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)

Throw off the Weights- Spending time with the Lord

precIltIf you’re like me,  your time is consumed by all the busy ways of modern life, work, chores, events, family.  I really don’t spend enough time with the Lord to listen to Him and read His word in the Bible.  But this is something we must do.  It is a matter of priority.  If you are a believer in Christ, then by Christ we are the daughter and sons of God, and we are commanded to spend time with Him.

Paul, in Hebrews 12 exhorts

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.

The term “everything that hinders”  in this verse in the original Greek is “ogkos” and this means a burden and heavy weight.  This includes our worries and the many “to dos” we have.  It is good to be responsible and a good worker, but let’s remember the Lord is more important than these things.  One hundred years from now, you and other people won’t care about today’s “to dos”  But I can guarantee you that you wish you had spent more dedicated time with the Lord.  Spending time with the Lord is an eternal investment.

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

Remember your destination

Imagine you are a child on a long difficult car trip on a very bumpy road.  Now imagine you didn’t know where you were going.   That would be hard.

But then picture the same scene, long trip and a bumpy road, but you knew you were going to see your grandparents. Their house was filled with all sorts of goodies, lovingly prepared for you. You didn’t know when you were going to get there, but you knew there was a good destination ahead.

This is the position we are in as followers of Christ.  There is no doubt we are on the long, rough road of life, but Jesus did not keep us in the dark about our ultimate destination.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”   — John 14:1-4

Jesus wants us to know our ultimate destination to comfort us.  Let’s not forget our destination, and every pothole that shakes our bones is part of the same road that brings us to Him and pure joy beyond our comprehension.

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

On Empty? You’re ready for God to use.

God uses us when we are on empty and at our wits end.  This has been the pattern for millennia.  Take for example the prophet Elijah, who after a great victory ran from overwhelming troubles against overwhelming odds.  Elijah thought he was alone, but he learned “one plus God is a majority.”   Are your feeling empty and that you’ve run out of resources?   Listen to J Vernon McGee’s sermon:

 

When God and Elijah Were a Majority (MP3)