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,