Prayer Email archive:
(03/13/2001) importance of perspective
|Hello prayer warriors,
1. Prayer note: importance of perspective
Why do we feel like giving up on things or on life or
especially on hope? Sometimes we think that we are
giving up because of the circumstances but really, the
real reason is because we have been looking at things
in the wrong perspective.
What do I mean by that?
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit,
while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so
that it will be even more fruitful. (NIV)
I've learned some things from Dr. John Lim which I'd
like to share with you. One of the world's principle
is ... "if it ain't broken, don't fix it". The bible
tells us that if a part of us does not bear fruit, cut
it off. But EVEN when we do bear fruit, God continues
the pruning process on us, He continues to cut things
away from our lives. Some of these changes are usually
painful but do you know what happens to living
organism that does not detoxify or get rid of toxic
matter? That living organism will soon poison itself
and die. The same with our lives, in order to be
perfected in Christ, we need to continue to allow God
to cut away areas in our lives so that we will be even
The key to more fruitfulness is PRUNING. Who would
have thought of that?
We need to allow God to prune us so that we can grow
from faith to faith and from glory to glory.
So, how do we treat change in our lives, when things
are seemingly taken away from our lives? Do we throw
up our hands in despair and give up because we see the
change as being destructive? Or do we see change as
something that is positive?
A child cannot inherit his father's inheritance until
he is a grown man. To grow, he needs to change. No
matter how simple his life may seem to be now, he
cannot remain a child forever. Change may be painful,
he may learn a little about life, more on human
nature, lose a little of his innocence. But when he is
a grown man, he receives an inheritance because he is
now more mature and more able to handle the
inheritance than when he was a child. Of course, we
know there are exceptions, some of us never grow up:).
Why do I know that change in my life is positive?
Because I know that God is true to His Word and His
plans for me are true.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the
LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans
to give you hope and a future. (NIV)
And we know that all things work together for good to
them that love God, to them who are the called
according to his purpose.
I hold on to my faith and to what God has said over my
life. I confess that. So, when things don't seem to go
my way, I need to look at God's way.
I do not place my hope on things, on people or on
circumstances but I place my hope on God. I remember
that He is my provider and He is my shepherd. He is
also a God of great reversals. You see it everywhere
in the bible. As my pastor once told me, the blessing
is not in the land, but the blessing is in the man.
God's blessings is in me. I am assured of that and I
am safe in His hands.
2. New prayer requests:
i. God's leading in my life -- deedee
ii. new member in Christ -- mcs55
iii. Pray for Me to meet my mate! -- guest
iv. Please pray for our finances -- ggw1231
v. IN NEED OF GOD'S GUIDANCE -- guest
vi. PRAY FOR MOTHER AND HER UNBORN CHILD!!! -- pamela
vii. In Love w/married man -- guest
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i. Praise report -- pirlee
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|Tuesday, March 13, 2001 6:44:03 AM waihun|