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“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

As I said yesterday, my grandson just started playing t-ball. After his first practice, he was excitedly telling me about the fun he had. When I asked him what his favorite thing they did was, he replied, “when we ran in the circle. I love to run.” I knew he was talking about running the bases and I had to chuckle because I had a pretty good idea that that would be his favorite because he does indeed live to run. He was not as big a fan of catching the ground balls. He said it was boring and he didn’t really like to just stand there. He is a man on the move most of the time, so anything that requires him being still is usually not high on his list of favorite things. I think most of us can relate to this on a spiritual level. We tend to like the action and excitement of God working in our lives and the lives around us, but we get bored when we have to just stand and wait for God to do something exciting! For most of us, waiting on God is not on our list of favorite things! But just as their is value in learning to field ground balls in baseball, there is value in waiting for God to act. It teaches us patience, it grows our faith, it gives us a chance to slow down and reflect, and it gives us a chance to soak in whatever God is teaching us in the waiting. And believe me, He is teaching is something! Waiting gives God a chance to align our thinking with His. It gives Hin a chance to prepare us for whatever He is going to do. And it gives us a chance to grow in anxious expectation like a child waiting for Christmas morning. It may not be our favorite thing, but it is certainly a necessary thing for it is often the very thing that helps us clearly see God.

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“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

My four year old grandson just started playing t-ball for the first time. Last week, he went shopping with his mom for everything he would need in order to play. She called me after their trip to tell me that everything he picked out was red, which was a little surprising because his favorite color has always been blue. When she asked him why he chose to get everything in red instead of blue, he told her it was because red was my favorite color and if all of his stuff was red, I would always be able to find him. Talk about melt this Nana’s heart! My precious little boy wants to make sure I can find him out on that field, a place that’s unfamiliar to him and where he is not 100% confident about what will be happening. He wants to make sure that if the going gets too tough, his Nana can get to him to help him. And you better believe that if he needed me, I would be there in a heartbeat! Many of us are in unchartered waters or in situations where our confidence is shaken. We may feel very unsure about what is happening or what is going to happen. We may be looking around, hoping to catch a glimpse of someone who can help us if the going gets too tough. And we would not have to look very far before we saw Him… our Savior, our Protector, our Heavenly Father…ready to run to our rescue in a moment’s notice. He is always with us, always ready to help us when we need Him. He has promised us that He will never leave us or forsake us. And that is one promise you can take to the bank!

“It is written: ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will now before Me; every tongue will acknowledge God.” Romans 14:11

Last night I wrote about a section of lyrics from Big Daddy Weave’s song “The Lion and the Lamb.” Tonight I want to continue on with that same section, but in a part I didn’t address.

”Our God is the lion, the Lion of Judah, He’s roaring with power and fighting our battles; and every knee will bow before You” The Lion and the Lamb by Big Daddy Weave

Tonight I want to focus on the section that says “every knee will bow before You.” Many times the battles we are fighting in our lives involve other people. They can cause such heartache, such anger, such chaos, and such despair in our lives that we lose sight of the fact that they, too, will one day stand before a holy God and answer for their choices. When it is the person or persons that is causing our heart to be shred into a million pieces, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that they very well may need Jesus as their Savior. It’s not easy to pray for your enemies, but their very eternity may depend on it. We have to keep an eternal perspective at the forefront of our minds no matter what battle is raging. We must put our own hurts and heartaches aside when someone’s salvation is at stake. Our pain, heartbreak, anger, and despair are temporary, but where we spend eternity is not. God has really been working on me in the area of praying for my enemies, especially where their salvation is concerned. It’s hard! I’ll be the first to say that! It goes against every fiber of your being for the most part. But it’s worth it! You never know when your prayers may be the difference in someone’s eternity!

Posted on: 7-15-112018

“Our God is the lion, the Lion of Judah; He’s roaring with power and fighting our battles; and every knee will now before You…” lyrics from The Lion and The Lamb by Big Daddy Weave

It seems as if we have been going through a particularly long season of intense battles in our family. Before we can recover from one tragedy, we are hit with something else. The battles have been raging, but the past couple of years, they have intensified to the point where I don’t know where one battle ends and the next one begins. Through this season, I have uttered prayer upon prayer to which many I have not yet received answers. I have experienced God’s silence when I desperately wanted an answer. I have asked a thousand questions which remain unanswered. I have also seen God do some amazing things. I have seen Him bless me beyond compare in the midst of, and as a result of, the battles. I have seen Him teach me things I would’ve probably taken a lifetime to learn if I hadn’t experienced the battles. Through this season, the song “The Lion and the Lamb” by Big Daddy Weave has been one of my lifelines which has kept me anchored onto the One who has the power to bring me through these battles victoriously! I cannot tell you how many times I have told myself “He’s roaring with power and fighting our battles”! The thought that He is fighting my battles brings me so much hope and peace. It gives me strength when I have no strength remaining. It gives me the courage to keep on moving forward. Whatever battle you are fighting today, know that He is fighting it for you. Draw strength, courage, and hope from Him. He is the Lion of Judah! He is roaring with power! And, in Him, the battle has already been won!

“They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting ‘Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!” John 12:13

Today is Palm Sunday, a remembrance of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem just a few short days prior to His death. Scripture records that when Jesus entered the city, the people were lined up waving palm branches and shouting “Hosanna” to welcome Him. Hosanna is an expression of adoration and honor, and the people recognized that Jesus was someone to be adored and honored, but they just didn’t quite understand the fulll scope of who He was. Even today, on the other side of the cross, we don’t fully understand who He is. He is beyond what our finite minds can comprehend. The more we discover about Him, the more we realize that we will never discover all there is to discover about Him. That’s the beauty of Jesus…He is a treasure that we can discover all the days of our lives and never deplete. He is truly worthy of our adoration and honor today and every day. He is worthy of every Hosanna that we can utter.

“The Lord is good; His loving kindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:5

It seems like every single time I turn on the TV or radio, read the newspaper, or even scroll through social media, tragedy upon tragedy is occurring at an alarming rate. Places where people use to be relatively safe, such as churches and schools, are no longer safe. Parents cannot afford to take their eyes off of their children for one moment whether at the grocery store, the neighborhood park, or even in their own yard because predators lurk around every corner. Crime rates go up and no one seems to have an answer. Where do we turn when our world seems to be in such disarray and turmoil? We turn to Jesus, just as every generation before has done. He is the answer. He hasn’t turned His back on us, even though it sometimes seems that He is not paying attention to all of this devastation. He knows every detail of every tragedy and He is right there bringing peace, calm, strength, comfort, guidance, and direction. God is good even though the world is not. God is faithful and loving even if no one else is. He sees and He cares more than we can even fathom. When the tragedy overwhelms you, turn to the One whose love overwhelms! When life is too hard, turn to the One whose yolk is easy. When life leaves you afraid, turn to the Prince of Peace. He will never leave you or forsake you…no matter what!

“When Jesus heard it He said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need for a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:15-17

Jesus, the Great Physician, came into this world to save sinners.  He knew how seriously sin had infected His beloved people and He came with a cure. He saw our sin ravaged souls and knew we were fighting a disease we had no hope against on our own. He knew sin would cause our death, so He died in our place so that we could live. He is the cure for everything that ails us. The cure is within our reach, but many of us decide it’s safer to hide our disease. We pretend everything is okay! We find alternative coping mechanisms to try and take away the pain caused by our sin, but it only leads to needing more and more coping mechanisms because, apart from Jesus, there is no cure. We push our pain down to the depths of our heart, try to numb ourselves with whatever we can find that gives us a little reprieve, and put on a happy face so that no one suspects that our sin is eating us away from the inside out. What we don’t realize is that what we don’t reveal cannot be healed. We have to bring our sin into the light of God in order for it to be vanquished. God wants us to live abundant lives, not lives crippled by sin. Bring whatever is ailing you before Him and watch the Great Physician heal you in a way you never even imagined possible.

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