1 Peter 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
God’s Say-So – Oswald Chambers
He hath said…so that we may boldly say… — Hebrews 13:5-6
My say-so is to be built on God’s say-so. God says — “I will never leave thee,” then I can with good courage say — “The Lord is my helper, I will not fear” — I will not be haunted by apprehension. This does not mean that I will not be tempted to fear, but I will remember God’s say-so. I will be full of courage, like a child “bucking himself up” to reach the standard his father wants. Faith in many a one falters when the apprehensions come, they forget the meaning of God’s say-so, forget to take a deep breath spiritually. The only way to get the dread taken out of us is to listen to God’s say-so.
What are you dreading? You are not a coward about it, you are going to face it, but there is a feeling of dread. When there is nothing and no one to help you, say — “But the Lord is my Helper, this second, in my present outlook.” Are you learning to say things after listening to God, or are you saying things and trying to make God’s word fit in? Get hold of the Father’s say-so, and then say with good courage — “I will not fear.” It does not matter what evil or wrong may be in the way, He has said — “I will never leave thee.”
Frailty is another thing that gets in between God’s say-so and ours. When we realize how feeble we are in facing difficulties, the difficulties become like giants, we become like grasshoppers, and God becomes a nonentity. Remember God’s say-so — “I will in no wise fail you”. Have we learned to sing after hearing God’s key-note? Are we always possessed with the courage to say — “The Lord is my helper,” or are we succumbing?
— Oswald Chambers
COVID-19 Crisis Prayer – Pastor Mike
Today’s Subject: Missionaries and Missions
God’s Way: Pray that our missionaries would rest in the Presence of the Lord Jesus Christ who lives in them. That they remember it is no longer they who live but Christ who lives in them. That they would take comfort in these truths and walk in them. That they will hold to the words of Jesus that “greater works than these shall they do because He has gone to the Father”. That they would allow the peace of God to rule in their hearts and know the love of the body who supports and cares for them as well. That they would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will for them in their calling and ministry. Pray that we would be encouraged and steadfast in our giving in support of our missionaries.
God’s Salvation: Pray that a wide door for effective service would open in spite of their adversaries as they minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That their speech would always be seasoned with grace. That they would be given the wisdom to respond to each person they encounter in crisis. Pray for those who are struggling with feeling alone or forgotten. Pray that they will sense God’s active presence with them and in them. Pray that church financial support would not diminish because of escalating unemployment. That God would grant His bondservants, the missionaries, to speak His word with all confidence, while He, God, extends His hand to heal and do signs and wonders in the name of Jesus.
God’s Praise: That the Word of Christ would dwell in our missionaries richly with all songs and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with all thankfulness in their hearts to God. Praise that we have been granted to share in the ministry of our missionaries. Praise the Lord that they have been sustained. Praise that our offering and support of missions will be a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.
“God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, that Your Way may be known on earth, Your Salvation among the nations. Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You” Psalm 67: 1-3