Sunday Faith Post

Please pray for our country.    There is nothing about George Floyd that is Christ-like.

There is also nothing like students seeing what’s happening and being VERY unhappy about it.  God bless them.

“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. ”   Acts 20:28

Pray hard.

Amen.  Z

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16 Responses to Sunday Faith Post

  1. Mustang says:

    Amen.

    You know, Z … I think you’re right to urge more prayer.

    As you say, our country is in deep trouble. Medice, cura te ipsum. We cannot hope to heal our country until we first heal ourselves. I think we can only do that by reintroducing ourselves to God. We can only do that through communication (prayer) and only then if we are communicating honestly. If we are genuine in our desire for a closer relationship with Him, we will discover that our communication with the Almighty is a soothing and reinforcing phenomenon.

    But first, we have to have an honest conversation with ourselves. If we are unhappy, the fault is with ourselves. We’ve got to stop blaming others for our unhappiness. Others may indeed cause us to close ourselves off from them, but the problem isn’t “them,” it’s us. Our challenge is to find a way to be happy in spite of the “others.” I think self-actualization through faith and prayer is the path we must follow. Part of this is realizing that there are times when we must accept “no” as His answer. Do we then become the obedient child of God or the unruly child?

    Yes, our country is in deep trouble. Not all of this is “our fault.” And we shouldn’t pretend to know God’s plan. Maybe our national and social troubles have a purpose. I’m not smart enough to know the answer to this, but I am smart enough to know that far more important than Biden or Harris, or shootings in Wisconsin, or any demand that I apologize publicly for stuff I never did (racism, for example) — is my relationship with my heavenly Father. If He tells me I’m doing okay, that’s plenty good enough for me. But I can’t know that unless or until I have an open channel of communication with Him. I can say one thing with certainty, prayer is not a one-way street. If your heart is open, you will hear Him speaking to you.

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  2. To Mustang’s point, as I quote in my post this morning, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness.”

    This is war. And we must realize that it is a spiritual battle.

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  3. geeez2014 says:

    MY Scripture in my post is so important. by “the Church,” the brotherhood of Christians is meant, of course, including but not limited to those in Churches this morning gaining love and strength from those around them.

    The Book of Daniel is a great reminder that GOD REIGNS no matter what.

    Maybe most important in our understanding of PRAYER is that not hearing back, not seeing things improve the way we want them, is NOT a ‘NO” from our Father, it is that He knows more than we do.
    Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

    Romans 8:27-28, He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

    Proverbs 19:21, Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

    Matthew 6:33, Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

    We may not get the answer WE want, but “Philippians 4:6-7
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

    We will experience PEACE. I know that for a FACT; it happened to me yesterday, as a matter of fact.

    Yes, we may “hear” him speaking to us and, if we don’t hear a VOICE, we ‘hear’ him in a Scripture that comes to mind, the times I’ve seen an important verse which resonated with me 3 times in one morning of 3 Devotion resources, then walking thru a friend’s breakfast room later at a luncheon, where I notice for the first time that very verse is embroidered in a frame, and later an actress friend reminds me of that very verse. It might not be God’s voice we hear directly and I like to point that out.

    ED, we are definitely wrestling with those things…in SO many ways.

    And I submit I personally see a little light coming.from this battle;…I see certain people waking up; parents, celebrities who I don’t normally respect but at least know they’re given more attention than most pastors and can influence because of it, I hear liberals dissing Biden and even starting to look at the Trump days as better, I see gas prices waking people up, …many things.

    Squanto was a miracle; NO Indian was kidnapped to England! and then learned English, then was kidnapped to Spain where he learned Spanish, came back to England and actually got BACK to N. America!! NONE. There he was, back on our shores……finding he’d lost his family to disease but had survived since he had been gone, and helped that little band of Pilgrims better than he ever could have had he not learned English and was able to devote himself to that. Coincidences? I don’t think so.

    GOD IS IN CONTROL. He might give up on us due to HIS REASONS, not “OUR UNDERSTANDING,” but I’m rooting for US 😉 And, if my link was opened, we’d all agree that most AMericans seeing nonsense like THAT might just be hearing from GOD…..”wake up, my American family……….wake UP.”

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  4. MAL says:

    Having faith reminds me of something my mom told me happened when she was a little girl living in Providence, R.I. around 1910. Her father was out of work and had been unsuccessful in finding a new job. With a wife and 3 little girls depending on him, he went alone to the park, sat on a bench and prayed to God. After praying, he opened his eyes and there was a $50 bill gently blowing by in the breeze! That would be comparable to at least $500 or more today, and it provided for them until he successfully found work shortly thereafter.
    He was alone in the park. Where did the bill come from? Divine intervention?

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  5. geeez2014 says:

    MAL, thank you for that story! I love it….We should never put it past God!

    I very nearly fell down my stairs about 2 months ago….I have a tight stairway with 2 ‘turns’ of pie-shaped steps……My slipper caught on the carpet and my trajectory was D O W N. I knew it…in that quick moment, I asked myself “..well, HOW much will I injure myself” not WILL I?
    Suddenly, I was stopped on the step I was still on……..completely upright. Completely composed. It was impossible, Mal…just impossible. I was GOING DOWN.
    I’d asked God for yet another sign very soon before that happened……..did my business downstairs, came back up, got into bed and prayed THANK YOU.

    I love stories like yours and mine…..I don’t care who the believer is, we can all ALL use reassurance and reminders………..There are no coincidences.

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  6. MAL says:

    Now thats really eerie, Z! How, indeed, did you regain your balance and remain upright? I’ve heard other similar events as we all have, I’m sure.

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  7. MAL says:

    I could ask you how you enjoyed your “trip”, Z, but you’d probably tell me next “fall”.

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  8. Baysider says:

    Here’s what Paul had to say about it: “Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.” Hmm. How prescient. Nothing new, but something for which the church always needs prayer. Country too. Can’t say it enough, Z. “Giv[e] diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Christ is that peace. Social justice = collective envy.

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  9. geeez2014 says:

    MAL, that’s only one recent story; I have one friend who always tells me “Don’t tell me more, it’s FREAKY!”… A LOT of things happen to me…and I wouldn’t say I get premonitions but, for a recent example, this particular friend got something in the mail, decided she didn’t much like the company but that ONE product sounded intriguing and she was ordering it ‘tomorrow’…when tomorrow came, so did an envelope from that very company arrive telling her I had ordered it for her for CHristmas! Happens like that ALLLLL the time. She was freaking out.

    Not sure how I didn’t fall……..I was suddenly perfectly calm and centered on the step. SHOCKED ME SO MUCH.

    BAYSIDER…and by ‘Church of GOd’ in my scripture in the post, as I said above, it’s the Body of Christ….am reading a book on ‘why church?’ right now…many don’t feel the need. “Need” .it isn’t NEED…it’s feeling part of something bigger than us, ..so so much more. Such a blessing to know so many who share your deepest ‘stuff’….especially with a pastor like mine.

    Anyway….yes, I believe social justice is the offshoot of collective envy……….very difficult to see hard workers succeed when you’re not willing to do the same; then you insult it, destroy the work, destroy the good intentions, make it impossible to succeed due to social justice regulations/laws, etc…..and it’s working.

    And God is in Control. From Luke 21;
    25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”]

    AMEN…..HOPE…the message of ADVENT which began today………I’m just starting to start decorating my home…in happy anticipation of Christmas’ true meaning..Hoping I can get my heart even more ready than my home is for celebration of the birth and the future…………hope, joy, peace, love…four weeks of Advent.

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  10. geeez2014 says:

    BOY! I’m no football fan but I had the Buccs vs the Colts on and WHAT A GAME…I could be talked into watching this stuff…..
    especially now that LeBron is tainting my sainted Lakers 🙂

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  11. MAL says:

    Or……….it could also be said God works in mysterious ways, right?

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  12. MAL says:

    That was meant for Baysider!

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  13. When it comes to the Squanto story (which I had a chance to relate on air Saturday), it is interesting to note that to answer the Pilgrims prayers in 1620, God put events into motion almost 12 years earlier.
    And imagine Squanto, much like Joseph of the bible, having to be sold in to slavery in order to years later to be the deliverer. We must remember that in trials, with our complaints of “It’s not fair!”.
    Who knows what the outcome of our trials will be?

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  14. geeez2014 says:

    ED, thank you for that. Well put. It’s all about INTENTION, all about BIGGER PLANS…and we haven’t much input most of the time!
    I’m so glad you related that story on the air….
    Not only that, but Squanto wasn’t a perfect person; there are criticisms of his actions once back on American soil……….another lesson; that God uses us all for our gifts….that perfection needs not exist. BOY, did God use imperfect people!!!

    Funny, I was thinkiing about a College class hearing our input on Squanto….knowing most students would only take the worst about him and play on that……..”Take his name out of the history books….he wasn’t PERFECT”….!!! Say nothing about ALLL the good he did in getting our country off to a very early, important start!!

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  15. Baysider says:

    Great point Ed. Why church? Cuz Jesus said. 🙂 Sounds like a good and needed book now.

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