Looking for Greater is the theme for our organization’s annual convention and for our church. Facing obstacles and challenges amid everyday life and major assignment there is need for hope. Psalm 33:4 states, “For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does.” Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteous. Our greater is wrapped in the truth of God’s word and work. Our obstacles and challenges can withstand the power and majesty of God. The word of the Lord carries truth, power, security, love, and his promises. Whatever you are facing, hold on to the word of the Lord.
We’ve been studying Genesis for the past several weeks. Each time I read the accounts of Adam and Eve, Noah and Abraham I see God’s hand miraculously working. I see the promises, the covenants, and the fulfillment of those promises, and it gives me hope, even when I’m feeling hopeless. So, despite a world fraught with tragedy, natural disasters, economic upheavals, constant concerns, you and I can exercise faith in God when all seems to be against us. The Bible constantly reminds us that God uses difficult circumstances to show Himself faithful. Abraham and Sarah are listed in Hebrews Chapter 11 as members of the elite group of faith believers who trusted in the word of the Lord. Theirs is one of the “trust standards” for us to learn from and to follow. Just as He promised Abraham and Sarah that they would conceived the “child of promise” in their old age, God is able to do all things according to His divine plan. He knows the thoughts He has towards us, thoughts of good and not evil, to bring us to an expected end. (Jeremiah 29-11-13 paraphrased). He promised Noah he would never again destroy the earth with a flood. He promised Abraham land, nations, a promised child, and blessings. He promised us a Savior. Although, today you and I might be struggling with the cares of this world, God is not. He knows us, and the plans He has for us. He is the Lord our shepherd, and He makes us to lie down in green pastures; besides the still waters, and He will restore our souls. Is there anything too hard for God? God asked Sarah this question when she laughed at the thought of her situation. Has your situation blinded you to the omnipotent, omnipresence, omniscience of God?
Don’t despair. Don’t doubt even for a moment. There is nothing in heaven or on this earth that is too hard for our God. Today, my brothers and sisters trust in the faithfulness of God.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”
Blessings to you.
My scripture today comes from Isaiah 58:9-14 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
“If you take away the yoke from your midst,
The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
12 Those from among you shall build the old waste places;
You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
13 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
From doing your pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a delight,
The holy day of the Lord honorable,
And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways,
Nor finding your own pleasure,
Nor speaking your own words,
14 Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord;
And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth,
And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.
The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
What an amazing promise for us who are grafted into the Holy Branch. Honored ones move into the fullness of this divine promise, and become the restorers and repairers of the breach. Let your light shine, draw men unto the Lord, compel all to seek the Lord. Remember: This is a promise from the one who was and who is, and who is to come. (Asher hayah V’hoveh v’yavo)
The heavens declare my glory. I’m still God.
My loved one has died. I’m still God.
I lost my job. I’m still God.
My business is failing. I’m still God.
This is our wedding day. I’m still God.
Our daughter graduated. I’m still God.
I went on a mission trip to Haiti. I’m still God.
Our home was destroyed. I’m still God.
It’s a boy! I’m still God.
My candidate won. I’m still God.
The team lost. I’m still God.
Dad doesn’t remember me. I’m still God.
He ran away. I’m still God.
They loved my new book. I’m still God.
Lord, I’m lost. I’m still God.
Lord, thank you. I’m still God.
God is still God regardless the common property of our everyday experiences. Whether delight or despair, triumph or tragedy God is and always be. This knowledge should strengthen our faith that no matter the circumstance God is and will always be.
If all things are possible with God, then all things are possible to him who believes in him. Corrie Ten Boom
I read during my Saturday devotion about moving forward. The devotion was entitled Keep Going, and it described when God instructed the children of Israel to break camp and start moving because they had stayed at Mount Horeb too long. How ironic it is that as people we become comfortable in place and within circumstances even if it hurts. We don’t want to venture beyond our surroundings because we don’t know what’s out there.
We stay on a job too long until force to leave. We endure painful relationships for so long because it appears nothing can be done to rectify or resolve it.
We’ve been told to move along, get moving, try something new, or change our perception from fear to possibility, but can’t seem to gather enough momentum.
God told the nation to keep advancing, and do not veer off the path He established. He has told us the same thing; move forward and experience the fullness of life, but we chose to stay too long at Mount Horeb.
If God-the creator and sustainer of all life, told you [us] to keep going into the realm of possibility, what is holding us back? Fear, lack of faith, people? Whatever we call it, it all boil down to, we don’t believe God.
To get away from the mountain requires grasping the truth of God and his character. He is God, and nothing in the universe is more powerful. In the beginning He created life, and gave us the power to live and live it[life] more abundantly. God created possibility and also sustains it. Circumstances, situations, lifestyle changes, whatever you want to call it, does not surprise, frighten or cause God any alarms. He has all of life firmly, securely and lovingly in His hands. He can handle any situations you and I encountered, as well as any opportunity with the same competent, all-powerful and loving manner in which He created the universe.
If we lack anything, Jesus said seek and you shall find, knock on the door of God, open it and there you will discover what is needed to keep moving into the bright, clear air of possibility. Like the songwriter said, Just a closer walk with thee is all it takes.
It’s time for us to move away from the mountain, and keep walking into our destiny. It’s time to shed the skin of what is now and embrace the light of what is possible. Corrie Ten Boom said, All things are possible with God, but only for those who believe in the All Possible God.
Do you believe?
Here is a question for today: Do we really believe God? This is one of those questions that should cause the believer to stop and think carefully.
Because if one truly believes God is who he says He is, then we should be okay with God running our lives. Right? After all God is our creator, the Father of us all, and He knows precisely why we were created. He gave us gifts, skills, talents and abilities. He knows our beginning, our middle and our ends. He was before us and holds eternity in His hands. He created everything and design this magnificent world for us to live in. So why don’t we trust Him enough to let go of the steering wheel, or enough to seek His guidance daily? It is an interesting question, because I know from personal experience I stumble around often because I failed to go to God and get the much needed help. Why this is so difficult? Why the hesitation and fear? God knows what best, and He certainly knows what’s around the next corner.
Proverbs 3: 5-6 states,
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.” [NIV]
Why is this so difficult? Maybe because we don’t truly believe God. Well, maybe today you and I can adjust our focus and take our hands off the steering wheel long enough to trust our loving, all knowing, all powerful Father to do what He does best-everything. Let’s trust God for the answers to all the questions. He can certainly do a better job of running things than we can.
“God is vitally concerned with truth. His word teaches the truth; His spirit reveals the truth; His Son leads us to the truth.” John 8:32 (HCSB), states “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” What is the truth about God’s love? Can we know this truth? Author and preacher Jonathan Edwards wrote Treatise on Grace, where hes described the natural man as being “perfectly destitute of any sense, perception or discerning of those things of the Spirit…he neither does nor can know them, or discern them because they are foolishness to him.” God wants us to know the truth of HIm, Jesus and the kingdom of God. He wants us to have the divine seed of the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23). However, only those who believe in Him, His Son Jesus have this truth seed or divine seed within them. It is a curious thing that there are laws governing our actions and behaviors, and yet each day there is mounting evidence that these laws are inadequate. They cannot convert the natural man into a man who demonstrates the fruit of the spirit. It is only by knowng the eternal truth of God can the natural man be re-born.
When we are re-born, then we have access to the divine seed, and become a spiritual being of light and love with the opportunity to truly discover the truth of God’s amazing love for us. This truth transforms us, and our actions and behaviors are governed not by man’s laws, but by God’s truth and love.
I hope this day you will surrender the natural man and the weight that so easily beset us and go to the fountain of eternal truth and love and be made free and whole.
How does the world view love? How is it described?
Love shows up in all the manner of situations and circumstances. The pairings of people, places and things can easily be morphed into displays of affections, caring, compassionate, and even love. The word “love” carries with it strong emotions, but nothing can compare with the amazing, incomparable love God has for us. The writer of the book of John stated God is love, and whoever loves Him has a unique relationship with God. But no other relationship or pairing of individuals can compare with the loving connection God and Jesus have for one another, and for us. God loves us, and so does Jesus. God loves Jesus, and Jesus loves God. God sent Jesus here to show us the Father and serve as an example of supreme love. Jesus was obedient unto His death on the cross because He loves us. The world may see love differently. The highest expression of love is Jesus.