Sunday, August 21, 2011

Why is it so Dark in Here?

Just Peachy
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Psalm 23: 1 - 3 (NLT)  "The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name."

Imagine for a moment that YOUR CAR JUST BLEW UP.

Just Peachy!

Stop and think for a moment about how you would feel if you car just destroyed itself.  Take 30 seconds and think of 2 things that you would really want.  Do it NOW ... counting ....

STOP.  This verse is a promise from God that you will not want.  If either of your two things was "I want a car that works," you don't believe the Word of God.

You Will not Want, if you are living for him, living out loud for the Lord.  Living in faith and love for the Lord!

Let me explain.  Your car blows up, and you like me, might think ... why can't I catch a break?

What is wrong with you?  You just did catch a break.  The promise is you will NOT want, if you are right with God.  So instead of wasting your life in anger or fear about what is going to happen with the Car, you should be saying, Wow .. What is God going to use this for to Glorify his Name?

You car did not blow up because you sinned and are being punished.  It did not blow up because God no longer loves you. Your car blew up because it blew up.

But God said: "He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name."  That means your actions will bring honor to his name, if you stay on his path.  So look around, God guided you to where you are.  The opportunity to bring honor to you Lord is There.  Find it.  

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This is So Cool. 

Lemonade from lemons.  

Peachy?  You bet!


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You are Being Chased
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Psalm 23:4 - 6.(NLT) "Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever."

Do you notice that it is assumed you will be in a "dark valley," or a difficult place in your life?  Yet, if you are walking with the Lord, he is close beside you.  That is a promise, not a feeling.  A promise.  You do not have to earn it.  It is just going to happen.

So if you know that God is walking beside you, it stand to reason you will not be afraid.  You already know he is going to guide you.  You already know that it is going to be dark, dangerous, not fun, yet you are not afraid of how it is going to turn out.



Or are you?  If you are afraid, it is not because God has walked away, but rather you have let go of his hand.  Grab it again, and believe that he does not lie.  He is right there.  Assume now that it will turn out His way for you.


But it is way cooler than that.  Those people who are making your life tough.  The ones that are laughing at you, hounding you, making fun of you, stealing from you.  You will actually get to see them brought low, at the same moment you are brought high.  Not only that, but he is going to set you aside yet again for his own.  Personally, where everyone will see it happen.  Not only that, your blessings, ones that you will recognize as from the Lord, will be so many, that you cannot count them. He says, "You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings."

Yet, that is NOT ENOUGH for the Lord.  Even if you run, he will pursue you.  Even if you forget, and you are afraid, he will follow you, and you gotta know, he will catch you.  The Psalm says he will pursue you with his goodness and never ending love will follow you "all the days of your life."  So if you are afraid, you are running from the Lord, but he will catch you with goodness and love.


Think about this for a second.  If you have accepted Jesus as Lord, he will pursue you FOREVER, because your life will not end.


Creation of Adam (public domain)
by Michelangelo, c. 1511
If you are a follower of Jesus already, relax.  The big guy is right beside you, and if you forgot that and walked away from him, he is following right behind you, and intends to catch you.  Reach out to him.

If you have not reached out to Jesus, or you have no idea what that means or how to do it, Click Here.  Either way, Remember that tough stuff happens in our lives. If you are walking with the Lord, Fear should not be in you.  He will provide.


 It will be better and more than you can imagine.
You just have to believe and wait on the Lord.

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