Thursday, March 26, 2015

Diligent Dependence


Diligent Dependence:

"So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then." (1 Peter 1:14)

If I even begin to glance back at the place out of which I've come (that deep, dark detriment), I've already fallen... The key to decidedly demolishing my destructive addictions is to diligently depend on my divine Saviour.

No turning back. This is the new. This is living now. All for Him. My everything laid down, so I won't turn around. I'm committed to Christ, and this is my life. This is who I am now - completely His, and complete in Him.


-The Introverted Evangelist

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Release and Receive


Release and Receive:

"My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life. I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths. When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble. Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life." (Proverbs 4:10-13)

Come, dear child, come receive My grace and strength for your every need - your every weakness. I will carry you to a new beginning. I, your Great Redeemer, can restore to you the joy of living life unhindered. No longer will your muscles ache and body cry out - dying and wasting away. I will prosper you, I promise you. Trust Me. Walk with Me. Come take hold of My gracious gifts. I withhold no good thing from you. Therefore, you're free to abandon all that you try to control in your own strength... Release and receive... I have an amazing plan for you. Your trusting obedience is the key that unlocks the door to these never ending blessings. Trust Me, for I am on your team and I will never fail you.


-The Introverted Evangelist

Monday, March 23, 2015

Rise Up and Pray


Rise Up and Pray:

"At last he stood up again and returned to the disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted from grief. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.”" (Luke 22:45-46)

Don't give in to all the grief. Rise up and pray in the power of the Holy Spirit! Don't become so worn and weary from the battles surrounding you that you throw in the towel and call it quits. Instead, call on God! Pray relentlessly because He's not left your side. His ear is still tuned to your cry. He's not going to stop fighting for you. Be still, call upon His Name, then you will receive peace, joy, and a renewed hope once again. This battle may not be over yet, but I can assure you: the victory is already won and we are triumphant!


-The Introverted Evangelist

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Jesus - Δουλος - Humble Servant


Jesus - Δουλος - Humble Servant:

"You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross." (Philippians 2:5-8)

I love how the Holy Spirit kept the theme of Pastor Spurling's message at Gateway Church this weekend. I opened up my MacBook to see this... Jesus Christ... Humble Servant. The Greek word written here is δουλος and it is translated "slave" in the verse above.

How marvellous! Jesus took on the humble position of a slave so that we might become free. In fact, right now as I type, I'm wearing my Walk in Love shirt that reads: I AM SET FREE.

Thank You, Jesus! Thank You for Your obedience even to death on the Cross. Because of Your sacrifice, I'm no longer held in bondage. If it weren't for Your atonement, I would be lost and my life nothing but a sorrowful memory. But You have redeemed me. You have cleansed me of all my former unrighteousness, and You've given me a new life with true hope. Nothing can take away from Your gift, O Holy Saviour.

Thank You Jesus, Divine Humble Servant, we shall forever praise You! Be exalted! Be exalted O King of Heaven! Our voices ring with Your praises... All for Your glory... All because of Your sacrifice. Thank You Jesus.


-The Introverted Evangelist

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Selah Saturday - Psalms 145


Selah Saturday - Psalms 145:

"For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations. The LORD always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does. The LORD helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it. When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness. The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth." (Psalms 145:13-18)

For all You've done this week, my Lord, I will pause and reflect... Selah... How gracious You've been. Oh how Your kind Heart has been revealed to me. Your generous Spirit overwhelms me. I am in awe. You're so good, my God. You're so good, and I praise You with all that I am. I will worship You for all that You are... You are the merciful, righteous, and glorious Great I AM! Oh praise Him! Let's reflect on all His goodness this Splendorous Selah Saturday.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

#JOY


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Joy that can't be explained must be shared, and can't be contained. When I trust in His heart, His love gives me a new start. His promises will hold true; He is making all things new. JOY. Joy is in store, I will trust forevermore. #HeHasAPlan #AbundantLife #OnlyGoodThingsAhead #BestEver
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#MadeWithYouVersion #YouVersion 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pursue Him and Surrender Everything


"Unless the LORD had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave. I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O LORD, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer...But the LORD is my fortress; my God is the mighty rock where I hide." (Psalms 94:17-19, 22) . It's come down to this... Everything broken and shattered... But all is laid at the foot of the Throne. Your mercy will mend me. Your grace will guide me. Your hands will heal me. Your heart is for me. Your love will lead me, and You'll never leave me. Jesus take all of me. Even in my plight, I will PURSUE You! #ThisIsLiving #ChooseLife #ChooseJesus #DontGiveUp #HeIsUpToSomething

Monday, March 16, 2015

Walk in Obedience and Trust


Walk in Obedience and Trust:

"The LORD leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands." (Psalms 25:10)

When I obey God, it not only unlocks immense blessings, but it's also a way for me to put my deep love for Him into action. Meaning, I don't just merely speak the words, "I love God and I will trust Him wholeheartedly" and then continue on living in my disabling doubts and fear.

Think about this... Perfect love casts out fear... Is it possible that as we journey closer and closer to that perfected state in the Heavens, our love for God and for others is made more and more perfect like the love of Christ? And as our love is in the process of being transformed and perfected, the fears that once controlled us are now being cast out left and right. Why? Because perfect, matured, and full-grown love drives away all fears!

"There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love's complete perfection]." (1 John 4:18 AMP)

The supernatural power of the Holy Spirit is readily available to me. He will deliver me, and He will direct me! He knows the way, and He shows the way - one step at a time. I am free! I am completely free to trust Him with all of me!

Obedience expresses the epitome of true trust and surrendered love.

Lord, I trust You! You've never failed me before, and I am confident You won't fail me now. I love You, my King. You reign with mercy and splendour. No other is as gracious and glorious as You, my God. I love You more than I love comfort.

That's an incredibly difficult prayer to pray.

Lord, if it be Your Will, let my afflictions stick around. These tribulations are so trying, yet they draw me in closer to You. They remind me that You're the Source of all true peace, provision, and joy.

One thing I ask, in the midst of the hardships? That Your Presence would drown out my pain even if these problems remain. I will stay, stay in Your way.

No matter how desperate, I will press into You. All is well, when I'm with You. All is joy, when I shut my eyes and believe You're working all things for my good. When I am confident in Your promises, no woe can rob me of the wonder of You walking right beside me - You're guiding my way!

"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path." (Psalms 119:105)

All-abandoning trust produces all-consuming peace. The peace that comes only from the Lord, which burns away every anxious feeling of doubt or distress.

So take me out upon the waters, O God. I will walk in Your way, no matter what threatens. I know fear is just a lie, so guide me with Your eye, and my hungry soul please satisfy. I praise You, my Lord! You're the gracious God Who guides me! Amen!


-The Introverted Evangelist

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Worry Not! God Has a Plan


Worry Not! God Has a Plan:

"I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid." (John 14:27)

God will lead me step-by-step into a future more spectacular than I can even begin to dream. He's never given up on me, and He won't start now. Each day is a new beginning. God guides me one day at a time. I needn't worry about future events or possibilities. God is taking me on a joy-filled journey into new and incredibly exciting places.

"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 43:19)

I look forward to what the future holds, but I don't anxiously look for what it is that may be - in an attempt to gain control over the unknown.

"Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD ’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to GOD! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!" (Proverbs 3:5-8 MSG)

It may take a long time of hardcore warrior trustingobedience, and doing what God tells me to do before His wondrous promises begin to unfold in my life. Truly living life the way He wants me to.

My heart will become stronger, no longer struggling to beat and sustain my body. My focus will be clearer, a mind filled with the marvels of glorifying gratitude to God. My organs will begin functioning again, my liver fixed, my kidneys filtering, no more fear and failure here. My bones won't be frail, I will run and not be weary and walk and not faint!

His strength is coming down... Coming down to invade my weaknesses and evict these destructive demons.

However long it may take, though, He is always going to be with me. He is closer than my fears and feelings, He's strong enough to save me from all the destructive doubts and enemy attacks. He writes every story with His beautiful glory.

"...every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good." (Romans 8:28 MSG)

"For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen." (Romans 11:36)

He has a perfect plan for me, and it's filled with His peaceful Presence and abundant blessings. Therefore, worry is an unnecessary and unwelcome intruder. God's perfectundilutedunconditional love for me is all I need.

He casts my fear far away, and He washes me clean from every sin, stain, and shame. I'm free. I'm freed from the burden of this bondage. Every chain is broken, in Jesus's mighty Name. Everything is made new, because God is telling me, "I'm here with you. I'm holding you. We can do this. I am for youWorry not."


-The Introverted Evangelist

Monday, March 9, 2015

Look to Jesus


Look to Jesus:

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

In an ever-changing world, fix your eyes on the unchanging Lord. In the middle of your panic, pursue the Prince of Peace. When all hope seems fading fast, seek the One who fails not. When fear is crippling, cling to the Love that casts out every doubt. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus...

My heart may be failing, the battle still raging, but my God is fighting for me. I fix my eyes on what I know is true, His promises will not disintegrate. He is faithful, and therefore I will obey and trust. He is loyal, so I will press on... Looking to Jesus. Trusting His personal promises and unfailing faithfulness.

Jesus, I run to You... Jesus I trust in You. I don't deserve these gracious gifts, but I trust that You're working all things for good. Your glory will prevail, and I will come forth victorious in You. I trust You're taking care of all the details. Amen.


-The Introverted Evangelist

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Lord Walks With Me


The Lord Walks With Me:

"For the LORD your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!" (Deuteronomy 20:4)

You're constant, constant above the chaos of the corruption of this world. You are faithful, faithful through my fears that attempt to chain me up and imprison me. You're with me, with me through the winds that want to weather me down into a withered, worried mess. I'm running to you, though my legs are weak and breaking beneath the weight of this burden. I'm lifting my hands to Your heavens. Through it all, I will choose to worship You still. Through it all, I will bless Your holy Name. Through it all, I will trust that Your plan is best. I will fight, fight to be still and to rest.


-The Introverted Evangelist

Monday, March 2, 2015

Be Still


Be Still:

"My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him." (Psalm 62:5)

Slow down, my wearied and burdened soul... Slow down... Enough fighting... Enough stubborn resisting... Submit, silently submit to your God, for He has made a path before you. You can walk in perfect peace, relying on and resting in His unending goodness and grace.

"Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you." (Psalms 143:8)

My will for this world is released, and my hope is somehow resurrected in this relinquishing. As the heart, mind, and soul all agree His will be done, peace settles over me with an unearthly extent - a measure only Heaven can permit. That peace? The one passing my understanding?

"Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7)

Peace that puts to rest the debilitating fears is planted inside my soul. At the very centre of my heart, a tiny seed of confident trust is planted. Held within is the very revolutionary resurrection power of God.

All-abandoning trust produces all-consuming peace, which burns away every anxious feeling of doubt or distress.

Oh Father, resurrect my wilted and discouraged spirit. Keep this weak heart beating. Let me mount up on Your wings and fly freely. Be my courage, that I might live this life bravely in Christ. Be my strength, that I may run like never before into the future You've promised.

"But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)

There's that word again... Wait... Wait upon Him... Don't grasp for the reigns, but delight in His rest. Don't white-knuckle my own way, but invite Him to break every chain. How do I break free? How do I be all You've made me to be? What does living unburdened look like? Will it be worth this effort?

"Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act." (Psalms 37:7)

Be still... I will rest and not be distressed. His healing is kind and personal. I will trust in His tender way. I confess that healing and rest are worth it.

I confess I am worth fighting for. Why? Because Jesus paid a major price for me, my freedom, and my life. My worth is not found in my works. My worth is found in Christ alone.

I know He hears my heart. I am confident in His gentle care. I am sure of His saving grace. He won't let me fall, for He is with me through it all. I will seek His radiant Face. I will run into His embrace. I will surrender. I will submit. I will be still and know He is good, He is holy, and He is still sovereign. Hope in Him, rest in Him, and watch His glory unfold before you. He's got you... He's never letting go... Amen.


-The Introverted Evangelist