By Dawn Bennett
Today I was driving and someone pulled out in front of me, and proceeded to drive extremely slow. My son then said…”why did he do that and why is he going so slow now!!” His tone was not a pleasant one ha. It made me think. Obviously we all know the importance of what we speak and do around our kids and also others. But what got me was his tone. Now he didn’t necessarily say anything wrong. It wasn’t like he started swearing at the driver in front of us, or started calling him names. But even our tone and not so pleasant words can cause major issues down the road. My son is ten, that’s a long way from driving time! If he gets upset now as a child watching me drive, how will he react when he is the driver? Our words and actions are so important. I don’t swear and yell as I drive (I don’t swear at all) but I do say stuff when a driver gets me upset, and really that may be just as bad. If we don’t set an example of kindness, patience, gentleness, long suffering and love as Galatians 5 tells us to, then how are we showing others Christ’s example. I know we cant all be perfect all the time. There may still be that occasional “what the heck are you doing?!?!” or “move out of the way” but this experience showed me we really need to be careful in all areas of life.
Colossians 3:17 says…”And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.” This verse says WHATEVER we do! Which even means driving. This does not only pertain to driving. It applies to any and all areas of our life.
Ephesians 4:32 says Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. And in James 1 it says to be doers of the Word. We can’t expect that our kids, friends and family will just hear what you have to say and follow it. We must also show them the way to act. The way the Bible says to, the way Jesus showed us. We have to be true doers of The Word. There are too many scriptures to list on the way to treat others and the way we should live as a Christian. I encourage you to search the scriptures out write or print them. Meditate on them. Declare them over your life that you can live as they say. Be the example that Christ has called you to be. It not only shows Christ through you to others, but you benefit greatly from living a life pleasing unto God.
By Dawn Bennett
Last week I challenged you to put time aside to pray for your loved ones, to fast for salvation and to be an example. This week I would like to continue to talk to you about praying and believing for others. But this time I want you to see that God will not only answer the prayers you pray for others. He will also answer prayers you have prayed for yourself, because of your faith for them.
We shouldn’t worry that our problems will get neglected just because we put our focus on others. Job 42:10 says “When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!” In the book of Job we read about all the terrible things that happened to him. Job’s story is the epitome of going through some storms. But at the end of the story we see that he took the time to pray for his friends. When he did, the Lord gave him what he needed. Not only did he get back what was taken from him, the Lord gave him twice as much! The Lord answered the prayers for his friends but did not stop there. He blessed Job and gave him the solution that he needed as well.
Mark 12:31 says …..’Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself’”. How much more can we love someone then to put their requests before God, before we even do that for ourselves. To pray them into the Kingdom, to pray for their healing, to pray for their struggles. This is One way to show true love for another.
The purpose of any struggle we go through is to bring glory to God. It then becomes a testimony for others. Our goal should be to bring that testimony to others to then help free them from their battle. When we pray for their issues it strengthens us to believe in faith for our own. It says in Philippians 2:3-4 “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interest, but take interest in others too.” Take the interest to pray for others! We are called to love others, and to put them first. When we don’t do that first, we are called selfish. We don’t have time to be selfish in this world. This world needs Christ. It is OUR responsibility! I wouldn’t want to find out that I didn’t go as far as I could, that I didn’t do everything possible for someone’s salvation. So I challenge you to carry them, to climb to that roof, to dig through it and bring them to Christ. Again I will say if not us then who?!
By Dawn Bennett
“When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:1-5
Not only is there a big world of people out there, we have friends and family just like this crippled man. They need Jesus! Not only for healing but most importantly to know God. To what extent are we willing to get them to HIM?
The men in this story went to a crazy degree to get their friend to Jesus. They were determined. They did whatever it took. Even if it meant climbing up onto a roof, digging through it and then lowering him down. They knew if they could just get him to Jesus, he would be healed. Jesus saw the faith in them, and because of that, He healed the man.
Do we do whatever it takes? That’s a scary question to ask if we are truly honest. I know we all have friends and family we want to be saved and healed. We say we are believing for them; we say we pray for them. But are we willing to climb, are we willing to dig through some stuff, are we strong enough to carry their weight and get them to Jesus? I don’t mean to condemn us; BUT I do want to challenge us!! There are too many people that need Christ! I challenge you put time aside to fervently pray for your loved ones. I challenge you to fast a meal for their salvation. I challenge you to be the example we are all called to be.
1 Timothy 2:1 says “I urge you, first if all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf and give thanks for them.”
We must intercede them, if not you then who?