Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Gal 6:9
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Cor. 9:6
Today began with a memorial service for a dear friends nephew. The power of addiction being the focus. I was so blessed that truth about the situation was said and not just glossed over. It's such a serious problem. The solution presented was to stop making the bad choice and to start choosing God, you know, in a nutshell anyway. Referencing Jeremiah 29:11:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will see Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity, I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.
Bring me all your feelings, even the ones you wish you didn't have..... Jesus CallingI've been having such a hard time speaking my feelings. That's actually a life long problem of mine. But give me a keyboard and I'm golden. I wonder why that is. There are times when I know I have a feeling of discontent but I just can't put my finger on where it is coming from- what in my life is causing those feelings. I have friends who want to know what I am feeling about this journey, the pain, the waiting and there are just some things I am NOT going to share out loud with people who love me. That is for the 'Ugly Journal' kept in a secret spot. And these words just validated that I can keep them between me and my journal, because that is really between me and God. It's my I'm fighting with God journal, my I'm fighting with myself journal, my I'm fighting with cancer journal. And it's mine. Not all my feelings are worth repeating, or worth saying out loud. Everything changes when you say things out loud.
Do not hide from your fear or pretend it isn't there. Anxiety that you hide in the recesses of your heart will give birth to fear of fear: a monstrous stepchild. Bring your anxieties out into the Light of My Presence, where we can deal with them together. Concentrate on trusting Me, and fearfulness will gradually lose its foothold within you..... Jesus CallingAnxiety hidden in your heart with give birth to fear of fear. That strikes me as just the worst possible thing someone could be fearful of because that cycle would be never ending.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2
Rest with me a while. You have journeyed up a steep, rugged path in recent days. The way ahead is shrouded in uncertainty. Look neither behind you nor before you. Instead, focus your attention on Me, your constant Companion. Trust that I will equip you fully for whatever awaits you on your journey.
I designed time to be a PROTECTION for you. You couldn't bear to see all your life at once. Though I am unlimited by time, it is in the present moment that I meet you. Refresh yourself in My company, breathing deep draughts of My Presence. The highest level of trust is to enjoy Me moment by moment. I am with you, watching over you wherever you go.
Ps 143:8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
Genesis 28:15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.I have my Bible Promises book right in front of my and there are a lot of promises in that bible we live by and love. I think it comes down to this: we are promised to be given, as a gift, eternal life. In return we are to believe, be baptized and live a life worthy of Christ. Nothing about being healthy. Nothing about never having a heavy burden. Nothing about perfect children, family, spouses. Really we are promised troubles. Our hope is in Christ and his healing love for us. He will decide how to heal: instantly and miraculously, thru a journey of pain and suffering, or thru bringing us to Him where we are whole once again.
I am all around you, like a cocoon of Light. My Presence with you is a promise, independent of your awareness of Me. Many things can block this awareness, but the major culprit is worry. My children tend to accept worry as an inescapable fact of life. However, worry is a form of unbelief, it is anathema to Me.
Who is in charge of you life? If it is you, then you have good reason to worry. But if it is I, then worry is both unnecessary and counterproductive. When you start to feel anxious about something, relinquish the situation to Me. Back off a bit, redirecting your focus to Me. I will either take care of the problem Myself of show you how to handle it. In the world you will have problems, but you need not lose sight of Me.There has yet to be a day when this devotional hasn't called me out or slapped me up! I love it. I just don't know how to get to the place I need to be this time. I'm wandering. Not flailing in my faith or belief I don't think. Just so tired of fighting, of hurting, of not exercising and or not being able to do the things I wish to do, like garden, or walk, or play physically with the kids (I'm a rough houser by nature. Oldest of 3 daughters I've had to assert my dominance since forever because my sisters are tough nuts.)
Consider this admonition from the author of Hebrews: "Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" Hebrews 12:1
Had golf existed in the New Testament era, I'm sure the writers would have spoken of mulligans and foot wedges, but it didn't, so they wrote about running. The word RACE is from the Greek AGOM, from which we get the word AGONY. The Christians's race is not a jog but rather a demanding and grueling, sometimes agonizing race. It takes a massive effort to finish strong.
Likely you've noticed that many don't? Surely you've observed there are many on the side of the trail? They used to be running. There was a time when they kept the pace. But then weariness set in. They didn't think the run would be this tough. Or they were discouraged by a bump and daunted by a fellow runner. Whatever the reason, they don't run anymore. They may be Christians. They may come to church. They may put a buck in the plate and warm a pew, but their hears aren't in the race. They retired before their time. Unless something changes, their best work will have been their first work, and they will finish with a whimper.
By contrast, Jesus' best work was His final work, and His strongest step was His last step. Our Master is the classic example of one who endured. The writer of Hebrews goes on to say that Jesus "endured such hostility from sinners against Himself". The Bible says Jesus 'endured," implying that Jesus could have "let go." The runner could have given up, sat down, gone home. He could have quit the race. But He didn't. He "endured such hostility from sinners against Himself. (From Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado)I believe that answers the question why right there. We will endure something. It might be life changing or altering, or maybe even life taking. It may last, it may not. But we are promised a race of endurance. Maybe it's our race, maybe our children's, maybe our parents or our spouse. Maybe it's a friend you love deeply.
I just don't think I need to say anymore. After my recent posts and conversations and now devotionals, I am heading down the highway of Peace. Somehow, someway it does seem ok. And for today, I am good. I had a productive day, albeit one that included the gathering of supplies for chemo. I just THREW each chemo related item into the crate. Kinda funny. Oral rinse- wham; miralax- wham; tummy tea- wham; ginger root capsules- wham; comfy clothes- well no wham there. I like comfy.....
"Do not resist or run from the difficulties in your life. These problems are not random mistakes; they are hand tailored blessings designed for your benefit and growth. Embrace all the circumstances that I allow in your life, trusting Me to bring good out of them. View problems as opportunities to rely more fully on Me. When you start to feel stressed, let those feelings alert you to your need for Me. Thus, your needs become doorways to deep dependance on Me and increasing intimacy between us. Although self-sufficiency is acclaimed in the world, reliance on Me produces abundant living in My kingdom. Thank me for the difficulties in your life, since they provide protection from the idolatry of self-reliance."
John 15:5 ~ “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing."
2 Corinthians 1:8-9 ~ "...We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead."
Ephesians 5:20 ~ "...always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
"Thank Me for your problems. As soon as your mind gets snagged on a difficulty, bring it to Me with Thanksgiving. Then as Me to show you how to handle the situation. The very act of thanking Me releases your mind from its negative focus. As your turn your attention to Me, the problem fades in significance and and loses its power to trip you up. Together we can deal with the situation, either facing it head-on or putting it aside for later consideration. Most situations that entangle your mind are not today's concerns; you have borrowed them from tomorrow. In this case, I lift the problem out of today and deposit it in the future, where it is veiled from your eyes. In its place I give you My Peace, which flows freely from My Presence.
Philippians 4:6 ~ "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
John 14:27 ~ "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
James 5:14-16: Is any of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
Is 57:19:"...Peace, peace, to those far and near," says the Lord. "And I will heal them."
Is 32:17: The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.
John 14:27: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Luke 7:50; ..."Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
righteous living: good, virtuous, upright, upstanding, decent; ethical,principled, moral, high-minded, law-abiding, honest, honorable,blameless, irreproachable, noble; saintly, angelic, pure. ANTONYMS sinful.It looks to me like righteousness needs to come first. The opposite of sinful. Wow I'm rolling all this around in my head- and I don't think it'd be helpful to share that.
Is 32:2 "And a man shall be as...the shadow of a great rock in a weary land."
Journeying one night in the wilderness of central Africa in a section plagued by many ravenous beasts, we found no place of safety till we came to the shadow of a great rock, where we sat down with our backs to the rocks and, building at our feet a great fire, found rest and refreshing for the next day's still weary journey. O weary child, when your strength fails and you cannot go any further, sit down and lean back in the shadow of your Lord, upon Him. Build there in prayer the fire of faith and find rest and refreshment for your onward march.