Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Anthill

The Lord continues to lead us through our life in Japan, despite our many failures. In our time here we are constantly reminded by Him to trust in His faithfulness. I am so eager at times, yet I am weak in flesh to accomplish His will. (Matthew 26:41)
Recently as I was in prayer the Spirit asked me, "Where have you been placed?" and I answered internally saying, "In Japan, in Funabashi, in the Tsukada area." I continued further to reflect on the question, for in it is a divine purpose and direction. Often God will direct not by simple command, but by inquisition. As he said to Adam, "Where are you?" so to us he says many other questions that guide us to the path that is more righteous.
The word tsuka refers to a mound, den, layer, tomb, or is mostly is known for the word "aritsuka" which means anthill. Here is the key to the task the LORD has for us. After this connection was made the Holy Spirit quickly downloaded to me the details, saying, " You are an ant, nobody knows you and your influence is small, yet I have called you to this season to be an ant in an anthill. That you would work hard and store up your prayers in this season. "
So we are in an anthill and it is not by accident or even by disobedience. It is God's will for us in this season and I have no doubt that there is a great purpose for it and it is to be enjoyed in light of that purpose for the glory of God. So I give great thanks to my God for He has shown me the way and He is with me and my family together. Let us all rejoice in the path ahead, for with Christ there awaits an eternal glory and purpose that will never fade.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Learning to Overcome

As Christians we learn to put our trust and faith in our God, not in our own ability. When we find ourselves discouraged typically the source is found in a lack of trust in our Heavenly Father. God does indeed allow troubles for us, for our benefit even. These troubles force us to make a decision, a very conscious decision. To whom will we go in our times of trouble. Do we go to friends for comfort, or family, or posessions, or money, or food, or pleasure?
This is where the Christian learns to overcome! We overcome our troubles of heart, through our testimony. We find true lasting comfort in the remembrance of God in our lives: what He has done for us in our personal history and most of all, what was done on the cross of Calvary. It is in that place of remembrance our soul finds rest. We are set free from a troubled heart, when we lay our burdened heart at the cross of the Christ.
Revelation speaks of the ones who overcame the great tribulation, saying, "that they overcame by the word of their testimony and by the blood of the Lamb..." Revelation 12:11  This is our path to victory and we are daily learning to overcome every kind of trial and trouble of heart in this way. Without our testimony and without the blood of Christ over us, we will fail in any attempt to overcome evil in its many forms. May God grant you strength to overcome sin today!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Thank you to a Saviour

As I looked out my classroom window, I gazed upon the busy streets below and thought about the many thoughts these busy people must have. Many do not stop and reflect, much less, give thanks to the God of heaven for all their blessings. They are caught in a tide of commerce, social pressure, and vanity. So as I reflected on these things, I paused and gave thanks. I gave thanks because it is not my duty, but my joy! I stopped and gave thanks to God because it does not profit me or give me favor, but that He might be blessed by my gratitude.
In giving thanks to God, there is a powerful emotion released in our hearts. Contained in this emotional release is an abundance of joy, peace, and power. Giving thanks to our Saviour allows us to continue through the darkest seasons of life. For the apostle Paul wrote to "give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thess. 5:18.
For this is what separates us from the heathen, is that we are able to thank God and give Him glory. If we neglect our daily thanksgiving, we should heed this Word as a warning,"For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened." Rom. 1:21.

The darkest times in life may be quickly turned around by giving thanks and glorifying God with our praise. This is the way of the light, may we shine as we humbly continue to thank God. Though we may not posess much, in Christ we possess all things, though we may be stricken, we shall not be destroyed for we are God's eternal bride, let us enjoy the hope of our inheritance in Him today, never ceasing to give thanks to our beloved Saviour.
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