Foreword:

Ever wonder what God might have to say to YOU today? Here are things to ponder, and things to receive into your heart. If you have a question, put it in the comments. I respond as much as I can.

A note for all my readers: I've been experimenting with YouTube videos for Bible teaching for a while, and I'm working through Revelation here. My YouTube videos are currently short studies in Matthew, and at present I'm posting videos on Revelation as well. Both appear on the blog, which is turning into a Vlog. I encourage you to subscribe to my YouTube channel for better coverage.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

When you are hurting, turn your thoughts

To Me.  It is always difficult to do this when your spirit is wounded, or when you are hurting--but that's how David received My help. When you focus on Me, I not only become your focus, but I also "enter the conversation," so to speak, so that My presence fills the space where you have had your pain.
When you focus on what's happening to you (that IS necessary), here's how things look:



[Psalm 102]
3 My days are consumed like smoke, And my bones are burned like a hearth.  4 My heart is stricken and withered like grass, So that I forget to eat my bread.  5 Because of the sound of my groaning My bones cling to my skin. 6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am like an owl of the desert. 7 I lie awake, And am like a sparrow alone on the housetop. 8 My enemies reproach me all day long; Those who deride me swear an oath against me.  9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, And mingled my drink with weeping, 10 Because of Your indignation and Your wrath; For You have lifted me up and cast me away.  11 My days are like a shadow that lengthens, And I wither away like grass.



When you re-focus your thoughts on Me, here's how things look;




24 I said, "O my God, Do not take me away in the midst of my days; Your years are throughout all generations. 25 Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. 26 They will perish, but You will endure; Yes, they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will change them, And they will be changed. 27 But You are the same, And Your years will have no end. 
28 The children of Your servants will continue, And their descendants will be established before You.

Has his pain been eliminated? Are his problems gone? No.  That's part of his life, and may not change. Consider your situation: You have a crippling disease; a relationship on which you counted suddenly breaks. You suffer life's terrible reversals, and lose your retirement, or your job, or your house.  A child becomes sick, dies, or is killed in some unreasoning awful way.  You are persecuted; your enemies multiply like locusts.  That may not change now, but what you will see is that I am eternal, and you will live with Me forever. All the evil that you see now will disappear, but I will remain, and so will you.
Yes, the world is broken, and cannot be fixed.  Sometimes your life is broken, and cannot be fixed--this life, that is. But the life you have with Me is as unending as I am, and that life cannot be broken, ruined, or destroyed. It is as eternal, invincible, as mighty as ME. I am above all these things, and though you may not see it now, you are, too--you are part of Me.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Personal Note...

I've been off the "blogosphere" for several weeks; sorry 'bout that, but I've had some challenges that made it difficult to concentrate on writing.

Tell Me The Truth...

"A prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and pours out his soul before the LORD..." This is the title of Psalm 102.
I WANT to know what is in your heart.  I know it anyway, but when you tell me, it helps you. I would think you'd know that from reading the many Psalms I had my servants write about this, but many of you do not.  Even your ministers say things like, "depression shows a lack of faith." Which only goes to show that they haven't read My servants' Psalms, and integrated them into their own spiritual lives.  When you are "down," and you tell Me about it, several things happen:
1. Your prayers engage Me. Don't forget, these conversations with Me are all two-way. I listen, and then I speak, and many times I have answers--but if you're not seeking Me, how can you get the answers I offer?
2. Your prayers strengthen your mind, and define what's happening to you.  You "air out your spirit," so to speak, rather than keeping everything bottled up inside.  Honesty is the best policy with Me.
3. You increase your own faith, strengthen your heart, and create a deeper reliance on Me, and that leads to your ultimate deliverance from trouble and sorrow. Many times, in these very Psalms of sorrow, if you read to the end of them, you'll see that things actually work out, and that the writer (David, Asaph, whoever) ends the Psalm with faith and expectation in his heart. For example, Psalm 69 begins, "Save me, O God, for the waters have come into my soul...." My servant David was drowning in trouble and grief.  But look at the end of the Psalm (69:30 and following): "I will praise God's name with singing, and honor Him with thanksgiving."
4. You have not because you ask not--if you don't honestly tell Me what's happening in your life, you don't get all I have to give.
So talk to me.  And don't bother with fine words. I don't need them.  Just talk.