Praise the Lord God Almighty for men like this! God still uses all of us in different ways. We might be a small candle instead of a light bulb that shines a brighter light nonstop and that draws many to its brightness. Ler us not forget that the light in each one of us from a small candle to the brightest bulb is still the Holy Spirit and he shines the light on darkness in ways we don’t even realize. We can’t all be “Zev Porat”, but God is able and does use all who are willing. For me it is simply sharing these types of things, or it is simply lifting someone at work up in prayer or with a hug or simply telling them they have done a great job and thank you! Friday I did that with an email to a woman I have never met but through my job we communicate here and there. Not on a consistent basis or anything. I had asked her for information the day before and she worked quickly to get the answers. I just emailed her after and copied a few key people and told her I appreciated her going above and beyond at quickly resolving this issue. I said you might be asking “fir what, just doing my job”? I would say, you wouldn’t believe how many don’t get right in there and do as you do. You are set apart from the rest and simply wanted you to know how much I appreciate you.
(So, yes, something as simple as that gives encouragement in a dark depressing world. She sent me an email back without the other folks on it and said WOW, thank you for such a wonderful complimentary email. Such kind words and you made my day! I told her I don’t give them out unless I mean what I say. I told her I was glad it made her day and I hoped it put a smile on her face and a spring in her step!) You know in this world we often are all to easy to point out the things people do wrong and criticize people in an email with many people on it but we should take time to be a light that shines brightly on little things in daily life, and maybe let their bosses know about those things. That does brighten the days of people. So, something so small and easy can be used! I feel God uses me more to encourage and uplift people. We are all part of the body of Christ Jesus and we can’t all be the arm or a foot. The body has many parts!
What part are you?
Pastor JD Farag
Time is so near. Thankyou Pastor JD Farag
First we must look at a couple of things about ourselves and about this world around us. We need to take a honest look within ourselves to see if something is there that hinders our hearts from being poured out before our Lord God in prayer. Not JUST prayer, but fervent prayer.
FERVENT / Fervently – to be hot, to boil, to glow; to swell with heat. FERVENCY- Heat of mind; ardor (heat or warmth such as from the sun rays);eagerness. ..passionate. FERVENTLY -earnestly; eagerly; vehemently- (means with great force and violence; urgently; forcibly; with great zeal)
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
It is happening. I MUST BEGIN TO PRAY LIKE I DID IN THE PAST. I must pray like that for my husband, for my sons, for my husband’s grown children, and for our 5 grandchildren. I might not be able to do anything else for them but WHY AM I NOT FERVENTLY PRAYING FOR THEM AS I DID WHEN I HURT SO MUCH? Has my love for the lost in my family began to grow cold? Perhaps it has. I have began to feel so alone in my faith that it feels like the world around me is only unbelief. I must begin praying in a bigger way! I must pour out my heart before the Lord again in a way and a level that I haven’t in awhile.
Psalm 50:15 says,
And call upon me in the day of trouble:
I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
I love this verse. Our Father desires His children to call out to Him when we are in trouble or distressed. He desires to help His children. He wants the best for us. He will deliver us AND THEN. …it will GLORIFY HIM! How awesome is that? How often do we think about us crying out to our Father in Heaven doing anything other than helping us in our distress? We try doing it on our own which isn’t what God tells His people. We are also missing opportunity to glorify the Father. We are supposed to glorify Him in all we do and yet we often miss a basic daily opportunity to do just that.
If anyone is still reading this then I pray with FERVENCY that God will bless you and keep you and one day I look forward to meeting all my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus!
How many of us in 2017 really know what the meaning of the word fervent means? So often we think we know what something means but do we really ‘get’ the underlying truth to a word? Look up words, even those you claim to understand. May I also suggest that you purchase an 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster. This has been one of my best investments other than that of the King James Bible. Any other dictionary along with new versions sometimes change the meaning of words with the times. I personally desire to know what the word originally meant. What did it mean when it was translated into our language?
Reading this today humbled me. How easily we can be self righteous without even realizing it. I know this morning the Lord revealed to me that ‘just maybe’, when I start even thinking the following.
Thank you Lord that You opened my eyes to see that going out and doing this or that is wrong. Thank You Lord that I am not blind but I see.
So, what is wrong with the above statement? On the surface nothing because I am thankful that I am not as blind as I once was BUT, I must be very careful or that can so easily become a self righteous attitude. Dear Lord God, please continue to give me Your mercy and grace. Help me Lord not to cross the line from thankfulness to self righteousness. Help me to always remember ‘but without the grace of God there go I’.
After the Lord your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, “The Lord has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.” No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is going to drive them out before you. It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the Lord your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.
It was not because of Israel’s righteousness that they entered into the promised land, and it is not because of our righteousness that we have salvation from sin. This is a foreshadowing of the fullness and completeness of all things in Christ Jesus. God provides the sacrifice to Abraham, as he nears sacrificing his own son Isaac (a test of faith from God). Likewise, God provides the perfect sacrifice for our sins; once and for all in Christ Jesus His son. Lord God, thank you for saving us! I pray we surrender our lives to you fully, and delight in you always!
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.