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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Solemn Charge

"I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction" (1 Timothy 4:1-2).

A pastor needs to preach and a faithful pastor will find a way to do so. When reporters questioned Pastor Paul Thompson on Monday his reply to them was brief, "2 Corinthians 4:7-18," but for his family and his congregation back home - who have been unable to receive andy word from him - it was a sermon. A sermon meant to exhort them to trust God and be at peace...and it succeeded. It not only reached those who are close to the missionaries, it reached those of us who are watching and praying from the sidelines as well.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you. But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE," we also believe, therefore we also speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Lord,
I pray that You, who are able to turn the hearts of kings, will turn the heart of this judge - that the truth will prevail and the missionaries will be acquitted and released so that they can come home to their loved ones. I pray that through this trial You will let Your light be seen and that You would be pleased to draw many to the truth of Your Son, Jesus Christ. I pray that You will soften hard hearts and open blind eyes. I pray that all of this would happen according to Your perfect will.
Amen

2 comments:

THE OLD GEEZER said...

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Becky, slave of Christ said...

Thanks for stopping by and your kind words, Ron. God bless you as well.