“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!
I don’t know about you, of whom many may be agnostic or maybe think you are an atheist, but I know as for me…
If I put all my faith in the Word of God and stand firm in my beliefs and find out one day there is no eternal life, then I’m okay with that, because I would hate to put my faith in me alone or worse in this crazy world and the things of this world, and find out later heaven is real … well, you really have no recourse then. Plus you have missed a peaceful life.
I truly believe we all are born with a space inside that can only be filled by God. In order to really know for yourself, you must come with an honest heart. So please think about what I have said. You have nothing to lose but you have everything to gain. No one who has genuinely chosen Jesus has ever regretted it. Think about it. Ask God to open your vision to see He is real. He is faithful and He will let you know! Just simply believe and ask!
“Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.”
“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
The Bible says that it is foolish not to believe in God. “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’ ” (Psalm 14:1; 53:1).
Something deep in our hearts knows that there is a God who loves us and cares for us. When we deny that knowledge and refuse to believe in God, we are acting foolishly. The Bible says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him [God], for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). If we seek Him, will we find Him? Yes. God says, “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
The greatest evidence that God exists is the transformed lives of the men and women who have searched for Him and have found Him and have invited Him into their hearts. This experience has convinced them beyond any doubt that God lives and that He lives in their lives each day. For those who have not yet asked God into their heart, God has a special invitation—and a special promise: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him” (Revelation 3:20).
Wherever God leads He provides. What God initiates He completes. His part is provision and your part is trust. Don’t fall into the trap of trusting Him with some things and not trusting Him with others. Distrust in God is distasteful and insulting to His integrity. How can God not be big enough to handle any situation? God can be trusted because He is trustworthy. The well of His salvation is infinitely deep. You have limited capacity to bear burdens. However, His character and resources are unlimited. Without the support of a sympathetic Jesus, you will be immobilized even crushed, under the weight of worry. Jesus understands and is saddened when you do not yoke up with His support.
There is no need to root around and search for answers when He already has it figured out. There is no need to sacrifice your health with worry and overwork when He offers peace and options you have yet to discover. There is no need to rush through life and then ask Him to bless your efforts after the fact. He can be trusted to lead you even before you put a prayerful plan into motion. Trust in God does not mean you act irresponsibly and seek forgiveness later. Trust in God means you patiently walk with Him in your decisions and choices. Slow down, look up, trust Him, and watch Him reap extraordinary results. Partial trust leads to frustration and worry.
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. ~~ Isaiah 12:2-3
God is our shelter, a refuge our protector who will carry us through all the dangers and fears of life. This needs to be our picture of trust, trading all our fears for faith in Him, no matter what the storm we’re going through.
Finding Rest in the Shadow of the Almighty!
“Those who live in the shelter of the most high will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1
The spiritual and mental storms which we have to face at times in our lives can be brutal and devastating! They are just as much a reality and can leave us feeling totally helpless and wondering how we can possibly make it through the day! This is when we need someone or something to cling to which can give us reassurance! This is when the only One who can give to us this assurance is our heavenly Father!
There are many things which can create these storms which come into our lives! The death of a loved one, financial disasters, divorce… when the one you thought you could depend on walks out on you, and a myriad of other things which can destroy your happiness and your well being!
How sad it is for those who do not have God to turn to! No one to comfort them or give them the assurance they so desperately need! But praise God! He is there waiting for us to call out to Him and run into His arms!
Read Psalm 91 anytime you are facing a storm in your life! He is our refuge. He will deliver us because we have put our trust in Him! He will cover us with His feathers and under His wings we shall trust! We shall not be afraid of whatever threatens us for we have made the Lord, even the Most High, our shelter! He shall give His angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways! (Through the storms which come!) We shall call upon Him and He will answer us! O what wonderful promises we are given here in this 91st Psalm! So put your trust in God my friends! He is with you and He will bring you through your storm! O Hallelujah!
Have a wonderful day in His presence finding rest in His shadow. Love you all in Christ.