What’s in the Bank?

What’s in the Bank?

Cindy Hess Kasper

Ephesians 2:4-7

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:16

In the winter of 2009, a large passenger plane made an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River. The pilot, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, who landed the plane safely with no casualties, was later asked about those moments in the air when he was faced with a life-or-death decision. “One way of looking at this,” he said, “might be that for 42 years I’ve been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience, education, and training. And on [that day] the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal.”

Most of us will at some time face a crisis. Perhaps it will be a job termination or the results of a medical test, or the loss of a precious family member or friend. It is in those times that we must dig down deep into the reserves of our spiritual bank account.

And what might we find there? If we have enjoyed a deepening relationship with God, we’ve been making regular “deposits” of faith. We have experienced His grace (2 Cor. 8:9; Eph. 2:4-7). We trust the promise of Scripture that God is just and faithful (Deut. 32:4; 2 Thess. 3:3).

God’s love and grace are available when His children need to make a “withdrawal” (Ps. 9:10; Heb. 4:16).

Great is Your faithfulness, O Lord God! Each day I see You provide for me and show me mercy. Thank You.

Remembering God’s faithfulness in the past strengthens us for the future.

In today’s text Paul reminds the believers in the church at Ephesus that their salvation is wholly God’s doing—after all, dead things (v. 5) can’t do anything to change their situation. But Paul doesn’t stop with the reminder that it is God who makes us alive. He adds that the goal of that gracious action is to show the incomparable riches of God’s grace. God saves us to show us who He is.

Launch Out

Many of us have been sitting on the banks of life, but God desires we thrust out a little further into the deep. We all can fish from the bank, but if you want to receive a great payload, you must go out into the deep.
We all can catch the Lord form the bank, but if you want to receive the fullness of the Lord you must launch out into the deep.

 

Go a Little Further

“And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Matthew 26:39

Jesus left the crowd. He left the twelve disciples. In Gethsemane He even left the three who were closest to Him, went a  little further and fell on His face and prayed, “Not as I will, but as thou wilt.” It was here, face-to-face with His Father, that He found strength to handle this crisis and the wisdom to know what to do will be yours if you’ll just go a little further, stay in My presence a little longer, and dig a little deeper in My Word. If only you knew how close you are to the answer!”Jesus was only a few hours away from the cross, a few days away from the resurrection, and on the threshold of launching the church. Are you in Gethsemane? Sometimes surrendering  your will to God is hard, isn’t it? Look at Jesus. Before heaven accepted the sacrifice of a broken body, it demanded the sacrifice of a broken will.

Have you surrendered to God? Why do we trust others so easily while God longs for us to Trust Him? You go to a doctor whose name you can’t pronounce, get  a prescription you can’t read, take it to a pharmacist you don’t know, get medicine you don’t understand, and take it with confidence. Why is it so much easier to have confidence in these “unknowns” than in God, Who is faithful in every way? The answer lies in where you place your trust. Trust comes from knowing someone intimately, listening to them, and spending time with them. it doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time.

Taken from The Word for You Today: Wednesday November 19, 2014

 

IF YOU ARE WONDERING “WHY ME!!??” THIS IS FOR YOU

Credit Score

An interesting topic came up one night while I was attending bible study, and it really caused me to ponder. When the Lord tells us to go out and make a major purchase, are we concerned about our credit report, and how much money we have or do not have in the bank? Usually when the Lord speaks to my spirit about something, I will begin to mention to the Lord about how I can’t afford it, and how the banks / loan company will check my credit score, or that I do not have the money saved for that, and blah, blah, blah. All of these things the Lord is aware of, but HE is testing our trust and faith in HIM. We can quote “a cattle on a thousand hills belong to our God.” “Whatever we ask in HIS name, we shall receive.” “He has given us power to get wealth,” and all of these good scripture, but how firm do we hold fast to the word when we are put to the test?

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying to do anything that the Lord has not instructed you to do because HIS blessings make you rich, and does not add any sorrow. The blessings are only in what the Lord has spoken over your life, and what we have submitted ourselves to concerning HIS will for our lives. We are not in the business of tempting the Lord, so make sure that as you are walking by faith, that the lord is ordering your steps. What I am saying is that if the Lord said it, and you know it is HIS voice, then why do we allow the confinements of the world’s system, and our lack of belief to stop us!?

I know that we shouldn’t just jump out on a whim and do something, but if God said it, then honey get out there and do what the Lord has said because he has already touched the kings heart to give you everything that you need like he touched King Artaxerxes heart to give Nehemiah everything that he needed to do the work of the Lord.

So the question lies….Who’s report will you believe?
Experian, Equifax, TranUnion, or Christ?