Only God

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Today I am reflecting on how we are to think of ourselves with sober judgement.  We all feel special to some extent, because we are.  How can we not be when we were made in God’s image?  We are made to reflect God’s glory.  Yet, sometimes we only focus on our attributes rather than the bigger picture which is, how the world might view us.  As I consider the world’s view of myself, or rather how someone who isn’t biased might view me, I realize that without the vision of God, I look like an ordinary average person.  I see my weaknesses and my flaws.  I can see the difference between my ideal of myself, and what I am in reality.  The truth is that only God can make this unappealing earthen vessel into his master piece.

Also, I realize that only God can help me overcome my every day to day obstacles, the Lord knows I have not been able to do this myself.  Only God can justify me.  Only God can defend me.  Even now it comes to knowledge that all those who would think to form a plot against me, or think evil of me, God is there interceding for me as we speak.  Only God knows me as I hope to be, only God is able to truly believe in me.  Each person is unique.  Each person is without hope, and only God can redeem them.  Each person needs God’s mercy, the mercy that only God can provide.

Only God stays near me, even when I fail.  I fail all of the time.  Only God can love me, even when I am unlovable.  Only God can uphold me, and my purpose is for him.  Without him I would had already committed suicide years ago, even if I didn’t die, I would be dead already on the inside without him.  He truly is the only good being in this life.  No, there are good people, lovable, caring souls but no one is perfect, even Jesus said only God is truly good.  There just isn’t any purpose in this life, and only God is the reason why I find myself.  I was created to know him.  I was created to praise him.  I was not ever able to be satisfied by anything in this life, except for God.  Only God.

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Just Relax

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“Just relax”, is the advice that a few close friends have been saying to me.  How true it is that while we are trying to figure out the solutions to our many problems, that relaxing is really the solution that we seek.  We all really just want to rest, yet we think that worrying and rushing will bring us there.  Worry never brings rest.

There are many ways to find relaxation though.  One way to gain the ability to relax is by way of accomplishment.  Sometimes we are stressed because we have something pressing us that we want to accomplish.  This is actually a good anxiety in a way because it can be used to motivate us.  Sometimes I get chores done only because the anxiety that begins to build up and cause me to feel bad if I don’t.  These types of burdens can really weigh us down until we deal with them.  When we understand that the only way to bring relaxation under this kind of stress is through accomplishment, then we can seek to figure out how we can overcome.  When we have accomplishment, then we can have rest.

What about the times when we are unable to reach accomplishment though?  Like, what happens when accomplishing something is beyond our control?  Yet, the burden to overcome lingers there and we try to press forward, yet we just don’t have the resources?  What then?  Many of us encounter such barriers that prevent us from reaching that place of relaxation and rest that we seek.  These burdens seem to bring about shame, dishonor, and fear.  Sometimes it can lead to anger, frustration, and impatience.  Humility, trust, and patience are what the burdens are meant for.  Just as God saw that humans could accomplish anything when they worked together as they built the tower of Babel, and he stretched out his mighty hand and frustrated their plans, sometimes he frustrates our plans.  The reason being that the trials and testings of the life force us to slow down, otherwise we might spend all of our time and energy building something that really is futile after its all said and down.  The Tower of Babel was meant to reach heaven, however all that would had happened is that it would have reached high enough to take their breath away, but they would have never reached heaven no matter how hard they tried.  Sometimes it is what we are reaching for that will defeat God’s given purpose for our lives.  Maybe it is a God given purpose we are striving for, but God allows us to be slow downed so that we can develop some character as we wait.  “It is in the waiting”, God says.  It is in the waiting that we get strong and gain necessary perspective.

“You just need to relax”, they say.  I have been told this multiple times, yet I keep forgetting and continue to need to be reminded of it again because I keep getting ahead of God.  I was given a prophesy years ago by the pastor’s wife, who told me that God would grow me up fast, but to not get ahead of him.  Since she had told me this, I have always ran ahead of him.  I hate waiting.  Yet, running ahead is like racing to get to a red light or stop sign.  That stop sign comes whether we expect it or not, whether we like it or accept it, it comes.  Racing to come to a stop sign won’t change the pace of our distance, rather it just influences our restfulness.  Racing to get anything done is not restful.  We must run our race with endurance and assurance that as we do what God has asked us to do, God will bring us to the finish line, that this is not a race of quickness, but it is a race that needs to be finished.

Waiting on God is an art that leads to resting.  When we race ahead at high speed, it is because we are afraid we wont finish.  When we wait on God, and enter into his rest by not worrying about what we don’t know, and not focus on the finish line so much that we get frustrated and fixated on the reward more than the creator, then we slow down to the speed that will ensure that we will finish.  We rest because we have faith and believe that God is in charge and his plans are the best for us.  God, thank you for always being patient and reminding us of your truth, and your willingness to repeat yourself over and over again.  When we believe and obey, we enter his rest.

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These Burdens Are Too Much

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It is true that our burdens are too much.  We were created to have and enjoy our lives, and our curse was to have to work for it.  We were created to have our every need provided for.  Rams have indwelt abilities to withstand headbutts, but we do not have an indwelt ability to carry our own burdens.  These burdens are too much.  When we think about what our burdens cost us, why not cast our cares on Jesus, who died for us?  He said, “come to me all you who are burdened and heavy laden, and I will give you rest, cast your cares upon me, because I care for you”.  Part of the curse of death is having to carry our burdens alone.  These burdens are too much.  When we turn to God with our cares, he is able to give us rest for our tired bones.  Thank you Lord for relieving my cares and for taking care of everything that concerns me.  Please remind us all that you are near, not far away.  Remind us that we are not meant to carry our burdens alone, but that we can cast those cares upon you and that as we do you keep us safe.  Help us have rest.  Amen

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The Good Father

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God is a good father.  We know this in theory, but do we know it in heart?  I love how personal God makes things for me to comprehend.  He will do this for anyone who seeks to know him and asks him for help.  I rely on him to get through my day, as I am weak and he is my strength, and he makes me strong for sure by comforting me and counseling me.  It is his faith.  We say with our mouths that God will protect us, but do we believe?  We sing his praises in the church chair or pew, but do we then walk away and believe he is going to do evil things to us if we make even the slightest mistake?  If we truly believe that he is good as we sing about when we praise him, then why are we afraid?  The Lord wants to give you a deep, personal revelation of his love.  He is not just good to a few, he is good to all, it is the lack of faith that keeps us from seeing it.  Lord, open our eyes.  Heal our hearts.  Give us rest and peace today.  Open our eyes so that we can see you.  Give us deep penetration today, not because we deserve it, but because you are good.  Here is what he told me, and it is true for us all.  He said, if you who are evil (yes, all humans have evil in them aka flesh) know how to do good things for your children…… this means that if we consider the most evil person, even they know how to bless a person… so if we who are naturally evil, know how to do good for our children, then how much more will he, GOD, who made us, and who is naturally good and loving, know how to do good things for his children?  God said, “I created good.. who do you think first came up with the idea of surprises and blessing a person’s socks off??”  So we can praise him for the good he will do, even though we don’t know what the good thing is yet, just because we know that we will be faithful to give us all good things in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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Everything Will Fall Into Place

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One of my good friends had been saying the same thing over the months, they said, “when our situations settle, everything will fall into place”.  I knew exactly what that meant.  It means that God has a plan and when all the situations work out, then the pieces that we have been trying to find the proper place for will suddenly fall into place.  I have spent so much time trying to force pieces into place, not being content until the puzzle was solved, however being willing to ensure that this occurred even if the final image was bent, torn, and close to the correct size but not right after all.  That is called impatience.  That is called fear.  Fear of not having a completed puzzle, and fear that God will leave me to figure it out on my own.  Even though this is something I couldn’t consciously comprehend, that is what was beneath the surface festering, causing me to put together and try to force together pieces of the puzzle that were not meant to fit.  This friend also once said to me, “don’t force anything!”  That wisdom has never left my mind, and it has since lingered and guided the path that I have been taking since than.  So, what will the final outcome be?  The truth is that none of know what we will end up being, or what God has in store for us.  We couldn’t even fathom or imagine it, the bible tells us this.  All we have to do is trust in God.  We just need to have a relationship with him, talk to him, and seek him in earnest.  Do our best to please him as a wife would do for her husband, a Son for his Father, A daughter for her mother, a husband for his bride, though that is what we are to Jesus.  Jesus never got to have a bride.  I got to thinking one day that maybe Jesus would have loved a bride.  Maybe he would have loved Mary Magdalene or someone else, and maybe that was the need that God intended to satisfy him with and made the church his bride.  Maybe that was Jesus secret prize for faithfulness.  I am not pretending that that is what the bible said, rather it is just a guess because that is the way God is.  He intends on giving us back far more than we could ever expect or give him in return.  We are his bride.  We are his pride and joy, and our completeness is his eternal joy.  That is what is his prize, to see us truly fulfilled.  That is what love is.  So for this reason we can trust that everything is meant to fall into place for us.  It surely will.

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I Only Trust in Jesus Apart From the Word

 

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This might be a shocker statement to some religious folks out there.  Surely someone wouldn’t make assumptions about what I mean without first reading what I have to say.  We are told that we now have a righteousness apart from the law, and that is faith in God through Jesus Christ (Romans 3:21).  What this means for me is that God is my confidant, if I have a problem or concern about anything I can go to him about it, and he also justifies me.  He made the law.  Why go to the law when looking for the truth?  The written law is in black and white and without personality, it does not think, it is merely words with an open and shut case.  It will never be able to mold or bend to allow for your weakness.  It is not able to think for you.  It does not have feelings for you.  God, on the other hand has feelings.  If you had an issue with being able to keep a law, like if you had a debt you owed, and you weren’t able to pay it, and you were able to go to the judge who issued the law in the first place, without fear because he was a loving and merciful man, wouldn’t you rather do it, or just let the law judge you?  This is the beauty of being able to approach the throne of grace, is that unlike the written law, the one who sits on the throne, the law maker is able to adjust it for you, or show you how to fulfill it with added grace.  God is not out to punish us.  He is not a tyrant.  He wants us to approach him.  He wants us to fulfill the law in spirit and in truth, not for the sake of the cold, unfeeling words of the law, but rather for the sake of truth and righteousness.  Therefore, it is not the law that I bow my knee to, but it is only God who I serve.  The law is a boundary keeper.  The law is a wall set along the path of righteousness to keep us on the right path, but the law is not in charge, rather God is.  How sad to think that so many christian, myself included, have believed that the law itself was God.  That the law which is unforgiving and relentless would be our final judge, when this whole time they were given provision to enter into God’s throne room of grace to help them along the way, the maker of the law.  When a person is struggling at their job, for whatever reason, maybe they are having personal problems at home, would they need to fear if they were best friends with an understanding boss who is patient and merciful?  Some Christians see that being chummy with the boss and taking advantage of that privilege is simply just not holy, and they set up their own laws and walls for others to follow, but to what advantage?  This is still an attempt to find justification outside of the sacrifice of Jesus’s life, all else is rubbish and should be counted as loss.  Just admit it, you are not ever going to truly measure up.  Only daddy can lead the way.  Only he can justify.  God is God.

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I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron”

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God Has a Plan

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God has a plan.  When we fret about the direction our life is going, it is because we are not resting in God.  Resting means that we trust him.  When we make dumb decisions about our finances and relationships, it is because we are trying to drive the car called life, when all along God is the one who directs our paths.  He has a plan.  Today I have peace as I trust in him.  It doesn’t mean that I know what tomorrow will bring, he says that men have not seen what he has planned, but I do know by faith that those are all good plans and that all things will work for my good.  Thank you God for holding my life in the palm of your hands and for giving me your light.  Please lead me on the path that leads me on paths of righteousness.  I am yours.