There’s a young lady who had been attending Lakewood for about a year, but she couldn’t get her husband to attend. He wasn’t raised in church, and spiritual things seemed very foreign to him. Not only that, he worked on Sundays, and it was difficult for him to miss because they really needed the income. Every week, she would encourage him. Finally, he agreed to come. He went in very early to work one Sunday and then took off the rest of the day. His friends at work gave him a hard time. They couldn’t believe he was going to miss work and the income he could be earning to attend church.
During the service, they came down front for prayer. It just so happened that my friend Johnny prayed for them. When Johnny was praying, he felt impressed in his heart to give them a gift. He had five $20 bills and eight $1 bills wrapped all together in his front pocket. While he had one hand on the man’s shoulder praying, he put his other hand in his pocket and tried to separate the ones from the twenties. So he’s praying and trying to sort out this money. The couple didn’t know anything about it. Johnny finished praying, but he never did get the cash separated. So he pulled out the whole amount and discreetly put it in the man’s hand and said, "Here, I want to bless you with this."
The couple went back to their seats, sat down and then looked at the money. They couldn’t believe it. They had never met Johnny before, but they found him after service. The young man said, "I took off six hours of work today. This $108 is the exact amount I missed out on."
That couple was so amazed by God. Now they come every single week. But what if Johnny had just ignored that inner prompting? Sure, the couple would have been blessed by the service, but it wouldn’t have had the same impact.
Friend, God is looking for people He can use for His highest purposes, people He can take to amazing new levels. It’s going to be people who are quick to obey, people He doesn’t have to argue with or try to give seven confirmations and twelve lightning bolts before they move. No, God is looking for people who are so sensitive that at the smallest nudge, they move. If God impresses them, "Go here," they go.
"Bless this person."
"No problem. I’ll bless them."
"Change in this area."
"Yes, God, I’ll change."
He’s looking for people He can trust. When God looks down from heaven at you and me, I want Him to say, "I can count on Joel. I can count on Bob. I can count on Maria. I can count on those people at Lakewood. They are sensitive to My voice. They are quick to obey. I can use them to do great and mighty things."
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much…" (Luke 16:10, NIV)
Bible Brain Teaser
It's not really a Christian joke, but you'll have fun anyway. In the paragraph below there are the names of 16 books of the Bible. See how many you can find.
I once made a remark about the hidden books of the Bible. It was a lulu; kept people looking so hard for facts…and for others it was a revelation. Some were in a jam, especially since the names of the books were not capitalized. But the truth finally struck home to numbers of our readers. To others it was a real job. We want it to be a most fascinating few moments for you. Yes, there will be some really easy ones to spot. Others may require judges to help them. I will quickly admit it usually takes a minister to find one of them, and there will be loud lamentations when it is found. A little lady says she brews a cup of tea so that she can concentrate better. See how well you can compete. Relax now, for there really are sixteen names of books of the Bible in this paragraph.
Brain Teaser 2
How did you do finding the 16 books of the bible in the teaser above? Well, here’s another Christian joke in the form of a brain teaser. The names of 22 books of the Bible are “hidden” in the paragraph below. See how many you can find. This one is a little more difficult… the Christian joke may be on you!
One man from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his john boat. Roy Clark studied it while playing his banjo. Elaine Victs mentioned it in her column once. One woman judges the job to be so involving, she brews a cup of tea to help calm her nerves. There will be some names that are really easy to spot … that’s a fact. Some people will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. The truth is, from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or scholar to see some of them at the worst. Something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have. Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation may help, books like Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers. And punctuation or spaces in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help you compete. Remember, there are 22 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph.