Who would be there when it all goes away?

precIltImagine if you were sitting in your most comfortable chair in your house, surrounded by loved ones and time suddenly sped up around you and years went by like seconds.
You and your chair stayed in place while around you in a blur you saw things change.  In less than a minute your loved ones where gone, your pets gone.  Soon in a few minutes the house itself went away in a crumbling wave.

When this all stopped you were left in an empty field with the rubble of your life now ancient ruins from a long vanished civilization.

Would you have anything worth living for?

If you have Christ, then his love will never change and he will not ever leave or forsake you.  Even if all things and all people forsake you, he will remain by your side.

Here are some Bible verses to consider:

Psalms 37:28 (NKJV) 28 For the LORD loves justice, And does not forsake His saints; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.

Matthew 28:20 (NKJV) 20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV) 5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Hot on your Heels

precWltWhat’s coming up fast chasing you? Monsters? Your past failures? Bill collectors? Family members?

Well, if you’re in Christ, the Word of God makes it clear something very Good is coming up fast behind you.

Isaiah 51:11 Those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. (NIV)

Psalm 23:6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (NIV)

God’s Will and the Worry of Making Decisions

precYltYou want God’s will, but it’s not always clear what His will is.  So you worry about making the wrong decision.  Sound familar?

Listen to this short audio message that offers some freedom right from God’s word:

God’s Will and Making Decisions (mp3)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Focus in the Right Place – Audio Message

precDltDavid’s Psalm 38 teaches us some big lessons about how we can get ourselves into a worried, depressed state by where we focus our mind on.   Take a two minute break and listen to this short message:

Focus On God (MP3 Audio)

When you can’t see . . . hope

Sometimes we read that the Lord is with us and and will help us, but things get worse and we don’t see the reality of these words.  In the bible, Job, who went through many trials, also felt this too.  He said of God:

When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him. Job 23:9

Listen to this short message of encouragement, for God is at work!

When You Don’t See Or Feel (mp3)

 

God wants to bless you more

It’s easy when we’re going through trials to think that God is mad at us.   The reality is is God wants to bless you, and he’ll give you more than you ask for.  Listen to this short message:

God wants to bless us more than we ask  (mp3)

Bow down so He can lift you up

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”  James 4:10

Have you ever been in situation where you have to rely on the Lord? Where there’s no human way out?

Well, I’m in one of those situations now. I look around me and it seems like there’s no hope. But I know this. The Lord is the one who brought me into this world. And this is one of those times where I just have to get low and say, “Lord you’re the only hope I have.”

And then I remembered all of the times that the Lord got me out of troubles. And David in Psalm 124 also remembered this as well.
Bottom line is we have to get low, not relying on our own strength, to trust the Lord.

Psalm 124
A song of ascents. Of David.
1If the Lord had not been on our side—
let Israel say—
2if the Lord had not been on our side
when men attacked us,
3when their anger flared against us,
they would have swallowed us alive;
4the flood would have engulfed us,
the torrent would have swept over us,
5the raging waters
would have swept us away.
6Praise be to the Lord,
who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
7We have escaped like a bird
out of the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
and we have escaped.
8Our help is in the name of the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He knows the way that I take

Is your future uncertain?  Do you wake up in the night playing out the scenarios and none seem good?  If you trust in Jesus, God holds your future securely in His hands and will work them out for your ultimate good.  Listen to this short audio message of comfort:

He knows the way that I take (mp3)

Referenced scriptures:  Job 23:10, Psalms 139

Remember what God has done for you

Yes, I’m in the midst of another crises – this one of employment and career. There are many pressures and worries that are attacking my mind and many hurts that have cut my heart. However, the fact remains is God is in control and he loves us.  It’s good during these times to remember all the ways God has come through for us in the past. This time is no exception. Consider this Psalm of David:

Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits– who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. – Psa 103:2-6 NIV

The fact is we can’t live life alone.  We would have been destroyed and killed a long time ago without His help.  God will fight for you, but he wants your trust.

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.
– Exodus 14:14 NIV

God leads us into impossible situations

With all the relationship trials and other tribulations, you are no doubt looking forward to God bringing you out of the trials.  But did you know he brings us into trials?  But God will have a victory, and your testimony of faith is what he wants.

James MacDonald looks at the famous story of how the Israelites were brought out of Egypt right into a situation where they were blocked between the might of Pharaoh’s army and the Red Sea.  God lead them right into a dead end, before he delivered them with a miracle.  The fact of the matter is God leads us into our problem as part of His plan.  It is a hard thought that a good God would lead us right into trouble, but it is our faith and trust that he wants.  He is in complete control and will lead us out in His time.

Audio – James MacDonald – I am your victory