Not a Lost Cause

Is there someone you know today that you wish you could change? You wish that you could alter their thinking,make them kinder, or stronger, or wiser. You’ve tried every which way possible and all attempts have failed. You see so much potential, but you are told it’s a lost cause and change isn’t possible. All hope is lost and you have given up. Have you been there? Are you there now?

There is hope because with God all things are possible, even change in the most stubborn of people. Look with me in Jeremiah 32:17.What does it say? NOTHING is too difficult for God. He made the heavens and the earth; He spoke them into being. You and I can not bring about change in others on our own, but Our God surely can. All we need to do is come before Him with a clean heart and ask Him to intervene on the behalf of others. Change may or may not happen over night, so we are to pray continually.

There is someone you know who is in need of change today. You may not even know what to pray, but God gave us His Word for guidance in these times. Join me today in following the example  Paul gave us of how to pray for others in Colossians 1:9-14 and insert the person’s or persons’ names where you see parentheses (the brackets are used to denote paraphrasing). “For this reason also, since the day [I] heard of it, [I] have not ceased to pray for (    ) and to ask that (   ) may be filled with the knowledge of [Your] will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that (    ) will walk in a manner worthy of [You], to please [You] in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of [You]; strengthened with all power, according to [Your] glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the [You], who qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. For [You] rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of [Your] beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Prayer brings about change. Seek God and trust Him to work in the lives of those you love for their good. Remember nothing is too difficult for God.

The Great I Am

Isn’t it amazing how you can read a verse or verses in scripture time and time again, and one day those same verses take on a whole new meaning? This is why we call scripture the Living Word. It is potent. It is pertinent. And it is always true.

I had heard and read several times the words in Exodus 3:14, “God said to Moses,’I AM WHO I AM'”. Nothing really struck me those times, nor did I really understand what God meant. But as scripture has a way of doing, the words jumped out at me when I heard them another time and I finally understood the meaning.

Moses had made up his mind to obey God and go to His people in Egypt. However, he was concerned that when he said the God of their fathers had sent him the Israelites would not know who this God was. So, he asked God what he was to tell them. God instructed Moses to tell them, “I AM has sent me to you”. I found it strange that God used that name to refer to himself instead of the names we often hear like your Heavenly Father, the Holy One, Almighty God, Sovereign King, Lord of All, etc. This is when God opened my eyes to understand what this name “I AM” truly means.

The name “I AM” encompasses all that God is. Every name that we call God is enveloped by the name “I AM”. I AM the Savior. I AM the Healer. I AM the Lord of All. I AM the Holy One. I AM Almighty God. I AM the Maker, the Creator of All. I AM the Sovereign King, Eternal King, King of Kings. I AM the Redeemer.

Whatever we need God is. When you are hurting and lonely God says, “I AM the Comforter”. When you are weak God says, “I AM your strength”. When you are afraid of the future God says “I AM the Sovereign King; I AM in control”. When you feel defeated God says, “I AM the Great Encourager”. When you are broken and can’t seem to pick the pieces God says, “I AM the Healer”. There is nothing He cannot provide. He is truly the Great I AM.