Trust and Believe

Trapped in a den of lions? Are your Lions roaring, growling, ready to pounce, with mouth wide open? Perhaps you feel as though you’re about to be devoured. Maybe, the face of the lion, while distorted with blood thirsty anger, looks familiar. Maybe it’s the face of a friend, a spouse, or a co-worker.

Daniel found himself in a den of lions, for worshipping his God. A law had been signed and sealed that no one should worship anyone other than King Darius. Daniel, as he was accustomed, dropped to his knees three times daily to praise the Living God. When the Kings men found him on bent knees, they couldn’t wait to deliver him to the King, and ultimately to the lions.

Those happy and proud men who found Daniel breaking their law were sure his life sentence was signed and sealed.

But God!

There would be a delivering, but it wouldn’t be to death. You see, Daniel believed his God, (Daniel 6:23) and his God believed in him. “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him…” (6:22) He, the Almighty, faithful, loving God shut the mouths of the lions, delivering Daniel.

He’ll deliver you too. Just belive. Trust and believe.

Peace be multiplied to you.

…For He is the living God,

And steadfast forever,

His kingdom is the one which shall not

be destroyed,

And His dominion shall endure to the end.

He delivers and rescues,

And He works signs and wonders

In heaven and on earth…

6:25-27

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Don’t forget to fall to those beautiful knees and give, joyfully, praise to He who is worthy.

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Lost and Found

For thus says the LORD GOD:

“Indeed I Myself will search for my sheep and seek them out.”

Ezekiel 34:11

Are you buried beneath the pile of rubble called shame? Are you hiding in the closet of fear? Are you drowning in the river of worthlessness? Maybe you’ve made a home in the pit of despair? Perhaps you’ve been raked over with leaves of ingratitude? It’s no matter, God is looking for you, seeking you, calling your precious name. He will bloody and blister his hands removing the rubble. He will blow down the closet door. He will swiftly carry you out of the raging waters. He’ll dig you out of the pit with His bare hands. He will surely pull you out! He’s already done more than that. He’s sent His Son to be executed on a cross, so that YOU could be set free, and His Son freely went to do so. Why? Because you are loved. Believe me when I say, He won’t stop searching until you’re found!

Father, I know firsthand your word is truth. You hunted me down like an avid hunter, shooting me with arrows of love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. You carried me through the valleys, and led me to the top of the mountain where you tenderly cared for my wounds. How thankful I am! You are so good. I will never hide myself from you, I will instead awake every morning calling out Your name, and seeking You. I have no desire to take a single breath apart from you. I love and trust You. Thank you for this life. Amen.

Made like a good tp- Soft AND Strong!

I am astounded this morning, and every, at God’s goodness and awesome love. Dating back to my renewed walk with God, the first passage impressed upon my heart was Philippians 4:13, “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” I would quickly learn how crucial this passage would be for my walk. I’ve endured many personal battles I couldn’t have alone. At least not with sanity, joy, and gratitude abounding.
But, that is not my encouragement today. My encouragement is to recognize the will of God to partnership with us, in all things, while both strengthening and softening us!
I know how strengthening myself made me hard, mean, defensive, unapproachable, and irreproachable. I strengthened myself by building impenetrable walls, suppressing and ignoring emotion (except anger and bitterness, of course). That self strength led to a very hard heart and a need to avoid all things good. Praise God that His ways are different. He strengthens us with the capabilities to do all things, to endure and persevere all things, all the while softening our hearts. He strengthens us by tearing down walls. He strengthens us by holding our hand and walking us through our battles. It is only HE that can both strengthen AND soften! How truly amazing is He who loves us so greatly. He is an awesome God!!

Deliverance

The roar of a Lioness I profess,
But inside, something of a cowardice.

My heart is weak.
It’s true strength I seek.

I’ve let man tell me who I am,
When I should have listened to the soft voice of the Lamb.

He knew me before creation.
But there’s been this infatuation.

To men who use me like tools,
My fleshly desires making me a fool.

Nothing’s been gained in these games that we play.
Can the Lamb see me when I’m so far astray?

Home is the only place my soul wants to go.
I’ve heard that you reap what you sow.

It’s my eyes, I can see!
See straight through me.

Who’s that girl that’s crying?
I’m high above her now, flying.

She looks so sad,
Missing her dad.

As she cries her chest heaves in pain,
I can read her mind, wishing she were slain.

Wait, that’s me,
Those crying eyes that I see.

Someone behind me, holding me.
Someone breaking chains and setting me free.

It’s not my dad, but my Father.
To Him, I am no bother.

A precious child,
Pure, radiant, and undefiled.

From high above, transformation to peace.
The crying girl, answered prayer, she seems deceased.

Made into someone brand new.
Beautiful, cheerful, stuck to her Father like glue.

Laughing, Dancing, Singing, Praising.
These revealed, made anew, so amazing.

I realize now from above,
We are ALL made in PURE LOVE!

When we focus our eyes on God alone,
We can’t weep, cry, or moan,

Except in thanks, for love and grace.
It is then we can see our true face.

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Break your chains, my friends, break your chains!