The Trees are not Worried

This past Saturday was the first day of Fall. I get excited about Fall. I love the colors, the smells and the cooler temperatures. Actually I just love everything about it. Living in Louisiana, it’s nice to get a little break from the heat. Don’t get me wrong, I love the heat but we all need a change every now and then.

On that day, being excited about Fall, I decided to search for some Fall quotes. I found the usual ones about “the beauty in death” and “the beauty in change.” Then, in the large pile of Fall quotes, I found one unique quote that was more beautiful than the rest.

Maybe you’ve read it or heard it before but I hadn’t. “All the trees are losing their leaves, and not one of them is worried.” Isn’t it great! This quote really gets you thinking right! Well, it did me.

The trees are losing their leaves and they are not worried. Why are they not worried? Because they know that, at an appointed time, their leaves will return. New life will come! They have no control over the loss of their leaves. There are many circumstances that occur causing the trees to lose their leaves. But they aren’t worried because they know that the God who made them will take care of them and provide for their every need. They aren’t worried they are just trusting.

Are there things in your life that you’ve lost? Maybe it’s your health or your wealth. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one to a disease or an accident. Maybe your spouse or someone you loved very much has left you. Or maybe you’ve lost your job or your home. It could be anything. These things may all be due to circumstances that are out of your control. Whatever the situation, you can know that the God who made you will take care of you and will provide for your every need. Life is painful sometimes and doesn’t always seem fair but there is a God who sees you and knows what you are going through and He cares about you very much.

There is a man in the Bible that lost everything. His name was Job. He lost livestock, his children, employees, his health and his wealth. Even his friends and his wife turned against him. In all of this pain and suffering, he never blamed God. He didn’t worry about how he was going to get everything and everyone he had lost back. He only trusted the One who created him and the One who would take care of Him and provide for all of his needs. And just like the trees get their leaves back and bud forth new life in due season so did Job. God gave him back all that he had lost and more.

I just want to encourage you to be like those trees that are losing all of their leaves right now. They aren’t worried because they know that things will get better. They have to go through the winter but come spring there will be new life to be enjoyed. The same is true for you. You may have to go through a rough season but be assured that God is working on your behalf and He is making all things new. (Revelation 21:5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!) You may not see it now but just you wait. Spring is coming!

Matthew 6:25,28-32  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you-you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.”

~Patrice Maguire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

True Love

Recently, in a conversation with someone who was going through a breakup, the person said to me, “I love her because she loved me. I know that’s not easy to do.” But obviously people have their limits on how much they are willing to tolerate; and understandably so. This conversation really got me thinking about true love.

I am so thankful for a God that fully knows me and completely and perfectly loves me anyway. The statement the person made reminded me of 1John 4:19 that says We love because He first loved us. We love Him because He loves us. We love others because He loves us.

Think of all the things you’ve ever done, said or thought. God knows all of them. Do you think God has limits on how much He is willing to tolerate from you before He takes His love away from you? No! God knows everything about you and still loves and accepts you, warts and all. In fact He will never love you any more or less than He does right this minute. Psalm 118:2 His love endures forever.

Do you think it’s easy for God to love you? Yes it is! Why? Because He is love. 1John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 

Those we love and those who say they love us will disappoint us or let us down eventually. They are human; they can’t help it at times. They can only love us as much as they are humanly capable of loving us. They aren’t perfect. But God is. 2Samuel 22:31 As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him.

1Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. Have you ever met anyone who can say that they can do all of these things all of the time? Only God can! And He does!

So don’t put all of your hopes for true love on people. The love of people will inevitably let you down. But God’s love will never let you down. He loved us before we were lovable. His love has no limits. He tolerates the good the bad and the ugly in us and His love for us never changes. His love stays complete and perfect. It’s true love!

~Patrice Maguire

 

Blinded by Beauty

One day last week my husband and I went for a walk on our property. It was such a nice day. The weather seemed perfect and we were just enjoying nature. We have a bayou that runs along one side of our property. It’s mostly hidden by trees but there is a small cut out that’s wide enough for two to stand along the edge and look out at the bayou and the beauty of the different plants and trees growing on the other side. That day I was so focused on the beautiful scenery that I couldn’t see what was right in front of me. As I walked a little closer to the drop off to the bayou, my husband touched my arm and said, “Ooo.”

He was gently keeping me from walking right into a huge Golden Silk Spider and their web. Here in Louisiana we call them Banana Spiders. Knowing myself, had he not seen what was about to happen and stopped me, I may have ended up falling down the drop off and hurting myself pretty badly. Who knows, I may have even ended up in the bayou. I know the Golden Silk Spider isn’t dangerous, but me freaking out, because of it being on my face ,while standing on the edge of a drop off to a bayou, is dangerous. Search for a picture of the Golden Silk Spider on the internet and you’ll understand what I’m talking about. They are pretty creepy.

Sometimes in life we may be so focused on the beauty of what we want that we don’t see the danger or destruction, that it could cause, staring us right in the face. I’m reminded of a man in the bible who was blinded by beauty. His name was David. He saw Bathsheba bathing from his rooftop. She was very beautiful. He sent someone to find out about her. Discovering she was married he still wanted her and that resulted in adultery, the murder of her husband and ultimately the death of David and Bathsheba’s first child (2 Samuel 11-12). He was so consumed with what he wanted that he couldn’t see the mess he was getting himself into or the lives he was going to destroy.

In our own lives this might look like being in a relationship with a person who is outwardly attractive but could potentially end up being a nightmare. Or maybe it’s the ambition of a big promotion, with a big raise attached to it, that will take away from time with family and God and result in ruined relationships. It could even be the prestige of having a fancy car or bigger house that will result in working overtime or maybe even working two jobs, to pay for it, leaving you stressed out and burned out. It’s anything that initially may seem like a good idea but if we really take a good hard look we would see that it could end up destroying us or, at the very least, making us miserable. Proverbs 22:3 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

So, how do we avoid getting into these sticky, destructive situations? First, we should pray and ask the Lord to open our eyes to see potentially hazardous scenarios that we could be walking into. We must ask Him to help us see things from His perspective and to protect us from wrong steps. Also, we should make it a point to read and study God’s word daily. God’s word is our standard for living. It is not only spiritual but it is also practical. It literally has a solution to every situation that may arise in life. Then finally, make sure you have at least one friend who will always tell you the truth no matter how much it hurts. Just like my husband warned me that I was walking into danger, we need honest godly friends that will warn us when they see destruction on our path of life. Proverbs 18:24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

So keep your spiritual eyes open and don’t walk into something that you will end up regretting. God says in Proverbs 4: 11-12 I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Observe the beauty in life but don’t be blinded by it. I pray that your next step will be your best step!

~Patrice Maguire

 

 

 

 

Destructive Worms

Yesterday afternoon I went outside to do a few things. While I was on the back patio looking at my plants, I noticed that my rose bush’s leaves were nearly all gone. This was very confusing to me since it looked fine just a couple of days ago. As I looked closer and investigated I figured out what had happened. I found these worms, that looked just like the leaves, eating the leaves. I picked them off one at a time and threw them into a trash bag and into the trashcan. I was so amazed by their ability to blend in with the rose bush and deceive me so well. Tricky little devils! I also noticed little black dots all around my rose bush on the patio. I later realized it was worm poop. Yuck! Apparently they are also messy little devils.

This morning, as I was journaling about the worm discovery, the Lord began to speak to me about the worms that we might have in our own lives. One minute we may think all is well but unknown to us there is destruction going on. Just as the worms in my rose bush disguised themselves as part of the bush so they wouldn’t be seen, so it is in our lives.

What are some things in our lives that we can’t see that are destroying us? Could it be food, or relationships or negative thoughts. Maybe it’s a bad attitude or unforgiveness. Maybe it’s selfishness, greed or lust. It could be anything that we think is harmless. And as a result just as the worms left a mess of poop all around my rose bush we are left with a mess of poop in our own lives.

So what can we do about it? Well, first we have to realize we have a problem. Once we see the destruction and the poop mess that it leaves then we have to find the culprit. We have to examine our lives. What is hidden in our lives that looks like it belongs there but is actually destroying us and leaving a mess?

The way I find life destroying worms in my own life is by asking the Lord to reveal them to me. The ways He uses to reveal them to me is through His word, the conviction of the Holy Spirit or maybe through an honest godly friend. One of the greatest advantages of reading and studying God’s word is we can know Him and His character. So, when a worm (anything contrary to God and His character) sneaks into our lives we’ll recognize it more easily and more quickly.

Once we find the culprit, the next step is to do as I did with the leaf eating worms, pick them off one by one and get rid of them. How do we do that in our lives? We deal with each issue as the Lord shows it to us. We pray and ask the Lord to help us to get rid of the destructive behavior through the power of His Holy Spirit. We can’t do it in our own strength. Will power will only get us so far. We need God’s grace! We need the power of His Spirit to do in us what we can’t do on our own. That’s grace!

The secret to keeping the worms out of our lives, once we discover them and do away with them/get victory over them,  is by staying in God’s word and staying in prayer. Be watchful! Don’t think that just because you got rid of them once that they won’t be back. It may not be the same worms but there will be new ones. Luke 21:36 “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

Then what? Watch your life flourish. You will grow new leaves and produce healthy beautiful roses. Isn’t that the goal? We want to bear much fruit. Jesus said in John 15:2 He (God) cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

So let’s examine our lives and find the destructive behaviors that are making a mess in our lives. Let’s ask the Lord to help us change and to clean up our mess. Then let’s bear beautiful roses for all the world to see and enjoy. And when the people around us are enjoying the beauty in our lives let’s tell them about God, our Gardener, and how He helped us to get rid of the destructive worms in our lives. Let’s tell them about how He cleaned up the mess that those worms made and how He wants to do the same for them. Don’t keep your gardening secrets to yourself. Share the good news!

~Patrice Maguire

 

 

Hidden Gems

In March of this year we purchased a small house on fifteen acres of land. Some of it is cleared but most of it is wooded. We really enjoy living here. We are discovering that this property has many hidden gems.

Every season the land seems to produce a different berry or fruit. Most of it grows wild on the property. So far we have discovered blackberries, dewberries, beauty berries and  now muscadine. We also have deer. We didn’t know we had any of these things on the land when we purchased it but we love the surprises.

As I was on my morning walk around the property today, I was thanking the Lord for all of the food that He has provided for us here. Then He reminded me of a scripture in John. John 4:32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Then I thought, “Yes, that’s exactly what I was thinking. There is food on this property to eat that I never knew about.” Then I remembered verse 34 in which Jesus went on to say, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.” Now that’s a whole different way of looking at food!

I began to ponder that scripture and ask myself, “Is my food to do the will of God and to finish His work?” Then I thought about the purpose of physical food. Food sustains growth, it provides energy and it nourishes. It is vital in order for our bodies to survive on this earth. It also satisfies our hunger. Does doing the will of God and finishing His work sustain my spiritual growth? Does it energize and nourish my spirit? Is it a vital necessity to me? Do I hunger for it? These are a lot of important questions for me to think about.

There are plenty of times that I forget that I’m here on this earth to do the will of God and His work. In other words I forget my purpose. What happens when I forget my purpose? I can get greedy, offended, selfish, controlling, deceptive, manipulative and just plain mean. The list could go on. I have to remind myself regularly that I’m not here for my own personal gain. I’m here for the gain of the kingdom of God. This life and this body is temporary but the things of God are eternal. When I’m doing the will of God and finishing His work I’m making an eternal impact that will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Hidden gems!

How about you? Could you say that your food is to do the will of God and to finish the work He’s given you? Or is your food to do your own will and to finish your own work? Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there you  heart will be also.” 

~Patrice Maguire

 

 

Seemingly Impossible Situations

I have a friend who is battling cancer. She has been fighting this disease for over a year. Since she has started treatment she has had one good report after another about the cancer decreasing. We have been praising God and rejoicing with her all along the way. When she first started this fight against cancer, the Lord gave her a scripture. Isaiah 41:10-13 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. All who rage against you (in this case cancer) will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you (cancer) will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies (cancer), you will not find them. Those who wage war against you (cancer) will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you. 

Today she received a different report from her doctors following her latest CT scan. The scan showed that the disease has increased. She is disappointed but not distracted from the word that God gave her in the beginning. She is praising God that she is more than a conqueror through Christ who strengthens her (Romans 8:37). And she is praising the Lord because she knows that the battle is not her’s but it is God’s (2Chronicles 20:15). I don’t know about you but I am encouraged by her faith.

What are you battling today? Is it a health issue? Is it an addiction? Is it the desires of your flesh? Or are you battling discouragement and disappointment? Maybe the battle isn’t yours. Maybe you are standing in the gap for a family member or a friend who is struggling in life and doesn’t know what to do. Be encouraged today! God has a word for you.

There have been several instances in my life where I have faced seemingly impossible situations. The Lord always gives me His word to strengthen and encourage me. And it’s always specific to my situation. He will do the same for you. When you seek Him you will find Him. Matthew 7:7.“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” 

The scripture I sent to my friend this morning was Exodus 14:13-15. It is a scripture that the Lord has given me in several situations. Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”

The Israelites were in a seemingly impossible situation; Pharaoh and his army where coming after them on one side and the Sea was on the other side. They were literally between a rock and a hard place. They had no place to go? There seemed to be no hope. But God! God is the God of the impossible. When all hope seems lost and your enemies are closing in on you that is a recipe for a miracle. Ephesians 3:20 says that God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. Now that’s my God and that’s your God!

So be encouraged today and don’t give up! Be bold and courageous! Seek God! Seek His word for your situation. Believe His word for your situation. Even when things seem hopeless keep believing. God is fighting your battles!

~Patrice Maguire

 

 

Don’t Give Up Hope

Have you ever believed beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Lord told you to do something? And that your obedience to Him would lead to a blessing? You believed it so much that you actually stepped out and did it. You may have not even know where the faith came from to do it but you had it and you used it. You said to yourself “If God told me to do it then He’s going to show me how to do it and He’s going to make everything work out.” Right? Then you come up with all of these preconceived ideas of how it’s all going to play out. Mistake number one! I know because I’ve been there and done that plenty of times. Then when things don’t go as you imagined they would or should you get discouraged and start to lose hope. Mistake number two!

I’m reminded of the story of Abraham. First God tells Abraham to leave his family and everything he knows to go to a land that He would show him. Then He told Abraham He would make him a great nation, bless him, make his name great and that he would be a blessing to all the people of the earth. God didn’t tell him where he was going. He didn’t tell him how he was going to become a great nation or how he would be a blessing to all the earth. There were no details. Abraham did as God told him to do. He took one day at a time and followed as God led him.

I wonder if, like us, Abraham had his own preconceived ideas of how all that God told him was going to play out? I suspect he did (Genesis 12-21). If Abraham had not wondered how God was going to make him a great nation then there would have been no Ishmael. Abraham and Sarah where getting discouraged and losing hope. So they took matters into their own hands. God was taking too long! They wanted to help God keep His promise. As if God needs our help. But isn’t that what we do? We start to get impatient with God so we start to question things and try to make sense of things. After all we have to be logical. We think things like “Well maybe God meant this or maybe God wants me to do that.” We just end up making a mess of things.

Isaac was the promise from God. Isaac was how Abraham was going to be a great nation. The promise of Isaac came over twenty-five years after the promise was made. Abraham was one hundred years old when his son of promise was born. Sarah was past child bearing age. God taught Abraham a lot of lessons in those twenty-five years. God waited until He would get all of the glory and until Abraham was ready before He fulfilled the promise He had made to him.

Maybe things aren’t going as you thought they would. Maybe you are getting impatient with God. Maybe you are thinking about taking things into your own hands and helping God out. Maybe God is working things out in you and making you ready for the promise. Maybe God is waiting to fulfill His promise to you when He knows that no one else will get the glory but Him.

Don’t give up hope! God always keeps His promises (Psalm 108:4 For great is your love, higher than the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.) His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8). Take one day at a time and follow God. He will show you the way and He will fulfill His promise to you.

~Patrice Maguire

 

 

 

Broad Path or Narrow Path

Today my husband and I went on a very long nature hike. When we started our hike we were on a broad path. At the beginning that was our only option. Then we got to a place on our hike where we could continue on the broad path or choose the narrow path. The broad path is the path most people take. It’s safer and easier. The narrow path is the road less traveled as they say. There are a lot more obstacles along this path and also more potential danger. It’s definitely not the easy way. We chose the narrow path. We were looking for adventure.

I was fortunate to have my husband with me. There were a lot of times that he had to help me over obstacles or offer a hand for support. We even met some nice strangers on the path that pointed us in the right direction and warned us that things were about to get a lot tougher. You see, they had traveled that way before so they knew exactly what was ahead. That is always helpful.

Along the way we ran into a lot of spider webs. If we were paying attention we could avoid them but sad to say we weren’t always paying attention. I even got bit by a giant ant. Ouch! There were also plenty of ups and downs. Some might call them hills and valleys.

By the end of our hike we were so happy it was over. We had a great time but we were dirty, sweaty from head to toe, our feet hurt and we were exhausted. Thankfully we had brought a change of clothes for the trip home. In the end we never regretted taking the narrow path but we were glad that it was over and happy to be going home.

Our hike today reminded me of our lives. We are all born in sin and all start out on the broad path. Mathew 7:13 calls the broad path the path that leads to destruction. Then we come to a place in our lives where we can choose to stay on the broad path or choose another path. The bible calls that other path the narrow path. That path leads to eternal life and only a few choose it (Mathew 7:14).

Staying on the broad path is the most popular way. It’s full of pleasure and sin. It’s the easy route. We just kind of go with the flow. We have a “whatever feels good do it” kind of mentality.

Taking the narrow path isn’t quit as popular. We’re not going with the crowd. We’re going with God and usually that way isn’t the easiest way but it is an adventure. If we choose the narrow path we’re on our way to eternal life but there are a lot of trials and tribulations along the way. That path is filled with a lot of self denial, service and humility. It’s definitely not for the faint at heart. But it’s also filled with a lot of love, joy and peace and who doesn’t want that?

Along the narrow path there are others that are walking along side us. They are going through the same trials that we are going through. They support us with prayer and encouragement. Also, there are those on the path to point us in the right direction with a scripture, sermon or song. They may warn us that things are going to get a lot tougher but they will also encourage us by letting us know that through Christ we can do all things as He strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

There are plenty of webs to get caught up in. Webs of temptations, offense or self pity. Not all webs are the same but they are all tricky and sticky. If we keep our spiritual eyes open and are vigilant and alert we will see them and can avoid them. In Mathew 26:41 Jesus says, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” 

There are also lots of hills and valleys in life on the narrow path. These hills and valleys are also on the broad path. The good part about the ones on the narrow path is that though we walk through the valley our Good Shepherd is with us and we are not alone (Psalm 23:4).

Along our journey on the narrow path we experience a lot of bumps and pains along the way. But it’s all worth it in the end. They are all reminders of God’s faithfulness to bring us through the tough times and they all serve a purpose.

At the end of our journey we get to exchange our dirty, sweaty, stinky sin clothes for a clean robe of righteousness washed in the blood of Jesus. Then we get to go home; our real home. This earth is not our home, we are just journeying through on the narrow path that leads to eternal life.

John 14:2-3 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will came back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Matthew 25:23 “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

~Patrice Maguire

 

 

Prayer

And it came to pass in those days, that He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God (Luke 6:12). 

One question that comes to mind when we ponder the prayer life of Jesus is why He prayed at all. To put it another way, why does God need to pray to God? This is indeed a challenging question, and the Scriptures do not offer any explanation as to why Jesus prayed. They simply tell us that He did; so we are left to speculate on something like this.

Let’s consider some plausible explanations: 

First, because He is the Son of God, He wanted to maintain a very close relationship with His Father. Notice that He refers to the Father in the prayers that are recorded in the Bible. Examples: Our Father, which art in heaven (Matthew 6:9); andFather, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son… (John 17:1).

Second,  in order to be the effective Teacher on prayer, He needed to pray in the presence of His disciples. When He was about to feed the 5,000 men, He offered a prayer of thanksgiving in the presence of all the people and the disciples (John 6:11); and at the Last Supper, He took the cup, and gave thanks (Luke 22:17; see also Luke 22:19). In His Sermon on the Mount He taught that we should pray without hypocrisy (Matthew 6:5), pray privately (Matthew 6:6a), realize the Father rewards prayer (Matthew 6:6b), avoid empty praying (Matthew 6:7), recognize that the Father knows our need even before we ask (Matthew 6:8), pray directly to the Father (Matthew 6:9a), recognize God’s holiness when we pray (Matthew 6:9b), recognize God’s sovereignty when we pray (Matthew 6:10), pray for our basic needs (Matthew 6:11), pray for forgiveness and be willing to forgive others (Matthew 6:12),pray for deliverance from Satan and His attacks (Matthew 6:13a), and pray constantly with an expectation that God will answer (Matthew 7:7-8). 

Here are some other basic facts about the prayer life of our Savior:

He often prayed alone (Matthew 14:22-23; Mark 6:46; Luke 9:18). 

He prayed for children (Matthew 19:13).

He often prayed early in the morning (Mark 1:35).

Sometimes He prayed all night (Luke 6:12).

He prayed, knowing the Father heard Him (John 11:41-42).

He considered His Temple a house of prayer (Matthew 21:13).

May we as God’s people learn to pray as He did! And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not faint (Luke 18:1).

Keep on praying to God on high,

Keep on praying, He hears your cry!

God will answer the sincere heart;

Keep on praying! He will do His part!

Keep on praying all through the strife;

Prayer will purchase a crown of life;

Heav’n is ringing with songs above,

Hallelujah for a Savior’s love!

For Jesus hears you,

He’s list’ning to your plea,

So keep on praying,

And He will answer thee! 

Keep on Praying

Frederick W. Vandersloot

These thoughts from a higher perspective were presented by John Rataczak, Ph.D.

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Lacking Humility

Have you ever felt annoyed by someone who just can’t seem to get it together? They always seem to be going through some sort of a crisis and they are always asking for prayer. You may find yourself saying things like “This person is supposed to be a christian. What is their problem?” Well, don’t feel too bad, I do it too. In fact I just did it today.

This summer I have been studying the subject of faith. This afternoon I was studying Romans 14:1-3 Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not condemn the one who does, for God has accepted him. 

The way I study the bible is I read the passage then reflect on it and then respond to what I’ve read and reflected on. My response is usually in the form of a prayer. As I was praying, the Lord showed me that I was guilty of judging others whose faith may be weaker than my own. He has accepted them therefore I should accept them. Besides who do I think I am?  I go through plenty of my own crisis and often need prayer and ask for prayer. Who knows maybe someone is annoyed by my seemingly weak faith.

Ultimately it’s basically all rooted in pride. God’s word says in Proverbs 16:18 that Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. And Zephaniah 2:3 says Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what He commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger. Obviously God is not pleased with my pridefulness and lack of humility.

So it’s with a repentant heart that I ask the Lord to forgive me and to help me to do unto others as I would have them do unto me (Luke 6:31). I am thankful and honored for the privilege to intercede on the behalf of others. It is part of my purpose. And I will do it with a humble and loving heart. After all isn’t that what the Holy Spirit is doing for me and for you right now? Romans 8:27 And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 

 

~Patrice Maguire