Making the extra-ordinary, ordinary!

A little while ago the realization hit me that I had a bad case of the Whiny’s and I am sure that I was sounding like a 3 year old who whined nonstop about something they wanted and did not have.

Why was I whining you may be wondering, well it started last August actually with a few statements from me. “Lord what do you have for me to put my hand to this coming season?” That seems innocent enough, but what happened next brought about a time in my life that I really don’t want to have to repeat any time soon.

Instead of seriously seeking the Lord for the answer to that question I jumped right in, I got involved in everything and then some. I never said no to anyone, as I was eager to be of good use to the Lord and to encourage and bless others with all of the gifts that the Lord has put inside of me.

Before long every day was filled with something or someone that I had to be involved with to some degree or another. Now this was not a bad thing, I just hadn’t figured out yet that all that I had gotten myself involved in was not necessarily what God wanted me to be doing.

I plugged away;  working hard, praying, reading my bible, visiting and encouraging people, writing, teaching two bible studies, not to mention having a family with their own set of needs and demands on my time and energy therefore as time went on I started to feel more and more exhausted moment by moment. I should have taken the hint when my doctor said that my health was declining and I needed to have a rest, but in my mind’s eye I couldn’t, I still was working for the Lord.

Then a strange thing started to happen, even though I had not stopped trying to spend time with the Lord daily, it was becoming a bit of a chore and I started to find reasons to do other things. I reasoned that I could always read my bible later, I still prayed when I thought of someone or something during the day, but I know longer was deriving any pleasure and insight and growth from spending time in the word of God, nor was I necessarily hearing anything from the Lord either.

I was falling apart, from the inside out. I was relying on myself and not on the Lord anymore to get me through the day, I was becoming snappy and miserable and I honestly felt like I had an elephant sitting on my chest.

As time went on, I started to feel more and more lost, like a little child standing on the platform of a busy train station, all by herself, unable to find her mother.

I was lost,

 I had been “working so hard for the Lord” that I had lost my first Love. I had lost the wonder and awe and appreciation of all that He had done for me. I had lost out on hearing His sweet voice when He spoke to me, because quite honestly, it was all a big chore now.

I found that when I went to spend time studying his word to get ready for a bible study that I was teaching, I didn’t even want to. The word that I had read a hundred times before no longer had any appeal to me.

This did not shock me at first, but as I asked my friends to pray for me, I started to realize that I was in trouble, something had gone horribly wrong. As I started to cry out to the Lord more and more He started to show me where my ship had gotten off course.

I needed to stop and get a clear perspective of the situation that I found myself in, and then I needed to decide what stayed on my plate and what did not. Oh let me tell you this was so hard to do, because if you stop one thing then you are letting these people down, if you stop that, then you are letting those people down.

I had allowed all of my “busy work” for the Lord rule me and it had gotten out of control. I was drowning in the sea of my own making and felt unable to see a way out. As a result I was overwhelmed and miserable.

I knew I had to trust the Lord and allow him to show me what things I could keep doing and what things I needed to lay aside for this time. There was no easy way, I had to do it.

The Lord graciously started to show me that way back in August when I had asked Him for his input into his plans for me for the fall season, that I did not completely wait on Him to show me what He truly wanted me to put my hand to, instead I had rushed off and assumed I knew what He wanted. I was also so focused on my assumptions that I did not necessarily stop long enough for him to tell me differently either.

I was wrong.

 God had wanted me to put my hand to one thing and that was to truly seek him with my whole heart, remain in awe and wonder of Him, walk in holy Reverence and fear of the Lord, and share that with the people around me.

Instead I traded the Extraordinary of God for the ordinary of my efforts.

 The result was rags, exhaustion, fear, frustration, tears and disappointment. I no longer felt that close relationship I had enjoyed with him before and I no longer heard what he was speaking to my heart, the revelations that I used to receive where a thing of the past as I did not stop long enough to receive them.

Thankfully the Lord does not allow our folly to consume us and he opened my eyes just recently to this phrase, “Brenda, you have traded my Extraordinary glory for your ordinary strength!”

When I realized it, I repented of my folly and slowly but surely I am starting to hear the Lord again. I am enjoying being in the word and it is with much excitement and anticipation that I go to my prayer room now, expecting to receive from the Lord the treasures He has for me.

I know that the Lord has many things that he has yet to teach me and to show me and grow in my character, but I have learnt that the minute the things of the Lord start to become boring and common to me then I need to Stop, Drop to my Knees and Repent.

God is anything but ordinary, he is a loyal friend and companion, He is my rock and strong tower when I feel weak and unable. He is my provider, my deliverer, my peace and comfort, He is my all.

 I can never hope to navigate through this life without Him leading, guiding and directing my steps. I need Him more than I realized and I am so glad that He promises that He will never leave nor forsake us, even when we run around like crazy people.

So my dear friends, if what I have written has struck a chord with you at all, I want to encourage you to stop and ask the Lord what His priorities for you truly are, ask Him what needs to be pruned from your life and what needs to stay, acknowledge that you have neglected the most important thing in a relationship with Him, and that is Him.

I know that if you do those things, He will meet you where you are at and He will reveal to you the truth about your heart and your situation. He loves you and desires to be in a loving, ongoing relationship with you.

Don’t be as foolish as I was and neglect him while busying yourself working for Him, He wants you to nurture the relationship with him above all and then all of the other things that you do, will come from that relationship.

Rekindle your first love for Christ today and allow your ordinary life to be transformed into the Extraordinary one that God has for you today.

                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

Going the Extra Mile

This morning while I was doing my devotions, I was reading in Deuteronomy 9 and I was really struck by a few things that I would like to share with you.

Deuteronomy  9:9- 14

When I went up on the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant that the LORD had made with you, I stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water.   The LORD gave me two stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God. On them were all the commandments the LORD proclaimed to you on the mountain out of the fire, on the day of the assembly.  At the end of the forty days and forty nights, the LORD gave me the two stone tablets, the tablets of the covenant.  Then the LORD told me, “Go down from here at once, because your people whom you brought out of Egypt have become corrupt. They have turned away quickly from what I commanded them and have made a cast idol for themselves.”   And the LORD said to me, “I have seen this people, and they are a stiff-necked people indeed! 

 “Let me alone, so that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven. And I will make you into a nation stronger and more numerous than they.” 

Moses was speaking to the people just before they were to cross over to the Promised Land and was recalling with them their journey thus far. He had already told them that they were not to think to highly of themselves as they possessed the land as it was not because of their righteousness, but because the lord was going to destroy the people in the land, because of their wickedness. The lord considered them a “stiff necked people”

So what is so significant about the above portion of scripture? Well it struck me that when God was furious with the Israelites because they made the golden calf, He told Moses that he was to leave him alone so that he could destroy them, and make Moses into a great Nation instead.

Moses had a choice to make in his heart at that moment He could of agreed with the lord saying “ yes you are right lord they are a stiff necked people, deserving annihilation”  or He could beg for mercy for them.

He chose mercy!

The following scripture indicates what his next action was

Deuteronomy 9: 15-21

 So I turned and went down from the mountain while it was ablaze with fire. And the two tablets of the covenant were in my hands.  When I looked, I saw that you had sinned against the LORD your God; you had made for yourselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. You had turned aside quickly from the way that the LORD had commanded you.  So I took the two tablets and threw them out of my hands, breaking them to pieces before your eyes. 

 Then once again I fell prostrate before the LORD for forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water, because of all the sin you had committed, doing what was evil in the LORD’s sight and so provoking him to anger.   I feared the anger and wrath of the LORD, for he was angry enough with you to destroy you. But again the LORD listened to me. 

 And the LORD was angry enough with Aaron to destroy him, but at that time I prayed for Aaron too. 

 Also I took that sinful thing of yours, the calf you had made, and burned it in the fire. Then I crushed it and ground it to powder as fine as dust and threw the dust into a stream that flowed down the mountain. 

Instead of Agreeing to the plan of destruction, Moses who had not eaten in 40 days and nights, went back up the mountain and fasted and prayed for another 40 days and nights, (yes no food or drink for 80 days) for a people who probably did not care for him, as much as he cared for them.

I was pretty amazed at what Moses did, but I wandered what would motivate a person to truly sacrifice himself on behalf of others to the extent that Moses did?

The Lord then led me to Proverbs 2

Proverbs 2:1-11

 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. 

For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  He holds victory in store for the upright; he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. 

 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair–every good path.  For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.  Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. 

A man or woman who is filled with the Spirit of the Living God, who is actively seeking out the wisdom and fear of the Lord, will know what is right and just and fair and every good path, as wisdom which is from God will enter his heart and be pleasant to his soul. Discretion will protect them and understanding of God, his heart and his ways will guard them.

This is why Moses was able to do what was right and just and fair before God on behalf of the people. God had broken the heart of Moses for his people a long time ago, he had filled him with a grace and mercy for them, which went beyond understanding and because he was filled with the Knowledge and fear of the lord he pleaded with God, for mercy for the people.

It made me realize that I need a heart like Moses, filled with the fear of the Lord, so that wisdom and knowledge and understanding from heaven will guide my steps, breaking my heart for what breaks God’s heart and giving me a heart of mercy to go the extra mile for the people God has called me to love and walk beside.

Praying for an extra 40 days, cost Moses, his body was weakened already from the lack of food, but he chose the path of righteousness and sought mercy for the people.

I desire to have a heart like that, instead of choosing my own comfort, I desire to go the extra mile in love and prayer and encouragement for those God has lovingly placed in my life.

I want to proclaim like Moses did in

Deuteronomy 32:3-4

I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God!   He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. 

Therefore, my prayer for all of us, as we head into this New Year, 2013, that we would be willing to cry out to God for a heart like Moses, who had mercy and compassion on a people who did not necessarily return his affection. I pray that we would be willing to go the extra mile in prayer, in love and mercy and compassion for them. I pray that God would give us the strength to die to ourselves, our agendas, and fight for our brothers and sisters in Christ. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

 

 

 God’s Possession

As Children of God, we are his possession, that is what the bible tells us, but why would it even say that? Why do we have to belong to him?

A possession is a very personal word in my understanding, it brings thoughts of something close to you, something that you value highly, something that you treasure, something that you will go to great lengths to protect, and keep.

So when God says to us, that we are his Possession, you can know for sure that he treasures us, that he values us, and will protect and be there for us in every way.

In Ephesians he tells us that because we heard and believed the word of truth that was spoken to us about Jesus Christ, we have now been marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit that guarantees us an eternal inheritance until the redemption of all those who are God’s possession. Wow, I have hardly any words to describe the feeling I get when I read those words.

You and I have been marked, sealed and are guaranteed an inheritance, that no one on this earth can take away from us, no one can steal it, it is ours.

I remember many times over the years where the enemy has tried to convince me when I sinned that I had lost my salvation for sure. That all was lost and that God could not possibly love me after I had messed up so badly. He is a liar. Look what the bible says;

Ephesians 1:13-23

V:13-14 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory. 

We have been included in his body, we have been made a part of his family, we are his children, and with that privilege comes certain responsibilities and privileges as his children.

We carry within us the Holy Spirit, we have the same power living within us that raised Jesus from the Dead, we have been given the responsibility to be a fragrance of God’s  presence to all whom we encounter, to some we are a fragrance of death, and to others we are a fragrance of life

2 Corinthians  2:14-16

 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.  For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? 

We have been told through scripture that because of his Holy Spirit within us, we are able to lay hands on the sick and they will be healed, we can tell demons to leave and they have to, we can believe and pray that a person be raised from the dead and they will. We have the power of the living God, creator of all things, alive and active within us.

 When we are submitted and surrendered to his will, we will be amazed at what God will do in and through us to affect the people around us. Yes, God has placed his Spirit within you, to bring you life but it is meant to be shared. His good news of salvation is so important for the people to know about because if they don’t they will spend an eternity in hell.

Therefore, the next time the devil tries to convince you that you are worthless or that once again you messed up in sin, or you are too weak to do anything, or anything else like that, you can remind him confidently where he is going – to hell and that you will not be joining him!!!!!

As you to go into the New Year I would like to encourage you to think  about, the fact, that the creator of all things is alive and active within you. Pray and ask him for a fresh revelation of that fact, so that you can lovingly share the gift of eternal life with those around you.

Remember, every day that you surrender to God and ask him for his will to be done in your life, and for you to walk out his purposes you will be blown away at the joy and strength and depth of your walk with Him will become.

The Last part of this chapter in Ephesians is a prayer, a very important one, one that I would like you to turn into a prayer for yourself.

V:15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,  I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 

V:17  I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 

V:18-23 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,  and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,   far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 

And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. 

This is definitely one of my favorite prayers in the bible, as he asks God to give people the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that we would be able to know God better.

My prayer is that God would do this for you to, that you will walk in a new wisdom and revelation of who Christ is and his great love for you and of your part to play in this time of history.

I love to how in the prayer, He asks that the eyes of our hearts be enlightened, that we might truly see the truth that is in Christ Jesus, so that we can discern lies and deceptions and go forth in the truth of God. I pray that God will reveal his power  to you, that is living within you so that you may confidently go into the New Year, believing and knowing that God, through the Holy Spirit lives within you, and you can do all that He asks you to do. There is nothing that is impossible for God, and for the person that will dare to take God at his word.

I pray that the lord will bless you all in the New Year, that he will fill your hearts with a renewed sense of passion for him so that you will go out and do great faith filled exploits in his name!!!

 

 

Do not be wise in your own eyes

Pride; an affliction to some, a boost to others, where do you sit on this fence?

Over the past few weeks the lord has been highlighting the “stench of pride in his nostrils” to me, I know that sounds pretty dramatic, but it is the truth, God hates it when we are full of pride and think to highly of ourselves and our positions.

Now, we all have pride in us in various degrees and for various reasons. I believe that there is good and bad pride.

An example of good pride would be that you are pleased and proud of your child’s accomplishments. Or that you are proud that your team won their game. It is a happy, excited kind of pride that does not lead to sin.

The other pride unfortunately is what God Hates, what got the devil thrown out of heaven and what plagues mankind and has God fighting against us.

Yes it is that that bad.

God says in his word that Pride comes before a fall, that those who are prideful he opposes (fights against), that pride leads to destruction. These phrases are found all over the bible, but specifically in Proverbs.

God wants his children to be humble, to not think of themselves more highly than they ought to and to think of others about themselves. Proverbs talks extensively about this particular topic as it is obviously an important one to God.

Let’s have a look at what proverbs 3 says about pride

Do not be wise in your own Eyes

Proverbs 3:1-8

 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. 

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.  Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;   in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.  This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. 

There was a man who has walked with the lord for a very long time and because of that, has a pretty good grounding of the things of the lord. In conversation, someone offered to help him with something but his attitude was one of “I am older, wiser and I know what I am doing, therefore I don’t need you to tell me what I should and should not do.” It was blatant and arrogant, but he did not care, he sauntered away, satisfied with himself and his attitude.

I am sure from studying the word of God, that that is not an attitude that pleases Him, on the contrary, the attitude of heart that God really requires is that we would walk humbly and with an attitude of reverence to the Lord..  King David cried out repeatedly that the lord would teach him to walk humbly and right with him, and God said of David that he was a man after his own heart.

Unfortunately this man’s attitude is not unique to him, I know that I have walked that same road myself until the lord got a hold of my stubborn heart and allowed me to see the destruction that it would lead to.  God says that when we become prideful, we are heading for destruction.

God wants us to learn to become dependent on him, to go to him when things are hard, good, bad, or whatever the case is, but when we arrogantly harden our hearts, we turn a deaf ear to any sound advice or instruction that God could give us about the situations that we face. He desires to lead us, not for us to struggle or even fight against him, but we cannot do that if we refuse to be taught by him.

If we are willing to be taught by him, he will show us in a variety of ways the correct answer to our problems. It might be through something that we read in the bible or it could be something that someone says, or a thought would come to us. We however are deaf to these things when we choose to walk in arrogance and pride.

I do not want to come across as full of judgment in regards to this topic on Pride, but I do realize that it is something that we all struggle with at one time or another, I do however want to warn you, not to let your heart become hard to the things of the Lord, so that you may walk humbly with Him all the days of your life.

My most consistent prayer forever has been, Lord please help me to remain teachable. I pray that it will become your rallying cry as well.

Here are a few verses that pertain to the topic of Pride and God’s view on it, I pray that as you read them, that they will penetrate your heart and set you on the path of freedom and humility.

Proverbs 8:13

 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

Proverbs 11:2

 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

 Proverbs 13:10

Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

Proverbs 16:18

 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 17:6

 Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.

Proverbs 21:24

 The proud and arrogant man–“Mocker” is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.

Proverbs 29:23

A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.

Proverbs 15:21

 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment, but a man of understanding keeps a straight course. 

 Proverbs 15:22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs15:33

The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 18:12

 Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 22:4

 Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life.

As you can see from the above verses and in in Proverbs 3, God has no tolerance when we allow our pride to get in the way of our living a righteous life.

My prayer for us, is that we will chose to walk humbly with the lord, learning to become more and more dependent on him daily and choose to ask God for his wisdom, his way, his knowledge over trying to stubbornly insist that we know it all ourselves.

Remember there is always hope, even when we realize that we have messed up, and sinned against God, we can go to him and repent, turn from that way of thinking and learn to walk with him. It is never too late.

1John 1:8 – 10

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.   If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

If these verses have struck a cord with you today, you can join me as I pray this simple pray to our heavenly father.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We come before you today, to ask that you would forgive us of the pride that rises up within us, and we realize that if we leave it unchecked it will lead to all kinds of disaster for us. Father we repent, help us now to turn from the attitudes of pride and help us to renew our minds to your truth about walking humbly with you. Thank you lord,

In Jesus Name

Amen

In love God…

Ephesians 1:5-6

In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will- to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.  

This is another one of those pivotal verses in my life that changed my thinking and my very hurting heart in my early twenties. Why you may wonder, well for me, it was several reasons, but because I was so far away from all whom I held dear, I needed to know that I fit in somewhere.

God showed me, that I have been adopted as his daughter through Jesus Christ, and it was because of his great love for me, as well as his pleasure and will.

As a struggling babe in the faith, this was huge for me, because it meant that I had a place, I was not just trying to figure out life on my own, but I was a part of something bigger than I could imagine, as well as I had brothers and sisters all over the world because of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few years ago, I was praying for a lady from Africa, and as I was praying for her, the lord I believe gave me a gift that I want to share with you. You see as I was praying for her, the lord impressed upon my heart, that (No matter where I / her were in the world if our hearts belonged to him, then we would always be at home) I am sure that you heard of that saying, “Home is where the Heart is” well, when our hearts belong to our heavenly father, no matter what our family situation, or lack of one is, we can always feel at home with the lord. I felt that he said to me, that Home makes you think of restful, peace, love, kindness, hope, comfort, a warm fire and blanket on a cold night. It makes you think of a good meal and a place where you can truly be yourself. Well, when our hearts belong to the lord, He is all of that for us and more.

Therefore, when he says that he adopts us, we truly always have a home. I felt so comforted to know, that because he held my heart, I would always have that feeling of security knowing that I was at home with him.

Another key word in these verses is; Predestined, which means to pre determine, in other words, to plan before hand to do something, he planned to adopt you, he planned to give you a hope and a future, and he planned that you will fulfill his purposes here on this earth.

That to me is a very comforting thought. Comforting because I know that my life is therefore no accident, or mistake, but very much planned and thought about. Regardless of the mistakes or sin our parents committed, our lives were predestined to bring Glory to God!!!!!

So give yourself a hug, and thank the lord once again, that you belong to him.  I want to share with you a couple of scriptures that show you what you get to enjoy because you are adopted as a child of God.

1 John 5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.

Romans 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

Acts 20:32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Ephesians 1:13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 

 Ephesians 1:14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 

 Ephesians 1:19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. 

Colossians 1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

Colossians 3:24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Hebrews 9:15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance–now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

1Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 

 1Peter 1:4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, 

 1Peter 1:5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 

These are but a few of the verses that pertain to the inheritance that we have as children of God, our inheritance involves us receiving eternal life, forgiveness of our sins, Redemption, a cleansing of our sins and a ability to walk in righteousness all the days of our life. Our inheritance also includes the fact that we receive from God, his grace.

Grace- unmerited favor. Something given to us that we did not deserve or earn, a gift.

The rest of Ephesians 1:6 says,

to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

God has freely given us his grace in Christ Jesus which is something that we can daily give thanks to him for, because we will not be ever treated as our sins deserve. The slate has been wiped clean, we have been adopted, cleaned up and made into new creations. I think that will give anyone a cause to celebrate.

So, today as you read through these verses stop to think about the fact that you are so loved by God, that he indeed does have a divine plan for your life that is for his Glory. Think about daring to believe that you can actually walk out God’s plan in your life, and that it  can be a reality for you. Think about the fact that because you are a son, adopted by God,  he has many great things for you and all you need to do is to ask.

Ask him today, to show you how to live your life, believing that these verses are not only true, but they are true for you, as his adopted son/daughter.

I pray that you will be blessed by the things spoken of today, that it will bring renewal, refreshment and transformation to your life.

Blessings from my home, to yours

The fruit of the Spirit

The bible tells us that we are to bear fruit, fruit that will last throughout all of eternity. So my question naturally was, well what is this fruit and how can I as a Christian ever hope to grow such fruit in my life?

In the book of John, Jesus speaks to his disciples and tells them that the only way to bear any good fruit is to remain in him, he tells us that God, will prune us so that we will produce a better harvest of good fruit in our lives.

Let’s take a look at the passage of Scripture.

John 15:1-8

The Vine and the Branches

 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prune so that it will be even more fruitful.

3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.

 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

As you can see from the above passage of scripture the bible tells us that God is the gardener, and that he is continually pruning us to makes us more fruitful. What does that pruning look like in the life of a believer?

In my own life I have experienced this pruning on an ongoing basis, and in my life it looks like a lot of corrective course changes, from a direction that I may be wanting to go, and God sees that it is not his best for me, so he will gently show me otherwise, but the most consistent way that he has used to prune me is to change my thinking and my heart.

For instance, I used to believe a lot of incorrect things about myself, and about who God is. For instance I believed that I could never do anything with my life as I was worthless, I had nothing good to offer, God’s truth however says something completely different, he says, that I am saved by his grace, and that his Holy Spirit lives within me, which then enables me to do anything according to his will for my life.

Therefore, you can see that he had to prune away the bad thinking, and replace it with me learning to believe and think on the truth. The truth that in Christ, I can do all things, because he gives me strength.

I also believed incorrectly that if I stepped out of line and did something that did not please God, I was going to get wacked by him. The truth is that, yes, He will have to bring discipline into our lives, but He does not treat us as our sins deserve, he is merciful and mighty and full of grace towards those he loves and who love him. If God treated me as my sins deserved, He would not have had anything to do with me, and thrown me out. Never talking to me, loving me, or wanting to be in relationship with me.

 Another example of pruning that the lord did in my life, that was more dramatic than the above two examples, was that when I was a teenager, I was a foul mouthed, partyer, who would consume large quantities of alcohol and could out swear most sailors.

When the lord got a hold of my life, I discovered that that life style was not God’s best for me, alcohol would enable me to have “fun” but in reality it made me do things that I would not ordinarily do when I was sober. As for my mouth, He showed me that my mouth needed an extreme mouth makeover. I discovered that the bible said that we had to put perverse speaking away from us, and that we were not to participate in it. What a mindset change.

Proverbs 4:24

 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

Talk about pruning!  The alcohol was easier to leave behind than it was to clean up my mouth and what came out of it,

Proverbs 18:21

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”

You see the bible teaches us that what we say has the power of life and death, and if what we are saying is bringing death to someone, or to our situation, then we need to stop. But on the other hand if it is bringing life, then we are to use it wisely for that.

I am still being pruned in this area as the lord has been cleaning up my mouth. Thankfully he taught me a very important principle that went along with it, and that was, that what was coming out of my mouth, was in direct correlation to what I was harboring in my heart!!!

I cannot stress this concept enough, whatever I believed, thought of, and entertained in my heart is what would come out of my mouth, so if I had my heart set on evil, guess what would come out of my mouth, you are right, evil words. But as the lord changed my heart, and taught me a new way of living, by pruning out the evil that had trapped me, I was able to make better choices with what came out of my mouth.

The lord also took the time to teach me what he considered to be evil and contrary to producing good fruit in my life, Galatians is pretty clear about what the lord considers evil.

 Fruitless deeds of the flesh

Galatians 5:19 – 21

 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 

So if those things did not bring good fruit in my life, what was good fruit after all?

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 

So as a believer in Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit within me, enabling me to live a God pleasing life, I can expect to produce a harvest of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

As you can see in my previous examples I was sorely lacking in self control, I did not have any peace or joy or even gentleness when I would spew words from my mouth.

As you can see the fruits of the spirit are way more beneficial to us than any fruit of the flesh and in my experience and from what the bible teaches, the only true way to produce such fruit is through staying close to Jesus.

To me, that meant, that I would daily set aside time to seek him out, to study his word, and to pray. The more I did those things, the closer I felt to him, as he began to reveal more and more of himself to me.

My prayer for you today, is that if you have not made a special time that is just for you and the lord, that you do so soon. That you begin to ask him to prune you and produce the fruit in you that will impact people around you for his glory.

I pray that he will draw your heart closer to him in the process and one day you can look back and see the various good fruit that has been produced in your life.

 

The Joy of the Lord is our Strength

Joy, as a strength, that sounds almost absurd.  “Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength” Nehemiah 8:10

The Joy that God give us, his children is not something that we can manufacture, or run after, but a feeling of deep joy within us, that no matter the circumstances, we can be joyful and content in the lord. That Joy strengthens us through the toughest situations, it helps us to not panic, but know that our confidence does not come from outside influences but from a deep inner strength, that God is with us and we are ok.

Many people, both Christian and non-Christian often try to manufacture joy in their lives, they go on expensive trips, buy big houses, nice cars, the best clothing, eat at the right places, have their kids in the right schools etc. The marketers of our time have clued into this need within people to feel happy and market their goods aggressively with the underlying message that their product, or thing, or place is what is going to make you happy. They advertise people enjoying the various products that they are selling, and because we are all so desperate for some peace and happiness we buy into the fantasy.

In my experience and from what I read in the bible, the only time anyone will ever truly feel and experience true joy and peace is when the lord gives it to you. When he does, you find that you no longer need to run after what everyone around you is running after, you are joyful and content with whom you are what you are, what you have and what you are doing.

So, how do we as Christians experience this kind of Joy, well it is simple really, the bible tells us that Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, and if you are a Christian you have the Holy Spirit within you. If you have not yet made that commitment to God, I urge you not to delay, but pray this simple prayer with me right now.

Heavenly father, I believe that you sent your son Jesus Christ to this earth; I believe that he died on the cross to set the people free from death. I want to make Jesus Lord of my life from this moment on, fill me with your Holy Spirit I pray so that he can help me to live a life that is pleasing to you always. In Jesus name I pray, Amen

Now my dear brother or sister in Christ, welcome to the family!

Now that the Holy Spirit is living within you, he will set about working in your life and bringing forth a fruitful harvest, in other words, he will enable you to be joyful, have peace, walk in love, be patient and long suffering, be kind and be filled with his goodness, you will be faithful and gentle and be able to exercise self-control.

Galatians 5:22-23

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 

I was reading a wonderful book recently called, Break Through Prayer, by Jim Cymbala. In this book he has a chapter that is dedicated to the subject of joy and what it does for a believer; I will share a few excerpts that really encouraged me.

If we are going to walk victoriously by faith, we must maintain a daily spirit of Joy in the Lord.

Trust and joylessness cannot coexist for very long. The positive effects of Joy reach to the very perimeter of our being. “A happy heart makes the face cheerful” – Proverbs 15:13

Glum and despondent believers should be sued for false advertising – Jesus Christ is far greater than they are letting on.

Remember Real Joy is not mere “happiness” a feeling that fluctuates with our circumstances. Rather it is a deep inner delight in God that only the Holy Spirit can produce. This divine joy is more than medicine. It is our strength! “Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength” Nehemiah 8:10

Proverbs 17:22

“A joyful heart is good medicine but a broken spirit dries up the bones”

Although Joy is vital for our wellbeing we rarely pray for it. Believing, praying Christians should be filled with the Joy of the Lord!

A simple prayer like this”

Father, I ask in Jesus Name, that you will produce the fruit of your joy within my heart. Help me to be overflowing with it, knowing that no matter the circumstances I might be in, your joy will be my strength. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Pastor Jim Cymbala, then gave some reasons that every Christian has for being joyful, no matter the circumstances.

Now, I want to give you some great reasons for being joyful:

  – With God, all our sins have been completely erased through the blood of Jesus

  – There is no record of even one transgression against us before a holy God.

  – Our names have been written in the Lamb’s book of Life

  – Christ has gone to prepare a place for us in heaven, where we will spend eternity with him.  

  – Which means, for instance, that the worst a terrorist can do is transfer us into our father’s arms.

  – The lord has promised never to leave or forsake us while we live here on earth.

  – God has given the Holy Spirit as our comforter and his word to guide us into his arms.

  – God has promised to supply all of our needs and hear us when we pray.

With all of this in our favor, how can we trudge through life with a gloomy spirit? This is Possible, because it is God who supplies this joy to us supernaturally. It is not some hyped up happiness that sustains us despite the trials we may pass through.

Remember, when we are full of God’s joy, every ordinary day becomes a happy celebration of his goodness.

Proverbs 15:15

“all the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast” 15:15

Always remember, the world with all of its shallow entertainments cannot satisfy our spiritual need for God. Only God can do that, I know that I have sought the world’s entertainment to satisfy that deep longing in my heart, but all it does, it leaves us devastated and hopeless.

Therefore brothers and sisters in Christ, I want to encourage you to examine your heart and your attitude and your heart, are you truly living a joyful life or are you walking around like the world owes you and you are miserable. The good news is that you do not have to stay in that place.

Ask the lord for a fresh infilling of his joy today, become a new walking advertisement for the great things the lord has done for you.

This is my prayer for you today,

Romans 15:13

 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

The blessing withdrawn

Many years ago, my family and I went to live in South Africa for a year, South Africa is a beautiful country with many wonderful things to see and do, and the best part of all was the fact that I was going to get to spend some quality time with my family who lived there.

Before we went we sold everything that we owned, shipped a few things over, but we were debt free and just really had to pay for the rental of a vehicle as well as rent to my parents.

We were living very well and  because all of the extra money that we earned we got to play a lot more and my husband took some upgrading courses,  he also eventually found a job that paid a lot more money than what we were ever used to.

I was attending my childhood church at the time, and the people were all glad that I was back after being gone for a few years.

My parents were really enjoying the children and did not want us to move back to Canada at all, and for that moment, we had no intention of it, we had it too good in South Africa.

I remember feeling so very blessed at all that had been given to me, that it was not long before I started making jokes about how my husband needed to work, to keep me in the luxury that I had grown accustomed to.

Then the best part of our time came, my husband found a job, working just west of Cape Town at a Mining company.  He would work there during the week and come back and see us on the weekend. This arrangement worked well for a while but he was lonely and asked the company if there was any way for the family to be moved up with him.

It was not long before they said yes, and moved us into a resort not far from his work. I now had a maid, lived right on the beach, had a choice of a few swimming pools to pick from, ahh life was good!

I was enjoying the blessing of all these wonderful things, that I felt invincible, I felt that I was truly God’s “Golden child”

I know, you are shaking your head at this moment; I am too, as well as cringing at the thought of where this all eventually led to.

As time went on and my husband and I were living in this resort, our relationship really began to suffer, he was always angry, and withdrawn, playing video games all night long after he came home from work. I was lonely as I was there by myself with no friends or family and then when he came home, he would just ignore me.

I was miserable, here we were living in this beautiful place, earning lots of money, and yet I was still miserable.

It was not long before I cried out to God, and told him how miserable I was and laid before him all of the heartache that I felt as well as the hurts that I felt my husband had committed against me.

I did not realize that I had fallen into the same trap as a lot of Israelites had fallen into when they entered their promised land. I had slowly allowed pride to rise up in me over the blessings that God had given to me. I had then also taken my eyes off of God as my provider and put all of my focus on what my husband was bringing into the household every month.

God had warned the Israelites about this very thing many years before I fell into this trap; this is what God told them;

Deuteronomy 8:1-14

Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers.  Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years; to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.  He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. 

Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.  Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.   Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and revering him.  For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land–a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills. 

When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.  Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.  Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery

God warned the people, that when he had set them up in their new land, that there were to continue to follow him and obey him, they were to stay true to him, and if they did, they would be blessed in the land, but if they did not, they were in danger of becoming prideful and forgetting the Lord God, who had delivered them out of Egypt the land of slavery.

This fundamental principle, is what I had forgotten while I was down in South Africa, I thought I was above everything and everyone, because the lord’s hand of blessing was so evident in my life at that time. I had failed to observe God’s commands of “do not become prideful, because if you do, I will oppose you”

Well I was soon to learn that lesson, after a year of living in South Africa we decided to move back to Canada, and this is when the lesson started to really play out. We came back with enough money to last us a long time, but within a few months it was all gone, we ended up living in a friend’s basement, and having to rely on them for our basic needs.

My husband could not find a job anywhere; we did not have money for food, gas, school fees, nothing.

We were reduced to nothing. I even remember having this thought “I need to divorce my husband and find someone who would be able to provide for me and the kids” Yes, I was in a low point of my life I admit it.

It was not until a few months of this did we actually clue in what was wrong, and why we were even in this position. I believe that God put us into this position to discipline us and to snap us back into reality. The reality was that we had become so prideful in our situation and in the blessings that we were enjoying, that we forgot about God.

My friends, the lord reminded me of this this morning when I was praying, and I felt that I needed to share this story with you, If you can relate to this testimony in any way, I pray that you will humble yourself before the lord, repent so that the lord can restore you.

It was a year of great blessing as well as great misery, the misery of course was caused by us, but as I look back I am grateful to have walked through that and learnt a very valuable lesson.

The lesson is this, that God opposes the proud. He wants to bless us, but he also wants us to learn how to handle the blessing in a way that won’t make our hearts turn from him, and onto our own strengths.

We did eventually repent, and the lord did restore us and all that we had lost due to our foolishness, but I promise you, that I never want to find myself in that position again. I learnt that I needed to always have a heart that humbly walked with the lord, in good and bad, so that I could enjoy both seasons knowing that through it all, the lord was teaching, growing and bringing his blessings into my life.

Prayer

I pray that the lord will reveal both to me, as well as to you, areas of our lives where pride has gotten in the way. I pray that he will remind us that if we allow pride to flourish in our lives, we will be in opposition to his will for our lives. I pray that we will chose to walk humbly with the lord, so that we will be able to enjoy the blessings that he has for us. I pray that we will choose to seek the lord wholeheartedly all the days of our lives, walking humbly with him and enjoying all that he has for us.

In Jesus name,

Amen

Prayer

Have you ever had a conversation with someone? I am sure that you have, you probably have had many conversations over your lifetime. Just this evening, I spoke to my husband and children, communicating with them and sharing my thoughts and needs.

Throughout the entire bible we see people crying out to God, some out of ritual, some out of desperation, some out of bitterness, and some on behalf of other people. God promises in his word that he would not only listen to their prayers, but that he would actively answer them.

Jeremiah 33:2-3

 “This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it–the LORD is his name:   ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’  

Jesus was asked by his disciples how to pray, this is what Jesus taught his disciples to do.

Matthew 6:5-15

   “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth; they have received their reward in full.   But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.   And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.   Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 

“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.  

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. 

Jesus told the disciples that they needed to be careful, not to be boastful in their prayer time; he did not want their prayer time to be a time to show off their “righteousness” but that they would instead be open and honest before him.

He encouraged the disciples to go somewhere quiet and there engage God in prayer. It is in that place that you can be real, open and honest with the lord, bearing your heart to him in all of its flaws hurts and trials.

King David gave us many examples in the Psalms of raw emotion before God, he shows that you can bring God your frustrations, hurt, anger, joy, triumph, despair, hopelessness, fear, depression, tears. The list of emotions that King David poured out over the Psalms is endless, but it went to prove, that he had a very real and open relationship with God, that is what he wants for all of us.

So, if you are not in the habit of talking to the lord, or even if you are, be sure to go to a place where you can be alone with the lord, and bring forth honestly all that is on your mind and heart.  I have found, that the more I do that, the more peace I feel, and the more I want to go back into that quiet place and set some time that it is just him and I.

Sometimes I will hear him speak to me, sometimes, it will be an impression that I feel in my spirit, and I know that it is God who is talking to me, sometimes, I will read something in the bible, and I will know without a shadow of a doubt that the lord wanted me to see that verse, as it lined up with my prayers.

It is a wonderful thing, to pray to the lord, and see how he answers you!

Then Jesus told the disciples, first acknowledge that God is your father in heaven, and give him the praise that his due his name, “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” God is holy and we need to remember that when we come into his throne room of grace.

Then he told his disciples, to ask that the kingdom of heaven, and all that is good about it, come to us here on this earth, and to pray that the will of God be done on earth, as well as it is in heaven; “ your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” Why would it be important that God’s will be done on earth, I cannot even begin to explain the great importance of God’s will to be in our lives. But I do say that I know no better place to live out your life, than in the perfect will of God. Therefore praying that his will is done in your life is essential, to living your life on purpose for God.

The next principle that Jesus taught the disciples in this prayer is this; “Give us today our daily bread”    in other words, lord, please provide for our daily needs, the lord promised that he would do just that, as we are valuable to him and he loves us.  I have seen the lord provide in miraculous ways over the years for my little family, as well as for others, I know that he cares about the little details of our lives and wants to make sure that we are taken care of.

He then told his disciples, to ask for forgiveness and to extend forgiveness to other people.” Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”  God is adamant that we do not hold grudges against people, that we release them and walk in love. I believe that the reason that this is so important is that when we don’t forgive an offense, we end up, bitter, full of hatred, mistrustful and downright miserable. God says that if we choose not to forgive others, then he will not forgive us our sins. I don’t know about you, but I love the freedom that comes with not having to have my sin hang over my head like a death sentence. In Christ I have been forgiven and set free from that sin, therefore because it has been given to me, I am obligated to extend forgiveness to others.

The next principle that Jesus taught was; “And leads us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”  To be able to ask the lord, not to be led into anything that would cause us to sin against him is amazing. That he would deliberately take us on a different route that would allow us to steer clear of temptation is awe inspiring to me. Lord, deliver us from the evil that surrounds us daily.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I want you to realize that prayer is not a scary thing, nor is it something that we need to neglect. The bible is clear that we are to pray for one another, that we are to pray for God to send people into the field to bring in the harvest of souls. We are to pray that God would provide for our needs, deliver us from evil that surrounds us, and that he will help us to not willfully sin against him.

We can pray for increased passion to worship him, for him to increase our faith, for him to help us to choose righteousness over evil and for us to keep our eyes firmly on him.

Whether you choose to take a walk to pray, or write in a journal or go to a secluded place, the lord is always ready and waiting to hear from you, to lead you with his word, and to bring joy and peace into the depths of your spirit.

Cry out to him today, and if you feel intimidated start reading the book of Psalms to see how King David ran to God for everything and see how God delivered him.

My favorite prayer Psalm is,

Psalm  84:1-12

How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!  My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.  Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young–a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.  Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Selah,

 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.  As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.  They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. Hear my prayer, O LORD God Almighty; listen to me, O God of Jacob. Selah,  Look upon our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one. 

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.  For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.   O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you

Take a moment right now and turn this Psalm into a prayer before our Heavenly father.

 

 

 

The Privilege of never being alone

Do you sometimes feel that you are all alone, that there is no one in the world that cares about you, or if you would suddenly die one day, there would be no one to mourn your death?

I remember feeling like that, even though my life was full of people, I often felt very alone. Trapped in my own little world of pain and suffering and not really able to communicate to people what I really thought or felt.

I would get mad when I would have coffee with a friend, and not once would they ask me how I was doing, or what was going on in my life, it was all about them and how they were and what they were feeling. It was exhausting and I hated the fact that there was not a soul around who really knew the intimate me.

Who I really was, what I liked, why I cried for this or that, what I liked, what I remembered and what was precious to me, seemed just my burden to carry, because no one around me truly cared, I mean truly cared to really get to know who I was.

That was until one day, I realized that I was not as alone as I had thought I was, the bible teaches us, that when Jesus was about to be crucified, he told his disciples that he would not leave them alone in this world like orphans, but that he would send his Holy Spirit as a comforter and a teacher, and he would bring them and all future believers into fellowship with God the father.

John 14:16-18

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you

So as a believer in Jesus Christ, I have the assurance that the Holy Spirit will come and take up residence within my heart forever. I am therefore never alone and I am always connected to God my father, through the Holy Spirit.

The bible also tells us that there is not a place on this earth that we can go and hide from God.

Psalm  139:1-18

 For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.   Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.   You hem me in–behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.   Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?   If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.  For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.   How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!  Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you. 

The realization that God knows every intimate detail of my life is amazing, I no longer felt that I was alone in the world, with no one to care that I had had good and bad experiences and that I would one day die.

I felt so loved and appreciated, and I realized that people do not need to know all of the intimate details of my life, just as long as my heavenly father does, he still cheers me on, he even loves me, in spite of knowing the bad things I have ever done, as well as the good things.

I am intimately known by the creator of the universe. I praise the lord for that!

So my dear friend, if you are thinking to yourself “that is good for you, I am still lonely”

I have good news for you, all you need to do, is to believe believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is lord, and is sent from God, and he is God’s son, then the bible promises that you will be given the gift of eternal life.

When we do that, the Holy Spirit, comes and lives in your heart (Spirit) immediately, and forever. You will never ever be alone again, you will have a constant friend and companion who will lead and guide you.

It was the best decision that I ever made, I pray that you too would take that step of faith today and come to Jesus so that he will become your most intimate friend and confidante.

Romans 10:9-11

 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.  As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 

Take the step of faith today, and you will never have another lonely moment ever again.