Friday, January 28, 2011

Don't Be Afraid, Have Faith

It was the worst day of his life. The day that his daughters health had failed to the point of death. For twelve years she had been the joy of his life. Watching her grow, seeing her smile, was more than a delight. Yet in one dark moment, she was about to pass away. Jairus was a desperate man. He had sought the help of doctors, yet no cure was found. As a ruler of the synagogue, it is certain that he had begged God for her to recover, but as the days went by she only grew worse. Finally, at the end of his rope, Jairus recalled hearing of a man named Jesus. He had heard that he had opened the eyes of the blind. He knew that he had cleansed lepers. It was his only hope.
As Jesus approached the shores of Galilee, Jairus pushed his way though the crowd with all his might. He fell at the feet of Jesus and begged Him to come to his home and heal his daughter. Jesus agreed to go with Jairus. You can imagine Jairus desperately pushing his way through the crowd. Every second was critical. He had to make it home before she died. Along the way Jesus stopped to minister to a woman who had touched the hem of His garment and was healed. It was during that brief pause, that must have seemed like an eternity to Jairus, that one of his servants came with news." Your daughter is dead, why trouble the teacher any longer?" It's over Jairus, she is gone. You tried, but she is dead. The pain of loss was more than he could bear. No words were coming from his lips,only tears came from his eyes. Then out of the darkness of the moment, a ray of light came though the Words of Jesus, "do not be afraid only have faith." In only a short time Jairus daughter was raised back to life and restored to her parents. Truly Amazing... 
Yes the girl had passed away, but Jesus is the resurrection. Yes, all hope from human perspective was completely lost, but Jesus was about to perform a miracle in raising the little girl back to life.
Dear reader, I do not know your situation today. All hope may seem gone, all dreams dashed, but we must hear the words of Jesus, "do not be afraid only have faith." We must keep believing, we must be fully persuaded that He is able. It is not beyond His power, it is not beyond His strength to accomplish what we can not accomplish. Let your heart be filled with faith in the one who is always faithful. Do not be afraid, just have faith.(NLT)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Its Been A While

Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me.

I realized it has been a little while since I have done any blogging. I have had much on my mind, and much on my plate as well. All good stuff to be sure. The Lord is doing some amazing things in this season of life and ministry. I am learning, I don't always know "HOW" God is working, but I do know He "IS" working.  Many times He works in ways we cannot see and other times He reveals clearly what He is up to. It's exciting to simply walk it out. 
One of the things I am excited about is seeing God work in our church. To see how God is working through His Word in the lives of His people is amazing. I have been observing the Lord bringing healing to hurting hearts by His Holy Spirit. I am so encouraged to see folks coming to church midweek. I remember when there was a small group of us meeting in our church courtyard, and fellowship hall, only a short time ago. Yet to see men and women, families making fellowship a priority during the week is so cool. There are many things I am praying about, and waiting on God for. But to see the word of the Lord coming to pass is a blessing. Meanwhile I just keep on plodding away. The longer I serve Jesus the more I realize the power of His Word. Also I keep being reminded about Faith in the Lord. Trusting Him even when I cannot see what He is doing. 
Anyway I am hopefully beyond my writers block, and back to putting some thoughts down. Thanks for all your prayers and support. I am grateful for friends and co laborers in the ministry. 

Blessings... PJ

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Finally

And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. Genesis 21:1

Finally,after all those years of waiting God came through. For so long Sarah had prayed for a son. Years went by, and still she remained barren. God had made a promise to her husband Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. I imagine that there were days Sarah felt responsible for the unfulfilled promises of God. Perhaps she saw the disappointment in Abrahams eyes as the years went by, and still no fulfillment. At one point Sarah was so discouraged she tried to make the promises come to pass in her own effort,having a child by proxy. However her plans backfired horribly. Then when Abraham was almost one hundred years old,and she was passed the age of being able to bear children, the Lord reaffirms His promise. When Sarah heard the news the Bible says that she laughed. She laughed because she knew that it was physically impossible. Yet she was reminded that what is impossible with man is possible with God. Sure enough one year after the promise was reaffirmed Sarah bore a son. She called his name Isaac which means, "laughter".
Isaac arrived when every resource had been exhausted. When all hope was completely gone, when a divine miracle was the only possibility,God did what He said He would do. Perhaps you,like Sarah, have basically given up hope of seeing the promises fulfilled. Yet maybe this is the year Isaac will be born, so to speak. This is the season you have waited for. God is working. It is possible that this is the year that those prayers you prayed so long ago and forgot about, the Lord will answer. May His will be done above our own.

Blessings, PJSent with Writer.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Elijah

We are studying through the book of 1 Kings on Wednesday evenings at our church. Tonight we look at chapters 17-18. These chapters to me are exciting because the Prophet Elijah comes on to the scene. The nation of Israel was living in idolatry. Then out of no where the Lord raises up a prophet to come and speak the truth. 
We don't really know much about Elijah's background. We know he came from the area of Gilead, but thats about it. However as you study the chapters that focus on his life and ministry you learn a lot about him. He was a man who was willing to do what God said, regardless of what everyone else did. He was a man who was dependent upon God. Elijah had to trust in, and live by, the promises God gave to him. Elijah was willing to stand for God in his generation. The Bible also tells us he was a man of like passions. Meaning he was human. He was just like you and me. I take great comfort in that. If God could use Elijah He  can use us. Blessings...! Pj

Friday, January 7, 2011

A Promise to Hold On To

In the book of Genesis chapter 12, the Bible introduces us to a man by the name of Abram. Abram, who eventually becomes Abraham, was called by God. God spoke to Abram while he dwelt in a place called Ur of the Chaldees. It was a pagan city where idols were worshipped. When the Lord spoke to Abram, he told him to leave his country and his family and go to a place that the Lord would show him. He responded to the call of God leaving his country, and the Bible says, "he went out not knowing where he was going." When Abram made it into the promise land he built an altar to worship God. The Lord then spoke to Abram and made him and incredible promise. God promised to give Abram the land of Canaan. However God did not say, "WHEN" the land would be given to Abram. Trusting in the promise of God and its eventual fulfillment Abram dwelt in the land. But then a test of his faith occurred. A famine hit the land, and the promise had not yet been fulfilled. So Abram took his wife Sarai, and without seeking council from the Lord, left the land and went to Egypt to find help. In His faithfulness to Abram the Lord brought Abram back into the land and blessed him even though he made a mistake in not seeking the Lord. 
From time to time, the Lord speaks a promise to us from His Word. In His still small voice He speaks and reveals things to us yet to come. We know that the promises are from God, and we wait with great anticipation for their fulfillment. Yet as we wait, there doesn't seem to be any fulfillment. In fact nothing seems to be changing. We begin to wonder if we actually heard anything at all. Perhaps this is where Abram was at this time in his life. Tests to our faith will come. Challenges to the promises of God will happen. But do not let go of what God has said, even though all seems to be facing in the opposite direction. Hold fast, and wait, God will bring His word to pass in your life. He is faithful..