Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Losing Everything, Gaining Everything

God had to bring Abraham to the end of his own strength and let him see that with his own body he could do nothing. He had to consider his own body "as good as dead" (Heb 11:12) and then trust God to do all the work. When he looked away from himself and trusted only God, he became "fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised" (Rom. 4:21). This is what God is teaching us, and He has to keep results that are encouraging away from us until we learn to trust Him without them. Then He loves to make His Word as real to us In actuality as it is in our faith.

 A. B. Simpson

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Ever Present Help in Time of Need

Have you ever been on the brink of drowning? They say that drowning is the scariest way to go, and the most serene as well. It's usually a case of pride that prevents most of us from screaming out, "HELP!" until our last nanosecond away from death, it's only then that we finally belt out that cry of bitter desperation. If you have been in that scary predicament then you know you cannot save yourself, it is only until a savior comes along and rescues you from hopelessness that you find salvation.

The more that time passes in my walk with Jesus Christ, the more I realize how desperate I am. It is in my thought life that I realize I am drowning everyday. In sins of omission & commission. Fully submerged with moral depravity all around me. If I don't receive His help daily, I'm finished. Maybe you are going through severe trials in your life. Maybe life didn't turn out the way that you thought it would. Let me tell you, you are not alone. Jesus may not change your circumstances but he will use trials of life for the good of those who love Him. If you don't know Him, do everything that you can to meet Him. He is a good dad, the best actually. His word tells us some amazing things about His character. Don't let a day pass before you meet the one true God.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. - Psalm 46:1

Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear. - Isaiah 59:1

Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. - Psalm 55:22

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. - Proverbs 3:5-6

For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. - Hebrews 12:6

Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. - Psalm 37:5

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. - Romans 5:3-5

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. - James 1:2-3

Monday, August 17, 2015

Liberty, Tis So Sweet to Thee

Pursued by God, I tried to hide
He found me where I lay
He overtook me, crushed my pride
Then He taught me the way

He paid the debt t'was owed to me
He handed me the key
In shame I stood there unaware
He loved me and washed me

Unshackled hands, unshackled feet
I can't believe my life
The prison door, unlocked for me
He paid a costly price

Liberty, tis' so sweet to thee
I'm finally learning
That the people the Lord set free
Are very free indeed

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Dying to One Self

I should expect every day to encounter circumstantial evidence of God's commitment to my dying; and I must seize upon every God-given opportunity to be conformed more fully to Christ's death, no matter the pain involved. When my flesh yearns for some prohibited thing, I must die. When called to do something I don't want to do, I must die. When I wish to be selfish and serve no one, I must die. When shattered by hardships that I despise, I must die. When wanting to cling to wrongs done against me, I must die. When enticed by allurements of the world, I must die. When wishing to keep besetting sins secret, I must die. When wants that are borderline needs are left unmet, I must die. When dreams that are good seem shoved aside, I must. "Not My will, but Yours be done, " Christ trustingly prayed on the eve of His crucifixion; and preaching His story to myself each day puts me in a frame of mind to trust God and embrace the cross of my own dying also. - Milton Vincent from "A Gospel Primer for Christians"

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Seek The Lord While He May Be Found

Life is funny. We perceive that we are ageless. Our 20's and 30's pass us by seemingly unaware. When our joints and muscles give way, the frailty of life begins to set in, and subtly, the mentality of agelessness quickly flees.

The Bible beckons every man, woman, and child to respond to the call of God through Jesus Christ while he may be found. It pleads for an immediate response of the heart,

Seek the LORD while he may be found;call upon him while he is near;let the wicked forsake his way,and the unrighteous man his thoughts;let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him,and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.For as the heavens are higher than the earth,so are my ways higher than your waysand my thoughts than your thoughts. 
(Isaiah 55:6-9 ESV)

Time is short & life is but a vapor. I have seen friends pass from this life to the next unexpectedly, for tomorrow is not guaranteed to any of us. My plea to you today is seek the Lord while he may be found, for He desires that all men should be saved.

Influenced by Voices From The Edge Of Eternity by John Myers

Sunday, June 7, 2015

For simplicity's sake

Spring has begot summer
I feel you here with me still
You brought me through the winter
You blanketed my cold chills
Now we lie in the warmth
And I remember your ways
I can't wait to drink your wine
You're with me all of my days