Monday, April 16, 2012

Relax~~Jesus holds the Keys!

Do you know one of God's most faithful promises to mankind? Romans 8:28 tell us: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."

It isn't always easy to see the fruits of that promise, but they are always there and they are something that, as a Christian, I keep in the back of my mind at all times. I'm not in charge, HE is. Relax, everything will work out the way He wants it to! 

None of us ever know the ways of Providence. We don't know why events happen the way they do. We have no idea why one person lives and another person dies, one person is healed and another person is not. We don't hold the keys to the Master plan of the Universe. But we know who does, Jesus! Our Lord and Savior, our Creator! 

                                                                      Relax~~Jesus holds the keys!

When situations go awry in your life, that one solid verse is one thing you can hang onto with absolute certainty. Say it out loud, memorize it, write it on the mirror of your bathroom, and look to it often. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." Doesn't it have a wonderful sound? Please note that it doesn't say in some things, it says in "ALL" things. God doesn't take any days off. He is on the job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a years. 

Life happens. Tragic situations come up all the time in everyone's life. There is no way to get around it. You never know what the new day will bring. How you handle those events totally depends on you and the foundation in your life. You can either completely collapse or stand firm in your faith and your belief that Jesus is in charge, not you. When tragedies occur, prayer often begin on your behalf or on the behalf of the person affected. Do you ever think - Is He really listening up there?

The answer is YES! The Lord hears all those prayers. James 5:16 says ..."The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." He also tells us that when two or more are gathered in prayer, He is there.  Matthew 18:20 reminds us "For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

Your prayers are not in vain. God hears each and every one of them. The way He answers them is what is according to His will and His Master plan, not ours. That is the hard part. People think that when they lose someone or some other catastrophic event occurs in their life and they don't receive the answer they are praying for that God wasn't listening and He wasn't there with them. Not true! If you are right with God, He is there with you. If not, then you need to reconcile yourself to Him by confession and repentance and He will hear you, loud and clear.

                                              Jesus said  "When two or three are gathered in my name, I am there."

Jesus wants you to lean on Him in all times, not just when things go wrong. He wants a relationship with you and that means reading the Bible, spending time in prayer and studying--really studying His Word. That is the only way you will ever get to know Him intimately. 

He desperately wants to give you His peace, that surpasses all understanding. He doesn't want you to worry about anything. Philippians 4:6-7 says "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Our job is to trust and obey and leaves the details to Him. Seems pretty simple, but can you do it?

Unfortunately, for many of us, God doesn't enter the picture until we really reach bottom and feel we have no where else to go. The Lord knows that and He is faithful and forgiving of all of us and our wicked ways. He's used to being a last resort God. He doesn't like it, but He is the one that never turns away from us. He is ALWAYS there when you need Him, he would just like to be included in the normal everyday things and not just during the toughest times of your life. He wants to celebrate the good times too! Psalm 105:8 tells us " He remembers His covenant forever, the Word He commanded for a thousand generations " That's another promise. He's not going anywhere, you can absolutely count on that one too. One of my favorite songs is "Great is Thy Faithfulness." Sit back, and enjoy it with the link below.

Just like any relationship you care about, you have to spend time nurturing it. You have to spend time with the Lord Jesus. It's amazing how when you do that, He will reach out to you and you will begin to understand what He is saying to you through His Word. You will see His presence all around you in all the little things in your life. But you need to be in tune for Him to reveal Himself to you.

He will send certain people into your life with a phone call, or visit, call or email, text or even a Facebook or Twitter message or post. There are many ways to communicate these days. The Lord can be part of all of them, if you will let Him in. You will be more in tune with the things He is doing for you because you will be more in tune with Him! Don't wait until you reach the bottom. Open your heart now, let Him use the Keys and He will change your life forever. He is waiting for you with open arms!

My verses for today are above in red.

My prayer for today:

Dear Lord Jesus: 

Thank you that we can relax and know that you are in charge. What a comfort to know that we don't have to worry about anything. Help us to turn to you in everything Lord. You hold the keys to everything. Help us to remember that, always. Help us to TRUST and OBEY! 

In Jesus name I pray,


  1. I write my prayers in one word supplications, I guess I feel this may not be as worthy, or even worthy, as spoken prayer. What do you think?

  2. I think any prayer offered up to the Lord in truth and humility is heard.

    Romans 8:26 tells us "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."

    This scripture often helps me. When I don't know what to say, the Holy Spirit does indeed help me along the way. When I pray I begin by thanking the Lord for this day, for my salvation and other things that are pertinent my life. We have so much to be thankful for, yet often, we only call on God when we need something. It try to be careful not to give Him a laundry list of my needs. He knows them already

    To me, prayer is just having a conversation with God. I am talking to my best friend, Jesus my Lord. He wants us to talk to him and if we come humbly into his presence with a thankful heart, he will be there.

    God Bless you and thanks for your thoughtful comment!

  3. I am not a Christian. But I am an admirer of Jesus Christ the historically real person who preached a wonderful message of love based on the realization that humility and poverty are the keys to spiritual advancement. By being humble and unfetteredly poor can we spread love. Institutions are not in his scheme of things, they only complicate a wonderful message of joyous love.
    Be humble and all will listen.Be poor so that no physical requirements restrain you and people will believe in the message of love that Christ wanted to spread.

  4. Dear Rana:

    Thank you for your comment. Jesus Christ and the message from his father, God Almighty, were all about love. From the minute He was born until the minute He died on that cross for your sins and mine, his 33 short years on this earth, were all about tolerance, forgiveness and love.

    God sent his only son, Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary into the earth to live as a man and God and experience all the emotions that we feel on a daily basis. Yet, he was the only sinless man that ever walked the earth.

    God wanted him to get inside our heads and be able to feel what we feel and he did right up until he breathed his last breath on the cross and said "It is Finished." His mission was over and He was going home to his Father in Heaven. Talk about love? To die on that cross in humility for all to see.
    No greater love has ever existed!

    Thank you for your comment, and I pray that you will find Jesus and not just admire him. He offers his free gift of redemption and salvation to all for the asking. He will change your life forever.

    God Bless you Rana
    Nicki Watts

  5. Hey Vicki,

    I believe, that God enjoys talking to us. Today, I took a nap and on my pillow, I quietly prayed, "Thank you for today." It wasn't a long prayer. Some may argue that I need to pray on my knees. I know sometimes we should, but its ok to pray im the car, at the park, etc, Be blessed!

  6. • Agreed Janiese,

    I think the Lord wants to hear from us when we're happy and when we're sad. He wants to be part of our lives. I pray laying down, sitting up, in bed and on my knees when I can (I have MS and that's a challenge for me). God doesn't care, he just wants to hear from us! Short prayer or long prayer, it doesn't matter to Him!



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