What Are You Seeking
That Seems Impossible?
I was reading Psalm 55:5 this week and was taken with the word beset in the King James Version translation. To be beset is to be overwhelmed, plagued, tormented, and hemmed in on all sides. There are surely times in life that you can feel beset. Illness, relationship problems, employment challenges or financial trials can beset the best of us.
Whatever may seem foreboding in your life today, stop and look back over other challenging times in your journey. God brought you through those times and He is faithful to bring you through today. Between your personal difficulties and all that is going on in the world it can be easy to become beset.
Which Words Do You Hear?
Going through such a challenging time myself I look back over what God has done in my life at the seemingly darkest periods. I want to share just a little to encourage you that what He has done for me He can also do for you. After a very severe motor cycle accident I was told I would not walk (by the way, this was not the first time that I had been told I would lose the ability to walk). I was told that the swelling in my brain was such that the extent of the damage could not be determined at that time. I was told not to pursue Bible College as I was just too injured to be able to sit in class, comprehend, write and complete any course of study. I was told many other less than positive things by medical men but I chose to put my faith and my belief in what God told me in His Word.
As I dragged my leg to move forward I would say, “I walk by faith and not by sight.” As I struggled to relearn the simplest things, I would speak, “I have the mind of Christ” and “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.” I applied the Word over each and every thing that I was told I could not do and I pressed forward to do those very things. It was not easy. It was not without much pain and effort but with God I accomplished all I set out to do as He led me. I share this to let you know that nothing-NOTHING-is impossible for God for those who are called according to His purpose.
Whose Direction Do You Follow?
Whatever besets you today, know that God already has it covered. Whatever things may look like in the natural, know that God sees the end from the beginning. You are only in the middle. Trust Him. Rest knowing He knows your every need. Look forward with faith that He can do exceedingly and abundantly more than you can ever think or imagine. Seek Him first. Your setback could be just the setup for His glory to shine through in your life. Look to Him and Him alone for your direction. He will never leave you or forsake you.
To seek Him is to grow to know Him. Committing to daily read Scripture will open your heart to hear His Word on whatever subject may be besetting you. Without your own effort to know His Word, you will be ill equipped on your journey. You cannot Google your way through in a crisis. You will hear His voice when you have His Word planted deep in your heart. Then and only then will you be able to discern the truth in any given situation. Get in the Word and let the Word get in you!
It Is Never Too Late!
If you have not yet made the decision to accept Jesus into your heart, do it now. Do not wait another minute. Speak to Him from your heart (for it is always a heart issue). Tell Him you have fallen short in your life. Sincerely apologize for your sins. Ask Him to cleanse you and come into your heart and be Lord over your life. From this moment forward let His Spirit guide you along the narrow road that leads to everlasting life.
Quotes to Ponder This Week
“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ~ Jesus, Matthew 19:26
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” ~Jesus, Matthew 6:33
“Fearfulness and trembling have beset me, and horror has overwhelmed me.” ~Psalm 55:5
“As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” ~Colossians 2:6-7
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope, without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” ~Hebrews 10:23
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of god, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” ~1Peter 2:9-10
“You are Lord and You are mighty and You are merciful. Raise up all who would call upon Your name. Raise up those that love You and seek You and trust You. Lord, we need an army of believers that would stand on Your Word above all else. Raise up warriors, Lord, who will fight on their knees; who will worship You with their whole hearts, Lord. Lord, call us to battle that we may proclaim the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Raise them up, Lord. Raise them up!” ~Miss Clara, War Room the Movie
A Prayer Request
Thank you for your continued faithfulness to pray. Please keep all who serve our country, our servicemen and women and their families in prayer for salvation and safety. They are our front-line on the battlefield, let us be their front-line in the spirit. Also, let us cover all who have come home wounded that they and their families will receive the kindness, help and support they need to go forward in their lives. God bless all our diplomatic and military personnel and their families. May the Lord keep them safe.
Pray for all throughout the world for hedges of protection against radical Islamic extremists and all forms of terrorism. Pray for Christians who face violence and death for their faith. We have long prayed for spiritual victory over radical Islam in Esther’s Warriors Ministry. We now see the reality of this threat come to the forefront in this time in world history. As Iranians and Islamic extremists are shouting ‘Death to America,’ let us speak life, hope and a return to God in America!
Please pray for all in authority over us. Pray for the full truth to come forth concerning #Benghazi. Pray for Representative Trey Gowdy as he leads the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Pray that the full truth will be exposed on October 22 as Hilary Clinton goes before the Committee.
May God richly bless the United States of America, bring to light every single crooked place and keep her safe. The lives lost in Benghazi, the continuing targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service, Operation Fast and Furious, the Department of Justice targeting journalists phone records, the National Security Agency overstepping its legal authority and so much more are hardly “phony scandals.” We continue to pray for truth to prevail in each of these situations. Pray for the families who have lost loved ones, for those relentlessly targeted and for all of us who are proud to call ourselves American.
May we may arise united once again as One Nation Under God in this auspicious season in our country’s history. These are treacherous times and now more than ever we must maintain our walk with the Lord, saturate this country in prayer and stand for all that is right in America. Fail not in this hour.
Pray for peace in Israel. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Pray for all families and friends of those young Christians killed in the Oregon shootings.
Pray for all affected by this week’s natural disasters.
Pray for American Pastor Saeed Abedini who has been held, tortured and denied medical care in Iran for being a Christian. He was captured in 2012. Let us join our prayers with others across the globe for his release and safe return to his wife and children.
#PrayforAmerica: #AmericaLoveitorLeaveit; #GodblessAmerica; #WakeupAmerica
Please Join Me In Prayer
Father God, we thank You for the ultimate price that Jesus paid to set us free. Thank You for Your precious Word that directs and guides us through those besetting times of life. Thank You that Your Word encourages and strengthens us each and every day. Draw us to a greater hunger for Your Word and equip us to seek You first with all our hearts. Use each of us to bring Your Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
Place deep in our hearts the love of God and love of country that has guided this Nation from its inception. Place deep in our hearts Your compassion for our fellow men and women. Lead us to pray without ceasing for our brothers and sisters who suffer at the hands of Islamic terrorists. Open the eyes of our leaders to arise in this season to defend the very belief in You upon which our Nation is founded. Thank You for keeping Your hand on America. We humbly pray this in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen and Amen.