Letting Go……..

Last night, correction this morning at 4 am when I went to bed, after writing, or I should say trying to finish a term paper on the reliability of the New Testament. It seemed more of a convoluted scribble then a term paper. How much of the Bible I do not know nor understand yet. I thank God He is the teacher and understands my feeble and often distracted mind.

So back to my story.

I had this thought come to mind. 4 AM laying in bed. What if prayer was a dedicated practice instead of an opening and closing statement? What if I became more focused on prayer instead of focusing on the formation of ministry? But I do pray all the time, don’t I?  With my children, with my Wife, at dinner, before reading the Bible, while sitting with other believers, while in the car, at church services. But is that enough? How do I truly press in to God? I desire to know His direction, to see His will unfold in my life and for the things I believe I am called to become, what He wants. I almost feel like a blind newborn rat looking for the nipple. Rummaging around till I somehow find the answer to my hunger. I know the substance is there… I read in the Word of the fulfillment that God provides, that He has a plan, that He is able, and that He desires for all to come to know Him! I read but do I pray? I plan, but do I pray? I want actions to turn into substance. Hmm maybe all of this IS creating the substance God desires to come out of my life?

Philippians 1:6 And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again. NLT

Thank you Lord! May I lay down my silly burdens and rest in You and Your promises.

Letting Go…….

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Rev 20:10 Death to The Serpent

Drawn picture of a family under a tree and a dragon below them on its back.

This is a picture of our little family my wife drew on the wall of the shower in our last place we lived in, with erasable bath crayons. The green reptile was a bath toy that my daughter had at the time. I saw this and was moved to take a picture of it. This to me is a picture of where the enemy is in relevance to me and my family. This is not to say that we are with out temptation, sin, warfare or trials. We still live in a fallen world. But it ministered to me that God has placed the very enemy of my family and my soul at the bottom. It is a picture of victory, a picture of hope! The authority God has, the providence given to me and my family as children of The Most High God, King of Kings, Jesus Christ. My wife and I are people that have been set free from so much!  Now by the grace of God each day we strive to live for Jesus, even if we are crying in a heap on the floor not knowing how to do that. The Lord helps us! We praise and worship God together as a family thankfull for His Word and for his truth!

Rev 12:7-12
And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven,”Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”  (NKJV)
Rev 20:1-3
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;  and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.
(NKJV)

Rev 20:10
The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
NKJV

The subtitle SAYS “Qualities Needed in Trials” James 1:19-20

James 1:19-20

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;  for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (NKJV)

Ever felt like you have just been hung out to dry? I have… And all that is in you is screaming recognize me as a human, as a respected person, as the dignified homo sapiens that God made me to be.. Your mind blazes with thoughts of “they did WHAT!” or, “How can they do that to me I was the… (add your own title here)…”  Yet in all that emotion there is a still small voice saying, ” Brian, I am making you more like Me..” I also am reminded of the part of Romans 8:28 that says,  “that all things work together for good”. I heard this statement last week, “crap does not happen… crap makes stuff happen.”  I mean who am I to think that God is out of control. I have not seen in The Bible once where God was out of control. How ever I do see that people can become out of control. If Simon Peter can cut off an ear in the heat of the moment or how about the Israelite crowd, how they created a huge golden idol not to long after the great sea splitting event! They were all bent out of shape because Moses was taking to long with God (ever think God is taking to long? I do!) So, who am I to think that I should not keep my self in check… No matter how great of a man I think I have become, I will always need to be reminded, especially when pain becomes the catalyst to fashion me. I need to be slow to speak, quick to listen and for sure, FOR SURE, my anger will NEVER produce the righteousness of God!

It is in Christ Jesus I find my strength, through prayer and the reading of Gods Word, that much needed reminder of what Brian is, weak, and who God is strong…

Is God your strength? Do you trust God with your wrath and your hurt giving it to Him moment by moment? Are you trying to produce in your own strength what only God can produce? Are you focusing on the hurt? I know when I am hurt my hurt is real. But instead of focusing on the hurt pray for your focus to be on what God is working in you. Ask others to pray for you as well. James 5:16 says “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (NKJV) Prayer truly works.

That is where the real Christ likeness comes out, in our willingness to be broken, at the feet of Jesus clinging to Him moment by moment asking Him in the simplest way… help..