Wednesday, July 23, 2014

He Knows The Plan

He Knows The Plan:

"For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)

Grace! How can it be! That God would take little lost me to transform into a masterpiece. How gentle, how sweet, I worship at the Creator's feet. He who made my mess into His righteousness. How good and how pure! I am His, and this is sure.

I never would've imagined this miracle God has done for me in my life. This life was once so broken, so empty, so... disconnected. Until one day, God decided that He missed me. He missed the time that I spent in His Presence, marvelling at all of HIM. His beauty, splendour, glory. He wanted me to come back. He wanted to show me all that He is. That He is faithful, loving, gentle, and kind in heart.

"the Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love." (Psalm 103:8)

Love abounds, even when pain surrounds. Sometimes it takes a dark night to see His light. And this is exactly what happened to me on July 6, 2012.

Drowning in my own sinfulness. So wrapped up in the deceitfulness of the enemy's attacks on my mind. I was falling, lost, and confused. I calculated to be doomed to a life of strife over matters that didn't really, well, matter. I needed my priorities to be prioritised. Badly.

"The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made." (Psalm 145:8-9)

Compassion came and corrected, but gently. God is so gentle. He is so pure in heart. There is not even a trace of malicious motive in Him whatsoever.

How did I cope? How did I cope with being separated from my family, locked up in a hospital corridor with no familiarities to bring comfort? God and God alone. He became my comfort, my refuge, and my safe hiding place.

"My salvation and my honour depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge." (Psalm 62:7-8)

He revealed to me so much. He revealed His love, the way it's completely unconditional and passionately pursuing. He revealed my gift, the way I connect to Him with a pen and paper. Writing became a newfound passion in my life. But, most importantly, God Himself became my passion. His goodness imparted in my soul, His love planted in my spirit. I couldn't help but overflow with it all. How could I not? How could I go on in my hurt, knowing the antidote for the anxiety and aching, and yet still watch as those around me suffered with anguish and resentment. They needed to know.

Confined into consolation, but a strange sensation of safety and security of which I could not get enough. We endured. Together. God saw me through. He prospered me into a new season. From uncertainty to uncertainty in circumstantiality. But one thing was of the utmost certainty. God was and is always with me. No event, season, or storm can ever make God change His mind. He loves. Never changing, never ending, and forever pressing onward.

Flash forward to now. Two years, two weeks, and two days later. I can confidently look back on all the dark and foggy moments, the raging seas, the things that slashed my heart into pieces, and the things that I simply didn't understand their reason for occurring, and I can say, "God is still so, so good."

"I will sing to the Lord, Because He has dealt bountifully with me." (Psalms 13:6)

Writing. Everyday is a new day to pen the words, express the passion, and let the awestruck soul inside overflow His marvels onto others, because a revelation this great can't be selfishly kept to just myself.

And this is where the VRSLY app comes into action. I discovers VRSLY a few months ago, and instantly fell in love. I've always been one who thought that typography was such a beautiful gift. However, I am no pro myself, so that's when God got to putting the puzzle pieces together in my mind. I'm no artist, that's not my gift, but I am a writer. (The awestruck soul giggles at this statement "I am a writer", because it's simply so incredible what God has made from such a fall.)

How can I apply what God has given me? How are You going to use this, God? I give this to you.

Weeks upon weeks of daily devotionals that are written solely dependent upon the grace and goodness of God were born from this humble little iPhone app. God does indeed work in mysterious ways.

"‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)

I'm amazed at what He has done in my life. Coming from one who used to detest reading, and struggle with the writing prompts in grade school, I can honestly say that God has made me completely brand new.

Are you willing to let God make you into a brand new masterpiece? Are you tired of feeling empty, alone, and disconnected? It's time to come back to the source of abundant Life. It's time to return to the Wellspring of Life found only in Christ our Lord.

Don't fear the hand of God coming in and restoring the life that is so broken now. In time, you'll come to see that all God does truly is for our good. He knows the plan!

"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)

-The Introverted Evangelist

Photograph Taken By: Jon Courville

You can dowoad the VRSLY app in the iPhone AppStore for 99¢. I highly, highly recommend.

The One I Love

The One I Love:

"O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water." (Psalms 63:1)

I have tasted and seen that there is none other like You, O God. There is no wellspring abundant like You, and none are as sweet as the sweetness of Your mercy and grace. I formerly ran to the other streams in life. I once came to their banks tired, weary, and desperate with desert like thirst, but their waters did not quench my thirst. Only You can drench my soul with a divine downpour of grace. Only You can satisfy me.

"but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:14)

Can these minute worldly waters produce in me eternal reward? No, certainly not. The distractions and discontent I receive from them are far more taxing on my dry and cracked soul soil. I'm in need of a torrential monsoon to nourish this land. I'm longing to come to the Creator, and not the creation, for the renewal I need.

"And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." (Revelation 22:1-2)

My heart is lost in the wonder of Your ways, Lord. Nothing else will please my spirit, but to drawn on You and You alone for every one of my needs. In You alone, we can find all we need to heal these lands. Not just the land in our hearts, but the nations that so desperately need revival.

In the threshold of Your abundance and compassion, I am overwhelmed. This earth is devoid of what can honestly feed my soul desire, for You are the One I truly love.

"Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart." (Psalms 37:4)

You are my desire, so why do I so easily drift off? Why do I so readily stray from the course and dip my toes in the waters of the other rivers that don't satisfy? Patience and commitment. Every loving relationship takes time, patient endurance, and unswerving dedication.

I must translate the soul's plea for devotion to God to the mind. Then flesh must be crucified, for the flesh is an unruly, untamed, and self-seeking beast. I must take all that is within me, and surrender it up to You, my Lord.

"Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him" (Psalms 37:5-7)

When I commit my corrupt, you renew me to righteousness. Then the confinement is undone, and to You I will run.

I'm here revelling in Your streams of mercy. Your grace, it rushes over me with redemptive power. You are making me new. Each day that I come thirsty, You refresh me. Not a moment passes when You tell me to figure things out on my own. I am filling leaning into You, my Lord, my Love. I am forever devoted to you, and You are forever inviting me into Your glorious, unconditional Love.

"And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely." (Revelation 22:17)

"Come!" He calls to you. Hungry souls simply need the nourishment found only in the Lord Himself. Thirsty souls have simply lived too far from His streams of mercy and Living Waters for too long. We're not meant to live apart from God. We're made for Him, to love Him, worship Him, and bring Him glory.

Come to the water of life, the stream of abundance found only in the Lord. You will discover the One true Source of real, never ending and never changing Love in God the Father alone. His love never runs dry. You will never thirst again when you live in the constant current of His love and grace.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Photograph Taken By: Rosette Claire

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Restore Me

Restore Me:

"Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit." (Psalms 51:12)

Joy of salvation. There is none like it. The joy of salvation is unsurpassable, incomparable, and incorruptible. No other worldly possession or even a fellow human being can deliver to your soul the joy like salvation in Christ will. The world cannot offer joy like the joy of salvation. When we wander off and begin searching for joy in tangible objects or mortal companions, we leave still feeling empty and despondent. This is because the only Way to achieve truly satisfying joy is by coming to the Way Himself.

"Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6)

Jesus IS truth. He is the complete opposite of fallaciousness, impurity, and fraud. He is all that is honest, dependable, trustworthy, and faithful.

Jesus IS Life. He is the very mighty Life Force that blooms within our souls. Christ is the One who sparks our spirits into revived life. Apart from Jesus there is no life, therefore there is no joy either.

"Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you - even Jesus. He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets." (Acts 3:19-21)

Quiet soul within, for the Lord's restoring power is coming closer. The day is at hand when all dry bones will be resurrected into life again. Soon we will be planted by His streams of living water, and never again shall we become thirsty. Restoration is drawing nearer and nearer.

We know that God's promises will never be taken back or renounced. We also know that what is written in His Word is not hollow, fictional literature, but living and active spiritual weaponry. Sharper than any two edge sword! Strong, wise, and power-packed!

"For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)

God has implanted His very Own righteousness within us. By the grace demonstrated through the sacrifice of Christ the Lord, we are made right and whole within our hearts. Now His mighty resurrection power resides in each one of us!

"His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." (2 Peter 1:3-4)

Do not be distressed, O soul, for the Word of your God abounds in promises of great and glorious blessings. Corruption shall not grip your grace-covered soul.

Hold onto the HOPE of His promises. Fight the good fight of faith by fixing your eyes on the Prize that is laid up for you in Heaven, which is meeting Christ the Lord face to Face.

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

"God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged." (Hebrews 6:18)

Be GREATLY encouraged! The hope of joy in salvation, full restoration, and eternal relation with God is in front of you! This is not a fantasy. This is our future! What a precious blessing and honour it is to serve our Sovereign Lord!

Don't lose hope, because the day when life and joy will be reimplemented unto our lives is closer than ever before. The day when the glory of our God shall be recognised, proclaimed, and renowned among ALL is nearer than we think. So hold fast to hope and courage!

"May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word." (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)

May your hearts be enriched with the strength of that marvellous joy of salvation. Let the hope of God's glory radiate from within your spirit and overflow onto all you meet.

Share the excitement! Declare that the day of the Lord is approaching! The Lord Jesus Christ is returning! Reinstitution of restoration is at hand, so be encouraged today and everyday!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Photograph Taken By: Jon Courville