Waiting on the Lord (Psalm 40:1)

It is important to wait patiently before the Lord. When you do, you are performing three important acts.

When you wait on the Lord, you knowledge him as your sovereign Lord. By that, you recognize that he is in complete control of all events that take place and regardless of how they appear, you believe he will use them for good and his glory.

When you wait on the Lord, you are exercising your faith and when I say exercise, I mean exercise. Each time that you place your faith in the Lord, you are strengthening it and also developing the closeness of your relationship with him. Your relationship with God is what gives your faith strength. This comes from his word (Romans 10:17) and also his joy (Nehemiah 8:10).

When you wait on the Lord, you are relying on his love. God is love and everything that he does for you or allows to happen is motivated by that love. When we cannot understand or see the workings of his love in his actions, it is then that our faith must moves us to wait on the Lord.

Waiting on the Lord will always bring his results. When we fail to wait on him, we act on our own independently of God. These actions are works of the flesh motivated by the emotions that we experienced in the trial.

So instead of allowing your emotions to drive you to disobedience, instead allow God’s working through your faith to lead you to rely on him who on countless times has guided, comforted, carried and loved you. He did not fail you then and he will not fail you now.

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Brighten the Corner (Psalm 34:2)



Did you ever want to do something great with your life?  Have you ever desired to make such an influence upon people that the effect would be estounding?  Did you know that each of us can?  In fact, it is part of God’s design and plan for your life.

God has equipped you in at least two areas of your life for this purpose.  One enabling comes from the Holy Spirit giving you at least one gift for purpose of minister to others.  Another equipping are the words that you choose to speak.  Death and life are in the power of your tongue. (Prov. 18:21). It is important to understand that the words that you say can either make or break someone.  Consider the following passage.

My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. (Psalms 34:2)

There are key words in this passage that are important to identify and understand in order for the principle to be understood.  The word humble carries with it the idea of being depressed and glad is another term for meaning to brighten up.  In this passage, we can see that when I praise the Lord, those in depression will hear and brighten up or become glad.

As you live your life, The Lord wants you outwardly to praise him and as You do, he will use your words to encourage those who are struggling in their lives.  You may never know who these people are and may also never see the outcome of your words, but he has assured you that he will use them.

Instead of complaining about circumstances in life, why not look to the Lord for your help and then praise him for his wonderful works.  By doing that, his work continues through you to reach others.

Gladness (Psalm 4:7)

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Gladness, what is it? It is a condition of the heart when a person experiences joy or laughter in their heart. Some people seem to never experience it and others seem to have it as part of a daily occurrence. Everyone is seeking for it, but few truly find it. However, the Psalmist records that gladness is put into his heart by The Lord.

Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. (Psalms 4:7)

I cannot say that I have lived long or that I have the fullness of wisdom, but I can state that I have experienced the two types of gladness that are mentioned in this passage. Gladness when corn and wine increase seems to relate to gladness that comes from events or prosperity. Although each of these can bring gladness of heart, neither will have a lasting effect. You can have all the success and money that your heart desires, but one bad phone call can rob you of that gladness. However, find gladness in God and even adversity cannot take it from you. Remember Paul admonishing us to be content in whatever situation we may find ourselves? (Philippians 4:11)

True lasting gladness comes from an active relationship with God. I say active for a reason. We initially receive gladness when we come to Christ. Remember what you experienced? Gladness filled your heart because you received forgiveness of sin and finally came to know the true God. However, sin affects our relationship with the father. When we sin, our fellowship with God is hindered and becomes distant. Unless repentance occurs, more sin will be committed which will in an even greater way affect our relationship with God. As we drift away from God, gladness drifts away from us because our joy and gladness is tied directly to him. Therefore to continually experience joy, we must have an active relationship with God.

The joy that God brings, still passes all understanding. Regardless of what conditions we face in life, God is there with us and ready to provide the gladness to our heart.

Stir The Flames (2 Peter 3:1)

One thing I enjoy about camping is building a fire. I have enjoyed it ever since being a Boy Scout and learning how to build one. As you probably know when a fire starts to die, it only needs to be stirred a bit, just to get the flames going again. Believers need stirred just like a fire does.

This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: (2 Peter 3:1)

If you want to help believers, stir up their minds to remember God’s word and how the Lord has worked in their lives. Some may need rebuked and others may required a reproof, but by far, the majority need only to be stirred. A loving Christian has no problem with stirring up people. Don’t be quick to think that struggling people need to be rebuked. Their fire of faith may be dwindling low, but a simple stirring of their remembrance about God and what he has done for them will stoke their flames of faith. Be an encourager. The Lord knows, we have enough rebukers in the world.

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Giving Support (Philippians 2:1)

Remember a great event in your life? Did you keep it a secret or did you run out and share it with somebody? Everything from trips to funny events move us to share them with friends, colleagues and family. Why do we do this? As personal beings, we attach ourselves to others and gain enjoyment, strength, compassion and understanding from those individuals. This is part of God’s design for man. God intends for people in relationships to provide strength and support for others in that relationship. The scriptures share abilities that friends can have towards others.

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, (Philippians 2:1)

Consolation is much needed today. A great way to receive it is from another person. The word for compassion comes from two root words meaning “near” and “to call”. The action of calling a person near to you is so that they can gain needed strength from the support you offer.

Imagine a child falling down and scraping his knee. His mother calls him to herself and then embraces him in her arms. The pain sensors in his leg continue to work just as before, but the drawing near to his mother helps alleviate the pain. This type of aid is also true for emotional pain as well. I remember when my wife lost her father. She maintained her composure quite well until the graveside. After the trumpet played taps and a flag was presented to the family, she broke down. When she was unable to stand and emotionally distraught, I reached out to her and held her closely. The drawing near and providing support brought the strength that she needed.

This is what is needed in the church today. There are many people who are hurting and falling. Instead of reaching out to these individuals and attempting to draw near to them, the church watches them falter. It seems that the only people getting support are those who are the active members of the church. What is sad is that those who do not have a fellowship bond with others in the church are left to stand on their own. It is no wonder that people fall away from God. Their falling may be due in part to them not having the intended support from others that God had planned.

Supporting people who struggle is not a glorious event. It can be very discouraging because those you care to help may still resist the help that God brings. But it is not about you and me or making us feel good. It is about helping the fallen. Look around in your life. Think of the people that you can draw near to and provide comfort. The next time you see them reach out and make a difference in their lives.

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Sorrow Makes The Heart Better (Ecclesiastes 7:2-3)

The scriptures tell us that sorrow is better than laughter because by sorrow the heart is comparatively made better.

It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. (Ecclesiastes 7:2-3)

When Adam plunged mankind into his sinful state, man’s heart became astray from God. Although Jesus may have redeemed man from his penalty for sin, man’s heart is still affected by it. As man grows in grace and is progressively sanctified by the working of the Holy Spirit, his heart over comes sin’s effect and is made better or more closely to how God intends for man to be. It is through sorrow that man recognizes his weakness and need for God. Although the sorrowful event may appear to present God as uncaring or devoid of love, it is really the opposite. God wants our hearts in fellowship with him and for us to be conformed to the image of his son. He accomplishes this work in the heart of man. It is for our betterment that he allows these events to occur.

If sorrow is to make the heart better, we would be wise in helping people as they endure sorrow and experience the work that will change or make their heart better. The Scriptures admonish us that if you have the opportunity to celebrate with people or mourn with others, you would be better to mourn with the mournful. Consider that when celebrating with those feasting, there is no burden to bear, but those in mourning need help to bear their heavy burden. As we help those who are hurting, it will be taken to heart because the heart was greatly relieved and touched.

Helping others through hurt does not mean that we need to take the hurt away. That is impossible for us to do, but with empathy and compassion, we can carry the hurt with them. While living our lives, we must strive to recognize and focus on the sorrowful needs of others. It should be easy to find hurting people because it seems that in some way everybody is hurting.

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Good Words (Proverbs 12:25)

Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. (Proverbs 12:25)

Did you know that everybody is having a hard time. Every person in the world is dealing with some type of problem in their lives. It may be sickness, financial, domestic, work related, oppression, passed experiences, sorrow, worry, failure and the list can go on. Their problem may be directly related to them in that the situation is in their life or it may result from them dealing with the situation in a loved one’s life. In either case, we all are dealing with issues and according to this passage, it makes our heart stoop or we experience depression. If we all are dealing with issues, how can we expect to help anybody? The way we help is with our words.

This proverbs lets us know that our words can make a stooping or depressed heart brighten up or become glad. We do not need to offer solutions to people’s problems, we just need to give them the words that they need. Galatians 6:1 tells us to bear one another’s burdens. If we speak words to struggling people that convey that they are not alone and that in your heart you are carrying the burden with them, it will bring the support and encouragement that they need and as Homer Alvan Rodeheaver wrote, it will brighten up the corner where they are.

The words that you speak are very powerful. Saying the right words can build and encourage people while saying the wrong thing or at times saying nothing can be destructive. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Proverbs 18:21).