Friday, May 29, 2020

Perfect Love Cast Out...


It’s a good thing to recognize when Fear shows up because he wants to stay for more than a visit.   

Let him hang around and get comfortable, and you will find yourself entertaining thoughts that have more to do with saving SELF, than coming to the CROSS.  

Perfect love will bring a fuller light, and grant a peace that passes understanding.  The battle of Fear, will always start with our thoughts. 

We know that the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy and fear is one of his tools that will accomplish all three things.

First it robs us of joy
then kills pure affections 
and then it destroys the 
ability to receive 
and give love

Fear can not be in the room where love is being understood and lived out.

Its interesting that Timothy expresses love being related to power and a sound mind.

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love and a sound mind." 2 Tim. 1:7

Abiding IN the love of God will produce power and sound mind; and fear will have no place there. True Love fills the rooms with the fragrance of Christ.

"Fear will always knock on your door.  Just don't invite it in for dinner, and for heaven's sake don't offer it a bed for the night.  Let's embolden our hearts with a select number of Jesus' "do not fear" statements.  Fear may fill our world, but it doesn't have to fill our hearts.  The promise of Christ and the intention of this book are simple;  we can fear less tomorrow than we do today." ~Max Lucado (Taken from Imagine Your Life Without Fear)

"When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off.  You sit still and trust the engineer." ~Corrie Ten Boon

Thursday, May 28, 2020

A Quiet Heart

Over Heated is the best way I can describe, being overwhelmed at times. When a car or an appliance gets overheated, usually the gears are stuck, or need oil. 

It is not always the circumstances that cause this malfunctioning, as much as problems from within. Friction on gears without oil equals heat. The simplest things can solve these issues. A little oil, or water for an engine.

Some times it is, becoming quiet, and asking the Father for wisdom,

And if, in the process, any of you does not know how to meet any particular problem he has only to ask God - who gives generously to all men without making them feel foolish or guilty - and he may be quite sure that the necessary wisdom will be given him.” James 1:5 J.B. Phillips

What might seem HUGE, turns into HELP from above....which is, “Pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be untreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and with hypocrisy.” James 3:17

Sometimes overheating has more to do with running, when God said to rest. Fretting instead of finding His peace that passes our understanding. And doing things he never asked us to do. It also shows us, our need for more of His strength, in our weakness.

The following is an older note, that Alan wrote to our boys, about Quietness.  Learning to quiet our hearts to hear His voice, will be like oil, to our "overheated" gears.  This will allow a smoother ride, on the inside, as we travel the rougher roads that come with this life.

Quietness is a treasure not everyone has learned to value. It is very hard for some people and very special to others. What about you?Do you like quietness? Another word for quietness is stillness - do you like stillness? 

Isaiah wrote "The fruit of righteousness is peace - the effect of righteousness quietness and confidence."

Solomon wrote "a heart at peace is life to the body." Scientists today confirm that the number one cause of health problems is STRESS. People are too busy, with too many concerns on their minds. Many people have a hard time getting good, peaceful rest. Isaiah saw this and wrote "the wicked are like the waves of the sea, foaming and tossed about; there is no rest for the wicked."

A person who has learned the secret treasure of a quiet heart is truly a remarkable person to know and watch. During the storm on the sea of Galilee, the circumstances were intense, the situation critical, in fact it was so bad that all the disciples were as stirred up on the inside as the sea was on the outside. 

One person was quiet, so at peace and rest that He was sleeping. In their panic the disciples woke Jesus up with their own sense of alarm - "Don't you care Lord, we are about to drown." Jesus did not let their internal storm, or the external storm outside the boat disturb His own inner quiet and calm. From His powerful calm, quiet faith - He spoke! His internal quiet and stillness - subdued the raging storm on the Sea of Galilee and the one inside the souls of the disciples.

What kind of quiet and stillness do you want - the disciple kind or the teacher kind? I pray you will learn to value the treasure of the Lord's quietness and stillness.

"When a man has quietly made up his mind that there is nothing he cannot endure, his fears leave him."  ~Grove Patterson

"If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a glass slipper on a gouty foot."  John Bunyan

Before the winds that blow do cease,
Teach me to dwell within Thy calm:
Before the pain has passed in peace,
Give me, my God, to sing a psalm.
Let me not lose the chance to prove
The fullness of enabling love.
Oh, love of God, do this for me:
Maintain a constant victory.¹

~Amy Carmichael

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Walking in His steps

We strengthen our faith by: The careful reading of the Word of God, combined with meditation on it. 

In order to grow in every grace of the Spirit, it is vitally important that we seek to maintain an upright heart and a good conscience, and therefore do not knowingly and habitually indulge in those things which are contrary to the mind of God. 

So it is also particularly the case in order to grow in faith. If we desire our faith to be strengthened, we should not shrink from opportunities where our faith may be tried and therefore, through the trial, be strengthened. 

Let God work for us, when the hour of the trial of our faith comes, and do not attempt to work a deliverance of our own.
~George Muller

"O that thou couldst dwell in the knowledge and sense of this! that the Lord beholds thy sufferings with an eye of pity; and is able, not only to uphold thee under them, but also to do thee good by them. Therefore, grieve not at thy lot, be not discontented,  look not out at the hardness of thy condition; but, when the storm and matters of vexation are sharp, look up to Him who can give meekness and patience, can lift up thy head over all, and cause thy life to grow, and be a gainer by all.  If the Lord God help thee proportionally to thy condition of affliction and distress, thou wilt have no cause to complain, but to bless His name.  
~I. Pennington.

"A state of mind that sees God in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart." ~Charles Finney