Feeding Spiritually

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In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

The Blessedness of the Fear of the Lord

Psalm 128

Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in His ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.


The Word of God is so precious. While reading this Psalm in family devotions several things pricked my heart. I am no theologian, but I am so thankful how the Lord has used Psalm 128 on this heart of mine.

  1. The fear of the Lord is not fearful. My fear is man-made….made from within my own heart due to my conscious choice to walk in disobedience and unpure, tainted worship towards God. This may sound strong, critical, or even harsh, but when I get real with myself, this is the root of my fear. When a person chooses to walk in surrendered obedience, worship of God, and walks in His ways and lives out His Word accordingly—blessed, happy, sheltered by God’s grace is that person who fears the Lord.
  2. If you are married, husband’s listen up (those who live the Word) you are blessed BUT NOT ONLY YOU, BUT YOUR WIFE as well. Now ladies, I don’t know about you, but this gives me goosebumps. How precious it is to obey the Word…and obey the Word of God together as ONE –as a team! I love this!
  3. Children–when I read verse three I can see little ones around the table chattering, giggling and snacking in lace and pearls. When our little ones were younger we called them OT1, OT2 OT3 = Olive Tree 1, Olive Tree 2, Olive Tree 3 (it was our code until they figured it out…😉). Side note: What do you do when you want “Olive Trees” running around in your home but it doesn’t seem to happen, or it isn’t going to happen? I could write a whole blog or more on this subject (because it is dear to my heart), but if I could write one statement to your struggling or hurting heart, it would be this. “God loves you. Child or not. I know the struggle for real, because we have been told “you can’t have any”…then, “it will be next to impossible”…but, we did. Had OT1 & OT2, then lost one through a tubal pregnancy that ended up rupturing, and the process started all over again. This time it was OT1 & OT2 nighty prayer for “a baby in Mama’s belly” that took almost two years, but our “God has answered” (OT3…that is what her name means) was spotted. Praise God indeed, but fear abounded in new levels. (That is another story.) All this to say, you and your honey are one…you are a family. It is dangerous ground to allow our God-given desire become “mine” –an all-consuming-selfish desire. This will ruin your oneness with your spouse and God, who is the author of life. I don’t have the answer to why some of us “can never” or why some of us “loss and grieve beyond words” or why some of us are “overflowing“. But this I do know: God love us (just look at the Cross) and whatever state we are in, we are to be content? Ouch, I know! Yes, easier said than done, but aren’t all things possible with to those who love God? Love you sisters and brothers. The struggle is real, but God is too! My prayers are with you.
  4. Okay, my “side note” was a long note. 😘
  5. Let’s just read verse four to six: “Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.What is done today affects tomorrow and literally our generations to come. We can do nothing without Christ in us–well, things of eternal value! As Paul exhorted Timothy, stick to the Word! Be in it daily! Feast on it, mediate on it, allow it transform you. Allow Christ be your life! Christ gave His life for us on Calvary (if you do not know Christ personally. I encourage you to click on this link given; it will explain much more: https://inchristiamshe.com/eternity/).

    How can we not give Christ are all?
    We claim this life as our own, but is it really?

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

God has You, my Friend. Fear Not!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Fear

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

“Where is Your Faith?”

Have you ever been fearful?

The kind of fearful that grabs the very core of your being so hard that you found yourself paralyzed which in return begins a series of after-effects that causes you to doubt your faith?

As a believer in Jesus Christ there tends to be a taboo, if you will – I like to call it a lack of honesty to self and with others, where one doesn’t discuss or share such matters. Sadly, we place more importance on what other’s think, what we think,, rather than being consumed with God thinks.

Please do not miss understand me, too live by faith and not by sight, trust and obey our gracious and glorious God, and live out our faith without waver is truly this girls desire, but more importantly God’s desire for each one of us. God in His mercy is so incredibly good to us for we do not deserve His mercies. We are consumed by His goodness, but let’s be finite honest here:

Have you not been fear-gripped to your soul in the midst of a storm?

You, I, and others (whether owned up to it or not) have at one point had their faith challenged or stretched to new levels; their faith wavered to some extent; struggled during a trial where we might have asked, “Lord what are you doing?” or may have even uttered the word, “Why” (yes, I wrote it!) because we don’t understand yet truly want too. God knows you better than you know you. God knows me better than I know me.

Let’s live in the land of God-Truth over façade.  

When you live in an area that is prone to horrific weather, you built safeguards. Your home is built on a firm foundation, and you have a plan. It is just the standard of life and no one questions your motives in planning, organizing or building. The risk is possible. The storm may come. You take action. You prepare. Your life, the life of your family depends on it.

I have been God-challenged yet extremely God-rebuked in the area of my personal foundation building on/in my Savior. Over the past year and a half, my foundation has been shakened, challenged to measures I knew not of, confused, fearful, doubtful, scary, yet it has seen the hand of God rebuild in me foundations on Christ through His conferring and solidifying wondering working power. I know it sounds crazy, it has been a whirlwind that has not been easy.

(pause moment) As a family, we look back and could tell you numerous ways how we have seen the very hand of God work miracles in our lives through His blessings, trials, and testing’s that truthfully make our heads spin (to God’s glory!!), but this storm…ummm, this storm has rocked my boat in more ways than I ever before.

Our Christ foundation is one that stands the test of time for He IS faithful. It is one that is built firmly on the Word of God for His Word is Truth and will not lead nor direct in any wrong way – He is trustworthy. God hasn’t changed.

As we have been in this lengthy storm, I have questioned my soul’s preparation. It is so easy to spit the words out in the good times that we trust God; it is so easy to trust and thank God when we get what we want, but when the desires of your heart turn to hope that is sickened, despaired, sorrow-filled, and there ‘seems’ to be no end in sight of relief, that stirs your soul in ways that are hard to swallow sometime. But should that change our trust and thanks to God? Should it look different? Should it be given differently? No, it shouldn’t. He is still the same God!

I think back to before this storm began and wonder, “Did I safeguard?” knowing full well that storms will come.

  • Do we spiritually plan?
  • Do we spiritually strategies, seek, and prepare for that storm like we would if we lived in “that” part of the country?

It is inevitable, the storms of life will come. It is easy to say that you are unshakable when all is well.

Maybe you are in one, just like I am!

So, what do we do?

  • In Luke 8, Jesus said, “Let’s go over to the other side.” So, Jesus is out on a boat with His disciples on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus decides to take a nap – some R & R time from one side to the next. Suddenly, without warning, a huge storm takes over the sea, water begins to fill their boat. The threat, within each disciple fear begins to take hold for the storm is pulling them under and sinking their boat. Remember what Jesus is doing? Napping. I find this so interesting. Here Jesus is at complete peace while the disciples are in complete fear for their lives – a storm to test their faith.

There were no meteorologists warning them of a storm, and frankly, were there any warning signs in the sky that day that the disciples saw to prepare them before setting sail? I don’t think so, we are talking about experienced fishermen on a lake that they knew all too well!

In 2004, my husband and I had the incredible privilege to go to Israel. The trip of a lifetime and one I would take again in a heartbeat. One of those days we were there we got to sail on a boat across the Sea of Galilee, the very same place where Jesus and His disciples sailed. The same sea that Jesus calmed (very humbling!). Before sailing on the Sea of Galilee, I had my ideas of what the Sea of Galilee looked like but to my surprise it is quite small. You can see from one side to the other.

This confirms, this storm really did catch these men off guard because they wouldn’t have sailed out had it been bad weather.

“Where’s your faith?”, Jesus asked them when they woke him up trembling with fear. Ouch! I don’t know about you, but this grips the core of my heart!

  • We too are often asked this very question by our Lord, “Where’s your faith?”.
  • Have you not heard Him whispered this very phrase in your ear and heart?

We walk this life – no, we all too often own this life as if it were our own. We enjoy the countless God-blessings He gives (we don’t reject those), then question God when a storm comes. When that “BAM” hits. Out of nowhere something rips into our faith – something that rips our faith away or challenges it to levels we never knew existed –and we say, “Lord, I cannot handle this!” “Is this a dream…am I in the twilight zone?” “Rescue me, Lord!” and Jesus replies, “Where’s your faith?”.

Where is my faith when this storm hit?

  • I haven’t prepared.

  • I didn’t prepare.

Are you thinking – wow, where is the love of God in all this? Colleen, you are being too harsh on yourself. No, my friend, it is not about me, none of this is about me. This is the hand of God working in this soul’s heart showing me that I am so SO incapable without Him and HE IS GOD!

{{{the story isn’t finished}}}

God’s love is woven before, in, and through each storm we have gone through, are going through, and will ever go through as His child – Jeremiah 31:3; Matthew 28:20.

Luke 8 (NASB).

[22] Now on one of those (love this – one of those days…) days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they launched out (no questions asked; no worries). [23] But as they were sailing along He (Jesus) fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake (Sea of Galilee), and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. [24] They (the disciples) came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He (Jesus) got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm (that same power, that same authority – is the same yesterday, today and FOREVER!). [25] And He (Jesus) said to them, “Where is your faith?” They (the disciples) were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”

There is only one way through the storm of life:

  • Standing firm the Word of God – His Word is Truth!

  • Standing firm in the beautiful Truth that Christ has already conquered them all – the victory is already won!

  • We can stand fearless in our storms even when we humanly ‘feel’ like we are unable because of Christ in us!

What a comfort!

  • There is a decision that must be made on the part of each individual – I will stand firm of the TRUTH of GOD’S WORD alone or I will not!

  • The same Jesus that calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee is the SAME Jesus! That same power, that same authority is the same yesterday (for the disciples), today (for us) and forever (for all)!

where is your faith

In Christ I Am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

 

 

God-Checks [ever so vital]

How we ‘see’ God is critical.

It is vital that we continually retain our mind & heart in a God-check so that we are not creating a manifestation of God [our own idea of who God is] but rather seeing who God actually is through His Word and by His character.

Be in the Words of God. 

God will not be ignored. He instructs us to worship and fear Him.

Just a FEW verses…hope they are an encouragement to your soul. Have a sweet time looking up more! All verses are from the NASB (fyi).

  • Deut. 6:13 “You shall fear only the Lord your God; and you shall worship Him…”
  • Deut. 8:6 “Therefore, you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him.”
  • Deut. 11:16 “Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them.”
  • Deut. 13:4 “You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.”
  • Psalm 40:3 “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the Lord.”
  • Psalm 66:16 “Come and hear, all who fear God, And I will tell of what He has done for my soul.”
  • Psalm 99:5 “Exalt the Lord our God And worship at His footstool; Holy is He.”
  • Eccl. 8:13 “But it will not be well for the evil man and he will not lengthen his days like a shadow, because he does not fear God.”
  • Isaiah 42:8 “I am the Lord, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, nor My praise to graven images.”
  • Luke 4:8 “Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’”
  • Rev. 14:7 “…“Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”

GOD

“I am the Lord, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another,
Nor My praise to graven images.” Isaiah 42:8