Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Victory In Jesus


For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. [1 John 5:4]

In this world today Christians are persecuted and put down by the political correctness that is going around as being right. We are called, by some, every name in the book. It is easy for a Christian to become crippled in his walk with the Lord because of all the political correctness that is going around if they listen to all the negative talk that goes around from the enemy. As I thought about this I was reminded about the story in the Bible about Mephibosheth.

In the second book of Samuel Chapter 9 there is a interesting story of David and Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth was the son of Jonathan and the grandson of the very first king of Israel, King Saul. After Jonathan's death on the battlefield, David wanted to show compassion and kindness to Saul's household. Mephibosheth was a grandchild and he had been lame since he was five. Mephibosheth lived just about his whole life as a cripple. When David calls him out and told him that he ( Mephibosheth) would eat at his table and be taken care of by him , Mephibosheth asked "What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?" Mephibosheth’s character and his identity was entirely based on his disability,is lameness. But the real facts facts of this story is this, he was the grandson of a king! He was royalty, but he had forgotten his royal lineage and his roots. He was living in his world of self pity and misfortune. But King David looked beyond his disability and seeing who he really was, gave him a place at the King's table.

In today's world I wonder how much time do we, as God’s children spend living in our own self pity, like Mephibosheth, crying about things that we struggle with everyday so much so that it becomes who we are! Satan would love nothing more than to keep us paying attention and focused on our disabilities so that we are preoccupied from the calling of God on our lives. Our Lord does not want us to have a "victim mentality". But instead let's not lose focus of the reality of who we are. In Jesus we are a chosen generation, part of a royal priesthood, and the King has offered us a place at His table! We are heirs of His great throne! He is coming for us and we will feast at His table. In Jesus Christ, we should have a victor’s frame of mind! If you are a child of the king take your rightful seat at the King's Table. What a day that will be when our Jesus we shall see!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Under The Shadow Of His Wings

All of us want to get to that point in our lives of trusting God completely for all our needs of this life just as Job did, who trusted God to the point that he said; “Though He (God) would slay me, yet shall I trust in Him”; or Abraham, who trusted God’s Word to the point of not doubting what God told Him to do; or Jesus Christ, who trusted His Father to the point of saying; “Not as I will, but as thou will”.
As the storms of life rage about us life sometimes gets so hard and no matter what direction we turn to it seems as if all the doors are shut in our lives and and as hard as we try we cannot open them. And the days grow longer and we keep sinking into a point of no return. Because we have exhausted all our worldly solutions and nothing seems to be the right answer. I have been there so many times! Every time I always tried to solve the problem myself it never worked or never lasted. It was only when I got down on my knees and surrendered all the answer came. The answer is we need the right key. It is only by Jesus that we can have the answers that satisfy our soul. Sometimes, because of different circumstances, our life seems to be hopeless, but we must remember and know that we are not alone. We must recognize and understand that God is with us. We must know in our hearts and believe that our way out of all the problems in this life is in Him and Him alone. When we remember that all things will change in our life! Weeping, grief, and worry may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalms 30: 5)
Who can help us when no one seems to even know what we are struggling with? Who can look into our innermost soul? Most people would rather condemn and laugh behind your back at the troubles facing you. That is the way most of the world is. Only a true friend will be there for you and there is a few of them, but there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Who can help us with our innermost problems? No one but God and God alone. It may be money problems, work related problems, marriage problems, family problems and you name it, but God can take that burden from you and solve the problem. He is the way maker. Why do people go through all the situations they do today and never call on the Great Problem Solver is beyond me.
Trusting in God requires us to have faith in Him and His Word, to have that assurance that He loves us. Our answer for a victorious relationship with God is by totally trusting in Him and our ability to believe that no matter what happens God will help us survive. Trusting in God will make those locked doors open. Our trust in God will change our life fully.
May We Live for Him and not for ourselves and may we always embrace the cross of our Savior Jesus The Christ. It is through the cross of Calvary and the perilous Blood that was spilled there that we can live that life of victory! He is still the master of the sea!