Verse of the day...

3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3-6)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Never go through a Crisis without Christ!!!

Ken now owns his own business and as exciting as that is... it still has its scary moments. Will there be enough clients? Will there be enough money? What about taxes? insurance? These are things to think about.. but not "worry" about.
One of our older boys, Christopher has had to return home due to financial reasons.
We find our family dealing with health issues.... Michael going through the longest relapse he has had yet and it taking it tole on him emotionally.... Christopher trying to hold his head up during this trial he goes through... and so on. The future may look difficult to you ........ there is good news for all of us though!
The bible assures us that when we fully place our trust in Jesus Christ, He will sustain us. When we stop looking to man or the government to “bail us out” the Lord will be there to carry us through any circumstance. Matthew 10:29-31
**29-Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. vs. 30-But the very hairs of your head are numbered. vs. 31- Fear you not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. If Christ cares for the sparrow how much more shall He care for you and I?**

Do not let the news on TV or someone else’s worries become your burden to carry or consume you with fear. Do not let silly issues at work... family trials ... financial troubles or illness become your focus so much so that you lose site of God!!! Come whatever may in this life we can walk with assurance and peace.

Many of us are familiar with Psalm 23. We have seen Psalm 23 plastered on many church walls, key chains, plaques, and decorations adorn our homes with this chapter of the bible and many can quote this chapter line by line. Let’s take a closer look at this small chapter that carry’s a great big promise!

"The Lord is my Sheppard I shall not want." If we believe Christ is who His word says He is, we shall not want for our needs, we can be content in knowing our needs shall be met no matter what the news may be reporting or what someone says is going to happen to our financial affairs.
"He makes me to lie down in green pastures." How many times do we actually take time when the pressures and demands in life are pulling us in all different directions to just lay down and rest? Oh I can feel the peace that comes with just closing my eyes and thinking of those care free days as a child when we would lie on our back in the grass and watch the clouds go by. You can find rest in the Lord today.
"He leads me beside the still waters." When the winds are blowing or a storm is on the horizon water can become choppy, rough, and become very threatening, even overtake us by flood. When we place our cares upon The Lord He will lead us by still waters that by all standards should not be calm. The storms may rage but you can remain still in the midst of the storm.
"Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death." This would suggest that even if our doctors have told us death is imminent for us or a loved one we do not have to be afraid if we have placed our life in the hands of our Creator Father God!
We do not have to walk in fear because of what man threatens to do to us, be it foreclosure on a home, an unexpected illness or the future outlook of an economy.
...“thy rod and thy staff shall bring us comfort” suggest to me that even if we must be corrected for our wrong actions, bad choices or just stinking thinking we will find comfort in His staff as well. A staff was used by a Sheppard much like a walking cane may be used by an elderly person today who is less steady than they may have been at one time. The staff could help the Sheppard walk through some rocky places, steadying him on steep cliffs and by placing it in front of him it would guide him from making a misstep, the staff would help the Sheppard to prod the sheep when they began to stray from a safe path. This is such a beautiful example of our Heavenly Fathers love for us! He may have to correct us for choices or actions we made outside of His will for our life, but He also comes along with gentle prodding to get us back on a safe path and He offers his strength and assurance on a path that may seem unfamiliar and scary.
"Thou prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.” This verse tells us that Christ will protect us even from those that might try to harm us. God’s word states here that He will anoint us with oil. The covering of Christ will be with us, leading and guiding us through life. “He will make our cups to run over.” We will have more than we need, so much in fact that we will have enough to bless others who may be in need also!
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” When we are walking in faith and full reliance upon God to meet our needs we will be covered in His mercy receiving His covering, His blessings, His strength. A life filled with contentment, joy and peace even if the entire world appears in chaos.
...“I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” God’s word promises that when we repent of our wicked and sinful ways & admit our need for our Savior...and that we are fully reliant upon Him for our every need, He is faithful and just and able to forgive us. God will put us back on a path that is filled with hope and promise for a future with Him!
Do not waste another second living in discontent and fear, place your trust in the hands of The One who created you and is ready to place your unsteady feet back on a path that though rocky and rough at times will still be filled with His Peace that passes all of our abilities to comprehend!

Place your cares upon on the Lord. In Matthew 11:30- Jesus tells us “for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”
Kens business...... will it stay strong? Take it to God
Christopher's financial troubles.......... Take it to God
Michael's health issue............. Take it to God
Whew............... what a relief!!

what do you need to take to God?



Anonymous said...

I am so glad I came across this post tonight. I have two sons without jobs right now and one of them is going through a divorce as well. I have been so worried about them. Today was a special prayer day where I asked our Lord to please help them to find jobs. It's so very stressful for everyone. Thanks again for the lovely post.

Anonymous said...

.. though I walk through the shadow of death"....... and its just that for those who have eternal life in Christ Jesus.... a many times have we told our children not to be scared "its just a shadow" and what a comfort that our own Heavenly Father tells us the same thing!

Praying for needs...