Growing In Trust Pt. 2

June 20, 2017

 

 

A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May 23, 2017

So today I read a scripture that just hit me like a rock and went to the core of my being. It is written that His word is a “lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”. It shines into our lives and souls and shows us what we need to see. I am grateful, even when it hurts at first. Kind of like a splinter. You know it must come out before the infection can heal.

The scripture I read is this:

Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?”

And it echoes at the end…… 30….O you of little faith?

Those incredible words……DO NOT WORRY ABOUT YOUR LIFE! As God’s word shined on that, I realized how far off the mark I have been. Have I been worrying about my life? YES, YES, YES! I am guilty, but I don’t want to be and I don’t have to be.

Can we really take God at His word? I did not realize how much I had been weighed down by worry. Yes, it is easy to walk around and think that you trust in God and for most of us we have areas that we are good at. I trust Him for many things, but as I read these words the lights came on and I could see how much fear had gripped my heart in certain areas. And I want out of it! I could see how I have let so much slip. I used to live by faith so much more, but somewhere along the line I began to trust in man, in natural things, it was easier to look for natural easily available solutions than to look to God to meet my needs and to look to God first in prayer before turning to something or someone else. To actually believe that He would take care of the problem for me.

I’ve always liked the fact that the Bible tells us that if we would “judge ourselves” we would not be judged. So even though it smarts for me to admit that I have slipped pretty far in this area of trusting God and actually doing away with worry. I want to read that again….

Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life….”

I want to walk in that. God has never said something that we could not do with His help and grace. I feel like I need to go through my life like weeding a garden and hunt down the “worry” weeds and pull them out. I am asking God to help me do this and I hope in some ways this will be a blessing to you.

It is written James 5:16 “ Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

There is so much in the word that we actually don’t “do” anymore, but I hope this is a spark. As I have been honest about my shortcomings I hope that you will pray for me, yourself and others. We are a body meant to be a part of each other for good. To reflect Christ. To be “doers of the word and not hearers only”.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. God bless you and I pray you have a great day.

I am poured out
Like water that flows
Hoping somehow
My life in Christ shows

Wanting to bless
Sometimes I fall short
But I get up and try again
His love to report

Mercies are new
Every morning they are
Satan tries hard
To remove mornings Star

Battle upon battle
In prayer I must go
Thanking our Father
For the Holy Spirits flow

Without Him I am nothing
Nor ever shall be
But in His arms safely
My soul shall be free

He made me uniquely
Like all of His own
It makes me smile sweetly
That in His eyes I’m known

copyright 2017 Jean Chamblee Thomas

MY COCOON – Poetry

April 5, 2017

You are my cocoon
No matter what’s around
You are wrapped about me
Your presence peace surrounds

Loud the voices shouting
Wanting us to fear
But our place is next to you
Always drawing near

Focused on Your majesty
Your kingdom it will come
No matter what happens here and now
My thoughts are on Your throne

But sometimes I’m a weakling
It’s then my heart does know
I reach out my hand to You
Instead You help me grow

Crazy things may happen
But the end of it You’ve told
We can trust what’s in Your book
You’ve known from times of old

You are my cocoon
No matter what’s around
I know that I can trust You
Your love for me is sound

copyright 2017 Jean Chamblee

Psalm 33:8,9 “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere Him. For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm.”

Of all the things in the earth to fear…..and there are many……it is the fear of the Lord that we need to cling to.  He is in control and He will surround us.   Our thoughts need to be on pleasing Him, then the other kinds of fear we can be relieved of.  

Ecclesiastes 12:13   “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.”

Matthew 10:28-29    “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.  Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.”

Now there will be many other kinds of fear, but when we keep our proper honor and reverence of God and obey His commandments as a child would obey his or her Father….the other fear….the kind that causes torment is not intended for us.

1 John 4:18
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”
WE WILL SEE FEAR INCREASING IN THESE DAYS…

Luke 21:25-27     “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;  men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

BUT WE CAN REST IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PROTECTIVE WINGS

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)

John 14:27  “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
We need to reverence and fear the Almighty God……trusting in His goodness for us,  and let all the other fears go, knowing that He has us in the palm of His hand.

It’s not easy to do……I struggle with it too. Memorizing the scriptures on the subject helps to let His truth reign in our thoughts. Hope this has been a blessing to you.

The only person we are supposed to fear is God…..a healthy ‘you’re God and I’m not” kind of fear!

Faith VS Culture

February 23, 2017

Seen and unseen – Poetry

February 17, 2017

It’s what I see I can’t believe
My senses they do lie
For tricks and treasons can occur
If I believe my eyes

I must be grounded on the Word
So I won’t blow around
Tossed and tussled by the wind
Of every doctrines sound

Help me anchor Lord, my soul
Be strong and settled in
The words you’ve said, your will revealed
So I can be fruitful again

Hell fights hard to knock us down
But in your realm I dwell
When I chose, my heart to believe
In your promises all will be well

It is a battle, that’s for sure
And many times we fall
Into the doubt brought all around
Until Your name we call

Like Peter on the water walked
Until he looked around
And saw the waves blow hard and tough
That he lost his faith, almost drowned

Yet Jesus being who He is
Love in the form of flesh
Reached down and rescued Peter there
And continued faith to teach

He doesn’t give up hope on us
But get up now we must
When we fall into doubts deep trap
Our Jesus will lift us up

copyright 2017  Jean Chamblee

 

2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

It is always difficult to keep our eyes on what God has said and not by what we see, hear, and feel. And yet….that is what we are called to do. May God help us this day to anchor ourselves on His promises, on His truth, and not be ruled by our emotions, but grounded on His will. Amen.

 

 

Matthew 13:36-43 ” Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”
He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Romans 5: 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

You don’t have to be a tare…..if you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, repent of your sins (turn away from them with His help and power) and follow Him. He accepts you just as you are…..then the journey begins.

Romans 10:9-13    …..  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.  For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Everything that can be shaken will be shaken. Hebrews 12:27

“Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.”

There is a lot of shaking going on right now. We must always keep in mind that there is usually something behind what we see. Most of us will say out loud….God is in control. But do we really believe that?

For instance…..in the days of Jesus birth, there was a census called for by the government requiring that everyone return to their place of birth with his family members and register. Who could see anything good behind that? In fact, most felt it was so more accurate taxes could be collected. But little did anyone know until later that God Himself had orchestrated this seemingly unimportant event. Why?

There was a little prophesy about where the Messiah would be born found in Micah 5 and quoted in Matthew 2:6

‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.’

Jesus had to be born in Bethlehem according to the prophets. And He was. But can we look and see that God was behind these governmental twists and turns? God was in control.

Whether He is bringing blessing or judgement….God is in control. We may not understand or feel like He is….but He is.

Revelation 1:8
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Another example of this principle is the life of Joseph. He was given vivid dreams about his future and then it looked like all hell broke loose on him. He was betrayed by his brothers and thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, then falsely accused and put in prison. But all throughout this time God was grooming Joseph internally and externally to become the second most powerful ruler in the world and to save his nation and family from famine. In the end Joseph said:

Genesis 50:20
But as for you (his brothers) , you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

God was at work behind the scenes and so it still is today with those of us that follow Him. We must trust Him in these things. We have His promise also in Romans 8:28

“ And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, and to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

We must always remember that His ways are higher than ours and we may not understand what is going on…..but

Isaiah 55:8-10

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

In this we can trust…..God is in control. Stay humble before Him and dare to trust.

Have a great day!