Spirit old of age

'The fear of the Lord prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short.' Proverbs 10:27

One of the things that intrigues me about the Old Testament, is the number of years the giants of faith lived. Abraham and Noah all past 400 years old. It's mind boggling.
In addition, when I think about the way they lived their life, walking close to the Lord, their years were full of the blessings and abundance the Lord can only give of His presence.

It may seem that the promise in our key verse, only applied in years before, but now as our years are shortened because of sin, that we'd be exempt.
Although, we may not live past 400 years of age, we are able to live a life of abundance like those heroes of faith did, if we choose.
Walking with God allows the years He gives us on this earth to be full of life - His life. In our walk with Him, our years will see more hope than dismay. Abiding by His truth, our heart will be able to rejoice in trials as we know it brings our heart closer to His. Grasping His hand in the storm, our life will be a strenght for those around us.
When our time is done here, we will be able to say our life was full of years prolonged in spirit. As He returns, our soul will meet its Creator and continue that walk that began with our first breath.


The Mountain of God

The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”

Feeling defeated after a long struggle is never easy to come to face with. When you've put an immense effort into something and it still falls through your hands like sand, it arises feelings of immense despair.

For a long time, a marriage struggled to no avail. In his eyes he tried and gave his biggest effort to make his wife happy and in her eyes she felt the same. Yet as the days passed, they grew further apart, until they no longer knew the person they had exchanged vows with years earlier.
Each person attempted to save the marriage with a different point of view, a different approach, with different levels of passion. Defeated, angry and tired, the only solution seemed to be to walk away from it all.  

Elijah expresses his emotions at God like that marriage might have. We've expressed our emotions, questions, and anger at God many times, like Elijah as well. When we're faced with such despair knowing that nothing else can be done to bring a solution to our problem, God will call us to climb that mountain.

It might be the last thing we want to do, as our energy is gone. However, it is the best and only thing we have to look forward to.
In the midst of this life's trials, our spirit will falter, our faith will hang sometimes by a cliff, but the Lord sees it all. In the quiet after all those tears have been cried, keep an ear open for when the Lord calls you to stand as He is about to pass by.

'Come my child, tell me what's in your heart.'

God sees your defeat and your frustration at how things work. We strive for things from our point of view, for the goals we set up for ourselves. Yet when we climb up to see God's presence, His gentle whisper will allow us to understand what His plan is for us, what His goals are for our life.
We'll understand, that if those plans slipped away from our hands, if things are not lining up the way we feel they should be, is because our life is meant to follow His direction alone.
In our brokenness, His glory will be lifted up.
Our task is to only climb up the mountain of God to meet Him face to face.


A Battle Won

'Pardon me Lord, but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Mannaseh, and I am the least in my family.' Judges 6:15

Sometimes life can be hard.

That is probably a big understatement depending on where you stand today. It deals us tough choices to make on a daily basis, which may impact our future on those around us.

At the end of the day, drained and tired, it almost seems as we geared for battle that morning and went to fight. Some come home defeated with a tattered armor, others come home victorious.
All our battles are different as our God given purposes are not the same, yet one thing we have in common and that is who is leading our fight.

It seems easier to stand back and cripple our abilities with our insecurities of who we are. It seems easier to give up before the battle even begins. It is easier to look around us and see everyone else equipped better than ourselves.

Yet, the Lord's voice is encouraging if you will lend an ear to it. He has promised to give us victory over our self - doubt, selfishness, timidness, anxiety, grudge-filled hearts, painful pasts.

With the Lord, you can put self-doubt about what you can accomplish for His glory to rest. Failure is not an option when He is fighting by your side.
A heart of selflessness can be defeated when you cling to the most selfless love there is and allow for it to abound your life.
His overwhelming peace will gain victory over your timidness and anxiety in raising a flag for He who died and left everything for your life. His mercies will give you a loud voice to shout to the end of the earths how He loves.
The Lords' healing hand wipes tears, stains, scars, brokenness to lift us up higher than eagles wings and soar to things that we've never even imagined.

When the Lord looks at us and gives us the privilege to give Him glory through our life, don't timidly look to the ground. Know who is fighting by your side, and give a victorious shout. Stand up and face the day head on, He will never leave your side. We may not be big in strenght and probably one of the weakest. The good news is we don't have to rely on ourselves, but on Him.


Practice Makes Brighter

'The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.' Proverbs 4:18

We've heard it before: 'practice makes perfect'

What sometimes seems as something that we'll never be able to learn by heart becomes easier with time as we practice. It slowly but steadily becomes second nature to us.

Although, the Lord's word is full of wisdom and goodness for our lives, we can sometimes struggle with following His ways and listening to His will. In our thoughts, His will seems difficult to follow when things don't make sense. We look at our present situation, and begin to move the chess pieces according to what we see fit, according to what would make us the least uncomfortable.

The Lord says the path we are on as we follow Him is narrow, and as we begin to let go of our will and hang on to His, it may seem like a small dot of light in the darkness we've been dwelling in. Our footsteps as we begin, will be wobbly like that of a newborn calf trying to find steady steps. With constant attempts to stand tall, our wobbly steps will get firmer and stronger. Our steps towards following the Lord will soon be strides and leaps towards His loving will.

It seems difficult to listen and follow at first, but when our focus in on Him and His loving will for our lives, the Master will teach us to walk, run, and leap towards Him. It's a daily exercise that we must engage in by reading His word, spending time in prayer, worshipping His name. Constant worship is what transforms our desire to do our will into yearning His. Suddenly, we will shine like the light of day for all to see. We will reflect His being to the world. We will embody who He is and what we are made for; to give Him glory towards the ends of the earth.


Delight in Him

'Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.' Psalms 37:4

This past Saturday I received word from the Lord and it resonated in my heart loud.
Do I truly delight in the Lord?

To delight in Him is to know who He is, what He is about, what makes up who He is and delight in that still.
It's easy for us to look at the lovely things like His love, mercy, grace and forgiveness because those are things that we yearn for and will always be received with open hands.

However, the things about Him that may not be so lovely to us in certain areas of our lives, we resist.
Along, with God's amazing love, comes discipline.

Because He loves us more than anyone else ever will, He will also guide us through paths that may not be as easy sailing as we would've chosen. That may not be something we jump at delighting in. Nobody likes to be taken out of their comfort zone.

Have you gotten quite cozy in your spiritual life? I know I have been at that place before. The Lord, however, wants more. He desires an intimate relationship with His children, and His purpose is for us to grow in our spiritual life to be more like Him.

If it means building character by walking through the fire in our lives through enduring situations that are painful, where we are broken, and tears seem never ending, God will in His amazing love for us to become like His nature. That is where He knows that in our brokenness we will see life, that precious life He's given, with a different view than before. We will begin to see that our life has been created for the sole purpose to serve Him. As we become broken, we will recognize Him as our Creator, our Father, our Friend, Savior and the one true God. In that state we will be able to genuinely delight in Him, in His ways, and in His love.


Suddenly Saved.

'Why did God allow grandpa to get in an accident mom?'

Every morning we pray for protection for each of our loved ones. One of those mornings, my father was involved in a four car accident where his vehicle was declared a total loss in an already tough economy, and he was taken to the ER.
By God's grace it wasn't worse than it could've been, but in my child's eyes, God had taken somewhat of a break from His 24/7 care.

When cancer strikes and the battle is lost, we may wonder.
When our marriage is on the rocks, we question.
When our home is about to be foreclosed, we become disappointed in the protection that is supposed to be over us at all times.

We wish that problems would stay away from our lives, and that our lives would be filled with happiness constantly. However, how often would God have the opportunity to save?

Evil is something that will always roam this world and it is inevitable. It will push us down hard enough to make us fall, but we will always have a Saviour who will readily pull us out from the oceans and rivers before they overflow us. His hand will always suddenly reach out into the flames before we are burned.

The Lord could've easily taken His people from Egypt to the promised land without obstacles and taken the shorter route, however, God in all His wisdom wanted to display the immense care and love for His people by saving again and again.

Whatever battle you are going through today, know that the Lord hasn't taken a break. He is working overtime on your behalf and will get you through. You might be weary, but the Lord is not.
Do not lose hope, as He will save because He is Mighty to. The Lord of Abraham will come to your rescue and pull you up.