Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Promise of His Love

   We live in a fallen world. Because we live in a fallen world, it can be difficult to hear the gentle whispers of the Holy Spirit. When this is the case, it's imperative that we simply remember the guarantee that He is unchanging and always with us.

   "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are 'Yes' in Christ. And so through him the 'Amen' is spoken by us to the glory of God." (2 Corinthians 1:20)

   We feel lost and abandoned, but we must remember that we will always and forever be found in Christ, and we are adopted into the royal family of our Lord. He cleansed us, and sealed us with these promises.

   Certainty isn't something this world can provide for us, but there is complete assurance in the Lord. He is that Solid Rock upon which we boldly stand. It is in the God of Peace we shall root ourselves, and believe that He will never permit our feet to slip. This is His promise to us - that we might never be removed from His Love. We won't ever be removed from that perfect Love of God.

   "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39)

   I pray that this little reminder of encouragement has given you a new hope. May your soul find ultimate joy and peace in this incredible truth that is the unfailing character of our Lord Jesus Christ. Come to the Throne and offer up your uncertainty in exchange for His unshakable mercy, peace, and His pure promise of that unconditional Love. May His Love be a comfort to you. God bless each and every one of you.

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Savior Who Calms The Storm

   Feels like the world around you is spinning out if control you say? Can't seem to escape the chaos and disappointments. You start wishing there was a way to make it all just slow down. You're looking for a Savior to command the storm in your life.

   "He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! Be still!' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm." (Mark 4:39)

   Completely. Calm. Two words that may seem foreign to you today, at this very moment. Calm is nothing but a distant wish, and I won't even get started on where peace has gone. Peace...

   Distress is a desperate place. Desperation is a deception, because in reality we know the One who can walk on water, tell the waves to stop crashing, and even make the dead man breathe again. There is no need to be desperate when only one thing is required of us. What is that one thing you ask? Come to Him.

   "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:28-29)

   Weary. That's us. We are all so weary and burdened? Yes, we are burdened as well. We always seem to pick up those heavy chains and schlep them around everywhere, until one day we just cannot carry them one more step. 

   This is when the desperation slips in and laughs. Oh how our human frailties mock us. They sure do know how to make misery for us, but God doesn't give us misery. God gives us victory.

   That worry right there on your shoulder just teasing you and formulating the most blown out of proportion outcomes? Jesus has authority over it, and you know what? Jesus dwells in you. This is true, and this is the source of our peace. He resides within your soul, and His Spirit is alive and powerful

   What can we do with this knowledge? Harness the mighty power of Christ that is inside of you and shoot the evil forces right out of your life!

   "For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority." (Colossians 2:9-10)

   Because Jesus has authority over every principality, this surely means that Jesus has the ultimate power to calm all of our storms in this life. God does not wish for His children to go on with their lives limping and hurting under the weight of all those burdens we seem to be drawn towards.

   "In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish." (Matthew 18:14)

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." (John 10:11)

   He laid down His life for us - His sheep. Live your life with gladness, because Jesus bought it for you. Give Him the chaos, and He will calm the waves. Speak His name over yourself when the worries pile up high, and the evil forces will flee in agony - for they cannot posses the authority of Christ which is in you

Daily declare that Jesus is there. He knows your every hair, and He is everywhere!

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Now That's True Love

   Love. You might think that it's simply a word. Love to you may be associated with your favourite film or song, but what if I told you that Love is so much more. The motive behind Jesus's sacrifice of His own body? It was because of Love.

   It's more than a phony cinema based on confusion and fleshly lusts. Love is like a Medal of Honor that's tenderly graced around Christ's neck. God is Love, and this is the Love that brings healing, hope, and freedom through Salvation. Love is redeeming, because our Mighty Redeemer poured out His Love to the very end.

   Love is good. Everybody wants to be loved. Not everybody feels loved. This does not change the truth that everyone is indeed cherished by a Perfect Love.

   Love comes with a price. No, I'm not talking about the cost of a beautiful diamond ring. I'm talking about a ring of thorns - The price our Perfect Prince paid for the promise of saving our souls from destruction.

   Our Prince is alive today and one-hundred percent real, unlike fairy take princes who are completely fictional and make believe. Our Prince is the Prince of Peace.

   Peace. Everyone seeks to find this peace. We all are born with a hole inside our souls that is constantly searching for anything to help relieve the hurt. It aches us. It's a gaping emptiness that pleads to be healed. It's also glaringly evident that nothing of this world seems to end the pain. That is because nothing of this world could ever possibly fill us.

   Now you may be wondering where I'm going with all this. Love? Peace? Emptiness? What am I saying? God is Love, and Love is good, and God loves us

   Ever notice how one's entire attitude and mindset changes when he or she is aware that someone loves him or her? It's as if there is a light that's been switched on that makes the dark hurt that once was there flee away, or like a missing puzzle piece that's been found and completes a picture.

   Oh yes! That's it! The aching hole within us all that we were just talking about. This is what we've found to fill it - Love. Not just some human love, but God's love. God's perfect Love is what fills us.

   "And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them." (1 John 4:16)

   So, it is written that God loves us and that He is Love. When we accept this Love-gift, we're making the decision to live our lives in God's Love. Each day we breathe it in and give it out, and we aspire to be more like Him. In doing this Love-walk, the Holy Spirit starts to fill us with the Fruits of the Spirit of the Lord.

   Now wait a minute. The Holy Spirit of the Living God dwells in us when we accept Jesus - God's Love-gift to us. The Fruit of the Spirit is now being produced in our hearts and our lives.

   "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23)

   Wow! Those are wonderful things to be producing within us! So where is the room for emptiness when we are filled with all this goodness? Because we are Christ's all of this abundance is flourishing in our souls, and it begins when we deny our old sinful ways.

   "Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." (Galatians 5:24-25)

   Crucifixion is the cost for that goodness and peace, but thankfully the real sacrificial part is already paid in full. The price that comes of Love I mentioned? That was Christ's blood. Our Perfect Prince was slain to give us the gift of life with Him, and now He lives on! Because the Lord Loves us so much, He sacrificed His only Son - the spotless Lamb of God - for our redemption. 

   We are freed of bondage - all we have to do is drop the chains and take up our cross. We are His children forevermore. Now that's true Love.

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Quiet Times

   Lately, it has become very apparent that when I write, I rely solely on the Holy Spirit to guide me. I've always known this, and I am continually reminding myself that this is the work of the Lord manifested within me. I give God glory for every good and perfect gift.

   When I'm writing I find much joyous delight that can only come from above. My heart is so full of thankfulness that is due to my Heavenly Father. Writing is one of my ways of dumping my overflowing heart onto His feet just as a sacrifice of oil in gratitude.

   My love for God moves my heart. It compels me to invest more of my time in His Presence, and to ultimately live for Him. Ultimately, abundantly, eternally HIS. He is all around, and now my eyes are opened to see this reality.

   The words on these pages are my song, and the inspiration for the beautifully crafted art is Him. He is my all. He is the reason that I sing, or write, rather.

   I know that I cannot do this on my own. I will forever declare it. I will never cease giving Him my worship and turning the applause upwards to the Heavens, for it is God alone who is worthy to be praised.

   With the knowledge of this truth in my mind, knowing that the writing is simply Him in my heart, I will confidently rest assured for His timing to be the only way. In quiet times, I will wait with anticipation for the next beautiful masterpiece. In the overflowing times, I will joyfully watch Him go to work. I will always lean on God, I will trust His timing at all times, and I will enjoy the joy with a thankful heart.

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Our Uncertainty Meets God's Assurance

   Trust. We all know the feeling. It's a blind leap. It can feel like stepping on a tight rope, I know, but under the wire are the hands of God. Stepping out is scary. It is frightening to think of all the uncertainties. "What will happen to my job?" "How will I afford doing that?" "What could happen? What will I do?" We've all fiddled with the worrisome woes that flood our minds when venturing out of our own little comfort zones. But let me tell you something, it doesn't matter what we do, it matters what God does! And God is always faithful. He's got it.

   It's a lot to take in, especially when in the shock that change or adventure brings. It doesn't seem like the logical stance to take. Logic screams, "PLAN! Plan for this! Plan for that! Make sure you know the details!" However, God assures, "I know the plan. You don't need to know the specifics. I'll take good care of you."

   "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)

   God whispers gently, "Those worries are distractions. I will never leave you. I am with you at all times, and I hear your prayers." God hears when we cry out to Him.

   "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." (1 Peter 3:12)

   We can be certain that He hears the pleads of His children. That's right, certain. That thing we so desperately want to cling onto when we are unsure. The missing link is found. The certainty is found in God, because He never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever, so we can hand over to Him our fretful uneasiness in exchange for His ultimate definiteness.

   -The Introverted Evangelist