Power In Suffering (Celebrating Homeschool Moms)

Some of you may not have been able to get on Facebook last night to see my FB Live video. I spoke to homeschool moms about power in suffering.

Although this video was focused on homeschool moms, anyone may get some good truth from it for his own personal life. Everyone goes through some suffering and needs some strength in it. I would encourage you to view this video and see what God has to tell you about having power in suffering.

Here is a link to the video: Power In Suffering.

May God bless you and guide you in your life today.

Psalm 84:5 Just Traveling Through

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. Psalm 84:5

Traveling a short distance, less than one-hundred miles, is something that is relatively easy to do. Going a thousand miles or more, is more challenging. Traveling across country, over the ocean to another country, takes a good amount of planning.

Going that kind of distance takes a dedication to see it through. Even though today, a person can fly nearly anywhere in the world and be there within one day, it still takes good planning to do so.

During the times when this psalm was written, everyone traveled on foot or camel back. The process of traveling was very slow. Just traveling across the nation of Israel was a three to four-day trip, if not longer. A person had to have his heart set on making that pilgrimage.

Although physical travel has become much easier, there is a pilgrimage that people must make that takes time and focus. That pilgrimage is the journey through this life. The world is seeking to make themselves better and have all that they want in peace and comfort. It is a journey that they will never complete.

Believers in Jesus, however, also are on a pilgrimage through this life. They are on the journey to become more like Jesus. They are focused on doing what God wants and when He wants it.

Just as a traveler on the road faces various challenges when going down the road, so will every believer in his walk with Jesus. There will be potholes in the road, detours, accidents, and bad weather as well as smooth traveling on this journey in life.

These challenges for a believer are found in persecution, ridicule, fear, illness, death, pain, as well as victory and joy.

The only way to complete the journey is to stay focused on completing it. Do not allow yourself to be turned aside and quit the journey. As you set your heart on the journey God has given you, He will give you the needed strength to complete it.

You are just traveling through this life to get to eternity with God. Don’t stop now, but finish the journey. It will be worth it in the end.

I pray today that God will reveal His path for you; that God will strengthen you for the journey; that you will find joy in your journey; that you will see progress in your journey with God; and that you will finish the journey God has you on.

Psalm 62:1 Having Real Rest

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Psalm 62:1

People everywhere always look forward to vacations. They look forward to getting away from the workplace and business of running around everywhere in everyday life. Many just want to get away to relax and be able to breathe again. Vacations are what most people look forward too in order to attempt to get some rest.

The reality for many people who do take a vacation, is that they do not really relax on the vacation. They have to go here, go there, do this, do that, and end up worn out at the end. It is often said that they need a vacation from the vacation so that they can go back to work with energy.

People are always looking for peace and rest, yet, very few are finding it. The rest that they are truly needing is rest for the soul, an inner peace. This type of rest is one that no one in the world can truly give. There is not a vacation on this earth that will bring about the desired inner peace and rest that every person needs.

This type of rest comes from God and Him alone. It is trusting in Him for and through everything. It is trusting Him for the strength to do what needs to be done. It is trusting Him for the salvation of your soul. It is trusting Him hold you up in the fiery trials of this life.

Life will not always be easy, but with God it can be accomplished. There is work to be done on this earth as long as you are alive and there are unsaved people on it. The enemy will always be trying to attack you as long as you follow Jesus.

You are in the battle for your life and the lives of others. In the battle you will get tired and weary, but God is your strength. He is the one who will bring you through this battle of life.

Where are you looking for rest today?

Are you finding the true rest that only God can give?

I pray today that you will know God in a personal way; that your soul will find rest and peace in Jesus; that God will strengthen you in the battles of this life; and that you will always be able to do what God desires you to do.

Psalm 46:1-3 Refuge And Strength

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:1-3

When a major storm is occurring it can be scary for most people. Hearing the roar of a tornado strikes fear into to many, especially when it cannot be seen. It is unknown where it will strike and destroy everything.

The psalmist talks about a mountain falling into the ocean. Imagine the horror most people would be thinking or going through if they were any where on or near that mountain. Suddenly the earth is dropping out from below their feet, shaking. There would be extreme fear in the hearts of most people.

Yet, the psalmist says, there is no fear because God is with them. He is their refuge and strength, always there to help out.

Seeking refuge and strength is something that is talked about a lot in the news. People are attempting to flee war-torn areas all over the world.

Most, however, are not fleeing a physical war, but are fearing for their lives in bad situations in their lives. Sickness, job loss, family loss, divorce, vehicle breakdowns, bills, changes, and many other things in this life bring fear into the hearts of many. People are seeking out refuge and strength.

You may be dealing with one of these areas, or you may have another area of difficulty that you are in fear of. Regardless of what you are going through, as a believer in Jesus, God is there for you. He will always be present ready to help.

You can go to God in the middle of your storm and find refuge and strength to make it through the storms of this life. While the world does have right to be afraid, you do not have to be afraid. God will bring you life, if you seek Him and trust Him in every situation in your life.

Regardless of how much your world is shaking and falling apart, God is there for you and loves you. Find your peace of refuge and strength in Him, He will care for you.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will trust God; that you will find refuge in God; that God will give you strength for the road ahead; and that God will remove all fear in your life.

Psalm 28:7 Strength and Shield (part 2)

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7

Challenges come up before people all the time. Many of those challenges require that the person be strong to get through it. The level and type of strength needed is often different for each challenge. Some require physical strength, while others may be moral, or emotional strength, or some other type of strength in their life.

As that challenge arises, often doubts creep in that question whether a person has the needed strength or not. Fear rises. Some run from the difficulty, while others go forward.

Then comes the need for a shield. People want to be shielded from extreme difficulty or bad events. Looking to self or the world, it is difficult to find a shield that a person can trust in.

When a person knows that he has the strength to do something, it brings about some excitement. That person is ready to face the world, or whatever the challenge is that is set before him. The knowledge of that strength becomes like a shield for the person to be able to keep moving forward.

As a believer, you know that you have all the strength that is needed with God on your side. He is the One who will shield you from any thing that will be bad for you. He only allows what is best for you to occur.

As you keep that in mind, your heart should be leaping for joy with a song of praise on your lips. Think of it as everything is taken care of already, and you have no worries. As in the song “Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King, you have no worries. You can jump and sing for joy, because God is on your side and will strengthen you.

Put all of your trust in God’s strength, not your strength nor the world’s. It will bring a peace and joy that the world cannot understand. Even though there will be difficulties and trials, you know that you will win in the end with God. Trust Him and sing Him a song of praise today.

I pray today that you will know that God is on your side; that you will allow God to be your strength; that you will allow God to be your shield; and that your heart will be filled with joy as you trust God and sing praise to Him.

Psalm 28:7 Strength And Shield (part 1)

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7

Strength is what gives a person the ability to accomplish something and to keep going. People find strength in many different ways. For some they find it in their family, others find it in the work, or their bank account, or their position, or in the support of others, or in just physical strength, or in one of many other ways.

Stories have been told of people who were able to lift a vehicle off of a crushed loved one. It was done with supernatural type strength. Many will say it was the extreme love for that person that gave them the ability to lift the car.

All of these methods of getting strength can be good for a short time, but they will always fall short in the end. God is the One who gives a person the ability to live and breathe and do anything at all. Without God giving a person strength, nothing could be done. With God, everything is possible.

Along with strength, is the shield. The shield was used to protect a person from an attack. That attack could come as a sword, spear, stone, knife, or some other way, but the shield would protect him.

Many people trust in the wealth or position for protection. Or they trust in the various government officials. All of these are temporary and can only protect from the physical.

In life, there will be many attacks against a person. Some will be the physical ones of this world, but the majority will be the spiritual ones against his soul. God is there to protect the person from those attacks. Satan cannot attack without permission from God. Take a look at the life of Job.

Who or what are you trusting in for your strength?

Who or what are you trusting in for your protection?

God is the One who created everything. He is the One who has all the strength. He is the One who is in absolute control. Trust Him for everything today.

I pray today that you will know the strength God can give you; that you will trust the shield God gives you; that you will rely on God first in your life for strength and protection; and that you live in the strength of God.

Deuteronomy 6:5 Loving God

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5

After God had given Moses the ten commandments, Moses told the people to love the LORD their God. They were to do this with all of their heart, soul and strength. Several thousand years later, Jesus called this the greatest commandment.

It is easy for a person to say that he loves someone. People fall into and out of love with others all the time. People go around changing who they love and want to date all the time. Marriages fall apart because one of the spouses falls out of love with the other. Many also say that they love God.

However, loving with all of the heart, soul and strength takes it to a different level.

Loving God with all of your heart is placing God above everything and everyone else in this world. It is being willing to do whatever He says all the time. A divided heart ends up falling apart. You cannot love two different things with the same level of love.

Loving God with all of your soul is putting God above your own self. It is easy to put your own personal needs and desires before God’s desires. If you realize how much God loves you and wants only the best for you, then you will love Him above yourself because you know He desires the best for you. You will be willing to lay down your life for God.

Loving God with all of your strength is giving everything you have to love, obey and serve God. This is spending time with God, telling others about Jesus, serving others, and building others up. You will be willing to expend all your time, strength and energy to meet all of these needs. You will trust God will renew your strength.

How well do you really love God today?

Do you just love God?

Or do your really LOVE God with all of your heart, soul and strength?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will learn to love God with all of your heart, soul and strength; that you will rely on God’s strength to keep you going; and that you will live in God’s love and strength.