In the depth of our need we find the depth of his love.
Annie J. Flint was born on Christmas Eve in 1866. Her mother died three years later. She was raised by foster parents who died when she was young. She obtained work as a teacher but developed arthritis that became so severe it rendered her an invalid.
Unable to work, Annie supported herself as a poet. She suffered for more than forty years; her fingers were so bent and her joints so swollen that she could write only with great pain.
This week, a very dear friend sent me one of Annie’s poems. Her words greatly encouraged my friend at a very dark time. When I read them, I knew I was to share them with you:
He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied grace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
Recently I read that to God all time is NOW. Well, we know that He is omnipresent, omniscient, knows all things ….. but ….. I have wondered why sometimes we see prayers answered and then there are the other ones. Do we have to ask more than once? Do we have to get a lot of people to pray to make sure God hears us? Do we have to convince Him? I know that sounds rather rude but let’s face it we do wonder sometimes.
In Daniel 10 we see a time that enemy forces hindered the answer from getting through to Daniel. God saw Daniel’s heart was set to understand and he had humbled himself, so God sent Angelic forces to battle thru to bring the answer.
Jesus has defeated the enemy so the prince of the power of the air no longer has the power and authority that he did before Jesus’ precious blood was shed.
As we pray and develop our fellowship with the Lord in prayer we learn to dialogue with the Lord and we grow in understanding and humility. We come to some understanding of the “time” involved in discovering “answers”. It can be training in our journey into maturing and developing our authority in the spirit. Do we really want to understand or just want God to “fix it”?
It seems that Father God’s perspective includes His love, provision and protection of ALL his children. Our lives and journeys are often intertwined. Our request could have an effect in others’ situation.
Interference to receiving the answer to our prayers can come from more than the enemy. Disobedience, unbelief, sin all can hinder prayer.
The Lord showed me one time that for Him to do what I was asking was like pulling out the black stick from the bottom of a pile of colored “pick up sticks”, it would send them flying. Answering my request NOW could upset a whole bunch of other situations and lives. He sees all the involvement of all of His children. His grace and mercy plus His wisdom and justice are all part of His great love for His family.
As we grow in our fellowship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, we begin to understand about the authority that Jesus has given us through the cross and His shed blood. He finished His work and has given us authority over all that He overcame with His obedience and love. We can place our confidence and trust in the sovereignty of our God , the victory of His Son Jesus as well as the miracle working power of the Holy Spirit. Prayer is a privilege and opportunity to participate with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords in His purpose and plan for the Kingdom. All in His time.
David is an inspiration for us as a Worshiper – Warrior – King. The King aspect is where I need to grow in my own experience. I love worship, I am learning to be a prayer warrior, but the ruling and reigning is an area I need more understanding and commitment.
Psalm 63 reveals David’s heart and his desperate need for a deeper touch of God’s presence. He has seen God’s power and glory in the Sanctuary and cries out for a fresh touch. Desperation like David’s is what is needed – “thirsty soul and faint flesh”.
David turns to what he knows is precious in his own experience, worship. Remembering God’s faithful and steadfast love, he begins to worship and declares what he knows is true and recalls things he will continue to do – He will Bless God and worship with uplifted hands (giving up all his concerns and problems). He determines to be satisfied and be joy filled and remember all God’s benefits and goodness. He meditates on who God really is for him and recalls all God’s help and protection. King David remembers and declares to Rejoice.
Learning to rule and reign in the Kingdom requires first learning to rule and reign my own soul (my personal Kingdom). Like David I must grow in my commitment to:
Seek Him…Behold Him…Praise Him…Bless Him
Exalt Him…Obey Him…Be satisfied in Him
Praise Him joyfully…Remember His blessing
Meditate on Him…Sing for Joy…Cling to Him…Rejoice in Him
Father, I trust you to help me exercise these commitments. I will also recall your Word declares who we are in Jesus. I am seated with Him in Heavenly places and I respectfully remember His dignity, grace and honor that I endeavor to reflect at all times.
Well, there is alone and then there is really alone…
Of course, there are those times we need time for ourselves, to get away from all the stress and noise. It may be difficult to be really alone in this day and age, but how about feeling alone when you are with people? Sometimes you can be alone in a crowd.
We know the Word tells us that we are never alone, that Father God is with us no matter where we are, but we can’t always feel or acknowledge His presence if there is something drawing our attention or affections in another direction.. Things like fear, anger, self-pity, jealousy, disappointment, anxiety, worry, lust, envy, coveting etc. What are we using to satisfy our needs? Why are we unsatisfied in the first place?
The Word tells us that our mind can be in perfect peace when it is stayed on the Lord Jesus. I know, “it’s not that easy.” No it is not, but it wasn’t easy for Jesus to hear his own family doubt his origin. For those who traveled with Him to deny they knew Him. To be hated by those He had grown up with in His local community. These thing were minor compared with hearing His Father slandered and denied, having to hold His tongue when lies were told about Him and His mission to reveal his Father’s love and character. No, it wasn’t easy to trust that what He came to do was not going to be wasted and rejected. We were never promised that being a follower of Jesus would be easy, in fact He told us that we would be treated just like they treated him.. We have no idea the physical, mental and emotional price that Jesus paid to give us the privilege of being a part of the Kingdom of God and knowing with confidence that we will have an eternal home as part of a heavenly family. I think He may have had many chances to feel completely alone, but He trusted the integrity and love of His father and obeyed His Father’s every request, according to the original plan They made before the beginning of time. “Easy” is not what we were called to expect. The blessing of obedience is our reward.
Alone is what the enemy wants you to feel. He will do most anything to keep you from knowing that you are part of a heavenly family that is united and bound together by the blood of Jesus. Isolation is a weapon of the enemy and should be avoided at all costs. Nothing can separate us from the Love of God and that same love is what can keep us united. “They knew they were Christians by the love they had for one another”.