It has been a while since I’ve written anything. I apologize for that. I’ve been struggling and sort of forsook this blog. However, God is good, and He uses all things for good. I couldn’t believe I was a pillar in the church. I know the foundational corner Stone, but to be a pillar upholding others as a leader seems so far away from who I think I am today. I thank Jesus for leaders who recognize within me the truth of who God says I am, yet still see my struggles and addresses them.
I hope that what I’ve herein written today as a result touches you, my beloved reader, like the message within touched me.
“Or let him take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace with Me.” Isaiah 27:5
The Prince of Peace is His title, Christ Jesus. He is willing to give to us that peace which we all long for within. All we need to do, as the holy scriptures tell us, is believe it. Our faith must be in our belief that Jesus is Who He says He is and that everything the Word tells us is absolutely true. Thus, it is true today. If we take hold of God’s strength so that we may have peace between us and God, we will have that peace. But, therein lies the problem for a lot of us, myself included.
We don’t believe everything the Word says is true for us. Oh, we believe it for others, but we struggle to believe it for ourselves. It involves effort. A choice must be made to believe. It is laborious. We must work at it. Jesus told us so:
“Then said they unto Him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him Whom He hath sent.” John 6:28-29
Our faith is authored by God Himself. Even God is the only One Who can grow it. However, we must do our part, because if we choose to believe otherwise, then we stall in our growth, and come shy of our destiny in the kingdom, prolonging God’s work within us to grow in faith because of our disbelief. The falsehood we choose to believe grows instead.
Somewhere in the depths of our heart we believe a lie put there by Satan. – Pastor Terry Jimmerson (on struggling to forgive ourselves)
That lie is most commonly built on facts. Satan does not randomly tell us lies. He tells us the lies which twist facts from the truth to conforming to some lie that is easily believed. Take our pasts as example. God says that He forgives us. God says our past is redeemed. Look what the Word tells us that God does with our sins of our past:
“Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:18-19
He casts all of our sins into the depths of the sea. This does not mean that our past no longer exists. It means that God chooses to not remember it. He will use it, for it is redeemed, but He will use it as He sees fit, when He sees fit. But, we have within us an ocean of feelings and memories, good and bad. It is what has formed us over the years. It is an ocean of self, a deep sea within us. So, God throws our sins into the sea, and if we see the sea as the ocean within us, He places them into those depths to be dealt with in His timing. As His new creation, we are to be molded into the image of Christ, letting God do what God does, however He likes.
That is not what Satan wants for us. Satan wants us to remain unchanged and not useful to the kingdom. He cannot change our salvation, but he does whatever he can to stop us from sharing with those around us what God has done in our lives. His best weapon is the very thing God threw into the depths. So, Satan, that great Serpent, dives into those depths to stir up the muck, causing our ocean of self to become murky with our memories of the sins we committed. He adds to that the lies about what God has done, and suddenly, we are drowning again. But, God is good all the time and He will chase that Devil right out, if we will but believe that He will.
“In that day the Lord with His sore and great and strong Sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and He shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.” Isaiah 27:1
When God drives the Devil away from us, He does not just fold His hands and call it a day. No, God rolls up His sleeves and He plants within us some Truth. He does this through the reading of His Word, through prayer, and through quiet time spent with Him Alone. He plants within us a good vineyard that produces good fruit and no one can bruise that fruit. He will Personally attend to the vine, pruning, watering, giving it good soil, ceaselessly so, and He will guard and protect His labors within us.
“In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine. I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day. Fury is not in Me: who would set the briers and thorns against Me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.” Isaiah 27:2-4
All of this to bring about the very peace we need in our lives. (Isa 27:5) With God, and through Christ, we are brought into good standing, all based upon our belief in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Our past is no longer who we are. We are redeemed. We are justified. We are new. We simply need to remember that and believe it.
May the Lord bless each and every one of you today with more than you have had. May the knowledge of Christ grow within us all. May we all grab ahold of some truth and not let go. All the time, God is good. He has not stopped being so. So, let Him do some good within you, as I turn to Him myself and allow Him to do some good in me. Lord knows I need it today. God bless you all.