“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. Lead 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
Today is Halloween – this is not a Halloween post but I will say this: It’s a ‘holiday’ that many Christians in the United States try to ignore – as if hiding their heads in the sand shall make it go away. Just because you do not believe in something does not make it lose its power – too many intentionally (and many blindly) give power to the evil spirits on this day – therefore it is a day to do battle in the spirit world and a day to pray. Not out of fear, but because we have understanding and authority. We know we are in a spiritual battle and we know how the battle ends. And it is the perfect day to learn more about trusting God – because that does the most damage to the enemy. There is powerful peace in trusting the Lord.
We must also bear in mind that we battle not against flesh and blood – so show mercy and extend God’s grace to those who think it is all just innocent fun. We battle in private on our knees beside our savior.
“3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” Proverbs 3:3-8 KJV
Proverbs is a great source of wisdom – first show mercy, extend God’s love, and be blessed with more grace. If it is God’s grace that gets us through the rough patches (and is sufficient – 2 Corinthians 12:9) then we should definitely do all that we can to get it and obey verse 3.
Verse 7 – depart from evil and if you do, then God will give you health and strong bones. I suppose that is also a good message on Halloween in the midst of a pandemic.
But since we are talking about trusting God all week – let’s focus on verse 5 and 6. If you trust God, follow His ways even if you don’t understand. Acknowledge, or commit, all your ways to Him, then He will direct your path. This is a priceless lesson and the very core of all we have studied this week – Trust God with all your heart and all your ways.
Honestly the first time I did this, I was in a situation where I had to (so it seemed). The pandemic locked us all in. I had enough food and supplies for a couple weeks but then, I had to venture out into the scary world for supplies. With a whole lot of prayer fighting off fear – I entered the grocery store. The shelves were bare. I had heard of this on the internet – but seeing it for myself was surreal. I am very much a person of habit and always eat the same things for breakfast and lunch, then change up dinner based on what is on sale. But nothing was on sale and none of my regular things were available. I felt so lost. I turned to God and said, ok – lead me to what I should buy. I had never shopped with Jesus before. It was a great experience. Since then, I have shopped with Him every time. Supplies are back up a bit, so I am back to buying my usual for many things but I do talk to God about it and make sure it is ok. I would like certain things, but he hasn’t opened the door for them (either unavailable or outside of budget) but I did want a new set of floral sheets, my sheets are old and getting worn, but they are still ok and I don’t need new sheets – just a want. And God brought me to floral sheets that met the specific qualities I wanted. I wasn’t in the bedding section (someone must have moved them). I picked them up and went to the bedding section to see how much they cost and they were the last set, and they were in my bed’s size, cotton, good quality and a great inexpensive price! I wasn’t even going to go to that store but I felt God said to go there. They didn’t even have what I was there to get (sold out). But God leads us to our blessings. I know it seems silly to commit shopping to him (or even to ask Him for floral sheets) – but I have saved money and been held accountable for my spending since He is there with me.
“I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him” 2 Timothy 1:12 KJV
He shall keep me – while shopping, while dressing, while deciding what to do or how to spend my day, while working. Commit all your ways to him and he is ABLE to keep it. ‘To keep’ in Greek also means: to guard, preserve, to care for by watching over or protecting. And ‘commit’ in this verse means to entrust with – to trust God with it.
I obviously get it – it is not always easy to trust God with everything. First of all People have breached our trust and looking out from inside our own little broken hearts through a lens of broken trust, it can be hard to trust anyone including God. And then God does things differently than we would – it doesn’t make sense to us (lean not unto our own understanding). But
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8 KJV
God is in control and has a plan for good even when His way seems illogical – He always accomplishes what He set out to. And God is working it out, as we said earlier this week, call upon him and seek Him – you will find a very real and powerful God ready to share in everything in your life.
“11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 KJV
“But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” John 5:17 NLT
And even when you can’t see it or feel it – they are always working. They are working out every little and big thing. Therefore trust in the Lord with all your heart. He is safe – get to know Him more.
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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