Category Archives: NEVER LOSING the LIGHT

Are you in a storm?

Is it dark?

Does it feel like you’re all alone or that Jesus has gone to sleep in your boat?

Well, if that’s you, I want you to know I’ve been there.

I’ve been in storms that I believed would finish me off!

(They didn’t.)

But the reason they didn’t is because of The Light who is not intimidated by any storm. And part of the reason is because we have a Savior who is a water-walkin’ Master Mariner!

When the storm is raging—He comes close whispering the words of hope-filled-Light and encouragement that we desperately need.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t get through a single day in my life without it.

So if you’re tired of bailing on your own?

If you’re ready for Someone else to row for awhile?

Then move over and let Him take an oar!

He’s been hoping you would.

Never Losing The Light: Weary and Worn Mariner

weary of warfare Oh, Beloved, I see how weary you have become.
You have warred a “good warfare” but there is a limit to all that body, mind, and spirit can take.
Day (and especially) at night—your enemy mercilessly attacks.
You wonder at your despair?
You wonder, “Why hasn’t this changed yet?
Where is my relief?”—yes?
Yes.
But Sweetheart, you have heard me say to you many times, “I am coming.”
I AM!
Do not give up your hope just as the battle turns!
I see what you cannot, for I see what transpires here in the Heavens, a great and mighty conflict is being waged.
Many souls hang in the balance.
You do not see in your present darkness all that is depending on you—and your faith!
My word to you today is, “Hang on!”
Hang on My child.
Yes, I AM coming.
Your life, your calling, your destiny, all are being decided as this warfare rages.
Do as you have been doing.
Run to Me!
Pour out your heart.
Cast all your failure and lonliness and fear at my feet.
As I rise from My throne to lift you up, I shall place my omnipotent foot upon your enemies neck!
weary mariner“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11

Seems that God is looking more for ways to get us home than for ways to keep us out. I challenge you to find one soul who came to God seeking grace and did not find it.

—Max Lucado, “When God Whispers Your Name”

Part 1: Is God Whispering Or Shouting?

Is God whispering your name?

Is He?

This storm you’re in—could it be that God isn’t whispering but actually shouting to you?

It could be.

It might be.

I wonder.

“Do heroes know when they are heroic? Rarely. Are historic moments acknowledged when they happen? You know the answer to that one. (If not, a visit to the manger will remind you.) We seldom see history in the making, and we seldom recognize heroes. Which is just as well, for if we knew either, we might mess up both. But we’d do well to keep our eyes open. Tomorrow’s Spurgeon might be mowing your lawn. And the hero who inspires him might be nearer than you think. He might be in your mirror.”

― Max Lucado, When God Whispers Your Name

 

(I wonder?)

The more God empties your hands for other work the more you may know He has special work to give them.

— Edmund Garrett

If Job could have known, as he sat there in the ashes, bruising his heart on this problem of Providence, that in the trouble that had come upon him he was doing what one man may do to work out the problem for the world, he might again have taken courage. No man lives to himself. Job’s life is but your life and mine written in larger text… So, then, though we may not know what trials wait on any of us, we can believe that, as the days in which Job wrestled with his dark maladies are the only days that make him worth remembrance, and but for which his name had never been written in the book of life, so the days through which we struggle, finding no way, but never losing the light, will be the most significant we are called to live.

— Robert Collyer

As evening fell, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”

So they took him just as He was and started out, leaving the crowds behind (though other boats followed). But soon a terrible storm arose. High waves began to break into the boat until it was nearly full of water and about to sink. Jesus was asleep at the back of the boat with His head on a cushion.

Frantically they wakened Him, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you even care that we are all about to drown?”

Then He rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Quiet down!” And the wind fell, and there was a great calm! And He asked them, “Why were you so fearful? Don’t you even yet have confidence in Me?”

Gospel of Mark 4:35-40 The Living Bible

God whispering your name

 

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Never Losing the Light: Under Hopeless Circumstances

“… under hopeless circumstances he hopefully believed.” Romans 4:18

alone in a storm

Be willing to live by believing and neither think nor desire to live in any other way.

Be willing to see every outward light extinguished, to see the eclipse of every star in the blue heavens, leaving nothing but darkness and perils around, if God will only leave in thy soul the inner radiance, the pure bright lamp which faith has kindled.

—Thomas C. Upham

Are you in a storm?

Is it dark?

Are you running low on hope?

Does it feel like you’re all alone or that Jesus has gone to sleep in your boat?

Well, if that’s you, I want you to know I’ve been there!

I’ve been in storms that I believed would finish me off!

(They didn’t. But at the time I sure believed they would!)

The reason they didn’t is because of The Light,  who is also called the  Holy Spirit. He is not intimidated by any storm, and part of the reason is because He works with a Saviour who is a water-walkin’ Master Mariner!

Just between you and me? When the storm is raging? They are the One’s who are willing to come close, whispering the words of hope-filled-Light and encouragement that we desperately need.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t get through a single day in my life without Them.

So, if you’re tired of bailing on your own? If you’re ready for Someone else to row for awhile? Then move over and let Them take the oars!

(They have been hoping that you would.)

Why don’t you come with us?

We’re all going to the other side of this storm!

When the world asks if there is any hope, we can say absolutely! No one is exempt from tragedy or disappointment—God himself was not exempt. Jesus offered no immunity, no way out of the unfairness, but rather a way through it to the other side.
Philip Yancey