Thursday, May 8, 2014

Empty if I'm Without You

   "From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah" (Psalms 61:2-4)

   This human heart - frail and feeble at its best - can only take so much before it needs a rest. Taxing on it is woe and care, often times too much to bear. Strain and stress produce a cry, "Lead me to God! My Rock higher than I!"

   This fallen world is fading, but the troubles and affairs increasingly parading. Why have we wandered so far? Oh Lord, we need You! We all need to come running back under the shelter of Your wings. We all are searching for safety, but only You are the One true Strong Tower.

   Until our fill is found in You, all humanity is simply empty. We're all hungry for something more, but few know that only You satisfy, oh Lord.

   "Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s." (Psalms 103:5)

   He renews us, and He revitalises our souls. He regenerates the life in us from what was once dead to sin and emptiness to what is now overflowing with love, redemption, and abundant joy!

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

   "Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:11)

   "For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace." (Romans 6:14)

   The burden of this world - all its sinfulness and the protocol of punishment - has been completely done away with. That's right, sin has been utterly pummelled into the dirt. No longer does sin hold any power. None. It's done for. Why is that, you ask? Well, I am so glad you asked!

   "who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness— by whose stripes you were healed." (1 Peter 2:24)

   Jesus Christ's humble and glorious atoning sacrifice is what healed our unrighteous, empty, and lost souls.

   "For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls." (1 Peter 2:25)

   We were drifting away from our Life-Source in Christ, but now, by the grace of our Lord, we have been reconciled! That means our once lifeless spirits are now filled with the Spirit of Life - the Holy Spirit of God!

   "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit" (1 Peter 3:18)

   Jesus gave it all, and He paid a price so grand and heroic that its potency can never be weakened or faded. The power of His might and glory still resonated with profound magnitude to this day! How astonishingly incredible!

   So today if you're feeling unworthy or empty like you have no vitality whatsoever anymore, come and call upon the Rock that is higher.

   Make your requests known to God, and let Him know that you feel empty. Express your unquenchable thirst for Him and Him alone, for only He can satisfy.

   Remember that we never did deserve this gift of Salvation, but rather by grace it has been manifested within us who receive Christ.

   Take that emptiness and offer it to God. He will use your heart as a vessel of His joy, peace, and love. Your heart will become so overfilled with Spiritual gifts from the Lord, causing others to want some too. Share in the delight.

   Come to the Father and delve into His wondrous beauty. He will revitalise your soul, and give you a renewed purpose. He does marvellous things beyond our comprehension. Don't try to make logic, just embrace His grace and receive the gifts!

   May the hope, joy, peace, and love of God abound within you today. May your cup be overflowing and captivating the hearts of others for Christ's glory. Let's all call upon the Rock and Salvation that is our Lord. His ears are tuned to our prayers, so let's tune our hearts toward Him. Blessings to you all.

   - The Introverted Evangelist

Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday Morning Meditation - I Cannot Earn His Love

   I've come to the conclusion: It does not matter what I accomplish. It only matters what He accomplished for me. I don't have to worry about making a name for myself or a living a life that's opulent. I can be brave in the truth that Jesus's Name is the only Name deserving all glory and honour.

   I can press on to attain the home prepared for me in heaven, and this home - eternal home - is more luxurious than anything on earth. It's splendour comes from the Light of His Presence. This home is my hope.

   "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works." (Titus 2:11-14)

   The certainty of being face to Face with my Saviour brings me joy, and it gives me the courage I need. So why do I stress when I've failed, for my failures cannot alter my redemption. Nor can my achievements earn me a better salvation. What possibly can flesh do to me or for me?

   "When I cry out to You, Then my enemies will turn back; This I know, because God is for me. In God (I will praise His word), In the Lord (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" (Psalms 56:9-11)

   I worry. What if my whole life is wasted? What if I never accomplish a thing? What will I do if I've failed in this world? Earth-existence frets. Works-based worries. Fleshly failure fears. None of this truly matters in the long run; it doesn't make God love me less.

   There are many successful people in this world. Does God love them more than He loves me? Certainly not! "For God does not show favouritism." (Romans 2:11)

   I cannot tie up my mind with falsities that I can earn extra love or salvation. It is plainly ludicrous and pointless for me to tire myself out in an attempt to become more loved. God's love has already been perfected and we can't by any means earn that love.

   "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." (Romans 2:8-9)

   This grace-river flowing over me of love, peace, and forgiveness isn't anything I deserve. I could never be good enough to be called righteous before God. But, thanks be to our Lord Jesus Christ, for He has done all the work for us. We cannot gloat about good works, except we can proclaiming His perfect and paid-in-full atonement for our lack. What we could never accomplish, Jesus accomplished for us, and He did it all out of love.

   "Now, because of this, those who belong to Christ will not suffer the punishment of sin. The power of the Holy Spirit has made me free from the power of sin and death. This power is mine because I belong to Christ Jesus. The Law could not make me free from the power of sin and death. It was weak because it had to work with weak human beings. But God sent His own Son. He came to earth in a body of flesh which could be tempted to sin as we in our bodies can be. He gave Himself to take away sin. By doing that, He took away the power sin had over us. In that way, Jesus did for us what the Law said had to be done." (Romans 8:1-4)

   I could never be righteous on my own, none of us could. That's what God had in mind from the beginning, and that's why He sent us a Saviour! If we cannot earn salvation, what has formulated this twisted mindset that tells us to go, go, go and work as hard as we possibly can to be a good person? "Good people" can't earn their way to heaven. Let's all just resolve to stop the aimless efforts to be "good enough" and simply embrace His grace!

Here are some verses:

"There is no fear in love. Perfect love puts fear out of our hearts. People have fear when they are afraid of being punished. The man who is afraid does not have perfect love." (John 4:18)

"For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome." (1 John 5:3)

"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)

   I hope you enjoyed a little taste of all the thoughts and verses that catapult about inside my head all day. May your Monday morning meditation be filled with divine inspiration too! God bless each and every one of you!

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Embrace His Redeeming Grace

My child, I am not ashamed of you. When I look at you, I don't see your sins, for My blood has cleansed you. When you draw near to Me, I do not deny you, for I am your Shepherd and I call you unto Me. I have paid much too great a price for you to live in misery and shame. I went to the ultimate extreme to see you free. Embrace My love for you, and proclaim that you are wholly Mine. None can separate you from My love. My love finished the work, My love destroyed the barrier, and My love continually intercedes on your behalf. I purchased you! I redeemed you! I defend you! I am for you! Receive My redemptive work. When you live in constant assurance of who you are in Me, nothing could ever touch the joy that radiates from you. An overflowing abundance of gladness and gratitude flows from your heart and floods your life. Embrace My grace, child!

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thirsty Soul Finds Father

Thirsty Soul Finds Father:

Wisdom is greater than knowledge.

Faith in my God is of more importance than frets of the future.

God's timing is much more reliable than that of my own.

The days that seem to be wasted in my sight don't go unnoticed by the Lord.

Time spent in His Presence is more valuable than hundreds of thousands of precious gems.

How much more valuable then is it to spend my time with Him than to spend it any other way?

Time in His Presence, time in His Word. How I long to know my Lord.

So I'll keep calling, calling to Him. He hears me, He sees me, and He's setting me free. Daily, hourly, I call on Thee, and every moment in between.

"The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles." (Psalms 34:17)

My troubles are in His hands. He forms my future, He frees me from my fears.

"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)

"I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears." (Psalms 34:4)

But in my distress, I find more frets. What, oh what, will happen with me next?

"Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you." (Jeremiah 29:12)

My Father hears me. He awaits my requests, for His mighty ear is tuned toward my heart. So I plead...

"And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:13)

There is the flood of refreshing water to my spirit. I will find Him. I will find Him, because He knows my heart. He feels the agonising aching just as much - if not even more so - than I do.

My heart is perpetually thirsting for more of the Lord. And here I'll assure my soul, God hears the screams of my spirit. God feels the desire of my heart, and that is Him.

When I call to Him, He will hear me. And it is Him whom I find. After all the thirsting, this searching soul finds Father.

"They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed." (Psalms 34:5)

"Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him." (Psalms 34:9)

Here I lay down, and I find my rest. Ending day, I'm saturated stressed. Releasing burdens which I detest. Leaving this to Father, and He does the rest. And this I know: it's all for my best.

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

"Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For You have delivered my soul from death, My eyes from tears, And my feet from falling. I will walk before the Lord In the land of the living." (Psalms 116:7-9)

   -The Introverted Evangelist