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Don’t Give Up

“From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”  Psalm 61:2 (King James Version)

Have you ever teetered on the brink of something you thought you could not endure? Suffered a devastating loss? Received a frightening diagnosis?  I have, but as long I have been in ministry; as well as I knew the Scriptures.  As strong as I believed my trust was in the Lord, like the Psalmist, my heart became overwhelmed.  Despite how faithful God had been to me, my faith became feeble. Many times I thought my heart would break and that I had nothing to live for.  There were times when I  felt like giving up.  I wanted to give up.  I almost gave up, but thanks be to God I did not give up and the Blessings have been too many to count. The key was knowing where to go in the time of trouble. Like David, I cried in prayer to the Rock of Ages and every time  the Lord heard my cry.  After all, who understood better what I was going through than “the Stone” that the builders rejected?”

This is a song of David.  Yes, King David, the “man after God’s own heart.”  David admits here that his heart is (not just full), but overwhelmed.  In other words, (if I can use my imagination), I believe he is saying, this thing is more than I can take.  I am at my wit’s end. This situation is too much for me. It is beyond my strength.  If you are familiar with David’s story, you know that this was not the first time David had been in this place.  But while he began many of his songs with tears, he always ended them with praise.  In fact, the Scriptures help us understand, no one is exempt from suffering in this life.  But the  promise is, we will never go through it alone. The Lord has said, “In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). I constantly remind myself no matter how things seem in these perilous times, there is “nothing new under the sun,” and that everything that is happening now has happened before to countless others who have come through victoriously because they trusted in God.

If I can leave you with anything today, it is to urge you to trust and hope in the Lord no matter what you are going through.  Pray about your situation — sleep on it and if God wills, tomorrow will be a new and brighter day.  Whatever you do, don’t give up Look up.  And as a friend once advised me at a low point in my life, “when you get to the end of your rope — tie a knot in it and just hold on!” Hold on to the One who “knows your frame.”   Hold on to the One who will catch you every time you fallGet a good grip and rest in the safety and security that only the Lord can give.

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Unconditional Love

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (NIV)

Whenever I feel unloved, I go to Calvary.  Whenever I feel pressured by the world, I remember Calvary.  Whenever I feel lost, lonely or alone, I go to Calvary–the place where human suffering is laid out in full view.  I go to that place where our sinless Lord is dying– not for sins He committed, but for our sins–yours and mine.  And I marvel at the way God chose to write an unforgettable message of unconditional love, especially when we were so undeserving and so unworthy. I am amazed, but you have to see the suffering in order to see the love.  And you will miss the depth of the love if you do not understand the degree of the sufferingWhat an extraordinary picture God paints of unconditional love!

But if the truth be told, I believe most of us would settle for love in any condition, but it is unconditional love that we crave.  You know: love without restrictions;love without prerequisites or requirements; love without qualification or reservation, love without hidden clauses or small print; that never keeps a scorecard of rights and wrongs; that never says, if you love me you would do this; or you don’t love me because you didn’t do that. It’s love that has no limits; that sets no boundaries; that draws no lines; that is always open.  It’s the kind of love we get –not because we are lovable but because we are beloved. You see, real, authentic love finds it own wayacts on its own initiative. It’s the 1 Corinthians Chapter 13′ kind of love.  It’s a man named, Jonas Beiler’s “No Pre-nup–No Post-nup” love.  That’s the kind of love we want most!

It’s the kind of love, that loves us not just when we are dressed up in all our “stuff” — but also loves when we are dressed down and stripped of all pretense.  The kind of love that loves when we are wrestling in the dark corners of our lives.  That loves when we are wallowing in our muck, mire, and misery. That loves when we are acting the fool and should know better. That loves whether we are wrong or right.   That cherishes us when we get lost and can’t find our way.  That loves when we try and fail in our trying, that keeps on loving when we get old, gray, and wrinkled; that loves us even without makeup; that doesn’t stop loving because our breath is unpleasant; our noses are drippy or our hair is a mess; that adores us even when our heads are bald; our bellies hang over our belts and all of our teeth are gone.  I’m talking about THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL– THE LOVE OF GOD THAT (ON CALVARY) LOVED US WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE — IN SPITE OF WHO AND WHAT WE WERE THAT SAW US AT OUR WORST AND STILL GAVE THE VERY BEST.  WITHOUT A DOUBT, THAT’S  (MATCHLESS), UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!!!!

The songwriter said it best:  “I could not imagine what loving me would cost until Jesus went to Calvary and loved me with a Cross.” May you rejoice always in these words found in Romans 8:38-39 (RSV) “For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Be Blessed and Happy Valentines Day to ALL.

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