We have a God who says He will be our God and our Guide to the end not just halfway through but to the end.
We make choices to trust God, to wait on God, to obey God, to stick with God, to remain faithful when everything in us wants to quit and run.
Holding His faithfulness, we may face, with calm and sober but confident assurance of victory, every difficulty and danger. We may count on grace for the work, on pecuniary aid, on needful facilities, and on ultimate success. Let us not give Him a partial trust, but daily, hourly serve Him, holding God’s faithfulness.
All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired, although not in the hour or in the measure, or the very thing which they ask. Yet they will obtain something greater and more glorious than they had dared to ask.
Let us also take up our positions to intercede for our leaders. God never intended that congregations would not participate in their leaders protection and inspiration. Your leadership reflects, at least in part, the answer to your prayers. Unprayed for pastors are vulnerable to the battle in unique ways. If you haven’t stood in intercession, perhaps you are, at least in part, a contributor to his stumbling.
God’s silence is in no way indicative of His activity or involvement in our lives. He may be silent but He is not still.
God has called us to shine, just as much as Daniel was sent into Babylon to shine. Let no one say that he cannot shine because he has not so much influence as some others may have. What God wants you to do is to use the influence you have. Daniel probably did not have much influence down in Babylon at first, but God soon gave him more because he was faithful and used what he had.
From the tiny birds of the air and from the fragile lilies of the field, we learn the same truth…God takes care of His own…. At just the right moment, He steps in and proves Himself as our faithful heavenly Father.
We must be convinced that there are no such things as “Christian principles.” There is the Person of Christ, who is the principle of everything….if we wish to be faithful to Him, we cannot dream of reducing Christianity to a certain number of principles,…the consequences of which can be logically deduced. This tendency to transform the work of the Living God into a philosophical doctrine is the constant temptation of theologians,….they transform the action of the Spirit which brings forth fruit in themselves into an ethic, a new law, into “principles” which only have to be “applied.”
God does not require a man to have one talent, three talents, or five talents. He only requires that a man be faithful with whatever he has been given.