Overwhelming Waves


This fast paced world continually demands more from us. With its loud shouts and subtle pressures we are lured into its game and become easy prey for the beast whose hunger is rarely satisfied. When this happens it is easy to take our eyes (and ears) off of The Lord. Instead, we look at our overwhelming circumstances building and swelling larger until, like a wave of the sea it threatens to engulf us. These waves come one after another without giving opportunity for us to catch our breath and before we know it we are just trying to keep our heads above water. But there is One bigger than the waves. In fact, He commands the sea. The Prophet Isaiah says that He will keep us in PERFECT PEACE. But there is a stipulation to this desirable serenity. We must choose to focus on The Lord. 
Focusing on God instead of our circumstances is easier said than done. It takes practice and determination. We must constantly choose to feast from God’s banquet table that sustains life, instead of snacking on the world’s lies. 
Prayer:

Feed me with the food from Your table, Oh Lord, that I may never hunger and thirst again. Help me fix my eyes and ears on You and enjoy Your peace even in the midst of difficult circumstances. 
Scripture:

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. – Isaiah 26:3

You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. At your rebuke they fled; at the sound of your thunder they took to flight. The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place that you appointed for them. You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth. – Psalm 104:6-9

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Risen

Harvard Law Professor Dr. Simon Greenleaf stated “According to the laws of legal evidence used in courts of law, there is more evidence for the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ than for just about any other event in history.” 
The Reverend Billy Graham, put it like this. “There is more evidence that Jesus rose from the dead than there is that Julius Caesar ever lived or that Alexander the Great died at the age of thirty-three.”
Christ died in order to pay the price of our sin. He overcame death and the grave and now resurrected, He offers us eternal life in Him. The Bible says that those who believe in Him will be saved. 
This weekend we remember the sacrifice that He paid for humanity. 
Friday, the world judged Him, convicted Him to die and hung Him on a cross. 

Saturday, the tomb was shut, the world lay in darkness. 

Sunday, the grave, unable to hold Him, Jesus Christ arose!

Kari Jobe in the lyrics of her popular worship song, Forever, tells His story well. 
“The moon and stars they wept

The morning sun was dead

The Saviour of the world was fallen

His body on the cross

His blood poured out for us

The weight of every curse upon Him
One final breath He gave

As heaven looked away

The son of God was laid in darkness

A battle in the grave

The war on death was waged

The power of hell forever broken
The ground began to shake

The stone was rolled away

His perfect love could not be overcome

Now death where is your sting?

Our resurrected King

Has rendered you defeated
Forever He is glorified

Forever He is lifted high

Forever He is risen

He is alive, He is alive!”

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What a powerful testimony to our Lord Jesus Christ. This weekend may we stand in awe and remember the price that Jesus paid for us. 
KD 

Son of the Most High God- A Prayer

Lord God, Most High God, when I don’t have the words to express all that is within me, I cry out to you. I say that most precious name of your Son Jesus. For you know my every thought, my secret fears, the battles that range within me. Without You I am lost. You God are My Strength, My Hope, My Defender and there is power in the name of Your Son-Jesus. And so I lay my soul bare before you…Search me and know me…Listen to the ache that fills my heart. Give me courage to seek you…Fight for me, for my loved ones as we struggle for Godliness and Holiness in a world that no longer values these qualities. Be our Promised Redeemer, Our Shield, Our Refuge and Our Fortress as we call to You…Jesus.

KD 

Psalm 91-Proverbs 18:10-John 14

The Real Test

John, the baptizer knew the secret of pointing others to Christ. Speaking of Jesus he said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” – John 3:30Unfortunately in our service to Christ, we often get this backwards. It’s almost as if we say, “He must decrease, so that I can increase.” Oh, I doubt we actually utter these words aloud, we may not even consciously think them, but often our actions speak louder than words. I mean who really wants to plunge the church toilet or do some other menial task?
Many times we talk a good talk, but are we willing to become no one for Christ’s sake? Are we willing to receive no praise, no thank you, no type of recognition whatsoever?

KD 

“The real test of a saint is not one’s willingness to preach the gospel, but one’s willingness to do something like washing the disciples’ feet—that is, being willing to do those things that seem unimportant in human estimation but count as everything to God.” Oswald Chambers

The Sacrificial Lamb

“Have you ever wondered, at the outset of Jesus’ public ministry, why John the Baptist hailed him as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”? Why didn’t John shout instead, “Hey, look, here comes the Messiah!” Or, “Look everybody, it’s the Lion of Judah.” Or, “It’s the King of kings!” Instead of these powerful titles, John evokes a shocking image of Jesus as an innocent victim destined to become a bloody sacrifice.The son of a priest, John would have been familiar with the sacrificial system. He would have heard the braying and the bleating of the innocent victims, would have seen the blood poured out, would have inhaled the pungent odor of burning animal flesh mingling with smoky incense in the temple. “Here comes Jesus, the marked man, the bloody sacrifice, the innocent Lamb who is going to be sacrificed for the sins of the whole world!”

The next time you think about Jesus as the Lamb of God, discard the image of a cuddly stuffed animal, the kind children like to carry around. Think rather of Jesus, the innocent victim who died because he loves you. Join me in thanking him because as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. His sacrifice is so effective that when God looks at those who belong to him, he sees the Lamb who loves us, the one who has peeled sin’s thick disfigurement from our souls, leaving now no barrier to God’s love. No wonder Paul proclaimed so confidently that nothing—“neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future…nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38–39)!”
Entire excerpt from the book:

Praying the Names of Jesus

By: Ann Spangler