He Leadeth me…

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When I can relate to a post I share; my heart is bare. Except for those things that are specifically commanded or forbidden, it is God’s will that we be free to exercise our own intelligent choice.

The shepherd will lead the sheep but he does not wish to decide which tuft of grass the sheep shall nibble each moment of the day. In almost everything touching our common life on earth God is pleased when we are pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our Maker’s praise without anxiety.

God’s choice for us may not be one but any one of a score of possible choices. The man or woman who is wholly and joyously surrendered to Christ cannot make a wrong choice. Any choice will be the right one. But what about those rare times when a great deal is at stake, we can discover no clear scriptural instruction and yet are forced to choose between two possible courses?

In such a situation we have God’s faithful promise to guide us aright. Here, for instance, are two passages from the Word of the Lord:

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. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering (James 1:5,6).

Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go (Isaiah 48:17).

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1 KJV

According to Strong’s Concordance the Hebrew word for “Refuge” is, ‘machaceh’ (H4268) which means, “Shelter from rain or storm”, it also means, “Shelter from danger”. God is your shelter. He is your safe place. God will guard you from danger seen and unseen. He is your Protector and He will keep you from the storms of life. 

Don’t let the wind and the waves distract you. Stay focused and let God’s Peace guide your heart. Let God’s Word lead your actions. Don’t be driven by your emotions.

Be lead by God’s Voice. Let God lead you through the storm. When the storms of life try to sink your ship, know that God is with you. He will not let you drown. He is your Refuge in times of trouble. He will keep you through the adversities of life. 

Take your problem to the Lord. Remind Him of these promises. Remember, God will not permit you to make a mistake, if you trust Him to lead the way.

Prayer:

Father, Lord Jesus, You are my refuge. You are my secret place. You are my Strength and comfort in the time of the storm. You are my Strong Tower. In You will I trust. Father, there is no weapon that is formed against me that will prosper — for You are with me and You are for me. 

Father I surrender myself to You. I cast my cares upon You for I know that you care for me. There is no storm that can defeat You. There is no weapon that can outrank You. There is no ploy or plot that can outmaneuver You. You are my Lord and I find safety and refuge in You. I will serve You alone.  

I dethrone every idol that I have exalted on the throne of my heart. No one can compete with You. No one compares to You. You are my Lord and I surrender to You forever. In Jesus Name. Amen. 

Stay blessed, Always!

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“ANCHORED TO ETERNITY”

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I recently stood over my grandma’s grave; as she was being lowered; in my black flats and matching dress, as my gaze caught that of my mum’s. Wondering to myself; could the same thoughts be running through her mind?

I know what it’s like to face an empty seat at the dinner table or dial a familiar number just to hear that voicemail greeting one more time. I know what it’s like to not “get over” death, but to get through it — solely by the strength, comfort, and power of the Holy Spirit.

The truth is: We’re all dying—but no one wants to talk about it. We’d rather focus on the next big game, the current admission, new job opportunities, upcoming vacation, or urgent thing on our to-do list. And I get it. I do it too. I get lost in my own little bubble and caught up on the hamster wheel, forgetting that my one and only life is fleeting.

That’s depressing, you might say. To constantly think about dying.

On one hand, we are called to live wide awake to whatever is right in front of us. To our people, to our communities, to God’s whispers. We have been put here, at this exact time in history, for a divine purpose.

But on the other hand, part of really living is understanding the frailty of life. To really live, we must grasp only having a minuscule amount of time to breathe air into our lungs and wear this beating heart. To really live, we must realize that life is a blink—and dare not to waste it.

In Psalm 90:12 NIV, Moses said, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Another version says, “Teach us to recognize the brevity of life …”

But how can remembering that life is short give us wisdom? This eternal perspective nudges us to cling to what will last forever in a world that is fading away. It urges us to anchor ourselves to eternity, not circumstance, and maximize the days we’ve been given.

Life is not forever, but eternity is. 

God and people; people and God. The Creator of the universe desires to spend the rest of eternity with His treasured creations. That’s why we purposefuly invest in our relationship with our Savior. That’s why we intentionally shout the Good News of Jesus Christ to anyone who will listen. That’s why we don’t simply focus on the here and now, but keep our eyes fixed on the Kingdom of God.

Reflective Questions

  1. At the end of your life, what will really matter? 

  2. Are you investing in things of eternal value?

  3. How can you shift your perspective from the things of this world to the things of God?

We can be anchored to eternity.

Stay Blessed, always!

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