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Feeling Overwhelmed or Downcast?

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Are you feeling overwhelmed or downcast? Is the drama of those around you drowning out your own? Do you feel that the narrative of your life story is unfair and unheard? If you are anything like me, many voices; both good and bad are screaming for your attention. Is your worldview and system of belief causing you to interpret your reality through the lens of hopelessness? Sounds; well… kind of desperate! Are you listening? Because I have good news for you!

The entire revealed history of God’s love affair with his people has carefully and patiently waited for this moment in your life! This is the moment you are awakened to his message. The sum total of your life experiences has prepared you to receive his great news.

This may sound strange at first…but let it sink in, all the way from your mind to your heart. God loves you prophetically! Wow! What in the world does that mean or have to do with my present reality? It means that God wants to make his own thoughts about you known to you! Here are two examples among many…

17 God, your thoughts about me are priceless.
No one can possibly add them all up.
18 If I could count them,
they would be more than the grains of sand.
If I were to fall asleep counting and then wake up,
you would still be there with me. Psalm 139:17-18, NIRV

“11For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
12 In those days when you pray, I will listen.
13 If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me.
14 I will be found by you,” says the LORD. Jeremiah 29:11-14a, NLT

Armed with the assurance of God’s constant attention literally fixed on us, what will our response look like? We are invited to come boldly to Father’s Throne of Grace; throwing our entire history, present reality/needs, and future hopes, humbly into the Mercy and Love of Father. He resists the proud while overwhelming the humble with a daily baptism of his great love and all that it brings to our aide. Following is his (Prophetic Love) word to us at the start of each new day.

Today is the day of Salvation! Today, if you hear my voice of fresh revelation, dive heart-first into the oceans of my power and provision. I am bound by my own love to speak GOOD NEWS into your heart continuously.

“My word takes over the action; what I spoke to you in the incarnation,
My final Word through Jesus; radiating my image and likeness, powerfully impacts
Your whole being; body, soul and spirit are impacted by what He-Jesus speaks and it becomes a living and
Powerful influence in you, cutting like a doctor’s scalpel, sharper than a
Soldier’s sword, piercing to the deepest core of your human conscience, to the
Division of soul and spirit, ending the dominance of the sense realm of the
Soul and its neutralizing effect upon the human spirit; thus freeing the spirit
To be the ruling influence again in the thoughts and intentions of your heart”
(A paraphrased Mirror Word version of Hebrews 1:1-3 and 4:2)

Tuned in to the voice of hope!

Copyright by Ron Ross.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Rev. Ron Ross is a pastor, author, teacher, and counselor.
As founder of NET Casting Ministries, he equips the church
around the world to care for the wounded and addicted.
Ron is a cofounder of the NET Training Institute.

Is the Past Haunting You?

Monday, January 12th, 2015

When the past comes back to haunt me it can be something from years ago or from just yesterday. Usually the result is confusion in my entire being. But scripture teaches:

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33

So I have to wonder if it is not Satan who drags some of this stuff up to confuse me, to make all of these emotions boil over and create a mess. Now, I am not saying I have to ignore these feelings and emotions. They should and must be dealt with in a godly and biblical fashion. But I cannot allow them to create confusion and a mess in my life. I have to be aware of these emotions and deal with them, not allow the pot to boil over.

I picture in my mind a big pot of oatmeal boiling away, starting to rise in the pot as it starts to boil over and finally it does boil over and what a mess it makes!!!!!!

I have to see the pot…. realize that it is starting to boil over… and then realize it is too much heat creating the problem… take to pot off of the fire. How to do that? Take all this boiling mess to Christ and not allow Satan to continue turning up the heat on the pot.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.

Remember that….

No matter what is going on in my life God can and will bring peace…..
healing…..
serenity….
and he will return the joy to my life.

But I have to turn to Him….
not the pot….
not the heat…..
not the oatmeal…..

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S.O. Brennan is the Director of
Christians in Recovery and Alcoholics Victorious

Are You Suffering Right Now?

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Exodus 3:7: “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard their crying out because of all their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.”

“The doctor said my knee is as good as it’s going to get. Nothing more can be done.” Mary was asking for prayer and God’s wisdom.

I sensed her pain and discouragement. As a young mother with children, she didn’t want to think of a life of suffering with physical limitations and using crutches the rest of her life. She wanted to explore other options and didn’t want to accept the doctor’s diagnosis.

As I read Exodus 3:7 this morning. I thought of Mary and others in similar circumstances. God has “indeed seen the misery of [Mary and others like her].” God has “heard their crying out… and [is] concerned about their suffering.”

Perhaps you feel broken with physical problems, family conflict, a legal case, financial struggles, or a family loss. God has seen your misery. He has heard your crying out, and he is concerned about your suffering.

God loves you, and nothing is too difficult for him (Jer. 32:17). You can trust him to help you. He will guide you in moving from broken to beautiful.

Dear God, I feel scared, sad, and helpless about my situation. Please take care of me. Amen.

Application: How will you show you trust God this week to move you from broken to beautiful?

Hope Described

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Hope…

Knows there’s light when all that’s visible is darkness.

Believes in possibility when confronted by impossibility.

Expects order to emerge from chaos.

Reaches out in the presence of isolation.

Seeks joy when surrounded by despair.

Accepts freedom even when buried by guilt.

Moves forward despite fear.

Perceives a remarkable future beyond the immediate obstacle.

Clings confidently to love when surrounded by hatred.

Trusts God to redeem struggle and pain and use all things for good.

Depends on God to keep His promises.

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Reentless Grace: God’s Invitation To Give Hope Another Chance. Visit his web site http://www.relentlessgrace.com

Who are You Looking To?

Monday, October 13th, 2014

“Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”—Isaiah 45:22

It is not “Look to yourself”… But it is “Look unto me.”

You say, “I do not repent enough.” That is looking to yourself.

“I do not believe enough.” That is looking to yourself.

“I am too unworthy.” That is looking to yourself.

“I cannot discover,” says another, “that I have any righteousness.” It is quite right to say that you have not any righteousness; but it is quite wrong to look for any. It is, “Look unto me.”

God will have you turn your eye off yourself and look unto him. The hardest thing in the world is to turn a man’s eye off himself; as long as he lives, he always has a predilection to turn his eyes inside, and look at himself; whereas God says, “Look unto me.”

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Sovereignty and Salvation

Problems? God is working them out!

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

“Many times God works in opposite ways to worldly probabilities. When the requirement for bricks to be made was doubled for the Hebrew slaves–who would look for deliverance? Just as the sun going back ten degrees on the sundial was a sign of Hezekiah’s recovery–so divine providence is to be read backward. Joseph was made a slave–so that he would become the deliverer of the Hebrew people.”

Thus have we found that sickness works for our spiritual health–and poverty promotes our spiritual wealth. Our worst days, have turned out to be our best days; and our low estate has lifted us on high. When storms come, we may welcome them–for they bring blessing on their wings. But when our calm is long and deep, we must be on watch, to prevent stagnation and disease result from it!

Our Redeemer bends all things to His gracious purpose! To judge His wise ways, is folly and ingratitude. What can we know? Especially what can we know of His design and purpose–while His work is yet on the anvil? Our judgments at their best, are only moderated foolishness.

We are neither prophets nor sons of prophets; and if we were wise, we would not speculate about the results of His divine operations–but firmly believe and patiently wait until His providence comes to bloom, and God becomes His own interpreter!

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose!” Romans 8:28 

~ Charles Spurgeon, “Flowers from a Puritan’s Garden” 1883 {Adapted}

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God’s Timing, Not Our Timing

Monday, October 6th, 2014

God’s timing is not our timing, nor is our children’s timing comparable to ours. We want things when we feel their need, and, like children we can’t understand His delays.

In Hebrews 4:16, we are told, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” “Time of need” in Greek is eukairon. It means a fitting time or opportunity.

The same word, eukairon, also appears in the Greek version of the Psalms in the Septuagint, in Psalm 104:27, which tells us, “These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.” This makes the meaning very clear. The help God promises and gives is not in terms of when we want it but in terms of His determination of the “due season.”

This does not sit well with us. We may be old and white haired, but in relation to the Lord, we are often like spoiled children. We want things when we ask for them. God’s Word tells us, in due season.

Scripture tells us that God’s gifts are very real to those “that wait upon the LORD” (Isa. 40:31, etc.). God assesses all our needs, and He determines the timing of all things. He is not our personal valet or maid to serve us when we demand it, but our Heavenly Father to give us what He determines we need, in due season.

Moreover, what Hebrews 4:16 tells us is that we are to go boldly to the throne of grace primarily for mercy and grace. We usually have a long shopping list when we pray, but how often are mercy and grace on that list, or high on that list?

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Taken from the newly released
A Word in Season: Daily Messages on the Faith for All of Life, Vol. 5.
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Experiencing Long and Continuing Trials?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

“We could be quickly relieved of our troubles–but God does not think it fit to grant our request. Showers that come by drops and soak into the earth, are better than those which come in a tempest and hurricane!”

The gradual and long continuing of a trial, which are its sharpness and bitterness–are also, to a large extent, the reason for its usefulness. If the sharp affliction came and left with a rush–we would be rather swept away by it, than softened and saturated by its influence. To push a crucible among the glowing coals and snatch it out again, would not provide refining–the metal must spend time in the furnace until the fire has done its work.

Perhaps you have lived in the perpetual grip of affliction, and now feel quite weary of the endless torture. Do not faint under the long process–the highest degree of benefit is adding up, because of  the continuance of your adversity!

In the later part of a trial, every stroke brings a tenfold result, and operates with greatly increased efficacy. It would be a pity for the Lord to hold back His hand, when it is working with such special and marked result. All the preceding affliction has worked the heart into a fit condition to receive the master-strokes of the Divine Artist! The foundational colors have been laid on–but the second and finishing touch is now being given! Therefore, do not ask God’s hand to stop, but rather pray that its work may be carried on with power, and the Lord’s glory be seen in it all.

It will not cease raining yet–and why should it, so long as the soil is being softened, saturated, and fertilized by the falling drops? Let patience have her perfect work–and how can that be, unless the tribulation runs its full course?

Lord, make me ready to wait for the vision, however long it may be delayed. Your way of trying me is the best. I would not hurry Your hand, if I could!

(Charles Spurgeon, “Flowers from a Puritan’s Garden” 1883 – adapted)

Have the Troubles of Your Heart Multiplied?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Psalm 25:17: “The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish.”

A woman confided that she struggles with grief since the loss of her husband. Another one asked me how to manage as a single parent without a spouse after a divorce.

As I listened to both women, I heard the same plea. “The troubles of [their] heart have multiplied.” Both of them wanted God “to free [them] from [their] anguish.”

Why do so many troubles or heartaches exist in the world? We live in an imperfect world with imperfect bodies and emotions that can get us in trouble unless we submit them to God. Furthermore, the devil comes “only to steal and to kill and to destroy” (John 10:10).

How can God “free [us] from [our] anguish? As I sit in silence and read the Word of God, the Holy Spirit teaches and consoles me. He shows me I can’t change the past.

I listen to praise and worship music, God assures me of his love. He also gives me the wisdom, discernment, knowledge, and understanding I need for the day and my troubles.

When I ask God for advice, he uses people to “free me from my anguish.” Through the pastor’s sermons and through books, conferences, CDs, mentors, and friends, God speaks to me.

I’ve learned I can stay stuck in my anguish, or I can choose to move forward. What about you?

Dear God, free me from my anguish. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to move from broken to beautiful?

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When Is The Right Time?

Friday, August 29th, 2014

John 7:8: “You go to the Feast. I [Jesus] am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.”

I don’t like to wait. Can you relate to that? When I set my heart on a goal, I want it to happen as soon as possible. What about you?

Recently I heard about a conference for speakers that had an early bird price of $197 with a 20% discount for members. The price would go up each month and would reach a total of $777 at the door. When I first heard about the conference, I wanted to register right away.

Every time I went to the website to register, I sensed God tell me to wait. Perhaps the right time had not yet come. I waited and waited. The last day of the $197 price came. Again I went to the website to register. Again I sensed God was telling me to wait.

Later that day, I received an email from a friend. She told me about an opportunity that was made for me. I sensed God’s peace and approval. God showed me why he wanted me to wait for the right time. His plan was better.

Do you have your heart set on something you want? Do you sense God telling you to wait?

Dear God, you know my goals and dreams. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to wait for the right time?

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