Kathy — Every time we decide not to see God’s purpose in trials and we just continue to resent them, we’re hardening our hearts. In addition, by refusing to learn God’s ways and do things His way, we are refusing to reflect His image in this earth. That is refusing to glorify Him. 1Chron.16:11, CEV — “Trust the Lord and his mighty power. Worship him always.“
The need in our nation is far greater than politicians, military, law-enforcement and the medical community, combined, can handle. We must have in this earth that which is beyond earth because, for decades, the best efforts of man in this earth have fallen miserably short. The Lord Jesus (King of Kings) commanded His disciples to pray that His Kingdom would come in earth as it is in heaven (Matt.6:10). It is plain to see in our Lord’s command that what exists in heaven can be moved into the earth through prayer by available vessels who align themselves with His purposes, who don’t merely pray but position themselves to be the vessel through which the power and provision of heaven move. Those same disciples are the ones who were said to have “turned the world upside down” in Acts 17:6. Conclusion, something moved through them from heaven into earth and the result was as though the world was turned upside down because the outcome was so different from the norm. (First excerpt from Marty’s article “From Heaven to Earth”)
What of the New Year? — Thoughts, Plans & Inventions
The Psalmist declares he is aware that He is included in God’s thoughts. One of the meanings of “thoughts” (Jer.29:11) is “an invention.” God has a plan for you in 2013 and, if necessary, He will INVENT required elements to work together to get you to that goal that glorifies Him and serves His purposes. He is beneficent and He is creative.
“thoughts”: a device, a plan, a purpose, AN INVENTION (Thayer)
“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” (Jer.29:11, Amp)