Trust God and serve Him well!
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (NLT): “When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I came to you in weakness – timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God”.
Let us be determined this week to:
Cast our fears on Jesus. Faith is a confident trust in God – a hope that gives us life! How strong is our faith – do we choose fear and worry instead of believing that we can put our trust and hope in our gracious, loving, hope-filled Heavenly Father? Regardless of our current storm or the challenges we are facing, do we truly believe that He is the One whom even the winds and water obey? He is infinitely greater than any storm or situation we may face. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can survive and thrive in any situation – all to the glory of our rescuing King!
Serve and trust God in the here and now. Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 14:40 to: “Let all things be done decently and in order”. May we take that to heart – being present in our current situation and diligent in how we live. May we be still and content where God has placed us, and with what He has entrusted us to do. Let’s be open for our Lord’s presence in our lives and for Him to show us how to shine His light, love, kindness, encouragement and hope into the world around us. Let us be sensitive to the Holy Spirit – ready for divine appointments to serve God well and glorify Him through our encounters with others. May we be bold and fearless to GO out and step into the mission our Father has predestined for us.
Father, it blows us away and encourages our hearts so deeply when we hear of the true account of Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego. They had such a clear picture of who You are: the God of the universe – the trustworthy, reigning, powerful King. Father, we face so much pressure every single day. We pray that You would give us a clear picture of who You are – so that we can trust You and hold on to Your truth, our rescuing King. And Father, even if You choose not to deliver us from whatever tribulation we are facing, give us the strength, the grace, and the courage to stand firm. (Philomena)
Father, thank You that when we place our trust in You, we can be assured of Your goodness, Your faithfulness, Your competence and Your sovereignty. Father, forgive us for our weaknesses and failing hearts; forgive us for our fear. I pray in this time when it seems that the storms of life are rising more and more, that we may live out our faith and hope in You, Jesus. May we choose to bow at Your feet, surrendering and clinging to You through our storm. (Jackie)
We invite You Lord, to be with us, to speak to us. We are available to hear from You today. We are available for You to work in our hearts today. Lord will You come and visit us today. (Retha)
Lord Jesus, it is our privilege to serve You. You are such a mighty God. Give us Your power to live and to be content in the present – that You might use us for Your purposes. May we have the contentment of Paul – whether we are sheltered-in-place, or out in Your world. May we be aware of those around us, who need the Gospel, and then may we be bold and courageous enough to share it. May we be ‘present’ to win! (Mary-Lynn)
Thank You Jesus, that we have the privilege of knowing You. Thank You for the privilege of entering Your presence; hosting You amongst our fellow Christians and more importantly hosting You among the lost. Thank You Lord, for what we see and experience when we carry Your presence. Our five senses start to reveal what our faith tells us what is true. Thank You Jesus, that today as we cry out to You, You give us a Spirit of fearlessness, a Spirit of boldness. And God, there is a cost attached to this; and it might cost us our lives, but You’re worth it. You’re worth it Jesus. We love watching You at work Jesus. I pray for each one of these people today: God pour out Your Spirit; remind us; send us; open our mouths; open our eyes; open our ears. In Jesus name. Amen. (Michael)
(This WRAP is with great appreciation towards Jackie, Philomena, Retha, Mary-Lynn and Michael)