Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lord, can you hear me?

Lord can you hear me?
  Hey Lord, are you there? Sometimes it feels as if I am shouting into a cave only to hear myself answer back. I am going from one class to the next, running from one job to the next, preparing for one thing to next..juggling life. The noise of life can be so loud that I can miss the voice of the Lord telling me to BE STILL, be still and know that I am God.

  In Psalms 46 it talks of mountains shaking, troubled waters but in the midst of it all not to fear (Psalms 46: 2) and to be still.  Psalm 46:10 " Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth."

  Be still...What does it mean to be still? When you search for be still online these are a few definitions that show up:  " to be freed from noise or turbulence" and "uttering no sound".

  Maybe being still is listening, giving the same amount of time talking to God to stop and listen for His voice. Sometimes we can talk so much and the Lord is saying "Hey you! are you going to stop and listen to me? Don't you think I know best for you. Why are you trying to handle it all? I want you to cast your cares on me." In 1 Peter 5:6 it talks about humbling yourself so that the Lord can use you at the right time then  it says  (verse 7) "Casting all your cares [anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]." Wow! let's look at this word "Cast" according to the dictionary cast means "to throw something (forcefully) in a specified direction". The Lord wants us to throw, hurl, launch (I think you get the point) all of our worries/concerns His direction because, you know what, He can handle it and doesn't want you to try to take it on yourself! Why does He do this? It's simple because He cares and loves you.

  Now maybe being still is waiting... Oh man that can be a tough one! Sometimes life is crazy and is throwing everything it has your way to knock you down. I find myself saying um Lord its me again, do you see whats going on? Are you listening to me? Can you help me out here? And the Lord says "Wait. Wait because I know what is best. Wait because I have a plan. Wait, and continue to trust Me".   We aren't promised things will be easy, we are actually told there will be tribulation and suffering but not to lose hope because Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33).

  Today, this week, life in general has been pretty challenging and just when I think everything is going down hill the Lord let me hear this song by Shane and Shane called Psalm 13 This is basically a prayer for help, saying "Lord have you forgotten? Will the sorrow end? How long will enemies rejoice over me? Give life to me again." The great part is that it doesn't end there! its says BUT "I will continue to trust, rely, and be confident in your faithfulness and lovingkindness. Rejoicing in Your salvation and I will continue to sing because you are good to me!". Wow! I don't know about you but this hit home for me! I had to stop and thank the Lord because even when life is tough and I sometimes feel like whining , He is  always good!!

Psalm 13:1-6
"How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long must I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart day after day?
How long will my enemy exalt himself and triumph over me?
Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;
Give light (life) to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
And my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.
But I have trusted and relied on and been confident in Your
Lovingkindness and faithfulness;
My heart shall rejoice and delight in Your salvation
I will sing to the LORD,
Because he has dealt bountifully with me."

Lord thank-you for another day, another breath! Help me to listen and wait for you Lord. I don't want to make one move without your hand over it all. Jesus use me the way you see fit. Help me to put aside my will and do the will of You Father. Thank you for keeping me and reminding me of  Your mercies. Give me ears to hear, eyes to see and a heart to follow.

In Jesus' name_AMEN

Shane & Shane Psalm 13

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Going Where Christ is Going

A great read! click the link below

Going Where Christ is Going 

We must stand not only for the word of truth,  but stand for the truth of the word.

What is the difference?  Many people claim to stand for God's word, but do not actually believe what it says; rejecting what they do not like or do not understand in order to suit their own souls.  Standing for the truth of God's word means not trying to dismiss it, diminish its power, or deny its divine inspiration.  The truth of God's word is a sword and will cause division (Matthew 10:34; Hebrews 4:12).  We should expect that.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Precious Word of Encouragement

Check out this blog post from Latter days Below

A Precious Word of EncouragementWe are going through trying times, not understanding why or how we are going to make it trough. The Lord's Word is true and His hand is unchanging - He will never leave us or forsake us.  So even when we can't hear Him, we must trust that He is still there.   Praise and worship has always been key because we know that He abides there.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Gains or Not?

Look at this scenario. A person has a goal to get six pack abs, so they work out everyday and maybe even make sure they eat right. Once they obtain their goal they are excited! They then decide they are content where they have gotten and decide to stop working out. What do you think happens? Will they be able to keep the six pack while not working out those muscles? Of course not!! Most likely if the person stops working out they go back to a couch potato.  So the person has to decide are they going to put in the work or let themselves go back to where they started.They just can't stay where they are doing nothing.
Now you might be saying what does that have to do with anything? I am glad you asked. Here is another scenario.  A believer reads the Bible, talks to God and feels like they have a pretty good relationship with God.  They can quote some Bible verses to people, and loves to help others. This believer says  "you know I feel like I have a pretty good relationship with God, its okay if I am not reading my Bible as much as I used to". Hmmm...

Just like the physical body needs nourishment you have to feed yourself spiritually. Now lets reference some Bible verses. In Matthew 4:1-4 it talks about how Jesus was fasting and devil comes around trying to stir up some trouble. The devil knowing Jesus was hungry tells him to turn a stone to bread. Jesus responds  saying "But Jesus replied, "It is written and forever remains written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God" ~Matthew 4:4".  The Bible is Gods words to us. This tells us, as we can't just live life with the physical food, but we must feed ourselves spiritually with the Word of God.
In 1 Peter 2:2 it says " like newborn babies [you should] long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may be nurtured and grow in respect to salvation [its ultimate fulfillment]". If we are a believer in Christ then we should long to continually grow in him so we can be changed. Just like a person working out, not putting the work in= decreasing in strength. Why would this change in the spiritual aspect? If we aren't feeding our spirit to grow closer to Jesus then we are decreasing our relationship with him.

I definitely am not perfect, but that doesn't mean I should not strive to be better. Maybe it seems reading the Bible is a struggle but this doesn't mean I stay content with that.Yes the devil will throw things in my way to get me distracted or to stumble BUT it's not an excuse. Yes I can get busy with my life and the things that have to get done, BUT it's still not an excuse. God gave us  the Bible as a resource to grow STRONGER against the devil and to grow CLOSER to Christ. It is up to us to use the Bible to our advantage. God isn't going to force you to have a relationship with him, he will only give you the chance.

God has given you the equipment to strengthen your relationship with him. Will you decide to grow?

Lord, thank you for another day. God forgive me for letting  the excuses of life hinder my growth towards you.  I want to grow my relationship with you Jesus so that I can stand against the attacks of the devil. Your Word tell us the only way to you God is through your son Jesus (John 14: 6).
I pray for anyone hurting Lord that you heal them. God open the eyes of the lost, give them a heart to long for your presence. Have mercy on the lost souls. Guide me Lord, use me. Here am I , Send me.

In Jesus' name,