Friday, July 13, 2018

Victory in Scriptures

I spent many years living without Jesus, unable to understand some of the things that happened to me. Once Jesus came into my life, I still did not understand, but I trusted He did and everything that happened was under His authority. I quit asking “Why?”. 

When We Ask Why
God’s beautiful plan
Is sometimes concealed,
But someday His purpose
Will be fully revealed.
Someday God’s wisdom
Will make it clear and plain
Why problems were permitted
And how He uses pain.
We’ll see the Lord’s purpose
From Heaven’s point of view,
And we will understand
In ways we never knew.
Till we are home with God
Some answers have to wait.
“Lord, we’ll trust and obey –
Lord, help us walk by faith.
~ Perry Tanksley

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6

As a newbie-Christian, I entered faith embracing the whole idea of a loving Father, but I didn’t fully understand the concept of giving it all to Jesus. Why would God want to take on common problems and angst? So when the world caved in, which it seemed to do often, I would go into a whirlwind, felling overwhelmed and underqualified. Praise God I found Philippians 4:6-7.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which passes understanding, will guard your heart and mind.”

I began to talk to God about my life, everything. At first it was like meeting a new friend and not being sure how much information to divulge. After a few days, I laid every anxious thought, heartache, fear, uncertainty and brokenness at His feet. I gave it all to Him. The aftermath was peace that seeped in slow and easy, a transfusion of healing and strength.

A few years ago, I was at an Emmaus Walk and during a prayer session, one of the attendees who was cripple slipped out of her wheelchair and began crawling toward a large, rugged cross on the other side of the room. As she got closer she stretched out her hand to touch it. That visual changed my life.

“Cast your burdens upon the Lord, and He will sustain you.” ~Psalm 55:22

For many years I have leaned on the Word of God to help me navigate life. I have had to purpose myself to do it. It does not come naturally. Seeking the Father early in the morning and sitting with Him in the silence centers me for my day ahead. During my worship time, God often lays many things on my heart – people who need encouragement or a fresh word from the Father. Before I end this precious time, I write in my journal. It’s a time for me to remember all God has done for me, my family, and the world around me. I understand why God asked the Israelites to gather “remembering” stones. It’s important for us to remember God’s goodness and provisions because in the hard times it’s easy to forget. Satan will be only too thrilled to remind us we are a failure, unworthy, unwanted, and unloved, especially by God.

And those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordon, Joshua set up at Gilgal. And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordon on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordon for you until you passed over, as the Lord you God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear (be in awe) the Lord you God forever.” ~Joshua 4:20-24

God wants us to know all about Him. He loves us with a love that is too great for our human mind to grasp. 

“God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world: I love you”.  ~ Billy Graham

“I will not forget you! See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”  ~Isaiah 49:16

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~Hebrews 13:5b

God created you. (Genesis 2:7)

God created you in His image. (Genesis 1:27)

God knitted you together in your mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:3)

God numbered the hairs on your head. (Matthew 10:30)

God says you were fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)

God says you are more valuable than a sparrow. (Matthew 10:30)

God gave His only Son so that you could have life. (John 3:16)

God says you are His heir. (1John 3:2)

God says you belong to Him. (John 14:18)

God loves you as a perfect Father. (1John 3:1)

God has forgiven your sins. (1John 1:9)

God says no one can snatch you out of His hand. (John 10:29)

Walk as children of the light. (Ephesians 5:8) Let others see that light and share Jesus with them. You have a glorious future. (1 John 3:2) You are a citizen of heaven. (Philippians 3:20) God loves you. This knowledge has saved my eternal life.

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
my God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
and under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.”
 ~Psalm 9:1-4

Love God with all your heart. Lean into Him and live a life of peace, joy, and contentment. God bless you always,

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Victory in Music/Songs

“Thou hast created us for Thyself and we are restless until we rest fully in Thee.”
~St. Augustine

I want to share some music/songs that have regenerated a depleted heart and infused sweet joy in my life when I felt the world was crumbling. Praise and worship music are key to a healthy lifestyle following Jesus.
I pray you enjoy some of these songs. Blessings, Angela

“Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury
Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me. You have been so, so good to me.
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me. You have been so, so kind to me.
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.
Oh, it chases me down, fights ‘till I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine.
I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still. You give Yourself away.
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.

Jesus meets us when we present Him with our not enough. That line is all about me. Somewhere in my brokenness Jesus found me and managed to begin healing the fractures and fissures that bound me and refused to let me grow in my faith.  (unknown)

“God Is Enough” by Hillsong

Through every storm my soul will sing.
Jesus is here, to God be the glory.
Christ is enough for me.
Christ is enough for me.
Everything I need is in You.
Everything I need.

Psalm 15:4 and 15:5 “He who swears to his own hurt and does not change . . . He who does these things shall never be moved.”
Be moved by turning to Jesus. Confess. Ask for forgiveness. Trust. Believe.

“Trust in You” Lauren Daigle

“I confess, my hands are weary, I need Your rest.
Might Warrior, King of the fight,
No matter what I face You’re by my side.
When You don’t move the mountains, I’m needing You to move,
When You don’t part the waters, I wish I could walk through,
When You don’t give the answers, as I cry out to You,
I will trust, I will trust. I will trust You.

“Are you broken in your spirit?
Are you spiritually empty?
Have you been wasting your life?
What is your need? You need Christ!”
~Franklin Graham

“Love Is Here” Tenth Avenue North Lyrics

Come to the waters, you who thirst and you’ll thirst no more.
Come to the Father, you who work and you’ll work no more.
And all you who labor in vain, and to the broken and shamed,
Love is here. Love is now. Love is pouring from His hands,
From His brow. Streams of mercy flowing from His side
‘cause Love is here.
And to the bruised and fallen, captives bound and brokenhearted,
He is the Lord. He is the Lord.
By His stripes He’s paid our ransom.
From His wounds, we drink salvation.
He is Lord. He is Lord. Love is here.

God is listening. God is ready to go into battle for you. He is the Rescuer.

“Chain Breaker” Zach Williams

If you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles.
If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies.
If you’re trying to feel the same old holes inside,
There’s a better life.
If you’ve got pain, He’s the pain taker.
If you feel lost, He’s a way maker.
If you need freedom or saving, He’s a prison-shaking Savior.
If you’ve got chains, He’s a chain breaker.

“I am convinced that without a gut-level experience of our profound spiritual emptiness,
it is not possible to encounter the living God.”
― Brennan Manning, The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus

“Even If” MercyMe

It’s easy to sing when there’s nothing to bring me down,
but what will I say when I’m held to the flame, like I am right now.
I know You’re able, and I know You can save through the fire with Your mighty hand.
But even if You don’t, My hope is You alone.
You’ve been faithful. You’ve been good all of my days.
Jesus I will cling to You, come what may.
‘Cause I know You’re able. I know You can.
But even if You don’t, my hope is You alone.

Here are a few more to check out. Thank you for being part of my journey. 
God bless you, Angela

“I Just Need You” Toby Mac
“Life Me Up” The Afters
“Grace Got You” MercyMe
“Freedom Hymn” Austin French
“In Christ Alone” Stuart Townsend & Keith Getty
“Mighty to Save” Laura Story
“Soul On Fire” Third Day
“Once and for all” Lauren Daigle
“Arms of Love” Amy Grant