June 22, 2020
Psalms 42:7--“Deep calls unto deep…”
Inside every person, way down in our inner most being, there exists the deep--the place where we normally do not allow anyone to have access for fear of being hurt. That place is the core of who we really are. That place is where no facades exist, no pretending, no exaggerating—just the true essence of who we are.
It is from that place that a call springs forth in search of meaning and purpose. From there we hunger for God. Our deep calls out unto God’s deep and He replies, “Here I am.” David puts it in focus in Psalms 130:1—“Out of the depths have I cried unto you, O Lord.”
From that place:
Our emptiness calls to his fullness
Our need calls to his supply
Our sin calls to his forgiveness
Our pain calls to his healing
The deep things of God also call out to us:
His love calls for us to come
His peace calls for us to rest
His guidance calls for us to follow
His holiness calls for us to be like him
Does that fit you today? Is your deep calling out to God?
June 29, 2020
Abraham, the great patriarch of Israel, is called of God to go to a land where he has never been, but is to be a place that he will later receive as an inheritance. The Bible records that he went by faith, not knowing where he was going and lived there as in a strange country awaiting the fulfillment of God's promises. He was obedient to the call of God on his life even though he had to walk by faith and not by sight because all he had to guide him was God's word.
Just like Abraham, everyone has a call on their life and with the call comes opposition. There will be barriers to hinder, delay, discourage and opposition so strong that it can cause one to quit. I want to address three barriers that we will all face in our Christian journey.
The first is the Barrier of the Unknown. The only reason something is unknown is because you have never been there or done it before. Abraham went out not knowing where he was going. God will at times ask us to just trust him even when we cannot see the reasoning behind it. We have to understand that life is a series of firsts--first word spoken, first step taken, first grade of school, first time to drive, etc. Each of these steps takes you somewhere you have never been and causes the unknown to become the familiar.
Second, is the Barrier of the Impossible. Abraham became a father at age one hundred and his wife, Sarah, was ninety. There is no need to say any more because the impossibility of the situation is evident. However one more shining example is Samson, who God anointed to defeat one thousand Philistines single handedly. The word "impossible" does not exist concerning God and His power.
Last is the Barrier of Self. This is the toughest barrier of all. It involves what we think of ourselves. It involves whose opinions matter to us. If we allow the words of Satan or negative people to be planted in our thoughts and dictate how we view ourselves, we will not be able to fulfill God's wonderful plan for our lives.
In 1899, Wilbur Wright is recorded as saying, "I am convinced that human flight is both possible and practical." On December 17, 1903, the barrier of the unknown, the barrier of the impossible, the barrier of self and the barrier of gravity were broken and man flew for the first time.
Let me encourage you to break through your barriers, crash through your quitting point and boldly go where you have never been before in Christ Jesus.