“Despite It All!”

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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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“Interruption of Peace”

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God blesses.  He’s the author of all that’s good and lovely.  The enemy, on the other hand, opposes all the wonderfulness that God has in store for His people.

Have you ever noticed that God will bring you to a place of sanctuary in your life; a place to make things right, restore, and grant rest for the weary world traveler?  Then, the enemy swoops in quickly to try to undo the blessedness of God.

FYI, that’s his job.  He comes to “steal, kill, and destroy,” (John 10:10).  The moment God brings you to a place of rejuvenation, a place where you feel you access grace and peace – the enemy deploys hatred, confusion, and anything it takes to disassemble what God has put together for us.

It’s not a strange thing, even if it hurts, to feel under attack when being blessed by God.  These interruptions of peace are designed to throw you off your spiritual game; yet in Him, we are assured that we are “more than conquerors,” (Romans 8:37).  We have the overcoming ability to rise above troubles and to claim the peace God so freely gives.

The Bible declares, “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blessed His people with peace,” (Psalm 29:1).  Peace is a divine blessing.  It’s something that is the right of every child of God to have.  Although our outward situations may not favor that sentiment, it’s the inward man that is to stand up in faith, believing every word of God to be true, that fights and upholds the right for that God-given peace.

“He promises peace to his people,” (Psalm 85:8) and that’s something we shouldn’t easily let go of.  We sing the songs that tell what God has for me, it is for me, but we have to do more than sing it – we have to claim it, own it, and diligently fight day-by-day to possess it as our own.

How do we do that?  We are told, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee,” (Isaiah 26:3).  The place where the interruption of peace is hardest fought is in the mind.  When hurts and confusions begin to penetrate that tranquil soil of promise it sprouts weeds of dysfunction, distrust, and terror that were not meant to be there.

But, when one’s focus shifts from what is right before the eyes to beyond the surface and refuses to let go of that promise of peace, those seeds of faith will germinate by His heavenly grace and become fully mature fruit in your life.

It’s all about what you decide to let to be dominant in your life.  Your focus can either be your weapon or your enemy.  It can either help you to look past what is currently before you or it can be your stumbling block that doesn’t let you get over this hill.

Here’s the thing.  You get to decide for yourself which one it will be.  Faith is not passive – it’s very much active.  You are the one that has to fight for it.  You are the one that has to refuse to give up on God’s promise for you.

Interruptions of peace will come, but how far it gains access is up to you.

“God Can Turn Your Situation Around and Make You Dance!” – Words To Live By

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If you are longing for a turn-around, God is all the hope you need.

“A Prayer for Today . . .”

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Father God,

We don’t always understand why we have to hurt the way we do. We don’t always know the reason behind suffering, anguish and pain. But, Father, one thing we do know is You are sovereign. Every tear that we cry and every sorrow that pierces our heart, You know all about it. We struggle with the if’s, and’s and but’s, but You are He who knows the beginning from the end and the right now’s of this life. Even when we don’t fully comprehend it all, let us find our trust and our peace in You.

Please touch and bless the bereaved families everywhere on today. Comfort the brokenhearted and set the captives free. Cast off yokes of heaviness and let the hurting feel Your presence in the midst of the pain. Cover and protect Your people, O God, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen!

Lord, I just want to THANK YOU!

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“In happy moments, PRAISE GOD. In difficult moments, SEEK GOD. In quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD. In painful moments, TRUST GOD. Every moment, THANK GOD.” –Rick Warren

“God protects His own! He is surrounding you with the forces of heaven today!”

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God hears your prayers; so pray, and look up!

“Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.” Psalm 5:1-3, NKJV

“Abba, Father!”

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Today remember, you are a child of the King and He is for you! Cry out to your heavenly Father and He will hear! Psalms 56:9 tells us, “When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back; this I know, because God is for me,” NKJV.  

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“Tired of it all? Call God!”

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“God Notices You Today!”

 

There are times in life when you feel absolutely invisible.  If you’ve ever seen the movie “Princess Diaries” you know exactly what I mean.  Mia, played by Anne Hathaway, was a young girl who did not really fit in with the popular crowd.  She went virtually unnoticed by most and at one point was sat on by another due to her “invisibility” problem.  When it was found out that she was a princess suddenly everybody stood up and took notice.

I would venture to say that most of us do not have a long-lost relative that is going to show up one day and declare we are of royal lineage causing people to stand up and take notice of us.  But what I like about God is He doesn’t care if we are royal or not, He loves us enough to stand up and take notice regardless.  One of my favorite verses I often pray is from Psalm 8:4 where the question is asked, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (KJV).  This really strikes the cord of love with me because when we think on the greatness of God and His willingness to pay attention to little ole us – awesome!

I was reminded of His generosity toward us as I was reading in the book of Ruth this morning.  Ruth asked Boaz, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner,” (2:10, NKJV).  The “unworthy” gets noticed.  Admittedly, she declared that she is a “foreigner.”  The Bible tells us, “Ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ,” (Eph. 2:13, KJV).  We were “foreigners” to the grace of God, yet He took enough notice of our dire state to bring us near to Him and to love us.

Often I contemplate His goodness and my unworthiness.  I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, there was nothing I did that would make God stand up and take notice of me.  He chose to pay attention to me, as well as the rest of humanity, because He loves us.  It may seem perplexing when we consider that He is ruling the whole universe and is still  paying attention to us, but He is!  He is “mindful” of you and I today.  “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous,” (Ps. 34:15, KJV).  To Him, you stand out from the crowd already, and God notices you!  You are already royalty enough for His favor!

God bless you today as you walk in the peace of this wonderful truth!