We should always remember and keep in mind that God in heaven wishes for us to be triumphant in our lives. No matter the struggles or setbacks, no matter the challenges or detours that we may face, we should always remember that we can call upon the Lord to ask for His sustenance in our time of need. The Bible declares in Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” That verse says God is a present help. He is there for us when we need Him the most. He is a present God. He is an on time God. He cares for our well-being and wishes to meet our every need. That is how faithful God is to us. The Lord wishes for us to be complete and whole not lacking any good thing. We read this in Psalms 34:10 "...they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing."
If you are going through the tough times, remember that you can lift up your eyes to heaven and call out to the Lord. He is closer to us then we realize, but it is up to us to call upon the Lord and ask for His help, His direction, His strengthening, His encouragement and simply ask for whatever else we may need in that moment. The Lord knows us better than we know ourselves and the Bible says that God knows what we need even before we ask Him. That is why I know that we can call upon the Lord with confidence, with assurance and with a deep knowing that when we do call upon God Almighty, He will hear our plea and be faithful to answer our hearts cry. (Psalm 121:1-3) (Matthew 6:8)
I encourage you to be confident in the God who created you. Do not forsake the Lord because He has not forsake you. Come to the Lord with Thanksgiving remembering the many blessings that He has bestowed upon your life. Give thanks for every gift and blessing and with faith believing ask the Lord to meet the needs that you presently have. Always remember that the Lord loves you and wishes for you to be the head and not the tail, to be above only and not beneath, to be the lender and not the borrower. Call upon the Lord with confidence and let your requests be made known unto God. (Deuteronomy 28:13) (Philippians 4:6)
I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to see that it is good to call upon the Lord and share with Him all that is on our hearts. The Lord will be faithful to hear and answer our heartfelt prayer.
I had to get a new pair of eyeglasses recently. Stigmatism had started to mix with my nearsightedness making things a little bit blurry with my old prescription. Also I had to finally give in to another sign of my aging body and get my first pair of bifocals.
It has taken me several days to get used to the new pair. While it was great seeing clearly at a distance again and wonderful being able to read a book without it being an inch from my face, the combination lenses were a challenge for me. The problem was that whenever I was looking at something far away I had to keep my eyes up or else I got a wave of blurriness when I accidentally looked through the reading part of the lenses. I am glad that my eyes are now getting the hang of it. It is no fun living in a blurry world.
I am grateful for this new pair of glasses for another reason too. They have taught me a truth that I will hold close to my heart forever: whenever you need to see the road ahead clearly, Look Up! Too often in my life I have kept the eyes of my soul looking down to the ground. When I did the world seemed like a scary, blurry, and depressing place. When I raised those eyes up to Heaven, though, my vision always became breathtakingly clear. I saw that God loves me. I saw that this is God’s world. I saw that life is good and when I help others I make it even better. I saw that no matter what each day may throw at me, I can face it with a loving heart and a joyful spirit.
Whenever your life seems blurry then, look up! Whenever your life seems frightening or overwhelming, look up! Whenever you aren’t sure what you should do, look up! God is in His Heaven and He is in your heart as well. Open the eyes of your soul and see clearly just how much God loves you and just how much you can love as well.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 100:4-5 “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.”
Psalm 121:1-3 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that keepeth thee will not slumber.”
Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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