During the past several months, the American people have been wondering what our nation’s ultimate role will be in the civil war being waged in Syria. Things in that country escalated recently, and in a very bad way, when chemical weapons were used by the government against the people in Syria. It appears that most Americans don’t want to see our military involved in another ground war in the Middle East. But the use of chemical weapons by a deranged leader in Syria can’t go unchallenged. In my opinion, to do nothing would be a tragic mistake. Doing the right thing, however, must only come after careful planning and negotiations have taken place. We certainly don’t need a politically motivated decision. Neither do we need opposition to any plan of action by President Obama that is partisan in nature. We badly need unity in dealing with this critically important and extremely sensitive issue.
The world is filled with problems – wars and economic uncertainty, droughts, floods, fires, disease and poverty, broken homes and terrorism – and sometimes it seems things are totally out of control. Folks from all walks of life, and all ideologies, have their own theories, ideas and plans on how to make things better. But sometimes, it seems the harder we try, things just seem to get worse.
Perhaps we can all learn more about how to deal with life’s problems by reading some of the words of the Apostle Paul. As we either already know, or will learn by reading, Paul lived in an age filled with severe problems, trials and tribulations. He also encountered many problems of his own after he became a follower of Jesus. But Paul was aware of the only real answer to life’s problems. He knew that the power of God provided the answer in his day and fortunately for us that’s still true today. Paul knew this power to be real and that it can answer prayers, meet human needs and literally change lives. But Paul also knew that many Christians fail to experience the true depth of this awesome power. He understood that while a spiritual dimension is available to every Believer, it takes a revelation of God in our lives to make this dimension real and truly meaningful.
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul prayed that God would give each person a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him; that God would help each to recognize the hope of His calling and that they would realize the inheritance that came because of a personal relationship with Jesus. Grasping the greatness of God’s power and acknowledging that this power is not for just a select few is very important. The power is available to anyone who believes in Jesus and is filled with the Holy Spirit. It’s said in Acts 1:8 that we shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us. That’s as true as anything we will ever hear.
The bottom line is – regardless of all of the world’s problems, trials and tribulations – we can’t be discouraged. We can’t let our lives be dominated by concern, worry or fear. We must ask God to give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation and a spirit of courage and conviction. We can rest assured that God is always available to us and always ready to help us in times when unexpected trials and tribulations occur – and they will. But remember that His promises are true. If we seek God diligently, He will unlock a vast spiritual dimension for us. The following prayer was sent to me last month by my good friend, Corky Hawthorne, and I felt it was quite appropriate for this issue.
Lord, give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation. Help me to receive the full inheritance You have prepared for me and the exceedingly great power You’ve given me in the Holy Spirit! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
That’s a very good ending for this section of the report. I wish for each of our readers, their families, friends, and co-workers a blessed Fall of the year.
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