CHN is a network of volunteers from churches throughout the United States of America and throughout the nations. Our mission and passion is to carry on the Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ.

September 2013

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God." (Philippians 4:6)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. We are thanking God for all that he has done over the summer, and for what He is about to do. There is so much going on in the world, and so much to pray for! Our country alone has dealt with tornadoes, hurricanes, all kinds of natural disasters. When we look around the world and hear of earth quakes and all kinds of events we really have to know that we are in the End Times.

Hearing about these events can cause some to have fear, or anxiety. Those who do not know the Lord certainly have nothing to hold on to! Thank God for our Faith! We have seen so many answers to prayer this past summer, it is really amazing. God is Faithful to hear our prayers and answer them. Our office is located in a basement and each time we had horrific rain storms, we cried out to Him in faith for His protection upon it, believing that He not only would hear, but answer. Praise God, others around our building had floods, but our office did not get a drop of water.

Philippians 4:6 tells us to call upon God, let our requests be made known to Him. It also tells us not to be anxious in a situation. Sure, we all fall into that scenario at times, it can be difficult! It is normal, especially when the wind and rains are coming fast and furious right into our direction! The Disciples felt that way while in a boat when a storm blew fiercely and they were afraid. After rowing a few miles, they saw Jesus walking on the water, and He told them, "It is I; do not be afraid." Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was on the land where they were going.." (See John 6:16-21)

There will be storms in our life while we are here on earth. We will go through times of trial and pain, when we feel like the situation will never be resolved. Jesus never promised us a lifetime without pain. But.... He did promise us that when we look to Him the answers are there. The one thing for all of us to remember is to know that Jesus came to earth, lived, and died for us, so that we can have victory in every circumstance, which will culminate in Life Eternal when our time to depart comes. "For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself." Jesus is the source of Pauls power in this verse. (Phil. 3:20,21) Who is our source of power? Do we really know who we are in Him? Do we really fully understand all that He has done for us and is still doing as He sits at the Right Hand of God in heaven? 

My friend, we have the victory in Him!  The thing that Jesus wants most from us is our love and fellowship. He wants us to know Him intimately. He wants us to spill out our heart, and tell Him everything. Yes, He already knows everything! He knows exactly what is going on in your life and mine right now. But....He wants us to talk to Him, He wants us to go to Him and ask for what we need!

If your child, or someone close to you never spoke to you, and never asked you for anything, how would your relationship be with that person? Yes, you know the needs, but don't you want to have communication with that person? Don't you want that person to feel free to ask for what is needed? Sure, some people are very needy and it can be rough, I agree. (Smile) But... even with that, how would we feel if that person did not trust us enough to talk to us, to express himself or herself? If our children cut us off and never came to us, it would hurt! Especially if it is in our power to give help!

We are told to be anxious for nothing, but in everything (this means every situation that comes against us) we are to go before God humbly, with thanksgiving, knowing that He loves us and is happy that we are coming to Him, and let our request be made known to Him. When we do, vs. 7 tells us that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Praise God! Do you want peace? Are you looking for something to change in your life or relationships? Is there something that is going on that is beyond your control or expertise? Then this is the answer! It is so simple! How then, do we focus on God's help and deliverance? How do we stay calm in the midst of the storm? Paul tells us how: "Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you." (Vs. 8,9) Glory to God!

The key to living victoriously is in this: "I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:12,13) 

Let us pray: Father, in Jesus precious Name, I lift up this reader to You, and ask that you would encourage this person to call out to You, and to trust You with all their heart. You have wonderful plans for this person. Your Word in Jeremiah 29:11 - 14 says: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity..."     God bless you!

In His Service,

Pastor Barbara