Power In Suffering (Celebrating Homeschool Moms)

Some of you may not have been able to get on Facebook last night to see my FB Live video. I spoke to homeschool moms about power in suffering.

Although this video was focused on homeschool moms, anyone may get some good truth from it for his own personal life. Everyone goes through some suffering and needs some strength in it. I would encourage you to view this video and see what God has to tell you about having power in suffering.

Here is a link to the video: Power In Suffering.

May God bless you and guide you in your life today.

Celebrating Homeschool Moms Live Video

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there reading this!

All mothers are very hardworking. One group of mothers that many people overlook and see as not working that hard are homeschool moms.

Many in the workforce see homeschool mothers as ones who do not really work and just sit around all day at home. While looking at homeschool moms from the outside, it mayappear that they do not do that much, but it is not true.

My wife is a homeschool mom, so I can attest to the fact of all the hard work that she puts in on regular basis.

On Facebook I am a part of a group called Celebrating Homeschool Moms. They will be doing a Facebook Live set of videos this week celebrating and encouraging moms. Each session will be about 20-30 minutes in length and at different times each day.

I have been asked to be a guest speaker at doing one of these videos. I will be speaking on Power In Suffering. This will be tonight, Thursday, May 18th, at 8:30 CT. I want to invite you to be a part of watching this video. It will give you a chance to see and hear the man behind this blog.

Please let any homeschool moms you know, know about these Facebook Live videos.

This is something new for me to do and ask for your prayers that many mom’s lives will be touched and encouraged in the Lord when watching mine and the other’s videos. Pray that I will be able to clearly state what God has placed on my heart to speak.

Psalm 99:1 The Lord Reigns

The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. Psalm 99:1

Throughout the earth, many different people are seen to be the rulers. Often this is seen primarily as the rulers of various nations. Every nation has a ruler of some sort. Under the main leader of the nation, there are others who also seem to reign in the government in various ways.

Inside of each of these nations are other people who seem to rule in some area. Rulers of states, cities, neighborhoods, businesses and more.

Some of these rulers seem to be completely in charge and people fear them. Some rule with great care and love, while others rule with a heavy hand of dictatorship. Many fear those in leadership for various reasons. Fear because of the wrong they are doing, or the power that the person has.

Often forgotten is the one who reigns over the top of all of these rulers. Regardless of the power and level of a ruler on this earth, God is above.

Many people feel as though God is not really in control, because of the condition of this world. It does appear as though God does not really reign, because of all the sin occurring. The world seems to be winning the battle.

Yet, God is really in control. He places people into position and takes them out of position. God uses everything to the benefit of every believer. The world should be shaking and trembling at the thought that God does reign as supreme ruler over the world, because judgement is coming.

As a believer, you do not need to shake and tremble. You have been forgiven of your sins and are in right standing with God. Now all you need to do is trust that God is really in control. Allow God to reign in your life.

Letting God reign in your life, means you will allow God to guide your every step and action. Your thoughts and words will be what God wants them to be.

What does the thought of God reigning do to you?

Do you shake and tremble?

Or do you give Him praise?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as the ruler of your life today; that you will trust God as the sovereign power in your life; that you will praise God for reigning in this world; and that you will be His witness of His power to this world.

Psalm 49:20 Wealthy, But Missing It

People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish. Psalm 49:20

Earlier in this psalm, the psalmist asks the question why one should be afraid of those who are wealthy. Several thousand years later, people are still fearing those who are wealthy.

Those with great wealth often trust in the power of their wealth and feel that they are in control. Bribery happens on a regular basis at all levels of the government and in businesses. The term used for this is a donation.

Great wealth is what keeps businesses promoting sinful or harmful activities. It is wealth that causes a person to tear down homes in order to build a business. In all of their activities, there is no understanding occurring.

Fear of the wealthy shows up, when those without wealth just accept what the wealthy have to say and do, regardless of how right or wrong it is.

Any one who has great wealth and uses it in the wrong way, has no real understanding. They do not see the problems they are causing. They do not see their need for God to be in control of their lives. They lack any understanding of what life on this earth is really all about. When they live like this, they will be like the beasts of the field, they will die and everything with them will perish.

People with a lot of wealth can do a lot of great things, if they choose to do so. Money can buy food, clothing and housing for other people. It can purchase materials needed to properly teach children. It can provide for medical needs. It can be used to help spread the gospel message of Jesus Christ around the world.

There is nothing wrong with great wealth. If you believe in and follow Jesus, you can use your wealth (whether little or great) to do great things for God.

As a believer, you do not have to fear those who are wealthy. They may appear to be in control, but in reality, it is God who is in full control. Trust God and not man. Trust God and not yours or someone else’s wealth.

Be filled with understanding and know what God is doing today. Know what God wants you to do with what you have.

I pray today that you will allow God to be in control of your life; that you will trust God alone; that God will give you understanding; and that you will use what you have for God.

Job 26:14 God’s Awesome Power

And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power? Job 26:14

Job describes some of God’s mighty power and the works of His hands. Telling how God suspends the earth in space, raises storms on the sea, hangs the clouds of water in the air, and other great works. These are just the edges of God’s awesome power. Job realizes that no one can fully understand His power.

The world looks at the natural things of this world as just things that happen. They try to explain how things happen by natural means, without any external controller. Science explains why there are storms on the earth, and how gravity keeps the earth in place in space. There is no room for belief in God, because all is natural, not supernatural.

Believers, however, know that it is God who has done these great things. It is by His great power that the earth and moon were created. It is by His great power that storms start and stop.

As a believer keeps in mind that God does all these things, he also remembers that this is just the beginning of His awesome power.

The part that many believers forget is that since God is so powerful, He is also in control of things when they seem to be out of control. This is those times of trouble and suffering. In reality no one can fully understand how God can be in control of everything when everything appears to be going wrong.

The question is often asked of why does God allow all the bad things to occur when He is supposed to be in control?

How can God be in control when things are going bad?

This is where you, as a believer, must trust God’s awesome power. You are not able to understand His power and abilities, other than God can do everything. God’s way of doing things is above your ways and thinking.

If God is great enough to hold all of the things on this earth and in space in place, do you not think that He is in control of the things in your life?

God’s power is awesome, so you must trust Him in every situation in your life.

I pray today that you will see the power of God; that you will know God is in control; that you will trust in God’s abilities; and that you will praise God in His power.

Job 12:13 All Power And Wisdom Is God’s

To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. Job 12:13

Job is continuing to answer his friends. He mocks them in saying that they must be the only ones with a mind and understanding. Then he points out that all power and wisdom belong to God. The rest of the verses in this chapter look at how God builds and destroys everything that there is. Nothing is out of His control.

It is easy for people to think that they are in control, especially those in leadership. Groups of people who belong to great nations, feel as though they have built that nation to be as great as it is. Some of these nations throw their power around, believing that they can control other nations.

Others are people who have gone to college long enough to get a doctorate degree. They believe that they are the smartest people on the earth. They know what they know and they are right in what they know, there can be no other way, because they have the schooling to prove it.

Yes, people have learned a lot and have gained some power. However, all of that wisdom and power has come from God. No one can learn anything, unless God allows it. No one can have any power, unless God allows it.

Everything that exists was created by God. Nothing can exist without His power and word. Take away God’s sustaining power and you will cease to exist. You cannot create the air that you breathe, or the food that you eat, or this earth that you live on.

God builds up and tears down. He puts things in place and removes things from their place. He provides understanding and wisdom, and can hide both.

As you go through situations in life, you need to remember that it is God who is in control. This world and the things of this world are not in control. You are not in control. Seek God, His wisdom and power, and see what God can do in and through you.

In His wisdom and power God does allow bad things to happen to believers. However, He uses those things for your benefit.

Are you believing and trusting in God’s power and wisdom?

Or in your own power and wisdom?

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will see God’s wisdom in your life; that you will trust God’s wisdom; and that you will know that God is in control.

Job 1:12 Only With Permission

The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. Job 1:12

While in a meeting in heaven, God bragged to Satan about Job being an upright and righteous man who served Him. Satan points out that Job served God only because God protected him and made him wealthy. God then gives Satan permission to touch anything Job has, but he cannot touch Job himself.

The bad characters in movies are almost always portrayed as almost as powerful as the good guy, and sometimes even more powerful. This is even seen in the real world. Bad guys, or groups of people are often seen as just as powerful as any other good group. It is rare for people to see how other people have their power.

In the spiritual realm, many believe that Satan is almost as powerful as God and can do anything he wants. This is believed by the world and by many believers. Believers see the sin that Satan has brought into this world, and the suffering believers have to go through and think he has real power.

Many believers live in fear of Satan because they think he is very powerful and in control. It is true that Satan wants to destroy you, but it also true that he can only touch you with God’s permission. There will be times when God does give Satan permission to do things, but it is only with boundaries. The reality of Satan’s power is that he can only do what God allows him to do.

God may allow Satan, or the world, to take everything you own, because He knows your trust is not in the things you have, but in Him. As with Job, God may know that you will not deny Him when troubles come because of Satan or this world. At that point God may allow Satan to try to trip you up.

Your trust needs to be in God and His power. He is the One who is in absolute control of everything. Satan has no real power. All that he has is what God has allowed him to have.

Do not fear Satan. Trust God and know that He is on your side today.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will trust God’s protection of you; that you will not fear this world; and that your heart will be true to God.