Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fruitful in the Place of Affliction

Today, like most days, I was listening to Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  The episode was called Fruitful in the Place of Affliction.  It was so fabulous I just felt I really wanted to share some of the highlights.  May they bless your hearts as they did mine.

"If you're a child of God, God has already redeemed and delivered you from the worst possible outcome that anyone from sin, from Satan, from hell, from eternal damnation and condemnation, from the wrath of God. You have been delivered."
"You may be in a storm. You may be in some other kinds of chains, but you've been delivered in the ways that matter most for all of time and eternity."
"A soul redeemed demands a life of praise."
"If you've been redeemed, if I've been redeemed, it is unthinkable that we should live lives of anything other than unceasing, unending praise and thanksgiving and worship."
"We lift our eyes up to heaven into the light of His face. Up from our darkness and we say, "Oh, God, I choose to believe that You are good, that Your steadfast love endures forever. I give You thanks that I have been redeemed."
"And let me say to those with prodigal children or friends, husbands, important word here, all of those women who were crying in the aisles last night? Be willing to let God be God in that person's life. And be willing to let God do whatever He knows is needed in their life to make them desperate for Him."
"Know that whatever discipline God brings about in our lives or those we love, He can also with a word restore."
"Wherever you're going, He will go with you. He will go in you, and He wants to make you fruitful even in the place of your affliction."
"You can experience fullness, freedom, and fruitfulness in Christ as long as you keep abiding in Him and letting Him have His way, letting him be God, trusting Him with what you can't understand, not demanding answers, not demanding fixes. Yes, crying out, and then trusting God to deliver in His way."
"Not only does God want to turn some of the desert places where you are in His way and time into fruitful places, but for generations to come the fruit of your walk with Christ will be experienced in the lives of coming generations."
"Joy is the presence of Christ with me, in me, through me in the midst of the storm and the pain."
"You say, "Yes, it's bad out there, but it's true in my world where I live, in my workplace, in my family. There's so much evil." I want to tell you one day as you walk with Him through this, all wickedness will shut its mouth."
"You don't have to perform to be loved by Him. You don't have to fix your own life. Cry out to Him, and believe Him to come and do by His grace what you could never do."
"Crying out to the Lord shouldn't be just something we do when an invitation's given. It's something we ought to be doing all the time."
"That daily connection to biblical truth is so important for all of us we seek to thrive in Christ."
The scripture used for this message was taken from Psalm 107.
Oh give thanks, to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.  Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.  Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.  He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in.  Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!  For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.  
To read the rest of Psalm 107, click here.


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