Have you ever prayed about something and absolutely believed that God could perform a miracle or touch your need? I mean like really pray knowing He had to intervene in your situation. Then, you are amazed and maybe even shocked at how God answered your prayer! I have been there several times. I have heard and even questioned why we are so shocked that God actually answered our prayers. Maybe I am the only one, but this is how I have felt. This week alone God placed something different upon my heart. My son had his tonsils and adenoids removed on Monday. Our family has been faced with a lot of sickness in the past few weeks on top of my son needing surgery. It just seemed like a lot had come upon us. My husband and I were praying we made the right decision along with the ENT. I am not sure why, but I just really prayed hard about his surgery. It was the first one he had experienced and is much older than his sister was when she had tubes and her adenoids removed. Maybe, it was just something so new to both of us that I was a little anxious. We prayed hard. Our Pastor and family prayed right before the surgery. We were also praying his recovery would go well. The surgery did go well and once we were home from the surgery, all my son wanted to do was eat. He was to be on a liquid diet for the first 24 hours. That was hard. He ate several Popsicles and two small bowls of ice cream and he still kept saying he was hungry. My husband and I were looking at each other like “what in the world?!” We couldn’t believe how much he wanted to eat and how well he was acting since we left his surgery. At first I was in awe and shocked. Then, it hit me as I was texting someone about how he was doing. I said, “His recovery seems to be going better than expected but exactly what we’ve prayed for!“ I originally started to stop after the word expected, but decided we were expecting it to go well. I believed it would go well and had faith so I shouldn’t be amazed. That was exactly what I had faith for when praying to God about the surgery. I praise Him for answering our prayers! So, the next time you face a situation where you know you need Jesus, put your faith in Him and Praise Him for answering your prayers. It may not always be the way we expect or want it, but when He answers our prayers we must give Him ALL the glory and praise!
During the month of November, I read all kinds of “Thankful” posts. I think it’s a wonderful idea to share our wonderful blessings! Being thankful is something everyone can share. Even if life seems horrible at the moment, you can always think of something to be grateful for. Try it today! It may even make you feel better and change your attitude or perspective about your situation. Do not take life and your necessities and even your wants for granted. Do not take the people in your life for granted either. There are many others who have more than us and also many others who have less than we do. Our life situation can change at any moment. Be thankful today. I would love for you to leave a comment about what you are most thankful for in your life. I will begin first. My favorite thanks are for my relationship with Christ, my husband & kids, our families and friends, church, and knowing that our needs are met.
This is a follow-up from my previous post about Jonah. He gets swallowed by a big fish for over 3 days for not going to Nineveh like God told him to do. During this time, he repented to God for not following Him. God allows the big fish to spit Jonah out onto dry ground.
Jonah heads to Nineveh to tell what God is planning to do to their country. (He’s planning to overturn it.) Nineveh in return repented of their wickedness.
Jonah 2:10 (NIV)
“When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.”
Thinking of Nineveh made me consider two things: our country and
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
“If my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Our country needs to repent. We were originally founded upon “In God We Trust.” However, by the standards of many, one would not think we are trusting upon God, our Creator. Our society is in a “me” (selfish) mentality and not thinking and doing what is true in God’s Word. Our culture has begun to allow things in our lives because it is best for “me.”
The only way we will see revival come to our country is for us to pray for it. A Sunday school teacher in our church recently said, “If we as Christians do not pray repentance for our nation, no one else will.” That has stuck with me since I heard it. Even if we have repented of our own sins, we still need to repent for our country. Just maybe as the people of Nineveh thought, just maybe, God will look toward us and poor out His blessings upon us.
Jonah 2: 8b-9 (NIV)
“…Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”
Galatians 3:1-5 (NIV)
3 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4 Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? 5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?
Paul wrote to the Galatians about the Law and a personal relationship with Christ. While studying this passage for a sermon, God really spoke to me. (There is so much more to this passage, but this is just one portion of it.) Paul had been with the Galatians previously as recorded in Acts. Many salvations, healings, and baptisms occurred. However, some were not accepting this “new” way of salvation. They were saying you need to live as the Jews lived and under the Law given to Moses. I can imagine this was very confusing for the new Christians. So, Paul wrote to them. He pretty much said that just by living according to the law and doing good things does not make you a Christian. He stated that just as they heard when he preached that it is by hearing the Word, having Faith, and a relationship with Christ is what matters. He told them to remember what all God had done for them previously which is in the book of Acts in the Bible. He said they no longer have to live as the Jews because anyone could become a follower of God.
We will not make it to Heaven just by doing “good.” He states that once we ask Christ into our hearts that the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us. He gives us wisdom in how to live. When The Holy Spirit speaks to us about a situation, we must go the way He intends for us to go. If we do the opposite, we are rebelling against Him. We will do good and follow after the holy living that God has lined out in the Old Testament. This is because our hearts want to live for Him and do what is good and right.
God made the Old Covenant with Moses and the Israelites. When Jesus died on the cross, a new covenant was formed. A week ago we celebrated this covenant. We also know we serve a God who is alive. He died for our sins, yet rose from the grave so we could live eternally with him. All we have to do is ask Jesus Christ to come into our hearts and begin a personal relationship with Him.
We do not have to go through all of the legalities prior because now we can go straight to Him. Let’s not look at Christianity as a way of do’s and dont’s, let us look at it as a heart thing. Don’t live a foolish life such as the Galatians were doing, be wise in everything you do. Be a Christian who has a heart after God.