Monday, December 30, 2013

The Shield of God

   Hey now, it might seem impossible, and it may feel like the end is here, but I know a place of refuge. It's dark and difficult right now, and you might feel empty and lost, but I know the One who fills you and invites you in.

   There is nothing too dirty for Him to wash away. There is no shame in the Presence of the Father. Whatever lies the enemy has drilled into your mind are debunked by the truth that is in Jesus.

   The devil relentlessly attempts to destroy you, but God graciously blesses you. The action of lifting hands, humbling spirits, and falling tears is our white flag. We're admitting we can't do this, not alone that is. We're not strong enough, not without God's strength. We're hopeless, that is unless we put our hope in Him.

   "You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word." (Psalms 119:114) God is our shield. If we just fully cover ourselves in this shield, and immerse ourselves in His Word, we'll never have to limp through the difficult times. 

   We can stand tall in the confidence of God's power and provision, because we're under the security of His wings.

   "Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice." (Psalms 63:7)

   Rejoice in Him at all times. Praise His glorious name every day and every night, for He is worthy to be praised. Pour out your adoration and lavish Him in songs of love.

   Rejoice in knowing that you are always secure. There will never, ever be a time when you have to face the troubles of this world alone. God is always near to His sheep.

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep." (John 10:11)

-The Introverted Evangelist

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Keeping on Holding on

   "But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry." (2 Timothy 4:5)

   Fulfilling our own specific ministries destined by God is our life-long journey. Each step on the rugged road to Heaven is a step taken to fulfill the Lord's plan for our lives.

   It's often very difficult to keep on going, because our adversary chimes in and tries desperately to mess with us. Our enemy's ultimate goal is really to ruin us. He only wants to destroy God's children and distract them from doing what God has for them.

   However, what we don't acknowledge in the midst of the chaotic attacks is the fact that God really has the best in store for the ones who love Him and follow Him.

   "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11)

   See right there, it is written that God gives us a future of hope. Imagine if we would just remember these promises from God and truly know and hold on to what He has miraculously shown us. If we would do this, if we would recall the truth and close out eyes and hold on to His hands, there'd be a world if difference in the middle of our trials.

   "But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them," (2 Timothy 3:14)

   Can't you hear Him saying, "Hold on child, for I will never leave you. Hold on to Me when your strength is failing, and I will strengthen you."

   Trust in the Lord, for He has promised great things for those who are faithfully His. That's all we need to do. We need only be fully His own, and walk by the Spirit.

   Trust in the Lord, and everything will work out for your good. Trust in His love, trust in His grace, and trust in His strength. God be with you, and may His peaceful, assuring Presence rest upon you always. Amen.

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Gift of Jesus

   The perfect One entered into our imperfect world, so that He could save the people He loves. He loves, and that's truly what Christmas is about. Christmas is about God's love, and how God's infinite love for us drove Him into action. This drastic action being the sacrifice of His only Son, His perfect Lamb. 

   The perfect Lamb of God is the real meaning behind our Christmas season. This season of love, giving, and joy began because of God's love, God's Gift, and the joy that it brings to us. We have joy because Jesus gave us hope. 

   The day before that first Christmas, the world was so lost and dark and there was no hope, but God didn't leave us there. God didn't leave us for dead (to sin), so He sent the final sacrifice of Jesus. From that moment in time, Hope was born into the world.

   "Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage, rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness." (Philippians 2:6-7)

   You see, from the very beginning of time, Jesus held authority and power. Jesus from the very start was our Lord and Savior. He is our humble King, for He entered into our sin-stained world to save us. King Jesus humbled himself to be born into the world as a baby in a filthy manger. Think of the love! God's love is so perfect, that His perfect lamb, the King of kings and Prince of Peace, was meek and humble to take this place of a servant!

   "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men." (John 1:1-4)

   So, this Christmas, remember the true meaning. Remember that Christmas is all about God's pure and spotless Lamb, Love's pure Light, the One who humbled himself to be born into this world and save us. May the peace and joy and freedom of this truth envelope your Christmas. Be joyful, for God's Gift has given us every reason to be glad! God bless you and Merry Christmas!

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christ Died for Us

   "For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly." (Romans 5:6)

   The love of God is so perfect and pure that, while we were so dead in sin, He gave His spotless Lamb to redeem us. The blood of the Lamb of God saved us and gave us hope. Our salvation in Jesus Christ is the hope that's in our hearts forever.

   "But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus," (Ephesians 2:4-6)

   Victory in Christ is completely secured for those who love Him. How we love our Lord, and we glorify the wonders of His works. 

   He loves us unconditionally, for He has shown us great mercy like no other by the sacrifice of His perfect Son. The perfect Lamb of God, the One who defeated death once and for all, has freely shown us love and mercy.

   "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:37-39)

   This love and mercy that compelled our compassionate Father in Heaven to take action and save His children can never be removed from us. Peace is discovered within, because the Word of God assures us of His never ending love.

   It is written that no thing coul ever cause God's love to be removed from us, His children. The ones who believe and have faith in the Lord will live to see His glory. There will come a day when all else fades away, and when only the magnificence of our Savior Jesus remains and reigns. Only He remains, only He reigns.

   Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40)

   Secure your soul in His mighty hands, and you shall live with Him for all of eternity. I can't think of anything better than spending all of eternity with the Prince of Peace, Lord of Love, and God of all Comfort. 

   An everlasting communion of compassion with Christ, peace surpassing all understanding, and the Love of God that has been planted inside our hearts grows uncontrollably. This is what our lives look like when we are submitted to Christ. Our lives reflect the love and compassion of Christ when we decide to be His.

   The beauty of His love is infinite, and it may seem difficult to grasp, but you need not fret, for God has made the ultimate sacrifice to rescue the ones He loves so dearly. 

   Jesus, the Lamb of God, Love's pure Light, He was the final sacrifice. Final meaning there is no need to be punished or to work to repay your sins. Not only is there no need, but you can't repay your transgressions. Neither harm nor works can get you into Heaven, remember, only Christ can do that, and, He's already done it! 

   Our part now is simply to receive the ultimate gift from God, and to say yes to all He has done. This gift cannot be earned, because we could never be righteous enough to deserve it. But isn't that the beauty of His mercy? Yes, Christ died for us while we were still sinners, and that's how we know His love will never end.

   "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

   This is the anchor for our souls, the hope for all humanity, and the joy that's in our hearts. Christ died for us, and all you need to do is receive it and live in it.

   - The Introverted Evangelist

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Holding Onto Jesus

   Hold on. Hold onto Jesus, even when everything seems hopeless. Jesus gives hope to the disheartened, strength to the weary souls, and peace to the restless. Hold onto Jesus, and you'll find your hope.

   "Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;" (1 Peter 1:13)

   Jesus is our Wonderful Conselor, Lord of Light, and Healer. Trust in His goodness, unfailing love, and mercy. Jesus crowds out the darkness, so when you look to Him, even in your darkest hour, He will pull you into His light. In His light there is no darkness.

   "I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness." (John 12:46)

   So then, we are children of the Light. We are heirs with the One who has given hope for all humanity. The day Jesus entered this world we were set on the path toward eternal freedom. When He died on that cross the work was finished, yes, death and darkness could not hold Him down. Therefore, because He has redeemed us by His perfect blood, those in Christ have overcome sin and death and darkness. Jesus is our victory, and Jesus is our hope.

   "And your life would be brighter than noonday. Though you were dark, you would be like the morning." (Job 11:17)

   It may seem like you are drowning in sorrows, but take heart Jesus is near to the brokenhearted. Jesus gives comfort to the sorrowful.

   "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;" (Luke 4:18)

   Take up your shield and proclaim that you are a child of the Lord of Light, and that you won't succumb to the lies of your adversaries.

   "He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler." (Psalms 91:4)

   If you feel like you're trapped in a prison, don't give up. Jesus can set you free and give you liberty. Don't allow the enemy to stab at your mind with his malicious lies.

   "Then surely you could lift up your face without spot; Yes, you could be steadfast, and not fear; Because you would forget your misery, And remember it as waters that have passed away, And your life would be brighter than noonday. Though you were dark, you would be like the morning. And you would be secure, because there is hope; Yes, you would dig around you, and take your rest in safety." (Job 11:15-18)

   Take your eyes off of the troubles, and fix your focus on the One who is faithful. This simple act of looking to Him and remembering that your salvation in Jesus is unalterable will provide you with safety, and it will show the enemy that his tricks are useless.

   Don't give up, I tell you. Don't give in, for there is Hope, and His name is Jesus. Come and rest in safety in His arms. Let His angels surround you, and you don't have to fight this battle. Just focus on your Hope.

   - The Introverted Evangelist

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Songs of Hope

   Songs of hope and courage pour out from my soul. Joyous worship fills my mouth. My eyes are shrouded in awe at the wonders of my Lord. My overjoyed heart rejoices for my Heavenly Father, for He has shown me great mercy.

   My Lord, I'll worship You forever. Thank You for redeeming my life and giving me hope and meaning and courage to continue. It is in You I place my trust. 

Oh God of mercy, oh Lord of Light, I'll love you day and I'll love you night. Abandoning fright I'm covered in Your might. Keep me in Your glorious sight.

   When trials come and cloud my vision, I'll take heart and trust in Your promises. You, Lord, are my sovereign Shepherd. You guide me on the path of Your everlasting light.

"Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path." (Psalms 119:105)

"Uphold my steps in Your paths, That my footsteps may not slip." (Psalms 17:5)

   Your lovingkindness blesses me and it touches my heart. Thank You, God, for loving me even when I was so lost. Thank You for redeeming me.

   With the hope of my salvation in Jesus Christ, I sing songs of worship and awe. My soul is overflowing with joy and love. May my life be a reflection of Your compassion, Lord. May my life radiate praise to my Father in heaven all of my days.

   "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord." (Psalms 150:6)

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Our Constant Help

   Your struggle hasn't gone unnoticed. It may seem like no one hears or cares, but I assure you that the One who loves you with an unconditional love sees every tear. He hears your every cry, and He wants you

   He wants your attention, your affection, so He can heal your affliction. Turn your eyes away from all this chaos, and gather up all your strength to focus on Christ.

   Gaze upon grace, pray for peace, and reach for Him. Reach out for the hope that's found only in our God. He is already inviting you in; all you need to do is say yes. Declare your decision to be decidedly His.

   Verbalized your desperation for the Father, and your adversary will depart. No matter the incoherence of the sounds from your mouth. Whether your call is quiet or loud, if you're formerly scared or proud, God is near to all who call. There is hope and courage for those who call.

   "He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength." (Isaiah 40:29) Jesus. Jesus is our hope and strength. Though I am weak, He is strong.

   "And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (II Corinthians 12:9)

   His grace is sufficient for me. His grace is sufficient for you. That means that all these troubles are powerless at the Name. Nothing that threatens in this life has a stronghold over us, children of King Jesus, because His grace is sufficient.

   Haven't you heard about His unfailing love? You are a partaker in the promises. You are a child of Love, and Love has called you His own. So in tribulation and sadness, call on the One who is faithful and sufficient to deliver you.

   "Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses." (Psalms 107:6)

   Let's lay aside any remnant pride, and humble ourselves at His feet. The selfless act of bowing to Him, glorifying Him and magnifying His goodness to forgive is our white flag. We're confessing that we cannot do it ourselves, and proclaiming that He posses that power. The power to forgive and to cleanse us of our filthy unrighteousness is His.

   But the most baffling part of it all is that He graciously chooses to no longer hold onto our previous wrong-doings. He compassionately caresses us in His righteousness, so that we are now Children of the Light. 

   Love has come to redeem us, and Love has overcome the law of sin and death. This is our battle cry, and knowing we're victorious through Christ we shamelessly shout it out. Troubles? They're powerless. Sorrows? He encourages. Anger and hurt? Jesus heals.

   Come to the well and receive everything you need. You have not been forgotten, far from it! You are faultlessly cherished by a flawless Father. Yahweh loves, Yahweh hears your every cry, and Yahweh will comfort you. Just call on Him.

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Flood My Thirst Soul

   To my Father in Heaven I cry. With eyes filled with tears of desperation, I seek. I seek Him with all my might. Every ounce of my being trembles in desire for my Lord.

   What more can I do? What must be done to feel You more and more each and every day, God? Come down and flood my soul with your peace and goodness. I long for the light of Your Presence to shine upon me. Come Father, come.

   I've been weary, and I've felt deprived. I want to be so hidden in You, Jesus. I want to be wrapped in Your love, and in awe of Your glory. What splendor there is in You, Yahweh!

   Inhabit my every thought and fill my mind with Your truth only. I don't want to stray or lose my focus, but I want my mind to be set on You. Everything else takes the back seat, because You are my ultimate and sovereign God. You are my all.

   No attack can plunder the treasure that's in You my Lord. You are my first Love, for I was created to praise You. From the start, my heart hungered for You. For all of eternity I'll be breathing You in, and wanting more of You. Yahweh, Yahweh, I love Thee, Yahweh. I'll never stop wanting more of You.

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Hungry Souls Find Their Nourishment

   Lately I've been a little distracted. I haven't been seeing things right, and it's been zapping my energy and vitality. I'm in great need of a revival of hope. I'm searching for more of Him.

   The love of God is immense. It's so great that when I think about it for a long time, the hardness built up on my heart begins to erode away. Then, there is revealed a tender and empty heart begging to be filled with this love, this Lord. Dear Lord, I need to be filled with more of You.

   It's clear that when people are empty, they do not thrive. Empty people are searching, hungry, and hurting people. What is it that we seek? Do we even know? God knows. We are all looking for love, but we keep getting let down. People cannot fulfill what our hearts crave. The only love that can satisfy is the Love of God. His love is perfect, and His love is a river.

   In Him there is no more emptiness. When we come to the Well, we don't thirst. When we reach for the Word of the Lord, our hungry souls find nourishment. There's no more hurting hole inside our hearts, for the God of love has come and saved us all.

   In the midst of the pain it may not seem like there's any hope, but I assure you that He sees your hurting. There is no need to feel lost anymore, God has called you His own. Wanderers find shelter, empty souls are filled to the full, scars are covered by the blood of the Lamb, and bondages are undone in His mighty Presence.

   There is power in the Name of Jesus. Tremendous glory is owed to the Son of God. We will stand in awe and worship. The spotless Lamb of God was sacrificed for abundant and eternal life, so do not fill your life with questions and want. Declare with your mouth the truths that are found in the Lord, and stand your ground with certainty. 

   We are not orphans, we are not missing anything, but we are children of God and complete in all righteousness of Jesus. It's through Him and for Him, so our thirst is quenched in Jesus.

   -The Introverted Evangelist