Sunday, April 28, 2013

Abandoning Fears

   I have heard His gentle whisper. When all my struggling makes me weary, He comes in and saves me completely. The Lord is my Strength and my Refuge. Because I know He will never leave me nor become exasperated with me, I can put my trust in Him fully.
   Written words make these actions of faith seem so effortless and simple, as if abandoning my fears is a piece of cake. Truth is, it's not so easy. It's not the kind of task that can be performed in an instant. It's definitely a process. I'm not going to sugarcoat this, surrendering is very difficult. It's so tempting to just stick to what you're familiar with, and continue on in your worries. It feels comfortable. You don't want to leave your comfort zone and take a risk, because you're afraid of falling. Well let me tell you something, God won't let you fall.
   "He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber;" (Psalms 121:3) Even in our darkest hour, He shines His glorious light upon us. He gives hope to the hopeless. He gives peace to the restless. His peace is unlike any peace. It says in John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." So, why should we be hesitant with our trust? It is written!
   Even when it appeared I had no more hope, He came and rescued me. The Lord, my Savior, restored my soul, my health, and my joy. He gave to me a purpose to live. I am stronger because of His grace and glory. I am not my own, and He has made me who I am today: an ambassador for Christ.
   If you've run out of cheerfulness, come to the Father. He is the Wellspring of life and joy and peace. He can calm your fears. He will hold you close. Trust that His grace is sufficient for us all. He desires an intimate relationship. You can come home. It is never too late.
   "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Saved

   I know it sounds cliché, but Jesus honestly did save my life. I know many people have messed up and made mistakes, and God turned their lives around and saved them all. When I say that the Lord saved my life, I mean He really saved my life.
   It is difficult to grasp, because at the time, I was so weak. Now, I can look back and see just how serious the whole affair of this really was. It's painful to try and remember in detail, but it proves how faithful God's love is. He never left me and He never will. He'll never leave you, either.
   I know it sounds odd, but God has been revealing to me some very intense imagery. In my head I'm seeing pictures of how it was and the battle that was being fought. As I was barely surviving, God was keeping the demons of death off of me. He was protecting me, because I have a purpose. A really important purpose, for that matter!
   It's all so clear to me now. I yearn to tell everybody about Jesus. He is my everything. I am His and He is mine. Nothing can keep me from His love! Not even death can separate me, of this I have proof. No matter how hopeless I may have been, God made a way to keep me here. Why? Because it was His plan. I am still here so I can take more people with me when it is time for my to go home.
   I am so, so blessed to still be alive. Life is beautiful. Life is a gift. I will live out my days praising the One who saved me from death. I will sing and dance for Him, always! To God be all the Glory!
   "I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself." (Psalms 89:2)

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

God is Perfect

   You know, sometimes God doesn't make any sense to us. His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are higher than ours. But, one thing is certain: God is always good. Always. It says in Romans 8:28, "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."
   Often times we get so wrapped up in our concerns, that we forget how great our God is. We forget that He's always taking care of us. He cares for us and will never stop caring for us. "Look at the birds of the air, for they never sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" (Matthew 6:26)
   Sometimes I get worried. Shocking, I know. Whenever I worry, God is so quick to come and comfort me. It may feel like I'm all alone in my troubles, and it may feel like there is no hope, but nonetheless God is right next to me. He carries me through everything, and He wants you to know that He will never leave your side either. He has promised this to us.
   We serve a loving and powerful God. My heart exhilarates when I'm reminded that I will spend eternity with Him. And as much as we anticipate the day we get to come home, God is even more ecstatic. He loves us even more than we love Him, because He is Love! Wow. The One that lives within us. The One that created the heavens and the earth. He is Love.
   It's so spectacular to think that the God of the entire universe deeply desires a personal, intimate relationship with us. He is so loving and gentle and perfect.
   "For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him." (Psalms 18:28-30)

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Saturday, April 20, 2013

It's Good to be Alive

   From where I have wandered, I have come a very long way. It's hard to believe that my life was once so very dismal and gloomy. I've turned around, and I am not going down that dark road again! To me, now, life is a beautiful gift. Just one of God's many gifts. He didn't intend for our lives to be filled with sorrows and anxieties, but joy and peace. He is sad when we become sad. After all, Jesus was fully human whilst being fully God. He understands our pain, and He can take care of it all. He honestly doesn't want us to lug around all these burdens. He wants us to enjoy the life He has given.
   The way I see it, life is precious. Life should be treasured and honored. I believe in life: human life, animal life, and abundant life. It breaks my heart that some people don't value life anymore. This world desperately needs Jesus. We need to make Him known across all the nations, so that all can have life and have it to the full.
   Will you join me in making Jesus more and more known to all? Will you take action and be an ambassador for Christ? Lord, light a fire within us, so that all may see how much we burn for You. "Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God." (2 Corinthians 5:20)

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Friday, April 19, 2013

Listen to the Sound

   Faith. This is something with which I greatly struggle. I am not proud to say, but I indeed have a very difficult time trusting and believing. Even when I've seen all I need to see to know that my fears are lies, I still fall into the pit of disbelief and discouragement. I'll call out to the Lord for help with all my fear, and it seems to be better, but how long will the peace stay? How long will my wandering mind be content? The never-ending question, "What if?" haunts my thoughts. I become enveloped in filthy worries. Where's the freedom now? Where is all this freedom I write about? In the middle of the storm it's hardest to see all I've written to be true. When I least expect it the enemy thrusts his dirty tricks towards me. I'm fed up with him thinking he has dominion over me! It is written that in the name of Jesus every knee must bow, even the demons cannot stand!
   So next time I'm faced with fear (because we all know there's going to be a next time), I must remember what Jesus did for us all. He took away the enemy's dominion! When that voice tells you it has power over you, laugh at it. Tell that voice to leave you alone in Jesus's name, because you know what's true. Fear is a lie, and death has been defeated. In the midst of these battles, we are not fighting for victory, because we have already won! Jesus made us victorious, so we are free! John 8:36 says, "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."
   I will no longer listen to what the enemy tells me, because I am certain that everything he says is a lie. He is not on my side in any way! It is written.
   One of the most powerful and eye-opening verses ,in my opinion, is John 10:10. It starts like this, "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy." Sounds like what you've been hearing? Me too. But! That is not the end of the story! The verse continues on to say, "I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly." Now that sounds much, much better, agree?
   You see, Jesus is on our side! Jesus came to set captives free! Jesus came to be our Friend, Healer, and our Lord. Remember that He will never leave us nor forsake us. "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:6) Go in peace, the Lord is with you.

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Worship the Great I Am

   I absolutely love being in worship and hearing the sounds of others singing to the Lord. No matter what kind of voice you have, God is delighted when you praise Him. It doesn't matter to God if you've never performed on a stage or won a Grammy award. When you sing to Him, the heavens are filled with the melodious sounds. We were created to worship Him.
   The presence of God is so powerful when we shout out His name. Darkness flees at the name of Jesus. Philippians 2:10-11 says, "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
   Rejoice and be hopeful, because an eternity of praises and worship to our Father awaits us in heaven! Hallelujah! He is worthy to be praised!

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

He Hears You

   No matter how difficult things may seem, it is all working for the good of those who love God. It states in Romans chapter eight, verse twenty-eight. So when we're burdened with troubles, the absolute best thing we can possibly do is talk to God. Just take a moment to talk with Him. Revel at how astonishing and breathtaking He is. Thank Him for all that He has done. Tell Him that you desperately need Him to carry you through this exhausting battle in which you are already victorious. Rejoice in the reassurance that you don't have to put up a fight. Never forget that when Jesus ascended up into Heaven (after first descending into the depths), all of satan's dominion was taken away. God is ruler over all principalities, even demons.
   When we pray to the Lord, He doesn't get annoyed with our constant need for Him. He delights when we bring to Him our troubles. He knows you can't carry them, so when you bring them to Him you are filled with an overwhelming peace. A peace that only the Lord can give. "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)
   God desires to be your constant Companion, your very present help in times of need. It says in Psalm 46, verse one, "God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble." There is nothing for us to fear, because God is always by our side! How comforting is that to know!
   God is also our Friend, and He loves it when you talk with Him. He listens to every little thing you say. Whether it be about how excited you are for an upcoming event, or if you're hurting and lonely and need somebody on which to pour out your sadness. God is the answer to all of our problems. He really can help you. Try it for yourself! Take a moment to talk with Him, and replenish your soul in His abundant graciousness. God bless you all!

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Faith That He is Near Always

   One, of many things, for which I am very grateful, is that the Lord is always near me. He is never far away. I can call on Him through prayer, and He will always listen. He genuinely cares for what I am worried about. No prayer is too small or unimportant, because we are God's children and He loves us all.
   Call upon the Lord in times of need, and in times of joyfulness. He wants to commune with us. He desires our yearning for His presence. When we're longing for that "something more" He is the One that can satisfy. He is gentle and loving. He wants to be with you more than you can even imagine.
   "The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth." (Psalm 145:18) It pleases Him when we reach out to Him in desperation. Because He is The Creator of all things that exist, when He is our passionate desire, When He is the One thing we need, that's when we are complete. That is when we have peace, joy, and abundant life. Through Him.
   Isaiah 40:28-29 says, "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength."
   Don't continue to feel empty. Cry out to the Lord, and He will hear you. He can save you. But, will you have faith that He will save you?
   "And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean." Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed." Immediately the leprosy left him." (Luke 5:12-13)
   Have faith. "So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. " (Matthew 17:20)

   -The Introverted Evangelist