I AM GOD. That is enough.

I’ve never heard anyone say, “I have no desire.” We all expect, hope and pray for something. A miracle. A breakthrough. Peace. Provision. Comfort. Change. All of them wrapped up in prayers, timing and expectation that the God to whom we are praying WILL provide.

The journey is not always certain. It can be downright exhausting at times. The intent is not to make you faint but to make you strong. In the end it’s never about the petition. It’s about learning that your hope is in Christ; Having a firm foundation knowing your Faith  is not predicated upon what you receive from God in THIS life. It’s about knowing the eternal hope of His Salvation through Jesus Christ.

God knows the end from the beginning. He knows the number of hairs on our heads, and yet, he doesn’t tell us everything we want to know. He’s God. Being settled and comforted by that truth is not always easy, but it IS the place He wants us to rest.

I AM GOD. That is enough. 

I think about Abraham. The Father of the faithful. God told him that he would have a son.  When it looked impossible, God performed the miracle! His wife Sarah, barren and 90 years old, gave birth to a son. (Read Genesis 12-22 for the whole story.)

Funny thing is, God then told Abraham to do something that sounded completely crazy!
Genesis 22:1-2 tells us,

After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you. 

Visualizing my reaction, I would have wanted to say, “Really God? You want me to kill my own son? The one you promised to give me!?!?” A lot feelings would come before and after that. Many many feelings. WHY!!!?!?!?!?

I think about that journey up the mountain. “Abraham said, ‘God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.’ So they went both of them together” (Genesis 22:8). I imagine it was silent after that. What else can you say? God said He would provide. It looks like He’s taking everything away that He promised. But God said he would provide.

I AM GOD. That is enough.

The Bible says that Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness because of his faith (James 2:23). Hebrews 11:19 tells us, “Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to raise him from the dead.”

We need to shun superficial Christianity. We pray for something harder than we’ve ever prayed. Call a prayer vigil, fast, and quote every Scripture in the Bible that comes to mind. If the prayer is answered, praise the Lord! He worked a miracle!

If it doesn’t happen, or it’s delayed, not the way we expected or hoped–then what?

Some walk away from God. I trusted you and you failed me. 

Some feel hopeless and lose heart. What’s the use? I believed you and you didn’t come through. How can I go on? 

And then there are those of us who stand up, rise up and cling to the hope we have in Jesus Christ. I will not give up because I know you didn’t give up when you died for me. 

Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.
 He gives power to the faint,
    and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
    and young men shall fall exhausted;

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)

Sometimes you don’t need the answer. He is God. And that is always enough.

 

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Victoria Joy

I had a plan. Perfectly laid out on my Pinterest boards for how the birth was going to be. A month before my due date when the doctor said, “we need to take her now,” I wasn’t ready. But we walked into the hospital and checked in at the doctor’s order.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. –Jeremiah 29:11, ESV

I met my precious baby. Soon the doctors swooped in to take her and explained, “your baby is very sick.” I couldn’t hold her or get up to visit her. Had to tell big sister, “you can’t hold your baby sister because she is sick right now.”

Told the photographer selling newborn packages, “no, my baby is in NICU so I won’t be able to take the newborn pictures but thank you.”

Whirlwind of doctors…She needs this, that, more blood drawn, another IV in another tiny vein, another procedure. We are discharging you but she can’t go today. Morning after morning, “No, she can’t go home yet.”

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. –Lamentations 3:22-23

We didn’t tell anyone who didn’t need to know. It all happened so fast I forgot to call my grandmas. 11 days in the hospital and two months of intense treatment. My baby was poked way too many times, but is perfectly and completely well.

I will tell you the truth. Others were more worried than I. The Lord healed and comforted me during those 11 days in the hospital. It was quiet, peaceful, and I knew that as the doctors were doing what was needed to help my baby, all was well. I never for one minute worried that my baby wouldn’t completely recover. I hated the constant pokes. I did not want her to be sick. It was not the situation I envisioned or desired. However, I believe in a God who is all seeing, all knowing, in control, and fully capable of handling every situation in my life without my constant worry and fear. Her name was chosen in prayer before we knew any of the complications. The meaning is Victory and Joy.  I knew without a doubt that were coming  OUT with VICTORY and JOY.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.–John 14:27

We would do better to let go of those things we cannot control. We would profit to trust God and not turn to the ways of the world for wisdom and comfort. We must have peace and confidence that God loves us, has a plan for good, and will not allow us to go through more than we can bear.

Today, on her birthday, I am once again comforted. Thankful that I serve a God who is bigger than I. A God who is still on the throne and who reigns over everything going on in my life.

To the dear one who desperately needs to know: May you have an encounter with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords that changes your life and brings you VICTORY, JOY, and peace which surpasses all understanding. He is all-wise, all knowing, and will SURELY lead you as you put your trust in Him.

For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.–Isaiah 55:12

God bless you.

 

 

 

 

 

The God-Stamp

Many of us (Christ-followers) pray for God’s will to be done in our lives. I believe we are sincere in our desires to be SURE that our actions and life’s goals are fixed upon being IN the will of God. It isn’t important so that we can feel affirmed and happy. It is important because if we are not in His will, we are quite simply lost.

God’s Will is larger than our goals and life’s purpose.

[His will is that ] all men be saved and to come unto the knowledge of truth. — 1 Timothy 2:4

I have experienced at times in my own life and in observing others that we don’t always want His will, we want his “stamp of approval” on our own desires and plans.

God, I want….(whatever it is). Please stamp my desire with your favor by giving me success.

We then judge our lives and others by whether or not we/they appear to have (what I’d like to call) the “God-Stamp.” The God-Stamp is acheived when God seemingly blesses a person in his or her endeavors by giving success or feelings of assurance that *THIS* is God’s will.

But what if you don’t get the  STAMP on something? When you lose?  When you fail? When the doctor’s report isn’t good? When a trial you didn’t expect derails all of your plans? When it seems your prayers are not heard and in the silence you can’t hear anything? Success does NOT mean you are in God’s will any more than a hard time means you are out of it.

Sometimes your life falls apart just to bring you back to that place where you can hear His voice again. You had too much noise to listen. 

I hate to break it to you, but you don’t have as much control as you think you do.

You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail. –Proverbs 19:21, NLT

Today I would like to encourage the one who feels lost–even the Christian who sincerely seeks to be in God’s WILL… We have to be more secure in God’s will than our desires in life being achieved. Salvation through Jesus Christ. Living what the Scriptures tell us to do. These are the things that God “STAMPS.”

Your desire and even your trial is calling you to Him. JESUS CHRIST. The One who IS, who knows and ONLY knows that His will is for you to be with Him. To walk with Him. To hear the Holy Spirit reminding you of what He said.

And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.               –Matthew 28:20

My friend, nothing else matters.

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. –Hebrews 13:20-21