Holy Moments

Do you ever pause and realize that you are having a Holy moment in the middle of the ordinary? We do, and we can see them if we pause and take it in.  I am having one of the Holy moments right now. My ordinary day is experiencing a Holy moment.

Just a little while ago I heard the news that an urgent prayer request had been answered. My heart has been rejoicing in praise and gratitude as I passed this good news along to those who have been fervently praying.  I am sitting in my sunroom listening to the pouring rain and have been doing my Bible study for today.  As I was enjoying God’s word my husband turned off the Christian show he was listening to and came and sat in a chair nearby, he too reading God’s word.  I had this overwhelming feeling of God’s presence with us. God in this room flooding my heart with joy, gladness, and thanksgiving.  

I had already written in my journal how thankful I am for this roof over my head out of the pouring rain, I have thanked him more than once for answered prayer, and I had thanked him for being such a good, good Father to His children.  My ordinary day has suddenly become a “Holy Moment” kind of day, the kind where my heart feels centered, and my thoughts are made clear. 

In the Bible, there were often times when people experienced Holy Moments that forever changed their lives. We can read in the book of Exodus about Moses and the burning bush. (Exodus 3:2-6) This Holy Moment changed his life forever. In another place, we read where Zachariah had a Holy moment with an angel when he was told his wife would conceive and have a son in their old age and that their son would be full of the Holy Spirit even from birth. (Luke 1:11-20) But probably one of the most known Holy Moments is when the angel appeared to Mary. She was just a young girl going about her daily routines unaware that her life was about to radically change forever, and that she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus, God’s son who would save His people from their sins. (Luke 1:26-38)

There are many more instances in the Bible where, and an angel of the Lord visited people, but can we today have Holy Moments with God, those that we know He is near and with us. Maybe it is nothing as grand as having an angel drop in to make an announcement, or the Lord to suddenly appear and speak audibly to us, but I believe we can experience His presence in the ordinary moment of life and they suddenly become Holy.

I personally have felt these moments on more than one occasion. A few times it has been when God has done the impossible for me and I feel as though he has scooped me up into a giant bear hug or kissed my face. Other times it is just a sense that He is in the room with me, not just in my heart, but almost as though if I could peer long enough into the air I would catch a glimpse of him. Have you ever had one of those moments?

I can remember as a teenager standing on a rock behind my home that overlooked my grandparent’s home. It was fall, and I can still see what I was wearing as I stood on this rock in the chilly air looking out. I was heavy in heart about something and was not really even praying, just looking, maybe even longing for something. But all of a sudden a huge breeze started blowing, and my hair was whipping around. I put my arms straight out and leaned back as the wind blew on me, and I felt the Lord’s presence, I felt as though he was blowing healing, refreshing wind into my soul and heart.  It lasted just a few moments and was gone, but as I left that place, I felt freer, changed, renewed.   I believe it was a Holy Moment. God ministered to me right there on that rock with a fresh wind from heaven. 

Maybe if we spend more time looking for God and less at the craziness around us, we will begin to experience more Holy Moments in our lives.  And maybe the heaviness of this year will be lifted, and we will be forever changed for the better in spite of what is going on in our world. I think these Holy Moments are just as important and life-changing for us now as they were for these folks then. Maybe not on a grand scale, but on a heart scale in our every day walks with God.  He is always near, the Holy Spirit is always working in those who belong to Jesus. But maybe we should pause in the ordinary and experience the extraordinary and let it cleanse and refresh us.

I think now more than ever we need to lean in close. Read and pray like never before.  We need to be strong in our faith, and confident in His word and promises. Sometimes our Holy Moments are so small that we can almost miss them by the distractions of this world. Take time to look for them and really enjoy them when they come. I know I will!

Unruly

Do you have an unruly tongue? Are you one of those people that you feel free to voice your opinion in any way you choose or speak to someone in a demeaning manner.  Do you use your mouth to speak vulgar things and use words that are unkind or offensive, gossiping? Maybe you use your words as weapons to hurt another. Do you use your tongue to manipulate, false teaching, bragging, complaining? There are many ways we can use our words, but if you use your words in any of these ways or worse, then I would say you need to surrender your tongue to the Lord.

Psalm 15:1-4 “Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? 2 He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellow man, 4 who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his oath, even when it hurts, 5 who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against an innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.”

We as believers need to set the standard, we should not sound like the world. Our responses to others should be coated in truth and love. As a believer, we should be harnessing our tongues. We should not be using our words to hurt another. Words are powerful, they can bring life or death. Most times not in a literal sense, but a spiritual sense. Our words can build up or tear down. And how we use our words reflect our relationship with the Lord. There are a lot of things that should distinguish us from the secular unsaved world, but our tongues are certainly a huge part of that. 

I have been around people who say they are believers, they go to church and seem to do all the “right” things,  they tithe, etc., but their mouths are perverse, they speak the Lord’s name in vain without batting an eye, they gossip about people and those who are supposedly friends. They spew filthy words in conversation. Their words are harsh and coarse, and I can tell you it diminishes them in my eyes. They are willing to surrender so much of their lives, yet their tongue is the one thing they do not see needs to be tamed.

Scripture tells us that God wants even our conversations to be pleasing to him. It matters what we say! None of us are perfect. I am not perfect, (surprise 🙂 but we do need to strive to not only live right but talk right.  We read these words in James 3:3-8 “When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”

What we say, what we don’t say and how we say it all is important. There is so much power inside your mouth!  James compares the hurt and damage our tongues can do to a raging fire. It consumes and destroys all that is in its path. Our adversary the devil uses our tongues to inflict injury quickly and painfully. All too often people carry unseen wounds and scars that have been inflicted by an unruly tongue.  Our words cannot be taken back, once they leave our mouth the damage is done. It is so hard to undo the damage done by a cruel word.  If no human can control their tongue, why do we try and how can we gain success (most of the time)?  We will never get it perfect, only Jesus spoke perfectly and loved the same, but we can make the effort to lay down our right to say whatever. We can surrender daily our tongue, laying it on the altar of prayer. We can choose carefully those things we say and how we say them, we can think first and speak second. 

If we take the time to fuel up with God’s word and hide it in our hearts, it goes a long way in controlling what we say. If we pause before we speak and think of how our words may land on the ears of the hearer, just maybe we will be kinder and not say the next thing.  Or possibly think of a time when we have been deeply wounded by words that came at us like a fireball. We need to learn to fight the fire of our tongues and surrender our need and right to go around setting new fires. 

We have a powerful ally in the fight of the tongue and that is the Holy Spirit. If we ask for his help you can rest assure He will help. The Holy Spirit can remind us even in the heat of the moment we need to tread lightly, speak softly and gently. And if we have been guilty of using our tongue in a way that has harmed and hurt, the Holy Spirit can help us right that wrong, heal the other person and change the way we speak, fight, quarrel and answer.

How is it that our tongues can both say pleasing things and terrible things? So often we are told, and it is true, that we may be the only Bible some will read, well, I say we may be the only Bible some may listen to. Let that steep for a moment in your mind and heart. If my words were the words that could lead someone to Jesus, wouldn’t I want to control what comes out and how it comes out? 

The only way to make genuine progress in this war of our tongues is to pray for help. To ask God to give you the right words at the right time, and to teach you when to speak and when to be silent. I am a work in progress. I try very hard to not say anything that will wound a spirit and diminish someone. I try to build up and not tear down. And when I get angry, I try to think first and speak second, to remember I have the power to inflict hurt or to keep peace and love.  I have been deeply wounded by careless words, and I can tell you it is not fun, and it can take years to recover.

So, today I challenge you to surrender your tongue on the altar of God. To ask him to put the right words and attitude in your speech, and to help you to use your words to heal and not divide. If we ask, he answers.  Remember that others are listening and what we say does hurt our witness and testimony. It will also hinder our prayers. 

You may not win all the time, but how about most of the time?

God’s Power Never Diminishes

God’s Power Never Diminishes

As we continue in these trying times, many are finding themselves growing weary and tired.  Their focus is more on the news and the trouble that seems to be all around. Who to trust is a constant thought. 

Their bodies feel tired from the constant stress and thoughts swirling in their hearts and minds. Even their souls feel restless.  It is true, our world as we knew a few short months ago seems to have vanished almost overnight. We awoke to a new day, a new way, to anger, and uncertainty. Too many Christians, have fixed their eyes and attention to the things of this world, and somehow forgot “Who” is in charge. 

God’s people need to “STOP” and remember what He tells us in His Word, but to do that, you must read it!  Isaiah 40:28-31 “Do you not know: Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint.”

Even strong people get tired. Even faithful Christians grow weary. We are not immune to the troubles of this world, as a matter of fact, we are promised trials and tribulations. (1 Peter 1:6) (John 16:33)

But God is able to help us as we face these trials and even move through them. He gives us strength as we need it not before.

God will help you when you call to him for help! Are you looking to God for your help and source of strength? Are you feeding on his word daily, being reminded of who He is, and His faithfulness to His children?  Nothing we face comes to us without first being filtered through the loving hand of Christ. Every trial he has filtered, every temptation he offers a way of escape. 

We can rise above the distractions and the hardships of life when we call on him to strengthen and help us. We can silence our fears when we read of His faithfulness and seek out His peace.  We need to trust Him and His word. When we trust God our faith rises and our fears quiet. It moves us forward without the weightiness of this life. It isn’t that we do not see or hear what is going on, but our spirits are refreshed and renewed with each new day. He tells us that he never leaves us or forsakes us, wow, isn’t that awesome to remember?! 

(Deuteronomy 31:6)

God’s word is like streams of water in a dry desert land. It waters our souls and replenishes our empty places. Read it, meditate on it, receive it! I do not know when our world will change for the better or even if it will, but I do know that I will never be alone in it as long as I live. I am a child of God I am dearly loved and completely safe. He watches over me and gives me all I need as I need it. He is faithful to hear my prayers and to answer. I will never experience anything in this life without him by my side. I choose each day to walk with him to trust that He is who He says He is and that He will always see me through.

Does that mean I never get sick, I never experience hardships, I will not catch COVID-19 and die? No, it means that if I do I will lean in close, pray, seek His face, and rest in Him. And no, I will not die; I may leave this world behind, but I will continue on in the presence of my Lord and Savior for all eternity!  My faith will then be sight! That is the promise I have as a child of God. 

I want to encourage you today, to seek His face, to dig into His word, and to find rest for your soul. I want to encourage you to lay down the burdens you carry and let the God of all, the Lord Jesus Christ carry them for you.

I will leave you with some scriptures to meditate on. Let them flood your heart, your mind, and your soul.

Blessings!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ” Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Romans 5:3-4 “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”

Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?”

Hebrews  10:35 “Cast not away, therefore, your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.”

James 1:2-4 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious for anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Better Yet, “He Knows Me!”

As Christians, we often take pride in the fact that we know Christ. We take pride in reading our Bibles, working in our church, telling others about Jesus. We take pride in knowing his word, yet if he had not called us and saved us, we too would be lost in our trespasses and sins. God has done the full work of our salvation, so really, we have no reason to boast unless we are boasting about Him.

 

My husband likes to listen to a street preacher sometimes on YouTube, I do not care much for him, it isn’t because he is not speaking the truth, I just do not like his tone and the way he goes about it. However, one day he yelled out to a woman passing by, “Do you know the Lord or something to that effect.  Her response was like a trumpet sounding in my soul, she said: “better yet, He knows me!” She got it!

 

We need to read God’s word, we need to hide his word in our hearts, but we also need to remember that God knows us fully! Nothing we think or do is ever hidden from him. He knows us and still loves us! Once we belong to Christ we are his forever. Nothing can change our standing with him. We all should do everything in our power to live worthy of the calling. Sin should not be our norm, but a surrendered life should be.

 

God knowing us should bring comfort to us, not fear. If hearing these words, “better yet, He knows me,” brings you anxious thoughts or puts fear into you, then you need to check your heart and your relationship. I am so thankful God knows me, He knows even the intent of my heart and thoughts. I cannot figure me out sometimes, yet he already has and loves me unconditionally anyway. God does not make us perfect before He calls us, He calls us while we are yet sinners. When we are unlovable, and unworthy. I love knowing that nothing is hidden from God. I cannot pretend my way out of anything.

 

This woman’s statement was made with such joy and freedom. It was as if she had a secret that could change the world and wanted everyone to hear her shout it.  I believe it really could change the world if every person knew how fully known they are by God. Even the unsaved are fully known by an all-seeing God.

 

When you are feeling alone, scared, confused or any other emotion, God knows it before it is spoken. We do not have to come up with the right words to say or pray, God already sees what we need. Sometimes just sitting quietly with him is enough. Words can get in the way of our deepest needs because sometimes they fall so short.

 

Let knowing that God knows you bring you comfort and peace today. Rest in His knowledge and goodness. Let these scriptures seep deep into your soul as you meditate on them. Rest in this: He called you, He keeps you, He will finish the work he started in you, He knows your name, He knows the very number of the hairs on your head, He will get you to heaven, You are His!

 

John 3:20 “For whenever our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.”

 

Hebrews 4: 12-13  ” For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must all give an account.”

 

Job 34:21 “For His eyes are on the ways of man, And He sees all his steps.”

 

Psalm 33: 13-15 “From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; 14 from his dwelling place he watches all who live on the earth- 15 he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.”

 

Jeremiah 23:24 “Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.”

 

Matthew 6:8 “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

 

 

1 Chronicles 28:9 “the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.”

 

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

 

Romans 5:8 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

 

I pray you will read these words and contentment and hope will fill you. That knowing that “He knows you” is a wonderful thing. We cannot impress him with anything, He takes us as we are and has chosen to pour out his love on us. He intercedes for us at all times. (Romans 8:34) Peace what wonderful peace knowing I can rest in His goodness and love and “better yet, He knows me!”

Fixed Eyes and Heart

What does the word fix or fixed mean? In the dictionary, we read things like, “to make firm, stable, permanently, to direct the eyes or attention to. So, when we read this scripture in Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” What comes to mind? What are we as Christians’ supposed to be doing?

 

As Christian’s our eyes should not be focused on man or what man is doing. We should not have our eyes focused on Social media or the news for our source of help or truth.  Man will always lead you into an anxious and fearful state. The problems are magnified and spread around like it is the gospel. When you fix your eyes on this world it drowns out the voice of the Lord. It causes panic to rise inside of you and you start wondering how and if we will ever recover from all the chaos in the world around us.

 

If it were not important for us to keep our focus on the Lord, we would not have been told to do so. Every word in scripture is there to help us and guide us into all truth, life, and peace. It is meant to give us hope, and to remind us of our future.  People are flawed, they tend to be led astray by every passing wind. Everyone wants to join a cause and scream it loudly until everyone believes just as they do. Because if you can get people to listen to you long enough, they start believing that narrative.

 

In Psalm 42:7 we read, “Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me.” What is this deep that is calling to you, to us the believers in Jesus? It is the Spirit of God reaching deep into the spirit of believers, His children.

There is so much noise in the world that we can get lost in the hearing of it all. But may I suggest that you sit quietly before the Lord, you read and meditate on His word and allow it to fill your mind, your heart, and your senses. Let the deep spirit of God move in the deep places of your spirit. Speaking truth above the noise. Let it settle in and give you “that peace which passes understanding.”

 

Do you know that God can quiet your uneasiness no matter the storm around you? God longs to show you great and mighty things. God longs to move you from fear to peace. He longs for you to focus on the hope and promise before you. We as believers have this promise that our Lord has prepared a place for us, we will one day rule and reign with him. No longer will there will be no sickness, death, destruction, and lies all around us. We who are “the called” of God have an eternal destination before us. We have a heavenly Father who knows our every need, and Jesus who intercedes for us constantly. Romans 8:34 “Who is he that condemneth? It is Chirst who died, yea rather, who is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”

 

Jesus wants us to rise above all that is going on, He wants us to fix our hearts and minds on him. He wants our spirits to stand strong and firm and to go deeper into his word and in our relationship with him.  It is in the fire of testing that we are purified. Not on the mountain tops and the sunny days of life, but in the hard times when we have to dig deep and trust. God is in control. God will see us through, and God will lead us home. We have those promises written all through scripture. Fix your eyes on Him, dig deeper into His word and let it refresh your soul and grow your faith as we await that which he has promised us. He is a good, good Father, and He loves us with an everlasting love.

 

Turn off the news and turn your gaze to Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the Life. John 14:6

Let him give you all that he has…let deep calling to deep have its perfect work in us. And remember, this world is NOT our home!

Fully Surrendered…He Will Fight For Us

This morning as I was reading in 2 Chronicles these verses jumped out at me. I think they are good verses for us today to remind us that we need always to live for God, call on him, and understand that He will fight for us when we do. He sees everything at all times and is looking for those who will stand firm in their faith and live each day fully surrendered and obedient. Getting rid of any sinful ways that we allow to linger.

We need to search our hearts and let the Holy Spirit show us anything no matter how small it may be that could be delaying our prayers, things we have decided are really not offensive to God, but in truth are and they rob us of the power we need. I for one want to be fully surrendered in every aspect of my life. God will fight for his people and give them victory! He is faithful! Let this be our prayer and our position.

 

2 Chronicles 14:11 “Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name, we have come against this vast army. O Lord, you are our God; do not let man prevail against you.”

 

2 Chronicles 15:2,4″The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.” 4 ” But in their distress, they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them.”

 

2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

We Have a Firm Foundation…Fear Not!

Troubling times are here. People are naming, blaming, tearing down, living in fear, wounded in their spirits, uncertain, and lots more emotions. Our world is in a panic it seems. First, the Covid-19, then the shutdowns, then the stay at home order, and now riots and looting.  People are spewing hate and venom from all places. Of course, some people are trying to keep the peace and going about things the right way. Peaceful protesters who are marching asking for fairness and security; these folks just want to live life without fear and in fairness, as they should. All have been created by God, all have red blood flowing through their veins, all live and move and breathe the same way.

 

Today I want to address the fear that so many are living in. Because of this virus, people have taken upon themselves to be mask shamers. They are afraid and feel everyone should do as they do and if they don’t the other person is wrong. Some feel they need it to walk out their doors and others judge where they are and if they feel it is needed.  Each person has to decide how much fear they are willing to let rule their lives.  Every time I get on social media I am shocked by some of the things I hear coming out of people. Of course, being able to type something and send it out into the atmosphere is far different than speaking it face to face. There is a certain amount of safety involved when it is hurled through a screen.

 

Why are people especially Christian’s so fearful? Why is this time any different than when the flu or pneumonia is going around? All can kill you if you get the right strain. Lots of people die every year from the flu and pneumonia. Covid-19 is a nasty bug. When some people get it, it destroys them and sometimes leads to death.  But walking around afraid to speak, afraid to be near others is crazy. The word is very clear in telling us that fear IS NOT FROM GOD! ‘FEAR NOT’ is used over 80 times in the Bible, so it must be important.

 

We need to be wise in our going out. We need to wash our hands like it is our job. We should observe caution in our interactions with others to a certain degree.   But the biggest thing and most important thing we need to do is this: “We need to love others always!” We need to have sympathy and empathy for others. We need to treat others how we want to be treated. There are lots of things to do, but God tells us that “LOVE NEVER FAILS.”  Did you catch that, “NEVER!”  Before we do anything else we are to love, if we do not, we are just a sounding board and that goes for both sides of the issues. ( 1 Corinthian’s 13:1-13)  I suggest if you have not read those verses lately, you need to do it now.

 

But let me get back to fear. God’s word tells us we need not live in fear. We are not to fear man, we are not to fear anything. God is with us always in all things.  We are told that God knows our needs, he sees better than we what is transpiring in our world and is allowing it, for His purposes. (Isaiah 35:4) “say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution, he will come to save you.” Then in (John 14:27), we read: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  (Psalm 34:4), “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”

 

God is with you. If you are His child, he is with you at all times. When you are awake, when you are asleep, when you go out or come in, He is always there. He knows what you need before you even ask.  Nothing will come near to you unless God decides to let it. NOTHING!

God does not slumber or sleep, he is vigilant at all times.

(Psalm 121:2-4) “My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.  4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”  God watches over his people.

 

I want to leave you with a few verses to ponder. If you are afraid please know that God does not want you to be. He tells us over and over to trust him and to rest in his goodness and love. (Psalm 46:1-3)

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the  mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”  No matter how terrifying events are we can trust God. Nothing can shake us out of his hands. Nothing can make him leave us alone.  (Psalm  91:4-5)

“He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day.” God can and will protect you from all fear and anxiety when you bring it to him. When you choose to sit under his wings and let him cover you.

 

This world cannot give you peace. The news is putting fear out at every turn. They bring only the worst of things into your home. They spread partial truths at best. They are there for ratings not to save you. Nor can they.  In (Luke 14:27) we read: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” God longs to quiet your fears. He longs to sit with you until your mind is settled. He will not demand you give him your fear, but He will tell you to go to his word, read what he wrote. Let your heart come in prayer and surrender, trusting that He is who He says He is. He is faithful and trustworthy. If He says not to be afraid and anxious, why are you? Is it that you are listening more to the  TV personalities than you are to Him and His word?

 

I am going to leave you with just a few more verses to ponder. I pray that you will read them, and as you do that you will feel the peace of God settle over your mind and heart. I pray you will release your anxiety and fear into the hands of the one who holds you and never leaves you or forsakes you.

 

(Isaiah 41:10) “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

 

(Psalm 56:3-4) ” When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise- in God, I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

 

(Isaiah 41:13) “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

 

 

God loves you, God is with you, God hears

Perfect Timing

Rioting, looting, Racism, and Pandemic, unemployment, unsettledness, pride, wickedness, are just a few of the things we are seeing and living with in the world today. You name it and it seems to be happening. We who belong to the Lord are crying out for his help, his direction, we want him to stop all of it NOW!  We don’t like being uncomfortable, we don’t like seeing those we love and care about affected. Their hurt is our hurt.

 

God seems slow, He seems to be silent on issues that hurt us. We long to be back in our church buildings in corporate worship, with freedom and abandon. We long to hug the necks of friends, sit down at a table, and fellowship with laughter and fun. Some have started to go out and take life back, others are still cowering in fear and uncertainty.  Questions arise like: “if you can walk shoulder to shoulder in a riot or protect, why can we not go to church and sit shoulder to shoulder in worship?” Valid, questions I think if we are looking narrowly.

 

I can assure you God is not slow. God is aware of all that is going on and is allowing it for purposes he alone knows. I suspect some of those purposes have been to wake up the complacent church, to shake the hearts of his people. God wants us looking up towards heaven, down into his word, and on our knees in prayer. He wants us to focus on him and who he is, not this world which is passing away. He is also sifting the wheat. Not all are his. They may have sat on a pew, but their hearts have never been surrendered to the Lord.

 

Psalm 75 “We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds. 2 You say, “I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge uprightly. 3 When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm. 4 To the arrogant I say, ‘Boast no more,’ and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns. 5 Do not lift your horns against heaven; do not speak with outstretched neck.’ ” 6 No one from the east or west or from the desert can exalt a man. 7 But it is God who judges; He brings one down, he exalts another. 8 In the hand of the Lord is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs. 9 As for me, I will declare this forever; I will sing praise to the God of Jacob. 10 I will cut off the horns of the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”

 

God will act when he is ready. He alone knows the perfect timing. He alone is allowing all that is going on for his purposes. He has not lost control. If God were not still holding back evil none of us would be able to stand, no one would make it through. God’s perspective is not ours. We see through human eyes those things which seem out of control, too much, but God sees perfectly, and he will not act until even evil has fulfilled the purposes for which he is allowing it.

 

We want everything NOW, we want the ease and comfort of our lives back. We want “happy news.” We are tired of the hate-filled words we are hearing, even from Christians. We want to feel safe again going out. WE WANT, WE WANT is our thundering cry. But I repeat, God has perfect timing, and when He decides it is over, trust me it will be! He is the final Judge and Jury to the wicked. He has the final say in all things. God will come against the wicked. Right now they think they are winning, they think that time is on their side. They have not been stopped thus far, so…Unless these whose hearts are dark and full of evil repent, they will get their reward one day. Eternity in hell is a very long time…matter of fact, it NEVER ENDS!

 

If what we are seeing is just a glimpse of what awaits those who are lost, then we who are saved need to pray for them. When all the evil of hell is unleashed on those who die without Christ…just imagine if you can how truly horrible it will be. Theirs is not a sweet cup they are drinking from; it is bitter all the way to the grave. God will bring down and exalt whomever he chooses.

 

Our job is to seek him, daily go to his word, daily prayer, and praise. We are to keep our eyes, our hearts, and our minds fixed on Jesus. We are to be the “light in dark places,” “the city on a hill,” for those in need. We are to look and sound different than the world. If we are looking and sounding like the world, we need to do a ‘heart check.’

Do you believe in Jesus, have you bowed your head in repentance and submission. Are you fully surrendered to his Lordship? These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself.

 

At the right time, in the right way, God will act. He will accomplish all that he intends to, and until he does, He can keep you, He will bless you, He will help you, He hears your cries for help and mercy. God will walk with you and even talk with you when you read and pray. He can give you peace even in the midst of the storm. STOP looking at Jesus through the storm and start seeing the storm through Jesus!

 

Waiting…it is not something we like to do. But God assures us that our waiting is not in vain and He will answer!

 

Blessings to you as you seek “The Kingdom of God” first and choose to walk in love regardless of what the world is doing. Let the waiting be your friend : )

 

Are You Anxious? Fearful?

I am seeing so many who are experiencing fear. Our world has been undone by a virus; a germ has caused our economy to shut down, people to be closed in at home, news outlets are constantly bringing bad news; numerous statistics that put fear into people.  People feel this germ is lurking around every corner ready to pounce on them.

 

I agree, there is a very serious illness making its way around our world. We need to be cautious when going out. We need to be courteous of others. But being fearful is from the enemy. God does not want us to live in fear. We can have peace it comes when we read and pray. Philippians4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

As we read through the pages of God’s word, peace fills our hearts, minds, and souls. We see through these pages that He is a faithful, loving Father. He desires are that we rest in Him. He longs to comfort us and to shelter us, and He invites us to come and sit with Him; to eat from the table of His word spread before us, to bow our heads in prayer, with praises and petitions. When we do this, the Holy Spirit will quiet our minds and hearts. Our faith becomes sure and our stand firm. In Isaiah 26:3 we read: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

 

Do you trust God? Do you want to trust God more fully? Then the answer to your fear and anxiety is to read His word, let it seep deep into your heart, mind, and soul. Let the scriptures remind you of His goodness and faithfulness.  Read about the many times He touched a sick body, or He opened blinded eyes. Read about how He brought His people out and cared for them for forty years in the wilderness, their clothing and shoes never wore out! Deuteronomy 29:5 “And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot.”

Only God can do that!

 

If we constantly feed on the negative, the numbers, and the news media, our hearts will grow more fearful, our minds will race with the “what if’s.” God wants to bring peace to you, He wants you to realize that He is in control, not this virus, not the President or another country, He is. He is allowing it for purposes only He knows. I believe it is to awaken His people and to draw others to himself. It would not be happening without His say so.  He is the one who hangs the sun in the sky by day and the moon by night. He is the one who holds all things together. Colossians 1:17 “And He is before all things, and by Him, all things consist.”

 

For many, they find themselves with more time on their hands than they have had in years. What are you doing with your time? Get busy digging into God’s word, go to Him in prayer, seek the peace He offers. It can be as close as a whispered prayer. And stop believing everything you hear. Ask God for wisdom and guidance, I promise He will give it!

 

I am going to leave you with some verses to look up and meditate on. Let the peace of God overwhelm you, let His word guide you, and rest in knowing that “He’s got this!” It will not last one day longer than He says so! He is Sovereign and in control, He hears you, He sees you, He loves you, and He will hold you.

 

1 Chronicles 29:11

Job 12:13-14

Job 42:2

Psalm 115:3

Proverbs 16:33

Ecclesiastes 7:13-14

Isaiah 45:7

Philippians 4:7

John 14:27

Joshua 1:9

Proverbs 1:5

Proverbs 4:6

Proverbs 9:11-12

James 1:5

 

Read it, pray over it, hold it close…do not be anxious or afraid.

Blessings to you!