There are many people in this world who are not at peace in their life. They have allowed the trials and tribulations in their path to infiltrate their being and change their outlook on life. They have allowed worry, bitterness, fear, anxiety or stress to take their peace and replace it with uncertainty. That should never be us. We should never allow the enemy to make us question God’s plan for our life. When we receive Jesus into our hearts as our Lord and Savior, the enemy no longer has a place in our lives. When we draw nigh to God, the Bible says He draws nigh to us and gives us what we lack. He gives us strength, joy, peace, confidence and a deep and assured knowing that all will be well in the end. If we know that God promises us the victory, then why do we question? Why don’t we have faith that God will keep His Word just as He has throughout generations of believers? I believe we don’t have faith because if we don’t see a physical change take place right before our eyes then how can a change possibly come? (Hebrews 11:1-2) (James 4:8)
Jesus has dealt with this issue personally. After the Lord Jesus was risen from the grave the apostles witnessed to Thomas about seeing the Lord Jesus alive after His crucifixion, but Thomas would not believe. Thomas says in John 20:25 “…Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe it.” About a week later while the apostles were all gathered together the Lord Jesus appeared again to them this time Thomas being in the midst and Jesus knowing what happened before went straight to Thomas and said “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” When we believe God’s Word and trust the promises written therein our life will be blessed because we will not doubt, we will not fear, we will not question God’s provision and sustenance that is promised to every believer. (John 20:27-29) (Isaiah 26:3-4)
Our job as believers in Christ is to let go of fear, anxiety and uncertainty and trust that our faith in the Lord is established on solid ground that will not crumble beneath our feet. The Bible says in Psalm 61:3-4 “For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.” May we always make God our first resort of safety in our lives. May we call upon the Lord in good times giving Glory, Honor and Praise for every gift, every blessing, every joy that He has graced us with and when the tough times come may our first call of faith be to the Lord asking afresh for mercy and grace to overcome this new challenge. God will be faithful to hear both our praise and our prayer because His love for mankind is beyond our comprehension. (Matthew 7:24-29) (James 5:13-16)
I hope this message ministers to your heart to always let go of your past hurts, disappointments and setbacks so that you may be able to move forward in life ready to become all that God has created you to be.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO UNLOAD?
Every year, about 1500 “thru-hikers” set out to walk the entire Appalachian Trail in a single season. Only 10 percent complete the 2,160 miles of challenging terrain stretching from Georgia to Maine. One reason some people drop out early is that they haven't learned to travel light.
A friend of mine launched his thru-hike carrying a seriously overloaded backpack. He had a cassette player and six tapes of bird calls, an air pistol to keep the varmints away, a camera, a radio, and an alarm clock. “If it ran on batteries,” he said, “I had one in my pack.”
At his first stop, an experienced hiker helped him go through his pack and decide what to keep and what to send home. Each item was placed on a gram scale with the question, “Is it worth it? Do you want to carry this for the next 2000 miles?”
My friend discovered that his biggest problem was an accumulation of little things. Most of his extra weight was in ounces, not pounds. He didn't need half of what was in his first-aid kit nor the extra tube of toothpaste. His heavy multi-tool knife was replaced with one weighing only an ounce. A metal knife-fork-and-spoon set gave way to a single plastic spoon. He sent home 26 pounds of unnecessary weight.
How many of us are trying to walk the trail of faith in Christ weighed down by an accumulation of little things -- anger, bitterness, worry, envy, jealousy, lust, and selfishness? Instead of enjoying the beauty of life with Jesus, we complain about how hard it is to follow Him.
Psalm 32 is for everyone who's ready to shed the weight of sin and regain the joy of walking with the Lord. “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.”
What do you need to unload today?
By Richard Lee Holbert
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
1 Chronicles 16:25-29 “For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: He also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. Glory and honour are in His presence; strength and gladness are in His place. Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.”
Psalm 20:6-9 “Now know I that the LORD saveth His anointed; He will hear him from His Holy Heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.”
Psalm 37:23-26 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: HE IS...
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry