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Put Faith in Action During a Crisis

This morning I happened to come across the prayer journal I was keeping during a very difficult time about five years ago when I lost my job. That’s what I want to share with you today.

If you’re in a crisis situation, if you’re worried or anxious, there is something you can do. Put your faith in action! That means actually doing something. It means exerting energy! It’s not just hoping things will work out as you go about your days all worried and upset. Put your faith in action by taking these steps:

  1. Take notes as you study your Bible. In a journal, write down every Scripture that speaks to you and your situation.
  2. Write out your prayers.
  3. Incorporate the Scriptures into your prayers.
  4. Date your entries.

Faith starts with Truth entering your mind. You read a Scripture, you think about it, and you respond. For example, let’s say you are reading your Bible and you come to this passage:

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” Ephesians 3:20

Write it down in your journal. Meditate on it. Write it into your prayer like this:

Dear Lord, I believe you are able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine.

Following are some more prayer segments that I copied from my journal along with the Scripture references they came from.

“I will not be anxious about anything. Instead I will pray and petition you, Lord, making my requests to you with thanksgiving. The peace of God that transcends all understanding will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. I am thankful for ……” from Philippians 4: 6

Lord, you are close to the broken-hearted and save those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but you deliver him from them all.” (Psalm 34:18-19)

When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3)

“I cast my care on you, for you sustain me.” (Psalm 55:22

You make all things work together for good for those who love you. I love you. I thank you for all the times you have already kept this promise to me.” (Romans 8:28)

You are my rock and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. Your faithfulness will be my shield and rampart.” I will not fear the unknown. (from Psalm 91)

“Because I love you, you will rescue me. You will protect me for I acknowledge your name. When I call upon you, you answer me. You are with me when I am in trouble.” (from Psalm 91)

I made a decision to trust God by writing down all the Scriptures that applied to my situation. I read them daily and put my trust in God. The Lord took that which was bad (or it seemed bad to me) and he worked it together for good!

Prayer is our declaration of dependance on God.”

david jeremiah

Put your faith in action today! God is faithful.

With Love, 

Cindy

(This is a repost from 2020)

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Scriptures are taken from the NIV.

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Friday’s Verse, 10/8/21

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 NIV Read full chapter

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A Verse for Meditation, 10/7/21

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NIV Read full chapter

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Quote of the Week, 10/6/21

Faith is … Remembering I am God’s priceless treasure when I feel utterly worthless.”

Pamela Reeve

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Tuesday’s Verse, 10/5/21

“For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
    I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13 NIV Read full chapter

With Love, Cindy

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Monday’s Verse, 10/4/21

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4 NLT Read full chapter

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Sunday’s Memory Verse, 10/3/21

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 NIV Read full chapter

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Have You Been Offended?

Have you ever been offended by someone or had your feelings hurt? I’m pretty sure we could all say “Yes!”

One morning, many years ago, I arrived at the women’s Bible study I attended only to discover they were having a pot luck and no one had told me about it. It really hurt my feelings. I felt left out and angry. I went home offended.

My Bible study teacher recognized what was happening. The next time I saw her, she handed me an index card with this Scripture written on it:

“A person’s wisdom yields patience;
    it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11 NIV

I had never read that verse before. God was teaching me something new. I didn’t know it then, but it would be life changing.

One of Satan’s favorite ways to sabotage the work of the Church is to get Christians offended by one another. Maybe you were treated unfairly. Maybe someone did hurt your feelings. When you decide to overlook an offense you are defeating a scheme of the enemy!

“Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.” 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 NIV

One of my favorite Bible characters is King David. Before he became king, he endured many trials. His determination to know and obey God formed his character until he was ready to serve as the king

One of the things he had to learn was to overlook offenses. There are many lessons to be learned from the story of David and Goliath. But I want to point out that before David slew the giant, he had three opportunities to be offended. How might this story have turned out differently if David would have given in to self-pity, hurt feelings, anger and resentment?

First, his brothers insulted him. David asked the men standing near him,

“What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.”

When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

“Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?”  He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. 1 Samuel 17:26-30 NIV

Next, David is insulted by King Saul.

David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”

Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” (vs.32-33)

Finally, the giant insults David.

Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!” (vs. 41-44)

As most of us know, David killed the giant. David didn’t stand up for himself or justify himself. He overlooked the offenses and defeated the giant.

“Fools show their annoyance at once,
    but the prudent overlook an insult.” Proverbs 12:16 NIV

Once we understand that unforgiveness, anger, and resentment are the ploy of the enemy to stop us, we can rise up and refuse to be offended. We must not nurse the grudge or feed the hurt.

Refusing to be offended by other people is actually an act of mature love. The more love you have in your heart, the harder it is for someone to personally offend you. The less love you have in your heart, the more insecure you feel and the easier it is to offend you.

Pastor Rick Warren

The next time you’re offended or hurt (especially if it happens at church), recognize it for what it is: the enemy’s trick! Love overlooks the offense!

For a deeper understanding of dealing with offenses, read this excellent article by Pastor Rick Warren. Love Overlooks Offenses

With Love, Cindy

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Friday’s Verse, 10/1/21

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 NIV Read full chapter

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Verses for Meditation, 9/30/21

” … Rather train yourself for godliness;  for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4: 7-8 ESV (Emphasis mine) Read full chapter

With Love, Cindy

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