Our ever present help

 

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“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah” (Psalm 46:1–3, ESV)

Sometimes just getting out of bed, and facing what a new day brings, may feel like it takes more strength then we have left. Sometimes life’s cares and worries chip away at our peace, until the doubt and fear hold the place, that faith and peace used too reign supreme. 

No matter the problems we face, or the reasons behind them, the truth is that the creator of the universe, the one who hung the stars and who put the moon into place, wants to carry our load. 

God is our refuge and strength – Just like a small child will run and hide behind a parent when they are scared, we must remember that we have someone to run to. We need to get in the habit of running to God first (not to people to complain or share worries), and trust that he has the strength to keep us safe.

a very present help in trouble – Whether we are in a season of blessings or in a season where everything seems to be going wrong, we have to know that we are not going through it alone. God is with us. As we turn to God in times of distress and ask him for help, he will not let us down.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling  Fear comes from Satan, therefore it is a sign that we have not allowed God’s peace to invade our thinking.  We need to be so faith filled that though earthquakes, and volcanoes, and tsunamis sized problems come,  the peace of God in us will surpass understanding and keep us from fear.

Selah It is good to regularly pause and think about how faith filled we are verses how fear filled our actions may show us to be.

Father God,Show me the areas where I have let fear eat away at my faith. Help me to know you more and to keep my eyes on you, so that my faith may be strengthened. Help me to remember that you are always with me, and remind me often, lest I forget, that I am your beloved child and that you will not turn you back on me as I look to you.In Jesus name I pray! Amen

Just say no

Copyright Chris Lamphear

 

He would not permit the demons

to speak, because they knew him.

– Mark 1:34 (ESV)

 

How profound is that statement  He would not permit the demons to speak. Why  wouldn’t Jesus do so “because they knew him.” 

As we are disciples of Jesus it follows that Satan and his demons also know who we are, how we think, where our weakness’s lay.

And because Satan is the father of lies, and is our enemy who wants to take us out at any cost, we need do as Jesus did and not permit him to speak his lies over us and our family

We need to say “No!” whenever he tries to tell us lies such as:

You will never control your eating.

You will never accomplish anything.

Your kids will never amount to anything.

Your marriage is doomed to fail.

Your business will fail.

Your stupid.

Your ugly.

You will never change.

God does not love you as much as her.

Just give up!

We need to keep a watch for the lies of the enemy and Just say no to them. Remember what the Bible tells us…

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

– James 4:7 (ESV)

Christianity is not a spectator sport. Be watchful, resist the enemy, and follow God’s leading and you will be amazed at where he leads you to.

 

Someone NEEDS to hear this

I believe so clearly that God wants me to give this word to someone struggling to trust him to let the old go…

“You are safe, You are  Loved. Trust in me and watch in amazement as I put everything in order so that you may step safely into the things that I have called you to do.”

Blessing on your day!

 

Two Scriptures to Ponder

This morning the following two pieces of scripture (copied below with my emphasis) came across my path. I offer them below with my thoughts.

  • One

“A leper came to him, begging on his knees, “If you want to, you can cleanse me.”

Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, “I want to. Be clean.”

Then and there the leprosy was gone, his skin smooth and healthy.”

(Mark 1:40–42, The Message)

  • Two

“A man out of the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought my mute son, made speechless by a demon, to you. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and goes stiff as a board. I told your disciples, hoping they could deliver him, but they couldn’t.
Jesus said, “What a generation! No sense of God! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring the boy here.”
They brought him. When the demon saw Jesus, it threw the boy into a seizure, causing him to writhe on the ground and foam at the mouth. He asked the boy’s father, “How long has this been going on?”
“Ever since he was a little boy. Many times it pitches him into fire or the river to do away with him. If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!
Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.
No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!

(Mark 9:17–24, The Message)

  • Three

My take away? That we should hold nothing back from Jesus. If we are in need we must remember that Jesus is present, able, and willing to help us.  Nothing is to hard or impossible for God!

 

Fear is a liar

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     Never allow fear to keep you from stepping out into all that God has for you. For fear is not given to you from God, but from the author of fear, the one who wants to keep you  from God’s best for you (Satan).  That fear is usually a sign that you are on the right track. So stay on it, keep going. 

     For as Henry Ford once said;

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes,

one of his great surprises,

is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.

     And the next time you are faced with a fear that is stopping you from stepping out into all that God has for you to be, bring it to God in prayer, then remember Henry (he didn’t turn out so bad),  allow Philippians 4:13 to settle your spirit and do it afraid.

     Trust God’s leading, He will not let you down.

 

If you don’t feel you have it in you to deal with that person another day remember…

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You can, and I can, because we are not alone!

If your life is like mine, the days fly by so fast that it can be easy to get so to caught up in just living that you forget that “to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21).

And while that is a fact that we may think we know as Christians, Is it really? Do our lives reflect a life that is lived for and with Christ, even when dealing with “that” person?

The thing is, we are not just supposed to be just surviving our lives. But, if we are really honest with ourselves, there are some people who make us feel like that is all we can presently do. Just getting through the day, without too much interaction with “that person” is our goal.

That mindset causes us to forget that God has ordered our lives. That there is a reason “that person” is in it. Now, maybe that reason is for them, for them to see a light in a dark world. Or maybe it is for us, for God to strengthen and refine our character, the person we really are at our core.  Whatever the case, remember Jesus said…

“…I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. “In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”” (Matthew 5:44–48, The Message, Emphisis mine)

Remember that as a believer in Christ you have everything you need to not just survive but to thrive in the face of adversity.  For  “the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you” (Romans 8:1 ESV). 

We are not alone, and our life is not our own.

May we both remember to live like it!