Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us
Ok. Granted. The commercial which is just jaw dropping says Apollo. The Christians knew God had triumphed over death. After multitudes believed, Life Was Abundant.
With ... issues. Like Today!
1 Corinthians 3:6
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.
Norman Vincent Peale always said, "If you have problems, that's good, indicates you are ALIVE..."
Pick a problem - if you picked an opportunity for a solution involving people - odds are great you can find that "situation" in the Bible. With real facts. And real emotion.
We have a First Defense. An Opportunity to see a solution - Prayer. And exciting opportunity.
Let's put our hand to the plow and pick a problem, for discussion reasons, of course.
In other words, WE have a Great Cloud of Witnesses to LIFE.
Run with Perseverance The Race Marked out for Us.
Throw off what entangles you - weariness, rut, routine, acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness. And with sincere repentance. Sincere. Start afresh. Redeem our new creation. Looking at His Plan as good with a hope and a future.
Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed!
Where does this Encouragement come from? God. Jesus said - His Good News is this -
I have told you this... so that My Joy may be in you. And That your Joy may be Complete.
One of the problems we have TODAY...
We don't expect God.
Christians should be ...
Pregnant with the Expectation of GOD!!!
We are never a little Bit pregnant - therefore - We should BE EXPECTING GOD!!!
So on one hand, we have the doldrums and when we pray - we hope to coax and beg God to act instead of being Thankful. You are NOT overlooked. You are Special, Precious, Chosen to your Father GOD who would run TO YOU!
And Thank God for Unanswered Prayers? ARE YOU KIDDING ME! YOUR PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED! TODAY. God not only knows where you live - HE is interested in you. Look around, put your hands forth and forget TV. Get thinking about if Jesus is coming to your Life, what would you like to show Him. HE is Your Father.
Try that. A Season of you putting your effort forth - Expecting God.
What is the alternative? We did say we would pick a problem.
You pick not to take a Season of Expecting God. Let's see...
1 Samuel 1
But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. 6 And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. 7 So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. 8 And Elkanah, her husband, said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?”
Hannah has grief; she wanted More. Some. A representation of her Love. More Love.
Enter into that emptiness -
her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her
And Eli said to her, “How long will you go on being drunk?
Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.
Nooooow. We wouldn't want this to happen.
So say Abba has been away. Is Abba a judge? A Force to be Reconciled with?
What are your weary knees? What are your lonely places? ABBA is coming to visit. I think you need to have a season of Jubilee! We Expect God to make a difference in our lives. An Important Point. We Trust HIM to bring Good. He is Good.
Abba is Your Daddy.
You know. I might just fast today. Let Him know - HEY PLEASE COME VISIT!
And my kitchen needs some touch up paint, I can do that myself.
My diet has flagged, I think I will renew taking care of the Temple.
And ALEXANDER paint the Dormer window - Thanks Buster for fixing Alexander's Car.
And my birdhouses have fallen in disrepair.
I have an idea for my Pastor Bishop.
I have an idea for my son.
Telling Abba, I'm grateful for the People You give me to Love.
When Abba Daddy visits, remember a verse
Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father, through him.
Would your Abba like your new Coconut Cake? Knitting? What do you do to Please Your Father? Are those your kitchen cabinets in need of touch up - the ones God gave you? We could just watch TV instead. I'm not saying we should work ourselves into a frenzy, I'm saying we should look around with fresh eyes. Or perhaps my kitchen cabinets are not your weary knees and lonely places. We all have to apply the right fix to the right opportunity.
Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
We all have a pulse to our own soul. What is your season?
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens
Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.
How ominous is this ? Jesus Loves us. Expect this Love.
Take this Day. Give us this Day. And with Gratitude, Keep making your mark for the Lord God. Over and Over Press Forward in God.
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
Abba, know all my variations and aspects! Thank You GOD You dwell within me and I Expect You and Your Joy. Forgive my lack of good hostess in my soul and renew this Joy again! With Love and Joy in Jesus, Amen.
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