Satan can’t keep God
but he will keep us
Satan can’t keep God
but he will keep us
Philippians 4:6, 7
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God,” Philippians 4:6.
“Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” ( 1 Thess. 5:17, 18).
God created mankind in His image that they might communicate and fellow-ship with Him. Many references in the Scriptures imply that we are to live prayerfully in daily life, mentally communicating with God as a lifestyle. There was a man who finally attended church with his wife and heard the preacher promise that, if we pray to God, He hears us. The next week he angrily confronted the preacher because he had left his headlights on at a football game and his car would not start. He had prayed and prayed for God to start the car with no result. The preacher asked him if he prayed to God at least once a day. He said, “No.” “Once a week?” “No.” “Once a month?” “No.” “That’s your problem. God heard your prayer; He just didn’t recognize your voice.”
How many Christians, going about their lives, keep God in the closet? Then, when something traumatic occurs, and they run out of resources, as a last resort, they consult God and even blame Him for picking on them. “What have I done to deserve this”? When a Christian stays in constant fellowship with his Creator, his life is aimed in the right direction. Then the believer makes decisions that are anointed by the Holy Spirit because he is seeking God’s will in his daily life.
Time spent worrying is time wasted.
“Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come,” Psalm 71:18.
Ah, retirement: one thinks of sunny skies, warm weather, golf courses, cruises, life in the smooth lane. You have prepared and saved for it so why not enjoy the remaining years traveling, relaxing and enjoying life? Why? It is because there remains much work to do for the Lord.
Retirement can be a time of great accomplishment for the Lord’s work by using your job or hobby skills for Him. After retirement one is not bound by the workweek schedule and the time clock. This freedom can be used in many different ways for the Lord. Traveling to a mission field and being a substitute grandparent for a missionary family can be a wonderful blessing. Using your skills to do home or automotive repairs can help a tight mission budget.
If travel is not in your plans, but you have teaching skills that you can use, why not use them as a ministry in your church? Organizing and teaching cooking/baking, sewing, budgeting or other life skills to interested youth or adults in fellowship/family life hall can demonstrate the love of Christ. Do not be shy, speak with your pastor and church and get going using your talents for the Lord. Share what you know and be a blessing.
Retirement does not have to be a lonely time filled with doctor’s visits and concern over our latest ailment; it can be fulfilling and a blessing to share yourself with others.
“I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil,” John 17:15.
Early one bright and clear morning, the freckled-faced boy looked down at his poor, helpless, old dog. The dog had been his faithful companion for as long as he could remember, and, now, he had come to the end of his life. “Davy,” he said as he stroked the old dog’s whitened face, “I’m going to tell you the story my Sunday School teacher told us yesterday. It made me feel good and I hope it does the same for you.” Quietly, the aged dog lay still, for there was love and comfort in his boy’s voice.
In the innocent voice of the young boy, he began, “Jesus was about to go away and leave the good friends He had made on earth. He was sad to leave them but happy He had done what His Father had asked Him to do. One cool, quiet evening in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed for His friends. He asked God to keep them from evil. Davy, I know you love me because you kept me from stepping on that rattler two years ago, and you always walk me down the drive to catch the bus and wait for me to get home. Jesus loves His friends even more than that, Davy. He loved them so much that He prayed for them before He died to save them.” With that old Davy died.
Tears streamed down the boy’s face as he bowed his head and thanked the Lord for making dogs like Davy and for praying for boys like himself.
Yes, my friend, Jesus loves you so much He prayed for you even before you were born.
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints,” Ephesians 6:18.
One of the most important jobs in aviation happens in the control tower. Although all parties, from the ground crew to the pilot work together to have a successful flight, no one is more important than the person watching out for the aircraft.
Have we ever considered Christian warriors as similar to aircraft controllers? We have to be on guard twenty-four hours a day against Satan and his advocates. We must be hypersensitive to the activities of Satan and his sly wolves in sheep clothing tactics. In fact, we must always seek God’s guidance by the Holy Spirit through prayer. Certainly, we can never pray too much or too often for His guidance.
Likewise, everything we attempt to do should be saturated in prayer before hand, whether it pertains to personal, family, church, school or governmental matters. And shamefully, we often neglect this great and easily accessed benefit of being God’s children.
Additionally, we must pray for others in an effort to intercede in prayer on their behalf—praying for healing, spiritual strength and God’s guidance in their lives. It is our duty and our pleasure to pray for others.
We must always watch and pray!
Restraining prayer, we cease to fight. Prayer makes the Christian armor bright. And Satan trembles when he sees, the meanest saint upon his knees—Author unknown.
There is great joy in knowing the love of Christ. How often we allow our days to be hum-drum and boring when Christ has made available a tremendous overflowing river of joy to us. Our eyes are covered with scales that blind us to the wonderful things around us. We see, only meanness and evil around us because that is where we cast our eyes. We never see the opportunities.
My prayers have changed recently because I became knowledgable to my blindness. My prayers now include this phrase – “Lord, put opportunity in front of me so that I can do nothing but stumble over it and thereby recognize that joy full occasion to witness of you and to witness the great things you do.
Lord, may I stumble more each and every day.
6. Pray everyday. Reserve a time in your day to thank God for His many blessings and ask for His guidance.(Luke 18:1)
7. Do at least one Good Deed each day. Plant the seed of “goodness” and it will produce after its kind. (Acts 10:38)