Nevertheless God

Most people desire friendship with Happiness. I know I do. And we yearn for acquaintance with Joy.

Do we not?

Joy, so easily sneaks out the back door  when Distress and Restlessness show their heads and appear.

And where is Rest? Did we not invite him at the close of the day? Where did he go when everyone else was sleeping?

With a tap of a finger, or a click with the thumb, women “roar” and men “parade” themselves, places are torn down.  Trouble surrounds.  But, there’s a voice of Refuge shouting, “Turn it off! Turn it off! Stop and remember what God’s Word has to say:

our bodies had no rest, . . . we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears. Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us . . .” (2 Corinthians 7:5,6. NKJV).  

Refuge reminds. His companion, Calm, follows close behind singing a song from age-old time:

“O soul are you weary and troubled. No light in the darkness you see. There’s a light for a look at the Savior and life more abundant and free. Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” (Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, Helen Lemmel (1863-1961).

Remember did come to my aid with a warning: “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.Mark 14:38, NIV.

“O God,” I cry, “Remind me the promises. When the mountains quake, the trials mount, and Anxiety wants to be my best friend. Speak Lord, speak with mysteries deep.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”      Psalm 46:1-3.

Nevertheless God shows up. In His word, in old songs, in each breath that I take.  And He teaches me again to sing,

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”

Refuge came. He brought Calm along. With a Psalm and Song, I finally found Rest.

 “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
 God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

And this is where I found Joy.

  1. O soul, are you weary and troubled?
    No light in the darkness you see?
    There’s light for a look at the Savior,
    And life more abundant and free!

    • Refrain:
      Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
      Look full in His wonderful face,
      And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
      In the light of His glory and grace.
  2. Through death into life everlasting
    He passed, and we follow Him there;
    O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
    For more than conqu’rors we are!
  3. His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
    Believe Him, and all will be well:
    Then go to a world that is dying,
    His perfect salvation to tell!   hymn by Helen Lemmel





Give me Revelation

“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophesy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Revelation 1:2,3.

This Book tells you and me right off the bat that if we read it, we will be blessed, or simply ‘happy’.
And it also tells you and me that if we hear it and take to heart what is written, we will be blessed.

Now I am not a Bible scholar, but I believe that the word means what it says, that he who reads these words will be blessed.
You and I need to read the word, and we are promised to be blessed!

So, today I was in Revelation chapter 12. Let’s read, let’s hear:
“And there was war in heaven.
Michael and his angels fought against the dragon,
and the dragon and his angels fought back.
But he was not strong enough,
and they lost their place in heaven.
The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.
He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Christ.
For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;Revelation 12:

(Emphasis mine.)
So,today,we read and we hear that there is a loud voice saying in heaven,
“Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ; for the accuser of the brethren is cast down…”
And we also read that ‘they overcame the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.’

There is nothing there about them overcoming the enemy by their prayers, or even their good works – first and foremost the enemy was overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony – by the blood of Jesus Christ and their testimony of being a ‘whoever believes in Him’ (shall not perish but have everlasting life).

I don’t know about you, but I am very blessed and happy to read these words, these words are good to hear. It is never about you, it is never about me – it is about Him always. ‘they overcame the enemy by the blood of the Lamb,’

remember the hymn?
“This is all my righteousness, nothing but the blood of Jesus.”
“this is all my hope and peace, nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

So we have to get this straight- when we feel ‘condemned’ about ‘not doing enough’ or ‘praying enough ‘ etc. and it gives us this, “I give up” kind of attitude – that’s the enemy, that’s condemnation.

But if you are being ‘convicted’ by the Holy Spirit to read more and to pray more and follow the Lord, He will give you the hunger and thirst for God, He will draw you closer. Remember, God follows you with goodness and mercy.

So we have the end of the story. We can do this. James tells us how,
James 4:7
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…”

Read Revelation, it will make you happy, God promises!