Monday, July 22, 2013

Feelings fade and so does the sun

WARNING: Do not rely on your feelings.

I really dislike when I place all of my feelings into one thing, one hope and than end up completely dissapointed. I didn't fully allow the Lord to guard my heart and I didn't surrender all of my feelings either.
How often do we read everything but the words WARNING on a sign, we tend to gloss right over that word, because come on that doesn't apply to me...right?..wrong. There are plenty of warning signs in the bible that we should definately listen to.

Now...feelings are not bad. Feelings are good. But so is the sun and food and pizza and chocolate and bowls of ranch. Yes, i love me some ranch. But...if i consume to much than i will feel icky. See to much of something is not good. Just like relying on ranch to stop my hunger pains I should not be relying on my feelings to fill a void. This is where I tend to put my trust in other things rather than in Jesus.

I can think of a few men in the old testament, where at times feelings led them astray. For instance in the book of Exodus, where Moses went up to the mountain to hear from the Lord and the people below got impatient and thought to build themselves a lovely idol, all because they felt neglected by God. Which in fact they were taken very well care of. They were so distracted by their feelings and lack of joy that they created something to make them feel better.

David knew a lot about feelings and he had a rollercoaster of them. He went through heartache, suffering, battles, depression, worship and healing...in the end we see the praises of His aching. God turned David's sorrow into Joy.

Our hearts are ugly and dirty inside, we desperatly need Jesus to cleanse us. We need Him to be the one who catches us and the one who can heal us...not our feelings.
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?" Jeremiah 17:9

We need to be constantly handing our thoughts and feelings over to the Lord. Anyting that is not of Him will be cast out. That is my desire that what I do in life is pleased by God and that whatever is not of Him would be cast away. I want the Lord to be the center and the leader of my heart, of my eyes, of my feelings. I am prone to wander and I need Him to be my secure ground which can not be moved.

I encourage you to give over those feelings to the Lord, do not rely on sand that will crumble or the sun that will fade but place your hope and trust in the everlasting creator of the universe. I exhort you to not place your hope in man but in Jesus. I too need this reminder that only Jesus can give me my hearts desire.

"Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered." proverbs 28:26

I am constantly reminded to wait on the Lord, to trust in Him. My feelings have lead my astray many times down deep wholes, dark alleys and rough valleys but my Jesus has been the light in the darkest of places.

I don't know who you are or where your coming from in life and I don't know if this has anything to do with what you are going through but I would love to tell that you are valued, you are pursued by the KING OF KINGS, that Jesus desires the best for you, that His love is greater and stronger than our fleeting lusts of the world and that no matter how many tears you shed and how many times you fail in life... He tenderly loves you.


"So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ."- Romans 10:17



-Mis

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Healed

I made it through the crowd
just inches away from seeing this man
that could heal this bleeding, this pain

I didnt hesistate to get as close as i could,
just enough to touch the end of his robe
enough to be healed of this ache that ive had for so long

I know that i had nothing to offer Him
and I knew and heard He was the healer of sin
in that moment I was stopped in the streets
by the comforting voice of this man
I could no longer see

the crowds were pushy and loud that day,
but, my Jesus couldnt ignore the power that was displayed
He called me out,
a woman who once was in pain
to see who i was
He called me by name

He said,Daughter
I melted, this man was not ashamed
He commanded that I go and walk in peace
His promises I clinged to and I was set free

After 12 long years,
I have never known such compassion
and love from anyone before
I was healed by a man whose words changed my life

Matthew 9:20