What If’s And What Now’s?


So there’s maybe a whole lot of us coming up against a week of what if’s! What if that medical test result isn’t good? What if the finances just aren’t there? What if the kids get this dreadful flu? What if work is just bad news? What if I get that sore throat with this big weekend coming up? What if? What if? What if? and what if? Oh my, so many fears, so much to wrap the head around. So much to plan for! So many hats to wear and so many that don’t even fit any more. What are we suppose to do when life comes at us from all angles with a driving force and gusty winds that knock us flying face first into a deadlock? Opposition with no progress. Yeah, what do we do with that? What do we do with that stuff that comes a calling, to call us out of our peace corner and out of our comfort zone; to set us on edge ready to crack or explode or break into a kazillion pieces? How do we manage it when the “What if’s?” become the “What Nows?”

Well, our Psalmist in Psalm 73, Verses 24 – 25, 26, 28a, speaks out to His God and confirms God’s guidance for the godly through their troubles and changes their misery into glory when he pens the words, “You guide me with Your counsel leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but You? I desire You more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever…..I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter.”

So hey you beautiful one with the beautiful soul and all the what if’s, what for’s, and what now’s; yeah you, all wrapped up in those fears; God’s got this. He’s got all of it. Some things may not be as we wish, but He’s got that too. He knows what’s up and what’s happening. He knows the prodigal. He knows the estranged family members. He knows the kid problems. The thing is, He knows you inside out and right side up in every direction and at every turn. He’s never taken off guard and though our health may take a slide downward and our spirits may grow weak at the thought of it all, He is still our perfect shelter and He is still now and always ours forever! That’s our sweet promise from Him to us and you can take to the bank of life.

Our Psalmist knew it even in his weakness and confirmed it to His God in written word for us today, right now, for such a time as this.

So ~ All that stuff? Cast it out and away!

1 Peter 5:7
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

~k
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Wholehearted Committment


Deuteronomy 6: 4 , 5.

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

The Israelites stood on the verge of the land God had promised to them. A land already established with large cities they had not built. Living accommodations, richly stocked with produce they had not grown and cisterns they had not dug. Verse 10 -13. They were not to forget their God in their land of plenty. They were not to allow their wealth to distract them from their God who rescued them from slavery in the land of Egypt. They were to fear Him and serve Him with wholehearted commitment. They were to commit to His commands wholeheartedly, for He alone and He only was worthy of their worship. They were to love Him with their heart, soul, mind and strength, or, their intellect, will, emotions and spiritual and physical being. They were to live, sleep, breathe and digest His commands as they talked of them, taught of them, slept on them, rose with them and wrote them over doorposts and on gates through the custom of the mezuzah attached to doorframes of houses and buildings. When passing through the doorways they were to touch the mezuzah to show respect and dependence for the Scripture. They were about to prosper at the gracious hand of their God but not without obedience to Him.

Where do you find yourself today? Some remote place where God seems distant and ungiving? Maybe a land of compromise? Maybe a land of plenty has distracted you from His gracious hand. On a scale of one to 10 where does your obedience fall? Peer through that opaque veil and catch a fresh glimpse of God once again. Try giving adoration to the only one worthy of your worship, and reestablish your priorities as you enter into your promised land to take possession of your fullness of life in the Lord.

As true believers then, Let’s be challenged to stamp God’s commandments on our hearts in wholehearted commitment to our God, the only one worthy of our praise. Let’s be challenged today, to live lives of holiness as we strive to love Him with our whole selves: our intellect, will, emotions and our spiritual and physical being. He has called us to a life of obedience, therefore, we must live, sleep, breathe, teach and digest His commands as we respect and depend on His Word for His promise of abundant life even amidst the difficulties.
~k

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His Sweet Spirit In Us


John 4: 24.

“For God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”.

John 4: 21- 24.
“Jesus answered the Samaritan woman at the well, “Believe me dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the One you worship, while we Jews know all about Him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming, indeed it’s here now, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him in that way. For God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”.
John 4: 21- 24.

“In spirit and truth” is a difficult concept to grasp. It may help to think of a woman, who is mom, a wife, and a teacher. She is one person capable of functioning in many ways. Or a man, who carries out the role of a father, a husband and a breadwinner wears many hats in order to keep a family running smoothly. On a much deeper level, in the spiritual realm and in a much more awesome way, God is Truth and He is also Spirit. Jesus goes into detail on the subject, in John Chapter 13, where He washes the disciples feet, and predicts Judas’s betrayal into the hands of the enemy. Christ’s words in Chapter 14 are words of comfort to distraught, confused disciples who just didn’t understand the strange events that were taking place and what was happening. They had many questions and in John 14: 25 – 29, Jesus speaks to them… “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.”

A comforting promise was given by Christ before His death and resurrection. Then. at His final farewell before He ascended into Heaven…He assured believers that they wouldn’t be left alone and when He was gone, they would not be spiritual orphans, but that His Father would send a helper and a comforter in the Holy Spirit to teach and guide His people in truth instilling a peace within their souls.

That part of God that is His Spirit, is His sweet, Holy Spirit, present always, in the believer’s life and since the Spirit of God dwells within, location for worship doesn’t matter. It’s not in the place, it’s in the heart, soul and mind of the believer, where Christ takes up residence because His Spirit surrounds us, maintaining God’s Spirit in the World around us, and sustaining us with His presence.

God is Spirit, and God is Truth and in Him they become one for us, much like a mom is mom and nursemaid for her child. As we enter into a holy worship before the Lord, His spirit that dwells within us communicates with us revealing His Truth and His reality! We don’t have to see Him with our eyes, or hear Him with our ears. No a relationship with Christ goes much deeper than the physical element and our five senses. It goes spiritually deep into a sense that He has saved me, redeemed me and keeps me. It’s a knowledge that all is well with my soul because Christ lives within, maintaining and sustaining. What a delight and a privilege then, to come before Him in humbleness of heart to offer ourselves as a fragrant offering of worship to this Sovereign God who holds us in the palm of His hand.

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Wilderness Wanderers


Forty years of wilderness wandering plagued the Israelites because they listened to the report of 10 spies instead of God’s promise to give them the promised land. They had experienced God’s miraculous works for their deliverance, yet still, rather than believing God’s promise and facing their enemies with faith they were caught up in human deception and discouragement. The giants occupying their land were huge and the enemies were strong, the challenge too dangerous, the risk too great. They refused to move out and take possession for fear of their lives.

They wept and wailed through their night with bitterness! They complained and grumbled about their plight! Why did we leave Egypt? We’ll die in this forlorn land! Shouldn’t we just go back? Wouldn’t it be better? Be safer? Wouldn’t it just be easier back in captivity? Those unfaithful, unbelieving, grumbling Israelites twenty years and older never made it into the land of promise because God saw to it that their unbelief would not be honored.

Oh the wilderness wanderings we face when we focus on deception instead of truth. When we focus on the giants instead of the promises; when we rebel instead of trust! You know it don’t you? The wilderness of rebellion, unbelief, deception and despair? Does your old slavery and bondage to sin just seem more comfortable, easier and safer than trusting God for deliverance? We need to move on out and take what God has promised through trust, while He still gives opportunity. Courage is found when we take God at His word and trust him even though the giants are many and the tasks impossible.
~k

1 Corinthians 10:11
“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

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