The Daily Lily
Consider the lilies of the field… Matt 6:28
Get off her ME’s and get on her KNEES’S!
And,”Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Matthew 6:34
The Message (MSG)
In Job 42, God commands Job to pray an intercessory prayer for his friends to the effect that the Lord would not deal with them according to their folly and foolish speaking….and God accepted Job’s prayer for his friends. And in the interim, God healed Job and all his troubles and increased him doubly what he had lost before.
It is Scriptural to pray for one another, intercede, lift up and go before the Throne of Grace in the behalf of our brothers and sisters, instead of making a long laundry list in our journals of everything we want, need, would like, desire, long for.
our restoration comes when we pray for one another, our friends and those in the Body of Christ. When there is someone in our ken in spiritual, financial or physical need these are the things we concentrate on and bring before the Lord. Day by day, GIVE US THIS DAY…….that for whom we pray…
“Get off her MEâ€™s and get on her KNEESâ€™S” speaks to me of service and humility. Serving others may be on our knees in prayer or on our knees stooping to help someone in need…putting others interests before our own.
Hey, Debi, just what I had been thinking yesterday and even shared in conversation with Rena. Knees=needs. And, surely plenty of those around 24/7!
When one has been a recipient of others kneeling with bruised knees and watching them get up and meet your needs it hopefully will get you on your knees and out to meet needs as strength and opportunity is returned to you. Believing by faith when prayers are going up others rise up to help meet needs which is bringing God’s Kingdom to earth as it is in Heaven. When a recipient gets stronger by the day they can’t wait to get on knees and meet needs, hopefully. We call this Kingdom Building!
“Get off her MEâ€™s and get on her KNEESâ€™S!” Hopefully, this will help send many into the harvest fields.
The Fields Ripe for Harvest…”Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, â€˜Rabbi, eat something.â€™ But he said to them, â€˜I have food to eat that you do not know about.â€™ So the disciples said to one another, â€˜Surely no one has brought him something to eat?â€™ Jesus said to them, â€˜My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. Do you not say, â€œFour months more, then comes the harvestâ€? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, â€œOne sows and another reaps.â€ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labour. Others have laboured, and you have entered into their labour.”
– John 4:31-38
The work itself sustained Jesus, gave him spirit and energy, and energized him forward. Likewise this principal has been set as a challenge before us. What does my eyes see before me today? I embrace the work of the Holy Spirit and invite Him into my day as we work and labor totally together! What a Day!
Like your scripture Sara 1 Corinthians 3: 5 -9 reads5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believeâ€”as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in Godâ€™s service; you are Godâ€™s field, Godâ€™s building.
I remember working with a neighbor of mine. We did a lot of crafts together and I would speak of the Lord and the work of this group. One day she heard she was going to move to California. She came knocking on my door and asked me to tell her more about Jesus. She was fearful of moving to a new area with lots of traffic and not being close to me anymore. I told about this scripture at the end of our conversation and prayed that God would give her a protective bubble around her every time she drove. We also prayed for her children who were so precious and for her to grow in the Lord. After she had been there several months I went to see her and she was so excited that they had joined a church where her children were getting patches for learning scripture verses and she was so proud of each one. She said that when she went on the highway of California she felt God’s protective bubble around her.
Praise God that someone plants and someone waters and the cycle goes on until we meet Jesus. We never have to question whether God has a waterer or planter in the next phase of our lives for surely HE sees us and knows our needs.
(Matthew 6:34) I believe the footnotes are very helpful. Read with me, “Planning for tomorrow is time well spent; worrying about tomorrow is time wasted. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference. Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules, and trusting God’s guidance. When done well, planning can help alleviate worry. Worriers, by contrast, are consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust God. They let their plans interfere with their relationship with God. Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today.”
Another scripture I love to hold onto is Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened unto you.”
As in our church, CCI, we sometimes take hymns and turn them into intercessory prayer for others. Sometimes as the following song suggest we do stand in the need of prayer. Once song this way, why not take the me out and place someone God has placed on your heard to pray for this day in place of me. Why not place this nation, the U.S.A. there, our soldiers, why not place the President there, why not place the nations there as the Lord directs. (Only the chorus is given to Standing in the Need of Prayer).
Standing in the Need of Prayer –
It’s me, it’s me, it’s me, O Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer.
It’s me, it’s me, it’s me, O Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer.
I have read that the greater the need, the shorter the prayer!
Thanks Needles for footnotes on Matthew 6:34. It is also try. I have worn out floor boards worrying about things that never happened. For today I take one step at a time and know God is guiding and directing. Steps taken with planning and help from those who study the word, hear the word, and who are Godly counselors. He is the BEST leader/driver that I know. With all the planning laid out, I step out for He never fails us. I don’t know what will happen but know that our FATHER KNOWS BEST.
That reminds me of the Scripture the Lord gave Sara, recently…”Whatever your hand finds to do do it with all you heart (Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom)__(Ecc. 9:10)
Then the LORD’s Spirit will come over you. You will be a different person while you prophesy with them. For, once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.”__(1Sam. 10:7-8)
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” ___(Col. 3:23)
When we say we are givers but we hold back in certain instances, even though there is the opportunity there….what our “hand findeth to do” I wonder if we are really ‘stooping down’ bending the knees to reach out, to give, to help, to assist another, even one another in our own fellowships. If we give looking for the recognition, the reward of praise from men, then I wonder if we really do have the Koinonia gift or if that gift has become perverted due to the kudos and applause that we receive?
If we are looking to man for recognition and we receive it then we have our reward.
When we pick and choose
“Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3
Hey, Lilies, look how to get our plans to succeed! Let’s go for it? Do you even know your plans?
In thinking about Proverbs 16:3 and one definition of commit (To do, perform, or perpetrate) it looks like successful planning is more than wishful thinking, hoping or theorizing…it’s doing action. And as the verse says…doing that action to the Lord.
The question, “Do you even know your plans?” Sometimes I do know a specific goal and understand you have to take steps to see it accomplished. And sometimes I don’t know the goal or plan and also understand that if I don’t have one then how can I take any action to meet it. So in my understanding it is important to have a plan and once you have it, to take steps to see the results or make the change.
I agree, Debi, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NIV Paul explains it very well:
The Need for Self-Discipline
” Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
Be willing to play by the rules or lose! Be willing to pay the price or sit on the shelf as a piece of bric-a-brac. To be useable we have to have an aim! Then play the game to win the race so as not to become disqualified!
â€œ…Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.â€ (Psalm 81:10, NIV) What is it you want? John 11 giving us the story of Jesus Comforting the Sisters of Lazarus” â€œLord,â€ Martha said to Jesus, â€œif you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.â€
What is it you want: “I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.â€
I understand disqualifing through my sons who were both swimmers. There are a number of rules in swimming which can disqualify (DQ) you. I remember a time when one of my sons were swimming really well, they were out front but instead of touching with two hands they touched with one. They were DQ’d. Heart broken they never to my knowledge did it again. Spiritually speaking we may be obedient to following all that God has given us but we must not forget that minute by minute we must be diligent to be in the race or we could be DQ’d for breaking God’s rule and lost the blessing for all our hard work. We thank God as we keep practicing obedience that we will finish the race with God’s blessing just like the swimmer who finally got it right. He/She may not be the fastest but he/or she will have finished.
We know 2 Timothy 4:7-8 – God’s Race is the only one worth running -Hopefully this is us all the way!
The Message (MSG)
6-8You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shoutingâ€”God’s applause! Depend on it, he’s an honest judge. He’ll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming.
DQ is a scary thing. I guess you go on the shelves of reminders for others to stare out and say; “O, look what could of been!”
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