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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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April 10, 2013 - Run in the Strength of the Lord

By Jerry D. Scott

Elijah took up the call of God to speak to a nation full of idolatry, to a people who knew better, but who chased after lesser gods than the God who loved them. Elijah's great victory on Mount Carmel, in which he saw the fire of God fall from the heavens to burn up the sacrifice in answer to his prayers, was truly amazing. Then, he went to prayer again, seven times asking God to break a long drought and send rain on Israel.

When a tiny cloud appeared, it was all Elijah needed. He told King Ahab to get back to his palace before the rain fell, and then we read this: "And God strengthened Elijah mightily. Pulling up his robe and tying it around his waist, Elijah ran in front of Ahab's chariot until they reached Jezreel" (1 Kings 18:46, The Message). After a long day of spiritual confrontation, Elijah ran about 25 miles!

When I read that passage, I sense the Holy Spirit whispering about His promise to be my strength (and yours!) for the challenges of this day. If we look to our meager resources, the darkness of the world around us will tempt us to retreat from the struggle. Again and again, the Bible reminds us God equips the faithful so they can prevail against sin and evil.

Joshua obediently marched around Jericho, and the walls fell down. David, the young teen, met the champion Goliath, with a slingshot. Jesus entered the battle for the our souls by becoming a Man and obediently going to the cross. Paul took up the call to take the gospel, regarded by many as "foolishness," to a spiritually hungry world. In spite of his physical frailty, Paul saw the Church established across the Roman Empire in a single generation.

So, the question is not, "How long can you take it?" The real question is, "Will you accept the Power provided so you will make the journey all the way to the end?"

"His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness" (2 Peter 1:3, NIV). When we are tired, will we look past our fatigue to His encouragement?

All around us people are asking what will save us. They are looking for answers. My prayer is that my life will answer them. My prayer is that we who are people of the Spirit will avoid simplistic solutions, easy prescriptions, and blaming those victimized by evil!

Let's become divine warriors, full of light and love, fearless in the our assurance of eternal life, ready to die (to self and temptation even more than physically) "so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body" (2 Corinthians 4:10).

Here's a word from the Word. I pray the Lord will make it living truth to you, His voice speaking strength to your weary soul.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won't become weary and give up" (Hebrews 12:1-3, NLT).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.

 

 

 

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