Archive for August, 2010

Perfect Love, Perfect Peace

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.  Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.”

Isaiah 26:3-4

Perfect peace,” is literally, “shalom, shalom” in the Hebrew (as if to say, “peace multiplied by peace, complete wholeness, fullness of joy, perfect well-being”).  Wouldn’t you and I like some more of that in our daily lives?  The whole world strives for peace, but only those of us who know the love of Jesus have access to real peace amid the storms of this life. 

But how do we enjoy such peace?  Isaiah gives us the answer: “Because he trusts in You”.  Perfect peace comes from total trust; the deeper the trust we give Him, the deeper the peace we experience.

“Total trust?  How can I pull that off?” you might be saying.  As we consider our level of trust in God, and the common temptation to hold back areas of “concerns” (i.e., WORRIES) from Him, let us realize that only perfect love is worthy of total trust.   And Jesus told us, “Greater love has no man than this: that He lay down His life for His friends.” 

First He TOLD us what perfect love looked like, and then He SHOWED us that love on the Cross.  And because of that, you and I need never worry, never wonder if we’re loved or protected, never doubt or fear again.  My friends, we can trust the Man who died for us.  In fact, who else can we totally trust? 

His perfect love invites our total trust, and total trust leads to perfect peace.  Let’s receive His love this very moment, rejoicing in the fact of His perfect care and abiding Presence, and let’s honor Him with our total trust.

May the Lord bless you today,

Pastor Matthew Casey

© Springs of Life Ministries, 2010

Familiar Promises, Fresh Experience

Friday, August 6th, 2010

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;

Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”

Jeremiah 31:3 NASB

God’s Word is full of promises with which Believers eventually become very familiar… and with familiarity can unintentionally come taking for granted.  Like we tend to do with a family member or a reliable car, we can tend to underappreciate the incredible promises God has made us, and this leads to a diminished experience of their power in our lives. 

Paul told the church in Corinth, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV).  Every promise, every blessing, every oath to which the Lord has bound Himself by His Word is meant as a guarantee for His children today, an anchor for our lives, and a stronghold in time of trouble.  Let’s meditate on just a few of these “exceedingly great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4), and ask ourselves if we are experiencing them afresh in our lives today:

 The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.

He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love,

He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

Are you and I living in the abundant peace that comes from this truth?  That He is Emmanuel – GOD WITH US – right now, this very moment?  And that He truly delights in us – not because of how good we are, but because of how good He is?  Are we receiving the quieting down of His love, the peace of His song being sung over us?  It reminds us of a similarly precious promise:

 “By day the Lord directs His love,

at night His song is with me –

a prayer to the God of my life.”

Psalm 42:8 NIV

Whether you find yourself in the day of prosperity or the dark night of the soul, your God is with you, caring for you, protecting and providing, watching over all your ways – For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’  So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJV).  Your God can do ANYTHING – except fail or forsake you, precious child of God.  You are purchased by the Blood of His own Son, and you are priceless to Him.

Some of us are facing severe battles in different areas of our lives, and deep tests of faith.  The enemy is “breathing out violence” against our souls (as King David expressed in Psalm 27:12), and fear is trying to snuff out faith.  Therefore we must run to the promises of God right now, and speak them out – swinging the Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17), and asking God to breathe on your faith as you do so:

 “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed;

Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame…” 

“For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed,

But My kindness shall not depart from you,

Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”

Says the Lord, who has mercy on you… 

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,

And every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.

This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,

And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.

Isaiah 54:4, 10, 17 

Whatever your trial or test, whatever your lack or need, recognize that your help comes from the Lord (Psalm 121:2), your comfort comes from His Spirit’s Presence (John 14:16), your healing comes from His suffering (for by His stripes we are healed – Isaiah 53:5), and your victory is certain thanks to His death and resurrection!  Our victory is as sure as the empty Cross, the empty tomb, and the occupied Throne at the right hand of God the Father, where Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us:

 

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him,

 since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

Hebrews 7:25

Our Savior lives!  He reigns and rules!  He intercedes for us!  And He has promised to cause all these things to work together for your good.  Go to Him with thanksgiving and praise, confessing your trust, pouring out your heart before Him, and choosing to believe His promises – for they are true!  Your Deliverer is near, and you are held in His arms of love.

 May the Lord’s presence surround you today,

Pastor Matthew Casey

© Springs of Life Ministries, 2010