Dear friends in Christ,
There is so much I want to share with you today on this word. I wish we could share a cup together and sit for the morning. After 65 years I am still learning about TRUST. Who to and how to. My place in the roles of being a trustworthy mate, friend and servant.
Today is rather cloudy with some rain so I added to the fire in the woodstove. My thought was at the time how we TRUST in so many ways. Like, in the case of lighting a fire. But, there is one important factor...I have to let go of the match so I don't get burned. Sounds like a silly illustration.
I think God must have placed a certain void in each of our lives to be filled with TRUST in Him above all others. When we fail to let go and do this, we can get burned. The Bible give us a list of those not to trust in. We are not to TRUST in weapons, wealth, leaders, man, works or our own righteousness. Look those scriptures up. It is very revealing.
Our TRUST is to be placed in God's name; Psalm 33:21. In the Word of God; Psalm 119:42. And, in Christ; Matthew 12:17-21.
I have always loved how the Amplified Bible relates Proverbs 16:3..."Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and TRUST them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed."
How many times a day have I placed my TRUST in my own plans? How about you? If you have been with Heartstrings for any amount of time you will see Proverbs 3:5-6..."Lean on, TRUST in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths."
Praise the Lord! In order for us to be vessels of honor we need to put all our TRUST in God's Word and in fellowship with Jesus which we are priveledged to share. We can ask Holy Spirit for wisdom and we will have it! So, there is no reason for you to go on presumption or play a game with a lit match and get burned. Let it go!
Another favorite of mine is in Psalm 37:3-5 where I see four main words. TRUST, dwell, delight and commit. There is no other way to find rest for our souls. WE need to be like the birds I feed. They TRUST me keep the feeder full year round. They dwell close by and return often. If there is no seed, I TRUST God Who made them, to feed them. Have you noticed His faithfulness in your life?
When the things and stuff of life weigh me down I can say, "This I know, that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, In God I have put my TRUST, I shall not be afraid." Psalm 56:9-11.
When I am burdened I can TRUST the Lord to sustain me and that He will never let me be shaken. Read Psalm 54 and see where it ends. "But I will TRUST in Thee."
That is what it all boils down to. Are you putting your TRUST in your finances? Your friendships? Your health? Your career? Any of these can be changed or challenged in a moment. Understand where your TRUST rests. Everything else will be as God orders for your journey.
This morning when I wasn't quite sure if this was the word the Lord would have me share with you, I read Streams in the Desert. I was a day behind, but the Spirit of God used it to enlarge my understanding of this word. Back again to Psalm 37:5, "Commit thy way unto the Lord; TRUST also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." Another way it is read says, "Roll upon Jehovah thy way; TRUST upon him; and he worketh."
"This calls our attention to the immediate action of God when we truly commit, or roll out of our hands into His, the burden of whatever kind it may be; a way of sorrow, of difficulty, of physical need, or of anziety for the conversion of some dear one."
It goes on to say that "We are in danger of postponing our expectation of His acceptance of the TRUST and undertaking to accomplish what we ask Him to do, instead of saying as we commit, "He worketh" "He worketh" even now; and praise Him that it is so."
Our faith may be tested, but we can TRUST that He is really working on the difficulty. Maybe you don't see results from your prayers. WE rest assured that He will do it! So, don't let the enemy tell you that God has had enough of your prayers, now, take it into your own hands. What a liar! Let it go! Let it roll off into His hands and just keep TRUST as your refuge.
I know this has gone long today. But, I feel in my heart that this may be most important for our lives. We will be asked to TRUST our Lord, Abba Father and be ready to take the next step in worship for His answers. Your place and mine is kneeling before Him with open hands and hearts. This decision, of course, He will leave to you and I each day.
The Lord bless you with a free heart. May you realize His greatness, His everlasting love for you. His plans are always best. Place your TRUST in Jesus if you haven't done this yet. He fills you with His Spirit and promises to never leave you alone. I am praying that the matchless love of the Lord rest upon you today. In Jesus mighty name, amen.
Abundance is...only in Him
Dear brothers and sisters,
Well, I don't know about you but, I find that I sing in the down times and the up times. There are so many songs for every situation. Do you love to SING? Did I mention, it doesn't matter if you can carry a tune? It is the heart behind the action that counts. Have you ever been next to a child who sings without care of what they sound like? Their enthusiam becomes our joy! This is how God listens to us. With total acceptance and joy.
Psalm 147:7 says, "SING to the Lord with thanksgiving; SING praises with the harp or the lyre to our God!" If you can find an instrument, use it! Anytime is a good time!
I think the whole of Psalm 27 would have been set to music as David sang. There are times in our lives when it is a sacrifice of song that we lift up. "And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; in His tent I will offer sacrifices and shouting of joy; I will SING, yes, I will SING praises to the Lord." We can SING songs of salvation with gladness right along with His chosen people Israel as it says in Jeremiah 31:7.
I Corinthians 14:15 says, "What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit [by the Holy Spirit that is within me], but I will also pray [intelligently] with my mind and understanding; I will SING with my spirit [by the Holy Spirit that is within me], but I will SING [intelligently] with my mind and understanding also."
God's Spirit moves us to SING both when we are praying and I believe even when we can't find the words to pray as our heart longs to. That is where I found myself this morning. Since very early, I have been singing songs from long ago. They are a healing salve to my soul and help me to rise above a blanket of heaviness.
We find thankfulness for all the Lord is to us. In Colossians 3:16 it says, "Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you all [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you SING] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts."
God has placed songs of worship in our hearts to help us remain in His Love. I could have allowed myself to drift and sink into despair this morning, but instead, His Spirit stirred a song in my heart. SING to Him! You will find immeasurable peace to replace wayward thoughts. The emotions you are feeling are very real. Yes, but they too need to be brought into submission before the throne of God.
Read Psalm 59:16-17 with me, "But I will SING of Your mighty strength and power; yes, I will SING aloud of Your mercy and loving-kindness in the morning; for You have been to me a defense (a fortress and a high tower) and a refuge in the day of my distress...
Unto You, O my Strength, I will SING praises; for God is my Defense, my Fortress, and High Tower, the God Who shows me mercy and steadfast love." You are my matchless warrior, Jesus! Amen.
Thank you Lord for helping us dress in a garment of praise in exchange for a spirit of heaviness! Your Love amazes me. You are aware. You see my moments of weariness and lift me up. You calm my anxious heart. You give me a spirit of power and love and a sound mind. You are my God! Bless Your Holy name!
Someday we will SING a new song! When we see His appearing we will rejoice and SING Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty Who was, Who is, and evermore will be! Are you ready for that great day of SINGing before the throne of God? Our Redeemer deserves all our praise! We can begin today!
Oh, I pray you are blessed as I am in looking at these scriptures. Search out more, there are so many! Have a blessed day and may you SING your heart out to Jesus. The enemy will flee at the sound of your praises. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your sister in Christ, Patricia.
Abundance is...when we SING a song of deliverance
Dear brothers and sisters,
Would you like to be restored? How about an overhaul? A new revised edition of your story? Maybe, reshaped? These are words that relate to the word we are looking into today.
Nature may have destroyed your home. Or you were cheated out of something you had every right to. Instead your story took a shift and ended up with insane troubles. Your body is even out of control and needs to be RENEWed. Where are you at today?
As always, we can turn to the One Who made us. He holds the blueprints to our life plan in His capable hands. But, you have to believe it. Otherwise, there are always classes to improve your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being aren't there? Books may lie partially read as you sought answers to soothe your troubled mind and soul. Do they work? Sometimes, but never without the intervention of God's own hands.
Someone told me that I should take a counseling course so I can help others and get paid for it. I thought that was odd. Why not just go to God for wisdom and apply it to my own issues, then He will make the appointments? Works for me! Without charge.
Psalm 51:10 says, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and RENEW a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me." First comes a clean heart.
I find myself praying this everyday from Psalm 103:5 but you must start with verse 1 for the full impact in this. Prayerfully, then on to verse 5..."Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, RENEWed, is like the eagle's [strong, overcoming, soaring]!"
What ever your age or situation you can experience RENEWal at it's best as you Bless the Lord and never forget all His benefits! Rejoicing right where you are.
Lamentations 5:21 says, "Turn us to Yourself, O Lord, and we shall be turned and restored! RENEW our days as of old!" In Jesus name, amen.
There are things we have to do too, in agreement with the will of God. Romans 12:2 is a big one..."Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] RENEWal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]."
Did you get all that? Read it one more time! Because this is from the Amplified version I haven't memorized it all. But, it can be easily memorized in something like the New American Standard version...your pick. It is good arsenol against any onslaught of the enemy!
We have another promise found in 2 Corinthians 4:16..."Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] RENEWed day after day." I might add !!!
Sin is a wasting disease sent from the enemy after our souls. But, hand that sin over to Jesus Christ and the promise is for a RENEWal of heart, mind, soul and strenth. Enough to love God with!
Colossians 3:10 reminds me of a brand new wardrobe..."And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] RENEWed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it." A likeness to Jesus? Yes, I want that! And a perfect fit every time!
Now to pull this all together I found Titus 3:5..."He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity and mercy, by [the] cleansing [bath] of the new birth (regeneration) and RENEWing of the Holy Spirit." It's time to soak now.
So, come Holy Spirit we need You to bring us into completeness, RENEW our hearts and minds today. Lift us up and plant in us the desire to follow the paths of the Lord. Turning our everyday into constant RENEWal and restoration. We need You Lord. Make us like You Jesus. Amen.
This has been a bit long today but, isn't the Word of God sweet? I simply could not function without Him. Be blessed and find your hearts desires in Him today. Your sister in Christ, Patricia.
Abundance is...all of the above!
Dear family of God,
Where do you go for a QUIET place? Or, do you even want one? Some go to great lengths to pull it together to take a vacation. Then, they come back home where all the worries and cares have been waiting, as usual. I cannot afford a trip to anywhere right now. So, I am in search of QUIET within my own borders.
What I do know is, the best place is in the presence of Jesus. And, only He can turn those worries and cares completely away. With Him there is no reason to return to my heavy pack of troubles. I can many times make that choice in how I see them in the Light of His Word.
Before going to bed last night I read Psalm 34. The first four verses settled me down to sleep knowing I had a refuge in the Lord. "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth...
My life makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble and afflicted hear and be glad...
Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together...
I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him [of necessity and on the authority of His Word], and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." Amen!
Our QUIET comes as we submit all our cares to Him. Does it sound too simple? I have found it must be done step by step most times. So, not so easy, but...yes, the good thing to do.
You know how it is when a fussy baby calms in his mother's arms? I found Psalm 131:2 to be so true, especially during this season of trials. "Surely I have calmed and QUIETed my soul; like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me [ceased from fretting]."
This morning I looked up the word QUIET in my Thessaurus. In it I found words like...meek, passive, hushed, peaceful, calm, patient, quiescent, motionless, tranquil, gentle, undisturbed, mild, peace, silent. The direct opposite would be...disturbed, agitation, excitement, loud, disturbance, restless, noisy, boisterous, perturbed, noise.
Which ones are you feeling right now? After this last week, I certainly felt a few of those. Sort of a mix, depending on where I let my mind take me. The preferred of course are those that relate to QUIET.
Speaking of the mind. The scripture that always settles me back to that QUIET place is found in Isaiah 26:3, "You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You."
What a wonderful promise! If your day is going off in a different direction I implore you to lean all your weight on God and hope confidently in Him. Then you can take a deep breath and find your QUIET PLACE.
Verse 4 points us in the right direction everytime..."So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]."
If you feel like you have been treading water in the high seas, then you know how good it feels to have something solid to hold onto! His love for you never changes! His plans for you are never altered just because you are dealing with the troubles. His patience with you is constant. You will find in Him and only in Him perfect peace. QUIET for your soul.
Will you enter into His rest now? It is all up to you. A whole lot of what you imagine to happen, may never come. That is how fear and unbelief act. They are the mark of the enemy on your life. To be free, come to Jesus and confess your sins and lay down those burdens. Allow His Spirit in you to soothe away your anxiety. Then, lift up your hands to worship Him. The heaviness will go away in Jesus name.
Thank you for taking time out to gather with me here. This Heartstring place is always good to keep me tracking in the right direction. Sometimes I forget. Especially when something unexpected tries to overwhelm me, but I do know I can return to the QUIET and find rest for my soul. Although I am imperfect, I can be still and know that He Is God.
God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and bring you peace. That QUIET we all desire. Rest in His matchless love. In the name of Jesus, amen.
Abundance is...finding that QUIET place early
Dear brothers and sisters,
Have you ever thought God was leading one way and then found His Spirit speaking to you, with confirmation, that leads you another way? That is what is happening in my life today. Yet, He is trustworthy isn't He? God is good all the time!
Heart PEACE comes when we spend time listening at the feet of Jesus. All the other issues just seem to fade into the background as we place our trust in His care. Knowing we belong to the Lord. Knowing He is in control. Knowing we don't have to be afraid and worry.
John 14:27 says, "PEACE I leave with you; My [own] PEACE I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]"
Do you cry out for a quick return of Jesus because you are in trials of various kinds. When I realized there are so many threads to make up that completed picture God has planned; then I think more soundly about the beauty of each thread. They are made up of many people, events, and the things that make for PEACE in the outcome. Will we trust Him to do this fine, detailed work in the way He sees best? Each piece is important.
Jesus will call us by name one day and we will be free from the weights pulling on us. We have to trust to get perfect PEACE. It is so important that faith grows and builds. Trust and faith work together. And, that is God's intention as we walk this sometimes very steep journey.
Philippians 4:6-7 speaks fresh life to my soul everytime I read it. "Do not fret or have any anziety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God...
"And God's PEACE [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that PEACE] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
By now I can almost hear you singing "Glory to God!" When my mind and heart are engaged with the things of God and listening to His Word, then, I am tranquil. I don't have to seek out another mediator! Just Jesus! His Spirit dwells in us! Galatians 5:22 tells us we already have access to this PEACE!
These scriptures have become like a foundation under me. The more I gain from reading God's Love Letter the stronger I stand in the assurance of His Love. There are many more words about PEACE. I have only touched on the ones that mean so much to my own heart. What are yours? Take time to think about this. It will be important in the coming days as our world grows in darkness. We get to be the lights of Jesus shining out to bring hope to others. How are you shining today?
The name of Jesus shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace. This found in Isaiah 9:6. Now, have you found Jesus today? I know some may not know Him yet. Will you pray with me?
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dieing in my place. You covered all my sins and I am so grateful. I surrender my life to You and will follow where You lead me from here. I can't fix my mistakes so thank you for taking me just as I am. Come into my heart so I can know Your name intimately. In the matchless name of Jesus, amen.
Praise God brothers and sisters; now go out and share the Good News to the world around you. No matter what the conditions are just keep speaking His name. Know His peace and trust Him. This is my prayer for you "that are in Christ Jesus (the Messiah), may there be PEACE (every kind of PEACE and blessing, especially PEACE from God, and freedom from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts). Amen (so be it)." 1 Peter 5:14.
Abundance is...when there is PEACE