Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I Found My Life When I Laid it Down

I Found My Life When I Laid it Down:

"So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet." (James 4:7-10 MSG)

Life is tough, and oftentimes we find ourselves in the midst of certain circumstances that are unbearably trying. When times get so hard and hurtful, we tend to question or even doubt God's love and faithfulness. If this is you today, allow me to encourage you - God has a supreme and sovereign plan for your good and His glory! (See Romans 8:28). He takes each chapter of our lives, every single little detail, and He binds it all together into the most beautiful book.

Every season of our lives has purpose and meaning. God composes each song - each life - with intent, and every note resounds from the depths of His heart of love. We can trust Him wholly. He won't ever disappoint us.

In my own personal walk with God, I've slowly come to the revelation of releasing. And by that I mean, letting go of everything I once so tightly gripped with fearful-fists, and laying all down at His feet. When I surrender all and lay the absolute entirety of my everything down, that's my way of saying, "God I worship You for all that You are. I worship You with my submissive surrender. I praise You with my wholehearted trust. I receive all You have for me, and I believe all Your ways are good and pure."

In surrendering, I discovered more of His heart, more of His power, more of His peace, and more of His splendour. There truly is none like our God. Right when everything seems to be crumbling to pieces, He turns every last particle around to build something completely brand new and unlike ever before.

Only our God is able to take the dust of our fallen walls and make something so beautiful out of these lives of ashes. I found my life when I laid it down before Him. Will you trust Him with yours?

-The Introverted Evangelist

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Be Energetic In God

Be Energetic In God:

"[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight." (Philippians 2:13 AMP)

Keep going. God's plan is worth obeying. There's so much more to this life than struggling through. God doesn't want you to merely survive. He wants you to glow, shine, and radiate His life and energy. He will give you that energy and joy, if you'll simply obey and trust Him. His energy will sustain you. His energy will overflow in you, giving you that "future you hope for" as mentioned in Jeremiah 29:11. Obedience is worth it. That joy will be worth it. Recovering is worth it. His energy will be worth it. Trust, my dear. Trust, and follow His way. He won't leave you. He won't forsake you. He is good, and He is kind. Leave all your fear behind.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Friday, May 8, 2015

Hope in Christ - Verse Meditation

Hope in Christ - Verse Meditation:

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life." (Proverbs 13:12)

Secure your hope solely in Him, for only He can satisfy out longing hearts. We hunger for a hope that doesn't disappoint, and this pure form of hope is only found in Christ our Lord. Let's pursue Him this day and everyday. Let's run after Him. Let's anchor our hope in Him, and run with endurance the race He's set for each one of us. He is good. He is marvellous. He is glorious. He is our everything. Amen.

-The Introverted Evangelist