Posts

Showing posts from March, 2015

Diligent Dependence

Image
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

Release and Receive

Image
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 bles…

Rise Up and Pray

Image
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
Photograph Taken By: Julian Brezden #2112co_freeforall

Jesus - Δουλος - Humble Servant

Image
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 lon…

Selah Saturday - Psalms 145

Image
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! Le…

#JOY

Image
#JOY . 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 . #MadeWithYouVersion #YouVersion

Pursue Him and Surrender Everything

Image
"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

Walk in Obedience and Trust

Image
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 f…

Worry Not! God Has a Plan

Image
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 …

Look to Jesus

Image
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

The Lord Walks With Me

Image
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

Be Still

Image
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 …