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Prayer And Thoughts For Shut-Ins
Christians need to remember to pray for those friends and acquaintances with illness that confines them at home, and for their Care-givers. As we were reminded one time by Praise And Prayer Alert: we should make a time to at least call those associated with our church fellowship to see how they are doing; keep them updated on events they might like to know about; offer to run a few errands for them; maybe offer to stay with a shut-in so their Care-giver might get time to go somewhere; etc.. There are many dear ones among us and everywhere, who are suffering diseases such as cancer, heart problems, MS, Parkinsons, mental problems, etc. God expects us to show care for these. They must not be neglected. [adapted from Praise & Prayer Alert]
Thoughts By R. DeWitt
[Believers in Christ might strive to overcome all the physical and material temptations around them, the influences before them in so many ways, and the bad thoughts and emotions that come upon them, but when they understand the source of these things they can do much more to overcome and go on well for the Lord.]
It has been said that there is a trinity of evil that is against the saints: Satan, the world, and the flesh; but there is a greater trinity of good that is for us ---the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We need to know the way of each, and we need to decide which we will look to, trust, and obey. God is our sure resource, but how to appropriate this resource is speaking of spiritual maturity. The prophet, Isaiah, said: "Thou (God) will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee..." (Isa.26:3). That is the faithful way for a "born again" believer (John 3) to be an overcomer. It is not speaking of just praying or following the Word, but mostly of communion and earnest seeking after the Lord Jesus and all that is honoring and faithful to Him, rather than all our reasoning.
While one may acknowledge this truth, we are prone to minimize it or forget it. The apostle, Paul, said we should cast down reasoning and be "...bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5). Reasoning is a reasonable thing in viewing a matter before us, but our actions must not be based on that, for we need the mind of God, which will only come in prayer, patience, and conformity to the Word of God. It is then that we can take proper steps in dealing with a matter, yet only in communion with our Lord, that He will show us and not let us go astray. If we have Godly values for coping with life and the many situations we face, that will keep us from the world's ways and our own flesh; and it will frustrate the works of Satan.
Well, we surely know all this as children of God, if we have matured beyond the fundamentals of faith (see Hebrews 5:12-14; Hebrews 6:1). God surely expects us to act in a responsible way, but let us not confuse that with our reasoning, for we cannot know the end from the beginning; but our God does, and trusting and waiting upon Him is being responsible as a child of God. - RLD: ST05; 09/14.