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I Corinthians 10:13 ” No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

“If it’s not broke, why fix it.”  Why should Satan have to change his tactics when it’s so easy to entice humans through their senses.  Nowadays,  we are constantly bombarded by a sensory overload that attempts to seduce us through what we see, hear, and feel emotionally.  Temptation  is so prevalent on TV, in movies, the Internet, and Social Media, that we can become apathetic and almost indifferent to that still small voice that whispers, “This is wrong.”   For temptation will remain only a temptation…as long as you don’t act on it.

II Samuel 7:18-19 ” Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: ‘Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that You have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in Your sight, O Sovereign Lord, You have also spoken about the future of the house of Your servant.’ “

The Lord calls you to do His work and instead, you balk.  You feel incapable, inept, and unfit for the job.  Wonderful!  You’re in great company!  Here King David, a man after God’s own heart, lamented…”Who am I Lord to be used by You?”  When God called Moses, all he could do was make excuses and ask, “Who am I?” (Exodus 3:11)   Isaiah, when called, could only fixate on his own sinfulness and unclean lips, not on what God was commissioning him to do.(Isaiah 6:5)  Jeremiah tried to justify not obeying the Lord by claiming he was too young to preach. (Jeremiah 1:6)  And Ezekiel when called,  just got angry. (Ezekiel 3:14)  Realize that you are not alone when you feel unworthy and unqualified for the plan God has laid out before you. He would not have called you if He wasn’t absolutely certain you were the best one for the job.  Please understand that the Lord isn’t asking you to do it alone…He’ll be with you every step of the way…He’s only asking for your obedience.

Luke 21:1-4 ” As He looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the Temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. ‘I tell you the truth,’ He said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’

Giving…whether it be money, time or talents is a real stumbling block for many Christians.  We tend to be a selfish, self-centered people…when the Lord wants us to be generous.  We want to be recognized and honored for anything we do…when the Lord requires discretion. (Matthew 6:1-4)  We give the Lord  left-overs…rather than, like the poor widow, giving all we have.

Jonah 1:17 ” But the Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.”

God has an uncanny way of getting our attention…of controlling situations until suddenly we find  the walls closing in around us.  And most times, we’re there because of our own disobedience.  We’re self-absorbed and engrossed in the idols of this world…or we’re preoccupied  and fixated on what others think of us rather than God.  Either way,  we end up in dire circumstances with no way out.  And as the old saying goes, “Sometimes you have to end up in the gutter to finally look up.”  Jonah was running from the Lord in disobedience, when God got his attention by confining him in the belly of a fish for three days.  Three long days to think about what he had done…three long days to repent, relent, and be restored.  Have no doubt about it, if you’re running from the Lord today, He will get your attention sooner or later.

Acts 2:46-47 ” Every day they continued to meet together in the Temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their numbers daily those who were being saved.”

Unity and mutual care for one another…that’s what the early Church did on a daily basis.  With steadfastness and faithfulness to the Gospel, they walked out their lives in very practical but focused ways.  They approached each day with open hands and open hearts…looking for needs and filling them.  The early Church was centered around goodwill towards others…of encouragement and sharing…of loving one another.  And the Lord added to their numbers daily.  For people saw the Gospel being played out in front of them and they wanted what these Believers had.  The world is still looking for that today…for care, and compassion…for love and acceptance.    For the Church of the present has the same responsibility and opportunity to impact the world for Christ as the early Church did…maybe even more.

Ephesians 2:12-13 ” Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.”

We were all once,  “…without hope and without God in the world.”  We were separated from Him by a chasm so deep and wide… there was no way of getting across by ourselves.  In this bleak darkness our desperation grew, and we felt the hopelessness of being abandoned.  But God then provided the bridge across that vast chasm…it was in the shape of a Cross.  The gracious gift of redemption and reconciliation was bound to this Cross as the blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ, ran down it.  Yes, we were all once hopeless and cut off from God…but then God built a bridge for us…in the shape of a Cross.

Psalm 131:1-3 ” My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, both now and forever more.”

Have troubles gone beyond the bounds of your human strength…put your hope in the Lord.  Have all your expectations, desires, and dreams crumbled before your eyes…put your hope in the Lord.  Are you in the middle of an impossible situation with no seemingly way out…put your hope in the Lord.  For God can perform wonders that cannot be fathomed and miracles that cannot be counted. (Job 5:9)  He is the God of the unattainable, the unsolvable, and the hopeless…for He is the God of the impossible, and nothing is too hard for Him. (Genesis 18:14)