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The Lenten Journey: Stop Depending on Foreign Oil

The Lenten Journey: Stop Depending on Foreign Oil

John 14:1-14

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:1-14 NIV

Dependence on foreign oil is a hot topic right now. The price of oil is expected to continue to increase, which means that everything else will follow suit. The more money it takes for fuel, the more money we will spend on food, travel, clothes, and just about everything else that we buy as consumers. Sure there are a lot of reasons for the increase in the price of oil. It used to be the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We also could blame Osama bin Laden. More recently, we can blame the political turmoil in Egypt and other foreign countries around the world. It is also possible that we have been placing our dependence in the wrong entity all along.

So it is with our belief in God. I recently found myself having to repent to God for allowing myself to place my needs in someone else’s hands besides God. I placed an unrealistic expectation on people to meet needs that God has already promised to provide. It turns out that I had too much doubt and not enough faith. I had assumed control for something that God already had in control.

Doubt is a deadly disease but faith is the healer of any ailment. I continue to learn that it is not about what you can see, but what you believe in your heart. Believing in God brings us to believe in unlimited possibilities because God encompasses everything. Our dependence on foreign oil must end now. If we believe in God, why not believe in the power of God. Ask in the name of Jesus and watch your every need be met.

LaNicia Williams
Seattle, WA
www.laniciawilliams.com

THE LENTEN JOURNEY: THE ROAD AHEAD

As we enter into the final days of this Lenten Journey prior to Holy Week, what are you believing God for these days? If I showed you my list, it would stagger the strongest among us! Beloved, let’s trust God to do what God does best in all things great and small. My list may stagger you, but it does not stagger God! On the road to tomorrow, hold on to the God who makes impossible possible!

Our guest writers have been sharing their thoughts during this Lenten Journey from the gospel of John. Share your response in the comment section or directly to them on their sites or email addresses. Keep up at www.twitter.com/vashtimckenzie.

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie



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