Ceasing From Fear (Psalm 46:2)



We do not cease from fear as we would from food or drink.  We do not control fear as we would our actions.  We cease from fear when we recognize our safety in the Lord our refuge.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; (Psalms 46:2)

Think about it for a moment.  You do not fear the weather’s storms as they pound upon the earth, because you are safe within the shelter of your home.  You do not fear the gravest of beasts as you walk the corridors of the zoo, because you are safe on your side of the bars.  You don’t will to cease from fear, you simply rest in safety.

The storms of life are great and many shall we face in this life, but we can live free from fear.  Seek his refuge and he will shelter you with his presence.  The storms may rage outside, but within will exist a calm peace.  Rest in God! 

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Seeing the Land (Psalm 27:13)



I remember as a kid, there was this street in the neighborhood that had a steep hill on it.  My goal was to ride my bike to the top of the hill without stopping to push it up the rest of the way.  On many occasions, I failed to accomplish the task.  However, there was one time that after I peddled vigorously, it seemed as if I could not go any farther.  It was then that I lifted my eyes to see that I was nearly at the top of the hill.  Suddenly I found resources of strength that I did not know I had.  As I focused on my destination, the peddling became easier and I eventually made it to the top.

I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Psalms 27:13)

There are many times in our lives when we will strive to overcome obstacles and feel as if we cannot go any further.  What we need to is see the finish line.  The finish line is the place that God has prepared for us.  I am not necessarily speaking of Heaven, but the promised land, which is the land of victory.  We must continue on and not faint.  Sometimes, the only thing that can keep you from fainting is your faith in the Lord. Your perspective of what you see he can do will become a strength to you.

As you go through trials, spend time with the Lord.  Submit to his will and allow him to reveal to you his plan and purpose.  With this vision, you will overcome. 

Where there is no vision, the people perish: (Proverbs 29:18)

Moved to Compassion (Luke 7:13)



One of the attributes of God is that he is omniscient, which means that he is all knowing.  He knows all that has occurred in the past, he knows what is in the heart of man and what is taking place currently, and he knows what will happen in the future.

When God became man, he cloaked his diety: that is to say that as God, Jesus functioned as a man and only accessed his divine powers and abilities as directed by the father.

In this passage when Jesus came face to face with the widow, he, as God, saw her and her condition for the first time.  What occurred revealed the nature of God towards man.  The scriptures state that when he saw her, he had compassion on her.  From this, we can know that as God looks upon us, he will be moved with compassion towards us.  Although his plan may require that we endure particular hardships in life, but nonetheless his heart is moved with compassion.

We too should have compassion on others.  What is needed for this to occur is to see individuals in their state.  This may come from visual sight or Holy Spirit illumination.  It is difficult to have compassion on someone if you cannot see them.  So in order for us to have compassion, we must see them.

Hold It Together (Psalm 27:14)

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I remember when quite a few years ago, I was sitting in the heart station at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. My daughter was sitting on my wife’s lap as they were completing the last preliminaries before her open heart surgery the next morning. Each of us were on edge and doing our best to deal with the situation. It was then that my daughter said her first word. She turned her head, looked across the room at me and said, “Daddy.” Needless to said, I nearly fell apart.

The two options that we have when we face trouble are holding it together or falling apart. Faith is what enables us to hold our hearts together. When we lose faith or fail to exercise faith, our heart no longer binds itself together for The Lord and then we essentially cave in or fall under the circumstances of your trial. However, our path to victory begins with just one step.

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalms 27:14)

Waiting on The Lord and being of good courage are attributes of the heart. We see this from the context of the verse and can understand that they essentially mean to bind the heart together and be emotionally strong. When we have faith in The Lord to provide what we need and take that stand, God will strengthen our hearts. We then have greater faith to take that same stand and God again strengthens our hearts. The process repeats itself and this is what enables believers to overcome all obstacles and yet at the same time rejoice in The Lord.

You too can experience this victory. It begins with one step: hold your heart together by trusting in the goodness of The Lord. After that, he will do the rest.

I Can’t Hold It Together (Psalm 130:5)

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When I was a kid, my mother said that life was tough. I believed her, but I didn’t know it was going to be as tough as it is. Have you ever had days where everything just seemed to be going wrong? Every time you turn around there is yet another problem. During days like that, I can’t wait to get the day over so I can start a new day and as is usually the case, the next day is much better.

However there are times in our lives when one bad day leads into another and yet another. Our emotions are on edge and we feel like we just can’t take another step. At any moment, we feel like we just cannot hold it together any longer and are ready to fall apart and sometimes we do. It is those times that we call dark trials. What is the answer?

I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. (Psalms 130:5)

What does it mean to wait for The Lord? When we wait for The Lord, we are holding it together until he provides relief. The Hebrew word for “wait” carries the idea of binding together, to collect, or to tarry. The Psalmist shares his testimony in that his soul is able to hold it together until The Lord provides. He accomplishes this by focusing on God’s word and expecting that God will supply as promised.

You too can obtain like victory. In order to do so, you will need to prayerfully expose yourself to God’s word. God cannot strengthen your soul for holding it together if you are unaware or unfamiliar with pertinent passages from his word. Once you recognize a promise from God’s word, you must resist all thoughts and accusations against God and his word. (See previous post: What Is A trial). As you accomplish these two steps, God will provide patience to your soul.

When Faith Is Not Enough (1 Thessalonians 1:3)

Have you been in a trial and found it difficult to remain faithful to God and keep moving on? Have you been to the point where you cannot take another step and want to just crumble in your path? Many have been there and yet still moved on. How did they do it? What was their secret?

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; (1 Thessalonians 1:3)

Works start out motivated by faith. The worker many be doing the work because God has led them or he has pointed out a need that he wants him to fulfill and the believer responds by faith and does the work. A person can continue in the work motivated by faith, but the work needs more than what the faith worker can provide. Mere obedience to do a work will not bring about the purpose that God has.

While in the work, The Lord does a work also in the believer’s heart. This work occurs when love develops in the heart of the laborer. His work is no longer motivated by the obedience of faith, but by love for those for which he works. Love will take you further than faith. If asked, faith will sacrifice. However, love will sacrifice on its own. Faith obeys, but love sees the need and willfully volunteers for the task. It also sees the need and will carry the burden of the work and accomplish it. Faith only obeys and endures.

Faith and love are essential ingredients for living a life for God, but another motivation is still needed. Faith obeys, love sees the need and is motivated, but hope sees the potential that can occur. Hope has spiritual eyes that see the situation from God’s perspective. Reaching the mark envisioned by hope isn’t easy. There are still obstacles to overcome, but hope gives vision to the laborer’s work and at the same time gives patience to the laborer. Patience is the believer’s ability to stay under the load of the work and at the same time be cheerful. Personal strength may keep people under the load of a work, but it cannot bring cheerfulness. Talents and abilities may make a work somewhat easier to bear, but they will not bring cheerfulness. Love in itself will struggle in the face of adversity and endure, but be lacking in cheerfulness.

However, it is love for God that brings the spiritual perspective of hope. It is this love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love for a person can wax thin, but love for God will cause the believer to continue to press on. It wasn’t Paul’s love for the church that moved him on through suffering and persecution. It was his love for God. It wasn’t love for the ministry that strengthened the Apostles to face being martyred. It was hope that came from their love for God.

Where are you? What motivates you in your service for God? What motivates you as a parent, spouse, or employee? Hopefully it is something greater than just your faith.

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Exalted In Due Time (1 Peter 5:6)

Life is filled with ups and downs. Sometimes the causes are understandable, but at other times it seems that everything is against you, nothing makes sense and all hope for recovery is nowhere in sight. What should a person do? Should they fight? Give up? Run away? All of these plausible solutions are representative of our efforts to deliver ourselves, but God’s solution is different.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (1 Peter 5:6)

Instead of fighting, try humbling yourself before God. Kneel before, yield your will, desires and goals. As you place them before God, you allow him complete liberty with your life. You know that God is omnipotent: meaning that he can do anything, but there are some things that he will not do. He will not rob you of your will. He will speak to you, move your heart and even chasten you, but he will not make you do anything. When you are humble before God, you give him liberty to do his perfect work in your life. Many believe yielding to God will limit the joy that can be had in life, but in reality, by yielding to God, you open up to yourself doors of joyful opportunity that you in no other way could possibly experience.

When you do humble yourself before God, he will lift you up. He is not saying that he will promote you to a higher position among men–although he may do that–but he will lift you above your circumstances in life.

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