Wednesday, March 14, 2018

God Can Handle It

God Can Handle It

Have you ever had someone in your life who could handle just about anything – your bad hair days, your bad temper days, your angst, your anger, your joys unbounding, your good side and bad side? 

Guess where I’m going with this?  Yes.  God can handle IT!

Big IT!

I’ve taken the mundane, minuscule issues to Him and found relief and I’ve taken the big, atomic bomb size problems to Him and found comfort and consolation.  

There is no magic bullet here.  It’s just a
matter of release and allow the God of grace to handle whatever is on your mind or in your heart.  Some answers take a few years to come into play, and let me be quick to add that not all the things I take to God are answered the way I would like.  But my point is this – God can handle anything that is on my mind or in my heart.

I’ve had to pray about bad attitudes, bad deals, unfair dealings, rotten avocados bought at the grocery store and a thousand other ‘problems’ on my mind.

But in the really big and serious stuff, God can handle IT.

He can even handle my lousy attitude, my bellowing and screaming AT Him from time to time.  Some things I’ve dealt with just don’t make sense, and I’ve let Him know that.  And He has handled it.  He didn’t cut me off.  He didn’t get mad at me for my attitude, nor even for the resentment in my heart.

He handled it, and every time thus far, God has re-stabilized my heart and mind.  He’s brought to me a sense of peace and reasonableness.  Notice I’m not using the terminology of “He brought me every desire of my heart.”

My point – God can handle anything that is troubling us. 

In the last part of Jeremiah 32:17 we read: “There is nothing too difficult or too wonderful for You.”

Later in Jeremiah 32:27 we read: “Look, take note, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for me?”

I rest my life in the one who can handle anything that brings me concern.  And you can too.

Thanks be to God.

Hope Encouragement Inspiration

Thursday, March 8, 2018

I Know What It Is Like

I Know What It Is Like …

The idea for this post came from my Pastor, Mark Woodward, on Sunday, March 4, 2018)

I know what it is like …
~When told its surgery or else
~When facing a surgical procedure
~When being shaved in preparation for surgery

I know what it is like …
~When love goes sideways
~When creditors call
~When autos are repossessed

And I also know what it is like …
~When God’s still presence comes sweeping in
~When peace and assurance overcomes doubt and fear
~When fear is replaced with hope

I also know what it is like …
~When a direct prayer is answered by a personal God
~When I don’t get my way and all is still right in this world
~When God solves the problems of the world regardless of who is in office

You see, I know in whom I believe, for I am persuaded that He is able to keep every promise, every covenant.

~I know He is with me in every moment of every day 
~I know He will never leave me nor forsake me
~I know He knows my name and what is best for me every moment of every day.

I know how to struggle with fears, and finally yield to the wisdom of the God of the universe who loves me as I am, not as I should be.

I have great confidence in the God of my understanding.

I am learning to know what HE is like!

Some words that come to mind are:
    Loving to a fault

This is the God I know!

You can know Him too.

Hope Encouragement Inspiration

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Agressive Grace

Aggressive Grace
She was clearly in the wrong, for they caught her with a man in such comprising ways.  So, they dragged her from his arms into the synagogue to appear before ‘the master teacher’.  They wanted justice and they wanted entrapment.  Justice to condemn her and entrapment to catch him in a wrong response, a wrong word at the wrong time.

He was there alright.  He was teaching as they suspected.  Nevertheless, they barged right in, pushed her down to the ground, naked, shamed, hair a mess, body and soul a bigger mess. 

The accusations began: “Teacher, we have caught this woman in the act of committing adultery.  The law of Moses commands that she be stoned.  What do you say?”

The hall fell silent.  All that could be heard was heavy breathing of the attackers, and the quiet whimpering’s of the lady.

The mob really wanted to trap him into saying something they could use against him.  They didn’t really care about the lady.  She was just an excuse to trap him, the teacher. 

What he did next astounded the mob.  It astounded the woman.  It was unheard of.  He simply stooped down and began writing in the dust and dirt on the floor.  Nothing fancy.  Not even doodling.  Just nonsensical writing. 

After a moment, they persisted.  They stated their accusations again, louder, stronger.  They mumbled, and rumbled, they threatened, they were angry.  How dare he ignore them.  They had a complaint.  They had a suspect.  Was he deaf?  Did he hear them?

He stood up.  He looked the mob in their faces, looking from one to the other.  He saw their sweat, he heard their heavy breathing, and he saw the rocks they carried in their hands or in pouches hanging from their waists.

And he spoke: “Okay.  I hear what you say, but first, let anyone who has never sinned throw the first stone.” 

And he stooped once again and continued to make marks in the dust. 

Within seconds, had we been there, we would have heard a thud, and then another, and another.  It was the sound of rocks being dropped.  They weren’t being thrown at her.  They were being dropped.  And then the shuffle of feet can be heard as the mob disperses.  One by one they all left the scene, leaving only the Teacher and the woman.

He stands again, and after looking around, he asks her, “Where are those who were accusing you?  Did not even one of them condemn you?”

“No, my Lord,” she said.

And Jesus, The Christ, said, “Neither do I condemn you.  Go, and sin no more.”

What a marvelous demonstration of aggressive grace.  He had a victim.  He heard the accusations of those who were witnesses.  And He showed aggressive grace. 

Let’s break those words down:


I have been a recipient of this aggressive grace in my life.  And I know it is offered to you as well. 

May this aggressive grace of Jesus flood your heart and mind now.

Hope Encouragement Inspiration