Wednesday, June 6, 2012

fighting for faith with the promises of God

      True Faith in the promises of God is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit.  And this Holy Spirit is actually in me because I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and my Savior!  I am at war against unbelief and really desire to kill the lies my flesh, the Enemy, and the world that constantly come into my thought life.  I know that the battle for faith in God really is a mental battle and must fight it with the Word of God (the Sword of the Spirit).  
      There are tons of examples of people's faith in Scripture and just came across again the account of Abraham's faith in God.  He hoped against all odds that the God who made everything is the God who keeps His promises.  Wow.  This is the same God of today, I can trust 100% of His promises in His Word and bank on them with all my heart that He will complete the work He has started in me (Phil.1:6) because of the finished work Jesus completed on the Cross.  This is the Living God and He has given me Living Hope through Jesus Christ. 
      The chapter below in Romans is such a helpful reminder that my sins are forgiven based on my faith and not my works!  For faith is a gift from the Lord (Eph. 2:8-9) Therefore, there is no boasting in my flesh! This example of the Lord's faithfulness to Abraham is so helpful to me.  He didn't let the fact that he was old or that his wife was barren get in the way of what the Lord had promised him.  He decided that he would hope against hope and believe what God had said and wait for the Lord to bring about this promise.  He trusted the character of God verse the external things.      
      There are thousands of promises listed throughout Scripture that are a guarantee for the Christian.  Though my circumstantial desires that are not fulfilled and can tend to tempt me to despair and grow weak in faith, I have trustworthy promises that are mine in Christ Jesus and will be answered in the Lord's due time.  I want to focus on those truths and cast my cares on the Lord that He knows my heart's desires and will give me the grace to wait in hope.  And in waiting seeing that it can be a season of worship to my King.  I want to fill my mind with the promises of God and 'hope against hope' that He has my best and His glory at hand.  Let us press on to maturity like Abraham, even when 'hope deferred makes the heart grow sick' (Prov.13:12a) We have a new heart given to us with eternal glory that far outweighs any earthly sorrow/blessing.  Praise the Lord that my inheritance is not of things of this world, but is found in Jesus alone!

Romans 4
1. What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?
2. For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”
4. Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due.
5. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,
6. just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

7. “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
8. blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”
9. Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness.
10. How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised.
11. He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well,
12. and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
The Promise Realized Through Faith
13. For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.
14. For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15. For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

16. That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
18. In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.”
19. He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 
20 .No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,
21. fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
22.That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”
23. But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 
24. but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 
25.who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Whate'er my God ordains is right.

Reminded of this hymn and really thankful for the truth in it!  Hope this encourages your heart in knowing that God is good and faithful through trials.  Even if I am sad-girl and totally have cried the 'ugly cry' the past couple of days, the Lord is still good to me by helping me to run to Jesus.  I want to be holy, so why am I surprised by trials?  "It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutues.  The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces." (Ps.119:71-72).  Please Father, teach me that you are far better then anything this world has to offer!  Help me to treasure Jesus and make Him known through my little life.  For your great glory, Amen!

Whate'er my God ordains is right

Whate’er my God ordains is right,
Holy His will abideth.
I will be still whate’er He does,
And follow where He guideth.
He is my God,
Though dark my road.
He holds me that I shall not fall
Wherefore to Him I leave it all

Whate’er my God ordains is right,
He never will deceive me
He leads me by the proper path,
I know He will not leave me
I take, content,
What He hath sent
His hand can turn my griefs away
And patiently I wait His day

Whate’er my God ordains is right,
Though now this cup in drinking
May bitter seem to my faint heart,
I take it all unshrinking
My God is true,
Each morn anew
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart
And pain and sorrow shall depart

Whate’er my God ordains is right,
Here shall my stand be taken
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine,
Yet I am not forsaken
My Father’s care
Is round me there
He holds me that I shall not fall
And so to Him I leave it all

©1998 David Braud Music.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Be still my soul

I am horrible at waiting and have been in every season of my life.  The truth is that I often try to run away from waiting by escaping mentally somewhere else. This is sin because I am not trusting in the Lord's kind hand in my life and wanting to be else where then where He has placed me. Yet, the Lord calls His children to wait upon Him and that actually is part of His good for us to wait.  
God is the only One worth waiting on because He alone holds all Power to bring about change.  He is my Father and controls all things.  If I know these truths, why do I have such difficulty waiting on the Lord?  My mind is reminded with wonderful verses that tell the believer to wait on the Lord (Psalm 27:13-14, Isaiah 64:4).  I know that it's for my good and I am always encouraged when I remember Lazarus story in John 11 in how Jesus waited an extra 2 days before He went to Lazarus because He loved them.  Yet, I still question the Lord in unbelief and let's be honest, even despair when the Lord ask me to wait.  I long to have this heart of this hymn writer below.  This hymn always reminds me to be silent and still before the Lord.  My Father knows all things and it's up to Him to order and provide all of His providence's in my life. I want to bless the Lord no matter my circumstances.  I long to challenge my self or any others out there who are in the season of 'waiting' before the Lord.  Don't waste this season in anger, self-pity (which is pride), despair or even trying to escape because all of that is sin and breaks our fellowship with the Lord. 
Repent again of unbelief and Trust and Behold Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 3:18).  Remember the Gospel of Christ!  Jesus is my righteousness and paid for all my sin on the cross!   Consider Jesus in Isaiah 53.  He is the perfect example of humility and submission to the Father.  And actually His perfect works count for me through faith! What grace! Oh how I need to remember this constantly!
It's comforting to know that even back in 1752, Katharena (the writer) was learning the lessons of waiting on the Lord.  May the Lord grant grace upon grace to His children who are waiting in faith and grant true worshipful prayer to God through Christ our King in every season of waiting. This season is meant for my good.  To make me more like Jesus (Romans 8:28).   May we count it all joy when we meet various trials...knowing that it the testing of our faith that produces steadfastness in Christ, that we maybe perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2-4).  All for the praise of His glorious name!
"Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.

Be still, my soul: t
he hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and bless├Ęd we shall meet at last.

Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, be leaving, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine."
-Katharina Von Schlege

Monday, November 7, 2011

nap time thankfulness

It's nap time for Molly and the little boy I babysit, so thought I could make a little post! It is only 1:38pm and I have so much to be thankful for:
  • Early morning run with a friend
  • Encouraging time in the Word and in prayer for family & friend's needs
  • Crock-pot meal cooking for dinner  
  • Little boy to babysit who really loves to smile and laugh and play with my little girl
  • Story time at the Library with the kids, then lunch at a dear friends home
  • Got to chat with my neighbor and was invited to visit with her and her new baby after naptime!
  • Nap time-which leads me to where I am right now! Peace and Quite and a chance to do laundry and clean up our home and I might have time to start my sewing projects...
There is so much to be thankful for...must call my mind to remember the Lord's faithfulness. The Lord has been good to me, better then what I deserve!
Lamentations 3:21-27
21But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
22The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 "The LORD is my portion," says my soul,
    "therefore I will hope in him."
25The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
27It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke in his youth

Friday, November 4, 2011

time for change and updates...

Here I am.  Trying once again to do the blog thing.  I am excited to share all the Lord has been doing and just simply about His faithfulness.  I hope this blog will enable me to recall of the Lord's graces and kindness to me each day.  As I am learning to be a homemaker, a wife to my kind husband and a mother to my precious 19 month year old girl! Lots of things I am learning in the place the Lord has called me. How I long to grow faster, but trusting that He is growing me in His perfect timing and way.

Excited to announce that we are in the foster to adopt program!  All the paper work is completed on our side, now we are just waiting to hear from the other side that we are officially approved! The Lord has give us favor with our case worker and said she will approve us and in about 4 months we can receive a foster baby into our home!  As of yesterday, we are praying for twins or a sibling group to invite into our home!!  I know it sounds crazy, but really would love this and be excited to see the Lord provide in His perfect way to grow our family!  Just thinking through how we have had 2 miscarriages in the past 9 months and perhaps I will never be able to get pregnant again (not that I know the mind of God about this matter, but learning to trust Him in how He wants to grow our family).  If we were to foster to adopt a sibling group or twins it would be a forever memory of the 2 little babies that we lost and are now with the Lord.  Not that I want to replace one of those babies, but it would be a constant reminder that the Lord knows exactly who He wants to place in our family.  It would only remind me of His compassionate love towards me, to my unborn babies, and to the potential adoptive foster babies.  May He do this for His glory!  May His kingdom advance through our little family!  All to Jesus I owe!  All to Jesus I trust!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

SBTS Graduation = Praise the LORD!

May 20th, 2011

I have so many pictures that were taken that day for me, but my computer is not letting me download them quickly, it maybe b/c we have slow internet? anyways, can't get another picture up tonight and must go to bed! it was a very special day and so thankful for the Lord's grace to carry me to this point! He is gracious and I have my Masters! :) Praise God from Whom ALL blessings flow!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hope has come!

Had to share this as I'm listening to one of my favorite Christmas Albums by Sovereign Grace Music. I know it's April, but we listen to Christmas music-year round!  All these songs point to Christ and his finished work on the Cross & Resurrection.  Very encouraging with Good Friday coming tomorrow and Easter Sunday!  Also, one of the songs is describing how Hope has come!  And this is the reason why we gave Hope as Molly's middle name!  It serves to remind us to pray and continue praying that she would run to Christ for her only hope and salvation!
Here's the lryics of that song....really consider the words because truly is the greatest thing that has ever come in history! Christ has come....and our only hope!  May whoever reads this know the true meaning behind this Easter Season...Christ has come!  He is Risen, indeed! Let us praise His Name!

Hope Has Come
by Sovererign Grace Music

"Let us join with the angel voices
Let us join their happy song
All of heaven and earth rejoices
For the Lamb of God has come
He has come to rescue sinners
Come to meet our desperate need
He was born to bring forgiveness
Born for Calvary

Alleluia, Hope has come
Alleluia, Christ has come
We once were slaves in misery
Till You appeared and set us free
Alleluia, Hope has come

Let us lay our gifts before Him
Let us magnify His Name
With our thankful hearts adore Him
For the Lord has come to save
He has come to break sin’s power
He has come to set us free
Hope was born that glorious hour
Christ the mighty King "