Settling for Impotency?

As I have been praying lately, I've realized that I can fall into a certain temptation of thinking God isn't powerful enough to do whatever I'm asking of Him in prayer.  I assume that this person won't be healed or that person will fall into sin or I will never change because...and I wouldn't say this out loud...but, because I don't think God is up for the job.  Clearly, this must be out of His hands if the sin is never vanquished or the person dies.  Because the current result isn't what I think it should be, then I've written off God's power and His work in it. I leave no room for God's bigger and better plans.  And I am left feeling disappointed.  Or disillusioned in a God whom I had thought was mighty, but apparently is not.

Are you settling for an impotent God?  If you are tempted to do this as I've admitted to, then here's the truth:  We have created a god in our own image.  This is NOT the one, true God.

Looking around me, I see magazine covers glorifying a former athlete dressed as a woman.  I hear stories of one celebrity after another 'coming out of the closet'.  There are  pastors and singers falling into temptation and disobeying the God they've professed.  Online articles celebrating five-year old tomboys being told they're actually really boys, not girls.

Are we accepting sin because we don't think anything can be done about it?  Is God without power to save and transform?  Maybe our own created image of a god is impotent, but not the God of all gods and the King of all kings.

And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.  1 Corinthians 6: 14

With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.  Matthew 19: 26

Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, and how small a whisper we hear of Him!  But the thunder of His power who can understand?  Job 26: 14

May we all increase in faith!  Next time we are making apologies for God, may we be stopped short and remember that His ways are far higher than ours and we can't even begin to understand His plans for us.  If a dear loved one dies, is that because God was powerless?  Absolutely not.  His ways far exceed my human comprehension.  May I trust Him all the more.  He is a trustworthy promise-keeper who is a good and perfect Father.  When someone stops fighting against sin and wants us all to just "accept" him as he is, may we re-direct him to the transforming power of Jesus Christ!  Our God takes us as we are and changes us so that we are conformed more and more into the image of His glorious Son.

May we never settle for impotency in our God or the faith He has given us.  Heed this warning and turn to God:

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.  And from such people turn away!  2 Timothy 3: 1-5

Fight the good fight and be strong and mighty in the Lord.  The Lord your God is in your midst and He is mighty to save.

Love, Wendy

 

Memories

A video was received in my email this week.  Photos and snippets of video were compiled by my friend's husband in honor of their nephew.  As I saw my friend's children through the years, viewed the familiar scenery of her home and yard and smiled at her dear family, memories flooded my heart and mind.  Unexpectedly, tears began streaming down my face as I was transported more than ten years ago to a very special time and place. Memories are sure powerful.  Just a scan of those pictures brought back sweet feelings and thoughts that were nearly forgotten.  And the smells!  I'm always so amazed at how the brain works--memories of the smells and the warmth of the sun and the pink of the dogwoods.

We can be revived in spirit and in strength when we remember.  An old friendship can be rekindled, a lonely heart can be encouraged and a weary soul can be strengthened all through memories.

This isn't just some romantic notion...this is biblical.  I've shared before about the Israelites raising up memorial stones after crossing the Jordan and entering the Promised Land.  These stones were physical reminders of the glorious deeds the Lord accomplished while they were wandering in the desert.  Over time, these  served as visible memories.  I wonder if the Israelites would go near the river, see the stones and imagine the feel of the wind that day they walked through the parted Red Sea or the smells of the land flowing with milk and honey or the taste of the thirst-quenching water that was poured out from the Rock.

Don't forget.  Don't forget what the Lord has done in your life.  When did He first draw your heart to His?  What did He save you from?  Have you meditated lately on the miracle of your salvation?  You may be wallowing in a pit of sin right now and fighting to get out, but you've seen victory.  You know that you have hope because Christ has been, and will continue to be, your Deliverer.  Remember where you were and where He's brought you.  If you are a child of God,  He has begun that good work in you and He will continue it to the day of Jesus Christ.

memorial stones

During this season of Lent, as we look forward to celebrating the mighty work of Jesus on the cross, let's always remember the mighty work that He has done in our lives because of His victory on that cross.  Write down your memorial stones.  Rejoice in the memories and look forward to the future in hope because of Him.

He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

Psalm 111: 4

Love, Wendy