Living with the mystery

Why?

I don’t know.

It just doesn’t make sense.

All of these are things that you and I might think or say on any given week. The reason for this is because we live in a fallen world where many sad, hurtful and broken things occur and even hurt and affect us. We may ask God, “Why?” or “Why me?”, and yet we may have to learn to live without knowing.

It is astounding to me that God would trust us with the situations He allows us to go through and equally amazing that God entrusts us with the opportunity to walk through much of life with the mystery of not knowing.

It seems that much of the time God’s simple answer to our curiosity is: “I am here” and “I am enough”. Do you know that indeed God’s presence and glory and power and love really is enough for whatever you are going through?

Do you walk by the faith and knowledge that God’s power over all is sufficient? Do you rest in the assurance that He truly is working to redeem all things and all people for His glory and the good of those who call upon His name?

Please, today take all of the things you don’t know, don’t understand and probably don’t like, place them at the feet of Jesus and begin thanking Him that He is God over the mystery. Thank God that He is more powerful than the circumstance and rest in the reality that His knowing is enough for us.

Let God be the God of your attitude and outlook, your past, present and future and especially of the mystery of things we may never understand. Thank God, He is big enough to handle that!!

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Faltering, falling and failing apart from the presence of God

What happens in life when there is a keen awareness of and reverence for the abiding presence of the Lord?

Victory! Power! Joy! Peace!

What happens when we forget who we belong to and whose Spirit is in us?

Precisely this: we stumble, we falter, we wander, we fall and we fail.

The Word of God reminds us that God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. As such when we diligently pursue the tasks at hand without His thoughts and His ways guiding us, we will certainly find ourselves at our wit’s end. When Christians live ever aware that God is with us and God is in us, it humbles us and gives us pause to consider that what we do, we don’t do alone, nor do we do it only for our own pleasure or purposes.

Since the Holy Spirit of God is within us then we must stop and honor His presence; we must cease from our laboring, fretting and hurried frenzy and let Him speak. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we know that the Lord places His Spirit within us to purify and cleanse, infill and impart. He does this because we are inept, insufficient, foolish and weak apart from Him. But with God’s Presence within, we can overcome all, while He gets the glory and the honor!

So this week, if you are struggling with a sense that your steps are sluggish or misplaced, the journey is long or perhaps you have gone down the wrong path, or the faltering and failures in your life seem insurmountable: take hope: Christ Jesus, who is the hope of glory, is inside of you! So let the assurance of His Presence redeem your failures and strengthen your heart.

Christ is with you, Christ is in you, praise His holy name!!

An urgency to our testimony

We live in a fast food culture. Waiting 3 minutes for our food is too long and waiting 30 seconds for a red light is enough to set people off in fits of rage. In so many ways we live too fast, too furious and as such live distracted from the most important things. There is, however, one area of life that we seem to be dragging our feet in and seemingly sensing no urgency in. It would seem that so often Christians don’t realize how pressing and urgent it is that we share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people.

Really it is the same lie that the devil has told people for ages: “there’s no rush, take your time, there’s always tomorrow”. 

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Jesus, the same yesterday, today and forever

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

This world is predictable: it changes. Things grow and things die Seasons come and seasons go. No matter what else we know about this life, we can be certain that the things that are today will somehow change tomorrow. But in the midst of the world where everything swirls and changes like shifting sands, we can rest on the reality that our God is always the same.

Scripture reminds us that God is not like man, always changing His mind. God is not fickle, flip flopping back and forth between things. Instead, we know that God is eternal, God is faithful, God is forever the same. What God promised thousands of years ago, He still promises today and still makes good on. How God interacted with His people over the course of history is the same way that He interacts with His people today. God is always who He says He is and is always doing that which He has promised He would do.

This is such good news for you and me. When health turns to sickness, or when youthfulness turns to gray haired wisdom, or when a certain task for a certain season comes to an end, we can all know that God is still the same. God is still saving and God is still showing His glory. Because God is always and forevermore the same, He is still sanctifying people, providing for people, changing people and pouring out His love and kindness.

So if this week something that has changed seems to have rocked your world and you wonder where the anchor is for your soul, remember Jesus. He is always the same. We can always depend on Him. He never leaves nor forsakes. Let us stand upon Christ Jesus the firm foundation and rock of our soul!

Hebrews 6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast.

Unhindered Worship

I have a tough question for you and me: do we expect to encounter God Himself in worship and prayer and when we are in His Word? Do we believe that indeed we will have a supernatural encounter, interaction and communion of our spirit with His in the midst of worship? Do we pray for it? Do we look with faith, hope and expectancy for the hand of God at work and the face of God shining upon us as we exalt, adore and lift Him up? The truth is that we almost always see what we are looking for. If we are looking for God, we will find Him (that is a promise of His Word!). If we are looking for things to complain about or critique we can find those things too. But if we are looking for the Almighty, Divine, Holy Presence of Almighty God in the midst of our gatherings I believe we will be able to see that He is there waiting on us and desiring (and willing!) to pour forth of His Spirit, His fresh wind and His fresh fire upon His Beloved.

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