Safe?

Safe?

How can we walk in safety in an unsafe world? In certainty in the midst of uncertainty? In love in the midst of hate? In peace in the midst of despair? How can we remain stable in the midst of so much instability?

Without a sense of security, we easily give way to doubt and fear. News of catastrophic events, terrorist attacks and natural disasters understandably adds fear to our sorrow. A positive outlook becomes difficult when the unexpected trials increase in frequency. The tardiness of a loved one stirs up worry and anxiety. A negative doctor’s report quickly brings thoughts of possible death. Even a high school graduate hesitates at the pursuit of higher education because of the uncertainty of his future. Jesus is our only hope. He enables us to remain unshakable.

When we turn to the Lord, we find He becomes a shelter we can count on in all circumstances. We can rest secure in His loving care. As our focus stays on Him, our security in Him grows. Our insecurities disappear as we see He always appears in our time of need. How faithful is our God!  We look back on God’s protection in unsafe situations and trust Him, from glory to glory!

Psalms 61:3-4 “For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy.”

 

The Best for Last!

The Best for Last!

God keeps the best for last. No matter what our past held, we can expect that our latter days will be greater than our former days. Our futures are brighter than we can ask for or even imagine, filled with riches and unspeakable joy.

The enemy will make things appear to be so great at the beginning that we won’t see the destructive end he has in store for us. In God, things may not appear to be the best at the beginning, but we can rest assured the ending is glorious. When we start walking with the Lord, we go through a lot of surrendering, dying to self, letting go of the old and learning to walk free. We walk by faith and do not always see the breakthrough that is ahead of us. The enemy tempts people with immediate pleasure and short cuts with no cost; an easy way out; a quick fix; something appealing to the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. The Lord doesn’t show us the best that is yet to come. We believe it and receive it by faith. He bestows so many blessings on us along the way and then takes us to the ultimate best: living in His glory for eternity.

In all we go through the Lord keeps us with His mighty power, grace and amazing love. He not only keeps us; He keeps the best for last so we can rest as we truly are going from glory to glory! 

John 2:10 “And he said to him, ‘Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!’ ”

 

Being Held

Being Held

The picture of our Lord, Jesus Christ, holding our world together is such a blessing. When it’s difficult for us to keep it together, we can trust Jesus is keeping us together. He upholds all things by the power of His Word. Not only can we stand in the power of the Word, but the Word is His power holding our world together. We are in His hands and no one is able to snatch us out of His hands.

The Greek word for upholding is to bear and to carry. It expresses the idea of Him holding us up. He carried every sickness, weakness, grief, and burden holding us down when He went to the cross; but now, as the Resurrected Lord, He bears us up and keeps us in Him. When we are not sure what our future holds, we trust He holds our future. When circumstances cause things to fall apart in our lives, we reach to Him to put it back together. When the battle in our mind intensifies, we receive His peace.

Jesus radiates the glory of the Father and expresses His image. As we are being transformed into His image, we also radiate His glory and represent Him in every place. When things happen that should break us, they make us stronger and stronger, from glory to glory!

Hebrews 1:3 “… who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” 

 

Loving in the Now

Loving in the Now

What is happening around us right now? Do we enjoy the people and conversations to the fullest by intentionally abiding in the present? Our adversary constantly tempts us to either think about tomorrow’s possible heartaches and pains, or remember those of our past. He does so to steal the joy we can experience in the here and now.

A husband or a wife comes home and while greeted by their mate with a tender embrace, thinks of what happened at work, plans they made for the next day or how much the other angered them the day before. This can also occur in other relationships. Missing priceless moments and letting valuable times of happiness pass by often happens unknowingly. Many interactions with loved ones are not treasured because of a wrong focus.

Giving our full attention to what comes our way takes an intentional purpose of the heart and the enabling of the Spirit of Christ. As we seek the Lord in the now, He helps us enjoy His abundant blessings, moment by moment  from glory to glory!

1 John 3:18 “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”

 

Closure

Closure

The Lord helps us bring closure to some things that happened in our past, step by step. It was only after Abraham was separated from Lot, (and that door was closed), that God showed Abraham the land he was going to possess. Often after doors are closed, God will show us what He is opening up ahead of us.

Even though past events may have happened long ago, some of their destructive consequences may still be hindering us today. Closure is done by walking in the newness of life we have in Christ. We are new creations in Christ. Old things have passed away; they no longer have the power to affect our present. We cannot reach for them and live that past over and over again, or we will remain locked in our past. The past has the potential to hinder our future, so closure needs to be applied. Every if and if only has to be left behind so that we are not. God shines the light in those areas so we can let them go and move forward. As He reveals to heal, He also seals some doors shut so that they can never be opened again.

We are to know no one according to the flesh, including ourselves. In addition, our behavior was one way in our past, but in Christ all things have become new. Revelation brings transition into our transformation, from glory to glory!

2 Corinthians 5:16-17 “Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

 

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