Sometimes when we get up from bed in the morning somedays, you just know the spiritual traffic is heavy. You can't find you shoe or your tie. Or you just don' feel like yourself today. Jesus had such a day in Mark 11:12-19 it says, [ 12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14And he said to it, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard it. 15 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 16And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17And he was teaching them and saying to them, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations'? But you have made it a den of robbers." 18And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching. 19 And when evening came they went out of the city.] Jesus, things were just not with him that day. He hungered and there was just no fruit. And it is certainly a message for us, fig trees. Are there seasons or days when we just not feeling spiritual? The bible is just where you left it who know when? And a darkness begins to fall upon you. Suddenly we don't have communion with God this morning. And Jesus, all knowing God, well he did something about it, he went into the Temple and drove out those were robbing him of the fruit there- the money changers. But what if Jesus was to visit us suddenly today? Would he find fruit? Sometime I feel like, why should I write a blog today, perhaps we had enough? And I begin to think that way and it is not good for me spiritually or materially. Proverbs says that a little rest and little crossing of the arm, a little time to sleep and suddenly poverty comes upon you- you suddenly don't have communion with God-the worst kind of povery- spiritual famine and poverty. So when the dismal begins to crowd you day and lane, take a moment to pray and think and get back on the team of what God has put you to do. Don't let the dust of idleness bring you to poverty. May you be blessed. Amen. thbg
Thank you, brother. I'm having one of those days today, myself. I'm reading the Bible every day, and I'm trying to walk in an attitude of constant prayer. I'm reading devotions from Oswald Chambers' book "My Utmost for His Highest." So, why do I feel this way...blah, no energy, no inspiration? Oh--maybe because I'm not praising? "God inhabits the praise of His people." I'll do this, and I'll check back in and testify as to the difference it made.
Thank you for your kind Amen 'redeemed4ever'. If I think my decision to write this blog today helped you, make no mistake that your Amen comment helped me just to same and others who happen to come our way. So you do just do that- , what? God have you do- start praising God again and the enemy will abandon the attack. May you have a wonderful day. Amen.
Okay, here's the report: I praised Him. I thanked Him for everything I could think of: the ability to climb the ladder to the attic, then down again with boxes. It looks as if my house is going into foreclosure, and I'm packing, getting ready to leave after the first of April. I had sure footing on the ladder, even when getting big boxes down. When I was washing dishes, I thanked Him for the ability to do this without pain in my hands (sometimes arthritis causes joints to hurt). I was going through my books, sorting them into "garage sale" pile and "keep" pile, and I found "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis, and I began to read it again. I was reminded of humility, and the need to cultivate it--and how sometimes God won't "carry" us; He wants us to grow up and WALK IT OUT!!!
I didn't fall apart a single time today. Once I got a little misty-eyed, but I didn't have a melt-down.
And I got put on a secondary account at work, which means that when I run out of work on my primary, I can pull up the secondary account.
So, there you go--probably more than you wanted to know, but I had said I would report back on the power of praise.
Thanks again for your blog, brother.
This is wonderful testimony of the power of faith, trust, hope, love and praise. I'm just happy in Jesus you got to tell the whole world how wonderful God is. I am persuaded that where ever you have to go and how you have to do, God will never leave you nor forsake you or any of us that put our faith and trust on him. I just kind of marvel at where one of my blogs ended up. I just marvel at God. May he have all the praise and all the glory. Amen.