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 Mrs. Joni, I have been thinking a lot about you lately. I was born in 1965, so you are about 15 years older than me. I remember hearing information about you while I was studying at Huehue Academy as a missionary kid here in Guatemala. I remember how your suffering (through the ordeal in the hospital being turned over to keep from getting bed sores and then how you would talk to people being upside down) impacted me. I don´t remember if I saw the movie, or if I read a book about you. I think it was a book, but it seems so vivid in my mind like a movie. I don´t like pain at all, and of course, you don´t either or anyone else for that matter. Truly I am sorry to hear that you were hurting today. Thankyou for being so open and honest; I love that trait!! In Christ´s love and fellowship, Katrinka Sue de Romero (this is part one, the other half I will send as another comment due to limit set)
  • Feb. 4, 2011
  • 5:27 p.m.
  • Katrinka de Romero
Joni, I have to admit, I haven't been coming to check on your blog since you received your clean bill of health (and my new job has me just a bit busy!) but today was a reminder that I need to continue to uphold you in prayer and I also needed to read your words today. We are so in a spiritual battle, the enemy would love to see us defeated. I just read in Psalm 71, "My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you- I whom you have delivered." We have been delivered! He fights the battle for us, we already have the victory in and through Christ Jesus and when we sing those praises, what a good way to remind the enemy! Oh, I think he can't stand that and so he flees. Thank you, Joni. Praying for you! Love you lots. Kara
  • Feb. 4, 2011
  • 5:02 p.m.
  • Kara
 
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