Good morning my sisters-
How have you been this week? I would love to hear from my sisters. I have only heard from one and it is my desire to hear from more of you. I want to pray with you, share with you and become a body of one through Jesus Christ. If you're led, please reach out to me and I will pray for you.
My week has been full of many challenges. A college coach called for my son, he's still making bad choices with a few days left of his senior year, my oldest son is looking for employment in a down market and my company is having many growing pains. Wow! That seems a lot for a week but then I think of the kids in Africa that are suffering from starvation or the women in Nigeria being beaten just because they are women and of course, I think about the many Muslims that are being told that Christians are evil and that our judgement will come. When you put all that together, my week isn't much.
My mind wanders to many topics daily. I know it's because God wants me to think on Him and rely on His provision. Like many, my mind goes to the bad before it hits peace. I hate that and I know it's not good for me or anyone else that allows their minds to wander on numerous topics. Jesus called us to be still in Him. And yet, we know that the human mind wants to say, "Your in control so you don't have to rely on God for this." What a mistake we make when that's our thought life. We must rely on God at all times. Recently, I read a post on the destruction and rebuilding of Jerusalem. It happened a lot. Fortification of walls did not keep out the enemy nor did it provide confidence to Israel. Even today, there are no walls high enough to keep their enemies out. It's only by God's grace that Israel still has a sliver of this world.
It's important for all of us to realize that in our humanness we may rely on ourselves from time to time but God will break those walls down. Why? Because we can't build faith in Him with us believing we are more powerful or more in control of our lives than Him. Like you, I struggle with this too. I think we all do. How many people think storing food for 10 years will help in a crisis or perhaps teaching their children to fend for themselves in a revolution? These are just a couple of illustrations of what we as humans believe will help in a crisis. The truth is only God can help when our fortresses are destroyed or when we are burying our dead. Only He can comfort the sinners heart and give us peace beyond our wildest dreams. He is the keeper of our today and tomorrow. The only thing we truly have control of is walking in His light, reading the word and being at peace because He has control of the situation. If you're running scared, it's time to settle down, look toward Him, praise Him for everything He has done and go somewhere quiet. Focusing on Him gives us the peace to build our fortresses. Because at the end of the day, He's the only one that is in control.
“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:25-27 NIV)
My prayer today:
O, Jesus, so many of us struggle with control. We want to control our families, our success and our lives. We are sinners but You are our Savior. You came to earth so that we could live in a light amongst the dark. Please lead us in the light. We believe You are one with the Holy Father and that Your sacrifice allows us to know You and to have Your peace. We need You Jesus today for our hearts get troubled and our minds go from here to there with no comfort. Our problems outweigh our peace when it should be the opposite. You are the King of Kings, The Lord of Lords, please comfort Your people. Bring about a Spiritual revival where Your words penetrate the hearts of men and women all over the world. Lead them to You and give all of us that know You peace beyond our understanding. Let us rest in You as the storms come and lift us up to be men and women that follow You always. Our hearts cry out to You. Please help our leaders be one with You and give them wisdom. We need You Lord guiding our countries and sharing in the peace that has transcended thousands of years. In Jesus Name, Amen