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

 

God sees your mission is done even though you are still waiting

What does your unanswered prayer have to do with a space mission?  The recent successful landing of JPL’s Curiosity mission on Mars demonstrated a similar principal in the Bible-  success can already have happened even though we are still waiting for it. Confused?   Read on . .

Since it takes radio waves 14 minutes to reach Earth from Mars right now, the Mars mission control at JPL in Pasadena received word of a successful landing long after the events had already happened.    While the scientific world sat on the edge of its collective seats, and waited as each bit of telemetry and data trickled in, on Mars the probe had landed many minutes earlier, guided automatically to its landing.

We too have a limited view in our lives of the events we are praying for.  It seems to us we are waiting forever for our prayers to be answered, but in God’s eternal time, he already sees the end.  To our earth-bound minds, it seems like the answer to our prayer is a long time off.  But God’s way will happen;  you can be sure.  Trust Him to unravel your prayer in His time.

 

I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. Isaiah 46:10

 

Dad, are we there yet?

We have to do a lot of waiting in this life.  We wait for loved ones to come to the Lord.  We wait for reconciliation.  We wait for God to improve us.  This waiting is is part of God’s way to mature us:

“When you are going to play with me?” “Not yet. Not until I finish this report.” Fifteen seconds later the child asks the same question, this time with a tone of voice that can drive you mad. But the child is in us all. We too look forward to the day when we have learned perseverance before the Lord. It is the older wise man or woman who can take the many hassles of life in stride, without grumbling and complaining, with contentment rather than resignation. God has chosen to inject his character of perseverance and patient waiting into everyday, earthly life. We are patiently waiting for the Lord’s coming. Creation itself is patiently waiting for the time when it will be liberated from bondage (Rom. 8:22).

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Willful Wanderer- Come Home!

Do you have a prodigal?  Learn about the pattern of the prodigal as described in the word of God from pastor James MacDonald:

Does it make sense to you? Who gets up and walks away from their home, their family, and everything that’s familiar? Who puts everyone who protects and provides for them in the rear view mirror? A prodigal does. Don’t try to figure it out—it doesn’t make sense. Prodigals are not just young people; they can be any age. A prodigal may not leave their parents—they could leave their spouse or their extended family. A prodigal can physically take off or they can just emotionally check out. Hardly a family around escapes the heartbreak of loving a prodigal. If you’re waiting for a prodigal, take heart. You’re not alone and your struggle is not unique. Pastor James MacDonald will pour encouragement in you to keep praying. If you are a prodigal—what’s it gonna take for you to come to the end of yourself? Turn your stubborn heart back to God and come home. Someone is waiting for you.

Willful Wanderer–Come Home! (Audio)

Pray with the right motives

Are you praying for your loved one?  Yes?   Excellent.   But the Lord convicted me of something recently.  You see, my prayer for my loved one was often focused more on myself.  “I want our relationship restored.”  “I want her to have the joy of salvation.”  “I want  . . . . ”

You get the picture.   It is so important to continue to pray for marriage restoration, but we need to pray with God’s heart, not just our own desires for a restored marriage.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that wanting a restored marriage is a bad thing, but our heart should first be the Lord’s, which is focused on Him and his will to help and save our prodigals.

Jesus used a model prayer to teach us how to pray (Luke 11:13).  This this prayer Christ teaches us to pray first for God’s will and way, then to forgive others.  Later in this chapter Christ reminds us that heavenly Father is good, and so we are to expect He will give us good things.

So let’s continue to pray for our loved ones, but ask that the Lord would give us His heart and will when we pray.   Then we can leave all the good things he has planned for us to Him.

 

Mourning the Loss of Eden – Looking Forward to Something Better

Songwriter Brandon Heath’s 2011 album Leaving Eden describes a very real thing all of us go through who have suffered the loss of our hopes and dreams at the hand of our own sin and that of others.

We tend to look upon our own losses, such as divorce and separation, as “our own thing” a private pain unique to us.  However, what we need to see is that our loss is a part of the overall human loss suffered at the “ground zero” of sin, when Adam and Eve rebelled against God and had to leave Eden.

Christ, in addressing divorce in Matthew 19 reminds of that broken relationships and divorce was not part of God’s hope for us. Christ says “But it was not this way from the beginning.”

We need to mourn our losses and  move on into forgiveness.  The only way to move on from all this world of pain, brokeness, and heartache is to have a place to go that has the forgiveness we need.  This place is Christ, and as David says in Psalm 9:9 “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.”  Christ has a plan for you and for all this world to make things right and to restore that which was taken by sin from our lives.  He promises in Isaiah 61:3 to “to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”  Ultimately in Christ says “Behold, I am making all things new” Rev 21:5.

 

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God Will Restore All Your Wasted Years by David Wilkerson

You have wasted years.  These may be years spent with the pain and regrets of broken relationships, years wasted in drugs or alcohol, or years wasted where you were far from God and not the husband or wife you should have been.  Within these wasted years your life was eaten up by worms of sin, addiction, sadness, and brokenness.

Joel 1:4 What the locust swarm has left the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left the young locusts have eaten; what the young locusts have left other locusts have eaten.

When you come to Christ and repent, and let Him fill you up with His life, He will more than make up for these wasted years by an ever increasing Love from and for him.  This will fill you up and will flow over to others, including prodigal spouses and broken family relationships.  God can and will restore you and heal your broken relationships!

Joel 2:25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten– the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm — my great army that I sent among you.

Listen – David Wilkerson-God Will Restore All Your Wasted Years

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Faith in the Waiting Room by Alistair Begg

Waiting for God to reconcile a relationship, to change another’s heart, to save a lost loved one, or to heal a sickness can be the most trying experience of your life.  It is compounded by the voices of “reason” which are all around you among family, in the church.  They say “Why wait?  Get on with your life.  Move on.  Did God really tell you that he will restore?”

God wants more than anything to have your faith and trust.  The age-old pattern is for God to have us wait upon him.  In his wonderful Scottish brogue, Alistair Begg reviews the truth of faith that is shown in the lives of Abraham and Sarah. You may be pressured to take matters into your own hands, but the lesson is we will make a mess of things.  Wait upon God, He will always be faithful and His outcome will always be best.  Years may pass, but God’s word always comes true.

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For more on Alistair Begg’s teachings, check out TruthforLife.org

Is Your God Big Enough? Stand Firm by Charlyne Steinkamp

If you have accepted Christ as your salvation, you are trusting Him to save you from death. But are you trusting Him with your life?  You may say “There is no hope for my marriage – my spouse just keeps on rejecting. It is impossible. If you could only see how messed up things are” This is a lie.  The word of God clearly teaches that God loves marriage, hates divorce, and can do the impossible, but we need to stand in faith.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mar 10:27

Please listen to the Charlyne Steinkamp’s message “Stand Firm.”  Charlyne and her husband lived through separation, divorce, and so many marriage problems even the pastors in their church gave up!  But God brought Charlyne back from hopelessness and she stood for her marriage and believed in the word the Lord gave her.  God restored their marriage beautifully.  God can heal broken marriages – just believe in what the word says and have faith:

Listen- Stand Firm – Charlyne Steinkamp

Please visit the Steinkamps ministry site Rejoice Marriage Ministries for so much more . . .