Growing In Trust Pt. 2

June 20, 2017

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LEARNING TO TRUST

May 26, 2017

Two really great personal stories ……

 

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!

Spiritual Earthquake

February 10, 2017

Sometimes we all need an “earthquake” to shake up and out of us what God needs to go….and it’s a good, good thing! Just stay in His arms and trust Him!  What remains will be of great value!

Hebrews 12:26-27
At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.”

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!

Like Noah

February 6, 2014

The waves they are a’ tossing

When there’s no sea around

The ground it is a’ moving

No stability to be found

 

The skies are turning black now

Pray tell what shall we do?

How will we survive this trial

If we won’t turn to You?

 

You are the solid Rock on earth

It’s all we have to stand

What You’ve done will always be

No one can move Your hand

 

Living in another realm

And yet You’re here with us

You’ve made provision for our souls

But in you we must trust

 

Resting in this rocking boat

Like Noah years gone by

It’s really not a different thing

In You we must rely

 

A rainbow there will always be

Your promises stand true

No matter what this time may bring

Our safety is in You

 

 

copyright  2014  Jean Chamblee

Tomorrow In His Arms

January 1, 2014

As I stand before the mountain

A coward I may be

But I don’t have to worry

Because You are with me

 

I fall short most all the time

But Strong Tower you are mine

I only have to walk in You

And wait until Your time

 

You have my days within Your hands

All plans You have foreseen

All the things concerning me

Already You have deemed

 

I can trust You everyday

Of this I can be sure

No matter how this life will play

Your heart towards me is pure

 

You are a loving Father

I’m humbled by Your Son

Who laid His life before You

So that all I need was won

 

Tomorrow I may know not

But I can cast aside

All my cares into Your arms

And in Your love do hide

 

copyright  2014   Jean Chamblee