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Is God Impressed? 

The post was originally posted at Daily Manna by Marandia Wright.

1280x1024_mountain_top-1398227“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:10‬ ‭

Do you take pleasure in your strengths? In your skills, abilities, or talents? In finances, friends, social supports, programs, or agendas? In your education, intellect, understanding, or manipulations? Or do you, as Paul did, take pleasure in your weaknesses, lacks, and infirmities?

You see, the modern Christian often thinks they need to be successful to serve God with their successes. When in reality, God is not impressed. Our greatest possible successes could not even begin to impress the architect of the universe.

“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” – Matthew‬ ‭24:1-2‬ ‭

God sees the big picture of time and eternity. He is not concerned with our petty playing and empty empire building anymore then a ruler might be concerned about a toddler building a sand castle at low tide. He knows it will all soon be washed away.

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” – 2 Peter‬ ‭3:10-12‬ ‭

No God is not at all impressed with our big churches, our nice homes, our landscaping, our fancy stages, our flashy lights, or even our large crowds. There is only one thing that impresses God, and that is faith. Why? Because true faith proves to God that we are not impressed by these things either, but rather recognize that they fail to even register on the scale of comparison to what He can build and do. No God is not impressed with anything that we can do, He is impressed when we impress upon Him the recognition of how much more He can do then what we can.

In this, Paul chose to glory more in what he could not do, in what he did not have, and in what he did not know, knowing that in all that he lacked, God was more able to miraculously shine forth through him, His own great limitless divinity! For only in the areas that Paul was weakest was God’s strength made most evident.

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭

No He is not impressed with eloquent speech, He is impressed with a tongue tied stuttering man named Moses who trusted what God told him enough to stand before the greatest armies of the earth and say, “let my people go”. No He is not impressed with large followings, He is impressed with a faithful preacher who preached his whole life and never saved anyone outside of his own wife and kids Named Noah, who trusted what God told him enough to keep preaching an un-excepted, unappreciated, and unpopular message of repentance and judgment all the while building and setting before them the only way of escape. No He is not impressed with money or possessions, He is impressed with a homeless, diseased, grieving Job who trusted Him enough to say, “yet though You slay me, still will I serve You!” No He is not impressed by prestige or strength, He is impressed by an old man named Abraham trusting what He told him enough to lay down what meant most in the world to him. To give up land, life, and promise trusting in God’s faithfulness and ability to give more back then he could ever hope to lay down.

No He is not impressed with anything that we can come up with to do of our own understanding, effort, logic, or labor; or else He would have been impressed with Cain’s crop, and He wasn’t. He is only impressed when we trust what He tells us to do, this is why He was impressed with Abel’s sacrificial lamb. No He is not impressed with our achievements, He is only impressed by His, and by our acknowledgement that His are far better then ours could ever hope to be.

“For I (Paul) am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:9-10‬ ‭

“….for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.” – Luke‬ ‭9:48‬ ‭

“Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high, Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people. He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.” – Psalms‬ ‭113:5-9‬ ‭

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Announcement! 

Happy Monday Beautiful People!

We’re creating a whatsapp group of Christian bloggers – a platform where Christian bloggers will work together to promote the art of blogging and encouraging each other on our way as we spread the Gospel.

We will share our new articles to the group, follow each other, support and encourage each other, sharpen our minds, and make friends.

Do you use whatsapp? Are you a Christian blogger?

Comment below, we will love to have you! 

Thank you,

M R Charles

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Prayer For This Week! 

Father God, in the name of Jesus Christ, we put our arms out to you, trusting that you will catch us, and believing that You will uphold us in all things.
Father, we thank you for the gift of life, we thank you for gift of salvation, we thank you for your divine protection, we thank you for your tender mercies, and your unfailing love.

Father, Your nature never changes, without faith it is impossible to please You, You’re the God who was, the God who is and the God who always will be. You’re the Mighty God, the King of Glory, the Father of eternity. You’re Prince of prince, the promise giver and the promise fulfiller. At the sound of Your name, mountains will bow down and the seas will roar.

Father, we want to put in your hands this week we’re going to start, I pray that we will be energized, and give us strength to be able to work for the glory of your Kingdom. Oh Lord, I pray that you grant us your heavenly wisdom so that we might live like your people, so that we might harvest righteousness and bring peace on earth. Lord, we pray that You satisfy the desires of our hearts, and continue to manifest Yourself in our lives. 

We want to walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing You in everything, and bearing good fruits of every work. Empower us with your Holy Ghost and give us boldness to speak and act for you in this dark world.

Oh Lord God, increase our thirst for You. Lord, we pray that You increase our hunger for You. May we never be content with where we are but may we ever desire to know You more and we seek to grow in the knowledge of Christ Jesus, in Jesus name we pray, Amen! 

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DISTRACTIONS

A red herring is the description of a smoked fish that turns red and becomes very smelly during the process.  The red herring was used to divert the attention of hunting dogs from the scent of an animal to the strong smell of the fish.  It was meant to lead them away from the job at hand.  When something is referred to as a red herring, it’s usually something specifically designed to set people off track and almost always consists of something very fishy.

As we watch the media unfold, day after day, we can’t help but wonder how much of what is out there bears any truth at all…

Read more on the link below

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Thursday Idiom! 

Happy Thursday beautiful people.

Recently, I decided I would make posts every week that covers not only spirituality but also some English language words and Christian apologetics.

A few days ago, I came across short articles by fellow bloggers. In these short articles, they have a new word everyday and their task is to use these words in sentences. I thought it’s a cool exercise to give a shot.

English is my second language, and despite my lack of time management skills, I would love to write short “posts” with English words/idioms and would love to receive correction and encouragement on the way.

I am trying not to procrastinate. So, I am starting right away!

Thursday’s idiom is “crux of the matter.”

“Crux of the matter” refers to the most important point of the issue.

For example:

John’s speech didn’t address the crux of the matter. He was too emotional and was overly concerned with his job.

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He Knew! 

“For He knew the one who was betraying Him …” (John 13:11)

“He KNEW.” Judas’ betrayal didn’t catch Jesus off guard. “HE KNEW” — all about it. So why did He allow it? Why didn’t He do something about it? Because even this evil that Judas was about to do, played into Jesus’ ultimate plan of redemption. Like all things, it was going to work together for good, for our salvation.

How comforting that should be to us in our own difficult situations today. God knows what is happening regarding us. He is not surprised by it. “He knows.” So then, we might be tempted to ask, why does He not do something about it? Perhaps He will. Or perhaps as in the case of Jesus here in John 13, maybe even the evil that is afflicting us or our loved ones, will, unbeknownst to us, somehow work together in His ultimate plan for good.

Our part in the mean time, as always, is to trust Him. In our situation today, as in His own in John 13, He knows!

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Glory of the Cross! 

“Let your faith rest in God. Though you may be in the midst of confusion and turmoil believe that God is good, and no matter how it looks He will do what is right in your life. It is foolish to be troubled when you know God is good, and His ways are right!

‘My God, I have never thanked Thee for my thorns. I have thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses, But not once for my thorns. I have been looking forward to a world where I shall get compensation for my cross: But I have never thought of my cross as itself a present glory. Teach me the glory of my cross: Teach me the value of my thorn. Show me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain. Show me that my tears have made my rainbow.'”

“Even Now” by Lee Shipp