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From Strength to Strength (Psalm 84)

You and I are called to a holy pursuit: the pursuit of friendship with God. Our goal? The closest possible relationship we can have with the Lord, even on this side of eternity. This is the center from which our lives and His Kingdom flow.

The Lord alone satisfies. As wants for success, love, and contentment surface in your life, keep this truth in mind. This truth is key to our pursuit of Jesus.

When we know worldly pursuits will never satisfy, we will more readily refuse to seek other things to meet our God-given longings. We will resolve within ourselves to stay steady on a pilgrimage of pursuit after God’s heart.

Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
Psalm 84:5 (NKJV)

At times the yearning within your heart may make itself known with impatience and neediness as you say no to worldly ways, fleshly lust, and selfish pride. But simply remind your soul: Jesus is worth every self denial. He is worth the weeping, the aching, the waiting.

Keep going and don’t give up. Keep saying “yes” to this pilgrimage day by day, even through the failures and temptations. Get back up again and reset your face upon Jesus. Continue reading

God Sees Your Heart

The Lord your God is with you; He is mighty to save (Zephaniah 3:17). He sees your shortcomings, yet He always sees your heart. He says,

“I am your Strength even in weakness. I am your Hope in the storm. I am your Rear Guard and your Stronghold. Run to Me. Come to Me. Do not be afraid.

There is no shame anymore. There is no need for fear. I have perfected you in My love. It is done in Heaven, and in time you will walk it out more and more. You have been set free to call Me ‘Abba, Father.’ I am your Creator, your Father, your God.

You are My beloved always. Nothing can change that–no trial, no failure, no pain. Keep your ‘yes’ to Me and do not give up.

Keep coming to Me. When you fall, get back up again. Run to Me and not away. I await you each time with open arms, not with condemnation but with the desire to release forgiveness and set you free.

I am looking at your heart, My love. Come and rest in My love.

Scriptures for Reflection

“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)
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Setting Our Minds on the Things of the Spirit

“For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace…”
(Romans 8:5-6)

We must constantly ask ourselves, “What am I setting my mind on? What am I focusing on?

For me, that means not allowing my mind to go to the negative aspects in life or in situations, you know, the glass half-empty thinking instead of seeing the half that’s full. It can be easy to do, especially in the midst of difficulty or even just in the mundane of everyday life.

So how do we set our minds on the things of the Spirit?

We do so by fixing our eyes on Christ, and reminding ourselves who God is — sovereign, in control, all-knowing, and for us not against us. We also must remind ourselves that God is ultimately using everything in our lives — the good, the bad and even the mundane — to make us more like Jesus in our speech, attitudes and actions. Even when our feelings and circumstances don’t line up with God’s truth and promises, this helps us experience God’s peace and hope.

The War We Fight

As believers we constantly battle our flesh, which is hostile to the things of God (Romans 8:7). When that bad attitude surfaces or we find we have bitterness or wounds in our hearts, it’s easy to dwell on the pain instead of setting our eyes on Christ.

Continually we must remind ourselves that God is refining us and allowing these things to surface. He wants to remove all the impurities from the precious gold within us, but this often means we come face-to-face with whatever He is working out of us.

Our Help at All Times

As God grows you to be more like His Son, keep your eyes fixed on Him, knowing that He is always helping you by His Holy Spirit, giving you His strength, comfort and guidance in all things. Know that if you ask, He will provide the wisdom and grace you need according to His perfect will.

“…the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
(Romans 8:26-27)

God’s Fortress of Strength

Do you need freedom from the worries and stresses of this life? Do you need strength? It is in God alone that we find true strength and freedom from the burdens we needlessly carry. Through God we have strength, protection and freedom.

…the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.
(Nehemiah 8:10)

  • “Strength” in this verse means “a fortified place, fortress, stronghold”
  • The dictionary definition of “fortress” reveals more deeply what it means to have God as our strength and fortress:
    • “a heavily protected and impenetrable building”
    • “a person or thing not susceptible to outside influence or disturbance”

Wow! With God as our strength, we can truly embrace living as one who is “heavily protected” and “impenetrable”“a person…not susceptible to outside influence or disturbance” and instead be a person living by the Holy Spirit, who lives in us and guides us as followers of Christ.

The Lord is my Light and my Salvation–whom shall I fear or dread?
The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?

(Psalm 27:1)

In Christ alone we are strong. During these end times, let us trust in our mighty God who will guard and protect us even when we experience fear or are burdened by life’s trials and challenges.

Pour Out Your Heart

My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.

(Psalm 62:5-8)

God wants all of us–good and bad, successes and failures. He wants us to pour out our hearts to Him; He doesn’t want us to keep things inside and allow bitterness, fear, unforgiveness or resentment to take up residence in us.

Pour out your heart to Him–pour out everything! He loves you and knows all. He wants us to give Him all of ourselves and hold nothing back, whether what lies within us is amazingly good or horrendously bad! God wants to hear from us–He loves us and wants to heal, restore and redeem everything in us and in our lives!

God is our refuge, our strength, our salvation. He is our loving, heavenly Father who knows us more than anyone else! And He wants us to cling to Him and seek Him in all times. He wants to love on us–if only we would pour out our hearts to Him.

(God really used these verses to fill me tonight. If only all would truly know how much God loves them!)