I have two older sisters and growing up my wardrobe consisted of hand-me-downs. One day my mom handed down a dress to me. It had a brown skirt with a blue, white and brown striped top and a hood. It was my favorite. I wore it to school one day, and getting on the bus, I felt so beautiful! But you see, my sister is 9 years older than me. That outfit? No one else thought is was cool. And kids let me know it. I went from feeling beautiful to feeling like nothing.
I let that outfit, I let the unkind words, define me. My identity was in them. And I struggled with that for a long time.
I would like to say that my identity is never in worldly things anymore. But that would be a lie. While I have grown leaps and bounds in putting my identity in Christ, I still have work to do. If we are honest, and take a close look, we all can find ways that we place ourr identity at times in worldly things.
Right now, I'm choosing claim the following verse:
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil"
The enemy will try to convince you that you are not enough because you didn't get that promotion, you put on some weight, you quit school, made a poor decision, your not as talented or pretty as the woman next to you, your work goes unnoticed or a million other things. But I'm not putting that on anymore. I'm not putting on the brown dress. I'm putting on the Armor of God.
I'm putting on truth and wearing righteousness. I'm dressing in faith and walking with peace on my feet. My accessory? Salvation.
Because each morning I want to put on what's from above. Because when we put that armor on, we don't hear what the world has to say. Instead we hear what the armor is breathing into our souls....
I am loved.
I am forgiven.
I am redeemed.
I am God's masterpiece.
I am God's child .
I am justified.
I am complete.
I am given a spirit of power not fear.
I am given Grace.
I am strong in Christ.
What are you going to wear tomorrow morning?
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This week's Promise and Recipe:
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate & Matthew 5:12
"(11)God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. (12)Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way. "
As always, may we be thankful for the promises the Lord gives us, and grateful that he has written them down for us to know and understand.
The promise in Matthew 5:12 reminds us that our joy comes from the Lord. That our happiness and contentment should not be in earthly rewards. This verse says "be happy" and "be glad". This means to rejoice!! For in this life there will be trials, but be comforted in knowing that when you are judged, challenged, or persecuted because of your faith, it is not only unnoticed by God, it is rewarded! When in faith, we face opposition we not only are rewarded an eternal reward, but there are earthly rewards as well: lessons of strength, growth, and conviction. And in these moments our faith can be a light to others to seek and find Christ. What a blessing!
Let's not forget that God's greatest prophets faced persecution as well. Let them be a light and example to us in times when we face challenging circumstances while standing in faith.
I encourage you to read about Elijah, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Amos, Micah and Daniel. They were:
Told to be quiet.
Threatened with death.
Kept in chains.
But great was their reward!
And God was with them!
For God says:
He is always with us. (Joshua 1:9, Deuteronomy 31:6)
He is our shield. (Genesis 15:1, Deuteronomy 33:29)
He fights for us. (Exodus 14:14)
He will strengthen us. (Isaiah 41:10)
Jesus gives us this promise in Matthew 5:12 so that we can focus on things above, we can be comforted and we can be strengthened!
Rejoice, my friend! Celebrate the challenges our faith brings us, and count it all joy! (James 1:2-3)
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Make your usual hot chocolate recipe (4 cups)
Add the following:
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
4 teaspoons either honey or caramel sauce
Whipped cream, add a cinnamon stick if desired, and enjoy!
Healing. That is a word I am familiar with. As a nurse, it is something I try to do for others every time I work. As a mom, I kiss the bumps and bruises, wipe the tears and counsel broken hearts. As a woman, I knew there were things inside myself that were completely broken and needed healing, but I would deal with that someday.
Healing was a wonderful, beautiful, possible thing. For others. Just not for me.
Because in spite of knowing I was broken, I chose to ignore it and instead became numb. And healing? Well, that meant I had to feel again. And my numbness? That was a wall, a barrier from pain, that I had built up for so long, I wasn't about to tear it down.
But there was one who could and would tear it down.....
There was an evening about three years ago, one I won't forget. I was standing behind a few women who were praying, listening to the beautiful, faithful prayers they lifted up to God. They were praying for the physical healing of each of their children. As I listened, my eyes were opened in a way they never had been before. My mind took note of the fervency that they prayed with and in that moment God opened my eyes...I had never asked him to heal my pain, to put back together my broken pieces and to heal my soul. I had prayed for many things, but, I had NEVER ASKED GOD TO HEAL MY INNERMOST AND SPIRITUAL WOUNDS.
One would assume that with this enlightening revelation I would have gotten down on my knees and asked God to heal me that very moment.
Instead, inside me rose a need to protect and control these wounds that had left cracks in soul. I continued to try to be the glue that held the broken pieces together, even though I knew I could never make them stick together on my own.
And si, I didn't allow myself to ask for this healing.
Truthfully, I WOULD NOT ask for healing. It was a choice. One that I deliberately chose because selfishly I wanted to hold onto them. The hurt was so deep and buried that I felt as though they defined me. They were mine. I wanted to hold onto them. To give all of that pain to God? In that time in my life, that meant my total surrender. To one who needed to control my feelings and how I dealt with them, the thought of giving all that to God was terrifying.
Not only this, but I knew without a doubt that this would mean I would start feeling again. The pain and hurt had been my armor against the world for so long. Tearing down the wall meant vulnerability. A Vulnerability to God, to myself, and to the world. To ask for God's healing meant trading my own armor for God's Holy Armor.
I won't lie. That brought out a struggle in me that had me in tears for weeks. But GOD IS FAITHFUL and PERSISTENT!!! He never stopped calling me to Him. It started with everytime I opened up my bible, I was lead to verses on healing. And so, although I knew God heals, it was as if I was hearing these verses for the first time. And even though I had been aware of the healing power of Jesus, I was aware, in a new and profound way, that these verses were being spoken personally to me. That these beautiful prayers were being placed in my lap because my heart was too heavy to find the words myself.
His gentleness in putting these healing prayers right in my hands overwhelmed me. And as I read them, I began to weep. A lot. I wept like I had never cried before. I had not allowed myself to cry in years, and as I read His word, the flood of tears held in for so long swept over me. I was beginning to feel. Really and truly feel. God was putting the proof of his healing power in front of me and I knew I needed to be obedient. Still, I was a rebellious child and did not pray for my healing. And I wept more.
I began a journal at that time. And in this journal, as I wrote, I found that God dangled His sweet peace in front of me; never giving up. I wrote down all sorts of things in that journal. Verses, quotes, my own thoughts. I began to read the verses in this journal every day....and listened as they poured over me.
I read those verses over and over again. The emotions I experienced were overwhelming but I continued to read the journal daily, as I felt the Holy Spirit encouraging, beckoning me to do so. The existence of healing began to seem so tangible and how I wanted that! More than I had ever realized! An understanding began to flow through me that while I would never forget my past, the things that had happened to me could be used for God's glory someday. I longed to be rid of the anger, shame, and pain. I WANTED TO FEEL all that God designed my human heart to feel.
One beautiful, freedom-filled morning, I opened my journal and realized I was no longer reading these verses. I was praying them. I was pouring my heart out to God in each and every word. I began to pray them more and more fervently. Soon after, I cried out those simple words that I had been holding back, and asked the Lord to heal my brokenness.
My past still hurts sometimes, as God continues to heal me more everyday, and it has forever changed me. But oh how He heals! Allowing myself to feel and be vulnerable is a choice I continue to make with God's grace and strength. But the load is lighter now that Jesus carries it. My anger is gone and I feel things I had not been able to feel since I was girl. God NEVER gave up on my stubborn heart, even though at times I thought he did (and wouldn't have blamed him). He will never give up on you either!! And He CAN heal the brokenness and pain inside of you too!!
I wandered in the wilderness for a very long time. Perhaps, you can understand as you have been there too or are in your wilderness right now. But the promised land is within our reach. And with tear filled eyes, I look around and see that the wilderness of numbness and brokenness is behind me. My eyes are fixed on the promised land before me as more and more I see the girl I once was inside the woman I have become. And even greater? I see a new creation that has risen up in Christ Jesus. I am healed and I am healing, as everyday he glues another piece back where it should be.....I am his work in progress.....and IT. FEELS. GOOD.
I hope you join me in asking for God's healing, in whatever why your heart and soul are hurting. Join me in wandering from wilderness to promise,
Psalm 66:16 "Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what God has done for me."
This week's Mini Monday Devotion:
"He holds in His hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains." Psalm 95:4
Wow. Have you ever really thought about this verse? Stew on it a moment. He holds the earth and its depths in His hands...how mighty is our God? What can't He do?
The answer is nothing. There is nothing He can't do. Do you believe that with your whole heart?
Moses did. In Exodus, God promised to free the Israelites from Egypt. Many of us know the story. But think for a moment of being given this promise today. Imagine being a slave. A slave to a mighty pharaoh. A nation of slaves to a powerful and feared nation. God said He was going to set them free.
And Moses believed it and followed God's lead. Despite what seemed impossible.
Would you? Would you believe an impossibility such as this? An impossibility from an all possible, earth- holding God?
Do you ever feel God is calling you to do something impossible? That there is a mountain in front of you that seems insurmountable? That the way out, or through, a circumstance is just too hard? That you will never be free from whatever prison is holding you right now?
Let me repeat it. Nothing is impossible with God. He holds the world in his hands. And His promises are the same today.
Choose today to be like Moses. To trust God WITH the impossible, in spite of what SEEMS impossible and to do what you possibly cannot not do on your OWN.
Choose today to believe the impossible.
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This week's Promise and Recipe:
Twixted Hot Chocolate and John 6:37
"All that the father gives me will come to me and the one who comes to me I will certainly not cast out."
Take a moment to really soak that verse in. Wow. Are you hearing what Jesus is promising us?
"All that the father gives me..." Not only is this a beautiful reminder that we have been chosen (see Ephesians 1:4-5), but let's take a closer look at the word "gives". The definition of the word gives is to present, to provide with, to hand over. When we come willingly with a changed and grateful heart, we are given to Jesus. We, yes, you and me. And the word "gives" is in present tense. It is a handing over that is not past tense, but an eternal presentation, which does not end.
"will come to me..." I'd like to note here, that "come" in this verse, means to serve. And to serve willingly. The father presents to Jesus the willing and changed hearts that long to faithfully serve Him.
"and the one who comes to me I will certainly not cast out." Here again we have the present tense. And I find this profound. Not has come or will come, but the one who comes to me. And to the one who comes to Him, He will not cast out. To cast out means to reject, refuse to save. This is to assure us that when we come to Him with willing, humble hearts, we will be saved. We will not be rejected today or tomorrow. To the one who comes, there is no going back to a place of rejection. We have arrived, we have been presented, and we have been welcomed; we will never be cast out.
We may struggle, stumble, and fall at times, but we will not be rejected by the one we have been willingly given to. What a beautiful promise! A promise to cling to in storms, a promise to cling to in every day disappointments, and a promise to cling to in our sin. Write this promise down and write it on the tablet of your heart with certainty.
Twixted Hot Chocolate
4 cups of your base hot chocolate
2 Twix bars, 1 crushed
1 tbsp of caarmel topping
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
Use whatever base hot chocolate recipe you usually use, add the vanilla (if not included in base) and caramel topping. Stir. Top with whipped cream, and crushed Twix bar. Drizzle with caramel topping. Serve with the extra Twix bar!
That still small voice. The one you hear calling to you. The one you have heard calling and telling you to step out. Maybe even step out in a big way? That's the voice I want to talk to you about today. Because your calling isn't just a voice you hear whispers of. It's something created for you and in you.
I have been a part of the "Worthy of the Calling" free online bible study of Ephesians by Sarah Koontz, so keep reading as I share with you my biggest takeaway from this study (though there were many) about being called.
When I was a little girl, I loved to sing in my bedroom. I would stand on my bed and sing into an imaginary microphone, in front of an imaginary crowd. Sometimes, I would put on play clothes-dresses and old shoes that had been my mother's-and I would perform for my family. When I put on those performances, my heart beat faster, my not-so-amazing dance moves were more pronounced and intentional. My voice was more fervent. Now, I can assure you, that these performances did not stun my family into thinking I was the next singing sensation. But... they sure did outshine the performances I did in my room all alone.
Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
I have read that verse numerous times. But, while studying Ephesians through the Worthy of the Calling study, my eyes were opened to something new in that verse.
My calling is not singing. Perhaps yours is. Or it may be something else. If your unsure of whether or not you have a calling, READ EPHESIANS. You have one. God says so. We are chosen and we are called.
Not only are we chosen and called, but we have all been given gifts. Those talents and skills are knitted into us from the beginning. And while we may use those talents for our own desires, or we may use them for wordly works before we have a relationship with the Lord, or perhaps we may hardly use them at all....those talents were still given to us. Those skills are present. Just like me singing alone in my room.
But....Ephesians 2:10 says we are God's handiwork, created IN Christ Jesus. When we are saved through Grace, when we are alive with Christ, when the Holy Spirit indwells in us? We are no longer that little girl singing alone in her room. Like those fancy clothes, with are clothed with a spirit of power and have access to spiritual gifts we never had before. And so now, when we do the good work we are called to do, we are like that little girl singing in front of her family. Created now in Christ Jesus, we are more intentional, more passionate, there is a light that shines far greater, and we see fruit and "handiwork" that could never be done on our own.
So stand tall in your calling. Because you are worthy. You are ALIVE and CREATED in Christ through Grace. You were chosen for this good work and purpose, with the power of the Holy Spirit. Go out and start singing like it.
I could write another whole blog post telling you why you are worthy....but instead of me telling you, let God tell you. The Worthy of the Calling Ephesians study can help bring those affirmations and promises straight to your heart.
Don't just wear your calling, be rooted in your worthiness of it as well.
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For a season like this....I read 1 Kings 19:4 in a season recently, when I was feeling overwhelmed, unequipped, attacked, and anxious. Have you had or are you having a season like this?
Pride kept me from admitting aloud, for awhile, my need and distress. So, when I read the words in 1 Kings 19, of how Elijah, a great man of God, called out and said he had "had enough", it was like a light shining out to me. It was a beacon that beckoned me to shed my pride and run into the harbor of my Father's arms.
Now, when Elijah had enough, God didn't take away his trials, He fed him. He gave him something to drink. He strengthened him for what was ahead.
He does the same for you and me. In that season, he didn't remove the mountains around me. Instead he gave me what I needed to move past them. He fed me what I needed, strengthened me spiritually, and lifted me up to rise above the circumstances. He will do the same for you too.
If your in such a season as this, and you have had enough, remember there is nothing our God can't handle. Tell Him you have "had enough" and I will meet you at the table where He continues to feed and strengthen me.
Each morning when I sit down with my bible and spend some time with God, I light a candle. The flame is comforting to me, and it flickers in the background as I soak up what He wants to say to me. Some mornings, like this one, the message He gives me are some glaring reminders from an unlikely character....
Let me start by saying, if you haven't read 1 Samuel, I encourage you to do so. Want a picture of how NOT to parent? Take a look at chapter 3. Eli, the high priest, does a wonderful job in demonstrating some vital parent "don'ts". Maybe you have done a few of these. I know I have. Or perhaps there is a circumstance right now you can apply these little nuggets to. If not, store them away for the future. And if your not a parent? Well, there is something in here for you too.
So what are these reminders? I thought you'd never ask!
I thought about saying- here are the 3 parenting lessons I was reminded of-but the truth is, each of these lessons, I realized, can be applied to ourselves and our relationship with God as well as how we parent our children. So let me say instead, here are the 3 lessons I learned from God while reading about Eli, the high priest, and his two sons Hophenas and Phinehas.
Let me give you a little background on the story. Eli, the high priest, had two sons who were priests as well. His sons took advantage of the people of Israel through their position. They used this position to gain possessions and control others. They treated the people, and the offerings they brought to the Lord, with contempt. With this in mind, let's look at how Eli handled the situation....
Don't ignore disobedience.
Eli was aware of what his sons were doing (verse 22). He was aware they were taking more than their share of the people's offerings, that they were showing contempt for the Lord and that they were seducing the women who assisted at the Tabernacle. Eli was aware of what they were doing. That means he wasn't aware of this one act, he was aware of the multiple things those young men had been up to and did nothing.
Ok, I can be guilty of this one at times. No, my boys haven't been showing contempt for the Lord, or seducing women. But...there are days when I am exhausted, and the circumstance isn't "that bad", so I let it slide. I bet you can relate. There have been other days when it just hasn't been "the right time" to discuss their disobedience or the topic is uncomfortable and so I have put off addressing it (but the discussion falls short when brought up later on). As we can see with Hophenas and Phinehas, ignoring their behavior led to more bad behavior. I imagine their disobedience didn't start with big things, like taking the people's offerings, and sleeping with the temple women. It probably started off small, and when those small things were ignored or not addressed properly, it grew to bigger things. And spoiler alert here, things don't end well for Eli or his sons. We can learn from Eli's mistakes and look at our own family and personal circumstances. Perhaps there is a behavior or some disobedience in our children that we are not addressing as we should. Maybe we aren't addressing it at all? And what about our own obedience? As much as we take a look at the behavior of our children, we should also be addressing the behavior in ourselves that we may have been ignoring. If we continue to ignore either, or both of these things, they will continue. They WILL spiral. Often into bigger things. Often into things we will regret. Often into paths that lead away from God. Ignoring disobedient behaviors can take us or our children down destructive paths like the ones Eli's sons took. Lesson here? I think you know it. Address disobedience. Don't ignore it.
Discipline is necessary.
Eli did finally address his sons' behavior. He asked them why they kept sinning. He told them to stop (verse 23-25). But they didn't listen to him and we don't see any evidence that Eli took disciplinary action with them. Perhaps he only scolded them because he knew the law. He knew that those who treated the Lord's word with contempt and disobeyed his commands were to be cut off from the community (Numbers 15:30-31). But no matter the reason, their sinful ways continued and eventually God stepped in and became the disciplinarian. He put an end to their prosperity and an end to their family line in the priesthood. And both Hophenas and Phinehas did not "live out their days" and died on the same day.
This one struck me in the heart. Now, I do discipline, but truly its not one of my strong points. I give in easily, I cave at times. I look at my kids sweet faces and want them to be happy. Tough love is really, well, its tough. But when I'm struggling in the future, I'm going to think about Hophenas and Phinehas. I'm sure they were happy doing the disobedient behaviors they were doing, but * I don't want my kids to be that kind of happy*. Do you? Now, maybe our kids aren't up to the sinful ways of those two young men, but nothing good comes out of disobedience. Nothing good comes out of sin. Nothing good comes out of non-God-honoring behavior. Discipline is necessary. What do our kids learn by not being disciplined? And more importantly, I believe, what are they NOT learning? The same lesson applies to ourselves again. Are we as disciplined in our own walk with the Lord, in our own behavior, as can be? Is there an area in our own life that we are not disciplined in? There is a slippery slope that exists in our own small undisciplined actions that leads us away from that God-honoring life we seek. Small actions that can potentially lead down a path we don't want to go. It is as important to discipline ourselves as it is to discipline our children. Not to mention that the example we set before our children influences them in so many ways.
Don't neglect your family while doing God's work or pursuing your calling.
Was Eli perhaps so focused on his work as high priest that he did not take time to either be active in his sons lives or to discipline as needed? 1 Samuel 3 does not say this. But I have to wonder....sometimes do we pursue a calling or use so much of our time doing God's work (which are good things), that we do not have enough time to be present with our families (not such a good thing)? Are you weighed down by saying "yes" to too many things? Are you so driven towards a goal that your missing life? Are you so focused on your dreams or work for God that your ignoring behavior in your children and yourself? Take a step back for a moment and refocus. Continue to pursue your calling. Continue to do work for God. But in the midst, make sure you have good quality time with your family. Be present. And make sure you carve out time in your day to continue to grow your personal relationship with the Lord. Take time to check your own obedience and discipline when needed. Stay on the straight path. And learn from Eli's mistakes.
If you are seeking to grow more in the area of obedience or want to hear more on what God says about it, check out my 10 day Bible Reading Plan on Obedience below. Take one verse each day. Read it. Write it down. Read the passage/context around it. Meditate on it. Listen. Apply it to your own life.
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Blueberry season has come and gone here, but I still remember collecting those juicy berries this summer. It made for memories that I hope my boys will treasure in years to come. In anticipation to our trip to the farm, we talked about going blueberry picking for weeks. We talked about making blueberry pancakes and jam. On the drive to the farm we discussed who would collect the most, who would eat the most, and how sweet they would taste. We anticipated the harvesting we were about to do and by the time we got there? We couldn't wait to pick those berries and plop their yumminess into our mouths. But sometimes the harvest isn't ready to be picked.....
When we got to the farm and were being led to the blueberry bushes, we were given instructions. Instructions to NOT pick the green or purple blueberries. The deepest blue were the ripest and the ones ready for the picking. They would taste the best. And so as we began picking, we kept that in mind. We collected handfuls of the blue berries. But the purple ones kept drawing the attention of my boys. Oh, how they really wanted a purple one. Oh, how they really wanted to taste a purple one. But I reminded them, we were only to pick the blue ones.
As I am writing this, I am reminded of Eve. There in the garden. Everything is there, ripe for the picking....except for the apples on the tree of knowledge. How that apple must have shined, the redness of it catching her eye as she walked by. Just like those purple berries. Now, it wasn't that the apples weren't ripe, but that's a whole other story, but she was she instructed not to eat them. But Eve thought there was something she was missing by not being able to try one. She thought she knew more than God. It's the same when we anticipate picking those berries, and want to pick the purple ones, the ones that aren't ripe, that we aren't supposed to pick. And we do it anyway. Because we think we know better, wonder what we are missing, aren't patient or because we want to pick it on our time. Not God's.
How many purple berries have we picked because we thought if we didn't pick it now, it would never ripen?
Wait for the blue ones.
"If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place." Habakkuk 2:3
Wait for the berry to turn blue. It will. Don't pick it before its ready.
How many times have we wanted the "berry" right now and weren't willing to wait for it turn blue?
"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness." 2 Peter 3:8-9
Wait for the blue ones.
How many times have we plucked the purple berries thinking we knew better and didn't need to wait?
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8
Wait for the blue ones.
Wait for the "berries" in your life to be ripe. Wait. Don't pick them too early. God's having you wait for a reason. And His plans are greater and more extraordinary than you could have imagined. There is a reason He wants you to wait. Wait and you will see. The "berries" will be much sweeter, the pies you make with them, much tastier, and the picking? Far more satisfying than you could have imagined.
My boys resisted, and didn't pick the purple berries. They let those grow and turn into blue ones. Whatever you have been anticipating or waiting for, I hope you do the same.
"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3
What sweet and loving words: "Call to me". Those words sound like honey to my heart. I imagine an outreached hand, beckoning me to unload the burdening of my soul. So, what do burdens have to do with calling God? And how does this invitation -to call to Him- impact our lives? Because, my friend, there is victory in the calling.....
That request in Jeremiah 33:3 rang sweetly in my ears when I first heard it. Is it speaking right now to you? There was a longing in me to lighten the burden I was carrying and stop trying to bear it alone. God knew I needed to hear those words. And He knows that many of us struggle with giving control over to him. That's why he gives us this encouragement -to call to Him- in His Word (more than just once). That's why in Jeremiah 29:12, He tells us to call on Him and to pray. Have you called out to the Lord? I mean, really called out? Or are you trying to carry those burdens alone?
To call, in both Hebrew and Greek, is an audible action. It means not only to call out, but to cry unto. To invoke. To call a person by name. When we call or cry out to the Lord, we humbly seek Him, surrendering to Him in deep need. A deep need not only fueled with faith, but with the acknowledgement of His great power. It is full of the humble realization that without Jesus we can do nothing (John 15:5) and with Him all things are possible (Philippians 4:19).
If you answered "yes" to the last question above, and you haven't really called out for help for those burdens, what are you waiting for?
Call to Him, if your in a place of needing provision, guidance or peace.
Call to Him if you are feeling hopeless or anxious.
If your lost in the wilderness, or you need more strength, call Him.
Those words at the top of this post were meant for YOU. He requests you to speak from the depths of your soul and call His name. Call like Peter did when he was walking on the water, and began to sink in fear (Matthew 14:30-31). Cry out like the Israelites, as they suffered in slavery under Egypt's rule (Exodus 2:23-24). Call like Moses, thirsty, and in a desert with no water to drink (Exodus 15:25). Call like the disciples did to Jesus, when the sea began to rage (Mark 4:37-39). Cry out, in grief, as Elijah did when the widow's son (whom he had been staying with) passed away (1 Kings 17:20-22). Let the Lord hear you, too, like Elijah, after wandering into the wilderness, when you "have had enough" (1 Kings 19:3-8 ).
Why? Why call and cry out? Why not keep to only silent requests and communication? Because there is great hope in our calling out. And there is victory.
Jesus stretched out His hand and caught Peter.
He catches us, when we call out.
God delivered the Israelites from Egypt and slavery.
He delivers us, when we call out.
God provided water to drink for Moses and His people in the desert.
He provides for us, when we call out.
Jesus calmed the raging sea.
He calms us, when we call out.
God brought the widow's son back to life.
He gives us new life, when we call out.
God gave Elijah strength.
He gives us strength, when we call out.
And our victory? To those who call out the name of Jesus, this is the greatest "call out" you will make and the greatest victory: "If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9
If you have been holding back from calling to the Lord....if you want peace, provision, strength, and new life....if your burden is deep and your still holding on tight to it...make today the day you call out to the Lord. And He will answer you.
Blessings to you,
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