“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.” 2 Timothy 1:12-14 KJV
Hang in there! God is in control and He says it is time. This week I feel God is reminding us to trust Him.
Dear Heavenly Father – please continue to pour out your grace upon us, within us, and show it through us! Thank you for caring about the little things in our life as well as the big things. Help us cling to your plans as you make the way for us. You alone are to be glorified! Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to the ways of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
First of all, God loves you. Second of all, He has put a love for you in my heart – I love you. He sees you and has shown you to me. This blog hasn’t been shared much, I have not added any metadata or made it easily searchable, and if you are stumbling upon it – it is God who is leading you here. This is by God’s design and through my prayers and the prayers for those who are praying for this ministry. God is showing me that everyone reading has a different situation and lives in a different country on this globe, yet we are all connected through our shared human struggles. Moreover, connected through Him as we seek Him. You are reading this because you have a hunger for God and God has seen you and has come close to you to love you and intervene. God is speaking very clearly and He is here for you with love; it’s time.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8 NKJV
I try to start and end each day with a spiritual health check. As the Lord’s Prayer (found in Matthew 6 and Luke 11) says – when you pray make sure you have forgiven other, then ask for forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness for all the sins (even the ones we feel are small) is how we wash our hand spiritually. With a global pandemic and so much focus on hand washing in the physical world, let us not forget to wash our hands spiritually. Covid-19 is small and we cannot even see it – yet we wash to remove it if by chance it is there. Should we treat small sins and sins we do not even realize are there the same way? Wash – therefore – wash.
We are to scrub our hands for 20 seconds (in accordance with the global recommendations – and they suggest singing a song that is about 20 seconds long). Let me propose that we spend those 20 seconds repenting – washing our spiritual hands and heart as we clean our physical ones.
Repentance is asking for forgiveness and making the choice to not continue in sin. This is how we purify our hearts and take control over our minds. No longer doubleminded but with firm unwavering choice to stay on a single path – working it through over and over until our minds are in submission to Christ.
Yes – we have free will. Our minds are completely ours to decide how and what and when. But then, when we say “here I am Lord, send me!” (Isaiah 6:8), God will respond saying that He tried to send us, but He couldn’t get through as we are double minded and not submitted fully to His will and submitted to let Him work through us. Dear Lord, please do not let us find ourselves in this position. Lord, when you say move, let us move because we have submitted to your ways. Oh Lord, when you say, turn here for your blessing, for your deliverance from that problem, for your safety, for whatever it is you have for us – let us not be found doubleminded and miss out on what you have for us. And also Lord, Thank you for your grace and mercy that overflows in your love! As we learn to submit and learn to obey we may miss those turns or those commands from you – yet as we learn, you teach us with tender mercy and keep us bathed in grace. You are a God of restoration and will help guide us back to those things which you want to restore to us when we miss the turn. Thank you Lord! You are good and gentle and merciful. Thank you for your lessons. – Amen
We are already seeking Him (Do not doubt it. You are here and have read this much of this post, therefore it is true. You are seeking Him) –AND He has already come near to us. If we are not seeing it, feeling it, and experiencing God with us – maybe we have not finished that verse in James 4:8? Maybe we need a spirit check? Maybe. A check will either find us out of line so we can fix it or it will find us in line. When we are found in line with the scripture, then we can have peace in that knowledge.
Some days, I am going along with the tasks that I have to do throughout the day and I pause and I am not feeling God with me. I do a quick spirit check: Am I seeking Him and His will, check. Am I washing in repentance, check. Am I keeping my mind submitted, check.
And if I cannot answer yes to each of these things, then I quickly make it right – and God, who is loving, kind and generous, pours out His grace (NOT CONDEMNATION, or WRATH, or JUDGEMENT). He pour love and mercy and grace into and onto me, overflowing!
And if I answered yes to all of these – then no matter what I feel, I know (because it is written here in James) that God is near and I must then be comfortably in His arms. I know – because I believe what His word says to me.
This – is walking by faith, not by sight!
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 ESV
If the One True Living God is with us (regardless of what we see or feel), we are in the safest place in the world. Like Ruth, in last week’s studies, let us learn to hide (and abide) there, in Him and in His will – committed. Commit yourself and your all to Him, because (as our opening verse says) we know whom we believe and He is ABLE to keep all that we have committed to Him, including us (as we are committed to Him).
If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**
Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
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Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!