Thursday, June 26, 2014

Your Greatest Need #SavedByGrace #PrayForOurCountry

Did you ever hear the Word, or maybe something on TV or the radio or whatever, that you really, really needed to hear. Right then. Right now. Right at that moment? And you knew it was God speaking to your heart?

It's a, "Better listen, kid, I love you and want you to understand" moment.

This just happened to me.

I was feeling spiritually low, again. Discouraged, spit out, tired, weary, frustrated. So ANGRY I can't put together a complete sentence without wanting to throw something! All these wicked people. Prospering. While we struggle to make ends meet with no end in sight.

In today's Two Minutes With The Bible, the Lord sent us all who would listen the encouragement to continue on in prayer. And I pray that it may "edify" others as well. I hope this lifts your spirits as well.

Ride Safe,


Your Greatest Need 

by Pastor Ricky Kurth

Even in these challenging financial times, the greatest need of a Christian is not monetary. It is rather found in Colossians 1:11, where Paul prays that we might be
“Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all…”
Unto all what? Whatever it is, Paul is convinced we are going to have to be “strengthened” with “all might” according to “His glorious power” to obtain it. As we read on, Paul tells us the goal of all this empowerment:
“…unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.”
Patience? The reason we need all this mighty empowering is so we can be patient? While this mayseem anticlimactic, we submit that patience is our greatest need. We need patience to put up with the world’s wickedness, the abortions, etc., patience in knowing the Second Coming of Christ will right the world’s wrongs. We need patience as televangelists continue to dominate the airwaves with their dilutions and pollutions of the gospel, and patience as Bible teachers muddle the minds of the saints by their failure to rightly divide the Word. And since no man today has the gift of healing, we need patience with our physical infirmities, and longsuffering as we wait for that wonderful change that will come to our bodies at the Rapture (Phil. 3:20,21).

Finally, we need patience with one another, as we learn to not just put up with other believers, but to actually give them the same unconditional love and acceptance God extends to us. 

Moses was patient with unbelieving Pharaoh, but lost his patience with his brethren. How like us! But ask yourself, when did David show greater spiritual strength, when he slewGoliath, or when he refused to slay Saul?

Paul says we are to be strengthened to all patience “according to His glorious power,” but what is God’s glorious power? The destructive power He exhibited at the Red Sea is called “glorious” (Ex. 15:6), but we suggest that God’s glorious power today is seen inHis patience. The fact that God could put an end to the abortions and religious confusion, but doesn’t, is His most glorious power in the dispensation of grace.

The apostle concludes by praying that we might be patient “with joyfulness,” perhaps the hardest part of longsuffering. God doesn’t chafe under the vexations He receives from the world, religion, and the Body of Christ, and neither should we!

If this kind of power were not available to us, Paul would not be praying that we might have it. And so may his prayer also be the prayer of our hearts, as we enthusiastically study the only source of spiritual strength, God’s Word rightly divided.

To the Reader:
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Simply Linda said...

You would fit right in with us here in NY--I completely understand where your coming from.

I did just see the Supreme Court ruled against Obama, limiting his appointments. Awaiting the Hobby Lobby ruling..I just pray that Common Sense will rule, not the political nonsense that has been going on/political correctness/throwing out the peoples vote; yada yada.

ANYWAYS--Sparky--prayer does work..we might not see it right away or even understand why things happen..that is not for us to understand..we are to keep up the prayer virgils. Apologies for being long winded.

Keeping you in prayer..Blessings

linda said...

We all know the political mess we are in, and to be honest, I dont know how it will be corrected unless the Lord does return. I had someone online rem me out yesterday about the Tea Party, Republicans, and Bush, and at first I got angry. Then I thought about what he said and what I said, and I went back and said 'to each his own' and let it go. We we pray for patience, God gives us tribulations, so let's just pray together and look forward to peace in Him.

Anonymous said...

A wonderful message and I thank you for sharing. Wishing you a nice afternoon. Love ya.

Carol B. said...

A very good message. It's so hard these days to not get so angry, what with all the horrible things going on around us -- our government, our economy, the murders, the evil, etc. From this prospective, it looks like God has forsaken us. When is He going to put a stop to it? He tells me "be patient".
Thank you for sharing this. Hope you're having a great day. Blessings to you.

White Lace and Promises said...

It's hard to pray for our leaders when we know that they are not standing on the principles for which our nation was founded on. But the Bible says for us to. It's hard to not fret because of evil men. But the Bible says for usto. It's hard to pray for those who persecute and despitefully use us, but God tells us to This is the hardest of all for me. I'm not sure those prayers change them but it changes me. I know I'm struggling with some of these issues too. God's power to stand is what we need. Power must come from the Holy Spirit. Without it we are powerless.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Yes, I do understand and the forces of evil have been very active recently. Our country stands at, yet another, crossroads with the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wagon ruling this coming Monday. Absolutely nothing happens without God's mighty Hand and it's satan's design to withdraw our eye from eternity when he's doing dastardly, hellish deeds on earth.
Two word prayer reminder...GOD prevails!

Vee said...

You described the feeling quite well and I did enjoy reading the article and gain something from it.