Care Corner

Pray With Joy For One Another

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Author: Deb Clark
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Philippians 1:3-6
 
This particular greeting from Paul to the Philippians was a special one because he wanted them to know that even though he wasn’t right there with them, he was praying for them with joy! Paul’s attitude of joy in praying for the believers is one that we can take and apply to our prayer life as well.
 
He was assuring them that it was a partnership in carrying the gospel forward and that God would see them through everything they were doing to spread the Good News.
 
What about our attitude when we are praying for one another? Do we seek to pray with joy for others? Maybe we have a person in our life or ministry who really rubs us the wrong way – are we able to pray with an attitude of delight or gladness for that individual?
 
Praying with joy means…
  • taking a look at your own heart and asking God to give you that attitude of joy and gladness
  • asking the person or persons you are praying for how you can best intercede for them
  • writing them notes of encouragement to let them know you are grateful for the privilege of praying for them
Take a moment to ask the Lord who you should be praying for with joy in your life and then connect from the heart!

Share:

Care Corner

Being Relentless

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Author: Deb Clark
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25
 
My sister and I are pretty close in age. I was one year behind her in school. We shared a bedroom but there were times when we each needed our own space. Sometimes I would purposely provoke her into an argument just to get her stirred up! Nice sister – right? Actually, we laugh about those times now but sometimes I could be relentless in irritating my sister!
 
What does this have to do with Hebrews 10:24? Paul is encouraging us to be relentless as we urge other believers around us to show benevolence to one another as well as to do acts of kindness for each other. He reminds believers to hold on tight to the hope we profess (Christ) and to continue fellowshipping together.
 
What are some ways we can spur each other on?
  • Praying for each other
  • Speaking words that are kind and encouraging
  • Being honest with one another
  • Working alongside of others to help them know what they should be doing
  • Modeling Christ’s benevolence for others

 

Share:

Care Corner

Confidence, Comfort & Courage

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Author: Deb Clark

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8

While reading Deuteronomy 31, it was quite clear that God was changing the guard so to speak, from Moses to Joshua. Moses says in verse 2 that he was now 120 years old and that the Lord had told him that he would not be the one to lead the people across the Jordan River. This would not happen because of an incident that happened at Kadesh (Numbers 20:1-13). He told them that God would use Joshua to guide the Israelites into the land of Caanan!

Moses did not just lay out God’s plan but he proclaimed that they would not be alone – that the Lord would give them the confidence, comfort and courage to move forward to an uncertain future.

Sometimes we may be in this same position in life and ministry. We may be searching for the next direction or plan of how we can minister more effectively but we are afraid to take that step. Be encouraged that you are not alone. God walks beside you each step of the way. He is the one who gives us the confidence, comfort and courage to step outside of our comfort zone and move forward.

Commit to Him your concerns, fears and anxieties and trust Him because He desires to lead you to the promised land!

Share:

Care Corner

Having A Grasshopper Perspective

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Author: Deb Clark

In Numbers 13-14, Moses sent twelve men to explore the land of Canaan which was the land that God had promised to the Israelites. The men went to observe what the people and land were like and then returned with their report. Here is some of what they said:

“We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”

Are you beginning to get the picture?

Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, ” We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size…We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” 

A grasshopper in this passage represents something that is small and inferior and the ten men used the small insect to compare themselves to the powerful and strong people they observed in the land of Canaan. A key phrase that revealed their human perspective was when they said, ”we seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes.” They were focused on themselves and so their observations became skewed. They failed to recognize that it wasn’t about them but about God and His power. They weren’t connecting with the fact that the Lord would go before them and give them the land even if there were giants living there! A grasshopper perspective can cause us to be narrow minded in our focus and keep us from seeing what God truly desires to do in our lives.

On the other hand, Joshua and Caleb gave an accurate report because they were looking at the situation from God’s perspective. They went on to report to the people:

“The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord.  And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” 

Question to think about: What are you facing in your ministry or life that seems overwhelming and what perspective will you choose?

Share: