“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols. O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them. You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand — you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings. Then I said, “Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures: I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.” I have told all your people about your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out, as you, O Lord, well know. I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness. Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me. For troubles surround me— too many to count! My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out. They outnumber the hairs on my head. I have lost all courage. Please, Lord, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me. May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!” But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!” As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay.”
Nothing to say that matters anywhere close to what God’s Word says!!! Enjoy this, meditate on it, live it, pray it, love in it, share it, and most of all trust what God says is true is sooo TRUE!!!! Whoever is reading this, I love you and I’m praying for you today!
“And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.”/ Romans 8:28
Hot-tow-mighty!!! I’m so jacked up to share this truth with you today from God’s Word! And if you aren’t sure what that first phrase means, just find the most southern person you know and they should be able to explain it to you! I’ve heard this verse so many times brought up when people are talking about going through struggles or have some big blessings in their life, and it fits right? God is working everything for our good. I mean that sounds like a truth I’d like to put in my back pocket and hold onto! It’s so wild, I’ve heard this mentioned so many times in that context, simply that God is working everything for our good but it’s like a lot of verses. We can pick them apart and find what sounds good to us, what makes us feel good, and that’s it. What’s wild about this awesome truth is when you get to reading all the words around it, leading up to it and following it, the complete context of this verse in Romans chapter eight is so so so powerful. Not just our version of “good”, but stinking powerful and breathes so much freedom into the life of the believer. The last few days in so many different situations and just random events, this verse kept coming up over and over again.
I kept hearing it brought up and then the verse was played out before my very eyes so turning to it once again, oh boy did it make sense. Yesterday, I had a flat tire on my car. I thought well it just needs some air. I went and got some air in it then got home, all I could hear was a hissing sound, almost like a snake coming from the tire. Yep. All that air that I just put in it after having to lay down on the wet ground in the rain to take the hub cap off, my hands covered in grease, all to get to the little hole to put air in. I don’t tell you that to complain, I’m just letting you know that feeling when I git home and I heard that snake in my tire. I went from thinking the problem was solved to needing a new tire just like that. I wasn’t exactly reciting this verse at this point. To be honest I wasn’t seeing, speaking, or thinking any “good” was going to come out of this. I won’t share all the details but I’m currently in the job search stage, doing interviews and working some part-time jobs to make sure the bills get paid. Replacing a tire, not exactly something I budgeted for or had money just to throw at it. I tell you all that because in my mind, hope was lost. Another setback, what in the world was I going to do now? You know the feeling I’m talking about? Every time you think you’ve taken some steps forward it’s like a wall is always there saying, “hold on there buddy, you aren’t going any farther. I’m going to send you backwards ten steps more than the steps you took to get to this point.”
You see why this verse without the context sounds really “good” but in our eyes what good is there in having a “flat-tire situation?” Not much. In our eyes and thoughts thats usually when the complaining starts, we play the victim card to ourselves and the people around us. It sucks right? Just wait there’s more to this story and so much more to this powerful scripture! Later that night, after an afternoon of feeling sorry for myself and feeling defeated. God stepped in once, twice, and kept coming!! I was taken care of. I won’t get into the details of that either but let’s just say in the most random of ways, that tire was taken care of. A simple act of faithful giving led me from defeated to WOW! I wasn’t in a place to pay for that tire and God stepped in to take care of me financially.
So when I went back to that verse, I looked at it a little different, no matter what comes my way in this life, no matter how bad the struggle gets, God is always going to take care of me. From the first moment He opened my eyes to see His love for me, His love and faithfulness and proved more true time and time again. Each time I’ve gotten in that spot of hopelessness, feeling like no matter what I do I’ll always be defeated. God says wait one second young buck! Looking back a lot of the struggles, I could see how God was showing up, in even the small most insignificant ways in my eyes, He was always there and He always provided more than enough to carry me out of that pit of defeat and elevate me into His peace and provision. Wow!
Just when I thought God had shown me this verse in the fullest, nope! There was even more! I had confidence and peace that no matter what came my way, God would give me a way out, He would provide my every need and He would show me that there’s so more than enough reason to trust and rest easy in His faithful love. This morning at the service I went to guess what verse the preacher pulled up for a minute! Yes sir! If it wasn’t Romans 8:28! He had some comments on this verse in the truest most complete form when looking at the context. Check this out and honestly check Romans eight out because it holds such deep and powerful truths!
Romans 8:1-2/ “So there is now no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 For the power of the life-giving Spirit—and this power is mine through Christ Jesus—has freed me from the vicious circle of sin and death”
Romans 8:5-7/ “Those who let themselves be controlled by their lower natures live only to please themselves, but those who follow after the Holy Spirit find themselves doing those things that please God. 6 Following after the Holy Spirit leads to life and peace, but following after the old nature leads to death 7 because the old sinful nature within us is against God. It never did obey God’s laws and it never will”
Romans 8:16-17/ “For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we really are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we will share his treasures—for all God gives to his Son Jesus is now ours too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.”
Romans 8:25-27/ “But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn’t happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently. And in the same way—by our faith<sup class=”footnote” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: .625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0″ data-fn=”#fen-TLB-25208e” data-link=”[e]”>[e]—the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying. For we don’t even know what we should pray for nor how to pray as we should, but the Holy Spirit prays for us with such feeling that it cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows, of course, what the Spirit is saying as he pleads for us in harmony with God’s own will.”
I apologize for the scripture overload but I promise if you dig into this, you won’t be disappointed! For those who are in Jesus Christ, have that relationship with Him, there’s nothing that can hurt us. He has given us the life-giving Spirit that FREES us from the cycle of sin and death, worry and feeling defeated. I could go all day into these truths but look at the victory and life given through these verses. Jesus tells us when we rely on the old nature (what we got and how we see things), it leads to death. Jesus came to give us another way out, a life of freedom through the Holy Spirit that resides within us. The Holy Spirit is our guide, our comforter in times of trouble, and most of all the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. No longer do we have to rely on our perspective of defeat, what we think are good things and bad things, God gives us the Spirit to help us see with His vision. When we see this verse talking about God is going to work everything out for or good. What we see as “good” doesn’t always match up with how God really works things for our GOOD. A flat tire, we get upset, worried, and feel hopeless but read the rest of the verse and the verses before it. Without the Holy Spirit we can’t please God, we can’t even see or ask Him for the things that our heart truly needs because we have no stinking clue. We hear “good” and all we think about is material blessings, some luck and things that make us feel good. “And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.” Note that key word, ALL that happens to us. In each moment of our lives, whether we are suffering or thriving, God’s version of “good” comes in all forms, shapes, and sizes because He is molding us into stronger, more dependent on Him, all around more in the image of Jesus Christ. Then it talks about loving God, fitting into His will. How do we even know what His will is? Living lives to please God and give Him all the glory, living in the Spirit responding to the constant moments of suffering and blessings with love for God because He is making us stronger. This chapter talks so heavily about the FREEDOM we have in Jesus and through the help of the Holy Spirit. Think of how freeing it is to walk throughout your day with the Spirit, no matter what comes your way, you’re seeing things in God’s eyes. Everything changes. Flat tire. No big deal, God has got me and He’s using this moment of suffering to not bring me backwards but to move me forward into His strength. The freedom in seeing everything that we think is so bad as a moment to lean on Him, a moment to trust in what God is doing because at the end of the day, we can take hits but God won’t allow us to be broken by the hits, just walk out of the fire stronger and more complete in our faith than we were before the flat tire. The FREEDOM God gives us is just living and embracing each moment as a part of His perfect will, no longer do we have to care and worry if things are going to go exactly how we want it but now we just live, in complete peace knowing God is working and going to take care of me. It takes fear, doubt, hopelessness, insecurity, worry all out if the equation because seeing things in God’s vision, all those human feelings are completely reversed. The sovereign, all-knowing, universe creating, powerful and loving God is in complete control and I mean I would dare to say He knows what we need and where we need to be way better than we do. So with that novel of a God Gold, just live today. Trust that no matter what you can take your problems to God, He’ll help your human vision from focusing on our idea of good and bad, showing you Himself. And He is GOOD, SOOOO GOOOD!!! ALLL THE TIME!!! God is good!!!
Hope everyone has an awesome Sunday worshipping the Lord! Here’s a little Sunday funny for ya. Enjoy!
“The story is told of a lady who was rather old-fashioned, always quite delicate and elegant, especially in her language. She and her husband were planning a week’s vacation in Florida, so she wrote to a particular campground asking for a reservation.
She wanted to make sure the campground was fully equipped, but didn’t quite know how to ask about the toilet facilities. She just couldn’t bring herself to write the word “toilet” in her letter. After much deliberation, she finally came up with the old-fashioned term BATHROOM COMMODE. But when she wrote that down, she still thought she was being too forward. So she started all over again and rewrote the entire letter referring to the bathroom commode merely as the BC. “Does the campground have it’s own BC?” is what she actually wrote.
Well, the campground owner wasn’t old-fashioned at all, and when he got the letter, he just couldn’t figure out what the woman was talking about. That BC business really stumped him.
After worrying about it for awhile, he showed the letter to several campers, but they couldn’t imagine what the lady meant either. So the campground owner, finally coming to the conclusion that the lady must be asking about he local Baptist Church, sat down and wrote the following reply:
Dear Madam: I regret very much the delay in answering your letter, but I now take pleasure in informing you that a BC is located nine miles north of the campground and is capable of seating 250 people at one time. I admit it is quite a distance away, if you are in the habit of going regularly, but no doubt you will be pleased to know that a great number of people take their lunches along and make a day of it. They usually arrive early and stay late. It is such a beautiful facility and the acoustics are marvelous. Even the normal delivery sounds can be heard.
The last time my wife and I went was six years ago, and it was so crowded we had to stand up the whole time we were there. It may interest you to know that right now a supper is planned to raise money to buy more seats. They are going to hold it in the basement of the BC.
I would like to say it pains me very much not to be able to go more regularly, but it surely is no lack of desire on my part. As we grow old, it seems to be more of an effort, particularly in cold weather.
If you do decide to come down to our campground, perhaps I could go with you the first time you go, sit with you, and introduce you to all the other folks.
Remember, this is a friendly community.
Sincerely, Campground Owner”
Ran across this God Gold from awhile back when all these were still just text messages. My buddy Dillon sent me this fine piece of gold and MAN!!! It seems like it’s age nicely because it me even harder today than it did the first time I read it! I hope this can be some encouragement to you today and also be a challenging thought to think about. As Dillon says it, this is why we live, Jesus Christ is why we have life. Thank God for sending His Son and giving us a way out from a dead life, giving us a fresh breath of LIFE in the fullest of forms! Enjoy!
“Let me just share my favorite story in the Bible this morning.
Mark 5:21-32/“When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
You see, this woman had been bleeding out her entire life. She had spent every single dime she had trying to “get clean.” All the people would separate themselves from her because of her condition that she had been dealing with for 12 years. But she believed and had the faith like non other. She knew Jesus had all the power to heal her and for her all she had to do was touch his cloak. So when she heard that Jesus was coming to town that’s exactly what she did. And IMMEDIATELY her illness left her body for then she was clean by the blood of the lamb. Jesus appears to be confused on who touched him as he knows that he just healed a woman. He knew exactly but he wanted this woman to fall on her knees before him. The words Jesus said to her have never left me, this is why we live “Your faith has made you well, go in peace. Your suffering is over.” Where is your faith, in something? Someone? Or Jesus? Is it so powerful and strong that if you were to touch Jesus you would be healed or would you have to ask Jesus to heal you because your not that sure? That’s an important thought. Give it some time!”
Hope everyone has a great FriYAY!!! I hope this song can help you have a good start to the day and give you some hope to hold onto and put your belief in throughout the day! No matter what kind of situation you’re faced with, the picture of this mom and grandmother getting on their knees humbly before the Lord, giving all their pain and burdens to Him. At times it may be tough to keep your belief strong but Jesus is their for you, throughout God’s Word and is faithful to answer your call to Him. I pray that Jesus helps our unbelief today that may be caused my personal doubt or surrounding circumstances and renews our faith in Him. It’s so daggum awesome to have a Savior that not only saved us once but continues to reach out His loving arms and save us daily, giving us new hope, strength and joy to walk out this journey of life with Him! “Our impossible is His reality,” believe that!!!!
“Vindicate me, my God,
and plead my cause
against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me from those who are
deceitful and wicked.
2 You are God my stronghold.
Why have you rejected me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?
3 Send me your light and your faithful care,
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
to the place where you dwell.
4 Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God.
5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.”/ Psalm 43