The love that Fred has for Lorraine is so beautiful! Isn’t it amazing that we have a God that has a love that is this powerful and forgiving? Listen to Fred’s story and the song that he wrote for Lorraine:
It’s easy to see the circumstances that we are currently in and be overwhelmed by them. God has a plan for each of us, all we can do is trust him.
“Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack. My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” – Psalm 56:1-4
Listen to this mans story and know that God has a plan for all of us.
When should we fight for what we want? When should we wait for God to act? God has a calling for all of us. We are called to live for him and be a people of action. However, make sure that action is not separate from God. What you’re fighting and living for, make sure it’s God honoring.
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” – Psalm 37:4-6
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” – Proverbs 16:9
God doesn’t tell us that he won’t give us more than we can handle. If that was the case then why would we believe and trust in God? Don’t we call to him when the world gives us too much and we are overwhelmed? Through God we can go all things. When we trust in him, that is where we find peace and he gives us strength.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13
This notion that believing in God makes our lives suddenly perfect is a lie. I am not saying he is not a perfect God, just that this world we live in is not perfect. That is the lie. It is filled with sin which we need to know because it is filled with temptation and suffering. God gives us a way out and he protects us and always has a plan for us. When we are put in a position for temptation, he give us a way out. As the article said, that does not go the same for suffering. As Christians we will and are called to suffer. That may make a non-believer question why on earth you would want to be apart of something you know you will suffer. For me, I see it as a blessing. I have a God who I can trust to get me through these things and by trusting and calling out to him, he knows that I do trust him and how much I need him. He already knows this, but acknowledging him, he feels us with peace, strength, and he guides us.
Just look up John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Jesus gives us peace! He came to this earth, relieved us of the penalty of sin and then gifts us with peace. Then going to Isaiah 30:15 says, “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.'” When you see someone seeking a quiet place or even being quiet, that is a strong person. Holding your tongue and listening, that is strength. God calls us to be quiet and seek a quiet place so we can spend time with him seek him and hear him. “Quietness and trust is you strength” I pray that throughout your day you do not forget that.
When we do reach those moments of spiritual battle, we have an amazing and awesome God who knows that in this world we are in a constant battle. “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, God makes sure that we can fight away evil and that we are constantly protected and guarding our hearts and mind. Knowing God’s Word and spending time with him is how we can stay strong through these battles. Remember to stand firm!
I now shall leave you with this, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” Ephesians 6:10-20
“God’s First Act of Grace: God is Three in One” Pastor Fred spoke from Genesis 1 and John 1 this past Sunday and Saturday at Cornerstone Christian Church. In Genesis 1:26 it says, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” In our image, not in my image, but our – God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Pastor Fred expands on this throughout the sermon and it is worth listening to.
How subtle it is said to be created in “our image”, hearing this struck me because you know that you our created in God’s image and we always say, he made us in his image. God tells us in the first book that he is not alone. Then we go to John 1 and it’s about the Word. God is the Word, in the beginning he was the Word and the Word was with God. God knew all along what it would say and he created not only this world that was a void, but Words that even when he no longer is physically with us, we can still grow closer to him.
Through his Word, that he created each of us in their image. What an amazing God we have! I know how easy it is to skip over Genesis 1:26, God wants to make man in our image. I am so thankful for that, Three in One! I pray that throughout today you can be in awe of that and that we have his word to grow closer to him, to trust him, to love him, and to be a mirror of him throughout our day. May you be reminded of that and may it be a reminder to those you encounter.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. – Genesis 1:3-8
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Our God created this! He made this an let us enjoy this beauty. Take a moment and pause, look up from the screen and see what beauty surrounds you. He created this! He created the world we live in, and he created each one of us.
A wonderful book called, “Jesus Calling” had this devotional, “Learn to enjoy life more. Relax, remember that I am God with you. I crafted you with enormous capacity to know Me and enjoy My Presence. When My people wear sour faces and walk through their lives with resigned rigidity, I am displeased. When you walk through a day with childlike delight, savoring every blessing, you proclaim your trust in Me, your ever-present Shepherd. The more fully you can enjoy life. Glorify Me through your pleasure in Me. Thus proclaim My Presence to the watching world.” Look at verses Matthews 1:23 and John 10:10-11
Be in a childlike delight! Run through open fields, lay on the ground an look up at clouds, be still. God calls us to be quiet with him and be still. What a better way then to look out into the world he’s created us to be in. Look up! Now go be with the day and take every opportunity God has granted you with!
This is a sad truth to the world we live in. Don’t we want to be present for the person/people we are there for? By just being there, doesn’t mean we are actually there for our friends or a person in need. We are not fulfilling what God ask of us, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. . . Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” – Galatians 6:2, 9, 10
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We all have experienced moments like this, you are with your friends and they all seem to be one their phones. The most annoying moments come when you are one on one with a friend you haven’t seen or you’re catching up with them and they constantly check their phone. Have you ever called them out for it? Doesn’t it make you feel like you’re not valuable or enough for them? Well you are valued. Technology is great for connecting us to one another and letting us know about events, peoples lives, or latest thing, but that’s just what they want you to know.
Social media doesn’t let us see what is really happening in their lives. Being so caught up in ourself and all these outlets we miss the beauty and world around us. We live in a beautiful world. Each day is a blessing and a gift, treat it like one. See the person next to you and smile or ask them how they are. The smallest thing can mean so much. Doesn’t it make you smile when someone says hi, even if you don’t know them?!
The way this world is going we will all meet one another from the internet setting us up because we are all so busy in our own lives that making a personal connection is almost lost. Don’t lose it! Even as you’re reading me on the computer, smart phone or tablet, look up! What a beautiful place you’re in. Go for a walk and be in awe of where God has you.