I have been cast out of Your sight; yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.
Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.” Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet You, Lord God, will not forget me. I have forgotten prosperity. So I said, “My strength and my hope have perished from You, Lord.” Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord? Arise! Do not cast me off forever. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my just claim is passed over by my God”? With a little wrath, for a moment, You hid Your face, but with everlasting kindness You have mercy on me. When my soul is cast down and my soul is disquieted within me, I will hope in You, Lord God; for I shall yet praise You, the help of my countenance. I am hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; I am perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. I trust You will redeem me and bring beauty out of ashes.
JONAH 2:4; ISAIAH 49:14–15; LAMENTATIONS 3:17–18; PSALM 44:23; ISAIAH 40:27; ISAIAH 54:8; PSALM 43:5; 2 CORINTHIANS 4:8–9 - Dr. David Jeremiah Life-Changing Moments with God
It's been a whirlwind of emotions this last few days, let alone the last 10 months.
How have we gotten to where we are today?
People of this world are blinded by the god of this world. Satan's schemes are being played out, but only within the scope of God’s plan for mankind. Satan's cannot eliminate one jot or tittle of the word of God.
Satan's been working hard at his own idea of life. Enter in what you see and have been interacting with, artificial intelligence. Read yet another story in the news last night about how one such AI was created to ask ethical questions of. They quickly learned that it was incredibly racist. I have long suspected that the abomination of desolation is an AI.
Satan's fighting against all forms of sanctification and the teaching of justification in Christ Jesus. Those who promote it are always under heavy spiritual attacks. Every front is hit. Spiritual, emotional and physical.
2 weeks ago we sought out Godly counsel in my former Pastor, and still close friend, Pastor Jeff Brown. We were questioning our intense struggle with just taking a leap of faith.
When we decided upon doing this, the battle began. Satan knew we weren't turning back this time. In times past he was able to stop us by backing off on his attacks and presenting a false peace.
This last week has been filled with so much intensity It's hard to wrap my head around it.
But regardless of my thoughts, my heart knows, that although Satan's meant this for evil, God will turn it towards the good. Genesis 50:20.
I relate to this passage well this day: I am hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; I am perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. I trust You will redeem me and bring beauty out of ashes.
Satan wants us to have that shred of doubt.
Satan wants us to live the comfy life living for ourselves in the guise of living a Godly life. Yes that's possible. We are a people not unlike the nation of Israel. We can do just as they and give God an hour or so a week and live for self the rest of the week. Most, if they are truthful, will confess this.
In the last 4 days I have had to make quick but hard choices in separating myself from aspects of my past that weren't helpful in my walk with Jesus. Giving up on things that were among my wants in life but were not a part of His plan in my life.
I have been hit with hard realizations of the truth about people whom I had befriended who were wolves in sheeps clothing. As Paul had done in one of his letters, so have I done. Placed such people in God's hands to deal with. God is not mocked nor will He ever be.
I have had to endure the time constraints of how to pack up this house, how to deal with those issues. How to do it when it's only my Wife and I, there's no help coming this time around in packing like the last time.
I start work tomorrow at my new job. God made that happen on day 1 of the leap of faith.
So my multitasking mind will be learning a new life and culture in a new city while part of me will be here with my Wife.
Toss in a family emergency that we couldn't stop to be physically supportive in.
We know that God's got this. We have seen His hand in it all. We know that there MUST be something seriously good awaiting us in our new hometown: God's will, our sanctification.
We are both doing what He's putting in front of us. One, at the moment, painful step at a time.
God has always heard our every cry, has record of every tear. Nothing escapes His notice.
I sit in an empty room except for a chair and a dresser and know that He is near, that Jesus is Lord. That His plans for this world will come about. Both for my Wife and I, as well as humanity. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. Love not the world nor the things of this world. Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.
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