Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Light In My Heart


The Light In My Heart:

"But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted." (1 Peter 2:9-10 MSG)

Darkness and despair surrounded me everywhere, but then came grace, my life to spare. He came in like a flood, cleansed me with His blood. He gave me His promise, that I'll never be lifeless. He breathed in my heart, gave me a new start. Now this life, free from strife, forever changed and rearranged, shall always praise His great Name. In His Light I remain, His promises I claim, and shameful sin is slain. A heart this full can't help but extol. My joy overflows, and my spirit glows. Oh Heavenly Father, thank You for shining in my darkness, and giving me a fresh start again.


-The Introverted Evangelist

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I Found My Life When I Laid it Down


I Found My Life When I Laid it Down:

"So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet." (James 4:7-10 MSG)

Life is tough, and oftentimes we find ourselves in the midst of certain circumstances that are unbearably trying. When times get so hard and hurtful, we tend to question or even doubt God's love and faithfulness. If this is you today, allow me to encourage you - God has a supreme and sovereign plan for your good and His glory! (See Romans 8:28). He takes each chapter of our lives, every single little detail, and He binds it all together into the most beautiful book.

Every season of our lives has purpose and meaning. God composes each song - each life - with intent, and every note resounds from the depths of His heart of love. We can trust Him wholly. He won't ever disappoint us.

In my own personal walk with God, I've slowly come to the revelation of releasing. And by that I mean, letting go of everything I once so tightly gripped with fearful-fists, and laying all down at His feet. When I surrender all and lay the absolute entirety of my everything down, that's my way of saying, "God I worship You for all that You are. I worship You with my submissive surrender. I praise You with my wholehearted trust. I receive all You have for me, and I believe all Your ways are good and pure."

In surrendering, I discovered more of His heart, more of His power, more of His peace, and more of His splendour. There truly is none like our God. Right when everything seems to be crumbling to pieces, He turns every last particle around to build something completely brand new and unlike ever before.

Only our God is able to take the dust of our fallen walls and make something so beautiful out of these lives of ashes. I found my life when I laid it down before Him. Will you trust Him with yours?


-The Introverted Evangelist

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Be Energetic In God


Be Energetic In God:

"[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight." (Philippians 2:13 AMP)

Keep going. God's plan is worth obeying. There's so much more to this life than struggling through. God doesn't want you to merely survive. He wants you to glow, shine, and radiate His life and energy. He will give you that energy and joy, if you'll simply obey and trust Him. His energy will sustain you. His energy will overflow in you, giving you that "future you hope for" as mentioned in Jeremiah 29:11. Obedience is worth it. That joy will be worth it. Recovering is worth it. His energy will be worth it. Trust, my dear. Trust, and follow His way. He won't leave you. He won't forsake you. He is good, and He is kind. Leave all your fear behind.


-The Introverted Evangelist

Friday, May 8, 2015

Hope in Christ - Verse Meditation


Hope in Christ - Verse Meditation:

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life." (Proverbs 13:12)

Secure your hope solely in Him, for only He can satisfy out longing hearts. We hunger for a hope that doesn't disappoint, and this pure form of hope is only found in Christ our Lord. Let's pursue Him this day and everyday. Let's run after Him. Let's anchor our hope in Him, and run with endurance the race He's set for each one of us. He is good. He is marvellous. He is glorious. He is our everything. Amen.


-The Introverted Evangelist

Saturday, May 2, 2015

We Are Forgiven


We Are Forgiven:

"Who is a God like You, Who forgives iniquity and passes over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retains not His anger forever, because He delights in mercy and loving-kindness. He will again have compassion on us; He will subdue and tread underfoot our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea." (Micah 7:18-19 AMP)

O Heavenly Father, there truly is none like You. You're so gracious, so merciful and true. You deal justly with us, yet You deal tenderly with us too. You have exchanged our records of grime and guilt for the pure, blameless record of Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour.

Because Jesus lived the perfect life, I don't have to. Because Jesus died the ultimate death that satisfied Your wrath towards sin's horrendous filth, I am forgiven and freed. I am no longer held to that debt. I'm not expected to pay even a fraction of that enormous price. Jesus, You paid it all. You have cleansed me with Your healing, redeeming blood. You are our ransom, our atonement, and our joyful hope.

Because of God's great and immeasurable love for us, You humbled Yourself to a servant's position - the lowest of lows. You took the beating and shaming that should've been on us. By Your great grace, we're cut free from the chains of our old life of sin and darkness. Now we walk in glorious lightlife, and the beautiful righteousness of Christ. Nothing hinders the magnificent magnitude of our forgiveness in You, because nothing hinders the unending, unfailing, glory of Your perfect love. We're made completely new creations in You, and we are one-hundred-percent forgiven and free!


-The Introverted Evangelist