There’s no doubt that you are loved by God! He loves you so much that he died selflessly and rose powerfully so that you and I can spend eternity with him! Who can measure the depths of God’s love? Well, the only thing we have to compare for the sake of juvenile human articulation and comprehension is eternity! At the end of the day, we can’t earn his love because he pours out his love for each of us without reproach, equally, and impartially. There’s absolutely nothing you or I could ever do to make him love us any more or any less. His love for us is not contingent on who we are nor what we do because love is just who He is (I John 4:8, Romans 8:32-39)!!
I am eternally thankful for the brave men and women who fight for our freedom, and those who put their lives on the line when evil does occur on American soil. May we never forget the the lives lost and the many sacrifices so many made on this day 18 years ago.
Trusting in God’s promises without understanding the details can be very frightening, difficult, and frustrating. In Isaiah 30 we find a terrified Judah yoked with Egypt and not God because Assyria threaten to destroy their kingdom. Judah, sought alliance from a ‘lesser’ enemy because they failed to see that God was in the process of orchestrating his promise of protection. Despite Judah’s lack of trust God said in V15, “In RETURNING and REST you shall be saved; in QUIETNESS and CONFIDENCE shall be your strength.” Unfortunately, Judah rejected God’s promise and instead of seeing the Lord’s salvation and strength, they were forced to flee! Trusting in God’s promises means RETURNING. If there is known disobedience in your live, you must return to the Lord’s ways. Secondly, you can find REST in God and when you do, it shows you’re really trusting in His promises. Thirdly, trusting in God’s promises means QUIETNESS. You don’t need to argue for your side when God is already on your side. Be quiet before Him and before others. Lastly, trusting in God’s promises means CONFIDENCE. You know God can and will come through for you! So, no matter what the circumstance(s) choose to trust in God’s promises even without the details.
MONEY says, “Chase after me but, you’ll never have enough of me.” TIME says, “Chase after me but, you’ll always complain about me.” FUTURE says, “Chase after me but, you’ll struggle to reach me.” BUT GOD says, He is the distributor of all MONEY (Matthew 25:14-28), He transcends TIME (Col 1:16-17), and He holds the FUTURE in the palms of his holy hands (Phil 1:6). Therefore, I say, stop chasing the things you have no control over and start pursuing the One who controls everything. Those who pursue God embrace His Word and ways while shrinking from those of man’s. They see the reality of the godly pursuit, which is permanent, versus the earthly pursuit which is temporary. Bottom line, pursuing God is like playing a game of chess ♟ that He allows you win😎!
God’s plan will always be more beautiful, exciting, and more rewarding than your disappointments. Deut 31:6 of the MSG paraphrase reminds us to, “Be strong [and to] take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because GOD, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” Therefore, while you’re waiting for God’s promises to manifest in your situation choose to be patient, faithful, and expecting! Lastly, don’t grow weary in doing what you know you needs to be done because at the appointed time you will harvest a multiplicity of God’s unfolding blessings if you don’t give up (Galatians 6:9)!
You can’t open a door shut by God. Revelation 3:8 reminds us,”…..the Holy One, the True One, He Who has the key of David, Who opens and no one shall shut, Who shuts and no one shall open.” Now, lets tell the truth and shame the devil…we don’t like it when God shuts a door that we believe we have the keys (power) to access. Perhaps the harshest word we ever hear growing up is also one of the shortest: “No.” “No” is a small word that packs an enormous amount of power. It has the ability to both prevent and protect. Growing up, we almost singularly see the prevention side of this command, seeing “no” as merely a barrier hemming us in, but in fact, “no” is more like a gateway to better living. “No, do not touch that electrical outlet.” “No, do not touch that hot stove.” “No, do not play in the middle of the street,” etc. Youthful ignorance and curiosity sometimes see only the prevention and not the protection! Do you remember when David wanted to build God’s temple? God said, “No” (1 Chron.17:4)!! It’s tough hearing God’s “no,” especially when it doesn’t sound like protection, only prevention. Fact is God closes doors because He knows we need a few more seasons of meekness and humility under our belts. I say this for my tenacious saints: When God closes a door, he doesn’t always open a window.!! Sometimes he just wants you to be content in the room you’re in. So if you’re standing in front of a shut door, pray to be content with God’s denial, knowing that His deliverance of you is secure forever by the merits of His Son. He might have said “no” to you in this occurrence, but for everything else, is “yes” in Christ and so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. (2 Cor 1:20)!!