Jesus loved Lazarus just as He loves us! Can you imagine the restraint Jesus had to use when He got that message from Martha and Mary remember Jesus was flesh and blood like us.When He hears our prayers I believe He has to restrain Himself, because He’s all about doing His Father’s will.
For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.
John 6:38 NLT
But if we wait on Him we’ll get the answer that’s best for our situation, His timing is so different from ours and we do have problems waiting.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord . “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
Isaiah 55:8 NLT
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
LAM 3:22-23 ESV
God is great and nothing is to hard for Him! So hold on God will show up on time!
I can only imagine oh Lord that day in the garden when You went alone to pray.
I can only imagine the things that pressed You down and weighed so heavy upon You .
I know You could see us rejecting your Father ,I know You could see us lying and stealing and cheating treating others You love so much wrong.
I know You could see us hating each other as You toiled in prayer .I know You could see us as we all strayed .I know You could see the children being dragged away just as they started to play. I know You felt the pain as Mother’s cried again and again why,why did my child have to die.
I know You could hear the lies we often tell making promises we cannot keep.
I know You see us crying out for peace yet we fail to fall down at your feet.
I know You can see us being hated because of the color of our skin,we fail to see we’re all kin because from Adam and Eve we did come.
In the garden late that night all of these things pressed You inside and out! I know You could see the violence that’s going on in our world today,and then to our Father You had to say not my will but yours I will obey. They need me Dear Father ,they need me each day so for their sins this price I will pay.
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,
I Peter 3:18 NKJV
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
II Corinthians 5:21 NKJV
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
4 Then a herald shouted out, “People of all races and nations and languages, listen to the king’s command!5 When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes, and other musical instruments,t bow to the ground to worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue. 6 Anyone who refuses to obey will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”
This threat could have easily made Shadrach,Meshach and Abednego bow down but it did not. And the reason why is because of who was standing up in them. The same God that created the whole universe and everything in it. We would do well to remember in the midst of our disappointments,heartache and all of the painful situations we go through,that Jesus Christ is standing up in us. And he will deliver,hold keep us no matter how bad the situation gets. This world is changing more and more each day and we see many fainting because of fear,but that’s not how Jesus wants us to be. Jesus has all power and he can take us through anything,we need not bow down in fear.
16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”
I love these scriptures in Daniel and we need to have the same attitude,They said O Nebuchadnezzar,our God “is able to save us,and he will rescue us from your power,but if he doesn’t”. Praise God even if he doesn’t that’s okay,because in Christ Jesus we are secure forever,and Heaven awaits us “HALLELUJAH”! We must get more Heavenly minded because the trials and tribulations are getting worse and fainting is not what we want nor is that what Jesus wants.
Good evening as I was going through some older posts they were a blessing to me, and I hope they are to you. I’m feeling good this evening it’s been a long, long time since I have! Dealing with that sciatica nerve pain has not been easy but through the power of God it’s getting better! Love and appreciate you all Followers and Visitors.
1 Beside the rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept
as we thought of Jerusalem. 2 We put away our harps,
hanging them on the branches of poplar trees. 3 For our captors demanded a song from us.
Our tormentors insisted on a joyful hymn:
“Sing us one of those songs of Jerusalem!” 4 But how can we sing the songs of the LORD
while in a pagan land?
We sat and wept as we thought of Jerusalem! Often doing our trials and tribulations we to weep,because it’s so easy to hold onto the memories of good times and better days,yes it is. I smile because I know the position I’m in, and I could try to hang onto how good my health use to be. Memories are wonderful things,but they can also be used against us.If we continually concentrate on the pass our future will be blurred,and we will forget that “even in a pagan land” we can praise God. Back in Jerusalem(the place we love and want back) life was good,we had it made,my job just grand no worries there. The mortgage payments were made on time,no problem. There was no fear of us losing anything back in Jerusalem,Jerusalem was where we could sing and shout praises to God! Because everything was working just fine,the American Dream just shinning,back then! But now we’ve put away our harps and other musical instruments no time for praise now that things have changed.We feel like we’re in a pagan land,but even in this place of uncertainty we can yet praise God! For we know that everything is under his “total control”! So get your praise instruments out and continue to give God the praise due Him,because our best is yet to come Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Amen,God has the finally say and he has said we’re more than conquers we’re overcomers,praise the Lord.
Love in Christ Pat
31 For no one is abandoned
by the Lord forever. 32 Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion
because of the greatness of his unfailing love. 33 For he does not enjoy hurting people
or causing them sorrow.
The two disciples heard him say this and went with Jesus. Jesus turned, saw them following him, and asked, “What are you looking for?”
John 1:37-38 GNB
What a question! When we accepted Jesus as our Saviour what were we really expecting? I’m sure as we ponder that question we will come to the conclusion that following Jesus Christ is not exactly what we expected! But as we grow in the Lord
our expectations change. But what we were looking for is someone who will do things our way ,right ☺ but as we walk with the Lord we learn that is not the way. Sometimes disappointment sets in and really cloud our view of of Saviour and His ways ! Thank God for the Holy Spirit for He will surely bring our thoughts and desires around to what we should be looking for, and that is to do His will regardless to what we are really looking for in Christ Jesus. How Awesome God is and just to know Him is Amazing!
Father help us to desire you and your will Father help us to know you truly are who we are looking for in Jesus name Amen