The Lens of Truth

Early Morning Thoughts…

I woke up this morning and the room was blurry. I deduced what the various shapes and objects were around the room because I see them so often . But this got me thinking…As I lay in bed praying and thinking about the day ahead, I started to realize that I needed my glasses if I was going to see clearly and navigate through the day.I might think I could see things enough to get by, but the truth is, with my own eyes I would fumble, trip over things, and maybe even miss important things altogether. And at the end of the day, my eyes would be tired from straining so hard to just see the outline of what was really in front of me. I certainly wouldn’t want to leave the familiar surroundings of my house and venture out either.

How much more does this thought apply to my spiritual life!? In the same way, my spiritual eyes need the lens of God’s truth. I might make it through my days, but with my own limited perspective, I will miss things, fumble through loving others and pursuing righteousness, and trip over my sin. And because I’m not seeing clearly what is in front of me, it would be far to easy to stay stuck in the comfort of familiar surroundings instead of stepping out to where He has called me. But God is gracious in the way He reveals His truth to us. Sometimes it is hard to take in, but I believe His ways are best-and what we would choose if we could only see things the way He does.

Let us enjoy the journey as we walk in the light of His truth, friends!

Psalm 119:160

“The sum of your word is truth,
    and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.”

Ephesians 6

 “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth,” 

“If” (Psalm 124)

A couple of weeks ago our church began a series on the Psalms of Accents. As well as reading the chapter for the week and spending time in prayer, one of the challenges is to re-write the psalm of the week in our own words. I will confess I haven’t been very consistent in following along with every daily discipline, but this week’s psalm really hit home for me. These particular psalms have been encouraging to read because they are about fellow Believers on a journey. As they ascended to Jerusalem every year to celebrate their feasts, the Jewish pilgrims faced hardship, danger, and doubt. But still they sang. I admire their honesty, and though their feelings didn’t always match up, they acknowledge that the Lord was their help and hope no matter what. This example challenges me to keep singing real authentic songs to the Lord as I journey. As well as to keep in mind the great hope we have living on this side of the cross. Hope you are encouraged by this as well! Keep pressing on!

This week’s psalm is Psalm 124. Here it is re-written in my own words.

“If the Lord had not been on my side, if He hadn’t been for me-

I will say-

If the Lord had not been on my side fighting with me when men accused me and came against me, then they would have prevailed.

I would have fought for my life while they held it in their hands.

They would have overtaken me in their anger, and the waters of adversity would have overwhelmed me.

The feelings of despair raging inside would have swept over and engulfed me.

*But God.

Praise the Lord who counseled me and delivered me!

He is my comfort and stay. He has not allowed me to be torn apart. He has not allowed my undoing.

Rather, He has provided a way of escape. He has set me free-Eternally from sin and despair.

My help is in the name of ‘Yahweh, the Maker of heaven and earth-Creator and Sustainer of all, and my good Father!

Amen!”

Also, check out Psalm 94 for more encouragement!

In Him,

Laura

 

What A Friend We Have In Jesus

Last night I had a few friends over to my house to watch a Christmas movie and hang out for a bit. Sadly,it seemed like I had been struggling all day with anxious thoughts,fears,doubts,and condemnation. I kept trying to bring them to the Father but they kept “creeping off the alter”to bother me. A couple of hours before the get together,I decided to invite my childhood best friend to come over also.It was amazing because as soon as she texted back that she was coming,a peace settled over me. I knew I was going to be okay if she was with me. Any potentially uncomfortable or awkward situation is always better when she is with me! Following that feeling,I began to examine what exactly brought had brought it to come about. Thinking over our many adventures,some good and some bad, I was reminded of our bond,and how no matter what,ultimately we were together and for each other.We have such freedom because we love despite each other’s performance,we know each other so well,and we’re sure of one another. My precious lifelong”Kindred Spirit” and I have stood the test of time so far as we know it.And as far as I’m concerned we will won’t stop.

That’s exactly how I want to be with Jesus. I want to be flooded with peace in all circumstances because I know He’s with me and for me. I want to have walked through so much life with Him that I am sure of Him-sure of His infinite,everlasting Love despite my performance,sure that I am learning to know Him so well that I know what His will is and recall to mind His faithfulness in times past. Oh, what a Friend we have in Jesus! He is our peace and joy above all! Oh how I am learning and will keep learning until I reach eternity the depth of these truths and just how profound they are for my journey!

“What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

2. Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer.

3. Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield thee;
thou wilt find a solace there.”

Joseph M. Scriven

my faith prayer

Heavenly Father,

Please teach me what is true and what your way is for me, and help me to trust when I don’t know how to feel.

I want to glorify You in my life, and through making the decision day by day to trust You with every detail of my life.

Help me to let man’s opinions fall by the wayside as I look only to please You.

Your faithful promises lift me up and declare that YOU are doing something new with mercies in abundance.

You leave my past mistakes to lie forgotten in the dust and redeem the lessons I learned through them.

You love me fully every day of my life and will keep remaking me ’till the day I die.

Even so, You will carry me on to eternity and You will be my inheritance forever and ever.

–Amen

Heaven knows, I am a weary, restless sinner on my own.Give me the FAITH to believe!

~Laura Beth  (Victorious Spirit through Christ)