“The Lord will hear me”

In these days, I am certainly in need of spiritual nourishment. The world is divided on all sides that even the elect struggle to see eye to eye.

Where are the elect, because from where I sit, they are nowhere to be seen. Why does my Gods people hide from me. Why am I not included in their assembly? They have no time for me.

My friends, to those who feel these things, remember Psalm 4:3 (NIV):

Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him.

Sometimes God pulls us aside so that we spend more time with him than with others. When we are use to being around people, this can be a difficult thing. I suppose the best thing to do is to take advantage of the opportunity to be with God and learn whatever there is that needs to be learned, because God has a purpose for that time.

Loneliness is a very real thing in these times. I experience too, but I know that God will hear me when I call to him.

Psalm 4:5 (NIV) says,

Offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord.

We should consider if our life is offering up the right sacrifices. We are told in Romans 12:1 (NIV):

Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.

Are our actions following the creed that God has set for us? Are we exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit as found in Galations 5:22-24?

Then we must trust in the Lord. It is what helps us to endure. If we do not trust God, then we have nothing. It is the Lord that will get us through. Jesus understands what it is like to live in the flesh on this earth. He experienced it all.

I leave you with Psalm 4:6-8 (NIV):

Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord. You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety

O Lord, you are my peace, and it is you that placed where I am in safety. Help me to not step outside of that hedge of protection. Help me to understand from your perspective what it is to be safe in these times. Thank you Lord for your provision. You are a wonderful, mighty God that loves us. There is no greater love than the love of Jesus. May I live a life worthy of your Lord. In Jesus’ name.

Go forth and be blessed, my friend.

You must be strong

This morning, I am reading from Ephesians 6. There is so much to absorb in this chapter, but the verse that stands out to me this morning is verse 10:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Here, Paul tells us to be strong as if strength comes within ourselves. What he is saying to us is that as children of God, we are already given the power to rise up, and it comes through the mighty power of the Lord.

The power of the Lord is what helps us to live out this life, but to be strong takes determination. Do you have the audacity to be determined to be strong in these last days, to not let the devil take a foothold? Had God spoken something into your heart to fulfill that the people you encounter never encourage you but speak as if you were incapable of accomplishing what God set before you. These people may have even doubted that God chose you to do such things.

It has been my experience that when this happens, you must ask God for confirmation and not doubt God for what he has shown you. Stand firm in your faith. As Ephesians 6:10 says,

…, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

In this crazy world, it can be easy to forget that we have access to the power of the Almighty God to be strong and to fulfill the will he has called us to.

Being strong is a choice. To be strong, you must lay aside all things that stands in the way of you accomplishing the will of God – not your will, but God’s Will. To stand you must forgive others and set yourself on the path that God has set for you. Ask God to remind you what that path is, and even ask him to confirm it. There is no shame in trying to be sure of something. Every step we take is important, and, well, the devil likes to put stumbling blocks in our path. Don’t let him!

Lean on the Lord, ” be strong in the Lord”, and reach out to gain access to “his mighty power”.

Go forth and be blessed, my friend.