Talk to Someone With Power

It was my first trip to Africa.  I was scheduled to fly from Memphis to Amsterdam, then non-stop from Amsterdam to Arusha, Tanzania.  Once I left Memphis to fly to Amsterdam, I knew that it would only be a matter of hours before I would be walking on African soil!

Surprise, surprise!  Not so fast!  After arriving in Amsterdam, seven other passengers and I were “bumped” from our flight to Arusha.  We were flown to Nairobi, Kenya instead where we were to spend the night and then ride a bus to Arusha the next day.  While checking in at the Crown Plaza in Nairobi, we were told our bus would be waiting for us at 7:30 the next morning.  Seven-thirty came and no bus.  One of the other passengers, a Tanzanian who was returning home, called the airline and was told a bus would arrive in a few minutes.  A few minutes passed and still no bus.  Eight o’clock came and still no bus.  Another phone call to the airline resulted in the same promise – a bus would be waiting for us in a few minutes.  Eight-thirty came and still no bus.  Another phone call and the same promise – a bus would be waiting in a few minutes.  Nine o’clock came, still no bus, another phone call was made, and another promise was given.

After another phone call, we found out the airline’s office was located only a few blocks from our hotel.  I walked the short distance to the airline’s office, accompanied by the Tanzanian returning home.  I do not remember his name but I’ll never forget what he said as he walked up to the receptionist – “I want to speak to someone with power!”  Obviously, he was tired of getting the “run-around” and wanted results!  And that’s what he got – quick results!  It wasn’t long before a bus arrived at the hotel.

As I look back on my experience, I am reminded that great things are accomplished when we talk to someone with power.   When I pray to God, I talk to someone who has the greatest power of all.  God has the power to create the world from nothing (Genesis 1:1-33).  God has the power to part the Red Sea, allowing Moses and the others to cross on dry ground (Exodus 14:21).  God has the power to cause the walls of Jericho to fall (Joshua 6:20).  God has the power to enable David, while only a young boy, to overcome Goliath, a mighty giant (I Samuel 17:1-51).  God has the power to raise the dead (I Kings 17:17-22).  God has the power to enable the blind to see and the lame to walk (Matthew 11:4-5).

When I talk to God in prayer, I talk to someone with great power.  And because of that, I know prayer will bring fantastic results!

Down for the Count

II Corinthians 4:8-9

If someone hast lost a struggle, it can be said that they are “down for the count,” like a boxer who has been knocked out.  Thankfully, no Christian is ever down for the count, because faith in God ensures that no struggle is ever lost.

What struggle can separate us from the love of Christ?  “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35-39).

 What struggle can overcome the power we have through Christ?  “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:11-13).

What struggle is so distracting that it can draw our attention away from heaven?  “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12-14).

What struggle is so troubling it can cause God to stop caring for you?  “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (I Peter 5:6-7).

The next time one of your adversaries is watching you struggle, perhaps even counting, “one…..two…..three……….” get up, my friend, for no Christian is ever down for the count!

God Is Still On His Throne

One needs to look neither hard nor far to hear of bad news.  All it takes is a few minutes of listening to the radio, a quick glimpse at the television news, or a brief glance at a newspaper.  It would be easy to give in to the temptation to think that the world is falling apart.  Today alone, I read of a New York Congressman who posted lewd pictures to his Twitter account, five U. S. soldiers were killed in an attack in central Iraq, a mother in New York was sentenced to seventeen years behind bars for burning her six year old daughter during a voodoo ritual, three women in New Jersey were arrested for stealing markers from three hundred and eighty veterans’ graves, Japan has admitted to a full meltdown at three of its nuclear reactors, the deadliest E coli outbreak in modern history is spreading throughout Europe and, if that weren’t enough, thieves in West Roxbury, MA stole a disabled dog’s wheelchair! 

How should a Christian respond to such news?  Sadly, many have hearts filled with anxiety and minds full of worry.  Their outward appearance portrays inner thoughts of doom and gloom.  Have they forgotten that God is still on His throne?  Have they failed to remember that God is still ruling in men’s affairs? 

 There is not one thing that happened today without God allowing it to take place!  God has not taken his eyes off us nor has he become indifferent to our troubles. “This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men” Daniel 4:17 (King James Version).

Let not your heart be troubled!  God is still on His throne and in control!