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The Storm

If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea.
Even there Your hand shall lead me. And Your right hand shall hold me.
- Psalms 139:9-10

At the Helm (c) Danny Hahlbohm

Through the Storms

In quietness and confidence shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:15

Imagine yourself in a violent storm out at sea? The waves are monstrous and the boat you are in is rocking perilously! The wind and the waves are whipping the boat around as though it were made out of paper and it takes all of your strength to hold on and keep from being  washed overboard! You feel bruised and battered and wonder if you will be able to survive! 

The spiritual and mental storms which we have to face at times in our lives can be just as brutal and devastating!  They are just as much a reality and can leave us feel- ing totally helpless and wondering how we can possibly make it through the day! This is when we need someone or something to cling to which can give us reassurance! This is when the only one who can give to us this assurance is our heavenly Father!

There are many things which can create these storms which come into our lives! The death of a loved one, financial disasters, divorce... when the one you thought you could depend on walks out on you, and many other things which can destroy your happiness and your well being!

How sad it is for those who do not have God to turn to! No one to comfort them or give them the assurance they so desparately need! But praise God! He is there waiting for us to call out to Him and run into His arms!

The storm may be raging all around us but: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

Read this Psalm through anytime you are facing a storm in your life! He is our refuge. He will deliver us because we have put our trust in Him! He will cover us with His feathers and under His wings we shall trust! We shall not be afraid of whatever threatens us for we have made the Lord, even the Most High, our habitation! He shall give His angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways! (Through the storms which come!) We shall call upon Him and He will answer us!  O what won- derful promises we are given here in this 91st Psalm! Amen?

He is our Blessed Assurance! Put your trust in Him my friend! He is with you and He will bring you through your storm! O Hallelujah!

(c) A Heart for God ~ Helen Johnson



Peace in the
Midst of The Storm




Jesus Whispers,
"Peace, Be Still..."




JESUS WHISPERS,
"PEACE, BE STILL"

The charm of a sunset I cannot capture
Or carve a mountain high,
Sculpt a majestic eagle's wings Or paint rainbows across the sky ...

Clothe one tree with leaves Of glorious colors of crimson and gold, Or bring to it greening in Springtime ~ 'Cause sweet roses' petals to unfold.

I cannot feather a sparrow Or create for the fish one fin,
Mold for the peacock its brilliant plume,
Build a nest the birds could live in.

But, there is a mighty Sovereign, The Creator of all things who can,
With the voice of many waters, Calm raging seas at His command.

And, when I am confused and troubled,
As a storm toss'd vessel at sea,
That Voice simply speaks, "Peace, be still,"
Restoring to me sweet tranquility!
      2002 by Mary Carter Mizrany -- all rights reserved

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THE OCEANS OBEY YOU

Oh Lord, you are mightier than the huge breakers 
crashing against the ocean rocks.
No other is greater than you!
You display your faithfulness in the cycle of the tides.

How magnificent is the way their waves rise and fall at your command.
You shout and they rise, You whisper and they
Drift softly back into the ocean's depths 
Then you cause the waters to stop at the shore
This water soft as silk and harder than bricks obey you.

I walk along the sandy beach and gaze out over the deep water,
And recall the turbelulence in my own life.
Thank you Lord for bringing my storms under control
Your mighty hand snatched me out of many trials and messes.

As I gaze at your marvelous creation, I dig my toes in the sand
Strong winds whip my hair
I taste the salty air!
I breath deeply and clean cool air fills my lungs
Your refreshing Spirit engulfs me
I tremble as your Spirit surrounds me. 

Thank You God for Life

(c) Shirley Updyke April 27, 2004

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? -Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my Light (c) Danny Hahlbohm

Sheltered From the Storms

Under your wings Lord, I will safely abide;
When the storms rage around
me in you I can hide!  

You are my refuge, I need fear no alarm;
You're my deliverer who keeps
me from all harm.  

The lightening may flash and the thunder may roll;
I know you are with me and all is well with my soul!  

You are my anchor to whom I can cling;
Your comfort and peace to me you will bring.
 

You're my light in the darkness and I'm never alone;
Your love shelters me for I am your own!
 

O what marvelous peace to my heart you bring:
Secure in your love to you I know I can cling!  

You are my anchor so steadfast and sure;
Though the storms rage around me in you I am safe and secure!

O Hallelujah!

(c) ~Helen Johnson~

The storm may be raging all around us but: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

Emmanuel (c) Danny Hahlbohm

Secrets in the Storm!

"And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew." Matthew 7:25 NKJV

Storms... they are an inevitable part of life. It seems like the rain comes when we have devised our greatest plans to accomplish some worthy task. My husband took the day off from work recently to do some much needed yard work. What happened? You guessed it. We woke up to the sound of water beating down furiously on our skylight.  

Storms... they are an inevitable part of our spiritual life as well. The Bible says it rains both on the just and the unjust. Jesus Himself gave a "weather alert bulletin" in the Book of Matthew. He said, "Therefore, whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall." Matthew 7:24-27 NKJV  

Is there a storm raging in your life today? Are the winds blowing and beating? Is the rain coming down and are the waters rising? If so, you may be asking yourself why this is happening. You may be frantically trying to identify what sin you've committed or where you have gone wrong. My friend, I want you to know that the storm has come to test your foundation. We walk through the fire so we can be "refined." Likewise, we endure the storms so our faith can be "defined." Be assured that if your life is built upon The Rock, you will make it through the storm. It came to pass. And this too will pass.  

I used to feel unloved by God when the storms of life came my way. I did not understand a simple but powerful secret that the beautiful God-created foliage knows. Even the tiniest flowers of the field know that if it never rains, then they will never grow. I have found that to be so true in my life. As one author said, "Jesus Christ is not my security against the storms of life, He is my perfect security in the storms. He has never promised me an easy passage, only a safe landing."  

If you are in a storm today, remember that you are standing on The Rock of your Salvation. He is your Shelter in the time of storm. He is the One who can speak to the winds and the waves, and they obey. He will do that at the perfect moment for you. But rest today in this thought... "Sometimes God calms the storm, and sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child."  

Let Him calm you today as you rest in His arms of love. Soon the "Son" will shine again, and you will understand what the little flowers know—if it never ever rained, then you would never ever grow.  

Prayer:  

Heavenly Father, it seems that storms are an inevitable part of our life. We find comfort in knowing that according to Your Word, You are our Shelter during the time of storm. Already You have brought us through so many times. We thank You for Your faithfulness and love.  

Please help us to remember the secret that even the little flowers know—if it never rained, then we would never ever grow. Let us keep that close to our heart always. Help us to cherish these times of growth as we rest in Your arms of love.

In Jesus’ Name!   Amen! Amen!

Secrets in the Storm (c) (Rev. Melinda Lancaster)!!! WithHisHands Newsletter!

"The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble He cares for those who trust in Him." (Nahum 1:17 NIV)

Clinging to the Cross (c) Danny Hahlbohm

God's Path is in the Sea

From SPRINGS IN THE VALLEY
by Mrs. Chas. E. Cowman

"Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters." (Psalm 77:19)

"God's path is in the sea" - just where you would not expect it to be! So when He leads us out by unexpected ways, off the strong solid land, out upon the changing seas, then we may expect to see His ways.

We are with One who finds a path already tracked out, for it makes us perfectly independent of circumstances.   There is an infinite variety in the paths God makes, and He can make them anywhere! 

Think you not that He, who made the spider able to drop anywhere and to spin its own path as it goes, is not able to spin a path for you through every blank, or perplexity, or depression?

God is never lost among our mysteries. He sees the road, "the end from the beginning."   Mystery and uncertainty are only to prepare us for deeper discipline. Had we no stormy sea we should remain weaklings to the end of our days.

God takes us out into the deeps; but He knows the track! He knows the haven! and we shall arrive.  

And with Jesus Through the trackless deep move on!
     -- C.A. Fox  

"O fathomless abyss of God's rich bounty, of His wisdom, of His knowledge! Who can explore His decisions? Who can track out His paths?" (Romans 11:33)  

BREATHE PRAYERFULLY: JESUS LIVES!

When we are in the midst of the storms of life, drowning in an ocean of pain and sorrow, feeling that we are almost gone - JESUS comes to rescue us! HE steps out of the safety of the boat and walks upon the storm!

With God, Nothing Shall Be Impossible

MANS OWN CHARACTER NO GROUND OF PEACE

Do you know the peace of JESUS? Are you ready to meet Him?

     If God testify against us, who can testify for us? If God's opinion of man's sinfulness, his judgment of man's guilt, and his declaration of sin's evil be so very decided, there can be no hope of acquittal for us on the ground of personal character of goodness, either of heart or life. That which God sees in us furnishes only matter for condemnation, not for pardon.

     It is vain to struggle or murmur against God's judgment. He is the Judge of all the earth; and he is right as well as sovereign in his judgment. He must be obeyed; his law in inexorable; it cannot be broken without making the breaker of it (even in one jot or tittle) worthy of death.

     When the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of the soul it sees this. Conviction of sin is just the sinner seeing himself as he is, and as God has all along seen him. Then every fond idea of self-goodness, either in whole or in part, vanishes away. The things in him that once seemed good appear so bad, and the bad things so very bad, that every self-prop falls from beneath him, and all hope of being saved, in consequence of something in his own character, is then taken away. He sees that he cannot save himself; nor help God to save him. He is lost, and he is helpless. Doings, feelings, strivings, prayings, givings, abstainings, and the life, are found to be no relief from a sense of guilt, and, therefore, no resting-place for a troubled heart. If sin were but a disease or a misfortune, these apparent good things might relieve him, as being favorable symptoms of returning health; but when sin is guilt even more than disease; and when the sinner is not merely sick, but condemned by the righteous Judge; then none of these goodnesses in himself can reach his case, for they cannot assure him of a complete and righteous pardon, and, therefore, cannot pacify his roused and wounded conscience.

     He sees God's unchangeable hatred of sin, and the coming revelation of his wrath against the sinner; and he cannot but tremble. An old writer thus describes his own case; "I had a deep impression of the things of God; a natural condition and sin appeared worse than hell itself; the world and vanities thereof terrible and exceeding dangerous; it was fearful to have ado with it, or to be rich; I saw its day coming; Scripture expressions were weighty; a Saviour was a big thing in mine eyes; Christ's agonies were earnest with me; I thought that all my days I was in a dream till now, or like a child in jest; and I thought the world was sleeping."

     The question, "Wherewith shall I come before the Lord?" is not one which can be decided by an appeal to personal character, or goodness of life, or prayers, or performances of religion. The way of approach is not for us to settle. God has settled it; and it only remains for us to avail ourselves of it. He has fixed it on grounds altogether irrespective of our character; or rather on grounds which take for granted simply that we are sinners, and that therefore the element of goodness in us, as a title, or warrant, or recommendation, is altogether inadmissible, either in whole or in part.

     To say, as some inquiring ones do at the outset of their anxiety, I will set myself to pray, and after I have prayed a sufficient length of time, and with tolerable earnestness, I may approach and count upon acceptance, is not only to build upon the quality and quantity of our prayers, but is to overlook the real question before the sinner, "How am I to approach God in order to pray?" All prayers are approaches to God, and the sinner's anxious question is, "How may I approach God?" God's explicit testimony to man is, "You are unfit to approach me;" and it is a denial of the testimony to say, "I will pray myself out of this unfitness into fitness; I will work myself into a right state of mind and character for drawing near to God." Anxious spirit! Were you from this moment to cease from sin, and do nothing but good all the rest of your life, it would not do. Were you to begin praying now, and do nothing else but pray all your days, it would not do! Your own character cannot be your way of approach, nor your ground of confidence toward God. No amount of praying, or working, or feeling, can satisfy the righteous law, or pacify a guilty conscience, or quench the flaming sword that guards the access into the presence of the infinitely Holy One.

     That which makes it safe for you to draw near to God, and right for God to receive you, must be something altogether away from and independent of yourself; for, yourself and everything pertaining to yourself God has already condemned; and no condemned thing can give you any warrant for going to him, or hoping for acceptance. Your liberty of entrance must come from something which he has accepted; not from something which he has condemned.

     I knew an awakened soul who, in the bitterness of his spirit, thus set himself to work and pray in order to get peace. He doubled the amount of his devotions, saying to himself, "Surely God will give me peace." But the peace did not come. He set up family worship, saying, "Surely God will give me peace." But the peace came not. At last he bethought himself of having a prayer meeting in his house as a certain remedy. He fixed the night; called his neighbors; and prepared himself for conducting the meeting, by writing a prayer and learning it by heart. As he finished the operation of learning it, preparatory to the meeting, he threw it down on the table saying, "Surely that will do, God will give me peace now." In that moment, a still small voice seemed to speak in his ear, saying, "No, that will not do; but Christ will do." Straightway the scales fell from his eyes, and the burden from his shoulders. Peace poured in like a river. "Christ will do," was his watchword for life.

     Very clear is God's testimony against man, and man's doings, in this great matter of approach and acceptance. "Not by works of righteousness which we have done," says Paul in one place,

[1] and "to him that worketh not," says he in a second;
[2] "not justified by the works of the law," say he in a third.
[3] The sinner's peace with God is not to come from his own character.

     No grounds of peace or elements of reconciliation can be extracted from himself, either directly or indirectly. His one qualification for peace is, that he needs it. It is not what he has, but what he lacks of good that draws him to God; and it is the conscienceness of his lack that bids him look elsewhere, for something both to invite and embolden him to approach. It is our sickness, not our health, that fits us for the physician, and casts us upon his skill.

     No guilty conscience can be pacified with anything short of that which will make pardon a present, a sure, and a righteous thing. Can our best doings, our best feelings, our best prayers, our best sacrifices, bring this about? Nay; having accumulated these to the utmost, does not the sinner feel that pardon is just as far off and uncertain as before? and that all his earnestness cannot persuade God to admit him to favor, or bride his own conscience into true quiet even for an hour?

     In all false religion, the worshipper rests his hope of divine favor upon something in his own character, or life, or religious duties. The Pharisee did this when he came into the temple, "thanking God that he was not as other men."

[4] So do those in our day who think to get peace by doing, feeling, and praying more than others, or than they themselves have done in time past; and who refuse to take the peace of the free gospel till they have amassed such an amount of this doing and feeling as will ease their consciences, and make them conclude that it would not be fair in God to reject the application of men so earnest and devout as they.

     The Galatians did this also when they insisted on adding the law of Moses to the gospel of Christ as the ground of confidence toward God. Thus do many act among ourselves. They will not take confidence from God's character or Christ's work, but from their own character and work; though in reference to all this it is written, "The Lord hath rejected thy confidences, and thou shalt not prosper in them."

[5] They object to a present confidence, for that assumes that a sinner's resting place is wholly out of himself, - ready-made, as it were, by God.

     They would have this confidence to be a very gradual thing, in order that they may gain time, and, by a little diligence in religious observances, may so add to their stock of duties, prayers, experiences, devotions, that they may, with some humble hope, as they call it, claim acceptance from God. By this course of devout living they think they have made themselves more acceptable to God than they were before they began this religious process, and much more entitled to expect the divine favor than those who ! have not so qualified themselves. In all this the attempted resting-place is self, - that self which God has condemned. They would not rest upon unpraying, or unworking, or undevout self; but they think it right and safe to rest upon praying, and working, and devout self, and they call this humility! The happy confidence of the simple believer who takes God's word at once, and rests on it, they call presumption or fanaticism; their own miserable uncertainty, extracted from the doings of self, they speak of as a humble hope.

     The sinner's own character, in any form, and under any process of improvement, cannot furnish reasons for trusting God. However amended, it cannot speak peace to his conscience, nor afford him any warrant for reckoning on God's favor; nor can it help to heal the breach between him and God. For God can accept nothing but perfection in such a case, and the sinner has nothing but imperfection to present. Imperfect duties and devotions cannot persuade God to forgive. Besides, be it remembered that the person of the worshipper must be accepted before his services can be acceptable; so that nothing can be of any use to the sinner save that which provides for personal acceptance completely, and at the outset.

     The sinner must go to God as he is, or not at all. To try to pray himself into something better than a condemned sinner, in order to win God's favor, is to make prayer an instrument of self-righteousness; so that, instead of its being the act of an accepted man, it is the purchase of acceptance, - the price which we pay to God for favoring us, and the bribe with which we persuade conscience no longer to trouble us with its terrors.

     No knowledge of self, nor conscienceness of improvement of self, can soothe the alarms of an awakened conscience, or be any ground for expecting the friendship of God. To take comfort from our good doings, or good feelings, or good plans, or good prayers, or good experiences, is to delude ourselves, and to say peace when there is no peace. No man can quench his thirst with sand, or with water from the Dead Sea; so no man can find rest from his own character however good, or from his own acts however religious. Even were he perfect, what enjoyment could there be in thinking about his own perfection? What profit, then, can there be in thinking about his own imperfection?

     Even were there many good things about him, they could not speak peace: for the good things which might speak peace, could not make up for the evil things which speak trouble; and what a poor, self-made peace would that be which arose from his thinking as much good and as little evil of himself as possible. And what a temptation, besides, would this furnish, to extenuate the evil and exaggerate the good about ourselves, - in other words, to deceive our own hearts.

     Self-deception must always, more or less, be the result of such estimates of our own experiences. Laid open, as we are, in such a case, to all manner of self-blinding influences, it is impossible that we can be impartial judges, or that we can be "without guile,"

[6] as in the case of those who are freely and at once forgiven.

     One man might say, My sins are not very great or many; surely I may take peace. Another might say, I have made up for my sins by my good deeds; I may have peace. Another might say, I have a very deep sense of sin; I may have peace. Another might say, I have repented of my sin; I may have peace. Another might say, I pray much, I work much, I love much, I give much; I may have peace. What temptation in all this to take the most favorable view of self and its doings! But, after all, it would be vain. There could be no real peace; for its foundation would be sand, not rock.

     The peace or confidence which comes from summing up the good points of our character, and thinking of our good feelings and doings, or about our faith, and love, and repentance, must be made up of pride. Its basis is self-righteousness, or at least self-approbation.

     It does not mend the matter to say that we look at these good feelings in us, as the Spirit's work, not our own. In one aspect this takes away boasting, but in another it does not. It still makes our peace to turn upon what is in ourselves, and not on what is in God. Nay, it makes use of the Holy Spirit for purposes of self-righteousness. It says that the Spirit works the change in us, in order that he may thereby furnish us with a ground of peace within ourselves.

     No doubt the Spirit's work in us must be accompanied with peace; but not because he has given us something in ourselves to draw our peace from. It is that kind of peace which arises unconsciously from the restoration of spiritual health; but not that which Scripture calls "peace with God." It does not arise from thinking about the change wrought in us, but unconsciously and involuntarily from the change itself. If a broken limb be made whole, we get relief straightway; not by "thinking about the healed member, but simply in the bodily case and comfort which the cure has given.

     So there is a peace arising out of the change of nature and character wrought by the Spirit; but this is not reconciliation with God. This is not the peace which the knowledge of forgiveness brings. It accompanies it, and flows from it, but the two kinds of peace are quite distinct from each other. Nor does even the peace which attends restoration of spiritual health come at second hand, from thinking about our change; but directly from the change itself. That change is the soul's new health, and this health is in itself a continual gladness.

     Still it remains true, that in ourselves we have no resting place. "No confidence in the flesh" must be our motto, as it is the foundation of God's gospel.

[1] Titus iii.5 [2] Rom. iv.4 [3] Gal. ii.16 [4] Luke xviii 11 [5] Jer. ii.37 [6] Psalm xxxii.2

  2002 by honeywolf1@aol.com CHAPTER II.


We are never alone when we put our trust in JESUS...

What Good Is Having Someone Walk On Water If You Don't Follow In His Footsteps?
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Sinking By Our Struggles Or Floating By Faith?    

"Can we gain anything by fearing and fuming? Do we not unfit ourselves for action, and unhinge our minds for wise decision? We are sinking by our struggles when we might float by faith." - Charles Spurgeon

Where are you at in your walk with the Lord? Do you find yourself paralyzed by fear or boiling with anger over the things that are happening all around you that are totally out of your control?  

Do you find that you are unable to act or make any major decisions because of the confusion that envelops your mind?

Are the struggles at hand causing you to sink spiritually when the Lord's will is that you float by faith?  

Worry is not of God! In fact, worry is a Sin!  

Hugh Blair said this of worry - "Anxiety is the poison of human life."  

Tryon Edwards added - "Anxiety is the rust of life, destroying its brightness and weakening its power. A childlike and abiding trust in providence is its best preventative and remedy."  

We must see Worry as a poison which instantly works to destroy us and our relationships. Or it can act as a rust which slowly eats away at our testimony for the Lord and our spiritual strength and power to live above the troubles of this life.

What is the solution? "A childlike and abiding trust in providence."  

"Trust and Obey, For there is no other way  To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey!"

The Scriptures instruct us on how to counteract this destructive force in our lives -

  1 Peter 5:7 - "Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you."

  Philippians 4:6 - "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."

  1 Corinthians 7:32 - "But I would have you without carefulness..."  

"Care" in the Scriptures refers to the anxious, perplexing, disquieting, distracting, distrustful, and excessive  thoughts that trouble our minds. We are taught in God's Holy Word to throw all of our cares upon the Lord. In other words, we are to resign all of our troubles and cares to God's unfailing and enabling wisdom and power.  

These anxious thoughts are assignments of the devil to distract us from fulfilling the will of God for our lives. They are assignments meant to get our focus off of the Lord Jesus and onto ourselves and our insufficiencies or our lack of resources. They are meant to cause us to sink in despair when we should be floating by faith.

Why should we cast all of our cares upon the Lord?

  • First of all, because He cares so much for each one of us.
  • He regards and notices our needs.
  • He is interested in our situations.
  • He has the grace and the strength to see us through each problem.
  • He has the power to turn things around for our good and for His Glory. Bless His Holy Name!

The Scriptures tell us to "be careful for nothing..."   Nothing! Nothing! Nothing!   God means what He says and says what He means. When He said that we are to "be careful for nothing," that is exactly what He meant.

Nothing is to disturb us or to steal our peace and joy in the Lord.   In fact, it is the duty of every Christian to live without care - "But I would have you without carefulness..." That is our testimony before this ungodly and wicked world who seek to live independently of God and His watchful eye and care. 

  • We are no longer our own;
  • we are not living our lives independently of God;
  • we are dependent upon the Lord;
  • He will see see us through the problems of life;
  • we are overcomers in this life;
  • we are more than conquerors;
  • we are victorious through Christ Jesus;
  • all of our needs are met according to God's riches in Glory which are by Christ Jesus our Lord;
  • we have found a better life - a life of abundance and peace;
  • we don't ever have to worry again;
  • God has all the power and resources in heaven and in earth to tackle any problem or situation that comes our way.  

Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!    We are anxious for nothing simply because we have the common sense by the grace of God to throw all of our cares upon the Lord in prayer.

  • We pray.
  • We supplicate. 
  • We remember His lovingkindnesses and tender mercies.
  • We call to mind all the instances in the past when He always came through for us.
  • We take comfort in knowing that He is the same God now as He was then. He is the God of the Mountaintop as well as the God of the valleys. He makes a way where there seems to be no way. Whatever is wrong in our lives, He  makes it right.

Hence, we cannot help but offer Him our gifts of thanksgiving and praise as we make our petitions known to Him.  

Our testimony to this world is - "Our Father knows what we need. So we will stand by and watch Him provide for our Father knows what we need."

Thank you, Lord Jesus! Thank You for Your Faithfulness! Great, Great, Great is Thy Faithfulness! All I have ever needed, Thy hand has so graciously provided! And we believe and therefore continue to speak that You will provide again and again as the needs present themselves.  

In Matthew 6:25-34, the Lord Jesus spoke to us about the cares of this life that would plague our minds and distract us from the Divine Providence of God.

Matthew 6:25 - He instructed us to "...Take no thought for your life..." In other words, live without carefulness.

Matthew 6:32 - He ended His discourse by placing our focus not on the needs that are around us but on our Heavenly Father Who is well able to meet every need - "...for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things."  

As he did with Eve in the Garden of Eden, Satan desires to convince us that God is holding out on us. Perhaps this is why the anxious thoughts come in the first place. We really don't believe that God will come through for us. We really don't believe that He cares about our predicaments or situations that we are facing.

Perhaps men have failed us in the past, and we just assume that God will most likely react in the same fashion.  

The Lord Jesus knows our weaknesses. So He gave us several examples in His discourse to show us how our Heavenly Father cares so much for such little and seemingly insignificant things. How much more will He care for you and me!  

Matthew 6:26 - "Behold the fowls of the air..." These little creatures do not labor or make provision for their future - "...they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns..." They simply trust God to provide for them - "...yet your heavenly Father feedeth them..." 

Then the Lord Jesus asks us a very pertinent question -
"...Are ye not much better than they?"

Do you believe that today, O Christian? Do you believe that as a son or daughter of God, redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb, that you are much better than "the fowl of the air"? Then know that your Heavenly Father Whose eye is on the sparrow is most definitely watching over you this day and working on your behalf to supply all of your needs and bring you forth victoriously.  

Matthew 6:28 - "...Consider the lilies of the field..." The kings of Israel wore white robes, yet they were never clothed in so pure a white or in such elegance as the "lily of the field." Why did God give the greater beauty to something that was soon to die? Perhaps because He wanted to get a point across to us that if He did all that for something so fleeting as the lily, how much more will He be mindful of the needs of  His  children Whom He loves and cherishes so dearly?     

Matthew 6:30 - God clothes the "grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven..." The people of the East used dry straw or grass, withered herbs, and stubble to heat their ovens made of clay, brick, and plates of iron. The "grass" is so short-lived and seems to be of no significant value yet God provides for its sustenance. How much more will He take care of us Who are His precious children through faith in Jesus Christ?  

The question we must ask ourselves today is - Are we sinking by our struggles or floating by faith?   Have we allowed the enemy of our souls to use the "cares" of this life to distract us and take our focus off of our Heavenly Father and His faithfulness to supply whatever we need today? Are we fearing and fuming? Are we gaining anything by doing so? Or is it just making matters worse for us?  

Oh! God desires that we live without care. All we have to do this day is cast all of our cares upon the Lord and then stand back and watch Him provide the breakthroughs which we need.  

He cares for us! He really, really does! We can count on that!  

Worry is a poison and a rust that destroys and eats away at our peace and stability in Christ. We can show this old world that we have been delivered from this destructive force. By faith, we are floating on top of our struggles and not sinking beneath them.

We know that we have a Heavenly Father Who watches over us. He cares for us. He is only a prayer away. Therefore we "cast" all of our cares upon Him and live our lives in this world "without carefulness."   Oh! What a blessed Life we have in Jesus!  

May God Bless His Word. Connie  

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Storm... Peace in the Midst of the Storm. ~ When we are in the midst of the raging storms of life, drowning in an ocean of pain and sorrow, feeling that we are almost gone - JESUS comes to rescue us! HE steps out of the safety of the boat and walks upon the storm! Jesus Whispers,* Peace, Be Still...* 2002 by Mary Carter Mizrany. We are never alone when we put our trust in JESUS... *Can we gain anything by fearing and fuming? Do we not unfit ourselves for action, and unhinge our minds for wise decision? We are sinking by our struggles when we might float by faith.* - Charles Spurgeon. Sinking By Our Struggles Or Floating By Faith? by Connie Giordano. MANS OWN CHARACTER NO GROUND OF PEACE, from: honeywolf CHAPTER II. Hosted by: Lilly Of The Valley VA`s JESUS Loves You!! Prayer Counseling Ministry