These past several months have been months of many personal trials and tribulations. Most of which have revealed masks and faces of me into whose eyes I would rather not have stared. It is obvious to me that I still have much to overcome in moving from my “old self” into victory and abundance. I have never lost my vision for what the grace of God is all about. I have no uncertainty that God can and will deliver me into a new self as He promises in His Word. What I struggle with is my own walk and ability to just let Him do His work.
You see, I never cease to amaze myself in my efforts to be contrary to God. I know that the struggles we all face in life are the result of our original fallen natures and the world in which we live. But sometimes I look at the lives of even the unsaved of the world and wonder why they seem so well adjusted and at relative peace with the world when my life seems to be filled with a personal war against my wretched self.
I am at the point where the walls that I must overcome are of such magnitude that only God can deal the victory. I require a momentous miracle in my life. Nothing I can do in the natural world can save me. . . . Continue reading
When the darkest night is closing in and the slightest glimmer escapes;
When despair and heartache are familiar companions;
And your heart of stone is unwelcome—for no heart at all would be better than the pain you’re feeling;
When you’re touching “can’t care anymore” because numbness has overtaken your dying emotions;
And hope caught the last train out of your emptiness;
When you’ve tried so many times but end up worse;
And you simply want to go back; A time, a place that was simpler; better;
When you’re all alone, a life desolate; There is Someone!
When you’ve given up on living on the other side; The impassable canyon between your reality and where you thought you’d be;
You have been overtaken by circumstances, trials, tribulations, entanglements, and hopelessness; You’re captured; Taken;
When the fruit of your life lies as lifeless pits on the barren ground;
And your faith is dazed; It’s not really faith anymore;
Does God even want to help? How can God fix what you’ve wrought?
Did you misunderstand God? Did He misunderstand you? Is He nowhere?
When you’re all alone, a life relinquished; There is Someone! . . . Continue reading
I recently had the experience of getting somewhat involved in politics. I must say that the venture taught me not a few lessons about politics and Christianity and how they generally do not mix. Now before I get too far into this, I want to stress that I in no way feel that any political party has God on their side. There is no political party that is “right with God.” And I won’t begin to try to argue the merits of one candidate over another in terms of their spirituality. However, several months ago I was drawn to Herman Cain, one of the recent candidates vying for the Republican nomination for president. I believed that he had fresh ideas that would benefit our country and possibly restore some of the viability and vigor of our economy. I was also drawn to him, to a certain degree, because he seems to be a man of strong faith. I was certainly hopeful that his faith would influence his decisions as leader of this nation.
But things quickly changed. . . . Continue reading
Just one touch from Jesus Christ changes everything! No matter where in life you are now, and no matter where you have been, God will not turn His back on you. God will not reject you and turn you away. Jesus went to the cross to pay the price necessary for your freedom. No problem is too big or too small. Jesus has already overcome all of them. Jesus says at the end of the book of John:
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NKJV)
Pay particular attention to the very last part of this verse. Jesus says that He has “overcome the world.” He overcame the world so that you too can overcome the world. You see, His death on the cross was not just a symbolic event. His death and resurrection changed the entire structure and functioning of the relationship between God and man. That means everything in the world that tries to defeat you in this life, has already been crushed by the Power of Jesus Christ. Every sickness, disease, lack, poverty, stress, strife, depression, trouble, and turmoil that the world throws at you was defeated when Jesus died on the cross and rose again three days later. Nothing in this world is more powerful than Jesus Christ. Therefore, when you become part of the Kingdom of God, you are given the exact same rights and authority as Jesus. So you too have already overcome the world.
If it doesn’t feel like you have–if you are not seeing the peace, joy, wholeness, and abundance of God in your life right now, hold on tight. You will learn more in this blog about how to make the reality of Jesus Christ a reality in your life.
Perhaps, you just need His touch. Just a single touch from the King changes everything in your life. Just one touch and you will be whole again (Mark 5:28)
The woman with a lifelong illness in Mark 5, thought to herself that she only needed “Just one touch…Just one touch and I will be whole again.”
And she was! And so will you!
See “Just One Touch from the King” by Godfrey Birtill for the really amazing worship song that gave me some of the inspiration to start this blog.
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