Monday, March 31, 2014

Look At Him

I don't know how you feel about it have just got to Praise the LORD!!
Do you know why?  Because if you don't, you will just sink so far down it will be as if you will never get back up again!  Bogged down in your mind....your heart will be heavy.....and nothing will seem worth while.  But, if you will just Praise the LORD....regardless of what's going will find that you have peace about whatever is troubling you.  Whatever it is may not change and in may get worse....but the Lord will be with you and give you strength.  He is faithful!  Put your eyes on JESUS and not on the circumstance. 

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Turn your eyes upon JESUS
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth
Will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Pslam 55:22a

Give your burdens to the Lord,
and He will take care of you.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Unbounded Love

This morning Lord
we come before You
In praise and prayer we worship
Oh so adore You
We love You more
and more 
each day
Thankful You came
into our hearts
to stay
We thank You Lord for giving us
all we'll ever need
more than we could
ever conceive
We are more than
with all
You've done for us
Thank You Lord
once again
For giving us
Your unbounded love

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Victory Over Your Battle

Whenever you are faced with any battle in your life...only you know what that is for you....what do you do?  Well, what you should do is go to the Lord and talk to Him about it.  Cry out to the Lord....tell Him what you need....and ask Him for His help.  If it's temptation you are fighting....ask Him to help you overcome it.  If your body needs healing....ask Him to heal you or show you where to go to get the healthcare you need.  If you are fighting depression....ask Him to help you overcome the powers of darkness....satan....that are trying to take over your mind.  What ever the battle in your life is....cry out to the Lord for His help.

In 2 Chronicles 20 Jehoshaphat prayed to the Lord and asked Him to stop the army that was going to come against them. It was a mighty army and they felt they were powerless against them.  They knew without the Lords help they would surely lose.  The Lord spoke back to Jehoshaphat and all the people there and this is what He said....

2 Chronicles 20:15-17

15 He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”

Wow!  Did you read that?  First He says...."Don't be discouraged for the battle is not yours, but God's."

Isn't that how we are?  We become afraid....discouraged....overwhelmed....because our battle looks too big for us.  We can only see things through our eyes and it looks like a big army is ready to overtake us.  But....we need to remember we aren't fighting this battle on our own.  We have the Lord with us!

Then the Lord says "....then stand still and watch the Lord's victory. He is with you.....  Do not be afraid or discouraged.  ....for the Lord is with you!"

Sometimes it's hard to not get discouraged.  When you feel that coming on think back to all the times the Lord has helped you in the pastThank Him for those times and for what He is doing for you now!  

Then Jehoshaphat told his army to do this....

20 Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.”
21 After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang:
“Give thanks to the Lord;
    his faithful love endures forever!”

If you read on you will see that the Lord caused the armies, that they were going out to fight, to turn against each other.  When Jehoshaphat and his men arrived they found them all dead.  The Lord had given them victory over their battle!

He wants to give you victory over your battle today as well.  He can destroy whatever is coming against you!  Talk to the Lord and ask Him to help you with your battle.  He will see you through it just like He did Jehoshaphat and his army.  Stand strong in the Lord!  He's got you in His hand!

"until we see Jesus....face to face"

Saturday, March 22, 2014

How Great You Are LORD! great YOU are Lord!  You make my soul sing!  You are wonderful....magnificent....amazing and full of grace!  You give us energy to do the things we don't think we can.  Strength to keep going day after day when we sometimes think that's not possible.  Hope to believe that there is a better day coming for us.  And when that day comes for us we will know....beyond any shadow of a doubt....that everything we have been through in our life will have been worth it all because we will be in Your presence....beholding You!  Oh....what a day that will be!! Thank You Lord for delivering us....for saving Your grace.  Without You we would be nothing....simply a pawn in the devils hand.  Oh but Lord....because of You we have eternal life and Your love that nothing can compare too!  Thank You Lord for being all....and our lives.  Oh....How Great YOU are!!

until we see JESUS....face to face

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Call Out To Jesus

All of the time the Lord is good.  But there are times when He works....and helps ways that let us know how much He really cares about everything we are going through.  Today was one of those times for me.  In about a month it will be a year since my back surgery.  Things haven't went how I expected them to go.  There have been setbacks that I really wasn't expecting to happen.  But....I know God is in control through it all.  With that said there are things that I need to do to improve.  Exercise is the main thing but it seems I am limited as to what that is.  So I decided to start walking outside again.  Today the weather is great for that....

About a hundred yards into my walk I started thinking that this idea might not have been a real good one.  The people walking with me were up ahead quite a bit and if you know me at all you know I don't like to lose and I don't like to admit defeat! Yes....I can be quite stubborn.  Well....stubborn wasn't getting me any closer to catching up.  Seeing how far behind I was I then came to the first little hill.  OH....this was not good.  All the painful places were telling me there was no way I was getting to the top!  And then it hit me....

What should we always do when we need help with something that is just overwhelming to us?  Call out to JESUS!  And let me tell you that is just what I did!  The best part of this adventure was....JESUS answered me.  Now let me tell you I didn't run to the top but I did make it to the top and then kept on going.  I prayed and asked for help quite a bit of the way.  When you get to the end of this trail you have a choice....cross the road to another trail or turn around and go back.  We turned and went back since that was the closest way.  The thing about that is....the hill is there going back as well.  The second time up the hill was a little easier but only because I was already praying.  The side you go back on is steeper going up and going down....but Because of JESUS I made it again!  I was quite happy when I walked into the house!  It was only about half a mile that we walked but it was half a mile with JESUS walking with me and HE made it worth it! 

JESUS helped....stubborn didn't!

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Walking probably isn't a problem for most of you but I'm sure there are things in your life that you need help with as well.  When you can't do it on your own....Call out to JESUS!  HE will help you to get through what ever it is.

"until we see JESUS....face to face"

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Lord Is Our Strength

I was reminded this morning that the Lord is our strength.  When we aren't sure we can get up one more time and do what we need to do....we can.  If we are a child of God, He will give us the strength we need to keep on going.  Our Lord is full of power.  Just the mention of His name brings on more power that we could ever imagine!

Jeremiah 10:6 NLT
LORD, there is no one like you!
For You are great, and Your name is full of power.

Proverbs 18:10 NKJ
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.

For whatever you are experiencing today....just keep calling on the name of Jesus.  Jesus can get you through it.  There's a song that comes to mind.  Maybe you know it....

I must tell Jesus 
I must tell Jesus
I cannot bear my burdens alone
I must tell Jesus 
I must tell Jesus
Jesus can help me
Jesus alone

I think what's important is that we talk to the Lord about everything....good and bad.  He is always there.  Psalms 17:6 (NLT) says this;

I am praying to You because I know You will answer, O God.
Bend down and listen as I pray.

We are always going to go through things in life that are hard.  When we do we need to keep fighting through them and believing that the Lord will give us the strength we need to get to the other side of them.  Believe that He will give you strength for the battle you are in....but also be prepared.  The battle may not end the way you want it too.  Always be ready for the day that your fight will be over.  We will all meet Jesus....face to day.  None of us know when that day will be for us.

"until we see JESUS....face to face"

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Good Morning Father

Good morning Father You are so good to You we come today
We bow our heads and hearts down low while we humbly pray

Please Father fill us with Your love and give us hope and peace
Walk with us throughout our day and keep us with Your grace
You are the one we reach too and You quickly take our hand
To lead us through our daily life and keep us in Your plan

Father God we love and adore You and worship You just now
Each minute of our life we give to You and make this vow
To live our life more fully and always put You first
To never walk away from You or ever quench our thirst

Father do with us what You will and help us grow each day
More loving kind and thoughtful to help others along Your way
We want to shine Your light in this dark and  hurtful world
To help others out of bondage and break the chains that just won't yield

You sent Your Son Jesus to save us and then gave us life brand new
So help us Father to pass Jesus on so that others may know Him too
Thank You for the life giving breath You breathe in us each day
Thank You for Your healing touch and blessings You send our way

We pray all this in Jesus name and humbly take our place
Out on the stage You gave us to show Your love and amazing grace

"until we see JESUS....face to face"