" Reaching The Harvest One Person At A Time "
SEIZING THE MOMENT
A Glimpse into an Extremely Important Moment in the Life of Jacob
Written By:Mike Shreve ( Shreve Ministries }
" Prayer Warrior "
One of the hardest things I had to learn as a sister in Christ was to love my spiritual sisters with the same unconditional love Christ has shown to me…
This test for me came when as the wife of a youth pastor, when a young lady one day just all of a sudden showed up at my door step, needing someone to council her with a problem she was facing in her life, now keep in mind I did not know this young lady very well, I had only seen her as she had attended our church only a few times, now she was a reputable young lady, not so much on the good side if you know what I mean…but as I sat there listening to her pour her heart out in sharing, I became extremely aware that I was going to have to overcome any and all preconceived ideas about her and pray that God would allow me to see her through His eyes of compassion and I already knew it was not going to be an easy task.
This was one of a many times I had ask God to help me see only through His eyes, for if I looked in the eyes of the natural all I was able to see was the shortcomings and failures of those God placed in my path for me to nurture and pray for.
Many of them whose life was in turmoil or facing challenges or failure and some of them just searching for God in their own life now today are like my very own sister, but each one of these people were strategically placed in my life by God to teach me how to love, encourage, and cherish a sister, even if she’s not a perfect one.
How do we deal with challenging sisters good and bad that God allows us to come into our path?
WHEN FACING CHALLENGING SISTERHOOD, AND SEEING THE RESULTS OF GOD’S HAND AT WORK
TO BRING GODLY RESULTS AND PRODUCE THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST:
Read the book of Esther, and meditate upon some of these key insights:
1. Know you are part of God’s plan
2. Do not try to wiggle out.
3. Always do the right thing.
4. Claim His grace and guidance.
5. Take advantage of opportunities.
6. Commit the results to God.
3. Use common sense. How did Esther react to the problem? Read the story of Esther and see how God used her so beautifully to bring about His glory in a situation that she herself had no control over but could be used as a tool to bring restoration and deliverance for her people.
a. Right clothes. "Put on her royal apparel" (5:1).
b. Right place. "Stood in the inner court."
c. Right approach. "Touched the top of the scepter."
d. Right preparation. "Come to a banquet."
e. Right people. "Let the king and Haman come."
f. Right enticement. "Come again tomorrow night."
Sometimes God wants to use us as His tool to bring such deliverance and restoration in people’s lives.
We must not be so quick to walk away from those who may be a little and sometimes even a lot different than we are.
Sometimes God places us in specific scenarios for a reason, just as His time and purpose for Esther was perfectly planned in God’s timing to bring about a mighty deliverance for His children.
E. HERE ARE SOME PRACTICAL TAKE AWAYS:
1. God works behind the scenes when we face problems, for ourselves or in helping others.
2. When we can’t control the circumstance, but we can control the way we respond to them and how attentive we are to seek God for His plan in this scenario.
3. Our response can demonstrate God’s love and care that will bring about a Godly transformation in the life of others as well as a teaching tool in our own life that we may gain Godly wisdom and learn to show His unconditional love.
4. We need help when facing trying circumstances, and we must learn to offer that help to others, for this defines “ A SISTER LOVING A SISTER “.
As A Mother: Even as a mother, some of these same principles need to apply, one of the hardest things for a parent is to do is to leave their child in the hands of their heavenly father, we as parent like to keep them in our hands for we feel safer that way thinking we can protect them.
When in all actuality in the hands of our heavenly Father they are divinely protected as the apple of His eye.
When we know and truly believe that He loves them it's easy to trust Him with their care after we know we have done our part as a Godly parent in leadership, in teaching them His Word, and in the spiritual battle of warfare we have brought them to God in prayer.
Our children today are faced with many challenges today that can sometimes overwhelm them.
The world today as a whole is filled with sin and darkness, and yet we as mothers must teach our children the principles of scripture that will allow them to be the light that shines brightest in some of the darkest times known to man.
Prayer is a powerful tool, that is free to everyone, and that is most assuredly the match that lights the fire for the cleansing fire of God, and the power to break down the many strongholds of the enemy.
In our busy lifestyles sometimes we fail to find the time to pray and this is the biggest wedge satan is using to make us weak christians. For it is in the power of prayer, and Godly living that can bring us to miraculous results we desire from God.
Daniel surely caught a glimpse of the importance of prayer, when tested still remained faithful to pray, and the enemy thought he had him when he was thrown into that lion's den, but our God who is always faithful, brought Daniel out alive.
As a woman today let us heed that heavenly call to prayer that will in turn ready us to engage in the battle.
My prayer is today Lord that you will help me remember all timing is Your timing, O Father. Sometimes we wonder and just can’t find rhyme nor reason for the situations of the moment, but you give peace when we yield to You.
When sorrow or trials or fear or danger stop me in my tracks, help me, Father, to understand that Your ways are not my ways” and my timing is not perfect. Help me prepare and take time to come into Your presence.
And help me to see my child or my sister who is in this season of trial and testing and remember the grace you have shown me as I extend that same love and grace to them.
Lord don’t allow me to begrudge them, when their challenges and difficulties begin to weigh me down also as I bear with them the burden they are carrying for sometimes God I must understand that you placed me there in that specific season of their life to help bare the load they are carrying on their shoulders.
Lord also, help me to understand that you have called me to stand in the gap, in prayer, in love, and in action.
You have called each one of us to be prayer warriors, tearing down strong holds, that many of them may be facing, and standing with them in faith that they may have the strength to overcome any challenge.
Bringing them the encouraging Word of God, that they may be equipped to overcome the crippling darts of the enemy.
For we understand Lord that today more than any other time in history we are in spiritual warfare and our enemy today is lying in wait to destroy all of those he can bring down through the deception of sin and failure.
But Lord you have called us to stand together sister with sister, mother with daughter, woman to woman, we have been bound together in the mighty strength of Love and the Power of the Holy Spirit that we may bring down the strongholds of satan in our homes, in our communities, and in our cities, in our nations.
Oh Lord make us ready, make us willing and most of all make us obedient to hear your call to woman all over the world.
Help us hear your call today.
So Lord if I began to react in selfishness I may not learn the lesson of
“ UNCONDITIONAL LOVE “ that you are trying to teach me.
Jesus, thank You for being my Heavenly Father.
Thank You for placing me in the right family and for using me to serve You.
I want to be beautiful inside and out , like Esther, and useable in Your timing to make a difference.
Thank you for every challenging moment I had to endure with my “ SISTERS “ as you were teaching us what it means to love “UNCONDITIONALLY “ like You.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!