It has not gone unoticed by family or I, that we are continually going through trials, or tests. I am confident that I / we are succeeding. In my devotional yesterday Chambers said:
“when we are in fear we can do nothing less than pray to God”.
Nothing less…meaning that that is the least thing we can do??? It was my understanding that we were to pray continually…am I right?
Fear causes deterioration in the spirit of a saint. Matthew 8:26 says: “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith” Fearful prayer is not the continual pray the Paul was speaking of. God expects us to pray confidently knowing that He hears us and will come to our aid in all trials.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 states:
Rejoice ever more.
Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Quench not the Spirit.
There are many scriptures that investigate the vast facets of this one set of scriptures. A note: One should only compare and investigate the word of God with other scriptures. There is no text of this world to compare the Word of God to. It is my conclusion that no man can fully commentate the Word.
Back to the Confidence of God.
If I count it joy, as one scripture instructs, than my prayer can only be one of confidence in the promises of God. Prayer in fear grieves the Spirit. It disappoints my Father and if that fear prayer is answered it is only at the urging and intercession of Jesus that begs the attention of the Father.
God expects that we have confidence in him. That in our personal crisis we are the reliable one. Because we have an inner knowing that the current crisis is in His hands. Now, understand, Father understands these things are a process with us, his lovely, headstrong children. This is why we continue to go through many of the same trials. Why? That is the beauty of the second chances! How many second chances have you had?
The last two months in our home has been fraught with trial after trial. From the passing of a premature grandson to the violation to the household by this baby’s mother, we have been tested. I believe we have come through these trail better each time. Personally I believe the trials were for me, however I am not so blind as not to see that each family member was also tested with occurance.
In all of it I stood in the faith, the knowing that God had a plan. That not one of these tragic losses were not fully expected by the Father, and knowing of the turning of the gears in our lives planned the successful outcome. I could count out the losses, but what good would that cause.
We stood, we prayed in thanksgiving, we encouraged one another that God had control. True to His promises all these things were added:
My youngest is home and currently sober.
The things stolen were restored to us.
Healthy boundaries were set and family crisis was not allowed to control me or my emotions.
Supports of all sorts were provided from various sources.
God was amazing to provide all that this family needed in this time of need. We have grown and come closer as a family. My devotional said:
” there are stages in our lives when there are no storms, no crisis, when we do our human best; it is when a crisis arises that we instantly reveal upon whom we rely”.
In these crisis I worked very hard to rely upon the Father and the Son. I feel I did well. The proof??
This last week, the crisis was an attempt upon our finances, the attempt was successful. Our bank account was compromised and money was stolen, our mortgage payment. The next day an attempt was made, again. This attempt was stopped. What are the chances that a teller at an out of town bank would suspect a frauduant signature, what are the chances that the thieves would stand and wait while the police were being contacted, not feeling any vibes of caution? Really! What are the chances that 3 thieves would be apprehended at the teller window while infultrating someone’s identity??? I call that the favor, the intervention of God.
I thank Him right now for His presence in our lives, for the provision and protection. I thank Him that He will intervene for anyone reading this that is in need of His favor, provision and protection.
Because God is for me, nothing can come against me!
The rest of the devotional says:
“If we have been learning to worship God and to trust Him, the crisis will reveal that we will go to the breaking point and not break in our confidence in Him”
I went to the breaking point often in the recent past, and have not broken yet. I thank God once again!