Giants

We’ve all had to face something that’s really hard. Some have had to climb mountains that looked impassable … some with success … others falling off the cliffs of failure. Life can get complicated without much notice and the challenging circumstances we face can feel over-whelming. Our Goliaths might look different for each of us.

Anger

Divorce

Guilt

Regret

Deception

Addiction

Fear

Failure

Doubt

Pain

The list is endless, but it’s a powerful list. I’ve seen too many people go down for the count. I want to encourage you to face these challenges with the help of God. His mercy, His healing, His strength, His presence will see you through. But it can be scary sometimes wondering if we’re fighting all alone.

For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’[b] ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’[

I’m facing a giant myself this week. I plan to walk along in faith, not knowing where it takes me. And that’s sometimes scary.

I was listening to Spotify’s playlist called Songs To Get You Through and a song called His Name started playing. From the start it caught my attention… There’s a Father when your father walks away … a friend when no one else knows your name … His Name is Jesus.

 

This song is so encouraging and I post the video here for your encouragement. Whatever big scary challenges you have ahead of you this week do not have to spark fear and defeat in your heart. You have someone who’s fighting with you … and he will never leave your side.

Thanks for reading. JD

Here are some books for your Kindle:

Fearless Daughters of the Bible by J. Lee Grady   .99

Streams in the Desert by L. B. E. Cowman  .99

Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden  1.99

God’s Peace When You Can’t Sleep  by Thomas Nelson  1.99

God of Hope by Dan R. Dick, Jr.   1.99

A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss by Jerry Sitzer 1.99

From Sinner to Sinner

“The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.” ― Timothy Keller

I had some thoughts about sin and sinners today that I threw out on Facebook and Twitter. They seemed to resonate. I wanted to post them here as well.

*No matter what you think of someone else’s sin, remember that it takes the same blood of Jesus to cleanse all sins – even our own.

*When you are tempted to talk about someone else’s sin, ask yourself if you are creating an environment of repentance or judgment.

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*No one sins in a vacuum… Other people are hurting. Have you prayed for healing of those suffering because of collateral damage?

*We cannot pretend that sin is not sin. We cannot pretend that grace is not grace. Lift up the fallen through the power of forgiveness.

*Just some thoughts from one sinner to another.

Hopefully those are worth contemplating a bit.

Here are some books for your Kindle…

Walking From East to West by Ravi Zacharias  $1.99

Thriving in Babylon by Larry Osborne   Currently FREE

I Will! Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian by Thom Rainer  $5.24

Be Alive! John 1-12  by Warren W. Wiersbe  $1.99

Joseph: A Man of Integrity and Forgiveness by Charles Swindoll  $1.99

Handbook for Christian Living by Charles Stanley  $2.99

MacArthur Bible Handbook by John MacArthur  $2.99

When Silence Falls

 

Tim Hughes’ song about turning to Jesus when life doesn’t have any easy answers resonates with me. I know I’m not alone in that.

Too many people, when life falls apart, think that their efforts with God haven’t paid off. I’m caught by surprise when I realize the idea still persists that if we are pretty good people then God won’t let anything bad happen in our lives. Did anyone ever think to ask Job about that? How about Abraham? The Apostles? It’s just a lie that we buy into and from which we gain some amount of false security.

When hope is lost, I call You Savior. (1)

And why do we do that when there is a vast amount of real security to be found in Jesus? When we turn away from God we have a new reality to face. Trying to make it work without Him is not really working.

Make no mistake – God does not abandon us when hardship strikes – He carries us. No one enjoys hardships and disappointments. They hurt. How we respond when the crisis hits is the real measure of our faith. In your tears, don’t think that God is gone. The truth is He is nearer than you ever believed.

I don’t have intricate philosophical arguments to shape your response to pain and sorrow. Who would listen if I did? I don’t know who’ll read this that may need it. But if you’re reading… and you’re hurting … just know that God hurts with you and He’s not far away. Stand on your faith. When you can’t stand on your faith any longer, just let Him carry you. He’s not looking for some Superstar of Faith. Jesus will accept the smallest faith and help it grow. Take a listen to this song. Thanks for reading.

When hope is lost, I call You Savior.
When pain surrounds, I call You Healer.
When silence falls, You’ll be the song within my heart.

Here are some books for your Kindle…

Undaunted by Christine Caine    $2.99

If You Want to Walk on Water, Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg .99

God’s Peace When You Can’t Sleep   $1.99

Hope For Each Day by Billy Graham  $2.99

Grace Notes by Philip Yancey $1.99

God’s Answers to Life’s Difficult Questions by Rick Warren  .99