Power in the Name of Jesus

power in name of jesusAs a missionary sometimes it is easy to think God needs me.

Easy to fall into the trap that things depend upon me.

In my quiet time I was reminded afresh and anew that though God does use me, He doesn’t need me.

I was reminded that it is only my privilege to be used of God.

I have no power in and of myself.

I have nothing good to offer the lost and dying all around me.

I can not feed all the poor, I can not help every outcast.

It is impossible for me to heal the sick, to cast out demons…

I have nothing to offer…

I can and must only give them JESUS!

It is only through His power I can serve.

Only through His name the lost can be saved.

They do not need what I can give. They do not need what I can offer.

They need Jesus!

In my quiet time I read of the lame man who was begging and asking for alms. Peter and John walked by him and he cried out to them for money, for help.

Here in the city,it is not unfamiliar to pass such people on a regular basis. Those in need, asking for help.

Yet, Peter and John did not give the man food, money or anything.

They instead told him , “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene… walk! (Acts 4:6)

What then do the needy need? Do they need water, food, medical helps, money……

Yes, they do and we must as Christians seek to supply such needs, but we mustn’t stop there, for what they really need is Jesus.

And if we constantly give, constantly work… we will wear out.

Just as the lost need Jesus, we as believers need Jesus.

Daily we need His power, His strength to serve.

Another interesting lesson learned is the fact that the people were quite happy for the miracles, but wanted to leave Jesus out of it.

They wanted the disciples to heal, they wanted the disciples to do miracles.

But they didn’t want Jesus.

Similarly here, the people love to see the power of God, but want little to do with God.

We must be careful as believers not to just supply the people with what they want, we must give them Jesus.

They must surrender to Him.

And though we can’t help all the needy, we can’t lead every lost soul to Christ.

We must do what we can and allow God to do what we can’t.

To be His hands and His feet. To help those in our paths, to tell those of Jesus who we daily meet.

Katie Davis once said,“I have learned that I will not change the world, Jesus will do that. I can however, change the world for one person.”

This is out goal, this is our command.

We can’t change the world,but we can be used of God, one day, one person at a time.

Let us then give them Jesus and let us rely not upon ourselves, our strength…let us rely upon the power of Christ.

The Calling of Amos

“I was neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I was a shepherd and I also took care of Sycamore-fig trees, but the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.” Amos 7:14

I love, love , love this.

Why you might ask?

Because here we find the calling of Amos to be God’s chosen instrument.

Who was Amos?

Amos, was not a prophet or a preacher.

He wasn’t even the son of a prophet or a preacher.

Amos was just a shepherd boy, like David.

The least of these, we might say.

Yet, here we find that God came calling on him one day.

Telling him, to Go and prophesy to His people, Israel.

Many people think that in order to be used of God, they must be a preacher, missionary or what not.

Or they believe the lie that God could never use them, that they are somehow not good enough.

Which is why I love this story.

Amos may have thought the same.

But God…..

God isn’t concerned about one’s abilities or talents.

He is most interested in one’s availability and obedience.

If He can use a donkey to speak and He did.

He can use anyone willing to surrender to Him.

I have always heard it said, that “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.”

How thankful I am for this.

How thankful I am that God has chosen to call our family to serve Him in the Himalayas.

And I’m here to tell you that it isn’t because we are anyone special.

Nor because we are super spiritual.

He hasn’t called us because of who we are.

He has said Go, and we have said yes, because of who He is!

What is God calling you today?

I encourage you to say yes. You might not feel qualified, don’t worry, He will qualify you.

You might not think you can do it, but God can and will do it through you if you obey.

Whatever He has asked of you, He will equip you for.

God used Amos a shepherd boy and He can and will use you and me.

As we say yes and surrender to His call!

If Christ is Risen From the Dead……. Risk it All!!!!!

imagesAs I sat and watched the Easter program at church tonight, my heart broke inside my chest.

Seeing and hearing the crowds praise Jesus one moment and shout crucify in the next.

Watching as the soldiers beat and mocked Christ.

Then seeing him carry his cross, beaten and broken to Calvary.

It was intense.

Tears welled in my eyes, as the choir began to sing.

But then, as the choir sang and the stone was rolled away, there He stood… JESUS

Risen from the dead, risen indeed!

As the drama ended, Jesus is pictured sitting on His throne in Heaven as the angels bow at His feet. Awesome.

Paul said, “For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied (I Corinthians 15:16-18)”

To the lost world, our faith, our worship is foolish, it makes no sense. To them, we are to be pitied.

But to the believer, we know that not only did Jesus pay the price for our sins and die in our place. We know that He rose on the third day and will return someday.

Therefore, if Christ is risen from the dead and He is….. then shouldn’t our lives be fully surrendered to Him.

If Christ was beaten and took our sin upon Himself, and He did…. then shouldn’t we do all we can to tell others this amazing news.

If Christ is seated in Heaven today, and will one day return, and He will.… then shouldn’t we be willing to risk it all for Him.

Yes, if Christ has not been raised from the dead, our worship and service are a foolish waste of time.

But praise God, He has been raised from the dead…. let us then live our lives sold out for Him.

For He alone is worthy of our praise, our lives, and our complete surrender.

 

Restless

e704b71aa06c61f67f90520eef2be58aAs I sit looking around the basement that we call home, my heart grows anxious.

As I watch my kids growing older, and the days turning into months, my heart grows restless.

As I look upon the world and what it has to offer, I am left wanting more.

There is a restlessness inside.

A desire for more.

A restlessness that can only be satisfied with Christ.

Most of us seek to fill this void with stuff, with jobs, with food, with pleasures.

Yet, at the end of the day, when all the glamor is past, we still feel restless.

The truth is, God made us this way.

For a reason.

He filled our hearts with a void so that after we tried filling it with everything else, we’d realize that it is only through Christ, this void can be filled.

Even as Christians, there is a void.

We believe Christ, we seek to live the Christian life.

Yet still there is a restlessness.

For God isn’t satisfied being what we do on Sundays.

He is to be our everything!

And when He becomes our everything, then no matter our situation, no matter our season of life.

Our hearts have peace.

Augustine once said, “You have made us for yourself O Lord and our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.”

Are we satisfied in Christ.

Is He enough?

For if the answer to either question is no, we will be restless.

We will seek any and all things to calm this restless Spirit.

While all the while, Jesus is looking on, waiting for us to realize He is EVERYTHING.

And He cries out, “Come all who are burned and heavy laden and I will give you rest (Mathew 11).”

The Eagle Has Landed

thKA599F4MOne of the things I love about the spring, is getting outside with the kids.

Saturday we made a trek to Shiloh National Park and did some bike riding.

The day was perfect, not too hot nor too cold.

Toward the end of the ride, we came around a curve just in time to see an eagle fly into its nest.

Immediately, the crowd that had gathered around the tree and had apparently been waiting for quite some time, began taking pictures, pointing and making exclamations.

I couldn’t believe it, there was no way possible we could have picked a better time to come whizzing around the curve.

It was an amazing sight and we watched the birds enormous wings carry him safely into his nest.

What is further amazing is that though we had not known this would happen, others had sat there waiting for a long time, anticipating the event.

It was then God reminded me that He is always at work. That He is always faithful. That it truly is He and He alone who orchestrates all life’s events.

Had we been a few minutes earlier or later, we would have missed this spectacular sight.

Yet, at just the right time, we caught a glimpse of the eagle flying home.

Many times, we get worked up trying to make things happen in our lives. We strive and struggle to bring events about.

All the while God is at work, bringing into fulfillment what He has prepared.

I’m learning that it is best to live a life fully surrendered to Him. A life that comes before Him, praying only that His good and perfect will be accomplished.

Throughout Scripture, this has been the case. A seemingly random encounter, such as Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. Yet, to God nothing about this was an accident. It was a planned event, scheduled since the creation of the world.

For like the fifth time, I’m re-reading the book Anything by Jeanie Allen. This is a prayer of complete surrender she and her husband prayed again and again. They prayed anything and asked God to fulfill whatever He had for them.

She said, an anything with a but attached to the end, is not an anything.

Anything involves complete surrender to the One who tells the sun where to set and the ocean tide where to stop.

I’m realizing that this is the best and most peaceful place to be.

For just as the kids and I saw the eagle, though it was neither planned nor orchestrated by us.

The Lord can and will bring about His perfect plans for us and for you as we yield ourselves fully unto Him.