Morning Encouragement for 9/8/2022

 

Good morning,

I met a man many years back and I shared with him the good news of Jesus Christ. He listened to me for about five minutes and then said, “I tried Christianity when my wife and I were going through marital issues. We made the Lord number one in our lives for three weeks and promised to serve him fully if you would heal our marriage”. Long story short, the marriage never got healed and he and his wife walked away from the Lord with a sour taste in their stomach for the gospel. You would think that God would really fret about us threatening to leave when he doesn’t answer our prayers or demands. The truth is, that if he worried about them and rushed to fix the problem so that we didn’t walk out he would have to constantly keep bailing us out because our first response would always be “fine I’m leaving!“ (Proverbs 19:19). When the sum total of our worship of G-d lies only in “what He can do for us”, He is put in the place of serving instead of being served; basically, He becomes a sugar daddy and little more than a vending machine.

Verses: Psalms 25, Isaiah 40:27-31, Proverbs 3:4-5, Numbers 20:1-13.

Famous Quotes: prayer is the rope to pull God and man together but it doesn’t pull God down to us and it pulls us up to him. Billy Graham.

Father,

you desire only the very best for us, you know our needs, and you know the plans you have for us. Unfortunately, it is easy to believe that unanswered prayer is a sign that you don’t exist or that’s what the devil tells us. You gave us the power of prayer, the power of autonomy, and the wisdom of Scripture to guide us. Help me today never lose sight of you, never lose trust in you, and always honor you with my life. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand who they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land by rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).

IHS
MK

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