Tag Archives: Ephesians

Freaked Out by Favor

29 Mar

I felt a little bit like a fraud this week as I stuffed down the inclination of my flesh to have a fit followed by a pity party. But I put on Christ by choosing to submit to the Spirit, believing that I would bear the fruits of the Spirit in spite of myself. God met me more than halfway and blessed me to be a reflection of His peace at home and everywhere else I went. One result of my calm demeanor was what seems to me and my family like a downright miracle.

Apple iPhone 3GS, Motorola Milestone and LG GW60

Apple iPhone 3GS, Motorola Milestone and LG GW60 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I actually thought I had a visitation from heaven when a man at a certain phone store gave me a replacement of a nice smartphone that I purchased 50 days before and that was now completely inoperable. The tricky part was that I bought the phone at one of the “unofficial” outlets, and they wouldn’t do what was right (I’m sparing you all the details of what happened).

So an angel by the name of Lamont did the right thing with essentially no questions asked and gave me a brand new smartphone to replace the one I bought on Groundhog Day. I literally thought this guy would soar back into heaven when I walked out, having completed His special assignment from God.

The favor of God is always a wondrous thing, especially when it’s the last thing you expect. I think I actually failed in my faith here by being so very shocked by the blessing. God is my heavenly Daddy. He cares about every detail of my life, and even the hairs on my head are numbered. This phone miracle was, of course, the way He’d want to bless one of his own.

Why am I so suprised?

Ephesians 3:20-21

New King James Version (NKJV)

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Today is a Test and I’m Cramming For It–Amen

16 Mar

Have you ever had to cram for a really tough test?  You knew that the only way to pass was to find a way to study effectively and learn lots of facts or grasp complex principles.  Well, I’m currently preparing for the test called “today” in which I have more work to accomplish than usual and curious toddlers to watch in a house that’s being packed up.  And I need to do more packing.  But I know exactly how to pass the test.

Like all Christians, prayer and meditation on the Bible are needed to pass the test.  We need them both every day.  But when we know we can’t make it without the help of God, such as when someone’s extremely ill, we’re more prone to remember that prayer is an essential.

Anytime I hear someone say something like, “Why would God let this bad thing happen to me?” I can’t help but wonder if God allowed a difficult situation just so that person and their family would discover the joy of trusting in Him.  Sometimes, harsh times are the only things that turn our eyes toward heaven.

Jesus was from heaven and yet spent a great deal of time in prayer and in focus upon His heavenly Father.  He demonstrated for us that prayer precedes effective ministry.  He was always sneaking away from crowds in order to pray, and this often meant giving up his night’s sleep.

Is there some sacrifice of an earthly pleasure you need to give up in order to pray more?  For me, it’s as simple as giving up watching the morning news so that I can pray instead.

No matter how busy you are, the most important part of your day and mine is the time spent in prayer to and communion with God.  It’s the biggest difference that can be made in whether you live dependent upon the grace and strength of God or simply operate under your own steam.  Anyone who has experienced life both ways knows what I’m talking about.  Can I get a witness?