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God Is Always Speaking, Preparing

Word of God Preparation Confidence

Source: LET’S ROLL: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage by Lisa Beamer

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-25

Scripture: Romans 11:33 ; Esther 4:14

Author: Lisa Beamer / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer was a passenger aboard the ill-fated United Airlines Flight 93 that 9-1-1 hijackers commandeered and ultimately planted, nose first, into the Pennsylvania countryside. It was Todd’s words that morning that became a battle cry for all those, in the coming weeks, months, and even years, who would stand up to oppose terror and fight for freedom. “Let’s roll!” were his words, as he and others led a charge against the cockpit.

Todd left a wife, Lisa, and two young sons. Lisa would go on to right a book, fittingly titled LET’S ROLL, in which she discusses the many ways in which the Lord sustained her in the days after Todd’s death. She recounts how uncomfortable she was being instantly thrust into the limelight. She questioned her ability to meet the challenges. 

On one occasion, shortly after the crash, she was asked to speak to a group of some 25,000 women gathered at a spiritual conference at the Core States Arena in Philadelphia. “I had wanted to remain as inconspicuous as possible, but Mordecai’s rejoinder to Esther—“Who knows? Maybe God has you here for such a time as this”—echoed through my mind.” 

She thought back to the ways God always seemed to prepare her to face whatever His plans might be. She recalled how, after Todd’s death, they needed to clean out his car. Among the gum wrappers and gas receipts, they also found a stack of Bible memory cards in the armrest tray that he worked on while driving. 

The top card on the stack, the one that he might have read on September 11, was Romans 11:33-36:

O, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,’and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?” 
“Who has ever given to God, 
that God should repay him?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.

It was the exact passage of Scripture that had helped me through my questions following my dad’s death; the same passage I’d been reminded of at Wheaton College [where Todd and Lisa met]; and the very passage that had been my memory verses for the Bible study I was preparing … the week before Todd died.

Now, facing the request to speak to such a large crowd of women, she felt confident that God had indeed prepared her for such a time as this.

APPLICATION

Lisa concludes, "Seeing that card reminded me that God is always speaking to us and giving us just the words we need for the events he knows lie ahead."

Seeing God In Your Body

Apologetics Confidence Awe

Source: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE, p.p. 94-97

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-15

Scripture: Psalms 8:5 ; Genesis 1:27

Author: Dr. Richard Swenson
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ILLUSTRATION

Consider the human body …

  • Each human is composed of ten thousand trillion trillion atoms (more than all the stars in the universe!)
  • Each human body contains between 10 and 100 trillion cells and each cell is made up of a trillion atoms.
  • In a lifetime, the human heart beats over two billion times and pumps sixty million gallons of blood through sixty thousand miles of blood vessels.
  • Even the smallest blood vessels (tiny capillaries) have some seventy thousand square feet of surface area.
  • We breathe 600 million times over an average life span with each breath processing over a billion trillion air molecules which pass over 300 million alveoli that provide a surface area equivalent to half a tennis court.
  • The retina of the eye contains over 100 million rods and cones that take continuous pictures. In one-third of a second, the retina solves the equivalent of nonlinear differential equations that would take a  supercomputer 100 years to solve.
  • The human ear has a million moving parts and can vibrate twenty thousand times per second, hear sounds over a range of intensity that varies by a trillion, and can distinguish among two thousand different pitches.
  • The human nose can distinguish ten thousand different smells. Our three-pound brain is the most complex arrangement of matter ever discovered in the universe. It contains ten billion neurons and has 100  trillion neurological interconnections that if stretched out would extend  100 thousand miles.
  • Billions of skin cells are replaced every day and the entire surface of the skin is replaced every two weeks.
  • Humans have five million hair follicles which over a lifetime grow over two million feet of hair.

APPLICATION

Says Dr. Richard Swenson: “The biology of the human being is obviously  stunning. What about the theology? Scripture teaches that we are made in God’s very image, in His likeness. We are made a little lower than the angels and crowned with glory and honor. …

“As it turns out, we were not just some science project for a rainy day in Heaven, but instead a creative effort reassured by the Father. He made us for His glory and His pleasure.

“When we gain a picture of what this creative God has done within us, it helps us to understand that we are more than a random collection of organized atoms. Within the miracle of the human body, there is sanctity, hope, and glory. More important, this same awareness also helps us to appreciate that such a Creator is rightly regarded with awe.

“When we see Him more clearly, we have more faith in His power and less anxiety about our circumstances.”

Richard A. Swenson, MD, is a medical doctor and award winning author of several acclaimed books. He travels extensively, speaking to a variety of business, denominational and government groups on issues of faith and reason, stress, complexity, social change, and management.

Being Sure Makes You Secure

Assurance Confidence Eternal Security

Contributed By: Steve Yuhasz | Date Posted: 2014-07-11

Scripture: John 10:27

Author: Steve Yuhasz
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ILLUSTRATION

I watched the TV series "I Dream of Jeannie" when I was a child.  I remember one episode distinctly.  Tony's friend Roger wanted Jeannie to do her genie magic and produce a copy of a current newspaper.  Aiming to please she said she would, but she needed to know the day's date.  Roger told her the date and with that she blinked her eyes and a paper magically appeared.  Roger turned to the sports page and started reading.  Soon, he realized he had given Jeannie tomorrow's date and what he was looking at were the results of that evening's races at the dog track before they had even been run.  Roger quickly made his way to the track and placed bets on dogs he knew were going to win.  A big pay out was guaranteed!  

APPLICATION

Of course, the TV show was fictitious, but the principle holds true in real life. When we know something in advance, we act with greater assurance and confidence.  The words of Jesus in John 10:27-30 indicate that people in the Lord's family know His voice; they follow Him and nobody can pluck them out of His hand.  Therefore, Christians can live with full faith in God knowing their present and eternity is in the hands of their Heavenly Father!

The Best of Men

Confidence Humility Devotional Thoughts

Contributed By: Roger Chambers | Date Posted: 2014-01-23

Scripture: Proverbs 3:5 ; Mark 10:27

Author: Roger Chambers
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How Do YOU Tackle Fear?

Fear Confidence Love (Divine)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-09-16

Scripture: 1 John 4:8

Author: Max Lucado
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Assume a Power Pose

Power Meekness Confidence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-07-01

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6 ; Matthew 5:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Godly Swagger

Confidence Youth Trials

Contributed By: | Date Posted: 2013-06-15

Scripture: Philippians 4:13

Author: Leonard Leach
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Autographed Tennis Balls for Christmas

Christmas Destiny Confidence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-11-22

Scripture: Romans 8:30

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Con-man

Confidence Lies Prayer

Contributed By: David Cranford | Date Posted: 2011-05-02

Scripture: John 8:44

Author: David Cranford
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Yes You Can!

Confidence Spiritual Gifts Servanthood

Contributed By: Randall Langford | Date Posted: 2011-04-09

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:7

Author: Randall Langford
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