Funny how . . .

Acts 5:29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men!”

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

These are a couple of verses that make us as humans, many times scratch our heads.  We think we know it all and can do it all.  When I was in high school and even on into college I portrayed this attitude to a tee.  It rarely mattered what it was, I could do it better and definitely knew more about it. lol  As I learned more from other humans, I felt there was little more to learn about God.  After all, Jesus died for me, I was saved, I had access to and through the Holy Spirit, and therefore what more did I need?  I had the world by the horns.  As I grew older, I began to realize that when something contains horns, it is very capable of bucking you off.  This slowly allowed me to understand what is meant by the two scriptures from above.

From the one comes the other.  Who are we to do the opposite of what it says, to obey men rather than God?  In our finite minds it seems logical.  No one has or can ever see God in Spirit form and thus must accept that Jesus was God in the flesh, which many do not, so why should we obey something we can’t see.  That’s human rationale coming into play.  Let me tell you when you experience things through faith there is nothing like it nor any other explanation.  One must want this to receive it though.  If there is no desire or a heart willing to accept, it will never occur.  Why would God want to give something to someone who has no desire to receive it.  Even if they were your children, would you want to give them gifts at Christmas or Birthdays just because, even though they wanted nothing to do with them?  I think not.  I’m not talking about the gift of salvation Jesus gave to us when he became the ultimate sacrifice for everyone on the cross.  Yes, it was a gift given to all His children, but that gift did not have to be received nor did it mean you were saved just because it was given.  That gift, just like an earthly gift, still has to be accepted.  And with it comes responsibility as well.  Which brings us to the second scripture today.  When we become weak, humanly, we can become strong through Him.  If we continue to stand firm upon our human strength and intelligence, then God/Holy Spirit cannot work.  So this means when we are weak (to our human capabilities) then we become strong (to our spiritual capabilities).  God wants to empower you, to lift you high, but not on your own strength.  Upon His!  Reliance is huge.  Who are you going to rely on?  Yourself or Him?  I’ve tried both, and don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t a complete failure on my own, but in no way did I have the peace that He gives or the power to deliver that I seem to be developing now through Him.  It’s funny how when we become weak, we seem to actually become strong.  I was discussing the word “funny” yesterday too.  How when we use it in a sentence in the context of “funny how…”, or “that’s funny where…”, it really is always referring to something that was orchestrated in your life by God’s will.  In mine anyway!  Next time you use the words “funny how”, think of the context that you may really be referring to.  Love you all!!  Bless God!!

Child-like Faith

Mark 10:13-16  People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.

What do you say about a child who prays for you?  Amazing, praise God, awesome!! I’ve been witnessing some things lately that speak volumes to my heart!  My daughter, appropriately named Grace, is an amazing little girl.  Now for certain I have not been the greatest christian in my walk throughout my 40 years, but I have been trying to raise my kids with the right values and the guidelines laid forth in the “Owner’s Manual”.  (The death-defying accident has also most certainly increased this devotion.)  One thing I have always done with my children is pray with them at bedtime.  My daughter has witnessed this and has apparently developed some of her own moments in prayer.  (Praise Jesus)

I know she prayed for me when my life was in the balance.  Prayer answered!  She almost always does a dinner prayer for us and it always includes “keep my daddy safe at work tomorrow”.  Prayer answered!  Yesterday, while running my table saw, a piece of wood kicked back causing my hand to jump toward the blade.  I immediately saw blood and “knew”, or so I thought, I had just taken off the tip of my finger.  I wrapped it in a rag, proceeded for a bandage and tape from my first aid kit, and “fixed” it up.  I continued to work and didn’t reassess until evening.  There is no way that that blade did not slice right through my fingertip, but apparently the piece had shielded my finger just enough by pinching it between the blade and itself allowing only my nail to be severed at its tip.  Miraculous!  It did take part of the nail and smacked it rather hard, but somehow did not take off the tip of my finger.  I was thanking and praising Jesus right there!  Final example for today’s message . . . I was just informed that she had been praying for daddy to find a wife.  Prayer answered!  I have recently gotten engaged and will be married soon.  I didn’t know this little girl had a private prayer life.  Yeah!!!  I’m so happy and this instance provided yet another assurance that prayer works and “this stuff” is so very real.  It also provided another valuable lesson as she exclaimed, “I was thinking that it was never going to happen.”  God’s timing is never our human timing.  We think it should happen right away because we’ve prayed for it.  We don’t see everything God does as He is preparing the way for us.  I’m so happy that she is seeing this first hand and will hopefully not ever give up on a prayer just because it hasn’t happened fast enough.  Personally, I thought roughly 3 years wasn’t that bad at all. lol  The difference between a child’s view and an adult’s.  Jesus says that “the kingdom of God belongs to such as these”.  Those who have such a strong faith that they believe without wavering.  My daughter may have begun to doubt a little, but I don’t think she ever stopped believing.  And I know she won’t stop believing that which she is being taught.  Thank God for His Owner’s Manual to life and the prayers of our children!  Love you all!  Bless God!!