Friday, April 30, 2010
We can begin to hear voices around us. You those voices don't you? "Your not good enough, your not pretty, your not nice, your not going to succeed, your not going to win, your not going to do that right, so why don't you just give up now?" There are lots of voices aren't there? I am sure I have heard a few you haven't and you have heard the ones I have not. That's how Satan works. He knows just what each of our struggles are and just what to whisper and just the right time to get us down. Satan loves whispering in our ears. He can only whisper all the bad things, but he too can tell us all we are doing is right. He can confuse us so that we are mixed up when we hear the voice of God calling us to Him.
Jesus offers a different way. There are no traps. He calls, but it is our own free will if we answer. He never forces Himself on anyone. With Jesus we feel love and protection. Along with that love and protection we also have correction. When we are wrong He tells us. When we are in tune with Him, we will hear His voice say, "Um, girl, don't go that way." (Only in His voice and He probably wouldn't say, um) Jesus puts up signs for us. He puts them up so we can see them, its just sometimes we ignore the detour sign and end up on a one way road to no where.
2 Timothy 1:13-14 "What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you-guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us."
Romans 10:17 "Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ."
Thursday, April 29, 2010
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Whether it storming out today or all is calm before the storm, Jesus will be there for you. He will calm the storm and the crashing waves as He stays near you through all or He will remove you from the storm as the winds blow.How sweet it is to have Jesus to wipe our tears away. What a feeling of comfort to feel His strength we ourselves have none. To feel Him carry us when we can no longer walk, and to find Him there when are on our knees brings grace that is sufficient.When the tears are falling hard, our hearts are hurting, and we see no end in sight, Jesus is there to wipe each tear away, to bring healing to our hearts and to be the light in the darkness we feel.
Have you been there in the storms of life that seem to threaten your sanity? Have things been so hard for so long that you now cover all up with a smile, only to say things are great? I know those smiles and "I'm Greats" really well. When the pain is so deep, its like it becomes part of you. You feel nothing else, but empty and lost. You are so tired of crying, the tears seem to dry up, and you become numb to all around you. Are you there today?My friend there is nothing in this world that can take Jesus away from you. Though the evils of this world attack none stop, Jesus is here to stay. Although we may not understand each storm, why the rains seem to pour, or why the winds blow, we have a mighty God who does. Some of those storms come out of no where, when the sun has been shining and all is grand, but then they hit hard from behind knocking us over in defeat. Some we can see coming, we know the speed and we know they are going to reach us, but can we really prepare for that storm even though we see it coming?Just as in the middle of the night when powerful storms come we take shelter. We pick ourselves up, grab our family and we run to safety. Those storms seem to come in the darkest of night when all is quiet and calm. But there is safety in His arms. In the day when the sun is shining bright, as we see the clouds forming above, we know whats coming. We may hear a little thunder and see the crackling of lighting up ahead, and in that moment as our eyes see the storm approaching, we find shelter while there is time, we cover ourselves, and as those rains pour down, although we may find ourselves weak and tired, we may be a little soaked, but Jesus will not allow the rain to take over, or the winds to blow so severely we cannot recover.
I have been there in those nights of emptiness and loneliness. I have felt the rain beat down, and thought the rains would drown me, but they never did. Jesus is more powerful than any storm. He has more might than any wind. With His hand upon us we find our way through the night. He will be our light, and our stronghold in the depths of our fear.With Jesus little is much. Just His presence castes the darkness away. Just His touch brings comfort and just one whisper of His voice can calm the storm. We must learn to run to Him in those storms and try to heed them alone. With each storm we see His strength, we see His love as He reaches down and grasps us up before the waters take control. There is nothing too big for God my friend.
Today whatever is at your back door, you don't have to face it alone. You never have to stand alone as those enemies are surrounding. Reach out to Him, feel His presence and trust Him. Believe in Him, knowing He is in control. Just your faith is all you need, and in that faith He will do the rest.Don't fear the storms that come any longer. Release your hurt, your pain, and allow God to bring healing through just His touch.
Psalm 91:1-2 "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
Psalm 61:3-4 "For You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in Your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of Your wings."
Psalm 62:1-2 "My soul finds rest in God alone; my Salvation comes from Him. He alone is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Fortress, I will never be shaken."