Monday, June 14, 2010

Faxing Two Things to Heaven

In Acts 10:1-4, an angel appeared to a Roman centurion named Cornelius and said, "Your prayers and alms have ascended as memorial before God." How would you like an angel to appear to you every time you prayed to assure you that your prayer had been heard?

If you fax a message from Los Angeles to New York, it is sent from one side of the country and it's immediately received on the other side of the country. Cornelius "faxed" his prayers and offerings from earth and they were immediately received in heaven. And you can also fax those same two things to the Lord.

1.Your offerings. Always remember that the Lord is on the receiving end of your offerings! Although you can't see it with your natural eyes, in the spiritual realm God is immediately receiving your gift and turning it into "treasure in heaven" (Matt. 6:20). Every Christian who gives cheerfully to the Lord will be rewarded throughout all eternity with something much, much better than anything this world can offer.

2.Your prayers. The Lord is also on the receiving end of your prayers. You are not praying into the air. You are not praying to nothingness. You are talking to a Supreme Being who hears what you are saying. Although your prayers are instantly heard, the answer may not come for a while. God's timing is different than ours, so continue to pray until the answer comes.
Keep on faxing,
Kent

Monday, June 7, 2010

Willing & Able

A farmer had two mules. One was named Willing and the other was named Able. Willing was a frail and puny mule. He was willing to work but wasn't able. On the other hand, Able was a big, strong stubborn mule. Although he had the ability to pull the plow, he wasn't willing.

Willing was willing, but not able. And Able was able, but not willing. The farmer never got any work done because he needed mules that were both willing and able.

For us to get our prayers answered we must believe two things. We must believe that He is able to answer our prayers, and we must also believe that He is willing to do it. We just can't believe one or the other. We must believe both.

King Nebuchadnezzar threatened to throw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the fiery furnace unless they bowed down to the golden image he had made. In Dan. 3:17 they responded, "Our God who we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king." They believed He was both willing and able.

In Matthew 9:27-28 a couple of blind men asked Jesus to heal them. Jesus asked them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" Why did He ask that? Because whatever we are asking for, we must believe that God is able to do it. In Matthew 8:2-3 a leper said to Jesus, "Lord, if You are willing you can make me clean." He believed He was able to do it, but wasn't sure if He was willing. Jesus said He was willing, so the leper was healed.
What are you praying for? Do you believe He is able to do it? Do you believe that He is willing?
Keep looking up!
Kent