Trust

It’s a hard word to swallow isn’t it?  Even if we believe we are trusting are we really?  It’s hard when we live in a society where we don’t know who is lying to us and who isn’t.  We live where even your own family members, kids, or parents will lie to you.  Maybe it’s just a small lie to protect you or to help your imagination as a child.  Maybe it’s a big lie that will devastate you at some point and time.  A lie is a lie.  So how can we trust?  How can we learn to believe?

The bigger question is how do we Trust someone we can’t see?  How do we trust someone who isn’t right there and who others even say don’t exist?  How do we give our all and everything into the hands that are not right in front of us?

Faith.  Faith guides us.  Faith if you sit quietly with it can give you the answers you are seeking.  Faith in the Lord is all that we have that is true in this world.  The Lord is not a controlling or conniving Lord.  Really study the bible and read between the lines.  Think as a loving parent and through the eyes of love and you will see that He is the one you can fully trust.  He is true to His word every time and all the time.  He shows mercy when it is called for and yes He destroys when it is called for.  He never lies about it.  He doesn’t make up stories about anything.  Everything He is and is to become is right there is His word. 

So tell me, Can you trust Him?  Will you trust Him? 

John 14:1

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.

Psalm 9:10

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.

Lord,

Give us the strength to move through this world today where there is nothing around us we can seem to trust.  Give us strength to continue through your word and knowledge and comfort that we can trust you and only you as our world falls apart around us.  Lord we rebuke the Devil and his lies against your kingdom and our world.  We pray that you give those that lead us whether in the church or the government the wisdom and the honesty to relay to us how things need to be going in this crazy mixed up world.  Lead us through the turmoil and into your house, Lord.  Thank you for another beautiful day to reach out to your children, Lord.  Thank you for your word and your love.  Amen

You are called too

Genesis 21:20 (NLT): 20 And God was with the boy as he grew up in the wilderness. He became a skillful archer,

Ishmael wasn’t part of “the plan” God had for Abraham (so we are somewhat led to believe) but He never left him. Even when his earthly father sent him away for the “preferred child” God stayed with him. God still used him to bring up a nation.

God can do that with you as well. You may think that you are being overlooked because someone else is exactly what others are looking for. You feel like you are being cast aside but you aren’t. You are being cast into your specific God calling.

Take it!
Grab it!
Don’t let go!!!!

You are where God wants you to be.

Lord, help us to see that we aren’t failures in your eyes. We aren’t outcasts to you. We all have our own special calling and I pray that you open our eyes to that truth. Amen

It’s His Strength

‘Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God.’ ‘

Zechariah 12:5

https://my.bible.com/bible/111/ZEC.12.5

Just as Jerusalem was so are we.  We are strong because the Lord Almighty is our God.  We aren’t strong because we go ourselves through this trial or that.  We aren’t strong because we have done this or that.  

No,  we got through those trials because the Lord is our God and He gave us the strength to endure.  We can do this or that because He gave us the ability or the gifts and the strength to do them.  

Remember that this means He never leaves you.  Especially during your troubles and trials.  So lean on Him.  Even if you don’t feel Him, Lean on Him because He is there.  He sent Christ to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) That is us.  The Lord gave us the Holy Spirit to intercede for us (Romans 8:26) use it as we lean on Him.  

We are who we are because of God’s grace not because of ourselves.  

Lord, we give you ALL the praise and thanksgiving!!

Flourish

‘Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned. ‘

Hebrews 6:7-8

https://my.bible.com/bible/111/HEB.6.7-8

To paraphrase my study bible:  The rain is the gospel.  The farmer is God and we are the land.  If we allow the rain to fill us and we flourish and go out to spread His word and be His light using the gifts He has given us.  If we just allow God to be in our lives and we stand tall for Him, we will be blessed and we will grow.  BUT if we allow the weeds of this world, temptation, take us from the focus of God and all He has for us.  If we continue to allow those weeds to grow instead of cultivating them out then we will fall apart.  We will not grow and we will burn in the end.  So what are we going to do?  Are we going to grow and flourish or are we going to allow the weeds to take over our lives?

Lord, let you rain fall!  May we continue to cut out the weeds in our lives and flourish only for you.  Amen

Oppressed?

‘Then I will camp around My house [as a guard] because of an army, Because of him who passes by and returns; And no oppressor will again overrun them (Israel), For now My eyes are upon them [providentially protecting them]. ‘

Zechariah 9:8 (AMP)

We may feel oppressed in today’s society.  The bible taken out of schools, politicians trying to take God off of our Government buildings that were built on His word.  Churches shut down while liquor stores and the such are allowed to stay open during the pandemic.  The enemy thinks they have one up on us and is winning.  Somedays it may even feel like that.  

Well guess what!  The war isn’t over!  At one point the Germans thought they were winning and they were so very wrong.  

Will we loose a lot of God’s children?  Unfortunately, but the enemy still won’t win.  God still is and always will be triumphant.  Just read Revelation when He swoops in and puts down the law and takes over.  The victory is coming soon.  

Here in Zech 9:8 He says “Never again will an oppressor overrun my people for I am watching.”  The world hasn’t over run us yet brothers and sisters.  It can try but we will stand tall with Father God standing behind us pushing them back.  

Lord, Let our voices be heard and YOU be seen.

Christ’s suffering

‘For just as Christ’s sufferings are ours in abundance [as they overflow to His followers], so also our comfort [our reassurance, our encouragement, our consolation] is abundant through Christ [it is truly more than enough to endure what we must]. ‘

2 Corinthians 1:5

Christ not only died for us but He also was beaten, tortured and hung 9 to 12 feet in the air on a piece of wood that I am pretty sure did NOT get shaved down, planed, and smoothed out.  So with splinters and pieces of wood rubbing and jabbing at His already torn up body I would say He definitely suffered for us.  So when Paul talks about us sharing in His suffering in 2 Cor 1:5 I would have to take pause for a moment. I know I personally couldn’t say that I have lived through any suffering as traumatic as His.  Or even as traumatic as Paul had with his being in and out of prison and beaten and rejected by his own.  No, my life has been pretty good compared to theirs.  

 Paul says we share in Jesus’ suffering because what Jesus did He did for us.  He also states that our comfort comes from Him as well.  He died for our sins.  He died to mend the bridge between us and the Father.  He died so we could stand before God and say “Yes, Lord, I am a screw up  But I am YOUR screw up and I accepted Christ, the one you sacrificed for me, as my Savior.  Then He will look at us with unconditional love in His eyes and say “ You are forgiven my child.”

How amazing would that be?  How profound would that feel deep in our soul.  I can only imagine that I would probably fall to my knees and start bawling like a baby because I have never felt that before.  

Father,  Thank you is not even enough to say to you for the love that you give us.  For all that you have given up and sacrifice for us.  For the suffering that you went through for us and then the comfort you turn around and give us during that suffering.  We could never repay you for that and we know that it is only by your grace.  Your love is amazing as it reaches from the Heavens.  We worship you for everything that you do for us.  Amen.

Fine Linen

Zechariah 3:3-4

‘Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.”

This to me is just another example of God getting rid of our filthy sin.  God is going to wash us CLEAN!!

Revelation 19:8 says

‘Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) ‘

So are you ready to lose the filthy sin and put on your fine linen as you walk with God?  You don’t have to pay for them or do anything for them except accept Christ as your savior knowing He died on the cross for our sin and accept God’s grace in our lives.

Lord,  we stand before you dripping in dirt and dust and mud asking you to clean us.  Accepting you and your son and the fine linen of righteousness that your grace and mercy allow us to have.  We thank you so much for loving us enough to give us this ultimate gift and we praise you for all days.  Amen

Imperfection

Zechariah 1:6  But everything I said through my servants the prophets happened to your ancestors, just as I said. As a result, they repented and said, ‘We have received what we deserved from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. He has done what he said he would do.’”

Can you imagine being afraid that God will do to us what we truly deserve?  For some of us that means being burned to ashes right where we stand.  For many of us we do feel this way every day.  We feel like God should strike us down with lightning for what we have done.  

Thank goodness it isn’t that way, though.  Instead He sent His son to take that punishment.  .  “Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18  Jesus died in our place for our past, present and our future sin.  The Lord knew, not just because He is the all knowing God, that we weren’t perfect.  We had proven over and over again that we WILL sin.  We have proven that Jesus is the only perfect person to walk this earth.  

Does He expect us to try to not sin and live for Him?  YES!  But He is not going to do as was done in the BC era anymore because He gave us Christ’s blood.  There will be circumstances for what we do but God still loves us, His imperfect beautiful children.

Lord, Thank you so much for your grace.  Thank you for loving us enough that you sent your son, a part of you, to this earth to not only show us how to live a life for you but also to give his blood on that cross for our sin.  Words could not express how appreciative we are that you are so patient with us day in and day out.  I pray that we can just make you proud or give you a smile as we walk through these days.  

Thank you again, from your beautifully made imperfect child.

Prioritize

Haggai 1:6(AMP) You have planted much, but you harvest little; you eat, but you do not have enough; you drink, but you do not have enough to be intoxicated; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns wages earns them just to put them in a bag with holes in it [because God has withheld His blessing].”

How often do we feel like this? Maybe it’s time to look at our priorities and get back to God’s will.

Today our world is in ruins because of COVID and now the riots. God is letting this happen because we have shoved Him aside and put ourselves as a priority before Him.

How long will we continue this? How long will we shove God aside as we try by our ow power to make things better? How long until we as a world fall on our knees in front of the one who created us?

I for one am already there, knowing it is only by His strength NOT my own that I can and will survive each day.

Lord, Thank you for your grace and your mercy. Thank you for your word that if we just open it will give us answers, show us your love and put us in check when we need it. Lord, may we realize all around this world that we can do this without you! It is not by our power but by yours that we can live in today’s world. So we come to you on our knees and we beg your forgiveness. We accept your grace as we turn our priorities back to you and move forward knowing that whatever suffering we may endure will only be for your Glory. Amen

Thank you

Lord, Thank you for everything you have sacrificed for us.  Thank you for the comfort that you give us.  You are our strong refuse when trouble comes and you are close to those of us who trust in you.  (Nahum 1:7)

Thank you for the sacrifice and the grace you showed to Adam and Eve when they ate the forbidden fruit and washed away your perfect plans for them.  Thank you for Noah and the ark that gave the world a new chance to follow you.  Thank you for Jesus whom you sacrifice on that cross to save us from our sin.  

Lord, no matter how many times we mess up you are still there loving us and comforting us.  You give us hope that we can change and we will eventually be made perfect in your kingdom.  Your grace and you love are everlasting, Lord and we could never thank you or worship you enough.

Love,

 Your bumbling child.

2 Thessalonians 2:16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, 17 comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.