The new year has started out
And not exempt of trouble throughout the country, and the world. It's hard not to focus on it all when social media reminds us every day.
And although not serious, we personally have our fair share of difficulties at the present.
I don't share this to alert anyone to do anything-except to pray... and even fast, for friends, family, country and the world. God has provided for all of our needs according to His riches in glory! And for that I am thankful.
But there is trouble in the forecast of 2018.
We recently had a snow storm "bomb out" over us here on the east coast, creating a foot of snow at the shore. And it had me thinking about what most of us do to prepare for an impending storm here in the northeast. We rush to the store to get what we need "just in case" we are stranded and can't get out for a few days. Which is a bit funny where I live, because most of us are no further than a 5 minute drive from a supermarket, and the snow is TYPICALLY plowed on main roads and quickly melts within a day or two when temps rise.
We know how to prepare for snow, but what about the storm that surrounds us every day?
The climate around the world is unstable, and trouble is all around. There are unseen princes and principalities at hand whose single minded purpose is to take out the body of Christ... but we have a salvation far greater than their weapons. It's both our offense and our defense.
The Name of Jesus. Use it. Pray.
As the trouble around us "bombs out" we need to use the same intensity (even MORE!) that we have when running to buy bread, milk, and eggs at the grocery store. Not to panic, but to ready yourself.
We need to be passionate about our responsibility to pray. It's our job as the Body of Christ! The Church!
Hope has a Name, His Name is JESUS
-He gives life, love, friendship, HOPE, health, salvation
-He is the giver of ALL good things
-He gives us what we need
-He promises never to leave His children begging for bread
-He brings warmth for the cold hearted
-He heals what is sick, and fixes what is broke
-He makes the old new and fresh
-He teaches the humble and lifts up the lowly
-He gives a name to the nameless, His Name!
And no matter what we face on this side of eternity, He promises a better forever.
I believe it
Hope has a Name - His Name is Jesus
Join me in fasting and praying for the next 2 weeks and lets see how God's hand will move!