His Strength

2018-9-24Are you experiencing a struggle in your life? Facing a decision? Feeling anxious? We all reach those points in life . . . sometimes daily.

The problems may be diverse . . . but the answer is always the same. I think this graphic expresses it well. The key is to remember that we don’t have to face these things alone. In fact, we will probably fail miserably if we try to. The only answer is found in Jesus.

  • His strength
  • His wisdom
  • His peace

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
Philippians 4:6-8 AMP

 

 

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Only One Hope

f3261d54cf0850326b5f38344e90d9feI receive a weekly e-newsletter from Hal Lindsey. He explains end time prophecies that are taking place right now. Here is an excerpt from this week’s letter:

One of the hallmarks of the last days will be the rise of irrationality. Romans 1:28 says, “And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind to do those things which are not proper.” The Greek context here means God gave them over to a mind that cannot even think in its own best interest.

Satan must be pleased. Hatred is on the rise in America. Everywhere we look, from politics to family life to racial groups to religious traditions to economic classes to sports, our impatience, disgust, and sheer hatred of one another is exploding.

Everything we once held to be true and normal now seems to be turned on its head. No one trusts anyone anymore. But it’s no wonder. Truth has become a rare commodity in America today. Conscience even rarer.

I’m reminded of a remark found in Isaiah 5 that could perfectly describe the world today. Isaiah wrote, “They say that what is right is wrong and what is wrong is right; that black is white and white is black; bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20 TLB)

As Christians, we need to keep looking up. It would be so easy to be overwhelmed by the turmoil that surrounds us, but we must remember that God is in control. Yes, there are more and more signs that we are in the last days. And we may be tempted to look at the evil surrounding us and think, “Where have you gone, Lord?”

He hasn’t gone anywhere. He is still here. He is still in control. And He will still help us, no matter what we face, if we will trust Him.

In the Old Testament, the prophet Habakkuk lived during perilous times. He cried out to God.

How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! “Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save. Must I forever see these evil deeds?
Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight. The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted.
Habakkuk 1:2-4 NLT

But God assured Habakkuk that He hadn’t gone anywhere. Here was His reply:

The Lord replied, “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.”
Habakkuk 1:5 NLT

You may want to read the prophet’s continued comments and questions and God’s replies in the short book of Habakkuk. At the conclusion of the book, he said this:

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LordI will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.
Habakkuk 3:17-19 NLT

We are in spiritual warfare, folks. And it is going to get worse. Are we willing to declare, as Habakkuk did, that no matter what happens we will rejoice in the God of our salvation? Are we willing to depend on our Sovereign Lord as our strength? Are we willing to trust him no matter what?

Hal Lindsey concluded his letter by reminding us of our ultimate hope . . . Jesus Christ.

I say it again. This is spiritual warfare. It doesn’t have anything to do with rationality or intellectual debate. When the establishment comes after you because of your Christian beliefs, recognize that the source of that hostility is Hell itself.

Satan is behind the hatred of God’s people, whether it’s the Jews or true Christians. And he is going all-out to destroy the true church and everything the followers of Christ have built. That includes America.

But I have some good news.

Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NASB)

In II Corinthians 5:20, the Apostle Paul calls us “ambassadors for Christ.”

Consider this. Before hostilities break out between nations, they withdraw their respective ambassadors.

At some point in the near future, God will unleash His wrath against Satan and sin. But before He declares war on this sin-infested planet, God will remove His ambassadors. He will evacuate us from this hostile situation. He will get us out before the real shooting-war begins.

We call this evacuation operation “The Rapture.”

The Bible calls it our “blessed hope.” (Titus 2:13 NASB)

 

No Waves Too Big

2018-9-20God is more powerful than anything in the world. He is so much greater than any adversity we may face. Any waves that threaten to crush us. But so often, even though we know in our minds that is true, we choose to doubt. We worry. We fear. We get anxious. We insist on taking control instead of trusting Him. Believing that His way and His time are always the best.

We need to get hold of the truth pictured here. No matter how big the waves . . . no matter how impossible things may seem . . . if we will put our hand in His and truly trust Him, He will walk us through.

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 NLT

 

Sleep Well!

Too often we miss the joys . . . and the opportunities . . . of today because we are worried about tomorrow. How that must sadden God’s heart. He has already taken care of tomorrow. My grandson once wrote about embracing the journey. We need to embrace the journey of each day, accomplishing all God has called us to do–that day. Embracing the grace and peace and love Jesus has for us–that day. And when we go to sleep each night, we need to rest in peace, knowing that He is already in the tomorrow.

“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT

2018-9-17

Give It All to Him

2018-9-12So often when we are hurting, we ask Jesus to help us . . . but we cling to some of the painful or ugly pieces. Unforgiveness. Anger. Fear. Hopelessness. Our healing can’t be complete until we give all the pieces to the Healer . . . and trust His way. His plan. His unconditional love.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Isaliah 26:3 NLT

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.
Psalm 18:2 NLT