MY BATTLE WITH PRESUMPTION…

JAMES 4:13-17: “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring — what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes. Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So it is sin to know the good and yet not do it.” CSB

OBSERVATION: What does it mean to live presumptuously? Is it a sin to make plans for the future? Is it a lack of faith to pray – “If the Lord wills?” How do we wrap our arms around these verses from the fourth chapter of James?

Webster, in his 1828 Dictionary of the English language, defines presumption (in this context) as,

  • “Blind or headstrong confidence; unreasonable adventurousness; a venturing to undertake something without reasonable prospect of success, or against the usual probabilities of safety; presumptuousness.”

Have I ever been blind, headstrong, unreasonably adventurous, venturing off into the future without consulting the Lord? Humbly, I must confess – too many times! And, my presumption was not in the direction of sin. My battle with presumption was in getting ahead of God’s timing and trying to do His work in my wisdom and strength.

No matter how you look at it, presumption is sin. Presumption leads to boasting and boasting focuses the glory that should be given to the Lord on the one who is doing the boasting. Many times I found myself in presumption and in all honesty I was trying to simply walk in faith. Yet, my faith was not grounded in the Word of God, it was focused on my actions. I was putting faith in faith rather than faith in God.

The example James uses is a man who boasts that he will go into a city for business, trade, and make a huge profit. There is nothing wrong with being diligent in business. It is not the man’s diligence that is the issue. It is his presumption. He boasts of his success even before he has it. And, his focus is completely on want he wants, rather than on what God wants.

How can we ascertain this? By the last verse in this chapter.

  • “All such boasting is evil. So it is sin to know the good and yet not do it.”

Through this man’s boasting he neglected to do the good that God intended for him to do. He was so busy pursuing his own dreams and ambition, he failed to seek God’s will for his life. And, in so doing, he walked right past the good that God desired him to do. How many times have we walked past the good that God desires us to do?

I will never forget one lesson I learned that drove this truth home. I was on my way to a pastor’s meeting. On my way I passed a woman walking on the side of the road with a crutch and a bag of groceries. I was drawn to her plight, but I had an appointment that I needed to make. At that moment my personal will superseded the good that I knew I should do. I kept on driving as I saw her walking laboriously down the road through my rear view mirror.

Convicted by the Holy Spirit, after I had gone several blocks, I turned my car around. As I approached the woman I saw another car had stopped to help her with her need. As I drove past, now viewing the Good Samaritan in my rear view mirror, I was filled with sadness and remorse. I had missed the opportunity to show God’s love. God had provided for this woman in need – but I had missed the opportunity to be a blessing!

This is what happens when we live in the fast lane of presumption. We carve out a pathway for our dreams and aspirations without seeking the will of the Lord. Presumption is not always focused on overt acts of sin, but it always leads to sin because it leads us away from the good that God is calling us to do. We cannot see the future, let alone the next five minutes of our life. Therefore, we need to seek God’s will moment by moment, day by day, with a humble and hungry heart.

I am very close to retirement. Yet, I am not making plans for my retirement. I have made preparation – but I have not made any plans. Rather, I am seeking the Lord for His next engagement for my life. In every decision I am praying – “Lord, if it is Your will.” And, I am looking for the good that He wants me to do today. I don’t want to live my life through the rear view mirror looking at missed opportunities and blessings.

Lord, I marvel at Your mercy and Your grace. Thank you for forgiving me for all the acts of presumptuousness that I have committed in my life. Help me to live the rest of my life, surrendered to Your will, seeking Your direction, and doing the good that You desire each day!

In Jesus Name!

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SHOULD THE BOOK OF JAMES BE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT?

JAMES 2:18-19: “But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith by my works. You believe that God is one. Good! Even the demons believe — and they shudder…You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.” CSB

OBSERVATION: What place do works have in our salvation? Why have these statements in the book of James caused such controversy in Protestant circles? Are we saved by grace through faith, or faith and works?

The statement in these verses seem diametrically opposed to Ephesians 2:8-9.

  • “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 CSB

In Martin Luther’s day there was a reaction against the focus on works by the Catholic Church. Works were deemed the pathway to salvation. In fact, when someone died, they did not go to heaven, they went to purgatory to work out the remainder of their salvation so they could enter heaven. You could even purchase a release from purgatory for loved ones with money. It was against this background that the Protestant Reformation took place.

Martin Luther and other reformers emphasized two principles – grace alone and faith alone. They viewed works in any shape of form, when added to the pathway of salvation, a gross error against the counsel of Scripture. And, it was for this reason that Martin Luther called the Epistle of James an epistle of straw that should not be in the New Testament Canon.

So who is right? Is it Martin Luther or James? I think they both are right, and here is why. They were both looking at the truth of faith from two completely different vantage points. Martin Luther was looking at faith from the abuse of a focus upon works to earn one’s salvation. James was looking at faith from the abuse of grace in lives that were professing faith, yet did not show any change in behavior. And this is where faith and works intersect.

I don’t know why we only memorize Ephesians 2:8-9 and omit verse 10.

  • “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10 CSB

Our salvation is not accomplished in a vacuum. It is not something that transforms only our heart, giving us a ticket to heaven. Our salvation is a radical transformation of God’s grace, received through faith, that transforms our heart, soul, mind, and actions! It leads us to a new way of living. And, this new way of living is good works! This is what James is getting at. If we say we have faith, but there is no evidence of transformation through good works, then our faith is counterfeit.

One of the strongest contrasts Jame’s uses is juxtaposing the believer with demons. James says – “Even the demons believe — and they shudder…”. No one would argue the spiritual condition of a demon. They believe in God, but they have no transforming works. In fact, it is their works that betray and define them. So, faith alone, without works, is dead. True faith, the gift of God’s grace, brings true transformation that is evidenced in works of righteousness.

Yet, you can do a semblance of good works without faith. This is evidenced every day by men and women who do philanthropic works, but they do not believe in Jesus Christ. Yet, you can not have saving faith without works of righteousness. And, it is not our works of righteousness that save us. Our works of righteousness only bear witness to the genuine work of faith wrought in our heart by God’s grace.

Hebrews 11 is the great chapter of faith. It is a chapter of action. Over and over again it says – “By faith they….”. The stories of great victory and suffering are recorded in the annals of faith. How would this chapter read if you took out the works that followed their faith? It would be a hollow account of unchanged lives. Yet, it stands as a call to action to everyone who names the name of Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord.

Lord, the Epistle of James should call me to action. It should stir my faith and evoke a desire to walk in obedience and good works. Grant me the grace each day so that my actions are a true reflection of the faith that I profess.

In Jesus Name!

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CAN A PERSON REALLY CHANGE?

HEBREWS 13:8: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” CSB

OBSERVATION: Can a person really change? Can the failures of the past really be redeemed? Are we destined to be defined by the mistakes we have made?

Change is something that is talked about but seldom agreed upon. The world proclaims the need for change, but then it denies the reality of change. When a person changes, if they do not agree with the conventional wisdom of the moment, they are forever defined by the failures of their past. We all want to be defined by our present, be we even find it hard to forget our past.

What does that have to do with Hebrews 13:8? Everything! In order for change to be a real possibility, there has to be a constant that never changes. If everything was always changing, there would be no center for change to be directed towards. And, in here lies the problem with our current culture. It has no center. Therefore, change is subjective. Even change – changes!

Jesus is the center that never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! He is the way, the truth, and the life!. He is the beginning, the middle, and the end of truth and reality. And, it is because of this certainty that we have the hope that change is real. We can be transformed and changed – because He never changes!

  • “From now on, then, we do not know anyone from a worldly perspective. Even if we have known Christ from a worldly perspective, yet now we no longer know him in this way. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come! Everything is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has committed the message of reconciliation to us.” 2 Corinthians 5:16-19 CSB

We can become New Creations in Christ Jesus – because He never changes. Therefore, we do not look at people from a worldly perspective. The world may say – “A leopard can’t change his spots.” Yet, the believer says – “Jesus Christ can make a new animal out of the leopard!” God is in the heart and life changing business!

The world does not understand this. In fact, we did not understand this until it happened to us. Yet, when we believed in Jesus Christ, when we surrendered our life to His Lordship, He transformed our heart and life. We became a new creation in Christ Jesus! This does not mean that we became perfect. It means that we were given a new heart, a new potential, and a new promise! The power of the past was broken. We were fully forgiven, fully pardoned, and endowed with the grace of God to begin the journey of transformation.

This journey lasts a lifetime. In fact we will continue walking progressively in this journey until we step from this life into the next. Along the way we all fail. Yet, He never changes. The same grace that saved us, picks us up, cleanses and forgives us, and places us with renewed strength back onto the pathway of restoration and righteousness. And, because He never changes, because He is the center, we can confidently press on toward a sure and unchanging goal!

  • “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 CSB

The world may not understand our hope and they might not understand our journey. Yet, our journey is filled with promise and blessed assurance because – “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever!” We can boldly reach forward and pursue as our goal – the prize promised by God’s heavenly and unchanging call in Christ Jesus! And, this promise and assurance is not for us alone – but for everyone who will believe!

  • “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf: “Be reconciled to God.” He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 CSB

In Jesus Name!

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WINNING THE BATTLE OF THE MIND…

HEBREWS 9:12-14: “He entered the most holy place once for all time, not by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow, sprinkling those who are defiled, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works so that we can serve the living God?” CSB

OBSERVATION: Am I winning the battle of the mind? Are my thoughts more in agreement with my spirit or with my flesh? Is there anything that can help me in this seemingly endless battle?

The usual answer to these questions focuses on things that need to do. We know that we are to renew our minds through the Word of God. We also know that we are to take every thought that rises against the knowledge of God – captive in obedience to Jesus Christ. Yet, we often forget the most important thing. It is not what we do – it is what Christ has already done for us!

To simply approach the battle of the mind from the perspective of what we do is to stay in the provision of the Old Covenant. The sacrifices of the Old Covenant had to be repeated over and over again. Why? Because they simply covered the sin, they did not remove it. Therefore, they had to be repeated – over and over again!

When we approach the battle of the mind through the things we do, we find that we have to repeat the battle over and over gain, much like the Old Testament sacrifices. Yet, if we approach the battle of the mind through the provision of Jesus Christ, we not only gain a new perspective, but we enter into a new provision.

The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. It also is the provision to enter into a new way of living and thinking. In fact, the reality is, we are not even able to enter into the battle of the mind without the blood of Jesus Christ. For, it is the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses our conscience from dead works and gives us the freedom to serve the living God!

What does this mean? It means we are not trying to create a new mind, we are called to begin to live in the new mindset that God has given us through the blood of Jesus Christ. This takes a little time to sink in. It runs counter to the way we are wired. Yet, this is exactly what God’s Word says!

  • “…how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works so that we can serve the living God?”

When we abide in the Word of God our minds are not renewed because of what we are doing. Our minds are being renewed because Jesus Christ has given us a new mind and a new heart that now has the capability of knowing and understanding the truth. Without this provision through the blood of Jesus Christ we would never be able to enter into this battle and win.

Yet, we can win this battle! It is our recreative destiny. It is the highest call of the mind to pursue the things of God. And the transforming and cleansing power of the blood of Christ has given us the provision that allows us to enter this pursuit. We are no longer bound by a mindset that is tied to this world or our sinful nature. We have been lifted up and been given a new destiny and a new way to think and live!

  • “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4 CSB
  • “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy — dwell on these things. Do what you have learned and received and heard from me, and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9 CSB
  • “But the person without the Spirit does not receive what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually. The spiritual person, however, can evaluate everything, and yet he himself cannot be evaluated by anyone. For who has known the Lord’s mind, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 CSB

Lord, this morning, I thank you for the provision of Your blood which cleanses my mind from dead works and gives me the capacity to serve you in the newness of the Spirit. Grant me the grace to align my mind with the provision You have already given. Help me to walk today with the mind of Christ!

In Jesus Name!

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THE COMING UTOPIA!

ISAIAH 11:6-9: “The wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the goat. The calf, the young lion, and the fattened calf will be together, and a child will lead them. The cow and the bear will graze, their young ones will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like cattle. An infant will play beside the cobra’s pit, and a toddler will put his hand into a snake’s den. They will not harm or destroy each other on my entire holy mountain, for the land will be as full of the knowledge of the Lord as the sea is filled with water.” CSB

OBSERVATION: What will usher in man’s dream of a Utopia? A world where energy is abundant, war is a thing of the past, and there is enough for every person on the face of the earth. Is it the “Green New Deal?” Is it a specific political party or platform? Or, is it something entirely different?

My wife and I love animals. We especially love cats. We currently have three cats, and all of them are rescue animals. Whenever we go to the zoo I love to look at the large majestic cats. I think how wonderful it would be to be able to enter their enclosure and give them a big hug. Then common sense takes over, as I realize this is not possible. Yet, isn’t it curious that we all have this instinct to want to be with these large predatory animals?

I wondered about this as I read these verses from Isaiah. There is a coming day when this desire will become a reality. The animals of prey will no longer hunt. They will graze grass like the cow, and it says – “…a child shall lead them.” The common enemies in nature will become friends. Venomous snakes will become an infant’s pet. And there will no longer be sound of war in all of the land. What will bring about this marvelous change?

This desire for Utopia is resident in every man and woman walking on the earth. This is what gives us the hope of a better future. It is what drives us to save the planet and promote peace in the land. And, even though all of these things are noble pursuits and should be continued, they will not usher in the Utopia that we all so desperately seek. There is only one event in history, which is still yet to come, that will bring the Utopia we all hunger and thirst for. It is the return of Jesus Christ!

Isaiah 11 does not begin with the promise of Utopia. Rather, it begins with the promise of the Savior!

  • Then a shoot will grow from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him — a Spirit of wisdom and understanding, a Spirit of counsel and strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. His delight will be in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, he will not execute justice by what he hears with his ears, but he will judge the poor righteously and execute justice for the oppressed of the land. He will strike the land with a scepter from his mouth, and he will kill the wicked with a command from his lips. Righteousness will be a belt around his hips; faithfulness will be a belt around his waist.” Isaiah 11:1-5 CSB

Jesus came to the earth the first time as a humble infant, God in human flesh. He came to identify with His creation, experience all the suffering we encounter each day, and give Himself as a sacrifice for our sins as He died upon the cross. He rose again the third day and when He ascended into heaven the angels proclaimed,

  • “While he was going, they were gazing into heaven, and suddenly two men in white clothes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you have seen him going into heaven.” Acts 1:10-11 CSB

The Scriptures are replete with the promise of Jesus Christ’s return. The entire book of Revelation is the unfolding of all the events that will take place leading up to this day. When Jesus returns He will come to judge the world and to establish His reign of righteousness. He will ultimately usher in a New Heaven and a New Earth. This will be the dawn of the true Utopia that all men and women hunger for. And, only those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord will be able to enjoy this Utopia.

This wonderful day is truly coming! There will be a time when I will be able to hug one of those big cats I so admire without the fear of being killed. In fact, all killing, suffering, sorrow, and injustice will be wiped away. It will not be a nation or a political party that will usher in this day. It will be the King of kings, the Lord of lords, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! And it will be a glorious day!

  • “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away. Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” Revelation 21:1-5 CSB

What can I do to prepare for this glorious day? I can put my trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. I can live my life according to the Word of God. I can invest my life in telling others about Jesus. And, I can begin to walk in the promise of His presence, the very presence that will usher in Utopia.

Lord, as I wait for Your blessed return, may I be found walking in Your love, manifesting Your grace and mercy, and proclaiming the Gospel of salvation. Until all who are called believe!

Maranatha!

In Jesus Name!

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MY FIRST HURRICANE: DAY FOUR

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019

As I look out on the golf course through my sliding glass door this morning, there is an eerie calm. The skies are grey, the sun is hidden, and there is a slight gentle breeze. It looks like dusk rather than early morning. The weather alert calls for a Hurricane warning in the area until the afternoon. Hurricane Dorian is now tracking along the coast and Florida has been spared what could have been the storm of a generation.

The forecast for our area still includes possible damaging winds, rains, and flooding. Yet, there is a sense of relief and thankfulness that the eye of the storm has taken a different route. While we take solace in the updated forecast, we must remain diligent in praying for those who have suffered loss and are still in harms way. And, we must continue to remain diligent in positioning our hearts toward God!

In Isaiah 7-8, King Ahaz of Judah was facing an oncoming attack by the King of Aram and the King of Israel. The size of their armies dwarfed the army of Judah. King Ahaz, and the people of Jerusalem, were frozen in fear. Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah. They would be delivered from this attack. God’s judgment upon the kings of Aram and Israel, by the armies of Assyria, would protect Judah and Jerusalem. They were delivered by God’s mercy!

How do we respond when we are delivered by God’s mercy? It should bring about a change of heart, a renewed focus, and a diligent pursuit of the Lord. However, in many cases, after the sense of relief passes, we tend to go back to life as usual. We forget the mercies of God and fall back into our old patterns. This is ultimately what happened to the nation of Judah. It is a strong reminder and call to us!

As it appears that we have been spared the worst case scenario of Hurricane Dorian, how will I live going forward? Will I live in thankfulness to God, ordering my life aright, and living in the power of His grace? Or, will I simply go back to the way I was before I even experienced my first hurricane? Will I forget the lesson of preparedness and begin to live like I will never have to face another storm?

God’s word has been given to us to teach us, warn us, and prepare us for all of life’s challenges – including hurricanes! The lessons of the Old Testament, and the teaching of Jesus and the New Testament, are our roadmaps to navigate through the storms of life. When we dodge the affects of a storm our journey does not end. We do not cease praying, and we do not cease studying our roadmap. We need God’s guidance as much, if not more, when we travel down the peaceful valleys of life. For even in the peaceful valleys there are stones in the path and ruts that we can fall into unless we are prepared!

  • “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, and you know that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17 CSB

Lord, as I watch for the storm, help me to live day by day with an attitude of preparedness. Help me to abide in Your word so that I may truly be “…complete, equipped for every good work!”

In Jesus Name!

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MY FIRST HURRICANE: DAY THREE

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2019

As I look out my window I see the beginnings of a storm brewing. Hurricane Dorian has slowed its approach and increased its intensity. It is no longer headed up the middle of the state of Florida, but is projected to hug the Eastern coast. However, there is still a lot of damage that it can produce, both on the coast and inland. Yet, it still does not seem as if the storm is coming, as golfers continue to tee off on the 16th fairway outside my window, and as my wife and I enjoyed a concert at Disneyworld the night before.

Yet, the radar tells a different story. The storm is real. It has already wrecked havoc on the Bahamas, and our prayers go out to these communities and their families. I keep wondering if I have done everything to prepare. I go through my mental checklist and I can’t find anything else I can do. Yet, I want to be doing something. It is hard to wait. The unknown is so difficult to deal with. I have been in numerous earthquakes when I lived in California. And I have hunkered down for impending tornados in Texas. Yet, all of these come suddenly. Nothing is like waiting for a hurricane as it creeps ever closer towards you!

When we face impending change or possible disaster, our natural tendency is to do something. It is hard to simply rest when a storm is on the horizon. Yet, in life, this is exactly what God calls us to do. It is also His promise to His children. There is a rest in the Lord that can anchor one’s soul in the midst of the fiercest storms of life!

  • “Therefore, a Sabbath rest remains for God’s people. For the person who has entered his rest has rested from his own works, just as God did from his. Let us then make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall into the same pattern of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:9-11 CSB

We misunderstand the concept of Biblical rest. It is not inactivity or the lack of preparedness. It is the cessation of facing life in our own strength. It is entering into God’s provision for all that we need. The children of Israel missed this rest. Why? They missed this rest because they hardened their hearts and did everything in their own strength. They ignored God’s commandments and pursued their own desires. They did not honor God in all their ways, so they never experienced the Sabbath rest of God.

The disciples could not understand how Jesus could be asleep in a boat that was being beaten like a twig in the ocean by great wind and waves. Jesus was not asleep because He did not care. Jesus was fully convinced of the faithfulness of the Father and therefore He could enter into the fullness of His rest. While the disciples frantically tried to bail out the water to save the tiny ship from capsizing, Jesus simply looked at the storm, with full assurance of the Father’s care, and said – “Peace, be still!” And then Jesus turned to His disciples and taught them about faith!

How do we know if we have entered into God’s rest or are striving in our own power and strength? The only way I have found is to abide in the Word of God. The Word of God is the mirror to our souls and the thoughts and intentions of our heart. If we are daily abiding in God’s Word, He will correct us, refine us, cleanse us, and direct us. God’s Word is alive and it is the tool of the Holy Spirit to lead us into God’s rest!

  • “For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. No creature is hidden from him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give an account.” Hebrews 4:12-13 CSB

And, it is God’s Word that reminds us that we always have a place of safety and refuge to run to in our greatest time of need. He truly is the shelter in the midst of our storm!

  • “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens — Jesus the Son of God — let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16 CSB

In Jesus Name!

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