Monday, December 13, 2010

Inside the Cup

It is not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Luke 5:31,32. The gospel of Matthew expounds on this verse with these words, "But go and learn what it means :'I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Matthew 9:13
The Pharisees' loved their rituals and religious ceremonies, they focused on the outward appearance of their faith and neglected the inward renewal of their heart. They were more concerned with appearances than dealing with the inner secret sins, the sins that put their rituals and religious ceremonies above human compassion. They believed the lie that righteousness was to be acheived by their works and sacrifices alone. Their salvation was all about them. It was an acts of service based religion. It was a religion based on appearances. Jesus, put's it this way, "Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness. First clean the inside of the cup and the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also " Luke 11:39; Matthew 23:26 The people were more concerned with their outward appearances than with their inward morality.
I have found personally that it is much easier "to do" for the Lord than "to be" in the Lord and in His Holy Word. For when I am in the Word I am reminded of my need for Him to do what only He can do. Change me from within.
"I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance", What does this mean? This verse is directly linked to those who will likely oppose the message of Salvation. It will be the people, like the religious leaders, who do not recognize their need for a Savior. It will be people who replace their inner need of salvation with acts of service instead of repentance, which is a COMPLETE turn from self to God. Jesus came to save all who would come to repentance. When He stated that He came to save the sick but not the righteous, what He was saying was one has to realize they are sick to be saved. The religious leaders of Christ's day didn't recognize their need for the Savior. They trusted in their abilities and their ways and not in the way of repentance and inner renewal. Therefore, bear fruit in keeping with repentance. Matthew 3:8

Monday, December 6, 2010

Come Home

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Post written and posted in February 2009
Then the Lord said to Jacob, "Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives and I will be with you." Genesis 31:3
Is the Lord calling you to go back? Is he calling you to stop running from your past and the sins of your youth and embrace forgiveness, restoration and reconciliation?
You see, Jacob fled his family because he had deceived his father, Issac, by pretending to be his brother, Esau, in turn receiving his brother's blessing from his blind father.
Jacob fled in fear of his brother's wrath for his brother had vowed to kill him. I believe he also fled out of shame because he deceived his father to receive the family blessing. If anyone had reason to run it was Jacob but we see God calling Jacob home.
Can you relate? What are you running from? Is there a moment that comes to mind? A moment God wants to free you from. Is there a relationship the Lord desires to heal? He calls us to a life of reconciliation. A life of forgiveness. A life of total surrender to the One who has the power and the desire to heal us and restore us to Himself. He demonstrated this when he sent his only begotten son to the cross. God was pleased to make all the fullness of himself dwell within Christ and through him to reconcile to himself all things by making peace with us through his blood shed on the cross. Colossians 1: 19, 20

Jacob wrestled with God and was given the name Israel; which means one who struggled with God and with men and has overcome. Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob's thigh dislocated while he wrestled with him. Then he said, "Let me go, for the dawn is breaking." But Jacob said, " I will not let you go, unless you bless me." Genesis 32:24-26 I've heard sermons preached that it was in arrogance that Jacob wrestled. I beg to differ; I believe he wrestled out of desperation. He held on. He pleaded with God to bless him no matter the cost. He wrestled through the pain, all the while, trusting in God for deliverance from his past. He wouldn't let go. My biggest fear is that my life would make no real eternal difference because of my disobedience and fear of going back to the place of pain with my God who has promised to be with me. I fear I could miss out on the blessings God has for me because of complacency. I fear I could fall out of God's favor because of unconfessed sin and inner rebellion. I believe Jacob felt the same way, years after stealing Esau's inheritance he wrestled with God for His blessing. He wanted God to bless the inheritance he already received. Having just his earthly father's blessing wasn't enough for Jacob. He wanted his heavenly Father's blessing.
Why is it important to go back? Why can't we just run from our sins and pretend they never happened? Because Christ desires to free us from our sin. He desires to completely heal us from our past. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
You see un-confessed sin is bondage. It is a root that can become bitter. It is a weed in a garden that will over time choke out all the beautiful flowers the Lord has planted. If not pulled out by the master gardener this weed can take on many forms, bitterness, resentment, anger, jealousy, envy, strife, gossip, fear, self hatred, depression. It is so destructive that it can even cause us physical debilitating pain. But God calls us to a life of freedom. Therefore, whatever hinders a life of freedom must be exposed and pulled out. Are you ready to live a life of freedom? What is holding you back from coming home?
Wherever you go there you are but there is One who has the power to bring you home.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Sword of the Spirit

Most of us don't like our flesh to be prodded by the sword of the Spirit and our eyes to be opened to the sin that resides below the surface. It has been in my times of discontentment and restlessness that God has prodded me with His Holy Word and has opened my eyes to the sin that resides in my heart, the sin of self reliance and indifference. Sin exposed for the sole purpose of repentance and redemption. What do you do when God gently prods you? If you are like me, you walk around feeling guilty and ashamed. You rationalize the consequences of the hidden sin, which by the way, is never really hidden. You do all of this instead of doing the one thing you should do which is rejoice and repent. Rejoicing that He doesn't leave us as we are but calls us out to be set apart for His glory. When God prods us, it is a gentle nudging in the right direction. This nudging requires movement on our part away from the things of this world. Things which may bring temporary comfort but viewed from a different perspective would be deemed a distraction.
I have been thinking about my eternal home a lot lately. My desire to make a difference for His glory. The idea that my life, this side of eternity, is described by God as a vapor and a mist in comparison to my time spent in eternity. Without Jesus leading my life and the direction of my steps, my goodness and good works are in vain and wretched holding no real eternal significance. May He always prod me to keep me on the path He has prepared for me. May He guard my heart against apathy and self reliance until He comes to take me home.
Is your flesh being prodded by the sword of the Spirit and if so how are you going to respond?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Joyful Expectation

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We do not know the day or the hour of the Lord's return but we are to understand the times in which we live and eagerly anticipate His coming. As a mother eagerly awaits the impending birth of her child with joyful expectation.

Joyful expectation is how I would describe the last few months of pregnancy with Jocelyn. Every kick and contraction brought with it a sense of eager expectation as I anticipated her arrival. I spent my days dreaming of holding her and the moment I would finally meet my little mystery in the making, wondering about her personality and who she would look like. Mourning the thought that she would never again be so close to my heart but wanting her desperately to be in my arms. As the impending arrival approached, so did the reminders of her birth, as my body prepared for her delivery. The pain brought with it joyful expectation and excitement. I would soon behold my precious daughter and for the first time see her as she is, perfectly made. The frame which was once hidden will be made known. The moment of her revelation was at hand. It brought to mind, Jesus' words in Matthew 24, all these are the beginning of birth pains. 24:8 And later on in the chapter, No one knows about that day or hour. 24:36 Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 24:42.
It was during the last few weeks of pregnancy that the thought came to me, as I had eagerly awaited the impending birth of my precious Jocelyn, I should also be joyfully expecting and anticipating the Lord's return.
Revelation comes from the Greek word, Apocalypse, which means to uncover, it would apply to anything which had been covered up so as to be bidden from view, as by a veil of darkness or ignorance. It may also be applied to the disclosing or manifesting of anything which before was obscure or unknown. Barnes Biblical Commentary.
As the birth pains of Christ's arrival draws near my excitement and anticipation should increase. Just as it did with the pain of labor which brought forth joy and completion. As I see the day fast approaching I am...
Anticipating and preparing for Him to come back and take me to be with Him where He is. John: 14:3.
Eagerly awaiting the moment He wipes every tear from my eyes. Revelation 21:4.
Anticipating the moment where He is fully known and I shall behold His face. 1 Corinthians 13:12.
Eagerly anticipating the day where there is no more harm on God's holy mountain, for the whole earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord. Isaiah 11:9.
Looking forward to the day where the groaning of creation is silenced for the Lord will liberate creation from it's bondage and the thorn will be removed from the glorious rose and the thistles will no longer accompany the flowers. Romans 8:18, Genesis 3:18.
Eagerly anticipating the day, when the sons of God are revealed and I am adopted as a daughter of the Most High, the redemption of my body and I will look on the outside the way I feel on the inside, as my body will be liberated from the bondage of decay. Romans 8:22.
The day my hope turns into reality as I eagerly await His glorious appearing. The day when the King of Kings is revealed in all His glory and takes His rightful place as Lord over all creation. Revelation 19:16
There will be a day when never again will an infant live but a few days or an old man who does not live out his years. Isaiah 65:20.
Eagerly awaiting for the "Beautiful Exchange" which was completed on the cross, to be fully realized and revealed, as He who was the suffering servant comes back as King of Kings and His kingdom is established here on earth.
Expecting the answer to the prayer, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

For in this hope we are saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:24-25.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Role Prosperity Plays in the Moral Decline of A Country


This is a re-post with a few added details. This post was written April 2009.
As I sit to write about the role prosperity plays in the moral decline of a county, I am very much aware of the fact that in this area I struggle. Not with morality per se but with apathy. I can be lulled to sleep by prosperity and in turn become complacent and indifferent to the social injustices taking place within our culture.
I don't think that I am the only one.
We are facing unprecedented change on the home front. Democracy is being threatened by immorality, prosperity, globalization and socialism. Policies are being changed daily to be more like the nations around us. We are seeing cultural Marxism in the form of political correctness. We are seeing the beginnings of socialism in the form of Healthcare Reform. We are looking more and more to Europe and a one worldcollective government to fight our financial battles. With the markets falling throughout the world we are seeing a push for a collective plan of action to stimulate the economy. We are hearing more talk of a one world currency. We are seeing the leaders of the nations want more of a universal collective government and Healthcare system.
What disturbs me most about all of this is that people don't seem to notice or care as long as our economy is on the rebound. We are daily watching the stock markets to determine if the policies being promoted are for our good or demise. We are looking at opinion polls and approval numbers most of which are directly affected by the market numbers. We are crossing our fingers and hoping for the best. The sad thing is that behind the curtain of prosperity a social war is waging! A war that threatens to devour the family and our religious freedoms.
I want to begin by looking at the LORD's command to the Israelites in Deuteronomy and then take some time looking at the reasons for this command.
"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.You shall teach them DILIGENTLY to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. Then it shall come about when the LORD your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build, and houses full of all good things which you did not fill and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant and you eat and are satisfied, then watch yourself, that you do not forget the LORD who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall fear ONLY the LORD your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name. You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you, for the LORD your God is a jealous God. Deuteronomy 6: 5-7,10-13
God knows that with prosperity comes the temptation to forget the LORD and his commands. He also knows that we were created to worship and if we are not worshiping Him then we are worshiping a lie and a delusion. He knows that anything we worship other than Himself will eventually destroy us. We as a culture have fallen prey to the idol of prosperity. We have forgotten His commands and have turned aside His truths. We have traded the truth of God for a lie.
I know this is a daily battle for me. Looking to the pleasures of this world to keep me comfortable. I have become more focused on temporal things than eternal things. I have become busy with life and my agenda. I look to entertainment for escape and have developed an attitude of not wanting to be bothered.
I don't think that I am the only one. I think our country has developed this same mentality. Secure my finances so that I don't have to be bothered. Go fight the battle for me so that I can pursue my personal pleasures. The end justifies the means. If we ignore it maybe it will go away. What real difference can I make?
Let's go back to the times of the Judges. The Bible tells us that after the courageous generation came a generation that did not KNOW God nor the things He had done for Israel. So, it appears the Israelites did not heed the warning to teach their children TRUTH. It appears that once settled in the promise land, a land of prosperity the Israelites pursued a life of pleasure instead of a life of devotion to the God of their fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In the end, God's chosen people, the people called by his name, followed after other gods and became like the nations around them.

Is America doing the same?
This very nation was founded by men who loved God with all of their heart, soul, and might. They founded this country and wrote our constitution from the perspective of a Biblical Worldveiw, one that said, the rights of man do not come from the State. Their rights come from their Creator (The Truth Project).
This country was founded on the truth of Isaiah 3:22, The Lord is our judge, lawgiver and king. This truth represents our 3 branches of government.(The Truth Project)
Since, the First Amendment Revisions of the 1960's, we have seen what our forefather's put in the constitution to protect our religious freedoms being reinterpreted to limit our freedoms. We see this most within the school system. Kids are growing up in the age of historical revisionism that takes God out of our heritage. Therefore, generations are growing up not knowing about God nor what he has done for this country.
We have looked to State to teach our children their history and their morality. We are now seeing the repercussions of the 1960's revisions; generations that have grown up with no moral foundation and an obstructive view of history. If, in fact, only a virtuous people can remain free how much longer can freedom last? If there is no absolute truth than what is virtue?
We are living in interesting times!
Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. Revelation 2:5

Friday, October 15, 2010

High Tide of Suffering

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This is a re-post of an entry I wrote August 2009. This entry is dedicated to the families wading through the high waters of suffering through sickness, the loss of a child or the fear of the unknown . It is also dedicated to the families that are in the midst of suffering for the sake of Christ, giving up all they have to follow a limitless God who loves them and has set them apart for His purposes and glory.

"Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered nor will they come to mind. Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accused. Isaiah 65:17,20
The verse above tells us to look forward to eternal things. To hold fast to the promises of God when we see suffering this side of eternity. Can you image a life where mourning the loss of a love one doesn't threaten to pin you down to the floor of despair. A life where the former things will not be remembered nor will they come to mind. That is our future when we choose Christ and set our minds on eternal things. But before the curtain call, while we are on this side of the eternal stage, we are called to remember.
A Call to Remember was the purpose of this blog. A call to remember the Lord's deliverance. A call to look back and ponder the big questions of life. A call to not only remember our times of joy but also our times of sorrow. Why are we called to remember our times of sorrow? Because, God wants us to remember our intimate moments with Him. After all, our story is really His story. Our life is really about His grace and His power to deliver. He wants us to experience His power which is perfected in our weakness.
When we have waded through the high waters of sorrow we are called to remember the Lord's faithfulness and deliverance. We are called to know He not only parts the waters of sorrow but at times chooses to carry us through them. He picks us up and carries us to the other side so not even our feet get wet. He wades through the waters and tells us to rest a moment. And while He is carrying us through the high waters of suffering we are to remember the promise above and to trust in Him, who is the author of our moments. An eternal perspective in the midst of suffering. Remembering God, our mighty deliver, who can do more than we can ask or imagine. It is in our suffering, we find intimacy with God. We experience fellowship with Him we wouldn't have experienced had we not gone through the high waters. We can say with confidence, God, who is all powerful, loves me and cares about every need this side of eternity. Isaiah tells us that, "Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength." I trust in this promise. I trust, when I am weak I am strong for His power is made perfect in weakness. I'm glad that my Savior can identify with my weakness and sympathize with my heartache. After all, He came and dwelled among us. Paul tells us, "since we, the children of God, have flesh and blood, he too shared in our humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death-that is the devil- and free us who all our lives were held in slavery by our fear of death. The scripture also tells us that He was tempted in every way and is able to sympathize with our weakness. We know that he suffered greatly for our benefit. All of this He came and endured to have a relationship with us. To be made a merciful and faithful high priest. Who can and does sympathize with our human weakness."
Lord, bring peace and comfort to those who are wading through the high waters. Reveal to them, this very moment, your love and power to deliver them through the high waters. Restore their strength. Sustain them with you mighty right hand. Reveal Yourself mighty to save and intimate in your love. Lord, part the waters and carry them through the strong currents. Calm the winds of fear and oppression. To you be the glory, forever and ever. We love you, Lord
Picture above taken by me at Watersound Beach, Florida

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Yeshua: Our Dwelling Place

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He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress my God, in whom I trust." - Psalm 91:1-2
To dwell: is to abide in, to find rest in, to depend upon. A dwelling is also a place. A place where we can find rest in a world that is not our own. It can be a place where we retreat to when weary or afraid. After all, we are strangers and aliens in a foreign land. Have you felt like one lately? That this world just isn't what it's supposed to be? If you have then this promise is for you. If you dwell in Him; you will find rest. He will be your refuge and your stronghold. He will be your strong tower and mighty deliver. To dwell in and on the promises of the One who is called "Faithful and True." He will restore your strength. He will equip you for your divine calling.
If you make the most high your dwelling-even the LORD, who is my refuge-no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. Psalm 91:9
To dwell in and on the promises of God. To abide in and trust in His truths. To find rest in a place that is our temporary dwelling. To rest in moments of chaos and confusion.
To trust is to know for certain that my Lord will not tarry forever but will come back and take me to the dwelling He has prepared for me. John 14:2,3. If He goes, He will come back to take me to this dwelling, where no harm will befall me nor will disaster come near my tent. Psalm 91:10. To trust: is to place all my hope on things not seen, living my life for the eternal instead of focusing on the temporal.
Jesus came the first time to dwell among us to reveal to us the Truth. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. John:1:14. The same God that spoke creation into being limited Himself to a single cell in the womb of a woman. He came down from His heavenly throne to live in our world under the same limitations you and I live under. Therefore, we have a high priest who sympathizes with our weakness, for He who has been tempted in all things was without sin. Hebrews: 4:15. He suffered death, so that by the grace of God, He might taste death for everyone. For God Himself was the only one who could redeem us and He did so through His son, who was fully God and fully man.
Paul tells us in Hebrews, "that it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the Author of our salvation perfect through suffering. " Hebrews 2:9,11.
Fitting for God to make US perfect through HIS suffering. Our salvation through His suffering. Our salvation when we put our trust in His provision and sacrifice.
Lord, may I never take your suffering for granted. You died once and for all for the sins of all those who call on your name. Your name is a strong and mighty tower. Your name is a dwelling. Yeshua.
Yeshua is Hebrew for Jesus

Friday, October 1, 2010

Inner Stirrings


Post written in 2009

This post is dedicated to all that have lost their lives for the sake of Christ and all that are currently suffering around the world for His name sake. If you are currently suffering for Christ. I would love to hear from you and pray for you.

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you don't belong to the world but I have chosen you out of the world that is why the world hates you. Jesus' words in John 15:18
The Greek word for hate in this verse is the word, miseo which means "to hate" by having unjustifiable or malicious feelings toward others, whether towards the innocent or by mutual animosity. His name is so powerful that even if we claim we don't believe in Him the very mention of His name has the power to convict people of their insignificance and their sin. Where does this hate come from? It is this very verse that solidifies the cosmic battle.
I want to share a story with you. Imagine a girl who walked in the ways of the world. A girl who wanted those in the world to love and accept her. This girl wanted the love of the world. Compromising personal morals to obtain significance. A girl who was hollow, empty and desolate. A girl who wanted to be loved by everyone but did not want the love of Jesus. A girl who would become angry when anyone questioned her personal belief.
This prodigal was me.
I vividly remember being so offended and angry at the name of the Jesus. It was at the height of my anger that I heard His still small voice.
"Elizabeth, Why are you so angry? What is it about my Name that causes this inward hostility?"
I'm so grateful that He initiated a relationship with me by pointing out the obvious and asking me this very important question. A question that opened my eyes to my anger and depravity. A question that led me to Him, the Name above all names. The One who has the power to save me from myself and turn me into the person I never dreamed I could become. He brought me out of my slavery to sin and made me free and alive in Him.
If you find yourself angry at the name of Jesus, I want to challenge you to ask yourself this question as well, Why am I so angry? Where does this hate come from? Why is it that at the name of other false gods there is no inner stirring or anger within me? If anything, within the genuine believer, there should be an outpouring of love toward those who don't believe. A compassion that propels us to reach out in love. For if we truly believe what the Bible tells us about heaven and hell out of our great compassion we should proclaim the good news of Salvation to those who are perishing. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whomsoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16. This love should be manifested and lived out in the believer of Jesus. For His love abounds within us.Why do we see such a vicious attack against those who believe who are reaching out in love? Jesus tells us in John 16:2-3, the hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering a service to God. These things they do because they have not known the Father or Me.
You see, His name is so powerful that even if we claim we don't believe in Him the very mention of His name has the power to convict people of their insignificance and their sin. His name is so powerful that it causes something within us to stir.
Here is the good news, no matter where you are today, Jesus loves you and wants a relationship with you. If you, like me, have walked in the ways of the world and have denied Him and his offer of salvation but still have breath in your lungs it is not too late to turn to Him and receive forgiveness and restoration. He desires for you to come to know Him. Our salvation requires nothing from us but submission to Him and accepting His sacrifice that is available to all who believe. His blood poured out to bring life to those who walk in darkness.. His name is so powerful that it causes something within us to stir.Yeshua

Picture above taken by me at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Abundantly Pardons

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Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will ABUNDANTLY PARDON. "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways", declares the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts" Isaiah 55:6-9
The verses above are often misquoted and in their misquotation the real meaning and passionate call to salvation is often missed. We use these verses to explain away the things we don't understand about life and God when in reality these verses are about the limitless love of God to a dying and desolate soul. I know it's not popular to use the words dying and desolate to describe the condition of the human soul without God but I can honestly say that during my college years there were moments I would have referred to myself this way. I believed the lie that there was no way the Lord could forgive me and while embracing this lie I covered up my sin and shame by living my life the way I saw fit with no regard to God. Depression has a way of bringing you to your knees and I am thankful that the Lord brought me to the end of myself.
Oftentimes, when we sin we turn away from God. For a long time, I did my best to silence Him because to admit there is a God I must also admit that I was not god. I didn't know what the Bible said but I did know that within myself I wasn't following some higher moral code. I sought answers everywhere but not from the One who was calling me unto Himself. I wish I would have known these verses then.
We see from the verses above that salvation is for everyone who comes. God desires to ABUNDANTLY pardon our sins. He calls us, to seek Him, to call upon Him, and to forsake our sinful ways and thoughts. In doing all these things He abundantly pardons. Our minds can't comprehend nor can our human intellect understand a holy infinite God who loves us and desires to pardon everyone who comes to Him, believing that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6. According to the verses above, there is no room for penance or working for our salvation for only God pardons sin and He does so through faith in His son, Jesus. God doesn't pardon sin reluctantly but abundantly.
Re-post written December of 2009

Monday, September 20, 2010

Jocelyn Greer Blalock

Jocelyn Birth

"For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes saw my unformed body; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them".
Psalm 139:13-16

Jocelyn and Mommy

"O Lord, You have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, You are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all. You have enclosed me behind and before ,and laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I can not attain it".
Psalm 139:1-6

Jocelyn Birth

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you". Jeremiah 1:5

"Thus says the LORD your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior". Isaiah 43:1-3

"Who has preformed it and accomplished, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD, am the first and with the last, I am He". Isaiah 41:4

Jocelyn Greer, It is my prayer that you will love the LORD your God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength. I pray you will know the love of your Savior and surrender your life to Him, who even now, holds you in the palm of His mighty hand. He is your refuge and your fortress. He spoke creation into being and yet formed you in my womb. He formed you for a specific purpose and is intimately acquainted with all your ways. Before one day came into being, He, who knows all things, knew every day ordained for you. He has gifted you for His purposes and for His glory. Only when you live your life for the eternal will you find significance in the temporal.

Biblical Meaning of the Name Jocelyn Greer
Jocelyn: Old German
Meaning: Joyous Righteous
Scripture: Ezekiel 36:26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new Spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statues and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.

Greer: English
Meaning: Watchful, Vigilant.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Fear Not: Part 3

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For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

In the previous post, Tearing Down the Walls, I mentioned I struggle with the fear of pain. Now I want to ask you, "What are you afraid of"?
We all have unique God given personalities and gifts. All three of my girls have been woven with different and distinct personalities. While each of their personalities is special to me, I have also observed with each personality there is a weakness. Satan knows our weakness! Fear distorts the natural personality traits God has given you and turns them into idols or strongholds! The wall I built around my heart to keep pain out actually was the stronghold that kept God's love from entering in.
Fear becomes a STRONGHOLD when it begins to control our actions. What is a stronghold? It is a fortress or castle. It is anything that set’s itself up against its opponent. In the ancient times a stronghold was the LAST line of defense. So if Fear is a stronghold in our life it is literally putting up a wall or a fortress against Faith. Fear also sets itself up against our dependence on God for deliverance.
According to 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5, A stronghold of fear sets itself up against the knowledge of God. But, the Word of God has the power to demolish strongholds.
Let me ask you a serious question, do you want your strongholds demolished or would you rather have them diminished? Let me explain, a stronghold can become such a fortress in our life that the thought of it being demolished is terrifying. It is then that our stronghold has become our IDENTITY!
Some examples, A man who is afraid of failure at work becomes a work-a-holic. He works hard at his job and in return becomes really good at what he does. His work becomes his identity. God created man to work as for the Lord but Satan distorts this by instilling the fear of failure into the man. Work becomes the place the man retreats to when Satan brings those fears to the service instead of retreating to Almighty God.
Women are all about relationships and spending time with other women. God created us to be in relationship but Satan distorts this when we put our trust, faith and self worth in our relationships instead of in God. It is when we retreat to our friendships to get our emotional needs met INSTEAD of retreating to Almighty God that Satan has distorted what God created for good and turned our relationships into a powerful stronghold. Our relationships; what groups we belong to, what supper clubs or Bible studies we attend become part of our identity. Now, let me clarify, God created us to be in relationship with other women but He never intended for us to get all our emotional needs met by anyone other then Him. He desires to meet our emotional needs. He alone can fill our emotional cup.
Some of us have a fear of rejection but we would tend to think of ourselves as independent or maybe we tend to think of ourselves as trendsetters. We mask our fear of rejection by buying the latest fashions and keeping up appearances. We want and desire nice things so that people will admire us and accept us. In turn, these behaviors protects us from feeling rejected. We become known by others as trendy, hip or self confident but in reality we are so afraid of feeling the pain of rejection that we keep everyone at arms length and put all our attention on how we look or what image we want to portray. God has given each of us unique personalities. He has given most women the desire to be beautiful. He has given us desires to be beautiful for our husbands. But our appearance becomes our idol when our focus and self worth are entirely placed on how we look. It is then that fear distorts what God created for good and turns our appearance into our idol or stronghold.
Some of us have a fear of being alone, this one is a big one for women. What we fear is the feeling of loneliness but we tend to refer to ourselves as people pleasers, extroverts and socialites. Those who fear being alone can also have a tendency to be very controlling. They hold on tightly to those they love in fear of losing them. They develop behaviors that keep them from feeling alone or lonely. This one in particular is a tough one for me.
God wants to be our stronghold. The place we retreat to when life throws us a curve ball. He wants us searching in His is holy Word for encouragement and us finding rest and peace in Him and Him alone.
The Word of God helps us to identify strongholds. We are in a war for our mind and heart. We must fight this war with our weapon, the Word of God. When we identify our stronghold we must confess it and allow the Lord to heal us.
God doesn’t want us living in the past, he wants to FREE US FROM OUR PAST!!! Christ died to set us free. If Jesus sets us free we are free indeed. Listen, I know firsthand how hard it is to take this first step. We might be afraid of the pain we will feel if we go back. But Godly sorrow always leads to repentance and freedom!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Tearing Down the Wall

Now Jericho was tightly shut because the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in. Joshua 6:1

Most of the time the things I write about on this blog are things the Lord has already brought me through. The lessons learned from a particular trial and the healing that is possible when we trust Him. Today is a different post. This post is fueled by raw emotion as I try and sort out all my hidden insecurities that go along with this season of childrearing. Raising three soon to be four girls, all the while trying MY best to be the wife, friend, daughter, Bible study leader, the Lord has created me to be. I've seen the ugly truth that the harder I try to do all this in my own strength the more I seem to fail. These difficult seasons continue to show me my dependence on Him and the importance of taking hold of His grace in my weakness.

Have you ever felt like giving up? Let me be clear when I say I'm not talking about walking away per se but erecting a wall around your heart? Erecting a tall wall as to not feel the sting of pain and rejection. Erecting a wall to keep from feeling failure as once again your six year refuses to listen and simply obey. Erecting a wall around your heart as your husband comes home once again to a dirty house and the kids fighting over who had what first and who is leaving who out. All the while, struggling with just enough energy to get through the rest of the day. Struggling to put on foot in front of the other and walk out the calling He has for you. Erecting a wall so you will not feel the pain of loss or the emotion of sadness as your child chooses to walk away from you in your moments of weakness and despair. As your husband is too busy to listen to the not so importance details of your day but somehow the mundane events seem to be all there is left to talk about.
These are just some examples of how and why we erect walls around our heart. But the Lord has revealed that our insecurities are deeply rooted in fear and fear sets itself up against Faith. Why are you afraid? What is it that you fear? These two questions kept running around in my mind as I laid awake and because I couldn't shake them, I assumed it was the Lord asking me to take inventory of what was taking place within my heart. Sometimes, we forget that the Lord knows us intimately and completely so we must assume when He asks us a question it is for our benefit. He desires to reveal the lie that we have brought into and set us free from our misconceptions. So I thought about it and asked Him for His wisdom. Already knowing I struggle with the fear of pain, I thought deeper to the root of all my insecurities and fears and it came to me, I fear myself without Him. I have brought into the lie that if I continued to mess up He was going to walk away and leave me to myself to teach me some divine lesson and I was one mistake away from Him leaving me to my own devices.
The Spirit He gave me is the exact representation of Himself and yet I was questioning His unconditional love and acceptance by buying into this lie in my heart. I stress in my heart for my mouth would never claim the above lie as truth but my actions and insecurities indicated that my heart believed this lie. I also somehow brought into the lie that all of this (child rearing, marriage, friendships, family) was up to me to do in my own strength and all the things coming my way was due to my incompetence as a wife, mother, friend and daughter. I have always claimed with my mouth the promise, He will never leave me nor forsake me, and the promise that, He who created me knew every single one of my days before one of them came to be. When I am weak He is strong. I claimed that I am saved not by what I do but because of what He has done for me. I have stated time and again, that there is not one good thing within me apart from Him but praise be to God that His perfection is within me and His provisions are perfect. I claimed these truths with my mouth but my heart never accepted it due to the wall that I had erected. The wall that was erected to keep pain out was the stronghold that kept His love from entering in. I have always struggled with accepting His UNCONDITIONAL love for me and believing that no matter what comes my way He is with me and in me and equipping me. I have also realized that even as a young girl, I erected a wall around my heart to keep from feeling pain and rejection but this same wall has also been the stronghold that kept the love of others from penetrating to my heart. I have always struggled with believing and accepting love from others including those within my own family. A wall built to keep pain out but also the stronghold to keep God's unconditional love from entering in. OH how my heart aches. How it grieves God when we fail to accept His love as if the sacrifice of His only beloved Son was not proof enough of His unfailing love. Oh how my heart aches to think that my girls might struggle with accepting and believing in my love for them and on the same note how my failure to receive love from others must hurt those whom I love the most.
Lord, tear down the wall I have erected around my heart with your unfailing love. Just as the walls came tumbling down in Jericho after being encircled for seven days. May the wall built around my heart come tumbling down as I trust You by faith to do only what you can do and that is bring victory for your Name sake and bring down the fortress built around my heart. Only you can conquer the stronghold of fear and with song and shouts I will praise you in my weakness. May I praise you not only with my mouth but also with my heart and turn every insecurity over to you. May you use this struggle of mine to release the bondage of fear in others and bring healing and restoration to all those reading these words.
Reader, please overlook all the errors and forgive me for the rawness of this post. It is my hope that even in my rambling the Lord will use this post to free you from some of the strongholds built around your heart and use all of you to bring glory to His name.

Fear Not: Part 3 will be posted on Monday.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fear Not: Part 2

Do not let your hearts be troubled; trust in God trust also in Me. John 14:1

Jesus knows to deal with the mind we must look at the heart. He knows that the heart is the wellspring of life. Jesus, quoting Isaiah, states to the Pharisees, “ The people (speaking of the Pharisees) honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain: their teachings are but rules taught by men". He goes on to say, “Listen and understand. What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him unclean, but what comes out of his mouth is what makes him unclean.” Matthew 15:8-10 These are what make a man unclean, but eating with unwashed hands does not make him unclean. Jesus goes on to say in verse 18, “But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man unclean. For out of the heart comes evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony and slander. Matthew 15:18-20.
Let me pause here for a moment, and give you a little background on the above verses. The Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus in Capernaum from Jerusalem to ask him why His disciples break the elder’s laws by not washing their hands before they eat. Jesus' response in the above verses takes the emphases off of behavior and places the emphasis on the heart behind the behavior. In fact, Jesus states, to follow some of the traditions taught by men, these same men were actually transgressing against God. The Pharisees's traditions had become more important than God's commandments. These verses also imply that essentially all sin resides in the heart. Again, it is much easier for us to obey behavioral commands than it is for us to obey with our hearts and keep our hearts pure before God. We must take a stand to guard our heart. John 14:1 says do not LET your hearts be troubled. The word LET in this verse implies that this fight is active. To guard our hearts is a moment by moment battle that takes an intentional effort not to let the world infiltrate our hearts with all kinds of selfish desires. We must be careful what we allow to penetrate our mind and our heart. This active moment by moment battle takes place in our mind.

Let’s go back one last time to John 14:1, Do not let your hearts be troubled; trust in God trust also in Me. Fear is a trust issue. Who are we putting our trust in when the storms of life are raging war against us? Are we putting our trust in ourselves or are we placing our faith and trust in God. Are we focused on our situation or on God’s Word? Trusting that He is going to work out his purposes within us? Do we believe that God is going to supply us with all we need and give us the strength to get through the darkest night? In the midst of our fears our focus must be entirely on God. Fear set's itself up against Faith but if we put our trust in God than our Faith will conquer fear.

I want you now to take a moment to go to Psalms 69 and read it aloud.Our God is big enough to handle all our fears. We must cry out to Him humbling naming our sin and our condition. Telling Him exactly how we feel and asking Him to lift us up. He already knows every detail but when we cry out it opens up communication between you and a mighty God. It gives Him the opportunity to comfort you through your times of fear and despair. In fact, when you read the Psalms, you discover that what starts out as crying out turns into praise. When we cry out to God in the midst of our troubles, he in-turn, reveals himself to us. Think of it this way, if your child was fearful or sad you would want them to come to you and tell you what’s wrong. You would want them to TRUST you with the things closest to their heart. Most of the time, we already know why our children are sad but we still want them to trust us with their feelings of sadness and with their fears. We want them to want us to comfort them during their times of distress.
Jesus, our mighty comforter longs to comfort you during the most difficult of times. Will you allow Him to come in and minister to you during your darkest of hours? Will you cry out to Him in the midst of your distress?

Re-post: Fear Not written in 2008 for a Bible study entitled Footsteps.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Fear Not: Part 1


Do not let your hearts be troubled trust in God; trust also in me. John 14:1

We as women are so in tune with our feelings and emotions that at times we fall into the trap of believing that our feelings and emotions are truth. How we feel about something becomes our reality. We rely so much on how we “feel” about a situation that our feelings often override God’s truths. For instance, when we say things like, that just doesn’t “feel” right to me; I don’t “feel” like God loves me; I don’t “feel” like I love my husband anymore; I’m “feeling” a little off today; That particular verse doesn't seem fair and doesn't feel right. We are allowing how we feel at that particular moment to define our actions and our reality. It is at these moments that we must remember, God's truths override our feelings. Can I just interject for a moment, God's will for our life very rarely appeals to our flesh therefore, our feelings can not be trusted. For our flesh and the Spirit are constantly at war within us.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. John 14:1
The Greek word for trouble in this verse is the word Tarasso, which means to agitate, to cause one inward commotion; to take away one’s calmness of mind. It goes on to use words like to disquiet, to strike with fear and dread; to suggest scruples and doubts. When I read this definition I picture someone who is restless, who doubts, someone who is unfocused.
Henceforth, the word Tarasso distracts us from God’s truths and causes our minds to be filled with lies and confusion.
I struggle with fear. Most of the time my fear is unfounded and totally irrational. My husband always says I missed my calling in two areas, 1. As a lawyer because I will argue a point to the ground and not back down and 2.In the C.I.A. in the Preventative Terrorism Division, P.T.D for short, this is my term for my fear disorder. My husband’s term is probably more appropriate, Conspiracy Think Tank Division, C.T.T.D for short.
You see, I struggle with imaginations. I will get silly ideas in my mind and what starts out as this possibly could happen turns into this is going to happen and it is going to happen now. What is my plan of action? I’m telling you if anyone comes in my front door when I am home alone they will be greeted with a golf club in one hand and knife in the other. If anything they might go down in a heap of laughter. Now, I can share this and we can laugh about it but the truth is I have struggled with fear since childhood and I’m sick and tired of being afraid.
The verse in John 14:1 tells us that fear is a heart issue. You and I both know that it is much easier for us to change our behavior than it is for us to change our heart. Heart issues are something we cannot combat on our own. We must have the help of the Holy Spirit. And yet when we look at the word for trouble in the Greek, the word Tarasso, it implies that Jesus is also referring to the mind. Let’s read the definition again, Tarasso, to take away our calmness of mind, to cause one inward commotion, to perplex the mind by suggesting scruples or doubts, to disquiet; to make restless. But Jesus tells us not to let our hearts be troubled. Notice, He didn’t say, Do not let your minds be troubled. He said our hearts not our minds. Jesus did not make the mistake of using the Greek word tarasso when speaking to his disciples. But why did he use a word that seems to appeal to the mind? I believe Jesus knows that to deal with mind we must look at the heart. He knows that our heart is the wellspring of life.

More from Fear Not in days to come.
These messages were written in 2008 for a Bible Study called Footsteps.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Isaiah 58:1-12

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"Cry loudly, do not hold back; raise your voice like a trumpet, and declare to MY people their transgression and to the house of Jacob their sins. " Yet they seek Me day by day and delight to know My ways, as a nation that has done righteousness and has not forsaken the ordinance of their God. They ask Me for just decisions, they delight in the nearness of God. 'Why have we fasted and You do not see? Why have we humbled ourselves and You do not notice?' Behold, on the day of your fast you find your desire, and drive hard all your workers. "Behold, you fast for contention and strife and to strike with a wicked fist. You do not fast like you do today to make your voice heard on high. " Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself? Is it for bowing one's head like a reed and for spreading out sackcloth and ashes as a bed? Will you call this an acceptable day to the Lord? "Is this not the fast I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke? " Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor in your house; when you see the naked, to cover him; and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? " Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your recovery will speedily spring forth; and your righteousness will go before you; the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. " Then you will cry and I will answer, you will cry and He will say, 'Here I am.' If you remove the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness, and if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday. "And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up the age old foundations; and you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.

The verses in Isaiah 58, convict me and shine a bright light on the sin of apathy residing in my heart.
What is the transgression? What are we to cry loudly? The sin of self importance. The sin of indifference. The sin of chasing after fleeting pleasures. The sin of hiding a lighted lamp under the bed and not allowing it to shine forth. Luke 8:16.
The job we have been given is the job of restoration and renewal. Restoration to the areas where Truth stumbles and the people grope around in darkness during the noonday. Isaiah 59.
We are to bring the Light into the darkness, for it is in the darkness where the Light shines the brightest. The Light that penetrates to the brokenhearted and downcast drives out evil for evil can not stand to be near the Light. Jesus refers to himself as the Light of the world. His light always overtakes darkness. It only takes one candle to penetrate the darkest corner of humanity. If darkness is present it is because the Light has not entered or has been hidden under the bed of tolerance, indifference or self-importance. Another reason for darkness is sin and rebellion against God within the church. In Revelation we see Jesus warning some of the churches to repent or He will take away their lamp stand. Revelation 2:5 Is He calling us to remember the heights from which we have fallen, to repent and do the deeds we did at first? To turn away from ourselves and turn completely toward Him...

Lord, forgive me for being too busy and too focused on myself to go out and be a light in this dark world. Forgive me for downplaying my role as a mom, to the little ones you have entrusted me, to teach my children Truth and raise according to your precious Word. The Word which is profitable to teach, rebuke and train in righteousness. Forgive me for wanting to shelter them from the harsh realities of the world by keeping them from serving You out of fear. Lord, you have commanded us to be light in dark places. May we trust you as we go out into the community to be your hands and feet. May we get our hands dirty meeting the needs of those you put in our path. May I always worship you in Spirit and in Truth, not only meeting the needs of those around me, but worshiping you on your terms. May I find out what pleases you by being in your Word. For what are my deeds but filthy rags if presented to you on my terms while unconfessed sin reigns in my heart.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Darkest Hour of Night


Post written in the fall of 2009. The post is more applicable today than the day I wrote it. I thought I would re-post my thoughts as I have been again struggling with fear of the unknown. Praise God we worship Him who knows the end from the beginning and promises to be with us. I love the verse in Isaiah that states, He is with the first generation and He will be with the last generation. It brings me comfort when I look at my three precious girls and think what life might be like for them. I love them so much and will do anything to protect them but as much as I love them, He loves them more. They are His, entrusted to me, to raise to the glory of God.

It's been awhile, hasn't it? Life has gotten busy and in the midst of the busyness I have lost my footing and focus. I have allowed everyday life to soak up my creativity and steal away precious moments with my God. Life has gotten louder and in the brief moments of silence my fears have screamed at me.
I have been honest with you in previous posts that I struggle with fear. Fear of things not seen. I have also mentioned in the post, Fear of Things Unseen, that fear is a form of worship, for what I fear will be what I will eventually bow down to. If it is a fear of the spirit world, I will give the enemy power over my life that is not due him. And if I'm fearing all the evil in the world than I am in fact denying, He who lives in me is greater than he who is in the world and I am worshiping and giving power to the enemy of the Living God.
If it is fear of pain, which I also struggle with, then I will keep myself from situations that will result in me feeling uncomfortable or pain. I will build up a wall around my heart to keep from feeling anything at all.
I want to share with you what I have been wrestling with so that you can be encouraged to stand firm on the promises of God in the midst of all we see taking place within our country and in the world. I personally feel a sense of urgency and a call to repentance for our Salvation is about to break forth like the dawn but just as the darkest hour of night is right before dawn, I feel like our darkest hour is yet to come. We need to be praying for strength to endure the night and determine before hand, to fear God not man. Praying our house will not be broken into during this dark hour of night and when the thief comes we will be found faithful and sensible. For Jesus' words in Matthew 24:42-46 are to the expecting and the unsuspecting servants, "Therefore, be on the alert for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes."
What is the coming of Christ compared to? The coming of Christ is compared to as a thief in the night. A thief that comes to the expecting and the unsuspecting. A thief that comes in the darkest hour of night when mockers are mocking and following after their own lusts. 2 Peter 3:3. An hour when the faithful are working and watching for His glorious appearing.
Who is the faithful servant? The faithful servant, according to Jesus, is the servant who is watching, waiting and working. A servant whom is feeding the household of God, the church, with spiritual food and nourishment. The servant who goes into the dark places and allows the Lord's brilliant light of Salvation to break forth like the dawn to people who are walking in darkness. We must have a heart to bring the Light of the world into the dark places of humanity and not be ashamed of the Gospel and of Him who opens eyes that are blind and ears so they can hear. It is only in the name of Jesus that the light breaks forth like the dawn. It is during the darkest hour of night that our light shines the brightest. It is the light of Christ that exposes sin for the sake of freedom and brings people out of the darkness and into His glorious light.
I'm watching, waiting and working.....

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Yeshua

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He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress my God, in whom I trust." - Psalm 91:1-2
To dwell is to abide in, to find rest in, to depend upon. A dwelling is also a place. A place where we can find rest in a world that is not our own. It can be a place where we retreat to when weary or afraid. After all, we are strangers and aliens in a foreign land. Have you felt like one lately? That this world just isn't what it's supposed to be? If you have then this promise is for you. If you dwell in Him; you will find rest. He will be your refuge and your stronghold. He will be your strong tower and mighty deliver. To dwell in and on the promises of the One who is called "Faithful and True". He will restore your strength. He will equip you for your divine calling.
If you make the Most High your dwelling-even the LORD, who is my refuge-no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. Psalm 91:9
To trust is to know for certain that my Lord will not tarry forever and will come back to get me when the curtain closes this side of eternity. To trust completely in things not seen. As we see all that is taking place around us, it is my prayer, we will put our trust in Jesus and determine not to fear man but to fear God. To trust that He is faithful unto death and no one can take our crown. For what we suffer this side of the curtain is just a vapor of time compared to our eternity with Him.
Jesus came the first time to dwell among us to reveal to us the truth. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. John:1:14. The same God that spoke creation into being limited Himself to a single cell in the womb of a woman. He came down from His heavenly throne to live in our world under the same limitations you and I live under. He suffered death, so that by the grace of God, he might taste death for everyone. Jesus will come again to take us to be with Him where He is. The One who was and is and is to come has defeated death and has made provisions for us, his children, when we dwell in Him.
Paul tells us in Hebrews,"that it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of our salvation perfect through suffering. " Hebrews 2:9,11.
Fitting for God to make US perfect through HIS suffering. Our salvation through His suffering. Our salvation when we trust in His provision and sacrifice. He also refers to Jesus as the author of our salvation. He is the one who is refining us and is in complete control of all things including our salvation and our suffering.
Lord, may I never take your suffering for granted. You died once and for all for the sins of all those who call on your name. Your name is a strong and mighty tower. Your name is a dwelling. Yeshua.