WASHINGTON, October 5, 2013 — Partisan politics aside, hundreds of thousands of people across the United States are deeply concerned over what the ongoing government shutdown will mean for their families. Furloughed workers aren’t getting paid, but must meet their daily obligations. Still others who rely on services from the federal government now must do without the functions that are shut down, and these pressures are adding to an already stressful life.
What is one to do in times like these? How does faith answer bizarre problems like this?
Sometimes life hands us situations outside of our control and everything we trusted or relied on gets taken away from us. It’s not uncommon for some to feel totally overwhelmed by anxiety and fear over what’s next or worries of finding a solution to their immediate crisis.
The good news however is that no matter what problem you face, God can make a way for you to not only survive, but prosper in the midst of what appears to be utter chaos.
Jesus said in John 5:17, “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.” The Bible likewise says in Hebrews 7:22-25, “By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. And they truly were many priests, because they were suffered not to continue by reason of death: but this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
Said another way, these two passages of scripture tell us that God is always working and His kingdom never experiences a shutdown, furlough or sovereign debt crisis. No matter where you are, no matter what crisis you face, no matter what hour of the day it is, God is always available to minister salvation to your life.
The Bible says in Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.” Earthly authorities and services might be taken offline, but the minute you need help, God is able to flood comfort, wisdom, strength, security and provision — or whatever else you need — immediately to you and your family.
Many people have come to trust in their credit cards, luxury automobiles and opulent homes as sources of confidence, but all these earthly things are subject to earthly changes. Only faith in God can bring reliable results under all circumstances, trials and temptations. In times like these, learning the principles of faith and the power that God’s word provides is critical to protecting your life.
In 2009, one morning at my state capitol I was working on my computer when all of a sudden it unexplainably burned out right in front of me. Having been a part-time computer technician during my undergraduate years of college, I scrambled to fix the PC myself, only to discover that the computer had literally been fried.
This was a potentially disastrous moment, as the loss of all the data on the hard drive would have meant my representative would no longer have access to hundreds of locally stored memos, bill drafts and other key files.
A normal, educated and rational person would look at a situation like that and say, “Well, maybe we can remove and salvage the hard drive, but the computer itself is toast.” I on the other hand began to pray and when I felt I had enough faith built up, I said to the computer, “In the Name of Jesus, I command you to turn on!”
Suddenly, without even touching the power button, the computer beeped to life, booted up and the hard drive spun without error. I was so surprised at what happened that I jumped backward in alarm. The PC was fixed! That was perhaps one of the most unusual and seemingly absurd applications of faith I’d ever experienced in my life, but it powered up a computer that shouldn’t have been able to turn on. Coincidence? I say that was the power of God released through faith.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 21:21 “Verily I say unto you, if ye have faith and doubt not … if ye shall say unto this mountain, ‘Be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea’ it shall be done.” Faith speaks to situations and things and moves resistance through the power of God. Faith can make broken things whole and faith can power up things that otherwise should be turned off.
Are you facing a situation that needs the power of God? Do you need a miracle in your health, finances, marriage or some other critical area of your life? Fear not! God’s kingdom is always open and never shut down. If God can miraculously fix a broken computer, how much more can he fix the lives of men and women that He created in His own image!
Pray this prayer:
“God, I refuse to be afraid of the situations, problems and even the people that are challenging me because I place my faith in You. I believe that nothing is impossible for those who believe and I have made the decision to believe Your word. Let me see victory in my life, my finances, my relationships and everything that concerns me. I know that Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost, and I ask that he would save me — right now. I expect and receive my breakthrough, amen!”
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