The path is narrow and I am wide!

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…how can anyone be right in the presence of God?

…how can anyone be right in the presence of God?
Someone might want to argue with God, but no one could answer God, not one time out of a thousand.
God’s wisdom is deep, and his power is great; no one can fight him without getting hurt.
God moves mountains without anyone knowing it and turns them over when he is angry.
He shakes the earth out of its place and makes its foundations tremble.
He commands the sun not to shine and shuts off the light of the stars.
He alone stretches out the skies and walks on the waves of the sea.
It is God who made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades and the groups of stars in the southern sky.
He does wonders that cannot be understood; he does so many miracles they cannot be counted.
When he passes me, I cannot see him; when he goes by me, I do not recognize him.
If he snatches something away, no one can stop him or say to him, ‘What are you doing?’
God will not hold back his anger. Even the helpers of the monster Rahab lie at his feet in fear.
So how can I argue with God, or even find words to argue with him?
Even if I were right, I could not answer him; I could only beg God, my Judge, for mercy.
If I called to him and he answered, I still don’t believe he would listen to me.
He would crush me with a storm and multiply my wounds for no reason.
He would not let me catch my breath but would overwhelm me with misery.
When it comes to strength, God is stronger than I; when it comes to justice, no one can accuse him.
Even if I were right, my own mouth would say I was wrong; if I were innocent, my mouth would say I was guilty…

-Job 9

Let that grip you for a moment! Who can be right in the presence of God? How often do you stop to think about the power and glory of the God who moves mountains, the terrible power of God that makes the earth quake, the awesomeness of the God who spoke the Sun into existence and who snaps His fingers to destroy stars? Who can be right in the presence of God?

Who? —– YOU! But not because of anything you have or ever will do but because God loves us so much that He sent a final and perfect sacrifice to bridge the gap between our sin and His glory. We have Jesus! Stop and think about that today. Oh, how He loves us that He sent His perfect, blameless son to atone for our shortcomings!

If you are saved, please dedicate some time alone with the Lord to meditate on how valuable the gift you have is and remember where you were that got you where you are. Thank you Lord for saving a wretch like me. If you don’t know the Lord, please take a moment to read this short post and contact me or follow the link at the bottom of the page mentioned.

A Huge Asset

As followers of God, you and I have a huge asset.  We know everything is going to turn out all right!

Christ has not budged from His throne, and Romans 8:28 has not evaporated from the Bible.  Our problems have always been His possibilities.

The kidnapping of Joseph resulted in the preservation of his family.  The persecution of Daniel led to a cabinet position.  Christ entered the world by a surprise pregnancy and redeemed it though His unjust murder.

Dare we believe what the Bible teaches?  That no disaster is ultimately fatal?

In 2nd Timothy 4:18 the apostle Paul wrote his final words from a Roman prison, chained to a guard, within earshot of his executioner’s footsteps.   Worst-case scenario?  Not from Paul’s perspective.

He wrote: “God is looking after me, keeping me safe in the kingdom of heaven.  All praise to Him, praise forever!”

Paul chose to trust his Father.  May we do the same.

Max Lucado –

The High Road…is not an easy road to travel.

I was presented some information that I wish I was never given. (It is strange how people think they are helping but gossiping really just hurts) This information cut me deep and the pain of it made me want justice, I was angry at all the parties involved and felt like I had to say something…this was before I went to the Lord in prayer. After doing the rest of the running around I need to do, all the while stewing and getting more and more angry…

I finally made it home.

I immediately went upstairs to my bedroom and dropped to my knees to get both comfort and guidance from the Lord. God told me through the Holy Spirit two things in that time on my knees. The first was that I had been spending less time on my knees. Sure I was praying throughout the day but I had moved past the painful state I was in and began to ease into a relaxed, laid back state of prayer time with God. I am not saying anything is wrong with that, only that for me personally, prostrating myself brings me closer to the Lord in prayer. The second was that I should seek Godly counsel before taking another step in acting on this unwanted revelation. So I called my friend and mentor in Christ. He asked me a few questions and prayed with me over the phone and then the unexpected happened. I thought he would be as angry as I was but instead he told me that the people mentioned are still new to Christ and that I need to take the high road and keep this to myself. Not exactly what I wanted to hear but exactly what I needed to hear. So after the phone call I went back to the Lord in prayer and forgave the party and was comforted and was given peace. I got exactly what I needed, not what I wanted.

I learned a few things from this trial:

1. Don’t calculate without God. Psalm 37:5
2. Seek Godly counsel before acting. Proverbs 12:15
3. Act in obedience to what the Lord instructs without hesitation, having faith in His wisdom. Proverbs 3:1-35
4. Forgive promptly so I can be forgiven and be treated. Matthew 6:14-15

Exercising faith truly brings me closer to God. The high road is bumpy and and I don’t enjoy the ride too much at all but when it smooths out, the rest is on a beautiful path.

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I know people who share these types of chain messages. It makes me sad… I want to tell them sharing that picture/message will do nothing for them but I am sure the response will be “what does it hurt?”. When will people realize a change within is what will change lives? When will people realize a relationship with Christ is what heals the pain, repairs the finances and brings true joy? Instead of getting drunk or wasting money on frivolous items, how about spending time in scripture getting to know the God you were guilted to share?

I am repulsed at how some people cry out to God when things do not go the way they want and any other time, kick Him to the curb to indulge in perversion.

Elijah approached the people and said, “How long will you not decide between two choices? If the Lord is the true God, follow him, but if Baal is the true God, follow him!” But the people said nothing. -1 Kings 18:21

Our country is so far removed from God it saddens me deeply. Most everyone wants a quick fix or an Oprah or Dr. Phil moment… never mind the insight God offers. God lays the plan out plain and simple, His word never changes, His word has stood the test of time…why ask some famous person what to do, who will be dead, gone and forgotten tomorrow? Why don’t people pick up that dusty bible and find the answer to how to find joy? Everyone has that longing deep in their souls…

Have you asked God for what you need? James 4:2 says, “You do not have, because you do not ask.” Are you asking for the right thing? First, would you ask Him to bless it? Whatever it is, think of that. “Lord, I am going to dinner with family tonight, will you bless it? (sounds reasonable)” “Lord, I am getting drunk tonight or having an affair or watching porn tonight….will you bless it (yea, right)?” Listen up, remove the sin from your life and ask God for what you need! He is waiting to hear from you but your prayers will go unheard if you are neck deep in sin! “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” -Psalm 66:18

 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. -James 1:6-8

Get right with God, put your faith to the test and exersize it regularly. The door has been presented, the path is made clear. Why don’t people walk it and and open the door? Life flies by years at a time, STOP now and build on the rock Matthew 7:24-29! Be thankful for what you have, many don’t realize how blessed they are. Giving thanks should be the main topic in prayer at all times.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. -Philippians 4:11-12

Okay, I am done now… =D I get so frustrated at times and want to just smack people upside the head (myself included) for not taking the tried, true and tested route provided by God.

The Unhappy Backslider

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling.
—1 Timothy 2:1-8

Peter speaks of some who through waywardness have gotten so far out of fellowship with God that they have forgotten that they were purged from their old sins. This is a sad state to be in. It is what is commonly called in the Old Testament “backsliding.” “The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways” (Proverbs 14:14). An old preacher I knew as a boy used to say, “Backsliding always begins in the knee.” And this is very true indeed. Neglect of prayer will soon dull the keen edge of one’s spiritual sensibilities and make it easy for a believer to drift into worldliness and carnalities, as a result of which his soul’s eyesight will become dimmed and he will lose the heavenly vision.

The backslider is short-sighted. He sees things of this poor world very vividly, but he cannot see afar off, as he could in the days of his former, happy state. To such comes the exhortation, “Anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” Get back to your Bible and back to your knees. Let the Holy Spirit reveal to your penitent heart the point of departure where you left your first love, and judge it definitely before God. Acknowledge the sins and failures that have caused your wanderings. “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation.” And He who is married to the backslider will give you again to know the blessedness of fellowship with Himself, and once more your peace will flow as a river and the full assurance of hope be yours.
As you walk with God, your faith will grow increasingly, your love unto all saints will be greatly enlarged, and the hope laid up for you in heaven will fill the vision of your opened eyes, as your heart is occupied with the Lord Himself who has restored your soul.

For it is well to remember that He Himself is our hope. He has gone back to the Father’s house to prepare a place for us, and He has promised to come again and receive us unto Himself, that where He is we may be also.

Father, thank You that You always are with me, even in times when I am trying to run away. I am so thankful for all the times You gently call me back to Yourself. Keep me close to You, Lord! Don’t let me stray far from Your path. Keep me on my knees and in Your Word so I don’t get off track and fall away. In Jesus’ name, Amen

James MacDonald