Monthly Archives: June 2014

Cross The Line

We hear it all the time…”I’m so blessed”; “God did this, God gave me that”. I’ve also heard many people state their one thing they couldn’t bear. Perhaps it’s the loss of a child, a terminal diagnosis, a miscarriage, bankruptcy, no provision that they can see…and it’s stated “I don’t know what I would do if…”; “I couldn’t survive ________ (fill in the blank).” “OH. He wouldn’t dare let “that” happen…”

What if He does? We all have something we think COULD happen but hope it never will.  What if it does? What if God allows the unthinkable, the greatest fear you have become a reality. What then? What if He doesn’t answer? What if He clears the way for some supreme suffering? Is He still good to you then? Do you call yourself blessed then?

We have misconstrued the word “blessed”. It’s our fault, fellow Christians, that the word has become sorely distorted. YES, God definitely blesses in material ways. YES He manifests His provisional presence in ways we can’t imagine. We have bound Him, I fear, by our perception of what blessed is.

What will you do when God crosses your line? Will you turn away? Will you lash out in anger and believe the lie of the enemy thinking He has left you, doesn’t care and loves to see you suffer? I would be interested to hear from you if this has happened to you and how you handled it.

That’s the place of the fork in the road. A severe, perhaps “valley of the shadow of death” crossroads where we must decide…more importantly REMEMBER Who He IS…and cling to him, trusting Him with every breath for WHO HE IS rather than what He does. Humanly, we base our faith on the tangible. So to our finite minds when the tangible physical concerns we have don’t work out we tend to link them and even blame them on God. The truth is, what happens here to us does not change God one bit. Do I enjoy severe testing and trials? NO! I know you don’t either. It’s during those times we need to remember two things: 1) it’s not about us per se – though sometimes it IS! God wants us to KNOW Him. K-N-O-W Him! He wants to give us a one-on-one encounter of HIM – not anything we can put our hands on…HIS face not HIS hand and 2) if we continue with strong faith, surrendering any power or ability in ourselves He will blow our minds.

In the event of Jesus’ death, another wonderful blessing we have is the Holy Spirit INSIDE us…beside us, yes, over and under and all around yes…but INSIDE us! The power that hung the stars, sun and moon in the sky is IN us.  Fear makes us forget what we have at our disposal.

Oh precious one reading this. Believe He is with you. Erase your line and let God “CROSS” it. Entrust everything, all things, to Him. Allow Him free access to all of your life and be prepared to be amazed. God bless you!

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And Barbie

I listened to Charles Stanley this morning describe John the beloved’s description of Christ in Revelation chapter one. I never really thought about it but Mr. Stanley pointed these scriptures out to be the only physical description of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. If that wasn’t enough just to read the description he expounded on it. (Revelation 1:12-17). He said John was seeing the unveiled just-as-he-really-is Jesus. The REAL Jesus, as Judge and Righteous Jesus whom we will also see when the time comes. Jesus in all His glory.

Verse 17 says when he saw him he fell at His feet ‘like a dead man’. Precious Lord Jesus, in John’s moment of face to face confrontation with his beloved servant placed His right hand on him and told him not to be afraid. This touched me deeply. I have a reverent desire and expectation to see our Lord. There are days when life is hard I just want Him to come and get me. There are also days when I look at myself and see the places where I have really missed the mark and wonder how it’s possible for Him to love me and STILL love me and even have a desire to see me!

This morning, I imagined what it will be like to see Him in His glory. Don’t we all? Do you rehearse the things that didn’t make sense and the questions you’ll ask Him when you see Him? I realized how silly that all is. After meditating on this all morning, I’m quite sure I will fall as though dead at His feet. I also thought about the fact that I in no way deserve to see Him and the weight of that truth will fill me like never before when we’re face to face. I have nothing upon which to base my right on that promise of a face to face encounter other than HIS word; HIS promise and solely because of who He is. In that split second, it will be unquestionably clear who and what we REALLY are when in His physical presence.

What touched me so is that, even I will hear His voice and feel His touch physically in spite of me! THANK GOD! Jesus could have spoken anything to John in that vision but look at what He chose to say! “Do not be afraid…” I think there’s a good chance that’s what He’ll say to me first, as well.

Going on the Say-So

I must not be learning what I said I have…maybe I’ve gotten a superficial jolt; a “feel good” moment. True that! Nothing thrills me like studying God’s Word. Nothing makes me feel so good. FEELINGS,  however, are not sustainable. I think that’s why Jesus is called “Bread of Life” – one must take Him literally into His being. Take Him all the way in to the depths of our souls because there will come a time when He will be the only thing sustaining us. Don’t I know it and I’m sure you’ve had that moment, too. If you haven’t prepare for it now because you will.

I’ve heard lots of discussion about God’s promises. I’ve heard there are 366 in the whole of the Bible – one for every day including Leap Year. Hearing isn’t the same as believing, you know. I BELIEVE I’m covered by ALL of His promises regardless of the number. I haven’t fully researched this myself but I’ve gone with it. Is it important to count? Maybe not? Maybe? It is important to believe for yourself.

I do know the promises I have read. I recite them often to myself especially when I’m scared. Yet just as a person in a boat that suddenly topples over when a hard wave hits chunks his life vest in a panic (so I’ve heard) because he thinks he can stay afloat better without it, I let go of what I know to be true. First response is so often fear, anger, doubt…to name a few. Rather than hang on to my life jacket I let go then spend my time paddling to grab hold again. It’s exhausting. Sound familiar?

Today, I’m going on His say-so. I’m walking ‘in faith not by site’ because frankly, I’m not thrilled with what I see. Isn’t that what it takes to get us to walk by faith? Why, I wonder, do we humans not choose it in the first place? Well, I do anyway. Maybe you’re a stronger faith-walker than I am.

He says He will never leave nor forsake me. I believe it. He will go with me, before me and after me to keep me from harm. I believe it. He will provide our every need regardless of what I see or feel. I believe it. No one or nothing can change or take away His great love for His child. I believe it.

I’m walking in the say-so of Papa God. No matter how I feel, what I see. I am trusting in the sometimes invisible promises, providence and protection He has for me. That’s what faith is, right? (Hebrews 11:1)