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#1 Candice

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Posted 05 September 2021 - 04:25 PM

I miss many of you and I've been gone for sometime, enjoying the work the Lord's blessed me with as an online missionary.  It's a blessing.  I hope you are all well.  I've wanted to post several topics for some time, but have been so busy.  I hope this blesses you by the Holy Spirit, and I hope for those responses that are fruitful to all as you are lead.  This is today's devotional from Ray Stedman's Power of His Presence. It's a bit lengthy--sorry.

 

"But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him."

2 Corinthians 2:14
What does all of this mean? I think it means that the world was unimpressed by the apostle Paul. With none of the physical charm or personal charisma of modern media darlings, this ordinary, nondescript Jewish man traveled around the Roman Empire, preaching this great message. The Chamber of Commerce never welcomed or honored him; no reporters followed him around, giving verbatim reports of all that he was saying. Even in his own eyes he was not doing anything tremendous. He himself was feeling, as he says, frustrated and restless; a great sense of failure gripped him. Despite all these appearances and even at the very moment of his frustration with himself, Paul expected that God was going to do something through him, because Jesus Christ was leading Paul in triumph, and his ministry did not rest on his own feeble attempts to do something for God. A great, widespread testimony of the fragrance of Jesus Christ was going out. People were being set free, and Paul's ministry was a success. And so he cries from this eternal gratitude of his heart, Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph.

If I did not believe in that great principle, I would have resigned from the pastorate many times. At one time I had the privilege of spending a week on the campus of a university and was privileged to teach the Word of God to 2,400 college students. It was a tremendous opportunity, but every morning I spoke from a heavy heart because my child, who had been struggling with her faith for several years, was wandering farther and farther away. Despite our daily prayers, she seemed to be going further into hurtful things rather than drawing closer, so that her family was being terribly hurt. As a parent, you cannot face something like that without being aware that you may have contributed a great deal to the reasons for it. The enemy is quick to assault you, to accuse you. So I was ministering with a heavy heart, out of deep, personal anguish. The only thing that enabled me to keep going was that I had confidence in what Paul is saying here, that despite the personal frustration and darkness that I was going through, I was also being led in triumph by Jesus Christ; and out of my personal weakness would come a great manifestation of the strength of our Lord and the spreading of the fragrance of Christ.

Lord, I thank You for the privilege of being called into a ministry like this that does not rest upon my resources, my personality, my money, my time, or anything else but Your greatness.

Life Application
When our thoughts and feelings are burdened and anguished to feebleness, can we let the light and power of the Spirit of Christ demonstrate His sufficiency through us?

Ray Stedman


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Posted 06 September 2021 - 03:39 AM

So nice to hear from you again.

Could I get you to pray for our daughters adopted daughter who has alcohol phi do syndrome she is making liars out of the doctors who say she is a miracle child. She has a long wat to go yet for a child who was told would never walk (which she does now).   


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Posted 06 September 2021 - 04:29 AM

The Far-Reaching Rivers of Life By Oswald Chambers
 
He who believes in Me…out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. —John 7:38
 
 

A river reaches places which its source never knows. And Jesus said that, if we have received His fullness, “rivers of living water” will flow out of us, reaching in blessing even “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8) regardless of how small the visible effects of our lives may appear to be. We have nothing to do with the outflow— “This is the work of God, that you believe…” (John 6:29). God rarely allows a person to see how great a blessing he is to others.

A river is victoriously persistent, overcoming all barriers. For a while it goes steadily on its course, but then comes to an obstacle. And for a while it is blocked, yet it soon makes a pathway around the obstacle. Or a river will drop out of sight for miles, only later to emerge again even broader and greater than ever. Do you see God using the lives of others, but an obstacle has come into your life and you do not seem to be of any use to God? Then keep paying attention to the Source, and God will either take you around the obstacle or remove it. The river of the Spirit of God overcomes all obstacles. Never focus your eyes on the obstacle or the difficulty. The obstacle will be a matter of total indifference to the river that will flow steadily through you if you will simply remember to stay focused on the Source. Never allow anything to come between you and Jesus Christ— not emotion nor experience— nothing must keep you from the one great sovereign Source.

Think of the healing and far-reaching rivers developing and nourishing themselves in our souls! God has been opening up wonderful truths to our minds, and every point He has opened up is another indication of the wider power of the river that He will flow through us. If you believe in Jesus, you will find that God has developed and nourished in you mighty, rushing rivers of blessing for others.


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Posted 06 September 2021 - 12:29 PM

Hi Tony. I prayed for your daughter. More miraculous healing to come from the Lord who loves you, her and your family. What is her name?
I love your post -- it blessed me. I'll read it again. We bring nothing. The Lord is more than able to work. He wants us involved as those who bear His image.

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Posted 09 September 2021 - 04:19 AM

Olivia is her name, she is 5 years old and still has to have a diaper. Thank You for your prayers



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Posted 09 September 2021 - 04:24 AM

I meant to include this, from Charles Stanley, in the last one but hit enter:  Through prayer, we invite God to accomplish His work in us. While we can’t alter a single divine plan or make the Lord change His mind, we can invite Him to alter us. In prayer, we submit to God’s will, repent of sin, and ask Him to shape us into the image of His Son. And He will hear and answer this kind of prayer because it is exactly what He desires to do in each of us.



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Posted 12 September 2021 - 11:29 AM

Father, we ask You to protect Olive and restore her to perfect health according to Your will. Use her life in ways no one would expect. Give the glory of You. To make You look good Jesus. We ask in Jesus's name.

Tony, I'm praying. Thanks for adding Charles Stanley to this.

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Posted 12 September 2021 - 11:41 AM

Tony, I believe that the one thing the Lord will not do.... take away free will from individuals. So, if one refuses His gift of salvation, He won't force Himself on anyone. True in the garden and now. Yet, He does extend Himself beyond what we can imagine to draw His children.