Its good to be back!
My laptop has been out of commission for a couple of days, which seemed much longer to me. I am so grateful for the wisdom God gave my son to fix the problems. Now, I breathe a big sigh and although it is late here, I want to encourage you.
While I waited, I realized I had been given another opportunity to trust that the Lord had everything, even this minor matter, in His able hands. Sometimes things don't always go as we plan do they?
Psalm 25:4-5 is not only the prayer of king David but, from my heart too. Will you make it yours? "Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and faithfulness and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You [You only and altogether] do I wait [expectantly] all the day long." I add, and Lord help me to obey quickly!
What do you do while you wait? Like sitting in the waiting room of the drs. office, do you look at magazines while not really seeing the pictures due to your worry? Do you chat with others in the waiting room? Maybe, you read the book you brought? For me, waiting is the place I have to fight worry, so I personally need to recall the Word of God to make a strike against the imagination and anxiety.
Jesus told us in Matthew 6:34..."So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble." That is sure the truth! He does know us well, doesn't He?
What do we have to worry about anyway? We can't change the weather or the plans God has for the earth and those living on it. I don't have the power to change the government, or do I? Prayer is the place to plug in for power. And, prayer is where we need to turn when trouble is showing its ugly face. When doubtful thoughts come in like a flood, then we get to raise up a standard against it.
There is a verse in I Thessalonians 5:8 that speaks to me tonight after this crazy week. I find my heart thanking God for the plans He has made for the day. And this..."but we belong to the day; therefore, let us be sober and put on the breastplate (corset) of faith and love and for a helmet the hope of salvation." Remember we are told that God is our salvation? Yes!
Until the day that the Lord returns we must stand, delivered and strong in the might of His Holy Spirit. His return will be sudden. We need to stay alert wearing the armor He provided and is talked about in Ephesians 6. Above all with unceasing prayer and praise!
I realized the last couple of days that I placed my trust in this computer. How wrong I was to assume it would remain faithful. I learned that it is only a tool. Tools don't last. But, my faith in God to use me as His instrument in the lives of others is still strong. Because, He is faithful! Some trust in chariots and some in horses, or the internet...but we will remember the name of our God!
I must close for tonight but will return again, Lord willing. May you have a blessed new day, with the strong assurance of your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. He is your salvation! Call on Him and be saved from all enemies. Stand on the Word of God and rise up in worship in His matchless, mighty name. In the name of Jesus, amen.
Abundance is...when I trust and obey
Good morning friends
I call you friends because of our kindred spirit of love for Jesus Christ, the precious Son of God. Because He is my friend, you are too. My heart is heavy this morning for those who are in the thick of trials. This world is a big place but not so big that you aren't noticed. Please take time right now to tell Him about your sorrows, concerns and then, tell Him you trust Him once again.
Jesus keeps me in His sight today as He did yesterday and will tomorrow. It is only as I give my life a living sacrifice, totally dependant upon Him, that I can take the next step on this journey. Be encouraged today. You are loved by the perfect lover.
Today, I am thankful for so many blessings. My lungs are working and taking in the air. My food is provided today. My shelter is enough and my clothes are adequate too. I am thankful that the blood of Jesus has covered all my sins and His precious life is given to me. He is great and mighty and takes down the strongholds and the enemies devises against me. I am safe in the shelter of the Almighty!
As I count my blessings, giving them names, they get worked into my soul and shout out to my weary mind what is always true. There is a time we are given to say everyday, "here I am Lord." As I call out to Jesus, "help me." I can right along this say, "here I am Lord." In other words, I surrender my life to you.
Romans 12 speaks about this as a living sacrifice that is well pleasing to God. It comes with the warning to not be conformed to this world but, be transformed by the renewing of our mind. That comes with a new attitude too. We have been given the unmerited favor of God; Grace. Are you praising the Lord for His Grace? I sure am!
When you asked Jesus into your heart did you ever doubt you were saved? Doubt usually comes for me, when things aren't going very well. Here in Romans 11:29 it says, "For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]" You can remind the enemy this truth when he comes against you.
Then, call out again saying, "here I am Lord!" Like a child wanting the attention of her father. She calls out because she knows he will come. If he doesn't get there in her time, well you know, she calls some more. Her crying out might get under his skin, but, he does come. Doesn't it say in Matthew 7:7..."Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking ayou will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you." Be steadfast for His love!
Zephaniah 3:17 says, "The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves ]! He will rejoice over you with joy; he will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them];He will exult over you with singing." Thank you Lord Jesus.
Wonderful! You can cry out whenever you need too. The Lord pays attention and will come at just the right time. He will pick you up and look into your eyes. You can see His smile as He sings a song of love to you. I love this picture! You and I are really, truly cared for! More than anyone else we know can. I say then, can we depend on Him? YES!
Whether your season of life is rough or smooth, tell the Lord of Life, "here I am Lord." Have a sweet day in His presence and I will return as He wills. The Lord bless you my friends. You are in my prayers.
Abundance is...answer to a longing fulfilled
I pray that you are well and trusting the One Who made you. If you have been hit with anxiety and the attacks of the enemy seem overwhelming then I bring you good news. We are not, no never alone!
Philippians 4:6-7 is often a place I run to. It says, "Do not fret or have any anxiety 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."
That was a mouth full of wisdom! We are given the recipe, remedy and result of leaving our anxiety with the Father. No matter where we are living on this planet, God our Father, knows and sees every detail. Why then, do we try to do it on our own? Read the scripture again and let it sink down deep into your soul. Take it personal!
I had a really rough, sleepless night. This happens too often and over time I become really tired and unable to function through the day. I have been there before. It was a physical problem that needed attention; my adrenals were shutting down. This morning at some point I asked Jesus to help me. Really, more like a teary plea for help, with my promise to trust Him. I believe He gave me a word of knowledge to check those adrenals once again. It hadn't even crossed my mind! I do know He is able to heal me, so there is that tugging back and forth. Testing showed that my adrenals were weak, in trouble and they needed support again. One of the attacks on the adrenals is due to stress! Yes, anxiety of any kind.
So, I will trust Him and allow my body to heal sufficiently in His sufficiency. This means I have as much as is needed. In Him we have as much as is needed! Lord, help me keep my eyes on You!
When I found that I am not alone as I face troubles I found peace. Romans 8:26 shows us..."So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance." We are assured and know that God's plan is good and will be completed. Again, no worries.
You can read about our High Priest, Jesus, in Hebrews 7. In verse 25, we are told that He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them. That is for you and I. Verse 26 says, "[Here is] the High Priest [perfectly adapted] to our needs, as was fitting---holy, blameless, unstained by sin, separated from sinners, and exalted higher than the heavens." We serve a mighty Lord! He is on your side. Let us take sides with Him.
Ephesians 2:14 says, "For He is [Himself] our peace..." Peace is the opposite of anxiety! The peace of God does pass all understanding. Sometimes, as I only look through eyes of flesh I have to ask Him to open my spiritual eyes. We can know this peace as Holy Spirit fills us with more and more of God's love. We gain understanding for every need when we turn to Him as our source.
You might be feeling anxious over the cold weather, no power, poor water, little or lack of food on your selves. I have experienced the anxiety of these at different times. They were short lived I am glad to say, but at the time they appeared like huge mountains in front of me. Trials do that. So again, run to Jesus, cry your heart out to Him and He will show you the next step. It may be to do nothing but, I can guarantee that He is working on your behalf as you bring Him the whole of you.
Can we pray together? Dear Father, You see the hearts in so many places dealing with unspeakable troubles. I am grateful that You know what is in our hearts today. Without the words, Holy Spirit explains our longings before You. Thank you for this sacrifice of love through Jesus. I know we would be lost without Him. Press us into the final work of Your plans. Take us layer by layer and deeper, to make us usable in the Kingdom. You understand. So, we trust You with our lives today and will step where You lead us. In the matchless name of Jesus, amen.
You are in my prayers today. I hope you experience the presence of the Lord in every situation. He is your Life, Light and perfect peace. God be with you till we meet again.
Abundance is...abiding in God's peace
All day Saturday I had this scripture run through my mind. Constantly. So I thought I'd better take a look. Found in Proverbs 12:25..."Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, but an encourageing word makes it glad."
As I thought about this in light of my problem, I could see the Holy Spirit showing me another lesson. I mentioned my trouble getting a hat crocheted just like the pattern I was using? Well, by Friday evening, as the stitches became tighter and tighter and the tears welled up in my eyes, I heard this Word as clear as glass. Anxiety was my problem! Really silly to be so uptight over yarn! So, again, I pulled it out and set it aside. I asked the Lord how many times I was going to go through this? No answer came.
Then by Sunday morning another line of words...stop, drop and roll. Sounds silly maybe, but from those three words came a deeper lesson in understanding what to do with the FIRE of Anxiety. You know the kind that burns deep inside of your gut? It leaves you weary and wondering; still with no good result. That was me...over a hat of all things!
God seems to use these lessons, word pictures to take me deeper into truth. I asked Him what to do with this? An answer came this morning. Pulling it all together and remembering how I felt being anxious. The first word was STOP. I found in a couple of different versions Psalm 46:10 saying, "Cease striving and know that I am God." So, let go and relax! "Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God..." This sure makes sense regardless of what the cause for anxiety is. Whether it's yarn projects or something really important, like a relationship that needs mending.
I will to stop whatever it is and take a few breaths and bring my thoughts back in line with what Jesus wants for me in that time. Even through this I am being made a vessel of honor and an instrument of worship. Maybe, that is how we are to look at life lessons?
The next word, DROP. For me, it means to drop to my knees and humble myself before God. Not later, when convenient, but while the flames are still trying to ravage me! Now! Quickly! I just have to give up the controls to God. I Peter 5:6-7 is a very strong word..."Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cared for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully."
Isn't that wonderful?! And all the time I was struggling He was watching. Pause, think about that. The lower I go the Higher I exalt Him.
The next word was ROLL. The first thing that came to my mind was from 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." Amen to that! I have tested this and it really works!
Today, what do you need to drop at His feet? Are you being still long enough to hear His directions? Have you really surrendered it all to Jesus? These questions were asked of me by the Lord today. I have been here before. This is the encourageing Word that will make our hearts glad once more.
Lastly, Galatians 5:16..."But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God)." In Jesus name, amen.
We will close for today and I pray this has been something that you will take and apply to your personal life. I so want to be changed by His Word! God bless you.
Abundance is...when the fire is extinguished