Whatever the cause, internal turmoil is the natural result of external instability. A tumultuous storm at sea picks up the ocean floor and tosses it about, making the water murky, dark, and foreboding. So likewise, the unpredictable circumstances of life unsettle us and cause us to feel tossed around. In those times, every manner of worry seems to rise to the surface of our souls. We often feel entangled in emotional seaweed and in danger of drowning in the murky waters of instability.
"My husband changed after we married. He would not look at me, talk to me or even say my name... As time went on and four children later, I thought of suicide... ...I began to search the Word for a way out of my marriage commitment...
"And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 5:10-11 Jesus lived and died believing God, and so should we. Jesus lived... Continue Reading →
“If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all." Isaiah 7:9 "We must endure in our faith; in our belief and our trust in God. For the Scripture says, “…My righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in Him” (Hebrews 10:38).... Continue Reading →
Totally where I am at today. Found the hymn by a "providential-accident" (that is an intentional oxymoron). I haven't heard this hymn for a while, but I needed to hear it today. I needed to be reminded that coming to grips with the wickedness and treachery of my own heart (at deeper and deeper levels)... Continue Reading →
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 2 Corinthians 13:5. We all need to check the quality of our professing faith against the fruit of salvation in our lives.... Continue Reading →
From The Depths of Woe - Indelible Grace The Words of this piece are from Martin Luther's "Aus Tiefer Not Schrei ich zu Dir"-or in English "From The Depths Of Woe I Cry" (And no, I do not know German- that was a cut and paste). The hymn is based on Psalm 130. This rendition... Continue Reading →
God gave us a new hope, a new Spirit, a new heart, and a new life, but He did not give us a new past: He decided to leave our pasts with us for the time being. God did this because He gets more glory by transforming our pasts than erasing them. Taken from Walking... Continue Reading →
God hates gossip, slander, and other forms of maligning people. God wants us to love our neighbors - not treat them hatefully by talking about them behind their backs, or, even, insulting them to their faces. When God is using a difficult person to sanctify us, the goal should be to allow that person to... Continue Reading →
The cross is the place where our weaknesses and God’s sovereignty make sense. When we bring our weaknesses, brokenness, and messed up pasts to the cross of Christ, we can start to grasp the weight of the truth that Jesus, of His own volition, identified Himself with our frailty through the incarnation, and then willfully... Continue Reading →