Ok… we are well into all the “restrictions” associated with this virus, as well as projected #’s of fatalities being higher than originally put out. We are truly in a time in which prayers’ power is needing to be realized, the wisdom of “self-distancing” is more evident… & people’s stress, worry & emotions are still increasing.
All this is sooooo real in our lives as we constantly struggle with our thoughts, ideas & fears as they throw themselves at us… trying to “buckle our knees” out from under us. This is not a game or a conspiracy – it is real!
But ya’ know… as I was thinking thru all this on Tuesday, I was reminded of the old hymn “______ ________”. And… I was “just thinkin’” – maybe it’d be good for all of us to look at the lyrics of this song, written by _____________ in ________, to encourage us once again in the midst of these days.
What powerful words for us to remember… words right out of the Bible – God’s direct words to us!
As I was “thinkin’”, I find it ironic… that in just the last week & ½ , I was at my older brothers’ house in Smithsburg. He & his wife are in the final stages of a beautiful addition they’ve been watching go up over the last months. At this time, they are doing some personal touches/finishes on the inside of it.
As he was showing me some “different” ways he’s done things around the addition… we stopped at an area where it leads to the crawl space underneath the addition. And there, making the walls around the dug-out area of the ground he simply staggered 60lb. bags of “Quickcrete” concrete on each other, with re-bar down thru a few of the to hold the structure tight to the ground. Now, the beauty of this process is again, one of simplicity.
As the bags of concrete mix are exposed to the weather elements, it hardens… even though it is still in the paper bags. The moisture & heat gets in & hardens the concrete while it is already in place – setting in its’ exact place for now & the days ahead.
Now, if we just keep “thinkin’”… we can see an analogy here for each & every one of us who are seeking to follow & live for God. He’s got a place He wants us right now. Question though. Are you seeking where that is right now? Are you letting Him put your life, where He wants you to be? If so, then you will naturally be exposed to some “elements in life” that will cause you to change & be solidified in your faith & position in Him - as well as strengthen & harden you to this world & it’s temptations. PRAISE THE LORD!
This is to be the desire of our hearts as we have CHOSEN Him & His promises… over the world & it’s EMPTY PROMISES. Are you glad that part of what GOD has in store for you - is to be strengthened in HIM as we walk in this life?
Why on earth… a follower of Christ wants to live a weak “walk” in this life – instead of a “walk” of strength, victory & power will always leave me stumped!
Come on church. How ‘bout instead of settling to live good enough & get by – we seek to be “Quickcrete Christians”?
Let’s give Him full access in allowing Him to shape us, harden us & make our position in HIM concrete in our hearts, minds & souls.
No fear! No doubts!
Even though it can seem impossible to live in total confidence in Him… it’s your flesh talking to you. But remember…
IT IS POSSIBLE WITH HIM!
ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH, IN & THROUGH HIM!
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,…”
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
It’s time to believe, live & act in this TRUTH!
Come on church… let’s “settle into” His power, strength, mercy, grace & TRUTH! Let’s surrender & let Him do as HE wants in us… and I promise – you will see great & mighty things!!
Love ya’s… Pastor Brad
“In all my prayer for you all, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”