Pray, Invest, Go . . . With Confidence

And I’m back! Good morning! It is Monday, March 16, 2015. 21 days until Opening Day!

Today’s word of the day is busk. This is a verb with several meanings, the primary one being, “To go searching or seeking for something; to go from place to place. Chiefly with adverb or prepositional phrase.” It can also have nautical meanings, such as, a: “Of a ship: to cruise; to sail to and fro. Also: spec. to strive against contrary winds or currents at sea; to beat to windward; to tack. Freq. with adverb, as about, to, etc,” and b: “to busk it out : to weather a storm by tacking about.” However, the meaning I am most familiar with is listed as number 3: “To perform music or some other entertainment in a public place (now esp. in the street) for monetary donations. . . to make (one’s way) performing in this manner.” And, finally, along the same line, “To improvise (esp. music); to speak or write without preparation.”

Today is Freedom of Information Day, supposedly started with the idea of ensuring that the government would not withhold secrets from “the people it served.” Uhuh. Right. Moving right along.

We had a most wonderful time over the last four day! Our trip to Paluxy River Bed Cabins was delightful and relaxing. The weather was perfect; in fact the entire experience was just about as perfect as we could ask for. I don’t have a lot of time to write about it this morning, but perhaps will recap it at a later date.

But, sadly, it is Monday morning, again, and we must return to work. I have two days of work, this week, and then will be heading to Mineral Wells Tuesday evening to spend a few days with my parents, as my mother is finally getting that cataract surgery this Wednesday. If you recall, it was supposed to be back in February, but the weather decided to not cooperate for a few days. So I will be driving her over here to Fort Worth on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. My guess is that I will be back home sometime Saturday (or maybe Friday night . . . not sure, yet). For those of you who are pray-ers, I would both covet and appreciate your prayers that all goes well.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Psalm 23:5

(From Solid Joys)

Today’s reading is “Jesus Will Finish the Mission.”

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Matthew 24:14

In this inspiring message, Jesus does not say, “This gospel should be proclaimed,” or “This gospel might be proclaimed.” He says, “This gospel will be proclaimed!”

“This is not a great commission, nor a great commandment. It is a great certainty, a great confidence.”

How can he know this and speak with such certainty? The answer goes back to a proclamation about God in all of his incarnations . . . he is sovereign! “He knows the future success of missions because he makes the future.” He has declared that all the nations will hear the Gospel message.

And let us not think that a “nation” is just a “country.” When the Old Testament spoke of “nations,” it referred to people groups (Amorites, Moabits, Hivites, and all the other “-ites”). “‘Nations’ are ethnic groups with their own peculiar culture.”

“The cause of world missions is absolutely assured of success. It cannot fail. Is it not reasonable, then, that we pray with great faith, that we invest with great confidence, and that we go with a sense of sure triumph?

Jesus, I thank you for the proclamation that you have made, that tells us of the surety of success for your mission on this earth. We can have confidence as we pray, invest, and go, that your mission will succeed, insofar as you have decreed it. We must be careful, Lord, in our own measure of success of the Gospel. If we feel that every person who hears the Gospel must be saved in order for it to be successful, we will be sorely disappointed. However, if we pray, invest, and go, with the knowledge and confidence that all who are appointed unto salvation will believe, then we will know the success of the Gospel as it transforms the world in which we live. May we be faithful to do that which you have called us to do!

I pray for this day, that our travel to and from work will be safe and smooth. May our return to work today be productive and stress-free. May you help us stay focused after our relaxing weekend, that we might keep on track throughout this day. I pray for Stephanie today, that you would be a strong tower for her, that she might have faith and confidence in you during her day. Show your great love to her.

Your grace is sufficient! I thank you for the wonderful weekend we had!

Whatever you do for Christ, you can do it in full assurance that his Gospel will be heard and will succeed as he has decreed!

Grace and peace, friends.

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