Archive for July, 2014

He Will Come and Save

Monday, July 14th, 2014

HE’S COMING TO YOU

Say to those who are fearful-hearted,

“Be strong, do not fear!

Behold, your God will come with vengeance…

He will come and save you.”

Isaiah 35:4

First, a word for the discouraged or fearful, those who feel like their prayers have been long unanswered: your God is coming, your prayers have been heard, and your Father will be right on time. 

He sometimes allows delays to test our faith, deepen our trust, purify our hearts, strengthen our character – but never to harm His own.  You are bought with the priceless Blood of His very own Son, you’re inscribed on the palms of His hands (see Isaiah 49:16), and you’re under His watchful care this very moment.  So let your heart speak out in faith:

You are my hiding place;

You shall preserve me from trouble;

You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.

Psalm 32:7 

Yes He shall!  He will come and save you – this time, every time. 

 

AND HE’LL COME TO US

  “Come. let us return to the Lord.

For He has torn, but He will heal us…

Let us press on to know the Lord.

His going forth is as certain as the dawn;

And He will come to us like the rain,

Like the spring rain watering the earth.”

Hosea 6:1-3 NASB

I am convinced that America’s only hope is a heart-breaking, stronghold-shattering revival of Biblical proportions. 

But let’s face it: the day is dark, the news is grim, the scandals and corruption in our government abound, and a flood of wickedness and atheism seems to be swallowing our land.  Do we really expect the world to get excited about Jesus? 

AMERICA WILL NEVER GET EXCITED ABOUT JESUS

UNLESS THE AMERICAN CHURCH IS EXCITED

AND PASSIONATE ABOUT JESUS. 

Revival in America must start with repentance in God’s House.  America’s only hope lies within the Church, and hinges upon ordinary Believers – like you and me – crying out for mercy to triumph over judgment, praying for lost souls to be saved, and beseeching the Lord to show His power in our nation once again. 

If we seek Him, He will return to our churches… He’ll come with rains of righteousness and refreshment… He’ll come with light and revelation like the morning sun, dispelling the darkness and despair. 

So this week, the choice is yours and mine.  Revival is America’s only hope for survival, and our prayers are God’s prescribed method.  He wants to come in mercy and power once again… Will you ask Him? 

May the Lord bless and strengthen you this week,

Pastor Matthew Casey

© Springs of Life Ministries, 2014

 

TRUST in the DARK

Monday, July 14th, 2014

“Who among you fears the Lord?

Who obeys the voice of His Servant?

Who walks in darkness and has no light?

Let him trust in the name of the Lord

And rely upon his God.”

Isaiah 50:10 NKJ

Sometimes God entrusts His children with a valley dark, a place of unusual trial and testing.

Perhaps some of us reading this encouragement are in such a dark place.  You’ve prayed for guidance, for clarity and breakthrough, but your prayers don’t appear to be moving any mountains so far.  Left in the dark long enough, we can feel desperate for an answer.  What can God’s people do in such a place? 

Isaiah tells us: 

1. Trust in His name (that is, His character/goodness)

2. Rely upon Him

If you’re in a dark place, that advice can sometimes seem 1) simplistic, and 2) easier said than done.  But listen:

Simple trust in God’s goodness amid deep trial, testing,

or sorrow is spiritually dynamic, because it: 

  1. Focuses our hearts on our Father
  2. Builds our faith in proportion to the trial (the bigger the trial, the more faith built)
  3. Gives God glory as we display Job-like devotion (“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”)
  4. Prepares the way for His deliverance and answer to come. 

And His answer WILL come, precious child of God!  He has yet to break a promise, strand a sheep, forget His covenant, or fail anyone, anywhere, anytime.  He has not, He will not, and He cannot forsake His own. 

If you’re in that “dark place” right now, you don’t feel His presence, you don’t see His blessing, and you can’t tell which way to go or turn.  So just come before Him with all the faith you’ve got (even if it seems like “mustard-seed” variety at the moment) and tell Him:

Father, I don’t understand this valley, I can’t see where to go, and I don’t know what to do… My heart is hurting, my mind is confused, and my circumstances appear dire… But Abba God, I choose to trust Your heart, to rely upon Your faithfulness, and to confess Your goodness right now.  Be glorified through me and through this dark place; I know You’ll send the light, the answer, and the breakthrough right on time. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” 

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed

That I would see the goodness of the Lord

In the land of the living. 

Wait on the Lord;

Be of good courage,

And He shall strengthen your heart;

Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Psalm 27:13-14 NKJ 

I pray that the Lord encourages, refreshes, and strengthens you this week. 

Much love in our wonderful Savior,

Pastor Matthew Casey

© Springs of Life Ministries, 2014