Sunday, November 30, 2014

Shielded by His All Consuming Power

Shielded by His All Consuming Power:

"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)

You may feel like you're sinking in anxieties. However, no matter how surrounded you may be, you cannot be invaded. Fear cannot penetrate the shield of protection that the Holy Spirit erects around us. We're sheltered from every attack, because the One who dwells within us has made His all-consuming power readily available to us in any and every battlefront.

"But recognize today that the Lord your God is the one who will cross over ahead of you like a devouring fire to destroy them. He will subdue them so that you will quickly conquer them and drive them out, just as the Lord has promised." (Deuteronomy 9:3)

Take up the Sword of His Word. Proclaim the promises of God, and by doing so you destroy the enemy's devices. In the Lord's awesome power, we have all the strength we need. He is faithful to deliver us, after all, no weapon formed against us shall ever prosper. Take heartTake courage. God is good and He is for us. Fear not.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gaze Gratefully Into His Goodness

Gaze Gratefully Into His Goodness:

"Now therefore, our God, We thank You And praise Your glorious name. But who am I, and who are my people, That we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, And of Your own we have given You." (1 Chronicles 29:13-14)

We stand in awe of You, O God. We are filled to overflowing with wonder and thanks. For all that we have has originated from You. Every good thing that makes us smile in our lives has come straight from the nail-scarred hands of generous grace.

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." (James 1:17)

We can trust that You bless the pure in heart, and therefore, by the power of the blood of the Lamb, we are held in this abundant life forever - for all eternity. Now that is truly something for which to give many thanks! We can't help but praise you out of the fullness of joy manifested in our hearts!

I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You. O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the intent of the thoughts of the heart of Your people, and fix their heart toward You." (1 Chronicles 29:17-18)

Fix our hearts to gaze gratefully into Your goodness and generosity, O Lord. What undeserved blessings You has lavished upon us all. What unprecedented compassion and love You poured out for us. We are truly nothing without You, O God of our salvation. You alone are our everything. In You we lack nothing.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5)

It's spectacularly amazing how unsparingly You have given to us all things pertaining to life, godliness, peace, and joy. You have breathed Your Holy Spirit breath in us, giving us life unending.

"A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death." (Romans 8:2 MSG)

"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." (2 Corinthians 3:17)

You have personally promised us wonderful gifts and blessings that unwrap more and more with every act of thankfulness. Gratitude is the key to opening the door of ever increasing joy.

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night, On an instrument of ten strings, On the lute, And on the harp, With harmonious sound. For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands." (Psalms 92:1-4)

May we never forget, no matter how barren this current, worldly life may appear to our present-time-bound eyes:

You, Lord, are leading us through luscious gardens of spiritual serenity and prosperity.

Never doubt or dismiss the glorious riches of this fellowship with the Holy One. This gift contains far deeper depths of wonder, and immensely higher heights of glory.

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake." (Psalms 23:1-3)

Come, and let us offer up to the Lord our most exuberant gratitude and exceeding joyfulness. Come and enter into His courts with prolific praise and triumphant thanks. Come, oh come with me, and let us adorn Him in our worshipping.

"Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations." (Psalms 100:1-5)

Hallelu YAH! We shall forever praise You, O Heavenly Father. See our willing hearts, we have come here to freely offer up our thanks. Feel our hungry souls. We yearn for You alone. We long to bring You all honour and glory. We bless Your Holy Name, both now and for all of eternity. Thank You, Father, thank You.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Truly Joyful and Abundant Life in Christ

Truly Joyful and Abundant Life in Christ:

"And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires." (2 Peter 1:4)

Often times the enemy tries to tempt us, deceiving us by luring us into what he propagandizes as fun. When in reality, what he's forcing down our throats is not at all beneficial or enjoyable to our souls or the wellbeing of our hearts. What the enemy promotes as so fanatically great and desirable is actually poison for our spirits that ends in eventual demise.

When in the thick of a battle, such as temptation, it's imperative to have a Scriptural Sword with which to slay the adversary. Take Second Peter 1:4, written above, for example.

In this verse, we can see, plain as day, that God has indeed planned great and precious promises for our lives. Want to know another fantastic benefit of partaking in God's divine nature?

When we deny our fleshly lusts or human desires and say yes to all the glorious goodness that is found only in God the Father, we get to experience the true fullness of joy and love right here and now.

"Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there." (Galatians 5:24)

Now there's even more than that. We're also blessed with the promise of life beyond this crippled world. We are heirs of an eternal abundant life!

"They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures." (Psalms 36:8)

Real, delightful fun that brings forth joy and uncontainable laughter blossoms from fellowship with the Father. This is the only kind of fun that actually feeds our hungry souls and stores up an eternal inheritance of unending, joyful exuberance.

"You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures." (Psalms 16:11)

This is the incorruptible goodness found only in our Lord.

Don't forsake His great gift of eternal pleasure for the trap of momentary carnal gratification.

He so desperately wants us to come to Him and receive this gift of truly revitalizing gladness and peace. Can you feel His tug on your heart now? Come receive His goodness with open hands and a thankful heart. He's inviting you in with outstretched arms and a warm embrace.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Beauty of Seeking His Face

The Beauty of Seeking His Face:

"My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up." (Psalms 5:3)

This morning, as I stumbled out of bed preparing to tackle another Monday morning's to-do list, I lifted up my eyes - just as King David wrote in the Psalm above. As I looked up, I was lavished in the love of the Father. Warmgolden morning light came flooding in through the windows. Beautiful light, heavenly light shone in my groggy eyes and enlightened my soul. I am thankful for early morning fellowship with the Father in the light of His glorious Presence. Selah.

"Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you." (Isaiah 60:1-2)

May this week present the wondrous joy-gift of being clothed in His splendour and wrapped in the elegant essence of His unfathomable light.

Be blessed. Spread His love. Seek His light.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Sunday, November 23, 2014

It is Well With my Soul

It is Well With my Soul:

Each moment wasted complaining is a moment that could be spent delighting in the Holy One. Let the warm light of His Presence outshine all dismal dread. Don't let the enemy get you down, when Jesus wants to lift you up above your circumstances and into inextinguishable joy. Just close your eyes and reach out to His glorious Face.

"You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You." (Isaiah 26:3)

"And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him." (Colossians 3:17)

Also, shoutout to the Amplified Bible for being so, well, amplified and chock-full of character and exhilarating vocabulary. I love reading His Word and soaking in His wonder. Let's give Him thanks tonight and reflect on all His goodness. Give thanks. Always.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Saturday, November 22, 2014

We Struggle But He Strengthens

We Struggle But He Strengthens:

Difficulties don't equate to defeatHardships do not have to be hindrances. Allow your trials to build trust, and your struggles, for spiritual strength.

"Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock." (Psalms 27:3, 5)

Allow God's infallible ways to wash away your woes. He knows what is best, and He is working all things for our good.

"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)

Let these struggles you face right now bring you closer to the Source of strength, that is, the Almighty Sovereign LordMay your Saturday be filled with faith-founding fellowship with the Father.

-The Introverted Evangelist

(Photography by: Julian Brezdan c/o 2112co)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Nothing Can Spoil God's Plans

Nothing Can Spoil God's Plans:

"A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps." (Proverbs 16:9)

My child, you're frustrated with your current situation because you're trying to take the reigns from My hands. You're trying to take over control and make things happen as fast as you can, so that you might come Home sooner. But My dearly beloved one, your striving is self-imposed and it hurts My Heart. I want you to know something very important: you mean more to Me than you can even begin to imagineI gave all so that you could be right here, right now.

"And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God." (Acts 5:38-39)

Do you doubt My plan for your life? Are you worried I've given all these lovely people around you wonderful, prosperous lives, yet forgotten about you? How could I forget about you, My beautiful Fragile Flower. How could I just leave you dangling in this deteriorated world? How could I, the One who absolutely adores you to the Cross and back, make you just wait around here surrounded by all this heart-wrenching sorrow? Don't you see that every ache that plagues your heart plagues Mine as well?

"Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way" (Psalms 37:7)

I haven't created you to be a destitute decoration, but I have given you a divine destination. You are My vessel, and I've designed you as My very own - to be used in marvellous ways. Are you afraid that I've made a mistake in my design? Have you any frets that, as I move in the lives of those around you, I've neglected the work I've begun in you? I would never leave this masterpiece I'm artfully crafting in you incomplete.

"And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you." (Philippians 1:6)

Not a single day you spend seeking My Face is ever wasted. Each and every waking moment together I cherish deeply in My Heart. You are my delight, and forever I shall rejoice over you with gladness.

"The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17)

I never take My eyes off of you, therefore you needn't worry if I have let you to slip out of My care. I would never allow such a thing. I will provide for you at all times, and more than that, I will bless you abundantly. I have a wonderful plan for you, more extravagant than you could ever dream up.

"I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for." (Jeremiah 29:11 MSG)

Release all into My care, My love. I will show you just how wondrous the days to come shall be. Nothing and no one can foil the plans I form. You are safe and secured. Trust me, for I love you deeply. I love you deeper than the depths of the grave, which I plundered for your deliverance.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever." (Psalms 23:6)

Eternity is coming, My child. Fear not. Your time here is not wasted. Instead, the moments we spend together here are treasures in My Heart. Not a single day passes that I think your time is being burnt away by frivolous tasks, but fervently flourished in My glorious Presence.

Your forever Home in Heaven is not going to become dusty and brittle with rust because of how long you've been waiting for my call to come Home into My arms. I'm keeping you in precise care both now and for all of eternity, therefore you need not be anxious over the easily misinterpreted silence you now experience.

Every jewel of wisdom and gem of grace I am revealing to you in Me is adorning the walls of your Heavenly inheritance now. Even as I tell you these truths at this very moment!

So remember, just because all is still doesn't means you're not a part of My great Will. I will use you, and I am doing so even now! Trust Me, My Fragile Flower, for I shan't let your spirit wither.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The God of Exceeding Abundance/Be Our Vision

The God of Exceeding Abundance/Be Our Vision:

I want more of 
You God. I want Your glorious essence to fill me at every moment. When I'm sailing rough seas, I only want to look towards you. I want Your goodness to take me over and conquer my doubts. I want You and You only to be my anchor and my vision.

I want all that You are to mightily overwhelm all I don't have. I am inadequate, but You are incorruptible. I don't have what it takes to be great and successful on my own accords. However, I do have You, Lord, and You make all things possible. You take all my insufficiencies and transform them into more than enough.

You are my Lord, my true first delight. You're the God of exceedinglyabundantly more than I could ever imagine, and this is the power that is working inside me right now. Even while it's quiet. Even when all is still, I am sure You're doing a marvellous work in me.

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Lord, I pray Your will be done. No matter what it is You may ask of me, You're worth any cost. Your beauty is beyond anything I've ever seen, brighter than the sunshine on a golden summer's eve. I only hope to help others with dimmed eyes come to see Your wondrous light. Thank You for bequeathing Your chosen ones with the paramount power of the Holy Spirit inside our very souls.

"And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus." (1 Timothy 1:14)

We praise You, Father, and we trust You. We place all our qualm and confusion at the foot of Your Cross, knowing that what You did there has completely covered over all.

The ultimate act of love displayed on that tree, has cast away our fears and set us free.

Now we will wait on You. We eagerly await to see what You shall do. Your ways amaze, and Your glory overwhelms us. Equipped with dynamic Holy Spirit power in our hearts, we boldly carry this Light of Salvation so that others may see You. Be our vision, O Lord, help us to make Your glory known throughout all the earth. Thank You, Father. We praise You, Amen.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Foundation of Faith

Foundation of Faith:

"Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!" (Psalms 105:4)

When my world spins out of control, may I not cling to what is seen but to the hands of the Almighty King. No one else can save me. May I always return home to the hands that bear the scars of Love. Not one is greater than the Great I Am. I'm found in this foundation of freedom.

Thank You, Lord. Thank You for all You've done. Thank You for saving my soul, fighting for my freedom, dying for my deliverance, and rising up for my redemption. You are my living hope, and when all is in upheaval, help me to draw back to this truth.

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident." (Psalms 27:1, 3)

You're absolutely everything to me, O God. I will cling to only You. When the inevitable attacks arise, I will lift up my eyes. I will cry out to You for help, and I shall persistently proclaim Your promises over my life.

"And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord." (Psalms 27:6)

I will trust You with everything, Lord. You are good, and Your favour in my life has overtaken all the fear in my head. Therefore, I will surrender it all to You. I will choose to live in faith. After all, it's only fitting to live with fearless faith when it's Your faithful love that covers me and casts away my fear.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Monday, November 10, 2014

His Plan is Bigger Than Our Wildest Dreams

His Plan is Bigger Than Our Wildest Dreams:

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" (Ephesians 3:20)

"For with God nothing will be impossible." (Luke 1:37)

I lay my head down, close my eyes, and listen for the sound of His mercy song. I take my fears, and I cast them off into the hands of His great lovingkindness. He cares.

"casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7)

I lift these empty hands high to the Father above. I release all resistance, I hand in my hesitation. I take all my doubts and definitions of possible to the Cross, where the veil was torn and eternity changed. Where sin lost its hold on me. There the price was paid once and for all. Now I await...

What shall He do in these bones? What is His plan for this hungering soul? One thing is for sure, He won't leave me empty and He won't let me fall. He is the Lord, the Lord over all.

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." (Psalms 23:1)

Undeniably, He satisfies me with good things. His gifts are unfathomably gracious. I am so unworthy of all His generosity. Yet, I needn't earn a thing, for He is the God of grace and mercy and reconciliation. The mistakes I've made in the past have no power over me anymore. My former filth has been cut off; it has no say in my tomorrows. My God, He is the God of new beginnings.

"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)

"Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea And a path through the mighty waters,
“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert." (Isaiah 43:16, 18-19)

The Holy One makes my feet strong like the deer's, the Almighty Lord streams rushing rivers of living waters in the most dry and desert places. This is my God, my Great Defender. This is my Lord, the Awesome One who knows my heart and sets my days into motion. His plans are good and true. His actions are faithful and trustworthy. Is there anything I cannot entrust unto You, O God?

"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)

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful." (Hebrews 10:23)

Though it seems desolate now, I know He is working valiantly for my victorious outcome. In fact, has He not already done just that? Has the God who bore that scorned cross and thorn-laced crown not already accomplished the ultimate victory?

"By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." (Hebrews 10:10)

He's done all the work. He's won all the battles. He prepares a place for me at His table. His courts I can call home, and I shall dwell in His Presence for all my days.

"How happy is the one You choose and bring near to live in Your courts! We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, the holiness of Your temple." (Psalms 65:4)

From the very beginning, Your plan has been our deliverance. From before time began, You had our redemption ready for action. From the very start, You wanted our hearts. Your plan, God, is more than miraculous. You are wonderful beyond measure.

You are our portion, O Christ our Lord. Your ways are marvellous in our eyes. Even to this day, we stand in complete awe of You. I declare with complete confidence that all You have done is more than enough and already more wondrous than our wildest dreams. Thank You, Father, thank You. We praise You now and forever, Lord. We adore You and pour our hearts out onto You. Hallelujah, amen.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Prayer is So Much More

Prayer is So Much More:

"And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him." (Matthew 6:7-8)

In the past year especially, the Holy Spirit has really been teaching me about what it means to lead a life of prayer. A true life of prayer doesn't squeeze into a specific form or ideal, but rather is genuine and ultimately heart-filled. How do we break the habit of repetitive prayers that seem to trickle off our lips simultaneously?

We've got to throw out the idea of finding a "prayer pattern."

This has been a real point of importance in my personal walk with the Lord. Prayer patterns are poisonous! Don't let your time of prayer become a routinely tedious task. Don't let your prayers become a mundane monologue you just spout out mindlessly.

Prayer is so much more than that!

Prayer is a precious and prized time. When you know the underlying Heart of prayer, that is. And isn't that exactly what prayer is designed to be?

Prayer is when we draw closer, closer to the Heart of God.

Prayer isn't only an hotline for help, it's also an heartfelt honour to converse with the Creator. Prayer is faith-filled fellowship, inextinguishable intimacy, and sacred celebration.

Prayer is more than the eight to ten minutes you set aside in the morning, prayer is a way of life.

And how do we live a prayer-centric life? We acknowledge God in every sphere of our lives. We invite Him into each moment of our day. We come into His Presence with thankful hearts, ready to receive the incomparable joy of simply being with Him, held in His arms.

"Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving" (Colossians 4:2)

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

So don't be afraid to enter humbly, yet courageously into God's Holy Presence. He awaits you with open arms, ready to just talk with you. He has no expectations of your prayers, He simply wants to be with you. This is what it's all about: desiring to be with God. A truly pious prayer life is born from a heart that's hungry for more of the Lord.

May you all enjoy this wonderful day of rest my friends! Happy Sunday! May the Lord bless each one of you graciously.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Friday, November 7, 2014

Mercies Anew Every Morning

Mercies Anew Every Morning:

"Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:22-23)

"The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy." (Psalms 103:8)

I am so undeserving, yet this, this rushing river of redemption is where I stand. I stand here now in the midst of all this mercy. In Your all-encompassing grace, O Lord, I shall dwell and delight all my days.

Your mercies are new for me each day. Every single morning I can rise up and take courage, for this is the foundational truth upon which I stand. This confidence takes me into Your presence humbly, yet boldly.

It is never too late for me to receive Your glorious gifts, because the door to Your tender heart of compassion never closes. I am always welcomed into Your wondrous Presence with open arms. Nothing separates us. Nothing can set up a blockade, for Christ my Cornerstone has cleared the path forever.

"Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16)

"Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?" (Psalms 139:7)

"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16)

We have received eternal life, unending grace, unconditional love, and unfailing mercy. Each day presents hope evermore, for we are found in His glorious goodness.

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

Release the fear, for He is near. What is there to fear when the One true Lord over ALL is on your side and He loves you ever so dearly?

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)

Oh my soul, why are you disquieted within me? The God of the whole universe is on your side! He is for you. He has proven Himself faithful and trustworthy, therefore do not retract into restricted living and fretfulness. Rather, live with abundant abandon in light of the love which God has shown you.

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

He is for us. His mercy is ever rushing toward us, filling every deserted place inside our souls. Trust in the Good Shepherd. Let us pour out overflowing thanks from our hearts upon Him. Hallelu Yah! We shall forever praise You Lord! May the melody of our worship forever fill the heavenly places.

-The Introverted Evangelist

*Original photograph taken by Yovana

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Receiving God's Great Gifts

Receiving God's Great Gifts:

"Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations." (Psalms 100:3-5)

We are His people. We are the Lord God Almighty's chosen children. What a wondrous truth in which we boldly live! He has redeemed us to Himself and brought us into His own family. Our home is found in His courts and in His arms. We're covered by His love and never failing forgiveness.

I'm overwhelmed to be standing here in this rushing river of glorious grace.
God, You are all this life needs, all this heart craves, and all this soul seeks. You're everything to me. Regardless of my circumstances, I always find peace that surpasses all understanding in Your Presence.

"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)

You're my comforter and my shield, O God. You calm me by whispering, "Be anxious for nothing." You assure me, "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things." (Matthew 6:34) Your promise is to "supply all [my] need according to [Your] riches in glory." (Philippians 4:19) What a sure foundation I have in You, Lord.

You're my Saviour and Hero, but You're also my dearest Friend. Through every season of my life, You've been right beside me, Lord. I am confident that in every season and every struggle to come, You'll continue to remain by my side and on my team. You are so good to me, and Your mighty power working within me shall never lose its potency. I have faith in the true, trustworthy, and unchanging qualities of You my Lord.

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures." (James 1:17-18)

Every good and perfect gift is from our Heavenly Father. He has proven His goodness and faithfulness in countless ways. However, the greatest Gift He's freely given to us as believers is Christ our Lord. As our beloved Saviour, He came and paid the price on our behalf. This is grace. This is true freedom. This is what Love is all about. Jesus gave up everything for us. He humbled Himself low, so that we may receive the crown of life which takes us higher up into the wonder of God's unprecedented glory.

"I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life." (John 5:24 AMP)

It's only by the power of the blood of the Lamb of God that we find forgiveness. We've received true healing in His name, we're covered in compassion by the shadow of His wings, and we are redeemed to be in His righteousness.

"But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness ... Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did" (Romans 4:5,16-17)

There is One true Hope, and His name is Jesus. There is only One God of grace, and He has called us into His intimate embrace. We're His forever, and nothing shall ever separate us.

"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)

Today, let's all live like who we really are: we are the redeemed and we are more than conquerors through Christ. Never forget this place where we stand - in unsurpassable grace space - is made possible by faith alone and not by our own capability to be righteous. The darkness of our pasts has been swept clean - farther than the east is from the west. We're made new because of the atonement which Jesus provided for us. What a true blessing to live in this state of unending grace! Let's receive His marvellous gifts today with gladness and gratitude. Hallelujah!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Monday, November 3, 2014

I've Tasted and Seen the Light of Your Delivering Love

I've Tasted and Seen the Light of Your Delivering Love:

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

You hear my cry of distress, my cry out of this crushing confusion. You hear me, O God, You listen and You light the way that leads to freedom. You will deliver me from this disquietude. You have delivered me.

You have delivered me from the snares of darkness. The menacing snarl of misery, this burden, has been broken off. You lift me from desolation and place me on Your path of peace and never-dimming light - true light which the darkness around can never overshadow.

"In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." (John 1:4-5)

Cast away these shadows that hold me hostage. Carry me into the promises of these tomorrows You have planned for me. I know in You there's always hope, a hope so close I can almost taste it. Refuge is near, so near in Your arms of love and light.

I am safe now. Oh disturbed soul within, take heart, for the King over all has cleared the path. Darkness He has deleted, and death He has defeated.

"This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!" (Psalms 34:6-8)

I feel like this part in specific needs repeating - especially for me tonight:

"The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them." The angel army of our wondrous Almighty Sovereign Saviour is surrounding us. Above darkness, above distress, the God of Light encircles us.

Life everlasting, light never-fading, love never-ending. You're here with me now. Your grace covers over me. This cloak of Your radiance clothes me. Hallelu Yah.

In the midst of the bewildering battle surrounding, I draw myself back and fall into Your arms of marvellous mercy. Breathe, oh wearied soul, breathe in His Presence which encompasses you even now. Hallelu Yah.

I have tasted. I have seen. The powerful strength of this Love of Christ. It never falters, never diminishes. Your glorious greatness never tarnishes, never falls away from me. I trust. I trust in this truth. I trust in the Saviour, for He is delivering me out of every sorrow, every turbulence of this tainted world.

-The Introverted Evangelist