Are we willing to do whatever God asks of us? Even if it means letting go of what we hold dear? What if it means moving to unknown territories or getting out of our comfort zone? When we are eager to make room for God, He leads us to do the most unexpected to bring the least expected.
Abraham obeyed God’s directive to take his son Isaac to the land of Moriah to offer him as a sacrifice. After many steps of obedience along the way, he was told by the Angel of the Lord not to lay his hand on the lad, or do anything to harm him. After all the steps Abraham walked, to stop could have appeared questionable and inconceivable. As our father of faith, he demonstrates how we follow God with a childlike blind faith, wholeheartedly.
Our willingness to obey the Lord, regardless of what is asked of us, matters on a moment by moment basis. We are to consistently and faithfully take heed to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our fulfillment of God’s perfect will. It could be after years of preparing something one way, that God brings a totally different approach. We pray to obey, from glory to glory!
Genesis 22:12 “And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
The One in us is greater than the one who is in the world. Christ is greater than any problem, temptation or trial that may come against us. Instead of walking by fear, we walk by faith because of the overcomer who dwells in our hearts.
In the past, we may have attempted to build walls to protect us from the attacks of the enemy. These walls ended up isolating us and keeping us away from divine opportunities. We may understand that Christ is greater than what comes against us; but it’s when we comprehend that He is greater in us that walls can come down and our fear is conquered. Walls built from fear do not bring protection, but hinder us from the victorious position we have in Christ. The presence of the Lord in our lives is enough to protect us from all the fiery darts of the enemy. His presence in us enables us to stand as champions in His name because we have on the whole armor of God.
When we take a look at what’s in us, we come face to face with our humanity and question our divine identity. It’s then that we have to recognize the treasure we have as earthen vessels: Christ Himself in us, with us and for us, from glory to glory!
1 John 4:4 “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
When we remember the work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope, of others in the Lord Jesus Christ, our hearts are filled with thanks unto God. The scripture tells us to remember faith, love and hope without ceasing. When our focus is about the weakness of others, how they failed our expectations, or what they are yet to grow into, our faith and hope is diminished.
Our prayers for others are affected by what we remember of them. Without ceasing, we are to recall their work of faith and labor of love. As we do so, our faith for what is to come into their lives is increased. Our prayers are motivated and remain fervent by love. Remembering, even briefly, what the enemy has done can plant seeds of fear and hinder our faith. This is true whether it’s in regards to us or to others. The connection between prayer and thanksgiving is seen throughout the Bible.
Our labor of love is not in vain in the Lord and the prayers of the righteous avail much. We do not see the glass half empty, but half full. One drop is enough for our God to multiply. At times, when we only see what hasn’t been accomplished yet in our lives, and the lives of others, let’s remember our work of faith, and labor of love and praise God, from glory to glory!
1 Thessalonians 1:2-4 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.
What should we do in the face of tragedy? When evil roars and fear knocks at our doors, should we strike back? How do we stop anger from turning into rage, or guard our hearts from becoming bitter? How do we remain loving and forgiving?
When our hearts are overwhelmed with grief, sorrow and pain, nothing makes sense. Simple tasks in our daily activities challenge our ability to function normally. We find keeping a routine difficult, yet we know it’s imperative that we do so. In those times of desperation, we cry out to God from the depths of our hearts. Without the Lord, we would fall into a tunnel of despair, depression and helplessness. The Spirit of Christ knows how to move upon us to reach out to the rock who is higher than we are, Jesus!
A child in trouble looks to someone bigger to rescue him. We go to the Lord, trusting His ability to intervene and move miraculously. He takes us higher in Him so we can see with His eyes of hope; think with His thoughts of good and not evil; feel His never ending unconditional love; and rest in His merciful plan. He truly is the Rock of our salvation, from glory to glory!
Psalms 61:1-2 “Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
In addition to comparing and criticizing, complaining hinders our moving forward. A murmuring complaining spirit is displeasing to the Lord. It is normal to express grief and sorrow or share something that is happening in our lives. It is not normal to grumble, accuse, blame, speak negatively and not acknowledge anything positive.
It is even more destructive when complaining about people and not things. It leads to gossip and fuels the works of the enemy. Complaining comes from a spirit of fear which is conquered as the Lord brings freedom. When we want to help those who are being battled in this area, we should lead them to the awareness of what the Lord has done. We shine the light in the darkness and lift them up with affirming words of life, hope and trust. We encourage them through the expression of our faith.
We are to be thankful in all things. Gratitude is to be a daily attitude. We overcome evil with good. When we are around negativity, let’s be the positive. We hold fast what is good, from glory to glory!
1 Thessalonians 5:18-21 “…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things, hold fast what is good.”