TITLE: Five words
By David McArdle
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“ … I desire to speak five words … ” [1 Cor. 14.19 NASB]
If the Lord were to visit our churches today and was asked to minister, what “five words” would He say?
He might start by saying, “Friend, can I help you?” One of the ministries of the Lord, to His people, is that of understanding, assistance and encouragement.
We often find ourselves under stress and struggling to continue and complete what we believe we should be doing. At that time, our Friend and companion, draws near to where we are, and offers us His unlimited resources.
His coming near is similar to His appearing to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. These men were discouraged, disconsolate, depressed and near to despairing of life in general. Paul also knew what this situation was like.
It is to people like this, that He draws near and asks, “What are you facing today”? Do you feel that all your hopes and dreams are like cold ashes and very near to being thrown out?
It is, to such people that the Lord is able and willing to breathe gently and effectively on such stone cold embers, with the wind of His Spirit and make them stand again and burn brightly and consistently like the original Pillar of Fire.
He is the One who gave the original vision, He will consolidate what He has started and what He has commenced, He will also bring to completion.
To some people, He would say, “What are you doing here”? Sometimes, we find ourselves feeling like a misplaced joint. If we feel like this, what should we be doing?
Listen to the Lord, learn where we went wrong, leave where we are and lean not, again, to our own understanding.
In Romans 12, Paul talks about the perfect will of God. God, being a God of order, has a place in the body where we can all function effectively.
On the other hand, do you feel battered, bruised and broken? If so, He says to you, “Tell Me all about it?”
Nobody listens and understands like the Lord. As you share your heart, hurts and hopes with Him, you will feel His heart responding to all that you say and at the same time, you will be aware that your care and concern is gradually leaving you and being absorbed in His love and understanding.
Hypothetically speaking, He may have said to Judas, “Well, was it worth it?” We all know the answer. Let us learn the lesson and put first: His purpose, priorities and principles.
To those who us who have failed, again and again, He will silently draw near and whisper in our ear with great tenderness, “You can still do it”. [David McArdle]
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