This blog was initially written on October 21, 2011…It's amazing to see the growth that has taken place since this time and places where growth still needs to occur…I pray that this post will bless you as it blessed people on my first blog www.TruthThruTruth.com
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Martin and Miranda were together for a little over 4 years. At the 4-year mark the two engaged in another serious conversation regarding their future. Martin was very open about his feelings for Miranda including his concerns and fears. He let her know that while he wanted to be with her he didn’t know when he would be ready to marry her, if ever. He asked that she would keep the conversation between them so they could figure it out together.
This hurt Miranda to the core. She wasn’t so open about this with him, not wanting to bug, she forced a smile and nodded to him in approval. He knew something wasn’t right with her response but did not force her to share.
Although they agreed the conversation would stay between them, the emotions and insecurities Miranda felt were new and were getting the best of her. Martin’s aim was not to wreck her world.
He only wanted to be open and honest about his feelings. He asked for that conversation to stay between them, but she feared communicating with him, losing him, losing them, and even feared staying with him.
The very next morning, Miranda called her best friend to get an opinion, her mom for advice, her brother to get an understanding from a man’s point of view, her best guy friend to hear from another man’s point of view, and a co worker, just to vent.
By the time she was finished hearing all their opinions she was completely confused, not knowing whether to leave him or stay. Even when Martin spoke to her she didn’t hear him clearly. She twisted all of his words to sound like
And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 NKJV
One of the things I tell the young adults at the church on a consistent basis is, the present is the safest place to be.
Sometimes we are so consumed with what happened yesterday (or 30 years ago) or what might happen tomorrow that we trick ourselves out of one of the greatest promises of today. The word promises us that God will never leave or forsake us. We cannot possibly live in the past or the future therefore God will meet us where we can physically reside. Right here. Right now. We are never alone. Never abandoned. We only feel that way when we step out the sphere of the moment and begin to worry about what was or what is to come.
In this moment God can lead you, comfort you, speak direction to you, deliver you, and free you. Where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. So stand boldly in the freedom that is waiting for you in this very second.
I guarantee you if you can stay in this place with God depression and anxiety will decrease in your life!
Live in your now moment and watch how God will take care of everything else.
Melanie N. Lee/New Standard © 2015 All Rights Reserved
Psalm 91 (Click the link to read in its entirety)
Yesterday my Pastor touched on the safety we have when we are with God. I leaned to my neighbor and whispered with a heavy heart, "I don't feel safe." She responded with a phrase I use often, "that's just a feeling. Grab that thang [feeling] and get it out of here." I needed to hear that because even with the preaching and firm examples being given I still fixed my mouth to speak against what the word said. I was allowing what I saw to negatively affect my faith walk.
With everything going on in the world, my community, the church as a whole, my family, and even within me there are a lot of reasons to feel unsafe.
With people that have poor intentions with you, people that mishandle you for their own personal satisfaction, there are a lot of reasons to feel unsafe. With the world calling for you to acclimate to its standard so that you can live comfortably and without conflict but leading you deeper into sin and further from the Father's voice, there are a lot of reasons to feel unsafe.
But for the believer, the one with even mustard sized faith there is one reason to feel completely safe and protected. He promised we would be! The Bible tells us that God is not a man that He should lie or the son of man that He should repent (Numbers 23:19). His word is good! It's a sure thing!
This God we serve promised to never leave or abandon us (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5). He promised that He would be our protector, our shield, and our guiding light (Psalms 18; 27; 91). He promised that no weapon formed against us will prosper (Isaiah 54:17). He promised that when we fall off He will be there to receive us back in His arms (Psalms 37:23-24; 145:14). He promised that in times of weakness, His grace is sufficient for us (2 Corinthians 12:9). He promised that when enemies rise against us that He will handle it and will use them to elevate us in the next level (Psalms 18:48; 23:5). He promised He will give peace that surpasses all understanding and rest to those who come to Him heavy and burdened (Philippians 4:7; Matthew 11:28).
These promises were made long ago but still stand for us right in this moment as if freshly spoken! There are tons of reasons to feel unsafe in this world…in this life. But there is one great reason to feel completely protected! He promised. Rest in His promises today!
Melanie N. Lee/New Standard © 2015 All Rights Reserved
Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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