Keep Calm and Endure


As the year draws to a close – many of us have had unimaginable challenges. We just want 2017 to go away. Sadly, there are those who could not wait for the new year and believed the enemy’s lie that death was their only escape. It might seem rough but I promise that God has a word that will bring life.

We won’t understand the trials apart from His wisdom. 

Apart from the Holy spirit, we do not have within us what it takes to comprehend God’s view of life. Therefore, when we are in trials we tend to desire escape and not endurance! If we would pause and ask God to help us to understand – God, will gladly open our spiritual eyes and our hearts so that we will have the insight to stick it out. He will give us clarity as often as we need it if we but ask.

There is a catch though: when we ask Him for insight into His wisdom, we must be ready to receive what He says without doubt, without selfish motives, without a mindset ready to reject what He reveals. Sickness, death, pain, disappointment are sometimes a part of God’s plan! (Isaiah 45:7)

No matter what He reveals His will to be; if we don’t truly trust that He is faithful and all powerful – we will be driven by something other than faith in God – something other than reliance upon the Holy Spirit. Our fears and doubts and even our unwillingness to accept God’s will put us in the precarious position of being controlled by what is going on rather than being controlled by God. If we don’t want the pressures of life to rule our actions and our thoughts – we must purpose to accept ALWAYS God’s will; trusting that in His faithfulness and power, He will give us the wisdom that allows us to see life from His perspective and that He is faithful to work all things together for our good and His glory. Very cool when you think about it – He doesn’t ask us to trust Him blindly – He only asks that we come to Him (and not lean on our own understanding) for our eyes to be opened!

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6

The beauty of it — the thing that makes it marvelous for believers in God; in believers in Jesus Christ is the fact that we KNOW that all things work together for good for those of us who have affections for him and attention from Him – Romans 8:28 (thank you Pastor Blake Wilson). So Happy New Year!!  Endure!!

He’s Got It … Keep Your Hands Off!!

Trust And ObeyI love reading through the history of God’s people throughout the Bible.  Witnessing from the hands of those God ordained to pen it what our fleshly weakness looks like; what human faith can accomplish; and the enormous grace that God extends to us.  I think my favorite thing to read is what Our Father has been willing to do for us!

The truth is that there is no issue that can arise in our lives that God is not aware of and from which He cannot bring victory … when we are COMPLETELY COMMITTED to
Him!

Nothing is impossible when our trust is in Him!! But when we rely upon ourselves – our knowledge; our own strength; our connections; when we use effort and plotting on our own inventiveness – ANYTHING: we can be assured that we will bring disaster and ruin into our circumstance!

Just look at King Asa.  After committing himself to God’s ways he experienced peace and prosperity; but once all was well, he decided he had it under control and in took “the silver and gold out of the treasuries of the LORD’s temple and of his own palace” and sent it to a heathen leader to make a treaty that was not even necessary, because He was living under the beauty of a covenant with God Almighty!  God’s response through the man of God, “Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand.  For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”  (The story can be found in 2 Chronicles 16)

My brothers and sisters, read your word and learn from the downfalls of others.  Trust In Him Completely!  Trust and don’t waver. Trust His strength. Trust His word. Trust His promises. He cannot fail!

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬