Friday, October 18, 2019

Waiting Patiently

Waiting Patiently
Psalm 37:7a KJV
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him:
Psalm 40:1a
I waited patiently for the Lord;

I dislike waiting! Do you? Have you waited impatiently to hear from someone you love and it seems like decades have passed before they call? Have you waited in the doctor’s office, or at the hospital for a doctor’s report to be given and fear begins to creep into your mind? Waiting, waiting, waiting, and yet, God’s Word instructs us to wait and as Christians, we need to learn to wait in faith for God to move on our behalf.

The word patient or patience is derived from the Latin word, “patientia” from “patior,” to suffer,  to endure. Our Lord not only tells us to wait, but to patiently wait on Him. The definition of the word, patience is: “willingness to put up with waiting, pain, troubles, or hurts; calm endurance without complaining or losing self-control.” This explanation of the word, patience is what God wants for us, while we wait for His will in our lives. Willingness to wait and suffer if need be, without losing self-control, is most definitely the working of the Spirit of God. 

Patiently waiting on God, honors Him and gives Him time to work in our lives His way. This act truly is the highest expression of faith and will bring to the soul, rest. Quietly waiting on the Lord, allows us to know Him, and His depth of love. We would truly never know what it means in II Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for thee” if our pain would quickly flee. Let us arm ourselves with the same mind as Christ as we wait patiently, and by faith, equip ourselves in prayer.

“So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to truly know me.
And though oft My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all is still, Wait.”

(Unknown Author)

Lord, I know You have heard my cry, I will wait patiently for You.

Friday, October 11, 2019

The Love of Christ

The Love of Christ
To separate means to disconnect, detach, breakup, split, parting (of the ways), estrangement, rift, rupture, breach, divide. Paul declares Christ’s love for us by posing this question; Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? The fear of separation from God is impossible to those who are Christ’s. If we are truly born again by the Spirit of God, we can know and experience the boundless, unwavering love of Christ.  What security this brings to the believer. There is no need to ever fear the past, the present, or the future––– we are secure and protected, in the love of Christ.

God assures us that the hard things in life are working for our good and not against us. He encourages us that we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. God allows the trials of life to come so that He may use them in our lives for His glory. He will never desert us, for He is closest to us when we go through the most difficult times of our life. We, my friend, are victorious in Christ. We need not fear what may come into our lives because–––He gives the victory with no conditions attached.

Believers can experience defeat, discouragement, or depression at times. Our God is concerned with the trials we face and what could cause us to give way to frustration or despair. All our suffering will one day be gone and we will be with Christ in glory. The best is yet to come for us and we are to anticipate His coming! What hope we have in Him who will one day take us home to heaven. This should cause our hearts to rejoice, knowing; victory is ours through Christ, who loved us enough, to die in our place. We are His beloved and nothing can separate us from His deep affectionate love.

Lord, thank You for Your sacrificial love shown on the cross of Calvary.

Friday, October 4, 2019

How Do I Parent An Angry Child?

How Do I Parent An Angry Child?
Not every household has an angry child to deal with. If you are someone that does, here are some steps that you can take to help you during this difficult time. The purpose for writing this blog is not to beat you over the head with all the things you have done wrong, but to encourage you with the actions you’re already taking that are good and right. Every parent needs to hear that they are doing some positive things to help their child overcome the acts of aggression and anger that are so destructive.  Having a practical and favorable course of action in mind is extremely helpful to you. When your child decides to have a meltdown in the middle of the grocery store or anywhere else, you can begin to practice what you have learned.

Helpful Hints in Parenting an Angry Child in Public

Work through behavior issues at home before going out (This is what will happen if you show a problem in public).

Prepare them in knowing what is acceptable behavior in public

Know your child and be aware of what may cause issues

Give instructions again before entering a public place

Do not give in to their crying - Do not ignore them - Leave immediately if possible

Make sure you have an age-appropriate plan of discipline in mind 

Be consistent in training and reminding them of what is acceptable

Children need boundaries and guidelines administered wherever they are. The home is an excellent place to begin teaching and training a child for a public setting. Being constant with discipline is extremely important when instructing your child. For them to know what is not acceptable behavior today should be the same for tomorrow. Make sure you are not disciplining a child for accidents but for disobedience after they have learned the difference. We don’t have to teach our children how to disobey, lie, steal, or get angry. They are doing what is natural to them. We, as parents, have to teach them not to lie, steal, disobey, etc., and also help them through times of anger.

Lord, give us the wisdom to train our children.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Does Prayer Increase My Faith?

Does Prayer Increase My Faith?
Matthew 6:5-8 
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

You may ask, “Why pray? What purpose does God have in mind when urging me to pray? What is God accomplishing in me through prayer?” These are certainly challenges to think about regarding your prayer life. Prayer strengthens your daily walk and increases your faith to live for Christ.

Prayer is a great privilege that God has given to you through the death of His Son on the cross.  When the veil of the temple was rent in two, everyone at that moment had full access to God as a believer (Matthew 27:51). The curtain, then blocking the entrance to the Most Holy of Holies, was open to you and you are now free to enter into the presence of a Holy God. Coming boldly to the throne of God is a great honor and because of Jesus’ extreme sacrifice, we have liberty and freedom to come before Him. What an immense and unsurpassable price, He paid for you that you might have the privilege of coming to Him freely in prayer.

Prayer is not a quick list of wants and desires set before you, but it is the humbling of oneself before an Almighty God. It is recognizing His unspeakable gift of grace and compassionate mercy given. Picture the throne room of God in Isaiah 6, “high and lifted up.” Imagine yourself before the throne of God hearing these words, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts.”  Would not your faith increase?

As you confess your sin before God and remember His attributes, give Him praise for His priceless redemption. Be mindful of His awe-inspiring strength, and mighty power to conquer sin and death. When you bow the knee in worship and prayer, inevitably, your faith will increase and endure. 

Lord, gratitude fills my heart for the great privilege of prayer.

Friday, September 20, 2019

"I Know Not What Awaits Me"

“I Know Not What Awaits Me”
James 4:14

News Headlines ~ Chicago Tribune ~ December 30, 1876  
Gospel Singer and Songwriter Burns to Death in Tragic Train Wreck

The railroad train, on which Mr. and Mrs. P. P. Bliss rode to their death, left Buffalo, New York, on Friday, December 29, 1876. When approaching Ashtabula, Ohio, the bridge gave way, and the train, with 160 passengers plunged into the ravine. 

It was the worst winter night of the year and as the train was creeping across the bridge, something snapped. There was confusion with the cracking of wooden beams, and then the crash of the train, into freezing water. Cries of the injured and suffering could be heard from the train below. Men, women, and children, with limbs, bruised and broken, and some pinched between heavy timbers, begged with their last breath for help.

Five minutes, after the train fell, a fire broke out. Mr. Bliss succeeded in escaping from the wreckage and soon realized his dear wife was pinned under the ironwork of the seats. Returning to the car, he bravely remained at her side attempting to release her maimed body. Other men went back after their wives and children and found them suffocating and roasting in the flames. In less than ten minutes after the catastrophe, every car in the wreck was on fire. The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. P. P, Bliss were never recovered, but his trunk reached Chicago safely.

When the trunk was opened, they found a song that had been written by Mary G. Brainard; P. P. Bliss added the chorus and composed the music: "I know not what awaits me. God kindly veils my eyes…"  The last verse of the song read: “So on I go, not knowing, I would not if I might; I'd rather walk in the dark with God Than go alone in the light; I'd rather walk by faith with him Than go alone by sight.”

God alone knows the future. Whatever may await you, when you trust Christ as your “Redeemer,” victory is given over sin and death and hell. 

Lord, I will sing of You, my Redeemer.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Abide in Me

Abide in Me
John 15: 1-6

A few tips to interpret Scripture accurately. Be careful not to take word pictures, illustrations, or parables to literal when reading them. Understand to whom the writer is directing his message and why is it relevant to them. And remember to use all Scripture to interpret Scripture context correctly. 

Do you feel like you have failed in producing fruit in your Christian life and have no idea how long, or how much fruit you are to be producing? Maybe, you’ve become a fruit inspector for God and look at other’s fruit comparing it to your effectiveness? A fruit inspector is another name for a self-righteous person or to put it in Biblical terms, a Pharisee. John 15 was written to be an encouragement and not a discouragement to the believer, and especially to the remaining disciples. 

We need to look at what the Apostle John is “not” saying in this portion of the Word of God. He does not imply that if you stop bearing fruit, you lose your salvation or if you don’t bear enough fruit, you will be cut off and burned. Jesus is making the passage clear in John 15:5 by saying: “… apart from me you can do nothing.” The Lord is not addressing laziness or immoral Christians in John 15, but directing His thoughts towards those who might be tempted to turn away from Him and trust in something or someone else. The issue here is about one’s faith in the True Vine not in how much fruit someone needs to produce. 

We can’t make this Scripture about our effort to produce fruit. The fruit of the Spirit comes from the Spirit of God which dwells in the believer. Jesus produces the fruit in us when we, by faith, trust and abide in Him. The definition for the word, abide means to completely rest, rely upon, and wholeheartedly remain in Christ depending on nothing else. Our obedience then becomes the fruit and evidence of our love displayed towards Him.

Lord, I abide in You alone.

Friday, September 6, 2019

How Do We Strengthen Our Home?

How Do We Strengthen Our Homes?

Matthew 18:21-22 

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

What can we do to strengthen our homes?  Does the Bible have an answer for us? Keep in mind what God calls us to do, He enables and equips us to achieve. What is most important in our families that causes relationships to be sustained for the long haul? The answer, FORGIVENESS. Forgiveness is an act of love that is undeserved and unearned. It affirms to the offender that there is no longer any anger, hatred, or a desire for vengeance necessary. The guilt has been removed and the blame is gone. This is the exact compassion that God demonstrates towards sinners. He grants to us a promise of unconditional love through His precious Gospel. Our reproach and humiliation have been removed and God’s attitude towards those who have put their faith in Him is His unfathomable favor. This is what makes a lasting relationship when there are no resentments or unresolved grievances we harbor.

In Colossians 3:13, Paul says, “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”

Unforgiveness imprisons and keeps people chained to their past. As long as they are unwilling to forgive offenders and their offenses, they are shackled to them, keeping their pain alive like an open sore. Christ is our model of forgiveness and has pardoned all our sins––the most important truth in Scripture (Colossians 2:13). He has canceled out our sin debt against a holy God and redeemed us (fulfilled the necessary payment for sin) with His blood (Colossians 1:14). How can we, who have been forgiven so much, not forgive someone? To make our homes strong, we need to release others through a heart of forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32).

Lord, build my home.  Amen!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Have You Failed?

Have You Failed? 
I Samuel 15:24 KJV
And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.

Benjamin Franklin once stated, “How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them!” There is an example of that truth found in (I Samuel 15:3,9). Saul, the first king of Israel, had been given a divine command but he failed to obey. When he was confronted by the prophet of God, Samuel, with his disobedience, Saul refused to admit his guilt. After continued rebuke, the king finally confessed, “I have sinned,” but with his confession, he gave an excuse of empty words (I Samuel 15:24). Saul’s kingdom was ultimately destroyed because of his improper response concerning sin. It is foolish to indulge in our lust and try to make a useless attempt to conceal our guilt.

Another example of one of God’s men failing in his duty as king was David. As Israel’s King, David reflected on his guilt and afflicted state. Sleep escaped him, his energy was drained by emotional despair and he was feeling the chastisement of the Lord upon him. David’s problem was that he regarded the words of the Lord with little value and treated them lightly (II Samuel 12:9). Undoubtedly, this meant that he had an improper view of God’s Word, and of God Himself.

What is your view of God? Do you fear Him? Have you expressed your guilt before Him and repented of your sin? Have you experienced God’s grace not only in salvation but in repentance and restoration? Such great conviction and strength are given in Psalm 51 where we find David’s confession of sin and restoration of his spirit to the Lord. David could have easily thought that God had given up on him but in His great mercy and grace, God lovingly forgave him. 

Lord, I confess I am guilty before You and ask for forgiveness for my sin.

Friday, August 23, 2019

"Why Are You So Fearful?"

"Why Are You So Fearful?"

Mark 4:35-41 KJV
... And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?  And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Jesus was preaching before a large crowd but needed space between Himself, and the crowd of people surrounding Him. He stepped in a boat and pushed off into the water a little giving Himself room. Christ being exhausted by all He had done that day, went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee to rest. While Jesus was asleep in the stern of the boat, a fierce storm arose filling the boat with water. The disciples being afraid, awoke Him and said to Him, “Master, do You not care that we are perishing? How can you sleep when we are going through this?” They panicked. The disciples knew Jesus had power over the natural world and the supernatural world but questioned His ability to save them from the storm.

Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the sea saying, “Peace, be still.” The wind died down and became perfectly calm. He said to the men, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?” Immediately, they became exceedingly fearful and said to one another, “What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” 

Why are we afraid of the storms of life when the Creator of this world lives in us? How can we be fearful of any circumstance when Christ, the Author, and Finisher of our faith, dwells in our mortal bodies? The strong winds of fear may invade our anxious minds but, when Christ, the Creator, and Captain of the sea speaks, may we surrender full command of the storm to the One who can calm the raging sea and bring PEACE to our troubled soul.

Lord, I surrender full command of the storm in my life to You.

Friday, August 16, 2019

What Does It Mean to Love?

What Does It Mean to Love?
John 14:15 ESV
If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

John, the writer of the Gospel of John, wrote the book with this one thought in mind.: “… these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20:31 KJV). 

The value or worth we put on someone we love gives us a connection with this person and is the foundation of our relationship. God is our Creator, Redeemer, Provider, and Friend. As a Christian, we have a personal relationship with Him and therefore, we are greatly influenced by His love for us. “We love him, because he first loved us” (I John 4:19 KJV). Jesus is teaching the disciples that no amount of obedience is the true source of love. Genuine love comes from the Father, a gift of love. For by grace you have been saved through faith…not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). 

We have believed that our obedience is the proof of our love for Christ and that our obedience will gain us the love of the Father but, unfortunately, obedience does not gain us the love of the Father. His love is a gift given to us when we believe and trust in Him as our Savior. Our obedience flows from this supernatural gift of love that God has given to us. 

I John 2:3-5 says, “And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments…whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected…”  Receive Me, follow Me, believe in Me, love one another, trust in Me and rest in Me are some of His commands.  His commands are not burdensome, but trying to keep them perfectly is. Our focus is on our love for Christ as a truly extraordinary gift because we, as fallen people, cannot obey God perfectly.

Lord, thank You that Your commands are not burdensome.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Persecution, Is It a Blessing?

Persecution, Is It a Blessing?
2 Thessalonians 1:1-5 
“…We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring…”

As we read through the book of 2 Thessalonians, we see that there are only three chapters in the book with three main issues. The first issue mentioned was the increasing persecution of the church during the time of the Apostle Paul and others that were following Christ. The second issue was Eschatology the part of theology known as “The End Times,” or the “Day of the Lord.”  Chapter Three, speaks of vocational enthusiasm or the lack thereof. There were misconceptions about why they should continue to work if Jesus is coming back soon.

Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica to encourage them to stand firm in their faith and look to God for strength during times of persecution. In 2 Thessalonians 1:3, Paul exhorts them to continue to love one another and to grow greater in their love and dependence on each other. These mistreated people were growing in their faith. They were commending other Christians to endure persecution without wavering while bearing their oppression and abuse patiently.

How should we view persecution? We, as Christians, don’t like persecution but know that it does bring us towards maturity and that it is an honor to be considered worthy to suffer for His name. “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ” (Acts 5:41). Persecution does bring blessings and proves God’s righteous judgment that these early Christian missionaries could hope in Christ and in what He was accomplishing through them. 

Lord, persecution is a blessing.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Do We Really Believe This?

Do We Really Believe This?
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 KJV
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Do we really believe what we say we believe? Do we endure the hardships of life and grow through those hard times? Are we secure in the fact that even though our physical bodies change, our spiritual life in Christ is renewed day by day?  We who have the immense privilege of knowing Christ, need not lose heart, quit or give in, for we who endure, gain strength by renewing the inner man.

Your troubles and trials, along with the pain and difficulties of life are contributors to your inner strength. It may well be in the trial of your physical life you will undoubtedly be lead to find spiritual strength. You can endure the testings of this world when you hold them in the highest regard of the spiritual over the physical. You will persevere when you treasure the eternal over the temporal.

What does the eternal weight of glory mean? It means we will praise, worship, serve, and give glory to God more than ever before. The only suffering that generates this eternal weight of glory is that suffering for Christ’s sake and that which brings honor and glory to His name. What it doesn’t mean is that it is for every illness, or pain in life we endure. The suffering which comes as a result of living the Christian life to the glory of God is the eternal weight of glory

Lord, help me to see beyond the physical pain that I may praise and worship You with passionate love, an eternal weight of glory.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Depression, Is It Sin?

Depression, Is It Sin?

Is depression sin? Are there reasons for depression that we aren’t aware of and yet we believe it’s sin? Can we detour the unfortunate situations in our lives that cause depression or are they out of our control? Job suffered circumstances that overwhelmed him and physically impaired him. Was he in sin?  If someone suffers from a health issue that is debilitating and becomes depressed due to medication, are they in sin? Do we try to understand what a person is going through and with love and compassion walk with them in their path of depression and pain?

If a person that is suffering from depression is a Christian, we may find Gal 6:2 an important  Scripture to read and obey. “Bear one another's burdens . . .” The death of a loved one or illnesses that are irreversible can cause depression. Accidents leaving a person disabled can cause a person to become depressed. Some people don’t recognize their depression because they’ve blocked it out of their mind. Why? People have been taught that depression is a sin. Not all depression is caused by unconfessed sin. Most depression is from physical or emotional atrocities which have had devastating effects.

Sometimes, we believe that Christians are free from all despairing situations but this is not true. We are fallen men and women and sometimes we simply struggle with life. We live in sin scarred bodies and in a sin-cursed world. Depression is not caused solely by our sinning, but because of life itself. If a person has not dealt with their sin, they can suffer from depression. But, to say that all people suffering from depression are in sin is damaging. The Apostle Paul said, “we despaired of life itself” (2 Corinthians 1:8).  In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Christ said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul’s reply, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 

Lord, may I have compassion on those who are in depression. 

Friday, July 19, 2019

A Heart of Bitterness

 A Heart of Bitterness
Ruth 1:19-20 
So they both went until they came to Bethlehem. And when they had come to Bethlehem, all the city was stirred because of them, and the women said, “Is this Naomi?” She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.”

As Naomi enters Bethlehem, with Ruth by Naomi’s side, the people of the city begin to move about asking, “Is this Naomi?” Ten years have gone by since Naomi lived there, and they didn’t know the overwhelming effect that bitterness had produced in her heart. To those standing near, Naomi bitterly replied, “Don’t call me Naomi, which means, pleasant, but call me Mara, meaning, bitter, for the LORD has brought me home to Bethlehem empty.”

Satan wanted Naomi to focus on the negative, those areas of weakness where unforgiveness, anger, feelings of bitterness lived and would breed discouragement. She couldn’t think clearly when she focused on the lies of Satan. His lies divided her mind and caused her to shift the blame to God and of course, to others. Naomi’s bitterness was an attitude of deep discontentment that poisoned her soul and destroyed her peace. A sour Christian is one of Satan's greatest trophies and why the Bible says, "See to it…that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled” (Hebrews 12:15). If we continue to live in bitterness, this harmful condition will eventually be passed on to others causing immense negative effects. 

How do you handle bitterness? Do you confess your bitterness to God, and seek His forgiveness and help? “Yes!” Christ took upon Himself every sin you ever committed—including your bitterness when He died on the cross. Whatever the cause, commit your bitterness to God, crucifying the flesh with its passions and desires. Through faith in Christ, walk by the Spirit not gratifying the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). 

Lord, forgive my bitterness and fill my heart with the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5).

Friday, July 12, 2019

"Thy Will Be Done"

“Thy Will Be Done”
Matthew 6:9-10 KJV

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 

Our Lord instructed His disciples on prayer and gave them an example to follow not as a magical formula, but to commune with God. This prayer is short and to the point never mentioning the time of day in which to pray, how long to pray, or the position in which one is to pray. But, we are instructed to, “Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer usually comes from a heart which is truly committed to Christ generating thankfulness for all He has done. 

Prayer demonstrates our faith and trust in God in discerning His will for our lives. There are some who are fearful of God’s plan. The thought of surrendering to His will is overwhelming and at times even terrifying. These dear people are sure that if they were to yield to God, they would suffer painful, uncertain times in some distant and dangerous place. They can imagine themselves wasting away in solitude while being miserable in their existence. Psalm 33:11 says, “The counsel (plan) of the LORD standeth (endures, stands firm) for ever, the thoughts (intentions) of his heart to all generations.” 

They must understand that the plan or will of God comes from an expression of His heart. I John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” The will of God works in our lives to bring about His highest goal, glorifying Him through His unchangeable love for us. Our prayer should be that God, by His grace, would transform us making us willing and able to know and obey His will. And may we ever be mindful, that God designs His will, from His heart.

Lord, I pray “Thy will be done” in my life, to bring glory to Your name.

Friday, July 5, 2019

I'm Troubled, but Not in Despair

I’m Troubled, but Not in Despair
Psalm 143:4,8,10 
Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart is appalled (greatly dismayed) within me... Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You... Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul; Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God;

David was seeking God for deliverance in a time of a great trial. For us to know that through God’s faithfulness we are guarded on every side and that He will guide us through our times of trouble is a refuge to us. Sometimes, our “feelings” get in the way and we are “overwhelmed” within. David wrote; “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? (Psalm 42:11). Our feelings can sometimes govern our ability to think right and we lose sight of what God is doing in and through us. 

David asked for forgiveness and was seeking God’s mercy and deliverance from his many enemies. With troubled feelings, he pleaded for the light of God’s countenance to shine upon him and for God to give him wisdom and understanding. As Christians, we too should be seeking God, asking for His mercy to deliver us from those whose aim is to hurt and ruin us. In the New Testament, Paul wrote, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair”; (2 Corinthians 4:8). Paul, like David, was showing that in the conflict of soul and endless suffering, he was not crippled or cast down, but strengthened through Christ (2 Corinthians 12:9). 

Maybe, it’s not an enemy that seeks to cause pain, but a friend or a loved one that has brought despair and heartache. This can cause tremendous suffering, agony, and torment to the soul. Ask God to teach you how you should walk through this time of distress and trust Him to do His will in you. 

Lord, I trust You with my troubled soul.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Will I Hear?

Will I Hear?

 Psalm 85:8 KJV
I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints:

The Lord is encouraging us to listen to His Word and His heart when He says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

The soul that hears the Lord and receives the words of comfort from His lips is truly blessed. The divine whispers of God cannot be compared to the complaints, protests, and grievances of this sinful world. When our ears listen to the voice of God and dismiss the voices from without, we are more inclined to hear what truth teaches. To have our eyes closed to exterior things and matters of this world and have our eyes fixed on Christ brings true contentment, rest, and peace. 

The Lord gives understanding to the hearer and His Words are strength and life to those that listen. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6). We are to write the Words of God on our heart (Proverbs 3:3) and meditate (Psalms 63:6) on them earnestly. The temptation will surely come, and we will need His strength to overcome. We need to walk before the Lord by faith that we may be defended against the attacks of evil.

Are you listening and attentive to the truth of the Word of God? Is there a longing for knowledge and wisdom to live your life on His behalf?  In the still of the night, does He hear your prayer or do the clamorous voices of this world drown out, His sweet voice?

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee (Psalm 143:8).

Lord, I want to hear Your Word and heed what it is saying.