So it is in giving thanks, that we draw close to the heart of God. When we give thanks in everything, we are saying that we trust that the Lord is good. We trust that the thoughts He thinks toward us are to give us a future and a hope; this glorious eternal life with Him. We trust that He works in and through the darkness of our hearts, that He is transforming us day by day. When we give thanks in everything, we are walking by faith.
These small steps of faith and obedience, they turn our hearts towards Christ. We behold His glory as in a mirror, and our hearts are being changed.
Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and set free those who are bound. Whatever our bondage, whatever our stronghold is, God does not leave us there. When we invite Jesus in, He will set us free. He will break the chains holding us down; He will bring us out of our darkness into His light.
Our hands get weak when we are desperately trying to carry more than we should. So we can strengthen the weak hands of people by carrying their burdens with them, by taking loads off their shoulders and remaining by their side until they find their strength again. We preach God who is our strength (Ex. 15:2; Ps. 73:26; Is. 40:29-31), who we trust to strengthen us (Is. 41:10). We speak of His grace that is sufficient for us, for His strength is made perfect in weakness.
“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:14-15) It should not surprise […]