Sunday, July 15, 2012
I say Amen!
Beloved, for the past week I have been feeling very little desire to push on. I have been experiencing an exhaustion that was keeping me from allowing God’s Word to pour into my heart and revive my life!
But my God is faithful and He is the healer of all heartache that goes down to the very soul! This I have known, that although God remains in a high place He is so loving and His mercies endures forever that He would be concerned with the lowly state of human beings. Amen!
This morning as I awoke and couldn’t return to sleep. I got up knowing God was telling me that I needed to spend time with Him as I was slipping into a depression. As I struggled and tossed back and forth in my bed knowing I needed to get up, I finally got up but I felt a tear inside me; a fight going on in me— an absolute need to spend time with my God, but a stronghold that kept me from it.
To be in prayer, to be in His Word, and to cry out to Him as I presented my need to Him knowing He has been there for me every step of the way and hasn't abandoned me, but this stronghold kept me from it all.
As I struggled to pray. As I struggled to reach for my Bible and open it. As I struggled with a battle going on in my mind, in the corner of my eye I saw some words on a sheet. As I lifted it up and began to read them, I come to a familiar sight. These words stared back at me but they penetrated into my soul, as a hand to a switch, turning on something inside of me that craved God.
These words: “Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Beloved! I say Amen! Amen to God. Amen to His Word. Amen to His enduring mercies. Amen to His ever present love that abides in all of creation. Amen!
I say Amen to God’s willingness to give strength to the weak, lifting up the lame that they would walk.
I say Amen to God giving sight to the bling and hearing to the deaf. He is able and willing! Reach out to Him, He is faithful. So I say Amen.
As I found myself looking to promises of God, and I found myself in the book of Psalm, God’s peace certainly covered me. God’s peace certainly guarded my aching heart and guarded my troubled mind. Praise You my God!
I say Amen to God’s faithfulness.
I say Amen to God’s grace.
I say Amen to God’ forgiveness.
I say Amen to God’s healing.
I say Amen to God’s mercy.
I say Amen to God’s Truth.
I say Amen to God’s Word.
I say Amen to God being all seeing, all knowing, all powerful and always EVERYWHERE PRESENT. Amen!
Beloved, God knows us. God is with us, and above all that I weep in joy and even now tears swell up, God is so amazing in His perpetual love that He allows us to know Him! Through His Son. Amen Lord Jesus!
To that! I say who amongst us can resist the call; resist the invitation, to know our GREAT GOD?! I certainly cannot.
I am moved to pray a prayer of praise: Beloved let us pray.
Father and God, You are, Amazing God! Your mercies endures forever. Your love is perpetual. You are mighty to save those who are weak, in mourning, and without a protector. Yes! My God, there is none other but You! Who loves for a thousand generations. Yes! My God, there is none other that gives rest to a weary and tired soul. Thank You that in You! We have rest. We have peace. We have comfort. We have contentment in Your Truth!
Oh heavenly Father, my soul cries out to You, and in my despair You heard. You came near, You embraced me... You saved me.
My God I weep at the embrace of Your gentle hand. Your love overpowers my doubt, and brings clarity to my lack of understanding. Praise You my God! For You and You alone know me from the depths of who I am. You cover me in my coming and my going.
O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. (Psalm 139:1-10, 13, 14, 16-18 NKJV)
You my God, I cry out to and say Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. Amen.
And You are so faithful and true to hear me... Me! And You alone are quick to answer. Oh Father I cry, I weep and rejoice in Your love. May You be forever praised in and through my life, in Jesus name. Amen.
Surely, in Christ, goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life! You and You alone my God! I will praise with my whole heart! Amen.
Therefore beloved, give God your absolute praise. Submit to God. Resist the devil (as he is the father of lies) and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Amen.