Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Winning our Battles

"Battles are won in the hearts of men."  -Vince Lombardi

There are battles we as believers go through from time to time that beat us down.  If you haven’t gone through a battle yet in your journey walking with God, give it time, and you will.  Perhaps it’s a spiritual battle wrestling with sin and shame, or why God would allow something bad to happen to someone good, or even doubting if whether God exists at all. Maybe your battle is financial or in your health. Maybe so-called friends betrayed you, or your career hasn’t gone the way you’d hoped.  No matter what battles you feel you’ve lost, the war isn’t over, and God isn’t finished writing your story.  God specializes in fighting our battles for us because He loves being the Hero in our stories to bring Himself glory.  God wants to give us the desires of our hearts, and sometimes He has to kickstart dead hearts to tell them to beat again.  We can then begin to envision endless possibilities and dream new dreams.  Fully surrender your heart to God, seeking His face, so that He can begin afresh in you.

Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you (Deuteronomy 3:22, NIV).

Monday, March 18, 2019

All is Well

“All is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well.” -Anthony de Mello

There are times in our lives that everything looks like a mess.  Maybe we made this mess, or maybe the mess was caused by others, or a little of both, but God has a knack for turning messes into ministries.  God turns trials into testimonies.  He turns burdens into blessings.  Christ is the ultimate Comeback King, as He was dead on the cross but resurrected to leave the grave.  No matter how big our messes appear, with God on our side, these messes are not final.  God can turn our situations around in an instant, and even if He chooses not to right now or ever, as time passes we can look back on this moment to see God was working in the midst of the mess because He changed our character to make us more Christ-like.  So therefor, now may we truly believe when we say, all is well. 

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him (Psalm 62:5, NLT). 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Bearing our Burdens

“As long as a man is alive and out of hell, he cannot have any cause to complain.”  -Charles Spurgeon

We tend to think that complaining to our friends and family about our burdens is in some way is cathartic and helpful, but often times it only makes burdens seem worse.  What if instead of complaining, we simply prayed? If we went to God first with our burdens then it’s very likely that we’d see our burdens in a whole new light.  Perhaps we’d see our burdens aren’t actually as bad as they seem, and regardless of whether God changes our set of circumstances immediately, or ever for that matter, He can give us the strength to bear our burdens with ease.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28, NIV).

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Let Go, Let God

“Where God guides, God provides.” -Chuck Smith

It is often difficult for us to yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit if it means we are to let go of something—maybe a job, a relationship, or habit—to risk coming away empty-handed.  It usually feels easier to settle wherever it is that we are now than to brave charting waters of the unknown.  Deep down though, we know we can’t stay wherever it is we are, because we won’t like wherever it is that we end up.  Worse, it could lead to even bigger heartbreak or self-sabotage later.  We must trust that God truly does have an individual plan for us, and it always revolves around nothing less than His own glory; so, in any case that aren’t living in such a way that brings Him glory, that’s a good indicator that a change must be made.  Just as Abraham sacrificially let go of Isaac to show God that He put nothing before Him, we too must show God that we are willing to let go of anything to follow His lead.  God provided a ram in the thicket for Abraham to sacrifice in Isaac’s stead, and God too provides in unique ways we don’t initially foresee when we choose to obey the Spirit’s lead.  The simple lesson is that we must let go of whatever our “it” is to let God have His way. 

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly (Ps. 84:11, NIV).