Things that touched me:
- Stormie reminds us “Why would Jesus come as Deliverer if we didn’t need one?” This may seem like a straightforward question, but I have met many who don’t believe they need any deliverance. They feel they are good enough and can stand on their own two feet on judgment day. They will be sadly mistaken, because “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
- Stormie reminds us that we are “instructed to pray ‘Deliver us from the evil one’ (Matthew 6:13).” We need to humble ourselves and ask for our all-powerful Creator to help.
- Stormie writes, “The best way I know to stand strong is to put on the whole armor of God.” She then demonstrates how to pray for the armor of God in her prayer at the end of the chapter.
“I pray that he will be strong in the Lord and put on the whole armor of God, so he can stand against the wiles of the devil in the evil day. Help him to gird his waist with truth and put on the breastplate of righteousness, having shod his feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Enable him to take up the shield of faith, with which to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. I pray that he will take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, praying always with all prayer and supplication int he Spirit, being watchful and standing strong to the end (Ephesians 6:13-18).”
I didn’t find anything that I respectfully disagree with.
Trusting God with Results
Have you ever been in a place where you want things to change, and they just aren’t? You feel like you’ve done everything that you could to make things change, and there is still not a difference? What are you supposed to do in these circumstances? Well, perhaps do our best and let God do the rest?
Or, have you ever wanted something so bad that you would do anything to get it? Yes, you might have to bend the rules a little, but it will all be worth it in the end, right? Well, perhaps we should do our best and let God do the rest? Bending those rules wouldn’t be “the best” now, would it?
In both situations, we need to trust God with the results. We need to walk in obedience to Him and His Word and watch the wonderful things that can unfold.
It might be easy to say that the ends justify the means, but that just isn’t the case. Take that to the nth degree, and you might end up like the Children of God cult who lured men into their church through prostitution. The end result was to get men to church. Nothing wrong with men in church, right? The means was women using fornication to get the men to church. That’s not okay!
Sometimes we are tempted to go beyond what we should to get a job done. Not quite as bad as the Children of God cult but in similar disobedience to God’s Word. We want to scream and yell at our husband or children to whip them into obedience. We want to give that lady at the grocery store a piece of our mind to let her know who’s boss. Those things are not in obedience to God’s Word.
I just want to add that sometimes God gives us a goal, but He might not show us the steps of how to get there. In that case, as long as the steps are in obedience to God’s Word, they are our “best”. On the other hand, if God gave us specific directions and we don’t follow them, we are being disobedient and not giving our best.
Some Biblical examples of those who chose to do things their way instead of Gods: Nadab and Abihu (Leviticus 10:12), Saul (I Samuel 15:3-23), those so say “Lord, Lord” (Matthew 7:21-23)
When God gives specific instructions, we need to follow them. Without specific instructions, we need to do our best within the moral confines of God’s Word.
I think Joseph was a great example of trusting God with the results. His brother’s threw him in a pit then sold him as a slave into Egypt. What did he do? He was the best slave he could be, and he was promoted, as the result. When Potipher’s wife lied and landed him in jail, what did he do? He was the best prisoner that he could be and was well trusted, as the result. When presented with the dreams of other prisoners, he interpreted according the ability that God had given him. As the result of his interpreting skills and more so as the result of his mighty God, Joseph went from a slave to the second in command in Egypt! God certainly had great results in mind!
During Paul’s shipwreck as a prisoner on his way to Rome, it would have been easy for Paul to lose his trust in God and give into fear. He chose to believe and obey, and as the result, everyone was saved. In the same way, Paul and Silas chose to praise God and pray in prison instead of trembling in fear of the situation.
“Just as the blind man had to obey the command of Jesus and wash his eyes before he could see, just as the paralyzed man had to get up and take up his bed and walk before he found the power he had been given to do so, just as the man with the shriveled hand had to stretch it forth before it was made whole, so you and I have to demonstrate our faith in God’s Word through our obedience if we want to experience the glory of His life-giving power” – Anne Graham Lotz in Just Give Me Jesus
In each and every circumstance, we need to do our best.
Colossians 3:23 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”
Then, we trust God with the rest of what will happen, or in other words, we trust with the results.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”