In the Hands of God

Psalm 37:7a,8b (New King James Version)

7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him;…Do not fret—it only causes harm.

God is my refuge, my strength, my comforter.

In the world’s eyes I should be frightened about how this is going to work out. In my case right now, which job am I going to get. I am waiting patiently, on Him to do His work, and because of that I am not scared. Why should I be? I am in the hand’s of God, of my Creator who loves me! No reason to be scared when that is where I am. If I wasn’t with God and didn’t trust in Him, I would be scared out of my mind!

Thank fully, I am not; I have no reason to be.

The Lord is my provider and protector.

This Little Light of Mine

thislittlelight Psalm 34:5,9 (New International Version)

5 Those who look to him are radiant;
       their faces are never covered with shame.

9 Fear the LORD, you his saints,
       for those who fear him lack nothing.

Both of these verses are excellent reminders of the power of God.  If we are seeking after Him and following His ways, we should not be ashamed, our faces, our spirit, should be radiant with His light! 

Sometimes, though, we are not so radiant, sometimes we hide our light on purpose so we are not ridiculed or looking down upon by those around us.  Why do we do that?  Who is the world to judge us when we have the ONE TRUE GOD in our hearts? 

Never hide your light! Never forget who you are in Christ!  He has the power to protect us and give us strength, even when we don’t think it is possible; He has the power to provide for those who fear Him, who trust in Him for all things.

Audience Of One

ist2_2231611_go_team.jpgPsalm 27:1 (New International Version)

1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

The Answer? No one.

Just God, and God alone.

If i made this a priority in my life I’m sure it would be a lot better. Actually, i know it would. If i only every worried about pleasing God imagine all of the pressure that is taken off of living life. Instead of performing for, or pleasing, a group of people (the world), I just need to be worried about pleasing God because he is my “light and salvation… [and] the stronghold of my life.” No one else in the world gives me these things, just God.

Make God your only audience and you will notice a ripple affect through every area of your life.

Faith To Move Mountains, To Change Your Life

grand-teton-mountains.jpgMatthew 21:18-22 (New International Version)

The Fig Tree Withers

18Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 19Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. 20When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked.

21Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Is God trying to get me to understand this point, or what? I feel like in every passage i read, i see the importance of faith. Faith that does not waver, faith that does not doubt. “If you believe…” That’s the key. I believe that God is going to provide, that he is going to open the right doors and close the wrong ones. I believe that if i spend time with Him daily and read His Word that my life will be changed! I believe that Christ died for me and my sins and that He has saved a place for me with Him in Heaven.

I am reminded of a Grits song titled “[what do you] Believe”. That is a good question to ask yourself every once and a while.

So, what do you believe?

Stop Turning in Circles, Turn To God.

Psalm 18:28-29 (New International Version)

28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.

29 With your help I can advance against a troop [a] ;
with my God I can scale a wall.

What more is there say?

We need God.

Without Him we can do nothing, with Him we can do anything. You want happiness? Turn to God. You want to be successful? Turn to God. Deeper faith? Better relationships? Better grades? Turn To God.

We need Him.

This is something that we should not, and cannot, deny. In every area of our lives we need to let God in, give it up to Him and let Him work through us. I can’t stop from thinking, “If King David knew that he needed God, then why shouldn’t I?” I haven’t decided yet if this is a good way to look at it, but I’m being honest, it helps to put it into perspective for me. I can tell you from experience that if you give God control over something in your life you will notice a big difference! I can remember not feeling as stressed about certain things. It gave me a feeling of peace that God was in control and He was going to work though me. No longer was it me trying to work though me (that thought alone makes my head spin), but it was God working though me.

God’s own Heart + My heart seeking after God’s + Me giving up control of my life = God working through me

-Instead of-

My heart + my thoughts + my control = (absence of God) chaos

Give it a shot. Give God control of your life and seek after Him! It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. Meet Him in His word Daily, pray daily, and make it a habit to turn to God for everything!