“Sitting Around Won’t Win the Battle!”

We are almost there. It won’t be too long before we are crossing the threshold and entering into the new year. ARE YOU READY FOR IT? NO MORE EXCUSES! NO MORE PLAYTIME! ARE YOU READY TO WIN THE BATTLE? ARE YOU READY FOR THE VICTORY? It won’t happen by sitting around. We have to get up and follow where God is leading us to see success in the end!

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“The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but

the soul of the diligent shall be made fat,” Proverbs 13:4

 

All of us have goals and dreams, or at least, we should.  All of us “desire” things we would like to see accomplished in our lives.  But, desire can only get you so far.  There has to be a proactive approach in order for one to see the fulfillment of these aspirations come to pass.

I love the Bible because it gives us so many true to life examples of these valued lessons.  For instance, in 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat and his people were getting ready to be attacked.  The enemy had come against them and “Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord,” (vs. 4).

I want you to look at this picture Scripture represents.  It’s one of great sadness.  In verse 13, it describes…

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“God’s Hands Have Always Been on You!”

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“By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You,” Psalm 71:6, NKJV

As you look back over your life, is there ever a time when you know you should not have made it?  Is there a time when you recognize that it was only by the grace of God that you are still here today?

Yeah, me too!

Life has a way of throwing us many curve balls.  Sometimes we hit it and sometimes we miss.  Sometimes we are even awesome enough to get a home run, whereas at other times we would just be grateful to still be in the game.  The fact that we are is a testimony to the love of the Father on us.  It is evidence that He still has you and me in His hands.

There are times that come that make it extremely hard for us to recognize this great truth.  Crushing times that weigh on us making us believe that we are forgotten or that we are walking this path alone.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  God has always been with us.  God has always taken care of us.  God has always been the one holding on to us when our lives seem to be spinning out of control.

I find it utterly amazing that we have been upheld since birth.  Truth be told, Psalm 139:16 shows us that He was paying attention to us even before the time of our birth.  It says, “Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them,” (NASB).  Even before day 1 of our lives, God had His eye on us.

How awesome is that?  I find great comfort in verses like these because I realize that yes; I have gone through some very difficult and troubling times.  Yes, as I look back through the different stages of life I wish things could have been better or I wish wrong choices could be undone.  But, despite all the “I wish I had . . .” or the “could haves and should haves,” these verses remind me that I never walked alone.  There was never a time in my life that God didn’t see me and didn’t see what I was going through.  There was never a time when He was absent; rather, He was there with His hands on me, cradling me with His love.

God’s hands have always been us!

I don’t know what you may be facing today but the Word of God is sure in all it promises and His Word promises that you are not alone.  Yet, sometimes it does seem that way.  It seems like you cry and cry and cry some more, but your tears do not fall on deaf ears.  As you cry, the one who has had His hands on you since birth feels the flow of your tears running over His hands as He holds you.

Trust Him who has you in His hands today.  Be blessed.

“Where Are You Going?”

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“And they all forsook him, and fled,” Mark 14:50, KJV

 

“I would not have run!” that’s what most of us exclaim when we hear the story of Jesus facing these men in the Garden of Gethsemane.

How often have we stood for Christ in the midst of adversity?  When contentions arise to defend our faith, do we stand closed lip or do we draw the spiritual sword?  When our time comes to speak what is right, do we act with avoidance, put up our church finger to excuse ourselves away from the controversy?

There’s more than one way to flee from the garden.

Our country is changing and it’s headed in a wrong direction really fast.  As Christians, where are we going?  Do we stand with Jesus only in times of miracles and blessings, only to flee and disappear in the shadows when things get hard?  Or, do we stand with Him when the enemy tries to attack and arrest our faith?

I, unapologetically, stand with Christ.  Laws are being passed that’s trying to change not only the landscape of our nation, but the scope of all that’s right and just before God.  I love all people and I pray for them.  But, and I say this without condemnation, “What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong.”  And, if we think as Christians these law and changes that other powers are pronouncing to be right have no effect on us, than we have already left the garden leaving Jesus to stand there alone.

The rights of some are being raised while our rights in what we believe are being diminished.  Where are you going?  It’s time for the church to wake up, take the sleep masks off and pay attention to what’s going on around us.  Did we flee to leave Jesus standing alone?

Just a thoughtful question?

“Despite It All!”

Despite my failings,
my shortcomings and shame.
Despite my choices
from which heartaches did rain.

 Despite the coldness
of my sometimes failing heart.
Despite the right path
of which I did depart.

 Despite the apples
on the tree.
Despite the way
my sin views me.

 Despite the world’s
proffered delicacies.
Despite the lies
on which I did feed.

 Despite it all,
despite the mess.
Despite the feeling
of total brokenness.

 He brought me out;
and for His glory,
restored me wholly,
magnifying His love story.

“Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit,” Psalm 51:12

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