3 Questions: 1 Answer

“My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?”  When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.  Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? HOPE IN GOD, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.” Psalm 42:  3-5

Question # 1.  Where is your God? 

Question # 2.  Why are you cast down, O my soul? 

Question # 3 Why are you disquieted within me?

This is not a new tactic of Satan….He taunted many of the patriarchs in Scripture with this same question and even Jesus on the cross…..so, it is completely normal and expected that this will be a taunt presented to you as well….but let Jesus’ response yield your victory today! 

When difficulties arise the first voice we hear is the devil and it conceals in the form of Question #1.   “Where is your God?”  Then, an even more subtle enemy arises in the form of your own voice. through the above Questions 2 and 3.  This appeals to your reason and so seems legitimate…”So, What is my problem?  What is wrong with me?  Why does God show up for everyone else but me?  Why does everyone else have this great life and mine stinks?  Does God really love me?”…………….This furthers the cycle of condemnation and mistakenly looks within oneself for the answer? 

BUT  Jesus promises that He will never leave you nor forsake you!  I absolutely love how the Amplified Bible communicates this:

“I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support.  [I will] not [I will] not [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless, nor forsake nor let [you] down, [relax My hold on you].  Assuredly not!    So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper, I will not be seized with alarm-I will not fear or dread or be terrified.  What can man do to me?”  Hebrews 13:5b-6

Jesus response for your victory is everything!  He took upon Himself everything in life that could forsake you.  It was the final victory on the cross before it was finished.  Look at what He has done for you……Put your HOPE IN GOD! Silence the enemies voice and your propensity in the flesh to condemn yourself and receive Jesus’ victory on the cross for you….the lie has been revealed, the condemnation that imprisoned you has been exposed, and now see your hope today in Jesus Name like never before! 

Any Question:  Always 1 Answer…..Jesus!

 

Nothing is Impossible!

“Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.  This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.  But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was IMPOSSIBLE  for death to keep its hold on him.  David said about him: ” ‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope,  because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.” Acts 2:22-27

“My slanderers pursue me all day long; many are attacking me in their pride. When I am afraid, I will trust in you.   In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.  What can mortal man do to me?” Psalm 56:2-4

Do you believe that He is more than enough for you today?  Is it okay to admit that you don’t trust Him with everything in you and in your life?  Or that you are having a tough time trusting Him right now?  You might wonder, “Is His grace and love for me really that strong?”  YES!!!!!!  He’s more than enough….  He’s big enough, strong enough, secure enough, and loving enough to hear the really tough stuff.  And He is big enough to shoulder your pain.  He is not taken off guard by you or where you are.  He was in yesterday, He is in today, and He will be in all of your tomorrows!!

There are many times in my life that my circumstances didn’t equate to what I understood the Bible to teach and my trust and love for God waxed cold.  But thanks be to God that His love for me never did!!!!!  Part of growing in your faith is learning to be honest with a God who already knows your deepest thoughts.  Because in exposing the parts that we are keeping from Him we reveal just how great He is, how approachable He is, how safe He is and just how much we need Him.  It is then that the word of God becomes a living love letter and the words that I misunderstood in the agony of my circumstances become crystal clear in the epiphany of His love.  And I realize that nothing is impossible with God, He is my healer, and He really is all that I ever need.

So trust Him!  Trust Him with all of your heart.  Run to Him!  Trust Him with the areas you’ve kept from Him for so long…… those areas that frighten you beyond words….. let the pain of life melt away in His presence and you will realize that….Nothing is Impossible with God, NOTHING!!!!

HOORAY for GRACE

So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law;  but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.  Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,  because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man,  in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.  ”  Romans 7:21-8:4

Phew!!!  Can any one say COMPLICATED!!!  Let’s see if we can look at it this way today….

Ever feel torn, unhappy, conflicted, desperate, disconnected with life, disqualified,  feel guilty for something but not sure why or what?  Perhaps this scripture may bring some light to the situation.  Perhaps you are  continuing to live according to the law of sin and death?  Remember when the 10 commandments were introduced….. they are what the scripture calls the law in the Bible.  This came as a way for people to become “righteous” through what they did, literally.  However, it really was a way for people to see their desperate need for a Savior.  When Jesus came, the law had perfectly showed the way to Him, it laid a path for Him, it rolled out the red carpet for the Real Star (if you will).  But now that the Star has come, we sometimes continue to look back at the law and look for a guide…..to what?  To merit what?  Now that the Lord Jesus has come, He is the way to complete reconciliation with God and in following Him, He produces an even greater standard in us by His Spirit!  When you accept Jesus into your heart, you live led by the Holy Spirit.  That means that you listen for His leading, you put your trust and faith in Him as your way to being okay with God, and you know that your salvation has come from what He has done for you, not what you can do for you.  This can be a hard concept to grasp in a “merit” oriented culture and with a “works” mindset and a fear that too much “Grace” will lead to rampant sin, but that is why He reassures us, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–  not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Ephesians 2:8 and “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 15:56-57 and  Romans 6:14 says, “For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.”  

Perhaps this has spoken to a desperate part of your heart today and you can relate.  Cry out to God today for His mercy.  Ask Him to help you come out from under this blanket of condemnation, control, and confusion and see Him face to face in His grace.  Ask Him to lead you down His path of grace, even though it may feel too easy…..(it really is meant to feel that way).  Ask Him to help you be less “sin and death” conscious and more “Jesus and His Power and Love for you” conscious.  Ask Him for a revelation of His love for you and ask Him to help you grasp everything that Jesus died to give you freely.  Now, release the stress, financial needs, sicknesses, conflicts, loneliness, isolation, fear, and pain to the lover of your soul today.  His grace is free, it is complete and it shall supply all of your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus!  

Who Dare?

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-37

Who are you letting separate you from His love today?  Who or what are you giving permission to rob you of the greatest power known to man?  Are you convinced today of this truth? 

You must rise up against the voice of the enemy and declare your freedom today…..

Thank you God for your limitless gift of love to me.  I have allowed the lies of the enemy, the idols of my heart, and the circumstances I have been in to dictate to me a wrong picture of who You are and Your love for me.  NO MORE!  Today in the name of Jesus, I take authority over these lies.  They will no longer be effective in their message.  I know today that I am loved and no matter what my life may look like on the outside, I know you don’t look on the outward appearance, but on the heart.  Today I purpose in my heart to do the same.  Today I declare that I am loved.  I am accepted.  I am able to conquer what is before me because of what Jesus did for me.  I have complete victory!  It is finished!  Now, I take authority over this heaviness that has set up residence in my home and in my heart and I ask you Lord to wash this dust from my feet.  Today I believe, I receive, and I will cling to this love.  In Jesus Name, AMEN!

 

Cry Out

“And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging . And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out , and say , Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace : but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still , and commanded him to be called . And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort , rise ; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose , and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee ? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight . And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way ; thy faith hath made thee whole . And immediately he received his sight , and followed Jesus in the way.” Mark 10:46-52

True and lasting change comes from an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ.  If you are “stuck” in your life, regardless of the circumstances of your struggle, you really have 3 options that come to mind:

1.  CRY OUT to God for His mercy and MOVE in your life and that you encounter Him in a real way.

2.  CRY OUT to God for His mercy and FIND you because you are not able to see Him or find Him.

3.  CRY OUT to God for His mercy and HELP you walk effectively in what He has already deposited in your life.

Cry out to God wherever you are, rise up on the inside and believe that He has heard you and now wait for Him to help you see thy way out…..

“The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”  1 Thess. 5:24