Silvia Alvarenga

  • 29
  • Jan
  • 2013

The 40-Day Challenge : Day 7

  • 29
  • Jan
  • 2013

“The Word of God reveals our worth and teaches us to value ourselves.” — Viviane Freitas

“And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple. But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless. So it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house.” (Luke 1:23-25)

While Zacharias was inside the Sanctuary, the people were anxiously waiting for him outside. All those who believe in Jesus and sacrifice their lives to Him are priests, and the people around them expect something from them — a word, a different attitude…

But when Zacharias came out, he remained silent.

When a person doubts the Word of God, he or she remains silent.

When we have doubts, we don’t know what to say when faced with day-to-day challenges.

For example, a person who holds a grudges against someone does not have a clear conscience and, for this reason, he or she cannot speak boldly. Why? Because they hold on to their feelings; they do not have an intelligent feeling. And so, instead of fighting the grudge, they keep on feeding it.

God could have withdrawn the blessing from Zacharias, denying him the fulfillment of the promise, but He didn’t do that. Why?

Because Zacharias revealed his insecurities to God; he exposed what was inside of him…

When we share our problems/difficulties with God, He is patient with us! He gives us time to understand things…

In spite of being a priest, Zacharias had to pay the price for his blessing — not because God wanted him to suffer, but because he needed to remain silent in order to examine his life, to understand and learn through that situation.

When we speak a lot, we hardly ever stop to examine our lives.

God Himself allowed Zacharias to be mute so he could look at his own life.

“So it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house.”

A woman in Zacharias’ shoes would probably have run home as quickly as possible to meet her husband and finally have the much-desired child. But what did Zacharias do?

He waited until the days of his service were completed.

God speaks to us during this time that He gives us… This is when we should stop, meditate on His Word, examine our hearts, and put intelligent faith into practice.

This is how we should behave when faced with adversities.

Not always do things happen the way we’ve planned, and this is when obedience is essential.

Human beings are naturally undisciplined, but the Kingdom of God is disciplined — there’s a time for everything in the Kingdom of God.

Dear friend, think. Take advantage of each day of the Challenge, because time is passing.

Take your time to speak to God, and when you speak, do it in an intelligent, rational way!

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5 comentários

  1. Thank you Ms. Viviane for your message I will use it to help me look at myself and tell God my problems and what i’m going though.

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  2. One thing that I get from this is that as the priest, Zacharias needed to have that time with God and himself also. Most of the time we become focused on other things that we may ingnotr to take time and examine our faith and ratio ship with God.

    Thank you always

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  3. Hello Mrs Viviane thank you for the message today.
    It is true indeed that when we have doubt, especially when we our faced in a circumstances, we don’t know what to do and do not speak intelligently with God’s word. I learned that when i’m in the situation of doubt, i must spend that time to meditate myself and know the word of God for me. And must only TRUST and obey his word for me to pass through any situation.
    Thank you for this again and Godb less you and your family:)

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  4. Whenever i doubt the word of God i become silent in my faith just like what happen to Zacharias. God has His own way of doing things so i must not worry when or how is He going to answer me. I have learnt the importance of being patient and not asking may questions concerning the word of God. I just have to believe and obey.Thank you and God bless you

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  5. Thank you Mrs Viviane, I understood about making most of the time God gives us to analyze our own lives before Him.

    God bless you,

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