He has all the wisdom! I am pretty sure I have written about this before, but it seems we are here again!
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
Paul the writer of most of the New Testament said “pray without ceasing” do you ever wonder what he meant there? Probably exactly what he said “pray without ceasing” but ceasing it’s just one of those words, so I looked it up! #wordnerd here!
Ceasing means: to bring or come to an end.
So Paul was saying, pray without stopping. I know this sounds impossible. You are probably thinking
“Lindsay, sounds good because you are single and have nothing else to do, easy for you to say, but I have a life .”
Ok, I won’t take offense to your comment there (smile), but what I believe Paul was communicating is that there is never a bad time to pray, you can never pray too much. NEVER. It is ALWAYS effective no matter what the Father of Lies (aka the Devil) wants to whisper in your ear about it being a waste of time or completely ridiculous that you think prayer actually helps. But see the devil is a liar, let’s never forget that either.
As things get crazier and crazier around me, I don’t know what to “do” all of the time, but I am learning once again that I know the One who has ALL the wisdom.
I love in James where it talks about asking God for His wisdom, what a huge gift. Asking the One who has ALL the wisdom for wisdom. That’s amazing.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” James 1:5.
I think it is no coincidence that this is written right after He talks about us all experiencing trials in life. Your trial could be bigger than you ever imagined or it might seem tiny and seemingly insignificant. The thing is, He didn’t say come only to Me when your trial is too hard. He said if any (meaning any, not a few, not the super holy, He said ANY) of you lack wisdom (lack, I looked it up for us and it means: the state of being without or not having enough of something) wisdom, he/she should (meaning you SHOULD do it) ask God. Because He gives generously (it doesn’t say to those who can’t feed their children), it says He gives is generously to ALL without finding fault. Meaning He is not mad at you that you don’t know what to do. He is asking you to come to Him.
whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? so amazing.
He often has to remind me that the point of this life is to be in relationship with Him. It’s hard to imagine because the world beats us up so much, but there is a God in heaven that wants to talk to us 24/7. He doesn’t sleep and He does have time for you, He delights to be with you. He doesn’t care if you are on the potty or in the shower. Washing dishes or crashing into bed, He just wants you to turn your head towards Him, ask Him in a 5 second prayer for what to do about this little tiny seemingly insignificant situation.
Right after this verse He says: “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6
Now I know the above sounds a little harsh, but sometimes we may have to ask Jesus to help our unbelief, see He is that good. He will help our unbelief, IF WE ASK!
Your prayer may look like this:
Jesus, help my unbelief, I need your wisdom and I want to receive your wisdom on _________________, because in James you say we can ask and it will be given so here I am, asking!
And watch what He does! It’s so exciting actually the moment by moment surrender and adventure with God, it’s not always easy but what in life is?
Now let’s get to walking with Him, moment by moment, seeking His wisdom in every single tiny thing we do.
I heard at my most recent Celebrate Recovery class that the avoidance of “feeling pain” is what leads to all compulsive behavior.
When the leader said these words, I thought to myself “ouch that hurts” but the more I think about how painful it is to feel pain the more I thought “that makes sense”
Who wants to feel pain? No one! But the Bible says “we will all experience trials and tribulations”, they will come in various packages for all of us, but pain seems unavoidable in this broken world.
I hate it too.
It is starting to make sense for me now, if we don’t choose to engage in the grieving process (even in the smallest losses of life) we will be avoiding pain and we will eventually find a way to cope, which is usually way worse in the long run. It was for me anyway.
I hate it as much as you do, but someone once told me that crying is like throwing up, it hurts coming out but once it is out, you feel so much better.
It’s a little annoying to hear when you are in the middle of it, but it is true and maybe a good truth for us all to hear before we need it next time.
I use to fear my next suffering, my next painful experience, but as I walk with God through life, (the amazing and the painful) I realize that I am ok after the pain has been released by allowing myself to ‘feel the emotion’.
But we sometimes avoid feeling the emotion because we think it is too hard to handle and so we stuff it, which is a BAD IDEA! Because feeling the pain in the moment actually helps it to heal.
I know weird, but true!
As I started this new class on co-dependency, I realized that after all the healing I have been through in the past 7 years of being a Christian, guess what? There is more. Thankfully God is so grace-filled and merciful that He helps us through our “stuff” little by little even when it seems like it is happening in chunks to big for us to bare.
The thing that helps us through is Jesus, is prayer, is community, is reminding ourselves that Jesus does weep with us, and comforts us if we will allow Him. And as the Bible promises “Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning”. Psalm 30:5 NASB
Believing that HOPE is indeed real and as my friends (and most recent freelance clients) at the Hope Heals Ministry say, “HOPE is what heals us all.” The person and the faith.
“Faith is the confidence of things hoped for, the assurance of things not seen. (NIV Hebrews 11:1)”
My encouragement for you today is that you HOPE, Hope against everything you ‘feel’ that says “there is no hope”. I felt this “hopelessness” wanting to creep in the other night when I was writing this blog, but I professed Hope instead. I usually like to sit in my pain and feel sorry for myself, that gets you no where, trust me I have tried it so many times!
It’s not one or the other, it’s feel the pain and then HOPE!
You can’t actually over hope, you hope when it hurts most. You declare to the heavens that your Hope is in Christ, that you will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Because we know that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NASB
And you are called according to His purpose, if you choose to believe and follow Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
We don’t have to fear or look about us, for our God will not only help us, He will strengthen us and uphold us in His righteous right hand! That is good news friends!
Isaiah 41:10 (NASB)
10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
You know me, I write to process through my feelings, how do you process through yours?
LET peace rule in your heart.
To be exact, the Bible says:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:15
If I have ever had a bad week at “doing” this, it was a few weeks ago.
A friend recently told me that no matter what our sin is, God isn’t going to break as He continues to watch us sin. He knows that the sin is eventually going break us.
We don’t in our modern day culture love the word sin, but in it’s most simplistic form, sin is anything that separates us from God. I personally never really thought of fear as a sin until recently. The actual word sin seems kind of old school and out of date, but make no mistake sin is alive and well and it is out to destroy us. We just tend to be deceived by it.
We hide from it, we enjoy it, we ignore it, we roll our eyes at it, because we think we know better than God, which is pride and that is also a big sin. That is what got Satan thrown out of heaven, good old fashion pride.
A few weeks ago I found myself broken by my sin of fear in a deep way, but see being broken isn’t all bad, it is actually the place which helps us realize our true need and dependence on God Himself. Because without Him we can’t fight the sins that haunt us. He is our true Shepherd, the One we look to moment by moment, the One we depend on and surrender to.
He is our ever present help in time of need. (Psalm 46:1)
As I was recently struggling again with my sin of fear, my friend Sarah Ott Deyton (check her out on i-tunes, she is an incredibly gifted Bible teacher) sent me this…….
Stop the over analysis and self protection… Stay in step with the spirit day by day (you can’t do that if you are living in the sin of fear!)- live fully in each day for we are promised just today! Fear and trust do not coincide- trust the God that works every outcome together for good and glory no matter what —- You are in His positioning not your own- so seriously all is a win!!! Because your eggs are ever only in Christ’s basket- He holds your future!!! He holds your heart! There is no plan B with God! He holds each day and has written them all in the book of life so no amount of self protection or fear or reserve is going to alter the days He has for you, except that you love and live less than what He would have designed for you each day due to the inability to fully enter into it because you entered fear of it instead. There is only ever Plan A- He has got it all!!!!!!!!! Every moment, every day, etc.., you cannot and will not miss or mess up His will. Just enjoy today- pray as you are doing- walk prayerfully yes but that doesn’t mean you have to walk so carefully that you end up walking fearfully!
Let your mind go all the way into that fear- stare it in the face- call it out- and send it to hell! The Father doesn’t lead you or motivate you with fear- this isn’t a game of stomping out Lindsay’s heart and killing her joys. Your life your future your past are all in His control.
Fear has nothing to do with your God, His dealings, His character- never has!!! Do not give fear even a breath.
Yes powerful! I know!
See, if we allow (or LET) the enemy tell us how to feel and have a hey day with our emotions then he will! That is until we finally break and find ourselves on the floor going before the Lord because we literally don’t know what else to do. Thankfully we belong to a loving, forgiving, patient and kind God, He is usually just waiting for us to come to the end of ourselves, yes once again, but there He is waiting with His arms open wide.
The scripture I quoted above is interesting to me. There seems to be a condition here, it sounds like it is up to us to let peace in or let fear in or let condemnation in or let control in.
I know we have talked a lot about fear and control lately. But I think a lot of us deal with it and maybe don’t even know it.
I know in my life, God is dealing fiercely with the sin of fear in more ways then one, so sometimes it seems it has to be exposed in new and fresh ways, in layers, in areas you were not aware of to get to the very bottom of it all.
But be encouraged, I have seen God remove fear from so many areas of my life, layer by layer, for me it’s just a new area, so I know His plans are good, because I know He is a good good Father.
OH and check out these two songs….and be encouraged!
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