Friday, January 30, 2015

God's Wisdom



God’s Wisdom
Romans 11:33-34 KJV
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor?”

God is infinite in wisdom and knowledge. He always knows what is best for us and He knows the best way to bring it to pass. God’s infinite wisdom is shown in bringing good out of evil, beauty out of ashes and molding us into His image. He not only knows what we need but when we need it. Most godly character traits can only be developed through trials in our lives, or what we call, adversity.

Have you ever felt that your prayers seemed to go unanswered while you‘re experiencing the greatest adversity in your life? Have you asked, “Is all that I am going through really good for me and will I be able to thank God for all that He’s brought into my life?” The Bible tells us that we are to give thanks for all things for they are the will of God (I Thessalonians 5:18). Whether we see or experience beneficial results in this life or not, we are still to trust God. In His love, He wills what is best for us and in His wisdom He knows how to bring all things together for our good.

There are times when we question God’s ability to cause all things to come together for our best and debate within ourselves if these circumstances will be profitable. Have we missed the point in all that God has allowed? Have we missed the learning possess that God desires for us to grow through? Each circumstance in our life, whether we think it good or bad, is for the purpose of gaining knowledge, acquiring understanding and obtaining wisdom through God’s Word. In the Lord’s providential care for us, He orchestrates everything in life to accomplish His will even through suffering and pain. 

Lord, I trust Your wisdom in every circumstance of my life.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Troubled Heart



A Troubled Heart

Psalm 38:6-11,17-18,21-22  KJV (Read all)
I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. 

As Christians, we can’t go for very long before we find ourselves with a troubled heart. We are troubled with sin from within and burdened by foes without. We are on a path that is leading us in a direction we never wanted to go and becoming weary on our journey. When we sought comfort from those around us, we found sorrow. When we expected help, we found hindrances and discouragement. We thought life promised pleasures, but what we found was pain and difficulties with a reluctant heart to move forward.

The guilt is too heavy to bear and we’ve allowed wrong thoughts to invade our mind. The contemplation of giving in to the trial seems to be an option we’d consider. What do we do and to whom do we turn to find the relief we so disparately need? There is mercy and grace for us in our pain and despair knowing our Lord experienced such sorrow of heart. In His darkest hour, Jesus spoke these words to His disciples in the garden of Gethsemane, “...My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death...” (Matthew 26:38 KJV)

In the midst of a troubled heart, one can become completely overwhelmed and feel utterly devastated. But, if our heart is focused on Him and not the things of this world, the promises of God are already guaranteed and secure. In this light and momentary trouble, He is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. The sufferings we are enduring at this present time are not equal to the glory that is to be revealed to us in heaven. Why are we worried, why do we fret and have a troubled heart? We need to fix our hearts and minds on Him, the author and finisher of our faith, who is preparing for us a home of abundant glory.

Lord, may I direct my heart towards the things above in anticipation of my home in glory.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Knowing Your Enemy


 Knowing Your Enemy
Ephesians 6:10-18

The enemy, called “addiction,” wrecks havoc in the lives of men and women, sometimes destroying their very being. If only they knew this about their enemy: that he is a liar, a murderer, and appears as an angel of light. This enemy has many names: the Devil, Satan, the Dragon and the Serpent. He roams around like a lion, seeking whom he may consume and is called, the god of this world. He is the accuser of the brethren, because he accuses God’s people day and night before the throne of God. A spiritual battle is raging against the addicted and Christians need to know the enemy in order to help those battling addiction to triumph in Christ.

The important thing to remember is that the battle is not with human beings, or those suffering with substance abuse. The battle is with the Devil. We are wasting our time if we are fighting with people, when we ought to be fighting against the lies of Satan. No human alive is powerful enough to withstand the cunning devices Satan uses against them. His plan is to manipulate the world, an external enemy and control the flesh, an internal enemy, to defeat as many as he can. Christ has already conquered Satan and has provided us with weaponry which we can use to fight against the enemy. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31b). What peace and joy comes in knowing the Lord has already provided us with the “Whole Armor of God”. If we are trying to fight the battle in our own strength, we will fail. It is only through the power of God that we are able to fight against our greatest enemy, the Devil. 

Sooner or later every Christian will realize that their life is a spiritual battlefield.  As believer’s, we face three enemies: the world, the flesh, and the Devil. By Christ’s death and resurrection, He conquered these three enemies. We fight our enemy from Christ’s triumphant victory over death. Christ has already won the battle and we can walk in victory by understanding and applying the truths from the Word of God (I John 2:15-17).

Prayer: Lord, I know the battle is Yours, help me to fight in Your strength and with Your armor on daily.

Friday, January 9, 2015

O, My Soul


O, My Soul
Psalm 103:1-5
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;  Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

David, the author of Psalm 103, writes with such sensitivity revealing a heart truly blessed of God. The realization that all his sins are forgiven brings David to a new height of worship. With all the emotion that God has given him, David expresses praise, blessing and honor due His holy name. The phrase “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name,” invites us to praise the Lord accompanied by a heart filled with gratitude and thanksgiving.

Psalm 103 is one of my favorite “Praises” written in the book of Psalm. As a new Christian, I didn’t realize, at that time, all the benefits a new life in Christ would hold. I asked the Lord to open my heart and mind to His wonderful ways and give me understanding of His precious path. I sought His truths and asked Him to show me what I could not see, any sin that hindered my way. I wanted to be reminded of his great benefits, His redeeming love, His tender mercies and limitless forgiveness of sin. 

I realized through this Psalm, God remembers my frame; He knows that I am but dust and He loves me with an everlasting, unwavering love. The Lord is ever mindful of my cries, and gives His steadfast love that never ceases. His mercies never come to an end and His compassions (to suffer with or with suffering) never fail. 

Now that I am older in my Christian walk, I am acquainted with His eternal joy that graces my life. I have experienced His comforting Spirit in times of sorrow and moments of delightful laughter. I’m not sure I could have trusted Him in my youth with all that He had planned for me, but because of His great love, mercy and patience, I have a deeper walk with Him today.

Prayer:  May I never forget all Your benefits, O bless Your holy name.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Broken


Broken 
Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Broken, broken, broken! Broken homes, broken hearts, broken bodies, broken hopes and dreams, broken health, broken vows, broken lives–––Oh, the pain in these words? Are you broken or being broken through financial loss, upon a bed of illness or through the death of a loved one? God knows all about it. In His infinite wisdom, He would not permit it if He did not see that in the end, somewhere, it would serve a purpose for which you do not know. If you are being broken, God is right there with you. We think broken things are a loss, but God turns them to His gain. God will never use a man until he is broken but will use the broken man for His glory.

We, as Christians, need to examine ourselves in the light of God’s Word and know that the presence of broken things in our life does not necessarily mean broken without remedy with no hope of healing but broken before God as in Psalm 51:17; “a broken and a contrite heart, God, wilt not despise. Your brokenness may be the very thing that God will use in bringing about humility with a heart that recognizes the greatness of His grace. The broken and contrite heart can be molded by God as He searches the core of your being and begins to mend or heal the pain of a broken heart.

What’s broken in your life that you don’t think God even cares about? Are you broken because of sin in your life or could it be because; “this is the will of God concerning you?” Take heart, the Father makes no mistakes. He is constantly working to make us who are. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known (I Corinthians 13:12.) I am truly thankful for the “Broken Things” in my life that have caused me to examine myself that I might appreciate the inexhaustible love Christ has for me.

Prayer:  Lord, may the brokenness I am experiencing now become the healing force You use to bring glory to Your name.