In John 15:5 it says, I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
In her book, Joyce says, If you get up in the morning in a terrible mood, the best thing you can do is find a place and spend some time with the Lord. Being in His presence transforms us. We can change the course of a day that Satan has negative plans for by learning to seek God quickly when we sense any attitude or behavior that is not Christlike. Apart from Him, we can do nothing, but with and through Him, we can do all things. I have learned that I will always have feelings, but I don't have to let them rule me. I can't override them on my own; but if I seek God for help, He will strengthen me to walk in His Spirit, not in my emotions.
What if someone offends us or hurts our feelings? The Bible says we are not to be easily offended or touchy. We are all commanded to quickly forgive those who hurt us. We may want to do what is right but find the doing of it difficult. That is when we need to take time to pray, spend some time with God, go to His Word and let our hearts meditate on a few scriptures that deal with what we are going through. As a result, you and I will find strength to do the right thing. Remember, (And this is my favorite part!) we are in a war; we are soldiers in God's army, and we must be ready at any time to use our weapons. Some of those weapons are prayer, worship, praise, and the Word of God.
Although she's speaking much about giving our own immediate circumstances to God, I believe that what she is saying can, also, be applied to others and their emergent needs. I just got an update from Kate's CaringBridge blog that said she is in a holding room awaiting her MRI. Her dad Aaron's blog asks for us to fast and pray for…
- a clean MRI, that tumor will be gone completely, every cancer cell destroyed
- wisdom for our doctors and people reviewing the MRI
- Kate to tolerate the anesthesia and MRI
- Jesus Christ to be glorified and made famous
Kate needs us to pray, for her, right now. She needs the course of her day changed. Please become a soldier in God's army for Kate!