Let me begin by saying that the valley is a test. A test that covers a lifetime of lessons that the Shepherd has taught us. Lessons learned on the green pastures, and along still waters. Lessons taught while our soul was restored, and as we learned the right path to take. It is the ultimate test of our faith. Depending on what the Shepherd is preparing your life to accomplish you may be tested with the valley more than once.
Many of God’s promises are amazing. In Matthew 6, verses 25-34, he who seeks the kingdom of God first is promised that “these things” (food, clothing, and shelter) will be provided. God gives us the promise of rest and relief if we bring our burdens to Him in Matthew 11:28-30. But in Romans 8:32 He promises us more than this- He promises us “all things”! I love things that include the word “all.” All-time greatest, all-inclusive resort, all-you-can-eat buffet.
“It’s hopeless. You’re alone. You’re trapped. You are a failure. No one cares. It will never change. You’re doomed. You can’t do anything about it, so why even try? It’s over.” Lies We Believe These words ring out long and loud in many hearts. We hear the message so often, we begin to believe it: … Continue reading Finding Real Hope
Having been brought by God’s grace to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, we now, depending upon the Holy Spirit, joyfully establish this covenant with one another: In all we do, we will aim to glorify and enjoy the God of our salvation, giving Him the preeminence in all things...
Isaac was a man in the middle. Look for him in the Bible... you won't find much, but what you find will be in the middle of two Patriarchs who get quite a bit of Biblical narrative. You'll find him in the middle of several controversies / conflicts ... especially in the middle of his … Continue reading Man in the Middle
Introductory note: There is a simple correlation between the word 'seed' (KJV) and the promises (aka - covenants) of God. The first promise of Messiah was in Genesis 3:15 (seed of woman (virgin)); promise of Godly line preserved through Seth (Gen. 4:25); covenant to Noah prohibiting floods and signed with a rainbow (Gen. 9:9). Promise … Continue reading Seed of Abraham