It is such a busy world.
At any given moment, we have emails, texts, and don’t get me started on snaps, messengers, notifications … simultaneously submerged in white noise. A brimming buzz of evil attacking what is good and pure and lovely. The agonizing undercurrent of temptation overlaid with stiff unbelief in Jesus who died so that all may be included in the family of God.
It is hard to be a follower of Jesus. He told us the world would hate us because we love Him:
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:18-19).
Though we love Him, though we know we are His, we get overwhelmed with the pressures of this world.
Which way do we go to pursue our calling?Whom do we pray for, God there are so many burdens? When do we share Your gospel? What shall we do to please You when darkness surrounds, when hate abounds?
“Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).
Pray and believe you will receive His wisdom:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7).
My heart says of you, “Seek His face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek (Psalm 27:8).
Wait on the Lord, tarry and trust Your next move is already planned:
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him! (Isaiah 30:18).
Cling to what is good, what is of Him:
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them” (1 John 2:15).
Glorify His name, Jesus above all names, for it is He who promises to protect us from evil, for no matter our circumstances, He is worthy of all praise
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
But if you ask and do not believe, the wind will carry you far from His will:
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do (James 1:5-8).
When we don’t know what to do, how to pray, whom to contact, which job to take, we ask Him.
Don’t just ask and await some knowledge from heaven to befall.
Keep seeking Him after you ask, and give Him due honor to wait and listen for His direction. He promises to respond with His will and His ways and His sovereignty.
If you would again join me, those who maybe missed the last post, please pray for our mighty God to move in new and powerful ways among my family, my church family, larger community. Revival is brewing, always. This weekend, I am serving on staff at Shippensburg Revival, called Awaken Us. Then, I received word from a pastor in our denomination that Billy Graham Association is coming to York, PA!!!! Franklin Graham and the Newsboys and others will offer free event at York Fairgrounds this Fall. I will be joining one of the organizers of this event and other area pastors for lunch this month. Finally, Revival on the Hill at Newberrytown Church of God will be August 12 and 13. Yes, we need the Lord’s power to draw people, to give Christians the courage to invite and come alongside, to grow His Kingdom so that more sheep will enter heaven through the narrow gate.
May God bless each of you for reading, praying and believing.
Love in Christ,
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