Tag: God

I Could’ve Quit Too Soon

It’s been 26 years since I almost quit too soon. I thought about that today while driving to an out of town ministry opportunity. It’s been 26 years since I contemplated driving my van into a telephone pole at 70 miles an hour.

Really, you say? Why would someone like me ever think of taking your life?

Because I thought my life was ruined. And it was all my fault.

You see, due to my sins, my addictions, my secret life, I had thrown away my marriage of 21 years, my son who was 14 at the time and long time friends. I’d also been removed from the church my wife and I had pioneered and pastored for 10 years.

I almost quit too soon.

Since that day my marriage, family, friends and ministry have been restored. It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t something that took place overnight; but it happened. And I’ve lived to see some incredible things take place; things I would have missed if I had quit too soon.

I remember talking with my counselor during this terrible time. I had told him what I had been thinking while driving in the country on old highway 6. He got right in my face (something he did quite often those days) and reminded me that even though I had lost my “ministry”, and probably was going to lose my wife, I still had a responsibility to be a dad to our son, and a person God could depend on.

At that point I couldn’t see how anyone, including God, would want anything to do with a jerk like myself.

But I didn’t quit because God and others wouldn’t let me quit.

They kept reminding me of God’s truth.

Truth such as, “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.” (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV) 

And, “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29 ESV)

Eventually I began to see a glimmer of hope. God was doing miracles in my life. He was restoring my life and bringing His glory into view. Beyond my wildest dreams, He was showing Himself as more than enough for every part of my life.

Including all my failures.

Like I said before, I almost quit too soon.

Too soon to see my marriage restored. Too soon to see my son graduate from high school, eventually marry a wonderful woman, and just 11 months ago have a beautiful son. 

Wow. I could’ve quit before all of that.

But thank God I didn’t.

How about you? Has life become such a burden you feel you can’t take any more? Is your life out of control and you think you’ve hurt too many people? Do you see suicide as the best solution?

Don’t quit too soon.

There is more to living than what you’re experiencing at this moment. There is help available, though you may not see it yet.

And some day, like me, you will look back on this tough thing you’re engulfed in, give a sigh of relief and say…

“I could’ve quit too soon.”

Is Our Faith Pleasing To God?

Something hit me last night, while I was listening to the eleventh chapter of Hebrews. Something I had read myself many times, yet had never thought about it like I did last night. 

It concerns the subject of faith. Specifically, faith in God.

Most of us are aware of the following verse:

“But without faith it’s impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

And so we do our best to please Him by doing our part; believing He is, and believing He rewards those who diligently seek Him.

This works for a while, but when we fail to see the rewards we wonder if we’re not as diligent as we should or could be.

Does this sound familiar?

It does to me. It also makes me wonder if we’re working for, or somehow trying to earn our “rewards”.

If so, what happened to faith?

What is the focus of our faith? The rewards? The promises, which in Christ are yes and amen? Or is our focus the Lord Himself? 

What pleases Him? That we believe He is, OR that we believe He diligently rewards those who seek Him? 

Are we missing something?

While it’s true He loves to answer prayer, and care for us beyond our wildest imagination, there’s a lot more to faith than the rewards; if by “rewards” we mean things WE want, need, hope for, etc. 

HE is our reward!

It’s what He said to Abram (Abraham), the father of faith, the friend of God. 

“…Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” (Genesis 15:1 NKJV)

There’s a little test we can take that may give us an indication of our true focus. It’s what hit me in a new way last night.

“Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented – of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.

“And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.” (Hebrews 11:35-40 NKJV)

The test? How do we act when God doesn’t seem to “come through” like we believed He would? 

The writer had just finished listing all the different rewards (promises and actions) people had received and accomplished through faith. Hallelujah!

But then, like a thunderstorm moving in on a Thanksgiving Day parade, he ruined everything by telling about the ones who DIDN’T get the goodies from God! Didn’t he realize he’d never sell many books by being so negative? And why would he be so cruel as to chop our faith down to nothing after building it up like he had?

Or was he trying to tell us something about real faith? 
I think so.

If we ONLY believe God blesses by giving us the rewards we want, or as long as He answers within our time frame, are we really believing God? And can we believe He is and yet doubt He’ll do what He said? 

If we only believe when our prayers are answered in the way we want and expect, does that mean we’re walking by faith, or are we walking according to what we see happening around us?

“…for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” (2 Corinthians 5:7-10 ESV)

What is our aim? To please Him, period? Or to please Him as He pleases us?

I seriously doubt any of the heroes of faith wanted to be sawn in two, stoned, tempted, mocked, or scourged. Yet there they are, listed with the rest of God’s heroes; those who pleased Him with their faith. 

So why were the “failures of faith”, those who didn’t “receive” as others did, listed in Hebrews 11? Because they believed God IS, and He IS the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him! 

They got their reward. They got Him!

Don’t take things the wrong way, please. I’m not saying we should forget His promises, and sing the old Doris Day song, “Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be. The future’s not ours to see, Que sera, sera.” No. 

But maybe, just maybe, we could borrow part of the song; “the future’s not ours to see”

Believing HE IS takes care of our past, present, and future. Whether He says anything or not, He IS. 

He is pleased by our faith, but He doesn’t reward us because He’s pleased. He rewards us because HE IS.

For He who comes to God must believe that He IS, and that He IS the rewarder of those who diligently seek HIM

Once again, HE is who we diligently, intentionally, and singularly pursue. In other words, our faith isn’t in any person (other than God), place, or thing. And that’s pleasing to the Lord. 

As believers, children of God, heirs of God and joint heirs with His Son Jesus Christ, God has given us EVERYTHING that pertains to life and godliness, through His exceeding great and precious promises (2 Peter 1).

All of that comes with believing He IS.

Let’s keep our faith focused on the Author and Finisher of our faith, rather than what He’s done for us today.

Let’s keep the main thing, the main thing. Whether our world is falling apart, or we’re riding on top of the world, God IS. 

And when it’s all said and done, there is and will always be, our God and Savior!

 

God, Guns, and Faith

I understand our nation’s history, her Minutemen, Paul Reveres, etc., but I’m having a hard time reconciling some of the remarks made by my Christian brethren with what Jesus Himself said.

“Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52 ESV)

“You have heard that it was said, ’An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil…” (Matthew 5:38-39 ESV)

“…Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8 ESV)

“By your patience possess your souls.” (Luke 21:19 NKJV)

When I mention the need to trust God, rather than be so “up in arms” fanatical, you’d think I was the antichrist. 

There’s basically one thing you’re going to leave this world with. Everything you have with God is directly tied to that one thing.
Faith.

It’s the one thing God requires.

And I would hope that ANYONE who puts their finger on a trigger is a God fearing, God honoring person with a DEEP faith in God. You should, as well. 

Since when did God start demanding of His kids that we talk mean and hateful, strutting our stuff around on Facebook like we’re the saintly version of John Wayne? Or, maybe Chuck Norris and Clint Eastwood?

Somehow I find it very difficult to picture Jesus walking down the streets of Jerusalem with a Colt 45 strapped to His side. 

You say He didn’t carry a weapon because He came to give His life a ransom for many? True!

But when asked by Herod why He wasn’t defending Himself, He DIDN’T say, “Listen punk, don’t you realize I’ve got a whole cache of weapons back home in the upper room? My boys are just waiting for My word.”

No.

Instead He said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above. So the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.” (John 19:11 NLT)

Earlier, when Herod began his questioning of Jesus, Jesus responded, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36 NLT)

His particular wording I find interesting. We, in many ways, have become so patriotic we have lost focus of God’s kingdom and its principles.

We’ve traded our trust and walk with God for our election process, and our constitutional rights. 

Folks, I am NOT discounting our rights! I’m saying that first and foremost we, those of us who claim to be followers of Jesus, must be KINGDOM OF GOD oriented and inclined, or we will not fulfill God’s will for our lives, and this country will forever fall short of its destiny.

Am I saying we can’t defend ourselves, either individually or as a nation?

No!

King David was allowed by God to have an army. In fact, the King was quite the soldier. He was the Audie Murphy of his day.

No one messed with David’s army and got away with it.

But here’s a point you must see. David, a man after God’s heart, was enticed by Satan to sin before the God David loved. What was the temptation?

It went something like this:

“Psst, David! Hey, you, Mr. King! Yeah, you. Haven’t you noticed the headlines lately?”

“What do you mean?”

“All the Syrians and Philistines have been chanting ‘death to Israel’, and they’ve recruited an awful lot of people for their armies. Doesn’t that scare you?”

“Well, come to think of it…”

“Yeah, you know you’re scared. So how many soldiers do YOU have, O King?”

“Well, I’m really not supposed to be thinking about that. God wants me…”

“Oh, knock off with the faith stuff. You know what it’s like to run short of people; people who know how to fight! C’mon, man, use your head! Get some data so you’ll know how many to draft. You mustn’t be caught unprepared!”

So, David grabbed one of his generals and told him to number the troops.

And God said, “Wrong move, mighty warrior.” (1 Chronicles 21)

It wasn’t wrong to have an army!

It’s not wrong to own a gun, or three!

It IS wrong to TRUST in them. 

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. O Lord, save the king! May he answer us when we call.” (Psalm 20:7-9 ESV)

But if you simply MUST trust in chariots, then choose wisely whose chariots you’ll trust in.

“The chariots of God are twice ten thousand, thousands upon thousands; the Lord is among them…” (Psalm 68:17 ESV)

If you haven’t figured out what I trying to say, maybe these passages will help:

“The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.” (Psalm 33:16-19 ESV)

“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.” (Proverbs 21:31 ESV)

Victory belongs to the Lord. Do all you can; saddle your horse, load your gun, whatever you feel you should do. But before you do, there’s one question every Jesus follower should ask first.

“Lord, what would You want me to do? How can I follow you in faith in the situation I’m facing?”

Because remember, whatever is not of faith is sin. (Romans 14:23)

So can we drop the God, Guns, and Guts bit, replacing it with, “God, Guns (if you want), and FAITH”?

Uncle Sam Weeps

 

 

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UNCLE SAM WEEPS by Jan L. Grace

In this land of the free and the home of the brave, Kneels an old ragged man with his banner to wave

And he weeps,

Holding those Colors, the red white and blue, With hands rough and worn by the pain he’s been through,

How he weeps,

With tears in his eyes, and an ache in his chest, Remembering the day when his land was so blessed

Yes, he weeps.

 

His sons and his daughters had futures so bright, When all could discern ‘tween the wrong and the right

Hear him weep,

Each child was embraced by a mother and dad, The unborn were safe from the doctors gone bad

How he weeps,

Uncle Sam weeps for the fatherless child, The widow, the orphan, and a nation gone wild,

Yes He weeps.

 

Uncle Sam weeps for the fatherless child, The widow, the orphan, and a nation gone wild,

Yes He weeps.

 

There are battles abroad, and hatred within, All due to the color of a man’s skin,

Hear him weep,

“God Bless this nation”, we’ll sing before games, Then vote to remove the mere hint of God’s name

How he weeps,

Wrong is now right, and hope’s turned to fear, This progress has come o’er the past 50 years

Yes he weeps

 

Our nation’s soldiers, our best of the best, Face an enemy greater than all of the rest,

And he weeps,

Engaged in a war, not for land, fame, or greed, But because of an ancient, terrorist’s creed,

How he weeps,

With a lump in his throat, and pain in his heart, He watches his nation be torn apart,

Yes he weeps

 

Uncle Sam weeps for the fatherless child, The widow, the orphan, and a nation gone wild,

Yes He weeps.

The DC Elite and Supreme Court Nine, Turn opinions to law, as his God they malign,

How he weeps.

Uncle Sam weeps for the fatherless child, The widow, the orphan, and a nation gone wild,

Yes He weeps.

 

Uncle Sam bows at the foot of the cross, Lifting hands toward heaven, may all not be lost,

And he weeps

by Jan L. Grace

copyright 2015

 

 

Day Five

40 Days of PromisesThe Faithful God

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations…” (Deuteronomy 7:9 ESV)

I love this description of God: the faithful God. He keeps covenant; in other words, He can be depended upon.

Life is full of uncertainties, but the faithful God can always be counted on.

“And the Lord gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers. Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the Lord had given all their enemies into their hands. Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.” (Joshua 21:44 – 21:45 ESV)

Even when we are less than perfect (and who isn’t), like Israel in Joshua’s day; God is faithful. He will give us victory over all our enemies if we will only give Him a chance.

Give God a chance? What’s that mean?

It means to trust, to believe, to obediently do our part.

Because He is the faithful God.

“Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all.” (1 Kings 8:56 ESV)

To give God a chance also means to hold fast our confession; to verbalize our faith in our faithful God.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23 ESV)

Yes, the One Who makes the promises IS faithful!

He IS the FAITHFUL GOD.

40 Days of Promises

40 Days of PromisesThe Lord let us know, through the writings of the Apostle Paul, that the things which happened to people in the Old Testament happened not only for their instruction, provision, and discipline, but also for ours:

Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 1 Corinthians 10:6-11 NKJV

So let’s use Moses and the twelve spies for our example. God instructed Moses to choose men, one from each of the twelve tribes of Israel, to spy out the land of promise. The men were to be leaders; men who were recognized for their position and ability. Men who would gather information about their new homeland and its inhabitants, and return with samples of its produce. Men who would mix the gathered facts with what they already knew in their heart; that God is faithful and true. Men who would influence their nation to follow after God.

God gave them 40 days of promises; time to meditate on all that He had promised.

The word translated “spy” means, “to meander about, especially for trade or reconnoitering.”

Reconnoiter. I like that word. It means, “To go to a place, or area, in order to find out information about a military enemy: to do reconnaissance.” In other words, the twelve leaders’ mission was simply to gather the facts and report them to Moses and the others. And by doing so, the rest of Israel could gain the much needed support for their faith to help them actually possess the promises they had been hearing about the past several generations.

Support for faith. It’s something all of us need if we’re to possess the promises of God. And that’s the reason for this series of posts.

Think of this reading material as a type of reconnoitering; looking at the land God has already promised. Examining its impact on our way of living. Seeing the faithful God in a whole new light. Understanding His love and great desire to impact our lives for good, and for eternity.

Sure, there may be things that appear much too large; impossible, even.

But the Lord does not say one thing and mean something different. He is, among many other things, faithful and true.

One huge lesson we can take away from the spies of old: look at life through the eyes of faith in God. Mix faith with the promises of God. Don’t be overwhelmed with the size of the enemy, the problem, or whatever. God didn’t send them into the land to investigate the prowess and power of the enemy; but to witness the greatness of His Glory against the backdrop of impossibly.

40 Days of Promises. An opportunity to examine the “land of promise”, dream the dreams of God for your life, and, hopefully, by mixing faith with the promises, personally experience God’s handiwork and power.

And just imagine the joy you’ll have in telling others about the land of God’s promises.

Ten Reasons Why

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I’m beginning a new series of posts called “Ten Reasons Why”. There will be a number of topics we’ll consider, but the first is this:

Ten reasons why you should think about God and His Kingdom.

Yes, one would suffice, but why not arm yourself with enough reasons to overcome any doubt? It just makes sense.

1. Perfect peace comes to those whose minds are fixed on God.
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3 NLT)

2. It reinforces your faith’s perspective.
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2 NLT)

3. You will be led by the Spirit into life and peace.
“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” (Romans 8:5,6 NLT)

4. God, through the apostle Paul, commanded us to think on certain things.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9 ESV)

5. Everything we need is provided by God.
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ “For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV)

6. Thinking about Him helps us act like Him.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8,9 NKJV)

7. It’s a key aspect of spiritual warfare.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NKJV)

8. Stability and fruitfulness are its outflow.
“…but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:2-3 ESV)

9. It helps combat the sin nature.
“Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.” (1 Peter 4:1 ESV)

10. We’re in a much better position to hear Him speak.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26 ESV)

I’m certain that if you search the scriptures you could probably find at least one more reason to think about God. But like I said; one is sufficient.

He told us to.

Why do YOU think about God? I’d love to hear why.

How To Appear Before A Judge

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If you are preparing to stand before a judge, you may want to review this list:

“Ten things to do when appearing before a judge.”

1. Shower and shave beforehand
2. Dress appropriately
3. Obtain good counsel and arrive together
4. Follow the advice of counsel
5. Be early; but definitely not late
6. Be honest, truthful
7. Humble yourself before the judge
8. Agree with the judge
9. Embrace the court’s recommendations
10. Be thankful whether the court grants leniency or not.

Maybe you’ve never had to appear in court. But all of us will, eventually, stand before the Judge of our souls. So we might as well know how to prepare ourselves.

You may have the idea that Heaven’s Courtroom is something akin to Judge Judy’s hangout. No. Not at all.

Heaven’s Courtroom is the highest court in the entire universe! The Judge is always faithful and just in his assessment and verdict. He never passes sentence without understanding the complete situation.

He is able to look deep into your soul, with eyes of fire and a heart of love.

He can’t be bribed or coerced. However, with the proper Counsellor, you and I can experience a brand new lease on life after appearing before the Judge.

Prepare to meet the Judge.

Prepare by retaining Jesus, the Advocate, as your counsel.

Prepare by acknowledging your sin and wrongdoing; confessing your need for mercy and forgiveness BEFORE your time comes.

Appearing before the Judge of all of Heaven and Earth is not like appearing in traffic court. It’s a matter of life and death.

So make sure you’re prepared.

“…prepare to meet your God…!” (Amos 4:12 ESV)

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” (2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV)

“And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment…” (Hebrews 9:27 ESV)

“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15 ESV)

Jesus is all the preparation you need.

Ask For Help

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People are kind of funny, don’t you think?

Maybe odd would be a better word.

We can appear so strong, so independent, so very confident.

“Excuse me, sir. Would you like some assistance?”

“No thanks, I’ve got everything under control.”

Inside we’re falling apart. Yet we’d rather lie and wear our plastered smile, than have anyone think we’re weak and not sure what to do.

Since when is it a sin to ask for help?

Maybe odd isn’t the correct word, either. How about a phrase no one likes to use?

Mentally disturbed.

Mentally ill.

I’m not a trained psychiatrist or psychologist, and I’ve never played one in a school play. But I can tell when something isn’t right.

And it isn’t right to need help, but refuse it because you don’t want to look weak or out of control.

Especially if you’re out of control.

If your arm is bleeding, wouldn’t you let someone give you a bandage?

Mental illness isn’t something people like to discuss, except in a whispered tone. But what’s the difference between a sprained ankle or a strained mind? Not much.

I really believe the body of Christ has dropped the ball on this subject. “Don’t think about it or talk about it; it will go away.” But it doesn’t go away. It gets worse.

Like everything else, it’s a lot easier to fix something if you first know what’s wrong.

I’ve had issues in the past. Moments when I was scared of what I was thinking, but too scared and embarrassed to ask for help. What would people think? Would people want nothing to do with me if they knew of my struggles; my mental anguish?

The Lord has helped me in a couple different ways, AFTER I acknowledged my need for help. First, when I let someone know what I was going through it became easier to talk about. Second, as I began to share with a trusted, and competent counselor, the Lord started revealing to me His peace and stability. I began to get answers.

I began to heal.

People are odd. And they will probably always be that way. But they, we, don’t have to be overrun by mental illness, stress, or anything like it.

There is help. Ask for it.

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 NKJV)

“He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.” (Psalm 18:19 NKJV)

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed…” (Luke 4:18 NKJV)

Whether you go to a doctor, a counselor, or a prayer partner; healing comes from God.

Just quit trying to fix everything on your own.

You aren’t that strong. No one is.

Bending with Delight

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Have you ever heard the phrase, “I’d bend over backwards for them”?

Did you know the Hebrew word for “delight” means “to bend”? For instance…

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4 ESV)

“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way.” (Psalm 37:23 ESV)

To delight oneself in the Lord means to not just merely be happy and giddy about God, but to bend over backwards to please him if necessary.

And God says he’ll bend over backwards to help us in our time of need. He’s our support and rescuer. He “bends” for us.

“They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.” (Psalm 18:18-19 ESV)

I’m so glad I don’t need to get bent out of shape, regardless of what may come my way. The Lord is my delight, and I am his.

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