You Got The Invite Too

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…”Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31

HOW ARE WE RSVPing?

Anyone else just too busy?! I mean, are you too finding yourself at times running circles around that chicken with no head! Well I think Jesus and His disciples could easily have found themselves in that same arena as we see in the first part of verse 31 in Mark 6 it states, Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat…  

Mark 6 depicts rejection from friends and family, teaching from village to village, casting out demons, healing the sick, the death of a deeply important friend… I mean talk about a taxing full agenda! Jesus invites them to come away with Him and get some rest… we too have been given that same invite (Matt. 11:28, James 4:8). We are not more busy than Jesus and the disciples so how are we RSVPing? It may take some strategic planning to make sure Jesus is at the top of our agenda but the dividends will be exponential (Job 32:8, John 3:34, Isaiah 40:31)!

WHEN OUR AGENDA IS JILTED, THEN WHAT?

So in this instance in Mark 6 they are strategic in planning to get some time away when verse 33 states, But many people recognized them and saw them leaving, and people from many towns  ran ahead along the shore and got there ahead of them. So their great plan for a little R&R was interrupted. How do we respond when our perfect plan or to-do list get’s jilted?

Verse 34 shows us Jesus response, Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat and just lost it, I mean just yelled, screamed and locked himself in the nearest cave – ya no. He had the COMPASSION REACTION! …he stepped from the boat, and had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

The compassion reaction sees with eyes of grace and mercy and love and is fueled by the Spirit within us. He stepped out and immediately was fixed on their needs rather than His own. But what does Isaiah 58:10 say?

and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs for the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

I wonder if in our me-centered world half our depleted problem is our self focus?! How much of our busyness is motivated truly and purely to meet the needs of someone else  in need?

Jesus, give me Your compassion reaction when my own self-centered agenda is jilted.

To which I think He may respond with…

HOW MUCH BREAD DO YOU HAVE?

Mark 6 also contains the miracle feeding of 5000 but Jesus asks the flabbergasted disciples to feed them! They are like, WHAT!!??! Jesus then asks in verse 38, How much bread do you have? 

Jesus says He is the Bread of Life in John 6:35. Maybe what He is asking them is how much of Me do you have… do you know… do you trust? To the measure we have filled of Him will be the measure we can pour out on others.

The disciples go and find actual bread, but not much, only 5 loaves. Yet they offer up what they have and yet in-spite of how meager their offering, God doesn’t laugh, but receives it, and feeds 5000 with basket fulls left over!!!

You may not think you know much Scripture, or you only just began your relationship with Jesus, or you just don’t have the equipping for (—) you fill in that blank.

Dear one, it’s not about how much you have, but in Who’s hands you place “it”.  Remember it wasn’t the disciples that fed the 5000 it was Jesus, He just wanted to involve them in the process. The bigger the gap in our inadequacy the more Jesus get’s a chance to fill us up!

Jesus wants to be your Bread of Life and you can have as much of Him as you like – He gives without limit to ALL who would believe and receive Him (John 3:16)!

HAVE YOU INVITED HIM?

Finally we see the example we are to follow in Jesus once again in His diligent pursuit of R&R with His Heavenly Father. Verse 46 states, After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Sometimes we just need to excuse ourselves in order to attend the more important task of just sitting at the feet of Jesus, filling up on the Bread of Life.

During His time with the Father, life still was spinning around Him yet He didn’t miss a beat. When Jesus is our biggest distraction we will not miss a beat of what is truly important either. We can’t fix our eyes on others well, unless our eyes are truly fixed on Him first (Hebrews 12:2).

Jesus notices the disciples struggling in a boat on the water so in only “Jesus style” He just walks out there on the water of course and verse 51 states, Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed – 

Totally amazed for sure! We can’t see wind can we but when Jesus gets in your boat the look of your storm may not change but the torrents of wind you feel raging within you can receive a peace that passes understanding (Phil. 4:7) and THAT is totally amazing!

You are invited… RSVP today accepting, and receiving Him, the Bread of Life, into your boat – it will be totally amazing!

Independent Read: Revelation 3:20

Mr. Hupo

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Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

So the over arching theme of my life at the moment…(who am I kidding) the over arching theme of my life – period – is the failure to SLOW DOWN! Maybe you do not struggle as much as I do with running at such a high altitude that taking a deep breath is often not an option! But I have to say that is a choice we make, right! Jesus was the most inundated, sought after individual on the face of the planet! I mean, on His “to-do list” it said, “save the world… literally”! Yet I never see Him depicted in scripture anywhere just loosing it, just hyper ventilating in a heep, or in a ball of panic stricken worried fear! No, quite the opposite really… we see Him at all hours in conversation with His Heavenly Father (Mark 1:35, Luke 6:12). Jesus got His “to-do list” from the Father AND the strength AND the calm AND the complete equipping to fulfill it from the time they spent together.

I tell you what, if you read my previous blog “One Silk Thread At A Time” you will have gotten a bit of the back story to today’s, because God continues to speak to me through this same little guy!!

Almost three weeks ago my youngest caught a giant caterpillar and that very night we watched it spin it’s cocoon!! I know, AMAZING! Now it’s been about threeish weeks and since I don’t wait well I’m all over google making sure our little swallowtail butterfly is going to be okay!! Not like I can really reach in there and help him out at all, but still, if worry worked wonders I’d be wrinkle free and have the metabolism of a five year old! (But alas worry does nothing but the opposite!)

What I DID find out on google floored me! I tell you I am about to have a birthday and dive ever deeper into the —– decade of life, and as a teacher, have done the ordering of caterpillars for my classroom to watch this miracle process NUMEROUS times and still never knew what I found out last night!!!

Sometimes when a late bloomer creates his cocoon late in the season (such as now) God makes a way for that little guy to stay within the safety of his little chrysalis for the duration of the winter!!! It can actually stay in there for about a YEAR!!!

ARE YOU KIDDING ME GOD!?!

I mean are not His messages ALL OVER that one!!!!

Of all the rarities in the world God finds a way to send me a CRAZY SLOW caterpillar/butterfly to care for over the next year as a constant reminder of His love and attention over the details of His creation – you and I – and to speak through even the smallest of creatures in the BIGGEST ways!!

I tell you what, I know He didn’t just send this God sighting, this love note, just for me. Who else needs to be reminded today that YOU ARE LOVED BY HIM BEYOND YOUR WILDEST IMAGINATION!!!! He took the time to send you a CRAZY SLOW butterfly (I say you too, because it is no accident that you are reading this blog in the sea of blogs out there at such a time as this!!) to say SLOW DOWN dear child of Mine, come rest in My mighty arms and receive My love, My peace, My equipping…. I AM able…. let Me fill you and thrill you and ramp up your effectiveness for Me in ways that will blow your mind!!!! Because then it will be My Spirit blowing through you and it is Me who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill My good purpose (phil. 2:13)! Sweet child, it’s the energy that I Myself will so powerfully work in you to accomplish that which I started in you (Col. 1:29. Phil. 1:6)!!!!

Oh my friend I pray you and I can go out today… but out SLOWLY, with eyes to see and ears to hear and lungs that take the time to breathe in all that He is, into our very souls in order to magnify the One who makes all the difference in a world so desperate for a change!

P.S. I almost forgot… since we will be taking care of our little guy for awhile we decided he needed a proper name. So that he doesn’t feel left out that warrants me whipping out my silhouette to properly design his jar like the rest of our pets habitats. His name and namesake verse have now been properly applied – Romans 12:12 : Mr. Hupo: (our fishes name is Uno, Spanish for the number one, which coincides with the story in Matt. 17:24-27. Another blog another time…) So we kept with the foreign language thing and went with the Greek word for patience, hupomone. Hupo – “under” and meno – “remain, endure” – properly, remaining under, endurance; steadfastness, especially as God enables the believer to “remain (endure) under” the challenges He allots in life. (Strong’s Concordance, HELPS Word-studies)

I know it will be hard to let this one eventually fly away but giant yellow swallowtail butterflies will forever be His reminder to me of a GREAT many things… none more loudly than, I see you precious child, I know, I understand, I AM all you need – slow down and receive My lavish love for you in this moment… cuz I made you to FLY too!

God bless you muchly as you slowly sip and savor the the beautiful gift of each purposeful breath and heartbeat His love gives you today for His glory and praise!

Independent Read: Psalm 46:10

 

One Silk Thread At A Time

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He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5

Yesterday evening our youngest comes bounding inside exclaiming, “Mom, dad, come super quick there is something super amazing out here!” Now coming from our adventurous 5 year old we both did bound up “super quick” because you never know what he constitutes as “super amazing”! It could be he built a road ramp for his bike… off the roof! Of which I would say, the only thing super amazing about that is how God intervened before it got used!! God does answers prayer people! Amen!

Actually the “super amazing” was not life threatening and got the whole family excited. It was this GIANT brown caterpillar with a black strip across its back and when you tried to pick it up (not me of course, one of the boys) it shot out two horns from its head and a crazy smell! Once we got it in a jar with adequate air and food supply we researched it and found it was going to be this GIANT yellow butterfly pictured above!

We also found that because it was brown it was just about to create it’s cocoon! We also learned that it must be a late bloomer because you don’t find many this late in the season at this stage. Most have moved on BUT God had a specific message for my heart and I believe His purpose and timing for this little one crawling across our front porch was going exactly according to His perfect plan, not late at all, contrary to what the world wide web would have to say.

Is there a Truth God is trying to bring you that may be running contrary to the worlds perspective?

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jer. 33:3

So that night after the kids had all gone to bed my husband and I sat together just watching as God’s little creation began to spin it’s cocoon!!!! I mean have you ever seen that?! It’s just all awestruck wonder! But that’s when I heard God’s voice to my heart.

He said, “Girl… do you think that caterpillar has ever made a cocoon before? Do you think he is sure of what he is doing, like he went to caterpillar cocoon making school and graduated with honors? Do you think he feels qualified?

I’m thinking… gosh probably not, it’s probably completely uncharted territory for this little one. I mean even his parents are off flying around somewhere unable to crawl back and give him a demo!!

God’s like, “You’re right. All he’s got is Me. Every thread of silk you are watching come out of his little mouth is a leap of faith and trust…. in Me.”

I wonder are you up against anything like this? Anything you feel is so way beyond you that trusting Him is THE only option?! 

It can be scary right. The waves of doubt enormous. But what about the caterpillar? If he steps back instead of up, what will become of him? Seagull bait I imagine.

Now this morning our family all wakes up to a finished cocoon (because God’s always working even while we sleep (John 5:17))! God did not fail Him!

…I will not fail you or abandon you. Joshua 1:5

God’s message to me didn’t stop here. As I’m sipping my morning coffee, (coon side) I here that whisper to my heart again… “Since this little guy has never spun a cocoon before do you think now he is sitting in there wondering if he got it right?” I thought to myself if it were me and I stepped out in faith and ended up in a tight tangled restrictive tube I might be thinking that I quite possibly had failed on a colossal level!

God whispered, “It’s about abiding, waiting, again trusting in Me. The end result may not look like you expected but trust Me and take My perspective… maybe I’m just not done. Patience.”

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil. 1:6

Now from my seat sipping on coffee, I know how this little guys story turns out. He will be one of the biggest most beautifully bright butterflies!! The kind that stops me in my tracks and steals my breath away and makes me praise God right where I am for sharing something like that with me! The kind that brings about awestruck wonder at just Who He is!! So I’m not worried about the little guy. I KNOW he’s going to be more than fine.

God said, “And that is how I see you and your story. I’m not stressing because I know the end of your story as I was the beginning of your story, and I make ALL THINGS beautiful in MY TIME.”

Do you believe this Truth over your own life, situation or circumstance? I pray you do.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. … Ecc. 3:11

Dear Jesus, Thank you for new life. Thank you for second, third and fourth more chances (lam. 3:23). Thank you that you are the vine we can cling to and abide in, trust in at all times (John 15:5). Thank you for Your creation all around us that You use to write us love notes every day to encourage us in Your mighty, matchless, victorious love (Romans 1:20). And thank you for little boys with eyes to notice the workings of Your hand in awestruck wonder. That find You so “super amazing” that sharing You just cannot be contained and thus their love for You becomes contagious. In Your name Jesus, Amen.

Independent Read: Hebrews 10:39

 

 

 

Victim Or Victor – let His Truth ring louder

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These four Philistines were descendants of the giants of Gath, but David and his warriors killed them. 2 Samuel 21:22

Ever felt like you are up against something much bigger than you? Maybe it’s a task you feel God has commissioned you to. A task to accomplish for His glory but that you feel spans far beyond your natural ability. It could be parenting, a job, a diagnosis, or just cleaning out your “junk drawer”! What ever “it” is it feels like a giant. Now, I think there are lower case g giants and there are capital G giants in life but all are scary on some level.

Facing your giants takes courage and courage is not the absence of fear but the presence of trust. God is faithful and we can trust Him, but can He trust us with what He has entrusted to us for such a time as this?

The great I AM has everything we need to face the “giant” or “Giant” so why are we often so tempted to walk as a victim when He calls us a victor in Him!!?!!

Take a moment to read 2 Samuel 21:15-22 (Its amazing!).

Did you see in verse 15 it starts out with, “Once again…” so it wasn’t the first time. Our problem may not be a capital G Giant but it seems to become one just because it occurs DAILY. We can fight it once but “once again..” is another story. But have you noticed John 8:12 also starts out “Once again..” “Once again, Jesus spoke…” There will never be a “once again” that our Jesus in not in “once again” with us.

The Scripture continues on to tell us it was “in the thick of the battle..”. You know like the middle part of the roller coaster. As you are ticking slowly up to the top of the earth in that little death trap of a car (way to late to back out), only a thin bar (that you are now sure is well below appropriate safety standards) is keeping you from plummeting to certain death at the first loop!! “In the thick of the battle” you realize this was a mistake of quite possibly colossal measures and you can in no way see where this “roller coaster ride” will end, so you can only assume it will be the end of you!

You start thinking like the victim because you probably deserve it right, you’re not able to handle this or that, of course you’ll never be as good a “roller coaster rider” as the girl next to you. I mean what were you thinking making the choice to get on anyway?! – But maybe God’s just teaching you to let go. To find that on HIS wings you can soar. If you had never taken that step of faith “in the thick of the battle” that you felt was way beyond your own ability or control, you never would have looked for, or experienced, the ride on His victorious wings!

Now the Scripture says David “became weak and exhausted” and then the giant enters the scene with his NEW sword weighing more than my choice of bowling ball weight!! But isn’t that just like the enemy! To attack (with a new weapon no less) when we are at our weakest most exhausted and in the thick of the battle!

Might we take note of this and be on guard against the devils schemes (Eph. 6:11)! There will be times we are exhausted and weak with not a sliver of energy left that we once had at the beginning of the battle and there may be no end in sight (John 16:33). We might wonder and question if we are even on the right track, begin to doubt our walk or His calling. But do you see verse 17!?!

In verse 17 a friend comes to David’s aid! God is our friend that promises to never leave us (Joshua 1:9, Heb. 13:5) but are you that friend with eyes to see the one that needs encouragement or help in the thick of their battle? Is your heart willing to come to their aid? A friendly smile flashed at a stranger might be God’s commission for me today – I don’t want to miss it! Sometimes we get so caught up in our own battle we miss how we can be helping someone else with theirs (Isaiah 58:10)!

David’s friend encourages him not to let his light get snuffed out. The enemy can use our giants to snuff out our lights can’t he if we let him. Getting us to assume the victim roll he wants us too. But in Jesus we have the light of life and torrents of living water within (John 8:12, John 7:38)!! Stronger is He who is in us than who is in the world (1 John 4:4)!

What truth are you letting ring loudest in your mind?!!

Then the end verse 22 you just gotta love! There were those giants BUT David and his warriors killed them. – So what capital or lower case (G,g) “giants” are you facing? What is stacked up against you that in your own self is too much, too big and you don’t have enough…(—) you fill in that blank.

David didn’t either. He was weak, exhausted, could see no end and the giant enemy had a big new weapon. But it seems to me he chose to take up the shield of faith in his GIANT God, the God of heavens armies, God Almighty and let His truth ring louder in his mind. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me, Says the LORD. Isaiah 54:17

In Jesus you are not the victim of your G/giants, so don’t take the roll of a victim when He’s called you a victor! …Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has overcome… Where O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? …thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. (Rev. 5:5, 1 Cor. 15:55,57-58)

Independent Read: John 15:5

Remember God’s Bee

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Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

I took this picture from our backyard garden. Just look at that crazy big bee! “According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way that a bee should be able to fly. It’s wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyways. Because bees don’t care what humans think is impossible.” -Bee Movie

It can be hard to ignore human influence sometimes don’t you think – and “just fly anyway”. But Jesus also said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 

You know how the light affects your eyes first thing in the morning or just coming out of a dark room…walking in the dark too long makes it difficult to see in the light. In life I think the more we continue to immerse ourselves in the Truth of His Word and in communion with Him in prayer the less the darkness of this world will be able to effect our vision – our thought life.

Don’t let the darkness of this world blind you.

Colossians 3:1-2 states, Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  Setting your heart and mind on something is a focus right.

So today let’s set our focus on Truth, walk in the Light, remember God’s bee and…

fly anyway.

Independent Read: Mark 5:36

The Closed Door Invitation

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And then, though it is against the law, I will go in and see the king. Esther 4:16

If, having no prior knowledge, one was handed a world map drawn on a flat piece of paper, one might just assume the world is flat. However in this day in age, though the world appears flat on a map we can rely on what we KNOW to be true, that the world is indeed round.

Sometimes, when God seems silent, maybe it’s an opportunity to rely on His promises that we  KNOW are true, rather than our own “flat” perspectives.

For instance it was recently brought to my attention in the book of Esther chapter four, Esther herself is faced with a situation that from any human perspective would seem fatal. She is asked to confront the king in order to save the Jewish race however anyone entering into his presence un-summoned would be killed! Side note: Esther, his wife, had not been summoned at all in the last 30 days!

I don’t know about you but that door of opportunity for Esther, at least from my perspective, seems like a closed door. A door that closed 30 days ago!!

Esther however decides to embrace bold and brave with both hands (since courage is not the absence of fear but the presence of trust) and fast for three days before taking on the closed door – I’m sure a whole lot of praying was going on too!!

One might think that after 3 days of fasting and prayer especially for a good cause like Esther’s (saving God’s chosen people) might warrant some clear direction, maybe even a crack in the bolted door – like maybe an impromptu date night invitation from the king!! I bet if Esther was anything like me she probably highly suggested that idea to the King (with a capital K) herself in prayer – multiply times!

However we see that at the end of three days of fasting….nothing had changed one iota. But I find that sometimes prayer doesn’t change my situation, sometimes it does, but it most definitely changes me.

Esther, I believed was strengthened in the promises of God those three days – like Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego in Daniel 3 when they declare to their evil king that they will in no way bow down to the idol even if it means being thrown into the furnace. They believed that God could save them but even if for whatever reason He chose to do things another way like take them to heaven in the fire, they would trust God no matter what. They would not waver in their persevering faith.

It’s like Jesus told John the Baptist when he began to doubt while in prison – blessed is the one who does not lose faith on account of how He does things (paraphrased Matt. 11:6). He knows things we don’t and understands things we can’t so ever increasing trust is a good thing to pray for in my book!

If you know the story Esther does end up surviving and the Jewish race is preserved but she needed to confront the king inspite of what looked like from her human perspective, a closed door and certain death. So I wonder if in our own lives what we might first perceive as a closed door may not be a closed door at all, but an invitation to knock.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 Jesus is the greatest gift of all, He does not withhold Himself from anyone. He wants all to receive Him as their personal Lord and Savior, to find Him as the great I AM for all that they need in any and every situation.

He is more than enough for our current situations and circumstances, and if what at first appears like a discouraging closed door might we allow Him to change our “flat” perspective of it. Maybe it’s an invitation to knock, knock again, or to knock just a little bit harder into His Word; an opportunity to lean against it, rest, abide in the steadfastness of His Word.

Sometimes I think a closed door or a silent answer is not meant to discourage but to encourage. Encourage us, invite us to take a step in ever increasing faith and trust into Him who proves faithful every time.

Independent Read: Proverbs 3:5-6, Deuteronomy 31:6

 

Deployed and On Assignment

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I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5

A dear friend shared in an email the other day her elation at being given another assignment from God. I was so intrigued with her view on life, that I find myself praying to also take such a perspective. God is always moving (John 5:17) and I want to be ready for active duty along side Him at any moment.

1 Corinthians 2:9 states, No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. – This world feels like our reality but in fact the Kingdom of heaven is our home and true reality. Like Abraham we can confidently look forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God. (Heb. 11:10) A place with no more death, sorrow, crying or pain! (Rev. 21:4)

Revelation 21:7 states that, All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God and they will be my children. Verse 8 starts, But cowards…. I see here in this verse 8 that cowards are grouped with unbelievers, corrupt, murderers, immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers and all liars…. these will not make heavens entrance. – Cowards are those who abandon Jesus at the threats of the enemy, they fear persecution so badly that they choose the temporary relief this world gives over eternal life.

In the physical world our repercussions are more immediate when we make wrong choices… you choose to step out in front of a moving car and you get hit… in the spiritual realm it can be more delayed… sinful behavior may bring you temporary pleasure but in the end an unrepentant, unbelieving heart will lead to hell. 2 Peter 3:9 tells us God wants none to perish. However the choice is ours to make.

In this world all who believe in Jesus are on assignment deployed to bring the Good News of His Kingdom, of the Gospel of Jesus to a world that is passing away unless they too accept Him. Acts 13:22 tells us David was a man after God’s own heart. David made plenty of mistakes of which I am glad the Bible records giving hope for people like me!

No matter what happened to David he refused to turn away from God. David allowed each situation and circumstance to motivate him to seek deeper into God’s heart. Proving David had faith in Who God was more than in what God did.

Do we know God well enough that when God allows things to happen in our lives that we do not understand, that anger us or give us great fear or sorrow, we choose not to turn away but to go deeper into His heart?! Can we sift all our feelings about what we do not understand through the character of God depicted in the Scriptures and find strength and renewed hope… because it’s there.

Psalm 144:1-2 lists David naming God his rock, his loving ally, his fortress, his tower of safety, his rescuer, his shield… to need someone to be those kind of things you have not had a cake walk this side of heaven but to know someone as those things you have to be running to them not away.

This world seems like reality but in fact it is but a single breath in the lungs of eternity.

When David lost his son he said I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me. (2 Sam. 12:23) David knew of a reality greater than his right now. When he lost his buddy Uzzah David was angry and afraid but before the end of chapter 6 in 2 Samuel he is found worshiping God with all his might!

Jesus prayed in John 17:20-26 for you and I, for all believers. He knew first hand being deployed and on assignment in this world would encompass many hardships, He tells us so in John 16:33. Jesus prays in verse 24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am and in verse 23 He prays that the world would know Him and His love for us.

Now I’m pretty sure Jesus gets anything He prays for so if we choose to take part in the victory Jesus won on the cross and resurrection through simply believing we will be at the end party Revelation talks of… that one with no tears, sorrow or pain!

But this earthly mission is not for cowards, not for those who shrink away but for those who choose to persevere and stand firm in the faith in spite of persecution, hardship, and things that just don’t make sense to us. And the best part is that we were never asked to do it alone! Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to reside within us and 1 John 4:4 states stronger is He who is in us than he who is in the world!

We get to choose what fills the void hardships can leave in this life – more faith or frustration and bitterness. But our mission, our deployment, our assignment holds too great an importance in the Fathers heart for us to give up!

We must persevere! There is a world out there literally dying to know the Truth we have in Jesus and it’s our job to bring it, to live out our faith in a Kingdom not of this world! So let’s not give the enemy the satisfaction of seeing us sidelined, sidetracked or worse out of the game entirely. Let’s let our mighty victorious God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Jesus to use every mistake, failure or hardship for His good and glory as He promises He can. (Romans 8:28, Gen. 50:20)

If you are breathing and believing you’ve already been deployed as a soldier in His army. He has an assignment for you unlike anyone else’s. He specifically placed inside you an angle that reflects Him like no one else He’s created. An angle of Him that someone else needs to see today.

Don’t miss today’s opportunity, today’s assignment to step up bravely, toe to the line in ever increasing trust that He Himself will be with you and maybe even be something to you you’ve never known before as you run into Him and not away.

He promises never to leave or forsake us (Heb. 13:5) so just keep your eyes fixed on Him the author and perfecter of your faith and He will direct your steps and make your paths straight…. straight through this world into your Kingdom home, and prayerfully there will be a trail of others following in your wake, soldier. You can do all things through Him who gives you strength. Phil. 4:13

Independent Read: Micah 7:8, 2 Cor. 2:14, Gal. 6:9, Prov. 3:5-6