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Speak of My Saviour

Shortly before his death, Carey said to a friend: “You have been saying much about Dr. Carey and his work. When I am gone, say nothing about Dr. Carey; speak about Dr. Carey’s Saviour.” – William Carey

What will they say about me when my time on this earth is gone. This is the thought that plagues me often in my walk with Christ. Will I have lived a life representative of Christ which will leave people speaking of my great Saviour or will there be whispers of my flaws and short comings? Truth is there may be a bit of both but my hope is that I will have lived, done or said something that will ultimately leave others speaking about the Saviour that I have loved and served.

In speaking I have learned that my experiences in this life are not about me. They are about learning in order to gain wisdom, growing in faith and giving back to someone in need. I have heard many times how can you relate to someone if you haven’t gone through what they are going through. The greatest example of that is when Jesus came in the form of flesh, suffered at the hands of men, and was hung on the cross for our (yours and mine) sins, failures, flaws and shortcomings.

For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. Hebrews 4:15 (AMP)

I believe in order to give with the right motive, compassion plays such a huge part. When I say give I don’t mean just monetary or materialistically, I mean giving back by praying for and with someone, helping to carry the burden of our brother/sister in Christ, fighting a spiritual war on behalf of a lost soul in order to draw them to Jesus, interceding for those we don’t even know, and loving them that spitefully use us. If we can do these things just as Jesus has done them and much more for us, and all in the name and strength of our Saviour, how then will others speak about us (you and me).

I pray that when they speak about me, they will say…There is one whom she loved an served, and He caused her to love others. He in turn showed us His love through her. And others will ask who is this one that you speak of. The answer: His name is Jesus. And what he has done for her, he has done for others and will do for you.

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Fiery Trials

There are times I’d like to say I think I’ve got it all together. Put on my rose colored glasses and say that I full on trust God in the process of life and when the trials, tribulations and persecutions come, I trust you Lord. But the truth is there is a flaw in my glasses and there are flaws in me. Actually my Rosie glasses get quite broken in the battle of my mind.

Lately it seems like every time I put finger to keyboard and post about my relationship with God, no soon as I hit the publish button, here comes the trouble. Not just that but that fact of trying to life my life according to God’s word, at every turn there is another dart thrown my way. I’m quite aware that the word says (and I’m paraphrasing) that in Christ we will have troubles (John 16:33, 1 Peter 4:12-19). And boy are the troubles and fiery darts coming. I think about the saying, ” When I think about my problems I know that there is someone out there who’s got it worst off than me.” Really?

Truthfully that is not my thought at the time. I have my moments when I just stop and contemplate why me AGAIN God! Does Satan ever get tired of throwing fiery darts at ME?! Can I get a break!!!? Jesus am I not suffering enough?! Then I think what if I just give up and stop doing what God created me to do? Will he back off then? Uh….no.

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But then there is this small flicker of a flame that rises in me and reminds me that through my sufferings I am a partaker with Christ and when His glory shall be revealed, I can be exceedingly glad with joy. I just need to stay in the fight and not grow weary in well doing. Easier said than done at times right? But when I’m surrounded by trouble on every side and the darts seem like they won’t stop and I don’t know where to begin a prayer to God, I turn to the word. I search for scripture related to the subject of my problems and I dig in. That is my weapon, my peace, my shield and my refuge. It is everything that I need to get back up when life is beating me down.

 

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5 Ways to Go Deeper Into the Word

5 ways to dig deeper into the word

Daily we should take the time in our reading to dig deeper into the Bible. Below are 5 different ways to dig deeper each day. Making a commitment to doing these things everyday will increase encouragement, hope, greater faith in God and help you to meditate or soak in the word of God. Try doing  a single idea for a week to find what works best for you. Remember to keep a journal and pen ready to capture God’s insights.

  1. Underline or highlight key words or phrases in the passage your reading. Use a pen or highlighter to mark new discoveries from the text. Periodically go back over your markings to see what God is revealing to you.
  2. Put the scripture into your own words. Read and reread the passage or verse slowly, use a second translation that may be easier for you to understand, then rewrite each phrase or sentence in a way that you understand.
  3. Ask and answer your questions. (This may seem a little weird at first.) Questions will unlock new discoveries and meanings that lead to better revelations. Ask yourself questions about the passage using the 5 W's & H: who, what, why, when, where, or how. Write down thoughts on how you would answer these questions.
  4. Gain the big concept. God’s Word communicates big concepts. Periodically ask, What’s the thought to be conceived personalizein this sentence, paragraph, or chapter?
  5. Make the meaning personal. When God speaks to us through the Scriptures, we must respond. A helpful habit is apply the Bible through action. Ask: How can my life be different from this moment forward as I respond to what I’m reading?

One of the ways to keep track of your daily dig into the word is with the Hidden In God Prayer Planner.  Use it to jot down the scriptures you read daily and expound on what you have read in the reflections area. Also after reading pray about what you have read so that God will increase your awareness of His word throughout the day. Use the planner to go back over the word and meditate on it day and night. It is your weapon of warfare after all.

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Where Do I Turn

Psalms 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

This Psalm was written by David after he had escaped King Achish by pretending to be insane. In it he tells how God had remained faithful to him during his time of troubles. I want to tell you about how I relate to his psalm and how God was yet faithful to me.

At one point in my life I was deep in the midst of sickness and heartache. I had no place else to turn. My friends couldn’t help me, my parents and children couldn’t help me. The doctors repeatedly told me that I would have to live with the abscesses that, had literally taken over my body, for the rest of my life. There was no cure all they could do was cut me over and over and over some more. My marriage was in shambles, I was buried in debt over my head and I had a J.U.B. (job), Just Under Broke. I saw no light at the end of the tunnel. Something had to give.

My thoughts were that I needed some type of relief. Either end this horrific pain and put me out of my misery or save me. I had grown up in church so I knew a little something about God. I wanted to commit suicide but I knew better and if nothing else in this world scared me, knowing that if I took my own life it was a one way ticket to hell, kept me from swallowing the massive amount of pain pills I had. I had no where to turn and hope was a fading memory.

I can’t remember asking God for much of anything during my time of “I’m grown and will do whatever I want” stage in life. I may have slipped in very few prayers. But I remembered my younger days and the times that I loved God enough to want to be baptized. I felt something for Him back then, could He be my last hope. So I gave it a go. I prayed and asked God to save me from the despair, the pain, the heartache and the troubles.

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I turned to him when there was nothing else I could do. I was a mess, I mean a wretch undone. Romans 7:24 (AMP) Wretched and miserable man that I am! Who will [rescue me and] set me free from this body of death [this corrupt, mortal existence]?

But Jesus heard my cry and he saved me and delivered me from the mess that I was in. The mess that I had made of and for myself. It wasn’t immediate. And it has taken years to get to where I am now. Oh but he did and he changed my life. I still am not perfect but I am not nearly what I used to be. I surely thank God for that!

When faced with circumstances beyond our control, where do we turn? If you haven’t figured it out, the best place is to turn to the Lord.