A Word for the Week

We all have heard of the many great miracles that God has produced in the past for the purpose of bringing glory to His name. The parting of the Red Sea, the rivers of water from the rock, the crossing of the Jordan, the victory at Jericho, a deluge of water that began with a cloud the size of a man's hand, the sun going backwards in order that the days victory might be accomplished, the feeding of the 5,000 & the 4,000. We recall the healing of the cripple, the healing of the leper and the casting out of the demons and stand amazed at the power of God revealed to us through His work in people.

And yet that is as far as it goes for many. That was in the past! No real chance of anything like that happening in the present--right? And if it does, it's only once in a blue moon, so to speak.

There is an account in John 11 where Jesus has been summoned to the home of Martha and Mary. Lazarus has been dead for 4 days. And when Jesus FINALLY gets there, Martha's response is one of grief and regret. If only, my brother had not died. If only you had been here. If only, if only, if only.

Ever been there? Are you there now? Living under a cloud of past failures that 'rain' down on your soul often?

If you're living with regret, take encouragement from what Jesus said to a down trodden Martha. "Did not I say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?"

Dr. Ronnie Floyd writes these words--"Every day we face various decisions, many of which come down to acting with faith in God or faith in ourselves, doing what God wants us to do or doing what we want to do. It is essential that we look at these decisions through the lens of this key question: will we choose to believe God today?"

What you decide to do with that question will determine what sort of day, week, month, year or life you experience. The life that Jesus provides miraculously flows from faith that believes God all the time, especially in the worst of times so that I may see His glory and enjoy the best of times! His presence is 'the present' for every day.

So live in His presence today and choose to believe for the glory of God. He will give you a reason to rejoice!

May the Lord do something miraculous in each of your lives this week! Who knows, He may choose to raise something from the dead in your life that once really mattered and can again.

I pray your response will be praise and thanksgiving!

Blessings till next time,

Pastor Keith

1 Corinthians 15:58