Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Acts 4:29-30 (NIV)
What will you do when you face of strong opposition? What will you do when you find yourself in difficult circumstances? What do you mean by asking me what will I do when I face strong opposition or find myself in difficult circumstances? What will you want me to do when I face strong opposition or find myself in difficult circumstances? That’s a good question that deserves some significant thought on your part. You need to have a good answer for that question long before you face strong opposition or find yourself in difficult circumstances. Not only do you need a good answer to that question, you will need to have practiced and developed your response to trials of these and every other kind. You’re saying that I will need to practice my response to opposition, difficulties and trials of every kind before I experience them? That’s right.
How can I practice my response to opposition, difficulties and trials of every kind? What is your standard of practice right now when you face opposition, difficulties and trials? What do I do right now when I am in trouble? What do I do right now when I am in over my head and desperately need help? What do I do right now when I feel like I sinking fast in a wave of trouble? Yes, what are you doing right now when you need help? Be very careful and honest about how you answer that question. Tell me the truth. Don’t tell me what you think I would like to hear. You want my honest answer? Yes, I do. When I am in a desperate situation, I often pull together all my gifts, talents and resources to try to work myself out of my difficulty. In other words, you have often relied on yourself? Yes, that’s the truth. I’m sure that is the truth.
How has relying on yourself worked out for you when you have gone through difficulties and faced strong opposition in life? Not, well. I have been weak in my response to the difficulties I have gone through in life. In the face of strong opposition, I have been fearful and timid. I have shrunk back. I have not moved forward. I have not been able to go and do whatever you have asked of me. That’s not good.
What would you like to do differently when you face trials, difficulties and even strong opposition? I would like to rely on you. Would you like to make it your standard of practice to rely on me? Yes, I would. Then ask me for my help. Believe that I am will be with you to help you. Rely on me for my help. In all the little difficulties, you face in life, begin to practice asking for and relying on my help. Will you ask for and rely on my help? Yes Lord, I will. Do you believe that I will make you able to boldly go and fearlessly do all that I ask of you? Yes Lord, I believe. That’s good.
Lord, there is no doubt I need your power to boldly serve you. Without your help, I can do nothing. Without your strength, I am timid and weak. Give me all I will need to go and do all that you ask of me. Help me to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. Amen
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