Tuesday, December 30, 2014

We Need Your Love

We Need Your Love:

Father, I pray Your Great Will be done in all the earth. I trust that You love me. I trust that You're on my team. I trust that You've not forgotten about me. I am confident You can see my heart so willing and yearning to serve Your Kingdom. I love that You listen to my prayer, and You listen to my heart even when I can't find the words to speak. So, kneeling here I will declare that You, my God, You truly care.

"Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully." (1 Peter 5:7 AMP)

How blessed it is to be Your child! I adore You, King who laid Your royal life aside for a mangey manger and down into the deepest grave, all for me - my soul to save.

"being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24)

Hope and redemption. That has been Your great plan since day one. As soon as sin set up its stockade, You appointed our Saviour's merciful mission.

Jesus, You are the One who fought for love and restoration. You fought for the mending of our relationship with God the Father. You sacrificed Your life on that scornful cross, all so that we might be welcomed back into the arms of the Love we so desperately need and desire.

"to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved." (Ephesians 1:6)

"That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”" (Romans 10:4-10 MSG)

Your great and marvellous plan from the start has been to reel us in, closer to Your Heart. Your way is Love and Your heart is kind. You long to heal our broken spirits. How? By filling us with Your Presence. By wrapping us in Your splendorous Love.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Sunday, December 28, 2014

All is Calm All is Bright

All is Calm All is Bright:

Be still my soul... Salvation is found in the surprise of His stable-birth. Rest is in His promise: the Prince of Peace has come and He's given us His light of life... Life everlastinglove never ending, and joy multiplying...

"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. For those who lived in a land of deep shadows— light! sunbursts of light! You repopulated the nation, you expanded its joy. Oh, they’re so glad in your presence! Festival joy! The joy of a great celebration, sharing rich gifts and warm greetings. The abuse of oppressors and cruelty of tyrants— all their whips and cudgels and curses— Is gone, done away with, a deliverance as surprising and sudden as Gideon’s old victory over Midian. (Isaiah 9:2-4 MSG)

Victory! Victory is tangible and triumphing, because Christ is our Cornerstone, our Everlasting Father.

"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV)

His zeal will have the final spark of joyous jubilee. Never doubt this.

The heart of God is a celebrationCelebration serenaded in glory and grace.

His victory gives us vibrancy, and His peace provides perfect rest. Oh what a glorious celebration it shall be, that call unto delightful eternity.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The True Essence of Christmas/Forgiven, Freed, Family

The True Essence of Christmas/Forgiven, Freed, Family:

Though the days slip away as sand sifts through toes dipped in the tide of a restless shore, may our hearts never cease to capture the true essence of just how glorious Your Christmas really is. May the ever-awe-inspiring Gift of our Saviour be the sturdy foundation on which we build our lives and in which we rejoice in continual, unceasing celebration.

We thank You Lord that Your peace-ensuing Presence is with us through it all. We're not isolated by this pain of shattered hearts and brokenness resembling fallen, fragile glass ornaments. You're right here in the midst of our silent suffering. You're always holding out Your life-line of unwavering hope and joy.

Your love will never fail us. And when Christmas seems as though it's been glazed over by pain and rush and lack? We can find shelterrest, and perfect peace and provision in You. Thank You for being our Home, our Hope, and our eternal, incomparable Reward.

"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich." (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Your love Gift birthed on that first Christmas was fulfilled on the Cross. You gave the gift of Your own life - from a Baby's first breath to our Holy Atonement's bruised death. This is the sacrifice that burnt brightly before our just God's eyes.

"A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands shall wait for His law... I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles." (Isaiah 42:3-4, 6)

You are the Sacrifice that burnt for all the world's sins to be consumed in holy fire - Your passionate love offering. You gave the gift of Your life so that we could be forgiven, so that we might be free, and finally, so that we can be part of Your holy family forever.

Forgiven. Freed. Family. Forever.

Christmas is never missed, for You are the essence of Christmas, and thus, we can celebrate Your great glory each and every day of the year. Your Gift, O God, never grows old or wears out.

"When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy." (Matthew 2:10)

You are the Truth that we celebrate, and our celebrations are exuding with uncontainable joy because of Your great and precious promises. Thank You Jesus, You're our eternal Hope and Prize.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

On That Silent Night

On That Silent Night:

"Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!" (1 Chronicles 16:29)

Christmas, truly the most divinely dazzling time of year. I just love everything about Christmas, but my favourite part about Christmas is Christ. Each and every time I begin to think about how He, Jesus, humbled Himself to the mire of a manger birth, I'm completely awestruck. This humble King, He is my Lord, the God who crafted the ornate stars - even those that scattered Bethlehem's sky on that Silent Night. This Divine Saviour entered into the arena of our suffering as a baby boy wrapped in swaddling cloth.

"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)

"And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:7)

This is the Lord who lowered Himself to a servant's position, so that He could not only wash the dirt off disciple feet, but also wash the shame off shattered souls. Jesus came to provide the sacrifice that redeemed our filthy hearts. Now we're made pure, spotless as the glittering blankets of snow on a white Christmas.

"He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness; you have been healed by His wounds." (1 Peter 2:24)

"“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18)

Every detail of this holiday can and should bring glory and remembrance to the true reason, which is found in Christ the Messiah. As we enter into this Christmas season, let us not forget the truly wondrous origin of all the beauty, all the glamour, and all the heartwarming cheer. Jesus came and He fulfilled all God's promises of old. Redemption, reconciliation, freedom, unending mercy...

He swept us up out of our grime and into His glorious grace, and it all began on that Silent Night in the unpretentious little town of Bethlehem.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Reach for the Stars

Reach for the Stars:

"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?" (Psalms 8:3-4)

He is come, for the Lord God Almighty One took on the role of a Child - a Servant even unto the sentence of sin's death price. And here He comes now...

"I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star... And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely." (Revelation 22:16, 17)

A starry night's jubilee burns bright; the Saviour, our long awaited Christ. Oh Holy Messiah, You are a shining Star in this world so strayed far. We yearn for You... Up 'till Your debut, the hope we sought 'twas skew. Then You came down, so gentle and mild, for all mankind now reconciled.

The glorious night You came down and touched our broken state, Your restoring glory illumined our fallen fate. How gloriously You've healed our hurting hearts.

Now we raise our hands as we praise Thee, joyful and triumphant, our hope for all eternity. Our hearts shall forever reach up toward Thee... You shine brighter than all other stars in the sky. You're our desire, the Light that radiates our life now and forevermore... Hallelujah! What a Merry Christmas indeed!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Monday, December 22, 2014

It's The Most Wonderful Time of Year

It's The Most Wonderful Time of Year:

"And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth." (John 1:14 AMP)

I love Christmastime. This time of year is my favourite for so many, many reasons. It's as though all the bright shining lights and joyous carols ring throughout the whole earth in a wave of worship for the One whom we celebrate. ImmanuelJesus the Messiah. His name is so beautiful, and I love the way it's the very forefront of this season. The Holy and exalted Name above all names belonging to our Lord headlines this holiday: it's CHRIST-mas! How splendid indeed!

I also just adore the fitting manner in which we celebrate His birth. This whole entire season is brimming with exceeding joy and cheer, just like the very heart of God!

"Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy; yes, with the lyre will I praise You, O God, my God!" (Psalm 43:4)

This photo is of the mini Christmas tree I set up in my little bedroom. It's particularly special to me. This tree's very first Christmas was two years ago in a dismal apartment. Few presents were exchanged, and nary a Christmas light in sight. I didn't mind so much at all, for I know His Gift is my everlasting reward.

Something about this tiny, tinsel tree from Target just lit up the room with hope. This brings me back to the glorious truth He is unfolding to me... God redeems everything...

In the early morning when I rise to revel in His pure and bright Presence, I can look up and see this little symbol of His servant-hearted salvation. Let everything bring remembrance to His greatness.

Christmas is the time of year that brings special reflection on the miracle of God's great grace. God incarnate, coming down from Heaven to redeem the fallen, sinful world He so passionately adores. How spectacularly wondrous! May we continue the celebration even throughout all of eternity, amen!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Season of Wonders

A Season of Wonders:

"Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool." (Isaiah 1:18)

It's officially the season of flurries and fellowship, when families gather around and snow freshly blankets the ground. Cold, gruelling winds blow, but the warmth of this hope of joy we have in Christ kindles ever so comfortingly inside our cheerful hearts.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness" (Galatians 5:22)

"Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and tremble with joy [at the glorious deliverance] and be enlarged" (Isaiah 60:5a)

May this season of wonders ring in a renewed sense of hope, as the dew of our Designer refreshes all parched souls. May nearness to the Holy One whom we celebrate this blessed season capture your heart once again.

"We’re ready to study God, eager for God-knowledge. As sure as dawn breaks, so sure is his daily arrival. He comes as rain comes, as spring rain refreshing the ground." (Hosea 6:1-3 MSG)

May the splendour of our great and glorious God dawn on your spirit as you ponder with thanks the wonder that is salvation in Christ the Messiah. Oh how He came down and met us in our misery with His majesty! Hallelujah! What a reason to celebrate this season flooded with awe and beauty!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Thursday, December 18, 2014

DreamStart - Dreams in Her Heart

DreamStart - Dreams in Her Heart:

"But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”" (Matthew 19:14)

Her heart is vast, and the lives of those suffering press deep into the soil of her soul. The heart of God aches for His abandoned children, so in harmony with His, her heart cries too. Another Christmas season to give and spread joy, but she can't help but think of those in the darkness of despair. The ones who need the Light. She cannot let one more Christmas pass without making a difference.

"Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world." (James 1:27)

For the heart-wrenching sorrow of their plight, O God, may these burning dreams in us take flight. We long to tell them Your Truth:

"I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you." (John 14:18)

Let's put an end to homelessness, for both homeless children and homeless souls. Let's come back close to Home. He is our shelter. God is the refuge we can call Home.

This Christmas, let it be our mission to spread this wondrous message. Visit http://www.dreamstart.us to learn more about my dear friend's ministry for homeless, abandoned, and abused children all over the world. Together let's declare the Truth: God is the Father of all - even those who are fatherless in the world.

Have a blessed day friends. Are you all anticipating Christmas? I know I am! It's my favourite season of all: a season to celebrate the first coming of our Saviour King Jesus! Hallelu YAH! Praise Him!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Let Faith Overcome Fear

Let Faith Overcome Fear:

"Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice." (Isaiah 41:10 AMP)

I must begin recognizing that fear is not an inevitable part of each day. Fear is not unavoidable, what fear is is an unwelcome thief. Fear is a direct, demonic attack meant to demolish any remanent of joy and freedom.

"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)

I can hear You inviting me into Your Presence. A call to come and abide in Your unmistakably miraculous mercy and abundance. I must surrender my tendency to welcome in fear's terrorizing tyranny. O Heavenly Father, hear my cry. Won't you free me from my worrying ways.
Would you lead me away from the path of panic and into Your palace of perfect peace.

"In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one." (Ephesians 6:16)

Flaming arrows fly incessantly into my mind, striking security with uncertainties. But in all my confusion, have I forgotten Whom it is I follow?

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)

Have I missed the memo? God is faithful! His power lives in me even now! He never fails! This is my God. The Lord is my Provider, my Redeemer, and my Leader. My God shall lead me through the battle and into victorious triumph. In Him, I will prevail through the persecutions. In Him, I shall overcome these overwhelming stresses.

"For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith." (1 John 5:4)

The world tells me to make a living for myself and depend on my own doings. But why should I fret over what the world tells me? Funds will run out, but faith never runs dry when it's rooted and nourished in Christ. The Lord assures me, "Give it all to me, and I will provide for you always. After all, I shall never permit My redeemed and beloved children to fall."

"Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall." (Psalms 55:22)

Oh, God, to You I shall run. Take my fears, for I believe that You are near. My cares are always maintained perfectly in Your mighty, able hands.

Lord, strengthen my spirit, so that my faith in Your goodness and Your glory might overthrow my every fear.

-The Introverted Evangelist

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Grateful for Sunday Rest

Grateful for Sunday Rest:

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful." (Colossians 3:15)

"singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 5:19-20)

"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all." (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

I hope everyone enjoyed a very peaceful and tranquil Sunday of rest. I took this photograph of the most vibrantly coloured deciduous tree outside of my house a few weeks back. It's so nice to be able to look back and reflect on all the glory God has painted throughout the earth in this Autumn season which now draws to a close.

Winter trickles in with every falling leaf and chilling breeze. In this cozy season, let us not become entangled in busy hustling, but rather enthralled with joyous reverence. May awestruck adoration overflow in your hearts as we enter into this Christmas season.

Tonight, I am so grateful for a Sunday Sabbath of rest and a season of wonders to behold in the coming weeks. May the Lord fill you all with abounding elation and refreshing rejoicing. Grace and peace to you all.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Friday, December 12, 2014

Declaring His Wonders

Declaring His Wonders:

"Sing to the Lord, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods." (1 Chronicles 16:23-25)

So wondrous, so mighty, so holy. There is none like You, O God! How marvellously beautiful Thou art! How spectacularly splendorous are Your ways! We worship You, King above all kings. You're the Lord over lords. Your name is higher than our pain, Your glory greater than our works, and Your Kingdom more awesome than all the riches of this earth. Help us to seek Your face ceaselessly. Help us to know what is true: You are the true everlasting One, our Father!

"being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ...being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God." (Philippians 1:6, 11)

Your mighty works are powerful. The very personal nature of their prolific production in my own heart proclaims the unarguable truth of Your regenerative mercy. You're changing my heart to beat in symphonic synchrony with Yours. You're redeeming my memories, relationships, and my whole entire life. You're taking my old heart of stone and melting me with Your holy fire. I choose to surrender to Your saving grace which washes over my brokenness, restoring my soul to be whole.

This work You're doing in me is wondrous. As I shine with this renewed joy, I raise high a banner declaring Your wonders! Hallelujah!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fight On

Fight On:

"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)

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage." (Galatians 5:1)

Temptation presses unrelentingly on the walls of your soul, gripping and choking your courage and strength. You hear screaming agony blaring loudly, but behind all the madness you hear My faint whisper...

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)


Let your fear-fogged mind find perfect peace and relaxation in the flowing rivers of My grace, mercy, and security. I will keep you safe and protected.

"He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters...Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." (Psalms 23:2, 4)

Oh yes, My dear one, though the world's lies linger in the mist of your worried wondering, I offer you clarification. The road ahead of you feels unsteady, and that's okay, because I will be your Guide. You needn't know every twist and turn along the trail, for I am the One who holds the roadmap.

Your job, My child, is to fight for rest. Your job is to cast every care at the foot of My cross. It's a long, hard, and wearying uphill battle to fight temptations and fears alone. That's why I never intended for you to do it on your own. Instead, I purpose for you to fight the feelings of self-reliance and come to Me in all your messy desperationI will fight for you!

"The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest." (Exodus 14:14)

Fight on, but don't fight these wars I never intended for you. Fight your flesh's striving to be independent from My saving. I've got this. I will sort out all the nitty gritty details, therefore you need not fret over the presumed uncertainties. Nothing is unclear or unpredictable for Me. Allow Me to be your constant assurance. You need only fight for rest and trusting dependence. I will lead you through every storm, and you shall come through victoriously!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Monday, December 8, 2014

Finding Joy in the Journey

Finding Joy in the Journey:

"For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." (Isaiah 55:12)

Look around, can't you see all the little treasures that surround? I've hidden My joyous laughter in the still and silent places, and only when you slow down and seek the unhurried peace of My Presence will it be revealed to you. With childlike wonder and merriness you shall unwrap this glorious gift that is My never ending joy.

Take My quiet path. Lean into the leisure of My leading. Trust the tides of My oceanic grace-floods. I delight in torrentially drenching your soul in the mercies ever-pouring down from the pulpit of My love-lavishing heart.

"You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness" (Psalms 30:11)

As each day is unravelling, don't allow the distressing details to deflate or discourage you. Press into My gracious goodness. Fall into My arms. I promise I will always catch you, for I will never permit you to plummet into a pit of pessimism. In My perfect plan, you shan't ever perish. There is always hope, because I have determined for you a divine destiny that cannot be disrupted.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

"For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (1 John 5:4)

I've made you My very own. Nothing this world hurls at you could ever knock you out. Because you are My beloved redeemed, I have planted My world-conquering power inside of you. With this glorious gift within your heart, hope is never far. Let Me be your hope, and I will make My joy to abound plentifully inside and all around you. Won't you walk this path of true abundant life with Me? The journey is jam-packed with jolly joy!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Shine Your Light

Shine Your Light:

"The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day." (Proverbs 4:18)

I long to live in Your gleaming courts of unending love and light. You are wonderful, oh so magnificent.

O God, You're more splendorous than even imaginable. Your beauty more picturesque than the most exquisite scenery on earth.

Your wonder cannot be contained within the walls of our galaxy. Your plans exceed the dimensions of our time.

You know all, for You are the One who was, who is, and who is to come.

"We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned." (Revelation 11:17)

You know my every ache, but You, my Healer, have borne my burdens and won my freedom. You've cleansed my filthy unrighteousness in Your glorious, pure, shining light of life and holiness.

You're making me to be more like You! How marvellously You mould my spirit to the likeness of Yours! I praise You, O Lord. I hunger for the goodness that is Your living light. I seek Your luminous Presence day and night. O Heavenly Father, won't You shine Your light in me!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Expect Great Things

Expect Great Things:

"For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11)

Those fears about your future, the ones that strain and stress your mind throughout each day? I've already solved them. Trust My great plan. Those anxious thoughts that keep you awake at night? I offer you peace and freedom from them. The threats with which the world dashes your mind and corrupts your joy? I will shelter you from them all, and I will restore abundant joy to you.

"I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13)

Confident hope and immense joy are headed your way. My almighty power and complete sovereignty shall come to your rescue. I'm not leaving you to squander where you are now. Though your world seems unbearably unproductive, the fruit of My Holy Spirit I'm producing in you during this chapter of your life is of eternal value. Don't doubt this.

Don't mistake this quiet and intimate time as laziness. I cherish this time with you more than you can even imagine.

"I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!" (John 15:11)

I have promised great and wondrous things for you, and I will not fail to bring them to pass. Just turn your eyes towards Me, and surrender your path to My faithful promise.

"Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass." (Psalms 37:5)

I never go back on My promises. Trust Me. I am working to flood you with joy, yes your joy will overflow! Each moment of every season of your life is meant for your good and for My glory. The best is yet to come, for I have not forgotten about your story - can't you see My goodness unfolding upon you even now? Trust Me, My child, simply trust in Me.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

My Eyes are on You Jesus

My Eyes are on You Jesus:

 sight will deceive me, but God's might will deliver me. There's more to this life than just our struggles and strife. I must look beyond what these two eyes can perceive. I must look to the Lord and believe. He's here. He sees me. He loves me. I'm on the path Home. I'm held constantly in His mighty arms. Through all the pain and sorrows, O God, I will look to You. I will trust Your plan, I will trust Your guiding hand. Lead me. I'm Yours.

"You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye." (Psalms 32:7-8)

-The Introverted Evangelist

Monday, December 1, 2014

Let Me Redeem Your Rejection

Let Me Redeem Your Rejection:

"Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant." (Galatians 1:10)

People have an undeniable tendency to leave us feeling empty and unsatisfied. Time and again, people will forget, people will say the wrong things, and it hurts us.

People cannot fit the bill for what only God can fulfil.

Others will reject us, judge us, and give up on us, but God never will. God will never leave us bruised and broken in heart the way fellow humans often do.

"He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. Finally he will cause justice to be victorious." (Matthew 12:20)

People don't see what God sees. God looks into the deepest depths of our hearts and souls. The Lord sees a great potential that blossoms only from the gracious goodness He has planted in surrendered soul soil. It does not matter how rejected you are in the world's eyes. God does not require beauty or fame or riches. He doesn't measure potential or value in the same manner as the world.

"Man does not see what the Lord sees, for man sees what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)

We may very well be invisible to the jaded eyes of this world. However in God's eyes, we are treasuressacred vessels, and His own. God searches the earth for surrendered hearts.

"The Father who sent me is in charge. He draws people to me—that’s the only way you’ll ever come. Only then do I do my work, putting people together, setting them on their feet, ready for the End." (John 6:44 MSG)

If you feel knocked down by the unruly standards of this fallen world, take heart. The One who sees your heart and knows your Kingdom-set desires will lift you up and place you on the solid, secure ground of grace. If the world has placed labels and restrictions on you, come lay them down at the foot of His Throne of Mercy. He is able. Whatever the world has done to strew your hope around in the dirt, God is greater. He is our faithful Redeemer. Always remember that: HE is greater than even the most powerful rulers in this world. All is but a breath in view of His healing sovereignty.

God will take all the filthy shame of the rejection you feel and restore it for a resurrected joy and purpose. There is no worldly restriction too great for His mighty redemption. Take all this pain, lay it at His feet. Take all this shame, release it into His compassionate hands. Let His unshakable favour cover over you this day.

-The Introverted Evangelist