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Monthly Archives: August 2012

  • Grace Made Man

    Posted on August 10, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10

     

    A self-made man is the antithesis of a grace made man. A self-made man becomes desperate for God on occasion, as when a crisis occurs— but a grace made man is continually desperate for God, since he sees himself as a needy man. A self-made man struggles to give God the glory for his accomplishments, but the grace made man never forgets to give Christ the credit for his success. Grace brings out the best in humble hearts. 

    Furthermore, a grace made man does not work any less, but more. Gratitude governs grace-based behavior into focused diligence. A man or woman motivated by the grace of God works for an audience of One. Their godly ambition has an eternal allegiance that no earthly boss can inspire. So, we work hard because God’s grace is at work within us. Is your work and life a divine portrait of grace? If so, you are attractive, beautiful to behold.

    “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” Romans 12:3

    We are nothing unless the Lord makes us by His grace. We may make money, but unless we lean into the Lord’s grace, it is just another temporal transaction. We know we are leaning into the Lord’s grace when we are gracious with our words and humble in our attitude. People are not seen as a means to make money, but as individuals with hopes, dreams and fears. A grace made person engages people with kindness, not passive pride.

    Therefore, work hard with a heavenly agenda.  Acknowledge that the larger the Lord’s blessing on your life the greater the need for more grace. Christ increases our capacity for grace, as we credit Him for His favor. Amazing grace starts at salvation and becomes a growing marvel as you apply humble faith and thanksgiving. God’s grace makes the man; man does not make the man. Your Creator created you and your success. “T’was Grace that brought us safe thus far…and Grace will lead us home.” (Amazing Grace, the hymn)

    “You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” Deuteronomy 8:17-18a

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach me to rely more and more on Your generous grace.

    Related Readings: 1 Samuel 2:7; 2 Corinthians 11:23; Colossians 1:29; Philippians 2:13

    Post/Tweet this today: God’s grace makes the man; man does not make the man. #grace

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    This post was posted in Daily Devotion, Wisdom Hunters and was tagged with 1 Corinthians, Romans, Deuteronomy

  • Four Questions With... (part 3)

    Posted on August 9, 2012 by Family Christian

    We thought it would be fun to ask four questions to some of your favorite artists.

    Questions 3:  Have you ever gone cow-tipping or snipe-hunting? If not, would you be willing to go with some of the Family Christian folks?

    David Zach (lead singer from Remedy Drive) - Neither.  I would love to go cow-tipping or snipe-hunting with the Family Christian folks.

    Jekob Washington (from The Washington Projects) - Wow. I've only eaten cows, I've never tipped them, & I'm not even sure I know what snipe-hunting is. But in both cases the answer is "Yes" I'd love to go with the Family Christian folk.

    Jason Gray - I did go snipe hunting once as a kid with my uncle and cousins. However, I’d be happy to go again with the Family Christian folks :-) Not cow tipping, though. That’s just mean.

    Andrew Peterson - This question is perpetuating a lie and I refuse to answer it. Both cow-tipping and snipe-hunting are fake. No matter how hard you try, you can't push a cow over, and if you walk in the woods for seven hours looking for snipes you'll probably get seven ticks and a spider bite, then your friends at church camp will ridicule you for the rest of the week. Or so I've heard.

    Phil Vischer (VeggieTales and What's In the Bible creator) - No, neither of those.  I once, however, led a late night bear hunt with Mike Nawrocki on the campus of our Bible college.  Since all bears like puppets, we put a puppet inside a bag and dragged him around as bait as we traipsed through the woods.  Sure enough, a large, furry creature rushed out of a marsh toward us with something in it's mouth.  We figured it was a bear carrying a fish.  Turns out it was someone's dog, carrying a stick.  We named the dog "bear," declared his stick a "fish stick," and he joined us for the rest of the bear hunt.  25 years later I still have that puppet, and his last name is still "Bearbait."

    Jon Micah (from Kutless) - I've done my fair share of Snipe hunting. I actually used to be a Snipe hunting guide!

    KJ-52 -Yes... At our FCA retreat my senior year of high school we took a bunch of the cheerleaders snipe hunting in the swamp... lets just say they didnt ever catch one but they did scream loudly when we busted out the swamp and scared them..

    Jason Atkins (from Harbinger Media) - Not yet. We have cows all around us at the farm and talk about it regularly. It would be fun and an honor to hunt snipes with the folks from Family Christian.

    Barry Graul (from MercyMe) - Have tried the cow tipping, almost got stampeded. What is a snipe? I wanna see one.

    I could be coaxed to ride in a safari jeep with night vision glasses and watch the Family Christian folks cow tip and snipe hunt, for, say, some double stuff Oreos? Oh, and I will be wearing running shoes in case I have to exit quickly, not looking back. You understand.

    Laura Story -I have never gone cow tipping but I'm always up for an adventure. :)

    Tobymac - Yes, I have been both cow tipping and snipe hunting.  The cow tipping was unsuccessful because we couldn't find any cows.  The snipe hunting trip was crazy.  I was totally bamboozled by the whole process.  Convinced that we would find a snipe.  Of course, I came up empty handed.

    Danny Riley (from Gold City) - I have, unfortunately, been snipe-hunting. I won't be falling for that one again. I would love to go cow-tipping though... Call me

     


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, TobyMac, MercyMe, Remedy Drive, The Washington Projects, Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Phil Vischer, Kutless, KJ52, Laura Story, Gold City

  • Appointments With God

    Posted on August 9, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    “Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.” Hosea 10:12

     

    Appointments with God honor God. When He is scheduled daily it shows He is your priority. Some people clamor to get on a celebrities’ calendar, yet Christ is accessible 24/7. Indeed, Jesus, the iconic person of all time is available to engage any interested individual at anytime. Almighty God has no handlers or gatekeepers—He is easily reachable by faith. So, why are we reluctant to schedule time with Eternity? Are we really too busy to pray? 

    In life we have appointments for activities that really matter to us: haircuts, exercise, doctors, dentists, mechanics, job interviews, breakfasts, lunches, dinners and dates. Why not schedule time with our Savior, so we feel accountable to meet with Him? We would certainly not miss an appointment with Jesus any more than we would stand up our hair stylist. Previously calendared time makes it easier to say, “I have another commitment.”

    “This is what the LORD says to Israel: “Seek me and live.” Amos 5:4

    We set appointments with the Lord because He is the ultimate expert for living. He is your relational therapist, He is the minister of your soul, He is the psychiatrist of your emotions and the physician of your body. God is your eternal expert for how to do life meaningfully and abundantly. So, you go to God to learn how to go forward in amazing faith-filled living. Your appointments with the Almighty teach you how to live life well.

    What is keeping you from calendaring Christ? Time? He has given you enough time to do His will. Fatigue? Rest is the result of resting in the arms of your heavenly Father. Faith? When you show up, He shows up and helps your unbelief. Feelings? Eventually your emotions will catch up with your obedience to be with Jesus God appointments work.

    Perhaps you start with calendaring five minutes a day with Christ, with a goal to increase it to an hour a day. Just as you turn off your phone and give full focus to those with whom you meet, do the same for your Savior. Give Him your undivided attention with no multitasking or distractions. Create a calm place to be quiet before your Lord. Begin the day by feeding your soul and then your fullness of faith will feed other starving souls.

    “They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD. They were to do the same in the evening.” 1 Chronicles 23:30

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, my heart’s desire is to meet you at a daily appointed time.

    Related Readings: 1 Samuel 1:19a; Psalm 5:3; Zephaniah 2:3; Mark 1:35

    Post/Tweet this today: Eventually our emotions catch up with our obedience to Jesus. #emotions #obedience

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    This post was posted in Daily Devotion, Wisdom Hunters and was tagged with Hosea, Amos, 1 Chronicles

  • Four Questions With... (part 2)

    Posted on August 8, 2012 by Family Christian

    We thought it would be fun to ask four questions to some of your favorite artists.

    Favorite Place to Eat

    Questions 2:  What is the best restaurant you have ever been to?

    David Zach (lead singer from Remedy Drive) - Emilio's in downtown Chicago.  It's a Spanish tappas place.  The dishes are very small - almost like a whole meal of appetizers (tappas) but it's great for a date because you can try each thing together and then wait for the next one to come out.  The caramelized fried bananas are the best at the end.  Plantains actually.

    Jekob Washington (from The Washington Projects) - Fleming's Steak House in San Diego.

    Jason Gray - I have to name two, both in the Twin Cities: Chino Latino—a fun and trendy urban hotspot that blends foods from the hot zones: Indian, Mexican, Asian. I also love Punch Pizza—one of only a handful of officially certified Napoli pizza joints in North America. With super fresh ingredients, a wood burning oven that bakes your pizza in 90 seconds, a fun atmosphere, they make a distinctive pizza that pleases my kids as well as my foodie friends I take there.

    Andrew Peterson - That one that served chocolate chip cookies.

    Phil Vischer (VeggieTales and What's In the Bible creator) - I recently had the opportunity to take my 15 year-old daughter to Club 33, the private dinner club inside Disneyland.  While it isn't necessarily the best restaurant I've ever eaten at, it is really, really good and the experience is very unique since you have to walk through Disneyland to New Orleans Square, find an unmarked door, ring a buzzer for admittance, then ride a small glass elevator up to the restaurant on the second floor.  Way cool!

    Jon Micah (from Kutless) - Without a doubt, Fogo de Chao.

    KJ-52 -I can't name the "Best" but the Columbia restaurant in Ybor City (TAMPA) is one of my favorites because my dad did all the tile work on the outside of the building and it's very historic restaurant (over 100 years old) and reminds me of growing up in Ybor City.

    Jason Atkins (from Harbinger Media) - Le 58 Tour Eiffel. (The food is likely not the best ever but not far from it. Regardless, how many times can you eat from an observation deck in the Parisian landmark - Eiffel Tower? Second Choice - Scalinatella in New York's Upper East Side - best food ever in my mouth.

    Barry Graul (from MercyMe) - I don't remember the name but there's an Italian place in NYC that serves a white sauce pasta dish and I'm pretty sure the noodles have been bathed in butter. So yummy!

    Laura Story - Easy. its a place in Banff, Canada called Nourish. we went there for our 5 year anniversary and ate there about 3 times in 5 days.

    Tobymac - The Red Pony in Franklin TN. If you have never been, you will never understand. Amazing food.

    Danny Riley (from Gold City) - I've been to a lot of great places, but oddly enough, the best is a restaurant called "Classic On Noble" in Anniston, AL. They have a fried green tomato salad (that was not a typo) that is incredible. Their shrimp and grits are life altering.

     


    This post was posted in Music, Food and was tagged with Featured, TobyMac, MercyMe, Remedy Drive, The Washington Projects, Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Phil Vischer, Kutless, KJ52, Laura Story, Gold City

  • Pedestal of Pride

    Posted on August 8, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” 1 Corinthians 10:12

     

    A pedestal of pride looks down on other inferior souls. It is a position of self-worship that threatens integrity and influence. Like a drug, pride is addictive and impairs good judgment. If it could be packaged as a pill in a prescription bottle the label would read, “Warning, taken too often in large doses may lead to a great fall, even death.”

    If we build a monument in our minds to ourselves, we are on a pedestal of pride. This self-imposed idolatry acts like a King or Queen that expects blind loyalty and unquestionable submission to everyone under his or her authority. If we don’t wake up from this narcissistic dream it will turn into a hellish nightmare. Relationships will be wrecked, reputations will be ruined and respect will be absent from those who mean the most.

    “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Psalm 40:12

    However, a prayerful posture dethrones pride and replaces it with humility. By faith, Jesus is able to storm the gates of hell, take captive the enemy and release us from the prison of pride. The Lord lifts us out of the slimy pit of pride and sets us on His solid rock of righteousness. It is firm, because our feet are planted solid on the ground of grace. Thus, we are careful to see ourselves as God sees us: needy and dependent on His Spirit.

    You will stand firm by faith in Christ and trust that He is in control. Let go and let God make you whole. Let go and the Lord will take you further faster. Let go and Christ will make you content. Let go and the Spirit will show you the way. Let go and Jesus will give you joy. Let go of pride, replace it with humility, and you will stand firm by faith.
    Pride has no place in the personality of a child of God. You are the result of grace alone.

    “Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.” 2 Corinthians 1:24

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, remove any pedestals of pride in my life and replace them with Your humble heart.

    Related Readings: 1 Samuel 17:42; Psalm 18:27; Proverbs 16:18; Isaiah 13:11; Romans 12:16

    Post/Tweet this today: Like a drug—pride is addictive and impairs good judgment. #pride

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    This post was posted in Daily Devotion, Wisdom Hunters and was tagged with Psalm, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians

  • Four Questions With... (part 1)

    Posted on August 7, 2012 by Family Christian

    We thought it would be fun to ask four questions to some of your favorite artists.

    The Best Cookie

    Question 1:  What is your favorite kind of cookie and what do you like about it?

    David Zach (lead singer from Remedy Drive) - I like the oatmeal raisin cookie.  It's a desert but I get the sense that I'm still getting something positive for my body with the iron from the raisins and whatever makes oatmeal healthy.

    Jekob Washington (from The Washington Projects) - Chips ahoy (Regular). The prefect milk dipping cookie.

    Jason Gray - I’ve always been a big fan of the classic chocolate chip cookie, but these days I’m more inclined to enjoy a delicious shortbread cookie, especially if it’s thick and crumbly. It’s perfect for dipping in my coffee.

    Andrew Peterson - Chocolate chip. What do I like about it? Well, the taste, I guess.

    Phil Vischer (VeggieTales and What's In the Bible creator) - I love a good sugar cookie.  And the very BEST sugar cookie can be found at my favorite sandwich restaurant, Potbelly.  Yum!

    Jon Micah (from Kutless) - I have to eat gluten free which makes cookies difficult.  There is a shop in Lake Oswego, OR called Crave that makes the most amazing gluten free deserts I've ever had.  They were featured on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars  and won in their competition against regular cupcakes with their gluten free cupcake.  Any cookie from their shop is a pretty solid choice.

    KJ-52 - The kind that my wife makes... Before we stared dating she used to do all the baking at this Bible study we used to go to... She won me over with her baking ha ha... It just reminds me how much I love her.

    Jason Atkins (from Harbinger Media) - My bride Shannon's version of a Neiman Marcus cookie (Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with both white and milk chocolate chunks). First, I like that it is a Christmas tradition. Second, seriously they are Heaven's gift to the taste bud (textures - crunch, creamy, chewy; taste with salty sweetness from the chopped nuts mixed with chocolate) I sometimes wonder if Jesus whipped up a batch when nobody was looking.

    Barry Graul (from MercyMe) - Double stuff Oreos

    Laura Story - Those big monster cookies with oatmeal and M&M's and all kinds of goodness.

    Tobymac - Peanut Butter cookies with the Hershey's Kiss on the top.  The bomb.

    Danny Riley (from Gold City) - Chocolate Chip... That is the classic cookie, you just can't beat it. And, I LOVE chocolate.

     


    This post was posted in Music, Food and was tagged with Featured, TobyMac, MercyMe, Remedy Drive, The Washington Projects, Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Phil Vischer, Kutless, KJ52, Laura Story, Gold City

  • Processing Grief

    Posted on August 7, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    “But You, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; You consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.” Psalm 10:14

     

    Grief is a God given emotion that processes sorrow related to a loss. It can be the loss of a loved one to death or the death of a vision. Loss associated with finances, health, a pet, a job, divorce or relocation contributes to extended sorrow. Moreover, nations grieve corporately over war, mass murder by a maniac, and the death of a revered national leader. Grief calls for a pause to pray and reflect on what’s important. Sorrow seeks out a Savior. 

    Heaven’s desire is to fill the hole in our hearts with hope. Indeed, sorrow slows us down to meditate on what really matters: Jesus, family, friends, spiritual, physical and emotional health, church, fellowship, evangelism, discipleship and God’s game plan for our lives. Grief gets us to God, so that we take Him seriously. The spiritually serious are eventually able to smile. Our mourning turns into trust in Christ and He is able to restore our joy and hope.

    “Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?” Job 30:25

    In addition there is an indirect grief associated with those who have suffered great loss. Perhaps our heart aches over the atrocities suffered by extreme poverty—masses unprotected from disease, who are ravished by malnutrition. Those who seek to live off a dollar a day clearly comprehend no promise of tomorrow. It is good for God’s people to get worked up over those who need work. We grieve, so out of our comfort in Christ we comfort and serve those stuck in sorrow.

    Ultimately, you have the privilege to point hurting hearts to their Savior, Jesus. An aching soul needs Almighty God to bind up their broken spirit and heal their bleeding hearts. You are heaven’s vessel of hope, grace and love. Use the loss of another to lovingly lead them to their Lord. Their loss is God’s gain. What anguish empties, faith fills. You serve emotional and physical needs, so that they will embrace their spiritual needs. Grief needs God.

    “My eyes are dim with grief. I call to You, Lord, every day; I spread out my hands to You.” Psalm 88:9

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I need You to fill my heart with hope, as it grieves a great loss.

    Related Readings: Psalm 31:9; Proverbs 14:13; John 16:5-7; 20-22; 1 Peter 1:6

    Post/Tweet this today: Anguish empties a heart, but faith fills it with hope. #hope

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    This post was posted in Daily Devotion, Wisdom Hunters and was tagged with Psalm, Job

  • Sin of Omission

    Posted on August 6, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” James 4:17

     

    What is a sin of omission? A sin of omission is passive permission for wrong. It does nothing when something needs to be said or done. It gives a pass to people or situations that require sticky confrontation. Sometimes the silence of good people makes them bad people. Their inertia of integrity condones unrighteous conduct. A sin of omission can be more damaging than a sin of commission. A quiet friend can be worse than a loud enemy. 

    We who are people of the Lord’s light know better than those who grope in darkness. The bar of behavior is higher for those of us who believe in Jesus. Thus, we do not have the option of the proverbial ostrich to place our informed heads in the sand of irresponsibility. Because we know better how to make things better, we better be better. It’s when we take responsibility to confront, clarify and communicate that we become a catalyst for Christ.

    “Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.” John 9:41

    Has fear caused you to shy away from saying something that may cause consternation? It is better to experience some pain sooner that extreme pain later. Has anger kept you from allowing those who love you to love you? Chose to open up, risk rejection and experience the joy of sweet acceptance. Have you withheld forgiveness to inflict hurt on another’s heart? Initiate mercy and you will receive mercy, peace and forgiveness. Love initiates.

    Omit sins of omission and you will move beyond immaturity and ignorance. It takes courage and faith to become an overcomer of omission. Be quick to confess and repent of subtle sins and slow to seek selfish avoidance. Good people, who do nothing, invite sin’s influence to infiltrate the culture. So, trust the Lord and give information and opportunity to those who need you. Folly frustrates, but wisdom and grace are freeing.

    Furthermore, your heavenly Father has not withheld His love for you. He receives you just as you are. Your omniscient, omnipresent Creator—by His Spirit—has revealed His knowledge in Scripture and has provided His comforting presence in prayer. He understands your struggles and offers spiritual, practical solutions. Jesus empowers you to overcome errant omissions with courageous faith that commissions righteousness.

    “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” Proverbs 3:27

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me the courage to confront my passive sins with active righteousness.

    Related Readings: Deuteronomy 22:1-4; Ezekiel 33:31; Proverbs 21:13; 1 John 3:16-18

    Post/Tweet this today: Love initiates. #initiate #love

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    This post was posted in Daily Devotion, Wisdom Hunters and was tagged with Proverbs, John, James

  • Shameless Hope

    Posted on August 5, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    No one whose hope is in You will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse. Psalm 25:3

     

    We are shameless when our hope is in our Savior Jesus Christ. Hope in Jesus resides in a no shame zone. We have nothing to be ashamed of when our hope is in heaven. Others may make fun of our simple faith, but they cannot shame us. Ironically, critics of faith are the ones to be ashamed. They are without hope. Hope outside of Christ is a caricature of positive expectations. Misplaced hope is a shame. It is a sham. It leads to deep disappointment and disillusionment. Shame is the reward for sin. On the other hand, freedom is the fruit of hope. We have nothing to be embarrassed about when we hope in the eternal. We have something solid to look forward to when we look to the Lord for hope and encouragement. Hope in Jesus is never put to shame. 

    However, hope is often related to our hurt. It is out of our pain that hope in Christ seems the most compelling. Our pain from suffering produces a need and a capacity for hope. Suffering enlarges the heart by creating the power to sympathize. When we have lived in poverty, we have more of a tendency to empathize with the poor. When we, or a loved one, have combated disease, our prayers are on the lookout for the ill. When we have seen our families ripped apart by death or divorce, we have a soft spot in our hearts for a single parent and the children. It is in our hope that we are able to extend hope to the hopeless. We can be grateful for the occasional grief we encounter if it saves us from hopeless hard-heartedness. Hope-filled hearts are on the lookout for those seeking the Lord. So it is out of our hurt that hope comes alive for others and ourselves.

    Furthermore, our hope is reserved for us in heaven. Our heavenly Father owns our hope. He is an owner whom we never have to be embarrassed about. Our Savior’s hope will never bring shame to our situation. No rational thinking person would say, “What a shame that Christians have forgiveness of their sins, abundant living on earth and the hope of heaven.” If anything, people without hope may be jealous and ashamed of their own hopeless condition. Lastly, the Lord dispenses hope liberally and indiscriminately. Jesus is not stingy with hope. He extends hope as a generous giver, gladly and cheerfully. It gives God great joy to give hope to His children. His part is to give; our part is to receive.

    So heaven’s hope is alive and well. It is waiting for the engagement of faithful followers of Jesus. Like a secret garden accessible by faith alone, there is a luscious environment of hope for our enjoyment. We can sit and smell the flowers of God’s faithfulness. We can bite into the deliciously juicy fruit of God’s peace. We can stand without fear in the warm light of the Lord because we are full of hope. Hope lifts the veil of shame and replaces it with the face of encouraging expectations. Pessimism is replaced with optimism. Inertia is replaced with energy. Excuses are replaced with ambition. Defeat is replaced with victory. We can be extremely grateful and unashamed that our hope is in Jesus. Hope may be lost for a season, so do not be ashamed to continually seek the Lord. Seek Him while He can be found (Isaiah 55:6). You will find hope in Him. Hope is God’s way to love and encourage you and others. Hope is not ashamed.

    Taken from Reading #16 in the 90-day devotional book, “Seeking God in the Psalms”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE

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  • Sorrow Removed

    Posted on August 4, 2012 by Boyd Bailey

    “He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; He will remove the disgrace of His people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.”  Isaiah 25:8

     

    Sorrow is the fruit of sin in a fallen world; it has the liberty to inflict pain. No one is immune from sorrow. Sorrow is created by sin, death, divorce, selfishness, poverty, rejection, loss, and fear. Sorrow is all around, circling its prey like vultures around a carcass, ready to pick away at the meat of your soul. Sorrow does not discriminate among races, gender, social class, or stage of life. It causes a weepy heart and a weary mind. It never goes away in this lifetime. Your sorrow may be overwhelming to the point of anguish and despair. The hurt is about to drive you crazy. You feel you can’t handle it. You have lost perspective and God seems a million miles away. 

    Things have gone from bad to worse; you have nowhere to turn. You have hit a brick wall and life seems to be crumbling around you. Sorrow is like a ball and chain around your joy and you live in the regret of the past rather than the hope of the future. Your current circumstances and worries are crushing down on you to the point of claustrophobia. However, you do not have to stay in this state of perpetual sadness. There is a way out, there is hope. There is a balm for your scarred soul; you can be rescued from drowning in your sorrows.

    Jesus is the Savior; He will save you from your sorrows. He was a man acquainted with grief. Sorrow is not foreign to Him. He was a man of many sorrows. He was inflicted with, not just one, but multiple sorrows. He is a sympathetic Savior waiting to soothe your pain. He wants to gently wipe away your tears. So, ask Him to dive in and rescue you from thrashing about in the deep waters of your sorrows. He, at the very least, will be with you. He wants to walk with you during this dark night of your soul. He does not want you to battle sorrow alone.

    Others may not understand, but He does. You may not know how to put your sorrow into words, but He still comprehends. Nothing is beyond the omniscience of your Sovereign Lord. His resources are limitless and always just what you need. Tap into a miniscule fraction of His grace, and you will find peace and forgiveness. He comforts and caresses your heart, and He can break the chains of sorrow that grip your soul.

    So, take the medication of His grace. Administer larger doses in the beginning to stop the spread of sorrow’s infection. He wants you to experience His abundant life in Christ. He wipes away your tears in heaven and on earth. Sorrow removal is His specialty. Let God remove your points of sorrow one by one as if they were trees downed by a storm’s horrific winds. He will lift them individually from the objects they have crushed. He will replace hurt with healing. Sorrow is temporary with God; His joy is permanent. Let Him remove your sorrow, and you will be glad you did. So will the many others who love you and pray for you. He is the Savior of your sorrows. The Scripture is majestic: “…and the ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away” (Isaiah 35:10).

    Taken from August 6th reading in the 365-day devotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE

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1. To your door (just $50 minimum)*

No coupon required! Simply add $50 worth of merchandise to your cart and select the "Free Shipping" option under "Shipping Method." Easy as pie.

* Valid on merchandise totaling $50 or more before taxes. Please keep in mind this is valid on domestic ground shipping to addresses within the U.S. only, not valid toward international delivery. Additional charges apply for express shipping. Terms subject to change without notice.

2. To your store (no minimum order required!)*

At checkout, select "Ship to your local Family Christian store" and enter your zip code to find our closest location. Not sure if there is a Family Christian nearby? Find your local store now.

* Valid on select merchandise only
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