Our ever present help

 

altanaka (Tatiana Kostareva)

“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

Love one another

Don’t think I ever heard Jesus say…

Love your Neighbors…unless they are homeless..

Love your Neighbors…unless they are undocumented.

Love your Neighbors…unless they are different.

Love your Neighbors…unless they are not Christian.

Love your Neighbors…unless they are Muslim.

Love your Neighbors…unless they inconvenience you.

Love your Neighbors…unless they are Poor.

Love your Neighbors…unless they are asking for help.

I am constantly am seeing Christian brothers and sisters post things about things they don’t like and calling them “these people” as if they are repulsive. It is a way of dehumanizing others.

Jesus never UNLESS he said LOVE.YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. – Mark 12:31

and he also said

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25:40.

So the next time you are rejecting “these people” think about who you are rejecting!!

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,  I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’  Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’  Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” -Matthew 25:41-46

 

What your life is about

Your life is not about you, your life is about all the people around you. Your life is about all the people you can touch, all the people you can impact, all the people you can influence, all the people you love and all the people that love you. That’s how you source your life. Live your life like that and watch your life change. It’s amazing what happens. – David Flood

A word for the waiting

For those of you who are in a season of waiting, in a dry and thirsty place, in a place where you are just “DONE” with it all, be encouraged that God sees you, Loves you so very much, and is not through with you. Sometimes it feels as if He has forgotten you, as if he cares more about “them” then he does you, but remember “feelings” are fickle, do not let them guide you but let Him (and His word) do so instead. Do what God is leading you to do, and you will see the JOY return (remember it IS your strength).

Take your eyes off your situation (yes I know it sucks, but nothing will change unless you make a decision to focus on what the Bible calls you too), and put your eyes on God, and I promise you will begin to see change. You were not designed to carry your burden; that is why when you do you feel so weighed down, so “depressed” so unable to go on. Give it to God (really give it to him) and watch him make a path through that desert you have been in for far too long. Then breath in deeply and lift up your head and see how good He is!!