Broken Dreams & Broken Promises

Psalm 42.jpgIt has been a difficult day my Lord to say the lease, because when others seem to have forgotten you and what you long for is someone to reach out to say I do care, and truly mean it. For someone else who seems all they want to do is to judge you and you seem to say to yourself, they are not walking in my shoes to understand this deep pain of mine. So I open up your scriptures to read the following words that seem to ring so true for me today.

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?  My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”. These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the “Mighty One” with shouts of joy and praise, among the festive throng. Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. My soul is downcast within me, therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan the heights of Hermon–from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls, all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me–a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God my Rock, Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt  me saying to me all day long, “Where is your God.?” Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Dear Lord

Help me in this holy time, at your feet, to pour my soul out to you. Enable me to be transparent. I surrender every burden, fear, question, and emotion. Empty me of myself. Free me from all the clutter in my heart and mind. Consume me with Your Spirit now and everyday of my life.

Amen

 

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The Prayer of Jabez

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Then Jabez is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10: “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, ‘I gave birth to him in pain.’ Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request.”

The name Jabez means “he causes pain,” so we can assume that something about his birth was exceptionally more painful than the usual birth – either physically or emotionally. In Bible times, a name was very important. A name often defined a person’s future – what they would become. So perhaps Jabez’s mother was predicting her baby’s future.
It seems as if Jabez defied his hopeless name and dysfunctional beginning to become a man who believed fervently in the power of God. He prayed with urgency and vulnerability. He cried out to the Lord with boldness!

In my last post I wrote on how important our prayer life should be as we journey with the Risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Bruce Wilkinson wrote the Prayer of Jabez and well as Beyond Jabez. In these books Bruce speaks on how powerful prayer is, in which prayer changes small dramatic ways, it tells us of God’s presence is alive even today besides in Biblical times. Zabez has said this prayer to God and as well as he said long ago, I myself have ask God to enlarge my own territory to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ as much as I could. By doing this it will lead me and you into the Land of the Unknown, where you may feel overwhelmed and perhaps even incapable of handling opportunities. And if you do feel this way hopefully you as well as myself will pray the prayer of Jabez, for the hand of the Lord to intervene on our behalf. Also when the reality of life leaves you vulnerable to temptation that, if acted on, would hurt the Lord and others and stop the miracles you’ve been experiencing-Bruce’s hope for us is that we will know to ask the Lord to keep evil from us so that we would no cause pain.

You’ll discover that the values you used to hold are not as important anymore, and you’ll begin wanting what God wants. As you give up the life you thought you needed, you’ll find yourself getting more of God Himself. And he will so satisfy your heart that all other passions will be consumed in your longing for Him. This is the journey that I am on today, the more I go deeper in my journey, scriptures and prayer in knowing God the more I want out of it, to me it is like a vacuum, you feel as thro you are being suck right into the middle of it, and you are not alone you are standing right with God. Until all that is left and all that truly matters is Jesus Christ himself. One day you’ll awaken to the fact that you’ve chosen Him as your supreme purpose in life, and you’ll realize that He Himself has been your greatest dream, your longing, your desperate desire all along. Hand over your life and you’ll receive abundant life, which you can enjoy here and now and throughout all eternity. When you are able read the Prayer of Jabez book as well as Beyond Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson and believe me you’ll come to understand the power of prayer.

 

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Storms

Psalm 107.jpgThen they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and be brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper, the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord unfailing love, and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.   Psalm 107:28-32

There are so many times that the storms that we go thru are so very hard, they weight us down with worries, and at times cause emotional pain. Even when we share those problems with someone we called a friend it really doesn’t make us feel any better, all we can seem to say they just don’t understand what you are going thru, and too many times all they can do is simply judge us for any decision we have made. We look up to the heavens and ask God why must I endure these hard times, why can’t life be a little bit more easy to go thru, do you hear me God? do you care or even understand what I am dealing with right now? Once we seem to go thru with being angry at God for any difficult times you need to know that you can laid them all down to God in prayer. Even though there is no relief in sight, your trouble are actually light from an eternal perspective. Your problems feel so heavy because you have given them too much power. Each time you focus on them and forget about Jesus, you empower them a bit more. Jesus wants you and me to put all of our life troubles down long enough to view the vast expanse of Life that is spread out before you, all the way into eternity! Our problems feels like a big wave ready to crash down onto our world, but when we give all of the problems that we are carrying inside of us to Jesus, he calms those storms to give us his peace. The book of Psalm is filled with all the emotions that we seem to go thru each and everyday of our own lives, and once we go thru these difficult emotions we can begin to Praise our Lord thru the storms in our lives, because what I can tell each and everyone who reads these post is that Jesus does care what we go thru, he understands all the emotions we go thru as well, all we need to do is to bring them all to him so that he can calm all the storms we carry in our lives, and we do not need to.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest”

Matthew 11:28

 

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GOD KNOWS YOUR NAME

Isaiah 49Isaiah was a prophet from the Old Testament, and the most eloquent of the prophets, Isaiah, analyzed the failures of all the nations around him and pointed to a future Messiah who would bring peace to the nation and the earth. As I read the book of Isaiah chapter 49:15-16 this is what it says: Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she borne? Through she may forget, I will never forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. When we as humans go thru the difficult times we seem to begin to wonder does anyone care about me, does anyone care if I’m live or die, I know most of us have said these words if not out loud so that someone else could hear them, we have said them to ourselves.  Let me tell you my friends, you are a Child of the Most High King Jesus Christ, you are apart of the best royal family that anyone can ever be apart of it, and it doesn’t matter where you family came from, rather you were born a rich person or a poor person or anything in between. All of you who are reading these words need to know and understand that it doesn’t matter who you are, what your past is like, what you may have done, the sins we have committed in the past or in the future God loves YOU! he sent his one and only son into the world to died for all of our sins, so that once we leave this earth we will be united with him for all of eternity and that is one family that you belong to forever and ever. There is more to your life than you ever thought. There is more to your story than what you have read. You have some much to give to others, God the God of the Universe has created you for a reason, you just need to figure that small part out. God took the time to shape you and mold you for his own purpose, a job that only you can do and no one else. Your life matter regardless of what anyone may of said to you, you do have a purpose, you are special. Turn your eyes upon Jesus, and see him shining brightly on your future. When you are weak or weary, just call upon him and he will hear you. God is preparing a place in his kingdom for all of his children, you do not need to worry. There is joy in knowing the Risen Lord Jesus Christ and he delights in you now, but this joy will be astronomically magnified when you join him in glory. The joy you will experience in heaven is so far beyond anything you have known on earth that it is indescribable. Nothing can rob you of this glorious inheritance. But, in the mean time while you are still on earth remember how much that Jesus loves “YOU” and their is nothing you will ever go thru that is he unaware of, he knows of the joys you will have as well as the many sorrows and trials that you will endure, but never doubt for a single second that

“GOD KNOWS YOU NAME'”

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There is Hope in God

Psalm 33.jpgWe wait in hope for the Lord, he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.                            (Psalm 33:20-22)

Oh God you are the Great I AM! For I put my hope in you and not just man or woman in this world. For you can turn something that was meant for evil and now it is good. Your master plan brings victory out of apparent defeat. For I look around in this world, a world that you have created to be good and we have turn it into a world that has so much pain. At times we feel so defeated with life itself, and our pain has become so deep within our souls. But Lord I know that you can bring beauty out of ashes of lost dreams, and you can bring pure joy out of our sorrows and pain. I believe that you are able to create beauty out of our brokenness and our struggles, for nothing is Impossible for God. You are the Great Physician, the Great Healer of everything in this world and we come to you with all of our pain. Lord we have been disappointment by others more time than we can ever count because we put our trust in them and not You, help us to always come to you first with these struggles of ours. We give you all of our sadness and our problems also, restore them to bring glory to your kingdom. Help us to have a closer walk with you not just every so often but have a walk with you each day, to be able to bring us pure joy here on earth.  Through the difficulties that we have in this world, I rejoice that you are always present with me, and I do not go thru this journey of mine alone. You are able to help me to cope with the pain I see all around me, and help me to trust in you more each day. When my day seems to become so overwhelming for me, help me to begin to Praise You and Worship you, for when I do my problems and struggles in my life is not important any more, just you Lord, My Lord and My Savior

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You Are Worthy of My Praise

Exodus 15.jpgShout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness, come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever, his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100

These are beautiful words from the book of Psalm in which I memorize as a child in Sunday School one of the different places that I always love going, and believe me that my parents never had to force me to go I was always willing to. When I was growing up I also had the incredible opportunity to see the Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth of Jesus.

shroud-turin.jpgThe cloth was in a glass case, you can see that the man was a tall and thin built, and on the top of his head you can see where the Crown of Thorns laid upon, and you can see drops of blood that has gone down his face. You can see the holes that were in his writs (since having the nails in the hands would of torn his flesh)and feet, you can also see where the sword had pierce his side of his body. You look on the back of this cloth as my eyes swell up with tears knowing what my Lord suffer in my place. As the book of Isaiah 53:4-6 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace and by his stripes we are healed. My friend Jesus took your place and he took my place on the cross, he could of refuse to do it but instead he was willing so that we would no longer be separated from God because of our sins, that is how much he loves you and me. I had forgotten all about what I had witness until a few years ago while I was search the scriptures for a short sermon that I would shared with others, that I began to have this dream over and over again. At first I thought I had made it all up but I didn’t, and now I can not remain silent no longer, I need to share all what I remember and what I have learn with my studies to all who will listen.  In the book of Matthew chapter 28 which is know as the Great Commission, Jesus tells his disciples as well as you and me these words: All authority is heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:18-20 I say to My Lord, Send Me, I am willing to go and make disciples. Here is a song where the words were change to the Hallelujah

kelly mooney easter version of hallelujah

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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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