What I’ve wanted to show through this blog about mom is that there is power in the name of Jesus!!! Mother believed this and lived by it. She saw the miraculous in her walk with the Lord. And it was not because of who she was—God is no respecter of persons—but it was and is because of who God is.
We’ve fallen into two traps these days—we either wave away the miraculous or we fall pray to that gospel that says God is the cause of our problems, that he allows the troubles in our lives to help perfect us. Now, I don’t deny that God does let us reap what we’ve sown sometimes—and uses that for teaching.
However, some of the problems and disasters in our lives are our own fault, not God’s. We live in a fallen world, a world where our enemy, the devil, is still alive and well. We are told to resist him. Do we do that? We are also told that God doesn’t tempt us with evil but we’re drawn away by our own lusts and enticed. If we’re looking for a better life, we need to turn to God, to read and study His Word, and do what he tells us.
Think about it. God does not want divorce. He says he hates it. And yet, how many Christians become involved in affairs that tear their marriages apart, that wound their spouse and their children? God does not want the murder and rape of children that is reported daily in the news, but that evil goes on, too. Some children are molested by their youth pastors! This is not God’s will. He does not want people to lie, to steal, to commit adultery. But his people often choose to do wrong or forget to seek His advice in situations, and then are surprised (amazed!) when things go wrong.
We turn our back on our own responsibility by saying that God “must have meant that to teach me something.” No, God was trying to teach you something before you entered that situation. He was trying to teach you to listen to Him and to trust Him.
People that do not know God also do wrong and that affects our lives, those we love, and the world. Many are directed by satan. We can’t ignore him. We should fight him spiritually. Ephesians tells us we don’t fight against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places. We’ve evaded our responsibilities in this area for too long. We don’t fight spiritually. We lay down our weapons—the Word of God and prayer.
What I saw everyday in my mother’s life was her constant (daily) study of the Bible, her constant turning to Him for the decisions in her life, her constant prayer. And she was no saint! She failed in areas everyday just like the rest of us. She messed up. But she knew her God, and turned to Him through every failure. She trusted Him. She knew He loved her and wanted the best for her.
Mother was living in the “Lord’s House” in Israel when he told her to go home for Christmas. As she said later, God knew she wanted to be with family during that time, and during her study time that particular morning, He told her to “go home.”
So, she packed her bags and told the others living there she needed a ride to the airport. They knew she had no money, so they took up a collection among themselves. This equaled taking up an offering among homeless men and women—they didn’t have much to give financially. But they prayed for her!
When she arrived at the airport, she went to the ticket counter and told the man she needed a roundtrip ticket to the US, but that she had no money. Of course, a conversation ensued and mother told this man that her “Father had told her to go home.” After more conversation, this man (who was Jewish) issued her a roundtrip ticket! He bought it for her himself! With his own money! She promised him she would pay him back when she returned.
Well, mother came home, visited all her children, preached at some churches and returned a month later to Israel—with enough money to pay the man back. You can bet he thought—and everyone he told the story to thought—he’d never see that money again. But God is faithful!
Not only did God prove himself to mother and to that man but to all who heard of God’s faithfulness to a woman who trusted in Him.
“There is power in the name of Jesus” is a song my mother would loved and you might, too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOyjD5Zw2ew