Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Receive Peace at the Throne

   I love when I can just sit back and throw my worries aside. That is, when I can do just that. I'm often consumed with fear and anxiety. Anyone else? Of course! It's hard to find one who isn't concerned with anything at all. But, just like the other plethora of things that plague us while we're on this earth, worry is just another clever little tactic of the enemy.

   We worry. We worry that we will never be good enough. Might I ask, good enough for what? To save ourselves? Someone already did that, so you don't ever need to worry about trying to save yourself from any sort of situation.

   Worry about financial matters? God will provide. After all, He provides for the little birds. He doesn't leave them to worry about such things, because our God provides!

   "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" (Matthew 6:26)

   Are you worried that things will never get better? His Word says that we have eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.

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

   Because Jesus gave it all, we are freed from the burden of the law of sin and death. We have been reconciled to Him because of the shedding of His blood, His humility and obedience, and the fulfillment of the law. The moment we turn our hearts toward Him and truly accept Him as the Son of God and our ultimate Redeemer, our eternal destination is secured. And nothing, nothing could ever alter this truth!

   His grace has been upon us since before we even knew, so what is there for us to worry about? If we know that His grace is sufficient, we know that every little worry is just a distraction method of our adversary. The devil is trying desperately to keep you from going after God.

   "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." (Hebrews 11:6)

   The basis of our faith is our reverence towards God, so when we are distracted from pursuing Him, we are without peace. But when we are committed to keeping our eyes on Him, He rewards us with His perfect loving peace!

   So next time a little fret pops into your head, just remember that it's the devil revolting your piety towards the Lord. He does not want you to be obedient and follow God's leading in any way whatsoever. Don't let the fret fester in your noggin. Take it to the Throne, and watch the reward of your faithfulness - that is peace that surpasses understanding - wipe away any worry.

   "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)

   God works for our good! Just keep this in mind, and when you are afraid, you know that you can fully trust Him to deal with those pesky frets!

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fear Knots

   Fear knots. Fear knots up my mind and my ability to think logically. Fear knots up my stomach, squeezing and churning from anxious thoughts gone awry. When ideal plans turn into idolized schedules we've got trouble. When things don't go this way or that it's easy to let fear knots grow and grow, getting more and more twisted and consuming your every moment. Odds are fear has got you muddled up good.

   "Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)

   He is with me. Okay, so maybe He's with me whenever my schedule is in order and I've got every little aspect of my day lined up in order, right? No. What happens when I get sick or I forget to do this or do that? Does God just say, "Whoops. Looks like I'll let you figure that one out, and I'll be back when you've gotten yourself together."? Certainly not!

   "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)

   Okay, so the Lord my God is with me wherever I go. What about when I'm in the hospital bed and the whole entire world seems to be collapsing before my very eyes?

   "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 23:4)

   He comforts me! Even though the whole day has been awful, and every anxious thing that happened has tried to wreck my peace, God comforts me. He comforted me then, He comforts me still, and I'm confident He will comfort me in the future to come.

   "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)

   He fills me with joy and peace when I trust in Him. When I deny the fear knots and live the promise of fear not, my God restores the joy that is rightfully mine. But what happens when I don't have the courage to deny the fear knots? What then? Call on God:

   "I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears." (Psalms 34:4) God will free me from the fear knots! He did before and He always will. He is faithful, and nothing can separate me from the power that's in His holy name!

   "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 8:38-39)

   It is written that nothing can separate us from His unfailing love. It is written that He will deliver me from ever fear. It is written that He is sovereign over all powers, those in Heaven, on the earth, and below the earth. And...

   "God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?" (Numbers 23:19)

   He never goes back on His Word! He flattens my fears, and crushes the enemy beneath my feet. Whom shall I fear?

   There we have it! The fear knots have been destroyed by the God of fear not, and now I have no reason to fret. What can possibly shake me when I'm in the arms of my unshakable God?

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The One True Promised Gift

   We endure this race with the steadfast assurance of the joy that awaits us at the finish line. We strive not to find a purpose, but to live for His purpose. When He strengthens us we do not grow weary, because His provision is perfect. His forgiveness is flawless, because where sin is deep His grace abound more, and His grace is sufficient. He is all. He is all we need, all we hunger, and when the end is come, He is all we have. He is our joy.

   "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13)

   God fills us with all joy and peace when we thrust away our fearful habits and start living a faith-filled life. If you're wondering why the people around you seem so happy, but you are just so not, it may be that you are still holding onto your doubts and worries with white knuckles. God doesn't wan't you living like that. He doesn't like seeing you dangling from the rotting rope of hopeless anxiety. Jesus paid for your freedom, so start living like you are liberated!

   "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10)

   The New Life Version calls him "the robber". This tells us that the devil busts into our lives and tries to take what is ours. That's right, it's already rightfully ours. Jesus purchased for us Joy, peace, abundant life, and a full and blessed life. Satan has absolutely no business coming in and wrecking our peace!

   "The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven" (Hebrews 1:3)

   God's glory and goodness and wisdom and splendor rests in Christ Jesus. He sits on His throne in Heaven, and He loves us.

   "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ," (Ephesians 1:3)

   We are blessed by Jesus and with Jesus. He has freely given us abundant and eternal life, but more than that we have fellowship with Him. One day we'll meet face to face, and in that moment His beauty and magnificence will be right before us. His goodness and graciousness will finally be tangible, and we'll feel His scars. We'll see with our own two eyes the evidence of His marvelous mercy, and into His all powerful arms we will fall.

   You see, the Son not only gave us these aforementioned gifts, but Christ is the ultimate gift. He himself is the promised and anointed One, the One who cares for us and loves us and never let's us go. He will forever be the only One that satisfies, heals, restores, and cleanses us of unrighteousness. Praise be to the Father and the Son!

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Monday, January 20, 2014

Poem For God My Solid Rock

   You drew me from my darkest night, and placed me in Your perfect Light. I never have to put up a fight, oh Lord You are my heart's delight.

   When I feel like there are raging seas, I will get down on my knees. In the trials and the sorrow, there's always hope for tomorrow.

   I tremble and my whole frame shakes, but I'm safe even when the earth quakes:

   "Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn." (Psalms 46:2-5)

   He will help me at the break of dawn, so I can always carry on. His plans shan't be broken, for in this I will hope.

   The Lord is my solid rock, the One I can always trust. The Lord is my faithful Savior, my focus on Him is a must. He is all deserving of glory and praise, so I will worship for all my days.

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Thursday, January 16, 2014

God Always Knows

   My mind likes to wander. Oh yes, a wandering wondering mind has surely gotten me into heaps of worry. When wonders wander worries well up. 

   When worries well up everything that has to do with hope, strength, peace, and enduring seems to all fade away. Believe me, I know the feeling. The feeling you get when all hope seems lost.

   What to do? What is for sure when everything seems so uncertain? What can I believe when it all seems too confusing?

   "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;" (Proverbs 3:5)

   Lean not on your own understanding. Did you know that a plethora of things are still unknown to us about God? Surely! God is the Author, Finisher, and the one and only Divine Creator. There truly is much we do not know.

   "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:9)

   It is written that His thoughts and ways are higher than our own. Therefore, how much higher is that of His knowledge and wisdom? Surely we can trust Him, for He knows.

   "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)

   There it is! Those future concerns? God's got 'em. That hopeless feeling? God can handle that. He knows! But what's even better than that, He cares.

   "casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." (I Peter 5:7) All the worries? God has them all taken care of.

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Monday, January 13, 2014

My Heart Belongs to Jesus Christ

   In Your Presence, Lord, I find peace. I find safety in Your mighty arms. I'm completely satisfied by You, my God. You know everything about me, and yet You still love me with Your perfect, unfailing, everlasting love.

   Within me I feel a burning passion to be with You. The fire has blazed for all my life. Ever since I can remember I've longer for this fellowship with my Savior. You're the only One for me, Jesus.

   When everyone else left me, You never did. When all hope seemed lost, you gave me a renewed purpose. I know that in all things You are for me.

   "When I cry out to You, Then my enemies will turn back; This I know, because God is for me." (Psalms 56:9)

   In all circumstances You give me joy. In every way You show me mercy. So for all my days, and every breath I take, I will worship You.

   I will greatly rejoice in the LordMy soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)

   You are my joy and my song. You are the reason I live. Because this heart of mine still beats, I use every part of me to be rooted in You. Oh Jesus, never let me stray from You. Bind me to You, so that I might never be without Your companionship. I love You, Jesus, and I always will.

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Saturday, January 11, 2014

He Strengthens Feeble Knees

   Though the storms in this world rage on and on, nothing can keep me from telling the Good News. If people mock because of my confidence in Christ, it only gives me hope. I have this hope of Heaven securely anchored in my soul.

   "And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise." (Hebrews 6:15)

   Patiently enduring. We're all just patiently enduring this brief time we spend on earth. This world is tiring, and in our current frail and mortal bodies it will wear us out. We will begin to feel like quitting, but God always gives us hope and courage to continue on our path.

   "For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls." (Hebrews 12:3)

   Consider HIM, bring the hardships of Christ our Lord to mind to strengthen your worn out soul. Christ endured hostility, temptation, crowds, and even crucifixion. But He was strong in His spirit, because He knew what must be done for the Kingdom.

   This is exactly the frame of mind we must adopt. In rough times, remember that you are working for the Kingdom of God. You are building up your treasure in Heaven!

   "so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly." (Matthew 6:18)

   Don't appear to others as though you are mourning your work for the Lord. Renew your spirit with the hope of His promises. God sees all of your heart-filled labour, and He rewards His hard working children greatly.

   It's hard now, I know, but just hold on. Keep your arms lifted to the One who never lets you go. He will sustain you.

   Surely you have instructed many, And you have strengthened weak hands. Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, And you have strengthened the feeble knees; But now it comes upon you, and you are weary; It touches you, and you are troubled. Is not your reverence your confidence? And the integrity of your ways your hope? (Job 4:3-6)

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Made Righteous

   Heavy laden? Schlepping shame? Come to the Throne. Cast that burden off, and the Lord shall, what? Sustain you! He is faithful and He will sustain you. It is written!

   "Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved." (Psalms 55:22)

   He won't let the righteous be moved, but what about the sinners? What about those who are ashamed? What about the people who are lost, fallen, and hungry? What about those people? Is there no hope for those people? Is this that the way it ends? A burdensome and futile life?

   Surely not! There is always hope! I like to say it like this- there's always hope, because Jesus is alive! Jesus's offering, the ultimate and final sacrifice, never loses it's potency.

   So now where do they go? What do the fallen kids do? Confess, repent, run, and live. Confess that you are indeed a fallen kid. Repent that what you've been doing is wrong. Run into the arms of our loving Father, the God of comfort. And finally, live abundantly.

   "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

   Look at that there! If we confess, He is faithful to cleanse us of the unrighteousness. What then, does that make us? God removes the un from the unrighteousness, therefore making us into His righteousness!

   "For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous." (Romans 5:19)

   Now let's go back to the first verse. Now that the un is out of unrighteous - making us righteous through the Blood of Jesus - we can take our remaining burdens, because there are always troubles on this earth, to the Lord.

   "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

   Be of good cheer, because Jesus has overcome. Be of good cheer, because God will sustain you. He never permits the righteous - that is us, His cherished children - to be moved.

   He is faithful, He is just, and He is able to sustain you. He cleanses the unrighteous and transforms them to be made into the righteousness of God through the Blood of His perfect and spotless Lamb.

   We are sinners, but Jesus removes our iniquities as far as the east is from the west. We are weak, but God sustains us with His mighty hand. We are easily shaken on our own, but God never allows His righteous kids to be moved. Take. Heart. There is hope.

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Better Than Life

   It's a new year, and you may feel hopeless. Maybe you feel like every year is another year to bring you hard times and troubles, and you're just not motivated in any way. It may be that you don't even want to go on with life, but I assure you there is hope. There is a better life, because in Him there is abundant life.

   You are small and incapable, but He is bigger than what's hurting you, and able to do all things. Hope is always available at every hour, every minute, of every day. There is no need to feel like ending it all, because His lovingkindness is better than life.

   "Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name." (Psalms 63:3-4)

   Say it with me, "Lord, I will bless You. I will bless You while I live." It doesn't say to bless Him once your life here on earth is over and there's no more suffering or difficult seasons. It says to bless while you live.

   In hard times, I will bless the Lord. In joyful times I will bless the Lord. At all times, in every season, in all things, I will bless the Lord.

   His lovingkindness is better than life, meaning in Him is joy. In Him you'll never fail to find the hope you need in the hopeless times, and you'll never be turned down. God is always open for the help you desperately need. Don't be afraid to come to Him.

   "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)

   Come to Him frightened and distraught, leave with peace and security. Come to Him with an open and empty soul, leave covered and overflowing with His Presence.

   His loving kindness is better than life, so bless Him all your days. Take that aching emptiness to the Throne, and be filled with all that you need.

   -The Introverted Evangelist