Where’s Your Focus?

Forty years of wilderness wandering plagued the Israelites because they listened to the report of ten 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 honoured.

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.

I wonder who we hear? The reports of people or the Lord’s promises to us.?

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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Just Simple Trust

So I know, sometimes we just need to fix the fence and repair the building. Sometimes we just need to do what we need to do and nail it. But really for our soul health and our own peace of mind, in our own broken-down mess of trouble, it’s just simple faith is the all-important element in the dark moments of life! Just downright and outright faith in our Lord can get us through the maze of confusion and chaos. No understanding necessary, no worry, no figuring, no planning, no plotting, no scheming and no control mechanism. No, none of that….. Just pure, simple faith and trust in God alone….is our strength and our sanity.

So do what you need to do to mend what you need to mend. Fix, repair, forgive, forget, move on, and move out, but for the scars and the pain and the unknowns, trust in our Maker will soothe the soul of the fearful.

Peace

So, it’s been a year and some months of unrest and we’re all a bit tired and weary here. Our days come and go, each one dragging into the next and so much has happened to rock our world into a topsy turvy mode that some kind of peace is questionable for sure. Thankfully God’s peace has no question mark around it! It’s a different peace, isn’t it? It’s a peace that passes all understanding and holds fast even in the storm. Even in the chaos and in the losses of life.

God’s peace is our blessing! To experience it is to experience a calm, serene mind and joyful heart in the face of adversity and as His children, it’s our right and our authority to step into it and claim it. Peace is our victory in the difficult, our stability in the storm, our hope against the thick walls of impossible and our hug from God that all is well. Peace in our heart and soul will ward off the enemy quicker than any other weapon of warfare, simply because it places trust in our Lord and removes fear. It removes our desire to control, to fight, to worry, to counterattack for the last word. Peace is a peaceful mind and whispers ‘quiet’ to the soul even in hard places. It allows grace to all ~ to either change or not to change! Peace takes our hands off the control and allows our Sovereign God to reign and manage and heal and repair. He does the work and we just step into His peace while He does it.

Peace ~ such a blessing, and such a gift. Beautiful soul, step into it and walk in it as we progress along in this journey of life.

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A Way Through the Hard Place

 

Thing is, the fear is huge and the questions unending without any concrete answers. Sadly, man has lost control of all he thought brought happiness to his world. Of all, he thought he held tightly within his reach, within his power. Today, we realize we really have so little! You and I and we and us, today, here we sit, all of us, now no longer watching other countries suffer but feeling the nitty-gritty of our own countries in chaos and failure. Our economy writhes in pain as travel becomes somewhat restricted, and sports events carry on without spectators in the bleachers. Masks are a way of life and mandates and protocols are put in order for shoppers. Malls close and restaurants tighten their doors and here we are sitting smack dab in the middle of the fear and pain of it all. Now we sit on the edge of global collapse under the defeat of a pandemic that can’t be stopped and a clever beast that can’t be controlled. Is it God’s wrath, maybe?

Is it God’s love for the world He’s created? I believe God’s love is so great for His people that He would allow our enemy to present desperately fearful conditions, in order to call His people to come into His glorious, heavenly Kingdom.

Beautiful one, this desperate scenario, we see today, as hard as it is, is nothing compared to what a lost eternity will hold! A lost eternity will be a place of hope gone forever with no way to escape. There, no mask will protect and no protocol will keep one safe. It will be a free-for-all for the enemy to have his way, and he won’t care one whit about you. It won’t be pretty and it won’t be fun. Hope will sink with the final sunset of a lost eternity where the sun will rise no more. Ponder it as you sit wringing your hands over today’s problems and realize that today is the day of salvation. Today He calls but tomorrow may be too late to heed the call. Today is the day of salvation and coming to the Lord to find shelter under His wing of salvation, protection and unconditional love. Yeah, He’s got this hard place and in His mercy, He always makes a way through. ❤

2 Corinthians 6:2:

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”