Life Lesson: December 19

19 Dec

Read Romans 5:3-5.
God said, “I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army”… – Exodus 14:4

“To God be the glory, great things he has done.
So loved he the world that he gave us his son.
Who yielded his life, an atonement for sin
and opened the life gates that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord,
let the earth hear his voice.
Praise the Lord, praise the lord,
let the people rejoice.
O Come to the Father, through Jesus the son
and give him the glory, great things he has done.”

Why do I have to deal with people who want to hurt me? Why do I have to struggle with lack of finances? Why did I have to go through, not one, but two divorces? Why did my children have to feel such pain? Why did my friend have to die? Why have I had to cry all of the tears? Why, Why, Why? Why, in my 39 years, have I had to cope with so much garbage?

3,300 years ago, God took the Israelites through the Red Sea. Why did they have to “run” from Pharaoh and his armies? Why did they have to fear? Because 3,300 years later, we are still praising God and giving him glory for what he did.

Many times I have been able to minister to people, share their pain and help them. How? By giving glory to God and telling the stories about how he brought me through my bad times. Paul says that our struggles produce perseverance than character, and then hope. Sharing that hope with a hurting world makes sense out of my difficulties.

Write out a prayer for the teachers and administrator of your school district. Sign it and put it in a thank you card. Mail it.

Make up some motions to today’s song.

Buy some inexpensive paints at your local grocery store and paint a picture, representing the glory of God.

If you dine out, make sure you leave a generous tip and a note the tells the staff Jesus loves them. Do not over spend on your meal, so you have extra to leave for the tip.

Find 10 minutes to be still. Do nothing during this time. This is God’s time to renew you in mind, body and spirit.

Play ball with some neighbor kids or watch them play. Go to a local sporting event.

Invite two or three friends over to pray. Meet somewhere if it is more convenient. You can spend 10-15 minutes or an hour.

Take fruit snacks to the sporting event and take enough for the entire team. Take enough for the opposing team too.

World Prayer Broadcast
Pray for the affiliate organizations of ACFO North America. United Prayer Tower (UPT) and CFO International (CFOI)

Go to sleep tonight, singing today’s song. See if you wake up singing the same song.

Lyrics Credit:  From “To God Be the Glory” © 2001 Michael Adler Fanny Jane Crosby | Michael Adler | William Howard Doane. CCLI#283314

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