Be STRONG and COURAGEOUS for JESUS has you in HIS HANDS

Happy Sunday folks!

Just want to drop some encouraging words!

On a walk yesterday, a friend and I were reveling of how in AWE we were of God’s goodness even in the midst of a pandemic and unrest. Don’t get me wrong, I know a lot of people are weathering some hard times (loss of loved ones, jobs, stability, etc).

But I want to remind you that God knows all about your obstacles. And because he created you and LOVES you so dearly, he has a way out for you. Just hold on, change is coming. His words in Psalm 139:13 (MSG)

“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
    you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
    Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
    I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
    you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
    how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
    all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
    before I’d even lived one day.”

only God knows the obstacles that we will all face in this life and only HE can change things, I encourage you (myself included) to keep your GAZE on HIM. Don’t take your gaze (faith, trust, hope) off him.

Yes, it’s okay to cry, to be upset, to be frustrated – he wants our honesty, he wants to know how we truly feel.

BUT don’t wallow in it, don’t murmur against God (why me, what did I do to deserve this, etc), don’t draw away from God!

Why?

it limits who God is and what God is capable of doing!

JOB – lost his 10 beautiful children in one day; his job and fortune in one blink; got sick in an instant. He cried, got upset, challenged God.

God’s response to Job: Job 38 (MSG)

38 And now, finally, God answered Job from the eye of a violent storm. He said:

2-11 “Why do you confuse the issue?
    Why do you talk without knowing what you’re talking about?
Pull yourself together, Job!
    Up on your feet! Stand tall!
I have some questions for you,
    and I want some straight answers.
Where were you when I created the earth?
    Tell me, since you know so much!
Who decided on its size? Certainly you’ll know that!
    Who came up with the blueprints and measurements?
How was its foundation poured,
    and who set the cornerstone,
While the morning stars sang in chorus
    and all the angels shouted praise?
And who took charge of the ocean
    when it gushed forth like a baby from the womb?
That was me! I wrapped it in soft clouds,
    and tucked it in safely at night.
Then I made a playpen for it,
    a strong playpen so it couldn’t run loose,
And said, ‘Stay here, this is your place.
    Your wild tantrums are confined to this place.’

12-15 “And have you ever ordered Morning, ‘Get up!’
    told Dawn, ‘Get to work!’
So you could seize Earth like a blanket
    and shake out the wicked like cockroaches?
As the sun brings everything to light,
    brings out all the colors and shapes,
The cover of darkness is snatched from the wicked—
    they’re caught in the very act!

16-18 “Have you ever gotten to the true bottom of things,
    explored the labyrinthine caves of deep ocean?
Do you know the first thing about death?
    Do you have one clue regarding death’s dark mysteries?
And do you have any idea how large this earth is?
    Speak up if you have even the beginning of an answer.

19-21 “Do you know where Light comes from
    and where Darkness lives
So you can take them by the hand
    and lead them home when they get lost?
Why, of course you know that.
    You’ve known them all your life,
    grown up in the same neighborhood with them!

22-30 “Have you ever traveled to where snow is made,
    seen the vault where hail is stockpiled,
The arsenals of hail and snow that I keep in readiness
    for times of trouble and battle and war?
Can you find your way to where lightning is launched,
    or to the place from which the wind blows?
Who do you suppose carves canyons
    for the downpours of rain, and charts
    the route of thunderstorms
That bring water to unvisited fields,
    deserts no one ever lays eyes on,
Drenching the useless wastelands
    so they’re carpeted with wildflowers and grass?
And who do you think is the father of rain and dew,
    the mother of ice and frost?
You don’t for a minute imagine
    these marvels of weather just happen, do you?

31-33 “Can you catch the eye of the beautiful Pleiades sisters,
    or distract Orion from his hunt?
Can you get Venus to look your way,
    or get the Great Bear and her cubs to come out and play?
Do you know the first thing about the sky’s constellations
    and how they affect things on Earth?

34-35 “Can you get the attention of the clouds,
    and commission a shower of rain?
Can you take charge of the lightning bolts
    and have them report to you for orders?

What Do You Have to Say for Yourself?

36-38 “Who do you think gave weather-wisdom to the ibis,
    and storm-savvy to the rooster?
Does anyone know enough to number all the clouds
    or tip over the rain barrels of heaven
When the earth is cracked and dry,
    the ground baked hard as a brick?

39-41 “Can you teach the lioness to stalk her prey
    and satisfy the appetite of her cubs
As they crouch in their den,
    waiting hungrily in their cave?
And who sets out food for the ravens
    when their young cry to God,
    fluttering about because they have no food?”

 

Please don’t lose hope; hold on to God – “Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37).

Romans 8:24-28 (NIV): 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose.

God is aware of EVERYTHING you are going through (Psalms 94:9). 

Just continue to TRUST his word, PRAISE him even in the pain, tears, the unknown for HE honors his word and CARES for you!

Psalms 138:2 (NLV): I will bow down toward Your holy house. And I will give thanks to Your name for Your loving-kindness and Your truth. For You have honored Your Word because of what Your name is.

If you are not saved – Take that LEAP of FAITH and cry to God, confess your sins, accept JESUS as your Lord and Savior and ASK HIM to renew your heart today. I rejoice with you as you take this bold leap and welcome you to the Heavenly flock in Jesus name. Amen!

Have a glorious week ahead!

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