfied with the Status Quo.  The big difference between leaders and non-leader is that leaders do not just see what needs to be fixed or changed, but they get up and gather the resources to make the change.  They exert personal discipline, sacrifice, develop their understanding and skills and move forward.
  4. He/she is committed to personal integrity.  The successful leader who pleases God does not cut corners.  He is honest in his relationships with people, staff, finances and time.  He/she chooses to take the high road even if he has to personally sacrifice lose to be honest with his employees, staff, vendors, donors, and others to whom he relates.  He does not lie and is not dishonest in reporting.

I believe that everybody has the potential to lead in some capacity and I urge you to follow what God is putting in your heart and do everything you can to prepare yourself to be a leader who is pleasing to God.

 

 

 

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Praying for People According to the Names of God

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In the Old Testament God revealed Himself by various names.  Those names reveal His character and His desire to meet the needs of mankind.  When we pray for people we can pray for them according to the names of God:

  • He is my Righteousness, Jeremiah 23:6
  • He is my Peace, Judges 6:24
  • He is my Banner going into war, Exodus 17:15
  • He is my Provider, Genesis 22:14
  • He is my Shepherd, Psalm 23:1
  • He is my Healer, Exodus 15:26
  • He is our Holiness, Leviticus 20:8

We pray by asking questions:

  1. Is there any kind of evil going on in your house – bad character by your children, spouse or parents?  Because my god is a God who wants to establish righteousness in our lives.
  2. Does your house/family/life have peace?  My God wants our lives and families to be filled with peace.  Let’s pray right now asking God’s peace to fill your life.
  3. Is there any demonic disturbances in your life?  Dreams?  Presence of evil?  Fear?  Our God is a God of power who wants to drive out all demonic power in our lives.
  4. How is your finances?  Do you lack?  Do you have financial problems?  Our God is a God who provides for His children.  He knows your situation and wants to help you.
  5. Do you face any big decisions or don’t know what to do in a situation?  If so, our God is a God who shepherds His people and guides them to the right places.  We can ask our God to guide you in the decisions and situation you face.
  6. Is there any sickness in your life or family?  Our God is a god who heals.  He wants to show His power in your life and give you good health and heal you.
  7. Do you have any sinful issues that are binding you?  Bad habits that are affecting you spiritually, emotionally or physically?  Anybody in your household?  Our God is a holy God.  He wants our lives to be holy.  We can pray for you about this.

When you are visiting house to house or when you meet someone for an altar call or in any situation you can use these points to pray for them.

  1. Ask the question.
  2. Listen to their answer.
  3. Tell them about the power and love of our God to solve that problem.
  4. Pray with them.

 

 

 

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Restoring Your Dreams

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Photo by Kaitlyn McCaul

As a Christian, and perhaps even as an unbeliever, God has put certain hopes and dreams deep within our heart – thoughts, ideas, aspirations – of what could be… if only.  Some of us are able to see those dreams come to pass, but others of us are bound by fear, wounds, lack of confidence and other limitations.  Others have had those dreams crushed and shattered as a result of failure, acting out in the flesh or through the thoughtlessness or viciousness of others.  However, I’m here to tell you today that God is a restorer of dreams.  It may be God Himself that has given you that dream that He wants to resurrect, or He wants to instill a new one, or perhaps help you dig down to the recesses of your soul and spirit and discover it for the first time.

The dream God has given you is essential to your well-being.  The Bible says, “Without a vision, people live carelessly.”  Proverbs 29:18.  Your vision, your dream, your God-given motivation in life is what will drive you.  It will give you energy.  It will give you the will-power and motivation to overcome temptations and press through difficult times.  With no dream it’s easy to give up or fall into the mundane, day-to-day living and end up wasting your life on earth and not leaving the mark God intended you to leave on the lives of others.  However, your God-given dream is not just for yourself.

The dream God has given you is essential to the completion of His purpose on earth – the establishing of His Kingdom.  No matter how “secular” the dream you feel is, as long as it’s not sinful, it can be used to glorify God and fulfill His eternal purpose.  You are part of the many-membered Body of Christ.  Who you are and what you do is significant – essential.  Every member of the Body of Christ counts.

Your dream will be more than you can accomplish in your own strength – it will take faith and God’s ability.  It will be something beyond your reach that will stretch you into new arenas; pull you out of your comfort zone and help you to trust God at a new level.

Societal Influence

In order for God’s purpose to be fully established on earth, He must penetrate the following areas of society with Spirit-filled believers:

Religion:  We must have people who have a passion for God’s purpose and holiness leading religion.  People must be brought to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  This happens by being added to the Universal Church as well as the Local Church.

Education:  Education has tremendous influence on society.  We must have Christians involved in every aspect of education.

Government: It goes without saying the power of influence of government.  We need Christians involved in all aspects of government.

Entertainment:  Entertainment includes sports, music, drama and the arts in every form, including writing and publishing books.

Media:  Media includes radio, TV, newspaper, internet and any other form of communicating information to the world.

Societal Relationships: Social relationships involve how families relate to one another, workers relate to one another as well as how society relates to one another in every way.

Business:  God is the God of innovation and success.  We need Christians in every aspect of business and open to God giving them creative business ideas.

So you see, your God-given dream will surely fit somewhere in the scope of what God is trying to do on earth.

Joseph:  A Dream Crushed and Restored

The Bible is full of many men and women who received a dream from God – either a “night dream”, “day vision”, or prophetic word or inner passion – but Joseph is an example of a man who received a dream from God, saw the dream to apparently be destroyed and then restored again in God’s perfect timing.

If you think about it, Joseph grew up in a very dysfunctional family.  He would be the least likely to succeed, but then on the other hand, that seems to be the kind of person God has chosen to be His powerful instruments of change in the world:

Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you.  Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful.  God chose things despised by the world; things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God.  God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom.   As the Scriptures say, “The person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done.”   1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Look at Joseph’s family:

  • His father had four wives – all at one time.
  • Infighting between the wives and children – what kind of atmosphere do you think that created in the family?
  • Rape, murder, lies, deception, prostitution and incest among his immediate family members.

For many of us that would not only knock us out of the running for a dream from God but set us up for a life-time of emotional counseling – dealing with the internal issues of growing up in a family like that.  Can you relate?

As a seventeen-year old boy whose Prefrontal Cortex of his brain has not been fully developed (the part that helps you make good decisions and foresee the end result of a decision), Joseph “tattle-taled” on his brothers – that didn’t help their already fragile relationship.  His father also showed personal favoritism to Joseph, probably spoiling him and clearly showing greater love for Joseph than the other sons (I’ve heard from Marriage and Family Therapists that these isn’t a good practice to follow!).  This created not just an irritation towards him on behalf of his brothers, but a deep-seated hatred.  Nevertheless, Joseph received a dream from God – a promise for the future of how he would play a role in God’s eternal plan for mankind (just like you!).  His dream showed him that eventually he would be lifted up to a prominent position and even his brothers and parents would recognize his prominence and give him honor.  Again, with the Prefrontal Cortex problem, Joseph shared his dream to his family.  He was hated even more by his brothers, and the dream irritated his father, but Jacob nevertheless kept these strange matters in the back of his mind.

Joseph’s brothers hated him so much they actually conspired to kill him, but then relented and only sold him as a slave and as a seventeen year-old boy ended up in a foreign country not knowing the language, culture, no family, no source of income – how would that affect you?  What words would you use to describe what Joseph’s emotional state could have been?

Angry?  Bitter?  Fearful?  Rejected?  Worthless?  Low Self-Esteem?  Trust issues?  Need to prove himself that he really has value?  Abandoned?  Confused?  Visionless?  Shamed?  Lonely?

These kinds of emotions lead to huge relationship problems, not to mention cause us to respond by becoming a workaholic, angry person, going through one relationship after another, being defensive, overbearing, not trusting, suicidal.  What Joseph went through would cause huge life-dominating problems for most people.  Nevertheless, “The Lord was with him.”  Genesis 39:2 Also, “The Lord made all in his hand prosper.”  Genesis 39:3.  This is huge for us:  Even though we go through a most terrible childhood or have horrendous family or relationship issues – “the Lord is with us, and will make us prosper” if we keep our heart right – focused on Him.

Joseph found favor with one of Pharaoh’s dignitaries and was eventually promoted as a manager in his house.  He fought off the sexual advances of the man’s wife because he had core values and a faith in God he refused to violate regardless of the short-term benefits, Genesis 39:9.  But eventually he was framed and put in jail.  What words would you use to describe Joseph’s possible state of mind now?  His dream was crushed, resurrected and crushed again!  But, again, “The Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy and gave him favor…”  Genesis 39:21.  He continued to keep his heart right in the most pressing of circumstances and with the appearance of an absolute hopeless future and he was promoted again, while in jail.

Eventually, God helped Joseph interpret the dreams of two fellow inmates, both servants of Pharaoh.  One was released and promised to put in a good word for Joseph and try to get him out of jail, but of course never followed through on his promise.  Has that ever happened to you?  Broken promises?  Your hopes raised, and then dashed to the ground again?  How much more can this young man take until he completely rejects God and becomes darkened in his soul and spirit?  Many of us would become that way after the first or second set-back of such magnitude!

Nevertheless, he was eventually released from prison and elevated to the highest position of leadership besides that of Pharaoh, just as God had promised thirteen years earlier.  He waited it out.  He held his faith and hope.  He kept himself in a position mentally and emotionally to receive the promise and fulfillment of his dream.  That’s not to say he didn’t waver in faith at times, nor experience temporary discouragement or hopelessness, nor have to deal with the trauma and dysfunction of his family – but he found God in the midst of it and the dream came to pass!

After toying with the idea of revenge on his brothers when they came to Egypt to buy food during a famine (Genesis 42), look at his final perspective:

As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people.  No, don’t be afraid. Indeed, I myself will take care of you and your families.” And he spoke very kindly to them, reassuring them. 

Genesis 50:20-21

Summary of Joseph’s Life

Joseph, a young man only seventeen years old, living in a very dysfunctional family where there was physical, emotional and sexual abuse, received a dream from God – Creator of the Universe.  It was a vision; a hope; a calling; a mission; an assignment.  Just as he embraced the dream it was dashed to pieces – shattered.  He found himself in a foreign country, rejected by the family that was supposed to nurture him to maturity and provide a safe place in life.  He was abandoned and without hope.  Not only once, but three times was his vision and hopes ground to dust.  Yet, somehow, he held his faith.  He must have known the promises that the write of the Book of Hebrews know:

You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail. When all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew you had better things waiting for you in eternity.  Do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you!  Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.  “For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.  And a righteous person will live by faith. But I will have no pleasure in anyone who turns away.”  But we are not like those who turn their backs on God and seal their fate. We have faith that assures our salvation.

Hebrews 10:34-39

Somewhere, deep down in his spirit, he knew the Word of God and the God of the Word.  He didn’t know when and he didn’t know how, but he knew that God was faithful and works all things together for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose.  (Romans 8:28)

Application to Our Lives

Perhaps you’re like Joseph.  Perhaps you had a dream from God – a hope, calling or prophetic word.  This is the year to revisit that promise and call it to resurrection.  I’d like to recommend four steps to insure you are on the path for God’s dreams to be restored in your life, beginning now!

  1. Believe God has a dream for you. This is often the most difficult for us.  Who are we?  Look at our failures, our past history, or lack of (fill in the blank).  “I’m really messed up.”  “I’ve forfeited my dream by bad decisions.”  My friend, if God can use a man who went through what Joseph went through, He can certainly restore your dream!  Remember this:

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous–and how well I know it.  You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.  You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.  How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable!  I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, you are still with me!

Psalm 139:13-18

For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.  Romans 11:29

You may have given up on yourself, but God has not given up on you!  Remember, what you have to contribute to God’s eternal plan and purpose is not insignificant!  It may seem like only a small part to you, but the role your dream plays may be a pivotal part of what God intends to do in your family, region or nation.

  1. Declare your dream. Here’s another difficult one.  When you don’t really believe God has a dream for you.  When you feel hopeless and rejected you really don’t feel like declaring it.  However, speaking forth God’s promises – verbally, not just in your mind – is a critical part of breaking through.  The spoken word is a power factor in our salvation experience.  As you speak the promises of God and begin to say what God says about you and your situation you begin to change and your circumstances begin to change.  This is faith in action.

Salvation that comes from trusting Christ–which is the message we preach–is already within easy reach. In fact, the Scriptures say, “The message is close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.”  For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.  As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who believes in him will not be disappointed.”   Romans 10:8-11

Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the tree on the previous day and exclaimed, “Look, Teacher! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”  Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.  I assure you that you can say to this mountain, `May God lift you up and throw you into the sea,’ and your command will be obeyed. All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart.  Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it.   Mark 11:21-24

It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”  With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak.   2 Corinthians 4:13

Your future is in your mouth.  You can see your future and dream restored by the confession of your mouth or you can see it buried.  We simply must say what God says not what we think or feel.  It’s a matter of life and death.

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 18:21

  1. Get in alignment for God’s dream to be restored. If we live outside the parameters God gives us for a successful Christian life, we run the risk of aborting the restoration of our dream.  God gives us parameters for a healthy and successful life and the wise person will live within those parameters.  Those parameters include:
  • Get in a local church and submit to your leaders
  • Read the Bible regularly and thoughtfully and try to apply it to your daily life
  • Get involved with a small group of like-minded people who can encourage one another in their walk with God
  • Get involved in some ministry. If you always sit on the sidelines for whatever excuse you give, your dream doesn’t have a chance to grow and mature.
  1. Obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit speaks to us in thoughts, pictures, dreams, and words of other people, songs, impulses and other ways.  The thoughts of God are usually the first thought that comes into our mind.  If we procrastinate or hesitate, the impulse is gone and we’ve missed the opportunity.  God will show us the first step and often it will not make sense.  He rarely shows us the second or third step until we take the first one.  Following God and walking by the Holy Spirit involves risk (faith).  Prayerfully, depending on God and trying to be sensitive to His Holy Spirit’s further promptings, step out and do what you feel God is telling you to do.  Overcome fear and step out.  His vision and dream will be more and clearer one step of obedience at a time!

Conclusion

Take a blank piece of paper and write out the dream God has given you.  It may already be a solid thought in your mind or it may be only a hope hidden in your heart, “I would hope that someday God would use me to …”

Begin to pray your God-given dream into existence and see God use you in the coming years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What to do When Personal Disaster Strikes

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None of us are immune to personal disaster – it could be a financial crisis, a health crisis or a relationship crisis.  We have a good model in the Bible as to how to respond to these personal (and national) difficulties.

In my Bible reading this morning I read 2 Kings 18-19.  In these chapters we find a good model in how to face and overcome these kinds of difficulties.

  1. Hezekiah does what is right.  The first step is to make sure your heart, actions, character and principles you’re following are pleasing to the Lord.
  2. The powerful enemy attacks.  The crisis occurs.
  3. Hezekiah did not allow his citizens to respond verbally.  Be careful about the words you speak because your words create your attitude and response and your future.  Don’t allow yourself to agree with your circumstances.  It may be bad, but God has an answer
  4. Hezekiah repented, fasted and prayed.  The first response to crisis we see in the bible is to fast (go without food for a day or so), cry out to God and expect to hear his response.
  5. God spoke to the king through the prophet and reassured him it will turn out okay.  Get alone with God.  Read more of the Bible than you normally do.  Saturate yourself in worship and sermons. Get yourself into a position to hear from God about your situation.
  6. The enemy returned!  Don’t expect your problems to go away immediately.  The devil will keep trying until you resist him firmly and over time.
  7. Hezekiah recognized his as not just an attack on Israel, but a spiritual warfare and attack on God himself.  Remember, it’s not just your life or loved ones who are at stake.  There are spiritual forces seeking to destroy you so you won’t be effective for God in your life and those who will be influenced by you in future generations.
  8. God spoke and the enemy was defeated.  Eventually as Hezekiah held onto the Word of God the problem went away.

It’s been my practice to try and follow these principles when disaster or a crisis hits my life.  God gives us his Word in the Bible to guide us in life and who us how to live the life of victory he created us to live.

Romans 5:17

Romans 15:4

1 Corinthians 10:11

 

 

 

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