I Should Have…All Along

I know that you, like I, have looked back over life and thought about certain things we should have done all along. We know we need to save money in case of an emergency. We know that certain things produce certain results. I was reminded by Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle how important prayer is.

I know that many of you are thinking, “Duh!” The truth is that we don’t spend nearly enough time praying and trusting God. We have financial needs, yet we worry and don’t pray. We have a family crisis, yet we take matters into our own hands and don’t pray because we think we can fix it. I know someone can relate.

The Brooklyn Tabernacle is a praying church. Jim Cymbala does not possess the education to pastor that church, but he understands the power of God and prayer. He knows he can’t but God can. His wife can’t read music but arranges it for their choir. The power of prayer is demonstrated once again. The testimonies from that church are countless.

What God has done there can be a reality in your life. You can pray and believe and watch God do the miraculous. You can learn to praise God for promises that He will fulfill but you don’t see it yet. Do what you should have done all along. Stop looking for something great when you aren’t willing to do the basic things like pray, study Scripture, exercise faith, tell others about Jesus, etc. It’s time to move forward in obedience and watch God do mighty things in and around us.

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  1. Yes, thank you for is! Brooklyn Tabernacle is like a little child before our Lord (the Cymbalas and their assembly), and so God is with them.
    My next comment is clearly not of this world, but of God. Regarding “We know we need to save money in case of an emergency.” I challenge you to substantiate that (worldly wisdom!) with Scripture. God is Jehovah Jireh, the LORD our provision!
    I offer to you that our Lord Jesus trusted God to provide for Him and all His apostles throughout the entire course of His earthly ministry. We never read of Jesus or His apostles passing around a plate for an offering – never! Here is God’s wisdom I the matter:
    “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?… So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:24-25, 31-33‬ ‭NIV‬‬)
    There is MUCH from which Christ’s blessed Bride need to be purified! Praise God He loves us so…

    1. Re: saving(s)
      I believe one could apply the principle that Joseph -through the wisdom of God- employed in Egypt. During time of plenty, the kingdom saved 20% of its harvest so that they’d have provision in time of scarcity.

      Another principle I saw there was that when things were scarce, Joseph did not give away the kingdom’s resources. Instead, it was sold back to the people.

      Agree, when we seek first the kingdom of God – the rule of God in our lives – all these things (that the world strive after) will be added to us.
      We utilize the wisdom and knowledge that God gives us; we rest in Him for our provisions, but we’re also to be good stewards of what He’s entrusted to us (eat, give, save, plant/invest)

      1. Yes, we clearly are to be good stewards. Regarding Joseph selling the food back to the people, I will share with you what another has shown me: the food belonged to the Egyptian people to begin with, yet Joseph required that they buy their own food back from Pharaoh… (Gen. 47).

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