Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Power of Persuasion

A man was walking along a dimly lit street. Suddenly a dark figure appeared out of an alley and demanded, “Stop right there.”

Frightened and nervous, the man asked, “What do you want?”

“I want you to help me,” came the response. “I’m poor and I’m hungry and I’m out of work. All I have is this...gun.”

When we need help we look for acceptance and understanding, comfort and compassion, direction and strength, hope and health for the journey called life. We look for someone who has been where we are and has succeeded where we may be failing.

The Christian has God, the power of Christ, the presence of the Holy Spirit and Scripture. When we are overcome with burdens that beat upon us, pain that paralyzes us, fear that frightens us, suffering that scares us, we have an ever present Help in times that terrify us. Jesus Christ “gives us everlasting comfort, good hope, and strength in everything.”

Prayer: Lord, when I am threatened with the uncertainties of life, may I turn to You, knowing that as my Advocate, You will be my protector and provider. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

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