I Go To The Rock

I woke up early, before the sun was up, my spirit heavy. My heart in the pit of my stomach.

So I turned on my iPad and went to Crosswalk.com, where I could surround myself with God’s Word.

I did several keyword searches, and the verses below are some I plucked amongst many.

They are far more eloquent and powerful than anything I could ding out in a blog today.

Let God’s Word soak in.

Fix your eyes on Jesus. He is our point of reference, our Rock Who does not change. I CAN praise today!

Acts 1:7
And He [Jesus] said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power.

Romans 13:1
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God : the powers that be are ordained of God.

I Timothy 2:1-4
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved , and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

John 24:27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth , give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled , neither let it be afraid.

Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear ? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

II Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Isaiah 9:6-7
And the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor , The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Ephesians 1:19-23
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe , according to the working of His mighty power, Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named , not only in this world, but also in that which is to come : And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all.

Philippians 4:6-7
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Psalm 9:10
They that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee: for Thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee.

That’s my prayer for you, church family. His joy, His perfect peace in the midst of disappointment. We are not defeated and we must not live as such. Our Rock will forever stand!

 

Lookin’ up,

 

 

 

Hezekiah’s Second-Most Famous Prayer: Prayer as Petition

In the midst of a politically-charged year here in the U.S., it’s been interesting how fresh and contemporary God’s Word is to our present situation.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read a passage of scripture I’d previously glossed over and God’s given me new eyes. Almost everyday the Holy Spirit reveals present-day applications related to the here-and-now. That’s our God—He makes new out of the old!  If we but have the eyes to see and ears to hear .  .

In Isaiah 37, I ran across the account of King Hezekiah when he got some bad news.

REALLY BAD NEWS. . .

Disaster was imminent.  Sennacherib, king of Assyria, sent messengers to boast he would surely overtake Jerusalem as easily as he had defeated other cities of Judah. The Assyrian army was breathing down the Israelites’ necks, poised to lower the boom.

King Hezekiah’s response is what caught my attention.

Isaiah 37:14 says, “And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it, and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.

Hezekiah petitioned God—he laid the terrifying situation at God’s feet.

He chose to trust in the LORD God to save them—instead of throwing on the battle gear and jumping into hand-to-hand combat.

This spoke to me. There may be times for marching into battle—with words, with confrontations. All great things at the appropriate times.

BUT this was a time where falling before God and seeking Him WAS the battle plan. PERIOD.

The pattern of Hezekiah’s prayer (vv. 15-20) is simple and direct:

 

First he praised God for being God Alone.  He ascribed power to Almighty God, as Maker of heaven and earth.

  • * Are you divided on Who/who your God/god is?  Who/what is the source of your confidence?

 

 Hezekiah then invited God to hear and see .  . .  to consider the blasphemous words of Sennacherib, who dared to speak against the “living God.” 

  • * Do you take offense at what is being proposed for America?  Does it make you fighting mad, or are you complacent about the possibilities?  You must match what politicians propose against Scripture.  God’s Word is ALWAYS our roadmap for living.

 

Hezekiah admitted the truth of the situation, that Assyria was a pretty powerful force. They had destroyed other countries in the past, and had burnt up their handmade gods with fire. Sennacherib bragged it was because their gods were not in charge.

  • * Have you admitted to God there is a problem, facing the reality of the situation?  Or do you choose to turn it off and stick your head in the sand?  Do you realize the critical crossroads where our country is located, right now?

 

Finally Hezekiah asserts, because the LORD God is the “living God,” Hezekiah boldly asked God to save them from the hand of this ungodly, unrepentant, disastrous ruler. That ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE EARTH may know He is “the LORD, You Alone.”

  • * Are you jealous for God?  Do you want, more than anything, for His Name and His Honor to be recognized?  That if God chooses to answer positively to this prayer, He supernaturally would receive all glory from it—and that no other explanation will suffice?

 

End of the story: Isaiah delivered God’s answer. Because God heard Hezekiah’s prayer,  Assyria was powerfully defeated.

Everything the Lord promised, He accomplished. Because of prayer, Israel went on as an intact nation.

Believer, would you petition God for our nation?

Would you lay it at God’s feet and give it the serious attention it deserves?

For our beloved United States, may we seek the Lord as never before. Not because of any warm, fuzzy patriotic red-white-and-blue feelings we harbor—but for the sake of God’s glory, alone.

Will you pray?

 

Lookin’ up,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Hiding Place

Part of my scripture reading today was Psalm 32:7 which says, “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

I got to thinking about all the ways this verse is true.  Here’s a few thoughts on how He is our hiding place:

  •     * Accusations of our conscience

Satan brings to mind accusations of our past sins. Sometimes it seems we can’t get away from them.

Thanks be to God, Jesus has taken care of this! If we know Jesus as Lord and Savior, Satan’s lies dissolve to nothingness, in light of Christ’s perfect payment. We stand in His righteousness alone—we’re no longer judged because of our past sins!

“Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren [Satan] has been thrown down. . .” (Revelation 12:10)

  •     * Power of sin within ourselves

This speaks of present and future sin. We cannot eliminate this ourselves, because we are weak and will continue to sin until the day we die. We easily fall into the ruts of those same, well-worn sins we’ve committed so many times before.

If we are in Christ and are truly His, He has the power to break sin’s chains. He is Almighty God! His power is made available to us through prayer and the Holy Spirit!

“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. . . Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.” (Romans 6:6, 13)

  • * Power of the devil

Satan knows us intimately by watching us, day and night. He tempts us with those things he knows that are particularly hard for us to deny. He wants our defeat, discouragement, and denial of our Heavenly Father’s plan.

But the devil has been defeated. If we understand the enemy’s wiles, we can hold to scripture’s promises and refuse to give ground, through the strength of the Holy Spirit!

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (I Peter 5:8)

AND

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

  • *Wrath to come

It’s a fact: Every human born (except Jesus Christ) has sinned. We are all deserving of God’s awful wrath upon this sin.

But those who’ve given their lives to Jesus Christ need not worry! Because of Jesus and His great work extended toward us, we will not suffer God’s wrath during the apocalyptic end of the world.

We need not worry about this event. God will save us out of,or through the midst of it. We need only trust God for His provision!

For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”(I Thessalonians 5:9)

AND

The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great—” (Revelation 11:18)

Take comfort, Christian in these thoughts today. . . God is your hiding place. Find solace and safety there, in Him alone. . . .

He is your Hiding Place!

Lookin’ up,