The headlines fill our minds with fear. I imagine that on the day that Jesus was taken to be crucified, his followers felt hopeless. It is only natural that they would only have seen the circumstances. They thought they knew what to expect, but they really had no idea what was about to happen, or why. Sure, Jesus prepared them as much as he was allowed, but how could they fully comprehend that their hope was gone?
We forget to trust in the gentle voice we hear inside that speaks to us saying encouraging things like—all is well; hold on; you’re gonna make it; trust in me; lean not to your own understanding; I am that I am; all things work together for the good if we love God—and I wonder, this week, have I made myself available to obey God’s will for my life?
Am I flexible when God’s will changes? His will is not set in concrete, am I ? Have I hindered his vision for me? Without change in our lives nothing can get better. If we are rigid in our attitudes or our ideas and not flexible, we will eventually die. Very little life can survive if the water is not moving. It is the moving of the water that generates power and results.
We say, Lord send a revival and let it start with me, then we sit down on God and wait for a special invitation, service, or move of God, before we can get motivated to act.
Teach me, Lord, to be a worshiper not a whisperer. Help me to trouble the waters enough to bring life to my soul. Lord, help me to be unsatisfied with a mediocre, half-hearted, approach to God. Help me to reverence your sanctuary as you commanded in Leviticus 19:30. Make me truly hungry for revival. Teach me to pray and invite revival in our midst.
Stop my own unbelief from hindering what you desire to do through me.
It’s very easy to move with the water, to move along without a vision, but it takes discipline to change direction against the current of the world. Help me to know you, Lord, and to hear your voice as you lead me into all truth. Remind me of your faithfulness. Help me choose to go against the current of the world. Teach me to trust you implicitly even when I don’t understand where you are leading me to or why.
In Jesus’ Name,
You’re Daughter, Grace
“And the Lord said unto me, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry: (Habakkuk 2:2-3).
The Same. In every stage of my walk with God, he has been great to me. It doesn’t matter how hopeless my situation has seemed to me, at times: Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.
When I’m troubled, I can call on the Name of Jesus. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. No matter what the challenges we face in life, we can overcome them if we realize this truth that we serve a God who can not fail. He never changes. He isn’t worried about the turmoil in the world. He doesn’t fret when the storms of life come. He stays the same. He is always faithful, always dependable. He never forgets his promises.
“Lo, I am with you alway even unto the end of the earth.” We need to be reminded that we serve the one true God. He isn’t frail or uncaring. He is solid and a present help in the time of trouble.
“Casting all of your care upon him; for he careth for you ” (1 Peter 5:7).
“My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
I need to remember that the time I spend in his presence, in fellowship with him is all important. It is my desire that during the incredibly busy seasons that I remember the most important times in my life are built around being in his presence, for it’s in his presence that there’s fullness of joy and at his right hand are pleasures forevermore.
We need to be about our father’s business, true, but let’s don’t allow working for the Lord to become a substitute for prayer, worship, and spending time at his feet. Remember, Mary chose the good part, and she reaped the blessings from it. Martha was doing important things, but she left out the most important thing—sitting at the Master’s feet to learn from him. If we will spend quality time with Jesus, he will be glorified, and we’ll see the fruit from our labors, for he says our labor is not in vain. ALL IS WELL with my soul.
Yes, his followers may have felt hopeless on that day, but it only took three days for their entire lives to change. Those who crucified him, opened up the door to our salvation. In this week’s, Lattereign, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Their Rejection Became Our Redemption