HEART TALK. Part 1.
Matthew 19:26 King James Version (KJV)
26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
This will be the first in a series, maybe on-going, of talking from the heart.
I’m used to talking about what I think and believe. I’m a Christian, brought up in a pastor’s home, and have been ministering since 1976 myself…so I’m use to expository speaking, presenting and and proclaiming the Gospel. BUT due to hurts and scars from the past I’m very slow and cautious to say what is on my heart.
I do believe in being careful and prayerful, and using wisdom in speaking one’s heart. But sometimes we are so crippled with fear that we hold back saying words that may bring healing, joy, and comfort to someone.
With that in mind let me say that in the text above God said ALL things were POSSIBLE. But God did NOT say all things would be EASY.
If you saw me and knew me 7 1/2 years ago and then saw me now you’d think that I was better off THEN and worse off NOW.
But you would be wrong.
7-8 years ago I had 2 houses, 3 cars, was married and 2 kids. Through 10 years of struggling, unfaithfulness, and hardship, a 20 year marriage ended in divorce.
15 years of celibacy, 5 since that divorce (Feb. 17, 2011), I remarried. I am one who deeply believes that God can do anything, and solve every problem. But, I must be honest, I overlooked wise counsel, and 2 warning flags that I should NOT have. She was diagnosed as being both bipolar AND schizophrenic. I was raised that God can take you through anything…sometimes though God wants to takes us AROUND it, avoid it altogether. I, regretfully, failed to listen. We had a nice house, and, again, things looked good. But there was much stress and drama that no one on the outside saw fully, if at all.
After 2 years, on December 25th, 2016, she went deep over into her manic side. That is ALL I’ll say about that now, but to say I was unprepared is a gross understatement.
God had given me counsel from trusted people, and gave me those 2 warnings…I ignored them and thought that I could handle this with God’s grace and help. But God was wanting me to LISTEN TO HIM, and save myself FROM that, NOT through that.
So, you see me today…
I don’t have 2 houses, nor 3 cars anymore.
I don’t have many of the things I did then.
No. Because even during the 2 year period where I tried to “wing it”- GOD was with me.
And God is still with me.
One thing I said, taught, and preached for many years:
Jesus FIRST above ALL else.
Jesus FIRST before ALL else.
Jesus FIRST in ALL else.
God used the hardship to take that on an 18 inch journey from my mind to my HEART.
Do I want the houses, cars, and things back? ONLY if and when God says so. I’d rather have Jesus and less things-
Than to have lots of things and less/no Jesus.
Is God blessing me?
God has been and IS very good to me.
Every need supplied in, by, and through HIM.
God IS gracious.
A song that REALLY leaps up and speaks to me now is:
THRU IT ALL-
THRU IT ALL-
I’VE LEARNED TO TRUST IN JESUS
I’VE LEARNED TOM TRUST IN GOD.
THRU IT ALL-
THRU IT ALL-
I’VE LEARNED TO DEPEND UPON HIS WORD.
You may be thinking, asking one more thing…
“How does ALL this help anyone in Christ?”
Philippians 4:11-19King James Version (KJV)
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.
15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.
16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
THE Lesson to learn?
Then trust God that the things you need WILL be added.
Reverse the order?
Things wont work so well.
I KNEW ALL this BEFORE hand…
But, as is common, I seemed to need to REALLY learn it in my HEART the hard way.
If YOU are going through a trial, a hard time, your back is in a corner, and you’re at the end of the rope…REMEMBER God has NEVER left, NOR forsaken YOU for one moment.
Even from the hard times,
Even from the bad choices,
LEARN…and then LEAN on the Lord.
Trust HIM…thru it ALL.
HEART TALK: 2
Psalm 34:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
We all too often focus on “the problem” and magnify “the problem” til it is bigger than Goliath. Then we worry, fret and become fearful of it til we are paralysed with fear and doubt.
But whatever or whomever “the problem” may be, even Satan himself, is a MERE part of creation, hence limited, finite, restricted.
We OUGHT to rather do as the scripture text says and Focus on and MAGNIFY THE LORD, who IS Creator God, hence LIMITLESS, INFINITE AND BOUNDLESS in mercy, grace, power, might, and authority.
Matthew 28:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
That’s OUR GOD!
And HE gives US, HIS children, this authority and power too.
Matthew 10:1King James Version (KJV)
10 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Luke 9:1 King James Version (KJV)
9 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
Romans 16:20King James Version (KJV)
20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
THIS IS OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR HERE:
Philippians 2:9-11 King James Version (KJV)
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
God IS ALL Mighty.
God IS Creator.
God IS Infinite, Limitless, Boundless, Eternal, Sovereign over ALL The Universe!
That is who we serve!
King of Kings-
Lord of Lords-
And HE has given US all power and authority IN HIS NAME THROUGH HIS SHED BLOOD!!!
Revelation 12:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
So, Christian, Child of God, NO longer focus on and magnify your problem-
FOCUS ON AND MAGNIFY THE LORD GOD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH AND MAKE HIS PRAISE GLORIOUS!!