Thoughts, Truth

Take it to Heart

It’s sad when you have to visit your own blog to remember the last time you posted. This year has been one long battle of the mind. In some of my previous blogs I have written about the loss of our baby girl in July 2013. Well, in January 2014 we found out we were expecting again and I am ecstatic to announce that our little Sophia Hope joined our family on September 5th.


God truly will redeem any situation. I can say that because He has done it time and time again in my life. I said last year was a battle because, as anyone who has been pregnant after a loss can tell you, it is hard to keep your mind from going to “that” place. That’s why it is so important to have the word of God hidden in your heart. Our best example in this life is Jesus. He came and lived this life as an ordinary man walking in the power of God. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, what did he use as his weapon? When Satan taunted him, he responded with God’s word. In Matthew 4:9-11 “Satan said, ‘All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’ Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” (Side note: It’s interesting to note that Satan offered Jesus the kingdoms of the world. How could Satan offer that if he didn’t have it to give? The earth was under the sway of the wicked one, thanks to Adam, until Jesus bought it back with his death and resurrection.) It is written. If Jesus overcame by the word of God, and His life was meant to be an example for us, then that should be our first line of defense when the fiery darts of the enemy start rushing toward us. It’s called a sword for a reason, use it. But a skilled swordsman doesn’t just whack at things. He learns every aspect of his craft and hits what he aims for. It’s important for us to not just read the Bible. We must know it.

Truth

If Jesus Can Sleep, You Can Too!

On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” Mark 4:35-40

Jesus and his disciples were going about their way, moving through life as we all do, when a great storm arose. The disciples had been with Jesus. They knew what He was capable of and yet they panicked. They looked to the storm and not to the calmer of the storm. There are things that happen in this life—battles that must be waged and storms that must be faced. 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us that we “walk by faith, not by sight.” It’s time to get our eyes off of the wind and the waves.  We need to come to the realization that He has already overcome the world. There is nothing He did not accomplish on the cross. He left nothing undone.

There are times in the midst of the battle where all we can do is rest in what He has already done. Please understand, I am in no way advocating “lazy faith” but once everything that needs to be said has been said. And everything that needs to be done has been done—we rest. 1 John 5:14-15 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” The disciples had Jesus in the boat with them. They walked with Him, they learned from Him and at the first dose of reality they forgot what He taught them. When they woke Him, Jesus rebuked them for their lack of faith—”How is it that you have no faith?” Where was their confidence? They had Jesus with them. We have the Holy Spirit inside of us. To bring what we have learned up to our remembrance. To give us comfort and strength. We need to keep our eyes on Him and as we do that, the waves won’t look so overwhelming.

I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh will also rest in hope. Psalm 16:8-9