Archive | December 2012

Confronting The Wall.

Welcome Friend!

Thanks for stopping by and if it is your very first visit – know

that I am ever prayerful you will be encouraged and inspired

by the words you find here today as you continue on your

journey seeking JESUS – your Friend and mine.  

Also,

I’ve never shared but I’m led to do so on this day that I’m a big believer in the power of PRAYER

and

if you have a prayer request for yourself or others

I invite you to click on “leave a comment” located on bottom left side of  this page

and type in your prayer.  

You can be assured – I will lift it up without delay to our Lord and Savior

Jesus Christ.

Our scripture focus today is not from the Book of Psalms as it is normally 

but instead from Joshua chapter 6 verse 20:

“…and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout , the wall collapsed…”

Friend, recently I read that Christian life is a journey with many stops, starts, detours, delays and trips into the unknown.  All  often referred to as  phases/stages/seasons orchestrated by God to keep us moving forward, to grow our faith and to help us understand the larger picture of the work He seeks to do in our lives.  

God is determined to complete the work He started in us, whether we like it or not.  Therefore, many say that at some point during life’s journey every follower of Jesus will confront the Wall.  

The Wall comes to us in various ways throughout our lifetimes.  It is not simply a one-time event that we pass through and get beyond.  For most of us the Wall appears through a crisis that turns our world upside down or a number of events piling up one after another leading us to long-lasting depression or loss of motivation to serve Christ.   

Walls are David fleeing a jealous king for thirteen years in the desert.  Walls are Abraham waiting twenty-five years for the birth of his first child, Isaac.  Walls are Job losing his ten children, health, and possessions in a day.

Jesus, our Lord and Savior confronted the Wall when He resisted the temptation of the devil in the wilderness to act before his Father’s time.  

Consider also Hannah, Moses, Elijah, Nehemiah, Jeremiah and Paul – all appear to have gone through the Wall numerous times in their journey with God.  As can we.  Halleluiah!  

And when we make it through the Wall, it is said we will no longer have a need to first and foremost be well known or successful, but to do God’s will.  

The journey through the Wall is in essence Letting Go of Power and Control.  

Learning  like the apostle Paul, “the secret of being content in any and every situation” (Philippians 4:12).   

Ultimately, God is the One who moves us through the Wall.  

How and when God takes us through is up to him.  We make choices to trust God, to wait on God, to obey God, to stick with God, to remain faithful when our greatest temptation is to quit or go backwards but if we are still, listening for his voice, God will see us through the Wall. 

I will close with this – remember, God’s purpose for us is to have a loving union with him at the end of the journey.  We joyfully detach from certain behaviors and activities for the purpose of a more intimate, loving attachment to God.

Praise You Father!

Will you please bow your head with me and pray:

“Heavenly Father, thank you for YOU and your love for us!  We are lost without You.  We are nothing apart from you and we love you.  Teach us to trust you even when we do not know where you are going.  Knowing faith is the assurance in what we hope for but do not yet see.  The storms and winds of life blow strongly all around us at times.  Help us to rest in you and know that all is well.  Open our eyes to see you are with us and we are safe.  Grant us grace to follow you into the unknown, into the next place in our journey with you Lord.  

We have FAITH in you Father and You alone.

Amen.

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