A month ago I was reading Isaiah chapter 6. It touched my heart to read The Lord asking, ”Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? ” Then Isaiah replied,” Here am I. Send me.” I began to pray and ask God to use me any way he wanted. I am willing to do anything you ask of me. Send me, Lord. Not knowing it may be something #1 I do not enjoy. #2 It may be something I’m not good at doing.
A few weeks later I received a phone call from the pastor asking me if I would preach on August 8th. As you know the churches have been closed so I told pastor David if we are open no problem but I can’t do a youtube video. Well as it was nearing the first of August I knew the church was not going to be open. As I pleaded with God too take this away. I knew the answer was NO, because It’s not about me. God wanted me to glorify him by sharing him with others.
If you would please go to YouTube. Oakdale SDA Church Feasting on God by Karen Guthrie. You will see a transformation of how in the beginning I was touching and fluffing my hair from seeing my reflection on the recording device. When all of a sudden it was like I wasn’t seeing myself any more. The Holy Spirit led me as if I was talking to hungry souls that wanted to hear more about Jesus our Lord and Savior. Praise God for the wonderful experience to Glorify God and to strengthen my relationship with Him.
“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, Nor will My covenant of peace be shaken,” Says the LORD who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10 AMP https://www.bible.com/1588/isa.54.10.amp
“So I bow in prayer before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth gets its true name. I ask the Father in his great glory to give you the power to be strong inwardly through his Spirit. I pray that Christ will live in your hearts by faith and that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide and how long and how high and how deep that love is. Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with the fullness of God. With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:14-21 NCV https://www.bible.com/105/eph.3.14-21.ncv
Have you been mistreated or bullied? Were you accused of something you didn’t do? It’s sad but true we all have at some time or another. It’s how we react to it that makes a difference. You can choose to mirror the behavior of people that disrespected, abused, and hurt you or Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
“To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.” Luke 6:27-30 MSG https://www.bible.com/97/luk.6.27-30.msg
Choose to ”kill them with Kindness” which is God’s love and kindness. Pray for them! Treat them how you want to be treated. Love them unconditionally. Let them see the power of Jesus through you.
This is a hard topic for most of us out there. It can be incredibly difficult to love and uplift someone who is unkind to us, let alone pray for them. I desperately want to be this way however and have to pray for God to touch my heart quite often. It’s natural for most to lash back saying something mean or doing something to pay that person back. God is asking us to do the opposite by loving and praying for those people. He even gave us the perfect example of how we should go about it. Jesus was ridiculed, beaten, spit on, and crucified on a cross. He died for our sins so that we could have eternal life and He prayed for all those who had persecuted Him along the way. Can we or do we possess that kind of power and courage? The answer is YES! God can give us the power to be stronger than we give ourselves credit for. If you are struggling with a bully at school or work, a stranger who approached you that is having a bad day or someone in your family who is causing problems, PRAY! Let’s pray together.” Heavenly Father I’d like to pray this morning for strength to pray for others, for the heart that you have and mind that you have for those out there who are lost and broken, full of anger and rage. We know that the devil is trying to consume them and are in need of your love and compassion. Help them to see you through us. Tell us how to best pray for them Lord and show us how we can love them more as you have shown us through your death on the cross. Please forgive them for their sins and trespasses. In Jesus name amen!”
“Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.” James 1:13-15 MSG https://www.bible.com/97/jas.1.13-15.msg
We can make sin out of anything. Even good things for example, computers, phones, television, medicine, cars, or material things in general. When your motive is prideful or evil or you put material things above God, that’s when we allow sin to grow.
“And He said, “Whatever comes from [the heart of] a man, that is what defiles and dishonors him. For from within, [that is] out the heart of men, come base and malevolent thoughts and schemes, acts of sexual immorality, thefts, murders, adulteries, acts of greed and covetousness, wickedness, deceit, unrestrained conduct, envy and jealousy, slander and profanity, arrogance and self-righteousness and foolishness (poor judgment).” Mark 7:20-22 AMP https://www.bible.com/1588/mrk.7.20-22.amp
“So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it! Jesus, staying true to God’s purposes, reached out in a special way to the Jewish insiders so that the old ancestral promises would come true for them. As a result, the non-Jewish outsiders have been able to experience mercy and to show appreciation to God. Just think of all the Scriptures that will come true in what we do! For instance: Then I’ll join outsiders in a hymn-sing; I’ll sing to your name! And this one: Outsiders and insiders, rejoice together! And again: People of all nations, celebrate God! All colors and races, give hearty praise! And Isaiah’s word: There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse, breaking through the earth and growing tree tall, Tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope! Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!” Romans 15:7-13 MSG https://www.bible.com/97/rom.15.7-13.msg