Friday, September 14, 2012

Promises - Power

This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

Psalms 34:6-7

Today’s promise reminds me that eternal reality exists today – as well as tomorrow.  Too often we act is if the Power that promises life after death is too puny to help us today.  As we walk through this life, the LORD surrounds believers with His holy angels.  Salvation is for eternity, but it is also for today.  Deliverance of our souls is the goal of our faith; but God delivers us in our present reality as well.

When our hearts reverently look to the LORD, we need not fear earthly troubles.  When we seek to face our present troubles on our own, they loom to enormous sizes.  Looking at the challenges we face blinds us to the presence and power of God.  Like Elisha’s prayer for his servant, we must ask God to open our eyes to the angels surrounding us.    Fixing our eyes upon the LORD—and His provisions--reminds us of His power and promises to deliver us.  It does not mean problems miraculously disappear; instead, the problems present opportunities for the glory of the Lord to be seen.  The right perspective of our problems, our resources and the guaranteed victory grants us courage and purpose.

Scripture tells us our inheritance as believers rests secure in heaven.  That which we entrust to the Lord produces eternal results but it also produces earthly results.  Those truths flow from another truth:  the inheritance already received by those who accept Christ.  The Spirit of God condescends to dwell in the humble heart of believers.  Living upon that inheritance is the key to eternal rewards! The very power that raised Jesus from the grave lives with us today producing deliverance for those who believe.

Facing our troubles secure in the Lord’s provision and power releases His Spirit to work in the world around us.  Nothing we do in this world on our own produces eternal fruit.  Facing our struggles independently is foolish.  It produces only fear and failure.  The world needs to see Jesus.  Our struggles are an opportunity for them to do so.  Running to Jesus, allowing His angels to surround us, and His power to fill us, gives others a glimpse of His glory.

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