Thursday, December 2, 2010

Actions Speak Louder

Verse for Today: Thursday, December 02, 2010
Psalms 76:1 - God is known in Judah; His name is great in Israel.

The mighty and benevolent acts of God have been experienced by His people among whom He has been dwelling. His presence with them was felt through His mighty power among them and made a whole world of difference in their affairs. Without His permission, none of the enemies around could touch them. He erected a firewall of protection around them. The people around knew very well that God's people survive not because of their ability or smartness, but by God's grace and mercy. This is a great testimony among God's people and this testimony is passed on to generations. Thus the name of God becomes well known among God's people and emanate even to the outsiders. God's name meant His character, nature, strength and willingness to show mercy to His children. The enemy knows well that God's angels encompass around His children. Israel had this experience all through their history. The unfriendly neighbours of God's people knew this fact very well and tried to challenge God, but that ended up in the defeat and destruction of these enemies. It is seen that God didn't use great numbers or equipment to defeat the enemies. He used small stones and slings, bones of animals, torches and even the shouts of His people to defeat the enemies. No wonder the name of God has become so popular among the nation of Israel and their neighbours. Whatever that was done by the Lord has become known among the people so much so that God's name was always attached to what He did and how He accomplished His purpose in and through His people. The same God works among His people all over the world even today and performs mighty works for His children which have become a great testimony to His name.

Dear friend, is the name of your God well known among the people you move around with? Do they know in no unequivocal terms that you are sustained by the God whom you serve? Are you seeking the mighty works of God in your life? To what extent is your life a living testimony to the faithfulness of God? When Jesus performed miracles in the lives of several people in Palestine, not only the beneficiaries, but even the witnesses praised God. People were astonished about the way the Lord Jesus touched and changed the lives of people and met their needs for food, drink, healing, release from demons, fellowship, teaching and blessings of various kinds. All of these caused people to realize who Jesus was and many believed in Him. But some became antagonized with Him out of jealousy because of the unparalleled acts of miracle that He performed. The same way, the Lord is intervening in your life every day and sustaining you through mighty acts of various kinds which have to come out as testimony for the name of the Lord. But if we keep quiet about it, no one will know that the Lord is doing all of these things for us out of His mercy and loving kindness towards us. His mighty acts in our lives ought to attract others to come and taste this Lord and invite Him into their lives too. This is why it is important for us to testify to the faithfulness of our Lord among our family members and acquaintances. God became known and popular among the nation of Israel because what happened in the lives of people was made known to others. For it to happen among us, we have to first of all develop total dependence on the Lord and declare our nothingness without Him. It also demands that we go to Him with our needs and allow Him to supply us with His resources. Our personal life should demonstrate gratefulness to Him and it should be followed with our live testimony to the faithfulness He has extended to us even when we are unworthy to receive any blessings from Him.

Psalms 31:19 - How great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You, which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You.

Thought for Today
God's mighty acts in the lives of His children speak louder and spread faster.

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