A Little Lesson from Ephesians...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 4, 2011
  • 42 Comments
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As Ken drove me to Joni and Friends this morning, our van became a sanctuary of praise-full song – “We’re Marching to Zion” was the hymn on my heart, and I sang it vigorously! I have to on days like this… days when my hip and lower back cramp in pain. It's my way of chasing away any dark, discouraging spirit bent on 'taking me out of the battle.' A difficult day like this is also a chance to 'testify' to the spirit world that, come hell or high water, I choose to cleave to the cross, hang onto the Spirit, and grab hold of the grace of my Savior. Ephesians 3:10 tells me that as we face our trials courageously, our lives are elevated onto a cosmic field of warfare where the stakes are about as high as you can get – we either make His sustaining-grace famous by trusting Him, or we make His grace appear empty by not trusting Him. I want to be in the camp that trusts in the Lord. I think you do, too…

Which is why I’ve posted a video of the message I gave for Moody Founder’s Week this past Wednesday (couldn’t get to Chicago because of the blizzard, so I sent a video). In it, I talk about Ephesians 3:10 and its impact on my day-to-day life as a quadriplegic (I also wrote extensively about Ephesians 3:10 in the book I wrote with Steve Estes, A Step Further). Hopefully, this message will be a blessing to you, too, reminding you of your high calling in the midst of every trial. Finally, take heart from what A.W. Tozer wrote many years ago, “The best thing is neither to seek nor avoid troubles but to follow Christ and take the bitter with the sweet as it may come. Whether we are happy or unhappy at any given time is not important. That we be in the will of God is all that matters. We may safely leave with him the incident of heartache or happiness. He will know how much we need of either or both.”

Onward and upward, friend! 

 
 

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42 Comments

 
Joni, I'm not sure if you read your comments, but I cannot thank you enough for choosing to glorify God in your suffering. I have cerebral Palsy, and my mom who is my primary caregiver is fighting cancer for the 4th time. God bless you! You are such an inspiration!
  • Feb. 10, 2011
  • 3:40 p.m.
  • T.J.
Joni, I just wanted to say, 'thank you', I really needed to hear that!!!!!!!
  • Feb. 10, 2011
  • 11:32 a.m.
  • Di
thank you for your encouraging words i needed to be reminded that GOD is still here.I need to TRUST and continue to STAND awaiting GOD to heal my marriage.GOD bless all of you. Joanie
  • Feb. 10, 2011
  • 6:05 a.m.
  • joan nietzschmann
Dear Joni, I've been following you for years. Every time I hear you live or online or read your books, I get a little teary eyed. You won't believe how much Jesus works through you to speak to my life. Praise Jesus for the joy as He makes His blessings known to all those beautiful children.
  • Feb. 9, 2011
  • 6:38 p.m.
  • Micaela Vinson
I was reading your book "A Place of Healing" and I really liked your "heaven" dream where you remembered a song from the piano. I had a "heaven" dream like that about 15 years ago -- I've always been a bookworm and because of mental problems I was having trouble concentrating on a book. I had hardly read anything for about a year, and was feeling kind of down about it. I dreamed that I was in the library of a beautiful mansion and an elderly lady was telling me about all the beautiful stories that were in that library. Thank God I've gotten over that stage and can read now. I've also experienced pain -- it's mental but it feels physical. Not much, just off and on for about two years. I've been over that now too for a long time, but I feel like you're dealing with it better than I did. At least I learned to live one day at a time, and it was good to think of other people dealing with the same thing. I don't know why, but it's really encouraging!
  • Feb. 9, 2011
  • 6:14 p.m.
  • Susan Massey
yesterday i saw your video and i really feld blessed by it
  • Feb. 9, 2011
  • 1:38 p.m.
  • rita
I think I am starting to get it. You see Joni, when I accepted Christ 26 years ago, I thought it was going to make my life better in a worldly sort of way. I wanted no trials- I even believed that as a Christian I would not have severe trials and Jesus could be persuaded through prayer to keep me and my family from them. I wanted a beautiful house, perfect husband, perfect children, etc. etc. I thought these were a Christian's right, if I didn't have them then I must be off track- that I wasn't being blessed. What a burden to bear. I am so glad you shine the truth for us. It is not easy nor really what I wanted to hear, but it has the ring of truth. I am ashamed to say it took me this long to learn this. I really wanted (and still struggle) to seek earthly comforts selfishly. A good deal of my early prayers were about those sort of things! But can I say, what a kind and compassionate Father to bring me to a more eternal perspective. I still have so much to learn, I'm just so thankful that Jesus loves me despite my thick heartedness. Thank you Joni for another very impacting message.
  • Feb. 9, 2011
  • 11:59 a.m.
  • Angela
Joni - You inspire me, greatly. I'm sure so many people tell you that. I can complain about so many nuisances, minor issues and inconveniences in my life and yet you deal with quadraplegia, pain and cancer and somehow find joy amidst it all. Humanly, I'm sorry you have to go through SO much in your life. Spiritually, I can see why God chose you. I pray you will always see it as an honor - that He felt you were up to the task. And someday in heaven, I know He will reward you for your great sacrifice.
  • Feb. 9, 2011
  • 8:36 a.m.
  • Dionna
You are right. Our Creator is just waiting for us to call His name and ask for forgiveness and mercy.
  • Feb. 8, 2011
  • 5:22 p.m.
  • Mesa Family Dentist
Thank you Joni for this powerful message. God Bless you.
  • Feb. 7, 2011
  • 10:30 p.m.
  • Jeff Steckley
 
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