Prayer Meeting Service
Learning from our Mistake
If God has spoken to you about a specific matter in your life, don’t try to rationalizeyour way out of it. If you say no to God, He may not speak to you on that matter again. Sometimes He stops speaking because no one is listening.
3. God is putting our faith to the test.
There are many times in my own life whenGod’s silence stretched my faith and caused me to grow. I could pray and plead His promises, but He was still silent. And the silence became deafening. In thosemoments all you can do is take hold of the rope of faith, tie a knot in the end, andhang on for dear life!In those dark and lonely moments, we must come to grips with the reality of our faith. When all else fails, faith hangs on to the end. Think of the great men andwomen of God who trusted Him despite their circumstances:Abraham believed he would receive the promised land even though it never becamea reality in his own lifetime.Job trusted God despite losing his children, his fortune,and his health. Joseph remained faithful though he was sold into slavery, falselyaccused, and sent to prison.
Moses gave up the riches of Egypt to become the servant of God.
Gideon overcame his cowardice to win a great victory.
David abandoned himself to God even though Saul sought to slay him.
Peter overcame the failure of his denial and publicly proclaimed that Jesuswas the Christ.
Paul survived imprisonment, shipwreck, and persecution to win the world toChrist.
4. God is getting our attention.
Silence is so quiet that it shouts at us. Its unutteredroar is often deafening! Have you ever noticed how quickly silence gets attention?Enter a noisy room, and let it suddenly become quiet, and everyone will notice. Thatis why God uses silence to get our attention. When He has spoken to us time andtime again and we don’t listen, He often resorts to silence. He may withdraw Hisvoice from your soul so you will begin searching for Him all the more intently.Believe it or not, there is a sound to silence. It speaks louder than a thunderous roar.We may have been too preoccupied with our own interests to notice it at first, buteventually we realize that God is no longer speaking because we are not listening.His silence does not mean that He has withdrawn Himself or that He is denying our request. The late Oswald J. Smith was one of the great missionary-minded pastors of the twentieth century. As a young man, he wanted to go to the mission field. But Godnever gave him any specific direction. He was willing to go to Africa, Asia, or wherever God might send him. Since God remained silent, Dr. Smith went toToronto, Canada, to establish the People's Church. Instead of sending him to aspecific field, God led him to build one of the greatest missionary-sending churchesof all time. Today there are thousands of missionaries encircling the globe becauseGod was silent to a young preacher named Oswald J. Smith.Every Crisis Is An OpportunityA crisis can push us to spiritual growth, or bring us to the brink of spiritual collapse.The Chinese word for "crisis" is a combination of the symbols for "danger" plus"opportunity." In each crisis, there is both the opportunity for growth and the potential for failure. Our response to the crisis determines whether it will become a building block or a stumbling stone in our lives. I once heard an assuming story that brings home this point. Once there were two young men deeply in love with girlsthey were planning to marry. One of the men had his bride-to-be leave him for another man. Distraught and unable to handle his crisis, he leaped off a bridge andended it all. The other young man had his bride-to-be break his heart as well, but inhis time of heartache and crisis, he wrote a country music song about his experienceand made a million dollars! You see, it is all in the way we handle it.Everyone faces trouble sooner or later. Being a Christian does not automaticallymake us immune to crises. While our relationship with Christ certainly ought to helpus face our problems more effectively, it does not guarantee us a crisis-free life. Infact, the Bible virtually promises us we are going to have trouble. It reminds us thisworld is no friend of grace. Our lives are never all success and no failure—allmountaintops and no valleys. Everyone of us will face times when we are up as wellas times when we are down.While the Bible clearly teaches we will often face trouble in our lives, it also remindsus we do not have to go out of our way to look for it. For most of us, troublegenerally comes unexpectedly. It is not something for which we can plan or prepare.In fact, the greatest crises of life tend to come at the most inopportune times. Thetelephone rings in the middle of the night and you are told the awful news of sometragedy. Or your doctor explains you have some serious illness. Or the teacher sendshome a note to explain there have been problems at school with your child. As a pastor, I have often seen lives that were permanently changed in one day as the resultof a personal tragedy.
How Crises Can Bring Glory to God
The Christian life is one of facing problems, not running from them. In our greatestmoments of trouble, we need not fear nor panic because the power of God’s Spirit
Bethel Bible Baptist Church of Binan Pages 1 of 3Ptr.Boie Manrique May 17,2006