Good Evening! Hope this Sunday finds all of you well and in good spirits. I hope you have been blessed with a weekend of refreshment, restoration, and renewal. Tonight I'm going to start with a verse that very dear friend sent to me:
Psalm 18: 16-19
16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the LORD was my support.
19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.
What does this say to you? Does it mean anything? Have you ever needed rescue? For whom did you cry out?
Tonight I will admit that there are times when I can't live what I tell others to do. I can't always have the unshakable faith that I know God would want me to have. It doesn't happen often, but it scares me when it does. This is because in those kinds of times I don't cry for rescue... I tend to just want to let myself sink. Any guesses on who leads that charge? You got it... Satan. That snake loves to whisper in your ear and tell you to stop swimming, stop fighting, give up because you are not worth Grace. The good news is that God is there, all along, knowing we will turn back to him. And, if we don't he sends Angels to remind us. These Angels usually take the face of our Christian Brothers and Sisters. It are at the darkest times that God shows his face through those that love us. We carry each other on the darkest of days.
I write this tonight as a reminder that God needs us to do his good work. Sure, he could take care of it in other ways, but how awesome it is to be one of his messengers! I ask you to keep your hearts open to this. Simple request on the surface, but not a simple request. What I ask of you is to not run from those that are being shunned by everyone. Don't run from those with whom cause you to be judged in their presence. Rather, run toward them, take hold of them, and love them the way God intends you to. Help him use you to draw them from deep waters. Help him use you to be their on their day of disaster. In turn, you will delight the pure and perfect God. You will be a good and faithful servant. Thanks to a very special person for reminding me that Grace is free. God's love is endless. And, when two pray together, Christ is there as well.
Love and Peace to all of you,