Thursday, September 8, 2016

God Is for Me

"This I know, that God is for me." (Psalm 56:9b)

"God is for me."  Why is every word important?  Let's start with the first.  GOD is for me.  Not your big brother.  Not your boss.  Not the government.  God is for you.  This God who never slumbers or sleeps; this God who is able to make you stand faultless in His presence with great joy.  This God who the Apostle Paul would write about, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has in store, what He's promised to those who love Him." GOD is for us.

God IS for me. The word "is" is decisive.  It means that God doesn't run hot and cold.  It doesn't mean that some days He's for me and some days He's not for me."  This means God IS for me.  There was a time in history where God comes to this planet as one of us and willingly gives His life for our sin and then calls us into relationship with Himself.  It's all about grace and love.  If you ever wondered if God is for you, that's the definitive sign.  God IS for you.  

God is FOR me. Have you ever been FOR something?  A political candidate?  A sports team?  It means you're on their side. You want what's best.  You're their advocate.  You do anything on their behalf.  You usually like them.  See, most of us are convinced that God is displeased with us.  He's upset with us somehow.  Not according to what David wrote in Psalm 56:9.  God is on my side.  He's looking out for me.  He wants what is best.  God is FOR me.

God is for ME.  Now, I know this sounds narcissistic.  Please don't read it that way.  It just means that while there's no good reason for Him to be for you, He is.  Broken, fallen, insecure, selfish ... that's us and God's chosen to be for us, for His pleasure.  Not to remove every obstacle of your life, not to make the path smooth and all the rest of that, but to demonstrate His grace through someone like you and me. 

GOD IS FOR ME.

Think about something you're anxious about, something that's fearful for you, something you're not sure of the outcome, something you probably don't have any control over.  God doesn't say to you, "Stop it!"  Instead, He had David write, "God, the God who knows sparrows and hairs and tears ... that God is for me."  In Psalm 56:3, David says, "When I am afraid ..." How about that?  David knows in my human experience there are going to be times when it's out of my control, looks ominous or whatever.  And here's what David says He's going to do.  He says, "I will put my trust in You."  Instead of trusting in my own ability to figure it out, to power through it, I will put my trust, God, in You.  I'll release the control reins of my life in your hands and say, "God, it's OK.  You're in charge, and I will put my trust in You."  God is for me.

taken from a sermon by Mark Norman

Saturday, September 3, 2016

"Yet" Is a Powerful Word

"Yet" is a powerful word
It's the difference between life as a noun
And life as a verb
It's the difference between
Fearing a mistake and learning from one
The difference between going farther
Or quitting before it's done
I can't do it
I can't do it ... yet
Only one will make you stronger
The other will make you quit
With one you move forward
With the other you stand still
One looks for "I can't"
The other looks for "I will"
Three simple letters
Make one powerful word
The distance traveled on the journey
Makes life a verb
Already ... but not yet
Is even more powerful to me
It's who I am in God's eyes now
Yet who I strive to be
It's the hope of heaven
While living on earth
It's knowing whose I am
That turns life in to a verb

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