We are already three days into 2016; Fourth of July, here we come! Don’t laugh, we will be munching on hot dogs and s’mores before you know it.
When Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy, he was concerned about his young apprentice’s walk with the Lord and his ongoing ministry. Paul told Timothy to stir up and fan the coals into flame (2 Tim 1:6). Almost every morning when I go downstairs to check the fire in our wood burner, there is only a faint red glow. I take the poker, stir up those coals, then crack the door and let the air flow over them, and before you know it the fire is burning. I put some wood on and we have heat.
Paul used that illustration to challenge Timothy to keep his spiritual life alive. Stir it up, Timothy! Let the Word of the spirit invigorate your walk with the Lord.
Well, I think those words of Paul would suit all of us as we embark on this new year. Stir up those spiritual coals, allow the Holy Spirit to blow over your life, add the fuel of His Word and prayer, and burst into the fire of the Lord. Accomplish all He would have for you in 2016.
~ Pastor Rod
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble; thou wilt revive me” (Psalms 138:7).
The Hebrew interpretation of the above is: “Go on in the center of trouble.” We have pleaded His promise of deliverance but no deliverance has been given; the enemy has continued oppressing until we were in the very thick of the fight, in the center of trouble.
Why, then, trouble the Master any further? When Martha said, “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died,” our Lord met her lack of hope with His further promise, “Your brother shall rise again.” And when we walk “in the center of trouble” and are tempted to think like Martha that the time of deliverance is past, He meets us too with promise from His Word. “Through I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me.”
Even though His answer has so long been delayed and even though we may still continue to “go on” in the midst of trouble, “The center of trouble” is the place where He revives, not the place where He fails us.”
When you are in that hopeless place, and it continues to be a hopeless place, this is the very time when He will stretch forth His hand against the wrath of our enemies and perfect that which concerns us, the very Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands.”
When trouble comes around, take shelter in God’s Word! Get out of the enemy’s rain. Read the Word. Find the Truth. Feel the freedom.
Streams in the Desert. April 23,2015