December 31, 2019
Yesterday, I needed to hear from God.
As I was praying and doing housework, a familiar but not-recently- thought-of verse popped into my head: 'Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6)
I was prompted to go look it up in my Bible to read the surrounding text.
Sunday, I don't know if it was in church or something I read, but I had been pondering since the notion that overcoming is fostered when the emphasis is on drawing closer to Christ rather than on resisting temptation or trying so hard to be perfect. When our relationship with Him becomes the priority, whatever we are struggling with begins to lose its power. Zechariah 4:6 seemed to strongly speak to this and the whole issue of trials in life, whether personal weaknesses or awful situations.
Here is the larger passage:
So he (the angel) answered and said to me:
“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.
‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone
With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” ’ ”
I felt impressed that God was saying we can appropriate those verses to our current challenges.
"This is the word of the Lord to Gretchen: 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts.
"Who are you, O great mountain of __________? Before Gretchen you shall become a plain (level ground, insignificant)!And Gretchen shall bring forth the capstone (as like a finished project) with shouts of "Grace, grace to it!" ' "
The power of such a statement is readily apparent. This is the word of the Lord to us, if we will walk closely with Him = and wholeheartedly believe that to us the promises of God are yes and amen (2 Cor. 1:20) and that He will always lead us in triumph (2 Cor. 2:14). Our mountains will be leveled by His Spirit because of our trust, our confession, and His great grace toward us.
What mountan are you facing? Sickness? Financial strain? Addiction? Sexual brokenness? A prodigal child? Mental health problems? A shattered relationship? Bad habits? Try speaking to your mountain this way: "Before me you shall become level ground!"
If you believe it, there will be levity in your heart and a spring in your step.
Happy New Year, my friends!
December 23, 2019
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November 14, 2019
But with God...
November 11, 2019
A client shared this with me. Those of you who have sat with me may have heard me talk about this very thing. 1 Corinthians 10:13 does not teach that as believers we won't face unbearable circumstances! There is a big difference between temptation (to sin), which is what the verse is referring to, and catastrophic circumstances. The Bible teaches we will encounter water and not drown and fire and not be burned. In other words, in one way or another, He will see us through it if we cling to Him in confident trust.
"God won't give you more than you can handle..."
Odd, I can't seem to find that verse.
I'm guessing Job would take exception to that cliche.
So would Joseph.
"We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself..." II Corinthians 1:8
Why would God allow him to experience hurt more than he could handle? Read on.
"...so that we might not rely on ourselves but on God." II Corinthians 1:9
Truth? Cancer is more than you can handle.
So is infidelity.
So is caregiving.
So is rejection.
So is death
and prodigal children
and 101 other life struggles.
God doesn't expect YOU to handle it.
He expects you to hand it over to HIM.
He doesn't want you relying on your strength, but on His.
If we keep walking around thinking
"God won't give me more than I can handle,"
we're setting ourselves up for
Good news? He beckons for your burdens,
"Cast your cares upon Me..." I Peter 5:7
You will never know relief until you do.
For this hard place, I have Jesus!