Monthly Archives: January 2015

Present Tense Jesus

So many of us are going through things we thought we would never face. I have faced things this past year that I never even thought about. I desperately seek God every single day (with the same passion and desperation, I might add, that I do when I have lost my keys or phone!) and a Word from Him that will help me get through the day.

I continue to be amazed when I read the Bible and how relevant it is to right now. Only a God-inspired book written thousands of years ago by so many different people mesh so beautifully and bring itself forward into right now. I have to laugh at that analogy and think of course it does…it’s GOD!!! “In the beginning was the WORD and the WORD was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1). As the rest of the Bible, that’s a LITERAL Word.

The Lord is present tense – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1). He is right here, right now. Who is He? He embodies everything we need, His character IS strength, comfort, love, power, faith, goodness, joy…the list goes on and on. The things that make Him who He is are inside of us by the presence (present tense) of His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the power source that makes it possible to live through ‘the valley of the shadow of death’.

When you suffer remember He is PRESENT – and He is as prevalent in your circumstance as you allow Him to be. I would encourage us to “pull Him in”; invite Him into the whole thing. When we do, we can become closer to Him and forge an even stronger relationship with Him. Romans 8:37, “But in all these things we OVERWHELMINGLY CONQUER through Him who loved us.”  IN it all, through it all, we overwhelmingly (more than enough, mostly more than enough) conquer! That’s a word to my soul today. See, the demonstrative love of God has already happened…and continues right now. He already gave Jesus to die for us so that we can live in His presence, with His strength, comfort, joy, longsuffering, through His provision today because His Holy Spirit resides in us. He is truly the Power Source!

Right now, no matter what, no matter how you feel, believe that. Keep your chin up, keep believing no matter what, that the Lord is with you and in Him, you have everything you need to get through this!

Wait for the SON

Wait for the SON.

My normal routine in the mornings is to walk Sampson, our dog, first thing. I usually start out before first light and enjoy a sunrise while we are finishing our walk.

This morning, however, it’s bitterly and dangerously cold so we couldn’t walk. I took him out in the back yard and he kept going to the front which is where we go to head down the sidewalk to begin his adventure. I kept telling him, “No, let’s wait for the sun”. He would look at me bewildered and with tail down, he would go back to the back yard only to return to the front a few minutes later. Over and over again I told him no, that we were going to wait for the sun to come up so it would be a little warmer and we would go.

That’s a word for our day isn’t it? We find ourselves in waiting, perhaps at a crossroads. Decisions and choices have to be made and sometimes it’s easier said than done. We sometimes don’t know how to begin…or perhaps we do, we’re just afraid. We find ourselves like Sampson, greatly anticipating doing his favorite thing only to be held off and told to wait.  He was waiting on the SUN; we must wait on the SON.

Keep praying friend, and asking God to show you the way. Don’t move, or proceed with caution, until you bathe that decision in prayer and hear from Him. He will show you one way or the other. Do something, though, while you wait…BELIEVE. Believe He will direct you as to what to do. Believe He has your best interest in His heart and He knows your intentions.  Don’t just jump and hope everything will be okay, unless He leads you to move.

Wait on the SON for direction, strength and courage. Put your fears and apprehensions aside and follow Him.

The SUN is up so it’s time to walk. The SON has spoken to my heart so it’s time to get on with it!

Isaiah 40:31