Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- June 21, 2010
“God is with us; he is our leader. His priests with their trumpets will sound the battle cry against you. Men of Israel, do not fight against the Lord, the God of your fathers, for you will not succeed.” 2 Chronicles 13:12
I am either for God or against God. There is no in between. If I ignore God I am against Him. If my words honor God, but my actions do not follow then I am against Him. If I am against those whom God is with, I am against God. Resisting God is not a smart place to be. It is much wiser to join God than to resist God. Joining Jesus brings joy!
We prayerfully discover where God is working and join Him. We resign ourselves from resistance to God and instead align with His will. There is no better place than to be partnered with God and His people. He is the pilot and we are the co-pilots. He is the owner and we are the managers. He is the King and we are His servants. He is our heavenly Father and we are His children. He is with us, as He sends us out on His behalf.
“After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them” (Acts 16:12).
Join Him at church and worship Him with his people. Saints and sinners alike will welcome you. We are all fellow strugglers on a joint mission with Jesus. Join Him in your marriage. No marriage has ever regretted placing Christ as the focal point. He is the stabilizer and perspective needed for a husband, wife and child to flourish.
Join Him while you are stretching your mind in college. As you love Him with your mind, His wisdom will impregnate your thinking with good, pure and productive thoughts. You will be wise beyond your years for His purposes. Join Him in your business pursuits. You will be surprised how He can lead you to the right deals and help you craft and execute the perfect plans. Join Him in a vision much bigger than yourself. Pray for a vision that unless God pulls it off, it certainly will not happen. Joint venture with Jesus.
Stop meddling with mediocre projects that man can pull off without the Lord. Ask instead, where is He working? Join Him. By faith you can ride on the wave of His wonder. Wake up and do not waste His precious time. You may be fighting a battle He has already won. Or, you may be laboring in a field He has already left. Boldly go where no man has gone, but where God is gathering a critical mass of like-minded disciples.
Our prayer is not for God to be on our side, but for us to be on His. He is working in ways way beyond what we could envision, think up, or figure out. Through intense prayer and with His faithful followers, let’s join them and watch Him work. Otherwise we are sleeping with the enemy and just messing around biding our time. Seek out divine endeavors, then join Him and hang on for the ride. There is nothing like the Lord’s leverage, 100 fold, which can influence an entire world for Jesus Christ. So by faith, join Him today!
“Many nations will be joined with the LORD in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you” (Zechariah 2:11).
Where is the Lord calling me to leave my comfort zone for Christ’s sake and join Him?
Related Readings: 1 Chronicles 16:10-11; Matthew 8:22; Acts 12:8; 1 Timothy 1:3
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