Month: February 2020

A correlation between fainting and faith

Posted on

Proverbs 24

10 If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

Some statements of truth are quite small and quite powerful, such is this little one. Just a few thoughts today. First is that we will all face adversity. Life is comprised of blessings and of problems with a few times of coasting in-between. James wrote telling us that we ought to count our times of trials as blessings from God who designs our trials to shape us. Job wrote that the thing he feared worst came upon him. Peter had a crisis of faith and denied the Lord in his crisis. Hannah, the mother of Samuel, could not conceive and was just miserable for several years. Adversity comes upon us all.

A second thought here is correlation between fainting and faith. To faint is to falter, to stutter-step, to trip, or to stumble. In Hebrews 12:3 we are called to look unto Jesus so that we don’t faint; Jesus did not faint in the day of His greatest adversity. Remember that the Christian life is a life of faith when we are called to obey the Word of God even when we don’t understand it all. It is the same in life; adversities come, we don’t understand them, and we are called to stand firm and not faint.

Thankfully, we are not told that when we faint we have no faith, just that our faith is small. It is through the adversities of life that we find God to be faithful, good, and kind. In the adversities God is the One who is there for He never changes and never leaves nor forsakes His own. Since the Word of God endures forever it’s promises also endure. Therefore, when adversity comes, we have God’s word to go to, to lean on, to hold us up, to keep us from fainting.

Are you in an adversity today? Ask the Holy Spirit to open your understanding to God’s word. Open your Bible and seek God’s guidance during your trial. As He shows you His power, His love, and His grace your faith will grow and the adversity, instead of causing you to faint, will do just the opposite and make you a stronger and more confident child of God.

 

We are rejoicing n God’s commitment to meet with us when we gather as His church. Sunday after Sunday we gather and cry out to God to gather with us. Week after week God shows up and leads us as we worship Him through song and through His word. God provides reconciliation as well, unity in His church, and He is glorified. After church I was able to meet with two men and share Christ with one of them. Pray that this man will receive clarity from God’s Holy Spirit and be led to salvation.

Each week we pray that anywhere the Word of God is opened and proclaimed that those who hear will receive the message and come to Christ or mature in their faith of Christ. We serve a mighty God who freely gives His miracle of salvation to those who believe and put their eternal faith in Him.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

No, our leaders are not acting in wisdom

Posted on

Proverbs 24

   Wisdom is too high for a fool;

in the gate he does not open his mouth.

   Whoever plans to do evil

will be called a schemer.

   The devising of folly is sin,

and the scoffer is an abomination to mankind.

 

It seems to me that the majority of world leadership today is lacking wisdom. No, they are not ignorant people, on the contrary, they are highly intelligent people. As I read the book of Proverbs, Solomon says that people who plan to do evil are schemers and those who devise to do folly, or foolishness, are committing sin. Furthermore, those who scoff at God’s truth are an abomination to mankind, that is, those they are supposed to be leading.

When my dad raised me, he taught me to respect people in government positions. He taught me to respect the authorities that were over me. It seems to me that back then, those who were in authority were respect worthy. We are still called to respect them and especially to pray for them, but it sure would be easier to do if they acted with wisdom and not with such evil scheming and foolish actions.

Leadership is supposed to lead with wisdom and with concern for all whom they are leading. Leadership is to seek the counsel of other people of wisdom and work together for the good of those whom they lead. Solomon also said that when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice but when the wicked are in authority the people mourn. People in many nations are mourning today because of foolish and evil leadership.

So, what are we to do? 1 Timothy 2:1–4 “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” We must increase our efforts in prayer for our leadership. They are acting foolishly but so did Nebuchadnezzar, whom God humbled. Let us pray that our nation’s leader will have Nebuchadnezzar moments when they will be humbled before the God of heaven and acknowledge that He is in control, not them. God can still change lives and do the impossible work of bringing salvation to needy souls.

 

Bobbi and Jared are visiting our family in the US right now. Jared is doing well and we are thankful for this. He really does know and love all twelve of his nieces and nephews. It is an interesting relationship that they all share with him. Jared knows all of his family by name, at times he talks about them, sometimes we pray for them all, and he fills in any blanks I leave.

 Please pray with us for this upcoming Sunday. I am almost finished preaching through the book of Colossians. What a great journey this has been for us. I am also wrapping up from my last class having turned in a project yesterday and another one due the 21st. Word of Life Indonesia has asked me to speak at two of their upcoming youth retreats. Pray for these opportunities to point young people to the Savior.

 Thank you for all of your prayers for the Schroeders. We appreciate you and thank God for your prayers and for your love.

 Have a great day in the Lord,

PS