Archive for May, 2010

Remember His Goodness!

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
To the weary ones, to the fearful or discouraged, to those feeling the fiery darts of the enemy, take heart: GOD IS FOR YOU!  He knows the path you’re on, and once He has strengthened, established, and settled you through these battles, He will bring you forth like PUREST GOLD (see Job 23:10, 1 Peter 5:10).  Your Father can do ANYTHING – except fail you.  He has never stranded one of His children before, and He’s not going to start with you.
 
Some of us have been undergoing an intensity of battle that feels like it’s going to pull us off the rock of His love.  If that’s you, please listen to this word from His Word: HE is your keeper!  (See Psalm 121).  You do not keep yourself any more than you had to save yourself.  Jesus Christ is your Savior, your Keeper, your strength, your shield, your Defender, your Rock, your refuge, your Healer, your glory and the lifter of your head.  He loves you with a perfect and unending love, an unfailing care and watchfulness, and with an undying dedication.  He has already shed His own sinless Blood to purchase you; He’s not about to let the enemy take you down.
 
Here’s your part: Remember His goodness to you!  Think back to miracles past, to deliverance He’s worked, to every time He’s healed you, helped you, provided and guided, led and fed, and answered your cries.  Remember, then Rejoice!  The enemy cannot stand it when we allow his attacks to drive us deeper into God’s Presence through praise and thanksgiving.  “He who has promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).  He’s going to bring you through, child of God.  Praise Him now, before the storm is stilled, and give Him glory for what an awesome God He is.
 
Love and blessings in our precious Savior,
 
Pastor Matthew Casey
www.matthewcasey.org
 

Refreshing our Faith

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

MANY CHRISTIANS TODAY are becoming increasingly aware that we are living in the “perilous times” of which Paul wrote to his young friend Timothy (2 Timothy 3:1).  Therefore, it’s vital that God’s people drink regularly from the Living Waters of God’s Spirit and feast on the Bread of the Word – lest we find our faith becoming weary and our hearts left open to discouragement.  Let’s strengthen ourselves in the Lord as we remember just a few of God’s promises together, and rejoice in His goodness to us this very day:

PROMISE #1 ~ You’re being FOLLOWED: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalm 23: 6).  No matter how dark or discouraging your day may feel, the TRUTH is that His boundless, matchless, flawless love is watching over even the tiniest details of your life  right this very moment (see Psalm 139:1-4)… He’s nearer than your next breath, and He loves you enough to die for you (because He did!)

PROMISE #2 ~  YOU are STRONG when you feel WEAK, for His POWER is made complete in your WEAKNESS“MY strength is made perfect in weakness”  “For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:9, 10).  This world tells us to “LIVE STRONG,” but it has no true strength to offer ~ for the strength of man soon withers like the grass:

 “All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field… The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.”

Isaiah 40:6, 8

But for those who trust in the LORD, their Source of strength is unshakable:

 “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

 Isaiah 40:29-31

He’s promised to be your strength, to never leave or forsake you, to uphold you through every battle and to carry you through flame and flood (see Isaiah 41 and 43).  He’s the 4th man in your fire, the Friend who sticks closer than a brother, and the strength of your heart.  Trust Him to make you “more than a conqueror” in everything you’re facing today. 

PROMISE #3 ~ What is COMING far exceeds what now IS: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…” (2 Corinthians 4:17).  British pastor and author F.B. Meyer wrote, “Earth’s best cannot compare with Heaven’s least.”  We are eternal beings, and the future that awaits those who have lived their lives for Christ is wonderful beyond all description or comprehension.  Every sacrifice, every self-denial, every cost counted will be MORE than worth it in the light of Jesus’ glorious presence (see Philippians 3:7-8). 

Child of God, you can trust Him with all these things that concern you… He knows what He’s doing.  It may seem like an endless valley that you’re walking through, but our Father knows how to best shape us into the image of Christ, and how to cause our lives to bring Him the greatest glory.  Never, ever forget: He loves you enough to die for you – because He already did. 

Some years back when I was walking through just such a valley,  a good friend encouraged me with these words from the Apostle Paul:

“For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

 (2 Timothy 1:12)

Your life, your future, your family, your hopes and dreams – EVERYTHING is safe in the nail-scarred hands of your Savior.  You can trust the Man who died for you. 

Let us choose to trust Him, then, with everything we’re facing today and all the “unknowns” in the future.  “In this world you will have tribulation,” Jesus told His disciples.  “But be of good cheer; for I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).  And because His victory was absolutely final, our victory is absolutely certain.  “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).  He won’t fail you, child of God.  Very soon your faith will be made sight, and you will rejoice then that you trusted Him now. 

Much love in Christ Jesus,

Pastor Matthew Casey