“He said the them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31
In this passage above we learn that Jesus and His apostles were doing ministry. In fact, they had worked with such vigor that they hadn’t even gotten a decent meal in their belly. In response, Jesus invited them to get away with Him so they could find some rest and rejuvenation in His presence. ” “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” We do need to withdraw — not once-in-a-while, but often, daily! What is incredible is that Jesus invites his disciples to withdraw with him to a quiet place and rest with Him. This same invitation given to the apostles is extended to you and I. Jesus invited them to get away with Him so they could find some rest and rejuvenation in His presence. God wants you to pause and be His captive audience in this very moment. Go with Him to a quiet place: to be still, to gaze into His eyes, to worship Him in Spirit and in truth, to be lost in His glory, and found by His grace – to find rest. Fix your gaze on His beautiful, blazing, mercy-filled eyes, and give Him your full attention. He will meet you at your need and sustain you one day at a time. Spend some sacred quiet time with Jesus today.
In 2008 I was in a drug addiction rehabilitation center. I heard from a counselor that the majority (90%) of people who are in addiction are also the victims of much loss! Loss of loved ones mainly but there are many types of losses that affect us.
Well, as time has gone by, I have observed many who are dealing with losses. I see the pain, I feel their sadness and at times even their bitterness. Many immediately blame God. After all He is the one in charge, right? And yes, we all know death is imminent and that no one lives forever, but we also believe when a loss comes our way that it wasn’t the right time. (“They were too young”, or something the like.)
I have also noticed that our loved ones and friends aren’t able to console and comfort us. They try. They love us, but at times they say the ‘Wrong Thing’. One of the worse is to tell a person still mourning, to stop. No one can put a time limit on your time of mourning. And please Understand this, they just want you to be happy again. From their point of view, they see you still hurting and mourning, they love you and thus they want it to end. Have compassion for them because they hurt too.
Losses are not easy sometimes even unimaginable and our human lack of understanding and knowledge as to “why” can and will drive you crazy if you allow it.
God cries with us. It may seem so difficult to imagine that since he allowed this loss to your life, but he is all knowing and sovereign. We must trust him even when we don’t understand as hard as that may be. And know he cries right along with us. He comforts us. He strengthens us. He shows us signs and wonders that gifts to console us! He loves us.
Let God heal your losses today!
Are you a dead duck?
Psalms 118:17 I will not die, but live, and I will proclaim what the Lord has done.
A farmer and his friend went duck hunting. Eventually, they got to talking about the things of God, as they always would. “You’re always talking about these battles you have with the devil,” the farmer’s friend said to him. “It’s so silly – I mean, I’m not even a Christian and I’ve never experienced anything like that.”
“Yes my friend,” the wise farmer answered, “but if you shot two ducks — one was wounded and one was dead — which would you go after first?”
“Well,” he said, “I guess I’d go after the wounded duck – I can always get the dead one later.”
“Mmm-hmm,” said the farmer, “The devil knows you’re a dead duck.”
For those of us who are walking with the Lord today, be encouraged! Our enemy knows that we have potential to do great things for God, and out of fear, he’ll try anything to take us out. This is so very evident by the constant battle we all face.
Let’s stand strong against the devil today! And rise up to the Lord’s calling upon our lives! We will fight and we will WIN! Because if God is for us, who can be against us?! And you know it — there’s still SO much work to be done!!
God opens doors of opportunity before us that no one is able to shut. But we have to realize, sometimes He also closes doors because He has something better in store. We may see a logical opportunity, but just because it’s the logical way doesn’t mean that it’s God’s way. Just because it happened that way before doesn’t mean it’s going to happen that way next time. That’s why you have to stay open and keep trusting in God. If you’re narrow-minded and only look at the door that’s been closed, you may miss the door He has opened behind you!
My friends when you are able to let go of your own agenda and trust God, He’ll make sure you see those open doors. Scripture says His Word is what lights our path. Our attitude should always be, “God, I surrender all to You. Have Your way in my life. I trust Your timing. God, I trust You to do it Your way.” Then, step back and see the open door He has prepared for you!
God has an amazing purpose and destiny for you, but the degree to which you’ll fulfill your purpose is largely determined by the decisions you make today about your past. It’s hard to grab hold of your future if you’re still clinging to your past.
Every one of us has a yesterday, a past. For some, it was wonderful; for others, it was bad.
Paul reminds us in the passage below that he was determined to let go of everything that was in his yesterday (good and bad) so that he could be free to reach forward into his tomorrow.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead… —Philippians 3:13 (NIV)
God is faithful and He’ll fulfill every promise He’s made. There’s no disease God cannot heal (Jeremiah 30:17), no heart He cannot mend (Psalm 147:3), no bondage He cannot break (Galatians 5:1), no enemy He cannot defeat (Psalm 138:7), no mountain He cannot move (Micah 1:4), and no need He cannot meet (2 Corinthians 9:8).
He’s a good God and you CAN trust Him!