God Calls And He Equips

 

“…Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it)…”

Hebrews 13: 21 (AMP)

 

God will always equip us to carry out His will. I don’t believe He ‘calls’ us without ‘equipping’ us. When God gives us a vision for something, we often wonder how it could be accomplished when we don’t have what’s necessary to get started. But when we take small steps towards doing it, God takes care of what we need. He begins to ‘equip’ us. He is always working in us, making us what we ought to be in order to ‘accomplish’ that which is pleasing in His sight.

I have found that even in doing what God has called me to do at this time of my life, He is still there working in me. I’ve heard it said, “I can’t do this or that because I need to get myself right first.” The only problem with that is we may never end up doing anything significant – because we may never ‘get ourselves right’. We are still works in progress while carrying out the work God has for us to do.

Though we’re works in progress still,
We can carry on doing God’s Will.

 

M.S. Lowndes

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God’s Living Water

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As the deer pants for water,
So my soul longs for you
I stand in a dry and barren land
With no hope to hold on to

 

O Lord, my inner self cries out,
Come wash me with your word
And let your living water flow down
To quench my dying thirst

 

I know these times of barrenness
Are sent to test my faith
But Lord, I long to once again
Be refreshed by your grace

 

So Lord, I come before your throne
Where rivers of grace flow free,
I stand below and bathe in it
As it gently washes me

 

And soothes the dryness of my soul,
Healing as it revives,
Restoring the hope that I had lost
While refreshing my faith in Christ.

M.S. Lowndes

 

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Perfection

Give me the cross,

and its perfection

give me the fullness

of Jesus’ direction.

Give me the hope,

of the Lamb

give me the strength

of I AM.

Give me the joy,

that is eternal

give me the peace

that is internal.

Give me the trust,

of the Saints give me love

without constraints.

Give me the cross,

and its endurance

give me faith

and its assurance.

Deborah Ann Belka

A New View of Change

“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me.” John 10:14 

Scripture reference: John 10: 7-18

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We as a people typically dislike any kind of change.  But the change we generally resist is the kind that we think will make our situation worse rather than better.  We eagerly change jobs when it means higher pay and more influence.  We happily move to a bigger house in a better neighborhood.  So it’s not change in general that we dislike; it’s change that seemingly involves loss.  Whether physical, emotional, or psychological.

Change is both inevitable and necessary. If everything was to stay the same, nothing or no one would grow.

But we have a Shepherd who guides us through change and leads us to a better place.  Getting there may be difficult, as it was for the Israelites in reaching the Promise Land.  They complained when their situation got worse rather than better.

However, we have the example of Jesus.

In less than a week, He went from being the leader of many to being abandoned by all.  Between Palm Sunday and Good Friday, our Good Shepherd became the Passover Lamb. Because Christ willingly went through suffering, God elevated Him to the highest place.

Not all change is pleasant, but when we’re being led to a better place by Someone who loves us, we don’t need to fear it.

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Faith in Jesus will keep us steady in the stormy sea of change.  He is with us every step of the way.

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Does It Pay

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Who meets us by the way,
Goes on less conscious of his galling load,
Then life, indeed, does pay.

If we can show one troubled heart the gain
That lies alway in loss,
Why, then, we too are paid for all the pain
Of bearing life’s hard cross.

If some despondent soul to hope is stirred,
Some sad lip made to smile,
By any act of ours, or any word,
Then, life has been worth while.       – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

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The Word Speaks

“For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12

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Nothing compares to the Word of God. It is Active, Operative, Energizing and Effective.

The work that the Word of God does is like no other. There is something about God’s Word that reaches into the unreachable places of our spirits and exposes what needs exposing. God’s Word brings into alignment our thoughts, actions and our plans – with His truth.

Whatever there is within us contrary to the Word of Truth, it will be exposed so we can make changes. Sometimes this can be a painful time, if it is a past hurt or a painful memory we have long before buried deep within. We often don’t want to revisit the past, when it brings us so much pain.

God’s Word can bring healing, restoration, comfort and hope. It builds up our faith to be able to stand firm. We need to allow God’s word to do a thorough work within, and align our lives to God’s truth.

The world disguises lies as truth, but God’s Word will stand and expose it for what it is. Don’t get caught up in what the world says, but measure it up with what God’s Word of Truth says.

 

Lord, I thank you for your word
That penetrates deep within
Help me to allow you, Lord
Expose what I have hidden.

M.S. Lowndes

 

God’s Peace

 

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God’s tender love and peace
Is what we all long for
In a world so hopelessly chaotic,
So unstable and unsure

 

It brings stability to our minds
And calmness to our souls,
For that is what we desperately need
As this world can be so cold

 

We need to have God’s peace
When turmoil’s in our lives,
For God’s peace doesn’t depend
On the daily pressures of life

 

When we have those stressful days,
God’s peace can often soothe
And bring us such a quiet hope
That chases away the blues

 

So when you feel the pressure on,
Remember, Jesus Christ,
Receive from Him the peace He gives
As His daily dose for life!

M.S. Lowndes