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TECH Intercessor here is your January/February 2015 Missionary TECH Team Intercessor (Newsletter)
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As we enter 2015, the Body of Christ is being individually and corporately challenged and confronted on an ever-increasing scale.  Christians are being attacked in virtually every area of life and ministry.   As the attacks increase both at home and abroad, they are causing shock, dismay and unexpected anxiety.

From a human perspective this emerging dynamic of our times makes it easy to become discouraged and perhaps even despondent.  That’s why, we need to personally focus on living, moving, and having our being in Him (Acts 17:28 and Philippians 2:1-5)! Through Christ and his enabling strength (Philippians 4:13), we can eagerly pursue our personal callings as we press on to the mark of the higher calling (Philippians 3:14).

Persecution of the church is widespread in the “Third World,” and it is now becoming more prominent and prevalent in our beloved country. The direction of our judicial system, government regulatory agencies, and local governments continue to “put the squeeze on” those desiring to stand for righteousness,

While all of this is going on, the economic challenges are becoming larger and larger; physical maladies seem to be intensifying among Believers. Seldom does a day go by without my receiving word of serious illnesses of those serving in ministry, including some within the TECH family.

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe
Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe, a dear personal friend of mine, has been and is an ever-present and ever-available encourager to me and the entire ministry team of Missionary TECH Team.  He even dedicated one of this “Be” series of books, Be Determined, to the TECH ministry.  The following devotional, written by Dr. Wiersbe is one that offers each one of us great comfort and challenge during this period of time. Our prayer is that his thoughts in this devotion will be a great inspiration and encouragement to you as they were to us.

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.

Psalm 33:11

You and I should have no problems with the first half of our verse, because we know that our heavenly Father is sovereign and that his counsel will ultimately triumph. But when it comes to the second half, some believers might hesitate, and you may be one of them. You may have had painful experiences in your Christian life that make it difficult for you to believe that the will of God comes from the heart of God and is an expression of his love. If the Father loves us, why is there so much disappointment, pain, and sorrow in life? When what we consider to be “bad things” do happen to God’s people, these are times when the enemy asks us, “If God loves you, why did this happen?” How do we deal with these difficult experiences?

    Accept God’s overall purpose. The Father’s wise counsel for all of his children is that we become “conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom. 8:29). The trials of life are tools in God’s hands to make us more like Jesus, and whether we see it or not, all things are working together for good (v. 28). But the Father also has purposes for us individually. He admonishes each of us to work out our own salvation, our Christian life, with fear and trembling as he works in us (Phil. 2:12-13). Joseph couldn’t fully understand why he was suffering so much, but it all worked together to put him on the throne and make him more like Jesus. The twelve disciples didn’t understand why their Master should suffer and die, but they finally got the message.

    Rest in God’s love. Whether for Mary, Martha, and Lazarus or for you and me, the will of God does come from the heart of God and manifests his love for us. When our older son was in first grade, he tried to climb a picket fence and severely injured himself. As we drove to the clinic, he was frightened and worried and asked me, “What will the doctor do?” I explained that the doctor would sterilize the wound and give him a tetanus shot, and probably a few stitches, all of which would be painful.  But all of it would work together to heal him. Why was I taking him to the doctor? Because his mother and I loved him and wanted the best for him. My heavenly Father did not spare his own son whom he loved (Rom. 8:32), and he will not spare us. The Father forsook his own Son so that he might never forsake us! No matter how we feel, the Lord by his grace can transform suffering into glory and make us more like his Son.

You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Psalm 73:24

A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. 
Proverbs 16:9

The above Devotion is taken from the book, Old Testament WORDS for Today: 100 Devotional Reflections. Written by Warren W. Wiersbe. Published by Baker Book 
(www.bakerpublishinggroup.com)
Copyright 2013. Used by permission. 

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