Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Big Picture

I just wanted to share my scripture for the week- it goes along with what Reba wrote for us this morning.  I have resolved put to memory more of God's word.  I have started with this:

James 1:5-6 NLT

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you.  He will not rebuke you for asking.  But when you ask him, be sure that you faith is in God alone.  Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.

James 1:1-6 NIV

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.



The Big Picture

by Reba Altizer


I had this question lingering in my mind for days and I finally feel The Lord has shown me some insight. If you truly walk with The Lord, by that I mean you talk to Him daily and read and meditate on His word, than I am sure at times you wonder:

Why won't God just fix this or get me out of this situation?

 It seems God never answers me directly.  He normally takes me on a journey in His word. Nothing like God showing me the story in His word where Jesus was in a situation where He could have just took things in His own hands but He didn't. He knew He must fulfill His purpose the Father had sent Him to accomplish even though you see in scriptures he pleaded with the Father but resolved, "not my will but Yours be done".

Matthew 26:42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

Matthew 26:52-54

52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”here he could have called down legions of Angels.

1. Jesus had the authority but HE UNDERSTOOD THE BIG PICTURE AND TRUSTED HIS FATHER TO SEE HIM THROUGH.

The second story The Lord brought to my mind is:

2. WHEN YOUR FAITH IS TESTED BY FIRE TRUST HIM WHO SEES THE BIG PICTURE TO DELIVER YOU.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV).

King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, ninety feet high and nine feet wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon (Daniel 3:1).

Then he herald loudly proclaimed, “This is what you are commanded to do, O peoples, nations and men of every language: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace” (Daniel 3:4-6).

The music sounded and everyone bowed low except for three men who stood tall: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

“Now when you hear [the music], if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I have made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” (Daniel 3:15).

So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.”

A faith that is tested by fire is a faith that can be TRUSTED.

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you (1 Peter 4:12 NKJV).

Psalm 32:7
New International Version (NIV)
7 You are my hiding place;
    you will protect me from trouble
    and surround me with songs of deliverance.


3. KEEP YOUR EYES ON HIM AND NOT THE STORM TRUST HIM TO SAVE YOU.

In Matthew 14 it talks about Jesus sending his disciples away in a boat, while he stayed behind to pray. At evening, vs. 24 "but the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary." vs. 25 "Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea." The disciples were afraid. vs. 27 "But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." Vs. 28 "And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." vs. 29, "So He said " come". And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus." Vs. 30 " But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord save me!" Vs. 31 "and immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" vs. 32 "And when they got into the boat the wind ceased."

I felt The Lord showed me this morning that it is not the circumstances that cause Him to move on our behalf but Faith. It seems when you are going through hard times and things are not going your way, you have to redirect your focus on Remembering He loves you, He has good plans for you, and He will never leave you or forsake you.  Keep your focus and your Words going in that direction.  Believe He who knows the Beginning from the End will see you through your circumstances.  And remember, your purpose is the same as Jesus' when he walked on this earth and know that He will turn our sorrows to Joy as we trust in Him.

Isaiah 61:1-3
New International Version (NIV)
The Year of the Lord’s Favor

61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3     and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.


Thanks Reba!


This isn't a new song, but it's still a favorite of mine.





1 comment:

  1. Excellent and full of wisdom! James 1:5 is a verse that was of particular importance to me when Dave died. The learning curve was desperately hard and I slide off, sometimes weekly, sometimes daily. But, God is faithful and He keeps His word...ALWAYS! On my 1Wife to Widow blog, there are a number of verses that have kept me going. I printed and put them in my 3-ring notebook that has been my "go-to" for whatever I needed...estate, financial, farm, house, vehicles, etc. I put God's Word IN FRONT of my eyes on a daily basis; I reminded God of His promises on a daily basis (not because He needed reminding but because I need reminding). God is faithful; His promises are true and we have not because we ask not.
    Bless His name forever!

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