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.”

How Sweet is the Light

 

“Light is sweet and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.”

Ecclesiastes 11:7.

Oh, how we love the light after the bleak and after the dreary! When skies are clouded with grey, oh yes, how we love the light then! Oh, how we cherish the rays of the sun when they win and fight their way through tough clouds and how we remember those rays of sunlight with favour in the storms and in the darkness of our lives. Yeah, in those desperately, dark days sometimes we just want to throw in the towel and cease to run and forget to stand, don’t we?

Yeah, those just ‘give up” kind of days where we, for some reason, just can’t even stand on the promises of God! Some days and some seasons, It’s difficult to stand for the Truth, to stand for what’s right, to stand for the Light, or to stand for anything at all, isn’t it? No light, no sun, no hope, no motivation and who cares anyway? Just give it all up and dissipate into oblivion. It seems so much easier and safer that way!

Victory In The Cross

Beautiful soul, are you ‘standing’ strong still or has uninvited trouble sideswiped you off stance, off course, run you off-track and mislead you out of whack? Has your world spiralled downward with all manner of distractions, and taken you along for the plummet? Yes, even when the sun shines and the days are good, we don’t see the light of it always, because too much stuff is in the way of our belief and too much dark covers our insight and blinds our pathway.

“They have eyes, but they see not, ears, but they hear not”

Jeremiah 5: 21.

We cringe, we fear, we recoil and withdraw because even in the sunlight the mind is bleak and dreary some days. Well you and I and we and us ~ When we can’t find the sun, it’s crucial that we look to the Son and the Savior to find His love gracing us even in the dark. Find His care watching over us, even in the night. Find His awesome grace sustaining us over the hard places and the difficult challenges. Find the Truth in His Word to light our way and His protection to guard our minds, our hearts and our souls.

Yeah, in the dark, when the sun isn’t shining for the time, we must seek Him, find Him and follow Him! We dare not wait for life to be perfect and light before we determine to see the sweet, sweet light of Jesus’ face in the inclement weather of life itself.

The writer of Ecclesiastes wisely states in 11: 4,

“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.”

We truly have a need to look beyond the cloud and see the Son even in our darkest hour because when we see the Son, the sun will shine again and once again hope will rise up within our souls.

~k
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Psalm 119: 105

His Protection Over Us

Oh, couldn’t we all just use a heaping dose of God’s grace today~ right now ~ this moment? A tight wrap-a-round of His protective arms just covering us in our vulnerabilities strengthening us in our weaknesses and cheering us on in our insecurities?

Oh yeah, we need to go deeper with Him today. Go deeper into His ever-loving love and know that he cares even for the littlest of the little. All those fears that tug at the heart and all those insecurities that well up inside? He’s what we need for all that stuff! Those protective arms of our Almighty and Sovereign One stretched out over the cross for you, with a love so great no one can fathom it! No one can understand it! But you can know it was for you, just as you are, with no strings attached.

So today, reach out to the One who can take it all and speak peace into those dark corners of your world. Those places where anxieties lurk and rejections haunt and yeah those insecure places where any strengths go unnoticed. Today, right now,

“Come let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker, for He is God. We are the people He watches over. The Flock under His care.”

Psalm 95: 6, 7.

Our Psalmist knew the Great King’s care. He was assured of His protection much like a shepherd protects his flock. The great creator of heaven and earth is our maker, so beautiful soul, in all of our vulnerable states, with all of our inadequacies and our insecurities and in those trying moments and fearful issues, sing with the Psalmist today as he sang in

Psalm 95:1, 2, 3, 4,

“Come let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to Him with thanksgiving. Let us sing Psalms of praise to Him. For the Lord is a great God. A Great King above all gods. He holds in His hands the depths of the earth.”

Yeah, so you can know today, right now, this moment, Those same hands took the nails and those same arms outstretched the cross to reach you, to hold you, to protect you, to carry you, to love you and to grace you. So lets you and I and we and us go deeper today into His presence and saturate in His most amazing grace!

k

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Glass Castles

 There’s an old Gospel song, that been around for years, with words that go something like this..

“I woke up this mornin’ feelin’ fine.  I woke up with Heaven on my mind.”

It’s a kind of  ‘feel good’ song, the kind that makes you want to clap your hands and tap the foot to it’s fun, little tune. 

Although I woke up with that song on my mind, I didn’t wake up to that feeling on my heart this morning!  I woke up to a rather different beat today in the key of minor.  Mine was a whirling mind, churning over the stupid stench of sin in this world. How it’s rampant and everywhere, and so sadly in all places where we don’t want to find it.  Where we think, in our naïve and simple trusting spirits, it would never exist.  It’s not just in that Garden of Eden, where it all began,  but it’s in our present-day gardens of sweet nothings, where the old serpent slithers.  He crawls so slyly into our homes, our workplaces, our schools and into our churches!  His egotistic,  narcissistic character gains only a slight foothold yet begins to manipulate, coerce, groom, gain our favour and ultimately tear down even the elect, leaving his victim alone and broken and so many others reeling in anguish, mistrust, bitterness and disappointment over whatever goes down.

Sin plays its game well, not smart but well. I’ve witnessed its evil gain a foothold in churches, where leaders would rather turn a blind eye than rock the boat with truth.  The thing is, to surface the reality of wrong with truth in confrontation only serves to bring on a form of politics, gaining of power, support and a form of horrendous persecution.  Yeah, not the ‘gallows’ type of threat and physical torture but the power, politics, gossip, lies, threats, and unbelief, paired with emotional and verbal abuse is a form of gallows that kill by crushing the spirit and grinding it into the dirt. It’s a form of abuse not becoming to the ‘spiritual’ leaders dishing it out.  Yet it happens!  Sin rules our cultures our societies, our world and sadly, our own lives if we succumb to self and as the prophet Jeremiah, reminds us of our wretched state, through the LORDS own words of wisdom in Jeremiah 17:9,

This is what the LORD says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?”  

So, friends, in our wretched sin-sick world, in our wretched sin-sick state, only God knows just how deceitful we can be.   Yes, it touches our lives, our families and our ministries! It plants its seed of lies, and deceit and builds pedestals of pride with power and money and off it goes on a wild tangent in cahoots with a wicked heart or two in tow, beckoning to its every call and bowing to its every selfish whim.  

Bingo! And don’t we know that glass castles shatter and pedestals crack and crumble and proud hearts are bent low to breathe the dust of the ground.  And don’t we know the lights go out and the power goes out!  And don’t we know that the money looses its luster to a sickening stench as the whole truth unfolds. 

Yeah, it’s a wretched world held in the grip of sin and what do you know, it’s not just those who have joined the ranks of fame and popularity,  who we point fingers at, but it’s us in the thick of it, just like everyone else.  “We” are the sinners with the deceptive hearts, no one better, more righteous than anyone else.  We’re all in this together, all with the same potential to sin, all in the same sinful world, with the same sinner’s heart in the same little boat struggling to stay afloat, with the need of the same Saviour that brings the powerful gospel message of light and Truth. A message of power that doesn’t change or go out or lose luster just because a glass castle cracks and shatters, a pedestal crumbles and someone falls so far short of what we believed even possible.  

Sin?  Yeah it’s out there and it’s in us and Isaiah reminds us that it’s part and parcel of all of us, when he pens the words of Isaiah 53:6

“We all like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 

So, when our minds swirl in confusion over stuff that goes down within our circles of influence.  When the power goes out in our churches, our families, our schools, and within those of leadership, who we thought we knew and so highly respected, we can know their fall, our fall, or anyone’s stumble doesn’t change the power of God and the message of the Gospel.  That message of saving power that cleanses a heart of repentance with unconditional love, mercy and amazing grace will stoop down into the depths of stench and muck and lift us out to carry each one of us who ask, to new heights in the heavenlies!

So, it turns out whatever has your heart wrenching today, our Lord knows well the hurt, pain and disappointment of your soul and though the temptation to give up is very real, our part is to stay faithful even to the end, even when and even if the glass castle shatters and threatens to take our faith into the garden of sin and doubt.

Yeah, I get that it’s a narrow way to walk but it’s safe there in His keeping.  It’s the safest place you can be when the winds howl and storms blow! So you and I and we and us let’s accept that glass castles shatter, that pedestals fall, that power goes out and still realize with every once of faith that we can muster, that Sin will sadly have its way in this world,  but our Saviour is still the victory One and still ‘all for us’, not against us.  Let’s be challenged to keep our eyes fixed on the Sovereign God in charge and not on the man, the pedestals or the sin that can so easily entangle.

“Strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leads unto life.” Life meaning salvation. 

Matthew 7:14