Repost: It’s Been A While, But Never Too Late

Sometimes we allow people and situations to drive us into the proverbial “dark place” of depression or a state of complacency that does nothing but keep us weighed down with unnecessary worry and doubt (ouch). It’s not criminal, it’s human and it is detrimental to our relationship with the Lord.

I was reading from Dr. Charles F. Stanley’s “Life Principal” workbook and was immediately spoken to by the Holy Spirit. That is why I am sitting here now. It’s not like I have not been reminded before to come here, I was stubborn, okay rebellious (double ouch). I’d like to share just a little of what Dr. Stanley wrote from Life Application #24, “To live the Christian life is to allow Jesus to live His life in and through us.” When we do that, we will experience all of the peace, joy, confidence and assurance that are rightfully ours in Christ Jesus.

Everything that concerns us is Christ’s responsibility to care for and not ours … we are simply to obey Him. David’s Psalm, 138:7-8 says “Though I God Has Allwalk in the midst of trouble – Your right hand will save me. The LORD will accomplish what concerns.”

We serve an awesome God. He IS able to accomplish what concerns us because He has all power to defend us, wisdom to direct us, mercy to pardon us, grace to enrich us, righteousness to clothe us, happiness to crown us and love to save us. There it is, everything He promised and is readily available to us …… All we have to do is ask, believing and trusting.

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You are not far from my thoughts and prayers. Remember …..

You are Loved,

Laura

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Let Your Prayer Exalt God

When David was in his greatest distress, in this Psalm it is when Saul is pursuing him to kill him; he did not pray and seek out his own petition for rescue. Instead he prayed to God to glorify himself and his own great name.

“Whatever becomes of me and my interest, be thou exalted, O God! above the heavens, be thou praised by the holy angels, those glorious inhabitants of the upper world; and let thy glory be above or over all the earth; let all the inhabitants of this earth be brought to know and praise thee.” Psalm 57:5

If God’s glory lies nearer our own hearts, shouldn’t we be more concerned for it, than for any interests of our own? Like David,  we face distress, struggles and uncertainties in our own lives, should our first inclination be to pray that the Lord will exalt us above all those trials that lie before us?

When the Son of David’s soul was troubled as he faced eminent crucifixion and death and he prayed, “Father, save me from this hour,” he immediately withdrew that petition, and presented instead “For this cause came I to this hour; Father, glorify thy name,” John 12:27.

Be Exalted O GodOur best encouragement in prayer is taken from the glory of God. The first petition in the Lord’s prayer sets the standard and directs all the rest, “Father in heaven, hallowed by thy name.” Luke 11:2.

When we glorify the Father, He will extend His glory to us and respond favorably to our petitions.

I pray that God’s glory will extend grace, love and mercy to you until we meet here again.

Be Encouraged, You Are Loved

~ Laura

 

RECONCILED TO GOD THROUGH CHRIST

 

ChristmasGod’s Word tells us: “Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ.” [2 Corinthians 5:17-18a NLT]

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Isn’t it awesome to know that when we commit a sin – no matter how heinous or seemingly unforgiveable – that God is not waiting to strike us down with lightning or shake His finger at and berate us? Instead He is there to welcome us back like in the parable of the prodigal son or welcome us when we receive His gift of salvation.

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The Bible says all of us were dead in our sins [Ephesians 2:4 & 5]. Although “all things were created by him, and for him:” [Colossians 1:16], we all sinned and forfeited the relationship we had with Him in the Garden of Eden. God didn’t give up on us because of that. Instead, He gave us Christmas. He gave the world the ultimate gift … He gave us Jesus.

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King Size BedWhen we accept His gift, we are reconciled back to Him. Isn’t that reason to pause during this auspicious time of celebration? Isn’t it cause to shout praise and give thanks to God every day of the year and not just at Christmas?

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It’s a good time to read, or re-read, the Christmas Story [Matthew 2:1-23, Luke 2:1-38] – as part of your Christmas celebration. Try to imagine all the magic and wonder and awe surrounding the birth of our Savior. The world of believers were seeing and experiencing the Coming of the King that would save them from their transgressions. We can see and experience that wonder now, we can be freed from the slavery of sin and one day be caught up in the Second Coming of the King.

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Christmas BeginsIsn’t Christmas the [visual] beginning of the sovereign gift of God to us – the birth of His only begotten Son?

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I pray that your family experiences an awesome expression of God’s love during your Christmas celebration and that your hearts and homes are filled with the Spirit’s peace and joy to the fullest!

Be Encouraged ~ You Are Loved!

~ Laura

 

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