VIDEO Prayer Now Considered “Misinformation” for Health – Only One Safe Place

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 1 Thessalonians 5:4

During the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793, Dr. Benjamin Rush refused to leave the city, feeling God had placed him there for such a time. He told his medical students, “As for myself, I am determined to remain. I may fall a victim to the epidemic, and so may you, gentlemen. But I prefer since I am placed here by Divine Providence, to fall in performing my duty… then to secure my life by fleeing from the post of duty allotted in the Providence of God.”[1]

Rush survived the plague and left us a lasting lesson. The safest place is always the center of God’s will. Plagues and pandemics come and go. Violence rises and falls. Evil goes from bad to worse. But when we are in the daily course of divine duty, we are shielded by our God—safe and secure from all alarm. The worst thing that can happen to us is the best thing—the Lord will take us to heaven. So don’t live in fear today. Follow the footsteps of the Savior.

Going through trials doesn’t mean I am outside of God’s will, but rather that He is with me, guiding me through them. Aline Mello


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Current Battles

If on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Philippians 3:15

When you plug in your toaster, you benefit from the results of a bitter feud from the late nineteenth century. Back then, inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla battled over which was the best kind of electricity for development: direct current (DC), like the current that goes from a battery to a flashlight; or alternating current (AC), which we get from an electrical outlet.

Eventually, Tesla’s AC ideas powered through and have been used to provide electricity for homes, businesses, and communities around the world. AC is much more efficient at sending electricity across great distances and proved to be the wiser choice.

Sometimes we need wisdom as we face issues of concern between believers in Jesus (see Romans 14:1–12). The apostle Paul called us to seek God’s help for clarity in such matters. He said, “If on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you” (Philippians 3:15). A few verses later, we see the results of two people who let a difference divide them—a conflict that grieved Paul: “I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord” (4:2).

Whenever a disagreement starts to tear us apart, may we seek God’s grace and wisdom in the Scriptures, the counsel of mature believers, and power of prayer. Let’s strive to “be of the same mind” in Him (v. 2).

By:  Dave Branon

Reflect & Pray

How can you apply God’s grace and wisdom to a current battle of personal preferences? Why is prayer vital as you face this conflict?

Dear God, life is complicated. I have a situation, and I’m not sure which way to go. Please help me discern, with the help of the Holy Spirit, what to do next.

Getting By or Thriving?

Psalm 119:9-16

In this age of technology, it’s difficult to keep up with the newest gadgets. For instance, some people learn the bare basics of how to operate a smart phone. But if they’d learn a bit more, they’d find the device more helpful. By limiting their knowledge, they miss the benefits the phone provides to make tasks easier.

Sometimes, we have this same problem in our Christian life. Scripture declares that when we come to faith in Jesus Christ, we are “new creations” (2 Cor. 5:17). In His Word, God has provided everything we need to know how to live as new creations, but we must grow in our knowledge of this new life.

Are you trying to live on the mere basics of God’s Word without digging deeper to uncover richer truths and insights? If so, you are limiting your spiritual growth and missing out on the benefits that come with greater understanding of God, His ways, and His desires. You may be getting by, but you’re not thriving as the Lord desires. It’s never too late to learn more and begin enjoying the benefits of your new life in Christ.

Who and What to Esteem

“Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.” (Hebrews 11:26)

We hear much today about the importance of self-esteem, with the implication that lack of self-esteem is the cause of many of the personal problems and antisocial activities of so many young people (and others as well) these days.

But this is not the biblical perspective. The problem really is too much self-esteem. The biblical command is that we should “in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3). The man Moses was once a prince of Egypt, probably in line to become the pharaoh, but he chose Christ and the people of God instead, “esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt” (today’s text).

Paul the apostle could have become the greatest teacher and leader in the religious/political life of his own Jewish people, but he said: “What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:7-8). In these verses, “count” is the same word in the original Greek language as “esteem.”

Similarly, the apostle James assures us that we should “count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations”—that is, trials that test your faith—“knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience” (James 1:2-3).

Therefore, if we would truly conform to the will of God for our lives, we should be esteeming others more than cultivating self-esteem in ourselves, esteem knowing and serving Christ more than all the riches and fame of the world, and esteem it a joyful privilege when we are enabled to grow more like Him through the trials and testings He permits us to share. HMM

It Was Good For Me To Be Afflicted

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Lord, You have treated Your servant well, just as You promised. Teach me good judgment and discernment, for I rely on Your commands. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. You are good, and You do what is good; teach me Your statutes. The arrogant have smeared me with lies, hut I obey Your precepts with all my heart. Their hearts are hard and insensitive, but I delight in Your instruction. It was good for me to be afflicted so that I could learn Your statutes. Instruction from Your lips is better for me than thousands of gold and silver pieces (Psalm vv. 65-72).

What kind of man is this psalmist? He thanks God for adversity and affliction! He must be sadomasochistic!

Reading on, I understand. “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but nowI keep your word” (v. 67). The painful consequences of sin have driven him to the Word of God, and now he considers “instruction from Your lips … better for me ,.. than thousands of gold and silver pieces” (v. 72).

We contemporary Christians prefer simple answers to complex issues. We seem to think there must be an easier way to personal depth and spiritual maturity. But the nature of reality is like a tapestry with knots underneath, a symphony containing dissonance, or a play enhanced by dramatic tension. When I wonder why life with the Lord can’t be easier, I am reminded of the song, “No Easier Way,” that I wrote with Claire Cloninger.

Personal Prayer

O Lord, let me learn to praise you for the hard times that drive me to my knees, and to remember that your suffering paid the price of my eternal security!

A Contemporary Lyric

No Easier Way

Why can’t I live my life without losing it?

Why can’t I grow without pain?

Why can’t I live for You, Lord, without dying?

There must be an easier way!

There was no easier way for You,

There was no easier thing You could do;

The cost of my life

Was the cross and the grave,

There was no easier way!

Words by Clair Cloninger and Don Wyrtzen. Music by Don Wyrtzen. © 1984 Singspiration.

A Command to Be Obeyed

And don’t get drunk with wine … but be filled by the Spirit. —Ephesians 5:18

In The Amplified Bible this text reads: “And do not get drunk with wine … but ever be filled and stimulated with the (Holy) Spirit.”

However we may view the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, or whatever experience we may have had of Him in the past, if we do not enjoy an ever-present flow of His power in our lives, then we are living below the New Testament standard. This text, as many commentators have pointed out, is a command to be obeyed. If we are not experiencing what the Bible commands, then our lives are not in harmony with God’s purposes.

I meet many Christians who are sighing over lost ecstasies, mourning over lost victories, and who are downcast because they have lost touch with God. It is largely because they are living not “the life of the Spirit,” but the life of following an ideal with their own resources, stirred by emotion through a special sermon or something they read in a book. They grow tired and are on the point of giving up.

A translator in India, working on an early edition of Every Day Light on the Holy Spirit, wrote: “I’d like another subject. I’m tired of working on the Holy Spirit.” A lot of Christians have that problem; they grow tired of working on the Holy Spirit, instead of letting the Holy Spirit work on them. Let’s stop working on the Spirit, and allow Him to work on us!

Prayer

Blessed Holy Spirit, help me as I thread my way through the maze of thoughts and attitudes about You. Help me to come out with Your thoughts and attitudes. I want to be filled with the Spirit—today and always. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Further Study

Rm 8:1-17; Ezk 36:27; Jn 14:17; Heb 10:15-16

What is the result of “the Spirit’s law of life”?

What is Paul teaching about the Holy Spirit?

Healing Waters

Psalm 147:3

When shall I come unto the healing waters?

Lifting my heart, I cry to Thee my prayer.

Spirit of peace, my Comforter and Healer,

In whom my springs are found, let my soul meet Thee there.

From a hill I know,

Healing waters flow;

O rise, Emmanuel’s tide,

And my soul overflow!

Wash from my hands the dust of earthly striving,

Take from my mind the stress of secret fear;

Cleanse Thou the wounds from all but Thee far hidden,

And when the waters flow let my healing appear.

Light, life and love are in that healing fountain;

All I require to cleanse me and restore;

Flow through my soul, redeem its desert places,

And make a garden there for the Lord I adore.

Albert Orsborn, The Beauty of Jesus