Stay or Run Away

Psalm 55.pngMy heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me. Fear and trembling have beset me, horror has overwhelmed me. I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be a rest. I will flee far away and stay in the desert, I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”  Psalm 55:4-8

The way in which one deals with problems will reveal much about one’s Christian character. The psalmist here point to two methods people use to deal with their problems. There is “flight” in which you try to escape or evade your problems. Then there is the “stand steadfast and trust the Lord” method in which we deal with our problems and overcome them in the name of the Lord.

Jonah started by running away, God sent him to Nineveh, at Joppa, he then brought his ticket for a voyage by boat to Tarshish, situated far away from his responsibilities. (Jonah Chapter 1 Old testament) But Jonah never reached Tarshish. There is no place on earth where we can escape our problems completely. Instead of solving his problems, Jonah only multiplied them. Once cannot escape from yourself, your responsibilities or your problems. When Jonah eventually chose the path of obedience and went to Nineveh to carry out his task, the Lord supported him with strength and he worked miracles in the name of the Lord

At one time or another we all face the temptation of trying to run away from our own problems or to sidestep our responsibilities. Even Jesus was confronted by temptation in the desert. However, He accepted God’s will for His life and did what He had to do. It we are obedient and faithful, if we trust God completely, He will support and help us.

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FEAR

Psalm 55.jpgMy heart is in anguish within me, the terrors of death fallen on me. Fear and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me. “I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.                              Psalm 55:4-6

Fear is something that can take a whole on us and doesn’t seem to want to let us go, especially things that we have no control over, such as the weather. During this present season of hurricanes many of you have a lot of fear built up inside of you, not know what will happen to you and love ones of you. I live in the mountains and I am safe however I do have family that was right in the middle of harms way down in Texas, as well as family in Florida, where the next storm is heading. At times fear tries to take a whole of me and then scriptures comes to my mind. Trust in the Lord with all you heart, (Proverbs 3:5) Jesus goes head of us and to let all of us know that He will never leave or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5) Therefore, you or I do not need to be afraid or discouraged. He knows though that feelings often fail to submit to logic. So don’t be surprised when your emotions rebel against your will. King David was both a mighty warrior and a gifted poet, and he expressed fearfulness, trembling, and even overwhelming horror in one of his psalms. Yet he trusted God which was genuine and deep. His life and his writing demonstrate that fear does not trump trust. They coexist. This is why King David could proclaim, “When I am afraid I will trust in You.         (Psalm 56:3)

Trust is a relational word. It’s one of the prime ways you and I can draw nearer to God. When we are afraid, don’t blame ourselves for having that very human emotion. Instead we need to acknowledge what we are feeling at that very moment, then in a whisper let God know we will put our trust in Him. He is always a lot closer than we cloud ever imagine and he is a lot closer than the breathe that we are taken at this very moment. God we give you the very peace you heart longs for all we need to do is trust.

Dear God:

You know the storms in our lives that we seem to face, help us to put our Trust in You. Help us to remember these words from Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you, he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged,

Amen

 

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Comfort One Another

2 Corinthians 1a.jpgThe Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians the following letter to the church in Corinth to tell them how pleased he was that the people were sorry for the way they had acted and that they were now trying to live the way God wanted them to. He also defended himself against the accusations, being made by false teachers. Paul tells us in Chapter 1-3-7 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. It we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation, if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in your patient endurance of the same suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

For the last many days we have watch on our TV, laptop, phone about the hurricane victims, as well as some having families in that area. As we watch it all unfold we see how many people are helping, neighbor helping neighbor, a stranger helping another stranger, it doesn’t matter who it is to help them, all are willing to except the help, it doesn’t matter, their race, skin color, religion or anything else just the help. Isn’t this the way God always expect his children to act and not with all the hatred that some many people seem to have. All of us are created by the same God, who is the Father of compassion and the God who comforts all of his children. It would be a beautiful sight to see if that all of his children can act this way all the time, and not just during a crisis.  One of the best thing any of us can do is to pray for others, pray for their strength to endure all of this, also pray for peace, Jesus tells us 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 14:27) You maybe thinking to yourself, that is easy to say, and I know how hard that it can be for us at times, this is why we need to have a closer walk with the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. Because during theses difficult times in our lives we can depend on him as well as our scripture reading and more important our prayer life with God. Going thru my own valleys in life the different scriptures comes to my mind to give me the peace I need at that moment, and I also cried out to God, are you listening to me, and the words to the poem:       Footprint in the Sand,

One night I dreamed…
I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, Other times there was one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed That during the low periods of my life, When I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord, “You promised me Lord, That if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life There has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “The times when you have seen Only one set of footprints in the sand, is when I carried you.”
—Mary Stevenson

During this time God is carrying His children

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Come to Jesus

Psalm 118 (5).jpgJesus tells us to come to him when we are hurting, and He will share our pain. Come to him when we are joyful and he will share our joy—multiplying it many times over. He invites you and me just as we are—no matter what shape or condition we are in. We don’t have to clean up our act first, since Jesus already knows the worst about us. When we are hurting you want to be with someone who understands you without condemning you. When you’re happy, you delight in being with someone who loves you enough to celebrate with you. He understands you compassionately and love us exuberantly, so bring more and more of yourself to him. Most people are selective about which parts of themselves they share with God. Some hesitate to bring him the traits they consider shameful. Others are so used to living with painful feelings–loneliness, fear, guilt that it never occurs to us to ask God for help in dealing with all of these things. Still others are so preoccupied with their struggles that they forget that he is always near. There are hurting parts of all of us that God desire to heal. However, some of them have been with us so long that we consider them a part of our own identity. We carry them wherever we go, little awareness. On occasions when you have brought some damaged portion of yourself to him, he will help us to walk with new found freedom. However we are so addicted to certain painful patters that  we cannot break free from them. Only repeatedly exposing them to God’s healing Presence will bring us all to long- term freedom. When that happens we will be released to   experience Joy in much fuller measure. Jesus will share with all of our Joys and multiply it many times over for you and me.

 

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