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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Dearest Joni, Thank you for the testimony! Yes, the heavenly host watches us as well as those in the world. I am praying for you!!!
  • Feb. 7, 2011
  • 8:56 p.m.
  • Jennifer Rader
Joni, I heard you on the radio the day you spoke this @ Moody. I was encouraged in my faith as I heard you, as I always am whenever I hear you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your obedience, zeal, example, etc., etc., to us!!! Ruth Kaufman
  • Feb. 7, 2011
  • 5:45 p.m.
  • Ruth Kaufman
Thank you Joni for this post. Right on time. Today is the anniversary of my husband's death and many losses that followed. I have a miserable cold on top of Fibromyalgia. So, I was suddenly having an attack of "what am I here for? I am not needed. Does God still have a plan for my life?" Your post pulled me up out of that thinking. Thanks for reminding me to sing and fight! Your book, "A Place of Healing" is beyond awesome. Thank you for continuing to be a blessing. I consider you a friend and mentor.
  • Feb. 7, 2011
  • 2:15 p.m.
  • Adrienne
Joni, I thank you for sharing your pain with us, as well as the antedote that works for you from the Lord. I shared with someone else who e-mailed me regarding pain with a back that is constant, and it is hard to give encouragement to someone like that, but I shared what you are sharing and I hope it blessed her as it did me. God is so good...
  • Feb. 7, 2011
  • 10:34 a.m.
  • Dale Lundgren
This is in every way what I needed to hear today. Thank you so much for reminding me that "we either make His sustaining-grace famous by trusting Him, or we make His grace appear empty by not trusting Him." I want to choose to make Him famous! Blessings!
  • Feb. 7, 2011
  • 8:22 a.m.
  • Caroline
You always encourage me to press on. Yesterday was the memorial for my dear sister in law who died of cancer too young age 48. Although I am sad still and grieve for her loss and for her husband and children I rejoice in the end of her suffering and know she is with Jesus. The gospel was preached at her service and the room packed. Some were there who do not know Jesus and my prayer is that this will draw them to Him.Then even in her death Judy is still preaching the gospel too. Her husband worried no one would show up because of the super bowl. Seeing the crowd took all of our breath away and showed us that the Lord is still more important to many.We felt loved and supported.
  • Feb. 7, 2011
  • 8:12 a.m.
  • janet
Dear Joni, I so appreciated your words on this post. I've been praying all morning about some situations that need total trust and complete obediance. Your example of praising Him in the pain is so vital for us. We so need to stay close to our Savior Jesus. Thank you for sharing your heart and may God continue to bless and strengthen you and Ken. Kathleen
  • Feb. 7, 2011
  • 7:33 a.m.
  • Kathleen Knoblock
Joni ~ Thanks for this message! I understand pain...my doctors have not fixed my problem yet (spinal cord injury from surgery). Through all of it, I simply tell my friends I "press on" because God is good and is with me through everything. Praying for you, Ken and all ~ Karen
  • Feb. 7, 2011
  • 5:28 a.m.
  • Karen Manning
You most certainly are on our list of most admired people. You encourage us to persevere with our disabilities. Your book 'A Place of Healing' blessed my wife and me along with my doctor. We shall persevere until His return, Andy & Marta Andersen
  • Feb. 6, 2011
  • 7:42 p.m.
  • Andy Andersen
I've just finished reading the movie 1/3 of Choices, Changes. As always, along with your faith, I am challenged by your transparency. I'm tempted to just keep reading until I finish the book, but I'm rationing it out for a longer time of encouragement. Thankful to read of your continued progress on the road to recovery.
  • Feb. 6, 2011
  • 10:44 a.m.
  • Doug Heck
 
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